Fonds 012 - Health Sciences and Information Media Services Videotape Collection

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Health Sciences and Information Media Services Videotape Collection

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  • Moving images

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HSIMS Videotape Collection

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CA NL0001 012

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65 video cassettes

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Custodial history

The original thirty videocassettes in this collection were in the custody of HSIMS until November of 1999 when they were transferred to the Founders’ Archive once proper storage facilities had been created.

Scope and content

As part of its mandate, HSIMS (Health Sciences Information and Media Service, formerly called Medical Audio Visual Services [MAVS]) created many videocassettes for the Medical School after its formation and made them available as teaching aids, public awareness tools and medical learning resources for students, staff and faculty. They were written, produced, directed and designed by the staff of HSIMS and also involved students, staff and faculty from Memorial and affiliated teaching hospitals in the St. John’s area. They were retained in the HSIMS storage area in the Health Sciences Centre.

The videocassettes cover the many projects and subjects worked on by HSIMS during the years 1978-1991, including community activities, health education, outreach to youth, and many other topics dealing with medicine and the provision of health care in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Immediate source of acquisition

The collection of thirty videocassettes was acquired from Mr. Eugene Ryan of HSIMS on 23 November 1999.


When the collection of HSIMS videocassettes arrived at the Founders’ Archive, there was some degree of order present. Tapes were clearly labelled with original titles used in earlier indexes. This formed the framework for further arrangement and description of the collection with new tape numbers being assigned to each tape and a new index being created.

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  • English

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Three of the original thirty tapes have VHS videocassette copies held at the Health Sciences Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2002, the Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archive received a Preservation Grant from the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA), and in November of that year, fourteen of the first thirty ¾ inch videocassettes were reformatted to Betacam Sp format, along with a back-up VHS videocassette copy. An additional seven were converted to Betacam Sp format only. The copies resulting from the Preservation grant are stored with the originals.

DVD copies have been completed by HSIMS and transferred to the archive.

Restrictions on access

There are restrictions on use of or access to some of the material in this collection.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

All materials in this fonds are protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance from the copyright holder(s).

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Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archive finding aid # 012. File level control

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HSIMS still retains several videocassettes. Further accruals are expected.

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