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.
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Identifier: Film Collection no. 87
Scope and Contents Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, is a guest on this program. The topic under discussion is the intelligence of birds and their relative lack of intelligence in relation to other creatures. Demonstrations in the studio include live specimens and models, with a presentation of performing African lovebirds. Murphy argues that, despite claims that species such as talking parrots, parakeets, and mynas are intelligent, most birds rank low in intelligence, usually just above reptiles....
Found in: Research Library Special Collections / Bird brains
Bird islands of Peru
Identifier: Film Collection no. 16
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Brooklyn Museum's Peruvian Littoral Expedition, 1919-1920. This film was made during the expedition to the islands off Peru under the auspices of the Brooklyn Museum. Robert Cushman Murphy, who was then a curator of the Department of Natural Science at the Brooklyn Museum, led the expedition and narrates the film. The expedition went to study the guano-producing birds on these islands. Some of the footage in this film was purchased from the National Guano Administration of...
Birds of paradise and spiders (beauty and the beast)
Identifier: Film Collection no. 95
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Birds of Paradise. Ernest Thomas Gilliard, AMNH curator of birds, joins Charles Collingwood to discuss birds of paradise as examples of beauty. Gilliard led an expedition to New Guinea in 1953-54 to study the birds of paradise, found almost exclusively in New Guinea. Their uses in native costume are shown. A large photographic blow-up of the birds is used as a backdrop for the discussion in the studio. SEGMENT 2: Spiders. Demonstrating the beauty and the beast in nature, this...
Birds of Peru and northern Chile
Identifier: Film Collection no. 17
Scope and Contents
In 1953 and 1954, Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, filmed bird colonies of coastal Peru and Chile and the outlying islands. The bird colonies darken the barren landscape by their sheer numbers. Nests and fledglings are everywhere. There is also a sequence devoted to the extraction and exportation of guano. Penguins, boobies, cormorants, gulls, and terns are seen.
Bottom of the world
Identifier: Film Collection no. 18
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH South Georgia Island Expedition, 1912-1913. Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, introduces this film; he presents a map of Antarctica and explains that he went to South Georgia in 1912 for the AMNH while a staff member of the Brooklyn Museum. In South Georgia's Cumberland Bay, a whaling station is filmed, as well as humpback whales swimming in the surrounding sea. Jolly penguins are shown and their life is described by Murphy. Also seen are Cape pigeons, sooty...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 19
Scope and Contents In 1953 the AMNH hired filmmaker Victor J. Jurgens to make the first two films (Brazilian Primitives and Guatemala) in a projected series of twenty-four documentaries intended to record vanishing cultures. Neither the films nor the series was completed. The three reels of unedited footage for Brazilian Primitives contain important documentation of Brazilian tribes in the process of change: the Tapirape Indians of central Brazil and an unidentified tribe from the upper Xingu (probably the...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 126
Scope and Contents The setting for this broadcast is a Buddhist temple in Farmingdale, New Jersey, in a community where 160 Tibetan political and religious refugees have settled. Buddhist rituals, customs, and special New Year's day celebrations are observed as the community celebrates its freedom. Filmed studies of Buddhist temples in Asia, statues of Buddha, a boy becoming a Buddhist monk, pilgrims praying, and death and cremation, visually enhance this examination of Buddhism. Geshe Wangyal, professor of...
Found in: Research Library Special Collections / Buddhism
The Burden East Indian Expedition
Identifier: Film Collection no. 20
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Burden East Indian Expedition to Malaysia, 1926. William Douglas Burden, AMNH trustee, his wife Katharine, and a small expedition team traveled to the East Indies to study the fauna of the region, and especially to film and capture the rare lizards Varanus komodoensis found on Komodo Island, one of the Lesser Sunda Islands. These lizards are commonly known as "Komodo dragons," and can grow to a length of ten feet and weigh up to 250 pounds. The film begins with the...
Identifier: Film Collection no. 218
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Morden Expedition to Africa and Asia, 1922-1924. Filmed during William James Morden's 1922-1924 expedition by Herford Tynes Cowling, Burma presents a beautiful portrait of the people, culture, architecture, and art of the country. Beginning with footage of the Rangoon harbor, the expedition journeys up the Irrawaddy River surveying covered boats, junks, paddle boats, barges (rafts of teak logs with caretaker huts built on the surface), and oil wells. Extensive and varied...
Found in: Research Library Special Collections / Burma
Burma blues from a buzzing Orient
Identifier: Film Collection no. 219
Scope and Contents Filmed during the Morden Expedition to Africa and Asia, 1922-1924. This is a William James Morden film of Burmese dancers performing a pwe, a drama or dance with dialogue, in Mandalay on the Irrawaddy River. The performance takes place on mats before a pagoda. The principal musical instruments are eighteen drums, of varying sizes, encircling a performer who beats them with his hands. A circle of brass gongs is played by another musician. Both the gongs and the drums sit within separate...