Rainstorms can provide needed nourishment to dried-out grass and plants. They can also promote an increase in the population of mosquitoes. Water can be welcomed or cursed, depending on the situation. During the end of August 2016, rain water and condensation leaking through indoor pipes caused concern for the safety of some archival materials. Among some documents that were addressed for potential water damage were a set of nine 16mm film reels from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Upon initial inspection at least a couple of reels showed slight signs of warping, which may or may not have been caused by the recent rainfall. One of the films was sticking to itself along the first few frames, so great care had to be taken to unspool the film and ensure that the emulsion was not being removed. While some of the boxes housing the films experienced noticeable water damage, the movies were still in good condition overall. Inspecting the films also generated interest in some of the titles (“Campus Scenes, Summer 1969”, “MSU Farms, 1966”, “Outside Lepto Barn, 1966”, etc.).
If you would like to help preserve Spartan history by getting this footage digitized for online access, please consider donating to the MSU Film and Video Preservation Fund (https://www.givingto.msu.edu/gift/?sid=1484). More information about the Film Fund can be found here: http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/msu-archives-preserves-spartan-history/.
Written by Matthew Wilcox, Audiovisual Archivist