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USI’s Rice Library to show historical newsreels

USI’s Rice Library to show historical newsreels

4/3/2014 | University Communications

The staff of University of Southern Indiana’s Rice Library University Archives and Special Collections invites guests to join them on a trip back through time. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 14, on the third floor of the Rice Library, Jennifer Greene, reference/archives librarian, will show old newsreels from the archives collection.

The reels, approximately 10 minutes each, will be shown on an original Bell and Howard 16mm projector circa 1920’s or 1930’s.

Films include:

  • Signal Corps of the US Army: WWI Meuse-Argonne Offensive (Battle of Argonne Forest)
  • Signal Corps of the US Army: WWI Battle of Saint-Mihiel
  • News Parade: 1953 News Reel
  • The New Official News: 1947 World Series Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees
  • Caramel Hollywood Films: 1947 Heavyweight Boxing match Joe Louis vs Joe Walcott
  • Castle Films: WWII Pacific front/MacArthur Liberates Manila
  • Hawaii Natural History Association: Mauna Loa volcano Erupts
  • Castle Films: 1947 News Reel
  • Milestones of the Century: Pathe News: 60 Years of Navy Subs

Greene will open the showing with a narrative and encourage dialogue between audience members between reels. She has been adding titles to the archives collection, and hopes in the future to invite faculty experts in related areas to provide insight during the viewings.

The reels will appeal to a variety of audiences, from history buffs, to sports fans, to perhaps even Dr. Who fans. “I believe I’ve found the origin of the Dalek from the Dr. Who series,” said Greene.  “In one of the World War I films, there are these little one-man mini tanks that look exactly like the Daleks.”

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first come first served basis. For more information contact Jennifer Greene at or 812-464-1832.

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