Collection Overview

The Xavier University Archives and Special Collections (Cincinnati, Ohio) has a small collection of 16mm and 35mm film of Xavier University football games from approximately 1940 to 1957. Xavier discontinued its football program in 1973.

The films are silent and mostly black and white. A few films are in color. Some are fuzzy and offer poor viewing quality. The films may have been made by Department of Athletics coaching staff or the Office of Public Relations. Prior to 1950, Xavier home games were not televised. In spring 1950, University advisors along with the president James McGuire, SJ and Edward Vonderhaar, Director of Public Relations, debated the merits of televising games. The films in this collection contain both home and away games.

The analog formats exhibit many physical conditions issues. They were digitized in 2004-2005 as part of an ongoing effort to digitize the University’s film assets through Scenesavers, a professional archival transfer firm. The films were transferred to DVD at the time as mpeg1 files, and more recently ripped from DVD to electronic storage. The items in this collection are housed in University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library.

Related Collections

Related collections include the Xavier University Football Collection and the Xavier University Athletic Advisory Board Records.

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Submissions from 1951

Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) football versus Camp LeJeune Marines, September 29, 1951, Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio)