The Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) established this digital collection in 2009 with films chosen from a variety of locations both from inside MASC and from the greater WSU Libraries. Films of various types document life at Washington State University and in the surrounding region, and range from 16 mm films as far back as 1916 up to present-day films from handheld digital cameras. Many campus events are well documented in film, particularly athletic events such as football games, and video and audio recordings exist for many other events including Murrow Symposia, graduations, and Presidential inaugurations. One notable inclusion is South by Northwest, a late 1970s WSU-produced series on African-American history in the Northwest.
Searching the Collection
Entering search terms in the "Search" box located at the top of the page will search across all of the database fields. The "Browse This Collection" link will display all items in an alphabetical order. Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed, both forward and backward. To view an item description, double click on the thumbnail or the textual link, and from that page click either on "Access this Item" or on the link next to "View Video." Any highlighted text in the description below each full-size image is searchable; just click. Options to return to the Media front page or the WSU Digital Collections are provided along the top banner.
Creating the Database
Washington State University Archives' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) has begun slowly making selected films available by converting 16mm films, videocassettes, and other media into digital mpeg2 files which are being stored electronically, and then in turn converting those into smaller flash-encoded flv files for sharing online. All of these films are available through the links on this page, and a smaller number of them (those less than 10 minutes in length) have also been shared via youtube, under the username wazzulibrary.
16 mm films are converted using an Elmo 16G-TRV film-to-digital converter, while other media have required different players. Conversion software is Osprey's SwiftCap video capture program, and subsequent filetype conversions take place using Xilisoft's Video Converter Ultimate. Additional file clean-up has been done using Adobe Premiere Elements. Completed files are cataloged into WSU's digital collections in a CONTENTdm database.
Film digitization processes and descriptive standards for this project were developed by University Archivist Mark O'English, Digital Initiatives Librarian Alex Merrill, MASC technical expert Jeff Kuure, and DTC student Shawn Willoughby. Individual films were digitized by Mark O'English and Shawn Willoughby. Films have been described by Mark O'English.