Harris M. Elliott Collection
Creator(s)Harris M. Elliott
Credit: Harris M. Elliott Collection, Northeast Historic Film.
Credit: Harris M. Elliott home movies. Excerpt from "Vacation, 1939." 8 mm. film. From the Harris M. Elliott Collection at Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, ME. MP4 video, 3:24.
Primary Format and Extent
28 film reels
Collection Date Range
1938 to 1959
The Harris M. Elliott Collection consists of 27 reels of amateur 8 mm. film and one commercial 8 mm. film print. The amateur films in the collection were shot by Harris Elliott and document his family and children over the years from 1938 to 1959 at home and on vacation at locations including Little Sebago Lake, Maine, and Lake Champlain. Of particular interest are reels documenting noteworthy events and activities in the region, including a survey of 1938 hurricane damage in Western Massachusetts; the first annual Aerial Roundup in 1941 at the Scarboro Airport in Portland, Maine; the laying of an underground toll phone cable from Portland, Maine, to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1941; and the shipwreck of the freighter Oakey L. Alexander off the coast of Maine in 1947.
Northeast Historic Film
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.
Encoded archival description
Items in this collection: 28
Showing 1 - 10 of 28:
1) Hurricane Damage in Massachusetts, 1938--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 1
Pans over fallen and uprooted trees along a dirt road, with some signs of clean up in progress. A man stands at the base of a large uprooted tree, providing perspective on its size. A...more
2) Vacation, 1939--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 2
Title: "Vacation" (illustrated card) Exterior shots of car parked in forest at a log cabin, with smoke rising from the stone chimney. A boy plays with a tin can and pail in the dirt...more
3) Bub, 1940--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 3
Boy in shirt and tie on tricycle indoors. He plays with a toy car and truck on the floor. Outside, he is seen first with a shovel in the snow, then scooping spoonfuls of snow into a t...more
4) Sister's first birthday, 1940--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 4
Opens with scenes of girls and mother at play on the beach and in the water. A low table is set outdoors with napkins, plates, a birthday cake with one candle, and cookies. The birthd...more
5) Marjorie home from hospital, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 5
1941 home movie including a self-portrait of Harris Elliott with camera and scenes of newborn Marjorie with mother.more
6) Bub on skis, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 6
Home movie of John walking and falling on skis in snow.more
7) Aerial show at Scarboro Airport, Portland, Maine, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 7
Reel opens on shot of print ad reading in part "Maine Air Men's Ass'n/Caldwell Post Drum Corp./1st Annual Aerial Roundup/Scarboro Airport/September 1st-2nd." Some aerial footage is ove...more
8) Laying toll cable from Portland, Maine, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 8
October 1941 home movie documenting the laying of an underground telephone cable between Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts.more
9) Marjorie's first birthday, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 9
Home movie of Marjorie's first birthday, celebrated with her mother and three other children.more
10) Fourth of July, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 10
Home movie reel including scenes of a 1941 Fourth of July family picnic and of Shirley's second birthday party.more
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