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Harvard Science Center Film Collection, ca. 1933-1998 : Guide

Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library
Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138 USA
August, 2011

© 2011 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Call No.: hfa00014
Title: Harvard Science Center Film Collection, ca. 1933-1998 : Guide.
Quantity: 61 16mm film prints
Language of materials: Material is in English.
Abstract: In addition to texts, motion picture films play an integral role in communicating information and explaining complex ideas. For this reason films were often used in classrooms to supplement traditional course material. This 16mm film collection from the Harvard Science Center features educational science films from 1933 to 1998 focusing on a variety of scientific subject matter including physics, chemistry, biology and astronomy. The intended audiences for most of these films were high school students, though some were produced for military training or general audiences.

Processing Information:

Arranged & encoded by: Desiree Alexander, August 2011

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:

Harvard Science Center Film Collection, ca. 1933-1998. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Acquisition Information:

This collection was donated by the Harvard Science Center Media Services Department in 2010.


Films are listed chronologically by year of release, reasoning that the collection would be searched according to the landmarks of scientific advancements, with the films giving evidence of the time in which they were created. Filmographic information, including year of release, director, and description, are included when available.

Scope and Content

The Harvard Science Center Collection contains 16mm films used by the center for educational purposes.
The following categories describe the types of films found in the collection: (some films fall into more than one category)

Container List

Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Genres and Forms of Materials