38 Items in This Collection
1) Children, La Tuque, Quebec, 1926-1927--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 1
"Children La Tuque, 1926-27" ;Label on leader: "Children 1926-1927 and Britta [Bjornlund], Father and horses/Elliot [Payson?]"   more
2) Family, Charleston, South Carolina, 1927--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 2
"Charleston - Family 1927";Label on leader: "Charleston & Monticello, part 3."   more
3) Woods, Downing Potter Brown, 1927--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 3
"Woods - 1927 Downing Potter Brown";Label on leader: "1927 - Shep [Shedden] Harold [C. Payson] - DPB [Downing Potter Brown] - La Tuque - [?]"   more
4) Florida, 1926-1927--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 4
"Florida - 1926/27";Father, Mother, Elizabeth (Brown, Dessau, Bradeen) + Marion?   more
5) Margaret and Fletcher Brown wedding, 1948--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 5
"Peg (Margaret Coleman) & Fletcher's Wedding - 1948"   more
6) Payson wedding, Amelia, 1950-1951--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 6
"Joan & Henry's Wedding";Label on leader: "J&H [Joan and Henry Storer Payson] Wedding - Amelia 1950-51"   more
7) Karen and Gordon Clarke wedding, 1954--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 7
"Karen & Gordon's Wedding 1954 - Outdoor Pictures"   more
8) Karen and Gordon Clarke wedding, 1954--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 8
"Karen & Gordon's Wedding 1954 - Indoor Pictures"   more
9) Karen and Gordon Clarke wedding, Mimi MacLeod's birthday, 1954--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 9
"Karen & Gordon's Wedding 1954 - Snow Scene - Mimi's Birthday Party [Mimi Payson MacLeod]"   more
10) Karen, skiing, sled dog racing, 1927-1930--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 10
On reel: "Karen 1928/skiing at clubhouse [La Tuque]/Shep [Shedden] and Carl [Keller]/Fletcher [Brown] dog racing"   more
11) Children and grandchildren at Lac Wagayamac--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 11
Label on leader: "Wayagamac-39[49?]-52-55 Children and grandchildren."   more
12) Karen and children at beach, Mary at Falmouth, 1927--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 12
Label on leader: "Karen + Children at Beach [Grand Beach Old Orchard] 1927, Joan, Karen, Mother, Father, Mary [Fletcher Brown] at Falmouth."    more
13) Friends, circa 1928--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 13
Label on reel: "Karen 1927 [1928?] - Carl Keller, Leland Means, [Benjamin] Burton"   more
14) Children at La Tuque and Grand Beach, circa 1928--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 14
Label on reel: "Children, La Tuque and Grand Beach/Mary in wedding dress + children June 12, 1928/Karen in White Coat"   more
15) Charles Lindbergh, Orchard Beach air show, 1927-1928--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 14A
Label on reel: "Lindbergh/1928" ;First part of reel is pulled from a commercial newsreel; second part is amateur footage including Charles Lindbergh and "The Spirit of St. Louis" at Orc...   more
16) Family at Lac Wayagamac, 1928--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 15
"Family at Wayagamac 1928, tennis girls, Burton, Father's boat, beach pictures, Helen [Crocker, Herman?], Ellie [Eleanor Downing Hamlen (Mrs. James C.)] and Jetty [Jennet Whipple]--tenn...   more
17) Family, Uncle Downing, Easter, 1928--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 16
Label on reel: "Uncle Downing, Easter, 1928 Mother, Father, children, also moose"   more
19) Christmas, 1931--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 18
Label on reel: "1931 Christmas - House Party - Dog Team - Family at Falmouth, Joan + Karen with dog [Bingo]";"1931 dog team Fletcher/1931 Christmas family - Falmouth"   more
21) Williams College reunion, 1937--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 20
"Williams Reunion Class of 1912 - 1937"   more
22) Franconia, New Hampshire, 1940--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 21
"Franconia '40";Color home movie of family and friends skiing at a mountain cabin near Franconia, New Hampshire.    more
23) Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, Canada, 1941--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 22
"Gaspé - 1941 - [John] Gault, [Parker] Poole - SB [Simmons Brown], PMP [Phillips Merrill Payson], HP [Henry Martyn Payson]"   more
24) Portland Country Club, Falmouth, Maine--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 23
Simmons Brown and Phillips Merrill Payson at Portland Country Club, Portland, Maine.    more
25) Fletcher Brown, John Gault, Parker Poole--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 24
Label on leader: "Fletcher [Brown] - [John] Gault, [Parker] Poole - 41, 45"   more
28) Fishing, 1948--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 28
"Fishing 1948 River - Spaulding - Paul [Brown], SB [Simmons Brown]"   more
30) Summer, 1955--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 30
"Summer, 1955/ Children, Grandma's Birthday - 4th of July - August"   more
32) Summer, 1957--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 32
"1957 Evasbrook, Children, Flowers, Summer 1957-Payson, Clarkes"   more
33) Children and grandchildren, August, 1957--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 33
"Falmouth - August 1957 - Children and Grandchildren"   more
34) Lac Wayagamac, 1958--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 34
Label on leader: "Wayagamac - 1958"    more
35) Christmas, 1960--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 35
"Christmas - Payson Party - 1960"   more
36) Christmas, 1960--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 36
"1. Simmons Brown Christmas 1960, 2. Christmas Payson's 1960"   more
37) 50th Anniversary, 1963--Simmons Brown--home movies. Reel 37
"1963 - 50th Anniversary - The Clarkes"   more
Clarke, Karen Collection
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Simmons Brown
Credit: Karen Clarke Collection, Northeast Historic Film.
Credit: Simmons Brown home movies. Excerpt from “Karen, skiing, sled dog racing, 1927-1930.” 16 mm. film. From the Karen Clarke Collection at Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, ME. MP4 video, 1:28.
Primary Format and Extent
39 film reels
Collection Date Range
1926 – 1964
The Karen Clarke Collection contains 39 reels of 16 mm. amateur film. The collection was shot between 1926 and 1964 by her father, Simmons Brown, of Falmouth, Maine. Many reels depict the family's recreational activities at Lac Wayagamac, La Tuque, Quebec, Canada; and at Falmouth, Maine, including scenes of boating, fishing, hiking, horse-riding, skiing, and sled dog racing. Travel films include scenes at Charleston, North Carolina, Florida, and Havana, Cuba. Many family events and celebrations are depicted: Christmas and July 4th holidays; birthdays; the 50th anniversary of Simmons and Mary Brown; and several weddings, including the wedding of Karen and Gordon Brown in 1954. Among the most noteworthy film in the collection is amateur documentation of Charles Lindbergh and "The Spirit of St. Louis" at Orchard Beach, Maine, in July 1927. Maine Memory Network
Biographical/Historical Notes
Karen Brown Clarke of Bay Square at Yarmouth and Falmouth, Maine, was born in 1925 in her grandparents’ house on State Street, Portland, to Mary Fletcher Brown and Simmons Brown. She married Gordon Clarke in 1954. Karen was a graduate of the Waynflete School of Portland and Smith College. An early environmentalist, she was a founder and chair of the Simsbury, CT Conservation Commission and served on its elected Zoning Board for 10 years, the last four as its chair. She also made time to sing in the chorus of the well-known Simsbury Light Opera Company which specialized in Gilbert and Sullivan shows. As her daughters Kristina and Amanda grew older, she joined Gordon, becoming a rated water paddler with the Appalachian Mountain Club, climbing some of the highest mountains in New England and taking extended wilderness canoe trips in Maine, Quebec, Ontario and the Northwest Territories. On one such trip she searched out and photographed a rare tundra lily as past of a Garden Club of Hartford research project. Balancing these outdoor activities, Karen started a new career, becoming a cataloger for a large private library of rare books on ornithology. When that collection was donated to Trinity College, Karen was named the Curator of its Ornithology Collection, a post she held until her retirement and in which she created acclaimed annual exhibitions and catalogues of the library’s remarkable holdings.
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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