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Thayer Soule Travel Lecture Film Collection 1946 - 1987

Catalog Data

Soule, Thayer  Search this
Physical description:
30 hours audio tape
34 published film titles (104,00 feet)
3 linear feet paper records including scripts and publicity materials
30 b&w still photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
North America
Central America
South America
1946 - 1987
Thayer Soule (1917-2004) was a popular travel-lecturer in the latter half of the twentieth century and the personally selected successor to Burton Holmes, the dean of travel-lecturers. He attended Harvard University and served in WWII as second lieutenant photographic officer in the US Marine Corps. Shortly after graduating from Harvard, Soule joined Burton Holmes, assisting Holmes in his lectures as well as . Travel-lectures began sometime in the 19th century with a lecturer talking about his travels while projecting glass lantern slides of foreign places. These lectures filled a nation-wide hunger to "experience" foreign travel and elevated motion picture performances through their educational value as respectable entertainment for the rising American middle class.
Donated by Thayer Soule in 1991
Film collection contains 34 travel films from around the world made by Thayer Soule, some of which were made with associates, that he used in presenting travel lectures around the country from 1935 to 1995. He was an associate with Burton Holmes, dean of travel lecturers, from 1946 to 1958. Collection also includes still photographs, publicity materials and scripts and audio tape recordings of the accompanying lectures for some of the films.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Travelogues (Motion pictures)  Search this
Tourism  Search this
Archeology--sites  Search this
Historic sites  Search this
Architecture--monumental  Search this
Architecture--Religious  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Marketplaces  Search this
Handicrafts  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Dance  Search this
Landscapes  Search this
Nature  Search this
National parks and reserves  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1991-020
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives OK:0
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Thayer Soule Travel Lecture Film Collection, 1946-1987
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives