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Anna and Archer Huntington home movies

Identifier: COD0000028-ACC 2007-0001

Generously donated to the University by Brookgreen Gardens, the home movies of Anna and Archer Huntington provide rare color images of Brookgreen Gardens, the first public sculpture garden in the country. The collection contains footage of the Lowcountry Zoo (also located on the grounds) from the 1930s, including the construction of the bear pit and the animal being moved into his new home.

The films also document daily life in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The footage ranges from shots of the family at Atalaya Castle, the couple's winter home, to scenes of rice production on Sandy Island. Though mostly filmed in the 1930s, some of the material was shot in the 1950s and 1960s. The collection comprises over 5,000 feet of color and black and white 16mm film.


  • 1930-1979



This collection has been processed. Portions of this collection may be viewed online; the remainder may be accessed upon request.

Additional information about the items in this collection can be found in the MIRC Reference Catalog.

For more information contact curator Lydia Pappas at

Copyright and Use

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5,015 feet of film

Biographical Note

Anna Hyatt Huntington was born Anna Vaughn Hyatt, on March 10, 1876 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was an accomplished sculptor, and the first female artist elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Brookgreen Gardens was originally founded by the couple to showcase her works. She died at 97 on October 4, 1973.

Archer Milton Huntington, born March 10, 1870, was a noted philanthropist. He married Anna Hyatt on March 10, 1923, leading the couple to celebrate both their birthdays and their anniversary on the same day. The pair had their winter home, Atalaya Castle, built in what is now Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina, in 1931. The structure is on the National Register of Historic Places. Archer Huntington died on December 11, 1955.

Physical Location

Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC). 707 Catawba St. Columbia, SC 29208.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Robin Salmon for Brookgreen Gardens in 2007.



Repository Details

Part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) Repository

707 Catawba Street
Columbia SC 29208

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