Contents and Arrangement

Audiovisual and Digital Materials, 1965-2003

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of audiovisual and digital media collected by John Ennis, including 50 audiocassette tapes, 2 VHS tapes, and 1 3.5" floppy disk of various content, such as recorded interviews, poetry readings, lectures, and events, as well as several commercial recordings. Some recordings appear to pertain to Ennis's own work, while others relate to the work of other poets and writers. While additional audiovisual materials are also occasionally present elsewhere in the collection, these materials were received as a group from the collection creator and were maintained as such. Titles and dates for individual items were taken from information written on physical media, but materials are otherwise unidentified. Most are undated.


Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Collection History


No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in Spring-Summer 2017, with assistance from Kathryn Antonelli, Julia English '19, Fiona Bell '18, Sophia Alvarez '18, and Rachel Dubin '17. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in Spring-Summer 2017, with assistance from Julia English '19.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

For preservation reasons, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is restricted. The Special Collections does not have playback equipment and facilities, and all original media, especially in obsolete formats, must be digitally remastered or converted in accordance with prevailing preservation standards in order to be safely accessed. Subject to curatorial approval, patrons may request duplicates of such original media, but will be responsible for both the cost of digital conversion and the cost of the duplicate, payable in advance. Public Services staff handles all such requests. Depending on the nature of the media, this process can take 4-6 weeks or longer.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Audiovisual and Digital Materials; John Ennis Papers, C1563, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box B-000949