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Peru to Ecuador

Identifier: Film Collection no. 205

Scope and Contents

Filmed during the AMNH Michael Lerner Expedition to Peru and Ecuador, 1941. The AMNH Michael Lerner Expedition to Peru and Ecuador (also known as the Big Game Fish Expedition or the Sixth Michael Lerner Expedition) in 1941 was Lerner's second trip to South America for the purpose of gathering data on game fish. This trip was filmed by Henry Cushier Raven, AMNH curator of human and comparative anatomy, whose main function was to do anatomical studies on the game fish caught by the Lerners. The expedition lasted one month and, as with the other Lerner expeditions, concentrated on researching the migration and feeding habits of swordfish and marlin. In addition to game fish, Raven was able to film several marine mammals (bridled dophins, killer and sperm whales) and a variety of shore and water birds (blackbirds, parrots, mockingbirds, killdeer, caracaras, flycatchers, grackles, cormorants, petrels, vultures, gulls, frigate birds, masked boobies, and pelicans).


  • 1941

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Conditions Governing Access

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


1 Film Reel (18 minutes) : silent, color ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (18 minutes)) : silent, color ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy


Original format: 16 mm. print; incomplete.



Henry C. Raven, photographer.

Peru to Ecuador, 1941
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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