Collection - Mount Saint Vincent University audio-visual collection

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Mount Saint Vincent University audio-visual collection

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  • Moving images
  • Sound recording

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  • 1982 - 2009 (Creation)
    Distance University Education via Television
  • 1955 - 2009 (Creation)
    Mount Saint Vincent University

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Physical description

101 videocassette tapes (45 hrs., 17 mins., 45 secs.) : metal particle, analog, b&w and col., Betacam SP.
112 videocassettes (136 hours, 69 minutes, 47 seconds) : ferric oxide, analog, col., U-matic.
67 videocassette (63 hrs., 25 mins) : ferric oxide, analog, col., VHS
5 video reel (4 hrs., 16 min., 39 sec.) : ferric oxide, analog, b&w., 1/2" Reel to Reel.
31 audio cassette tapes (46 hrs., 37 min.) : analog.
10 audio reel (9 hr., 34 min., 48 sec.) : open reel, polyester, analog, Pan Canada.
6 audio reel (5 hr., 57 min.) : open reel, polyester, analog, Scotch ; 17 cm.
1 audio reel (29 min., 13 sec) : open reel, acetate, analog.

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Administrative history

Distance University Education via Television (DUET) was launched in 1982, providing a method of distance learning where students could watch lectures off campus. It was initially shot with black and white cameras and broadcast to short circuit TVs using ASN (Atlantic Satellite Network), a regional television channel for Atlantic Canada. DUET filmed course lectures in Gerontology, Accounting, Women's Studies, and more, that were broadcast to students studying remotely, who could then phone in with questions and comments. DUET was the result of President Dr. E. Margaret Fulton’s efforts to gain support from provincial and federal governments as well as cable companies. The first director of the program was Dr. Diana Carl.

This program was useful especially to women, in the context of the 1980s when many women were returning to the workforce after raising families and were looking for ways to update their education. The program began with fewer than 100 students but expanded throughout the years of operation.

In 1999, DUET, along with the Open Learning Program became the foundation for the Department of Distance Learning and Continuing Education. Eventually the program transitioned from local channels to digital, and in 2011 it ceased broadcasting and became online-only programming.

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(1873 -)

Administrative history

Mount Saint Vincent University had its origins as an academy for young girls established by the Sisters of Charity in Rockingham (present day Halifax) in 1873. The original purpose of the academy was to train novices and young sisters as teachers, but the Sisters also recognized a need to educate other young women and therefore opened the academy to young women who lived in the city of Halifax. In 1925 the Nova Scotia Legislature passed a bill granting a charter to Mount Saint Vincent College empowering it to grant its own degrees. With that, Mount Saint Vincent College became the only independent women’s college in the British Commonwealth. It offered degrees in Education, Nursing and Arts.

The College continued to grow until 1966, when a new government charter was granted and the College became Mount Saint Vincent University, a co-educational institution. The Mount is a primarily undergraduate public university that offers programs in Arts, Education, Science, and Professional Studies.

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Scope and content

The collection comprises the Mount Saint Vincent University-related audio and visual material collected for the Mount Archives. Of significance to the collection is the Distance University Education via Television (DUET) series, which includes recordings of Convocation and other unique programming, like the the literary Off the Page subseries and the Alumnae Special subseries. Also included in this collection are audio and visual recordings pertaining to women's roles in education, religion, and employment.

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Some items are in poor quality due to degradation.

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Arrangement is imposed by the Archivist.

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  • English

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    Visual items are available digitally in .MOV and uncompressed .AVI formats. Audio items are available digitally in .MP3 and uncompressed .WAV formats.

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    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    For research, education, or personal uses only. Copyright held by Mount Saint Vincent University. For publication permissions, contact the Archivist at

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