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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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Here is a 16mm. home movie of Chicago's 1933 World's Fair in all its troubled splendor. It comes from our David Gray Collection, which includes other footage of Chicago from the 1930s through 1960s. Highlights of this reel include an animatronic tyrannosaurus rex, a strange looking Radio Flyer sculpture and a building titled "Infant Incubators - with living babies."
Topics: Home Movies, Chicago, Chicago World's Fair, 1930s, Century of Progress
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This educational film documents the "Wheels-a-Rolling" pageant of the Chicago Railroad Fair of 1948 and 1949. Sponsored by some 38 railroad companies along with suppliers such as The Budd Company and The Pullman Company, the fair drew thousands to its Lake Michigan shoreline location for a celebration of "100 years of railroad progress." The lengthy "Wheels-a-Rolling" pageant, written by railroad historian and visionary Edward Hungerford, presented an overview of...
Topics: Chicago, Railroads, Transportation, Historical Reenactments