Harrison Family Home Movie Collection

Still from the Harrison Family Home Movies
Harrison Family Home Movie collection, MS 177, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

The Harrison Family Home Movie Collection includes five 8mm color home movies recorded by the Harrison family of Richmond, California documenting the family’s barbeque business, Harrison’s Bar-B-Que, and daily life for African Americans in Richmond, California during the 1960s.

The home movies total 107 minutes and include footage of a road trip the family made through Denver, Colorado on their way to visit family in rural Texas near Ballinger, Texas and Amarillo, Texas. Footage also includes farm workers picking and processing grapes mostly likely in the Napa Valley and scenes from the California State Fair.

Bulk Dates: circa 1960 - 1967
Collection number: MS 177
Creator: Harrison, W.H.
Collection Size: .5 linear feet (1 box)

Guide to the Harrison Family Home Movie Collection

Available at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO)

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