Schwengel Family Films, 1937-1938

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Schwengel Family

Title: Family Films, 1937-1938

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for this collection, contact the Collections Department at gro.l1713709574aciro1713709574tsihn1713709574oslif1713709574@hcra1713709574eser1713709574

Size of Collection: 3 8mm film reels

Location Number: 986PC26

Accession Number: 986PC26


Biographical Note:

Carl William Schwengel (1909-1975) was born on August 7, 1909 to Fred and Henrietta Schwengel of Louisville, Kentucky. The 1930 census lists him as married to Martha Carolyn Probst Schwengel (1910-2000) and living on North 44th Street, Louisville. By 1930, he worked as a service man for Radio Corporation of Kentucky. He owned Modern Radio and Sound Service by the mid-1940s. The 1946 city directory lists him as a radio engineer at Shackelton Piano Company. By the time of his death on December 24, 1975, the Schwengels had moved to New Albany, Indiana. Martha Schwengel died in 2000.



U.S. Census, 1920-1950,

U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947,

“Carl W. Schwengel,” Find A Grave, 2010 February 20,


Scope and Content Note:

Collection of 8mm films from the Schwengel family of Louisville, Kentucky. The films depict Manual High School (Louisville, Ky.) football games, a Lakeside Swim Club (Louisville, Ky.) meet, and a Corpus Christi Ceremony from 1937-1938.

The film is arranged by creation date.


Access Note:

All three of the films have been digitized and are available onsite in the Filson Historical Society’s research library. Please speak to Collections staff about how to access the digital files.


Item List:

986PC26.1 – Football, 1937. 8mm Kodak safety film, black and white. Raw footage of a 1937 Manual High School football game and marching band performing.

986PC26.2 – Corpus Christi Ceremony. 8mm black and white film. Raw footage of a large crowd gathered in a field for a Roman Catholic procession to an altar under a temporary tent. Nuns in habits and priests are shown in the procession. The footage jumps to a men’s and women’s swimming and diving meet at Lakeside Swim Club, Louisville, Kentucky. Circa 1937-1938.

986PC26.3 – Football, 1938. 8mm Kodak safety film, color. Raw footage of a 1938 Manual High School (Louisville, Kentucky) football game, including spectators in the stands, a live goat mascot, and the marching band performing.


Subject Headings:




duPont Manual High School (Louisville, Ky.)


Football players


Lakeside Swim Club (Louisville, Ky.)

Louisville (Ky.)



Religious services

Schwengel, Carl W., 1909-1975

Schwengel, Martha Carolyn Probst, 1910-2000


Sports spectators



Swimming pools