48 Items in This Collection
1) A picnic at Isle Royale--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 1
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 1: interior scenes of summer cottage, furnishings; elderly man smoking a pipe; men and boys (four or five in number) carrying picnic supplies along...   more
2) Fishing industry at Isle Royale--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 2
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 2: boy of 8-10 yrs. reading in parlour overstuffed chair dressed in suit with white starched collar; small commercial fishing boat and details of n...   more
3) Camping trip at Isle Royale--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 3
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 3: bull moose swimming across calm lake water; exits onto wooded shoreline; boy, an eldery man, and a young woman fishing for 'muskie' from a rowbo...   more
4) Awinita, first cruise--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 4
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 4: Boatyard; 6-8 member boatbuilding crew in process of putting finishing touches on cabin cruiser; man using hand brace and bit; boat christening;...   more
5) Scoville Point Camp on Isle Royale--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 5
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 5: Onboard family cabin cruiser; elderly couple standing on deck, dressed in suits; young woman and boy seated on deck; rock outcrops along shoreli...   more
6) Mother and father, Tim Byson, Lucy--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 6
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 6: Home library/study; elderly woman sewing, middle aged man reading magazine and smoking pipe; adolescent male in easy chair reads magazine; young...   more
7) Slate Islands, picnic at McCargoe Cove, Isle Royale--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 7
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 7: Entrance to bay on shore of Lake Superior; panoramic shot of wooded, hilly shore forming bay; 8-10 men 'poling' saw logs as they float in bay, s...   more
8) Cruising on the north shore of Lake Superior--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 8
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 8: Reel opens with map depicting north shore of Lake Superior; family members aboard cabin cruiser (boy and elderly man wearing nautical cap); view...   more
9) The east shore of Lake Superior--Dassler family--home movies. Reels 9-10
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reels 9 and 10: Family aboard cabin cruiser, including spaniel dog; panoramic footage of wooded hills along shoreline; boy rowing boat on calm water wit...   more
10) Apostle Islands to Port Arthur--Dassler family--home movies. Reels 11-12
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reels 11 and 12: Note: First five minutes (approx.) of reel 11 are generally in poor focus and dimly lit. Sunrise over lake waters,cabin cruiser at dock...   more
11) New York World's Fair, 1940--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 13
Shot in black-and-white and color, this home movie records a visit by the Dasslers during the final month of the 1940 New York World's Fair, scenes of Times Square at night, and two foo...   more
12) Saint Ignace Island on Lake Superior, 1940--Dassler family--home movies. Reels 14-15
Black-and-white and color home movies shot and compiled by J.C. Dassler of the Dassler family's 1940 vacation on Lake Superior.;NHF cataloger's notes, 2/96 for Reels 14 and 15: Crowd of...   more
13) The yellow peril goes west, 1940--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 16
Compiled black-and-white and color film of Dassler family road trip across South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado in 1940, featuring many hand-drawn, illustrated intertitles.;'The Yellow P...   more
14) Dassler-Lichte wedding, July 1941--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 17
'Dassler-Lichte wedding, Cornell University, home 307 Arbor Lane.' // NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 17: diesel locomotive drawn passenger train arriving at Kirkwood station (New...   more
15) Awinita's cruise--Dassler family--home movies. Reels 18-19
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reels 18 and 19: Two middle aged men engaged in outdoor camp cooking; prepartion of planked (fileted on plank) lake trout; crowd of 25 people waits at l...   more
16) Gulfport, Mississippi--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 20
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96: Gulfport military airfield; four engine bombers (B-52?) flying in formation; brief close-up of young pilot; shot pans from his hands on controls to his fac...   more
17) Portage Entry--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 21
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 21: Sedan pulls into dock area; boathouse and other small buildings are shown; older man and woman emerge from car and board boat; teenaged boys ro...   more
18) Huron--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 22
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96: Interior shots below deck of cabin cruiser; older woman opens window below deck; younger couple rows toward cabin cruiser with dog seated in rowboat; young...   more
19) Coldwater and St. Albans--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 23
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96: Man practicing rifle shooting in a wooded, rustic setting; two women approach him; one dressed in a suit, the other wearing a knee length coat; woman in co...   more
20) Isle Royale--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 24
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96 for Reel 24: Young adults (3-4) walking wooded trail; osprey(?) nest perched on elevated rocky outcrop; osprey in flight; lake shoreline depicting lighthou...   more
21) Isle Royale--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 25
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96: Group of adults picnicking close to island shore (Lake Superior); cabin cruiser docks, adults disembark at Isle Royale National Park; adults gathered in fr...   more
22) Isle Royale--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 26
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96: Reel 26: Woman picking, displaying blueberries with wooded hillsides in background; open waters of Lake Superior and wooded shoreline; whitecaps and waves...   more
23) Alaska, Northwest Farmers Tour--Dassler--home movies. Reels 27-28
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96: Reels 27 and 28: Travel posters depicting the Alaskan coast, a Yakima Indian woman; mountainous coast taken from aboard large cruise vessel; dock area crow...   more
24) Isle Royale, summer--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 29
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96: Landscape shots of island shore; rocky, forested w/protected coves and open water; summer scene depicts family (adults and small children) eating lunch out...   more
25) Children--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 30
NHF cataloguer's notes, 2/96: Reel 30: Toddler and pretoddler boys at play (interior shots); birthday cake and toddlers adorned in cowboy outfits complete with guns and hats; at play ou...   more
27) Richard, baby shots--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 32
NHF cataloguer's notes: Dimly lit interior shots of two toddler boys being held by grandmother in overstuffed chair as she reads them a story; newborn infant arriving at home; car pulls...   more
28) Mediterranean cruise--Dassler family--home movies. Reels 33-35
NHF cataloguer's notes for Reels 33-35: Cargo-liner 'Jesse Lykes'; cargo is loaded by longshoremen, using forklifts, for departure from Houston; Houston's industrial shore zone; smokest...   more
29) Coldwater, new house, Isle Royale--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 36
Coldwater (1955)--New house, Isle Royale (1958)   more
30) Isle Royale, Lake of the Ozarks, Coldwater--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 37
Isle Royale--Skip and Dale, Steve's 3rd birthday, Lake Ozarks, Alton Club, Coldwater (1955-1956).   more
31) Christmas, Norfork--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 38
Xmas (1956-1957), Norfork (1957), Lee's 1st (1958)   more
33) Stag, Table Rock, Coldwater, Gables--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 40
Stag--Table Rock--Coldwater--Gables (1959)   more
34) Pvt. Clea, Biloxi, W.F.--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 41
Pt. Clea (1960)--Bilox (1964)--W.E. (1965)   more
35) Norfork, 20th reunion--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 42
Norfork--20th reunion--Cubs--Lakewood--Xmas (1961)--Irondale (1964)   more
36) Crystal, Isle Royale--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 43
Crystal (1961-1962)--Isle Royale (1962)   more
37) Isle Royale, Lake Ontario--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 44
Isle Royale (1963)--Lake Ontario and Isle Royale (1966).   more
38) Canada, Colorado--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 45
Canada with Ladds (1964)--Colorado (1965)--S., S. and L.   more
40) Lecque picnic--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 47
Lecque picnic (double exposure) (1961)   more
41) Birthdays--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 48
Birthday (1961, 1962, 1963)   more
47) Christmas party--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 54
Xmas party, at Cheshire (1969)   more
48) Adolescence, then and now--Dassler family--home movies. Reel 55
Adolescence, then and now (B.T. studios 1972)   more
Dassler, Lee Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
[Dassler--home movies], 95-40
Credit: Lee Dassler Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Mount Rushmore, 1940.
Credit: Dassler family home movies. Excerpt from “Dassler-Lichte wedding, Cornell University, home at 307 Arbor Lane.” 8 mm. film. From the Lee Dassler Collection at Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, ME. MP4 video, 3:20.
Primary Format and Extent
56 film reels and 3 audio reels
Collection Date Range
1934 – 1972
The Lee Dassler Collection contains fifty-five reels of 8 mm. film, one reel of 16 mm. film, and three audio reels shot and recorded primarily by her father, John Carl Dassler, between 1934 and 1972. The home movie collection depicts the extended Dassler family over several decades, through documentation of family events and celebrations, including weddings, holidays, and birthdays, but also through scenes of family members at home, seen reading, dining, sewing, listening to the radio, or playing with the dog. The family recorded their many trips to Isle Royale in Michigan, and throughout the Great Lakes region on the cabin cruiser "Awinita," seen here from its construction and christening in 1936. Other highlights include travel throughout the United States and abroad, in particular a 1940 trip to the New York World's Fair and a 1954 Mediterranean cruise on the S.S. Jesse Lykes, compiled over three reels, with accompanying narration recorded on separate audio reels.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Lee Dassler is the Executive Director of the Western Foothills Land Trust in Norway, Maine.
Northeast Historic Film
Access is restricted; consult repository for detail.
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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