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Ralph Hayes Hamilton

An inventory of the Ralph Hayes Hamilton Travelogue Collection at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The American Catholic Research Center and University Archives
Creator: Ralph Hayes Hamilton
Title: Ralph Hayes Hamilton Travelogue Collection
Dates: 1918-1968
Extent: 5 linear feet; 4 boxes
Abstract: Ralph Hayes Hamilton, an Ohio native and 1917 graduate of The Catholic University of America, traveled America filming landscapes, National Parks, and Catholic missions. He also gave lectures, first presented as hand-colored slide shows that attracted large groups. His films were played for disabled soldiers in training camps and hospitals during World War II. He also donated his films and volunteered service to the American Red Cross. He later worked in publicity as well as hospitality, becoming the Director of Moving Motion Picture Publicity for Bermuda Hotels, Inc. He was also a member of American Legion and the Rotary Club. The collection consists of materials gathered during his travels, including drafts of books, film, and brochures written by Hayes Hamilton. Thirty two reels of film (color, sound, silent, black and white) detailing personal trips and publicity videos make up the majority of the collection.
Collection Number: 158
Language: English

Biographical Note

Ralph Hayes Hamilton, a native of Xenia, OH, graduated from The Catholic University of America in 1917 and went on to attend George Washington University's Law School. After graduation, Hayes Hamilton traveled the United States filming the landscapes, National Parks, and Catholic missions to later package into the Ralph Hayes Hamilton Travelogue Collection. Mr. Hamilton's lectures, first presented as hand-colored slideshows, were updated regularly and attracted large groups. His films were played for disabled soldiers in training camps and rehabilitation hospitals during World War II. A dedicated member of the American Legion, R. Hayes Hamilton donated his films and volunteered service to the American Red Cross, developing a method to project film onto hospital ceilings so that bedridden soldiers to easily enjoy the travelogues. Hayes Hamilton later went on to work in publicity as well as hospitality, later becoming the Director of Moving Motion Picture Publicity for Bermuda Hotels, Inc. Mr. Hayes Hamilton was a long-time member, and held office, in his local American Legion Post 95 and his local Rotary Club.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials gathered by Ralph Hayes Hamilton associated with his travels around the United States as well as his later career in advertising and hospitality. Other items include drafts of books, film, and brochures written by Hayes Hamilton. Thirty two reels of film (color, sound, silent, black and white) detailing personal trips, trips for the Hamilton Travelogues and publicity videos make up the majority of the collection.

Series 1, Printed Materials and Literature, 1918-1968, consists of box 1 and is arranged by subject. It contains print materials related to Hayes Hamilton's civic involvement, personal correspondence, publicity related to his career, and drafts of his professional writing.

Series 2, Audiovisual, n.d., is housed in boxes 2-4. This series consists of reels of film (sound, image, color, and black and white) that were part of the donation to the Archives from Eva Hamilton's estate.

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Arrangement

The Ralph Hayes Hamilton Travelogue Collection consists of 2 series:



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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The estate of Eva Hamilton (Mr. Hayes Hamilton's widow) donated the assembled collection to the American Catholic History Research Center in 1994.

Processing Information

Processing completed in October 2014 by Vitalina A. Nova. EAD markup completed in October 2014 by Vitalina A. Nova. Additional contributions by Paul Kelly and W.J. Shepherd.

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Related Material

Ralph Hayes Hamilton shows motion picture [of cowboys and Indians] on the ceiling to bedridden patients at the Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, DC

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Ralph Hayes Hamilton

Organizations:
American Legion Post 95, Xenia, Ohio
Rotary Club, Xenia, Ohio

Places:
Bermuda Island (Bermuda Islands)
Bermuda Islands -- Description and travel
Canadian Rockies
Florida
Greene County, Ohio
Hamilton Parish (Bermuda Islands)
Jamaica
Montagu Beach, Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
Somerset (Bermuda Islands)
Xenia, Ohio

Subjects:
Advertising - Hospitality industry
Catholic University of America - Early history
National Parks and Reserves - United States
Parks - Bermuda Islands
Stereoptic projections
Travelogues (Motion pictures)
Visual education


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Bibliography

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Printed Materials and Literature, 1918-1968 (1 Box)
This series includes personal correspondence, publicity literature, drafts of professional writing, and information related to his involvement in the American Legion and the Rotary Club.
Box Folder
1 1 George Washington University Yearbook (The Cherry Tree), 1918
  2 Xenia, Ohio Rotary Club (1921-1960), and American Legion Post 95, Xenia, OH (1948-1964), 1921-1964
  3 "The History of the Catholic University of America, 1886-1920", n.d.
  4 "Greene County, Ohio and Its Court Houses", n.d.
  5 The Hamilton Travelogues: Pamphlets and Advertisements, n.d.
  6 Hospitality and Publicity, 1950s
  7 Personal Correspondence, 1953-1968
                       
Series 2: Audiovisual, n.d. (3 BOXES)
This series includes 8mm and 16 mm black and white, color, and sound film.
Box Folder
2 1 Nassau, "Marine land Penn Bed S.S.C 1915," 16 mm, n.d.
        Note inside reads "Good Nassau Splash Marineland"
  2 1st Dearborn Holland Personal, 16 mm, n.d.
        See photographs in administrative files for additional notes.
  3 Kester Fishing Prince EOH Sudd, 16 mm, n.d.
        See photographs in administrative files for additional notes.
  4 Jamaica, 16 mm, n.d.
  5 Bermuda, Nassau 1st, Nassau Chitty, 16 mm, n.d.
        See photographs in administrative files for additional notes.
  6 Green Park, 16 mm, n.d.
  7 EOH. Xmas. Santa, 16 mm, n.d.
        Leader reads "XMas at Roanoke. Fussiholms Winter. Florida Start." See photographs in administrative files for additional notes.
  8 Dearborn Holland, Mich, 16 mm, n.d.
  9 CPR, 16 mm, Note inside reads "Blk and white. Palm Beach? Glaciers. Jasper Park. Fishing
        See photographs in administrative files for additional notes.
  10 California Missions, Catholic Piety/Easter, 1920s, 16 mm, n.d.
  11 Miss America Pageant 1950, 16 mm Kodachrome Safety Color Film on reel, n.d.
  12 Black Film, leader silent, black 16 mm, n.d.
  13 Bermuda Sound Title, 16 mm, n.d.
  14 White Sound Film Opaque, leader blank, 16 mm sound film, n.d.
  15 Woman in Swimsuit Posing on Diving Board, 16 mm, n.d.
  16 Baby; H. Trott, 16 mm, n.d.
        See photographs in administrative files for additional notes.
  17 unnamed, 16 mm, n.d.
  18 EOH - Hobkirk and Green Pk Winter, 16 mm, n.d.
Box Folder
3 19 Cedar Lodge 1939, 8 mm, n.d.
  20 van Dresser - artist at Essal, 16mm, n.d.
  21 Plate Collection, Irish brand High Fidelity Magnetic Recording Long Play Tape, n.d.
  22 Plate Lecture 1960. R. Hayes Hamilton - China Collection - Maitre d'Hotel - Flanders - Ocean City, NJ. 7/5/60 Copy Program Tape - WFLN - AM and FM, Scotch brand 111-12 Magnetic Tape, All Purpose, Splice Free, n.d.
  23 Girl with Headscarf, 16 mm, n.d.
  24 Leake [Lake?] George, 16 mm, n.d.
        Note on back of envelope reads, "note on back of envelope: "Try to sell to Leake Geo Café,"
  25 Bermuda Color, 16 mm, n.d.
  26 Bermuda, 16 mm, n.d.
  27 Nature Reel, 16 mm, n.d.
  28 Murray Bay, 16 mm, n.d.
Box Folder
4 29 Print No. 33 Bermuda (Sound), 8 mm, n.d.
  30 Bermuda for TBD or Princess Hotel, 8 mm, n.d.
  31 "This is Bermuda," 16 mm, n.d.
  32 "Florida," 16 mm, n.d.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Printed Materials and Literature, 1918-1968

Series 2: Audiovisual, n.d.

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