Being a Texan (2013)

This student film, made by Joey Arcidiacono, uses archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image to explore what it means to be a Texan. Arcidiacono discusses his early immersion in Texan culture, his rejection of it as a teenager, his move to California to escape Texas, and his eventual realization and acceptance […]

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The Jon Montgomery Collection, no. 9 – Family Life and Festivals (1977-78)

This home movie captures scenes of the Montgomery family in 1977-78 as they celebrate holidays, spend time around the house, and attend festivals in Austin. Of note are scenes of a street fair on the University of Texas’ West Campus, the Montgomery girls dressed in Star Wars costumes for Halloween, and Eeyore’s Birthday festival in […]

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The Cummings Collection, no. 8 – Leavell Ranch (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the Cummings family visiting the a dude ranch in the mountains of Colorado, Leavell Ranch, around the time that El Paso’s Leavell family purchased the ranch. The Cummings hunt, fish, camp, and enjoy the sites of the area, including rivers and forests, as they ride on horseback through the […]

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The Cummings Collection, no. 12 – Airplane Hangar and Colorado (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the Cummings family visiting an airplane hangar in El Paso where they see different types of airplanes. From there, the family takes a private flight in one of the small planes to go on a hunting and fishing trip in the mountains of Colorado where they camp and ride […]

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The Railford H. Burton Collection, no. 2 – Texas Centennial and WWII Scrap Metal Drive (1930-43)

This home movie captures scenes of the Burtons throughout the 1930s and early 40s at work, on vacation, and at home. Notable footage includes a sandstorm in Andrews, Texas, a trip to the Texas Centennial Exposition at the World’s Fair in Dallas, and a scrap metal drive for the war effort in Freeport in 1943.

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The Bentsen Film Collection, no. 11 – Easter Egg Hunt

This home movie captures scenes of the Bentsen family celebrating Easter with an egg hunt for the children. Girls dressed in fancy Easter dresses and boys in springtime dress clothes carry baskets in search of eggs while their mothers supervise.

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The Stroud Collection – Texan Theatre, no. 11 – Life in Hamilton

This film from the Stroud Collection captures family events of 1950, including the kids playing and reading bedtime stories, a 2nd birthday celebration, and Easter. Also on the reel is the front of the Texan Theatre, where “When Willie Comes Marching Home” had its opening night. Donor Suzanne Stroud Santo tells the story of the […]

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