21 Items in This Collection
1) [Emma Louise Cole -- home movies] Reel 1
F-82027549-3 Item 3 IR 82027[illegible];Shots of a house and backyard. A garden. A man sitting on the steps. Shots of dogs. A horse and a donkey. A woman feeding the horse, while a dog...   more
2) [Emma Louis Cole -- home movies] Reel 2
F-82027549-1 Item 1 IR 82027[illegible];Shot of a television screen, showing the moon landing. Two children playing on a slide. A rose bush. A dog on a bed. Adults and children playing...   more
3) [Emma Louis Cole -- home movies] Reel 3
F-82027549 Item 2 IR 82027[illegible];Two girls and a dog opening gifts. The girls playing with dolls. A birthday cake with a doll in it. Two girls putting gumdrops on a plastic tree. G...   more
4) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Reel 4
No. 1 - May 18, 1975 - Rodeo Game Day;People on horseback, riding around an outdoor ring, with some people carrying flags. Pairs of people riding around the ring holding hands. People r...   more
5) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Reel 5
No. 2 - June 1, 1975 - Eastern Rodeo Game Day;People on horseback, barrel racing. [End of Reel]   more
6) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Reel 6
No. 3 - July 20, 1975 - ERA Game Day;A horseback riding competition where people ride up, dismount, slip through a tire, re-mount and ride away. Barrel racing. [End of Reel]   more
7) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Reel 7
No. 4 - July 20, 1975 - ERA Game Day;A horseback riding competition where people ride up, spear something on the ground, and carry it away. A different horseback riding competition wher...   more
8) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Reel 8
No. 5 - Aug 31, 1975 - Rodeo Game Day - Jim's Fall;People on horseback. A horse falls and the rider is thrown. Racing across the ring. [End of Reel]   more
9) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Reel 9
No. 6 - Aug 31 and Sep. 14, 1975 Rodeo Game Day;People on horseback barrel racing. Racing across the ring. People barrel racing while holding hands. Children riding ponies. [End of Reel...   more
10) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Reel 10
#1 Zelma's '74-76'; 1974 C.B.I. Reel #1 Ending 76 Yellowstone;Various shots of buildings, trees and Halloween decorations. Houses along the water. A dog playing near the shore. Houses....   more
11) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Reel 11
#2 Zelma's 76 -; Reel #2 Beginning 76 Yellowstone July 1976;Landscape filmed from a moving vehicle. Hot springs. A lake. Geysers. People watching a geyser erupt from an amphitheater. (O...   more
12) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Reel 12
Zel #3 - RC Racing Fort Knox ; Dad's Farm - King's Landing ; Mel starting to walk - in the tub. 1st BiD; 1st Xmas;A go-cart track. (Near Meriden, Connecticut) A boy puts on a motorcycle...   more
13) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Tape 1
Aug 84 Vacation - Gulf Hagus 84 Kids at Watr Slide 84 Kid at lake Mary Popins;A man (Dave) changing a flat tire. Deer tracks in the mud. A car driving down a road, filmed through the wi...   more
14) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Tape 2
Camcorder Sunday River Vacation March 93;A hotel room door with the number 336. The woman filming (Zelma Williams) explains that they are at the Summit Hotel, Sunday River, Maine. Two g...   more
15) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Tape 3
St. Martin Vacation Feb '94';The family (Melanie, Dave and Zelma) in a hotel room on St. Martin. Zelma, filming, narrates. Panning shot of the view outside their hotel door, ocean, moun...   more
16) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Tape 4
Kennebec River 7-11-94;‘DOWNEAST WHITEWATER PRESENTS’ plays over image of white water rafting. ‘RAFTING MAINE’S WILD RIVERS’. Shots of white water rafting with music and an ad for the c...   more
17) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Tape 5
Nantucket - Aug. 94 Christmas 94 Aislyn B.D. June 95 Jazzy + Ball Mels Christmas Concert 95;Sunset over the water. Panning shot of dunes and houses along the shore. A ferry. A lighthous...   more
18) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Tape 6
Mel's Graduation June 1996;High school graduates, in caps and gowns, lined up for commencement ceremony for Medomak Valley High School. People in an auditorium or gym watching the cerem...   more
19) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Tape 7
Puppies 4/97 Kentucky May 97 Natural Bridge Va.;Yellow lab puppies. Puppies nursing from the mother dog. (Jasmine) The puppies playing. The puppies sleeping in a line. The puppies in a...   more
20) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Tape 8
1st Camcorder Tape Christmas 92 - Steven W. Mel. B. Ball;A Christmas tree in a living room. A girl (Melanie) covers her face with her shirt. The woman filming (Zelma) narrates. A cat. (...   more
21) [Zelma Williams -- home movies] Tape 9
Ice Storm Jan 98;A woman (Zelma) teaches a boy (Steven) to use the camera. Zelma films Steven dancing and singing. Steven films the yellow lab (Jasmine). Steven playing with Jasmine. Ze...   more
Williams, Zelma Collection
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Credit: Zelma Williams Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Two girls home from church, circa 1969.
Primary Format and Extent
film (2560 ft.) : si., col ; Super 8
Secondary Format and Extent
video (9:48:50 min.) : so., col. ; VHS
Collection Date Range
1968 – 1998
The collection consists of the [Cole & Williams -- home movies], 12 reels of Super 8 film, totaling approximately 2560 feet, and 9 VHS tapes, shot by Emma Louise Cole and Zelma Williams, between 1968 and 1998.The films and videos are primarily home movies, including scenes of dogs, birthday parties, Christmas celebrations and family vacations.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Emma Louise Cole was born in Rockland, Maine in 1923. She moved to Nantucket Island in the 1960s, where she ran the Dolphin Guest House. Louise had four children: Mary Lou, Alice, Millard Jr., and Zelma. Twenty years later, she, husband Millard Sr., and their family would return to Maine, settling in the town of Washington. Louise bought her first camera, a Bell & Howell Super 8, along with a screen and projector, in the late 60s. Home movies were a big part of family life, with screenings a regular event. Louise would often send her equipment to family members, so that they could record events that she was unable to attend. She also used her Super 8 to record the television broadcast of the moon landing. Emma Louise Cole passed away in 2015.

Zelma Williams, daughter of Emma Louise Cole, was born in 1955. Her home movies record family celebrations and vacations with her husband David and daughter Melanie. The family was also involved with the Eastern Rodeo Association. Zelma's films feature barrel racing and other riding events at the Union Fairgrounds.
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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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