Author Archives: Northeast Historic Film

Dietrich Films Document Family Commitment to Activism

By Emma Prichard, Northeast Historic Film In terms of the number of reels of film, the Mary Lou Dietrich Collection is one of the largest I’ve worked with. 154 reels, but they only come to about 7000 feet of 8 mm film. Each reel translates to less than four minutes when viewed. The collection was

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Christine Reid Turns the Spotlight on Woman Behind the Camera

by Emma Prichard, Northeast Historic Film The adventurous types get all the attention. In Christine Reid’s case, deservedly so. Christine L. Reid (1906 – 1990) was the oldest child of a wealthy Boston family. She grew up moving between the East Coast and trips to the family home at Lake Tahoe. Her father, William T.

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Dating the Background Noise

by Emma Prichard, Northeast Historic Film The NHF portion of the ‘Woman Behind the Camera’ project, spans almost a hundred years of black and white, color, sound, and silent film. Some, like the Kodak films with their edge codes, give a clear idea of the time period. Though edge codes cannot establish when the images

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Searching for Context with the Marguerite Larock Collection

By Emma Prichard, Northeast Historic Film Open the pages of the 1929 Mechanic Falls High School ‘Pilot’, the Maine school’s yearbook, and you’ll find the usual photographs of students with lists of their accomplishments and extracurricular activities. Turn to page 7, and you’ll find the photograph of one ‘Marguerite Frost’. She stands out. Her list

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Women Set Sail

By Emma Prichard, Northeast Historic Film After a typically grey and stormy March here in Maine, I’m ready for a little sunshine. So let’s break out the cocktails, brush up on our shuffleboard skills, and take a look the sea faring adventures of some of the women in Northeast Historic Film’s portion of the The Woman

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Hunting, Censorship and Cataloger Bias

  By Emma Prichard, Northeast Historic Film A caribou is shot, falls, and joins a dozen others ready to be cut up and hauled by snowmobile back to town. This scene is repeated several times throughout the Joan Cartledge Collection. Joan Cartledge was a missionary in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1972 to 1984. At a

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Traveling Familiar Roads with Jeannette Peabody Cannon and Google Maps

by Emma Prichard Northeast Historic Film Crossing into New Hampshire, a sharp-peaked mountain rears up out of the horizon. ‘Huh, that looks familiar,’ I think to myself as I try to calculate the distance to the next Dunkin Donuts. Of course it looks familiar, it’s Mount Chocorua. I drive past it every time I head

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Uncovering the real filmmaker behind the Abbott Collection

Sometimes when we dig deeply into a collection we find out that the information that we had was not correct.  For this project NHF had to identify which of our collections had been filmed by women, which was more difficult than it seemed.  I learned this the hard way with one of the first collections

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The trouble with Lipstick

By Karin Carlson-Snider, Northeast Historic Film The Jane Morrison Collection is one of the collections that Northeast Historic Film has been able to process thanks to the generous support of CLIR .  A majority of the collections that we are contributing to the project are home movies that were filmed by amateurs, but Jane Morrison

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Discovering Dorothy Stebbins Bowles

by Karin Carlson Northeast Historic Film One of the best parts of processing a film collection is learning about the person who shot it. It is captivating to see old footage of exotic and familiar places and to watch families grow up on film. Watching a family’s home movies is a glimpse into the others’

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