Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection

About this collection

Cinecraft Productions was founded in 1939 by Ray Culley (1904-1983) and Betty (Buehner) Culley (1914-2016) in Cleveland, Ohio. Ray Culley served as president of the company and producer on many Cinecraft films until his retirement in 1970. During his tenure, Cinecraft specialized in commercial productions for business, industry, trade organizations, and, in some cases, government agencies and social service organizations. Cinecraft was one among hundreds of production houses in the U.S. during the middle decades of the 20th century that specialized in a motion pictures commonly referred to as non-theatrical, industrial, business and/or sponsored films. While ownership has changed twice since its founding, Cinecraft is still in business and rightfully claims itself the “country's longest standing corporate film & video production house.”

    This collection has not been digitized in its entirety. For more information and a detailed description of the collection, click here to view the finding aid.
    Image: Cinecraft Founders Ray Culley (behind the camera) and Betty Culley (holding script). Circa 1940

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Cinecraft staff photograph, 'Ohio, the Growth State'
Note on reverse of photograph: Set of production for Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, 'Ohio, the Growth State' 1959., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cinecraft staff photograph, generator truck
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cinecraft staff photograph, generator truck and employees
Note on reverse of photograph: Bob Welchans (kneeling right) / Harry Horrocks (right hand on camera), [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cinecraft staff photograph, check
Note on reverse of photograph: Payment for WW2 films for U.S. Govt., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cinecraft staff photograph, set equipment
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cinecraft staff photograph, Ray Culley
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cinecraft staff photograph, Ray Culley
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cinecraft staff photograph, construction on sound stage
Note on reverse of photograph: Construction on sound stage, c. 1947 / 2515 Franklin Blvd. Cleveland, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cinecraft staff photograph, editing room
Note on reverse of photograph: Possibly Card Building or Tri-State, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cinecraft staff photograph, art department
Note on reverse of photograph: Possibly Card Building in Cleveland / Cinecraft or Tri-State, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'Three-Camera Technique Used To Shoot TV Film' by Dodge E. Barnum
Article appeared in'Printers' Ink'., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'You Bet Your Life' shooting script and notes
Cinecraft's first movie., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Du Pont's 'The Story of Phenothiazine' film stills
From a catalog included in this folder: This is a picture which traces the discovery of phenothiazine from the very beginning to its present extensive use in treating livestock. Film produced In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture about phenothiazine, a drug created by DuPont for removal of worms, from sheep, swine and other farm animals. Film depicts the Beltsville Research Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Du Pont's 'The Story of Phenothiazine' film still
From a catalog included in this folder: This is a picture which traces the discovery of phenothiazine from the very beginning to its present extensive use in treating livestock., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'It Happened in the Kitchen' pamphlet
Film about the importance of the modern kitchen and how modernizing can benefit the average American. Fictional couple is shown various kitchen remodels and how they too can afford a new kitchen. Includes preparation of food and food shots as well., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'It Happened in the Kitchen' pamphlet
Film about the importance of the modern kitchen and how modernizing can benefit the average American. Fictional couple is shown various kitchen remodels and how they too can afford a new kitchen. Includes preparation of food and food shots as well., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'It Happened in the Kitchen' film stills
Film about the importance of the modern kitchen and how modernizing can benefit the average American. Fictional couple is shown various kitchen remodels and how they too can afford a new kitchen. Includes preparation of food and food shots as well., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'Our Part of the Job' film set
Film depicts two fictional house painters using Hercules Steam-Distilled Wood Turpentine. They visit a paint store and discuss the product with the store owner. Then they view a film by Hercules Powder Company about how the turpentine is produced., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Service Beacon, May 1945
Article on 'It All Adds Up' appears on pages 8-9., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Film World, September 1946
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'Crystal Clear' teachers' guide
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'Let's Look at Apex' pamphlets
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'Miracle on Mulberry St.' film stills
Film about fictional residents of Mulberry street and their safety concerns. Includes demonstrations of tires that can withstand nails and punctures and reseal themselves., Film location: 21800 Morewood Parkway, Rocky River, Ohio., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'Sales are the Payoff' pamphlet
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
'Television Televised' film still
Film edited into five segments, separated by leader, each one describing a different part of the television process. Includes animation explaining how television signal is sent and received., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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