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SSHMP's Digital Archive is a globally accessible online portal and searchable catalog of our entire collection of over 450 digitized home movies shot by residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods from 1929-1982.

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Alsup Smith Family Collection

Vanessa Alsup and her husband Kevin shot these sound films of their children Kevin II, Sheena Marie and Carla in and around their Englewood home. The collection also includes several concerts in Chicago. Super 8mm. Sound. 1970-1980. 17 films.

Frederick Atkins Collection

Frederick Atkins shot these films of his wife, Loretta, and children in the East Side neighborhood. The collection includes the opening of the Chicago (formerly Calumet) Skyway. 8mm, Super 8mm. 1950-1980. 48 films.

Roy Herbert Branch Collection

Roy and Kathleen Branch shot these films at their home in Lake Meadows. The collection includes shots of their daughter Elizabeth and several family Christmases. Super 8mm. Sound. 1970s-1980s. 7 films.

Lora Branch Collection

Buford Family Collection

Alvyn and Harriette Moody shot these films of the Buford and Moody families around their Englewood home. The collection also includes films shot during their time stationed in Okinawa, Japan. 8mm, Super 8mm. 1950-1970. 13 films.

Burt Ramos Family Collection

This collection includes home movies shot primarily by Louise B. Burt. They depict scenes of everyday life in Chicago, Illinois as well as family visits to Momence, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and Baldwin, Michigan. 8mm. 1958-1968. 3 films.

Byrd-Forshey Family Collection

This collection consists of films of the Byrd family, depicting family gatherings and holidays. The collection also includes roadtrips, Chicago cityscapes and outdoor spaces. 16mm. 1950s. 2 films.

Alphonse and Nancie Teer Ellis Family Collection

Alphonse and Nancie Ellis shot these films in and around their Greater Grand Crossing home. The collection also includes a trip to Disneyland, New York and a cruise to the Caribbean. Super 8mm. Silent. 1960-1970. 10 films.

Lynette Frazier Collection

Lynette Frazier shot these films of her life in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago, as well as her many travels around the globe. The collection includes the aftermath of the MLK Riots, Resurrection City in Washington, DC and the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. 8mm. Year Range. 1950-1960. 31 films.

Holland Family Collection

John Holland shot these films of his wife Margaret and their children Greg, Debbie, Doug and Karen in and around the East Side neighborhood. The collection includes graduations, holidays and Catholic ceremonies. 8mm, Super 8mm. 1950-1970. 47 films.

Jay Kavanaugh Collection

Jay Kavanaugh shot these films of his wife, D’Ann, and daughters, Tam and Palmer in and around the Hyde Park neighborhood. The collection includes scenes at Promontory Point. 16mm. 1940-1950. 5 films.

Glenna Kiner Collection

The Kiner Collection consists of one orphan reel recorded somewhere on Chicago’s North Side. If you have any information about this collection please contact us! 16mm. 1929. 1 film.

Levy-Gunansky Family Collection

This collection documents the life of the Levy-Gunansky family in the South Shore neighborhood, and includes scenes from Hyde Park High School, several family reunions in Washington Park and Lila Levy’s marriage and honeymoon in the 1950’s. 8mm. 1938-1955. 2 films.

The Sylvester Matthews Collection

The films in this collection were shot by Sylvester Matthews. Donated by award-winning filmmaker Tracye Matthews and her brother Derrick, the collection features scenes of Tracye and Derrick's first birthdays, the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, as well as the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. 8mm. 1960-1970. 2 films.

Philip Maxwell Sr. Collection

Philip Maxwell shot these films of his family in their Londontown home. The collection also includes visits to the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry. 8mm, Super 8mm. 1960-1970. 4 films.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Mayewaki Collection

These films were recorded by Charles "Chuck" Mayewaki. The collection includes a pilgrimage to the Rohwer Heritage Site in Arkansas. 16mm & Super 8mm. 1973. 25 films.

Ellis McClelland Collection

Ellis McClelland shot these films featuring his wife and children in the Princeton Park neighborhood. Scenes include visits to many of Chicago’s Parks, Buckingham Fountain and Detroit to visit relatives. McClelland also shot footage of car races, baseball games and his North Side mechanic shop. 8mm; Year Range: 1940-1950.

Charles Merrifield Collection

Charles Merrifield was a postal worker who lived with his family in Princeton Park. His films show gatherings of extended family, as well as travels across the US with his wife and children. 8mm; 1950-1960

Yosh Nakazawa Collection

Yosh Nakazawa filmed his wife Yuri and their sons Paul and Jon during Christmases and birthdays at their Near North Side home. 16mm Super-8; Year Range: 1950-1960.

Dr. Helen Nash Collection

Dr. Helen Nash shot these scenes of family life in Atlanta and St. Louis, Missouri as well as trips to Chicago to visit relatives. Dr. Nash also traveled extensively with her sisters and mother and visited Europe, China, and Russia in the late sixties and seventies. 16mm, Super-8; Year Range: 1950-1970

Dr. Homer Nash Jr. Collection

The younger brother of Dr. Helen Nash, Homer Nash shot these films of his five daughters growing up in their St. Louis home. 8mm; Year Range: 1950-1960.

Nicholas Osborn Collection

Nicholas Osborn contributed this reel that he found in a thrift shop. It consists of a year in Chicago in 1963 and includes such historic events as the Bud Biliken parade, the NAACP annual convention and the 1963 Public School boycott. 8mm; Year Range: 1963

Jean Patton Collection

The Jean Patton collection was shot by both Jean Patton and her husband Robert and documents family life in Chatham and their extensive travels overseas. Consisting of over 100 reels Jean and her husband visited China, Japan, Europe and the Caribbean and documented nearly 20 years of family celebrations and events. 16mm, 8mm, Super-8; Year Range: 1940-1970.

David D. and Margaret T. Pitts Collection

The Pitts collection consists of films filmed by Margaret Pitts around their Greater Grand Crossing and Calumet Heights home. Scenes include footage of their daughter, Linda growing up. 8mm; Year Range: 1940s-1960s.

Dr. George Reed Jr. Collection

The Reed Collection was shot by Dr. George Reed, a physicist at Argonne Laboratories. The collection consists of family scenes featuring Reed's wife, Selina, and children, Mark, Carole, Phillip, and Lauren. Films include scenes on Chicago’s lakefront, a YWCA camp in Forest Beach Michigan and the University of Chicago lab school. The Reeds lived in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on Calumet Avenue. 8mm; Year Range: 1950-1960

Leroy Roberson Collection

Leroy Roberson shot this collection documenting his extensive travels across the country with his family. Often taking his children out of school early this collection includes visits to California, Wyoming, the Hoover Dam and other sites in the American West. 8mm; Year Range: 1950-1960

Roberts Family Collection

Herman Roberts was a Chicago club owner and hotelier, who enjoyed the outdoors. These films capture South Side nightlife (from Englewood to Hyde Park), the Roberts Show Lounge in the '50s, rural Oklahoma, and Disneyland. Herman Roberts, his staff and family mainly shot the films.

Gustina Steele Collection

Gustina Steele and her husband Bill Higgins, shot this footage of their children William Jr. and Ashauna in and around their Calumet Heights home. Super-8; Year Range: 1970-1980

Ramon Williams Collection

Ramon Williams shot and created these films which were donated by Rachel Lindsey. His work is honored as a standalone collection though the provenance remains with the Lindsey family.

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