Arthur H. Smith Collection

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Arthur H. Smith Collection

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Arthur H. Smith

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53 reels 16mm (app. 25,450 ft.), plus scripts and ephemera

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Arthur Smith was born in Silver Spring, Nevada in 1909 and passed away in 2000 after having lived in the Bay Area and Big Bear Lake, California. According to his typewritten autobiography, after high school he began working for the Pacific Telephone Company as a telephone repairman. He was asked by the company to make a sponsored film for them, and he was later promoted to first level management at Pacific Telephone. Smith produced a variety of instructional and safety films for the Bell System, including his most widely seen film “How to Prevent Backing Accidents.” Smith also wrote extensively about his technical professional film work, as well as his creative amateur work, with numerous articles in “American Cinematographer,” “Home Movies,” and “Popular Photography.” The Arthur H. Smith collection was donated to the Center for Home Movies by Smith’s son Dennis (along with other Smith family films). Three films from the collection (THE MIRROR, THE LAST REEL, and MEMORIES ON FILM) have been preserved through National Film Preservation Foundation Grants. The new 16mm prints and digital video copies are now in the Center for Home Movies collection at the Library of Congress.

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Center for Home Movies

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Note: The collection has been transferred to the Center for Home Movies Collection at the Library of Congress, so is also cataloged by the Library of Congress – Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division [Items]

After Santa Leaves (1942)
Art’s Party (1966)
Blanche’s Recital (1977)
Boulder Dam (n.d.)
Captain’s Day (1951)
Cinema Album (1980)
The City of San Francisco (1936)
Crater Lake in June (1936)
Death Valley (1939)
Dolls We Love (1982)
Fairland Days (1939)
Fantasy of Dreams (1942)
Forgotten Gold (1934)
Freeze Frame (1979)
It Crawls By Night (1944)
The Last Reel (1985)
Last Reel II (1991)
The Legend of Lost Cove (n.d.)
Memories on Film (1978)
The Mirror (1950)
The Mischief Maker (n.d.)
Personal Pictures No. 1 (1944)
Personal Pictures No. 2 (1944)
Personal Pictures No. 3 (1945)
Personal Pictures No. 4 (1946)
Personal Pictures No. 5 (1946)
Personal Pictures No 6 (1948)
Personal Pictures No. 7 – Critics Nite (1951)
Personal Pictures No. 8 – Operation Snowflake (1954)
The Phantom of Cragmont (1933)
Ray Coon’s Busy Day (n.d.)
Santa’s Village (1964)
Signs of the Times (n.d.)
Skating (1964)
Spy Scoop (1943)
Streetcar to Heaven (1945)
A Super Colossal Production (1939)
Tense Moment (1953) [Trailer]
To Whom it May Concern (1974)
Wealth of the Land (1937)