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EMU Division of Communications

Identifier: 02.DC

Scope and Contents

A broad collection of audio/visual material that contains material relating to sports, EMU campus events, promotional materials, speeches, interviews, Eastern Michigan programming and performances, and material gifted to EMU by news companies. The primary formats of the materials are VHS, U-Matic, CD, DVD, Mini DV Cassette, and DV Cassette. The content that is covered ranges from 1941 to 2016. Most of the materials were created by John Rice, but parts of the collection were gifted from outside companies. Content is usually geographically focused on Ypsilanti, but there are instances of items that contain photographs of outside areas either for collecting pictures for no specified reason or chronicling trips hosted by Eastern. The material was kept in the department of communications until the videographer position was eliminated, which resulted in the material being moved to the archives in 2016. The content is arranged into the following series': Athletics, Promos and Events, Speeches, Lectures, Interviews, EMU Programming, Material Given to EMU by Third Parties, Miscellaneous Material, Various Mini DV Cassettes and DV Cassettes, and Integrated Content.


  • 1941 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the University Archives.

Administrative History note

The collection originated from the position of University Videographer, and was kept by videographer and EMU Alum John Rice until the position was eliminated in 2016. After the elimination of the position, materials were transferred to the Eastern Michigan University Archives in multiple accessions between 2016-17. Although his the videographer position was removed, John Rice continued to teach in the Communications, Media and Theater Arts department as an adjunct lecturer.


553.79 Linear Feet (1 Record Center Carton, 8 Disk boxes, 3 Flip-Top Boxes, 11 Oversized Flip-Top Boxes, 20 UMatic storage boxes, 34 VHS storage boxes, 4 archive boxes)

Language of Materials



Samuel Schmaltz, Brooke Boyst
2019 April 8
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197