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Challinor Family Home Movies

Cinematographer:
Challinor, Joan R.  Search this
Challinor, David, 1920-2008  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (7 films, Reels AC1233-OF0001 and AC1233-OF0002 are composite reels created by the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, the former comprising "Children Summer, Fall, and Winter, 1956-1957" and "Challinor Family Home Movie, 1957" and the latter comprising "Guilford, 57-58" and "Challinor Family Home Movie, 1959", 16mm)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
16mm motion picture film
Place:
Massachusetts
White Mountain National Forest (N.H. and Me.)
Mount Snow Ski Resort
Vermont
Murten (Switzerland)
Noroton Heights (Darien, Conn.)
Switzerland
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
Iceland
Half Dome (Calif.)
Yosemite Valley (Calif.)
Bermuda Islands
Guilford (Me.)
Maine
Norfolk (Conn.)
Guilford (Conn.)
Date:
1956-1965
Summary:
David Challinor served the Smithsonian Institution in an official capacity for 30 years, eventually becoming the assistant secretary to Sidney Dillon Ripley. Joan R. Challinor became an historian and advocate of library sciences and education. In 1956, however, they were busy with their young family. David only returned to university for graduate school in 1957, in his late 30s. They both went on to have successful careers and active family lives. This collection includes 7 home movie films that document thte Challinor family.
Scope and Contents:
The collection comprises seven silent 16mm color home movies depicting David and Joan Challinor, their four children, and other family or friends. Subject matter includes the family's home in Connecticut as well as family vacations throughout the northeastern United States and Bermuda, Switzerland, and Iceland.
Arrangement:
Collection organized into one series.

Series 1, Motion Picture Film, 1956-1965
Biographical / Historical:
David Challinor and Joan Ridder Challinor were married in 1952 and lived in Houston, Texas where David worked as a cotton broker, farmer, and then a mortgage banker. They had four children: Julia, Mary, Sarah, and David, and six grandchildren. In the late 1950s, they settled in Connecticut, where David pursued graduate studies in forest ecology at Yale University and during which time the couple made home movies.

From 1960-1964, David Challinor served as the deputy director of Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History under Sidney Dillon Ripley, and in 1965 became the acting director after Ripley became the Smithsonian's secretary. When in 1966 Challinor received his doctorate from Yale University, Ripley recruited him to serve as the Special Assistant for Tropical Biology of the Smithsonian's Office of the Secretary. From 1967-1971 he served as the deputy director and, subsequently, the director of the Office of International Activites. He then served as Assistant Secretary for Science and Research for sixteen years before becoming the Science Advisor to the Secretary prior to his retirement in 1996 when he was named Scientist Emeritus for the National Zoological Park. He died in 2008, leaving a professional legacy of conservationism.

During Challinor's tenure as Assistant Secretary for Science and Research at the Smithsonian, Joan R. Challinor pursued graduate studies in history at American University, receiving her doctorate in 1982. Her work involved serving on numerous committees and organizations, many of which were library and education related, including the Schlesinger Library Advisory Committee and the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Through the 1980s and 1990s, she lectured at American University, was a research associate at the National Museum of American History, wrote numerous essays, edited two books, and even produced a documentary film about Thomas Paine. She was also the director of Knight Ridder, Inc., a print media company, from 1989 until 2001. She continues to live and work in the Washington, D.C. area.
Related Materials:
Materials at Other Organizations

The Schlesinger Library of the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University holds the "Papers of Joan R. Challinor, 1848, 1975-2008", which includes her correspondence, meeting and conference materials, articles, speeches, reports, photographs, and audiotapes (Accession #MC 678; T-446).

The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds numerous archival collections, including photographs, papers, files, records, and oral histories related to David Challinor.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Joan Challinor in 2011.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research on site by appointment. Reference copies do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with Archives Center staff.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Privacy rights of filmed individuals may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Fourth of July celebrations  Search this
Hiking  Search this
Skis and skiing  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Camping -- 20th century  Search this
Biologists  Search this
Family vacations  Search this
Conservationists  Search this
Naturalists  Search this
Swimming  Search this
Christmas  Search this
Amateur films  Search this
Historians  Search this
Genre/Form:
16mm motion picture film
Citation:
Challinor Family Home Movie Collection, 1956-1965, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1233
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1233

Yosemite trails camp and pack-train in the Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada / by J. Smeaton Chase

Author:
Chase, J. Smeaton (Joseph Smeaton) 1864-1923  Search this
Physical description:
x, 354 pages, [15] leaves of plates illustrations, map 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Yosemite Valley (Calif.)
California
Yosemite Valley
United States
Sierra Nevada
Date:
1911
Call number:
F868.Y6 C43 1911
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_979992

The mountains that remade America : how Sierra Nevada geology impacts modern life / Craig H. Jones

Title:
How Sierra Nevada geology impacts modern life
Author:
Jones, Craig H.  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
2017
Topic:
Geology--History  Search this
Human geography  Search this
Mountains--History  Search this
Gold mines and mining  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1092232

The best land under heaven : the Donner Party in the age of Manifest Destiny / Michael Wallis

Title:
Donner Party in the age of Manifest Destiny
Author:
Wallis, Michael 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 455 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
California
West (U.S.)
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
2017
19th century
Topic:
Donner Party  Search this
Pioneers--History  Search this
Overland journeys to the Pacific  Search this
Frontier and pioneer life  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1080304

Ferns of the Sierra / Robert J. Rodin

Author:
Rodin, Robert J  Search this
Physical description:
p. 45-124 : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
1960
1960]
Topic:
Ferns--Identification  Search this
Call number:
QK525.5.C2 R64 1960
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_807756

Sierra Nevada : the John Muir Trail / Ansel Adams ; introduction by William A. Turnage

Title:
Ansel Adams : Sierra Nevada, the John Muir Trail
Author:
Adams, Ansel 1902-1984  Search this
Turnage, William A  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 109 p. : chiefly ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
California
Nevada
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
John Muir Trail (Calif.)
Date:
2006
1938
Topic:
Mountains  Search this
Photography of mountains  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_833264

The Laws field guide to the Sierra Nevada / written and illustrated by John Muir Laws

Author:
Laws, John Muir  Search this
Physical description:
366 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_843407

Deeper than gold : Indian life in the Sierra foothills / Brian Bibby ; photography by Dugan Aguilar

Author:
Bibby, Brian  Search this
Aguilar, Dugan  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 204 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Portraits
Pictorial works
Place:
California
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_765121

Sierra Nevada natural history / Tracy I. Storer, Robert L. Usinger, and David Lukas

Author:
Storer, Tracy I (Tracy Irwin) 1889-1973  Search this
Usinger, Robert L (Robert Leslie) 1912-1968  Search this
Lukas, David 1964-  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 439 p. : ill. (col. ill.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
2004
C2004
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_770938

Magpies and mayflies : an introduction to plants and animals of the Central Valley and the Sierra foothills / Derek Madden, Ken Charters, and Cathy Snyder ; illustrated by Derek Madden

Author:
Madden, Derek  Search this
Charters, Ken  Search this
Snyder, Cathy  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 225 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Central Valley
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
2005
2001
C2005
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_775107

Geology of the Sierra Nevada / Mary Hill

Author:
Hill, Mary 1923-  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 453 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 19 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_775137

Sierra East : edge of the great basin / edited by Genny Smith ; with contributions by Diana F. Tomback ... [et al.] ; illustrated by Flora Pomeroy Smith and the authors

Author:
Smith, Genny  Search this
Physical description:
x, 488 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_602671

Culture element distributions. XXIV : Central Sierra / by B. W. Aginsky

Title:
Central Sierra
Culture element distributions : Central Sierra
Author:
Aginsky, Bernard W (Bernard Willard) 1905-  Search this
Physical description:
393-468 p. : map ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
California
Date:
1943
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Call number:
E78.C15 A35 1943
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_606261

Culture element distributions. VI: Southern Sierra Nevada / by Harold E. Driver

Title:
Southern Sierra Nevada
Culture element distributions : Southern Sierra Nevada
Author:
Driver, Harold E (Harold Edson) 1907-1992  Search this
Physical description:
p. 53-154 : fold. map ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
California
Nevada
Date:
1937
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Call number:
E78.C15 D75 1937
E51 .A58 v.1 no.2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_606582

Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley / Laird R. Blackwell

Author:
Blackwell, Laird R (Laird Richard) 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
288 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Central Valley (Valley)
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Californie
Grande ValleĢe
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Wild flowers--Identification  Search this
Botany  Search this
Fleurs sauvages--Identification  Search this
Call number:
QK149 .B639 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_608731

Gateways to California : compiled from a series of articles in P. G. and E. Progress / by Don J. Baxter

Author:
Baxter, Don J  Search this
Pacific Gas and Electric Company  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Cascade Range
California
San Gabriel Mountains
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Tehachapi Mountains
San Jacinto Mountains (Calif.)
Santa Rosa Mountains (Calif.)
Date:
1968
C1968
Topic:
Mountain passes  Search this
History  Search this
Passes  Search this
Call number:
F862 .P12 1968
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_634202

Across the Sierras in winter / [photographs by Howard Clinton Tibbitts ; introduction by Janet R. Fireman]

Author:
Tibbitts, H. C  Search this
California Historical Society  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : all ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
California
Date:
2001
C2001
Call number:
F868.S5 T53 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_668568

A Sierra Nevada flora / Norman F. Weeden ; with new drawings by Amy David

Author:
Weeden, Norman  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 259 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Identification
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
1996
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Plants  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_515867

Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project final report to Congress : status of the Sierra Nevada : addendum

Title:
Status of the Sierra Nevada
Author:
Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project  Search this
University of California (System) Centers for Water and Wildland Resources  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 328 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
1997
[1997]
Topic:
Ecosystem management  Search this
Biotic communities  Search this
Endangered ecosystems  Search this
Forest ecology  Search this
Environmental mapping  Search this
Environmental conditions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_524805

Sierra crossing : first roads to California / Thomas Frederick Howard

Author:
Howard, Thomas Frederick 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 218 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
1998
C1998
19th century
Topic:
Roads--History  Search this
Overland journeys to the Pacific  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_537385

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