hfa00030

Somerville High School Collection, ca. 1939-1989 : Guide

Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: hfa00030
Repository: Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Somerville High School Collection, ca. 1939-1989 : Guide.
Date(s): 1939-1989
Quantity: 368 16mm film prints
Quantity: 8 DVDs
Quantity: 7 Digital Betacam (TM) tapes
Quantity: 1 box paper materials
Language of materials: Material is in English.
Abstract: Consisting of 385 educational films produced for classroom use between the 1930s and 1980s, the Somerville High School Collection provides a representative sample of the subjects and genres of educational media used in classrooms during this period. Though collected by Somerville High School, the films are aimed at students from primary grades through high school and cover a variety of subjects including art, math, music, science, health, and social studies. A highlight of the collection is the Screen News Digest series, consisting of newsreels highlighting current and historically significant events between 1958 and 1979.

Acquisition Information:

This collection was donated to the Harvard Film Archive by the Somerville Public School District's Department of Library Media Services in 2005.

Processing Information:

Arranged & encoded by: Tricia Patterson, October 2013

Access Restrictions:

Access by appointment only. Applications to consult this material should be directed to the staff of the Harvard Film Archive.
Film prints are made accessible by appointment only and in close consultation with HFA staff. Although films do not circulate for individual use, students, filmmakers, artists, and researchers are encouraged to use the collections on-site. If their condition allows, prints from the HFA collection may be viewed on a flatbed viewer at the HFA's Conservation Center.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and/or publication of materials subject to copyright requires written permission from a) the copyright owner, his/her heirs or assigns and from b) the Fine Arts Library, owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation:

Somerville High School Collection, ca. 1939-1989. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Arrangement

The original order and subject divisions of the film collection was largely adhered to, and the films are arranged within three series and subseries accordingly:

Scope and Content

Somerville High School, a 4-year, public educational facility, is within the scope of the Somerville Public School District. In the decades leading up to the 1980s, the district evolved from a 6-3-3 model separating primary, junior high, and secondary schools to an 8-4 model that better supported the enrollment figures. During this time, Somerville High School also incorporated the Somerville Technical Trade High School. The re-configurations over the decades led to the development of a diverse range of subject materials and audience-levels in their collection of educational films. The collection contains mostly 16mm film prints, which were popularly distributed by major educational firms such as Coronet Films and Encyclopeadia Britannica Films from the 1930s through the 1980s. The collection additionally includes some viewing and preservation copies in DVD and Digital Betacam tape format. It also contains one box of supplementary paper materials. The following categories elaborate on the types of films found in the collection:

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Accidents -- Prevention
Action in art
Adaptation (Biology)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomical Museum
Aeronautics
Africa -- Geography
Africa -- Social conditions
Africa, North -- Historical geography
African American folklore
African American tales
African Americans -- Clothing
African Americans -- Fiction
Agriculture -- Mexico
Agriculture -- Ohio River Valley
Agriculture -- United States
Air
Air -- Pollution
Airplanes, military
Alaska -- Geography
Alaska -- History
Albania
Algeria
Amendments to the United States Constitution. Bill of Rights
America -- Emigration and immigration
American literature -- New England -- History and criticism
Angels -- Fiction
Animal behavior
Animal weapons
Animals -- Habits and behavior
Animals -- Infancy
Animals -- Wintering
Antarctica
Apples
Archaeology -- Methodology
Arithmetic
Armstrong, Louis, -- 1901-1971
Art -- Study and teaching
Artificial satellites -- Orbits
Artificial satellites in telecommunication
Asia -- History
Astronautics -- History
Astronomy
Aswan High Dam (Egypt)
Atmosphere
Atomic bomb
Bangladesh -- History -- Revolution, 1971
Banking as a profession
Banks and banking -- Vocational guidance
Beatification
Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1945-1990
Berlin (Germany) -- Politics and government -- 1945-1990
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989
Blood cells
Bread
Brezhnev, Leonid Ilʹich, -- 1906-1982
Brickmaking -- Mexico
Building trades -- Vocational guidance
Bulgaria
Byrd, Richard Evelyn, -- 1888-1957
Cambodia
Camp Century (Greenland)
Canal Zone
Capitalism
Cardiovascular system
Carols
Cartography
Carver, George Washington, -- 1864?-1943
Caterpillars -- Fiction
Cats -- Fiction
Cats -- Juvenile films
Child sexual abuse
Children -- United States -- Interviews
Children of minorities -- United States -- Interviews
Childrens films
China -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
China -- Foreign relations -- United States
China -- Politics and government -- 1937-1949
China -- Politics and government
Christmas stories
Circus animals
Circus
Climate and civilization -- Africa, North
Clothing trade
Clouds in art
Clouds
Columbus, Christopher
Commercial correspondence
Communications -- History
Communism -- Czechoslovakia
Communism
Competition
Cosmic rays
Cuba -- Foreign relations -- United States
Cuba -- History -- 1959-1990
Cuba
Current events
Cycling -- Safety measures
Cyclotrons
Czechoslovakia -- Foreign relations
Czechoslovakia
Denim
Dental health education
Desert survival
Developing countries
Diet
Dinosaurs
Diplomacy
Discoveries in geography
Dogs -- Fiction
Draft -- United States -- History
Dragons -- Fiction
Ducks -- Fiction
Dwellings -- Fires and prevention
Ear
Earth (Planet)
Earth sciences
Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931
Educational films
Egypt -- Foreign relations -- Syria
Egypt
Eisenhower, Dwight D. -- (Dwight David), -- 1890-1969
Elections -- United States
Electric circuits
Electric units
Electricity
Electromagnetism
Elephants -- Africa
Elephants -- Asia
Energy conservation -- United States
Energy
English language -- Adjective
English language -- Lexicography
English language -- Punctuation
English language -- Verb
Eskimo children
Eskimos
Ethics
Ethiopia
Ethnology -- Alaska
Europe, Eastern -- Economic conditions
Europe, Eastern -- Politics and government
European Economic Community
Everest, Mount -- Description and travel
Explorer 1 (Artificial satellite) -- Orbit
Explorer satellites
Fables -- Juvenile films
Fairy tales
Farm life
Farms
Feminism -- United States
Fire prevention
Fisheries -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester
Fishers -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester
Flags -- United States
Flowers
Folklore -- Arabian Peninsula
Food service -- Vocational guidance
Forest animals -- Fiction
Forest animals
Forest conservation
Forest management
Forests and forestry
France
Franklin, Benjamin, -- 1706-1790
Freight and freightage
Freight cars
Freshwater biology
Frogs
Frontier and pioneer life -- Kentucky
Frontier and pioneer life -- Ohio River Valley
Galapagos Islands
Gaulle, Charles de, -- 1890-1970
Geographical positions
Geography -- Hawaii
Geometry, Plane
Geomorphology
Ghana -- Foreign relations
Ghana -- History
Goddard, Robert Hutchings, -- 1882-1945
Gold standard -- United States
Goldfish
Goldwater, Barry M. -- (Barry Morris), -- 1909-
Gravity
Great Lakes (North America)
Growth (Plants)
Hansel and Gretal (Tale)
Hawaii - Description and travel
Heads of state -- China -- Biography
Health education
Hearing
Heart
Heat -- Conduction
Heat -- Convection
Heat -- Transmission
History, Modern -- 1945-1989
Hitler, Adolf, -- 1889-1945
Honesty -- Juvenile films
Honesty
Hotels -- Vocational guidance
House construction
Hungary
Hurricanes
Hydrogen bomb
Hydrologic cycle
Hygiene
Indians of South America -- Peru
India-Pakistan Conflict, 1971
Indonesia -- Politics and government -- 1950-1965
Industrial revolution -- United States
Industrial technicians
Insects -- Anatomy
Insects -- Behavior
International relations
Inventions -- United States
Israel-Arab War, 1967 -- Causes
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Jammu and Kashmir (India) -- Politics and government
Japan -- History -- Allied occupation, 1945-1952
Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography
Johnson, Lyndon B. -- (Lyndon Baines), -- 1908-1973
Kangaroos -- Fiction
Kennedy, John F. -- (John Fitzgerald), -- 1917-1963
Kennedy, Mount
Kennedy, Robert F., -- 1925-1968
Koala -- Australia
Korea -- History -- 1960-
Korea
Landscape painting -- Technique
Laos -- Politics and government
Latchkey children
Latin America. Spanish America -- South America -- Brazil -- Regions, states, etc. -- Amazonas
Launch complexes (Astronautics)
Letter writing
Light
Lighthouse keepers
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Political career before 1861
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Lindbergh, Charles A. -- (Charles Augustus), -- 1902-1974
Lion
Liquids
Little Red Riding Hood (Tale)
Livestock
Louisiana Purchase
Lumber and lumbering
Magnets
Mao, Zedong, -- 1893-1976
Map reading
Maps
Marine biology
Marine resources
Marionettes
Maritime Provinces -- Pictorial works
Markets -- Mexico
Marsh ecology
Marshes
Meat
Menstruation
Meteorological satellites
Meteorology
Metric system
Mexico -- Pictorial works
Microorganisms
Middle East -- Foreign relations -- Russia
Middle East -- History
Middle East -- Politics and government
Middle East
Middle West
Military art and science
Mineral industries
Minerology
Miura, Yuichiro, 1932-
Moon
Morocco
Moscow (Russia) -- Social life and customs
Mountains
Natural history -- Galapagos Islands
Natural history as a profession
Navajo Indian Reservation
Navajo Indians
New Brunswick
Newspaper reading
Nigeria -- History -- Civil War, 1967-
Nile River Valley
Nixon, Richard M. -- (Richard Milhous), --1913-1994
Nkrumah, Kwame, -- 1909-1972
Nominations for office -- United States
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
North
Northwestern States
Nova Scotia
Nuclear Weapons
Numerals
Nursery rhymes
Nutrition -- United States
Nutrition
Nutritionally induced diseases -- United States
Oceanography
Ohio
Ohm's law
Outer space -- Exploration
Pacific coast (U.S.)
Panama Canal (Panama)
Peanut products
Peron, Juan Domingo, -- 1895-1977
Peru -- Description and travel
Physiology -- Study and teaching
Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony)
Pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Netherlands
Plant physiology
Plants -- Reproduction
Poland
Political campaigns -- United States
Political conventions -- History
Political parties -- United States
Pollination
Porpoises
Portrait painting
Postal service
Power resources -- United States
Power resources
Presidents -- United States -- Biography
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1964
Presidents -- United States -- Election
Presidents -- United States
Prince Edward Island
Project Apollo (U.S.)
Project Mariner (U.S.)
Prospecting
Public health -- Vocational guidance
Rabbits -- Fiction
Railroads -- Freight
Railroads -- Passenger traffic
Range management
Reading
Reconstruction (1939-1951) -- Japan
Recycle operations (Chemical technology)
Reflection (Optics)
Refraction
Refuse and refuse disposal
Renewable energy sources
Rocketry -- History
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- History
Rockets (Aeronautics)
Rocks
Romania
Russia -- Foreign relations -- Hungary
Safety education -- Juvenile films
Safety education
Safety
Saint Lawrence Seaway
Salmon fisheries
Salmon
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Satellites
Saturn Project (U.S.)
Science -- Methodology
Sculpture
Seeds -- Dispersal
Seeds -- Dissemination
Seeds
Self-reliance -- Juvenile films
Service industries -- Vocational guidance
Sharks -- Behavior
Shepherds
Shipping -- Great Lakes (North America)
Skiers -- Japan -- Biography
Smith, John, -- 1580-1631 -- Drama
Smithsonian Institution
Social sciences -- Vocational guidance
Soil conservation
Solid waste management
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Sound -- Recording and reproducing
Sound -- Transmission
Sound
Southwest, New
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- China
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- Middle East
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1953-1985
Space flight to the moon
Space flight
Space vehicles -- Tracking
Space
Spain -- History -- 1939-
Spine
Star of Bethlehem
States, Small
Storms
Study skills
Suez Canal (Egypt)
Sun -- Juvenile films
Superstition
Teeth -- Care and hygiene
Texas -- History -- To 1846
Thailand
Thanksgiving Day
Time measurements
Time
Tombs
Traffic safety
Transatlantic voyages
Transportation -- Africa, North
Transportation -- United States
Trees -- Phsyiology
Trees in art
Truman, Harry S., -- 1884-1972
Tunisia
Tuskegee Institute -- History
Underwater exploration
United Nations -- China
United Nations
United States -- Congress -- House
United States -- Economic conditions
United States -- Foreign relations -- China
United States -- Foreign relations -- Cuba
United States -- Foreign relations -- Latin America
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
United States -- Foreign relations
United States -- History -- 1789-1809
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
United States -- Politics and government
United States -- Territorial expansion
United States. -- President (1945-1953 : Truman)
United States. Army -- Military life
Vanguard II (Artificial satellite)
Venezuela
Vibration
Vice-Presidents -- United States -- History
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam
Virginia -- Social life and customs -- To 1775
Vocational guidance
Volcanoes -- Hawaii
Volcanoes
Washington (D.C.) -- Capitol
Washington, Booker T., -- 1856-1915
Water -- Pollution
Water conservation
Water
Watercolor painting -- Technique
Water-supply engineering
Waterworks
Weather
West (U.S.)
Whaleboats
Whales -- Behavior
Whales
Winter
Witches -- Fiction
Women's rights -- United States
Wool industry
World politics -- 1955-
World War, 1939-1945 -- Algeria
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Africa,
World War, 1939-1945 -- Tunisia
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States
Youth -- Conduct of life
Yugoslavia
Educational Films.
Fiction Films.
Historical Films.
Newsreels.
Nonfiction Films.
Science Films.

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