University brings old school football to the web


The school’s archivists teamed up with the Maryland Gridiron Network, a group of football program boosters, and a professional archival service based in Kentucky, according to UM’s announcement.

Completing the arduous task of converting old film to internet video will keep the footage viewable even after the film is ravaged by chemical deterioration.

But the university is hoping to raise another $20,000 for the second part of the archival project: converting football games up to 1989, along with another 100 reels of footage donated by UM fans and alums.

When the Yale digitization project was announced, officials said no license would be required for the transmission of the images and no limitations will be imposed on their use, which will allow scholars, artists, and others around the world to use Yale collections for study, publication, teaching, and inspiration.

Yale claims it’s the first Ivy League school to make it collections available in a comprehensive online archive.

The school has harvested 1.5 million records from all its catalogs and digitized 250,000 of them, which are available through a newly developed collective catalog.

Yale expects the 1.5 million records to grow much larger as it continues to harvest its catalogs.

Researchers will be able to examine individual items online in detail and compare objects from different collections side by side.