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. This one assembles her footage of her extended family.
Loraine Sumner Collection
8mm, Super 8
Sumner and her mother held very different views on how a young woman should proceed, but despite these differences she managed to remain at once very close to her family and true to herself through as these clips of team members and lovers attending family weddings and other occasions document.
Lesbians, Single Mothers, Weddings
Mattapan, NJ; Dorchester, MA; Sterling, MA; Milton, MA; Abington, MA; Tower Day Camp, Sterling, MA
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