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Margaret Mead : a portrait by a friend

Identifier: Film Collection no. 208

Scope and Contents

French filmmaker Jean Rouch interviews AMNH anthropologist Margaret Mead. Mead speaks about her personal history, her family, her influences and mentors, and her field work in Bali, New Guinea, and Manus (also known as Great Admiralty Island). Mead and Rouch walk through the AMNH Hall of Pacific Peoples, and she discusses her theories about museum exhibits. They also visit the Dept. of Anthropology specimen storage area. Towards the conclusion of her interview, Mead considers the history of anthropology and speculates on its future role in building new cultures.


  • 1978

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1 Film Reel (28 minutes) : sound, color ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (28 minutes)) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

U-matic (copy 1), Betacam SP (copies 2-3), VHS (copies 4-6). Copies have call number MM-6.


Original format: 16 mm. print.



Jean Rouch, filmmaker; John Marshall, sound; Emile de Brigard, producer; Claire Richie, editor; Eliot Tarlin, additional sound; Herb Fuller and Craig Johnson, additional photography; Blackstone-Shelburg [Inc.] and Gregory Bateson, still photography; Tom Joshlin, Sue Marshall-Cabezas, and Milbry Polk, production assistants; acknowledgements to the Documentary Educational Resource and the University Film Study Center.

Margaret Mead : a portrait by a friend, 1978
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

American Museum of Natural History
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