Hilda and Meyer Davis Collecti
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Credit: Hilda and Meyer Davis Collection, Northeast Historic Film. "Miss Olympia," an amateur comedy, 1931.
Primary Format and Extent
si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. reversal pos.
Secondary Format and Extent
si., b&w and col. super 8 mm.
Collection Date Range
1926 - 1974
Collection contains [Meyer Davis--home movies], scenes of activities at family homes in Bar Harbor, Maine, Sorrento, Maine, Jamestown and Newport, Rhode Island, as well as at Rudy Vallee's summer camp and other friends' homes. Other scenes show events during cruises and international travels. Members of the Davis and Monteux families appear throughout. Collection also contains fiction home dramas, such as "All is Not Gold That Glitters" featuring "the Ritzcarltons," which are acted by family members. Collection also contains actualities; purchased war footage of the St. Mihiel Drive and other World War II events.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Meyer Davis was a society band leader who had a home for many years in Sorrento, Maine. Pierre Monteux, an orchestral conductor, became an American citizen in 1941 and resided in Hancock, Maine, until his death in 1964. He worked in Europe and the United States, conducting the San Francisco Symphony for fifteen years. He founded the Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Madame Pierre Monteux and Mrs. Meyer Davis were sisters, born in Bar Harbor. Hilda Emery Davis wrote a biography, "In Time with the Music." WorldCat Davis family papers at University of Maine, Fogler Library. WorldCat

Film was donated by several family members including Nancy Monteux Barendse and Ginia Davis Wexler.

Amateur, Fiction
Items in this collection: 70
Showing 1 - 10 of 70:
1) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Ireland
Box notes: 'Summer '72. Ireland. Garry. Kids. Tina.' // Castle in Ireland, two Irish men, croquet on castle lawn, picking flowers, dancing children, long-haired boys, flower garden.more
2) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Maine, 1971
Box notes: '1971--Pari--Jerry--Sorrento. Joe--Lenore. Marge & Girls. F.T.L.' // Girl on Maine seashore, talking to Hilda Davis, smelling roses, gathering at house. Girls playing nad thr...more
3) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 1
Croquet match with children, women in fancy dress, views of front of large house and surrounding yard, overview of croquet match, CUs of children, more views of house and cars, long pan...more
4) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 2
Views of mansion and surrounding fountains, hedges, arches, children posing for camera, workmen unloading supplies, children on boat, view inside boat, approaching a harbor (Bar Harbor)...more
5) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 3
Good views of huge crowds lining the streets as various official-looking cars pass. Parade begins, a band passes, women with parasols, another band, a large float and 'Queen' atop of it...more
6) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 4
View from inside house, elderly woman on porch. Same woman (Mrs. Davis?) and elderly man approach camera. CU of same woman. Long pan of Bar Harbor area. Pan of house and yard, pan of sw...more
7) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 5
Children rolling on beach, CU's of children swinging on tires, pan of house and yard, children racing toward camera, playing on lawn. Two women walk toward camera, dance on lawn. More d...more
8) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 6
Children dancing and acting for camera, interesting views of Willow Grove Park amusement park. Girl and boy smiling and quickly kissing for camera then cartwheeling and dancing on front...more
9) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 7
Meyer Davis rented a house in Jamestown, RI, at 22 Old Walcott Avenue for several years. The house was called "Fairacre."more
10) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 8
Children on porch, croquet, playing with dog inside house, adults playing cards on porch, children acting for camera, playing in yard, croquet, playing pool, child playing by sea, group...more
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