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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HP Wells Family Films – Texas Cowboy Reunion (1939)

This home movie from the HP Wells Family Films opens on the Stamford Rodeo, also known as the Texas Cowboy Reunion, in 1939. Men and women ride horses in a cloverleaf pattern, and men ride bucking broncos and wrangle calves. The film also includes scenes of a game of golf, a father playing outside with

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The Cruz Family Collection, no. 4 – Lassoing and Dancing

This home movie from El Paso’s Cruz family captures scenes of children dancing the Mexican Hat Dance in traditional Mexican costume, young boys performing tricks with lassos, then a fashionable adult dance party.

Wallace and Elva Raney Collection – Roping and Riding

This home movie footage captures scenes of family gatherings from the 1950s. The family rides horses, practices roping cattle, and plays around riding a donkey. Also included is footage of a newborn horse with its mother.

Wallace and Elva Raney Collection – The Amarillo Stockyards (1958)

This home movie footage captures scenes of men at the Amarillo Stockyards roping calves, as well as images a baby riding on a horse with his father.

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 Easterwood Family Films, no. 6 – Horseback Riding and Lassos (1960)

This home movie captures scenes of the Easterwoods at home in Dimmitt where they ride horses and practice their lasso techniques in the yard.

The David Ayala Collection, no. 2 – Catholic Wedding Ceremony, Part II

This home movie captures scenes of an Ayala family wedding Mass. The bride and groom observe the customs of a Catholic wedding and all present take communion before the couple exits the church as husband and wife.

Steiner Rodeo Footage

This film from the Robert H. Frye Collection captures scenes of competitors at the Steiner Rodeo in Austin in the 1970s. It includes images of riders on both horses and bulls, as well as footage of the rodeo clowns.