Vinalhaven Historical Society Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
[Arey, R. Mont--home movies] COLLECTION LEVEL RECORD, 1818
R. Mont Arey
Credit: R. Mont Arey home movies, Vinalhaven Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film.
Primary Format and Extent
17 film reels and 1 video cassette
Collection Date Range
1939 - 1983
The Vinalhaven Historical Society Collection consists of two reels of 16 mm. film, four reels of Super 8 mm. film, eleven reels of 8 mm. film, and one ¾” U-Matic video cassette. The collection includes the home movies shot by Vinalhaven resident R. Mont Arey between 1939 and 1947; Turn of the Tide, a 1943 docudrama exploring the history and formation of a fisherman’s cooperative in Port Clyde; The Finest Kind, a 1976 documentary on Vinalhaven Island lobstering; the four-part documentary, Vinalhaven People, shot between 1981 and 1983 by Richard W. Morehouse; and, Arctic Thrills, a 1941 Castle Films production.
Biographical/Historical Notes
The Vinalhaven Historical Society was founded in 1963 to collect, identify, preserve, exhibit, interpret and make available for education and research, information and artifacts which illuminate the history of Vinalhaven and its families from its beginning to the present. The Society has an extensive collection of photographic, genealogical and vital records. The Museum houses artifacts from the Civil War, Vinalhaven schools, homes, farms and the fishing, horse net and granite industries.

R. Mont Arey was born in Vinalhaven in 1887, the son of Rufus Arey II (1843-1905). Following service in World War I, he married Emily E. MacArthur. His home on Lane's Island, built in the early 1800s, was one of the oldest on the island. He became a nationally known clarinetist, playing with the Detroit and Rochester Symphony Orchestras. He taught at the Eastman School of Music until his retirement in 1954.

People and Organizations
R. Mont Arey
Northeast Historic Film
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Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
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Items in this collection: 18
Showing 1 - 10 of 18:
1) Louise and Walter, Vinalhaven, July and August, 1939--R. Mont Arey--home movies. Reel 1
Color home movies of 1939 summer scenes in Vinalhaven, Maine, including Fourth of July celebrations.more
2) Pete, August and September, 1939--R. Mont Arey--home movies. Reel 2
Color home movies of late summer 1939 in Vinalhaven, Maine, and of travel in New Hampshire.more
3) Vinalhaven and Lane's Island, July, 1939--R. Mont Arey--home movies. Reel 3
Black-and-white and color home movies of Vinalhaven and Lane's Island, Maine, summer 1939.more
4) Seal Bay, June and July, 1940--R. Mont Arey--home movies. Reel 4
Color home movies of summer in Seal Bay, Maine, 1940.more
5) Saddleback Island and Matinicus Isle, circa 1940--R. Mont Arey--home movies. Reel 5
Color home movies of summer at Saddleback Island and Matinicus Isle, Maine, circa 1940.more
6) Vinalhaven scenes, 1940-1942--R. Mont Airy--home movies. Reel 6
Compiled color home movies of various scenes shot in Vinalhaven, Maine, between September 1940 and July 1942.more
7) Vinalhaven, Rockland, and Camden, 1941--R. Mont Airy--home movies. Reel 7
Elderly couple in chairs outside. Man pulls boat ashore and cleans it. Ferry. Sailboat. Shots of land from boat. Women playing leapfrog. Picnic. Rowing in canoe. Sunset. Motorboat appro...more
8) Western New York, 1939--R. Mont Arey--home movies. Reel 8
Color home movies of 1939 scenes throughout Western New York, including Niagara Falls, Rochester, and Canandaigua.more
9) Rochester, New York, 1940-1941--R. Mont Arey--home movies. Reel 9
Color home movies of Rochester, New York, shot over 1940 and 1941.more
10) Vinalhaven, Concord, Massachusetts, 1941--R. Mont Arey--home movies. Reel 10
"June-July 1941, new camera, Concord bridge, Dad's grave, V.H., U. Haven landing, Long Cove [?], mother & Frances, pulling up flagpole, Evelyn, [?]" On reel: "Mary Baker Eddy's tomb; wa...more
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