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Darwin's voyage

Identifier: Film Collection no. 97

Scope and Contents

Edwin Harris Colbert, AMNH curator of fossil reptiles and amphibians, is interviewed for this broadcast concerning Charles Darwin's five year voyage around the world on the H.M.S. Beagle. Darwin's revolutionary theories on evolution and survival of the fittest were largely formulated during this voyage. Only 22 years old at the time, Darwin was the naturalist commissioned to make geographic and navigational surveys for the British Navy. His theories on the process of adaptation and natural selection greatly contradicted the prevailing theories of the early nineteenth century that maintained that all animal forms were originally created as they appear today. Colbert presents detailed narration and film footage of the Galapagos Islands, a natural laboratory for the study of evolution because of their isolation.


  • 1955


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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 Mar. 6, 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; Shelby Gordon, writer; Bob Breton, stage manager; Joan Woodward, associate director; Grover Cole, production design; Ted Pearson, narrator; Al Mifelow, program assistant; Frank Protzman, technical director; Myron Bleam, set director; Hal Anderson, light director; Dee Chandler, program coordinator.

Darwin's voyage, 1955
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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