66 Items in This Collection
1) [Raymond Cotton—home movies] Reel 1
Intertitle: "Raymond O. Cotton presents TIME MARCHES ON. August 1937. Hiram Buys a Fire Engine. HIRAM FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ACTION." The fire department in Hiram was started in 1937, and t...   more
2) [Raymond Cotton—home movies] Reel 2
Intertitle: "Raymond C. Cotton Presents FIELD OF BLUE THE STORY OF MAINE'S BLUEBERRY INDUSTRY. AUGUST Bushes and weeds are cut". Man with scythe cuts bushes in field. Men with axes wo...   more
3) [Raymond Cotton—home movies] Reel 3
Intertitle: "The Family Album". Boy brings trash out of store and fills wire basket with trash and lights it on snowy day. A child and dog play around the store entrance. A bird takes...   more
4) [Raymond Cotton—home movies] Reel 5
One brief sequence of people picking strawberries in field.   more
5) [Hubert Clemons—home movies] Reel 1
Intertitle: "U.S. Tour H.W. Clemons" and view of U.S. map showing route of tour. Clemons joined a group of school teachers on a seven-week University of Maine sponsored bus tour of th...   more
6) [Raymond Cotton—home movies] Reel 4
A snowplow comes toward camera pushing deep snow across a bridge. Several plows in the village (Hiram?) work to clear roads. Views of large circular ice saw on sled as men pull it ac...   more
7) [Hubert Clemons--home movies] reel 2
One of several reels of film that depicts a group of school teachers on a seven week University of Maine sponsored bus tour of the U.S., which started and ended at Orono, Maine. Views...   more
8) [Hubert Clemons—home movies] Reel 3
One of several reels of film that depicts a group of school teachers on a seven week University of Maine sponsored bus tour of the U.S., which started and ended at Orono, Maine. Inter...   more
9) [Hubert Clemons—home movies] Reel 4
One of several reels of film that depicts a group of school teachers on a seven week University of Maine sponsored bus tour of the U.S., which started and ended at Orono, Maine. Comme...   more
10) [Hubert Clemons—home movies] Reel 5
One of several reels of film that depicts a group of school teachers on a seven-week University of Maine sponsored bus tour of the U.S., which started and ended at Orono, Maine. Inter...   more
11) The Good Old Days
2018-002 A Tribute to Our Hiram Neighbors The Good Old Days Produced by: Hiram Historical Society Edited By: Ed Pierce Narrated By: Hilda Kaye Berry 8mm Transfer By: Gnome Knoll Hiram,...   more
12) Hiram Community Church Christmas Programs: 12/17/1989; 12/24/1989
Hiram Community Church Christmas Programs: 12/17/1989; 12/24/1989 Presented to Hiram Historical Soc. by Francis W. Lyons & Family Not for Sale 2018-003   more
13) Hiram, Maine, Flood of 1987
2018-004 Hiram, Maine, Flood of 1987 Property of the Hiram Historical Society Not to be Sold. Gift of E. Pierce   more
14) Hiram Fire Department 50th Anniversary Program and Parade–1987
2018-005 Hiram Fire Department 50th Anniversary Program and Parade – 1987 Not for Sale Hiram Historical Society   more
15) Raymond Cotton’s Talk on the Saco River, Brownfield H. S., 1989
THE SACO RIVER – Raymond Cotton Brownfield H. S., 1989 HHS Copy Raymond Cotton’s Talk on the Saco River, Brownfield H. S., 1989 Prpty of Hiram Historical Society Not to be Sold. Not for...   more
16) Raymon Cotton, Flood ‘89
2018-007 HHS Master. F.D. Raymon Cotton, Flood ‘89 HHS Copy. Not to be Sold. Hiram Fire Dept., Raymond Cotton, Flood of 1987 (?) HHS Copy Not for Sale HHS Master   more
17) Hiram Historical Society Annual Meeting August 29, 1987
2018-008 Hiram Historical Society Annual Meeting August 29, 1987 H. H. S. Annual Pro-gram and Open House August, 1987. Ray-mond Cotton, Walter Twitchell, & Richard Hamond, Speakers....   more
18) Views of Hiram: A 35 mm Slide Presentation
Views of Hiram: A 35 mm Slide Presentation – Slides from the Collections of Hubert W. Clemons and Beverly Nason Copy 1   more
19) HHS OPEN HOUSE, Aug. 22, 1992
2018-010 HHS OPEN HOUSE, Aug. 22, 1992 Speaker: Ned Allen “Longfellow and His Connection to Hiram” M. C.: Eleanor B. Twitchell Pianist: Huber W. Clemons   more
20) Barnes House Fire 2/12/1992
2018-011 2018-011 Barnes House Fire 2/12/1992 The Barnes House Fire, 2/12/1992; Video by Russ Kenney; Music added by Ed Pierce. Property of HIRAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY. NOT FOR SALE;Music...   more
21) Forest Fires 1947, Flood 1953
2018-012 2018-012 Forest Fires 1947, Flood 1953 1947 Forest Fires 1953 Flood in Hiram (Not for Sale) copy 1 1947 Forest Fires 1953 Flood in Hiram Gift of Eric Noble Property of Hiram Hi...   more
22) 1964 Sesquicentennial Parade – 1976 Bicentennial Parade – Mem. Day Parade Miscellany
2018-013 U.S. Bicentennial Parade 1976 H.W. Cle Home Movies of Huber W. Clemons, Hiram, ME 1976 – U. S. Bicentennial Parade in Hiram Hiram’s 1964 Sesquicentennial Parade A Memorial Day...   more
23) Fourth of July Parade 1994
2018-014 Fourth of July Parade 1994 Fourth of July Parade, Hiram, Maine, 1994 Property of Hiram Historical Society – NOT FOR SALE 2018-014 Fourth of July [illegible] E. Pierce Fourth of...   more
24) Fourth of July Parade 1995 P. Howard
2018-015 Fourth of July Parade 1995 P. Howard Independence Day Parade, Hiram, July 4, 1995 – Video taken by Pricilla Howard 2018-015 Fourth of July Parade 1995 Priscilla Howard Independ...   more
25) Bus Tour 1959 & Hiram Events HW Clemons
2018-016 Bus Tour 1959 & Hiram Events HW Clemons 1959 Bus Tour & Hiram Events Transferred from 8 mm film by Northeast Historic Film Soldier Memorial Library, Hiram, ME   more
26) “SEBAGO DOCKSIDE” Made in U.S.A Presents an Adventure in Shoemaking
Property of Hiram Historical Society 2018-020 Adventure in Shoe-making “SEBAGO DOCKSIDE” Made in U.S.A Presents an Adventure in Shoemaking. (Copy) H.H.S. Not for Sale   more
27) Hiram’s Medicine Men Dr. Lowell Barnes 8/24/1989
Master HHS Tape Program 8/26/89 Not for Sale “The Medicine Men” – Dr. L. Barnes After pgm very short piece Raymond Cotton’s Birthday H.H.S 2018-021 Hiram’s Medicine Men Dr. Lowell Barne...   more
28) HIRAM Historical Society Open House 1990
HIRAM Historical Society Open House 1990 2018-022 Old Town Meeting Annual Open House 1990 R Cotton HIRAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE 1990 Copy 1   more
29) Wedding R. Cotton
2018-023 Wedding R. Cotton Wedding of Raymond Cotton (86) and Doris Fernald Hayley (84), at the Hiram VFW Hall, Sept. 29, 1990. Property of the Hiram Historical Society. Not for Sale....   more
30) Vandalism Watson Place
2018-024 Vandalism Watson Place 2018-024 Vandalism at the Watson Place 12/7/1993 Vandalism at the Watson Place – 1993 THE WATSON PLACE, HIRAM 12/7/1993 (after having been vandalized) O...   more
31) Welcome to Sacopee Valley High School
2018-025 Welcome to Sacopee Valley High school 2/91 Bill Hoxie Sacopee Valley High School Video – Feb.1991 Bill Hoxie (HHS Copy) 17 min. Copy: Welcome to Sacopee Valley High School Vide...   more
32) Construction of Hiram’s New Bridge (1990-1991)
2018-026 Presented to THE HIRAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY by FRANCIS W. LYONS Construction of Hiram’s New Bridge (1990-1991) Property of Hiram Historical Society, Hiram, Maine Not for Sale 201...   more
33) Hiram & Saco River
2018-027 Hiram & Saco River (up to Falls Mountain) Jack Wadworth 5/1996 Jack Wadsworth 5/1996 Hiram – Saco River Up to Falls Mtn. Converted by Jack Wadworth 2012-6 to DVD 1996 + La...   more
34) Mountain Division B&M & Maine Central Trips Through Crawford
2018-031 Mountain Division Property of the Hiram Historical Society Not to be Sold MOUNTAIN DIVISION B&M Me. CENTRAL RR TRIPS THROUGH CRAWFORD NOTCH PROPERTY OF HHS 1990 2018-031...   more
35) B.H Railroad Narrow Gauge
2018-033 Bridgeton & Harrison B.H Railroad Narrow Gauge Donated By: Edward C. Pierce Property of the Hiram Historical Society Not for Sale 2018-033 B&H B.H Railroad H&M Rail...   more
36) Trains of Northern N.E. 1997
2018-035 Trains of Northern N.E. 1997 Trains of NE. 1997 Property of Hiram Historical Society Gift of Edward Pierce Hiram, ME HHS Trains of Northern N.E. 1997   more
37) CSRR 2000 CSRR 2001
2018-037 CSRR 2000 CSRR 2001 CSRR 2000 17 min CSRR 2001 99 min Railroad Videotape Gift To HHS Ed Pierce CSRR 2000 17 min CSRR 2001 99 min Gift To HHS Ed Pierce   more
38) CSRR Railfan Weekend 2001
2018-038 CSRR Railfan Weekend 2001 CSRR Railfan Weekend 2001 Railroad Videotape Rail Fan Weekend 2001 CSRR Gift To HHS Ed Pierce RailFan Weekend CSRR Recorded by Don Patterson   more
39) VIEWS OF HIRAM, ME: A 35 MM SLIDE PRESENTATION
2018-039 Historical Slides? VIEWS OF HIRAM, ME: A 35 MM SLIDE PRESENTATION HWC & Beverly C_2 Nason VIEWS OF HIRAM, ME: A 35 MM SLIDE PRESENTATION Property of Hiram Historical Societ...   more
40) Hiram Bridge – 1992 Snowstorm – 1994 Xmas
2018-065 Hiram Bridge Construction 1990-91 by Priscilla Howard 2018-66 Hiram Snowstorm by Priscilla Howard 1992 2018-067 Christmas at Florence Kimball’s 1994 Hiram Bridge – 1992 Snowsto...   more
41) Time Marches On
TIME MARCHES ON Film of 1935-1939 by Raymond Cotton length 56 min presented by Hiram Historical Society HIRAM, MAINE 04041 Film & Narration: Raymond Cotton Engineering: Ed Pierce H...   more
42) Recluse Farm dedication of sign--Audio Cassette 1
2018-041 Recluse Farm dedication of sign Side One Clark Thompson Recluse Farm Sign Dedication June 10, 2006 Side 2 Delbert Gilpatrick Diane Perkins Wilbur Hammond Dana Edgecomb   more
43) Raymond Cotton Stories: Reminiscences March 1982--Audio Cassette 2
2018-042 Raymond Cotton Stories remiscences March 1982 Raymond Cotton Stories March 1982 Raymond Cotton’s Reminiscences 1982 March 1982 Reminiscences of R.C. Cotton Raymond Cotton Stori...   more
44) Conversation of Raymond Cotton & Walter Twitchell--Audio Cassette 3
2018-043 Conversations of Raymond C. Cotton & Walter Twitchell Cotton & Twitchell Cotton & Twitchell   more
45) Raymond Cotton's retirement party--Audio Cassette 4
2018-044 R. Cotton retirement party Raymond cotton Retirement Party 1979 Historical Society 1979;After 50 years as Town Clerk   more
46) Hiram Stories by Roger Flint 1980 tape 1--Audio Cassette 5
2018-045 Hiram Stories by Roger Flint tape 1 1 Hiram Roger W Flint P.B. Youngs Mill #1 1980 Reel #1 Side #1 Hiram Roger Flint Reel #1 Side #2   more
47) Hiram Stories by Roger Flint 1980 tape 2--Audio Cassette 6
2018-046 2018-46 Hiram Stories by R. Flint tape 2 Hiram # 2 Roger Flint 1980 Hiram Reel #2 Side #1   more
48) Stories of Hiram by Raymond Cotton #1 1980--Audio Cassette 7
Stories of Hiram by Raymond Cotton # 1 1980 2018-047 Raymond Cotton Stories P.B. Young Side 1 1980   more
49) Reminiscences of Hiram by Thelma Kimball 1980--Audio Cassette 8
2018-048 Reminiscences of Hiram by Thelma Kimball. 2018-062 Reminiscences of Hiram by Paul Wadsworth. Master Recording HHS Master Recording Thelma Kimball, Paul Wadsworth;Side 1: Side 2...   more
50) Reminiscences of Hiram by Paul Wadsworth--Audio Cassette 9
048 & 062 Copy Done 11/12/18 Nothing on Side B Thelma Kimball Recorded 1980 “Reminiscences of Hiram” 1-130 1982- Paul Wadsworth 130-830 Cont. on other side Continued from Side 1 Rec...   more
51) Hiram stories by Raymond Cotton 1947 fire--Audio Cassette 10
2018-049 Raymond Cotton Stories: 1947 fire Stories of Hiram By Raymond Cotton #2 Also ’47 Fire 1982;Side 1: Side 2 1947   more
52) Hiram Lies 2 by Roger Flint--Audio Cassette 11
2018-051 Hiram Lies 2 by Roger Flint Hiram Lies, by Roger W. Flint, Portland, Maine, 1989 1989 Hiram Lies, by Roger W. Flint, Portland, Maine, 1989 Side 2   more
53) Popular piano music by Hubert W. Clemons--Audio Cassette 12
2018-052 Popular piano music by Hubert W. Clemons Done 10/25/18 Side 1 1983 “Hiram Lies” Hiram Lies R.W. Flint R.W. Flint 2018-050 Hiram Lies 1 by Roger Flint Side 2 “Popular” Piano Mus...   more
54) Music of the American Revolution--Audio Cassette 13
2018-053 Music of American Rev. 1776 The Music of the Revolution   more
55) Hiram Characters - Facts & Fantasies by Raymond Cotton--Audio Cassette 14
2018-54 Hiram Characters: Facts & fantasies by Raymond cotton & Walter Twitchell 23 July 1983 HHS Open House HHS. Program 7/23/83 Remake Tape Master Master Tape 7/23/83;HHS Annu...   more
56) 2018-054? Remake--Audio Cassette 15
2018-054? Remake Red Cotton & Walt Twitchell Return to H.H.S H.H.S Program 7/23/83   more
57) Hiram Town Meetings 1956, 1940s--Audio Cassette 16
2018-055 Hiram Town Meeting 1956, 19[?] Hiram Town Meeting Both sides Hiram Town Meetings Tapes by Raymond Cotton, Town Clerk 1956 and 1940s Voices identified: Arnold Pendexter, Moderat...   more
58) George Boyd, POW, WW2--Audio Cassette 17
2018-056 george Boyd POW WW2 taped 1993 by sister grace gilpatrick Grace Gilpatrick’s Talk “George Boyd, POW” Dec. 4, 1993 Hiram Historical Society   more
59) Mt. Cutler School Lunch Programs--Audio Cassette 18
2018-057 Mt. Cutler School Lunch Programs by Helen Rankin 8 Jan 94 Helen B. Rankin Jan. 8, 1994 Speaker Mt. Cutler School Lunch Programs;Taped by Helen B. Rankin, manager, 8 Jan 1994   more
60) Conversation with Irving Sargent 4 Sept 1994--Audio Cassette 19
2018-058 Conversation with Irving Sargent 4 Sept 1994 Irving Sargent Sept. 4, 1994 Harvey Robbins interviews Irving Sargent at the Bridgton Health Care Center. Irving Sargent Sep 4, 19...   more
61) Conversation with Irving Sargent 2 Oct 1994--Audio Cassette 20
2018-059 Conversation with Irving Sargent 2 Oct 1994 Irving Sargent Oct. 2, 1994 Conversation between Harvey Robbins and Irving Sargent Oct 2, 1994 Irving Sargent Oct 2, 1994;Taped by H...   more
62) Harvesting ice at Hiram Creamery--Audio Cassette 21
2018-060 Harvesting Ice Harvesting Ice at Hiram Creamery, W.G. Twitchell Harvesting Ice at Hiram Cry 7/1/95 Walter Twitchell Done 10/16/18;Taped by owner Walter Twitchell 4 July 1995   more
63) Golden Jubilee Mt. Cutler School--Audio Cassette 22
2018-061 Golden Jubilee Mt. Cutler School. School Song, O’ Hiram, Venetian love song GOLDEN JUBILEE MARCH used during J. Rowe’s tenure at Mt. Cutler School. THE MT. CUTLER SCHOOL SONG (...   more
64) Raymond Cotton Stories: Memories March 1983--Audio Cassette 23
2018-063 Raymond Cotton Stories memories march 1982 9/26/82 Memories of Master Tape Raymond Cotton Hiram Tape # 2 Master Tape H.H.S Memories of Raymond Cotton Master Tape #2 Master   more
65) Hiram Characters 1987--Audio Cassette 24
2018-064 Hiram Characters 1987 Done 10/26/18 Nothing on side B This is audio of 2018-008 video Illustrious characters Hiram Historical Society Open House Program, 8-29-97 “Hiram Charact...   more
66) A Tribute to Our Hiram Neighbors: The Good Old Days
VHS videotape: "A Tribute to Our Hiram Neighbors: The Good Old Days" Produced by Hiram Historical Society; Edited by Ed Pierce; Narration by Hilda Kaye Berry   more
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Credit: Raymond Cotton home movies, Hiram Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Construction worker aids the effort to eliminate a railroad crossing, August, 1938.
Credit: Excerpt from Raymond Cotton home movies, Hiram Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Maine blueberry farming, 1938.
Primary Format and Extent
film (1,785 ft.) : si., b&w ; 8 mm.
Collection Date Range
1937 – 1976
Summary
The Hiram Historical Society Collection contains 10 reels of amateur 8 mm. film. The collection was shot between 1937 and 1976 by Raymond Cotton and Hubert W. Clemons of Hiram, Maine. The Hubert W. Clemons home movies are five reels of travelogue footage taken on a seven-week University of Maine-sponsored bus tour of the United States in 1959. Footage highlights National Parks and Reserves, including national monuments and historic sites. The Raymond Cotton home movies offer a glimpse into family and community life. Community events include raccoon hunting, the 1938 Memorial Day parade, and efforts to clean up the damage from the 1938 hurricane that struck New England. With a keen eye for work processes, Cotton documented the training and development of the Hiram Fire Department, the ice harvesting process, river drivers running logs on a river, and Maine blueberry farming practice by season.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Hubert W. Clemons Hubert W. Clemons shot his 8 mm. travelogue films on a seven-week University of Maine-sponsored bus tour of the United States in 1959. The tour started and ended at Orono, Maine. Tour guides included Professor and Mrs. Robert Supple. The tour took a northern route out to the west coast, briefly visited Tijuana, Mexico, and then returned to Maine via the southern route. Clemons (acting Curator at the time) and the members of the Hiram Historical Society voted unanimously to donate their collection of 8 mm. films to Northeast Historic Film in April of 2004, including the home movies of Raymond Cotton.

Raymond Cotton was a storekeeper in Hiram, Maine. He owned a grocery store, and his wife, Marcia, ran a beauty shop in the space above the store. In addition to being a local grocer, Cotton was a blueberry farmer and member of the fire department. The fire department in Hiram was started in 1937, and was a community-building organization that had annual celebrations, some of which are depicted in the films. Cotton's work appears in an essay, Amateur film and the rural imagination, by Mark Neumann and Janna Jones (pp. 234-237), published in "Cinematic countrysides," Manchester University Press, 2007. WorldCat Raymond Cotton is the author of "Hog reaves, field drivers, and tything men: the birth pains of the town of Hiram." WorldCat Hiram Historical Society The Hiram Historical Society was founded in 1994 and is housed in a schoolhouse built ca. 1883 off Main Street on Historical Ridge Road, where it serves the community of Hiram, Maine.
Genre(s)
Amateur, Travelogue
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://www.oldfilm.org/research for more information.
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