The Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection, no. 19 – The Young Life of Jeffery Sullivan

This home movie from the 1970s captures scenes of a day in the life of Ouida Whitaker Dean’s grand-nephew, Jeffrey Sullivan. After introducing himself, Sullivan shows us around his home in Nacogdoches, strolling through the crops and visiting the livestock. He also plays with his pets and hangs out with his family. This film charmingly […]

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The H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 5 – Trip to Galveston

This home movie from the 1920s captures scenes of the Ketchum family’s visit to Galveston. First they stop by the harbor to see ships unloading their cargo. Next they walk along the seawall and pose in front of the Hotel Galvez. Later footage also includes scenes of the family at their home in Tulsa. Children […]

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The H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 2 – Arkansas Air National Guard and Parade

This home movie from the 1920s captures scenes of Galveston’s Ketchum family in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The first portion of footage captures members of the Arkansas Air National Guard at an airfield in Fort Smith. A pilot dances for the camera and demonstrates how to don the proper flight attire while mechanics repair various planes […]

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The H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 1 – Wedding Ceremony and Pram Parade

This home movie from the 1920s captures multiple Ketchum family gatherings in Tulsa and Galveston, from a wedding ceremony to a neighborhood parade of children in prams and floats to a trip to the beach. A portion of the footage takes place at the Ketchum’s Galveston residence, the historic Menard House. Michel B. Menard was […]

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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 2 – Baby and Peggie (c. 1925)

This home movie from Texas oilman E.B. Hopkins captures scenes of a family vacation to Miami, Florida in 1925. The family visits citrus groves, visits a Seminole tribe, meets a chimpanzee, and spends a good amount of time in downtown Miami and on the bayfront. The family also visits the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables […]

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The Marks Family Films, no. 2 – The Salt Grass Trail Ride (1956)

This home movie features silent, black-and-white footage of the Salt Grass Trail Ride in 1956. The kick-off event for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (previously known as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exhibition), the trail ride began in 1952 after four cowmen decided to reenact the journey of pioneer cattlemen taking their […]

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The Marks Family Films, no. 3 – Starting the Salt Grass Trail Ride (1958)

This home movie features silent footage of participants lining up and leaving Brenham for the 1958 Salt Grass Trail Ride. The kick-off event for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (previously known as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exhibition), the trail ride began in 1952 after four cowmen decided to reenact the journey […]

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The Marks Family Films, no. 4 – Rodeo Footage

This home movie contains black-and-white, silent footage of a rodeo in Texas, likely held at E.H. Marks’ ranch, the LH7. The footage highlights the events of the day, beginning with the riders making their entrance onto the rodeo grounds. Several rodeo events are featured, including cattle branding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and […]

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Wallace and Elvy Raney Collection – JA Ranch

This home movie captures scenes of the Raney family at the JA Ranch. Established in 1876, the JA is the oldest privately owned ranch in the Texas Panhandle. In the film, the family poses with animals, milks cows, and visits downtown Clarendon.

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