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 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.
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.
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.
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 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