January 1938 Snow

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January 1938 Snow





Length: 02:44
Black & White, Silent

Title card reads: “Snowy days on the campus, January, 1938.” Students and/or staff are shown shoveling snow from campus walkways. Students are seen walking outside, throwing snow at each other, and seemingly enjoying what looks to be a significant snowfall on the ground.


The film may have been taken on or around January 13, 1938. Historical weather records indicate that parts of Plymouth County received 5-8 inches of snow on both January 12th and 13th.

This excerpt is from a 50-minute 16mm compilation film that was made in the early 1950s. The compilation film consists of both color and black & white segments, most filmed without sound, dating from 1935 to 1950. The BSU Archives and Special Collections has not uncovered any documentation or additional information about the compilation film and who produced it.

Sometime in the mid-1980s a VHS video recording was made of the projected 16mm film in an attempt to archive it, and the original film reel was probably discarded. The VHS recording was transferred to a digital format in 2015.

January 1938 Snow