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[Riley Family Films, No. 8 - Holidays and Vacations, 1955]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley familyincluding the Riley children celebrating their birthdays (00:00-02:04, 06:18-08:25, 08:25-10:32), children playing outdoors on a large swing set 02:04-05:26), homes under construction (05:26-06:18), a gathering with family playing croquet and children on a swing set (10:32-12:24), and children on the beach playing in the ocean (12:24-14:33).
Date: 1955
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 11 - Birthdays and Holidays, 1957-1958]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family in 1957 and 1958 including Jean's third birthday (00:00-01:29), children playing on a teeter totter (01:29-02:08), Christmas lawn decorations (02:08-02:28), a family gathering with children playing outdoors (02:28-04:16), family posing with fish (04:18-04:58), Helen on an inner tube in the ocean (04:58-06:22), and a Christmas celebration with the Riley girls posing with dolls and toys (06:23-10:38).
Date: 1957/1958
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 14 - West Coast Vacation, 1960]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family on their vacation to the West Coast of the United States. The film begins with the family in Arizona where they visit the Grand Canyon, hike, ride horses, and watch Native Americans perform for tourists. They then visit Yosemite National Park and observe the Grizzly Giant sequoia tree in the Mariposa Grove and waterfalls from the Yosemite Valley. They next travel to Oregon where they visit the capitol building in Salem and pose with totem poles. The film ends with the family traveling to Orcas Island on the coast of Washington state.
Date: 1960
Creator: Riley, Sam
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 17 - Family Gatherings and Vacations]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family including children playing outdoors and riding horses (00:00-01:38), family posing for the camera (01:38-02:19), the family vacationing in a coastal city (02:37-06:52), family riding horses (06:52-10:26) and boating (10:26-11:19), Helen Riley posing in her drill team uniform and performing on the football field (11:19-13:10), family riding horses (13:10-13:55) and swimming (13:55-14;31), men gathered under a tree (14:31-15:26), and horseback riding and poodles performing tricks (15:26-17:45).
Date: 1962?
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 1 - Summer Vacation 1950]

Description: This home movie documents the Riley family on summer vacation. Footage includes family members riding a ferry, a forested landscape with vacation homes located on the water's edge, family members fishing and posing with fish, family eating a meal in the forest, and children playing in the water.
Date: 1950-07/1950-08
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 5 - LS Ranch]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family in the fall of 1953 including young Helen Riley posing for the camera on a bridge (through 00:57), a family gathering at LS Ranch with men posing with dead deer, women gathering autumn leaves, and family grilling meat and socializing (00:57-03:43), and the exterior of the family home with fall foliage (03:43-05:06).
Date: 1953
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 9 - Birthdays and Holidays, 1955]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family including the first birthday of the Riley family's youngest daughter with Helen helping her blow out the candles and eat the cake (00:00-02:34), children playing outdoors and posing for the camera (02:34-06:23), and a Christmas celebration with footage of the tree and Christmas toys and family posing with cards and gifts.
Date: 1955
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 15 - West Coast Vacation, 1960]

Description: This home movie documents the activities of the Sam Riley family on their vacation to the West Coast of the United States. The film begins with the family at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state and continues with them crossing the border into Canada. The family then travels to Yellowstone National Park where they observe moose, bison, bears, and Old Faithful. They then visit the state capitol building in Denver, Colorado and photograph Native Americans at a tourist stop.
Date: 1960
Creator: Riley, Sam
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 4 - Birthdays and Holidays, 1952-1953]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family including birthdays and holidays with an especial focus on oldest daughter Helen and her newborn sibling. The film begins with the new baby being held by relatives in front of a Christmas tree (00:00-01:47) and continues with the new baby being carried into Catholic church, possibly for baptism (01:47-02:55), and the family gathered outdoors and posing with the new baby (02:55-05:00). The film continues with the family watching cattle (05:00-05:25), the new baby and family (05:25-09:03), Helen's fourth birthday party (11:47-14:23), the baby's first birthday (14:24-16:26), and a Christmas celebration (16:26-18:33).
Date: 1952/1953
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[ Riley Family Films, No. 3 - Vacations and Birthdays]

Description: This home documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family including birthdays and vacations. The film begins with footage of a man gardening while another poses for the camera and smokes a pipe (00:00-01:10) followed by footage of the Galveston sea wall (01:10-01:31). Young Helen Riley plays outdoors with an umbrella (01:31-02:29), rides a train--possibly the Texas Eagle--with her family (02:29-03:05), celebrates her birthday (03:05-05:11), and rides a pony (05:11-05:34).
Date: 1952?
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 12 - Family Gatherings, 1958-1959]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family in 1958-1959 including family gatherings and vacations. The film begins with a family gathering where the children play, men pose with and clean fish, family members at picnic tables, and children ride ponies and horses (00:00-05:49). The footage also includes the Riley girls playing in the ocean (05:49-09:31), waiting at the airport in front of an American Airlines airplane (09:31-10:38), posing in front of flowers (11:27-11:47), and climbing a tree (11:47-12:48).
Date: 1958-09/1959-04
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 2 - Birthdays and Holidays, 1950-1951]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family including birthdays and holidays in the years 1950 and 1951. The footage begins with family members outdoors in an unidentified location (00:00-00:29) and includes footage of young Helen Riley with a teddy bear (00:29-00:50), a family in their Easter clothes posted on the front steps of a home (00:50-02:04), people boarding an airplane and a plane taking off (02:04-02:12). Helen swims in a small pool (02:12-02:41), poses and swings on a swing set (02:41-03:37), and celebrates her birthday (03:37-05:39). In the next scene an evolving group of family members pose next to a piano while they talk, laugh, and sing. Different groups convene until there is one large group portrait (05:39-07:23). The film concludes with children and family members posing and playing outdoors (07:23-09:29) and a Christmas celebration (09:30-11:31). Family members set the table, serve appetizers, and family members entertain young Helen in front of the Christmas tree.
Date: 1950/1951
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 10 - Vacations, 1955-1956]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family including vacations. The film begins with a family vacation to Charleston, South Carolina. Footage includes the "Bill Bom's Canoe Country Outfitters" storefront, men and women fishing from boats, a garden, a lighthouse, the exterior of a home, a bear, the grave of John Caldwell Calhoun, and Eugene Graham's Deep Sea Fishing building. Footage also includes women buying bananas at a market in an unidentified city (08:01-08:47). The film ends with the family at home celebrating a birthday (08:47-09:33), children playing outdoors (09:33-10:08), men fishing (10:08-11:24) and children playing in the snow (11:24-12:16).
Date: 1955/1956
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 7 - Vacations, 1953-1954]

Description: This home movie documents the activities of the Sam Riley family while on vacation in unidentified locations. The film begins with footage of the family at a resort where they swim in the ocean and socialize on the beach. The Riley family watches with a crowd of locals as a woman and young girl escorted by police are photographed entering a Catholic church (07:59-08:25). The family later attends a horse race (12:34-14:17).
Date: 1953/1954
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 13 - Vacations and Birthdays, 1959-1960]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family in the summer of 1959 - 1960 including a coastal vacation with children playing in a small swimming pool, riding a donkey, visiting a church, and swimming in the ocean (00:00-04:04), Anne's seventh birthday party (04:04-06:45), Jean's birthday party (06:45-08:46), horses (08:46-09:50), the Riley girls posing in their Easter dresses (09:50-10:51), children swimming (10:51-12:14), and a birthday party (12:14-14:23).
Date: unknown
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 6 - Birthdays and Holidays, 1953-1954]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family in 1953 through 1954. The footage includes young Helen Riley being pulled on a sled (00:00-01:21), a new baby coming home from the hospital (01:21-01:46) and posing with relatives (01:46-05:13), family members boarding an American Airlines airplane (05:13-05:51), a family gathering following a baptism (05:51-07:20), children playing outdoors (07:21-11:30), a Christmas-themed second birthday party (11:30-13:37), children posing with their new toys on Christmas morning (13:37-15:45), and children playing outdoors (15:45-16:52).
Date: 1953/1954
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library

[Riley Family Films, No. 18 - Family Gatherings and Holidays]

Description: This home movie documents the daily lives and activities of the Sam Riley family including an outdoor family gathering (00:00-01:49), Easter egg hunting (01:49-03:53), men and women gathered at an unidentified train station for the 1952 convention of the Southland Life Insurance Company of Dallas, Texas (03:53-05:52), and another Easter celebration (05:52-09:32).
Date: 195u
Creator: Riley, Sam
Partner: UNT Media Library