May 18, 2022

Georgia: Home Movie in U. of Georgia Library May Be State’s Oldest Film Images

From the Athens Banner-Herald:

Archivists at the University of Georgia believe they have found the earliest movie footage shot in the state, part of a collection of home movies and other films that belonged to the wealthy owners of a Thomasville plantation.

“We think it’s not just the earliest home movie shot in Georgia, but the earliest footage of Georgia,” said Ruta Abolins, head of the UGA Libraries’ Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection.


Film archivist Margie Compton has posted a clip from the movie on YouTube, titled “Pebble Hill Plantation c. 1917.”

Shot originally with an early French Pathe 28 mm movie camera, it is one of dozens of clips of old home movies in the UGA media archives now on YouTube, including old movies from Athens, Cairo, Cordele and many other places in Georgia.

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