1974 Time Capsule Collection

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1974 Time Capsule collection
Creator: University of Rochester
Call Number: UA50
Dates: 1974, 1984
Physical Description: 1.03 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: 1974 Time Capsule collection
Creator: University of Rochester
Call Number: UA50
Dates: 1974, 1984
Physical Description: 1.03 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
The idea for a 1974 time capsule was conceived as part of a protest against Wilson Day, which many students felt consisted of "incredibly boring lectures" that had nothing to do with them. "1984 Week" (November 13-17, 1974) was subsequently organized by various student groups in honor of George Orwell's dystopian classic. In addition to the burying of the capsule, other highlights included a lecture by science fiction writer Gordon Dickson; a lecture by Frank Dowd on the University in 1984; a "War of 1984" scenario by Clifton Largess of the University's NROTC unit; and a "Come as You Will Be" dance sponsored by the undergraduate Concert Committee and Social Activities Board.

The contents of the capsule, selected by a committee headed by sophomore Daniel Kimmel, related to both the University and the world at large. Political and cultural upheaval were a primary theme, as evidenced by publications and ephemera related to feminism and GLBTQ liberation, as well as the Watergate scandal and subsequent resignation of President Nixon. Ms. and Playboy magazines, together with the New Standard American Bible, form a particularly evocative trio that speaks volumes about the forces at work in American society at this time. Also included was material related to the construction of Wilson Commons, a student's ode to Genesee Valley Park, a poem by associate professor Jarold Ramsey, an ASCII design by junior Ron Shapiro, and a Times-Union article about the capsule accompanied by a note from Kimmel decrying its shoddy reporting and sexist imagery. Many of the predictions for 1984 express grave concern about the environment, while one foresees a new doll that will supplant that old-fashioned Barbie: Lisa Liberal, who will come with a baby named Clover Sunshine, a packet of birth control, and plastic pickets for anti-war demonstrations.

The time capsule was buried on November 17, 1974, encased in a howitzer shell recently detonated by Rochester's civil defense force. It was unearthed on October 13, 1984 as part of the University's Alumni Weekend in a small ceremony that included speeches by Daniel Kimmel and Dean of Students Peter Kountz. The contents were displayed for a week in the Main Lounge of Wilson Commons and then transferred to the University Archives by Diane Jenkins that November.

New York (State)--Rochester
Time capsules
College students--Attitudes
University of Rochester
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[Item title, item date], 1974 Time Capsule collection, UA50, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Eileen L. Fay
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055

Finding aid publication date: January 2012
Content List
Flatfile 1University of Rochester Ephemera, November 8-10, 1974, November 13-17, 1974, undated
Includes a Women's Weekend schedule and poster; a drawing made by John Pales, age 9, in a Creative Workshop class at the Memorial Art Gallery: and a "Big Brother is Watching You" poster created by C.L. Couran.

Box 1, Folder 1Addresses of alumni, October 24, 1984
Addresses were used to send letters found inside the time capsule to these alumni once the time capsule was opened in 1984.

Box 1, Folder 2Amtrak New York-Albany-Buffalo-(Toronto) schedules (effective May 1974)
Box 1, Folder 3Campus Times issues, November 11-15, 1974
Box 1, Folder 4Constitution of the Students' Association of the University of Rochester (revised 1972)
Box 1, Folder 5Contributions (miscellaneous)
Box 1, Folder 6Democrat and Chronicle ad showing food prices, November 13, 1974
Box 1, Folder 7The Empty Closet, November 1974
Box 1, Folder 8 Midnight newspaper, December 9, 1974
Box 1, Folder 9 Ms. magazine, November 1974
Box 1, Folder 10New Standard American Bible - New Testament
Box 1, Folder 11Newsweek magazine with Stevie Wonder on the cover, October 28, 1974
Box 1, Folder 12Nixon resignation speech audio reel, August 8, 1974
Box 1, Folder 13Photographs
Includes photographs of a tree taken by John Conboy (Class of 1977) in October 1974, the construction of Wilson Commons, and Richard Nixon.

Box 1, Folder 14 Playboy magazine, September 1974
Box 1, Folder 15Predictions for 1984 written by students and faculty
Box 1, Folder 16Publicity about time capsule, November 1974
Box 2, Folder 1 Time magazine, October 28, 1974 and November 11, 1974
Box 2, Folder 2UPI teletype from WRUR newsroom discussing news, weather, sports, stocks, November 16, 1974
Box 2, Folder 3University of Rochester Course Description Handbook, Fall 1974
Box 2, Folder 4University of Rochester ephemera (miscellaneous)
Includes a 1974-1975 Memorial Art Gallery Creative Workshop brochure and mission statement, admissions form envelope, maps of Rochester and University of Rochester campuses, parking violation tickets, a Todd Union brochure, and a Winter sports calendar (1974-1975).

Box 2, Folder 5University of Rochester Model Rocketing Club
Box 2, Folder 6University of Rochester publications
Includes April 1974 edition of the The Advocate: The University of Rochester Women's Commission Newsletter, Currents (November 8 and November 15, 1974), The History Council Handbook (Spring 1975), and the NROTC publication S-39 (November 1974).

Box 2, Folder 7University of Rochester 1974-1975 Undergraduate Bulletin
Box 3T-shirt: "Rochester Swimming" (front) "Be Home At 7:30" (back)
Box 3T-shirt: "SAB" (front) "House of Bacchus Rot Gut, Made in Meliora, NY" (back)
Box 3"Timeship" rocket made by UR Model Rocketing Club
Used Estes Model Rocket Engine A8-3 (9-28-73).

Box 3The White House Transcripts (paperback book), May 1974

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