William F. O'Sullivan family film collection

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Collection Details

Collection Dates: 1957 – 1978
Scope and Content Note: The films in this collection, shot between 1958-1978, capture Bill O'Sullivan's love of rural Ireland, as well as seemingly every tourist attraction in Florida, young married life in the late 1950s, Catholic Church events such as First Communion, religious ceremonies, and church activities. Many of the films highlight his wife and four children on vacation, at home and at Atlanta-area sites including Stone Mountain, Lenox Square and Six Flags over Georgia. He died suddenly in 1982 at the age of 54.
Biographical Note: Bill O’Sullivan, a lover of history and travel, was born in Queens, NY, the son of Irish emigrants from County Cork and County Louth Ireland.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1950 in post-war Europe. He married an Irish girl, Mary Looney, in 1957 in New York, and they had four children.  In 1962, they became part of the great influx of families from East Coast states into Atlanta, where he was transferred for his job.  He purchased a film camera to document vacations, holidays, and family events.  He was an avid cameraman, if not always a skillful one.  
Extent: 51 8mm films 1 35mm film
Provenance: Donated by Maureen Clayton

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