University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries
Booth Williams
Home Movies


c. 1942-1960, 22 reels, 8mm

The Williams Family lived in Monroe, Georgia. The films in this collection were shot between 1942 and 1960. They show the typical family scenes, holiday celebrations, childrens' birthday parties, a wedding, trips to the beach, winter ice storms, picnics, a family reunion, and several shots of downtown Monroe, as well as a Monroe church/Sunday school letting out.

Of local interest are 1948 scenes of a demonstration farm in Winder, Georgia, and the turkeys and cows of the Williams' family farm. Grant Park in Atlanta and its zoo is also featured several times. Both a Girl Scout camp and a Boy Scout camp are shown. Also, the earlier films taken during WWII show a captured Japanese submarine touring through Monroe. A 1943 Victory Parade includes children promoting scrap drives, victory gardening, an air raid group, and representations of the Four Freedoms. A recruiting drive in downtown Monroe features a damaged Luftwaffe warbird, and a dirigible patrols the shoreline while the family is at the beach.

The bulk of the films are travel scenes by the family and also of Booth Williams at national conventions in Florida and Wichita. A 1949 trip from Georgia to the Western U.S. begins on U.S. Highway 41 and documents a portion of Peacock Alley, a country store selling chenille bedspreads, aprons, and bathrobes. See also: The New Georgia Encylopedia article on chenille bedspreads in Georgia.

Travels include:

Stone Mountain, Georgia--view from top

Vogel State Park in north Georgia

The old market at Louisville, Georgia

Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and Point Park

Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Cherokee, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina, including a view of the Grove Park Inn

Edisto, South Carolina

Florida: St. Augustine, Crystal River, Cypress Gardens, Gainesville, New Orlands, orange groves/packing houses

Texas: Houston, King Ranch cattle, San Antonio, Alamo

Louisville, Kentucky, Keeneland race track

Chicago, Illinois (cityscape and Shriners)

Spokane, Washington

Western states trip: Omaha, NE; Grand Forks, ND; Badlands, SD; Cedar Pass Lodge; Mount Rushmore; Yellowstone National Park; Salt Creek Falls, OR; Crater Lake Park, OR; California Redwoods, San Francisco, Yosemite, Los Angeles/Glendale, Hollywood Bowl, UCLA; Reno, NV; Hoover Dam; Grand Canyon; Petrified Forest and trading post; Salt Lake City, copper pit, Great Salt Lake, Reno; Cliff House (San Francisco); Disneyland

Northeast U.S. and Canada, border crossing, White Mountains cog railway New Hampshire