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Silkworms ; Constellations

Identifier: Film Collection no. 102

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Silkworms. The complete cycle of the silkworm, from birth to death, is discussed by Mont Adelbert Cazier, chairman of the AMNH Department of Insects and Spiders, who also narrates the Italian documentary that shows the silk-spinning process. SEGMENT 2: Constellations. Catharine E. Barry, assistant astronomer at the American MuseumHayden Planetarium, presents the second segment, which is primarily geared for young children. She speaks about the mythology of the heavens, recounting the history of the constellation Orion, the Japanese tales of the stars Alta and Vegair, and the Indian legend of the Corona Borealis. Rear view projections illustrate Barry's lecture. A dance presentation by the John Butler dancers further illustrates the mythological tales.


  • 1955


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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through interlibrary loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 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 Apr. 10, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Romine, host; Mel Ferber, director; Robert Northshield, producer; Jac Venza and Shelby Gordon, assistant producers; Frank de Felitta, script editor; Frank de Felitta and Robert Northshield, writers; Grover Cole, production design; Carl Schutzman, technical director; Myron Bleam, set director; Hal Anderson, light director; William Walstrom, costumes; Beatrice Tompkins, Glen Tetley, Joan Skinner, Mary Anthony and Paul Olson (John Butler dancers), performers.

Silkworms ; Constellations, 1955
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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