37 Items in This Collection
1) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 1
Reel 1 8mm box notes: To Anna Harris, Manchester, Vermont. Picnic at Arlington [VT], Fishing in high heels Ha. Lottie, Sam, Flora, Nelee, Katie, Carl. First of summer. Date code 1949 ;...   more
2) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 2
Reel 2 color. some dirt, image instability. Vines, car in distance. Car drives away. People approach from car through plantings of diverse shrubs and trees. White fence. Woman hol...   more
3) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 3
Reel 3 color. Dance party in yard, starts with one story house, two women and a child (girl) walking. Then picnic table with drinks on it under trees. Lawn swing. People start to swin...   more
4) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 4
Reel 4. b&w, dirty and unstable marching band footage. The Manchester Band. [Celebration of Dr. Campbell Day in Manchester, Vermont, August 1949, 50th year of Claude M. Campbell's...   more
5) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 5
Reel 5. b&w top of frame entirely obscured, just seeing feet at bottom of frame. Then bottom of frame blocked, child in yard visible at top of frame. This footage is unusable. Full f...   more
6) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 6
Reel 6 color, mold and dirt at head. Man in shorts, glasses, hat walks to car, opens car door and sits down. Another man in a bow tie approaches a jeep, pats two dogs, walks left to ri...   more
7) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 7
In garden, three white women in suits. Woman with dog and small boy on grass. Small boy avoids woman's hand, camera swings between dog and child. Child walks on lawn, stops, looks dou...   more
8) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 8
Reel 8 color. African Americans in garden with woody station wagon in back by driveway. Flowers in garden around them. Both men and women. Man and woman sit together on lawn chair. W...   more
9) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 9
Reel 9 color. Young boy in glasses, hair slicked back, ECU, walking. Woman in garden, walks to camera. Brick deck with window boxes. [Pray House, Manchester, Vermont.] African American...   more
10) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 10
Woman walks dog outside house. African American woman with little boy in yard by picket fence. African American woman with shovel removes weeds; she is wearing a dress. She has a box...   more
11) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 11
color, very dirty. Woman in apron with hound dog, African American woman in suit (this is her dog?) They are outside at 1775 numbered white house. By covered bridge, child, woman, dog...   more
12) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 12
color. Teenage boy with still camera. He is wearing a plaid shirt. He has a bicycle, rides between stone walls. Cars in background by garage. Then he rides toward camera. A man in a s...   more
13) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 13
Reel 13 color, dirt at head. Snow scene. People throw snow at each other by picket fence. [Holiday House, Manchester, Vermont.] Someone on skis, child watches. Rope tow with skiers...   more
14) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 14
Reel 14 color. Cars parked with trees in background, ski area, low buildings. Some snow on ground and bare patches. Tilt up hill, then view of cars and people with skis. (Instability i...   more
15) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 15
Reel 15 b&w film. snowing, two people walking away from camera, snow coming down, trees with snow on them. Woman pushes man. Car passes. The people are African American. Man has a...   more
16) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 16
Reel 16 color. Girl skipping in yard. African American in domestic uniform (blue dress, white apron). White house with columns and lawn in front (hotel?) Pan across front of house. Po...   more
17) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 17
Reel 17 color, dark at top of frame. Picnic table. Closing back of woody wagon. Excursion, African American group. At Hapgood Pond, picnic table. Barrel at table. Man in glasses pose...   more
18) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 18
Reel 18 color. African American group strolls by lake, women in skirts, man in jacket and slacks. Women appear to be in their late 20s, early 30s. At house, taller black gentleman in...   more
19) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 19
Reel 19 color. Women walk by house with purpose, then they run and search in flower beds. Setting up a picnic table, one woman drinks, there is a bushel basket with supplies. One woman...   more
20) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 20
Reel 20 color. Man in bucket hat walks on driveway. He walks by car outside white house. African American man walks along rural road, stops and turns, pointing to woods. He is holding...   more
21) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 21
Reel 21 color. Black four-door car parked, then rolls forward. [1949 Lincoln Cosmpopolitan] Men in hats shake hands, adults mill around picnic area at Hapgood Pond, Vermont, greeting e...   more
22) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 22
Reel 22 color. Three people leave Harris house, walk along picket fence. One man with cigar waves, the go to car. Three people walk along lawn by stone wall, gesture. Leaves are turni...   more
23) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 23
Reel 23 b&w two women in snow with dog, they are in short boots. Not good exposure, no contrast at all of person with dogs, trees in background. House with wraparound porch, tree in f...   more
24) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 24
Reel 24 faded color Lake (poor contrast, mold). People in summer clothes with lake behind. Color improves, pan of lake and tops of heads. Man with camera. House obscured by shrub. Hil...   more
25) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 25
Reel 25 color. A few frames of a toddler in a cap. Then man and woman on lawn with hills behind (faded or poor exposure). Too dark image of three children on lawn.They run around. Then...   more
26) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 26
Reel 26 color. Snow (dirt and decomp at head of reel); two people in pants and parkas run with spaniel in snow. Bromley ski area lodge, bright red, pan of buildings and ski trail. Many...   more
27) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 27
Reel 27 color. Picnic table at Hapgood Lake. White woman with sweater around her shoulders behind a picnic basket. Black woman with drink. Three people walk by lake, seen from above....   more
28) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 28
Reel 28 color, shifted. At the border between US and Canada. Cars stopped at immigration, pan of Customs and Immigration building with bilingual sign and in the distance Coca Cola sign...   more
29) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 29
Reel 29 color. Children on lawn running, jumping over croquet stake. Boy pulls girl's hand, POV is down at grass level. Darker view of people walking across lawn. Man wheels a bamboo...   more
30) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 30
Reel 30 color, faded. Two men in hats, one on either side of a woman with a blue dress. Two women in lawn chairs stand up, one has a hard time getting out of chair. They walk in garde...   more
31) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 31
Reel 31 color. Woody wagon with man in suit, woman in swing jacket looking at camera. Picket fence. Man embraces woman dramatically. Wagon backs up by garage, pulls away. Woman in fie...   more
32) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 32
Reel 32 color, faded. Woman with golf club outdoors in snow, by front door of house. Very poor exposure. Brick wall on two sides of her. Then she is walking by birch trees, waving gol...   more
33) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 33
Reel 33 color, faded. Man and woman, he gives her a peck on the cheek. They hold hands, then switch places. He waves, tips hat, backs up. They walk away waving. They keep walking down...   more
34) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 34
Reel 34 Woman walking along sidewalk (fast.) Too-fast shots of ice cream and souvenir shop. Underexposed or covered lens shot. Then children on sidewalk with adult behind them. In c...   more
35) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 35
Reel 35 color. Snow, car parked by side of road. Women have snowballs. One of the women is Harriet Boone. Man in red cap; he is Hamilton Bowser (1929-2016), from East Orange, NJ [identi...   more
36) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 36
Reel 36 color At house, white convertible car, couple dances. She maybe in maternity wear. He has arm around her. They walk in yard, kiss. Film is unstable in gate. Looking at flow...   more
37) [Anna B. Harris--home movies] Reel 37
Reel 37 color, color shift to blue green. At Hapgood Pond, man with camera and woman, gesturing. Man takes photo of woman, they continue walking. Very poor exposure of ski area, overexp...   more
Harris, Anna B. Collection
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Credit: Anna B. Harris Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Snowball fight, ca. 1949
Primary Format and Extent
film (1,800 ft.) : si., color; 8 mm.
Collection Date Range
1949 – 1958
The Anna Harris Collection consists of 37 reels of 8mm film made in and around Manchester, Vermont. The collection is a record of outdoor activities with African American friends and includes group excursions for picnics and fishing. Destinations include Hapgood Pond and East Arlington’s covered bridge. The people of color in the film, all adults, may have included employees of Manchester, Vermont, hotels including Equinox House. J.G. Davidson is briefly shown with a truck, Skyline Drive, Equinox Mountain road. Fred Nicklewhite, who was for a time Anna Harris's landlord, appears in several reels.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Anna B. Harris (1896-1979) was born in Rowlandsville, Maryland, daughter of Hazzard and Elizabeth Glasco Harris. She moved to Manchester, Vermont, around 1939 and lived there for the remainder of her life. According to her obituary (May 3, 1979), in the Manchester Journal, a memorial service was conducted at Mount Zoar Church in Conowingo, Maryland. Conowingo is just two miles from Rowlandsville. Harris is believed to have maintained friendships in Maryland throughout her life in Vermont. Anna Harris’s notes on the 8mm film boxes record incomplete names of participants (in rough and incomplete chronological order transcribed from notes on Kodak boxes): Lottie, Sam, Flora, Nelee, Katie, Carl, Tony, Lloyd, Anna, Ruth, Bob H., Norma, Billy/Billie, Peggy, Max, Annie, Carrie, Anne, Dell and Bill, Ettie, Dona, Winnie, Al, Mrs. Palmer, Clytie, Ellen, Mrs. Lucy, Charles, Mayers, Lillian, Mary [H.], Mrs. Susie, Georgie, Fannie, Gloria [Hudy], Madam G., Powell, Gibson, Bee [F.], Veda, Winnie, Victie, Mary Alice, Orlen, Cassie, Chas & Flo, Clarence & Della. Mary Victie, Arlene F., Miss Sara, Dortha, Judy, Dian, Betty, Boltie, Carrie, Max, Helen, Hattie, Mrs Fannie Gibson, Beatrice & Chas., Florence, Gladys, Mrs. Blackwell, Claudia, Rose, Wallace, Harrie, Peggy Halfpenny, Larry Freddie, Duke, Liza, Marie Carole, Gladys W., Harriet, Alma, Othella, Hurds, Mona.
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.
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