Henry Sturgis Dennison 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
Items in this collection: 77
Showing 1 - 10 of 77:
1) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 1
Providence Steam Roller plays Framingham Lion Tamers at Bowditch Field, Framingham, MA. The stands are filled with spectators, cars and people along the field. One team, probably the S...more
2) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 2
Aerial view of land and water with watercraft. Small islands, possibly Boston harbor. Over wooded land, orchard, meandering river. Ponds beach and harbor, cranberry bog. Goes to black...more
3) [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
4) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 3
Small boy looks at camera. Man with fishing rod at pond with children. On dock with canoe, small boy, boat tied to dock. Small boy with older boy, man with pipe. Children lined up l...more
5) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 4
Canoe with two men, one standing paddles by. Men around smoky campfire framed by woods. Man wields axe. Dark shot of man with rifle in woods walking slowly, crouches. He loses balance,...more
7) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 6
Mixed reel includes domestic scenes at house in Framingham (Juniper Hill), Niagara Falls, womens tennis (at Longwood in Chestnut Hill, Ma.?) DVD transferred title is wrong, says Ree...more
8) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 7
Faded pink man teaches small girl in jodhpurs to swing golf club. Baby crawls off blanket outdoors. Baby investigates woman's shoes, pulls self up on chair. Tests grass. Baby smiles....more
9) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 8
Not color, and image reversed from Reel 7. b&w young man with girl teaching how to hit golf ball, footage flipped from Reel 7. Nest in shrub, baby on chair. All identical footage, jus...more
10) [Henry Sturgis Dennison--home movies] Reel 9
Sailing canoe, reversed from Reel 7. Family on dock, child fishing, wake boarding, swimming. All identical to reel 7, just not pink and flipped.more
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