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Niagara Falls ; Navajo

Identifier: Film Collection no. 78

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Niagara Falls. This remote broadcast from Niagara Falls features Bobb Schaeffer, AMNH paleontologist, and Dr. Anderson, Niagara Park official, discussing a disaster which occured six weeks earlier when Prospect Point broke away from the Falls. The forces of nature are dramatically observed through films of the point at Niagara Falls breaking away and plunging into the gorge. SEGMENT 2: Navajo. The second segment of the season's premiere describes the Adventure crew's three-week journey through the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and Utah. The conflicts between the traditional Navajo lifestyle and white man's influences are seen as insolvable, although acculturation is assumed to be good for the Indians. The program also includes a film, Way of the Navajo, produced and directed by Robert Northshield, Bernard Birnbaum and Lee Boltin, AMNH photographer.


  • 1954


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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through inter-library loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.


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 Sept. 26, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; Perry Wolff and Tom Donovan, directors Perry Wolff, producer; Jac Venza, assistant producer; Shelby Gordon, script editor; Grover Cole, production design.

Niagara Falls ; Navajo, 1954
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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