The Home Movie Archives
[Please NOTE: The Archives are no longer accepting new material. However, the complete Home Movie Archives is available and searchable online.]
People have been recording scenes and events with hand-held cameras since the 1920s, leaving to posterity reels of "home movies" that offer a wealth of information about twentieth century American life. The Home Movie Archive at the University of Massachusetts Lowell was established to save these home movies for use by historians, artists, documentarians, students, and others, allowing them to access this largely untapped resource for their work.
The Archive is currently located on the South Campus of UMASS Lowell in Media Services, just upstairs from the O'Leary library front lobby. It is open for research during regular Media hours, which are:
(Sorry, no weekend hours)
The database can be searched at any time online with accompanying .mp4 footage available for immediate viewing. The DVDs may be viewed onsite by making arrangements with Media Services at 978-934-4561. For more information about the Home Movie Archive contact Professor Chad Montrie at firstname.lastname@example.org
SEE: Examples of student video essay projects using this archival material.