Series 191 - ANU film and sound recordings

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ANU film and sound recordings


  • 1952 - 1972 (Creation)

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1.2 m (2 type 10, 3 type 1 and 1 type 2 boxes)

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(1946 -)

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The Australian National University was established by an Act of the Federal Parliament in 1946 and is governed by a Council. Its founding mission was to be of enduring significance in the post-war life of the nation, to support the development of national unity and identity, to improve Australia's understanding of itself and its neighbours, and to contribute to economic development and social cohesion. Its mandate was to undertake 'postgraduate research and study both generally and in relation to subjects of national importance'. This national mission gives the University a distinctive relationship with the Australian Federal Government. It was Australia's only full-time research university with four initial Research Schools (Physical Sciences, Medical Research, Social Sciences and Pacific Studies). Undergraduate courses have been taught since 1960, when it amalgamated with Canberra University College.

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Most of the films and audio tapes in this series record important events such as the laying of foundation stones, opening of buildings, conferring of honorary degrees and installation of Chancellors. There are also copies of staff interviews broadcast by the ABC and recordings of George Dreyfus, an ANU Creative Arts Fellow, and his music. The originals are not available for access – some reference copies have been made and others will be produced as required.

Reference copies:
The First Chancellor, colour, reference copy on video,1952;
The First Chancellor, colour, reference copy on DVD, 1952;
Opening of RG Menzies Library building by HM Queen Elizabeth II, reference copies on video, 13 Mar 1963;
Synchronos 72, reference copy on video, CD and DVD 1972;
Opening of Research School of Physical Sciences, speakers Dr Coombs, Mr Menzies, Professor Oliphant, Sir John Cockroft, Sir Douglas Copland reference copy on cassette tape, 5 Sep 1952;
Conferring of doctorate on Sir John Cockroft, speakers Professor Oliphant, Sir Douglas Copland, Sir John Cockroft, Dr Coombs reference copy on cassette tape, 5 Sep 1952;
Foundation stone ceremony, Haydon-Allen building [attachment to file:] reference copy on cassette tape, also in ANUA 20, 12 Oct 1959


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Open access to content, originals are not available for access, some reference copies have been made.

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There is some duplication with ANUA 20, audio tapes about Canberra University College, several tapes are annotated with file references to Central Files (ANUA 53)

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 9 August 2007




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