15 Items in This Collection
1) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 1
'Ricky.';People skiing. A dog (German Shepherd) playing in the snow. A man with the dog on a leash. The dog in a lumber yard. The dog playing in front of houses. Shot of a snowy road. T...   more
2) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 2
'Smokestack.';A harness race. A mill with a smokestack. Panning shot around the mill yard and buildings. Men in the mill yard, watching as a smokestack is raised by a crane. Panning sho...   more
3) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 3
'Mem. Parades.';Shots of a tree lined street, as a Memorial Day parade approaches. A marching band in white uniforms, carrying a banner: ‘SHERMAN’. Men in uniform carrying the American...   more
4) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 4
'Shin Pond '61, Natarswi - Jeanne '61.';Two girls in swimsuits walk to the water. They wade in. The older girl swimming. The younger girl swimming. Out of focus shots of someone feeding...   more
5) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 5
'Smoke stack #2. Kids skiing & dog.' ;Men gathered around the base of a mill smokestack. Panning shot up the smokestack. The top of the smokestack. Men smoking in the mill yard. Two...   more
6) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 6
'Jonesport & Natarswi, backyard birds, Sherman.';Panning shot of a lake. Zooming in on a boat on the water. A seagull on a rock. A line of girls sitting on a dock by the water. Othe...   more
7) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 7
'Shin Pond & Hannibal Race, Lewiston.';Children swimming. A float plane flying low over the lake. A girl walking to school. A truck leaving a lumber mill. A harness race. Shot of a...   more
8) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 8
'Ponies in Harness, Sherman.';A child in a two wheeled cart (sulky) pulled by a pony, driving up and down a street. She drives past houses and a mill lumber yard. Two girls driving sulk...   more
9) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 9
'Back of house, chickadees & squirrel.';A window looking out at trees and a bird feeder. Panning shot of landscape. A woman walking through the snow. Cut back to a squirrel at the b...   more
10) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 10
'Backyard - Kemo, Anne & Jeanne, Blizzard '62-'63.';A girl playing with a German Shepherd puppy. Panning shot of a backyard. Shots of the sunset. Two girls in swimsuits and towels p...   more
11) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 11
'Blizzard '62-'63, plus Feb. Storm.';Shot through a window of a man and dog (German Shepherd) walking through the snow. A man with a small bulldozer/plow. Panning shot of trees and wate...   more
12) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 12
'Eagle.';A pheasant walking through a field. The moon seen through the trees. A birdfeeder hanging from a tree. A birdhouse nailed to a tree. A bald eagle perched in a tree by the water...   more
13) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 13
'Kemo.';A dog (German Shepherd) and a woman in the back of a truck. A woman driving the truck. They park and the dog jumps out. A bird feeder hanging from a tree. Close up of birds in a...   more
14) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 14
'Sugarloaf & Kemo pup.';Multiple shots of people skiing down a slope at Sugarloaf Mountain (Carrabassett Valley, Maine). Skiing on a trail in the woods. Cut to a bird feeder hanging...   more
15) [Fran Mitchell -- home movies] Reel 15
'Jeanne skiing at Bald Mt. Pres. Kennedy visit to UM.';A young woman skiing, ascending the mountain using tow ropes. School marching band in oval formation in a football stadium at the...   more
Mitchell, Fran Collection
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Credit: Fran Mitchell Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Woman driving a pony cart, circa 1960.
Primary Format and Extent
film (750 ft.) : si., col. ; 8mm
Collection Date Range
1960 – 1963
The collection consists the [Fran Mitchell--home movies], 15 reels of silent, color, 8 mm film totaling approximately 750 feet. The films were shot in Maine during the 1960's and include footage of a Memorial Day parade, harness racing and construction of a mill smokestack. Also included are scenes of Camp Natarswi, in Millinocket, and a speech given at the University of Maine at Orono by Pres. John F. Kennedy on October 19, 1963.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Frances Robinson Mitchell was born in Maine in 1924, where her family owned a lumber business in the town of Sherman. She attended the University of Maine at Orono for two years, before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in 1942. She served as part of the Motor Transport Section, out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Later in life she also worked for the East Branch Land Company and wrote the book "Experiencing the Great Depression and World War II." Fran Mitchell was married to Raymond W. Mitchell (1915-2007), with whom she had two daughters, Anne and Jeanne.

John F. Kennedy was born in Massachusetts on May 29, 1917. He was President of the United States from January 20, 1961 to November 22, 1963, when he was assassinated. His speech at the University of Maine at Orono on October 19, 1963 was one of the last speeches he gave on foreign policy prior to his death.
People and Organizations
John F. Kennedy
Northeast Historic Film
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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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