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:
Identifier: Film Collection no. 199
Scope and Contents This unedited footage was produced to document life in the Chuchumatanes highlands of Guatemala. The Mayan people of Atitlan were chosen by Victor J. Jurgens, a professional filmmaker, because they seemed to have maintained their traditional ways and to be independent of the cultures around them. This same tendency, however, caused them to be so aloof as to make filming with any intimacy virtually impossible. The film opens with a family burning incense on a hill to ensure a good crop. One...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 200
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Andrews Korean Whaling Expedition, 1912. Roy Chapman Andrews, assistant curator in the Department of Mammalogy and Ornithology, went to Korea in 1912 to collect various species of whales. Although he took a lot of motion picture footage, this little film is all that remains. Shown at first are Keijo (now Seoul), then under Japanese rule and called Chosen, and its surrounding hills, the South Gate (for which the city was named), trolleys, and bullock carts. Koreans in...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 261
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Queeny African Expedition, 1950. This film depicts the Latuko (i.e. Lotuko) a tribe residing in the province of Equatoria, Sudan. The scenes were unrehearsed but organized thematically around the coming of age of the young man Lonuha. The story takes place in the village of Tirangole, home of the Iago clan, and the daily life of the Latuko is meticulously and beautifully filmed. The women, adorned with goat-skin lappets and ornamental scars on the skin, industriously...
Lie detection ; Primitive art vs. modern
Identifier: Film Collection no. 74
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Lie Detection. The pursuit of truth is the subject of the first segment of this broadcast, which features demonstrations of scientific methods of lie detection and hypnosis. Fred Inbau, criminology professor at Northwestern University Law School, and Jerome Schneck, a psychiatrist, use on-camera examples of polygraph tests and examples of how police officials attempt to use hypnosis to get at the truth. A film on hypnosis techniques and the use of ink blot tests is also shown....
Life in Greenland
Identifier: Film Collection no. 50
Scope and Contents Commander Donald B. MacMillan, who accompanied Robert Peary on his expedition to the North Pole in 1909, is interviewed by Charles Collingwood. MacMillan, 79 years old, recalls the expedition through photographic records and film footage of Arctic life. Junius Bouton Bird, curator of archaeology at the AMNH, narrates films that depict polar bears, aerial views of the Arctic, and aspects of Eskimo life, including an examination of their daily life and culture; Eskimo kayaking, hunting,...
Life in the sea
Identifier: Film Collection no. 42
Scope and Contents Eugenie Clark, of the AMNH Department of Animal Behavior, and Albert E. Parr, Director of the museum, are introduced by host Charles Collingwood as experts on the subject of marine biology. Clark and Parr discuss the movement of the ocean and life in the sea in a remote broadcast from Gilgo Beach, Jones Beach State Park, New York. Scenes from Under the Red Sea, a film made by Austrian marine biologist Hans Haas, show coral reefs, types of coral, collecting underwater animals with a spear...
Life in Tibet
Identifier: Film Collection no. 93
Scope and Contents Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas describes life in Tibet to Charles Collingwood in this program. The extreme differences between poverty and nobility in this region are examined. An isolated region, there was little communication between the Tibetans and the rest of the world and since Tibet was taken over by China, all communications had stopped. Douglas attributes the easy conquest of Tibet by the Chinese to the Tibetans' cultural beliefs that something better lies on the horizon;...
Life of the penguin
Identifier: Film Collection no. 124
Scope and Contents Broadcasting from the penguin section of the Bronx Zoo (i.e. New York Zoological Park), Charles Collingwood discusses penguins with William J. L. Sladen of the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey Department. Dean Amadon, AMNH ornithologist, was a consultant for the program. The characteristics of penguins, the Adľie and chinstrap penguins in particular, are outlined. Sladen shows films of his field work in the South Atlantic and has sequences on Adľie penguins arriving at the breeding...
Living fossils, the crocodilians
Identifier: Film Collection no. 94
Scope and Contents The history of living fossils is the topic of discussion for this broadcast. Charles M. Bogert, AMNH herpetologist, discusses the habits and history of huge reptiles, such as garials, caymans and other crocodiles. The living fossils indicate that the appearance of the creatures has not changed substantially in more than 150 million years; Bogert exhibits a giant crocodile skull over six feet in length on the program. Using a live ten-foot alligator in the studio, Ross Allen, owner of the...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 130
Scope and Contents John Schmidt, a Rutgers University entomologist, explains the latest discoveries in protection from locust plagues. The historical incidence of locust plagues in Egypt and China dates back as far as the Biblical Seventh Plague vented on the Egyptians. The story progresses to more recent history when Brigham Young's Mormon settlement was infested in Utah and to the twentieth century when an enormous swarm of locusts attacked Morocco. Models and microscopic views of locusts are shown in the...