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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 274 Collections and/or Records:


Identifier: Film Collection no. 266
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Queeny African Expedition in 1950, this is a fantasy that takes place in Kenya, for which Edgar Monsanto Queeny was able to shoot an enormous amount of animal footage. It tells the story of a young Wakamba (i.e. Kamba) man named Tondu and his search for a pair of six foot elephant tusks, the bride price demanded by the father of Lundalla, Tondu's bride-to-be. Tondu sets out to hunt, without the blessing of Sulu, the medicine man, and at the crucial moment of the hunt...
Dates: 1951

Walking birds

Identifier: Film Collection no. 287
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Gregory-Hellman Transvall Expedition, 1938. Shot at the Johannesburg Zoological Park by William King Gregory, curator in the AMNH Department of Comparative and Human Anatomy, and Milo Hellman, AMNH anthropologist, Walking Birds has the feel of a home movie. Some of the walking birds seen are emus, wattled cranes, ostriches, marabou storks, secretary birds, and crowned cranes. The making of this film was unrelated to Gregory and Hellman's purpose for visiting South...
Dates: 1938


Identifier: Film Collection no. 267
Scope and Contents

Shot during the Queeny African Expedition (1950), the mutually beneficial relationship between Kenya's Wandorobo (Dorobo) and the honey-guide bird is the main focus of this film (this was the first successful attempt to film such a relationship). Also shown in this film are the Wandorobo hunting and killing a topi with poison arrows; Masai bleeding cattle; a Masai woman's adornment, and Masai engaged in the jumping dance Numba. There is also footage of the fauna of the Masai Mara.

Dates: 1952

Way of the Navajo

Identifier: Film Collection no. 116
Scope and Contents

The Way of the Navajo, first broadcast September 26, 1954, is shown again on this date after winning Adventure the George Foster Peabody Award. This film was also selected to be shown at the International Film Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dates: 1955


Identifier: Film Collection no. 96
Scope and Contents In a remote broadcast from the U.S. Coast Guard's weather ship Half Moon, Frank Forrester, meteorologist at the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium, and Charles Romine take viewers along on their scientific search for spring. Spring is explained as a purely mathematical equation for astronomers. The program discusses the history of man's attempts to gather weather data, from antiquity up to the present highly technological instruments. Films of weather-tracking instruments and the effects of...
Dates: 1955

Weather and storms ; Mouth-breeding fish ; Volcanoes

Identifier: Film Collection no. 33
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Weather and Storms. Frank. H. Forrester, astronomer at the AMNH-Hayden Planetarium, and Ernest J. Christie, meteorologist for the U. S. Weather Bureau, give scientific explanations for weather, cloud formations, and storms, including lightning and thunder. They present films illustrating storm patterns through a dramatic view of the eye of the hurricane as seen from an airplane flying directly into the storm and through views from the ground. Also shown are films of lightning. The...
Dates: 1953

Weavers of the Andean highlands

Identifier: Film Collection no. 288
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Myron I. Granger Archaeological Expedition to Peru and Ecuador, 1930. This film was made by Ronald L. Olson, AMNH archaeologist during the Myron I. Granger Archaeological Expedition to Peru and Ecuador. Granger sponsored the expedition for the AMNH. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago (disbanded in 1951) approached Clark Wissler, an AMNH anthropologist, about securing motion pictures representing weaving, pottery making, and other such activities, and...
Dates: 1930, 1986

Wheels across India

Identifier: Film Collection no. 289
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Denis-Roosevelt Asiatic Expedition, 1939. Made entirely in Burma, this film records the Denis-Roosevelt Asiatic Expedition led by filmmaker Armand Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt. In Rangoon views of the beautiful Shive Dagon Pagoda and huge bamboo irrigation water wheels are seen, as well as the temples, pagoda and bas-reliefs featuring snake motifs at the Pegan ruins. Karen women carry baskets by tumplines. Their wrists, knees, ankles, and necks are wrapped with...
Dates: [1940?]

When mountains call

Identifier: Film Collection no. 246
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Pack-Finley Expedition to the Pacific Northwest, 1927. This film includes beautiful footage of the Northwest mountains and regional fauna: its objective is to record the splendid and varied environments of these mountains. The staff travels by pack mule through the mountains. Water ouzel, ptarmigan, and a hermit thrush feeding its young are filmed. Two staff members climb tall pine trees in order to get footage of young bald eagles in their nest. Arthur N. Pack fishes and...
Dates: 1927

Who rules the world? Insects ; Bird islands of the Pacific

Identifier: Film Collection no. 36
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Who Rules the World? Insects. In this first segment, Mont Adelbert Cazier hypothesizes that someday insects might dominate the earth. His comments on the earth's insect population are illustrated with films of insect activity. The credits and the first part of this segment are missing. A discussion of insect destruction and close-up views of live beetles brought into the studio are also included. SEGMENT 2: Bird Islands of the Pacific. Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist,...
Dates: 1953