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The $2,000,000 J.P. Morgan gem collection ; Lampreys ; Antarctic animals

Identifier: Film Collection no. 32

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: The $2,000,000 J. P. Morgan Gem Collection. Brian Mason, AMNH curator of physical geology and mineralogy, describes the museum's collection of gems, which consists of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Mason discusses how these gems were cut and polished, using films produced by DeBeers Consolidated Mines Ltd. and E. J. Mauther. The reasons why the stones are so valuable are also examined. SEGMENT 2: Lampreys. Lampreys and their detrimental effect on the fishing industry in the Great Lakes is the subject of the second segment of this broadcast. Robert Lennon of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service discusses and illustrates how the vast number of lampreys attach themselves to fish and eat their flesh. A U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service film, Great Lakes Invader, the Sea Lamprey, is shown. SEGMENT 3: Antarctic Animals. Robert Cushman Murphy, chairman of the museum's Department of Birds, presents material relating to his 1912 Antarctic adventure, including footage from his movie entitled Bottom of the World. Murphy also discusses his book on Antarctica entitled Logbook for Grace.


  • 1953


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1 Film Reel (60 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (60 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired July 5, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.


Charles Collingwood, Robert Northshield and Ed Morgan, hosts; Allen Reisner, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Charles Romine, William Templeton and John McGiffert, writers; Richard Bernstein, production design; Leon Rice and Robert Northshield, editorial supervisors; Gene Milford, supervisor of film.


Alternate titles: Adventure (Television program); Great Lakes invader; Bottom of the world.

The $2,000,000 J.P. Morgan gem collection ; Lampreys ; Antarctic animals, 1953
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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