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|Abstract||Harry Lee Harllee was a naturalist, ornithologist, taxidermist, and founder of the Harllee Museum of Natural History in Florence, S.C. In 1927, he founded the Harllee Construction Company, also in Florence, S.C. In 1947, his nephew, Alexander McQueen Quattlebaum (1913-1987) joined the company as a partner, and it was renamed Harllee-Quattlebaum, Inc. The collection consists of 41 reels of silent, black and white, color and tinted 16mm motion picture films, including both home movies and commercially released films. The home movies were shot, edited, and titled by Harry Lee Harllee. Subjects include members of the Harllee, Quattlebaum, Blackwell, and Dargan families; friends; former slaves; hunting and fishing scenes in North Carolina and South Carolina; Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C.; members of the Woodstone Hunting Club; and trips to Washington, D.C., the Florida Keys, and Elon College, N.C., in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Many of the films are extensively edited and contain numerous intertitles identifying people and places. Some also have identifying information written on paper inserts or on their boxes. The commercially released films are primarily short nature documentaries.|
|Creator||Harllee, Harry Lee, 1876-1952.|
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Harry Lee Harllee was born on 27 September 1876 to Harry Thomas Harllee and Mary Hart McCall. His great uncle, General William Wallace Harllee, founded the city of Florence, S.C. He served in World War I as captain, 2nd Infantry, South Carolina National Guard. He was a naturalist, ornithologist, taxidermist, and founder of the Harllee Museum of Natural History in Florence. In 1927, he founded the Harllee Construction Company in Florence. In 1947, Alexander McQueen Quattlebaum joined the company as a partner, and it was renamed Harllee-Quattlebaum Inc. Harllee died on 22 February 1952.
Alexander McQueen Quattlebaum, Harry Lee Harllee's nephew, was born on 12 September 1913 to McQueen Quattlebaum and Elizabeth McCall Harllee, daughter of Harry Thomas Harllee and Mary Hart McCall. He died in 1987.Back to Top
The collection consists of 41 reels of silent, black and white, color and tinted 16mm motion picture film, including both home movies and commercially released films. The home movies were shot, edited, and titled by Harry Lee Harllee of Florence, S.C. Subjects include the Harllee, Quattlebaum, Blackwell, and Dargan families; friends; former slaves; hunting and fishing scenes in North Carolina and South Carolina; Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C.; members of the Woodstone Hunting Club; and trips to Washington, D.C., the Florida Keys, and Elon College, N.C., in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Many of the films are extensively edited and contain numerous intertitles identifying people and places. Some also have identifying information written on paper inserts or on their boxes. The commercially released films are primarily short nature documentaries.Back to Top
16mm motion picture films, acetate or diacetate base, silent, all black and white reversal except for one in color (F-4773/16). Estimated lengths from 40 to 475 feet.
Scenes from a wild goose hunt at Mattamuskeet Lake, New Holland, in Hyde County, N.C., in the winter of 1928. Subjects include New Holland Village and New Holland Inn, Mattamuskeet Lake pumping station, and Harry Lee Harllee and hunting companions. This film is heavily edited and contains numerous intertitles describing the pictured scenes.
Coastal scenes and wild duck hunting. Subjects include an African American woman in a white dress and heels, dancing; Pamlico Sound; North Wimber Creek; wild birds; an open water hunting blind; placing wooden decoys; and hunting guide Albert Murphy.
Harllees, Quattlebaums, and others, 1927-1929 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/11
Family and friends of the Harllees and Quattlebaums, all identified by numerous intertitles. Subjects include Christmas dinner at the home of McQueen Quattlebaum in Johnston, S.C.; a picnic at Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and the Woodstone Hunting and Fishing Clubhouse on the Great Pee Dee River, S.C.
Subjects identified by numerous intertitles include the estate formerly known as Magnolia-on-the-Ashley, but now called Magnolia Gardens, on the Ashley River, near Charleston, S.C.; the Ashley River Bridge; former slave "Uncle" Frazier, official gate-opener at Magnolia Gardens; and the Drayton tomb in the gardens.
Subjects identified by numerous intertitles include men rounding up live duck decoys on Wando River, S.C.; Cherry Hill Plantation; dancing at the Dargans' home, Florence, S.C., 1929; and family and friends of the Dargans.
Former slaves, friends of the Harllee family, 1928-1929 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/14
Subjects identified by numerous intertitles include "Uncle" Oliver Pierce, former slave of the Harllee family, owned by Dr. Robert Harllee, of Florence County, S.C.; Mingo Jackson, former slave of the Rogers family of Florence, S.C.; Cato Brockington, former slave of the Brockington family; Oliver Wilds, "boyhood servant" of Harry Lee Harllee; and men squirreling in the Pee Dee Swamp and frying fish on Black Creek.
Subjects include White House exterior and grounds, Washington Zoo, Washington Monument, Capitol Building and Mall, a coastal scene, unearthing eggs at the beach.
Subjects include the Florida Keys and birds and dolphins at a water park. This is the only color film in this collection.
Members of the Blackwell family of Florence, S.C.
Subjects include a brace of ducks hanging from the side of a car, unidentified hunters, an unidentified person in a small boat, and open water.
Harry Lee Harllee walking with two unidentified women.
People and scenes of Elon College, N.C.
Subjects include beach scenes, unidentified people, and a motorboat.
Pelican Island, Fla.; alligator farm, undated #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/23
Subjects include Pelican Island; Mrs. Harry Lee Harllee; and an alligator farm in Saint Augustine, Fla.
Subjects include Elon College campus; Elon Mayor W.E. Lowe; residential and commercial areas of Elon; and the Southern Railway freight and passenger station.
Titles only, no images.
Subjects include a coastal area; ducks and geese; and George E. McNutt of Raleigh, N.C.
Subjects include a flood in the Pee Dee River and friends of the Harllee family.
Notations on original film box read: "C. E. Bunron[?], Oliver etc, Cannon[?] children and home, first scenes with 6" lens"
Subjects include Jennie McRae Johnson of Florence, S.C., and deer hunting.
Notations on original film box read: "Annie [?] class, Bill [?], Jeannie, Mobley, Holt, Bill on deer stand, dressing on Bills Cr[eek?] [?] 1930"
Subjects include ducks on Cooper River, S.C., and people and scenes of Elon College, N.C.
Notations on original film box read: "ducks on Cooper River; Mandi Rogers, Mack, Mrs. Mack, Olive, [?], Mumford, Glenn and Ed Gregg"
Subjects include various birds and an unidentified man climbing a tree to a birds' nest.
Notation on original film box reads: "Birds"
Elon College, N.C., campus and students.
Notations on original film box read: "J. L. Morgan, Coker[?], etc"
From intertitles: "Miss Virginia Ariail strolling in the park, Spartanburg, S.C."
Notations on original film box read: "Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Asheville scenes, Virginia"
Subjects include a picnic on the Pocataligo River; scenes of the Pocataligo River near Yemassee, Beaufort County, S.C.; family and friends of the Harllees; African American children watching a boat; crabbing in the Pocataligo River; and an African American man, possibly Tom Barringer, doing a clog dance on the river bank.
Notations on original film box read: "Bill and Mrs. Mack boating, Joe dancing, Kate Brant, Filling St., Tom Barringer"
Subjects include spear fishing on a river, birds, a cotton field, unidentified people, a beach, and a hunting party in a field.
Notations on original film box read: "[?] rock fish, Mrs. Holt, birds, etc"
Subjects include buildings and a military parade or drill, possibly at Battery Park, and the Citadel Military College in Charleston, S.C.
Subjects include Hopewell Church cemetery and ruins of Melrose Plantation.
Notations on original film box read: "ruins of Melrose Plantation, Hopewell Church and cemetary, Mary and Corbet (poor)"
Subjects include Sander's Heron Rookery, birds, nests, and a coastal area.
Notations on original film box read: "Sander's Heron Rookery 1932"
Subjects include birds' nests and a boy climbing trees to retrieve eggs.
Subjects identified by a handwritten note include family and friends of the Harllees, fishing, coastal area, hunting deer, a dying buck, dogs, Buzzard Island, ducks at Hutton's on Edisto River, deer killed at Woodstone Dee, a bee hive on Witherspoon Island, and a large group of people eating dinner on Witherspoon Island and cutting shirt tails.
Notations on original film box read: "Wilson on Buzzard Island, ducks at Hutton's, Buck and hounds, deer at W[ood]stone, B[ee] hive W[itherspoon] island, dinner W[itherspoon], cutting shirt tails, house [?]"
16mm motion picture films, acetate or diacetate base, silent, all black and white positives. Some of the films are tinted: F-4773/3, F-4773/5, F-4773/8, F-4773/9, F-4773/10, F-4773/15b.
Short segments of end titles ("The End") from commercial films.
Notations on original film box read: "film end"
Processed by: Ethan Clauset, May 2008
Encoded by: Ethan Clauset, May 2008Back to Top