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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 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. Privacy rights of filmed individuals may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Occupation:
Conservationists  Search this
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
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
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82a3682ab-993e-4a4a-a939-e1884a126fe1
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1233

A journal of ramblings through the high Sierras of California by the "University Excursions Party." [Microform]

Author:
LeConte, Joseph 1823-1901  Search this
Physical description:
103 p. : 9 phot. (incl. front.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Microforms
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
1982
1875
Call number:
mfm 814
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_377748

Brilliant waters : portraits of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and the High Sierras / photographs by Elizabeth Carmel ; foreword by Robert Redford

Author:
Carmel, Elizabeth  Search this
Physical description:
94 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
West (U.S.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Landscape photography  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_923698

Norman Clyde : legendary mountaineer of California's Sierra Nevada / Robert C. Pavlik ; foreword by Steve Roper

Author:
Pavlik, Robert C  Search this
Subject:
Clyde, Norman 1885-1972  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 155 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
California
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
2008
C2008
Topic:
Mountaineers  Search this
Mountaineering  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_911555

In the heart of the Sierras; the Yosemite Valley, both historical and descriptive: and scenes by the way. Big tree groves, the High Sierra, with its magnificent scenery, ancient and modern glaciers, and other objects of interest; with tables of distances and altitudes, maps, etc. [Microform] By J.M. Hutchings

Author:
Hutchings, J. M (James Mason) 1820-1902  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., xii, [13]-496 p. front., illus., plates (1 col.) port., maps (1 fold.) 23 cm
Type:
Microforms
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Yosemite Valley (Calif.)
Date:
1982
1886
Call number:
mfm 814
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_377377

Flora of our Sierran national parks, Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, including many valley and foothill plants

Author:
Pusateri, Samuel J. 1911-  Search this
Physical description:
170 p. : ill., col. plates ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
1963
Topic:
Botany  Search this
National parks and reserves  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_485424

California wildlife and their habitats : western Sierra Nevada

Author:
Barrett, Reginald H  Search this
Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station (Berkeley, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 439 p. : ill., col. maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
California
Date:
1980
[1980]
Topic:
Wildlife habitat improvement  Search this
Wildlife management areas  Search this
Bird refuges  Search this
Habitat (Ecology)  Search this
Animals--Habitations  Search this
Call number:
SK373 .C15 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_418367

The mountains of California / by John Muir

Author:
Muir, John 1838-1914  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 381 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
1901
1901, c1894
Topic:
Mountains  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F866 .M95 1901
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453414

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

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

The Frémont cannon--high up and far back : unravelling the puzzle of the brass cannon abandoned in 1844 and never recovered from California's Sierra Nevada / by Ernest Allen Lewis

Author:
Lewis, Ernest Allen  Search this
Subject:
Frémont, John Charles 1813-1890  Search this
Physical description:
168 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
California
Date:
1981
Topic:
Howitzers  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
E415.9.F8L48X 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_331531

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

Geologic history of the Feather River country, California / Cordell Durrell

Author:
Durrell, Cordell 1908-  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 337 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Feather River Region
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
1987
C1987
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Call number:
QE90.F4D87 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_345423

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 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

Prof. John B. Trask's Report on the geology of the Sierra Nevada, or California Range

Title:
Report on the geology of the Sierra Nevada, or California Range
Geology of the Sierra Nevada, or California Range
Author:
Trask, John B (John Boardman) 1824-1879  Search this
Geological Survey of California  Search this
California Legislature Assembly  Search this
Former owner:
Dall, William Healey 1845-1927 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Date:
1853
[1853]
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Call number:
QE90.S57 T73 1853
QE90.S57A12
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_338106

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

Predicting archaeological sites from environmental variables : a mathematical model for the Sierra Nevada foothills, California / Tom Pilgram

Author:
Pilgram, Tom  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 133 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
California
Date:
1987
Topic:
Excavations (Archaeology)--Mathematical models  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Mathematical models  Search this
Call number:
CC80.6.P55 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_370823

Report on the geology of the Coast Mountains, and part of the Sierra Nevada embracing their industrial resources in agriculture and mining by Dr. John B. Trask

Title:
Geology of the Coast Mountains, and part of the Sierra Nevada
Author:
Trask, John B (John Boardman),) 1824-1879  Search this
Former owner:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878 DSI  Search this
Author:
Geological Survey of California  Search this
Physical description:
95 pages 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Coast Ranges
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)
Topic:
Agriculture  Search this
Geology  Search this
Mines and mineral resources  Search this
Call number:
QE90.S57 T73 1854
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1021759

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