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4-H Field Day, New London County, 1936

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1970-0003/MP1

Scope and Content Note

Film depicts a sheep shearing demonstration and competition, possibly the annual field day of the Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association at Avon Old Farms on May 2, 1936. Three methods of shearing are shown: hand shears (at 1 min. 4 second mark), a hand crank sheep shearing machine (1 min. 8 sec. and 3 min. 52 sec.), and a gas-powered, belt driven sheep shearing machine (5 min. 27 sec.). Fleece is packed and weighed (4 min. 34 sec.). The video also documents horse jumping at 3 min. 28 sec. Researchers will find that this video compliments reports of activities contained in the Cooperative Extension Service Records collection. The film was most likely shot by Wilifred B. Young, then head of the sheep program for the Extension Service and faculty member at Connecticut State College. Total run time 7 min. 36 sec.


  • 1936


Original not available due to fragility. Film has been digitized and is accessible in the Connecticut Digital Archives.


1 Reels : silent, b&w ; 16mm.

Language of Materials


Location of Copies or Alternate Formats

Film transferred by Northeast Historic Film, July 2013. Betacam SP tape and DVD recorded from archival original reversal.

Physical Description

Overall condition good.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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