Audio Visual Center records
00.AVC

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Title
Audio Visual Center records
ID
00.AVC
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1971-1988
Date [inclusive]
1938-2009
Extent
0.8 Linear feet 2 archive boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Media services at Eastern Michigan University began in 1938 and were a viable educational tool after WW II with the mass production of media and motion pictures. Today, these services have been divided and are provided by the University Library and Media Relations. The Library's audiovisual services include equipment rentals, on-site viewings, circulation, media reserves, printing, and a video production studio. Media Relations manages the University media and public relations needs, crisis communications, internal publications, and general communication needs, and maintains a staff photographer and videographer. The date span of the material ranged from the AV Center founding in 1938 to 2009, though the bulk of the material is dated from 1971 to 1988.

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Administrative History

Media services at Eastern Michigan University began in 1938 and were a viable educational tool after WW II with the mass production of media and motion pictures. The first Media Services office was located in Room 3 of the library in Ford Hall. In 1949 the first courses in Audio Visual methods were offered at Michigan State Normal College, when President Munson requested Dr. Ralph Peterson, a math professor, to establish an Audio Visual Education Center. The Audio Visual Center was established as a part of the University Library in 1959. Richard Oltmanns was the director and Dr. Peterson taught AV methods full-time through the Education department. The Photographic and Illustration Services division offered material production such as overhead visuals, slides, original art work, flat pictures, dry mounting and lamination. From 1981-1983, the Audio Visual and Television Centers were reorganized into the Media Services Center, and physically remained in the University Library.

Today, these services have been divided and are provided by the University Library and Media Relations. The Library's audiovisual services include equipment rentals, on-site viewings, circulation, media reserves, printing, and a video production studio. Media Relations manages the University media and public relations needs, crisis communications, internal publications, and general communication needs, and maintains a staff photographer and videographer.

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Scope and Contents

The Audio Visual Center records are composed of materials related to the audiovisual services provided by the University Library and the Media Relations department. The date span of the material is from 1938, the year of the AV Center founding, to 2009, though the bulk of the material is dated 1971 to 1988. The  Audio Visual Center records have been divided into two series:  Administration and History and  Contents and Materials. The Administration and history series includes clippings, correspondence, newsletters, and reports on the history and status of the AV Center and its resources. The Contents and materials series includes records relating to the educational materials maintained by the Audio Visual center. It includes resource guides for students and instructors, lists of new acquisitions, lists of materials, and catalogs of materials arranged by subject.

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Arrangement of Materials

The Audio Visual Center records have been divided into two series:  Administration and History and  Contents and Materials. The Administration and history series includes clippings, correspondence, newsletters, and reports on the history and status of the AV Center and its resources. The Contents and materials series includes records relating to the educational materials maintained by the Audio Visual center. It includes resource guides for students and instructors, lists of new acquisitions, lists of materials, and catalogs of materials arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 January 12

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Revision Description

  2012 April 18

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for research. Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to use through the University Archives.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The Audio Visual Center was originally part of the University Library, though today its original services have been divided into the Media Relations department and the Library's audiovisual services. For more on the University Library, please see the Library collection in the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Audio visual
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Libraries.
  • Michigan State Normal College

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Several of the subject catalogs are on microfilm and will require a microfilm reader to view.

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Collection Inventory

Administration and history 1938-2009  (Bulk, 1971-1988)

A Short History of Media Services at EMU 1976 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 1

Clippings 1938-2009 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 2

Correspondence 1971-1981 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 3

AV Center newsletter 1970-1971 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 4

Performance and Quality Report 1988-1989 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 5

Commitee on Visual Auditory Aids in Education 1938 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 6

Media Services Center: A Status Report 1981 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 7

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Contents and materials 1958-1993 

Scope and Contents

This box includes clippings, performance and quality reports, audio visual material subject indexes, and microfilm.

AV Teaching materials 1958 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 8

Media Resources guide 1984-1991 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 9

Audio Tape list 1972 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 10

Film Acquisition lists 1970-1978 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 11

Learning resources and technologies video titles 1993 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 12

Media Catalog Subjects A-Z 1974 


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Graphic materials (32307024766918)   1 13

Authors A-Z 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766918)   1 13

Film strips A-I 


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Graphic materials (32307024766918)   1 14

Film strips I-Z 


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Graphic materials (32307024766918)   1 14

AV Subject Catalogs 1960-1988 

Scope and Contents

There are two copies of item.

 1960-1961 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766934)   2 1

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 1961-1962 


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 1962-1963 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766934)   2 3

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 1963-1965 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766934)   2 4

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 1966-1968 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766934)   2 5

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 1968-1970 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766934)   2 6

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1968-1970 Supplement 1968-1970 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766934)   2 7

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There are two copies of this item.

 1971-1973 


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Mixed Materials (32307024766934)   2 8

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1972-1973 Supplement 1972-1973 


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Mixed materials (32307024766934)   2 9

 1980-1981 


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Mixed materials (32307024766934)   2 10

 1981-1982 


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Mixed materials (32307024766934)   2 11

 1986-1988 


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Mixed materials (32307024766934)   2 12

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