Loraine Sumner Collection

Loraine Sumner Collection

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Saint Elizabeth Convent, Station, NJ; Pleasure Island, Massachusetts; Santa's Village, Jefferson, New Hampshire; Sea World, Orlando, FL; Otisfield, Maine; Disney, Magic Kingdom, Orlando, FL; Abington, Massachusetts; Boldt Castle, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Camp Fire Girls Camp Hitinowa, Maine; ; Camp Clark, Plymouth, Massachusetts; Camp Cobbossee, Winthrop, Maine; Tower Day Camp ; Newton, Massachusetts; Hingham, Massachusetts; Ogunquit Beach, Maine; Marycliff Academy, Winchester, Massachusetts

Primary Format and Extent:
Super 8 mm
Collection Date Range:
Loraine Sumner's career as a coach & referee began well before the passage of Title IX and before she graduated from high school and spanned almost 40 years. She  played and coached AAU softball, bowling, Lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, taught physical education, and directed several summer camps.   She was also a single lesbian mother.  Her collection includes footage of her teams & their games; family events; and travels with friends and lovers.  She edited the footage herself into six categories: Sports, Family, Camps,  Schools, Travel. and Debbie (her daughter's name).   Her edits involved many splices and the compilations fell apart during a drug store transfer.  LHMP has digitized both the full reels the drugstore returned to her and attempted to reproduce her original compilations, adding, with her permission, one further category, Friends & Lovers. We are streaming both the compilations and the jumbled reels. 
Lesbian Home Movie Project, Orland, ME
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use:
Lesbian Home Movie Project (LHMP) holds all rights.  Donor must approve all uses.   Participants also have the right to approve uses of material they appear in during their lifetimes.
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