27 Items in This Collection
1) Play, graduation, wedding, at home--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 1
Family. Children's play. Mother, Emerine, Aunt Betty. Family at home. Judy swimming.;Compiled reel of black-and-white and color home movies shot circa 1926-1940, with subjects including...   more
2) Home construction, Christmas, puppies--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 2
Family. Building the house. Kissing great-grandmother.;Compiled black-and-white home movies documenting the construction of the Houston home in Great Neck, NY, a family Christmas celebr...   more
3) Warsaw, Poland--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 3
Black-and-white home movies of a visit to Warsaw, Poland, circa 1926-1927.   more
4) Bermuda, 1926-1927--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 4
Black-and-white home movies of a visit by the Houstons to Bermuda, including scenes of boating, aquatic life, an equestrian event, and the waterfront of Hamilton.   more
5) Bermuda, 1929--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 5
Black-and-white home movies of the Houstons in Bermuda, including scenes of the family boating, swimming, and diving with a hand-operated air pump and helmet.   more
6) Bermuda in Kodacolor, 1929--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 6
1929 Kodacolor home movies of the Houstons in Bermuda, including scenes of sailing along the coast, swimming, and diving with a hand-operated air pump and helmet.   more
7) Northern France, 1929-1930--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 7
Black-and-white home movies of the Houston family traveling in Beauchamp and Valenciennes, France, 1929-1930.   more
8) Sierra Nevada and Seville, Spain, 1930--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 8
Compiled black-and-white home movies of 1930 travels in Spain, edited with intertitles, featuring scenes in Sierra Nevada and Seville, including a Semana Santa procession.;Intertitle: "...   more
9) Grenada, Spain, 1930--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 9
Compiled black-and-white home movies of 1930 travels in Spain, edited with intertitles, including scenes of the Alhambra and the Palacio de Generalife.   more
10) Bullfighting, Spain, 1930--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 10
Black-and-white home movies of a bullfighting event attended by the Houstons in Spain, 1930.   more
11) Cambridge University, 1931--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 11
Black-and-white home movies of a visit to Cambridge University in 1931.   more
12) Algeria and Italy, 1931-1933--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 12
Compiled black-and-white home movies of the Houston family's travels in Algeria and Italy, 1931-1933, including footage in Algiers, Pompeii, and Venice, edited with intertitles.;Interti...   more
13) Italy, Austria, France, 1931--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 13
Compiled black-and-white home movies, edited with intertitles, of the Houston family's travels in Italy, Austria, and France, 1931, including footage in Venice, Fulpmes, Caen, and Mont-...   more
14) Family, 1933-1937--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 14
Compiled black-and-white and color home movies shot between 1933 and 1937 of several family gatherings in Nevada and at home in Great Neck, NY.;Reel opens on the American Potash & Chemi...   more
15) Mount Foraker, Alaska, 1934--Charles S. and Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reels 15 and 16
Black-and-white home movies of the first ascent of Alaska's Mount Foraker in 1934, compiled with intertitles.;Intertitle: “First ascent of Mr. Foraker (more properly known as Denali’s W...   more
16) Nanda Devi, India, 1936--Charles S. Houston--home movies. Reels 17 and 18
Compiled black-and-white home movies of the 1936 first ascent of Nanda Devi in the Himalaya Range, Uttarakhand, India.   more
17) Alaska, 1937--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 19
Compiled black-and-white and color home movies of 1937 travels throughout Alaska, including many aerial views.   more
18) Mt. Hayes, Alaska, 1937--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 20
Black-and-white and color home movies of a partial ascent of Mt. Hayes, Alaska, by a 1937 party including Oscar and Charles Houston.   more
19) Grose wedding, grandchildren--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 21
Grose wedding. Judy as baby.;Compiled reel of black-and-white and color home movies of the 1938 Grose wedding and of the extended Houston family and grandchildren, including newborn gra...   more
20) Clark-Macdonald wedding, 1939--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 22
Compiled black-and-white and color home movies of the 1939 Clark-Macdonald wedding.   more
21) Family, 1942--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 23
Compiled black-and-white and color home movies of several casual summer gatherings of Houston family members.   more
22) England, the Bahamas, 1947--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 24
Compiled color home movies of travels including a family visit to England and garden scenes in the Bahamas.   more
23) Charlusset, Rocamadour, Les Eysiez, Chartres, 1948--Oscar R. Houston--home movies] Reel 25
Black-and-white home movies of Houston travel in France.   more
24) Chateaudon, Amboise, Chaumont, 1948--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 26
Black-and-white home movies of Houston travel in France.   more
25) Pralognan-la-Vanoise, 1948--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 27
Black-and-white home movies of Houston travel in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, including scenes of mountain climbing in Pralognan-la-Vanoise.   more
26) Bermuda, 1955--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 28
Color home movies of a Houston family visit to Bermuda, May 1-13, 1955.   more
27) Yugoslavia, 1956--Oscar R. Houston--home movies. Reel 29
Color home movies of Houston travel in Yugoslavia in 1956, including scenes in Dubrovnik.   more
Houston, Oscar R. Collection
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Credit: Oscar R. Houston Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Mrs. Nelly Houston.
Primary Format and Extent
29 film reels
Collection Date Range
1926 – 1956
Summary
The Oscar R. Houston Collection consists of 29 reels of amateur 16 mm. film. The majority of the collection was shot by Oscar Houston between 1926 and 1956, with other members of the Houston family shooting occasional scenes. The home movies include footage of the construction of the Houston family home in Great Neck, NY, as well as many scenes of the family at that home over the years. Family documentation also includes events such as graduation ceremonies and weddings, and extensive footage of the family's international travels. Among the travel films are reels taken by Oscar and his son Charles S. Houston of the first ascent of Alaska's Mount Foraker in 1934, and by Charles of his party's 1936 Nanda Davi expedition in the Himalaya Range.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Oscar Rempel Houston was born in 1884 in Logan, Ohio. Houston married Nelly Snead McDonald in 1912. They had three children: Charles, Barbara, and Janet. Houston resided in Great Neck, New York, for much of his life. He was living in Manhattan when he died in 1969 at age 86. Houston graduated from Columbia College in 1904 and from Columbia Law School in 1906. As counsel and senior partner at the New York firm of Bigham Englar Jones & Houston, he specialized in admiralty law, at one time serving as president of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Houston was an avid traveler, fisherman, and mountaineer. His son, Charles Snead Houston, was a pioneering alpinist, introduced to the sport by his father, and supported and accompanied by him on several expeditions, including the Mount Foraker and Nanda Devi expeditions documented in this collection.
Subject(s)
Families, Travel
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://oldfilm.org/content/stock-footage-licensing for more information.
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