The Ernest M. Hunt Family Film Collection, no. 1 – El Paso Trip, 1939

Beginning at a seemingly sparse airfield in El Paso, this footage from the Ernest M. Hunt Family Film Collection, provides a glimpse into a trip by the family that included visiting Fort Bliss for a military review of mounted cavalry, playing golf, and horseback riding. Particularly noteworthy sections of this film include rodeo events, aerial

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The Baylor Family Collection, no. 4 – Horseback Riding and Cattle Roping, 1950s

This home movie of the Baylor family horseback riding around Austin includes scenes of St. Edward’s University, calf roping, camping, and an advertisement for the Austin rodeo.

The Marks Family Films, no. 4 – Rodeo Footage

This home movie contains black-and-white, silent footage of a rodeo in Texas, likely held at E.H. Marks’ ranch, the LH7. The footage highlights the events of the day, beginning with the riders making their entrance onto the rodeo grounds. Several rodeo events are featured, including cattle branding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and

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The Ramon Galindo Collection, no. 22 – The First Annual Aqua Festival Parade and Rodeo (1962)

This home movie captures scenes of the first annual Aqua Festival parade and rodeo in Austin in 1962. The Aqua Festival was founded in 1962 to promote Austin and the surrounding region as a destination and to boost the local economy during its slow season. This film documents one of the festival’s parades, where floats

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The Lamar B. Kelly Collection, no. 5 – Lamb County Sheriff’s Posse Parade (1976)

This home movie captures scenes of a 1976 parade by the Lamb County Sheriff’s Posse, a riding and rodeo club in Lamb County. The parade was likely held in Littlefield, the county seat of Lamb County. Following are scenes of the rodeo club calf roping.

Wallace and Elva Raney Collection – High School Rodeo

This home movie captures scenes of a 1950s high school rodeo in Clarendon. The film includes footage of the contestants lining up, followed by bucking broncos, calf roping, and bull riding events. The film also features parades in the center of town and footage of the Raney family at their ranch.


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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 8 – Birthday Parties (1955-56)

In this 1950s home movie, members of the Hopkins family celebrate two birthday parties. In the first, Dani and his friends enjoy the 1920s-era attractions at what is most likely Kiddie Park in San Antonio. Established in 1925 and renovated in 2009, Kiddie Park is now the oldest children’s amusement park in the nation and

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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 4 – Galveston (c. 1939)

Filmed in 1939 by an unknown Galveston family, this home movie captures scenes of daily life on the island. Footage includes family and children, ship activity in the harbor, and even a calf-roping event at a small rodeo. These films are part of the collection courtesy of native Galvestonian and current Austin resident Richard Eisenhour,

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