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.;DVD slate: Reel 54. DOB Sunset...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 72. Aquarius 2, July 1934. [Could be Aquarius Plateau, Utah, now...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 58. Dobsis 1934-1935. Smiths Riding. Trees. Dobsis Camp from boat. Shoreline. Pine tree on shore. Views of trees...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 40. Family 11. Spring 1932 & Christmas 1932 a...   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.;Man and woman very dark, walk toward camera. Young man and dog wrestle. Dark an...   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.;Small boy looks at camera. Man with fishing rod at pond with children. On dock with canoe, small boy, boat tied to d...   more
10) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 22
No label.;DVD slate: "Reel 22, Donkers Swimming" Toddler on lawn and wading in water with toy boat. Children swim in background. Diving. Toddler on plank walkway runs to water. Dennison...   more
11) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 64
Label: 'Rodeo, Best, Cheyenne.';DVD slate: Reel 64. Second Trip DOB 1927. Stacked canoes from POV in a leading canoe. Lake landscape. People diving into water from diving board, peop...   more
12) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 68
Label: 'Yellowstone II.';DVD slate: Reel 68, Yellowstone, 1929. Woodpile with marmots on it. Geothermal feature, CU bubbling. Rising steam in background. CU bubbling sinkhole. Larg...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 80 Utah, 1933, 1934. Out of focus tilt up rock formation. Landscape...   more
14) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 29
Box label: '(illegible) Children, Beverly. Doug. 48.';DVD slate: Reel 29, 1946 Color. Fire outside with house in background. Swimming pool with children and red inner tube. Woman seat...   more
15) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 28
No label.;DVD slate: Reel 28. Dobsis, Spring 1941 Color. Sailing boat. Men fishing at outlet by dam. Man casting with light on log crib in the background, another man on rock on the f...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 30. Children, Beverly, Doug, 1948. Color. Family group seated...   more
17) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 27
Label: 'Dobsy Sprg 41.';DVD slate: MTD Vesta. Jim, Joan & Wimpy Duplicate of Reel 7 section: Boat comes toward camera. We are at Dobsis Camp. Family gets out of boat onto dock. Boy...   more
18) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 31
Box label: 'Family II Ja 28 - 5/30/28.' // Film is warped.;DVD slate: Reel 31, Family 1. 1927 b&w. Decomposition, playing with dogs at Juniper Hill. Girl in overcoat with two horses....   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.;DVD slate: Reel 42. Jun. Hill Family, 1928-1934. Biplane on field, scr...   more
20) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 61
Label: 'Hunting 28.';DVD Slate: Reel 61. Fishing Trip 1928. Water coming through dam, line of cabins in the background. Canoe, two people fishing. Man with net waits to bring in his...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 38. Family 9. February 1931-July 1931. Woman and boy help small child walk to...   more
22) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 66
Label: 'Olympic Trials + Skating.';DVD slate: Reel 66, Machias 1929. Note: It is likely that the wakeboarding and log rolling is at Sysladobsis and the "Machias 1929" section is a ca...   more
23) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 23
Label: 'Cape Cod B+W 1931 KCHROME 1940.';DVD slate says just "Reel 23" Color: brush fire. Color is good. Firefighters with water tanks on their back. Boys walk with firefighter. Pe...   more
24) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 16
Label: 'Helen Joan Donkers 1936.' // Film has 1940 date code - likely a dupe.;Woman rides horse in ring; she posts while horse trots. It is summer, she is in short sleeves. Girl on pon...   more
25) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 41
Box label: 'Jun. Hill+Family Black+White 1928-1934.' // Film was moldy - cleaned.;DVD slate: Reel 41. Family 12. January 1933-5/2/1934. Boys in jumpsuits with helmets and goggles whee...   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.';DVD slate: Reel 52. DOB Fall 1930, Spring 1931. Man kneeling against large tree with dead buck posed beside him. He is wearing a hat, holds deer's...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 46 Jun. Hill Family 1939 Color, underexposed, horses in field; woman in...   more
29) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 71
Label: 'Aquarius II July 1934.' // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.;DVD slate: Reel 71, Aquarius 1, July 1934. [Could be Aquarius Plateau, Utah, now in Dixie National Forest] Deer in...   more
30) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 59
Label: 'Dobsis Color 38.';DVD Slate: Reel 59. Dobsis. 1935-1936. Faded color (pink). Picnic outdoors, then men walking along fenceline at Dobsis. Men sitting on porch at Dobsis Camp....   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.;DVD slate: DOB summer 1930. Views of lake. Looking up into trees. Whitecaps on lake...   more
32) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 18
Label: 'Butlers DOB Aug 36.';Canoe with motor, three people in it on Sysladobsis Lake. People on shore in foreground. Pan to man in swimsuit bending over. Man and woman are eating some...   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.;Wooden train cars, people descending. Conductors, busy passengers. Five men i...   more
34) Strike, Salmon, Strike
Label: 'Strike Salmon.' // Short documentary about fishing in Maine produced by National Sportsman Magazine.;Title: "Strike Salmon Strike." Intertitle: "When the ice goes out of the...   more
35) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 2
Can label: 'Martha's Vineyard Plane Skeet.' // Date from edge code on film.;Aerial view of land and water with watercraft. Small islands, possibly Boston harbor. Over wooded land, orcha...   more
36) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 21
Label: 'Dunkers Swimming B+W Copy.' // Probably a dupe of film shot at earlier date.;DVD slate says "Reel 21 Intervale" But does not match with label above. Snow, dog team with sled...   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.;Very muddy print of man and woman on lawn at Juniper Hill, home in Framingham. T...   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.;Not color, and image reversed from Reel 7. b&w young man with girl teaching...   more
39) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 50
Label: 'Dob Summer 30.';DVD slate: DOB, Spring 1930. Ned, Ruth, K. b&w. Two people in bucket hats, one with glasses and tie, in boat. View of engine and driver behind them. Also hauli...   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.;Duplicate print of people at lake: two women and a man in canoe. Two men on shore. T...   more
41) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 74
No label. // Rust stain on frames near head.;DVD slate: Reel 74. Ranch 2, 1928 [Near Powder River, Wyoming] Views in woods, people on horses. Trail ride, view of landscape, some snow...   more
42) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 65
Label: 'Machias 1929.' // Film has 1.2% shrinkage - 07/2004.;DVD slate: Reel 65. Rodeo, Cheyenne, 1928. Overall, footage lacks contrast. Man on bucking horse, second view, man falls...   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.;Canoe with two men, one standing paddles by. Men around...   more
44) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 24
Label: 'Helen Flying, Horses, (illegible).';DVD slate: Reel 24, Cape Cod, B&W 1931, Kodachrome 1940. Waves on beach, b&w, film is dirty. Woman in bathrobe walks toward camera and past...   more
45) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 48
Label: 'Dobsis Summer 28.';DVD slate: Reel 48, Family, Dogs, Horses. 1940. Color. Fishing, green water. Tropical. Man with two horses by stone wall, lets them go in field. Cars pass...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 26 Color. Woman in kerchief and coveralls (looks like...   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;Sailing canoe, reversed from Reel 7. Family on dock, child fishi...   more
48) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 34
Box label: 'Family VI 1/28-5/16/30.' // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.;DVD slate: Reel 34. Family 5. 1929-1930. Baby on grass, mother and small girl interact with baby. ECU baby....   more
49) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 25
No label.;DVD slate: Reel 25, Helen Flying, Horses. Color, very dirty, mold? Single engine plane in air from ground. Hills, field with light snow on it, plane coming in to land, la...   more
50) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 35
Box label: 'Family VII 5/20-7/14/30.' // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.;DVD slate: Reel 35. Family 6. 1/28/30-5/16/30. Baby in wooden playpen indoors. Birds on lawn with light snow...   more
51) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 47
Label: 'Family - Dogs, Horses - Color - 1940.';DVD slate: Reel 47. Family Christmas 1929. B&W, family outside, blurry. Could be Kodacolor (invented 1928)? Family portraits and milling...   more
52) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 76
Label: 'J.T.D. Football at Nobles (1928).';DVD slate: Reel 76, 1927 At the Dennison Factory around Christmas, 1927 Man in glasses, CU. Then view of man walking toward camera on city...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 55. DOB Sunset Good. Autumn Colors & Sunset Poor. 1930-31-32. People look at camera. Fish flops on grass. Man ho...   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.;DVD slate: Dobsis Summer 1928. b&w: Young people in lake roll logs, using...   more
56) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 53
Label: 'COL'D DOBS SUNSET.' // Image appears b&w but is likely a Kodacolor print.;DVD slate: Reel 53 DOB Summer 1931 Deer, Ducks. Deer bounding away, camera tracks poorly. Canoe wi...   more
57) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 75
No label.;DVD slate: Reel 75, 1927. Bad deterioration across middle of frame first few seconds. Then OK. Man walking field of flowers at Dobsis Camp. Calm water, something swims. Vie...   more
58) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 67
Label: 'Yellowstone 1st 1929.';DVD slate: Reel 67. Olympic Trials [Cambridge 1928] and Skating 1929. Track and field high jump, many people in stands, runners on track behind. Probably...   more
59) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 15
No label.;Print looks dupey. Girl walks by rhododendron, boy rides bicycle. Dog lies by rhododendron. Boy looks over shoulder. Many has children in wheelbarrow. Older man with dog. Al...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 39. Family 10. July...   more
61) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 20
Label: 'Intervale.';Man runs away from camera. Winter. Horse and rider in snow. Intervale, NH? Cantering down driveway. Construction on large building, possibly hotel, behind them. [...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 69, Yellowstone, 1929. Bear on h...   more
63) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 45
Label: 'Jun. Hill Family - Color - 1939.';DVD slate: Reel 45. Family, Dogs, horses, 1938. Color: small girl in dress outside. Airedale dogs. Maple branch, ECU out of focus. View of ho...   more
64) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 43
Box label: 'Jun. Hill Family 37-40.' // Film is warped. // Film was moldy - cleaned.;DVD slate: Reel 43. Jun. Hill Family 1936-1937. Dark; puppies with young man on grass. Dennison sha...   more
65) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 73
Label: 'Ranch #2.' // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.;DVD slate: Reel 73. Ranch, 1928 View from train, view of receding rails (standing on caboose platform or end of train.) Very f...   more
66) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 56
Label: 'Dobsis Black+White 1933-1937.' // Film is warped.;DVD slate: Reel 56. Dobsis 1930-1932. Views at lake, very small calf unloaded from canoe and carried by man over his shoulders...   more
67) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 32
Box label: 'Family III Summer 28 to Nov 28.';DVD slate: Reel 32. Family 2. Jan 1928-May 30, 1928. Man and woman on horseback jumping fences in countryside. Boston terrier. Baby in hi...   more
68) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 33
Box label: 'Family V 29-30.';DVD slate: Reel 33. Family 3. Summer 1928 to Nov 1928. Lawn, mother and children on blanket laid on grass, dog rolling in foreground. ECU blurry child's f...   more
69) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 44
Label: 'Family - Dogs, Horses, Color 1938.' // Color is faded.;DVD slate: Reel 44, Juniper Hill Family, 1937-1940. Baby propped on sofa, soft focus. Baby is naked, it is a boy baby and...   more
70) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 37
Box label: 'Family IX Feb 31 to July 31.' // Film is warped.;DVD slate: Reel 37. Family 8. July 1930-February 1931. In the yard, toddler with a marble ramp game. It is breezy. Climbin...   more
71) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 60
Label: '1928 Fishing Trip.';DVD slate: Reel 60. Dobsis, 1938. Color: indistinct tree. Sunset from a boat (unstable camera position), various shots. Storm clouds. Lake views, motor...   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.;DVD slate: Reel 57. Dobsis 1933-1937. Man drinks from tin...   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.;Men at camp standing around campfire, somewhat blurred, may be print. Pan around faces. One...   more
74) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 62
Label: 'Dob Hunting 29.' ;DVD slate: Reel 62. Hunting 1928 Stream with canoes, second canoe, man wades and pushes canoe through shallows. In woods, men walk up from lake carrying buck...   more
75) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 63
Label: '1927 2nd Trip Dob.';DVD slate: Reel 63. Hunting 1929 Brush, following birds flying. On lake, duck (blurry). On lake, far shore, then light through clouds, sunset. People w...   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.;Faded pink man teaches small girl in jodhpurs to swing golf club. Baby crawls off...   more
77) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 36
Box label: 'Family VIII July 30-2/1/31.' // Film had mold on edges - cleaned.;DVD slate: Reel 36. Family 7. 5/20/30-7/14/30. Naked baby on its back being washed. Lowered into cloth bat...   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
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.
Amateur, Sports
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