Lieb-Hootnick Family Collection
Extent of Collection
17 reels of 16mm totaling 9,301 feet; 26 reels of 8mm totaling 6,158 feet; and 79 reels of Super 8mm totaling 4,919 feet.
Language Of Materials
These films were held by the Lieb and Hootnick families until they were donated to CFA in 2021 by Dr. David B. Lieb.
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Chicago Film Archives holds the copyright for the films in this collection.
Dr. Harry L. Hootnick (1911-1995) emigrated to the United States from modern-day Poland with his family in 1914 to flee from antisemitic persecution. While working his way through college and medical school he developed an interest in photography and then later motion pictures. He used both mediums avidly to document his only daughter, Shirley, as she grew up as well as the lives of his wife, Ellen, his parents, Abraham and Fanny, and his siblings, Evelyn and Jacque. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II and worked as a physician on Chicago's Northwest Side for 45 years.(was created by)
Dr. Bernard Lieb (1918-2000) was a family doctor and devoted husband and father. He used an 8mm Kodak camera to document the daily lives and travels of his family.(was created by) (was created by)
At a young age Daniel Lieb starting using the Super 8mm camera of his father, Dr. David Lieb, to shoot staged scenes with his friends. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degrees in Communications and Arts with the intention to go into a career in film making, but instead ending up working as a travel agent and later a real estate agent. However, Lieb continued to be a home movie filmmaker, documenting the lives of his family and their travels on video.(is participant)