Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
311 documents - page 1 of 16

Robert L. Shurr Script and Scrapbook for the Motion Picture "George Washington Carver"

Creator:
Parker, Ben (scriptwriter)  Search this
Shurr, Robert L. (scriptwriter)  Search this
Names:
RKO Pictures.  Search this
Tuskegee Institute  Search this
Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film stills
Clippings
Press releases
Screenplays
Scrapbooks
Date:
1939-1940, 1968
Summary:
The film, George Washington Carver, starring Carver himself, was filmed in 1939 and released in 1940. Ben Parker was the director and Robert L. Shurr wrote the screenplay.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a copy of the original script for the motion picture George Washington Carver and a scrapbook detailing the motion picture's press. The bulk of the material dates to the production and release of the film, 1939-1940. There is additional correspondence from Shurr concerning the film dated 1968. The scrapbook contains photographs from the film. There are reference copies for the script and scrapbook.
Biographical / Historical:
The film, George Washington Carver, was an independent production of Bryant Productions, directed by Ben Parker and written by Robert L. Shurr. An article on Dr. George Washington Carver in Life magazine reportedly inspired the original idea for Parker. After a personal visit by Parker, Carver consented not only to approve the film but to appear in it. Parker engaged Robert L. Shurr to write the screenplay, originally titled Devil Cotton or the Story of Dr. Carver. The screenplay combined both a documentary and fictional narrative style. The screenplay detailed Carver's early life including a fictitious romantic relationship. The cast included: Ralph Edwards, Raye Gilbert, John J. Marvin, and Milton Sprague.

Raising funds for the project and making the film were both difficult. Parker eventually raised $2,000 from Allen McDowell who is listed as one of the film's producers. The film, which reportedly cost $14,000, was shot in Alabama with a small crew and very basic equipment. The film crew and those helping with the filming experienced violence from the white community which reportedly stoned McDowell and two of the film's local white participants. The film was released independently and played in a few RKO owned theatres but apparently never recouped its cost. In 1940, $10,000 was taken in at the film's premiere at Tuskegee Institute. Most likely, this was the film's largest audience.

We have no further information about the production or producer, our initial research has been unable to locate any further details concerning this film. A print of the film in its entirety is not known to exist, but portions of it are seen in a thirty minute video from Schlesinger Video Productions entitled Black Americans of Achievement: George Washington Carver.

Carver, a world famous agrichemist, was born near Diamond Grove, Missouri, circa 1864 to a woman named Mary. In 1896, he went to Tuskegee Institute as the head of the Agricultural Department and stayed there until his death on January 5, 1943.

Carver found many uses for the peanut, sweet potato, pecan, soybean, and cotton stalk. His important contributions to the Southern economy were: to diversify, utilize the land more efficiently, and in an ecologically friendly way, build up the soil, cope with plant diseases, and utilize research results in farm activities.

Among the many honors he received were: fellow, British Royal Society of Arts, 1916; Spingarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1923; and the Theodore Roosevelt Medal, 1939. He was widely admired and Henry Ford included a replica of his birthplace at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

In his personal life Carver was never married and current scholarship indicates that he may have been homosexual. The historian, Horace L. Griffin, in his 2006 book Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians & Gays in Black Churches, details the clandestine homosexual life of Carver and others. Pertaining to Carver's habit of giving peanut oil massages to his male friends, Linda O. McMurry in her 1982 biography of Carver, George Washington Carver, Scientist and Symbol, relates, "Most of his male friends received at least one massage from the professor," but evidence that it ever went beyond massage is not detailed. Beginning in 1935, Carver's constant companion was Austin W. Curtis, Jr. a graduate of Cornell who taught at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College before coming to Tuskegee and joining Carver as his assistant.

Rackham Holt, Carver's biographer, describes the relationship between the two men in his 1943 biography, George Washington Carver: an American Biography, "At last someone had been welcomed not merely into Dr. Carver's laboratory, but also into his heart. He believed that there was something providential in the coming of this young man, so intensely serious about his work and extremely competent at it, who was at the same time a genial companion; he was proud of him and loved and depended on him as his own son . . . . And the affection was returned in full measure. Mr. Curtis accompanied him everywhere, seeing to his comfort, shielding him from intrusion, and acting as his official mouthpiece." Carver had a standing invitation to visit Henry Ford at his plantation in Ways, Georgia, where guest rooms were kept prepared for both Carver and Curtis. Carver died in Tuskegee, Alabama on January 5, 1943 and was buried in the churchyard of the college chapel. The National Park Service owns and maintains 210 acres of the farm where Carver was born as the George Washington Carver National Monument.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Robert L. Shurr in October 1984.
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:
Motion pictures -- 1930-1940  Search this
Cotton stalks  Search this
Plant diseases  Search this
Pecan  Search this
Peanuts  Search this
Sweet potatoes  Search this
Agricultural chemists  Search this
Agriculture -- Research  Search this
African American scientists  Search this
Agricultural chemistry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Film stills
Clippings -- 1930-1950
Press releases -- 1930-1940
Screenplays -- 1930-1940
Scrapbooks -- 1900-1950
Citation:
Robert L. Shurr Script and Scrapbook for the Motion Picture "George Washington Carver", 1939-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0133
See more items in:
Robert L. Shurr Script and Scrapbook for the Motion Picture "George Washington Carver"
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0133

Contest Letters #4728-4770

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder
Container:
Box 272, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1924
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 2: Business Records / 2.3: Advertising and Promotions / 2.3.C: Customer Testimonials and Contest Letters / Tomato Prize Contest
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1264
1 Page(s) matching your search term, top most relevant are shown: View entire project in transcription center
  • View Contest Letters #4728-4770 digital asset number 1

Contest Letters, 4723-4800

Collection Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee Company  Search this
Burpee, W. Atlee (Washington Atlee), 1858-1915  Search this
Burpee, David, 1893-1980  Search this
James Vick's Sons (Rochester, N.Y.).  Search this
Wm. Henry Maule (Firm)  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder
Container:
Box 272, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1924
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records.
See more items in:
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records
W. Atlee Burpee & Company records / Series 2: Business Records / 2.3: Advertising and Promotions / 2.3.C: Customer Testimonials and Contest Letters / Tomato Prize Contest
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-bur-ref1266
1 Page(s) matching your search term, top most relevant are shown: View entire project in transcription center
  • View Contest Letters, 4723-4800 digital asset number 1

Book, Bolesti I Stetnici: Ratarskog Bilja

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in x 3/4 in; 24.13 cm x 17.145 cm x 1.905 cm
Object Name:
book
Date published:
1952
Subject:
Wine  Search this
Credit Line:
Miljenko "Mike" Grgich
ID Number:
2006.3084.08
Catalog number:
2006.3084.08
Nonaccession number:
2006.3084
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Food Technology
Food
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition:
Food: Transforming the American Table
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-1e4f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1313881
Online Media:

Ship Model, Santa Maria

Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
textile (overall material)
metals (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 30 1/2 in x 29 in x 16 1/2 in; 77.47 cm x 73.66 cm x 41.91 cm
Object Name:
ship
ship model
model, ship
Other Terms:
ship; Maritime; Sailing
Date made:
1965
Subject:
Fishing  Search this
Related event:
Colonization and Settlement  Search this
Related Publication:
On the Water online exhibition
Related Web Publication:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater
Credit Line:
Gift of Lawrence H. M. Vineburgh
ID Number:
TR.325800
Catalog number:
325800
Accession number:
260040
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Maritime
Communications
Government, Politics, and Reform
Transportation
Exhibition:
On the Water
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-970a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_844077
Online Media:

The Evolutionary Ecology of Plant Disease: A Phylogenetic Perspective

Author:
Gilbert, Gregory S.  Search this
Parker, Ingrid M.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2016
Topic:
Tropics  Search this
Biology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_140191

Plant paleopathology and the roles of pathogens and insects

Author:
Prevec, Rose  Search this
Labandeira, Conrad C.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2014
Topic:
Paleobiology  Search this
Natural History  Search this
See others in:
Paleobiology
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_117844

A canker disease of seedlings and saplings of Tetragastris panamensis (Burseraceae) caused by Botryosphaeria dothidea in a lowland tropical forest

Author:
De Steven, Diane  Search this
Gilbert, Gregory S.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1996
Topic:
Tropics  Search this
Biology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_103651

Plant diseases and the conservation of tropical forests

Author:
Hubbell, Stephen P.  Search this
Gilbert, Gregory  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1996
Topic:
Tropics  Search this
Biology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_103652

Rain Forest Plant Diseases: The Canopy -Understory Connection

Author:
Gilbert, Gregory S.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1995
Topic:
Tropics  Search this
Biology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_103892

Soil microbes drive the classic plant diversity-productivity pattern

Author:
Kinkel, Linda L.  Search this
Xiao, Kun  Search this
van Nes, Egbert H.  Search this
Klironomos, John N.  Search this
Mangan, Scott A.  Search this
Schnitzer, Stefan A.  Search this
HilleRisLambers, Janneke  Search this
Rillig, Matthias C.  Search this
Callaway, Ragan M.  Search this
Scheffer, Marten  Search this
Sikes, Benjamin A.  Search this
Reich, Peter B.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2011
Topic:
Tropics  Search this
Biology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_100122
Online Media:

Advances in urban pest management / edited by Gary W. Bennett, John M. Owens

Author:
Bennett, Gary W  Search this
Owens, John M  Search this
Physical description:
x, 399 pages ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
©1986
Topic:
Urban pests--Integrated control  Search this
Animaux et plantes nuisibles urbains--Lutte contre les  Search this
insect pests  Search this
ARTHROPODS  Search this
biological control  Search this
HOUSEHOLD PESTS  Search this
VEGETABLES  Search this
FRUIT  Search this
HEALTH  Search this
VERTEBRATES  Search this
FOOD  Search this
WOOD  Search this
pesticides  Search this
PEST CONTROL  Search this
TIMBER  Search this
DISINFECTION  Search this
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT  Search this
plagen veroorzaakt door geleedpotigen  Search this
arthropod pests  Search this
insectenplagen  Search this
plantenziekten  Search this
plant diseases  Search this
bestrijdingsmethoden  Search this
control methods  Search this
infectieziekten  Search this
infectious diseases  Search this
integrated control  Search this
stadsomgeving  Search this
urban environment  Search this
vectorbestrijding  Search this
vector control  Search this
gewasbescherming  Search this
plant protection  Search this
Plant and Crop Protection (General)  Search this
Plant- en gewasbescherming (algemeen)  Search this
Call number:
SB950.8.A38 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_319252

Memorias del Taller de Fitopatología, Panamá, 22 al 24 de abril de 1986 / editores, Jorge Pinochet, Gabriel von Lindeman

Author:
Seminario Taller de Fitopatología (1986 : Panamá, Panama)  Search this
Pinochet, Jorge  Search this
Lindeman, G. von (Gabriel)  Search this
Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza  Search this
Physical description:
168 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1986
Topic:
Plant diseases  Search this
Call number:
SB599.2 .S47 1986
SB599.2.S47 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_295138

Specificity in plant diseases / edited by R. K. S. Wood and A. Graniti

Author:
NATO Advanced Study Institute on Specificity in Plant Diseases (1975 : Alghero, Sardinia)  Search this
Wood, R. K. S  Search this
Graniti, Antonio 1926-  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 354 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1976
C1976
Topic:
Plant diseases  Search this
Host-parasite relationships  Search this
Call number:
SB731 .N28 1975
SB731.N28 1975
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_77843

Plant cell/cell interactions / edited by Ian Sussex ... [et al.]

Author:
Sussex, Ian M. 1927-  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 151 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1985
Topic:
Plant cells and tissues  Search this
Cell interaction  Search this
Plant diseases--Genetic aspects  Search this
Plants--Self-incompatibility  Search this
Phytopathogenic microorganisms--Host plants  Search this
Plant molecular genetics  Search this
Call number:
QK725.P552 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_348523

Durable resistance in crops / edited by F. Lamberti, J.M. Waller, and N.A. Van der Graaff

Author:
Lamberti, F (Franco) 1937-  Search this
Waller, J. M  Search this
Van der Graaff, N. A. 1945-  Search this
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Scientific Affairs Division  Search this
Physical description:
x, 454 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1983
C1983
Topic:
Plants--Disease and pest resistance  Search this
Plants--Disease and pest resistance--Genetic aspects  Search this
Plant breeding  Search this
Call number:
SB750.D87 1983X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_231413

The genetic basis of epidemics in agriculture edited by Peter R. Day

Author:
Conference on the Genetic Basis of Epidemics in Agriculture (1976 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Day, Peter R. 1928-  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 400 pages illustrations 23 cm
Type:
Congresses
Congress
Conference papers and proceedings
Date:
1977
Topic:
Plants--Disease and pest resistance--Genetic aspects  Search this
Plant diseases--Epidemics  Search this
Plant diseases--Genetic aspects  Search this
Plant breeding  Search this
Plant Diseases  Search this
Plant diseases and disorders  Search this
Crops  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Disease outbreaks  Search this
Genetics  Search this
Ackerbau  Search this
Epidemie  Search this
Fitopatologia  Search this
Call number:
SB750 .C74 1976
SB750.C74 1976
Restrictions & Rights:
Current copyright fee: GBP28.00 35\0. Uk
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_414744

Natural features of Indiana; a symposium held April 22-23, 1966, at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana. Alton A. Lindsey, editor

Editor:
Lindsey, Alton A (Alton Anthony) 1907-1999  Search this
Author:
Indiana Academy of Science  Search this
Physical description:
xxix, 600 pages illustrations (some color), maps 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Festschriften
Conference papers and proceedings
Place:
Indiana
Date:
1966
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Natural resources  Search this
Call number:
QH105.I6 N28 1966
QH105.I6N28 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_7078

Phytopathology

Author:
American Phytopathological Society  Search this
Physical description:
v. ill. 24-27 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1911
Topic:
Plant diseases  Search this
Call number:
SB599.P935X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_369725

Plant and soil [microform]

Physical description:
v. ill. 24 cm
Type:
Microforms
Periodicals
Date:
1948
1948-
Topic:
Plant-soil relationships--Periodicals  Search this
Plants--Nutrition--Periodicals  Search this
Soil microbiology--Periodicals  Search this
Plant diseases  Search this
Botanical chemistry--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
mfm 003141
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_545176

Modify Your Search







or


Narrow By