NANCY HAMILTON, FILMMAKER
Film footage from documentary, Helen Keller in her Story (1955)
The Oscar-winning documentary Helen Keller in Her Story (1955) was produced by Smith alumna Nancy Hamilton (Smith Class of 1930). The original film footage is housed with her papers in the Sophia Smith Collection and includes the original raw footage, outtakes, trims, and soundtrack, as well as documentary and newsreel footage from other sources. The footage clips shown here were selected for reformatting based on research value and uniqueness of the content--many of these scenes are outtakes or longer clips that did not appear in the final production. See a more descriptive list of film clips.
The Nancy Hamilton Papers also include correspondence, photographs, scripts and other materials related to the making of her film on Helen Keller. View the online Inventory of the Nancy Hamilton Papers.
NOTE: Most of these film clips are silent. See separate playlist of the soundtrack to the film.
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