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Film Collection

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources
Scope 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:

Off to Glacier Bay

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 240
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland, 1926. This film was taken during the 1926 Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland. Church's yacht, the Westward, is seen cruising off the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, with beautiful snow-capped mountains in the background. The first sequence features grizzly bears as they fish for salmon. Footage follows of two black bear cubs, also seen in other Nature Magazine films, playing. They wrestle, play with a camera and a typewriter, and...
Dates: 1926

Oil digging in Purcell, Oklahoma

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 114
Scope and Contents Robert Northshield, producer of the Adventure series, joins engineers of the Carter Oil Company (a subsidiary of Standard Oil of New Jersey) in staking out a claim-site and starting drilling in Purcell, Oklahoma. The first show in a series on geology and oil, regular host Charles Collingwood is assisted by Norman Dennis Newell, from the AMNH Department of Geology. Film sequences illustrate oil rigs, drilling and dynamiting techniques, the use of derricks, and include an animated film on oil....
Dates: 1955

Origins of races, Australian aborigines

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 81
Scope and Contents This broadcast traces the origins of the world's races, with special emphasis on the Australian aborigines. The show opens with the John Butler dancers enacting the spread of races by traversing a giant map of the world, wearing Caucasian, black and Mongolian masks. Allen Keast, curator at the Australian Museum in Sydney and a visiting scholar at Harvard University, was a special guest on the show. An excellent film on contemporary Australian aborigines, also known as Australian Bushmen,...
Dates: 1954

Our moon and other moons ; Invertebrates

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 30
Scope and Contents In Our moon and other moons, the earth's moon and other satellites in space are discussed by Joseph M. Chamberlain, Catherine E. Barry and Frank H. Forrester, astronomers at the AMNH-Hayden Planetarium. The instruments used to study the solar system are presented, the short film Moons of Saturn is shown, and Copernican theory is discussed. (The first space probe to the moon was landed by the Soviet Union in September 1959 and the first man stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969.) In...
Dates: 1953

Parícutin

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 251
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Parícutin Expeditions, 1943 and 1944. An active volcano, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, was filmed at night and during the day with long-shots and close-ups, recording lava flowing down the mountain, incandescent bombs of hot rock shooting up from the crater, fumaroles (gas vents) and smoke, explosions, vapor clouds, molten rock, and tons of ash being blown skyward and over the surrounding villages, burying buildings. The Tarasco people, of the nearby towns of...
Dates: 1943-1944

People and dances of Oceania

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 159
Scope and Contents Partly filmed during the Templeton Crocker Expedition to the Solomon Islands, 1933. The film opens with the dances of Bora Bora, Society Islands, and then goes on to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, where a spear dance and stilt dance (imitating a wading bird) are demonstrated. In American Samoa the knife dance and the siva-siva are shown; and in British Samoa (i.e. Western Samoa) the ax dance and the mauluulu (similar to the siva-siva) are performed. The kava ceremony is enacted for Crocker:...
Dates: 1931-1933

Peru to Ecuador

 Collection
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....
Dates: 1941

Planets ; Oil well #2

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 115
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Planets. The program begins with a presentation of Professor Melies's 1902 film Le Voyage dans la Lune. This classic French film depicted an imaginary voyage to the moon. Joseph M. Chamberlain, chief astronomer at the AMNH-Hayden Planetarium, is interviewed about projected space travel and man's concept of the universe. A discussion follows, about what planets really look like and whether any of them are capable of supporting life. A Hayden Planetarium film on a trip through space...
Dates: 1955

Pompeii

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 139
Scope and Contents Walter Ashlin Fairservis, AMNH archaeologist, served as consultant for this broadcast on Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried for seventeen centuries by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The entire city of Pompeii is reproduced for this program in a realistic model. Films of the eruption of a volcano and strengths and weaknesses of Roman life help portray the events which led to the fall of the Roman Empire. Sins of Pompeii is the title of the film that depicts the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius...
Dates: 1956

Portrait of the Arctic

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 61
Scope and Contents

The entire show is a film narrated by Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist. Murphy discusses life in the Arctic and identifies various animals and birds seen in the film. The film tracks a polar bear cub from its early nursing days through adventures with eider ducks, foxes, and a walrus. The danger of the bear's lifestyle is portrayed in a delightful sequence of events which depict animal life in the Arctic.

Dates: 1954