By creating home movies, individuals around the globe have participated in documenting twentieth-century history. The Home Movie Registry, which was last featured in the Best of the Scout Report for 2016, allows visitors to view an array of home movies created around the world.
Since the 1920s, home movies have been produced by everyday people, documenting daily activities and offering a wealth of information about twentieth-century American life. The Home Movie Registry, a curated search engine from the Center for Home Movies (CHM), is an innovative project designed to bring together the swath of amateur films digitized and collected by participating archives. In the exhibits section, readers will find two exhibits currently featured on the site: "Home Movies and the African American Community," and "Home Movies and Television." Readers may also simply scroll down the fascinating list of amateur-made films on the home page, which illuminates such ephemera as a 1950s Chicago picnic and a 1975 homemade travel documentary. For more targeted research, historians, artists, documentarians, students, and others will find an excellent search bar for easy filtering through the registry's video troves.