A recently rediscovered film provides a fascinating look at UT from early in the last century. College Memories 1931: A Portrait of Campus Life is an eleven-minute glimpse into life at UT by local Knoxville home movie enthusiast Robert Clements. It includes shots of the Carnicus Parade, a track meet, Aloha Oe, and the marching band. The film also captures a campus visit by the artist who designed the original Torchbearer statue, Theodore A. Beck, and shows his original model.
Clements, the filmmaker, began making movies in 1928. His early films, now lost, were shot in the obscure 9.5mm format. He graduated to the 16mm format while attending UT. A copy of College Memories 1931 is housed at the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, part of the Knox County Public Library.
Warning: Some viewers may find some of the imagery depicting racial and gender stereotypes prevalent during the era to be disturbing.