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Gerald Blackburn family collection on Pathe Exchange

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 8521

Scope and Contents

Materials consist of a Pathex 9.5MM hand-cranked silent film projector and 23 reels of 9.5MM commercially released films for home use: "Calling on a Badger" (1), "Catching a Raccoon" (1), "July Days" (3), "Uncensored Movies" (3), "Manhattan Madness" (3), "Bashful" (2), "The Wayward Son" (1). "Before the Public" (2), "Aladdin and the Lamp" (2), "Take the Air" (2), "Backstage" (3).


  • approximately 1920-1929


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Gerald Blackburn family collection on Pathe Exchange must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Gerald Blackburn (1940-present) is an engineer and an enthusiast of antique mechanical equipment.

He was gifted the materials by his uncle, William Querbach (Approximately 1890-1980) in the 1950s. William originally was given them by the Newell Family of Lancaster, CA, whose home William purchased in approximately 1939. The Newell Family were the original purchasers and owners of the equipment and material.

Administrative History

Pathex was the trade name of Pathe Exchange, Inc., Pathe's US subsidiary. In America, film exchanges distributed movie releases to theaters. The 9.5 mm format was introduced in America for Christmas of 1925 (Model D projectors). The format lost the market to Kodak's 16mm and 8mm home systems.


1 carton (1 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

The projector and films were originally acquired by the Newell Family of Lancaster, California. They gifted the materials to William Querbach in the 1930s, who then gave it to his nephew Gerald Blackburn in the 1950s. Mr. Blackburn donated these materials to BYU in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gerard Blackburn; 2014.


Motion Picture Archive Collection Development Policy.

Register of Gerald Blackburn family collection on Pathe Exchange
John N. Gillespie
2014 August 7
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States