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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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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Watson Kintner
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eye 20,456
favorite 3
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All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Peru, Cuzco, Sacsayhuamán, Incan antiquities, Inca ruins
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Watson Kintner
movies
eye 15,980
favorite 5
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Peru, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Incan ruins, Inca antiquities
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Robert Edmonds
movies
eye 8,826
favorite 15
comment 2
An old-timey set-up & projection techniques film, set in a school classroom. This film teaches the young projectionist how to put on a good show, and not trip over the cord while doing so.
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Topics: projector, 16mm, Bell & Howell
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Paul Hoefler Productions
movies
eye 6,281
favorite 15
comment 1
A beautifully shot trip through the Death Valley of the late 1940s, including visits to the ghost town of Ryan, Zabriskie Point, the Harmony Borax Works, and Scotty's Castle.
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Topics: ryan, scotty's castle, harmony, borax, Zabriskie
Chicago Film Archives
by Sylvia Davis
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eye 2,663
favorite 3
comment 0
An episode of a syndicated wrestling show shot at Chicago's International Amphitheater in the early to mid 1950s. Shot live on film with three-camera coverage, it features a witty and entertaining narration from announcer Russ Davis. This one-fall match features "The world's ugliest woman" Yulie Brynner (bald headed like Yul) versus Rose Roman. Yulie wins the match with a flying mare off the ropes into a bodypress. From our Sylvia & Russ Davis Collection. Chicago Film Archives...
Topics: Chicago, Wrestling
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
movies
eye 1,769
favorite 2
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In roughly 1950, Ray Garner filmed this silent footage home movie of wife Ginny and 5-year-old daughter Gay, probably taken in the Vulture Mountains Recreational Area near Hassayampa, Arizona. Gay and Ginny hang laundry, wash dishes, cook, and pitch tent. Ray pulls out one of Gay's upper teeth. The film shows the Garners' white Plymouth woodie wagon. A sign describes the "Hassayampa Legend," which suggests that women and girls who drink from the river will never tell the truth...
Topics: Vulture Mountains Recreation Area, Hassayampa, Arizona
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Dr. Harry B. Wright
movies
eye 1,591
favorite 7
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Touring, Tourism, Morocco, Marrakech, Berber culture, Benin, People's Republic of Benin, Dahomey,...
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Dr. Harry B. Wright
movies
eye 1,588
favorite 2
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Bali, Touring, Tourism, Hindu temples, Marketplaces, Processionals, Processions, Funerals, Funerary...
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Dr. Harry B. Wright
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eye 1,448
favorite 2
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Agra, Taj Mahal, India, Nepal, Tibet, Dance, Dancing, Processionals, Sufis, Sadhus
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Watson Kintner
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eye 1,434
favorite 0
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Peru, Lima area, Miraflores, Callao, Dancing, Quechua people
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Arthur and Kate Tode ("Arthur and Kate Tode (Kahop)")
movies
eye 1,418
favorite 5
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Circumnavigation, Tourism, Touring, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Singapore, Funerary...
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Watson Kintner
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eye 1,223
favorite 0
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304 or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Peru, Pachacamac, Marketplaces, Antiquities, Inca ruins
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Watson Kintner
movies
eye 1,089
favorite 1
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Peru, Cuzco, San Sebastian, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Antiquities, Inca ruins
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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eye 1,006
favorite 1
comment 0
A general discussion of venomous snakes which, by means of diagrams and pictures of living snakes, describes their classification and characteristics, snake venoms and their effects, and the treatment of snake bites. 2 segments.
Topics: Snake Venoms -- classification, Tropical Medicine, Antivenins, Snake Bites -- therapy, Snakes,...
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Watson Kintner
movies
eye 996
favorite 2
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Peru, Lima, Huancayo, Marketplaces
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Watson Kintner
movies
eye 955
favorite 0
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Peru, Sacsayhuamán, Incan culture, Incan antiquities, Inca ruins
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Watson Kintner
movies
eye 914
favorite 0
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Peru, Huacho, La Cima, Railroad
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Watson Kintner
movies
eye 875
favorite 0
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Huancayo, Salinas, Huacho, Marketplaces, Textiles, Quechua people
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Dr. Harry B. Wright
movies
eye 873
favorite 3
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Columbia, Touring, Tourism, Village life
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
by Arthur and Kate Tode (Kahop)
movies
eye 767
favorite 2
comment 0
All rights are reserved by the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Circumnavigation, Tourism, Touring, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Aerial photography, Maori...
University of Washington Libraries
by University of Washington
movies
eye 456
favorite 2
comment 0
Documents the Bikini Research Project by the Applied Fisheries Laboratory, University of Washington. Shows how, in order to trace and study the nature of radioactivity in the life cycles throughout an aquatic environment in which an atomic explosion has occurred, the Laboratory returns year after year to make comparative studies on the observable effects of radiation on various forms of life.
Topics: Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands), Nuclear weapons--Testing
Academic Film Archive of North America
by United States Department of the Army.
movies
eye 421
favorite 6
comment 0
Explains the magnetron and klystron and the basic theory of operation of each. Describes use in radar. U.S. Army Training Film T.F. 11-1567.
Topics: microwave, radar, technology
Washington State University Libraries
by Washington State University
texts
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favorite 0
comment 0
Annual yearbook of the State College of Washington (later Washington State University).
Topics: Washington State University, College yearbooks, Washington (State)
Source: Is found in WSU 46, WSU Publications - Chinooks at Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) http://libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 345
favorite 2
comment 0
The rehabilitation of accident and other non-work related cases in a special unit which forms part of the industrial medical service at a large car factory. An insight into the Rehabilitation 'shop' at Vauxhall Motors which handles 300 people per year. A man arrives in a motorised chair and manoeuvres himself into a wheelchair. The men in the workshop are engaged at mostly seated benches doing dry, light engineering work. The men return to work quickly ostensibly to avoid muscle wastage using a...
Topics: Rehabilitation, Occupational Health
All rights are reserved by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). Any use of the footage in productions is forbidden unless rights have been secured by contacting the Penn Museum Archives at 215-898-8304, or email photos@pennmuseum.org. This film and all of the films in the Penn Museum collection are copyrighted by the Penn Museum, and are not in the public domain.
Topics: Parades, Flotillas, Archaeology, University Museum expeditions, Cerro de las Mesas, Mexico
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
eye 258
favorite 1
comment 0
Professor F. Murgatroyd, formerly of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London, presents two case-histories of patients exhibiting the rash symptomatic of Gambian trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness. 1 segment.
Topics: Trypanosomiasis, African, Tropical Medicine, Tropical diseases, Trypanosomiasis, African, Tropical...
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 204
favorite 1
comment 0
This silent film from the 1950s shows Western doctors, presumably associated with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, working to eradicate certain tropical diseases in East Africa. In South West Uganda we see people lining up to see a doctor, having a piece of skin removed (a 'skin snip) for examination to see if there are any 'microfilariae'. We see panoramic shots of the countryside and inter-titles tell us about which kinds of places are high breeding grounds for 'S....
Topics: Tropical Medicine, Simuliidae, Onchocerciasis
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 177
favorite 1
comment 0
The film describes eleven case histories who have received training in their voice over five years. The early sequences are of city streets in Glasgow and day to day footage of the power of speech; these are the patients who have had their larynx removed going about their everyday lives. How the voice is created is then explained diagrammatically. The patients attend the narrator's club and demonstrate their ability. Mr Duffy talks about how Mr McAllister (?) taught him the method of sound...
Topics: Rehabilitation, Voice, Larynx
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 166
favorite 2
comment 0
The history of bloodletting is presented in dramatised form with a journalist interviewing a haematologist; he offers to show the journalist a film strip. The journalist puffs on a pipe whilst watching the slides. Actuality of technicians working with samples in lab environment are shown with many close shots of glass and vacuum syringes; a woman has a blood sample taken; syringes are washed and sterilised.
Topics: Blood, Phlebotomy, History of Medicine
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 160
favorite 0
comment 0
The film shows the conservative treatment of varicose ulcers and eczema by compression bandaging. Various types of bandages and their uses are demonstrated. Elastoweb and Elastoplast are used throughout. Closing intertitle is 'Available for projection to medical audiences by arrangement.
Topic: Dermatology
Shot in Cape Town, South Africa, this film was originally silent with a voice-over sound track added later. The film shows the surgical resection of three ribs and apicolysis followed by resection of four ribs and apicolysis. Post operative physiotherapy is then shown; the patient is shot with his back to camera exercising outside with a nurse. Supplemented by medical animated diagrams and x-ray shots. The intertitles were added and contextualise the surgical approach treatment; effective drug...
Topics: Physical therapy, Therapeutics Physiological, Thoracoplasty, Tuberculosis
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 139
favorite 1
comment 0
A short film showing the method of dissection in layers to demonstrate the three coats of the eye. 1 segment.
Topics: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures, Eye
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 138
favorite 4
comment 0
A short film showing the method of dissection in layers to demonstrate the three coats of the eye. 1 segment.
Topics: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures, Eye
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 121
favorite 0
comment 0
This silent film from the 1950s shows Western doctors, presumably associated with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, working to eradicate certain tropical diseases in East Africa. In South West Uganda we see people lining up to see a doctor, having a piece of skin removed (a 'skin snip) for examination to see if there are any 'microfilariae'. We see panoramic shots of the countryside and inter-titles tell us about which kinds of places are high breeding grounds for 'S....
Topics: Tropical Medicine, Simuliidae, Onchocerciasis
Port Washington Performing Arts
by Port Washington Play Troupe
texts
eye 113
favorite 0
comment 0
1950 Play Troupe of Port Washington "Alice In Wonderland" Program.
Topic: Performing Arts
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 92
favorite 0
comment 0
The clinical treatment of some common chiropodial conditions; plantar callus, vascular and neurovascular callosities, industrial hyperkermatosis, verruca pedis and onychogtyphosis. Chiropodial treatment of obliterative arthritis and diabetic gangrene. The procedures in layman's terms are sloughing off dead skin and infected skin , padding and binding the foot; treating the toes; cutting and filing deformed toenails. The End credit is neatly superimposed over the chiropractioner's tools being...
Topic: Podiatry
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 73
favorite 0
comment 0
This very short film, made by F.L. Vanderplank, shows: 'A full grown female chigger in a man's small toe. Taken at Von. N, Nigeria 1950.' The footage consists of a semi close-up view of a white foot turned sole upwards. A small black shape is discernible on the pad of the little toe. A black hand cuts around the shape with a scalpel. 1 segment.
Topics: Trombiculidae, Tropical Medicine
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
eye 58
favorite 1
comment 0
This very short film, made by F.L. Vanderplank, shows: 'A full grown female chigger in a man's small toe. Taken at Von. N, Nigeria 1950.' The footage consists of a semi close-up view of a white foot turned sole upwards. A small black shape is discernible on the pad of the little toe. A black hand cuts around the shape with a scalpel. 1 segment.
Topics: Trombiculidae, Tropical Medicine
Washington State University Libraries
movies
eye 46
favorite 0
comment 0
Silent video footage showing the Washington State College (later University) ski team ski jumping in 1950.
Topic: Washington State University
Port Washington Performing Arts
by Port Washington Play Troupe
movies
eye 28
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comment 0
1950 Play Troupe of Port Washington productin of "Alice In Wonderland".  Port Washington, N.Y.
Topic: Port Washington Play Troupe