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COLLECTION Identifier: hfa00022

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


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.


  • 1943-1978

Language of Materials

Material is in English.

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 in close consultation with HFA staff. Although materials do not circulate for individual use, students, filmmakers, artists, and researchers are encouraged to use the collections on-site.

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 Harvard Film Archive, owner of the original material.


1 collection (45 16mm film prints)

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.


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

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

Harvard Botanical Museum 16mm Film Collection, ca. 1943-1978 : Guide
Harvard Film Archive, Harvard University
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University Repository

The Harvard Film Archive is one of the largest university-based motion picture collections in the United States, with a collection of 40,000 audio visual items, a growing number of manuscript collections, and nearly one million still photographs, posters, and other promotional materials from around the world and from almost every period in film history. The HFA's collection of paper materials, including the documentation of individual filmmakers as well as promotional materials such as posters, film stills, and ephemera are accessible to Harvard affiliates as well as to outside researchers.

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