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Harry Smith

The Parental Enigma, Part One: Robert James Smith

Harry’s Chicago grandfather, Robert A. Smith, married the daughter of a Chicago industrialist. They moved to Bellingham to execute the Deming family’s plan to create a salmon canning empire. Their son, Robert James Smith, Harry’s father, somehow bailed on this mission. He was in Portland when Harry was born in 1923. He returned to Bellingham … Continue reading


Harry Comes Home To Bellingham: Heaven And Earth Magic @ Pickford Film Center, Nov. 5, 2013

Harry Smith PDX travels north! When film scholar Kaveh Askari premiered his new experimental doc, Harry Smith of the Guide: Field Recordings and a Location, at the Harry Smith Free For All in Portland, Oregon Cartoon Institute promised to return the favor. Working through Western Washington University’s Film Studies department, Kaveh Askari and Matthew Holtmeier have … Continue reading

Free For All / Portland / Seance

Doug Stewart, Seattle Audio Technology Preservationist, Brings 1941 Presto 6N Recording Lathe To Harry Smith PDX

I met Harry at the Swinomish Smokehouse near La Conner, [Washington]. It was 1940 on Treaty Day (nearest weekend to January 22nd, the anniversary of the Point Elliott [Mukilteo] Treaty of 1855). I was along with a group of University of Washington anthropology students led by Dr. Erna Gunther. She regularly took groups of students … Continue reading