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Select Examples from UMass Lowell Home Movie Archive

The HANSEN Family
1920s, 1930s

Hansen Family still

Catalog No. 77A Catalog No. 77B
Catalog No. 77C Catalog No. 77D

The Benfy Family
1930s, 1940s

Catalog No. 33

The MACY Family
1940s, 1950s, 1960s

Macy family still

Catalog No. 92A Catalog No. 92B
Catalog No. 92C Catalog No. 92D

The Home Movie Archives

[Please NOTE: The Archives are no longer accepting new material. However, the complete Home Movie Archives is available and searchable online.]

People have been recording scenes and events with hand-held cameras since the 1920s, leaving to posterity reels of "home movies" that offer a wealth of information about twentieth century American life. The Home Movie Archive at the University of Massachusetts Lowell was established to save these home movies for use by historians, artists, documentarians, students, and others, allowing them to access this largely untapped resource for their work.

The Archive is currently located on the South Campus of UMASS Lowell in Media Services, just upstairs from the O'Leary library front lobby. It is open for research during regular Media hours, which are:

Monday-Thursday 7:30am-10:00pm
Friday 7:30-5:00pm
(Sorry, no weekend hours)

The database can be searched at any time online with accompanying .mp4 footage available for immediate viewing. The DVDs may be viewed onsite by making arrangements with Media Services at 978-934-4561. For more information about the Home Movie Archive contact Professor Chad Montrie at chad_montrie@uml.edu

SEE: Examples of student video essay projects using this archival material.