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Manuscript Group 254
AUDIO-VISUAL COLLECTION
[ca. 1920 - ongoing]
6 reels


Miscellaneous acquisitions of motion picture films, videotapes and sound recordings. Included are:

Pennsylvania State Police
A film produced for the Department of Public Instruction for use in the U.S. Sesquicentennial Exposition of 1926. The film explains the establishment and duties of the State Police and the true-life story of Trooper Francis Haley, killed in the line of duty. One 16mm silent black-and-white, with subtitles, 1,000 feet. Copy of the original 35mm film.

Sherm Lutz
Films taken by him of his activities as a trainer for the Civilian Pilot Training Program at Boalsburg Air Field, ca. 1935-1941. Scenes show trainees checking planes, practicing take-offs and landings, etc. Also included are scenes at the State College Air Depot, ca. 1945-1955, most notably showing the landing of the first DC-3. Seven 16mm silent color reels, 1,800 ft.

Pennsylvania Week
Produced by the Department of Commerce, probably in October, 1949. This was a commercial to promote the state's annual campaign for commerce and industry. Includes a speech by Governor James Duff. One 16mm black-and-white reel with sound, 250 feet (a copy of the original 35mm film)

Ike at Gettysburg
Probably taken by Harrisburg Patriot News photographer Guy Pugliese, June 1952. Scenes show a reception given by the presidential candidate and Mrs. Dwight Eisenhower at their Gettysburg Farm. Personalities include U.S. Senator James Duff, Governor John Fine, and State Senator M. Harvey Taylor. One 16mm silent color reel, 625 ft.

Left Bank, Right Bank
Produced by the Pennsylvania State University, 1976, concerning the voyage of the Bicentennial Raft on the Susquehanna. Accompanied by the booklet The Bicentennial Raft and the Rafting Era in Pennsylvania, by O. Linn Frank. One 16mm color reel with sound, 1,000 ft.

On the Road to '76 with Charles Kuralt
Produced by CBS News for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration in Pennsylvania. One 16mm color reel with sound, 250 feet.

The National Governors' Conference, 1976
Produced by WITF Public Television, Harrisburg, these reels chronicle the event held in Hershey on July 4-6, 1976. Ten reels of 2 inch videotape (original version) and nine reels of three-quarter inch videotape (augmented version).

Liberty the Second
Produced by CTV Television, Meadville, this tape concerns the 1985 salvaging of a speedboat sunk in Conneaut Lake in 1922. One one-half inch VHS videotape, 15 minutes in length.

Also included in the collection are 1 reel of film on Wyoming, Pennsylvania, 1926, featuring various "ethnic parades," a fourth of July celebration, etc.; the Jerry Brinser Collection, 4 reels, ca. 1920-ca. 1936, pertaining to Harrisburg and Harrisburg area activities and events; the film Gettysburg Centennial, 1963, and other items.




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