Subject Source: Local sourcesScope Note: Distinguishes audiovisual material in the Library that are part of the 1987 Cataloged Film Collection created under the direction of Nina Root.
Found in 292 Collections and/or Records:
How life begins
Identifier: Film Collection no. 193
Scope and Contents The AMNH purchased this film from Katherine F. Carter of the Exhibitors Booking Agency in 1917. George E. Stone, who had been an official U.S. Government photographer in France during World War I, collaborated with J. A. Long, assistant professor of embryology at the University of California, to make this early sex education film in an attempt to help combat venereal disease. Through captions, diagrams, and motion pictures, the film explains the processes involved in the development of...
Found in: Research Library Special Collections / How life begins
Identifier: Film Collection no. 194
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Institute of Andean Research Viru Valley Project in Peru, 1946-1947. The Viru Valley Project was a series of archaeological excavations in the Andes sponsored by the Institute for Andean Research. The AMNH co-sponsored one such excavation with the Institute at Huaca Prieta, a site dating between 3,100 B.C. and 1,300 B.C. in the Chicama Valley on the northern coast of Peru. Junius Bouton Bird, AMNH archaeologist, excavated and filmed this site with the help of his family....
Found in: Research Library Special Collections / Huaca Prieta
Hummingbird flight technique
Identifier: Film Collection no. 195
Scope and Contents
This brief film, made by Crawford Hallock Greenewalt, AMNH trustee, is a study of hummingbird flight. A contributor of many photographs to the museum, Greenewalt made this film to be shown as part of an exhibition on bird flight in the museum's Corner Gallery. With a film speed of 1,500 frames per second, the hummingbird's flight technique can be seen in slow motion. The film also contains footage showing the birds feeding, alighting, and flying.
Identifier: Film Collection no. 134
Scope and Contents Scientific experimentation with the imprinting period, the phase of an animal's life when its mind is most open to stimuli, is the topic of discussion. In a remote broadcast remote from McDonough, Md., Eckhardt Hess, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, explains and demonstrates a number of imprinting experiments. Also interviewed for this program is a staff member at the McDonough School, Mr. Ramsey. Most of the experiments have previously been performed on birds. A duck...
In the shadow of the Ruwenzori and the Ituri forest
Identifier: Film Collection no. 181
Scope and Contents While on vacation in Uganda and Zaire, Walter Gurnee and Betty Dyer filmed their trip and made sound recordings of the people and places they encountered. Their trip took them to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Kivu, the Semliki River, the Semliki flats and the Ituri Forest. Shown are the daily activities of the inhabitants of a Mbuti (i.e. Bambuti) village in the Ituri Forest; a Walese (i.e. Lese) village and several fishing villages; Watutsi (i.e. Batutsi) dancers in action; laborers...
India : Bombay to Cape Comorin
Identifier: Film Collection no. 182
Scope and Contents The Dyers made this film while traveling through India. It opens with footage of Bombay Harbor; the fishermen of the seacoast town of Manori are then observed at work, and the town itself is explored through street scenes and a shot of the Tomb of Rabia-ud-Daurani, which closely resembles the Taj Mahal. Preparations for the Pongal Festival, celebrating the seasonal change from winter to summer, are observed in Mysore. A survey of Indian temples includes a discussion of Hinduism, as well as...
Indian communication : sign language of the North American Indian
Identifier: Film Collection no. 196
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Wanamaker Historical Expeditions, 1908-1913. In 1908, 1909, and 1913, Rodman Wanamaker financed expeditions to study North American Indians. The expeditions were led by Joseph Kossuth Dixon, and filmed by his son Rollin Lester Dixon. "In undertaking these expeditions to the North American Indian," Wanamaker wrote in The Vanishing Race in 1913, "the sole desire has been to perpetuate the life story of the first Americans and to strengthen in their hearts the feeling of...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 260
Scope and Contents Outtake material from Edgar Monsanto Queeny's film Sunrise Serenades was incorporated in this film made by the museum's Department of Education. Designed primarily for use by schools, the film was intended to teach observation and understanding by depicting the Indian as a skillful observer of nature. In the museum's Felix M. Warburg Memorial Hall (Man and Nature), the film's opening sequence focuses on the relationship between the blue jay and the fox in the Autumn at Stissing Mountain...
Found in: Research Library Special Collections / Indian dances
Indian pottery making in the village of San Ildefonso, New Mexico
Identifier: Film Collection no. 197
Scope and Contents This film depicting the unique process of pottery making at the San Ildefonso Pueblo was made by George Clyde Fisher, curator in the AMNH Department of Education, Clark Wissler, curator-in-chief of the AMNH Department of Anthropology, and Kenneth Chapman of the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, New Mexico Renowned potter Maria Martinez demonstrates the technique of her unique method of firing pottery. Before starting, she tosses blue cornmeal over the earth as a blessing. She and...
Jungle life in India
Identifier: Film Collection no. 198
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Faunthorpe-Vernay Indian Expedition to India, Nepal and Burma, 1922-1923. This film was made by Commander George M. Dyott, a professional cinematographer, whose main purpose was to show the environment of India, Nepal, and Burma, and therefore be valuable to the hall preparators designing the dioramas for the AMNH Hall of South Asiatic Mammals. The co-leaders of the expedition were Colonel John Champion Faunthorpe and AMNH trustee Arthur Stannard Vernay, both...