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Guide to the Hiram Halle home movies of annual barbecue for University in Exile at Pound Ridge, probably 1935, 1937

Collection Overview


New School Collections

Collection Identifier


Creator - Producer

Halle, Hiram J.


Hiram Halle home movies of annual barbecue for University in Exile at Pound Ridge


2 reels2 16mm films

Language of Materials note

Films are silent.


The collection comprises two home movies made during the annual fall barbecue Halle held for members of the University in Exile and their families, as well as New School staff, on Halle's property in Pound Ridge, New York, in Poundridge, Westchester County.

Preferred Citation note

[Title], [date], Hiram Halle Home Movies, NA.0008.01, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, NY.

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Biographical note

Hiram J. Halle (1867–1944) was an American businessman, inventor, and philanthropist. He was also part owner of Gulf Oil company. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Halle dropped out of high school to work in his family's dry goods store. In 1933, Halle, along with the Rockefeller Foundation, provided the principal funding that helped New School president Alvin Johnson create the University in Exile at the New School, providing academic positions at the New School to scholars who had lost their positions under Hitler.

Halle moved to Pound Ridge, New York in 1929, and his work and patronage are considered key to the development of that community. Among other efforts, he provided support to struggling farmers during the Depression. In addition to his crucial help in the New School effort, Halle also brought a number of European Jewish exiles to Pound Ridge, giving them work restoring vintage homes in the area. Halle purchased more than thirty houses in the area, including a farm where he stored his renowned collection of American and English antiques. Thirteen of his homes are on the National Register of Historic Places.


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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of two home movies made at properties owned by Hiram Halle in Pound Ridge, New York: his residence, known as the White House (current address is 221 Trinity Pass Road), and the Old Mill (now at 17 Salem Road), a property Halle had renovated and used for entertaining, and where he also housed his collection of American folk art. In a letter of invitation to Albert Einstein, Halle described the affair as the “annual gathering at our home in Poundridge, Westchester County, where Dr. Alvin Johnson with the staff, professors and trustees of the 'University in Exile’ with their families come together for a pleasant day in the country at its most beautiful time to lunch on barbecued lamb in an old mill over a waterfall. This year [1938] it will be Saturday, October 8.” (Einstein declined the invitation, citing poor health.) ___

Source: From letters belonging to Peter H. Halle (Hiram’s great-nephew) and his sister, Titi Halle.


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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Collections - 2016 May 31

66 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Title], [date], Hiram Halle Home Movies, NA.0008.01, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, NY.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Researchers must use digital access copies. Access to films is restricted for reasons of preservation.

Use Restrictions

To publish these films (or assets thereof) in whole or in part, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Titi Halle and Peter H. Halle, 2015.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Home movies.


  • Professors.

Personal Name(s)

  • Heimann, Eduard, 1889-1967
  • Johnson, Alvin Saunders, 1874-1971
  • Lederer, Emil, 1882-1939
  • Mayer, Clara W., b. 1895
  • Speier, Hans
  • Staudinger, Hans, 1889-1980
  • Wertheimer, Max, 1863-1941
  • Wunderlich, Frieda, 1884-1965


  • Universities and colleges -- Trustees.
  • Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Other Finding Aids note

To view the Hiram Halle home movies, see the New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/NS000801.

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Collection Inventory

Box Reel
GATHERING OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS — Poundridge—1935 probably 1935   1 reels 16mm [silent, black and white], 00:02:34 duration

Crowd gathering at the Old Mill (now 17 Salem Road) in Pound Ridge, New York.

Individuals tentatively identified in film:

Max Wertheimer (head of table , 00:24; in hat, 01:42) Clara Mayer? (same table as Wertheimer, 00:24) Eduard Heimann (second from right, 01:35) Emil Lederer? (light-colored suit, 01:52) Hans Staudinger? (between woman and man, 02:04)

Title taken directly from film cannister.


1 1 film on plastic core + original corroded metal reel
Barbecue at Old Mill, 1937 probably 1937   1 item
“[Barbeque] at Old Mill, 1937  

Opening sequence and last half were shot at Halle’s residence in Pound Ridge, New York. The barbecue itself was held at the Old Mill. The party most likely started with a barbecue lunch at the mill, then everyone moved on to Halle’s house for an afternoon of croquet, archery, and conversation on the lawn.

Individuals tentatively identified:

Clara Mayer? (green jacket, 02:37) Eduard Heimann? (bottom right, 03:19) Frieda Wunderlich? (upper right, 03:28; right, 05:08; alone in frame, 08:49) Hans Speier (left, 03:36; on right, playing horseshoes, 09:29; shooting arrow, to right of Halle, 11:16) Emil Lederer? (bending over, 3rd from right, 04:06) Arthur Feiler? (2nd from right, 04:43) Alvin Johnson?? (left, 04:58)

Title taken directly from film cannister.


1 1 film on plastic core + original metal reel

Collection Guide Last Updated: 02/28/2017

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