Bradley Barnes Suster Collection

Series In this Collection

Intellectual organization and arrangement
Organized into two series based on filmmaker: Barbara Suster films and Rip Suster films.

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1950: Madison - Denmark Wedding - Mom & Cap in Yard - Rover & Glamor Puss - New York - Thanksgiving - Stranger
1950: Madison - Denmark Wedding - Mom & Cap in Yard - Rover & Glamor Puss - New York - Thanksgiving - Stranger
1968 Dec - 1969 Feb: Brad
1968 Dec - 1969 Feb: Brad
December 1968 – February 1969
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Extent of Collection
14 reels of 16mm film totaling 4922 feet; 37 reels of Super 8mm film totaling 3040 feet.
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Custodial History
Donated to CFA by Bradley Barnes Suster in 2021. The 16mm home movies were shot by Suster's great aunt Barbara Suster between 1950-1960; those films were previously kept in storage in a garage in Connecticut. The Super 8mm films were shot by Suster's father, John ("Rip") Suster, between 1968 and 1982.
Access Restrictions
Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives for on-site access. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only digital copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
Chicago Film Archives holds the copyright for the films in this collection.
Suster, Barbara (was created by)
Barbara J. Suster was born in Des Plaines, IL in 1921 to John Edward Suster and Rosalia (Doubek) Suster. She had two sisters, Viola Imig and Mary Bond; and a brother, John Suster II. She worked as a treasurer for the Newcomb-Macklin Company, a family picture-framing company at 400 N. State St. in Chicago, for 15 years. She loved her flowers and cats, which she had many of over the years, including Glamor Puss, Stranger, Sylvester, Rocky, Chessie, Rover (who drank milk from a glass using his hands), Flash (who drank milk from a bottle), and Toby (who she enjoyed dressing up in hats). She passed away in 1985.
Suster, John Edward III (was created by)
John Edward (Rip) Suster III was born in 1940 in Glendale, California. He moved to La Grange, IL when he was three years old and had two siblings, Dewey Suster and Suzanne (Quinn) Suster. He graduated from Lyons Township High School and then went on to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana for his BA. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University in 1967. He married his high school sweetheart Susan Dodge in 1962 and they had two children, Bradley Barnes (b. 1968) and Wendy Suster (b. 1971). The family lived at 2512 N Lakeview in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago until 1971, when they moved to Winnetka, IL. Rip worked as an accountant for Arthur Andersen before joining his wife Sue at Winnetka's Village Carpets and Rugs when she became owner in 1981 and called on her husband to help her run the store. They retired in 2016 and live in the Village of Winnetka.