SMTI and SMU Commencement Recordings Preserved

The Archives and Special Collections staff have recently completed a project to clean and reformat the early university commencement recordings made from 1966 to 1984.  1966 was the first year the UMass Dartmouth commencement (then known as SMTI, or Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute) was held on the new Dartmouth campus.  Audio-only recordings were made on reel-to-reel magnetic tape, standard technology at that time.  After 1984 recordings were made on audio cassettes, a format for which we still have easy access to equipment for playback.  But for the reel-to-reel recordings, we were faced with no way to easily listen to, share or copy the recordings for the general public or for internal uses.  Archives staff sent original tapes  to Media Preserve, an audio-visual laboratory in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania for cleaning and reformatting.   Access to the electronic files is by request at this time.

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