University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries
Home Movie Collection


The collection consists of home movies of Frank Sheffield of Americus, Georgia and his family, recorded over a period of forty years, from 1925-1965. Highlights include footage of England in the 1930s (Trafalgar Square, opening of Parliament, street scenes, the Thames, Whipsnade Zoo, Queen Mary in the historic royal coach); the Harrold-Sheffield wedding; the Sheffields' honeymoon at Lakemont; a dinner party thrown by the Sheffields in 1932; the Sheffield and Harrold family servants; Lindbergh's transatlantic flight; New Orleans in the 1940s; pyramids in Tucatan, Cuervavaca and Taxco; an Old Southern Field Flying Jennie airshow from the 1960s; and a trip to Cape Cod.

About This Collection

64 reels of 16mm silent home movies, black-and-white diacetate (approx. 8,980 feet) and Kodachrome triacetate film (approx. 13,050 feet), dating from 1925 to 1965, including one amber-tinted Kodak Cinegraph reel of Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight. Plus 3 reels (1000 feet total) of Super8mm color film, c. 1969-1970.

All reels have been transferred and are available for viewing at the special collections building.