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Homer L. Young Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2014-03
Extent of collection
18 reels of 8mm film totaling 4,025 feet
Inclusive Dates
1947 - 1953
Home movies shot by insurance man, Homer L. Young. The majority of the films were shot in Ohio and Indiana, except for handful of films that document vacations throughout the United States. Also included in the collection are short newsreels, animations and comedies collected by Homer throughout the years.
Young, Homer L. (was created by)
Homer L. Young (June 23, 1896-July 3, 1980) was the third of four children of Emaline (Emma) Deal Young (1859-1881) and James Louis Young (1862-1938). Homer's older siblings were fraternal twins named Rollie (1886-1964) & Ollie (1886-1916), while his younger brother was named James L. Young (1903-1995), whom Homer fondly called "Jimmy." Homer lived in rural Ohio as a child and later came with his family to Indiana in 1909. In 1919 he married Jessie P. Hosler, who predeceased him in 1965; they had no children. Homer had a successful insurance career and retired in Cleveland from the Life Insurance Company of Virginia in 1961, after which he moved back to Noble County Indiana. He remarried in 1970 to Ester Borger, who died in 1976.
Custodial History
All of the reels were in the possession of Homer L. Young until his death on July 3, 1980, at which time they were acquired by his younger brother, James L. Young of Glenview, Illinois. Following the death of J.L.Y. on March 18, 1995, the films were in the possession of James' son, Robert "Bob" Charles Young of Fairfax, Virginia. James' daughter, Carolyn Young, acquired them from Bob in July of 2014 and soon after donated the reels to CFA.
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
Young, Homer L.
1947: Yellowstone Trip
1948 & 1949
1950 & 1951
1950-1953: Fertile Acres -Xmas 1950 - Art Museum Cleveland - Party - Oats Combine, etc
Atom Bomb; Diving Exhibition; Women of Bali; Wrong Hookup