77 Items in This Collection
1) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 54
Label: 'Colored DOB Sunset Good - Autumn Colors + Sunset Poor 1930-31-32+ (illegible - Nachusett?)' // Image appears b&w but is likely a Kodacolor print.   more
2) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 72
Label: 'Ranch #1.' // Film has 1.2% shrinkage - 07/2004. // Perf damage and tear in frames near head.   more
3) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 10
Label: 'B&W Duplicate DOB Summer 1935.' // Film has 1940 date code. // 2177.0011 is exact duplicate.   more
4) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 19
Label: 'Jun. Hill+Family Bl+Wh 1935-1936.' // Film has 1934, 1935, 1940 date codes. Note: this label goes with Reel 20?    more
5) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 58
Label: 'Dobsis Color 1935, 1936.' // Color is faded.   more
6) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 40
Box label: 'Family XII Jan 33 to 5/2/34.' // Film is warped, has occasional perf damage. // Film had moldy edges - cleaned.   more
7) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 12
Label: 'To 5/11/36 Hild 1+(?), Perky+Swiff' // Film has 1940 date code. // Film is A-Wind - dupe stock.   more
8) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 1
Can label: 'H.T.D. Football.' // Date from edge code on film.;Providence Steam Roller plays Framingham Lion Tamers at Bowditch Field, Framingham, MA. The stands are filled with spectato...   more
9) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 3
Label: 'J.W.S. Dobsis 1929.' // Film has 1928 and 1929 date codes.   more
11) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 64
Label: 'Rodeo, Best, Cheyenne.'   more
12) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 68
Label: 'Yellowstone II.'   more
13) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 70
Label: 'Aquarius I July 1934.' // Film has buckle, is warped. // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.   more
14) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 29
Box label: '(illegible) Children, Beverly. Doug. 48.'   more
16) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 30
Box label: 'Family I 27.' // Some chemical decomp near head of reel. // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.   more
17) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 27
Label: 'Dobsy Sprg 41.'   more
18) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 31
Box label: 'Family II Ja 28 - 5/30/28.' // Film is warped.   more
19) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 42
Box label: 'Jun. Hill Family Color 1936-1937.' // Film is faded, images are stained. // Film was moldy - cleaned.   more
21) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 38
Box label: 'Family X July 31 to Spring 32.' // Film is warped, has occasional perf damage.   more
22) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 66
Label: 'Olympic Trials + Skating.'   more
23) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 23
Label: 'Cape Cod B+W 1931 KCHROME 1940.'   more
24) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 16
Label: 'Helen Joan Donkers 1936.' // Film has 1940 date code - likely a dupe.   more
25) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 41
Box label: 'Jun. Hill+Family Black+White 1928-1934.' // Film was moldy - cleaned.   more
26) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 6
Label: 'Colored Home 3/8/30-9/10/30 + July 31.' // Warped. // Film has 1926, 1928, 1929 date codes. // 2177.0008 is apparently a copy of this reel. But: this reel on DVD does not ha...   more
27) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 52
Label: 'DOB Summer 1931 Deer Ducks.'   more
28) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 46
Label: 'Family Kodacolor From Xmas 1929.' // Image appears b&w but is likely a Kodacolor print.   more
29) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 71
Label: 'Aquarius II July 1934.' // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.   more
30) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 59
Label: 'Dobsis Color 38.'   more
31) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 51
Label: 'Dob Fall 1930 Spring 1931 Kodacolor.' // Image appears b&w but is likely a Kodacolor print.   more
32) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 18
Label: 'Butlers DOB Aug 36.'   more
33) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 5
Label: 'DOB 1929.' // Tears and poor splices needed repair. // Arriving by train and sporting camp footage.   more
34) Strike, Salmon, Strike
Label: 'Strike Salmon.' // Short documentary about fishing in Maine produced by National Sportsman Magazine.   more
35) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 2
Can label: 'Martha's Vineyard Plane Skeet.' // Date from edge code on film.   more
36) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 21
Label: 'Dunkers Swimming B+W Copy.' // Probably a dupe of film shot at earlier date.   more
37) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 13
Label: 'Hans+Hilda For Hugs B+W Copy 1936.' // Film has 1939 date code. // Film is A-Wind - dupe stock.   more
38) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 8
Color is faded. // Film has 1935 date code, but inspection sheet indicates that this is a copy of 2177.0006.   more
39) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 50
Label: 'Dob Summer 30.'   more
40) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 14
Label: 'B+W Copy Butlers DOB Aug 1936.' // Film has 1939 date code. // Film is A-Wind - dupe stock.   more
41) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 74
No label. // Rust stain on frames near head.   more
42) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 65
Label: 'Machias 1929.' // Film has 1.2% shrinkage - 07/2004.   more
43) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 4
Label: 'DOB Fall 1929.' // Many tears and poor splices needed repair. // Footage of canoeing, family hunting party at dockside.   more
44) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 24
Label: 'Helen Flying, Horses, (illegible).'   more
45) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 48
Label: 'Dobsis Summer 28.'   more
46) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 26
Label: 'MTD VESTA Copy B+W Jim-Joan+Wimpy.' // Dupe of film shot at earlier date. // Film has slight vinegar odor.   more
47) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 9
Label: 'Kids - Birds 7/3/1935.' // Film has slight vinegar odor. // Film has 1940 date code, but is a copy of 2177.0007   more
48) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 34
Box label: 'Family VI 1/28-5/16/30.' // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.   more
50) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 35
Box label: 'Family VII 5/20-7/14/30.' // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.   more
51) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 47
Label: 'Family - Dogs, Horses - Color - 1940.'   more
52) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 76
Label: 'J.T.D. Football at Nobles (1928).'   more
53) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 17
No label. John Kenneth Galbraith and Dennison may be in Reel 17, not Reel 16. The reference DVD has no Reel 17 slate.    more
54) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 55
Label: 'Dobsis Black+White 1930-32.' // Film is warped.   more
55) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 49
Label: 'Dob Spr 1930 Mtd Ned Ruth K'Col N.G. OK as B+W.' // Image appears b&w but is likely a Kodacolor print.   more
56) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 53
Label: 'COL'D DOBS SUNSET.' // Image appears b&w but is likely a Kodacolor print.   more
58) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 67
Label: 'Yellowstone 1st 1929.'   more
60) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 39
Box label: 'Family XI Spring 32 to Xmas 32 (illegible) at Dobsis.' // Film is warped, has edgewave, 1% shrinkage. // Film had moldy edges - cleaned.   more
62) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 69
Label: 'Utah Col'd Kodacolor.' // Item has color portion as well as a portion that appears b&w - this part is likely a Kodacolor print.   more
63) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 45
Label: 'Jun. Hill Family - Color - 1939.'   more
64) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 43
Box label: 'Jun. Hill Family 37-40.' // Film is warped. // Film was moldy - cleaned.   more
65) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 73
Label: 'Ranch #2.' // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.   more
66) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 56
Label: 'Dobsis Black+White 1933-1937.' // Film is warped.   more
67) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 32
Box label: 'Family III Summer 28 to Nov 28.'   more
68) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 33
Box label: 'Family V 29-30.'   more
69) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 44
Label: 'Family - Dogs, Horses, Color 1938.' // Color is faded.   more
70) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 37
Box label: 'Family IX Feb 31 to July 31.' // Film is warped.   more
71) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 60
Label: '1928 Fishing Trip.'   more
72) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 57
Label: 'Kodacolor Dobsis 34-35 - Smiths Riding.' // Film has edgewave. // Image appears b&w but is likely a Kodacolor print.   more
73) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 11
Label: 'B&W Copy DOB Spt 1935.' // Film has 1940 date code. // 2177.0010 is exact duplicate.   more
74) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 62
Label: 'Dob Hunting 29.'    more
75) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 63
Label: '1927 2nd Trip Dob.'   more
76) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 7
Warped. // Film has 1931 and 1934 date codes. // 2177.0009 contains duplicated footage from this reel.   more
77) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 36
Box label: 'Family VIII July 30-2/1/31.' // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.   more
Dennison, Henry Sturgis Collection
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Credit: Henry Sturgis Dennison Collection, Northeast Historic Film. John Kenneth Galbraith and Henry S. Dennison at Juniper Hill, 1936.
Collection Date Range
1926 – 1940
Summary
The films depict the domestic life of the Dennison family at their home at Juniper Hill, Framingham, Mass., and their hunting camp, Dobsis, on Sysladobsis Lake, near Springfield, Maine. Sports depicted include American football, skeet or clay pigeon shooting, tennis, golf, water skiing, cross-country horse riding (hunter trials). Some scenes of American football, tennis and horse riding are taken in slow motion. Winter sports include skiing, skating, sledding, dog sled racing, snowball fighting. Of note is 350 ft. of film covering Olympic Trials of 1929 at Harvard Stadium showing Pole Vault, High Jump, Triple Jump, Hurdling and running, with some use of slow motion effects. There is also footage of a co-ed ice hockey game on an outdoor pond. Of special interest is a staged scene showing Dennison and a young John Kenneth Galbraith discussing economics in Dennison's back yard in 1936. An extensive “factory gate” film of 1927 records Dennison Mfg. Co. employees leaving the company premises for Christmas. There are many scenes of hunting and fishing including some structured films that tell the story of a hunting trip from arrival by train at Woodland Station to the lakeside camp and expeditions by canoe for the quarry of bear and deer. The Dennison’s equine interests are also shown in scenes of horse rearing, foals and training on a leading rein. Kodachrome color footage includes coastal scenery and shots of a forest fire and firefighters. There are also travel scenes in the United States, featuring, Yellowstone (with scenes of geysers, hot springs, bears and beavers), Utah, Wyoming, Niagara, Cape Cod and aerial footage of Martha’s Vineyard. The collection also contains a more commercial production with titles called, “Strike Salmon Strike,” a 1929 documentary about fishing, made by Dennison and Ed Smith and produced by the National Sportsman Magazine.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Henry Sturgis Dennison was President of the Dennison Manufacturing Company, makers of paper products, based in Framingham, Massachusetts. His papers are at Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
Genre(s)
Amateur, Sports
Place(s)
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