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Syracuse University Audiovisual Collection

A description of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Syracuse University.
Title: Syracuse University Audiovisual Collection
Dates: 1910-2014
Size: 95.5 linear feet and 1730 film reels
Abstract: Audio and moving image recordings that document the events, activities, people and history of Syracuse University.
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Historical Note

Syracuse University was founded on March 24, 1870, when its Board of Trustees signed the University charter and certificate of incorporation, acting on a proposal put forth earlier that year at the Methodist State Convention. Despite its modest beginnings, the story of Syracuse University has been one of remarkable growth and progress. The University's population has expanded from a few dozen local students to over 21,000 students from all over the world. Significant eras of development in campus building and academic programs included the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries and the post-World War II years. The second half of the twentieth century saw the University transform into a modern research institution with international connections.

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Scope and Content Note

The Syracuse University Audiovisual Collection comprises a wide variety of audio and moving image recordings that document the history of the University, including events, activities, and people. Athletic events, especially football and basketball games, make up a large portion of the collection. Other recordings include lectures and seminars, historical footage of campus, and special events such as musical performances, building dedications, alumni reunions, commencements, and award dinners. Formats include audio cassettes, reel to reel audiotapes, CDs, DVDs, videocassettes, videoreels, and films.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Access to recordings requires advance notice to produce a use copy.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The records of schools, colleges, Athletics, and other campus offices frequently contain audio and moving image recordings.

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Selected Search Terms


Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University -- Sports.
Syracuse University.


Student activities.
Higher education.

Types of material

16mm (photographic film size)
35mm (photographic film size)
8mm (photographic film size)
Audiovisual materials.
Compact discs.
Motion pictures (visual works)
Phonograph records.
Video recordings.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Syracuse University Audiovisual Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Materials in the Syracuse University Audiovisual Collection generally have been deposited by schools, colleges, and campus offices and donated by alumni or other individuals.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Meg Mason
Date: 2017
Revision history: February 2017 - Extent updated (VSOM)

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The collection is arranged by format.

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An inventory has not yet been created for this collection. Please contact the Repository listed above for more information.

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