Hilda and Meyer Davis Collection
Credit: Hilda and Meyer Davis Collection, Northeast Historic Film. "Miss Olympia," an amateur comedy, 1939.
Primary Format and Extent
si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. reversal pos.
Secondary Format and Extent
si., b&w and col. super 8 mm.
Collection Date Range
1926 to 1974
Collection contains [Meyer Davis--home movies], scenes of activities at family homes in Bar Harbor, Maine, Sorrento, Maine, Jamestown and Newport, Rhode Island, as well as at Rudy Vallee's summer camp and other friends' homes. Other scenes show events during cruises and international travels. Members of the Davis and Monteux families appear throughout. Collection also contains fiction home dramas, such as "All is Not Gold That Glitters" featuring "the Ritzcarltons," which are acted by family members. Collection also contains actualities; purchased war footage of the St. Mihiel Drive and other World War II events.
Meyer Davis was a society band leader who had a home for many years in Sorrento, Maine. Pierre Monteux, an orchestral conductor, became an American citizen in 1941 and resided in Hancock, Maine, until his death in 1964. He worked in Europe and the United States, conducting the San Francisco Symphony for fifteen years. He founded the Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Madame Pierre Monteux and Mrs. Meyer Davis were sisters, born in Bar Harbor. Hilda Emery Davis wrote a biography, "In Time with the Music." WorldCat Davis family papers at University of Maine, Fogler Library. WorldCat Film was donated by several family members including Nancy Monteux Barendse and Ginia Davis Wexler.
Subject(s)Camps, Celebrities, Children, Coasts, Contests, Dancing, Families, Holidays, Islands, Jews--United States , Mountains, Music, Performing arts, Recreation, Ships, Travel, World War, 1939-1945
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