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Guide to the Collections
of the Human Studies Film Archives

International

IN-76.4.1: [Merriman World Travel Footage, c. 1927-1960]
c. 1927-1960; 16,000 ft silent b&w/color; film (partial)/video
(partial); supplementary materials: 2,6
Footage taken while Merriman worked and travelled in various
countries throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia,
and the Middle East including: Egypt, Java, Bali, Sumatra,
Singapore, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Philippines, Japan, India, China,
Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and Mexico. Footage ranges
from documentation of developed urban centers to rural slums;
from formal cultural festivals to children's games; and from
production in national industries to marketplace activities.
Included are details of architectural monuments as well as aerial
footage of land- and city-scapes.
Creator: Milton E. Merriman, American Express employee

IN-84.1.1: [Ferdinand Rice World Travel Footage, c. 1930-1959]
c. 1930-1959; 16,000 ft silent b&w/color
Footage by Ferdinand Rice of South America, Africa, Europe, Asia,
Central America, and North America.
Creator: Ferdinand Rice

IN-84.19.3: FOUR FAMILIES*
1959; 2,200 ft sound b&w; film
Edited film produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Included are four edited films depicting family life in rural
India (near Bombay), France (near Paris), Japan (near Tokyo), and
Canada (in Saskatchewan). Documented are mealtimes, bathing
rituals, playtime, and disciplining of children. Anthropologist
Maragaret Mead discusses the films and traces the national
characteristics inherent in each country to the treatment of its
children.

IN-87.9.4: IBM ALBUM OF THE AMERICAS
1946; 1,178 ft (33 min) sound color; video
Edited film is a sampler of historical and contemporary staged
dance and musical performances done in representative costume
from different countries of the Americas.
Creator: Laura Boulton, musicologist (1899-1980)

IN-89.22.25: THE MAN HUNTERS*
1976; 1,827 ft sound color; film
Edited film produced for M-G-M examines the search for fossil
man. Film focuses on the wider issues of human evolution and
devotes much of its time to the sites where fossil man has been
found as well to the scientists who research man's fossil
ancestry--the man hunters themselves.
Creator: Nicolas Noxon, documentary film producer
Creator: Irwin Rosten, documentary film producer

IN-89.22.31: TRAVELERS IN TIME: SOUTH WITH SHACKLETON (1914)*
1980; 1,144 ft sound b&w; film
Edited film is a BBC Television production covering the ill-fated
1914 Antarctic expediton of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Film consists
mostly of archival footage shot by arctic cinematographer, Frank
Hurley.

IN-91.20.15: AROUND THE WORLD
1949; 4,189 ft (1 hr 50 min) silent color; video; supplementary
materials: 1
Edited film begins in New York City and documents travel to the
following locales: Azores Islands, Portugal (Lisbon, Sintra, and
Estoria), Turkey (Istanbul and Buyukada), Syria (Damascus),
Lebanon (countryside), India (New Delhi and Delhi), Siam
(Bangkok), Hong Kong, and Japan (countryside, Kyoto, and Nara).
Film also includes brief views of Wake Island, Hawaii; San
Francisco; and New York City at night. Scenes include city and
country street activities, bazaars (markets), historical and
archeological sites, architecture, resorts, and local arts and
crafts.
Creator: Thayer Soule, travel-lecturer

IN-91.21.10: A STORY OF THE TROPICS
1969; 1,188 ft (33 min) sound color; video
Edited film sponsored by the Explorers Club presents problems of
life in the Tropics with particular emphasis on food production
and cash crops. Tropical regions are divided into four principal
areas: wet tropics (countries with rain forests), wet-dry tropics
(east Africa, Thailand, India and Hong Kong), dry tropics (Peru
and Africa), and upland tropics (Peru and Ceylon). Scenes
include: growing rice, fruit, coconut, and rubber in wet tropics;
growing mango and starfruit and Maasai life in the wet-dry
tropics; growing date palms and use of camels in dry tropics;
growing coffee and sisal and Tamil harvesters in upland tropics;
and the Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Florida. Film is narrated
by Lowell Thomas.
Creator: Edward Sweeney, cameraman
Creator: Kay Sweeney, cameraman

IN-93.7.1: [Reuben Miller, Jr. World Travel Films, c. 1925]
c. 1925; 7,125 ft silent b&w
Footage taken on an around-the-world trip includes the following
locations: Africa, Java, Bali, Singapore, Hawaii, China, Zanzibar
Island, Jamaica, Trinidad, South America, and Panama Canal.
Creator: Reuben Miller, Jr. (1874- )

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