Rodney K. Ketcham Collection

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Rodney K. Ketcham Collection

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Rodney K. Ketcham

Physical Description :

79 reels 16mm (app. 29,550 ft.), 29 reels 8mm (app. 6,440 ft.)

Content Description :

The large collection of 8mm and 16mm amateur films by Rodney Kenneth Ketcham is familial, yet international, in scope, showing both travel throughout the United States (New York, Colorado, Florida, New England), and abroad (Canada, Europe and Mexico) and domestic home movie scenes. Content notes are from Dr. Ketcham’s daughter Jerri Ketcham McDermott. Dr. Rodney Kenneth Ketcham (1909-2002), grew up in Lestershire, New York. Dr. Ketcham was a Cornell graduate (B.A. 1929, M.A. 1930, Ph.D. 1938), teaching high school in Windsor, NY, and serving as a reader and assistant at Cornell to pay his way through graduate school. He found a position teaching Romance Languages at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1938. During World War II the Army instead assigned him to teach math at Geneva to newly incoming GIs. After the war, he returned home to become a founding faculty member at Triple Cities College (TCC) in Endicott. In the 1950s, TCC joined the State University of New York system as Harpur College (now Binghamton University), and later moved to a new campus across the Susquehanna River in Vestal, NY. Dr. Ketcham became full professor, teaching French, Spanish, and German, and also served as chairman of the Foreign Languages Department, first at Geneva, then at Harpur College, and later at SUNY Cortland. Dr. Ketcham’s expertise in many languages and his love of nature, culture, and foreign climes led to his being a lifetime world traveler and photographer. Dr. Ketcham used his pictures of foreign landscapes, cityscapes, and, in particular, signs, to enrich his classes, giving both a language lesson and the flavor of the countryside to students who had never traveled abroad. He was also a popular presenter at local schools, clubs, and travel groups.

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Center for Home Movies

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Early Days 1932-1939
Early Days 1935-1936
Binghamton NY 1934
Home Mix 1947
Home Mix 1946-1958
Home Mix 1960-1970
Home Mix 1970s
College Cronies 1949-1962
Europe 1937-8, Mexico and the West 1939
Dale 1940; Colorado & Florida Trips, 1941-2
New York City 1947, Voyage Autour de la Maison, Western Trip, 1946
Western Trip 1948
Mexico 1949
New England/Canada 1950
Europe 1951, pt. 1
Europe 1951, pt. 2
Europe 1961
Henry & Alice 50th Wedding Anniversary