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Walter Sunquist Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2008-06
Extent of collection
7 reels of Super 8mm film totaling 1,910 feet; 40 reels of 16mm film totaling 7,230 feet
Inclusive Dates
1935 - 1984
Bulk Dates
1937 - 1978
The Sunquist home movie collection (16mm and S8mm) features the Sunquist family who resided in Illinois from the 1930s-80. The collection contains reels of birthdays, weddings, Christmas and other celebrations, as well as numerous reels of family holidays. In addition there is documentation of "Worth Day Parades" in Worth, Illinois, footage of the "Carl Sandburg Band", and travel films of various domestic and international destinations. Included are trips to Cheyenne, Miami, Yellowstone, Alaska, Colorado Springs, Michigan, Sweden, France, Italy and Germany.
Sunquist Family, Walter (was created by)
No information is available at this time about the Sunquist family. Neither CFA nor the Chicago History Museum has a working contact for a family member. It is unclear who the maker of these films was or how they came to be at the Chicago History Museum.
Custodial History
These films resided at the Chicago History Museum (CHM) before the CHM sent them to Chicago Film Archives. They are the Sunquist family's home movies. No other information is known regarding how these films came to reside at the CHM or how to contact the Sunquists.
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
CFA owns rights to these films. No restrictions.
1930s-1950s: Picnic - Baseball - Suburban Parade
1930s: Road Trip
1937: Wedding June 5th
1938-1940: First Film - Carl and Max - De Matte
1939: Skippy De Matte - Farm Scenes