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Howard Prouty Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2009-04
Extent of collection
16 reels of 8mm film totaling 3,225 feet
Inclusive Dates
1950 - 1962
Bulk Dates
1950 - 1962
The filmmaker and the family (or families) depicted in the Howard Prouty Collection are currently unknown. The films were purchased by Howard Prouty at a Los Angeles garage sale in the Carthay Circle Neighborhood (6101 Del Valle Dr.). The majority films were shot in the Midwest from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, and were developed at various camera shops in the northern suburb of Waukegan, Illinois. The collection includes footage of weddings, birthdays, various Michigan boat trips, and most notably, footage from the Korean war and the Chicago's Railroad Fair of 1948-1949.
Custodial History
In 2008, Howard Prouty purchased these 8mm home movies at a garage sale in Los Angeles, California (6101 Del Valle Dr.) and soon after donated them to the Academy Film Archive (AFA). The AFA in turn donated the films to CFA when they realized the films originated in the Midwest.
Language of Materials
Access Restrictions
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
Chicago Film Archives holds the copyright for the films in this collection. No restrictions.
Crystal Fall Michigan with Osterby - Chicago Train Fair Show July
Father Day with All Grandchildren - Dottie Laswell - Byrant Ostrander
Larry & Bernice Wedding - Korea
Larry in Coomp Mc
Little Larry Birthday Nov 12, 1955