Men's Basketball Emerges
On February 8, 1911, the A&M College (later known as NCSU) basketball team played its first game against Wake Forest. Known as the Red Terrors until 1947, when all athletics teams at NCSU adopted the name "Wolfpack," the men's basketball team has been a member of multiple conferences and the winner of numerous championships, including the 1974 and 1983 NCAA men's basketball championships. Since the early 1950s, much of the history of this team has been captured on film.
Two years ago the Special Collections Research Center realized that this rich history, located within a University Archives audiovisual collection that had swelled to over 300 cartons of audiovisual materials, should be made more accessible for the university community and other fans. While half of this collection was processed, the other half remained unprocessed. Identifying and locating the men's basketball audiovisual materials would be difficult without a detailed inventory. Step 1 was to get a handle on the extent of the collection. Each carton (both processed and unprocessed) was ordered from an off-site shelving facility and inventoried for title, year, and format. We discovered 35mm still image film, 8mm, 16mm, VHS, Betacam, Betamax, U-matic, reel to reel audio tapes, cassette tapes, LPs, CDs, and DVDs, just to name the most popular formats. The content of these materials varied as well - recruitment films, educational films, sound recordings, coaches' films, speeches, Chancellor inductions, and the list goes on.
Step 2 involved removing men's basketball materials from the detailed inventory to create its own separate subseries. The Men's Basketball Audiovisual Materials collection, dated from 1953 - 1994, consists primarily of coaches' films taken from the bleachers/sidelines. These films were primarily used by coaches for training purposes. There are a smattering of other types films in this collection as well, including copies of some broadcast videos. Some of the coaches' films have been digitized and can be found online on our Rare and Unique Digital Collections website. Having the men's basketball materials available for researchers to locate is an exciting step in our audiovisual collections processing plan!
Stay tuned as we process other unique audiovisual collections - next is women's basketball!
For questions about this or any of our collections, please contact the Special Collections Research Center .