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Collection Number: 04773

Collection Title: Harry Lee Harllee Films, 1927-1945

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Size 41 items
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 16-mm film, 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.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Harry Lee Harllee Films, 1927-1945 #4773, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Alexander McQueen Quattlebaum Jr. through John M. Rivers Jr. of Charleston, S.C., in January and May 1995 (Acc. 95118 and 95138).
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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.

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The collection consists of 41 reels of silent, black and white, color and tinted 16-mm 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.

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Contents list

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30 items.

16-mm 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.

Film F-4773/1

Wild goose hunting, 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/1

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.

Film F-4773/2

Pamlico Sound, N.C., 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/2

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.

Film F-4773/11

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.

Film F-4773/12

A visit to Magic Magnolia, S.C., April 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/12

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.

Film F-4773/13

Dargan family, 1928-1929 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/13

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.

Film F-4773/14

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.

Film F-4773/15a

Washington, D.C., undated #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/15a

Subjects include White House exterior and grounds, Washington Zoo, Washington Monument, Capitol Building and Mall, a coastal scene, unearthing eggs at the beach.

Film F-4773/16

Florida Keys, undated #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/16

Subjects include the Florida Keys and birds and dolphins at a water park. This is the only color film in this collection.

Film F-4773/17

Blackwell family, 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/17

Members of the Blackwell family of Florence, S.C.

Film F-4773/18

Duck hunt outtakes, 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/18

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.

Film F-4773/20

Harry Lee Harllee, 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/20

Harry Lee Harllee walking with two unidentified women.

Film F-4773/21

Elon College, N.C., undated #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/21

People and scenes of Elon College, N.C.

Film F-4773/22

Coastal scenes at Beaufort, S.C., undated #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/22

Subjects include beach scenes, unidentified people, and a motorboat.

Film F-4773/23

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.

Film F-4773/24

Number not used #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/24

Film F-4773/25

Elon College, N.C., 1929 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/25

Subjects include Elon College campus; Elon Mayor W.E. Lowe; residential and commercial areas of Elon; and the Southern Railway freight and passenger station.

Film F-4773/26

Elon College, N.C.: Titles #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/26

Titles only, no images.

Film F-4773/27

Goose hunt outtakes, 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/27

Subjects include a coastal area; ducks and geese; and George E. McNutt of Raleigh, N.C.

Film F-4773/28

Flooded Pee Dee River, S.C., 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/28

Subjects include a flood in the Pee Dee River and friends of the Harllee family.

Film F-4773/29

Outtakes, 1929 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/29

Subjects include Jennie McRae Johnson of Florence, S.C., and deer hunting.

Film F-4773/30

Outtakes, 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/30

Subjects include ducks on Cooper River, S.C., and people and scenes of Elon College, N.C.

Film F-4773/31

Birds, 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/31

Subjects include various birds and an unidentified man climbing a tree to a birds' nest.

Film F-4773/32

Elon College, N.C., 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/32

Elon College, N.C., campus and students.

Film F-4773/33

Virginia Ariail, 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/33

From intertitles: "Miss Virginia Ariail strolling in the park, Spartanburg, S.C."

Film F-4773/34

Pocataligo River, S.C., 1928 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/34

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.

Film F-4773/35

Spear fishing, 1931 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/35

Subjects include spear fishing on a river, birds, a cotton field, unidentified people, a beach, and a hunting party in a field.

Film F-4773/36

Military drill, 1931 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/36

Subjects include buildings and a military parade or drill, possibly at Battery Park, and the Citadel Military College in Charleston, S.C.

Film F-4773/37

Hopewell Church cemetery, undated #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/37

Subjects include Hopewell Church cemetery and ruins of Melrose Plantation.

Film F-4773/38

Heron rookery, 1932 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/38

Subjects include Sander's Heron Rookery, birds, nests, and a coastal area.

Film F-4773/39

Birds, 1932 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/39

Subjects include birds' nests and a boy climbing trees to retrieve eggs.

Film F-4773/40

Buzzard Island, S.C., hunting, 1931 #04773, Series: "1. Home movies, 1927-1932." F-4773/40

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.

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10 items.

16-mm 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.

Film F-4773/3

Going up to Iguaza, Kodak Cinegraph #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/3

Chumming with the animals, New York Zoological Park #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/3

Housekeeping at the zoo, New York Zoological Park #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/3

Donald R. Dickey presents: Wilderness lives: a naturalist's intimate record of unmolested game #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/3

Film F-4773/4

Abbott and Costello: Rodeo #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/4

Mose and Mike up to mischief #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/4

Film F-4773/5

Field and Stream presents wild animals of the Rockies #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/5

Film F-4773/6

World War I #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/6

Trains #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/6

Film F-4773/7

Paris, Kodak Cinegraph #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/7

Killing the killer, UFA #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/7

Wild men & beasts of Borneo #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/7

Film F-4773/8

Hunting wild turkey in Maryland, Field & Stream #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/8

Salmon fishing in Newfoundland #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/8

Flowers growing and opening, Missouri Botanical Gardens #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/8

Tiniest soul in feathers: the hummingbird, American Nature Association #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/8

Film F-4773/9

National Park series no. 1: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/9

National Park series no. 2: Geysers of the Yellowstone #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/9

Bird and animal life of Yellowstone Park #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/9

Film F-4773/10

Some Rocky Mountain wild folk #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/10

Natural history series no. 7: Glimpses of Greenland #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/10

Adventure series no. 2: Capturing big fish in Pacific waters #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/10

Adventure series no. 1: Whaling in the South Pacific #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/10

Film F-4773/15b

Felix the cat fights the Indians #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/15b

Film F-4773/19

End titles #04773, Series: "2. Commercial films, 1927-1945." F-4773/19

Short segments of end titles ("The End") from commercial films.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Ethan Clauset, May 2008

Encoded by: Ethan Clauset, May 2008

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