RU-tv features 63 yr-old Rutgers film & Univ Archivist
When RU-tv painstakingly restored 63-year-old video footage of Rutgers,
they went to the most authoritative person to add vital perspective on the
film - University Archivist Tom Frusciano.
In the restored film Rutgers History Professor Dr. Richard P. McCormick,
father of current Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick, interviews
former Rutgers President William Demarest in 1947 about the history of the
Cook and Douglass campuses. Dr. Demarest served as president of Rutgers
Later in the film McCormick walks around the College Ave. campus with
Demarest and asks the president about the origins and then-current uses of
Kirkpatrick Chapel, Old Queen's building, Portraits Hall (located within
Kirkpatrick Chapel), the William the Silent statue, and Voorhees Mall. The
film concludes with Demarest presiding over convocation with new Rutgers
students and a rendition by a choir of the Rutgers school song, On the Banks
of the Old Raritan.
Interspersed throughout the restored film segments are discussions between
Frusciano and RU-tv reporter Marianne De Padua, which add further historical
details and contemporary facts about the places, people, and events
The RU-tv episode, Rutgers Retrospective: Demarest Reminds Us, aired in
June. It can be viewed online here:
The Rutgers University Libraries commend RU-tv on completing the four-year
project to restore this rare film and working with the University Archivist
to add valuable perspective.