28 Items in This Collection
1) Hurricane Damage in Massachusetts, 1938--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 1
"Hurricane Damage/Purgatory Mountain, Mass/Whitinsville+Uxbridge/Taken Nov 6 1938.";1938 home movie survey of hurricane damage and clean up in Massachusetts following the September 21 s...   more
2) Vacation, 1939--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 2
"Vacation 1939.";1939 home movie of family vacation in a forest cabin.;Title: "Vacation" (illustrated card) Exterior shots of car parked in forest at a log cabin, with smoke rising f...   more
3) Battle For Tunisia!; Surrender at Stalingrad!
Castle Films release of World War II news footage. Includes segments "Battle for Tunisia!" and "Surrender at Stalingrad!"   more
4) Bub, 1940--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 3
"Bub's New Suit/Bub Plays in the Snow/1940";1940 home movie of a boy at play indoors and in the snow.;Boy in shirt and tie on tricycle indoors. He plays with a toy car and truck on the...   more
5) Sister's first birthday, 1940--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 4
"Sister's First Birthday Party 1940";1940 color home movie of one-year-old girl's lakeside birthday party.;Opens with scenes of girls and mother at play on the beach and in the water....   more
6) Marjorie home from hospital, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 5
"Margie Comes Home From Hospital/1941";1941 home movie including a self-portrait of Harris Elliott with camera and scenes of newborn Marjorie with mother.   more
7) Bub on skis, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 6
"Bub on Skis/1941";Home movie of John walking and falling on skis in snow.   more
8) Aerial show at Scarboro Airport, Portland, Maine, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 7
Title: 'Scarboro Airport + Titles.';Compiled reel including amateur footage of the 1941 Aerial Roundup at Scarboro Airport in Portland, Maine.;Reel opens on shot of print ad reading in...   more
9) Laying toll cable from Portland, Maine, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 8
"Toll cable/1941";October 1941 home movie documenting the laying of an underground telephone cable between Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts.   more
10) Marjorie's first birthday, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 9
"Margie's First Birthday/1941";Home movie of Marjorie's first birthday, celebrated with her mother and three other children.   more
11) Fourth of July, 1941--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 10
"Fourth of July 1941/Shirley Two Yrs.";Home movie reel including scenes of a 1941 Fourth of July family picnic and of Shirley's second birthday party.   more
12) Family at lake, 1943--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 11
1943 home movie of family vacation at a lake house.   more
13) Family scenes at home, 1943-1944--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 12
"John in Uniform, Sept. 1943/The Kids, Sept. 1943/Shoveling Snow, Feb. 1944";Color home movies of scenes shot around the family house in 1943 and 1944, including snow scenes.   more
14) Snowstorm, 1944--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 13
"Snowstorm/1944";Color home movie of the family house and street following a heavy snowfall.   more
15) Last days of Little Sebago, 1945--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 14
"Last Days of Little Sebago/1945";1945 color home movie of family scenes at lakeside cabin at Little Sebago Lake, Maine.   more
16) Summer 1945 and spring 1946--Harris M. Elliott--home movies] Reel 15
"The Family/Summer of 1945/Spring of 1946"   more
19) Children, 1947--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 18
Three toddlers in crib outdoors, one with rattle. Children lined up in order by height, man with movie camera, girls playing on rope. Cut to large ship.   more
20) Shipwreck of the freighter Oakey L. Alexander, 1947--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 19
"460 Highland Ave./Summer 1947/Shipwreck 'Okey Alexander" [sic];Color home movie including documentation of the freighter Oakey L. Alexander wrecked off the coast of Maine during rescue...   more
21) Boats, 1952--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 20
Home movie reel containing footage of boats and ships at dock and in harbor, collected under the title "Boats."    more
22) Family trip, Lake Champlain, summer 1954--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 21
"Summer 1954 Launching Boat/Trip to Lake Champlain" ;1954 color home movie of family travels in the Northeast, including scenes at Lake George and Lake Champlain.   more
23) Family trip to Lake Champlain, 1954--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 22
"1954 Trip to Lake Champlain";1954 color home movie of family trip includes footage of Rouse's Point Bridge and Beaver Lake, Vermont.   more
24) Family trip, New Hampshire mountains, 1954--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 23
"The Mountains";Color home movie of family travel in New Hampshire in 1954, including scenes at the Mount Washington Hotel, Ammonoosuc Lower Falls, Echo Lake, and the Mount Washington C...   more
25) Family trip, New Hampshire, July 1955--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 24
"7-11-55";Color home movie of family travel including scenes shot from the gondola at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire.   more
26) Summer 1956--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 25
"Summer 1956";Color home movie of family at a lakeside cabin in summer of 1956.   more
28) Terry, January 1959--Harris M. Elliott--home movies. Reel 27
"Terry 1 yr. Jan. 59";Color home movie of Terry at one year old, playing in the snow with father and other children.   more
Elliott, Harris M. Collection
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Harris M. Elliott
Credit: Harris M. Elliott Collection, Northeast Historic Film.
Credit: Harris M. Elliott home movies. Excerpt from "Vacation, 1939." 8 mm. film. From the Harris M. Elliott Collection at Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, ME. MP4 video, 3:24.
Primary Format and Extent
28 film reels
Collection Date Range
1938 – 1959
The Harris M. Elliott Collection consists of 27 reels of amateur 8 mm. film and one commercial 8 mm. film print. The amateur films in the collection were shot by Harris Elliott and document his family and children over the years from 1938 to 1959 at home and on vacation at locations including Little Sebago Lake, Maine, and Lake Champlain. Of particular interest are reels documenting noteworthy events and activities in the region, including a survey of 1938 hurricane damage in Western Massachusetts; the first annual Aerial Roundup in 1941 at the Scarboro Airport in Portland, Maine; the laying of an underground toll phone cable from Portland, Maine, to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1941; and the shipwreck of the freighter Oakey L. Alexander off the coast of Maine in 1947.
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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