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Harvard Botanical Museum 16mm Film Collection, ca. 1943-1978 : Guide

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: hfa00022
Repository: Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Harvard Botanical Museum 16mm Film Collection, ca. 1943-1978 : Guide.
Date(s): 1943-1978
Quantity: 1 collection (45 16mm film prints)
Language of materials: Material is in English.
Abstract: Early in the history of motion pictures the medium of film was recognized for its invaluable uses in education. Moving pictures allow for a broad range of educational topics to be taught by utilizing the medium's ability to communicate information and expand upon complex ideas and topics. This collection of 16mm educational films from the Harvard Botanical Museum Collection focuses on the topics of agriculture through ethnography and history. The films were created between 1943 and 1978 and used as educational tools for students in Harvard classrooms.

Acquisition Information:

This collection was donated by the Tozzer Library at Harvard University in January 2012.

Processing Information:

Arranged & encoded by: Tara Maharjan, March 2012

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 Botanical Museum 16mm Film Collection, ca. 1943-1978. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.


Films are listed alphabetically. Filmographic information, including year of release, director, and description, are included when available.

Scope and Content

The Harvard Botanical Museum 16mm Film Collection was used for educational purposes by the Harvard Botanical Museum, which was founded in 1858 by Asa Gray and originally called the Museum of Vegetable Products. Collecting continued over the years in a variety of forms, including film. The films within this collection span from 1943 to 1978, and while one film within the collection was produced by Harvard University, most were acquired from outside producers. They focus on a variety of specific topics all focusing around agriculture and botanical sciences, some with ethnographic and historical looks at agriculture.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Amahuaca Indians -- Agriculture -- Peru
Amahuaca Indians -- Peru -- Rites and ceremonies
Amahuaca Indians -- Peru -- Social life and customs
American Museum of Natural History Expedition to the Peruvian
Montaña (1960-1961)
Aymara Indians
Bolivia--Social life and customs
Corn-- Mexico
DeKalb County Farm Bureau (DeKalb County, Ill.)--History
Ergot alkaloids
Forest management
Hallucinogenic drugs and religious experience
Hallucinogenic drugs
Handicraft -- Papua New Guinea
Harvest festivals -- Peru
Huichol Indians -- Religion.
Hybrid corn
Indian textile fabrics -- Peru
Indian weapons -- Peru
Indians of Mexico -- Agriculture
Indians of North America -- Rites and ceremonies.
Indians of South America -- Social life and customs
Johnston (Iowa)
Maine. Dept. of Agriculture
Malay Peninsula -- Pictorial works
Maple sugar -- Minnesota -- Motion pictures
Maple sugar industry--Vermont
Maple sugar
Mexico -- History -- To 1519
Mexico. Agriculture
Mexico--Social life and customs
Mille Lacs Indian Reservation (Minn.) -- Motion pictures
Natural Rubber Bureau (U.S.)
Nett Lake Indian Reservation (Minn.)
Ojibwa Indians -- Food -- Motion pictures
Ojibwa Indians -- Minnesota -- Motion pictures
Opium poppy growers
Opium poppy
Opium trade.
Orchids -- Australia
Orinoco River Delta (Venezuela)
Peyotism -- Mexico
Poisonous plants -- Toxicology
Poisonous plants -- United States
Poppy industry.
Rice workers
Rice--Bali (Island)
Rubber plantation workers
Sugar maple--Pictorial works
Tehuacán River Valley (Mexico)--Social life and customs
Tobacco -- Physiological effect
Traditional medicine -- Peru
Waica Indians
Wheat products
Wild rice -- Minnesota
Yanomamo Indians -- Social life and customs
Yanomamo Indians—Venezuela
Agriculture Films
Documentary films
Educational films
Ethnographic Films
Nonfiction Films
Sponsored Films
Anthony, Florence
Asch, Timothy
Bhaskar Rao, A.
Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-
Chavany, P.J.
Cutler, Hugh C., 1912-1998
Cutler, Marian C.
Dole, Gertude E.
Galentine, Wheaton
General Foods Corporation.
Giffard, Adam
Goetz, Inga S.
Haggarty, John
Hance, Paul
Herzog, Milan
Jurgens, Victor
Killy, Monroe P., 1910-
Klinger, Hal
Kurzon, George
Mir, Ezra, 1900-1993
Moore, W. Henson, 1939-
Riley, Ronald H.
Rubee, Clair D., Jr.
Stadelman, Raymond E.
Subrahmanyam, K.
Tauchert, Hermann D.
Ushijima, Henry
Van Dyke, Willard
Wagg, Alfred
Weissman, Seymour J.
Arnold Arboretum
Dekalb Agricultural Association, Inc.
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)
Educational Services Institute
Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc.
Funk Seeds International
Harvard University
Information Films of India
Organization of American States. General Secretariat
Pan American Union
Pennsylvania State University
Pioneer Hybrid Corn Company
Sunkist Growers, inc.
United Fruit Company
United States. Department of Agriculture
United States. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs
United World Films, inc.
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Vermont
Verity Film Production
Vista Publications (Firm)
Walt Disney Company
Wellcome Film Unit
Weyerhauser Company