This large collection of 8mm and 16mm amateur films by Rodney Kenneth Ketcham is familial, yet international, in scope, showing both travel throughout the United States and abroad and domestic home movie scenes. Content notes are from Dr. Ketcham’s daughter Jerri Ketcham McDermott.
Dr. Rodney Kenneth Ketcham (1909-2002), grew up in Lestershire, New York. Dr. Ketcham was a Cornell graduate (B.A. 1929, M.A. 1930, Ph.D. 1938), teaching high school in Windsor, NY, and serving as a reader and assistant at Cornell to pay his way through graduate school. He found a position teaching Romance Languages at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1938. During World War II the Army instead assigned him to teach math at Geneva to newly incoming GIs. After the war, he returned home to become a founding faculty member at Triple Cities College (TCC) in Endicott. In the 1950s, TCC joined the State University of New York system as Harpur College (now Binghamton University), and later moved to a new campus across the Susquehanna River in Vestal, NY. Dr. Ketcham became full professor, teaching French, Spanish, and German, and also served as chairman of the Foreign Languages Department, first at Geneva, then at Harpur College, and later at SUNY Cortland. Dr. Ketcham’s expertise in many languages and his love of nature, culture, and foreign climes led to his being a lifetime world traveler and photographer. Dr. Ketcham used his pictures of foreign landscapes, cityscapes, and, in particular, signs, to enrich his classes, giving both a language lesson and the flavor of the countryside to students who had never traveled abroad. He was also a popular presenter at local schools, clubs, and travel groups.
People appearing include: Rodney Kenneth Ketcham; wife: Helen Robinson Ketcham; son: Dale Ketcham & wife Jeanne Ann Means; their children Janet & Stuart; daughter: Jerri (Jerrine) Ketcham McDermott; brother: Henry Crocker Ketcham & wife Alice Myers Ketcham; their children Walter & Bruce; parents: Louis B. Ketcham & Edith Crocker Ketcham; aunts & uncles: Henry Hathaway Ketcham; Herman & Verna Ketcham; their daughter Vera Atwater & her children Nancy & Betsy; Grant & Ella Crocker; Helen’s parents: Charles & Irene Bross; Helen’s maternal grandmother Addie Wolcott & husband Amos Wolcott; Addie’s later companion John Emert (“Grandpa John”); Helen’s brother: Robert Robinson
Original films and copyright held by the Center for Home Movies.
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Original films and copyright held by the Center for Home Movies