Everett Foster Collection
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Primary Format and Extent
film (1,850 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. print.
Secondary Format and Extent
film (100,800 ft.) : si. and sd., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. print.
Collection Date Range
1920 to 1980
Summary
Collection contains factual works, including "All But Forgotten: Holman Francis Day, Filmmaker" (1978) by Everett Foster about Maine author/film producer Holman Day, "Dawn of America" with Maine footage shot for the Maine Sesquicentennial Commission, and "A Very Delicate Balance" concerning ecology.

Collection also contains fiction and unedited footage: Holman Day material including 1920 two-reelers produced with Edgar Jones titled "Knight of the Pines" and "Cupid, Registered Guide" and fragments (1,450 ft.) of Holman Day films.

Collection also contains political spots, advertising, and promotional works: footage shot by Everett Foster of William S. Cohen and other Maine Republicans running for public office in the 1970s; and, promotional films for various Maine-produced consumer products as well as for literacy and the National Guard.

Collection contains the 16 mm. films by Walter V. Mitton shot from 1936-1955, with scenes of the Maine Turnpike and other public works, Mitton family members, and travels to Niagara Falls and the Gaspé Peninsula. Mitton was a member of the Amateur Cinema League (editing ACL titles on several of his films) and of the Androscoggin Camera Club. The Mitton films were acquired by Everett Foster.


See also British Film Institute Collection.

Biographical/Historical Notes
Everett Foster was an independent filmmaker based in Maine: Gardiner (1970-1979) and Portland (1979-1986). In 1986 he left Maine to work at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Holman Francis Day was an author who produced over twenty of his stories as two-reel films in Maine in the early 1920s; he founded Holman Day Productions and worked with filmmaker Edgar Jones.

Walter V. Mitton (1889-1961) was a civil engineer who filmed bridge building and public works projects in Maine including the Maine Turnpike. He was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and moved to Augusta, Maine, where he founded a construction company, Walter V. Mitton, Inc. He was president of the Associated General Contractors of Maine.

People and Organizations
William S. Cohen
Place(s)
Repository
Northeast Historic Film
Availability
Access is restricted; consult repository for detail.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://oldfilm.org/content/stock-footage-licensing for more information.
Encoded archival description
Items in this collection: 17
Showing 1 - 10 of 17:
1) Hurricane, Alewives, Maple Syrup, Turnpike--Walter V. Mitton--home movies. Reel 16
b&w. Title, 'W.V. Mitton Production' in script. Man walking down tree-lined street, two people talking by door, views of treetops with wind blowing, garage missing door; tree fallen on...more
2) For Better Roads, MGRA--Walter V. Mitton--home movies. Reel 20
Titles, 'For Better Roads, M.G.R.A.,' 'Maine Good Roads Association have a fall convention called ladies day. Prizes are given for golfing, putting, fishing, boating, contract bridge, a...more
3) Snow plowing, rivers and travel--Walter V. Mitton--home movies. Reel 19
Title, 'Muse Grams, 1948' with Maine state seal; Title, 'Oscar 1 1/2 h.p., 1 dog starter,' man and dog near small lawnmower-sized snowplow. Titles: 'February 14, 1948,' 'February 29, 19...more
4) Meadow Brook Bridge--Walter V. Mitton--home movies. Reel 23
Bridge construction, Meadow Brook Bridge, Maine. Title, 'Opeechee Stream Bridge, Searsport' Title, 'The Gypsie Bridge Builders enjoy the summer breezes of Penobscot Bay while replacin...more
5) Wedding and Hula Hoop Girls--Walter V. Mitton--home movies. Reel 17
Color logo of the Amateur Cinema League followed by titles, 'Thayer and Macdonald,' 'April 26, 1952,' 'I pronounce you man and wife.' Faded color. Bride and groom walk out of church, th...more
6) Niagara Falls--Walter V. Mitton--home movies. Reel 18
Title, 'Canadian Falls,' looking across to top of falls, shot looking over falls, falls with heavy mist in foreground, ice-covered rocks near falls, man looking up at falls. Title, 'Ame...more
7) Autos of Yesteryear, Winthrop, Maine--Walter V. Mitton--home movies. Reel 21
Title: '1955 Autos of Yesteryear, Winthrop, Maine' Tourists watch pre-1930 cars drive by. Stanley Steamer arrives. LS numerous cars on dirt track. Several pans of 40-50 parked cars. Yo...more
8) Stickney Brook Bridge--Walter V. Mitton--home movies. Reel 22
Construction. Long pan of stream (Stickney Brook) and workers constructing new bridge. Several short shots of stream running under bridge. Workers beginning to move materials. Numerous...more
9) The Toll of Time--Walter V. Mitton--home movies. Reel 24
Title, 'Brickett Bridge, Andover Maine was built in 1871 of native spruce lumber. It served its purpose well until 1948 when it was replaced with steel and concrete.' Overhead shot of B...more
10) Searsmont Bridge Construction--Walter V. Mitton--home movies. Reel 25
Documents construction of a bridge in Searsmont, Maine. Mostly black and white with very good exposures. Field with cars. A wooden bridge being replaced by modern bridge (steel and c...more
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