King Family Collection
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Credit: King Family Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Bailey Island Tuna Club, 1942.
Credit: King family home movies. Excerpt from “Bailey Island Tuna Club," 1942. 8 mm. film. From the King Family Collection at Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, ME. MP4 video, 4:53.
Primary Format and Extent
29 film reels
Collection Date Range
1939 - 1949
The King Family Collection contains 29 reels of 8 mm. film depicting William Harrison King II and Grace O'Hara King family and friends, including equestrian interests and children growing up in the Washington, DC, area. Grace King is responsible for most filming, particularly after World War II, as Harrison King (known as Harry) lost his eyesight in the war. Earlier military and equestrian reels were shot by Harry and Grace King.

The family visits Bailey Island, Maine, in summers, swimming, boating, and playing outside the grandparents' shingle house.

Coverage includes Fort Robinson, Nebraska, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Riley, Kansas, in connection with Harrison King's military service and riding, also Maryland Hunt Club horseback and social events. The cavalry coverage includes soldiers with mules and horses, military vehicles and artillery exercises.

The children, Billy (William Harrison King III) and Patsy, attended Rose Lee Hardy elementary school in Washington, DC, and for several years there is film of the school's Mayday celebration. Neighborhood coverage in summer and winter is extensive with children sledding, roller skating, and playing in the backyard in a small canvas pool. The family dogs--springer spaniels--are often present.

The family attends the Army Navy Country Club and goes to Glen Echo Park and other recreation destinations.

New babies, children's birthdays and Christmas are regularly filmed in color and black and white.

Biographical/Historical Notes
Lt. Col. William Harrison King II served in North Africa and Italy in World War II. He attended West Point, as did Grace O'Hara King's father and brother. Following a wartime head injury in Italy, he was treated at Valley Forge General Hospital; he suffered significant loss of eyesight and was cared for at home by Grace with the help of a housekeeper.

Leila Pier King, Harry King II's mother, was from South Dakota.
Grace's brother, James O'Hara (Jim), and sister-in-law, Eleanor, are depicted. They also lived in Washington, DC; James O'Hara served in the Army. They had no children.

The O'Hara family first went to Bailey Island, ME, in the 1890s; Winifred Westlake O'Hara, depicted in the film (Grace O'Hara's mother), purchased a house and spent every summer there.

Northeast Historic Film
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
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Items in this collection: 30
Showing 1 - 10 of 30:
1) Pack artillery--King Family--home movies. Reel 1
Compiled black-and-white home movies of mule pack artillery exercises, equestrian events, and other scenes of horses and riders.more
2) Equestrian Olympic Trials--King Family--home movies. Reel 2
Black-and-white home movies of 1939 equestrian Olympic trials.more
3) Horses at Fort Riley--King Family--home movies. Reel 3
Black-and-white home movies of Army horses and riders at Fort Riley in 1939.more
4) Fort Robinson--King Family--home movies. Reel 4
Compiled black-and-white and color home movies of residential life at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, in 1939.more
5) Bailey Island Tuna Club--King Family--home movies. Reel 5
b&w, Bailey Island, Maine. Girl on rock, woman with small child behind. Ocean waves break on rocks. Older man, young mother, two children (girl and boy). Grandmother in flowered dress w...more
6) Fort Sill horses--King Family--home movies. Reel 6
Compiled black-and-white home movies from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, including scenes of military exercises, horse trials, hunting, and other sporting and social events.more
7) Wedding--King Family--home movies. Reel 7
Compiled black-and-white and color home movies of two military weddings.more
8) Patsy as baby--King family--home movies. Reel 8
Compiled black-and-white and color home movies of Patsy King's first year, with intertitles.more
9) Patsy 12 to 18 months--King Family--home movies. Reel 9
Color home movies of Patsy King's second year, beginning with Christmas 1940, compiled with black-and-white intertitles.more
10) Christmas, Birthdays--King Family--home movies. Reel 10
b&w, woman and baby in bed. Baby is crying and very small. Baby in bath still crying. Baby looking at camera seriously, no longer crying ECU. Sequence of head shots of baby. Baby in cr...more
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