Pendleton Round-Up home movie, 1927

Overview of the Collection

Pendleton Round-Up home movie
0.1 cubic feet, (1 film reel (16mm) (approximately 10 minutes))
Collection Number
MI 11955
Collection consists of a black-and white, silent home movie of the Pendleton Round-Up that was taken in September 1927. Footage includes rodeo events, bulls, a parade of horses, and Native participants. The Round-Up, held in Pendleton, Oregon, since 1910, features events including barrel racing, calf roping, and steer wrestling, as well as a parade and a night show.
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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Pendleton Round-Up has been held in Pendleton, Oregon, since 1910, and features rodeo events including barrel racing, calf roping, and steer wrestling, as well as a parade and the Happy Canyon night show. The Happy Canyon show was launched in the early years of the Round-Up and depicts the life of Native peoples before white settlement, the arrival of white settlers, and subsequent development of the West. Members of the Umatilla, Cayuse, and Walla Walla tribes, as well as other tribes of the Northwest, have participated in the Round-Up from the inception of the event.

Source: "Pendleton Round-Up," by William F. Willingham, Oregon Encyclopedia,

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Silent, black and white home movie shot at the Pendleton Round-Up in Pendleton, Oregon, by an unknown filmmaker in September 1927. The film was recorded on one reel of 16mm film and is approximately 10 minutes long. Footage includes rodeo events, scenes of bulls being tied up, a parade of horses, and Native participants in the Round-Up.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Pendleton Round-Up home movie, MI 11955, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gerry W. Frank Estate, June 2022 (RL2022-099).

Preservation Note

Original reel of film is not available for direct viewing by researchers; contact library staff to inquire about accessing a digitized version. Fees may apply.

Processing Note

Film print was wound off a reel onto a core, and leader was added.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Bulls--Oregon--Pendleton
  • Parades--Oregon--Pendleton
  • Rodeos--Oregon--Pendleton

Corporate Names

  • Pendleton Round-Up

Form or Genre Terms

  • home movies