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The Chuck Olin Collection is comprised of films, videotapes and ephemera made by Chuck Olin from his work at two Chicago area film production companies from the mid-60s to the late 1990s: first with the Film Group/Mike Gray Associates and after 1974 with his own Chuck Olin Associates. Included are political documentaries made by the Film Group on the 1968 Democratic National Convention; television commercials for a variety of clients including Sears, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and politicians running for election; sponsored films for the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Medical Association, and Eli Lilly; educational films for Encyclopaedia Britannica; and a documentary by Olin on the Jewish Brigade in World War II.
The Cynthia Holmberg Collection consists of 16mm home movies shot primarily by Henry Brooks, Cynthia’s father, and 8mm home movies shot by Cynthia’s husband Ron Holmberg. Ranging from the late 1930s to the mid-1960s, the 16mm films document Cynthia’s childhood and the life of a middle class family living in Chicago. The 8mm home movies document Ron and Cynthia Holmberg’s family and life in the suburbs of Chicago in the 1970s and early 80s. They include various locations around Chicago as well as family trips to Wisconsin, various U.S. National Parks, and Florida.
Series I: Subseries I consists of television commercials made by The Film Group from 1965 to 1972. There are a total of 221 advertisements in the collection though many are duplicates. They include commercials made for national and Chicago area businesses. National clients represented in the collection include: Alert Soap, All State, Aunt Jemima, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bunker Ramo, Florsheim, Hill’s Bros. Coffee, Kenner, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Minnie Pearl’s Fried Chicken, Montgomery Ward, Quaker Oats, Sara Lee, Satin Plus, Sears, Thank You Pudding, and Vets’ Dog Food. Commercials for local companies include: Chicago American newspaper, Chicago Tribune, Commonwealth Edison, Illinois Bell, Irv Kupcinet’s TV show, Karoll’s clothing store, Peoples Gas, WBKB-TV, and local politicians running for election.