The University Archives recently acquired several hundred films from WKAR, including a 1930 nitrate film of an MSC football team trip to Washington, D.C. to play Georgetown.Thanks to support from a donor, we were able to digitize the fragile nitrate film in high definition. The film shows the team touring the nation’s capital, visiting Annapolis and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and meeting President Herbert Hoover.
Sadly, there is no actual gridiron footage because the game was played at night. But there are great scenes of football coach Jim Crowley, Spartan Marching Band director Leonard Falcone, and the MSU team enjoying this marvelous trip – which must have been a highlight of their college careers.
The digitized film can be seen on our MSU history site, On the Banks of the Red Cedar (http://onthebanks.msu.edu/Object/1-4-1548/msc-football-team-goes-to-washington-dc-1930).
If you would like to help save Spartan history, please consider donating to our MSU Film and Video Digitization Fund (https://givingto.msu.edu/gift/?sid=1484). More information about the Film Fund can be found here: https://msuarchives.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/msu-film-and-video-preservation-fund/.