During preparation for the construction of the Clement Recreation Center a treasure trove was discovered. While cleaning out a storage shed used by the athletic department boxes of old football game films were discovered, lost for years. They covered approximate half a century, starting in 1940, of college sports, activities and traditions.
It is to the credit of those who found these films to recognize their worth and preserve them for posterity. As a result, it has been decided to make these films available to the public via Otterbein’s Digital Commons. The first part of the project covers the years 1940-1958. The films not only show athletic contests but also some show pregame activities, homecoming celebrations and school spirit, some in color. Essentially, they show college life in a simpler time before society’s transition to the world we know today.