3 linear feet paper records including scripts and publicity materials
30 b&w still photographs
Motion pictures (visual works)
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.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD