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Washington State University Intercollegiate Athletics Football Films, 1940-1989
Overview of the Collection
- Washington State University Intercollegiate Athletics Football Films
- 1940-1989 (inclusive)19401989
- 5 Linear feet of shelf space, (4 Boxes + 4 Individual canisters)
- Collection Number
- Archives 329 (collection)
- The collection consists of films of State College of Washington (later Washington State University) football games from 1940-1989.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Since four years after its 1890 founding, Washington State University participated in intercollegiate football. Filming of those competitions began in the 1920s and continues today.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists of small accessions of film from WSU football games; unlike earlier collections, much of this film was unlabeled and thus identifications here are frequently partially incomplete. A number indicate footage spliced together perhaps from different games. Note that often the "splicing" consists of masking tape. Consequently viewing of the film will require care.
In films not labeled, identification of teams and dates was made by looking at about a dozen feet of the film on a light table, if possible recognizing team uniforms, and sometimes then being able to assign a date for the opponent based on WSU schedules for the 1970s. Assumed is that the reel contains footage from the same game, but that was not confirmed.
Because undated films shared many similarities with dated film including the 16 mm film format and WSU uniform style, they presumably also originated in the same period as the identified ones, the 1970s. Estimates of film length were based on film footage while conclusions regarding audio were based on whether the film was perforated on one or both sides of the image. Double-perforated film does not allow for audio although a separate magnetic track sound reel may be available. Single-perforated films allow for an optical sound track.
The 1984 "highlight" items are 16 mm A and B rolls in their original metal case. A and B rolls are used to create effects such as fades and dissolves by alternating scenes back and forth from one roll to the next and back. For example, the A roll may have the even-numbered shots with black leader film between them and the B roll the odd-numbered ones. The metal case housing the A and B rolls includes the 4x6-inch cards with instructions for the processing laboratory (Alpha Cine Lab in Seattle) about how to edit the two rolls together along with a paper data tape with more information to sync the rolls in post-print production. The A and B rolls and the sound track are run through the contact printer in three passes to create a negative. The separate sound track is missing.
In contrast to the 16 mm film, the digital video copies are clearly identified games played from 1940 to 2006. But unlike the WSU produced 16mm films, the copyright for the DVDs may not be held by WSU.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Restrictions on Use
Due to copyright restrictions, only films which may be positively determined as originating within WSU may be reproduced for external use.
Intercollegiate Athletics Football Films, 1940-1989 (Archives 329)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Film that was transferred to the University Archives mounted on conventional reels and in metal cases was left in that housing. Much of the 16 mm film arrived not on reels but wound around plastic cores from which the film could easily fall off. Each film on these cores was wrapped in archival grade polyethylene foam to reduce shifting and transferred to an archival media box for both preservation purposes as well as to prevent the core-mounted films from unspooling. In some instances, a single archival box houses more than one film. Each box or case contains a paper slip identifying teams in addition to the item label on the exterior and/or labeled archival tape on the film or labeling on the film leader.
Arrangement into series was determined by medium (16 mm film versus DVD) for ease of storage and preservation with the third series composed of six oversize items containing 16 mm films. Within each series, the arrangement is primarily but not exclusively chronological.
Digital video recordings transferred to the University Libraries in 2011 from Graham Warger were combined with 16 mm films transferred in 2005 and 2006 by Scott Vik, Director of Sports Video, and in 2012 by Bill Stevens, Sports Information Director, both in the WSU Office of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Intercollegiate Athletics recordings were retained as UA2006-12 and UA2012-12, respectively, and the Warger recordings as UA 2011-11. In 2015, an additional 18 games on DVDs were added to the collection; the provenance of these is unknown, save that they'd been in MASC since before 2008.
This collection was processed in 2012 by Susan Vetter.
Washington State University Intercollegiate Athletics Football Films, 1929-1976 (Archives 29)
Washington State University Intercollegiate Athletics Football Films, 1971-1983 (Archives 188)
Washington State University Intercollegiate Athletics Football Motion Pictures, 1983-1986 (Archives 204)
Washington State University Intercollegiate Athletics Football Films and Video Tapes, 1950-1987 (Archives 212)
Washington State University Intercollegiate Athletics Football Films, 1986-1988 (Archives 227)
Washington State University Intercollegiate Athletics Football Films, 1968-1978 (Archives 338)
Washington State University Intercollegiate Athletics Football Videotapes, 1985-2007 (Archives 400)
Washington State University Intercollegiate Athletics Department Coaching Videos, 1993-2009 (Archives 344)
Additionally, a combined chronological listing of all the WSU football films collections has been created.
A selection of the WSU football films can be viewed online through MASC’s WSU Digital Football Films Collection.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1 - 16 mm filmReturn to Top
WSU v. University of Washington @UW, n.d., ~20 min, color, no sound
WSU v. [Stanford?] @WSU, n.d., ~20 min, color, possible optical sound track
WSU v. unidentified opponent @WSU, n.d., ~20 min, color, no sound
WSU v. [University of Southern California?] @USC, n.d., ~20 min, color, no sound
WSU v. University of Kansas @KU, [likely 1970-1977], ~20 min, color, possible sound
WSU v. [California?] @WSU, [1972 and 1976 dates on film leader], ~20 min, color, no sound
WSU v. Oregon State University, 1977, ~20 min, color, no sound
73 Cougar Football Highlites "A" Roll, 1973, ~20 min, color, no sound, 9.5" metal case
Appears to be magnetic sound track in many segments separated by white leader. Tracks generally not identified ("Neb." written on tape for one) , ~25 min, sound track?
WSU v. University of Washington @UW [Film titles identify as WSU Athletics Department and narrated by Bob Robertson but no sound track(?)], n.d., ~20 min, color, separate sound reel?
WSU v. University of Southern California @WSU, n.d., ~20 min, color, no sound
WSU v. unidentified opponent @ WSU , n.d., ~18 min, color, no sound
WSU v. [UCLA?] @WSU, n.d., ~20 min, color, possible sound
WSU v. UCLA @WSU, n.d., ~18 min, color, no sound
WSU v. Michigan State University @MSU, [1970 or 1977], ~16 min, color, possible sound
1973 Football Highlights Film Release Print, 1973, ~20 min , color, sound - optical track visible
WSU v. [Cal?] @ WSU, n.d., ~18 min, color, possible sound
WSU v. OSU @ OSU, n.d., ~16 min, color, no sound
WSU v. Stanford @ WSU, [1972, 1974, 1976, 1978], ~15 min, color, no sound
WSU v. USC @ Seattle, 1976, ~16 min, color, no sound
WSU v. Idaho [@WSU] - leader labeled "Idaho Promo 60 sec.", n.d., 1 min, color, possible sound on optical track
WSU v unidentified opponent away game for WSU , n.d., ~1 min, color, possible sound on optical track
WSU v. [Stanford @ Stanford], n.d., ~11 min, color, possible sound
WSU v. Stanford @ Stanford, n.d., ~15 min, color, possible sound
WSU v. [at least 3 different teams], n.d., ~6 min, color, possible sound
WSU v. [Cal, U of Oregon] @ WSU , n.d., ~3 min, color, possible sound
WSU v. [UCLA @WSU], n.d., ~10 min, color, no sound
WSU v. UCLA [@WSU], n.d., ~14 min, color, no sound
WSU v. Michigan State University @MSU, , ~10 min, color, possible sound on optical track
WSU v. Nebraska @ Nebraska, , ~10 min, color, no sound
WSU v. USC @ Seattle, 1976, ~3 min, color, possible sound
USC '77 Slowmo outs, 1977, ~12 min, color, possible sound on optical track
WSU v. unidentified opponent [@WSU], n.d., ~8 min., color, no sound
WSU v. [Cal] @ WSU, undated, ~12 min, color, possible sound
WSU v UW @UW, undated, ~15 min, color, possible sound
WSU v. KU (Univ of Kansas)@ KU, [1970s], ~10 min., color, possible sound
WSC v. Alabama, 1931 Rose Bowl, 1931 Jan. 1, B/W, no sound
WSU v. Oregon State University @ OSU, undated, 0:1:02, color, no sound
Oregon Promo label, undated, 0:1:02, color, no sound
WSU v. Nebraska @ Nebraska, , ~3 min, color, no sound
WSU v. Nebraska @ Nebraska, , ~1 min, color, no sound
WSU v. KU (Univ of Kansas) at KU, 1977, color, no sound
Series 2 - DVD recordingsReturn to Top
3 films: Ansco film created by Jas. Sulzer and Strickland Industrial Film Co.; "Rose Bowl Activities/Parade/Game Film" from Bear Bryant Museum; Paramount Sound News, 1931 Jan. 1, 10:47, 10:35, 2:20
4 e-files (3 .mov, 1 .mpg) from 1931 Rose Bowl. Might duplicate items on DVD above.
WSU-San Jose State, 1968.
WSU-Ohio State, 1979.
WSU-Utah (Copper Bowl), 1992.
WSU-Michigan (Rose Bowl), 1998.
WSU-Purdue (Sun Bowl), 2001.
WSU-Notre Dame, 2003.
Series 3 - oversize 16 mm filmReturn to Top
WSU v. [Stanford@Stanford], undated, ~30 min, color, no sound
WSU v. Stanford, undated, 1:03, color, no sound
WSU v. UCLA [at WSU], undated, ~28 min, color, no sound
74 Highlight No. 5, 1974, ~20 min, color, no sound
WSU Cougars 1984 Highlights, A roll, 1985, ~30 min, color, no sound
WSU Cougars 1984 Highlights, B roll, 1985, ~30 min, color, no sound
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Football -- Washington (State) -- Pullman.
- State College of Washington -- Football -- History.
- Washington State Cougars (Football team) -- History.
- Washington State University -- Football -- History.
- State College of Washington. Intercollegiate Athletics. (creator)
- Washington State University. Intercollegiate Athletics. (creator)