dontate now

Join Email List

Facebook  Become a Fan on Facebook
twitter  Follow Us on Twitter

329 West 18th Street Suite #610
Chicago, Illinois 60616
(312) 243-1808

Search Collections

Bradley Barnes Suster Collection

Bookmark and Share
Collection Identifier: C.2021-05
Intellectual organization and arrangement: Organized into two series based on filmmaker: Barbara Suster films and Rip Suster films.
Preservation Sponsor: Bradley Suster
Extent of collection
14 reels of 16mm film totaling 4922 feet; 37 reels of Super 8mm film totaling 3040 feet.
Inclusive Dates
1942 - 1982
Bulk Dates
1950 - 1982
This collection of home movies was shot by Illinoisans Barbara Suster and her nephew John Edward III (Rip) Suster in the Chicago area between the 1950s and early 1980s.
The 16mm home movies taken by Barbara Suster feature parades, her many pet cats, and outings with her siblings' families, mostly around La Grange and Des Plaines, Illinois.

The films shot by Rip Suster depict celebrations and milestones in his life with wife Susan (Dodge) Suster, focusing primarily on the years around the births of their children Bradley (8/5/1968) and Wendy (2/12/1971). Includes scenes of family life in Chicago and Winnetka, holidays in Oak Brook, vacations to Green Lake, and a Miss Nude America contest in 1972.
Suster, Barbara (was created by)
Barbara J. Suster was born in Des Plaines, IL in 1921 to John Edward Suster and Rosalia (Doubek) Suster. She had two sisters, Viola Imig and Mary Bond; and a brother, John Suster II. She worked as a treasurer for the Newcomb-Macklin Company, a family picture-framing company at 400 N. State St. in Chicago, for 15 years. She loved her flowers and cats, which she had many of over the years, including Glamor Puss, Stranger, Sylvester, Rocky, Chessie, Rover (who drank milk from a glass using his hands), Flash (who drank milk from a bottle), and Toby (who she enjoyed dressing up in hats). She passed away in 1985.
Suster, John Edward III (was created by)
John Edward (Rip) Suster III was born in 1940 in Glendale, California. He moved to La Grange, IL when he was three years old and had two siblings, Dewey Suster and Suzanne (Quinn) Suster. He graduated from Lyons Township High School and then went on to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana for his BA. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University in 1967. He married his high school sweetheart Susan Dodge in 1962 and they had two children, Bradley Barnes (b. 1968) and Wendy Suster (b. 1971). The family lived at 2512 N Lakeview in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago until 1971, when they moved to Winnetka, IL. Rip worked as an accountant for Arthur Andersen before joining his wife Sue at Winnetka's Village Carpets and Rugs when she became owner in 1981 and called on her husband to help her run the store. They retired in 2016 and live in the Village of Winnetka.
Custodial History
Donated to CFA by Bradley Barnes Suster in 2021. The 16mm home movies were shot by Suster's great aunt Barbara Suster between 1950-1960; those films were previously kept in storage in a garage in Connecticut. The Super 8mm films were shot by Suster's father, John ("Rip") Suster, between 1968 and 1982.
Language of Materials
Access Restrictions
Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives for on-site access. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only digital copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
Chicago Film Archives holds the copyright for the films in this collection.
Publication Date
January 9 2023