George Y. Pocock wrote this note, copied it by hand eleven times, and attached one to each of the 12 oars he carefully packed and shipped to Henley on Thames for the University of Washington crews who competed there in the summer of 1958. The Huskies did not fare well at Henley despite the poetic encouragement from their patron, who always had time to chat with the oarsmen who wandered into his shop adjacent to the Conibear Shell House. At Henley, they did engage in a frantic scramble and paid the price, but two weeks later, in Moscow, U.S.S.R., they did “draw on a mysterious reservoir of power” and defeat the mighty Soviets who had subjugated them at Henley.
Berlin 1936 Practice Footage
This is the can of film that launched Rowing Archives. It is the original 16mm film that was in a camera in Berlin 1936, with a piece of athletic tape on the exterior of the "EKC" embossed cannister (Eastman Kodak Company). It contains never before seen footage of the "Boys in the Boat" training and practicing in Grunau, some b-roll of the dock activities, and the finish of the semi-final race in which the UW crew defeated the UK and set a new world record.
"The Boys in the Boat" Grunau 1936
This is a still photo grab taken from the newly discovered Ulbrickson "Berlin 1936" reel of film. The reel has over 6 minutes of never-before-seen practice and race footage from Berlin. We need to restore this footage and digitize it so everyone can appreciate just how well these guys rowed.
1950 I.R.A. National Championships
This is footage of the 1950 U.W. varsity practicing before they won the national championship. It was the last Varsity 8+ I.R.A. championship the U.W. would win until 1970, the longest drought since they first participated in the race in 1913. We need to restore and digitize this 16mm film from the Ulbrickson Family Collection.
U.W. Varsity 8+, Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1958
This is one of hundreds of shots we have from the Ulbrickson Family Collection, the Erickson family, and the U.W. that need to be preserved and digitized. We have slides, prints and negatives from the 1920's to the 1970's.
Footage of "The Boys in the Boat" Practice Seattle
Courtesy of the Ulbrickson Family Collection
Cover of the program to the 1931 Intercollegiate Rowing Association's national championship regatta in Poughkeepsie, NY.
New Yorker Cover, July 26, 1926
Cover depicting Harvard Leading the upcoming Harvard-Yale race, the oldest continuously contested collegiate sports event. A few days later, Yale won.