Penn History

General Alumni Society 28mm Films of Campus Scenes

Films Owned by the General Alumni Society in Pathescope Size

About Pathescope Film

The 28mm film format, developed by French firm Pathé Frères in 1912, was the first non-flammable film format and the only viable alternative to nitrate in its time. Distributed by the Pathescope firm in the United States, it was quickly adopted for its safety and ease of use in schools, churches, and community groups. 28mm film was widely used for several years until the rise of 16mm film and the development of 35mm safety formats rendered it virtually obsolete by the early 1930’s.

Pathescope Films Owned by the General Alumni Society

* Films with an asterisk are in the process of being converted from 28mm format to DVD for future upload to this web exhibit.

Nos. 1 & 2 Buildings & Senior Activities 556 ft.
No. 3 The Last Bowl Fight, 1916 230 ft.
No. 4 Launching of Shell & Crews* 200 ft.
No. 5 Interiors & Exteriors of Professional School Buildings 462 ft.
No. 6 Alumni University Day – Group of Alumni 150 ft.
No. 7 Pennsylvania-Cornell Football Game – Thanksgiving Day, 1915 246 ft.
No. 8 Alumni Day Parade* 446 ft.
No. 9 Review of Battalion, 1917 134 ft.
No. 10 Alumni Day, June 12, 1920* 203 ft.
No. 11 “Comedy of Errors” in Botanical Gardens by Philomathean Society

List of Contents and Intertitles

No. 3 The Last Bowl Fight, 1916 UPX 11, Film 8-6
Scene Title
1 “The last Bowl Fight – Jan. 12, 1916. The Contest between Freshman and Sophomore class held annually since 1862”
No. 5 Interiors & Exteriors of Professional School Buildings UPX 11, Film 19-18
Scene Title
1 “The School of Dentistry and Operative Clinic”
2 “Chapel Exercises for Undergraduates Held in Weightman Hall of the Gymnasium”
3 “Gymnasium Pool” [at Weightman Hall]
4 “The Medical School – Students ward in the Hospital, Dr. Edward Martin and Dean Wm. Pepper leaving the Hospital, The Medical Clinic, Dr. Charles Frazier operating, The Pathological Clinic”
5 “The Veterinary School”
6 The Law School [untitled]