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Tufts University Television (TUTV) Records
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- 1967 -- 2020
- Tufts University Television (Organization)
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From 1977 to 1997, TUTV existed primarily as a video club. It had no system for disseminating its programming on a large scale. Instead, TUTV employed a hand-delivery system in which TUTV shuttled copies of its programs back and forth between TUTV’s production offices and the Mayer Campus Center. These copies were only available for viewing on VCR in Hotung Cafe or on the televisions in the Mayer Campus Center. As early as the 1980s a cable channel was discussed, but it did not become reality until the mid-1990s when Tufts University’s Assistant Director of Telecommunications Marj Minnigh contracted with Campuslink to provide voice, video, and data services to the Tufts residential system, including a closed-circuit cable channel that could be used by Tufts to deliver audiovisual content to their community. Wiring was completed in 1995 and by 1997, TUTV had received nearly $40,000 of funding with $30,000 from the Spaulding Porter Innovative Undergraduate Education Fund and $7,600 from Time Warner Cable. TUTV also received $20,000 from the Office of the Provost. These funds gave TUTV the ability to purchase eight new super VHS cameras and extensive editing equipment. With an updated studio and a cable system, TUTV aired on channel 43 in 1997.
When channel 43 came on-line in 1997, the Tufts administration authorized the Experimental College to oversee its use, with TUTV representatives managing the content creation process. TUTV continued broadcasting on channel 43 and on their website until launching their own channel on YouTube in 2012.
22.8 Linear Feet (19 boxes)
One box of VHS tapes (Box 19) was removed from the Audio Lab materials series in the Historical Materials collection (UA136.004) and added to this collection by Archives and Research Assistant Tim Walsh in November 2014. It was originally part of accession 2009.024.
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