Hiram Historical Society Collection
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Credit: Raymond Cotton home movies, Hiram Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Construction worker aids the effort to eliminate a railroad crossing, August, 1938.
Credit: Excerpt from Raymond Cotton home movies, Hiram Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Maine blueberry farming, 1938.
Primary Format and Extent
film (1,785 ft.) : si., b&w ; 8 mm.
Collection Date Range
1937 to 1976
Summary
The Hiram Historical Society Collection contains 10 reels of amateur 8 mm. film. The collection was shot between 1937 and 1976 by Raymond Cotton and Hubert W. Clemons of Hiram, Maine. The Hubert W. Clemons home movies are five reels of travelogue footage taken on a seven-week University of Maine-sponsored bus tour of the United States in 1959. Footage highlights National Parks and Reserves, including national monuments and historic sites. The Raymond Cotton home movies offer a glimpse into family and community life. Community events include raccoon hunting, the 1938 Memorial Day parade, and efforts to clean up the damage from the 1938 hurricane that struck New England. With a keen eye for work processes, Cotton documented the training and development of the Hiram Fire Department, the ice harvesting process, river drivers running logs on a river, and Maine blueberry farming practice by season.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Hubert W. Clemons
Hubert W. Clemons shot his 8 mm. travelogue films on a seven-week University of Maine-sponsored bus tour of the United States in 1959. The tour started and ended at Orono, Maine. Tour guides included Professor and Mrs. Robert Supple. The tour took a northern route out to the west coast, briefly visited Tijuana, Mexico, and then returned to Maine via the southern route. Clemons (acting Curator at the time) and the members of the Hiram Historical Society voted unanimously to donate their collection of 8 mm. films to Northeast Historic Film in April of 2004, including the home movies of Raymond Cotton.

Raymond Cotton
Raymond Cotton was a storekeeper in Hiram, Maine. He owned a grocery store, and his wife, Marcia, ran a beauty shop in the space above the store. In addition to being a local grocer, Cotton was a blueberry farmer and member of the fire department. The fire department in Hiram was started in 1937, and was a community-building organization that had annual celebrations, some of which are depicted in the films.

Cotton's work appears in an essay, Amateur film and the rural imagination, by Mark Neumann and Janna Jones (pp. 234-237), published in "Cinematic countrysides," Manchester University Press, 2007. WorldCat

Raymond Cotton is the author of "Hog reaves, field drivers, and tything men: the birth pains of the town of Hiram." WorldCat

Hiram Historical Society
The Hiram Historical Society was founded in 1994 and is housed in a schoolhouse built ca. 1883 off Main Street on Historical Ridge Road, where it serves the community of Hiram, Maine.

Genre(s)
Amateur, Travelogue
Place(s)
Repository
Northeast Historic Film
Availability
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://www.oldfilm.org/research for more information.
Encoded archival description
Items in this collection: 10
Showing 1 - 10 of 10:
1) [Raymond Cotton—home movies] Reel 1
Intertitle: "Raymond O. Cotton presents TIME MARCHES ON. August 1937. Hiram Buys a Fire Engine. HIRAM FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ACTION." The fire department in Hiram was started in 1937, and t...more
2) [Raymond Cotton—home movies] Reel 2
Intertitle: "Raymond C. Cotton Presents FIELD OF BLUE THE STORY OF MAINE'S BLUEBERRY INDUSTRY. AUGUST Bushes and weeds are cut". Man with scythe cuts bushes in field. Men with axes wo...more
3) [Raymond Cotton—home movies] Reel 3
Intertitle: "The Family Album". Boy brings trash out of store and fills wire basket with trash and lights it on snowy day. A child and dog play around the store entrance. A bird takes...more
4) [Raymond Cotton—home movies] Reel 4
Regarding the Mt. Cutler School production, the Hiram Historical Society in the Town of Hiram, Maine, is located in Great Ossipee Museum, formerly Mt. Cutler School. more
5) [Raymond Cotton—home movies] Reel 5
One brief sequence of people picking strawberries in field.more
6) [Hubert Clemons—home movies] Reel 1
Intertitle: "U.S. Tour H.W. Clemons" and view of U.S. map showing route of tour. Clemons joined a group of school teachers on a seven week University of Maine sponsored bus tour of th...more
7) [Hubert Clemons--home movies] reel 2
One of several reels of film that depicts a group of school teachers on a seven week University of Maine sponsored bus tour of the U.S., which started and ended at Orono, Maine. Views...more
8) [Hubert Clemons—home movies] Reel 3
One of several reels of film that depicts a group of school teachers on a seven week University of Maine sponsored bus tour of the U.S., which started and ended at Orono, Maine. Inter...more
9) [Hubert Clemons—home movies] Reel 4
One of several reels of film that depicts a group of school teachers on a seven week University of Maine sponsored bus tour of the U.S., which started and ended at Orono, Maine. Comme...more
10) [Hubert Clemons—home movies] Reel 5
One of several reels of film that depicts a group of school teachers on a seven-week University of Maine sponsored bus tour of the U.S., which started and ended at Orono, Maine. Inter...more
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