Moosehead Historical Society Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
Julia Crafts Sheridan--home movies, 2002-013
COLLECTION LEVEL RECORD, 1912
Credit: Julia Crafts Sheridan home movies, Moosehead Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Crowd gathered at the U.S. Capitol for the second inaugural address of President Eisenhower, January 21, 1957.
Credit: Julia Crafts Sheridan home movies. "Eisenhower inauguration, 1957." 16 mm. film. From the Moosehead Historical Society Collection at Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, ME. MP4 video, 2:18.
Primary Format and Extent
25 film reels
Collection Date Range
1935 - 1967
Summary
The Moosehead Historical Society Collection contains fifteen reels of amateur 16 mm. film, one reel of amateur 8 mm. film, one reel of amateur Super 8 film, and eight reels of commercial 9.5 mm. Pathex film.

Of these, twelve reels of amateur 16 mm. film and one reel of amateur Super 8 film were shot by Julia Crafts Sheridan between 1939 and 1967. Many of the Sheridan home movies were shot in Florida and depict locations including beaches, farms, and parks. Across the collection, events and attractions are recorded, including parades, a beauty pageant, and circuses. Most notably, the collection includes one reel shot at the 1939 New York World's Fair, and two reels documenting the inaugural parade of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957.

Biographical/Historical Notes
Julia Crafts Sheridan, 1891-1970, was born in Greenville, Maine, attended Greenville High School and graduated from La Salle Seminary in Auburn, MA. Her family owned and operated the Squaw Mountain Inn, Greenville, which opened in 1916. She married Philip Sheridan at the inn in 1923, and the couple managed it starting in 1924, buying it from her parents in 1940. The Squaw Mountain Inn, a summer hotel, burned in 1968. Julia Sheridan wintered in Sarasota, FL, and died there in 1970. Julia filmed in Greenville and on her travels, including in Washington, DC, on the occasion of Eisenhower’s second presidential inauguration in 1957. She was a member of the Republican party, with connections to Senator Margaret Chase Smith and other Maine representatives.

Philip Sheridan, 1896-1992, was born in New York and lived in California for the last 50 years of his life. A hotel manager until 1975, he was a golf pro and helped manage the Squaw Mountain Inn in Greenville, ME, in early years. He died in San Francisco, CA, in 1992.

The Moosehead Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and communication of the history of the Moosehead Lake region. Located in Greenville, Maine, the Moosehead Historical Society campus includes the Carriage House archives, the Lumberman's Museum, and the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan House, an 1899 Victorian mansion.

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: 17
Showing 1 - 10 of 17:
1) Florida, farm scenes--Julia Crafts Sheridan--home movies. Reel 1
Farm scenes. Includes man with two cauliflowers and unsmiling elderly woman with white hollyhock. Women in Florida? more
2) Florida, family scenes, circus--Julia Crafts Sheridan--home movies. Reel 2
Florida boat; man with two fish. Florida farm scenes, flowers, women. Picnic at picnic table, 8 or so adults. Views of Barnum & Bailey Circus with elephants and other animals. POV from...more
3) Florida, Colonial Williamsburg--Julia Crafts Sheridan--home movies. Reel 3
Florida, park; woman smells flowers on branch. Colonial Williamsburg, views of costumed employees, gardens, visitors. Sheridan family member (elderly woman) with African American cost...more
4) Parade--Julia Crafts Sheridan--home movies. Reel 4
Parade, children in ethnic costumes--one girl's sash reads "California Snow Queen."more
5) Circus--Julia Crafts Sheridan--home movies. Reel 5
Circus, animal acts, elephants, flamingos. more
6) Sarasota Beach, Florida--Julia Crafts Sheridan--home movies. Reel 6
Sarasota Beach, beauty pageant rehearsals, beach scenes. Dark shots of family member outdoors. Three women picnic at beach. more
7) Birds and flowers--Julia Crafts Sheridan--home movies. Reel 7
Flowering trees and garden, birds. Bougainvillea, roses. Tropical birds. Very dark, out of focus.more
8) New York World's Fair, 1939--Julia Crafts Sheridan--home movies. Reel 8
Reel includes scenes of the Trylon and Perisphere by day, seen through the Four Freedoms. Opening view has very low contrast. Night views of fair attractions including the Lagoon of Nat...more
9) Eisenhower inauguration, 1957--Julia Crafts Sheridan--home movies. Reel 9
Eisenhower inaugural parade. Figures wave from open cars. US Army Firestone Missile on truck, missile says "Honest John" on it. Dark, views obscured by heads. more
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