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Watch vintage amateur Emory films and learn about home movies on Oct. 21

Home Movie Day on Oct. 21 will give viewers an inside look at some vintage films from the Emory University, Rose Library and Oxford College vaults. Credit: Center for Home Movies

Take some time out on Thursday, Oct. 21, to watch amateur films from the Emory University, Rose Library and Oxford College vaults — plus, learn how to care for your own home movies.

The virtual event, hosted by Emory Libraries’ Preservation Office, begins at 3 p.m.

“Home Movie Day: A Celebration of Amateur Films and Filmmaking from Emory's Collections” will feature a discussion of home movies presented from the Emory University archives, Rose Library collections and Oxford College archives.

Selections will include footage of the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, home movies filmed on the Oxford campus and a home movie by Georgia legislator and former Emory University trustee James Vinson Carmichael. Emory audiovisual conservator Nina Rao will also provide tips on how to take care of your own home movies.

Each October in cities around the world, people gather at Home Movie Day events to view these unique films and share them with their communities. This is Emory’s first Home Movie Day, and the event is presented in collaboration with the Center for Home Movies.

Presenters and films will include:

  • 1933-34 Chicago “World’s Fair Film,” from the papers of former Emory professor James Harvey Young (Emory University Archives), presented by John Bence, assistant director and university archivist, Rose Library
  • “Family, 1948 Christmas,” from the James Vinson Carmichael papers (Rose Library), presented by Randy Gue, assistant director of collection development and curator of Political, Cultural and Social Movements, Rose Library
  • Three films from the John Tate Film Collection, 1967-72 (Oxford College Library), presented by Kerry Bowden, archives and special collections coordinator, Oxford College Library
  • “Oxford College Fall Formal, 1969; Homecoming”
  • “Oxford College Dooley, 1969-70; Dooley’s Birthday Dance, 1970”
  • “Some movies made at an Oxford College activity”
  • Caring for your home movies, presented by Nina Rao, audiovisual conservator, Emory Libraries

“Emory’s Home Movie Day will be an opportunity to explore interesting films from Emory’s collections, consider film as a window into community history and learn about the work of film preservation and how to care for one’s own home movies,” Rao said. “Whether you have films in a shoebox somewhere and you’ve always wondered what to do with them, or you just want to see the latest Oxford College fashions of 1969, you’ll enjoy this webinar.”

Home Movie Day is open to the public at no charge, but registration is required.

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