The Mark Stubbs Collection, no. 1 – Classic Cars & Lion Cub in the Backyard

Home movies occupy an enormous part of our Texas film heritage. Since the 1920s, popular formats like 16mm, 8mm, Super 8 and video have captured our private events and public moments and helped us channel our creative impulses as amateur filmmakers. But they do more than just document our lives; our home movies continually reveal […]

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The Dr. Henry Withers, M.D. and Frances Withers Family and Friends Collection, no. 7 – Daily Life

This home movie provides a look into the lives of the Withers family as they carry on with their routines of work and play. Included amongst these images are cheerleaders practicing or at a small football game and trail riders headed to the Fat Stock Show in Houston. The bulk of the footage is of […]

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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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Picón Family Memories – Grandpa’s Birthday (1976)

This home movie from the Picón family in San Angelo captures scenes of the family gathered for a backyard meal to celebrate their grandfather’s birthday. It also includes footage of their daughter Diana playing with the family dog, working on an art project, and driving a go-kart.

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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 5 – Miami Vacation, The New Klondike (1925)

This intertitled home movie from Texas oilman E.B. Hopkins captures scenes of a family vacation to Miami, Florida in 1925. The family is in the Coral Gables area of Miami as the silent picture, The New Klondike, is filmed, resulting in scenes of alligators used in the film captured in this home movie. Scenes of […]

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The Murphy Family Collection – Outdoor Fun and Foley’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (1953)

This home movie from the Murphy Family Collection captures scenes of the family having fun outdoors in 1953. They play with their pets in their yard, watch cattle in a pasture and an air show, get a haircut in the yard, visit the beach in Galveston, celebrate a birthday, and rake leaves. Great scenes of […]

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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 9 – Carter’s Birthday (1970)

This home movie from the Freeman family documents many family celebrations, including son Carter’s birthday party with his friends in 1970. The family gathers with family and friends to enjoy meals, music, and backyard recreation. Near the end of the video, Thomas Jr. and Carter are seen by the record player listening to “Diana Ross […]

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The Coltman Collection, no. 3 – Ice Skating on Shoal Creek, 1983

This home movie from the Coltman Collection captures the family ice skating on a frozen Shoal Creek, a rare treat for Central Texans. It also shows the family swimming in the creek once it has thawed.

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