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Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University video collection

Identifier: MSS-243

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various U-Matic recordings of local and Northern Michigan University affiliated programs. The collection consists of seven DVDs with a total running time of 14 hours and 53 minutes. The collection is divided into twelve series: Special Topics, Sports, Alumni News, Promotions, Commencements, Theater, Lee Hall Exhibitions, Local Artists, Regional History, General History, Marquette History, and Miscellaneous.

Special Topic Series: (Disk 1) The Special Topics Series contains various interviews and programs on specific topics. The disk includes an interview with former President Jamrich about budgeting. Also featured is a speech by Gerald Ford during his visit to Northern Michigan University in November 1978. Most importantly, is the interview with Lillian Fasthorse. Lillian Fasthorse belonged to the Sioux tribe and lived on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Daokota. Her grandmother was Sitting Bull’s oldest sister. Fasthorse visited Marla Buckmaster’s AN 320, Native Peoples of North America class in February 1976. There are eight videos on this DVD.

Sports Series: (Disk 2) The Sports Series contains various videos on skiing and USOEC sports programs. Two of the videos, Olympic Training Site and What’s Up? Olympic Speed Skating Team talk about Northern Michigan University’s bid to become an official Olympic training site. There are videos documenting local ski areas including Horns Head, Ishpeming Ski Club and Blueberry Ski Ridge. Alumni News Series: (Disk 3) The Alumni News Series contains videos from the mid-to-late 1980s. The videos feature the year highlights at Northern Michigan University and also feature alumni. The programs are made entirely by alumni of Northern Michigan University. Promotions Series: (Disk 4) The Promotions Series contains promotional videos for Northern Michigan University. The disk includes promotional skits from the Admissions office. Each skit represents a department on campus and also organizational programs as well. On the disk there is also a video for Project STARRT, which stands for State-Targeted Assistance for Rural Revitalization and Training. This was a promotion due to Governor Blanchard’s request for Michigan college’s and universities to become active partners in state economic development.

Commencement Series: (Disk 4) This series contain two videos of commencements at Northern Michigan University. One commencement is the 1987 summer commencement and the other is the 1996 Spring commencement.

Theater Series: (Disk 5) The Theater Series contains excerpts of plays from Forest Roberts Theater and the Vista theater located in Negaunee, Michigan. Featured on the DVD are excerpts of Scrooge, Macbeth, Cat and Canary, The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue, and Fractured Fables. The Macbeth excerpt features a commentary from director Shelley Russell.

Lee Hall Exhibitions: (Disk 5 & Disk 6) The Lee Hall Exhibition Series contains various video clips of art exhibits featured at Lee Hall Gallery at Northern Michigan University. The video clips contain commentary from former director of Lee Hall Gallery, Wayne Francis. The exhibitions feature local artists, traveling shows, and faculty shows.

Local Artists Series: (Disk 6) The Local Artists Series contains video clips from TV 6 and Upper Michigan Today featuring segments of local artists. Some of the segments include a feature on the Huron Mountain Club and the Lake Superior Arts Association. Regional History Series: (Disk 6) The Regional History Series contains three videos on a regional history topic including Manistique, Fort Wilkins, and Blaney Park. Each video gives a general history of each city. The Blaney Park history features Kaye Hiebel from the Marquette Regional History Center. General History Series: (Disk 6) The General History Series contains special news segments with Kaye Hiebel from the Marquette Regional History Center discussing general history topics. These segments include: History of Everyday Things, History of Shoes, Identifying Old Artifacts & Objects, and Medicine History. All segments feature Kaye Hiebel. Marquette History Series: (Disk 7) The Marquette History Series contains two video clips that feature topics on the city of Marquette. One video is the History of the Marquette Fairgrounds, which features Kaye Hiebel from the Marquette Regional History Center. The other video is a clip about the Lower Harbor Cruises.

Miscellaneous Series: (Disk 7) The Miscellaneous Series contains various video clips from TV 6 and Upper Michigan Today. The videos featured on this disk include Billie Reid from the Women’s Center, Negaunee Male Choir, Small Fryes Day Care, and local segments titled the Weather Observer, which feature people from the community who track weather patterns.


  • 1976 - 1996


Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Video Collection, MSS-243, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Use restrictions apply to any recordings that originated with WLUC-TV6, please see University Archivist for additional information.


1 box (The U-matic tapes were destroyed and all the digital files placed on seven disks. )

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This collection is arranged by topic and divided into 12 series consisting of 88 videos which are contained on 7 DVD disks. The video files in this collection were originally recorded in the U-matic videocassette format. The U-matics cassettes were pulled from collection 0504-10 and digitized to be placed on DVDs for ease of use and access. Before being digitized this collection was labeled as MSS-225.

Custodial History

This collection was transferred to the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives from Northern Michigan University's Public Television Station, WNMU-TV13. The U-Matic recordings were originally part of collection 0504-10.

View This Collection Online

This collection is part of UPLINK, the Upper Peninsula Digital Network. You can see part of it on the UPLINK website here.

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University video collection
Kacy Lewis and Anne Krohn
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

These finding aids will give you an overview of the contents and context of each collection. Finding aids only exist for collections that each organization has shared with UPLINK or (in the case of the NMU Archives) for processed collections. For a more comprehensive list of collections that might help with your research, please contact the relevant heritage organization(s) directly.

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