39 Items in This Collection
1) The Five Outposts of Harvard (Part 3)
The footage contains intertitles from a film entitled The Five Outposts Of Harvard about two observatories, two botanical gardens and Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. The intertitles g...   more
2) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 26
Footage of a forest fire starting from sunlight magnified by a glass bottle and fire fighters putting out the resulting blaze with intertitles. Footage of forest fires and fire fighter...   more
3) The Five Outposts of Harvard (Part 2)
The footage contains intertitles from a film entitled The Five Outposts Of Harvard about two observatories, two botanical gardens and Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. The intertitles...   more
4) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 27
Footage of firemen using various techniques, trucks and pieces of equipment to fight a forest fire with intertitles explaining all of them. Intertitle: “Some have answered the last ala...   more
5) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 39
Footage of a parade, including the Petersham Brass Band, a uniformed marching band, marchers holding flags and banners, boy scouts and girl scouts intercut with footage of a Memorial Da...   more
6) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 37
Footage of a Memorial Day service at a cemetery, including a parade with the Petersham Brass Band, a uniformed marching band, marchers in uniform carrying flags and rifles, boy scouts a...   more
7) The Five Outposts of Harvard (Part 5)
The footage contains intertitles from a film entitled The Five Outposts of Harvard about two observatories, two botanical gardens and Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. The intertitles g...   more
8) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 1
Footage of a crowd of people, some of whom are holding umbrellas, standing around in a forest. Notes on can: “Fisher Memorial Dedication” Notes in can: “Fisher Memorial Dedication pic...   more
9) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 32
Footage of a stream running through Harvard Forest. Footage of the forest, including a few shots of men inspecting trees and split wood that is a result of cutting, known as slash, on...   more
10) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 34
Reel 34 consists of portions of three professional films about the logging industry from the early 1900s. Each contains intertitles throughout explaining the footage. The first film i...   more
11) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 35
Donor Notes: Reel 34 is a film about an experiment to test the nutrient qualities of soils in the Black Rock Forest with intertitles throughout to explain the footage. Footage include...   more
12) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 21
Intertitle: “Portable metal wood shoot [sic] Black Rock Forest Cornwall, N.Y.” Footage of workers building and operating metal wood chutes used to transport logs downhill in the forest...   more
13) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 18
Intertitle: “Glimpses of making Forestry Models at Guernsey and Pitman’s Studio, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass., 1933.” Footage of craftsmen making miniature models of Harvard Forest...   more
14) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 17
Footage of workers at construction sites, including workers unloading equipment, unloading gravel from a dump truck and working on scaffolding. Donor Notes: “Bricklayers + general scen...   more
15) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 5
Reel 5 is a largely animated educational film about genetics and the role chromosomes play in heredity through mitosis and meiosis as well as chromosomal disorders. The early part of t...   more
16) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 2
Footage of broken and downed trees as a result of a hurricane intercut with shots of workmen using a crane and dump trucks to move large rocks, build a retaining wall and clear out down...   more
17) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 11
Footage of a man cutting small trees and weeding in Harvard Forest intercut with intertitles explaining the process and the types of trees involved. Donor Notes: “R.T. Fisher Weeding H...   more
18) The Five Outposts of Harvard (Part 4)
The footage contains intertitles from a film entitled The Five Outposts of Harvard about two observatories, two botanical gardens and Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. The intertitles g...   more
19) The Five Outposts of Harvard (Part 1)
The footage contains intertitles from a film entitled The Five Outposts Of Harvard about two observatories, two botanical gardens and Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Donor Notes: “3 s...   more
20) Pollination and Fertilization in a Flowering Plant
Intertitle: “Pollination and Fertilization in a Flowering Plant Amaryllis produced under a grant from the National Science Foundation Copyright 1978 - All Rights Reserved” Footage cont...   more
21) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 33
Footage of various pieces of scientific equipment. A shot of an office. A shot of a small building. Footage of the top of the Oak Ridge Observatory rotating. Footage of the exterior...   more
22) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 10
Intertitle: “White pine in need of thinning Wind causes crown friction” A shot of a man in the woods followed by a few shots of tree tops blowing in the wind. Intertitle: “Marking the...   more
23) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 30
Footage of boards stacked on top of each other in a lumber yard. A few shots of men working in Harvard Forest. A shot of a hanging sign that reads “Headquarters Of The Harvard Forest...   more
24) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 36
A few shots of a crowd, including boy scouts and women in white uniforms, one of whom is holding a flag. Footage of a parade, including the Petersham Brass Band, a uniformed marching b...   more
25) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 3
Footage of workers unloading logs from trucks with pick poles and measuring them. A shot of men loading logs onto a truck. A shot of a horse twitching, or dragging, logs. A shot of a...   more
26) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 28
Footage of trees blowing in the wind, many of them surrounded by snow with ice on their branches, including a shot of a sign that reads “R.P. - W.SP. Planted 1925 2-2 Stock Old Field” a...   more
27) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 8
Intertitle: ”Harvard Forest Students of 1930 Left to Right: Lotti, Daley, Herr, Branch” A shot of four men sitting by a tree. Intertitle: ”Field Headquarters for Old Growth Forest Stu...   more
28) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 6
Intertitle: “The Forest of tomorrow” Footage of workers in the forest, including digging and loading a truck. Intertitle: “Three generations of Harvard Forest workers” A shot of thre...   more
29) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 25
Intertitle: “When the Red Cock Struts Through the Forest” A few shots of a forest fire. Intertitle: “The number of Forest Fires can be reduced if---” A few shots of fire fighters put...   more
30) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 4
A shot of wind blowing through a snowy forest. A shot of workers cutting branches and logs with a circular saw. A shot of a woman walking along a wooden shed. A shot of workers unloa...   more
31) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 19
Intertitle: “Black Rock Forest Portable Charcoal Kiln” Footage of two workers building, operating, breaking down and unloading a portable charcoal kiln and then shoveling the coal into...   more
32) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 20
Intertitle: “Ancient “Open Pit Process” of Burning Charcoal - Black Rock Forest” Footage of two workers using a horse-drawn sled to haul wood to the stack, building, operating and unlo...   more
33) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 7
Footage of a stream running over some rocks. A few shots of boards stacked high in a lumber yard. Footage of trees and brush in Harvard Forest intercut with workers marking and choppi...   more
34) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 29
A shot of a field. Footage of a building with columns and a steeple and spire. Footage of boards stacked on top of each other in a lumber yard intercut with a few shots of roads and p...   more
35) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 9
Intertitle: “Petersham Views Southern End of the Barre Woods” A shot of a man pointing at a sign that reads “Harvard Forest Boundary”. A few shots of a road through the woods. Intert...   more
36) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 12
Footage of men cutting small trees, weeding and inspecting trees in Harvard Forest intercut with intertitles explaining the process and the types of trees involved. Donor Notes: “R.T....   more
37) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 13
Footage of men weeding, pruning, thinning, inspecting, and measuring trees in Harvard Forest and Petersham Town Forest intercut with intertitles explaining the processes and the types o...   more
38) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 24
Intertitle: “Dyeing hemp green.” Footage of a person stirring dye in a bowl of water and then putting hemp rope into the dye and stirring it around. “Dyed strands wired at intervals”...   more
39) [Harvard Forest Films] Reel 38
Footage of a parade with the Petersham Brass Band, a uniformed marching band, and marchers in uniform, including boy scouts, with flags intercut with shots of people in a cemetery. Foo...   more
Harvard Forest Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
[Harvard Forest Films], 2534
[Harvard Forest Films], 2534
Credit: Harvard Forest Collection, Northeast Historic Film. A craftsman at Guernsey and Pitman's Studio in Cambridge, MA, painting the background for a model of Harvard Forest.
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Credit: Harvard Forest Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Forest stewardship.
Primary Format and Extent
film (10,175 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm.; film (10,175 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm.; film (10,175 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm.; film (10,175 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm.
Secondary Format and Extent
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Collection Date Range
1926 – 1978; 1926 – 1978
Summary
The Harvard Forest Collection consists of 44 reels of film shot between 1926 and 1978. The bulk of the films, shot between 1928 and 1939, depict the efforts of various employees, students and researchers at Harvard Forest to preserve the forest and adhere to the principles of forestry. Life and work in the forest include researchers making note of the various kinds of trees and conducting research on seedlings in the nursery, loggers and fire fighters. A few of the films depict similar work conducted in other forests: Pisgah State Park in Winchester, NH, and Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY, such as the use in the latter of early 20th century kilns to make charcoal. The majority of the films contain intertitles and were meant for instruction. Also included in the collection are several professionally produced educational films ranging in subject matter from the logging industry and ecology to genetics. A few films in the collection document the creation of the Harvard Forest dioramas in the Fisher Museum. There is footage from a film entitled The Five Outposts Of Harvard in the collection that contains information about various research stations owned by Harvard University. Also included in the collection is footage from the Petersham Historical Society of Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in Petersham, MA.; The Harvard Forest Collection consists of 44 reels of film shot between 1926 and 1978. The bulk of the films, shot between 1928 and 1939, depict the efforts of various employees, students and researchers at Harvard Forest to preserve the forest and adhere to the principles of forestry. Life and work in the forest include researchers making note of the various kinds of trees and conducting research on seedlings in the nursery, loggers and fire fighters. A few of the films depict similar work conducted in other forests: Pisgah State Park in Winchester, NH, and Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY, such as the use in the latter of early 20th century kilns to make charcoal. The majority of the films contain intertitles and were meant for instruction. Also included in the collection are several professionally produced educational films ranging in subject matter from the logging industry and ecology to genetics. A few films in the collection document the creation of the Harvard Forest dioramas in the Fisher Museum. There is footage from a film entitled The Five Outposts Of Harvard in the collection that contains information about various research stations owned by Harvard University. Also included in the collection is footage from the Petersham Historical Society of Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in Petersham, MA.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, is both a world-renowned center for conducting ecological research in the field of forestry and a wildlife recreation area. Founded in 1907 on land secured for Harvard University through the generosity of John S. Ames and the collaboration of James W. Brooks of Petersham, Harvard Forest supports a forest growth of varied composition and was initially designed to be a field laboratory for graduate students in Harvard’s forestry program, an experiment station for research in forestry and a model forest to demonstrate the best practices of forestry. After the death of Harvard Forest’s first director, Richard T. Fisher, the Assistant Director, Albert C. Cline, took charge until a replacement candidate could be found. Cline was named as the Director of Harvard Forest in 1939, after the departure of the interim candidate. The Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY, was was officially designated a research and demonstration forest in 1928 by its owner, Dr. Ernest G. Stillman. Black Rock Forest Consortium This was also around the time that Mr. Fisher and Stillman conceived of the Harvard Forest dioramas as an exhibit depicting the land-use history, ecology and conservation of New England forests. Dr. Ernest G. Stillman (1884-1949) graduated from Harvard University in 1908 and earned an MD from Columbia University in 1913. He practiced medicine, conducted pulmonary research, and his philanthropic work included supporting the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest, underwriting the Harvard Forest dioramas. See also the Ernest G. Stillman Collection. ; Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, is both a world-renowned center for conducting ecological research in the field of forestry and a wildlife recreation area. Founded in 1907 on land secured for Harvard University through the generosity of John S. Ames and the collaboration of James W. Brooks of Petersham, Harvard Forest supports a forest growth of varied composition and was initially designed to be a field laboratory for graduate students in Harvard’s forestry program, an experiment station for research in forestry and a model forest to demonstrate the best practices of forestry. After the death of Harvard Forest’s first director, Richard T. Fisher, the Assistant Director, Albert C. Cline, took charge until a replacement candidate could be found. Cline was named as the Director of Harvard Forest in 1939, after the departure of the interim candidate. The Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY, was was officially designated a research and demonstration forest in 1928 by its owner, Dr. Ernest G. Stillman. Black Rock Forest Consortium This was also around the time that Mr. Fisher and Stillman conceived of the Harvard Forest dioramas as an exhibit depicting the land-use history, ecology and conservation of New England forests. Dr. Ernest G. Stillman (1884-1949) graduated from Harvard University in 1908 and earned an MD from Columbia University in 1913. He practiced medicine, conducted pulmonary research, and his philanthropic work included supporting the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest, underwriting the Harvard Forest dioramas. See also the Ernest G. Stillman Collection. ; Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, is both a world-renowned center for conducting ecological research in the field of forestry and a wildlife recreation area. Founded in 1907 on land secured for Harvard University through the generosity of John S. Ames and the collaboration of James W. Brooks of Petersham, Harvard Forest supports a forest growth of varied composition and was initially designed to be a field laboratory for graduate students in Harvard’s forestry program, an experiment station for research in forestry and a model forest to demonstrate the best practices of forestry. After the death of Harvard Forest’s first director, Richard T. Fisher, the Assistant Director, Albert C. Cline, took charge until a replacement candidate could be found. Cline was named as the Director of Harvard Forest in 1939, after the departure of the interim candidate. The Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY, was was officially designated a research and demonstration forest in 1928 by its owner, Dr. Ernest G. Stillman. Black Rock Forest Consortium This was also around the time that Mr. Fisher and Stillman conceived of the Harvard Forest dioramas as an exhibit depicting the land-use history, ecology and conservation of New England forests. Dr. Ernest G. Stillman (1884-1949) graduated from Harvard University in 1908 and earned an MD from Columbia University in 1913. He practiced medicine, conducted pulmonary research, and his philanthropic work included supporting the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest, underwriting the Harvard Forest dioramas. See also the Ernest G. Stillman Collection. ; Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, is both a world-renowned center for conducting ecological research in the field of forestry and a wildlife recreation area. Founded in 1907 on land secured for Harvard University through the generosity of John S. Ames and the collaboration of James W. Brooks of Petersham, Harvard Forest supports a forest growth of varied composition and was initially designed to be a field laboratory for graduate students in Harvard’s forestry program, an experiment station for research in forestry and a model forest to demonstrate the best practices of forestry. After the death of Harvard Forest’s first director, Richard T. Fisher, the Assistant Director, Albert C. Cline, took charge until a replacement candidate could be found. Cline was named as the Director of Harvard Forest in 1939, after the departure of the interim candidate. The Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY, was was officially designated a research and demonstration forest in 1928 by its owner, Dr. Ernest G. Stillman. Black Rock Forest Consortium This was also around the time that Mr. Fisher and Stillman conceived of the Harvard Forest dioramas as an exhibit depicting the land-use history, ecology and conservation of New England forests. Dr. Ernest G. Stillman (1884-1949) graduated from Harvard University in 1908 and earned an MD from Columbia University in 1913. He practiced medicine, conducted pulmonary research, and his philanthropic work included supporting the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest, underwriting the Harvard Forest dioramas. See also the Ernest G. Stillman Collection.
People and Organizations
Harvard Forest
Place(s)
Repository
Northeast Historic Film
Availability
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://www.oldfilm.org/research for more information.
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