The video embedded here was created by joining two silent home movies together which play on a continuous loop and have a title card and sound added. The 16mm films are in color but color correction has been applied. An audio segment was enhanced and added to the video.

The sound portion was extracted from a complete version of Eckley's Inaugural Convocation, originally on reel-to-reel tape, which is available with the event program at

Unedited digital files created from the reel-to-reel, the film and the 16mm originals themselves are available in Tate Archives & Special Collections.


The download button above and to the right contains the text of the Inaugural Response by Dr. Robert S. Eckley on the occasion of his inauguration as President of Illinois Wesleyan University, March 22, 1969.


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