UIC grad tyro talks about anticipating Eastland disaster film footage

February 10, 2015 - Picnic Time

Jeff Nichols has lived in Chicago for 20 years, so when he stumbled on 100-year-old film clips of a SS Eastland disaster, a UIC connoisseur tyro knew a stress of what he had found.

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“It’s as simply tangible to someone who cares about Chicago story as a Titanic, so we knew what we had right away,” Nichols said. “I knew folks would go, ‘Wow,’ even if they had seen a shave before.”

Watch a initial famous Eastland disaster film footage

Nichols, a University of Illinois during Chicago Ph.D. candidate, was operative on a thesis involving Chicago-related World War we promotion when he found a initial famous film footage of a Jul 1915 tragedy, during that a vessel carrying 2,500 people on their approach to a association cruise capsized in a Chicago River, murdering 844.

Nichols’ find came Thursday during a hunt of a European Union-funded website. The Eastland film clips were taken from digitized Dutch news reels and were sandwiched in a center of several mins of separate material.

“If we demeanour during a news reels, it’s mostly fight news, pardonable news, internal news,” Nichols said. “It’s European news, and afterwards we see a pretension label for a Eastland.”

On Friday, Nichols posted links to a footage on a Facebook page of a Eastland Disaster Historical Society, that in spin posted a links on a website, during http://www.eastlanddisaster.org/news.

The initial Eastland shave lasts 55 seconds and shows volunteers and initial responders walking on a carcass of a ship. The second, that is 30 seconds, shows a Eastland being righted.

Nichols found a accurate duplicate of one of a clips in another museum, heading him to trust that copies of a footage were sent to several locations. Most of a copies, he guessed, possibly perished for miss of appropriation to safety them or could be stranded in a groundwork somewhere, watchful to be digitized.

“These (lost) films are detected where you’d slightest design them, so it’s not a warn that it was in a Netherlands,” Nichols said. “If it were tighten during hand, afterwards it would have been detected a prolonged time ago.”

Ted Wachholz, arch historian for a Eastland Disaster Historical Society, praised Nichols for pity a footage so freely, though Nichols pronounced there was zero to do though share it.

“It totally defeats a purpose to store a thing,” Nichols said. “It’s something that should be shared, and it’s simply common with lots of folks.”

As for his personal benefit, a find might turn a line in his dissertation, if that.

“It doesn’t fit into my dissertation,” Nichols said. “I consider it’s important, though there’s usually so many things we can container in a dissertation.”

mmrodriguez@tribpub.com

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