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. 49
Scope and Contents Charles M. Bogert, curator of herpetology at the AMNH, conducts a survey of American desert creatures for this broadcast. Hosted by Robert Northshield, the program highlights the struggle for survival by desert animals and current scientific research into mechanisms of heat regulation in reptiles. These cold-blooded animals are shown to adapt to environments with wide temperature fluctuations. Bogert covers the eyes of a snake and observes how the snake's heat sensors enables it to strike a...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 7
Scope and Contents Davidson Black, professor of anatomy at the Peking Union Medical College, conducted the first systematic excavations at Choukoutien, China, where the fossil remains of Peking Man had been discovered in 1926. This film illustrates the painstaking excavation activities, such as panning, scraping, digging, and brushing, carried on at Choukoutien under the direction of Black's successor, Franz Weidenreich, director of the Cenozoic Research Laboratory in Peking. Weidenreich compares a Peking Man...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 82
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Arctic Exploration. Sir Hubert Wilkins, the first person to explore the Arctic Circle in a submarine (in 1931), discusses the climate of the region and his unusual experiences in the submarine. The logistics of submarines are demonstrated with a model brought into the studio. Sir Hubert was a noted geographer and climatologist who served as consultant to the Quartermaster Research and Development Command of the U.S. Army. Highlights from his films on the historic submarine expedition...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 41
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Army Ants. Under the direction of Robert Brown of the U. S. Public Health Service, a CBS expedition collected a large number of army ants (nomadic and carnivorous ants) at Barro Colorado Island in the Canal Zone and brought them to the CBS television studio for the filming of the first segment of this Adventure broadcast. Theodore C. Schneirla, curator of animal behavior at the AMNH, describes these unusual ants and their habits. Footage produced by Brown includes a huge brood of...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 43
Scope and Contents This program closely examines Australian aborigines, first through a pantomime by the American Mime Theatre acting out racial migration from Asia, then through discussion and film. Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist, discusses the physical anthropology of aborigines and points to their culture as one of the most primitive on earth. He also shows aboriginal weapons and artifacts. The uncredited film footage of central Australian aborigines is narrated by Shapiro. The people are seen in...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 40
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Australian Fauna. Armand Denis, noted wildlife photographer and filmmaker and leader of the 1952 New Guinea Expedition for the AMNH, and his wife, Michaela, discuss the origins of the Australian continent and the subsequent evolution of wildlife there. Also shown is an Armand Denis RKO film depicting the Australian bush country, with views of wallaroos, wallabies, and some unusual reptiles. SEGMENT 2: How to Build an Igloo. The second segment presents the film How to Build an Igloo,...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 233
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Pack-Finley Expedition to the Pacific Northwest, 1927. The film opens in William L. and Irene Finleys' camp, with an amusing scene showing chipmunks invading the Finleys' toiletry chest. A series of behavioral experiments with chipmunks follows. The series involves tying nuts to strings in various ways to test whether the chipmunks would be discouraged by the complex task of getting to the nuts. The chipmunks succeed in obtaining the nuts in every attempt. Following the...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 258
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Queeny African Expedition, 1950. The music of the Baganda (i.e. Ganda) people is recorded in this film, shot in Uganda by Edgar Monsanto Queeny and sound-man Jack J. Clink. As the Baganda demonstrate a dance, the madinda (a form of the xylophone), the bosoga harp, the sanza (a hand piano), and various types of drums accompany them. Both the music and dance feature complex rhythmic patterns. The narrator discusses the historical importance of the madinda, the favorite...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 201
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Lerner Australia-New Zealand Expedition, 1939. During a sidetrip to Bali, with Michael Lerner and his wife Helen, photographer James Barnes Shackelford made a film of the life and customs of the Balinese. The film opens with maps of Bali and the Lesser Sunda Islands and scenes of the Balinese engaged in everyday activities. Extensive footage is devoted to the growing and cultivation of rice on hillside terraces. The Balinese custom of imprinting ducks on humans is...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 111
Scope and Contents Charles Collingwood examines the world of bees in this segment. Along with live bees brought into the studio, Collingwood walks the viewers through a beehive. Two films, one produced in Russia and one produced by Karl von Frisch after 40 years of research on bees, are shown. Frisch (1886-1982), an Austrian, was a leading authority on animal behavior. Bees are seen foraging for food and dancing to identify food locations. The social structure of the hive and the role of the queen bee are...