Misener Family films, circa 1939-1947  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Misener family
Title
Misener Family films
Dates
circa 1939-1947 (inclusive)
Quantity
9 film reels (3400 feet) : silent; black & white; 16mm
Collection Number
PH1325
Summary
Films created by Roy Misener and his family. These films document locations and events in their home state of Washington, as well as vacations taken by the family to various locations on the west coast of the United States and Canada. Some of the film includes footage of the 1939 Rose Bowl, the Grand Coulee Dam, the San Diego Zoo, a Soap Box Derby in Seattle, Crew races, and hunting and fishing trips.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Access to the original films is restricted due to preservation concerns. Arrangements can be made to view the films by contacting the Visual Materials Curator.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Roy Brooks Misener (January 3, 1896-July 22, 1955) was elected to the office of King County Assessor in Washington State in 1935. When Misener assumed office as King County Assessor in January 1935, he found himself confronted with "[many] inequalities of taxation and an antiquated and inefficient system of records". In his role as County Assessor, Misener most notably created the King County Land Use Survey a pioneering four-year undertaking begun in 1936 in partnership with the federal Works Progress Administration. The survey, which concluded in September 1940, was the largest white-collar WPA project to be carried out in King County. The survey was meant to correct inequalities in property tax assessments that had accumulated over the years due to lack of data, inaccurate data, subjectivity in property appraisals, and an outdated recordkeeping system. Aerial photography, field engineering surveys, and a timber survey were among the tools used to ensure that property taxation was maintained into the future. As a result of the survey, tax revenues increased by $574,000 per year, King County was fully photographed from the air for the first time, and photographs were taken of nearly every structure standing in the county at the time. In addition to his work as Assessor, Misener was a Washington State delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1940. Misener lived with his family in the Puget Sound area of western Washington State.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Films created by Roy Misener and his family. These films document locations and events in their home state of Washington, as well as vacations taken by the family to various locations on the west coast of the United States and Canada. Some of the film includes footage of the 1939 Rose Bowl, the Grand Coulee Dam, the San Diego Zoo, a Soap Box Derby in Seattle, Crew races, and hunting and fishing trips.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The films in this collection contain neither title cards nor credits. Individual film titles have been derived from canister and box labels present at the time of donation.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Misener Family FilmsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
1 1
Pasadena Rose Parade; Rose Bowl; San Francisco World's Fair
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Multiple floats from a parade, presumably the Pasadena Rose Parade. A marquee on a Bard's movie theater lists Angels Wash Their Faces as their feature attraction. A football game, presumably the 1939 Rose Bowl. The 1939 World's Fair in San Francisco; the Tower of the Sun is visible, as well as other structures and landmarks from the Fair.
circa 1939
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VC465 2
 Hasty Lake; Dry Falls; Coulee Dam; State Pen
Several views of a house. A lake or marsh, with birds flying over the water. Two men standing by the house, with numerous views of a dog. A woman walks out of a house, crosses in front of the camera, and showcases some flowers. The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State, with numerous views of the exterior of the structure. A brief view of the interior, and a tour of the dam. Inmates in a prison yard, probably the Washington State Penitentiary, being marched into various holding areas. The view is from a higher angle, perhaps from a prison wall.
Original1 reel (250 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
circa 1939, 1940
Reel
3 3
Balboa Park; San Diego Zoo; Aqua Caliente; Tijuana; Coast Highway; San Francisco; Los Angeles Trip
1 reel (350 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
A zoo, presumably the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park. A woman and a man standing outside of the San Diego Federal Housing Administration. A busy street and a storefront labeled, "Democratic Headquarters." A man standing outside of the U.S. Grant Hotel with a sign that reads, "Re-elect Ed. V. Izac for Congress on his record." A dock surrounded by water. A man and a group of women standing outside a building labeled, "Dormatorios." Young boys playing guitars on the side of a road. Cowboys lassoing cows. Footage of cars going down a dirt highway along a coastline. Cars going across a bridge, presumably the Golden Gate Bridge. A sign for Oakland. A Christmas dinner with a festive tree in the background. Boys physically brawling on the street, with adults standing around and watching.
circa 1945
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VC465 4
 Soap Box Derby; Lake Washington Hike
Starting line at a soap box derby. Sign behind the participants reads: "Seattle Times - Chevrolet Soap Box Derby." Various views of soap box cars going down a hill. One brief view appears to have been filmed from inside a car during a race. The winner's circle of the derby, and the subsequent parade. A group of people engaging in a competitive walk around Lake Washington.
Original1 reel (250 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
circa 1946
VC465 5
 Green Lake; Crew Races; Clam Dig; Victoria Trip
Boats at a dock. A well-dressed woman in front of a structure, pointing out the flowers surrounding the building. A dog turns in circles. Various women and men enter the yard, and the flowers are seen in closeup. Images of a large lake -- presumably Lake Washington -- and boats, taken from the deck of one of the ships. The boat moving past a building with a sign that reads, "ASUW Shell House." Airplanes in formation fly overhead, and a speedboat race commences. Rowing crew boats, the Goodyear Blimp, and a trip through the Ballard Locks as seen from the deck of a boat.
Original1 reel (450 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
circa 1946
Reel
6 6
American Legion Parade Los Angeles
1 reel (450 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
A parade in a large coliseum, with some participants wearing what appears to be traditional Native American clothing. Marching bands, floats, crowded streets, and perhaps a post-parade gathering of participants. A man playfully spanks a woman with a sign. A busy street, a small fire, and a fire truck, which may be a continuation of the preceding events. An evening party in a large tent and an evening parade, with spotlights shining on floats.
circa 1946
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VC465 7
 Field Trials; Canada Hunting Trip; Barney Whites's Ranch
A caravan of cars along the side of a road. Men playing with dogs, and men on horses. The outside of a cabin covered in snow, where people are gathered. A rocky hillside with animals (perhaps deer and elk) walking through the landscape. The inside of the cabin, with men inspecting a rifle and going to sleep in sleeping bags. Outside again, people are packing up cars. Men pulling a boat out of a lake and onto the shore. Ducks in a pond, with a man on the shore aiming a rifle at them. A caravan along a road, with men and women getting in and out of cars. Dogs run in a field. A view from the inside of car that is driving along a snowy mountain pass.
Barney White Ranch is located in Washington State's Kitsap County.
Original1 reel (350 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
circa 1946
VC465 8
 Harrison Hot Springs; Jolly Rodger; Fishing Trips to Canada
Men and women eating dinner, and the same group of people walking outside afterward. More indoor footage of what appears to be a dinner party. Men on horses. Women and men playing golf. A river, with people boarding a small row boat. Young boys on the deck of a boat, pretending to drink and smoke cigars; the one adult present finds this humorous. Cars disembarking from a ferry. Men shooting rifles and fishing from a boat. Two men rowing a boat. A man in a rowboat with a white flag, as seen from a passing boat. Boys mugging for the camera on a sidewalk, with one boy swinging a bat. They shake hands with older men. Boys gathering firewood. Men and boys posing with the fish they caught. They all leave on horses on a trail through the woods. Two log cabins in the woods next to a lake, with lines of caught fish hanging between the cabins.
Harrison Hot Springs is located in the Fraser Valley Regional District of British Columbia, Canada.
Original1 reel (450 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
circa 1946
VC465 9
 Wedding; St. Mary's; Homecoming; Xmas Party; Longacres
A wedding party exiting a church. Fishing from a boat. Quick views of a dog, probably a Husky. Scenes from college football games -- probably University of Washington home games including marching bands, drill teams, and football players in action. Various signs being held by the stadium crowd. Homecoming parade, A car with a person sitting atop the back seat, driving into the stadium. Banners in front of the stands displaying the UW logo. House with a woman standing outside of it. Family Christmas celebrations, and staged footage of a woman taking a turkey out of an oven and bringing it into the dining room. A Christmas tree covered in tinsel. The faces of a large family at Christmas. Horses and races at the Longacres Racetrack in Renton, Washington.
The order of the games (St. Mary's, then Stanford) on this reel corresponds to the home games played by the University of Washington during the 1947 season.
Original1 reel (450 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
circa 1947

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Family vacations--California
  • Family vacations--Canada
  • Rowing--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Misener, Roy--Archives
  • Family Names :
  • Misner family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Washington, Lake (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Amateur films
  • Home movies

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Moving Image Collections (University of Washington)
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)