archival original one video cassette snd. col. b&w 1/2 inch VHS
title derived from name of project (unpublished work)--archival collection
John M.R. Bruner's film collection is housed at Northeast Historic Films
Video created by John M.R. Bruner to provide historical insight into his father's amateur film collection for the Human Studies Film Archives. The video is an example of the value of documenting amateur film collections and saving contextual materials. Dr. Bruner shows the projector, a reel of film and the labelled can, the basement where the film is stored on a shelf suspended from the ceiling, his mother's documentation of the films (typed notebook detailing the contents of all the films, notes on history and culture, articles and clippings and, for the cruises, notebooks of the ship's daily newsletter, itineraries, shipboard activities and photographs and a 3" x 5" index box of her notes that are filed alphabetically by subject matter) and samples of the film videotaped off a screen. Film shown includes Bruner family (1927); Valley Forge, picnic on way to Baltimore, and Atlantic City Beach (1928); Lakehurst, New Jersey and the Graf Zeppelin (1929); Trip to California including the St. Louis, Missouri, Zoo, Hollywood and crossing the Mojave Desert (1930); and cruise to Scandanavia and Russia (1938). Using photographs and clippings, Bruner also presents a brief biography of his father, Martin D. Bruner, born in 1894 in Kansas who became a dentist and settled in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD