Oscar R. Houston Collection
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Credit: Oscar R. Houston Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Mrs. Nelly Houston.
Primary Format and Extent
29 film reels
Collection Date Range
1926 - 1956
Summary
The Oscar R. Houston Collection consists of 29 reels of amateur 16 mm. film. The majority of the collection was shot by Oscar Houston between 1926 and 1956, with other members of the Houston family shooting occasional scenes.

The home movies include footage of the construction of the Houston family home in Great Neck, NY, as well as many scenes of the family at that home over the years. Family documentation also includes events such as graduation ceremonies and weddings, and extensive footage of the family's international travels.

Among the travel films are reels taken by Oscar and his son Charles S. Houston of the first ascent of Alaska's Mount Foraker in 1934, and by Charles of his party's 1936 Nanda Davi expedition in the Himalaya Range.

Biographical/Historical Notes
Oscar Rempel Houston was born in 1884 in Logan, Ohio. Houston married Nelly Snead McDonald in 1912. They had three children: Charles, Barbara, and Janet. Houston resided in Great Neck, New York, for much of his life. He was living in Manhattan when he died in 1969 at age 86.

Houston graduated from Columbia College in 1904 and from Columbia Law School in 1906. As counsel and senior partner at the New York firm of Bigham Englar Jones & Houston, he specialized in admiralty law, at one time serving as president of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Houston was an avid traveler, fisherman, and mountaineer. His son, Charles Snead Houston, was a pioneering alpinist, introduced to the sport by his father, and supported and accompanied by him on several expeditions, including the Mount Foraker and Nanda Devi expeditions documented in this collection.

Subject(s)
Families, Travel
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://oldfilm.org/content/stock-footage-licensing for more information.
Items in this collection: 27
Showing 1 - 10 of 27:
1) Play, graduation, wedding, at home--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 1
Compiled reel of black-and-white and color home movies shot circa 1926-1940, with subjects including a short silent drama enacted by costumed children, a girls' school graduation ceremo...more
2) Home construction, Christmas, puppies--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 2
Compiled black-and-white home movies documenting the construction of the Houston home in Great Neck, NY, a family Christmas celebration, and many scenes of dogs and puppies at play.more
3) Warsaw, Poland--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 3
Black-and-white home movies of a visit to Warsaw, Poland, circa 1926-1927.more
4) Bermuda, 1926-1927--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 4
Black-and-white home movies of a visit by the Houstons to Bermuda, including scenes of boating, aquatic life, an equestrian event, and the waterfront of Hamilton.more
5) Bermuda, 1929--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 5
Black-and-white home movies of the Houstons in Bermuda, including scenes of the family boating, swimming, and diving with a hand-operated air pump and helmet.more
6) Bermuda in Kodacolor, 1929--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 6
1929 Kodacolor home movies of the Houstons in Bermuda, including scenes of sailing along the coast, swimming, and diving with a hand-operated air pump and helmet.more
7) Northern France, 1929-1930--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 7
Black-and-white home movies of the Houston family traveling in Beauchamp and Valenciennes, France, 1929-1930.more
8) Sierra Nevada and Seville, Spain, 1930--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 8
Intertitle: "Sierra Nevada" Snow scenes around large stone buildings and landscaped grounds, church. Mountains, horse-drawn carriage, river valley. Intertitle: "By the road side" Bu...more
9) Grenada, Spain, 1930--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 9
Compiled black-and-white home movies of 1930 travels in Spain, edited with intertitles, including scenes of the Alhambra and the Palacio de Generalife.more
10) Bullfighting, Spain, 1930--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 10
Black-and-white home movies of a bullfighting event attended by the Houstons in Spain, 1930.more
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