AADL Video Collection


Added to the collection on Feb 16, 2013

Detroit News Fine Arts Writer Michael Hodges Discusses Michigan's Vanishing Train Stations: Architecture, History And Sense Of Place

This event was held on November 28, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In this lecture and slideshow, Detroit News reporter Michael H. Hodges discusses the functional and stylistic evolution of the train station over the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the range of styles architects employed to both tame and exalt rail transportation. With references to news accounts, literature and film, he will also examine the central role the train station once played as the nation's principal crossroads -- a much-used, much-loved public space that has no real analogue in American life today.

Michael H. Hodges covers art and architecture for The Detroit News, where he's worked since 1991. His new coffee-table book, Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations photographs and profiles 31 depots (including Ann Arbor) across the state, from Detroit to Three Oaks to Iron Mountain).

Michael will also sign copies of the book (which will be for sale) following the event. For more information on this event, call the Library at 327-4555 or visit our website at aadl.org.


Added to the collection on Feb 01, 2013

Camera Collector Bob Kelly Discusses The History Of The Argus Camera Company And Helps To Launch AADL's Argus Digital Archive

This event was held on October 26, 2012 at Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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Delve into Ann Arbor's fascinating history as AADL unveils a new digital local history archive (available at aadl.org after this event) featuring decades of news and photos tracing the rise and decline of Argus Cameras, a very important early manufacturer in Ann Arbor.

This event will include an introduction to the Argus online archive; a discussion of the history of Argus and its place in the community by Bob Kelly; and post-presentation refreshments.

Bob Kelly has been collecting and researching Argus for over 30 years and is one of the founding members of the Argus Collectors Group.

Founded in the Depression, Argus Cameras employed, at its height, 1300 workers and occupied two city blocks on 4th Street. The first camera rolled off the assembly line in 1936. The Argus Model A camera was so popular, it sold 30,000 units by Montgomery Ward within the first week.

Step back in time and learn more about this important early Ann Arbor business.


Added to the collection on Apr 06, 2012

50 Years Of The Ann Arbor Film Festival: Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive @ AADL Launch

This event was held on February 3, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The Ann Arbor Film Festival is celebrating its 50th year - and AADL is excited to unveil its new digital archive, chronicling the Festival's history. Join Donald Harrison, AAFF Executive Director, and other voices from the Festival's past as they share behind-the-scenes stories from the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America!

This event features the premiere of AADL's digital archive of the Festival, which will provide online access to posters and program guides from the Festival's half century of film exhibition history. The evening will conclude with light refreshments and the opportunity to mingle with Film Fest fans.

THE ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL ARCHIVE @ AADL This website will document the history of the Ann Arbor Film Fest and its 50 years of experimental cinema. Festival programs, photographs, promotional materials, and behind-the-scenes documents from the Festival's half-century history will be featured.

Original interviews with festival organizers and participants from over the years and media coverage of the event including articles from the Ann Arbor News and Ann Arbor Sun will paint a portrait of the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America.

Join us for a look in the past and an introduction to this valuable online collection!


Added to the collection on Jan 24, 2012

Culture Jamming: A Long View Back - A Panel Discussion With John And Leni Sinclair, Pun Plamondon, David Fenton, and Genie Parker At The Michigan Union - Pendleton Room

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Panelists John and Leni Sinclair, Pun Plamondon, David Fenton, and Genie Parker--all members of Ann Arbor's White Panthers and Rainbow People's Party--participate in this panel discussion which is part of the of 'Freeing John Sinclair: The Day Legends Came to Town,' a series of events celebrating the launch of AADL's Freeing John Sinclair website (available at aadl.org beginning on Friday, December 9), marking the 40th anniversary of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally that took place in Ann Arbor on December 10, 1971.

These five panelists were central to many of the actions and ideals surrounding Ann Arbor's late-1960s counter-culture. For this event, they'll reflect on what they called their "total assault on culture" during the late 1960s and early 1970s - what worked, what didn't, and what it means today.

The panel will be moderated by Professor Bruce Conforth of the University of Michigan Program in of American Culture. This special event will be held in Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street on the UM Campus.


Added to the collection on Nov 15, 2011

Old News: Historic Newspapers in the Digital Age

This event was held on October 21, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join in the celebration as AADL unveils Old News, a new, online product (available at aadl.org after this event) devoted to the digitization of newspapers from Ann Arbor's past. Old News features articles and images from Ann Arbor newspapers including selections from the clippings and photo files of the Ann Arbor News, as well as thousands of issues of Ann Arbor's 19th century newspapers.

This event includes: a discussion of the importance of historic newspapers and digitization entitled- "Newspapers Are Like A Box Of Chocolates: You Never Know What You're Gonna Get" by Frank Boles, Director of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University; an introduction/demo to Old News by AADL staff; and post-presentation refreshments.

Old News gives the public access to thousands of articles and photographs taken from the Ann Arbor News. The first selections to hit Old News are articles and photos from the 1960s, one of Ann Arbor's most vibrant periods. Photos from the 1930s are also there to show what Ann Arbor looked like during the Great Depression. More articles and photos will be added each week to paint a full portrait of Ann Arbor during the American Century.

In addition to the ever-growing collection of materials from the Ann Arbor News documenting the 20th century in Ann Arbor, Old News provides online access to decades of newspapers from the 19th century as well. Browse or search through full issues of the Ann Arbor Argus, Ann Arbor Courier, Ann Arbor Argus-Democrat, Signal of Liberty, and Michigan Liberty Press. Explore over 100,000 articles from 1880-1900 to learn about where Ann Arbor was 125 years ago.


Added to the collection on Apr 12, 2011

Women's History Month Event: Michigan History Magazine Editor Patricia Majher Discusses Her New Book "Ladies Of The Lights: Michigan Women In The U.S. Lighthouse Service"

This event was held on March 3, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Michigan leads the country in the number of lighthouses, and they're still a central part of the mystique and colorful countryside of the state. What even lighthouse enthusiasts might not know is the rich history of female lighthouse keepers in the area.

Join us as Michigan History Magazine Editor Patricia Majher discusses the history of more than 50 of these women who served the Michigan sailing community with dedication and distinction from 1849 to 1954. She will tell the fascinating stories of 10 of these women, who are also featured in her new book "Ladies Of The Lights: Michigan Women In The U.S. Lighthouse Service." A booksigning will follow and books will be on sale at the event.

Lighthouse keeping was a rugged life of long hours and hard work punctuated by periods of real peril. Imagine how it felt to be one of the rare women admitted into this profession: challenged to their limits, yet loving every minute of it. Celebrate Women's History Month and learn more about this unique facet of Michigan history.


Added to the collection on Apr 09, 2010

"Back Page": A Super Colossal Production (1936)

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Original: 16mm film, silent, 00:21:41, 1936

This film was made by the Display Advertising Department of the Ann Arbor News in 1936. It's a humorous look at a day in the life of the advertising staff as they work to secure an advertisement from a local merchant and get it to press in time for the daily run. 1936 marks the year the Ann Arbor News building was completed at 340 E. Huron and the year the News acquired its new printing press, both of which are featured in the film. There's also a tantalizing glimpse of the Bell Tower under construction on the University of Michigan campus. The Library received this 16 mm film along with the clipping files and photo negatives from the Ann Arbor News.


Added to the collection on Jan 11, 2010

A Woman's Town (1991)

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This film, produced in 1991 by Lola Jones of Another Ann Arbor, chronicles the history of African American women in Ann Arbor from the mid-nineteenth century to the late nineteenth century. The film uses interviews with prominent African American women of Ann Arbor and historical photographs to illustrate the complex history of Ann Arbor from the Abolitionist Era to Desegregation.

Another Ann Arbor is an organization founded by Lola Jones and Carol Gibson to document the history of African Americans in Ann Arbor. Through two documentaries, a long-running television series, and a book, Another Ann Arbor has brought the story of African Americans forward and made that story a conscious part of Ann Arbor's identity. Another Ann Arbor continues their work today with their website and work in the community and schools.