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Creator: Hartford, Walter W., ca. 1921-.
Title:Walter W. Hartford, Jr. films
Dates:ca. 1942-1943
Call Number:M74
Location:73/1
Volume:0.30 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Note:The collection comprises one 16mm film (approximately 10 minutes long), and two video cassette copies, a master and a research copy. The film includes images of the Northeastern University campus on Huntington Avenue, both interior and exterior views, students participating in various academic and extracurricular activities, and fraternity houses. The film documents only the original Class of 1944, now the Class of 1943, and appears to depict engineering students. It is a candid record of student life, including footage of a baseball game, card playing, leapfrog, a mock classroom lecture, a drafting class, an engineering class held in a machine shop, probably in the basement of Richards Hall, and various stunts. The film is shot in black and white, and is silent.
Historical Note:Walter W. Hartford Jr., was president of Northeastern University's Class of 1943 and was an electrical engineering major in the original Class of 1944, which entered Northeastern in September 1939. The graduation date for the class was to be June 1944; however, after the United States entered World War II, the school instituted an accelerated program which moved the graduation date of the Class of 1944 to November 1943. During the war, Northeastern University graduated several classes per year, resulting in several classes of 1944 and 1945. In the 1960s, the affected classes were renamed by year of their actual graduation. Thus, the original "Class of 1944," which entered Northeastern in September 1939 and graduated in November 1943, is now the Class of 1943 as is the original Class of 1943, which graduated in May 1943.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Hartford, Walter W., ca. 1921-

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Baseball
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Buildings
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Class of 1943
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Class of 1944
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Students

  • College students -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • College students -- Recreation
  • Engineering -- Study and Teaching (Higher) -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Engineering students -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Molly Overholt, May 2002