Douglas W. Crate Sr. Legacy Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
[Douglas W. Crate, Sr.--home movies], 1719
Credit: Douglas W. Crate, Sr. home movies, Douglas W. Crate, Sr. Legacy Collection, Northeast Historic Film. A Camp Katahdin counselor guides his young swimmers.
Credit: Excerpt from Douglas W. Crate, Sr. home movies, Douglas W. Crate, Sr. Legacy Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Camp Katahdin, 1956.
Primary Format and Extent
film (6,695 ft.) : si., b&w, col. ; 8 mm., 16 mm.
Collection Date Range
1930 - 1960
The Douglas W. Crate Collection consists of 50 reels of both 8 mm. and 16 mm. film shot from the 1930s to the 1960s. The collection contains a variety of family movies and camp movies. The family movies capture the Crate family during picnics and barbecues, documenting voluminous snowfalls, sledding, and enjoying the outdoors. Camp Katahdin footage shows counselors and boys getting haircuts, shucking corn, and enjoying summer activities such as swimming, canoeing, playing baseball, volleyball, and other sports. Some reels include explanatory intertitles, such as “Every boy is instructed how to swim” before showing a swimming lesson. Crate took special care in documenting the landscape, capturing views of the New England coast, the mountains, and trips up Mt. Katahdin. Unfortunately, the film appears dark and blurry in many places, taking away from the overall aesthetic.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Camp Katahdin was founded in 1926 and opened in 1928 by Douglas W. Crate, Sr. in Etna, Maine. Crate aimed to provide a challenging experience for boys spending the summer in the outdoors. Many skills were taught at the camp, including athletic fundamentals, leadership, camping, crafts and water sports. The summer season was highlighted with a five to seven day climbing and camping trip at Baxter State Park to the peak of Mt. Katahdin. Camp Katahdin was closed in 1970 upon the death of Douglas W. Crate, Sr.

Douglas W. Crate, Sr. was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where many privileged campers came from. He taught in a private school, and early trips to the camp were used as training films for his football team.

People and Organizations
Crate Family, Camp Katahdin
Camps, Summer camps
Northeast Historic Film
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 for more information.
Items in this collection: 36
Showing 1 - 10 of 36:
1) [Douglas W. Crate, Sr.—home movies] Reel 1
View of mountains, car parked on side of the road. Couple dressed up (prom?) woman waves to car as couple drives away. Dark footage of man in hat addressing football team in huddle....more
2) [Douglas W. Crate, Sr.—home movies] Reel 2
Football game, grainy footage. Shots too bright to make out some actions in the game.more
3) [Douglas W. Crate, Sr.—home movies] Reel 3
View of dam and water with boys posing in front of rock walls. View of the Madawaska Inn, Edmunston, NB, Canada. Shot of logs in river. Reel consists mostly of countryside shot from...more
4) [Douglas W. Crate, Sr.—home movies] Reel 4
Camp Katahdin scenes. Boys play games/participate in various sports (baseball, high jump, long jump, archery), read about leaf types. Counselors building kayaks. Medals in boxes. Bo...more
5) [Douglas W. Crate, Sr.—home movies] Reel 5
Camp Katahdin scenes. Dark footage of campers in bunks, bunk-house views, cleaning and packing before a bunk inspection. Swimming. Boys pile in back of truck. Tennis. Staff shot in...more
6) [Douglas W. Crate, Sr.—home movies] Reel 6
Beach scenes of women and children in suits. Swimming, boats, burying someone in the sand. Man pulls horse with child riding, horse pulls farm tiller. Dark footage in town of horses...more
7) [Douglas W. Crate, Sr.—home movies] Reel 7
Swimming. Ice skating. Family scenes. Girls carrying schoolbooks. Family poses wearing corsages, appears to be a wedding party in the yard. Cruise ship footage, dark footage of str...more
8) [Douglas W. Crate, Sr.—home movies] Reel 8
Women in white dresses with bouquets, graduation? People seated watching the women on a lawn. Women in dresses hold hands and sing.more
9) [Douglas W. Crate, Sr.—home movies] Reel 9
Little girl crying on beach. Family scenes on beach. Family/group walks out of a house and onto the sidewalk.more
10) [Douglas W. Crate, Sr.—home movies] Reel 10
Camp Katahdin scenes. Campers stand in line, men walk through the boys into camping structure. Tennis. Ladies in a kitchen cut celery and cook. Boys holding up various items they ha...more
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