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Moving Image collection

Identifier: BC18

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of film and video recordings related to or produced by Barnard College. Included are recordings of campus events and performances, candid footage of campus life, taped clips of television shows featuring Barnard or people affiliated with Barnard, documentaries related to Barnard or people affiliated with Barnard, and course-related recordings. Formats of recordings include 8mm and 16mm film, VHS tapes, DVDs, DVCAM tapes, DV tapes, MiniDV tapes, and Beta tapes.

Of special interest are early films of campus life and the Greek Games from the 1920s-1940s and recordings of lectures and events featuring prominent visitors, including June Jordan, Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange, Marian Wright Edelman, Betty Friedan, Elie Wiesel, Laurie Anderson, Joan Didion, Ed Koch, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Julian Bond. Of additional interest are recordings of Dance Uptown performances from 1974 through 1991 and the On Dance lecture and panel series from 2000 through 2010. This collection also features recordings of significant campus events, including the Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters Celebration of Black Womanhood, commencements and inaugurations, award ceremonies, and annual theatrical, dance, and musical performances.

This collection is comprised of multiple format-based collections and groupings of moving image materials with various unknown provenances. They are brought together in this collection, BC18 Moving Image collection, to provide ease of access to the bulk of the Archives' Barnard-related and Barnard-produced moving image materials created prior to 2012. Many of the items in this collection were produced by entities at Barnard College, including the departments of Dance, Theatre, and Music; the Barnard Center for Research on Women; and other offices, often in conjunction with the Media Services office. Other recordings, particularly the television clips and documentaries, were produced by entities external to Barnard.


  • Creation: 1925-2011



The majority of this collection can only be viewed on-site, due to intellectual property and student records restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard College Archives approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron. Large portions of this collection may not be reproduced due to copyright and student records restrictions.


54 Linear Feet (31 cartons, 2 document boxes, 2 small clamshell boxes, 10 oversize boxes, 2 RAID drives)




This collection consists of film and video recordings related to Barnard College, including events and performances, clips of television shows featuring Barnard or people affiliated with Barnard, documentaries related to Barnard, and course-related recordings.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series, one of which is further arranged in subseries. The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:

Series 1, Films, 1925-1988
Series 2, Video recordings, 1975-2011
Series 3, Media Services collection, 1972-2011

Subseries 3.1, Media Services video recordings, 1972-2011
Subseries 3.2, Media Services digital recordings, 1987-2011

Several digital and print inventories exist for portions of this collection; these inventories are noted at the series level when applicable. These inventories can be viewed by contacting the Archives at as well as in the Archives.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Portions of the recordings in Series 2, Video recordings, were transferred to the Archives from Communications and the Development Office in the 2000s as well as from the Instructional Media and Technology Services group in 2013. The entirety of Series 3, Media Services recordings, was created by Media Services and transferred to the Archives from the Barnard Library in 2014. The acquisition date and source of the remainder of the collection is unknown.


No additions are expected; Barnard-produced or Barnard-related moving images created after 2011 are housed with the appropriate collection for the office, department, or other creator.

Related Collections

This collection contains many recordings that were produced or collected by offices and departments at Barnard College; moving images produced after 2011 are housed with the approrpriate archival collection of the office, department or other creator.

Researchers interested in Dance Uptown and the history of dance at Barnard should consult BC13.14 Dance Department and Dance Uptown Records. For complementary materials relating to theatre and music performances at Barnard, researchers should utilize BC13.54 Department of Theatre Collection and BC13.37 Department of Music Collection, respectively. Additional items relating to the Barnard Center for Research on Women can be found in BC13.58 Barnard Center for Research on Women Records. Finally, audio recordings of some events not represented in this collection may be found in BC46 Audio Collections.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Martha Tenney in July 2015.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to Moving Image collection
Martha Tenney
© 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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