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UNI Football Game Films

Identifier: 18/01/08

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 16mm films from ISTC, SCI, and UNI football games, recorded from 1958 to 1978. The films were likely shot by university athletics staff, possibly as a means of preparing for upcoming games. They were recorded without audio and primarily in black and white. This is an incomplete set as not each game film was donated to the archives. A few box labels seem to disagree with the contents of the container itself. The processor of this collection did not have the opportunity to view the films himself. Consequently, the condition and the contents of the films cannot be guaranteed. These films have been digitized to MP4 and MKV format between 2018 and 2023, and are available online in ScholarWorks.


  • 1958-1978


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Technical Access

Game films were recorded on 16mm open reel film and require special playback equipment for access and use. Use of original films may require the production or a viewing copy.

General Use, Reproduction, and Copyright Policies

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Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code ยง 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.


21.25 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Nine additional 16mm UNI football game films were donated by Randy Buchwald in March 2023. They were provided to him by teammate Neil Phipps.

Existence and Location of Copies

These films were digitized to MP4 and MKV format in batches between 2018 and 2023 and are available online in UNI ScholarWorks.

Processing Information

Collection processed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson; inventory by Student Assistant Raelyn Meling, February 26, 2016; updated March 2, 2016 (GP). Linear Feet updated September 20, 2017. Updated by Nick Waters, October 2017. Updated by Keegan Little, May 2018. Update by Jaycie Vos, July 2018, September 2018, and November 2018. Updated by student assistant Lily Schwarz to include additional digitized content, February 18, 2021.

In fall 2017, Rod Library Special Collections & University Archives successfully completed a PawPrint fundraising campaign with the UNI Foundation to digitize this collection of football films. With additional donor support between 2017 and 2023, the collection has been digitized. Films were digitized by the vendor SceneSavers based in Kentucky in mp4 and mkv formats.

Inventory updated by Student Assistant Ilse Hooper, January 2024. Dates updated by Jaycie Vos, February 2024.

UNI Football Game Films
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Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository