Cynthia Holmberg Collection
Extent of Collection
1 box of 16mm home movies shot by Henry Brooks, Cynthia Holmberg's father, between 1939 and 1965. 2 boxes of 8mm home movies shot by Cynthia Holmberg's husband, Ron Holmberg, from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s.
Language Of Materials
Cynthia Holmberg's family's home movies.
Cynthia Brooks (later Holmberg) was born in Chicago on October 8th, 1934. She lived at 84th and Ingleside until she was 4 or 5 years old when her family moved to 8047 Rhodes Avenue in Chicago. She attended Dixon Elementary School and Hirsch High School (7740 S. Ingleside), both Chicago Public Schools. She went to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where she studied elementary education. She met her husband, Ron, while she was at DePauw, and graduated in 1956. After graduation, she spent nine weeks in Europe traveling with the DePauw University Choir. Cynthia and Ron married on October 20, 1956. Ron was drafted into the army, and while he was stationed in Aberdeen, Maryland, Cynthia taught 3rd grade. After Ron left the army and the couple moved back to Illinois, Cynthia taught third grade in La Grange, Illinois. The couple lived at 40 North Madison in La Grange, IL from 1957-59, then moved to 847 South 7th Avenue (1959-65) and bought a house in Park Ridge Illinois where they raised their family and lived until 1971. Cynthia and Ron have four children: David Glenn Holmberg (born on August 10, 1959), Steven Brooks Holmberg (born on March 31, 1961), Mark Ronald Holmberg (born on April 29, 1963), and Susan Julia Holmberg (born on May 18, 1965). In 1971, the family moved to a house at 2960 Iroquois Road in Wilmette, where Cynthia and Ron lived for forty years. They currently live in Glenview, IL.(was created by)
Henry Brooks was a film hobbyist and shot 16mm home movies from the late 1930s through the 1960s of his family and only daughter, Cynthia Brooks (later Holmberg). Brooks was born on May 17, 1898, in the countryside near Sullivan, Kentucky. He family were farmers and Henry was the sixth of eight children. He grew up in the Sullivan, Kentucky area and graduated from high school in 1919. Upon graduation, Brooks moved to St. Louis and lived with his sister while attending Washington University, planning on being a dentist. After one semester of classes he had run out of tuition money and began working in the insurance industry in St. Louis. He moved to Chicago after a few years and worked at the American Automobile Insurance Company. On February 2, 1924, Henry Brooks married Mary Edna Tanner Hughes (known as Edna).(was created by)
Ron Holmberg was born in Chicago on June 8, 1932, and lived on South Indiana Avenue and East 77th / 78th Streets. Ron and Cynthia attended the same high school, Hirsch High School, and met when he was a senior and she was a sophomore. They married in 1956. Ron was drafted into the army and the couple lived in Aberdeen, Maryland, where he was stationed. They moved back to La Grange, Illinois in 1957. Ron Holmberg worked for Continental Casualty and later for the Combined Insurance Company (which merged with the Ryan Insurance Group to form the Aon Corporation in 1982) on Chicago’s North Side. He joined the Combined Insurance Company to start the Actuary Department and later became a member of the Board of Directors. He was a Chief Administrative Officer at the company and retired in 1992.