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Wilmette Historical Museum Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2009-05
Extent of collection
4 reels of 8mm film totaling 200 feet
Inclusive Dates
1959 - 1963
Bulk Dates
1959 - 1963
This home movie collection was donated by the Wilmette Historical Museum in 2009 and documents the Grove Family from this northern suburb. The four reels were shot by Axel Grove between 1959-1963 and include footage of the Brookfield Zoo, O’Hare International Airport, the Morton Arboretum, Adventure Island Amusement Park, a trip to Wilmette’s beaches, a child’s tennis lesson and a very entertaining living room puppet show.
Grove, Axel (was created by)
Axel Grove shot all of the home movies in the Wilmette Historical Museum Collection. His family consisted of his wife Addie (Adeline), daughter Carol, and son Doug. Axel and Addie Grove lived in Wilmette, Illinois at 2038 Greenwood Avenue from about 1965 until Addie
Custodial History
The films in this collection were created by Axel Grove of Wilmette, Illinois. The films histories are unknown from the time of their creation until October 2007. At this time, Patrick Leary, curator at the Wilmette Historical Museum, acquired the films from an eBay dealer named Monty Lutz. Mr. Lutz donated the films to the museum after Mr.Leary explained the nature of his interest in the films as a staff and board member at the Wilmette Historical Society. Mr. Leary kept three reels, donated four reels to CFA, and discarded the rest (number unknown). Mr. Leary contacted Mr. Grove
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.
Related Materials
Three additional reels shot by Axel Grove reside at the Wilmette Historical Musuem ( Titles, content and dates of these reels are currently unknown.
Grove, Axel