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Beryl Simon Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2019-10
Extent of collection
2 reels of 16mm film totaling roughly 200 ft (100 ft each).
Inclusive Dates
1929 - 1930
16mm home movies of Oak Park and Downtown Chicago shot between 1929 and 1930. Features footage of Museum Campus and other important landmarks, while also documenting Beryl Simon's stay at Fair Oaks Avenue with a friend.
Both 16mm home movies were shot by Beryl Simon between 1929 and 1930. The films document Simon's stay with her friend at Fair Oaks Avenue, capturing her friend's 2 year old daughter and her friend's parents. Simon also shot vital footage of Chicago's cityscape.
Beryl Simon (was created by)
Custodial History
Jeremy Simon, Beryl Simon's grandson approached the CFA to donate the collection. His parents, Tim and Pippa Simon had initially visited CFA in 2013 to talk about the films and gave a DVD copy of them to be included in the archive. The original films then came into Jeremy's possession, and he subsequently donated them to CFA in 2019.
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Access Restrictions
The films are open to on-site access. While the reels are a bit dry and brittle, there is no specific restriction set on handling them (although, they should not be loaned out for projection).
Use Restrictions
Chicago Film Archives holds the copyright for the films created by Beryl Simon.
Beryl Simon