Cage 764

Klemgard Family

16mm Films, circa 1935-1945

Acquisition And Processing Information

The Klemgard 16mm films were donated to the Washington State University (WSU) Instructional Media Services (IMS) department at some point prior to 1992. They were moved to WSU's Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections in summer of 2010 and subsequently accessioned as MS2011-23. The collection was processed in May, 2011, by University Archivist Mark O'English. Four films which were originally part of the collection were copies of commercially produced materials; as these were under copyright and were unrelated to the other materials, they were offered back to the WSU Libraries' Media, Materials, and Reserves (MMR).

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of containers: 1

Linear feet of shelf space: .5

Collection Description

The Klemgard 16mm films document life in the Palouse region (primarily Whitman County, Washington) in the decade before World War II. They look at agriculture, family life, and vacation travel. The descriptions of individual reels given below were created by IMS shortly after receiving the films. It is likely that the materials came from the family of E. Neal Klemgard (MASC received papers from his family as accessions MS79-43 and MS83-29), but this is not a certainty.

The collection consists of eight amateur-produced 16 millimeter silent films, housed in six canisters. All eight films have been digitized for preservation purposes; these are not available online but are held in MASC's digital archives in mpeg4 format.

Collection Arrangement

The materials are organized in a single series, retaining the arrangement given them when they were received at MMR/IMS.


Klemgard, E. Neal -- Archives
Farms -- Washington (State) -- Whitman County
Rural families -- Washington (State) -- Whitman County
16mm film


This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Klemgard Family 16mm Films, ca. 1935-1945
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Reel List:

Reel Transcribed descriptions
1 7" reel, 12:13. A black and white cattle judging film, possibly at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds. Includes branding, roping and FFA class from the Pullman school district. Snow scenes with a little cart, some in slow motion. A parade with cattle in downtown Colfax (color). Judging livestock at the fair. An Angus livestock show (color). More color footage of travel and a farm. More black and white footage of another livestock show. August 1940 tractor-drawn combines in harvest, with the intricacies of the machinery displayed. Tractor drawn plowing. Train wreck with passenger cars (est. mid 1940s), black and white.
2 7" reel, 11:20. Black and white film. A child and mother on the porch. Child just learning to stand and walk. Playing with doll, harmonica, dog and chicken, Feb. 1940. In playpen, on potty, in a box, on the lawn, having a bath in the sink, playing football, and at Christmas. Birthday party for Larry S. Playing in dirt, party.
3 7" reel, 9:36. Black and white film. Playing in snow, Palouse river, snow plow, sheep shearing, banquet. Playing in snow (color). Spring runoff, livestock show, 4Hers learning to handle their livestock. Pullman Jr. Livestock show.
4 3.75" reel, 2:26. Color film with aerial footage. Has scenes, most likely of Whitman county, from a plane. Also scenes at Ginkgo State Park at Vantage, in Seattle, and at Boeing in the early 1940s.
5 3.75" reel, 2:27. Color film of livestock show. 4Hers at Angus show, mid 1940s. Long space of nothing and more takes of the same. Probably Colton. Church steeple recognizable.
6 3.75" reel, 2:14. Color and sepia footage of family. A fiesta party. Snow storm at their house. Kids with sled and building a snowman.
7 3.75" reel, 2:42. Color film at Christmas. Family bringing out presents, kids playing on ice near the old high school, mid 1940s. On the road, possibly near Hooper. Snow on the road.
8 3.75" reel, 1:58. Black and white film of two Washington State College football games, late 1930s or early 1940s. Scenes of family and travels.