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Guide to the H. Lee Waters Film Collection, 1936-2005 (bulk 1936-1942)

Abstract

Born in Caroleen, North Carolina in 1902, studio photographer Herbert Lee Waters supplemented his income from 1936 to 1942 by traveling across North Carolina and parts of Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina to film the people of small communities. He collaborated with local movie theaters to screen his films, which he called Movies of Local People. As a filmmaker, Waters produced 252 films across 118 communities.

The H. Lee Waters Film Collection dates from 1936 to 2005 and primarily comprises 16 mm black and white reversal original motion picture films created by Waters during the filming of the Movies of Local People series. The collection, arranged alphabetically by town name, also includes various preservation elements created from the original footage: 16 mm internegatives; 16 mm screening prints; 3/4 inch Umatic, Betacam SP, and Digital Betacam preservation tape masters; and VHS and DVD use copies of Waters' works. The collection contains a small number of papers and physical objects related to Waters' film making, including: a photocopy of two log books (encompassed in one volume) maintained by Waters to record financial and business information during the filming of Movies of Local People; photocopied and original advertisements for screenings of Waters' films; photocopies of Waters' notes, receipts, and correspondence concerning film sales; related ephemera; and a copy of a 2005 master's thesis written on the films of H. Lee Waters.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Waters, H. Lee.
Title
H. Lee Waters Film collection, 1936-2005 (bulk 1936-1942)
Language of Material
English
Extent
47.25 Linear Feet, 430 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

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Collection Overview

The H. Lee Waters Film Collection dates from 1936 to 2005 and comprises primarily 16 mm black and white reversal original motion picture films created by Waters between 1936 and 1942 as he traveled across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia filming the residents of small towns. Waters aimed to film as many residents in each community as possible, often setting up his camera at the main intersection in town to capture community members walking downtown. Waters also typically filmed school children entering or leaving school and workers arriving to or departing from mills, plants, and factories. Waters often included trick shots to engage his audience, such as trains moving backwards or children jumping in reverse. Although the films are dominated by shots of crowds and individual faces, Waters also captured a wide variety of activities, like school recitals, sports, mechanics at work, and manufacturing processes in factories.

The collection, arranged alphabetically by town name, includes various preservation elements created from the original footage: 16 mm internegatives; 16 mm screening prints; 3/4 inch Umatic, Betacam SP, and Digital Betacam preservation tape masters; and VHS and DVD use copies of Waters' works. The majority of films represented in the collection are silent, black and white, and were filmed in North Carolina. The collection includes a small number of color films and one film with sound. Reels containing mixed black and white and color footage were separated into two reels based on picture characteristic during the preservation process.

The collection also contains a small number of papers and physical objects related to Waters, including: photocopied and original advertisements for screenings of Waters' films; photocopies of Waters' notes, receipts, and correspondence concerning film sales; related ephemera; VHS copies of a news report and a film on Waters; and a copy of the master's thesis written on the films of H. Lee Waters by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student Martin Johnson in 2005. In addition, the collection contains a photocopy of two log books (encompassed in one volume) maintained by Waters between the years of 1936 and 1942 to document his earnings from the Movies of Local People films. The logs provide information about film screenings in the towns that he visited, including the dates of the screenings, the theaters where the films played, admission prices, the number of tickets sold, and advertising revenues. Printed copies of shot lists, created by a student intern, are included in the collection. The detailed description of the collection indicates if shot lists are available for a particular film.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Screening Date: 1936 August 20-21.

Screening Theatre: Stanley Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available.

Screening Date: 1939 February 06-07.

Screening Theatre: Capitol Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 1 of 2
(600 ft.)
Box 1
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(400 ft.)
Box 1

Screening Date: 1940 February 05-06.

Screening Theatre: Capitol Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
(100 ft.)
Box 1
Internegative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 12
Screening print, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 20
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 4:00)
Box 27

Screened on one of the following dates: 1941 January 13-14; 1941 December 01-02.

Screening Theatre: Capitol Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(400 ft.)
Box 1
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 12
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 20
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 76:00, including footage of Cherryville (N.C.), Granite Falls (N.C.), and Lenoir(N.C.))
Box 27
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 76:00, including footage of Cherryville (N.C.), Granite Falls (N.C.), and Lenoir (N.C.))
Box 27

Screened on one of the following dates: 1940 February 05-06; 1941 January 13-14.

Screening Theatre: Capitol Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, sd., col., reel 1 of 1
(1000 ft.)
Box 1
Internegative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 12
Optical sound negative, 16 mm, sd., reel 1 of 1
Box 12
Optical sound negative, 16 mm, sd., reel 1 of 1, duplicate
Box 12
Composite screening print, 16 mm, sd., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 20
Composite work print, 16 mm, sd., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 20
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 28:00)
Box 27

Screening Date: 1941 January 13.

Screening Theatre: Capitol Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
(900 ft.)
Box 1

Screened on one of the following dates: 1938 January 31-February 01; 1939 February 06-07; 1940 February 05-06; 1941 January 13-14; 1941 December 01-02.

Screening Theatre: Capitol Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(150 ft.)
Box 1
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 12
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 20
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 6:30)
Box 27

Screening Date: 1937 March 16.

Screening Theatre: Benson Theatre.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(600 ft.)
Box 1
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 12
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 19:24)
Box 27
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic, duplicate
Box 27
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 19:24)
Box 27

Screening Date: 1940 October 02-03.

Screening Theatre: Cliffside Theatre.

Originally part of the 1940 Cliffside reel.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(200 ft.)
Box 2
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 12
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 20
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 7:40)
Box 27

Screening Date: 1939 October 06-07.

Screening Theatre: Hollywood Theatre.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available, reel 1 of 2. Shot list available, reel 1 of 2, see box 33.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(300 ft.)
Box 2
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 12
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, reel 1 of 2
(TRT: 9:50)
Box 27
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, duplicate, reel 1 of 2
Box 27
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, reel 2 of 2
(TRT: 20:12)
Box 27

Screening Date: 1937 February.

Screening Theatre: Wades Theatre.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(300 ft.)
Box 2
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 12
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 13:00)
Box 27
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 13:00)
Box 27

Screening Date: 1937 August 04.

Screening Theatre: Cliffside Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(500 ft.)
Box 2
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 13
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 21
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 39:30, including footage of Cliffside (N.C.), 1940)
Box 27

Screening Date: 1940 October 02-03.

Screening Theatre: Cliffside Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 1 of 1
(600 ft.)
Box 2
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 13
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 21
Screening print, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 21
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 39:30, including footage of Cliffside (N.C.), 1937)
Box 27

Screened on one of the following dates: 1938 October 10-11; 1939 April 24-25.

Screening Theatre: Midway Theatre.

Original footage was 16 mm, si., b&w, (1200 ft.)

Use Copies: VHS use copy available, reels 1 and 3. DVD and VHS use copies available, reel 2.

Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic, reel 2 of 3
(TRT: 11:35)
Box 27

Screening Date: 1940 December 04-05.

Screening Theatre: State Theatre.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(600 ft).
Oversized Reel 4
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 13
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 21
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 23:23)
Box 28
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 23:23)
Box 28

Screening Date: 1940 December 13-14.

Screening Theatre: Dante Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(300 ft.)
Box 2
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(400 ft.)
Box 2
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 13
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 13
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 21
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 21
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic, reel 1 of 2
(TRT: 12:30)
Box 28
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic, reel 2 of 2
(TRT: 15:20)
Box 28
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 28:07, including footage from reels 1 and 2)
Box 28

Screening Date: 1939 March 06-07.

Screening Theatre: Virginia Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 1 of 1
(800 ft.)
Box 3

Screened on one of the following dates: 1939 December 04-05; 1941 February 03-04.

Screening Theatre: Anchor Theatre.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 3
(1000 ft.)
Box 3
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 3
(300 ft.)
Box 3
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 3 of 3
(300 ft.)
Box 3
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic, reel 1 of 3
(TRT: 37:15)
Box 28
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic, reel 2 of 3
(TRT: 11:47)
Box 28
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic, reel 3 of 3
(TRT: 11:04)
Box 28

Screened on one of the following dates: 1937 February; 1939 May 25-26.

Screening Theatre: Peerless Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Master positive, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(1200 ft.)
Box 3
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(1200 ft.)
Oversized Reel 11
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 13
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 21
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, reel 1 of 2
(TRT: 44:23)
Box 28

Screening Date: 1937 June 17-18.

Screening Theatre: Romina Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(500 ft.)
Box 3

Screening Date: 1937 March 11-12.

Screening Theatre: Wade's Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Master positive, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(500 ft.)
Box 3
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 13
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 21
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 16:58)
Box 28

Screening Date: 1937 July 01-02.

Screening Theatre: Carolina Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(100 ft.)
Box 3

Screening Date: 1939 May 01-02.

Screening Theatre: Carolina Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 3
(400 ft.)
Box 4
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 3 of 3
(400 ft.)
Box 4
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: circa 39:00, including footage from reels 1-3)
Box 28

Screening Date: 1940 September 23-24.

Screening Theatre: Carolina Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(350 ft.)
Box 4
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(400 ft.)
Box 4
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: circa 25:00, including footage from reels 1 and 2)
Box 28

Screening Date: 1942 April 20-21.

Screening Theatre: Carolina Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
(800 ft.)
Box 4

Screening Date: 1938 November 28-29.

Screening Theatre: Lyric Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copies available. VHS use copy available, reels 1, 3, and 4. Shot list available, reels 1-2 and 4, see box 33.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 4
(400 ft.)
Box 4
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 2 of 4
(300 ft.)
Box 4
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 3 of 4
(400 ft.)
Box 4
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 4 of 4
(400 ft.)
Box 2
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 4
Box 14
Color separation negative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 2 of 4
Box 14
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 4
Box 22
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 2 of 4
Box 22
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 3 of 4
Box 22
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 4 of 4
Box 20
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, reels 1, 3, and 4 of 4
(TRT: 76:00, including footage of Asheboro (N.C.) and Lenoir (N.C.))
Box 27
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, reels 1, 3, and 4 of 4
(TRT: 76:00, including footage of Asheboro (N.C.) and Lenoir (N.C.))
Box 27
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, reel 2 of 3
(TRT: 10:00)
Box 28

Screening Dates: 1941 November 10-11; 1942 June 22-23.

Screening Theatre: Main Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 1 of 1
(1000 ft.)
Box 4
Internegative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 14
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 1 of 1
Box 22
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 42:00)
Box 28

Screening Date: 1939 July 17-18.

Screening Theatre: Center Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(750 ft.)
Box 5
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 14
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 21:24)
Box 29

Screening Date: 1938 September 15-16.

Screening Theatre: Stevenson Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(900 ft.)
Oversized Reel 9
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 14
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 34:00)
Box 27
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 34:00)
Box 29

Screening Date: 1939 September 14-15.

Screening Theatre: Jackson Theatre.

Includes footage of Seaboard, Conway, Lasker, and Weldon.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(600 ft.)
Box 5
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 22
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 22:20)
Box 29
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 22:20)
Box 29

Screened on one of the following dates: 1941 February 06-07; 1941 October 01-02.

Screening Theatre: Dixie Theatre and Palace Theatre (1941 February); Swanee Theatre (1941 October).

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 3
(900 ft.)
Box 5
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 3
(1400 ft.)
Oversized Reel 8
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 3 of 3
(1000 ft.)
Box 5
Internegative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 3
Box 14
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 3
Box 14
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 3 of 3
Box 14
Screening print, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 3
Box 22
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 3
Box 22
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 3 of 3
Box 22
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, reel 3 of 3
(TRT: 47:00)
Box 29
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, reel 1 of 3
(TRT: 35:00)
Box 29
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, reel 2 of 3
(TRT: 55:00)
Box 29
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, reel 3 of 3
(TRT: 47:00)
Box 29
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, reel 3 of 3, duplicate
Box 29
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, reel 3 of 3, duplicate
Box 29

Screened on one of the following dates: 1936 July 30-31; 1936 September 09; 1938 May 12-13; 1940 August 29-30; 1941 February 06-07; 1941 October 01-02.

Screened at one of the following theatres: Y.M.C.A. Theatre (1936); Colonial Theatre (1938); Dixie Theatre and Palace Theatre (1940, 1941 February);Swanee Theatre (1941 October).

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(500 ft.)
Box 5

Screening Date: 1940 October 14-15.

Screening Theatre: Russell Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(200 ft.)
Box 5
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 15
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 23
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 7:18)
Box 28
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 7:18)
Box 29

Screening Date: 1937 April 28-30.

Screening Theatre: Avon Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(600 ft.)
Box 5
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 23
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 76:00, including footage of Asheboro (N.C.), Cherryville (N.C.), and Granite Falls (N.C.))
Box 27
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 76:00, including footage of Asheboro (N.C.), Cherryville (N.C.), and Granite Falls (N.C.))
Box 27

Screening Date: 1938 May 05-06.

Screening Theatre: Lexington High School.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(700 ft.)
Box 6
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 15
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 23
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 59:40, including footage of Lexington (N.C.), circa 1937-1945)
Box 29
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, duplicate
Box 29

Screening Date: 1938 May 05-06.

Screening Theatre: Lexington High School.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(800 ft.)
Box 6
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 15
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 23
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 59:40, including footage of Lexington (N.C.), circa 1935-1953)
Box 29
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, duplicate
Box 29

Screened on one of the following dates: 1936 September 25-26; 1939 December 11-12.

Screening Theatre: Curtis Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 1 of 1
(1600 ft.)
Oversized Reel 3

Screening Date: 1939 September 21-22.

Screening Theatre: Lyric Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available, reel 3 of 3. Shot list available, reel 3 of 3, see box 33.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 3 of 3
(300 ft.)
Box 6
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 3
(200 ft.)
Box 15
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 3
(600 ft.)
Box 15
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reels 1 and 2 of 3
Box 23
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic, reel 3 of 3
(TRT: 10:26)
Box 29

Screening Date: 1937 January 14-15.

Screening Theatre: Not listed.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(300 ft.)
Box 6
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 15
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 23
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 10:25)
Box 29

Screening Date: 1940 April 29-30.

Screening Theatre: Patovi Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(400 ft.)
Box 6
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(500 ft.)
Box 6

Screened on one of the following dates: 1939 January 05-06; 1939 March 23-24; 1940 April 29-30; 1941 September 29-30; 1941 December 15-16.

Screening Theatre: Patovi Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 2
(900 ft.)
Box 6
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 3
(1000 ft.)
Box 7
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 3 of 3
(1400 ft.)
Oversized Reel 2
Internegative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 3
Box 15
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 3
Box 15
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 3 of 3
Oversized Reel 12
Screening print, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 3
Box 24
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 3
Box 24
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 3 of 3
Oversized Reel 14
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, reels 1-2 of 3
(TRT: 71:52)
Box 30
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, reel 3 of 3
(TRT: 56:22)
Box 30

Screened on one of the following dates: 1937 December 01-02; 1939 February 01-02.

Screening Theatre: National Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(500 ft.)
Box 7
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(400 ft.)
Box 7
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reels 1-2 of 2
Box 16
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reels 1-2 of 2
Box 23
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 35:20)
Box 30

Screening Date: 1939 December 14-15.

Screening Theatre: Hollywood Theatre.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(600 ft.)
Box 7

Screened on one of the following dates: 1937 August 12-13; 1938 June 23-24; 1939 August 21-22.

Screening Theatre: Carolina Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(1100 ft.)
Box 7
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(850 ft.)
Box 7
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 16
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 16
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 24
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 24
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 77:41)
Box 30

Screening Date: 1941 October 08-09.

Screening Theatre: Center Theatre.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Screened on one of the following dates: 1937 January 04-05; 1938 November 07-09; 1939 June 05-06; 1941 March 03-04; 1941 October 13-14.

Screened at one of the following theatres: Liberty Theatre (1937); New Orpheum Theatre (1938-1939); Allen Theatre(1941).

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(1600 ft.)
Oversized Reel 6
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 2 of 2
(1200 ft.)
Oversized Reel 5
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Oversized Reel 13
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 16
Color separation negative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 2 of 2
Box 16
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, reel 1 of 2
(TRT: 44:59)
Box 30
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, reel 2 of 2
(TRT: 28:06)
Box 30
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, color segments, reel 2 of 2
(TRT: 11:01)
Box 30

Screened on one of the following dates: 1938 August 17-18; 1938 October 05-06; 1939 November 01-02; 1941 April 03-04.

Screened at one of the following theatres: Carolina Theatre (1938-1939); Orpheum Theatre (1941).

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(1300 ft.)
Oversized Reel 7
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Oversized Reel 10
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 36:22)
Box 30

Screening Date: 1939 May 15-16.

Screening Theatre: Pilot Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(500 ft.)
Box 7
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(300 ft.)
Box 7
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 16
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 16
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 24
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 24
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 27:45)
Box 30

Screening Date: 1938 April 21-22.

Screening Theatre: Not listed.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available, reel 1 of 2. Shot list available, reel 1 of 2, see box 33.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(800 ft.)
Box 8
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(circa 400 ft.)
Box 8
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 16
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, reel 1 of 2
(TRT: 22:20)
Box 30

Screening Date: Not listed.

Screening Theatre: Not listed.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(400 ft.)
Box 8

Screened on one of the following dates: 1936 November 16-17; 1937 March 01-02.

Screening Theatre: Dolley Madison Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(600 ft.)
Box 17
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 24
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 15:46)
Box 30
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, duplicate
Box 30
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 15:46)
Box 31

Screening Date: 1937 March 01-02.

Screening Theatre: Dolley Madison Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(300 ft.)
Box 8
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 17
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 24
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 10:40)
Box 30
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, duplicate
Box 30
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 10:40)
Box 31

Screening Date: 1938 September 08-09.

Screening Theatre: Dolley Madison Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(400 ft.)
Box 8
Color separation, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 8
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 17
Color separation negative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 17
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 1 of 1
Box 25
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 20:13)
Box 30
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, duplicate
Box 30
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 20:13)
Box 31

Screening Date: 1939 July 13-14.

Screening Theatre: Dolley Madison Theatre and Palace Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(800 ft.)
Box 8
Color separation, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 8
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 17
Color separation negative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 17
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 1 of 1
Box 25
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 35:05)
Box 30
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, duplicate
Box 30
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 35:05)
Box 31

Screening Date: 1940 July 11-12.

Screening Theatre: Palace Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(900 ft.)
Oversized Reel 1
Color separation, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 8
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 17
Color separation negative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 17
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 1 of 1
Box 25
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 40:00)
Box 30
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, duplicate
Box 31
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 40:00)
Box 31

Screening Date: 1941 May 01-02.

Screening Theatre: Dolley Madison Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(300 ft.)
Box 8
Color separation, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 8
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 17
Color separation negative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 17
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, col., reel 1 of 1
Box 25
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 16:00)
Box 30
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, duplicate
Box 31
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 16:00)
Box 31

Screened on one of the following dates: 1936 November 16-17; 1937 March 01-02; 1938 September 08-09; 1939 July 13-14; 1940 July 11-12; 1941 May 01-02.

Screened at one of the following theatres: Dolley Madison Theatre (1936-1938, 1941); Dolley Madison Theatre and Palace Theatre(1939); Palace Theatre (1940).

Use Copies: VHS use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(500 ft.)
Box 8
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 17
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 25
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 21:00)
Box 30
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, duplicate
Box 31
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 21:00)
Box 31

Screening Date: 1937 June 28-29.

Screening Theatre: Not listed.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(800 ft.)
Box 9

Screening Date: 1940 November 11-12.

Screening Theatre: State Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(1200 ft.)
Box 9
Color separation, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 9
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 18
Color separation negative, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 18
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 25
Color separation print, 16 mm, si., col., reel 1 of 1
Box 25
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 63:00)
Box 31

Screening Date: 1939 November 20-21.

Screening Theatre: Dixie Theatre.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(700 ft.)
Box 9
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 18
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 18:58)
Box 31

Screening Dates: 1937 May 06-07; 1939 November 15-16; 1941 March 20-21; 1942 March 23-24.

Screening Theatres: Gem Theatre (1937); Elder Theatre (1939-1942).

Contains footage from multiple Waters films shot between 1937 and 1942.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Screening Date: 1937 June 07-08.

Screening Theatres: Howell Theatre (Smithfield, June 07) and Selma Theatre (Selma, June 08).

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(400 ft.)
Box 9
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(400 ft.)
Box 9
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reels 1-2 of 2
Box 18
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 46:30)
Box 31

Screening Date: 1937 July 22-23.

Screening Theatre: Carolina Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(1100 ft.)
Box 9
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 18
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 25
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 33:55)
Box 32

Screening Date: 1940 November 25-27.

Screening Theatre: State Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(300 ft.)
Box 10
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(300 ft.)
Box 10
Color separation, 16 mm, si., col., reel 2 of 2
Box 10
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 18
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 18
Color separation negative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 18
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 26
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 26
Color separation print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 26
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 28:48)
Box 32
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, duplicate
Box 32

Screening Date: 1938 October 24-25.

Screening Theatre: Lyric Theatre.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(500 ft.)
Box 10
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 19
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 26
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 19:30)
Box 32
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 19:30)
Box 32

Screening Date: 1939 June 29-30.

Screening Theatre: Palace Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(700 ft.)
Box 10
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 19
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 26
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 25:00)
Box 32

Screening Date: 1939 January 25-26.

Screening Theatre: State Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(500 ft.)
Box 11
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 19
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 26
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 51:30, including footage of Thomasville (N.C.), circa 1936-1940)
Box 32

Screened on one of the following dates: 1936 August 06-07; 1937 November 24-25; 1939 January 25-26; 1940 February 12-13.

Screened at one of the following theatres: Palace Theatre (1936, 1940); State Theatre (1937-1939).

Use Copies: DVD use copy available.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(500 ft.)
Box 11
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(400 ft.)
Box 11
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 19
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 19
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 26
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 26
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam
(TRT: 51:30, including footage of Thomasville (N.C.), circa 1938-1939)
Box 32

Screened on one of the following dates: 1936 December 07-08; 1938 January 06-07; 1939 January 30-31; 1940 May 08-09.

Screening Theatre: Troy Theatre (1938-1940).

Includes footage of Star, Biscoe, Candor, and Mt. Gilead.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(1300 ft.)
Box 19
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(1200 ft.)
Box 19
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic, reel 1 of 2
(TRT: 50:13)
Box 32
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic, reel 2 of 2
(TRT: 45:50)
Box 32
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, reel 1 of 2
(TRT: 50:13)
Box 32
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, duplicate, reel 1 of 2
Box 32
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, reel 2 of 2
(TRT: 45:50)
Box 32
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP, duplicate, reel 2 of 2
Box 32
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam, duplicate, reel 2 of 2
(TRT: 45:50)
Box 32

Screening Date: 1939 February 20-21.

Screening Theatre: Strand Theatre.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
(400 ft.)
Box 11
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 19
Screening print, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 1
Box 26
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 17:00)
Box 33
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 17:00)
Box 33

Screening Date: 1936 December 04.

Screening Theatre: Not listed.

Use Copies: VHS use copy available.

Screening Date: 1939 April 28-29.

Screening Theatre: Wythe Theatre.

Use Copies: DVD and VHS use copies available. Shot list available, see box 34.

Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
(400 ft.)
Box 11
Reversal original, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
(400 ft.)
Box 11
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 1 of 2
Box 19
Internegative, 16 mm, si., b&w, reel 2 of 2
Box 19
Preservation tape master, 3/4 inch Umatic
(TRT: 34:00)
Box 33
Preservation tape master, Betacam SP
(TRT: 34:00)
Box 33
Ephemera

Contains a canister, stills, and VHS copies of Tom Whiteside's 1989 film The Cameraman Has Visited Our Town and the January 1990 NBC Nightly News story on H. Lee Waters. The box also includes a DVD with footage of ColorLab's Julia Nicoll separating the film base from the emulsion of the Chester (S.C.) H. Lee Waters film. Contains some preserved footage from Chester.

Use copies needs to be created before audiovisual items can be accessed for research.

Box 33
Advertisements, undated
Oversize Folder 1
H. Lee Waters Movies of Local People Records, 1936-1942

Waters' indexed log book.

Box 34
Advertisements, circa 1960s and undated
Box 34
Notes, receipts, and correspondence, 1972-1974 and undated
Box 34
Martin Johnson's master thesis, 2005
Box 34
Shot lists, undated
Box 34
DVD Duplicating Masters

This box contains the DVD duplicating masters for the Waters films.

Box 35

Historical Note

Born August 23, 1902, Herbert Lee Waters spent the majority of his life in Lexington, North Carolina operating a photography studio. Waters supplemented his income from 1936-1942 by traveling across North Carolina and parts of Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina to film the people of small communities. He collaborated with local movie theaters to screen his films, which he called Movies of Local People and billed with the phrase "See yourself in the movies!" As a filmmaker, Waters produced 252 films across 118 communities. In 1942, Waters returned to Lexington and continued operating his photographic studio until his death in 1997. The Library of Congress listed Waters' Kannapolis film on the National Film Registry in 2004.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], H. Lee Waters Film Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The H. Lee Waters Film Collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a series of gifts and purchases beginning in 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Lindsay Matson, October 2009

Encoded by Lindsay Matson, December 2009

Accessions received between 1988 and 2009 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid. For a full list of accession numbers, see the H. Lee Waters collection control file.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.