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National Zoo Training Films Collection

Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
15 Items (15 films, 16 mm)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Training films
Date:
1968-1981
Scope and Contents:
Fifteen 16mm composite optical track sound films of varying length, all in color except for two. The films were acquired by the National Zoo and presumably used as training films exhorting employees to practice safe work habits and avoid accidents. Each film provides full credits and the distributors and producers are listed.
The collection includes 15 16mm composite optical track sound films of varying length. The films are mostly color, with the exception of two black/white films. The collection consists of one series.
Arrangement:
1 series.
Biographical / Historical:
This collection of safety films comes from the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. Presumably these films were acquired during the 1970s and shown to employees at the Zoo as a means of instilling safe practices within the workplace. Their specific history and background is unknown. However, each film provides full credits and the distributors and producers are listed.

The training film serves the purpose of educating employees, reflecting the interests of the corporation, and encouraging safe practices within the workplace. A subgenre of training films, is a category dealing solely with safety issues. The safety film is supposed to promote safe living and the elimination of harmful or dangerous working conditions. Originally made by corporations such as auto-manufacturers, railroad companies, and insurance businesses, these films tend to communicate the interests of the corporation versus that of the employee. Frequently, these films tend to place the blame on the victim, shifting any responsibility for accidents away from management and onto the worker. As a result the safety film focuses more on the accidents that occur than the actual safety issues. Often the film presents a melodramatic story of an employee's tragic accident, and selectively illustrates the pain and suffering undergone in the workplace.
Provenance:
This collection of safety films was transferred to the Archives Center by the Smithsonian National Zoo. No records of the transfer exist.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Industrial safety  Search this
Training  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Training films
Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0685
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0685

Hands

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 200 ft)
Container:
Item OF 685.1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1975
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Seventies' style montage sequence depicting a woman's hands, as well as the objects and dangerous elements the hands come in contact with. Set to music.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA), Ontario, Canada. Distributed by the International Film Bureau, Inc. Chicago, Illinois.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref13

Feet

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 200 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.2
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1975
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Seventies' style montage sequence of bare feet as they come into contact with dangerous elements within the workplace. Warning for employees to wear comfortable and safe shoes in order to protect their feet. Set to music.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by IAPA, and distributed by the International Film Bureau, Inc.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref17

Eyes

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 200 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.2 (should be 3, etc.
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1975
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Seventies' style montage sequence of eyes as they are exposed to dangerous elements within the workplace, such as chemicals, dust, and explosions. Warning for employees that protective eye wear, like goggles, is a necessity for safe handling of machinery and chemicals.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by IAPA, and distributed by the International Film Bureau, Inc.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref21

Slips and Falls

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 200 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.4
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Seventies' style montage sequence of people tripping over various objects, slipping on wet floors, and crashing into equipment. Warning for employees that in order to prevent injury, they should properly cleanup any mess, and carefully watch out for any hazards or obstructions in the workplace. Set to music.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by IAPA, and distributed by the International Film Bureau, Inc.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref25

Striking Against Objects

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 200 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.5
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1974
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Seventies style montage sequence of people crashing into equipment and other objects, which are carelessly left out of place. Warning for employees that in order to keep the workplace safe for everyone, each person must remember to pick up after themselves, and keep equipment and supplies neat. Set to music.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by IAPA, and distributed by the International Film Bureau, Inc.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref29

You Bet Your Eyes

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 600 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.6
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Reviews the dangerous elements that eyes are exposed to on a daily basis, especially in chemical plants and factories. Warns employees to wear protective eye goggles at all times to prevent damage to their sight. Includes the story of a man who loses his eyesight because of his own careless and unsafe practices within the workplace. Set to music.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by the Vision Care and Safety Products Division of American Optical (AO). Distributed by the Tom Thomas Organization.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref33

Eye & Face Protection in Chemical Laboratories

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 850 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.7
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1968
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Depiction of hazardous situations within the chemical laboratory, in which protective eye goggles should be worn. Includes safety tips, and demonstrates the proper guidelines for the wearing and usage of goggles and face shields.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by Edward Feil Productions, Cleveland, Ohio. Distributed in cooperation with the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness.
Performer::
Dr. George Norman Quam, an expert on eye care narrates.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref37

A Breath of Air

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 450 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.8
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1979
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Warning against the inhalation of hazardous fumes and chemical pollution. Emphasis is on the necessity of clean air, and how to prevent injury to the lungs by wearing a mask in the workplace.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by AO, and distributed by the International Films Bureau Inc.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref41

One Last Shock

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 850 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.9
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: British training film illustrating the hazards of electricity. Presents a narrative story of unsafe and careless practices leading to the death of a factory worker from electrical shock. Offers an explanation of safety measures, and why these practices are crucial to the prevention of disaster. Full credits.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by Millbank Films Limited, and distributed by the International Film Bureau, Inc.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref45

Doin' it Right

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 900 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.11
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1983
Producer/Distributor::
Presented by Division of School Buildings, NYC Public Schools. Produced by Battelle Memorial Institute Center for Improved Education in Columbus, Ohio.
Performer::
Gabe Kaplan, star of the popular sitcom, "Welcome Back Kotter," narrates the introduction. The rest of the film is narrated by Bob Sawyer. Features music by the BeeGees ("Stayin' Alive," 1977). Summary: Detailed explanation of asbestos, the dangers it poses to our health, and the importance of precautionary measures to prevent exposure. These include frequent building inspections and regular health checkups.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref49

Have a Good Day DearHave a Good Day Dear

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 650 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.12
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Detailed narrative about accidents and preventative measures. Analyzes some causes, such as poor housekeeping within the workplace, and untrained employees. Emphasis is on how "we" create hazards within our environment.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by David Evans, and Millbank Films Limited, an ICI subsidiary. Distributed by the International Film Bureau, Inc.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref52

It's in the Cards

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm black/white composite optical track print, 800 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.13
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Depiction of hazards and accidents at mill factories, due to the improper usage of signs. Explanation of the necessity of "holding cards" in order to alert workers that a machine or piece of equipment is undergoing maintenance. This prevents hazardous situations, which result in injury or even death.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by Crawley Films, and distributed by the International Film Bureau Inc.
Performer::
Mr. D.W. Ambridge, president of Abitibi Power and Paper Company, Limited narrates.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref56

It Didn't Have to Happen

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm black/white composite optical track print, 600 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.14
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1970s
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: A horrific narrative story that explains the proper usage of cutting machines and other types of equipment with saw blades. Emphasis is on how workers can safely use these instruments and prevent disastrous accidents.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by Crawley Films, and distributed by the International Film Bureau Inc.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref60

The Industrial Weightlifter II

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 500 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.15
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1981
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Reviews the correct techniques for lifting heavy objects. Includes a lesson on the structure of the back, and an explanation of spinal cord injuries due to improper lifting.
Producer/Distributor::
Produced by Lockwood Films Inc. (London), in association with Lever Detergent Limited, and Hilroy Limited.
Performer::
Fred Blaney, head of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) narrates.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref64

Run the Team

Collection Creator:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (16mm color composite optical track print, 450 ft.)
Container:
Item OF 685.16
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1975
Scope and Contents note:
Summary: Training film for members of management, detailing how to successfully operate and run a safety team. Included are four fundamental principles for team leaders to follow: review accident experience, continue department inspections, safeguard all equipment, and eliminate unsafe practices.
Producer/Distributor::
This is a part of the Safety Management Film Series, produced by the National Safety Council. Distributed by the International Film Bureau Inc.
General note:
Performer:
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
National Zoo Training Films Collection, 1968-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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National Zoo Training Films Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0685-ref68

National Zoo, Washington, D. C.

Series Creator:
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Series Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Series Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
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Scurlock Studio Records, Series 6: Color Transparencies, Slides, and Other Formats
Scurlock Studio Records, Series 6: Color Transparencies, Slides, and Other Formats / 6.2: Slides
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s06-ref884

National Zoo

Subseries Creator:
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974 October 30
Scope and Contents note:
Subject/Sitter: Beale (Mr.)
Job Number: 5167
Subseries Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Series 8: Business Records, Subseries 8.1: Studio Session Registers are restricted. Digital copies available for research. See repository for details.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Subseries Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Subseries Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
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Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.11: Customcraft Negatives
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.11: Customcraft Negatives / 4.11: Customcraft Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s04-11-ref1954

Smithsonian National Zoo, Gifts, Washington DC

Container:
Box 9, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref942

Emiliano Martinez Collection

Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Interviewer:
Ahlborn, Richard E., 1933-2015  Search this
Martin, Juana  Search this
Author:
Martinez, Emiliano  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Transcripts
Photographs
Audiotapes
Oral history
Audiocassettes
Place:
Fort Chaffee (Ark.)
Date:
1984
Scope and Contents:
Papers and photographs related to the immigration experience of Cuban refugee Martinez: a story from the Washington Post, March 12, 1984; a 45-minute cassette recording of an interview (in Spanish) by Richard E. Ahlborn with Martinez; a transcription in Spanish of the interview; six photographs of the hut taken by a zoo photographer; a covering memorandum from Ahlborn; a copy of Martinez's earnings from the sale of cans; and a diagram of his hut. Ahlborn, a curator in the Division of Community Life, was assisted by Juana Martin, a social worker.
Biographical / Historical:
The story of Emiliano Martinez, a Cuban refugee, was publicized as an example of the ingenuity and survival skills of recent immigrants to this nation. Martinez fled Cuba in one of the freedom flotillas of 1980. After a year in a refugee camp at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, he arrived in Washington, D.C. in April 1981. He shared apartments with other Cuban refugees until October 1982. Using his carpentry skills, he constructed a hut on undeveloped land at the National Zoo, where he lived from December 1982 until March 1984. He then moved into a boarding house in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood. He made his livelihood by selling aluminum cans to a Safeway grocery store for an average of sixty-five dollars a month.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Emilio Martinez.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Hispanic Americans -- 1950-2000  Search this
Poverty  Search this
Housing  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Political refugees  Search this
Carpentry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews -- 1980-2000
Transcripts
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1980-2000
Audiotapes
Oral history
Audiocassettes
Citation:
Emiliano Martinez Collection, 1984, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0176
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Emiliano Martinez Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0176

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