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James C. Soucie Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2007-03
Extent of collection
87 reels of 8mm film totaling 22,670 feet; 1 file folder of paper materials
Inclusive Dates
1913 - 1966
Bulk Dates
1947 - 1966
The Soucie Collection is comprised of 85 reels of 8mm acetate films, an issue of the Sam Campbell Special newsletter sponsored by the Chicago and North Western Railway, and the original inventories created by the filmmaker. These films are amateur travel films of classic American festivals, rituals, amusement parks, parades, Civil War re-enactments, national parks, industrial shows, railroad fairs and Native American tribal ceremonies.
Soucie, James Charles (was created by)
James Charles Soucie (1896-1967) worked for the Pullman Company of Indianapolis, Indiana for forty-one years (1920-1961). His interests included travel, the U.S. Civil war, railroad history, Native American culture, the Wild West, nature, and amateur filmmaking. Soucie was able to travel across America with a railroad pass issued to Pullman executives. According to his son, his father never felt the need to travel overseas as a tourist, because there was too much to see in America. James Soucie
Custodial History
The films in this collection were created by James C. Soucie and were cared for by his family after his death in 1967.
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.
1947: Soucie’s Western Tour #1
1947: Soucie’s Western Tour #2
1948-1949: St. Louis 1948, Shaws Gardens, Forest Park Zoo - Chicago 1949, Brookfield Zoo
1948: Chicago Railroad Fair
1948: El Paso - Phoenix - Ciudad Juarez