January 16, 2022

Film Preservation: Chicago South Side Home Movie Project Digital Archive (New Resource From University of Chicago)

From the University of Chicago:

From birthday parties to family holidays and picnics to parades, scenes from everyday life on the South Side of Chicago are featured in a new UChicago film preservation project that aims to reflect the history and diversity of families and communities.

More than 200 home movies shot from 1929 to 1982 make up the South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP) and its new digital archive. The project, founded and directed by Prof. Jacqueline Stewart, a renowned scholar of African-American film culture, is the culmination of 13 years of work to collect, preserve, repair and digitize home movie collections, including that of Stewart’s family, which lived in Princeton Park.



The free online archive contains film from Chicago neighborhoods ranging from Chatham to Bridgeport to Chicago’s East Side. Oral histories recorded by family members describing their home movies are available as companion works to the films. The digital archive is fully browseable and also allows visitors to add tags and comments to help identify places, people and events as part of the collective historical project.


The project is actively seeking participants to contribute their films and stories to the archive.

The project is supported by the University of Chicago’s Division of the Humanities, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, the Film Studies Center, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago and the Office of Civic Engagement’s Community Program Accelerator

Direct to  South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP) Digital Archive

Learn More About SSHMP, Read the Complete U. of Chicago Article

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