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Historical Films of Swarthmore College

Historical Films of Swarthmore College

 

The motion picture camera was invented at the end of the 1880s. While George A. Hoadley, Professor of Physics from 1888 to 1914, organized a Camera Club at Swarthmore College before 1898, the earliest surviving 16 mm film in Swarthmore's collection dates from 1925. A transition to recording College events on videocassette began in 1975.

Digitized films of Swarthmore College may be accessed directly from this home page in Triceratops or can also be searched in Tripod by entering the subject, “Swarthmore College,” then limiting by format, “VHS;” the summary records contain links to the films. The Library term "VHS" also includes the digitized 16mm films.

Recent Submissions

  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa.: Swarthmore College, 1981, 1981)
    Faculty/staff production of Anything goes at Swarthmore College, Nov. 13-14, 1981, to benefit Foreign Student Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by Penguin Club and staged in Clothier Hall.
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa.: Swarthmore College, 1996, 1996)
    Scenes from Swarthmore Alumni Weekend, Class of 1971, in Frear Ensemble Theatre, 6/7/96.
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1995, 1995)
    Videocassette of the Swarthmore College Alumni Gospel Choir's making of their album, November 17-19, 1995.
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1994, 1994)
    Swarthmore College student production of the play, "The Colored Museum." Very dark.
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa.: Swarthmore College, 1994, 1994)
    The Swarthmore College Dancers' Spring Concert of 1994, with works choreographed by both students and faculty. Very dark.
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa.: Swarthmore College, 1992, 1992)
    Highlights from the inauguration of Alfred H. Bloom as the thirteenth president of Swarthmore College. Mary Schmidt Campbell speaks about Lucretia Mott, the Frionas, an all-women a cappella group, perform, Antonio Goodwin ...
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1991, 1991)
    Commencement exercises of the class of 1991. Student address on speaking truth to power and the "Parrish wall writings" by Allison Carter, address by David Fraser on the subject of the life of a Swarthmore student, and ...
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1991, 1991)
    Swarthmore College Gospel Choir concert on 12/8/91, Annual Fall Concert.
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1991, 1991)
    The Crum Regatta is an annual race of student-constructed boats on the Crum River at Swarthmore College. This camcorder recording of the 1991 Regatta, including the unboxing of the 1991 Crum Regatta t-shirts, students ...
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1990, 1990)
    Swarthmore College commencement, class of 1990. Includes processional, introduction by Niel Austrian, a reading from the scripture by Mary McCampbell. David Fraser gives an address on the benefits and pitfalls of a Swarthmore ...
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1989, 1989)
    Swarthmore College Graduation, 1989, including a student address by Brendan Kellis and an address by David Fraser, President of Swarthmore College. Honorary degrees to: George Crum, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, David Conrad ...
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, [1989], 1989)
    Celebrating the 125th anniversary of Swarthmore College. The presentation includes a performance by a student a cappella group, an introduction by David Fraser, addresses by students Leah Theologis and Jeff Reagan, and a ...
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1989, 1989)
    Three Swarthmore College a cappella groups - Sixteen Feet, Grapevine, and Sophisticated Gents - are joined by their alumni and alumnae for an informal jam session in the Lang Concert Hall.
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1988, 1988)
    Videocassette of women's concerns discussion at Swarthmore, held March 1988. Filmed and edited by Becky Sharpless. Features over 25 women freely expressing various views. Note: Women’s Concerns discussion taped over French ...
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1988, 1988)
    Swarthmore College student production. A James Bond spoof.
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1986, 1986)
    Videocassette of the Dedication of Tarble Social Center in Clothier Memorial Hall, April 19, 1986, addresses by David Fraser and members of the Tarble family, discussing the history of Clothier Memorial Hall and the ...
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1986, 1986)
    Swarthmore College Gospel Choir 15th Anniversary Concert, 4/20/86
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1985, 1985)
    Performance of resident and guest college vocal groups in Lang Concert Hall concert hall on November 16, 1985 original copy.
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1983, 1983)
    Swarthmore College Alumni Weekend, June 4-6, 1983, on two videocassettes. Tape 10 includes registration shots, Sharples patio reception, Sharples dance, Mark Soper in Tarble, Alumni Parade, Collection with Harry Blackstone; ...
  • Unknown author (Swarthmore, Pa. : Swarthmore College, 1983, 1983)
    Swarthmore College commencement, class of 1983. The ceremony includes a student address on how to deal with disagreement and respect difference; a review of the 1982-1983 scholastic year by David Fraser, including debates ...

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