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[Home movie]

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[Home movie]
Date
approximately 1938-1940
Description

Personal camera footage likely taken by a member of the Class of 1940. The original film was transferred to cassette before being gifted to the library; thus, the image quality is poor. Includes scenes of the college in winter and spring, the Athletic Circle gardens, Sunset Lake, the Shakespeare

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[Home movie]

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[Home movie]
Date
1939
Description

Personal camera footage taken by Margaret (Loose) Krell, Class of 1939, and her friends and family. There are many scenes of campus during winter, including Taylor Gate, Thompson Library, Sunset Lake, Skinner Hall, the Vassar Chapel, Main Building, the Residential Quad, and Alumnae House, as well as

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[Home movie]

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[Home movie]
Date
1935-1936
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Personal camera footage shot by Frances White Field (VC 1936) including winter scenes of the college, students smoking, convocation, an anti-war protest, and the 1936 commencement

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[Home movie]

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[Home movie]
Date
1931-1935
Description

Archival footage taken by Elizabeth S. Brooks (VC 1935). The first 2.5 minutes is footage of the Vassar campus from approximately 1931-1933, including a trolley running on Raymond Avenue, Vassar Lake, and views of the exteriors of various college buildings. The following 30 seconds are likely Brooks

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[Home movie]

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[Home movie]
Date
1935
Description

Archival footage taken by Elizabeth S. Brooks (VC 1935) and her family. Begins with the Class of 1935 walking in the commencement procession, followed by a brief clip of Brooks feeding goldfish with a Vassar friend. Next is footage of the 1935 Alumnae Parade beginning with the Class of 1885 and

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[Home movie]

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[Home movie]
Date
1949 May
Description

Personal camera footage of Vassar campus in spring 1949. Includes footage of Skinner Hall, the Shakespeare Garden, and Class of 1951 Daisy Chain

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[Home movie]

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[Home movie]
Date
1934
Description

Personal camera footage of campus and the academic procession on commencement day, 1934, followed by scenes of a senior and her family. The family could be the Pogues of Cincinnati, Ohio. Virginia Pogue Weinland graduated in 1934, and her sister, Margaret Pogue Macneale, graduated in 1936

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[Home movie]

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[Home movie]
Date
1930-1932
Content Warning
The Vassar College Archives within the Digital Library include some images, texts, and material items that are racist, xenophobic, or otherwise harmful. The Vassar Libraries have provided descriptive text and additional notes whenever possible to alert Digital Library users to these items. The Engaged Pluralism Initiative Race and Racism in Historical Collections Project Group is working with the library on contextualizing and facilitating community conversations about these materials. For more information see: https://library.vassar.edu/rrhc
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Personal camera footage from Founder's Day 1931 and 1932 as well as Class Day 1932. Scenes from Founder's Day 1931 begin with a treasure hunt, followed by the faculty-student baseball game, the hoop-rolling contest (won by Marcia Wheelock, VC 1931), and dancing the Virginia Reel to a performance by

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A Vassar Notebook, 1970

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A Vassar Notebook, 1970
Date
1970
Description

Made by professor and founder of the Film Department James Steerman and his students, "A Vassar Notebook" comprises a series of twelve student pieces on life at Vassar in 1970. The pieces are: (1) "Remedial Film Making 1A" - students setting up and using a movie camera in front of Main Building with

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Ceremony for a New Planet

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Ceremony for a New Planet
Date
1972
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Short film directed by James B. Steerman. Includes images from "Time Paintings," a series of scroll paintings by Lewis W. Rubenstein, and poems by Nancy Willard Lindbloom. Music, composed by Alexander Scriabin, was performed by Todd Crow. Additional footage of Rubenstein sketching water plants was

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Commencement Weekend, 1930

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Commencement Weekend, 1930
Date
1930 June
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Personal camera footage taken the weekend of commencement, 1930. Consists mostly the Alumnae Parade but also includes graduates exiting the chapel after Commencement, as well as a survey of buildings and grounds, including Cushing, Taylor, Kendrick, Vassar Lake, Main Building, the Library

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Endless Bummer: VC Student Sit-in, part 1

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Endless Bummer: VC Student Sit-in, part 1
Date
1971-1972
Description

Silent, personal camera footage of scenes from the two-week sit-in in Main Building, a protest against the termination of several faculty members' contracts as well as general questions about academic freedom. Begins with a protest-related musical event in front of Main Building, students coming and

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Endless Bummer: VC Student Sit-in, part 2

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Endless Bummer: VC Student Sit-in, part 2
Date
1971-1972
Description

Silent, personal camera footage of scenes from the two-week sit-in in Main Building, a protest against the termination of several faculty members' contracts as well as general questions about academic freedom. Begins with students registering for classes, followed by a protest-related event in

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Glimpses of 1915's 32nd Reunion at Vassar College

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Glimpses of 1915's 32nd Reunion at Vassar College
Date
1947
Description

Silent film with title cards featuring members of the Class of 1915 at their 32nd reunion. Includes footage of the campus including Vassar Lake, Main Building, the President's House, the Chapel, Skinner, Blodgett, Cushing, Athletic Circle, Student's Building Jewett, Raymond, Thompson Library, and

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Life at Vassar

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Life at Vassar
Date
1943
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Silent film with title cards, produced for the Vassar College Bureau of Publication by Jules Bucher and Willard Pictures. Begins with the arrival of new students followed by descriptions of academic and student life. Events include the 1943 spring convocation, Class Day, and commencement. The Class

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Meeting Emotional Needs in Childhood: The Groundwork of Democracy, part 1

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Meeting Emotional Needs in Childhood: The Groundwork of Democracy, part 1
Date
1947
Description

Part one of the fifth film in the Vassar College Child Study Department series, "Studies of Normal Personality Development." This installment tracks the evolution of personality development through favorable and unfavorable interpersonal relationships in the home, school, and neighborhood. The

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Meeting Emotional Needs in Childhood: The Groundwork of Democracy, part 2

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Meeting Emotional Needs in Childhood: The Groundwork of Democracy, part 2
Date
1947
Description

Part two of the fifth film in the Vassar College Child Study Department series, "Studies of Normal Personality Development." This installment tracks the evolution of personality development through favorable and unfavorable interpersonal relationships in the home, school, and neighborhood. The

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One Night At Vassar

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One Night At Vassar
Date
1990
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Promotional film produced for the Admissions Office. The narrator portrays a student writing a description of the college over the course of one evening. Themes include student life, friendship, intellectual rigor and curiosity, diversity, and open-mindedness. Spaces featured include the All Campus

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Playwrights In The Contemporary Theatre: Brecht and Piscator

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Playwrights In The Contemporary Theatre: Brecht and Piscator
Date
1959
Description

Norris Houghton speaking on "Playwrights in the Contemporary Theater," a television program produced by New York's Metropolitan Educational Television Association (META) in conjunction with Hunter College and the Phoenix Theatre. Additional credits include Amram Nowak (producer); Frank Jacoby

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Playwrights In The Contemporary Theatre: Introductory Lecture

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Playwrights In The Contemporary Theatre: Introductory Lecture
Date
1959
Description

Norris Houghton speaking on "Playwrights in the Contemporary Theater," a television program produced by New York's Metropolitan Educational Television Association (META) in conjunction with Hunter College and the Phoenix Theatre. Additional credits include Amram Nowak (producer); Frank Jacoby

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Content Warning

The Vassar College Archives within the Digital Library include some images, texts, and material items that are racist, xenophobic, or otherwise harmful. The Vassar Libraries have provided descriptive text and additional notes whenever possible to alert Digital Library users to these items. The Engaged Pluralism Initiative Race and Racism in Historical Collections Project Group is working with the library on contextualizing and facilitating community conversations about these materials. For more information see: https://library.vassar.edu/rrhc