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Getting our goat

Identifier: Film Collection no. 237

Scope and Contents

Filmed during the Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland, 1926. This film was taken in the mountains of British Columbia, and concentrates on the arduous task of filming the North American mountain goat. The film opens with footage of various small animals: chipmunks, ground squirrels, coneys, and Franklin's grouse (fool-hens). In the next sequence, attempts are made by the filmmakers to capture the mountain goat on film. Determined to succeed, the expedition moves higher up and deeper into the mountains on horseback. Goats are filmed off in the distance, but attempts to get close-up shots of the evasive goats are futile. William L. Finley's solution to this problem is a disguise: dressed in a goat skin, Finley is not a threatening sight to the mountain goats; he manages to approach the goats and film them at close range.


  • 1926

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Conditions Governing Access

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


1 Film Reel (14 minutes) : silent, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (14 minutes)) : silent, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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


Original format: 16 mm. print.



William Finley, photographer; Arthur Pack (for the American Nature Association), producer.

Getting our goat, 1926
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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