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Howard Houlette Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2009-079

Content Description

The collection consists of one DVD with eight clips of home movies taken by Howard Houlette using a Bell and Howell Filmo Double Eight, 8mm movie camera. The movies were shot in a number of areas including Deadwood, Lead, Mt. Rushmore, and Sheridan Lake in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The DVD includes black and white as well as color footage. The films are saved as both .wmv and .mp4 files.

Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1940s



1.8 Gigabytes

1 dvds

0.1 Cubic Feet


sheridan_lake_opens – black & white, 5:25, slightly out of focus. Images of Sheridan Lake and tourists as well as boaters, sailors, and skiers. A large gathering of people is evident in the film. parade_rodeo – black & white, 4:42, Military men on horseback and with military vehicles parade down the street. Footage of rodeo and rodeo grounds including bronc riding, a performer and his donkey, trick ropers and riders, a stagecoach holdup, and a carnival scene. mt._rushmore – color, 8:58, A park ranger is seen guiding a group of men up to the faces of Mt. Rushmore. Close up views of the faces are given. The visitor’s center was also filmed, but it is difficult to see. Old scaffolding and equipment are also shown. lead_fire – black & white, 4:41, Group of onlookers witness firefighters attempting to put out a fire at the Hearst Mercantile building in Lead. The fire, on August 31, 1942, created over half a million dollars in damages. The building was gutted with only the brick façade remaining, the building eventually collapsed. Firefighters, hoses, and fire engines are seen in the film. deadwood_fire – color, 4:13, Fire of the Mint Café in Deadwood. The first few seconds of the clip show some Black Hills images. Billowing smoke is emanating from the building. Fireman are seen working on the fire, parts of the film are dark and hard to see. days_of_76_parade – color, 10:33, Days of ’76 parade in Deadwood. A typical parade scene with floats, covered wagons, bands, and prospectors. Native Americans are also featured in the parade. Images of a carnival with various rides were also filmed. The Days of ’76 rodeo was also filmed. Events include bronc riding, horse racing, steer roping, bull dogging, trick ropers and riders, and a Native American powwow. bear_day_parade – black & white, 2:13, Deadwood High School parade with floats featured from various high school classes. A number of children on bikes and wagons are also seen in the parade. A band is also briefly seen. 2_parades_1940s – color, 12:02, Days of ’76 parade. The parade featured Native Americans, a Schriner’s Band, an Asian float, a mining float, high school bands, Revolutionary War re-enactors, and vintage automobiles.