15 Items in This Collection
1) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 6
[Note: Reel 6 same as Reel 13. karan sheldon, 13 August 2013] Can note: 'Maine Thrillers, travel. Maine, Thunder Hole, Fire before and after fishing, by EGS.' color // Sign for...   more
2) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 001
Can notes as follows; reel numbers are donor-assigned. Reel 1: Maine Thrillers, travel. Maine, Thunder Hole, Fire before and after fishing, by EGS.;b&w, Intertitle: from "Glimpses of th...   more
3) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 007
Can notes as follows; reel numbers are donor-assigned. Reel 7: 1947 fire starts. Bar Harbor Fire, MDI.;b&w Intertitle: "Fishing for the sacred cod in Maine" Intertitle: "Baiting traul...   more
4) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 9
Reel numbers are donor-assigned. // Can label: Fishing in Maine, Fish. // Reel of amateur footage that documents herring fishing off the coast of Maine. Begins with scene of a seine bei...   more
5) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 014
Can notes as follows; reel numbers are donor-assigned. Reel 14: Maine herring, cap'd when the [herring swam?]. This is not correct; it is a construction reel. --karan sheldon, 13 Augu...   more
6) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 4
Can notes: 'Manset, travel. Fish pier, etc.' // Some scratches throughout, scratches diminish towards end of reel. // Shot of ocean taken from dock in Manset in Southwest Harbor, Maine....   more
7) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 5
Can note: '1947 Fire Starts. Bar Harbor Fire, MDI.' // Footage of 1947 forest fire on Mount Desert Island. Smoke on horizon. Shots of burned woodland area and heavy smoke in forest. Mas...   more
8) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 003
Can notes as follows; reel numbers are donor-assigned. Reel 3: Manset, travel. Fish pier, etc.;[Note: Reel 3 is the same as Reel 12. --karan sheldon 13 Aug 2013] Intertitle: "Product...   more
9) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 011
Can notes as follows; reel numbers are donor-assigned. Reel 11: Glimpses of the Maine coast. Travel. Maine, EGS, b&w.;color Intertitle: "Seal Harbor" Overexposed view of sandy beach...   more
10) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 002
Can notes as follows; reel numbers are donor-assigned. Reel 2: Southwest Harbor. Harbor scene and vast lumber cutting and 1930 sawmill operation.;color. Intertitle: "A Maine hayfield" (...   more
11) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 008
Can notes as follows; reel numbers are donor-assigned. Reel 8: Products of Duck Island. Travel. First rate, of seagulls, Cranberry Isles, scenes, shoreline architecture, sardine fishery...   more
12) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 013
Can notes as follows; reel numbers are donor-assigned. Reel 13: A Maine hayfield, travel.;[DVD Reel 13 is same as Reel 6. Does not match Can note above. karan sheldon, 13 August 2013.]...   more
13) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 12
VINEGAR SYNDROME? - original record says this reel has vinegar, but descriptive info for reel was wrong - not sure whether this is vinegar or not. // Reel numbers are donor-assigned. //...   more
14) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 010
Can notes as follows; reel numbers are donor-assigned. Reel 10: Building a building. Berrycliff. [Not transferred to DVD, could not view in 2013. Karan Sheldon]   more
15) [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies] Reel 015
Can notes as follows; reel numbers are donor-assigned. Reel 15: Herring, Maine.;Family outdoors at construction site. Man fells a conifer away from the camera. Ocean in background....   more
Stillman, Ernest G. Collection
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Creator(s)
Ernest G. Stillman
Primary Format and Extent
film (4,400 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. reversal
Collection Date Range
1930 – 1949
Summary
Collection contains [Ernest G. Stillman--home movies], 15 reels of summer activities around Mt. Desert Island, and Cranberry Island, Maine. The collection includes footage of the 1947 fire that destroyed much of the area. Other reels include intertitles punctuating footage of commercial fish catches going into the hold with salt, every stage in the herring seining process, yachts and fishing boats in the waters around Mt. Desert harbors, boatyards and wharves, buildings under construction, logging, a local sawmill, and shoreline scenery. One scene focuses on a schooner carrying a cargo of cord-wood on deck, another follows a barge carrying a portion of a house in a huge net. Dr. Stillman spliced cartoon scenes in several places to contrast with the scenery of Maine.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Dr. Ernest G. Stillman (1884-1949) was a summer resident of Northeast Harbor, Maine. He graduated from Harvard University in 1908 and earned an MD from Columbia University in 1913. He practiced medicine, conducted pulmonary research, and his philanthropic work included supporting the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass., underwriting the Harvard Forest dioramas. Portions of his collections of Japanese art and literature are at Harvard University. Harvard University Archives holds film he shot of Harvard class of 1908 20th and 25th reunions and footage of a Harvard-Yale hockey game. The donor, John Stillman (1919-2010), was his son. See also the Harvard Forest Collection. John Stillman's son, Whit Stillman, is a filmmaker. Some of his films are at Harvard Film Archive.
Genre(s)
Amateur
Place(s)
1 comment on "Stillman, Ernest G. Collection"
This collection is full of amazing footage of the fishing industry. Stillman was an interesting character, though very private, he was a great amateur filmmaker, as seen in the quality of the footage he shot in this collection, and in the Harvard Forest Collection - which also contains films shot by Stillman.
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