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The story of Marco Polo ; Campa ; Drums

Identifier: Film Collection no. 76

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: The Story of Marco Polo. Eleanor Roosevelt is the honored guest on this Adventure broadcast. She narrates a documentary on Marco Polo's expeditions, and recounts her own experiences in the Orient. She also presents illustrations of what Marco Polo encountered during his travels. SEGMENT 2: Campa Indians. Harry Tschopik, assistant curator of ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History, describes the careful negotiations which take place with native people to record their culture on film and tape. The filming of Men of the Montana in the region of Ucayali, Peru, during the AMNH Tschopik Expedition to Peru is used as an example. SEGMENT 3: Drums. A performance of Haitian dancers and talking drums is presented in the studio. Dr. Merriam, an anthropologist from Northwestern University, comments on the talking drums.


  • 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 June 20, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; Mel Ferber, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon, script editor; Frank deFelitta and Irwin Blacker, writers; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Grover Cole, production design.

The story of Marco Polo ; Campa ; Drums, 1954
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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