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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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
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
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.
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 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
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