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This collection contains a variety of video and audio recordings that help document the over 125 years of history of San Diego State.

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Allan Anderson on Krishnamurti, Friends of the Library Luncheon, 1995
Bob Wallace, president of the Friends of the Library, introduces Alan Sparks, who was chair of the Religious Studies Department. Sparks briefly speaks about students in the department who are "baffled" by the writings of Krishnamurti, and about how Religious Studies was on the list of "expendable" departments in case of budgetary problems. Andreas Brown had given San Diego State University a "collection of materials" regarding Krishnamurti, and Anderson had videotaped conversations with the Indian thinker. Anderson reads a couple of paragraphs he wrote for a book on the centenary of Krishnamurti's birth, and he quotes Krishnamurti. He quotes and paraphrases Krishnamurti in the process of exposition of his philosophy., San Diego State University
Appearance of George Lincoln Rockwell at San Diego State College, 1962
A news story from KABL reports the fracas that occurred when the leader of the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell, invited students onto the stage to use the microphone. The reporter also questioned whether "controversial" speakers would be invited in the future. There is a short quotation by Rockwell as part of the media coverage, and a further interview with Rockwell that repeats his platform for running for president of the United States. The interview continues, with Rockwell stating that his party members "live like rats." He claims "several hundred members" with "several million people" who are "too scared to contact us." Then the reporter said that KCBS recorded the attack on Rockwell and what happened as he made his way after the attack to the Humanities and Society Science Building--student catcalls and throwing of raw eggs and rocks. That recording is then broadcast. When asked why he puts up with abuse, he averred his belief in the truth of his cause. Speaking of his attackers, he accuses, "It's always the same people," clearly meaning those of Jewish heritage., San Diego State University
Aquatic sports at San Diego State University
This nearly three minute clip shows people sailing and using a swimming pool. There is no sound. The clip is labeled "Azteccenterconstruction4," but the Aztec Center is not shown, just people sailing on sailing dinghies, and people swimming in and lifeguards watching a swimming pool. This video is dated the same as the Aztec Center construction videos. The approximate date is 1967., San Diego State University, no people are identified, nor are sites specified. It is assumed that the sailing dinghies are near and from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. The location of the swimming pool has not been discovered.
Aviation yesterday & today, 1979
Over image of a wind sock, an airplane, and an aerial view, radio traffic between an operating airplane and the Lindbergh Field tower is heard before Corita Gravitt's voice announces the beginning over the title frame picturing a biplane with a pilot in boots leaning on one wing. "We used to refer to pilots and flyers," a man states as he speaks about what flying used to be like, over images of airplanes of the early 20th century. Many of those interviewed, according to accompanying information, are not named, while others have intertitles with their names: these people come from many backgrounds, but were connected in some way with early aviation: pilots, barnstormers, wingwalkers, mechanics, builders, and just observers of the changing aviation scene. Interviewees include: Vincent Burke, Walter Ballard, Ed Morrow, Ken Kirkwood, Philip Myers, Martin Jensen, Lillian Boyer Werner, George Coath, Joe Jessop, and Larry Springer. Gravitt speaks about pilots from World War I "trying to scratch a living from the air any way they could." One of the earlier men speaks again, over a photograph of him standing with his airplane, this time about barnstorming with a wing walker. Werner speaks about her experience over a photograph of herself under an airplane propeller, then several photographs of herself as a wing walker in the air on a biplane. She says, "I just loved it," although it was "like deadly poison: one drop'll kill you." Another man speaks about his flying experience, starting a tour of the United States in 1925, starting in San Diego. Another pilot recalls using regular gasoline from an automobile service station when he ran short of fuel, then about having to land for lack of supplemental oxygen. Landing sites in 1925 are discussed by the next speaker (before there were many airports). Another pilot talks about the difficulties of finding one's location without guidance. Over photographs of his accident, a pilot talks about his experience of a crash that killed a passenger. Speaking over photographs of their airplanes, pilots continue to tell their stories. Oral histories of Jensen, Morrow, and Ballard are available in this database, listed under "Related Materials." The sound quality is poor., San Diego State University, cannot read last panel, cannot see a date, but a statement at the beginning of the video segment at https://library.sdsu.edu/scua/raising-our-voices/san-diego-history/we-were-there#Aviation states: "All videos were produced by Corita Gravitt and Jerry Johnson in 1979."
Aztec Center Expansion Project (final cut)
A pounding loud beat accompanies this short video promotes an expansion project for the old Aztec Center, the "Aztec Center Referendum" being voted on November 6 and 7, with no year given. Adelle Gomelsky ("Student Referendum Chair") explains how an expanded student union would offer new and better services. Scrolling text says the student union was built for a much smaller group of students than were currently being served. A student crawls toward the camera with a foam hand. Malerie McNeill, "Rotaract President," makes a case for a computer lounge as in another venue. Matthew Guillory and Matthew Hankerson, both "Biology Freshmen," would like more space. Henry Carandang, "Theatre Arts Senior, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Member," would like not to have to traverse the campus to satisfy his needs. Juan Aguilar, "Communications Senior, Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity Member," likes the idea of more space for "students to hang out between classes" and more space for clubs. "Joe Student" (Kevin Smets) asks why "we're still trapped in the '60s." (The Aztec Center was opened in 1968.) At the end all the previous arguments are reiterated and two unidentified women call for a yes vote. The video was edited by Joey Castanieto., San Diego State University
CNN's "Looking Up" on paraplegic waterskiers
This very short video clip, part of what is likely a series of news items called "Looking Up" from CNN, tells the story of two paraplegic waterskiers in the San Diego area. The program in which these men participate is sponsored by the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Names associated with this video clip include: Cathy Wilkinson, Dan Ansley, Deborah St. George, and Bruce Cornell., San Diego State University
Campus Laboratory School Reunion and Farewell Party, 1991
Initially named the Training School, the Campus Laboratory School (or Campus Lab School) was established in 1900, and located on the State Normal School campus. The school provided instruction for elementary, middle, and high school students in small classes where they could receive more individualized instruction. Besides serving as a grammar school, the Training School allowed Normal School students the opportunity to instruct the students themselves, thus providing practice and teaching experience. When Edward Hardy began his term as president in 1910, he discontinued the high school segment of the Training School because increasing enrollment (by 1910 the Training School had over four hundred students) was causing space problems. To accommodate the growth in enrollment the school moved into a separate building. When the college moved to Montezuma Mesa in 1931, the Training School maintained its own separate building on the new campus as part of the science complex. This new facility featured classrooms, a library, and a playground. In 1936, the school set up a Child Study Laboratory for Home Economics students to earn credit towards their degrees. In 1953, during a period of campus expansion, the Campus Lab School again relocated to a new building, and officially changed its name to the Campus Laboratory School. Several years later, because of an influx of students in the School of Education, the Campus Lab School transitioned from its original purpose as a "practice" school to an observation and research center. Although students in the teacher program were still able to student teach at the school, the majority of students observed classes and instructional techniques at the school, and received their student teaching experience at other San Diego public schools. Despite this shift in function, the school remained extremely popular, and had a long waitlist by 1960. In addition, the school's curriculum was innovative and on the cutting-edge of educational techniques, child development, and teaching training. The school experimented with individualized curriculum, a non-graded organizational structure, team teaching, self-directed learning, creative teaching, bilingual programs, and programs for special needs and gifted students, all of which propelled the Campus Lab School and San Diego State's teaching program to national recognition. In 1970, state budget cuts forced the closure of the Campus Lab School. The old Campus Lab site was razed in 1991. On February 24, 1991, the campus held a reunion for all faculty, students, administrators who had anything to do with the Campus Lab School. This event also gave all those involved a chance to bid a final farewell to the CLS building (built in 1952), which was razed in March 1991. Speakers included George Sorenson, Andrew Olson, Fred Schrupp, Bill Emery, Artha Barbour, Thor Carlson, James Retson, Ann Morey, Aileen Birch, John Dirks, Peggy Cliff, Jean Bruce, and Jay Hunter. Names mentioned in the recording include: Barbara Barrow, Lyn Olsson, Grant Nielsen, George Hatch, Richard Madden, Pauline Black Emery, George McHaffy, Richmond "Dick" Barbour, Irving Outcalt, William T. Skilling, Dick Madden, Dave Pascoe, Bill Lucio, Isabella Hammack, Marguerite Brydegaard, Catherine Corbett, Glen Mason, Patti Patterson, Joyce Schmock, Gwen Bacon, Edwina Moore, Lillian Olson, Beryl Campbell, Dick Servey, Mary Dessel, Sue Earnest, and Les Earnest., San Diego State University
Christmas readings by Cleavon Little, 1965
Little graduated from SDSU in 1965. While he was a student, he acted in several plays at San Diego State and The Old Globe theatre, including A Raisin in the Sun (1962), which was the Globe's first African-American production. After graduating, Little studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He made his Broadway debut in Jimmie Shine. In 1970, he won a Tony Award for best actor in Broadway Musical Comedy for his role in Purlie Victorious. Besides Broadway, Little also acted in movies, such as Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), Vanishing Point (1971), and Greased Lightning (1977). He is perhaps best known for his leading role as Sheriff Bart in Mel Brooks' movie Blazing Saddles (1974). This episode of the radio program "San Diego State Reports," broadcast on December 19, 1965, features the following Christmas-related segments:"How Come Christmas?" -- a dramatic reading in which Cleavon Little acts out the voices of multiple characters. Henry van Dyke's "The Foolish Fir Tree" -- literary reading by Cleavon Little. Frank Horne's "Kid Stuff" -- literary reading by Cleavon Little. Announcer Jan Rotchstein reads the full text of the famous 1897 newspaper editorial, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.", San Diego State University
Friends of the Library talk by Mark Littmann, 1989
Doctor Littmann was the Director of Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah, for 18 years, and taught astronomy at Loyola College in Baltimore, the University of Utah, and Westminster College in Salt Lake City. In this talk, Littman discussed the completion of NASA's Voyager mission on its 12-year tour of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The tape starts after the beginning of Littmann's speech. Names mentioned in the speech include: Owen Gingerich, Lyn Olsson, Gary Arnold Flandro, Walter Hohmann, Gaetano Arturo Crocco, Elliot "Joe" Cutting, and Arthur C. Clarke., San Diego State University
International Student Center Groundbreaking Ceremony, 1991
Ron Johnston of San Diego State University Parents' Development Board provides opening remarks. He introduces the architect, Francisco Montesinos, and several others involved in the engineering and construction of the building. Moving on to funding, he mentions audience member Ruth Keen and her late husband Harold Keen. He introduces San Diego State University President Thomas B. Day, who welcomes the audience and also speaks about Harold Keen. Johnston takes back the microphone to introduce Ron Moffatt, Director of International Student Services, who says that Dave Neptune and Winnie Chase are in the audience along with some others involved with the International Student Center, and thanks Ruth Keen. Johnston then introduces Carl Emerich, associate vice president for student affairs, who talks about Neptune. The next speaker is Lionel Van Deerlin, who worked with Harold Keen at the San Diego Sun in the 1930s. Johnston returns to the microphone to end the ceremony, introducing a singer for the final presentation., San Diego State University, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sandiegouniontribune/obituary.aspx?n=ronald-f-moffatt&pid=108492547 seen 9/25/2017
Interview with Abraham Nasatir, 1981
This interview begins on November 18, 1981, but continues on the 23rd and then on December 2, 1981. Abraham Nasatir was born in 1906 in Santa Ana, California. He entered UC Berkeley at the age of 14, and received his PhD in history at age 21. While studying at Berkeley he met his future wife, Ida Hirsch, an English student also attending the school. After marrying in 1929, the couple moved to San Diego where Nasatir began a 50-year teaching career at San Diego State College. Focusing on his fields of Spanish border and Mississippi valley history, and Gold Rush history, Nasatir published 14 books and and numerous articles, establishing himself as a national expert on these subjects. He also served as vice-consul for Paraguay and Ecuador. As an Orthodox Jew, he was a leader and educator of the Jewish community. Nasatir Hall on the SDSU campus is named for him. Doctor Nasatir retired in 1974 and died in 1991., San Diego State University
Interview with Abraham Nasatir, Part 1, 1981
Abraham Nasatir was born in 1906 in Santa Ana, California. He entered UC Berkeley at the age of 14, and received his PhD in history at age 21. While studying at Berkeley he met his future wife, Ida Hirsch, an English student also attending the school. After marrying in 1929, the couple moved to San Diego where Nasatir began a 50-year teaching career at San Diego State College. Focusing on his fields of Spanish border and Mississippi valley history, and Gold Rush history, Nasatir published 14 books and and numerous articles, establishing himself as a national expert on these subjects. He also served as vice-consul for Paraguay and Ecuador. As an Orthodox Jew, he was a leader and educator of the Jewish community. Nasatir Hall on the SDSU campus is named for him. Doctor Nasatir retired in 1974 and died in 1991. Names mentioned during the interview include: Morris Nasatir, Sarah Ester Hurwitz Nasatir, Ida Hirsch Nasatir, Julius Nasatir, Frances Nasatir, George Nasatir, Vierling C. Kersey, Herbert Eugene Bolton, William C. Binkley, Karl C. Leebrick, L. J. Paetow, Edward M. Sait, Lewis Lesley, Leslie Brown, William Spence Robertson, and Mary Ross., San Diego State University, Part I of the SCUA transcript ends at 1:04:35, on page 19. This part of the interview was done on October 28, 1981, and at the beginning of this second part of Nasatir's speech she does not transcribe everything he said, and he says he doesn't like to say it (about Lesley). The second part of the transcript contains a "Session Guide" to the tapes. The first tape ends at about 1:13:00 in this audio file.