Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

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Subject Terms


Guide to Arthur Goodwin Films
1926-1942



VM Collection No.: 835
Creator: Goodwin, Arthur Eliot , filmmaker
Title: Arthur Goodwin films
Date Span: 1926-1942
Original:39 reels (7,322 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm
Location: Viewing copies: N54 (VC91, VC115 : 2 DVDs)
Duplicating master: HV1957 (M91 : 1 DigiBeta tape) Restricted. Do not issue.
Duplicating master: HV1958 (M115 : 1 DigiBeta tape)Restricted. Do not issue.
Originals: HF1933 (Reels 1-39 : 16mm)Restricted. Do not issue.
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Arthur Goodwin was one of the founders of Seattle's Pike Place Market and the presiding executive of Seattle public market system during the first half of the twentieth century. He also served as a consultant to large public markets within the United States and Canada.

Arthur Goodwin was born in New York City on June 4, 1887. He came to Seattle in February, 1907, and became a bookkeeper at the Goodwin Real Estate Company, which had been established by his uncle, Frank Goodwin. In 1915 he became assistant manager of the Public Market and Department Store Company, of Seattle, later being promoted to manager. In 1912 he was secretary of the Seattle Real Estate Association, and a member of the Seattle Appraisal Board. In 1925, with a few associates, Goodwin bought out his Uncle Frank's interest in the Pike Place Market; they paid approximately three quarters of a million dollars for the holdings of the Public Market and Department Stores Company, the Economy and the Municipal market properties, which were combined to form the Pike Place Public Markets, Inc.

In 1929 he published the book Markets, Public and Private: Their Establishment and Administration. Companies founded or co-founded by Goodwin included the Fulton Petroleum Company, incorporated in Delaware in 1928, operating in the Pondera petroleum area of Montana; the Rotary Bread Stores Company, incorporated 1918; and the Carbon Dioxide and Chemical Company (later known as Carbon Dioxice), incorporated in Delaware in 1929, which operated in connection with the Fulton Fuel Gas Company, at Grand Junction County, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Farnham Dome and Wellington, Utah. Goodwin became president of this company. He served as chairman of the advisory board of the Portland Public Market, Portland, Oregon.

Goodwin's civic activities included membership in numerous fraternal orders. He was also a member of the Washington National Guard and received his honorable discharge in November 1918. Goodwin belonged to the Press Club, the Repertory Playhouse (later the Seattle Repertory Theater), of which he served as a co-founder and president; the Japan Society, of which he was a charter member; and the Washington Athletic and Broadmoor Golf clubs, all of Seattle.

In Seattle on October 24, 1911, Goodwin married Caroline Frances Boulton; their daughter, Ann Elizabeth Goodwin was born Jul 28, 1919. Arthur Goodwin left Seattle in 1941, when he sold his remaining market stock and moved to Salt Lake City. He died in the mid-1950s.

Scope and Content

Films documenting business operations at Goodwin's dry ice, oil and CO 2 drilling businesses; in Drilling for Gas & Oil at Milk River, significant individuals include Blackfeet tribal chiefs such as Chief John Two Guns White Calf, possibly a model for the face on the Indian head, or buffalo, nickel, as well as Senator Thomas J. Walsh, a central figure in the investigation of the "Teapot Dome" oil leasing scandal. Films of Goodwin's family travels show Cuba circa 1926; the San Francisco World's Fair in 1939; Hawaii circa 1928; Scenes at Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta, Canada circa 1928; Sumatra, 1936; Carribbean scenes in Jamaica, the Bahamas, CuraƧao, and Haiti, circa 1937 and 1941. In Washington State, Goodwin's home movies show the Goodwin family lodge at Snoqualmie Pass, Camp Four Winds in the San Juan Islands, St. Nicholas School in Seattle, and Goodwin's home on Madison Street, Seattle. The home movies document celebrations and entertaining related to the Goodwin family, such as a 1935 Christmas party, magic shows, a Shriner's parade, and children's parties. The collection also includes five commercially made films circa 1927-1941; of these, significant features include a silent comedy starring Johnny Arthur, 1927; a film about golf champion Bobby Jones, 1927; and newsreel footage of the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, 1941.

Restrictions on Access

The original films are not accessible due to preservation concerns. Viewing copies are available and arrangements can be made to view the film by contacting the Visual Materials Curator.

Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries for details.

Acquisition Info

Donor: Kerry Serl, July 2008

Processing Info

Processed by Zola Mumford, 2008; Alden Lee, 2013. Completed by Elizabeth Russell, 2014.

Films cleaned, cored and rehoused by Zola Mumford, 2008.


Inventory

 
Reel Item Date
Business
11 Carbon Dioxice circa 1928-1936
1 reel (410 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Arid, hilly landscape. Man standing next to pipe in ground. View shifts from man to landscape. Image of Dioxice logo: a polar bear standing atop a cube marked 'dry ice'. Text above reads: "Dioxice/Colder than the North Pole/Carbon gas/Carbon dioxice Chemical Co." The logo appears to be on a sign behind glass.
22 Pay Gravel 1934
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Field operations and a visit by Goodwin to gold mining operations at the Bellevue Mining Company in Oroville, California.
General Notes: Subtitles in the film refer to the region's history of gold mining.
33 Mining Story 1934
1 reel (300 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Long text crawl describing the discovery of gold in California, gold deposits in the region, and mining activities. The Bellevue Mine in Oroville, California is mentioned.
44 Oil Wells, Glimpse of Plant #1 1935
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Oil and CO2 drilling, field operations, dry ice manufacturing activities, and scenes of Goodwin observing in Wellington, Utah. Signs reading "Goodwin Avenue" and "Carbon Dioxice Plant No. 2". Workers sawing blocks of dry ice in preparation for shipment.
55 Drilling for Gas & Oil at Milk River - The Fulton Blackfeet Oil Company 1936
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Drilling for gas and oil in Montana. Tribal chiefs of the Blackfeet Indians. Man identified as "Chief Two-Gun-White-Calf whose profile adorns the buffalo nickels." Blackfoot tribal settlement near or in Browning, Montana. Senator Thomas J. Walsh, who led the panel charged with investigating the 1922 "Teapot Dome" oil leasing scandal.
66 CO 2 Drilling 1936
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Goodwin and other company directors. Map of Farnham Dome. Man using pole-mounted telephone in the field. Oil well site, camp scenes. Title cards describing return on investment.
77 Refinery at Alberta circa 1936
1 reel (300 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Main street of the town of Shelby, Alberta. The Maple Leaf Refinery at Coutts, Alberta. View of oil fields in Huntington Beach, California. Oil well "George F. Getty No. 13" on fire in Santa Fe Springs, California. Field operations.
88 Grand Junction Oil Fields circa 1936, 1945, 1948
1 reel (350 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm
Scope and Content: The town of Grand Junction, Colorado. Oil workers with machinery and trucks.
99 Fulton Fuel and Gas, Garmesa circa 1939
1 reel (10 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Drilling for natural gas. Downtown Grand Junction, Colorado.
1010 Marketville circa 1941
1 reel (40 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Courtyard. Building with "Marketville" on front in red letters. Patio table and awning reading "Huggins-Young Coffee". A building marked "Farmers Market." People seated at tables.

 
Reel Item Date
Travelscirca 1927-1944
1111 Havana circa 1926
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Footage shot by Goodwin intermixed with commercial film produced by the Cunard Company. Scenic views of the port, town square, city, and "The Prada." "From this same vantage point, with a turn of the head, the Prada leads us to the new capitol, surrounded by a growing magnificence." Buildings, Central Park Square, busy streets. Uniformed traffic policeman. Colonnade. Memorial to victims of the Maine. Garden, courtyard. More buildings. Statue of dancing nudes. Palm trees. Man riding donkey.
Viewcopy Item
VC9112 San Francisco, 1939 World's Fair, Friends of Ours   View imagecirca 1927, 1939
Scope and Content: Goodwin, Joe Desimone, and family visit San Francisco Exposition. Buildings, performances. Small boats on a waterway. Illuminated fountain.
Title cards: "Friends of ours". Garden party, people performing on stage.Young women in flapper dresses parade in garden. Goodwin and children on a push scooter. People and dog in garden.
Original: 1 reel (425 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm
Reel Item
1313 Honolulu circa 1928
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Footage shot by Goodwin intermixed with commercial film. Scenes of tourist attractions and other activities in Hawaii.
1414 Our Trip to Honolulu circa 1928
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Footage shot by Goodwin intermixed with commercial film. Scenes of Goodwin, family, and friends aboard cruise ship. Tourist attractions and other activities in Hawaii. Surfers and beachgoers. Outrigger canoes.
1515 Hula Hula circa 1928
1 reel (150 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Women perform hula dances.
1616 Kauai circa 1928, 1941
1 reel (300 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Footage shot by Goodwin intermixed with commercial film. Scenic views of Kauai and other areas. A market in which Goodwin may have had business interests.
1717 Banff, Lake Louise circa 1928
1 reel (125 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: People observing scenic views, Lake Louise, and wildlife in Banff, Alberta.
1818 Sumatra: Folk Festival 1936
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Festival activities held in colonial Indonesia. People participating in sack races and similar games. Construction of a rice paddy. Laborers planting trees in field.
1919 Jamaica Reel #1 circa 1937
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Tourist attractions, street scenes, historic buildings in Jamaica, Nassau, Curacao, and Haiti.
Viewcopy Item
VC11520 Mountain Lodge   View image1939-1944
Scope and Content: Family, and friends drive to Goodwin's mountain lodge in Snoqualmie Pass. Visit to a fish hatchery. Town of Snoqualmie. Goodwin and his family catching fish, hiking.
Original: 1 reel (410 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm
Reel Item
2121 Jamaica Reel #2 1941
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Goodwin and woman on beach. Horse race and observers. Market.

 
Reel Item Date
Home Moviescirca 1926-1946
2222 Party, Magic Trick 1926, 1935
1 reel (25 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Performances on the stage in Goodwin's home.
2323 Hawaii, Ann Elizabeth, Madison Street House 1928, 1936, 1941
1 reel (900 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Scenes from a vacation trip to Hawaii. Home movies of parties held for Goodwin's daughter, Ann Elizabeth, including images of her impersonating historical figures. Activities at Camp Four Winds in the San Juan islands, Washington. Ann Elizabeth holding tea party for friends.
General Notes: 1 reel consisting of 3 smaller reels spliced together by lab in 2008.
Viewcopy Item
VC9124Home Movie with Couple and Friend1928
Scope and Content: People pose and joke for camera, trying on different hats and clothing.
Original: 1 reel (150 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Reel Item
2525 Magic Tricks: Graham, Uncle Art 1928
1 reel (150 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Empty stage with painted backdrop in the Goodwin home. Arthur Goodwin walks on stage carrying a cane; he wears a tuxedo and gloves. Goodwin and a young relative perform magic tricks on his home stage.
2626Scene of children1928
1 reel (2 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: A group of children. Some hold balloons. A woman wearing a hat stands with them.
Viewcopy Item
VC11527 Hall of Fame / 1935 Xmas circa 1932-1935
Scope and Content: Performances at Goodwin's home; performers use the stage inside the house. Scenes from 1935 Christmas party.
Guests include Mary Lewis, "the Metropolitan Opera Star and Myron Jacobson"; Richard Bonelli, "the sensational Metropolitan Opera baritone"; "Max Dolin - violin virtuoso"; and 'Babe' Beamer of Hilo performing the hula. Other members of the Beamer family sing and play guitar and ukulele. Other guests perform a play on stage.
Original: 1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Reel Item
2828St. Nicholas School Graduation1933
1 reel (30 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Graduation scenes in Seattle. Exterior of the brick building that is the former home of St. Nicholas School and the Cornish College of the Arts.
2929Dancing Woman1935
1 reel (12 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Woman in a two-piece outfit and headdress or scarf dances in front of a painted backdrop on the stage at the Goodwin house. A man watching from the side; he appears to be holding a drink.
3030Float Plane, Utah desert1935
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Scenes of a float plane and people on a pier. Rock formations in Utah.
3131 Shriner Parade 1935
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Large Shriners parade in downtown Seattle, with participants in costume, horses, floats with cartoon characters, and a customized car. Goodwin wearing a fez.
3232 Home Scenes 1936
1 reel (40 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Interior of Goodwin home; shots of rooms and furniture. Table with fruit bowl, china cabinet. Arthur Goodwin seated at desk, wearing glasses, smoking cigar. Painting or drawing of a lake and mountain. Musical trio performing; piano, clarinet, drums. Large garden.
3333 Family Album / Farnham Carbon Dioxice / Pacific Paradise 1936-1941
1 reel (800 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm
Scope and Content: People in gardens, in front of houses, at a dinner party and other locations. Boys on a raft. Smiling groups of people. Man and kids playing badminton. Smiling people and family group. Child in rabbit costume. Child, man, woman outside car. Shots of family groups and children. Three tipis outside a large building.
Workers with drilling equipment at Farnham Dome, Utah. Four men wearing gas masks. Dry ice exhibition, demonstration, and handling. Uses of dry ice in consumer goods.
Waikiki Beach, tourism, leisure activities with Goodwin, family and friends.
General Notes: This reel consists of three separate films spliced together by a film lab.
Viewcopy Item
VC9134Madison Street House, Garden, Interiors   View imagecirca 1936-1946
Scope and Content: Ann Elizabeth Goodwin, man and woman in garden. Furniture inside Goodwin's home. Dinner party scenes. Friends, family at parties inside house, socializing in garden, playing badminton.
Original: 1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white and color ; 16mm

 
Reel Item Date
Films Not Made By Goodwincirca 1927-1941
3535 My Stars 1927
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Silent comedy starring Johnny Arthur, satirizing the leading men of Hollywood films, such as Rudolph Valentino, Harold Lloyd and Douglas Fairbanks.
General Notes : Commercial film.
3636 Bobbie Jones, Nat'l Golf Champion 1927
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Georgia-born, Harvard educated champion golfer Bobby Jones hitting balls on the course. Title cards describe various techniques.
General Notes : Commercial film.
3737 Eagle Catch, Snake Fight 1932-1933
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Scenes of animals fighting and man taking fledgling from nest.
General Notes : Commercial film.
3838 On the Floor of the Atlantic 1939
1 reel (300 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Man wearing a diving helmet walks on the ocean floor and battles a large fish.
General Notes : Commercial film.
3939 The News Parade 1941
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and Content: Aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack. Wounded people, damaged buildings, emergency evacuation activities.Young men lined up to enlist. Bombing of U-boat. President Roosevelt.
Credits : Castle Films newsreel.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Goodwin, Arthur E. (Arthur Eliot) 1887-