UW News

January 27, 2012

Lost and Found Films: ‘University Parking, 1960

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Welcome to a new round of News and Informations Lost and Found Film clips, where readers help identify historic bits of film from UW Libraries Audio Visual Materials Library, provided by film archivist Hannah Palin.

This Lost and Found Film, “University Parking,” from 1960, is more polished than many — its a well-edited, narrated three-minute film about campus parking challenges. It shows a new closed-circuit television camera behind the Health Sciences Building used to coordinate parking, and the voice-over notes that “with it, one parking attendant can efficiently operate two parking lots.”

The film discusses why the university charges for parking. A three-part solution is suggested for reducing parking, the first of which is a “rapid transportation system” — an idea that didnt take hold around here for a long time. Turns out we wanted a Kingdome more.

This is one of hundreds of reels of film that Palin, film archives specialist with UW Libraries Special Collections, is trying to identify for archiving purposes. She has film clips from the late 1930s through the 1970s — some from research projects, some from campus events and some from commercial films or original productions.

Palin doesnt have a lot of questions about this film, but found it an interesting view of the 1960-era UW with lots of great vintage cars.

“One question remains, however,” she said. “At the very end, the narrator states that the results of a study about campus parking will be announced in a ‘later basketball telecast. Why would this film have been broadcast during a basketball game? Were other campus issues addressed during sporting events? Any memories of watching basketball in this era? Any memories of parking on campus in this era?”

Now the basketballs in your court, so please write your comments below.

And if you liked that, here are some of our earlier Lost and Found films to peruse.

Nov. 17: Welcome to Mt. Adams

Nov. 10: Chemical engineering

Nov. 3. Art and Architecture Pavilion.

Oct. 27: Operation Cooperation, 1958.

Oct. 20: Halftime Hijinks

Oct. 13: Lynn Poole speaks at Johns Hopkins (Originally thought to be the UWs Glenn Hughes.)

Oct. 6: Womens Classes, Circa 1965

Sept. 29: Coulee Cleanup, Outtakes

Aug. 18: Kazakh Reel 6

Aug. 4: UW Penthouse Circa 1956

July 27: The University District

July 21: Palo Alto Home

July 14: Aberdeen Gathering

July 6, Research at Sea

June 30: Campus Color, circa 1940-48