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Raymond and Jane Dean Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2017-04
Extent of collection
23 reels of 8mm film totaling approximately 2,800 feet; 5 reels of Super 8mm film totaling approximately 400 feet; 3 reels of 1/4" audiotape; 1 notebook containing notes on 11 reels.
Inclusive Dates
circa 1943 - 1956
The Raymond and Jane Dean Collection consists of films made and collected by the Dean family of Rockford, IL. The films depict the family at leisure at home and on their farm, including hiking, golfing at the Sinnissippi Golf Course, and celebrating Christmas, Easter, and other holidays. Trips to nearby towns and locations include Belvidere, Edgebrook, Beloit (WI), Lake Geneva, and Auburn (IN), and at least one film depicts a 1943 game of the Rockford Peaches women's baseball team. Included with the collection is a spiral-bound notebook that describes some of the home movie reels in detail.
Dean, Jane (was created by)
Jane Dean (1921-2016) was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, but moved from Iowa to Rockford, Illinois, at a young age. Jane met her husband Ray in the Blackhawk Trails Club, a local hiking club, and she played cello in the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. In Rockford, Jane was employed as an administrator first for the Board of Education in Rockford, then Auburn High School, and Rock Valley Community College. After living in Rockford for 27 years, Jane and Ray moved to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where Jane was the Secretary Treasurer at Cobbly Nob Property Owner's Association. Jane was also President of the Gatlinburg Garden Club from 1977 to 1979, a sunday school teacher, organist, and treasurer at Webb's Creek United Methodist Church; and Chairman for the Wildflower Pilgrimage for 15 years.
Dean, Raymond (was created by)
Custodial History
These films were purchased in 2016 at an estate sale for Jane Julian Dean in Gatlinburg, TN, by staff at the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound. They were donated to CFA in 2017 once it was discovered the Deans previously lived in Rockford, IL.
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. No resrictions.
Airport, July, Art Hauson(?), Dennis, Gautz
Deck Scenes, Golf Course, Ramsey Falls
Easter, April 1956
Esther & Gus, Joe Guarinas, Townsends Boat
German Xmas - Wayne