Moving Image Collection

Spanning a century of scientific history, the Moving Image Collection documents the Museum’s involvement in scientific exploration, discovery, and public education over a period of significant change in the world; its landscape, biodiversity, and cultures.

Inspecting film, Department of Education, Film Room, 1937

Inspecting film, Department of Education, Film Room, 1937. Image no. 315294, AMNH Library


Film making equipment was first taken into the field by American Museum of Natural History ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1908 and by explorer and taxidermist Carl Akeley in 1909. Akeley later invented the revolutionary panning motion picture camera and tripod that bear his name. A significant portion of the Archival Film Collection was created during the 1920's and 30's when the Museum sponsored hundreds of expeditions across the globe. Expedition members were required to bring back film footage and Museum trustees and affiliates were invited to contribute films from their personal travels. In the early 1950's, the Museum collaborated with CBS Television to make the Adventure Series. This live-broadcast television series aired for three years and covered scientific topics of the day. 

The collection also includes video recordings of lectures held at the Museum, copies of televised interviews with Museum scientists, and other miscellaneous Museum-related recordings. These materials are not yet cataloged or accessible.

Film Collection

There are a total of 291 titles in the cataloged Film Collection representing all the films that have been identified, cataloged, and transferred to videotape. For a complete list and descriptions of these films, please see our film list.

Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival

More recent additions to the Collection include copies of many of the productions shown at the Museum’s annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival.

Science Bulletins

Science Bulletins are documentary feature stories produced by the Museum on the latest developments in the fields of astrophysics, Earth science, biodiversity and human biology and evolution.

Film List

The 291 titles listed below represent all the films that have been identified, cataloged, and transferred to video tape. They are arranged consecutively by their assigned number. Clicking on the title of the film will link to the full catalog entry in the library catalog. An asterisk (*) immediately following the title indicates that the AMNH Library holds full rights to the film.

Some items on the three lists above are part of a larger series. You can click on the links below to jump to those films that are part of a series:

Films 1-97

Adventures of Chico [videorecording]
Publisher [S.l.] : Woodard Productions, 1937; 2 videocassettes (ca. 55 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This charming story of a young boy and his love for the animals that live around his home in central Mexico includes many detailed sequences of animal life and behavior. The film opens with an introduction to Chico and his father, their home and its environs, and Chico's friend, a female lesser roadrunner with her clutch of young.
Film Collection no. 1

Adventures on the Upper Nile [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1931; 1 videocassette (39 min.) : silent, b&w; 3/4 in. Charles Oliver O'Donnell (AMNH fellow) and James Lippitt Clark (AMNH vice-director of preparation and exhibition) traveled by steamer, in 1931, up the Nile from Khartoum to Shambe in the Sudan to collect giant eland for the AMNH Hall of African Mammals. Most of the footage was taken from the steamer, and consists of panoramic views of life along the Nile, and of the activities of the expedition staff and the shikaris (native hunters) on board ship. Expedition staff appearing in the film are: leader James Lippitt Clark, assistant leader Charles Oliver O'Donnell, preparator John W. Hope, photographer Jack Robertson, artist and preparator Dudley Blakeley, and field assistant William T. Hunt.
Film Collection no. 2

An African Safari [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1948; 2 videocassettes (80 min.) : silent, color ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Central African Expedition, 1948. Starting at Cape Town and going round the southern tip of Africa up to Mombasa, Kenya, the AMNH Central African Expedition, led by AMNH director of preparation and installation James Lippitt Clark, then traveled through Nairobi, the Mountains of the Moon in the Ruwenzori Range in Uganda and Zaire, Ripon Falls (Uganda), Bagasson (Congo) and Stanleyville (now Kisangani in Zaire), all north of Lake Victoria, then to Uganda, the Belgian Congo (now Zaire) and Congo.
Film Collection no. 3 (see also Film Collection no. 145)

Alaskan Eskimos [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1941; 1 videocassette (26 min.) : silent, color ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH and the University of Alaska excavation of the Ipiutak archaeological site in Point Hope, Alaska, 1941. In the summer of 1941, Harry L. Shapiro, then associate curator of the AMNH Department of Anthropology, visited Froelich G. Rainey of the University of Alaska during the excavation of the Ipiutak archaeological site in Point Hope, Alaska.
Film Collection no. 4

Amahuaca [videorecording.]*
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1960-1961; 1 videocassette (116 min.) : silent, color ; 3/4 in. In 1960-1961, anthropologists Robert Carneiro (AMNH curator) and Gertrude Dole filmed the Amahuaca Indians, who inhabit a remote area of Peru, as documentation for their field work.
Film Collection no. 5 

And so ... we went to Africa [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1959; 1 videocassette (35 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in. David A. Lowry, a donor to the museum, and his wife Barbara went on safari in 1959 with professional hunter Sidney Downey. The film documents the Lowrys' vacation trip, starting from Nairobi, through Amboseli National Park and Garba Tula in Kenya to Tanzania's Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Unit, and Serengeti National Park.
Film Collection no. 6

Archaeological exploration in China [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, [between 1935 and 1941]; 1 videocassette (9 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 7 

Australian Government Films (1920-1928): Film Collection nos. 8-12

In the late 1930’s the AMNH investigated the possibility of building an Australia-New Zealand wing. During efforts to promote the new hall, Leslie R. McGregor (Australian Trade Commissioner to the United States) presented several promotional films produced by the Australian Government to the Museum.

Bushland revels [videorecording] : featuring the Australian lyrebird.
Publisher Canberra? : Govt. of the Commonwealth of Australia, 1920?; 1 videocassette (8 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Australian ornithologist R. T. Littlejohns spent four years in the bush filming the beautiful lyrebird, resulting in this rare footage of the bird's behavior.
Film Collection no. 8 

Follow the sun [videorecording.]
Publisher Canberra? : Govt. of the Commonwealth of Australia, between 1920 and 1939; 1 videocassette (11 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. In an effort to promote tourism to the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian government produced this film. Atolls, Keppel and Duke Islands, beaches, and tourists sailing, waterskiing, fishing, swimming, and shelling introduce this vast reef along the coast of Queensland to the viewer.
Film Collection no. 9 

Glimpses of South Australia [videorecording.]
Publisher Canberra? : Govt. of the Commonwealth of Australia, between 1920 and 1939; 1 videocassette (11 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This introduction to Adelaide, South Australia, and its environs was produced by the Australian government to entice travelers to the area.
Film Collection no. 10 

The golden fleece [videorecording.]
Publisher Canberra? : Govt. of the Commonwealth of Australia, between 1920 and 1939; 1 videocassette (10 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. When the Australian government made this promotional film, Australia's sheep industry was supplying 25% of the world's wool. The activities on a large sheep ranch are presented in detail: merino sheep, herded in from the grazing land, are moved in single file into large dipping vats containing a chemical solution to kill parasites, and oral medication is administered with a squirt gun.
Film Collection no. 11 

Native animals of Australia [videorecording.]
Publisher Canberra? : Govt. of the Commonwealth of Australia, 1928; 1 videocassette (13 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Animals of the Canberra Reserve, located in the Australian Capital Territory in southeastern New South Wales, are featured in this film: kangaroos, tree kangaroos, bandicoots, pademelons, kangaroo rats, wallabies, opossums, albino opossums, flying opossums, wombats, koalas, Tasmanian devils, tiger cats, spotted native cats, echidnas and platypuses.
Film Collection no. 12

End: Australian Government Films (1920-1928)
Film Collection nos. 8-12

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The Bennett-Bird Bolivia Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1933-1934; 1 videocassette (34 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Bennett-Bird Bolivia Expedition to Bolivia and Peru, 1933-1934. Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites are the main focus of this film photographed by Junius Bouton Bird, then AMNH assistant field archaeologist.
Film Collection no. 13 

The Bernheim-Conant Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1953-1954; 4 videocassettes (295 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Bernheim-Conant Expedition to northern Africa, 1953-1954. This film is a good overall record of an expedition which covered 16,000 miles in northern Africa, showing Moslem architecture and the great variations in people and terrain of the region.
Film Collection no. 14

Beyond the mountains of the red mist in Hainan [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1937; 1 videocassette (37 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Munroe-Clark-Smith Expedition to Hainan, 1937. This film was made by Jack Munroe, a friend of AMNH President Trubee Davison.
Film Collection no. 15

Bird islands of Peru [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1920?; 1 videocassette (20 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 16

Birds of Peru and northern Chile [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1953-1954; 1 videocassette (27 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. In 1953 and 1954, Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, filmed bird colonies of coastal Peru and Chile and the outlying islands.
Film Collection no. 17

Bottom of the world [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1912-1913; 1 videocassette (38 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 18

Brazilian primitives [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1955; 1 videocassette (98 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 19 

The Burden East Indian Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (12 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 20 

Cameroun [videorecording.] *
Publisher France : Ministère des colonies, between 1920 and 1939; 1 videocassette (13 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film, made by the French government while Cameroon was still under French trusteeship, shows the dances of people of the southern provinces of Akonolinga, Yaounde, Doume, and Batouri. Details of clothing, ornaments, hair styles, and the xylophone that provides the music for the dances are shown.
Film Collection no. 21 

Camping among the Indians [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1927; 1 videocassette (22 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH-Woodcraft Indian Trip to the Southwest, 1927. The AMNH Woodcraft Indian trip was led by Ernest Thompson Seton, the author, and George Clyde Fisher (AMNH curator of visual instruction). The film depicts a variety of dances (the buffalo, hood, war, eagle, corn, deer and snowbird) performed by Indians of the Tesuque, Taos, Acoma and Santa Clara Pueblos.
Film Collection no. 22

The Captain Marshall Field Brazilian expedition [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (22 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Captain Marshall Field Brazilian Expedition to Brazil, 1926. This film record of the Field Museum of Natural History's 1926 Brazilian expedition, financed and led by Captain Marshall Field, presents expedition life as stylish and romantic.
Film Collection no. 23 

Carl and Mary in Africa [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (8 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Eastman-Pomeroy-Akeley East African Expedition, 1926. In the opening sequence, Carl Ethan Akeley (associate in the AMNH Department of Mammalogy, and associate curator and adviser in the AMNH Department of Preparation) watches artist William R. Leigh painting habitat studies for the background of the klipspringer group, one of the dioramas now in the museum's Akeley Hall of African Mammals.
Film Collection no. 24 

CBS/AMNH Adventure Series (1953-1956): Film Collection nos. 25-144

The popular and successful CBS/AMNH Adventure television series aired from 1953 to 1956. The show married science and culture through a format including: interviews with AMNH staff members and other scientists, personalities, and celebrities; the presentation of AMNH exhibitions, halls, and artifacts; the execution of scientific experiments; film clips; dancers illustrating scientific concepts; mime shows illustrating historical and cultural events; and the creation of ingenious set pieces demonstrating how natural phenomena work.

The series was broadcast live, which was an adventure in itself, presenting such problems as cue cards falling over the camera lens; an out of control young gorilla; rattlesnakes not staying on their mark; and interviewees extemporaneously contradicting the host.

All of these elements, existing in the 120 extant shows out of the 136 broadcast, document United States cultural history in the 1950’s as well as the museum’s activities during those years. The Adventure series programs were a precursor to the sophisticated nature films seen on television today.

Trip through space ; Life in a garden ; Tuna fishermen [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Trip Through Space. Man in space and what he would find on a journey through the universe is the topic of this first segment. SEGMENT 2: Life in a Garden. Richard H. Pough, chairman of the Department of Conservation and General Ecology at the AMNH, discusses the sun as an energy source in the second segment of this broadcast. SEGMENT 3: Tuna Fishermen. The last segment features Albert E. Parr, oceanographer and Director of the museum, introducing the film Undersea Story about the difficult lives of tuna fishermen off the coast of Sicily.
Film Collection no. 25 

Snake superstitions ; Below the sahara [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Snake Superstitions. Ancient fears and superstitions held by mankind about snakes are the topics of discussion for the first segment of this Adventure program. SEGMENT 2: Below the Sahara. The second segment of this broadcast features Armand Denis and his wife Michaela in an editing room.
Film Collection no. 26 

Rams of the rimrock ; Brontosaurus ; Trance and dance in Bali [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Rams of the Rimrock. Harold E. Anthony, AMNH mammalogist, introduces the first segment of this program while standing in front of the bighorn sheep diorama in the museum's Hall of North American Mammals and discusses the courtship behavior of the rams. SEGMENT 2: Brontosaurus. Shot in the Hall of Early Dinosaurs at the museum, this segment features AMNH paleontologists George Gaylord Simpson and Edwin Harris Colbert giving an informative, yet brief, presentation on evolution and the era of brontosaurus and other dinosaurs. SEGMENT 3: Trance and Dance in Bali. The last segment of the broadcast features Margaret Mead, museum ethnologist, examining the lack of schizophrenia in Balinese society due to the ritual enactment of man versus demon.
Film Collection no. 27 

Spiders ; A day in the life of a lion [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Spiders. This segment is concerned with the world of spiders and includes a presentation of a live tarantula and other smaller specimens. SEGMENT 2: A Day in the Life of a Lion. George Gilbert Goodwin, associate curator of mammals at the museum, is introduced in the second segment. This illustrative film, which was made in the Kruger National Park (in Transvaal, South Africa), deals with a lion's search for prey and his successful capture of an antelope.
Film Collection no. 28 

Behavior of bees ; The legend of Colonel P.H. Fawcett [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Behavior of Bees. Bees are examined in the first segment of this program. SEGMENT 2: The Legend of Colonel P. H. Fawcett. The mysterious disappearance in 1925 of Colonel P. H. Fawcett is the next topic of discussion.
Film Collection no. 29 

Our moon and other moons ; Invertebrates [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 30 

Mutiny on the Bounty ; Otters ; The story of oil [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Mutiny on the Bounty. On April 28, 1789, a mutiny occured on the H.M.S. Bounty, resulting in a unique intermingling of Tahitian and English culture on Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific. SEGMENT 2: Otters. This segment provides the audience with live and filmed views of otters. SEGMENT 3: The Story of Oil. Oil, and how it came to accumulate under the earth's surface, is a subject of this segment.
Film Collection no. 31 

The $2,000,000 J.P. Morgan gem collection ; Lampreys ; Antarctic animals [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: The $2,000,000 J. P. Morgan Gem Collection. Brian Mason, AMNH curator of physical geology and mineralogy, describes the museum's collection of gems, which consists of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. SEGMENT 2: Lampreys. Lampreys and their detrimental effect on the fishing industry in the Great Lakes is the subject of the second segment of this broadcast. SEGMENT 3: Antarctic Animals. Robert Cushman Murphy, chairman of the museum's Department of Birds, presents material relating to his 1912 Antarctic adventure, including footage from his movie entitled Bottom of the World. Murphy also discusses his book on Antarctica entitled Logbook for Grace.
Film Collection no. 32

Weather and storms ; Mouth-breeding fish ; Volcanoes [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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. SEGMENT 2: Mouth-breeding Fish. With a tankfull of mouth-breeding fish brought into the studio to demonstrate the unique characteristics of these fish, Eugenie Clark, research associate for the museum's Department of Animal Behavior and author of Lady with a Spear, describes how the male fish incubates eggs by carrying them in its mouth until they hatch. SEGMENT 3: Volcanoes. Frederick H. Pough, AMNH curator of physical geology and mineralogy, introduces the final segment of the program, which deals with the formation and eruption of volcanoes.
Film Collection no. 33

Afghanistan archaeology ; Chicken egg embryo [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Afghanistan Archaeology. Walter Ashlin Fairservis, archaeologist at the AMNH, discusses archaeological findings in Afghanistan. SEGMENT 2: Chicken Egg Embryo. In this segment Alexis Romanoff, professor of chemical embryology at Cornell University, explains how eggs are incubated and hatched.
Film Collection no. 34 

Gorillas ; From the neck up [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Gorillas. At the CBS studio, James Howard McGregor, research associate at the AMNH and a noted expert on gorillas, discusses historical and characteristic aspects of gorillas. SEGMENT 2: From the Neck Up. This segment is a presentation of the AMNH exhibition of the same name. The exhibition examines human adornments such as hair styles, make-up or other cosmetics, lip, ear and nose decorations, tattooing, cicatrization, etc. of both "primitive" and "civilized" people.
Film Collection no. 35

Who rules the world? Insects ; Bird islands of the Pacific [videorecording.] 
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Who Rules the World? Insects. In this first segment, Mont Adelbert Cazier hypothesizes that someday insects might dominate the earth. SEGMENT 2: Bird Islands of the Pacific. Camera studies of birds on the guano islands provides valuable information for the audience.
Film Collection no. 36 

Spear hunting jaguars ; Kontiki [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Spear Hunting Jaguars. Charles Collingwood, narrator of the Adventure series, interviews Sasha Siemel, a professional hunter for 35 years who makes his living spear hunting jaguars for cattle ranchers in South America. SEGMENT 2: Kontiki. The second segment of the program presents an in-depth analysis of the controversy over Thor Heyerdahl's theory that migration from Peru to Polynesia was possible, contradicting most theories which stated that modern civilizations had been settled as a result of West to East migrations.
Film Collection no. 37 

The Chavantes of Mato Grosso ; Field work, snakes ; Meshie [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: The Chavantes of Mato Grosso. Edward Moffat Weyer, editor of Natural History magazine and the first non-Indian to visit the Chavante (i.e. Shavante) Indians, presents rare photographic images and observations of the Chavantes who live in the Xingu River region of Brazil. SEGMENT 2: Field Work: Snakes. Robert Northshield, host, observes Charles M. Bogert, chairman of the Department of Amphibians and Reptiles at the AMNH, in the field collecting snakes. SEGMENT 3: Meshie. Harry L. Shapiro and Jane Raven Orttung, museum anthropologists, describe stages in the development of Meshie, the chimpanzee who grew up on Long Island, N.Y., as a member of the family of Henry Cushier Raven.
Film Collection no. 38

Djuka [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Located in the bush country of Dutch Guiana (now Surinam), the Djuka civilization and its history are examined in this broadcast.
Film Collection no. 39

Australian fauna ; How to build an igloo [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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. SEGMENT 2: How to Build an Igloo. This brief film on igloo construction describes how only a knife and Arctic snow are necessary to build an igloo.
Film Collection no. 40 

Army ants ; Rodeo [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Army Ants. Theodore C. Schneirla, curator of animal behavior at the AMNH, describes these unusual ants and their habits. SEGMENT 2: Rodeo. Robert Northshield, host of the second segment, satirizes man's relationship with the horse and the romanticization of the wild West. Included in this segment is an uncredited rodeo film.
Film Collection no. 41 

Life in the sea [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Clark and Parr discuss the movement of the ocean and life in the sea in a remote broadcast from Gilgo Beach, Jones Beach State Park, New York.
Film Collection no. 42

Australian aborigines [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 43 

Mayan Indians [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. In this broadcast, Gordon Frederick Ekholm, museum archaeologist, and noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright discuss Mayan archaeology and culture while in the museum's Hall of Mexico and Central America.
Film Collection no. 44

History of life on earth #1 [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This is the first of a series of four broadcasts on the history of life on earth.
Film Collection no. 45 

Navajo Indians [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The cultural conflict resulting from differences in the basic way of life of the Navajo Indian and the white man in America, is discussed in detail on this program.
Film Collection no. 46 

The romance of the soil [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. An in-depth presentation of the physical and chemical properties of soil and man's dependence on it is made by Richard H. Pough, chairman of the AMNH Department of Conservation and Plant Ecology.
Film Collection no. 47 

The American look [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This program examines the historical development and nature of the American physical type with the help of Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist.
Film Collection no. 48 

Animal life in the desert [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Charles M. Bogert, curator of herpetology at the AMNH, conducts a survey of American desert creatures for this broadcast.
Film Collection no. 49 

Life in Greenland [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Commander Donald B. MacMillan, who accompanied Robert Peary on his expedition to the North Pole in 1909, is interviewed by Charles Collingwood. MacMillan, 79 years old, recalls the expedition through photographic records and film footage of Arctic life.
Film Collection no. 50

The Sudan [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This show begins by examining the type of African films presented to the public, presenting as examples a clip of Simba, King of Beasts and Hollywood versions of African life.
Film Collection no. 51 

Mountain climbing [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. William O. Douglas, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and Maurice Herzog, author of the best-seller Annapurna (an account of his expedition to the Himalayas), are the celebrated guests of this program. Douglas, an avid mountain climber, wrote several books on his travel experiences including Beyond the High Himalayas, Of Men and Mountains, and Strange Lands and Friendly People. The two men speak of the dangers, rewards, memorable experiences, and the physical equipment involved in their expeditions.
Film Collection no. 52

Animal courtship behavior [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1953; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The courtship behavior of various animals in relation to human behavioral patterns is the topic of discussion for this broadcast.
Film Collection no. 53

Bees (Russian film) [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This program presents a film produced in the Soviet Union as propaganda celebrating the "hive." Host Charles Collingwood first looks at the film without its soundtrack, as a natural history film, and then comments on its use as a propaganda film.
Film Collection no. 54

Scientific hoaxes [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 55

Men of the Montaña [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Harry Tschopik, curator of ethnology at the AMNH, is interviewed for this program, which examines the cultural characteristics of a small Indian tribe living near the Amazon River in the Montana region of Peru and Ecuador.
Film Collection no. 56

Embryology [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Evelyn Shaw, of the Department of Animal Behavior at the American Museum of Natural History, introduces the program, which opens with film clips of chicks, monkeys, kinkajous, and cocker spaniels and discussions of their beginnings.
Film Collection no. 57

Elastic time [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Richard H. Pough, chairman of the Department of Conservation and General Ecology at the AMNH, demonstrates new photographic techniques.
Film Collection no. 58

Solar and lunar eclipses [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Charles Collingwood interviews Joseph M. Chamberlain, astronomer at the AMNH-Hayden Planetarium, on solar and lunar eclipses.
Film Collection no. 59

The Aymara Indians, heirs of the Incas [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This broadcast is concerned with the story of the Aymara Indians of Peru and Bolivia.
Film Collection no. 60

Portrait of the Arctic [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 61

The Bapende of the Belgian Congo [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Harry L. Shapiro, anthropologist, is introduced as the expert on the topic and addresses the subject of acculturation in relation to the traditional culture and to the benefits of modern medicine.
Film Collection no. 62

Admiralty Islands [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Margaret Mead, AMNH anthropologist, discusses the sociological, economic, cultural, and political changes that have taken place on Manus in the Admiralty Islands in the twenty-five years between her first and second visits.
Film Collection no. 63 

History of life #4 [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The Rise of the Mammal is the fourth program in a special series on the Adventure series. George Gaylord Simpson, AMNH paleontologist and author of The Meaning of Evolution, and Edwin Harris Colbert, curator of fossil amphibians and reptiles at the museum, discuss the emergence of the mammal as a dominant form of life on earth.
Film Collection no. 64

The sea hunters [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This remote broadcast from the Gilgo Beach Marine Laboratory of the AMNH, surveys the techniques of marine hunters.
Film Collection no. 65

The Bakuba of the Belgian Congo [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The first segment of this program, a commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, narrated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bernard De Voto, is missing from this tape. The rest of the broadcast is a documentary on a Bakuba (i.e. Kuba) tribal wedding ceremony in the Belgian Congo (now Zaire).
Film Collection no. 66

Visual recording of speech ; Bali [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Visual Recording of Speech. This segment examines new technological advances in the visual recording of speech. SEGMENT 2: Bali. Dr. Sudjarwo, Indonesian delegate to the United Nations, and Claire Holt, an authority on Balinese culture, present and discuss a documentary on the art, culture and customs of the Balinese people, the sophisticated development of dance forms, the carved musical instruments, flowers, and food.
Film Collection no. 67

Amazon head-hunters ; Theory of flight [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Amazon Head-Hunters. Harry Tschopik, ethnologist at the AMNH, discusses the custom of head-hunting as a means of vengeance practiced by the Jivaro Indians in the Montana region of Peru and Ecuador (near the headwaters of the Amazon River). SEGMENT 2: Theory of Flight. In a remote broadcast from the Naval Air Base at Floyd Bennett Field, associate producer Robert Northshield shows the ways in which man has exceeded birds in flight, both in speed and motionless suspension.
Film Collection no. 68

The Hopi Indians ; Balance of nature [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: The Hopi Indians. This documentary deals with the culture and acculturation of the Hopi who live in virtual isolation from the white man's world on a group of mesas 100 miles northeast of Phoenix, Arizona. SEGMENT 2: Balance of Nature. The next segment addresses the delicate balance found in nature regarding the basic struggle to live, reproduce, and nourish both one's self and one's family.
Film Collection no. 69

The first anniversary show [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The first anniversary celebration of the Adventure series brought participation of more than twenty scientists from the American Museum of Natural History. Taken from kinescopes, the program rebroadcasts highlights of programs aired during the series' first year.
Film Collection no. 70

After hours at the Museum ; Domesticated animals ; Peter Freuchen [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: After Hours at the Museum. In a CBS film starring actress-artist Tuuklikki, the protagonist is a museum secretary who gets disoriented in the halls of the American Museum of Natural History after the museum closes. SEGMENT 2: Domesticated Animals. Peter Putnam, a blind history instructor at Princeton University, is interviewed by Robert Northshield about his guide dog, Wick. SEGMENT 3: Peter Freuchen. Peter Freuchen, a seasoned Arctic explorer for fifty years, is interviewed by Charles Collingwood about the difficulties of living in Greenland, and the lives of the Eskimo people.
Film Collection no. 71

Spear hunting jaguars ; Evolution of man [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Spear Hunting Jaguars. This first segment consists of a 25-minute documentary on the exploits of Sasha Siemel, who recounts his experiences about killing 300 jaguars with various weapons in the Mato Grosso area of Brazil. SEGMENT 2: Evolution of Man. Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist, addresses the subject of man's origin with science reporter Robert Northshield, and concentrates on the relationships between apes and men.
Film Collection no. 72

Wild birds and man ; Male fish incubation ; Bullfighting [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Wild Birds and Man. Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, discusses the useful relationships between wild birds and men, as illustrated by the honeyguide bird used by the Wandorobo (i.e. Dorobo) to track down wild beehives in the east African forest. SEGMENT 2: Male Fish Incubation. Lester R. Aronson, chairman of the Department of Animal Behavior at the museum, describes the role of the male fish in incubating the young after the eggs have been laid, in a remote broadcast from the American Museum of Natural History's roof laboratories. SEGMENT 3: Bullfighting. The history and art of bullfighting are discussed by Barnaby Conrad, author of the best-seller Matador.
Film Collection no. 73

Lie detection ; Primitive art vs. modern [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Lie Detection. The pursuit of truth is the subject of the first segment of this broadcast, which features demonstrations of scientific methods of lie detection and hypnosis. SEGMENT 2: Primitive Art vs. Modern. This segment of the program focuses on an examination of the comparisons between primitive and modern art.
Film Collection no. 74

Young wild animals ; Antibiotics ; Whaling industry [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Young Wild Animals. In a take-off on Edward R. Murrow's "Person to Person" program, Charles Collingwood, narrator of the Adventure series, "interviews" a young bear and shows films of bears interacting with a fox, skunk, raccoon, porcupine, otters, and other animals in upstate New York. SEGMENT 2: Antibiotics. In a remote broadcast from the largest manufacturer of antibiotics in the world, Pfizer & Company in Brooklyn, Jasper King, vice-president in charge of research, allows viewers to see how antibiotics are made, researched and discovered by his company. SEGMENT 3: Whaling Industry. Curator Edouard Stackpole of the Mystic Seaport Museum of Whaling in Connecticut presents models of whaling ships and explains the procedures required to harpoon a whale.
Film Collection no. 75

The story of Marco Polo ; Campa ; Drums [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: The Story of Marco Polo. Eleanor Roosevelt is the honored guest on this Adventure broadcast. She narrates a documentary on Marco Polo's expeditions, and recounts her own experiences in the Orient. SEGMENT 2: Campa Indians. Harry Tschopik, assistant curator of ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History, describes the careful negotiations which take place with native people to record their culture on film and tape. SEGMENT 3: Drums. A performance of Haitian dancers and talking drums is presented in the studio.
Film Collection no. 76

Spiders ; The Sahara ; Snake farm [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Spiders. The mythology and scientific reality of spiders are the subjects of the first segment. SEGMENT 2: The Sahara. Shown here is the documentary record of a 16,000-mile African expedition by Claude Bernheim and his family. SEGMENT 3: Snake Farm. Ross Allen, the operator of a commercial snake farm in Silver Springs, Florida, and Charles M. Bogert, curator of the AMNH Department of Amphibians and Reptiles, are the guests on this broadcast about snakes.
Film Collection no. 77

Niagara Falls ; Navajo [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Niagara Falls. This remote broadcast from Niagara Falls features Bobb Schaeffer, AMNH paleontologist, and Dr. Anderson, Niagara Park official, discussing a disaster which occured six weeks earlier when Prospect Point broke away from the Falls. SEGMENT 2: Navajo. The second segment of the season's premiere describes the Adventure crew's three-week journey through the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and Utah.
Film Collection no. 78

All things flow ; Japanese monkeys ; Genetics [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: All Things Flow. This segment takes its name from a film it presents that shows the constant motion in nature, through time-lapse photography. SEGMENT 2: Japanese Monkeys. Aronson narrates a film on the social life of an isolated group of Japanese monkeys. SEGMENT 3: Genetics. The final segment is the initial broadcast of a projected series on genetics and traces the birth cycle backwards from the moment of birth to the initial fertilization.
Film Collection no. 79

The Tomas of West Africa ; Birdwatching ; Troy [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (60 min.) sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: The Tomas of West Africa. The Tomas of Liberia and Sierra Leone, Africa are depicted in a film based on the book Sacred Forest, with special emphasis on their rituals and sacrifices, including male and female initiations. SEGMENT 2: Bird Watching. Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, discusses the southward migration of birds in the fall, especially of Canadian geese and other waterbirds. SEGMENT 3: Troy. The story of Troy is presented with an elaborate floor painting and sand table set up in the studio.
Film Collection no. 80

Origins of races, Australian aborigines [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This broadcast traces the origins of the world's races, with special emphasis on the Australian aborigines.
Film Collection no. 81

Arctic exploration ; Indo-European languages [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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. SEGMENT 2: Indo-European Languages. Languages and their historical interrelationships as part of the Indo-European language group are examined by Russell F. W. Smith, dean of the University College, University of Chicago.
Film Collection no. 82

Slow-motion time ; Genetics [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Slow-Motion Time. Both high-speed and slow-motion photography may be used to show details that are not necessarily seen by the human eye. SEGMENT 2: Genetics. In this second program in the series on genetics, Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH Department of Anthropology, explains how a knowledge of dominant and recessive hereditary characteristics helps predict the probable make-up of an unborn child.
Film Collection no. 83

Stone age culture of New Guinea [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Ernest Thomas Gilliard, AMNH ornithologist, presents specimens of birds of paradise he has collected on a recent expedition to the Sepik River Valley in New Guinea.
Film Collection no. 84

Musicale of primitive instruments [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Willard Rhodes, Columbia University anthropologist specializing in musicology, discusses numerous musical instruments from the AMNH collection.
Film Collection no. 85

The story of cortisone [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The subject of the program is the discovery of cortisone as a treatment for arthritis.
Film Collection no. 86

Bird brains [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 87

Primitive strikes back [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1954; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Harry Tschopik, AMNH curator of ethnology, discusses the relationship between primitive peoples and the scientific anthropologist and others who study them.
Film Collection no. 88

Fish behavior [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This remote broadcast from Gilgo Beach, Long Island, N.Y., is a discussion of fish behavior introduced by Eugenie Clark, research associate in the AMNH Department of Animal Behavior. The pros and cons of laboratory research versus field research are examined.
Film Collection no. 89

Space [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Joseph M. Chamberlain, chief astronomer of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium is introduced as a guest on this program, along with G. R. Pendray, a noted pioneer in American rocketry. The history of rockets and man's attempts to learn more about the earth and space by rising above the earth's atmosphere are discussed in detail.
Film Collection no. 90

Dance forms around the world [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. A comparative study of dance forms around the world is examined in this program by Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist, and the dance critic of the New York Herald Tribune, Walter Terry.
Film Collection no. 91

Animal behavior [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Konrad Lorenz, foremost authority on animal behavior from the University of Muenster in Germany, discusses imprinting and animal behavior on this broadcast.
Film Collection no. 92

Life in Tibet [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas describes life in Tibet to Charles Collingwood in this program. The extreme differences between poverty and nobility in this region are examined.
Film Collection no. 93

Living fossils, the crocodilians [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The history of living fossils is the topic of discussion for this broadcast. Charles M. Bogert, AMNH herpetologist, discusses the habits and history of huge reptiles, such as garials, caymans and other crocodiles.
Film Collection no. 94

Birds of paradise and spiders (beauty and the beast) [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Birds of Paradise. Ernest Thomas Gilliard, AMNH curator of birds, joins Charles Collingwood to discuss birds of paradise as examples of beauty. SEGMENT 2: Spiders. Demonstrating the beauty and the beast in nature, this segment contrasts with the previous one.
Film Collection no. 95

Weather [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 96

Darwin's voyage [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Edwin Harris Colbert, AMNH curator of fossil reptiles and amphibians, is interviewed for this broadcast concerning Charles Darwin's five year voyage around the world on the H.M.S. Beagle.
Film Collection no. 97

Films 98-194

Northwest Coast Indians [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The story of the Northwest Coast Indians and the loss of their culture is the subject examined.
Film Collection no. 98 

Essence of life [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. William D. Clarke, AMNH curator of invertebrates, reviews the nature and range of life on earth, illustrating how all normal forms of life have five basic properties: responsiveness, the ability to reproduce, growth, metabolism, and movement.
Film Collection no. 99 

African safari [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Harold E. Anthony, chairman and curator of the museum's Department of Mammals, and Charles Collingwood, narrator, take television viewers on a safari to Africa in this broadcast. Anthony, a noted animal collector, stresses the importance of safari techniques that bring back live animals for scientific study.
Film Collection no. 100 

Mohammedanism [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Walter Ashlin Fairservis, AMNH anthropologist, examines Mohammedanism. The first in a three-part series on Oriental religions, this program traces the beginnings of Mohammedanism to about 600 A.D., when Mohammed preached.
Film Collection no. 101 

Silkworms ; Constellations [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Silkworms. The complete cycle of the silkworm, from birth to death, is discussed by Mont Adelbert Cazier, chairman of the AMNH Department of Insects and Spiders, who also narrates the Italian documentary that shows the silk-spinning process. SEGMENT 2: Constellations. Catharine E. Barry, assistant astronomer at the American MuseumHayden Planetarium, presents the second segment, which is primarily geared for young children. She speaks about the mythology of the heavens, recounting the history of the constellation Orion, the Japanese tales of the stars Alta and Vegair, and the Indian legend of the Corona Borealis.
Film Collection no. 102 

Egypt ; Fish genetics ; Geology of the far north [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Egypt. In a remote broadcast from the Brooklyn Museum, the first segment attempts to reconstruct life in Egypt during the time of the Pharoahs, as seen through Egyptian art. SEGMENT 2: Fish Genetics. The second segment is concerned with fish genetic experiments performed in conjunction with the American Cancer Society to determine if there is a hereditary factor in cancer. SEGMENT 3: Geology of the Far North. Father Bernard Hubbard, dean of science at the University of Santa Clara, California, discusses his adventures in Alaska as the glacier priest for the past 27 years.
Film Collection no. 103 

Explorations for science in South America [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Ross Allen, owner of the Ross Allen Reptile Farm in Silver Springs, Florida, discusses the role of adventurers and explorers in the cause of science.
Film Collection no. 104 

Hinduism [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The second segment in a three-part series on religion discusses Hinduism. The three stages of life of the average Hindu are examined: confirmation and preparation; discharge obligations; and in old age renouncing life and attempting to reach Brahman and rebirth.
Film Collection no. 105 

New Mexican descendants of conquistadores [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This broadcast discusses the inhabitants of Truchas, New Mexico, who were direct descendants of the Spanish conquerors who opened the North American continent to colonization and development.
Film Collection no. 106 

After hours at the Museum ; Red deer [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: After Hours at the Museum. The first segment is a previously shown short film entitled After Hours at the Museum. The previous showing was on May 16, 1954. SEGMENT 2: Red Deer. Lee Crandall, curator emeritus for the Department of Birds, New York Zoological Society, is the guest at a remote broadcast from the Bronx Zoo (i.e. New York Zoological Park). The subject of the program is the differences between the lives of red deer in captivity and in the wild.
Film Collection no. 107 

Quetzalcoatl [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Broadcast from the museum's Hall of Mexico and Central America, the program presents an in-depth examination of the influence Quetzalcoatl (Serpent God of the Aztecs) had on four major cultures.
Film Collection no. 108

Adventure [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The topic of discussion for this broadcast is the concept of adventure. After a brief examination of the various meanings of the word, three feature films are shown to illustrate different types of adventure.
Film Collection no. 109

Family of man [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The "Family of Man" exhibition of photographs at the Museum of Modern Art is discussed by Edward Steichen, noted photographer and curator at the Museum of Modern Art, and guests Eleanor Roosevelt, Carl Sandburg, and Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH Department of Anthropology.
Film Collection no. 110 

Bees [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 111 

Mountain climbing with native guides [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. A discussion of the need for native guides in mountain climbing expeditions is the subject of this broadcast.
Film Collection no. 112 

Family of man [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This broadcast on the "Family of Man" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art was originally shown on June 19, 1955. The show won an award at the Venice Film Festival and was exhibited at the Edinburgh Film Festival. It is repeated here in its entirety.
Film Collection no. 113

Oil digging in Purcell, Oklahoma [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 114 

Planets ; Oil well #2 [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Planets. 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. SEGMENT 2: Oil Well #2. At the end of the program, a progress report is given on the oil well construction at Purcell, Oklahoma. Robert Northshield, in the field, shows films of the erection of the derrick that week.
Film Collection no. 115 

Way of the Navajo [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 116 

The body ; Oil well #3 [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: The Body. The first segment of this broadcast illustrates how the body works by means of a large machine full of tracks and a small train moving over the human body to portray various systems. SEGMENT 2: Oil Well #3. Robert Northshield once again discusses the latest progress on the Adventure oil well in Purcell, Oklahoma.
Film Collection no. 117

Sea of darkness ; Oil well #4 [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: 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. SEGMENT 2: Oil Well #4. This segment presents an update on the Adventure oil well in Purcell, Oklahoma. Robert Northshield discusses the progress of the drilling.
Film Collection no. 118 

Christmas around the world ; Oil well #5 [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1955; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. SEGMENT 1: Christmas Around the World. In a remote broadcast from a Benedictine convent in Bethlehem, Connecticut, a valuable collection of miniature creche figures, fifteenth century Italian wood carvings are seen. SEGMENT 2: Oil Well #5. The second segment is the fifth and last report on the oil well in Purcell, Oklahoma. Robert Northshield is seen celebrating under a gushing oil well.
Film Collection no. 119 

Seals and porpoises [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 120 

Belgian Congo's Hamba tribe [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The noted anthropologist Luc de Heusch recorded various rites of the Hamba tribe of the Belgian Congo (now Zaire) for this program. Celebration of the Hamba, the English title of de Heusch's film, documents the ritual of the "leopardmen," the initiation of young men into the ranks of the warriors, some festivals, and the ceremony of a native divorce.
Film Collection no. 121 

Gorillas and apes [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The program on gorillas and other apes begins with a film entitled Gorilla Bill, which is about Bill Said's methods of capturing a gorilla (shown previously on March 27, 1955). After this film material is presented, a remote broadcast from the Bronx Zoo (i.e. New York Zoological Park) features Charles Collingwood interviewing Richard Mandel, curator of mammals, about the lives of gorillas and other apes in the wild and in captivity.
Film Collection no. 122 

Voodoo [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The origin and history of voodoo is the topic of discussion for this broadcast. Illustrated through a performance by the Haitian dancer Jean Lon Destine and his dance group with drums and singing dancers, the discussion explores the various meanings of voodoo as a religion and ritual.
Film Collection no. 123 

Life of the penguin [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Broadcasting from the penguin section of the Bronx Zoo (i.e. New York Zoological Park), Charles Collingwood discusses penguins with William J. L. Sladen of the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey Department. Dean Amadon, AMNH ornithologist, was a consultant for the program.
Film Collection no. 124 

Headhunters of South America [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Edward Moffatt Weyer, editor of Natural History magazine and an anthropologist, and Harry Tschopik, AMNH ethnologist, are guest anthropologists on this broadcast about two groups of Indians. The Chavante (i.e. Shavante) and Jivaro Indians, who live in the Amazon region of South America, have been the subject of some scrutiny following the recent massacre of five American missionaries by the Auca Indians in Ecuador.
Film Collection no. 125 

Buddhism [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 126 

Catalina under the sea [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. In a live underwater broadcast, the first ever produced, Charles Collingwood puts on his diving suit and dives with Ken Norris, oceanographer at Marineland in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. They discuss plants, such as a kelp forest, and much of the examination is centered on the type of underwater photographic equipment used in this unique broadcast.
Film Collection no. 127 

Angotee [videorecording] : contrast between American and Eskimo boys.
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The program contrasts an Eskimo boy, Angotee, with an American boy, his counterpart of the same age.
Film Collection no. 128 

Snakes and snake cults [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Snake cults are the subject of this program which was a live remote broadcast from Bill Haas's serpentarium in Kendall, Florida.
Film Collection no. 129 

Locusts [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. John Schmidt, a Rutgers University entomologist, explains the latest discoveries in protection from locust plagues.
Film Collection no. 130 

Hook [videorecording] : a hawk's life.
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Ernest Thomas Gilliard, an ornithologist at the AMNH, is introduced on this broadcast as a guest expert on the life cycle of the hawk.
Film Collection no. 131 

Alexander the Great [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The 1956 Hollywood production of Alexander the Great provides the impetus for this broadcast, which compares the historical accuracy of the movie with actual relics from the fourth century B.C., in the collections of the AMNH.
Film Collection no. 132 

Big cats [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Big Cats is the title of this program broadcast live from the Bronx Zoo (i.e. New York Zoological Park). Richard Mandel, the mammal curator at the zoo, is the guest. The program shows viewers how tigers, jaguars and leopards live in captivity.
Film Collection no. 133 

Imprinting period [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Scientific experimentation with the imprinting period, the phase of an animal's life when its mind is most open to stimuli, is the topic of discussion.
Film Collection no. 134 

Evolution of the horse [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This broadcast from the Aqueduct Racetrack features horse trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, trainer of the thoroughbred Nashua. The discussion focuses on the characteristics of a fine horse and on the evolution of the horse.
Film Collection no. 135 

Deafness [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Charles Collingwood explores the world of deafness in this program. In conjunction with a trained audiologist from the New York Lexington School for the Deaf, an electrical set-up enables Collingwood's voice to be filtered out and demonstrates the tones that are lost when deafness begins.
Film Collection no. 136 

Shintoism and Japanese culture [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Broadcast live from the Henry E. Huntington Museum Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, the program examines Japanese religion and culture.
Film Collection no. 137 

Snake cults [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This program is a repeat of the broadcast from March 4, 1956 on snake cults and worship of snakes.
Film Collection no. 138 

Pompeii [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 139 

African villages and music [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This segment, hosted by Charles Collingwood, discusses the use of music in African villages, especially music samples of the Babembe (i.e. Bembe) found in the Middle Congo of French Equatorial Africa (now Congo).
Film Collection no. 140 

Age of dinosaurs [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Edwin Harris Colbert, paleontologist at the AMNH, joins narrator Charles Collingwood for this broadcast on the subject of dinosaurs.
Film Collection no. 141 

The Bayeux tapestry [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The Bayeaux Tapestry is the subject of this broadcast which traces the history of Hastings back to the Norman victory over the Anglo-Saxons in 1066 A.D. in what is believed to be the formation of the English-speaking people.
Film Collection no. 142 

Seabirds' struggle for survival [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, is a guest on this program which examines the subject of seabirds struggling for survival.
Film Collection no. 143 

The golden age of whaling [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History : CBS, 1956; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The last voyage of the Charles Morgan, an old whaling ship out of Mystic, Connecticut, is the topic of discussion for the program.
Film Collection no. 144 

End: CBS/AMNH Adventure Series (1953-1956)
Film Collection nos. 25-144

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Central African Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1947-1948; 1 videocassette (500 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during AMNH Central African Expedition, 1948. The film material taken on the AMNH Central African Expedition, 1947-1948, is unedited, raw footage.
Film Collection no. 145 (see also Film Collection no. 3 )

Central Asiatic Expeditions Films (1921-1930): Film Collection nos. 146-151

Professor Henry Fairfield Osborn, AMNH President (1908-1933) and noted paleontologist, believed that central Asia was the birthplace of man. When the young curator of mammals, Roy Chapman Andrews, started talking about exploring central Asia he was encouraged by Osborn. Andrews personally raised funds and organized an expedition that he called the Third Asiatic Expedition (TAE), 1921-1930, since he had already reconnoitered Mongolia in 1919, and in 1916-1917 the AMNH had completed the First Zoological Expedition. Eventually the entire series of expeditions became known as the Central Asiatic Expeditions.

Asia magazine, co-sponsor of the TAE, hired cinematographer James Barnes Shackelford, an expert in the use of the Akeley camera (a special camera equipped with a gyro head, a long-focus lens, and a coupled viewfinder, which could be set up in less than a minute and have its film changed in thirty seconds) to film the 1922, 1925, and 1928 expeditions. The resulting films and photographs are some of the most comprehensive and most professional, making it the best-documented expedition in the collection. In the 1930s the raw footage was edited into short thematic films titled and captioned for use in lectures. No comprehensive visual record exists. The TAE received front-page attention as it traveled throughout China and Mongolia. Although the expedition failed to find evidence that Central Asia was the birthplace of man, it is remembered for the discovery of dinosaur eggs in the Gobe Desert, thus proving that dinosaurs were reptiles not mammals.

The Central Asiatic Expeditions [videorecording] : fauna. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History 1921-1930; 1 videocassette (17 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Third Asiatic Expedition to China and Mongolia, 1921-1930. The expedition collected zoological specimens throughout Mongolia, but the main collecting was done in the Gobi Desert. This film shows some of the animals that were collected for scientific purposes, as well as those kept as pets.
Film Collection no. 146 

Central Asiatic Expeditions [videorecording] : fossils and artifacts. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1925; 1 videocassette (19 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Third Asiatic Expedition to China and Mongolia, 1921-1930. The film records the paleontological finds of the expedition.
Film Collection no. 147 

Central Asiatic Expeditions [videorecording] : maps, staff and transportation. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1928; 1 videocassette (29 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Third Asiatic Expedition to China and Mongolia, 1921-1930. The film opens with animated maps tracing the routes of the expeditions.
Film Collection no. 148

The Central Asiatic Expeditions [videorecording] : Mongols. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1925; 1 videocassette (29 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. China and Mongolia, 1921-1930. The first sequence concentrates on daily life in a Mongol camp near Tsagan Nor (or White Lake).
Film Collection no. 149

The Central Asiatic Expeditions [videorecording] : Peking. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1928; 1 videocassette (7 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Third Asiatic Expedition to China and Mongolia, 1921-1930. Film brought from the U.S. was intended for recording the expedition, but some precious film was used to photograph Peking (now Beijing), the site of the expedition's headquarters.
Film Collection no. 150

Frontiers of a forbidden land [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1916-1917; 1 videocassette (36 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH First Asiatic Zoological Expedition to Yunnan and Fukien, China, 1916-1917. This is the record of the AMNH First Asiatic Zoological Expedition to eastern and southwestern China (Fukien and Yunnan provinces), the purpose of which was to collect zoological specimens and visual ethnographic records.
Film Collection no. 151

End: Central Asiatic Expeditions Films (1921-1930)
Film Collection nos. 146-151

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Children of Africa [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1937; 1 videocassette (10 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Martin Johnson African Expedition, 1924-1928. Children of Africa is comprised of outtakes from a Martin and Osa Johnson film made during the AMNH Martin Johnson African Expeditions, 1924-1928.
Film Collection no. 152 

Children of Asia [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1937; 1 videocassette (12 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Edited from footage taken during the AMNH Faunthorpe-Vernay Indian Expedition to India, Nepal, and Burma, 1922-1923, the AMNH First Asiatic Zoological Expedition to Yunnan, China, 1916-1917, and the AMNH Third Asiatic Expedition to China and Mongolia, 1921-1930.
Film Collection no. 153 

Children of Mexico [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1940; 1 videocassette (11 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Educational Expedition to Mexico, 1940. Grace Fisher Ramsey of the AMNH Department of Education made a series of short films in 1940, during the Educational Expedition to Mexico. This particular film is an introduction to the children of Mexico.
Film Collection no. 154 

The Chisena of Mozambique [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1960; 1 videocassette (65 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. The film begins with narration and maps depicting the early exploration of Mozambique and dwelling particularly on the arrival of the Portuguese.
Film Collection no. 155 

Congo [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1940; 1 videocassette (5 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. This footage is comprised of outtakes of the Warner Brothers feature film The Congo but there is no information on it in the Warners' archives.
Film Collection no. 156 

The Congo Peacock Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1937; 1 videocassette (34 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Congo Peacock Expedition to Zaire, 1937.
Film Collection no. 157 

Craftsmen of Mexico [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1940; 1 videocassette (16 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Educational Expedition to Mexico, 1940. This film by Grace Fisher Ramsey, associate curator of the AMNH Department of Education, opens in color with images of Otomi women near Popocatapetl making twine from maguey fibers; they perform this task while walking along the road.
Film Collection no. 158

Templeton Crocker Collection (1931-1935): Film Collection nos. 159-161

Charles Templeton Crocker (1885-1948) was born in San Francisco to a family renowned for its contribution to the first transcontinental railroad, but exploration rather than the Southern Pacific Railroad Company fired his imagination and many museums profited by his sense of adventure and generosity. He led several research expeditions to the South Pacific in the 1930s, two of them for the AMNH. The expeditions traveled on board his beautiful yacht, the Zaca. In 1933, Harper Brothers published his book, The Cruise of the Zaca. People and Dances of Oceania is the film record of this trip.

People and dances of Oceania [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1931-1933; 1 videocassette (37 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Partly filmed during the Templeton Crocker Expedition to the Solomon Islands, 1933.
Film Collection no. 159 

The scientific expedition to the South Pacific in the yacht Zaca [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1934-1935; 1 videocassette (29 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Templeton Crocker Pacific Expedition, 1934-1935. The film offers little more than general documentation of the expedition's activities and travels.
Film Collection no. 160 

The Templeton Crocker Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1933; 1 videocassette (110 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Templeton Crocker Expedition to the Solomon Islands, 1933. The objective of the Templeton Crocker Expedition, led by Crocker, was to conduct a preliminary medical, ethnological and natural history survey of the Solomon Islands. This film consists predominantly of ethnographic footage depicting the native clothing, trade, rituals and everyday activities on the various islands.
Film Collection no. 161 

End: Templeton Crocker Collection (1931-1935)
Film Collection nos. 159-161

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Crossroads of the deep [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1952; 1 videocassette (22 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. This film records a big game fishing trip in the converging waters of the mineral-rich Ecuadorian and Humboldt currents off the coast of Peru.
Film Collection no. 162

C. Suydam Cutting Collection (1926-1938):  Film Collection nos. 163-167

Charles Suydam Cutting is most celebrated as the first westerner to enter the forbidden city of Lhasa in Tibet. After years of negotiations and presents to the Dalai Lama, his perseverance was rewarded by an invitation to the holy city.

Educated as an engineer he abandoned his profession for adventure and exploration. Cutting’s special interest in ethnology is reflected in his expedition films. He collected for the Field Museum of Natural History, the Bombay Natural History Society, botanical gardens in the United States and England, and the AMNH. He was a member of the royal Geographical Society and the Royal Central Asian Society, and a trustee of both the AMNH and the New York Zoological Society.

Cutting wrote about his expeditions and friends, including Kermit and Theodore Roosevelt Jr., in his book, The Fire Ox and Other Years. The year of the fire ox, according to the Chinese lunar calendar is 1937, when Cutting made his return visit to the forbidden cities of Tibet with his wife, Helen McMahon Cutting. He was a national champion in court tennis, an avocation he took as seriously as exploration.

Abyssinia [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926-1927; 1 videocassette (69 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Field Museum-Chicago Daily News Abyssinian Expedition, 1926-1927.
Film Collection no. 163 

China and Tibet [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1929; 1 videocassette (15 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during a Field Museum of Natural History expedition to China, Tibet, and Vietnam, 1929. The film is primarily a record of the people, many of whom are not identified, they encountered through the Szechwan Province and in Tibet.
Film Collection no. 164 

Nyimsao and Kheseto [videorecording] : a tale of the Naga Hills. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1930; 1 videocassette (78 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Charles Suydam Cutting made this film while traveling through the Naga Hills of Assam in northeast India with a punitive expedition conducted by the British Naga district commissioner to curtail headhunting. Ethnographic footage of the Naga peoples is overlaid on a light fictional story about two men, Nyimsao and Kheseto.
Film Collection no. 165 

To Lhasa and Shigatse [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1935; 1 videocassette (73 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Vernay-Cutting Expedition to Tibet, 1935. The Vernay-Cutting expedition to Tibet was co-led by Charles Suydam Cutting and Arthur Stannard Vernay, another AMNH trustee. Its purpose was to collect ethnological objects for the AMNH and botanical specimens for the Kew Gardens in England.
Film Collection no. 166 

The Vernay-Cutting Expedition to Burma [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1938; 1 videocassette (25 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Vernay-Cutting Expedition to Burma, 1938. The Vernay-Cutting Expedition to Burma was organized for the purpose of collecting zoological and botanical specimens for the AMNH, the New York Botanical Garden, the Kensington Museum of London (probably the British Museum of Natural History), Kew Gardens, and the Bombay Natural History Society.
Film Collection no. 167 

End: C. Suydam Cutting Collection  (1926-1938)
Film Collection nos. 163-167

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Danses de Dogons, de Sanga, et de Bandiagara [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, [192- ]1930; 1 videocassette (4 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Given to the museum by the estate of Anne Morgan, J. P. Morgan's youngest child, this is probably one of several French Government films she owned, as she had worked extensively with the French Government during World War I. The dances of the Dogon escarpments of Sanga and Bandiagara in Mali are the focus of this film.
Film Collection no. 168 

Danses des Cambodgiennes [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1930?; 1 videocassette (6 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film was given to the AMNH by the estate of Anne Morgan, J. P. Morgan's youngest child. This is probably one of several French Government films which she owned. In this film, the Royal Cambodian Ballet performs a traditional dance on an elaborate covered patio.
Film Collection no. 169 

The Day Roraima Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1927; 1 videocassette (67 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Day Roraima Expedition to Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, 1927. George Henry Hamilton Tate, AMNH associate in mammalogy, his brother Geoffrey Tate, and T. Donald Carter, AMNH assistant curator of mammalogy, headed this expedition, the object of which was to bring a list of the region's flora and fauna as near to completion as possible.
Film Collection no. 170 

A day with John Burroughs [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1919; 1 videocassette (9 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. John Burroughs (1837-1921), author and naturalist, is filmed going about his daily routine at his home, Woodchuck Lodge, in the Catskill Mountains. This film is unique for the time as it was filmed in color; it is the earliest color film in the collection.
Film Collection no. 171 
---For more information about John Burroughs, see the site for the John Burroughs Association.

Dead birds [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1962; 1 videocassette (84 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Harvard-Peabody New Guinea Expedition to the Baliem Valley of Dutch New Guinea (now Irian Jaya), 1961. This film chronicles the two seasons the expedition spent with the Dugum Dani (i.e. Dani) in the Kurelu area of the Baliem Valley, Dutch New Guinea (now Irian Jaya, Indonesia).
Film Collection no. 172 

Digging fossils in South Dakota [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1941; 1 videocassette (6 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during AMNH excavations in the Big Badlands of South Dakota, 1941. This film made by Charles Coles, AMNH photographer, records the paleontological work done in the Badlands of South Dakota by AMNH paleontologists Edwin H. Colbert, Albert Thomson, and Walter Granger.
Film Collection no. 173 

DNA and living cells [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1964; 1 videocassette (7 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. The first part of DNA and Living Cells discusses, through animated modules, how DNA and RNA direct the synthesis of certain proteins that are vital for proper cell function.
Film Collection no. 174 

Dogon mask [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1974?; 1 videocassette (15 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. This film is part of the travelling exhibition entitled "Contemporary African Arts," which was mounted by the Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago and shown at the AMNH in 1974. A group of Dogons dance against the background formed by the wattle-and-daub pueblo-style buildings of their village in Mali.
Film Collection no. 175

W. Gurnee Dyer Collection (1963-1973): Film Collection nos. 176-184

Walter Gurnee Dyer, vice-president of the AMNH from 1968 until his death in 1974, was an investment banker with an avid interest in education. The Dyer film collection, motivated by his desire to educate, is a photographic record of Dyer’s travel experiences in Africa, Central America and Asia, with his wife, Betty, who recorded the local music heard in some of these films. During their travels, the Dyers collected many artifacts of daily life. The films often record how these items were used, and many of these objects are now on display in AMNH’s Hall of Man in Africa.

Afrique equatoriale [videorecording] : Tchad. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1963; 1 videocassette (35 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. This film provides a general overview of the various peoples of Chad.
Film Collection no. 176 

Afrique noire [videorecording] : Senegal. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1964; 1 videocassette (16 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. This film provides a general portrait of Senegalese life.
Film Collection no. 177 

Afrique occidentale [videorecording] : Mali. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1964; 1 videocassette (12 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. A broad panorama of various locations throughout Mali is offered here, including San Sangha, Mopti, Tombouctou (Timbuktu), and the Bani and Niger Rivers.
Film Collection no. 178 

Ethiopia [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1971; 1 videocassette (61 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. With the feel and flavor of a travelogue, this film touches briefly on a variety of locations, people, and events throughout this East African country. Places visited include Addis Ababa, the hot springs of Awash, the Blue Nile Gorge, Tisisat Falls, Lake Tsana, Daga Island, Dek Island, Gonder, Lalibela, and Aksum.
Film Collection no. 179 

Guatemala, land of the Maya [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1970; 1 videocassette (45 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. The informative narrative and lengthy, detailed scenes make this travel film useful for research. The film surveys many aspects of Guatemala.
Film Collection no. 180 

In the shadow of the Ruwenzori and the Ituri forest [videorecording.]  *
[Dyer’s Congo- note in book]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1972; 1 videocassette (52 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. While on vacation in Uganda and Zaire, Walter Gurnee and Betty Dyer filmed their trip and made sound recordings of the people and places they encountered. Their trip took them to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Kivu, the Semliki River, the Semliki flats and the Ituri Forest.
Film Collection no. 181 

India [videorecording] : Bombay to Cape Comorin. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1966; 1 videocassette (50 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. The Dyers made this film while traveling through India. It opens with footage of Bombay Harbor; the fishermen of the seacoast town of Manori are then observed at work, and the town itself is explored through street scenes and a shot of the Tomb of Rabia-ud-Daurani, which closely resembles the Taj Mahal.
Film Collection no. 182 

A little journey through Iran [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1971; 1 videocassette (34 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. A Little Journey through Iran is a record of the Dyers' travels through that country. Included in the film are magnificent shots of the Tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae, and the tombs of the other Achaemeni kings, Darius I, Darius II and Xerxes, and the nearby ruins of Persepolis.
Film Collection no. 183 

Travels through the northern frontier district of Kenya [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1973; 1 videocassette (49 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Here the Dyers provide us with brief portraits of the various tribes and wildlife that inhabit the region on Kenya's northern border.
Film Collection no. 184

End: W. Gurnee Dyer Collection (1963-1973)
Film Collection nos. 176-184

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East Africa [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1923?; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film is comprised of bits and pieces that are probably outtakes of Alfred J. Klein's Equatorial Africa: Roosevelt's Hunting Grounds, made in 1923.
Film Collection no. 185 

The Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1933-1934; 1 videocassette (93 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during two Ellsworth Antarctic expeditions, 1933 and 1934. Lincoln Ellsworth, AMNH trustee, made two unsuccessful attempts to cross Antarctica by plane in 1933 and 1934 before succeeding finally in 1935. This footage, which unfortunately documents only his first two attempts, is nonetheless valuable for its views of the Antarctic landscape and the expedition itself, including Ellsworth's ship, the Wyatt Earp, and his plane, the Polar Star.
Film Collection no. 186 

Fishermen of Lake Patzcuaro [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1940; 1 videocassette (9 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Educational Expedition to Mexico, 1940. In this film, made by Grace Fisher Ramsey of the Museum's Department of Education, the Tarasco Indians weave nets by their homes, near Lake Patzcuaro, Mexico.
Film Collection no. 187

The Gilliard Sepik Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1953-1954; 1 videocassette (57 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH-National Geographic Society Gilliard Sepik Expedition to Papua New Guinea, 1953-1954. Ernest Thomas Gilliard, AMNH ornithologist, and his wife Margaret went to Papua New Guinea in 1953- 1954 to study the birds of paradise of the Sepik River region and the headwaters in the valley between the Victor Emanuel and Hindenburg Mountain ranges.
Film Collection no. 188 

Glimpses of Hispaniola [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1929-1930; 1 videocassette (9 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Santo Domingo, 1929-1930. The Angelo Heilprin Expedition to Santo Domingo was conducted under the auspices of the museum's Department of Herpetology and Experimental Biology. Its purpose was to collect and "fix" reptiles and amphibians in the field.
Film Collection no. 189 

Greenland musk oxen [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1934; 1 videocassette (13 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This short film is all that remains of an expedition film called North Iceland and Northeast Greenland made by John K. Howard, an AMNH patron. In it is pictured the Isfjord, the Frand Joseph fjord, the Nordenskjold glacier, icebergs, waterfalls at Geology fjord, and of particular interest, the musk oxen at Eleonore Bay and Ymer Island.
Film Collection no. 190 

High Arctic [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1962-1963; 1 videocassette (65 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. This film begins in Ottawa at the headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. While there, a Mountie officer convinces Lewis Cotlow, producer and director of this film, to make a motion picture about the Eskimos of the high Arctic. The film shows Cotlow and his film crew setting out on board an official Mountie airplane named the Otter.
Film Collection no. 191 

Hopi Indians of the Southwest [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1925; 1 videocassette (16 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. The first part of this film is a study of weaving. Every action, from the carding of wool, through spinning it on a spindle, mounting yarn into warps, and weaving a sash using an upright loom are seen, all being performed by a Hopi man. This is followed by a ceremony leading up to a foot race by the priests as part of a maize celebration.
Film Collection no. 192 

How life begins [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1916?; 1 videocassette (36 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. George E. Stone, who had been an official U.S. Government photographer in France during World War I, collaborated with J. A. Long, assistant professor of embryology at the University of California, to make this early sex education film in an attempt to help combat venereal disease.
Film Collection no. 193 

Huaca Prieta [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1946-1947; 1 videocassette (33 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Institute of Andean Research Viru Valley Project in Peru, 1946-1947. The Viru Valley Project was a series of archaeological excavations in the Andes sponsored by the Institute for Andean Research.
Film Collection no. 194

Films 195-291

Hummingbird flight technique [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1955; 1 videocassette (9 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This brief film, made by Crawford Hallock Greenewalt, AMNH trustee, is a study of hummingbird flight.
Film Collection no. 195 

Indian communication [videorecording] : sign language of the North American Indian. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1908-1913; 1 videocassette (12 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Wanamaker Historical Expeditions, 1908-1913. In 1908, 1909, and 1913, Rodman Wanamaker financed expeditions to study North American Indians.
Film Collection no. 196 

Indian pottery making in the village of San Ildefonso, New Mexico [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1932; 1 videocassette (29 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film depicting the unique process of pottery making at the San Ildefonso Pueblo was made by George Clyde Fisher, curator in the AMNH Department of Education, Clark Wissler, curator-in-chief of the AMNH Department of Anthropology, and Kenneth Chapman of the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Film Collection no. 197 

Jungle life in India [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1923; 1 videocassette (20 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Faunthorpe-Vernay Indian Expedition to India, Nepal and Burma, 1922-1923. This film was made by Commander George M. Dyott, a professional cinematographer, whose main purpose was to show the environment of India, Nepal, and Burma, and therefore be valuable to the hall preparators designing the dioramas for the AMNH Hall of South Asiatic Mammals.
Film Collection no. 198 

Jurgens' Guatemala [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1954; 1 videocassette (50 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This unedited footage was produced to document life in the Chuchumatanes highlands of Guatemala.
Film Collection no. 199 

Korea [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1912; 1 videocassette (12 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. The pole and thatch dwellings, as well as fine stone Korean architecture, are seen in this film, as are cameos of the inhabitants of Seoul. This film was clearly deteriorating when it was transferred to safety-base stock. In spite of its poor quality, this is a most valuable record of Seoul in 1912.
Film Collection no. 200

Michael Lerner Collection (1939-1948): Film Collection nos. 201-205

Michael Lerner was a successful businessman who turned an early and avid interest in hunting and fishing into a mature scientific avocation. As an AMNH trustee he led expeditions to collect ethnographic objects and zoological specimens from all over the world. His greatest love, however, was the study and collection of big game fish. Lerner researched and recorded migration patterns of marlin and swordfish throughout the earth’s oceans and organized the International Game Fish Association. The Association was housed at the museum and kept track of record saltwater catches, and brought anglers from all over the world together for the purpose of promoting scientific, as well as sporting, interest in fishing.

Bali [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1939; 1 videocassette (41 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Lerner Australia-New Zealand Expedition, 1939. During a side trip to Bali, with Michael Lerner and his wife Helen, photographer James Barnes Shackelford made a film of the life and customs of the Balinese.
Film Collection no. 201

Bimini, 1948 [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1948; 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. The Lerner Marine Laboratory, on Bimini in the Bahamas, was established in the same year this film was made, 1948, and given to the museum by Michael Lerner. The film opens with travelogue material: markets, streets, traffic policemen, adults and children, before it moves to the research center. Most of the footage in this film is devoted to the fish and other marine animals in the various collection tanks.
Film Collection no. 202

Glimpses of Australian natural history [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1939; 1 videocassette (26 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Lerner Australia-New Zealand Expedition, 1939. Michael Lerner hired professional cinematographer James Barnes Shackelford to join him on an expedition to Australia arranged for the purpose of collecting zoological specimens for a proposed Australia-New Zealand hall at the museum.
Film Collection no. 203 

Oceanic conquest [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1940; 1 videocassette (41 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Oceanic Conquest is the film record of the AMNH Michael Lerner Peru-Chile Expedition of 1940. The purpose of the expedition was to continue the research Lerner had been conducting on four previous expeditions, namely, to survey and study the habits of swordfish and marlin in the earth's oceans.
Film Collection no. 204 

Peru to Ecuador [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1941; 1 videocassette (18 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 205 

End: Michael Lerner Collection (1939-1948)
Film Collection nos. 201-205

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The lost art of the Tlingit of Alaska [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1957; 1 videocassette (44 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. The film was made by Oshin Agathon for the museum a few years before he made The Chisena of Mozambique, also in the collection. It records the lost art of basket weaving of the Tlingit people in southern Alaska.
Film Collection no. 206 

Madagascar [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1953; 1 videocassette (65 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Davison-Willis Madagascar Expedition, 1953. The three tribes portrayed in this film, the Mahafaly, the Antandroy, and the Vezo, live on the southern and southwestern coast of Madagascar, between Tuleau and St. Dauphin.
Film Collection no. 207 

Margaret Mead [videorecording] : a portrait by a friend. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1978; 1 videocassette (28 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. This film was made by noted French filmmaker Jean Rouch in September 1977 when he was a guest of the American Museum of Natural History Margaret Mead Film Festival. As a tribute to Mead, Rouch lovingly imbued his film portrait with charm and humor.
Film Collection no. 208 

Meandering in Africa [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1921-1922; 1 videocassette (40 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film was made by Carl Akeley, museum taxidermist, inventor, naturalist, and explorer. Akeley wanted to secure gorilla specimens for the museum and undertook this expedition accompanied by several friends of his.
Film Collection no. 209 

Medieval moderns [videorecording] : the peasants of Hungary
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1924; 1 videocassette (36 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. The film begins with panoramic views of Hungarian farmlands and Magyar peasants hoeing their fields, then focuses on their dwellings, made of wattle-anddaub, with reeds used to make a thatched roof; one such dwelling has been whitewashed by its female owner.
Film Collection no. 210 

Men of the Montaña [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1953; 1 videocassette (43 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. This film was made during the AMNH Tschopik Expedition to Peru in 1953. The film material is unedited and is discussed here by content: first the Chamas section comprised of the Shipibo and Conibo, and secondly, the Campa section.
Film Collection no. 211 

Men of science [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1938; 1 videocassette (48 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. This film introduces the scientists, technicians, artists, and their work at the AMNH in 1938. It was made by AMNH photographer Charles H. Coles and is narrated by Charles Russell, curator of the Department of Education. Though mostly filmed at the museum, scenes from AMNH expeditions are included to show the relationship between the work-in-the-field and at the museum.
Film Collection no. 212 

Meshie, child of a chimpanzee [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1932?; 1 videocassette (42 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Meshie Mungkut was born in 1929 in French Cameroun (Cameroon) in West Africa and was orphaned shortly thereafter when natives killed and ate her mother. Henry Cushier Raven, AMNH curator of human and comparative anatomy, was in French Cameroun on the Columbia University-AMNH Expedition to collect gorillas and purchased her from the natives. This film records Meshie's domestication and behavior at the Raven's home.
Film Collection no. 213

Modern taxidermy [videorecording] : mounting the Indian elephant. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926-1927; 1 videocassette (15 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film opens with footage taken from Jungle Life in India, showing the Indian elephant in his natural habitat and Arthur Stannard Vernay, John Champion Faunthorpe, and Louis Jonas, all members of the Faunthorpe-Vernay Indian Expedition, marching through the jungle with their native staff.
Film Collection no. 214

William J. Morden Collection (1922-1956): Film Collection nos. 215-228

William James Morden (1886-1958) a Director of the Explorers Club, was an AMNH honorary fellow and field associate in mammology. The son of a Chicago industrialist, Morden attended Sheffield Scientific school and entered the family business, manufacturing railroad equipment. Morden led his first expedition, to the Yukon Territory in search of white sheep, in 1921. Six major expeditions followed, four of them under AMNH auspices. The first sponsored by the museum, to Asia in 1926, was undertaken with James Lippitt Clark, in search of Marco Polo’s sheep (Ovis poli). His later expeditions were all co-led by his second wife, Irene Morden. Films of Morden’s expeditions comprise the second largest collection in the AMNH’s archives and are valuable ethnographic and zoological records.

Angkor [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1924; 1 videocassette (16 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. During this expedition, made before his affiliation with the AMNH, William James Morden visited the ruins of the ancient Cambodian city of Angkor, which were filmed by the expedition cameraman, Herford Tynes Cowling.
Film Collection no. 215 

The Baltistan-Ladakh hunt [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1924; 1 videocassette (37 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Morden Expedition to Africa and Asia, 1922-1924. This film chronicles the expedition made by William James Morden and Herford Tynes Cowling to hunt ibex and visit monasteries in northern Pakistan and India.
Film Collection no. 216 

Beyond the vale of Kashmir [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1924; 1 videocassette (51 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. With panoramic vistas of the Himalayas in the background, Beyond the Vale of Kashmir begins as the expedition travels through western Tibet. Cinematographer Herford Tynes Cowling filmed portraits of Tibetan people and their activities such as making flour from grain stalks.
Film Collection no. 217 

Burma [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1924; 1 videocassette (69 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 218

Burma blues from a buzzing Orient [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1924; 1 videocassette (11 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 219 

Ceylon [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1924; 1 videocassette (35 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. William James Morden's Ceylon is a travelogue of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the 1920s. Tamil and Sinhalese people, ancient Buddhist ruins, tropical landscapes, and day to day activities are shown in great detail on tinted stock.
Film Collection no. 220 

The Morden African Expedition, 1922-1924 [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1924; 1 videocassette (52 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. When William James Morden decided to organize his 1922-1924 expedition to East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and the Sudan) he hired professional cinematographer Herford Tynes Cowling to accompany him and film the local people. The result is this film that captures an ethnographic cross-section of a small part of East Africa.
Film Collection no. 221 

The Morden African Expedition, 1947 [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1947; 2 videocassettes (118 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Morden African Expedition, 1947. The purpose of the expedition was to collect artifacts to fill the gaps in the AMNH anthropology collection, and to study and film the Turkana people of northern Kenya.
Film Collection no. 222 

The Morden African Expedition, 1953 [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1953; 3 videocassettes (187 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. The five reels of film taken during the Morden African Expedition of 1953 each represents one leg of the trip and is treated individually.
Film Collection no. 223 

The Morden African Expedition, 1956 [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1956; 1 videocassette (87 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. In 1956 William James Morden and his wife, Irene, traveled to Africa to collect ethnographic and zoological specimens for the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. As in 1953, they were accompanied by collector Walter Hoesch who concentrated his efforts on small mammals and birds.
Film Collection no. 224 

The Morden-Clark Asiatic Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (73 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed by James Lippitt Clark, this is a record of one of two museum expeditions that were to rendezvous in Central Asia. Led by William James Morden, this was an expedition across the Himalayas and the Karakoram Mountain Range to a restricted territory in Russia, called the Pamirs, looking for specimens of Marco Polo's sheep (Ovis poli) and ibex.
Film Collection no. 225 

The Morden-Graves North Asiatic Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1929; 1 videocassette (45 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. The second AMNH-sponsored expedition led by William James Morden journeyed to Soviet Central Asia and far eastern Siberia in search of saiga antelope and the long-haired Siberian tiger.
Film Collection no. 226 

Moscow May Day [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1928; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Despite the title given to this film by William James Morden, it was probably made in November of 1928 during the anniversary celebrations of the Bolshevik Revolution, rather than during May Day festivities. Morden went to the Soviet Union in November to obtain permits for the AMNH Morden-Graves North Asiatic Expedition to collect mammals in Turkestan the following year.
Film Collection no. 227

Turkana [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1947-1948; 1 videocassette (51 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Morden African Expedition, 1947. AMNH anthropologist Ralph Kepler Lewis made this documentary of the Turkana people during the Morden African Expedition of 1947, led by co-leaders William James Morden and Irene Morden. En route to the desolate Lodwar area in Kenya where the Turkanas live, Lewis recorded some of the scenery and people of Uganda and Kenya.
Film Collection no. 228

End: William J. Morden Collection (1922-1956)
Film Collection nos. 215-228

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Mountains of the moon [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (13 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Ruwenzori-Kivu Expedition, 1926. This film is of the AMNH Ruwenzori-Kivu Expedition to Central Africa, Uganda, and Zaire, the purpose of which was to collect birds and small animals and record the regions visited.
Film Collection no. 229 

Mounting buffalo [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1920?; 1 videocassette (3 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Robert H. Rockwell and two assistants are seen performing several aspects of the mounting procedure in the AMNH Department of Preparation.
Film Collection no. 230 

Museum centennial [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1969; 1 videocassette (25 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Filmed as an episode of the television show New York Illustrated, Museum Centennial focuses on the centennial anniversary of the American Museum of Natural History.
Film Collection no. 231

Nanook of the north [videorecording.]
Publisher : Revillon Frères, 1922; 2 videocassettes (55 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Nanook of the North is a portrait of an Eskimo family's struggle for survival.
Film Collection no. 232 

Nature Magazine Collection (1925-1930): Film Collection nos. 233-248

The 16 films in this series were created by the American Nature Association as part of their extension services. The films were shot between 1925 and 1930 by William L. Finley (Director of Wildlife Conservation and field naturalist for the Association) his wife, Irene, and Arthur N. Pack (President of the Association.) Footage of Finley filming through blinds or with costumes is found throughout the films. Most of the material is from three expeditions sponsored by the Association: the 1925 Finley Expedition to Arizona near the Tucson Mountains; the 1926 Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland (British Columbia, Bering Sea, Kenai Peninsula, Umiak Island and Glacier Bay, Alaska) for which Campbell Church’s yacht, the Westward, was used; and the 1927 Pack-Finley Expedition to the Pacific Northwest, Oregon and Wyoming. The content of the films ranges in quality from great scientific value to light entertainment.

Babes in the woods [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1927; 1 videocassette (14 min.): silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 233 

Big game parade [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland, 1926. William L. Finley and Arthur N. Pack both contributed footage of large mammals to this film. This film presents little animal behavior information, but it serves as a portrait of some large North American mammals.
Film Collection no. 234 

Cruising north (bird islands) [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film was taken during the Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland in 1926. It opens on Campbell Church's yacht, the Westward, with footage of the cook baking bread, the staff dining, and shots of the crew. Later, small skiffs are shown transporting the expedition party to land.
Film Collection no. 235 

The forests [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1927; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Pack-Finley Expedition to the Pacific Northwest, 1927. North American forests and the ecology of the beaver are featured in this film.
Film Collection no. 236 

Getting our goat [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland, 1926. This film was taken in the mountains of British Columbia, and concentrates on the arduous task of filming the North American mountain goat.
Film Collection no. 237 

The great bear of Alaska [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland, 1926. Deer and several other animals are shown, although most of the footage is devoted to brown bears fishing for salmon. There are many examples of both success and failure at this activity.
Film Collection no. 238 

Nature's side show [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1925; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film was taken during the 1925 Finley Expedition to Arizona, near the Tucson Mountains. The actual "side show" is preceded by footage of various animals found in the area: a horned lizard, a gila monster, a fox, a prairie dog, a peccary, jackrabbits, cactus wrens, and mourning doves.
Film Collection no. 239

Off to Glacier Bay [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 240 

Queer creatures of cactus county [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1925; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film was taken during the 1925 Finley Expedition to Arizona. Views of the desert and its flora open this film: creosote bushes; low mesquites; cholla or barrel cactus; and many saguaro are shown.
Film Collection no. 241 

Ramparts of the north [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland, 1926. This film was taken in the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.
Film Collection no. 242 

Renting houses for songs [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1920?; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film begins with children making various types of bird houses, and then shows the birds that inhabit the houses.
Film Collection no. 243

Riding the rim rock [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1927; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 244 

Thar she blows [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film was taken during the 1926 Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland. The focus of the film is whaling in the waters off Glacier Bay, and other parts of Alaska.
Film Collection no. 245 

When mountains call [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1927; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 246 

Wild animal outposts [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1926; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film was taken during the 1926 Finley-Church Expedition to the Northland, on the Kenai Peninsula and the Bering Sea. Deer are seen swimming across the river, and canoes are shown navigating the same waters. Footage of rabbits, porcupine, rock ptarmigan, and blue fox is seen. Most of the film, however, is devoted to two bear cubs, who are featured in other Nature Magazine films.
Film Collection no. 247 

Wings to the south [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 192-?; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film, taken on the coast of Texas, is primarily comprised of footage of birds.
Film Collection no. 248

End: Nature Magazine Collection (1925-1930)
Film Collection nos. 233-248

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Nigeria [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1958; 1 videocassette (53 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Anthropologist Francis Paine Conant made this film as part of his dissertation for Columbia University. The film documents the use of the tools Conant collected for the AMNH from the peoples of northcentral Africa.
Film Collection no. 249

1940 Arizona expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1940; 1 videocassette (44 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Richard Archbold, AMNH research associate in mammalogy, organized this six-month-long expedition to collect all the elements for an Arizona group for the museum's Hall of North American Mammals.
Film Collection no. 250 

Parícutin [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1943-1944; 1 videocassette (43 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 251

The penetration of the Bellingshausen Sea [videorecording] : Operation Deep Freeze. *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1960; 1 videocassette (42 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the U.S. Antarctic Research Program's Expedition to the Bellingshausen Sea, 1960. Made by Robert Cushman Murphy and a U.S. Navy cameraman, the film is a record of the U.S. Antarctic Research Program's expedition to the Bellingshausen Sea in Antarctica.
Film Collection no. 252

The Peruvian Eclipse Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1937; 1 videocassette (13 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Hayden Planetarium-Grace Peruvian Eclipse Expedition, 1937. The film ends on June 8, 1937, with footage of the solar eclipse and the effects it has on the atmosphere.
Film Collection no. 253 

The Peruvian hall [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1951; 1 videocassette (5 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The AMNH Hall of Men of the Montaña was installed in 1951 and was supposed to be a temporary exhibition. Twenty-two years later it was dismantled, its success due in part to the innovative use of sound effects.
Film Collection no. 254 

Preparing a museum group [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1950; 1 videocassette (27 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. This film depicts the various stages of the preparation of a diorama in the AMNH Hall of North American Mammals.
Film Collection no. 255 

Primitive paradise [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1958-1959; 1 videocassette (65 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. The film is the edited result of footage shot by American explorer Lewis Cotlow on two expeditions to New Guinea in 1958 and 1959. Some of the localities visited are: the Sepik River, Goroka and Bena-Bena villages, Mount Hagen, several highland villages in Papua New Guinea, and the Baliem Valley in central Irian Jaya, Indonesia.
Film Collection no. 256 

The Puritan Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1957; 1 videocassette (45 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Puritan-AMNH Expedition to western Mexico, 1957. Named for the schooner on which the AMNH staff members sailed, the Puritan Expedition's objective was the collection of specimens of the marine and terrestrial faunas of the islands in the vicinity of Baja California and the Tres Marias Islands.
Film Collection no. 257 

Edgar Monsanto Queeny Collection (1949-1958): Film Collection nos. 258-267

Businessman Edgar Monsanto Queeny was chairman of the Monsanto Chemical Company, a filmmaker, naturalist, and a trustee of the AMNH from 1949 to 1968.

In 1949, he approached his friend, F. Trubee Davison, President of the AMNH (1933-1952), about going to East Africa to make films under the auspices of the museum. Queeny and his crew spent only three months in Kenya and Sudan, but retuned with enough raw footage to make Baganda Music, Latuko, The Pagan Sudan, Wandorobo, and Wakamba.

Queeny later returned to Kenya and Tanganyika (now Tanzania) bringing along some Masai footage to show to the Masai, to try and convince them to allow him to make a full-length feature about them. They liked the film and Queeny was able to get material for his sixth African film, Masailand. The production work itself was done at Jarville Studios, Queen’s converted stable outside St. Louis, Missouri.

Baganda music [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1950; 1 videocassette (12 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 258 

The great country [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1958; 1 videocassette (42 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Edgar Monsanto Queeny's plane leaves Juneau, travels across the Gulf of Alaska, passing Kodiak Island and Kamishak Bay, toward the crater lake atop Mount Katmai.
Film Collection no. 259 

Indian dances [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1951; 1 videocassette (10 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Outtake material from Edgar Monsanto Queeny's film Sunrise Serenades was incorporated in this film made by the museum's Department of Education. Designed primarily for use by schools, the film was intended to teach observation and understanding by depicting the Indian as a skillful observer of nature.
Film Collection no. 260 

Latuko [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1950; 1 videocassette (49 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. This film depicts the Latuko (i.e. Lotuko) a tribe residing in the province of Equatoria, Sudan. The scenes were unrehearsed but organized thematically around the coming of age of the young man Lonuha.
Film Collection no. 261 

Masailand [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1953; 2 videocassettes (123 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Edgar M. Queeny-AMNH African Expedition, 1953. This film was made in Narok, approximately 100 miles west of Nairobi, Kenya. It contains extensive zoological footage, as well as a rich ethnographic portrait of the moran, the warriors of Masai society.
Film Collection no. 262 

The pagan Sudan [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1952; 1 videocassette (34 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Queeny African Expedition, 1950. The Pagan Sudan records Edgar Monsanto Queeny's expedition along the Nile River to Lake Nyibor in the Sudan, to study the Dinka people.
Film Collection no. 263 

Silver lightning [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1952; 1 videocassette (20 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. This film shows Atlantic salmon fishing in Blue Water Bay in Canada, especially from prams (small, lightweight, nearly flatbottomed boats that have a very broad transom (or stern) and usually a squared off bow).
Film Collection no. 264 

Sunrise serenades [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1949; 1 videocassette (25 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. This film opens and closes with American Indian dances that the narrator suggests are inspired by the courtship behavior of the grouse. The great prairie chicken, the sage grouse, and the sharp-tailed grouse are followed through a day of courtship, beginning with the pre-dawn assembly on the courting grounds and ending at dusk, during the height of the mating ritual.
Film Collection no. 265 

Wakamba [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1951; 1 videocassette (81 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 266 

Wandorobo [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1952; 1 videocassette (29 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. 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).
Film Collection no. 267 

End: Edgar Monsanto Queeny Collection (1949-1958)
Film Collection nos. 258-267

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Rattlesnakes and boa constrictors, rhinoceros iguana [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 192-?; 1 videocassette (11 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. The first segment of this film features rattlesnakes and boa constrictors and was made by Gladwyn Kingsley Noble (curator in the AMNH Department of Herpetology). It consists of two sets of footage: the first was filmed in what appears to be the American West, and the second was probably filmed in Santo Domingo around 1923.
Film Collection no. 268

Records of the Fifth Anthropological Expedition to Central Australia [videorecording] : Mount Liebig, 1932
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1932-1935; 3 videocassettes (174 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the Fifth Anthropological Expedition to central Australia, 1932-1935. Also known as Australian Aboriginals, this film was made by the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum Field Research Program as a record of the Fifth Anthropological Expedition to Mount Liebig in central Australia. RESTRICTED: Due to the secret/sacred nature of ritual material seen in this film, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies has requ4sted that itcarry a restricted use notice.  Only advanced level students of anthropology and related studies may screen this film.  Under no circumstances should it be seen by Aboriginal people, who would be prohibited from seeing it by traditional Aboriginal law and custom.
Film Collection no. 269 

The saltwater marsh diorama [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1981; 1 videocassette (26 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. This film depicts the step-by-step construction of a diorama of the marsh at the Thames Science Center in New London, Connecticut, from the collection of accessories to the completed exhibit.
Film Collection no. 270 

The school service at the American Museum of Natural History [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1927; 1 videocassette (28 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. A cooperative effort between the AMNH and the New York City Department of Education resulted in this film, a piece of museum history probably made to celebrate the completion of the School Service Building.
Film Collection no. 271 

Seven whales [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1978; 1 videocassette (25 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 272 

The Shalako ceremony at Zuni, New Mexico [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1923; 1 videocassette (26 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. The Zuni Shalako ceremony is a dramatic presentation by masked men who impersonate kachinas. Kachinas are mythical ancestors of humans; they visit the earth during the winter, but spend the rest of the year in the spirit world.
Film Collection no. 273 

Shark research [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1961; 1 videocassette (20 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 274 

The silent enemy [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1930; 1 videocassette (68 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. William Douglas Burden, a trustee of the AMNH, hired professional cinematographer Marcel Le Picard to make this film in an effort to show the Ojibwa people as they were before acculturation changed their ways forever. Chief Yellow Robe explains the purpose of the film in a prologue and expresses gratitude for the opportunity to tell the Indians' story.
Film Collection no. 275 

Simba, king of beasts [videorecording] : a saga of the African veldt. *
Publisher New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History, c1928; 1 videocassette (75 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Filmed during the AMNH Martin Johnson African Expedition, 1924-1928.  The Museum holds five different versions of this film. The version discussed here begins with elegantly dressed Martin and Osa Johnson extolling the marvels of modern technology: talking pictures. A classic coat-of-arms featuring a lion ("simba" means "lion" in Swahili) actually begins the body of the film.
Film Collection no. 276 

The Snyder East African expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1938; 1 videocassette (58 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. The Snyder East African Expedition was sponsored and led by Harry Snyder, sportsman and patron of the AMNH. They went to collect mammals and to explore territory southwest of the Taita District in Kenya.
Film Collection no. 277 

Southwest Indians [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1932; 1 videocassette (12 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Southwest Indians is a combination of the remaining material from two films made by George Clyde Fisher, curator in the AMNH Department of Education: Indian Dances and Southwest Indians. Against a background of teepees, the film opens with Indians (perhaps Taos) in ceremonial costume performing the hoop dance.
Film Collection no. 278 

Spirits of the yellow leaves [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1953-1954; 1 videocassette (57 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. The opening footage of this film was shot by Thomas L. Goodman (a New York-based topographer) in 1965, and was added to the original footage to make the film universally appealing. The scenes shown here contrast traditional and modern Bangkok, and serve as a reference point: following this the film moves on to a study of the mysterious Phi Thong Luang (i.e. Phi Tong Luang) people filmed during the AMNH Weaver Thailand Expedition.
Film Collection no. 279 

The Stouts in Africa [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1972; 1 videocassette (45 min.) : silent, color; 3/4 in. Traveling to sites in Kenya, such as the Shima Hills, Tsavo River, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru, Gardner D. Stout, AMNH President from 1968 to 1975, and his wife, Clair, filmed many birds and mammals indigenous to the area.
Film Collection no. 280 

The time of man [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1968; 1 videocassette (51 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in. Time of Man ends with AMNH anthropologist Harry L. Shapiro, renowned primatologist and author, posing the question of man's ability to develop a wisdom which will allow him to maintain his environment and survive. The main question being presented here is, "Can man survive?"
Film Collection no. 281

Trip to South Africa [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1938; 1 videocassette (14 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film was made by William King Gregory, of the AMNH Department of Comparative and Human Anatomy, on the AMNH Gregory-Hellman Transvaal Expedition. Gregory and Milo Hellman, AMNH anthropologist), went to Transvaal to study the dentition of Australopithecus transvaalensis, fossil hominids, in the field near Johannesburg.
Film Collection no. 282 

An unknown race [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1924; 1 videocassette (36 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. John A. Haeseler and Captain Melville William Hilton-Simpson, fellows of the Royal Geographic Society, made this film, which records the culture of the Berbers of the Aures Mountains of Algeria.
Film Collection no. 283 

The Vernay deer group [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1923-1927; 1 videocassette (9 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Partly filmed during the AMNH Faunthorpe-Vernay Indian Expedition, 1922-1923. The scenes at the opening of The Vernay Deer Group were edited from footage taken by filmmaker George M. Dyott during the AMNH Faunthorpe-Vernay Indian Expedition to create Jungle Life in India.
Film Collection no. 284

The Vernay-Hopwood Chindwin expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1935; 1 videocassette (60 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. Arthur Stannard Vernay, field associate in the museum's Department of Mammalogy, led the expedition to upper Burma to collect animal specimens and ethnographic artifacts.
Film Collection no. 285 

The Viking [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1931; 1 videocassette (59 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. The Viking is an epic of the Newfoundland sealers including a melodramatic love subplot. The love triangle is the story of two sealers, Luke and Jed, who love the same woman. The main theme of the film is the life and work of sealers, including techniques for freeing the ship from the ice.
Film Collection no. 286 

Walking birds [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1938; 1 videocassette (5 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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.
Film Collection no. 287 

Weavers of the Andean highlands [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1930; 1 videocassette (22 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. 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 contributed $500 to the expedition for this purpose.
Film Collection no. 288 

Wheels across India [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1940?; 1 videocassette (31 min.) : sound, b&w ; 3/4 in. Made entirely in Burma, this film records the Denis-Roosevelt Asiatic Expedition led by filmmaker Armand Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt.
Film Collection no. 289

The William D. Campbell African Expedition [videorecording.] *
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1938; 2 videocassettes (92 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. The objective of the AMNH William D. Campbell African Expedition was to collect specimens for the okapi and Nile groups in the AMNH Akeley Hall of African Mammals.
Film Collection no. 290 

The witch doctor [videorecording.]
Publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History, 1928; 1 videocassette (10 min.) : silent, b&w ; 3/4 in. This film takes place in Indonesia where native homes and various activities including spinning, weaving, goldsmithing, and cooking are pictured.
Film Collection no. 291