Arthur Libby Race Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
Arthur Libby Race Collection, 1154
Arthur Libby Race
Primary Format and Extent
64 film reels
Collection Date Range
1927 - 1946
The Arthur Libby Race Collection consists of 62 reels of amateur 16mm film and 2 16mm newsreels. The amateur films in the collection were shot by Arthur Libby Race and documents his family at home and on vacation around the United States and Caribbean over the years from 1927-1938.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Arthur Libby Race, (1879-1960) was born and brought up in Boothbay, Maine. He worked as managing director of the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston and lived at the hotel as resident manager in the 1920s-1940s. Race was national chairman of the American Hotel Association Committee on Prohibition. He traveled extensively.

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Items in this collection: 16
Showing 1 - 10 of 16:
1) Car ride, trains, Boothbay, February 1927--Arthur Race--home movies. Reel 1
Woman in fur coat leaving house. Kittens in her arms. Two ponies in harness, pulling. Three boys on sun porch. Boys taken for ride through countryside. Stop at barn. Cows. Couple walkin...more
2) Boothbay, Summer 1927--Arthur Race--home movies. Reel 2
Ponies pulling cart. CU ponies' heads. Woman leaves house and waves. Walks away. Boy with pony team. Resting. Shots of house and grounds. Woman returns from walk, pats ponies. Bulldog l...more
3) Horse racing, June 1927--Arthur Race--home movies. Reel 3
Large dining tent. Elaborate serving of food. Shots of waiters and kitchen. People eating and drinking. Horses being led into paddock. Saddling up. Steeple chase. Clean up in dining ar...more
4) Trip on Pequot, August 1927--Arthur Race--home movies. Reel 4
Boston waterfront (navy yard?). Harbor shipping. Airplane overhead. Shots aboard ship. Crew cleaning. Officers on bridge of ship. Passing light buoy. Seaplane passes by ship. Activities...more
5) Newport Yacht Race, 1930--Arthur Race--home movies. Reel 5
Sunrise. Coast guard cutter 'CG7,' a destroyer with four smoke stacks. Various vessels. 'CG22,' J.P. Morgan's 'Corsair.' 'Rotary Club of Providence' charter boat. 'Sea Sled' passing. Sa...more
6) Boothbay, October 1935--Arthur Race--home movies. Reel 6
Seaplane (Waco monoplane) flies along coast. Approach to lighthouse. Seaplane takes off. Seaplane lands and 'ties up' to mooring. Passengers picked up in rowboat, brought to shore. Grou...more
7) Copley Plaza, 1927--Arthur Race--home movies. Reel 7
Well-dressed man at office. Filling pipe. Office people coming and going, in and out of building. Shot of 'Copley Plaza' banner and American flag. Copley Square [Boston] from rooftop. V...more
8) Camping, canoeing, Maine--Arthur Race--home movies. Reel 8
'Maine's 2,500 Lakes.' 'Rivers and streams and 15,000,000 acres of forests offer ideal settings for canoe trips.' 'Canoeing the Penobscot West Branch under the shadows of Katahdin.' Unl...more
9) Fishing and camping, Maine--Arthur Race--home movies. Reel 9
Photo from Boston Globe archive, December 6, 1933: Arthur L. Race (left), manager of the Copley Plaza and one of the leaders in the repeal battle among hotel men, had the honor of servi...more
10) Arthur Libby Race--home movies. Reels 10-58
10: Niagara Falls July 1927 11: Detroit, Windsor, Buffalo July 1927 12: Golf Nassau September 1927 13: Boothbay Fishing October 19, 1939 'Hebron Island 14: St. Louis Trip November...more
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