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Film Collection

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:

Riding the rim rock

Identifier: Film Collection no. 244
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Pack-Finley Expedition to the Pacific Northwest, 1927. The film opens with canyon scenes in Wyoming, as a mule and rider take in the vista. An adult screech owl and its chick are filmed, followed by footage of a badger digging. Staff members are shown climbing a very tall tree in order to film rough-legged hawk fledglings. The next sequence, filmed in Oregon, features young Pronghorn being captured and relocated via air and ground transportation. The fawns are seen feeding...
Dates: 1927

Scientific hoaxes

Identifier: Film Collection no. 55
Scope and Contents Scientific hoaxes of the past century are the subject of this broadcast hosted by Charles Collingwood. Paul Curtis's American Mime Theatre perform a shadow play on the discovery of the Cardiff Giant, the wolf-boys, Piltdown Man and other hoaxes. The celebrated case of the Cardiff giant proved to be a mass of gypsum that had been secretly buried near Cardiff, N.Y., and was discovered in 1869. Bergen Evans, professor of English at Northwestern University and author of The Natural History of...
Dates: 1954

Sea of darkness ; Oil well #4

Identifier: Film Collection no. 118
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Sea of Darkness is the title of the main portion of this broadcast, the second program in a series on "waters." Albert E. Parr, Director of the AMNH and a marine biologist, is interviewed by Charles Collingwood on the subject of the Atlantic Ocean. The discussion includes an analysis of the Atlantic from Labrador to Puerto Rico, and legends about the ocean. A scale model of the ocean floor and other visual aids are used to illustrate topographical features, particularly the...
Dates: 1955

Seabirds' struggle for survival

Identifier: Film Collection no. 143
Scope and Contents Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, is a guest on this program which examines the subject of seabirds struggling for survival. In Arne Sucksdorff's films, The Great Adventure, and the latest one on murres, The Defenseless Seabird, the efforts to prevent overpopulation and aggressive domination are discussed. The Great Adventure was shown in previous broadcasts (May 5, 1954 and December 12, 1954). The murres are attacked and preyed upon by two species of gulls on the open ledges and...
Dates: 1956

Seals and porpoises

Identifier: Film Collection no. 120
Scope and Contents Another program in a series on "The Waters of the World," this remote broadcast discusses seals, porpoises, and dolphins from the Great Aquarium and Seal Pond at Marineland in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Ken Norris, curator of Marineland, is interviewed by Charles Collingwood. The trained seals and porpoises perform in the five-story oceanarium. Norris is assisted by Captain Winston, the keeper of the seals. With underwater photographs of animals in the background, the discussion...
Dates: 1956

Seven whales

Identifier: Film Collection no. 272
Scope and Contents This film shows the making of fiberglass models of seven different whales that were used in a temporary exhibit in the AMNH Hall of Ocean Life. The film was made in cooperation with the museum and won an award at the International Film and Television Festival. Wil Blanche directed and filmed Raymond H. de Lucia, AMNH preparator, creating the models. Both Blanche and de Lucia narrate the film. The picture opens with de Lucia entering the museum and meeting George S. Gardner, chairman of the...
Dates: 1978

Shark research

Identifier: Film Collection no. 274
Scope and Contents Originally made for the WABC Expeditions television series, this film was taken at the AMNH Lerner Marine Laboratory on Bimini Island, Bahamas. Initial aerial views of Bimini and establishing shots of the Lerner Marine Laboratory are shown. Robert Mathewson, Director, discusses the objectives of the laboratory as well as the areas of on-going research. New Zealanders Peter Suckling and his wife conduct experiments with the lateral line system of fish, a group of sensory organs associated...
Dates: 1961

Shintoism and Japanese culture

Identifier: Film Collection no. 137
Scope and Contents Broadcast live from the Henry E. Huntington Museum Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, the program examines Japanese religion and culture. Japanese dancers and musicians perform classical dances in a film which depicts classical Japanese music and dance performances and the effects of Shintoism, the main religion, on Japanese family life. In the Huntington Museum, the topic is initially introduced by showing a tea ceremony in the tea house with traditional Japanese...
Dates: 1956

Shippee-Johnson Peruvian Expedition aerial film collection, 1931-1999

Identifier: Film Collection no. 292
Content Description

The collection includes films and tapes recording of the Wings over the Andes lecture which documents the 1931 Shippee-Johnson Expedition. The collection also includes outtakes of Wings over the Andes, film of a visit by the Prince of Wales to Peru in 1931, and Shippee family films. Consists of one master print made from five original nitrate films and 21 reels of outtakes, family films and royal visits.

Dates: 1931 - 1999