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Franklin & Marshall on Film
Audio and visual footage documenting campus life, events, buildings, and people from 1926 to the present is available in the College archives. Formats include audio reel to reel and cassette tapes, LP recordings, and CD audio recordings and 8mm, 16mm, VHS, and DVD visual footage. Subjects include: commencements, convocations, alumni reunions, building construction and dedications, athletics, campus scenes, ceremonies, events, views of students and faculty, etc. Please contact the archives for information on what is available.
The earliest film footage documenting Franklin and
Marshall College has recently been transferred to DVD. Selected clips are
below. Windows media player is required. Download player
1926 Commencement. Shows traditional cap and gown procession from the Science building (now Stager Hall) to Hensel Hall. 11.8 mb- 2:17- Silent- B&W- play clip
Cornerstone laying ceremony Fackenthal Laboratories, April 30, 1929. Footage shows President Henry Harbaugh Apple speaking at the cornerstone laying ceremonies of Fackenthal Lab, constructed 1928-1929. 4.6mb- 0:52- Silent- B&W- play clip
Abraham dePeyster statue. 1936 footage of the Abraham dePeyster statue in front of the former Watts-dePeyster Library. The sculpture was often painted by students as a prank beginning around 1933. It was moved to its present site along Buchanan Avenue in 1937. 2.5mb- 0:29- Silent- Color- play clip
Construction of Keiper
Hall, 1936. Footage of Keiper Hall
under construction showing steel framing and construction crews.
6.6mb-1:19- Silent- Color- play
1939 Convocation. Footage of faculty and students leaving Hensel Hall convocation ceremony. Note the blue caps and green bow ties worn by Freshmen. President John A. Schaeffer (in brown suit) and Retired President Henry Harbaugh Apple (who waves at the camera) can be seen in the procession. 10.8mb- 2:12- Silent- Color- play clip
Track and Field, 1939. Shows Track and Field events held at Williamson Field. Note the Armstrong Plant and the smoke from a more industrial Lancaster in the background. 8.4mb- 1:36- Silent- Color- play clip
Baccalaureate Excercises, 1946. Color footage shows procession of Seniors to Old Main for chapel services. B&W footage shows interior of College chapel and services. 7.5mb- 1:30- Silent- Color and B&W- play clip
Groundbreaking and construction of North Museum, 1951. Shows North Museum groundbreaking ceremonies held May 13, 1951 and subsequent construction activities. 6mb- 1:11- Silent- Color- play clip
Science department scenes, ca 1951. Series of footage shows students using the Shand Library, students meeting with chemistry professor William Weisgerber, students using the chemistry lab and the greenhouse in Fackenthal Lab. Additional footage shows a geology field trip and a geology classroom scene in Stahr Hall. 8.6mb- 1:41- Silent- Color- play clip
Campus protests, 1970. Initial footage shows student protests outside East Hall (then the College administration building) on or about April 30, 1970 concerning the College's refusal to rehire popular history and sociology professors Henry Mayer and Anthony Lazroe. Additional footage depicts student protests in early May (on present-day Hartman Green) of the April 30th U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the May 4th killing of four Kent State students in Ohio by National Guard troops during a campus Vietnam War protest. Film ends with F&M student peace march to Penn Square. (footage courtesy of Jerry Abrams (F&M 1973) 16mb- 3:11- Silent- Color- play clip