Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the Frederick Burnham films of Eastern and Southern Africa

Summary
Collection ID:
HSFA.1985.04
Dates:
1929
Languages:
No linguistic content; Not applicable
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Physical Description:
Film reels
35 minutes
black-and-white silent; 1,200 feet
16mm
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Footage from the Frederick Russell Burnham family trip to southern and eastern Africa in 1929.
Footage shot of travels in South Africa, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Zambia and eastern Africa. The trip attempts to retraces Frederick Russel Burnham's earlier trip to Africa in 1893 as a scout for British mining interests. Shots of urban Cape Town, Durban, and Bulawayo and various scenic-historic locations including sites such as the burial place of Cecil Rhodes, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. Ethnographic footage includes scenes of "rickshaw" drivers in native costumes and headdresses, Zulu (or Matebele?) miners performing a communal dance and mule and oxen trains from the South African mines; Masai (?) tribesmen in native dance. Shots of Safari camp and abundant wildlife.
Legacy keywords: Houses colonial ; Mining mule trains ox trains ; Transportation "rickshaws" ; Dress traditional dress headdress ; Markets urban ; Dancing tribesmen ; Miners emigrant tribesmen ; Monuments Cecil Rhodes ; Boats as transportation ; Herding goats ; Ruins archeological ; Language and culture ; Africa ; South Africa ; Cape Town (South Africa) ; Durban (South Africa) ; Zimbabwe ; Zimbabwe ; Kenya ; Victoria Falls ; Tangyanyika ; Zulu (African people) ; Masai (African people) ; Metabele (NDabele)
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.

Administration
Custodial History
Previously titled "Burnham Footage of Southern and Eastern Africa 1929."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Frederick R. Burnham II in 1985.
Processing Information
Frederick Burnham films of Eastern and Southern Africa, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Conditions Governing Use
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More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
HSFA 1985.4.1

Bibliography
Bibliography
Publications referencing this collection.
Richard H. Bradford (Dept. of History, West Virginia Tech). "Frederick Russell Burnham, the British Empire's American Scout". Paper presented at the American Historical Society Annual Meetings, Washington D.C., 1984.


Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Africa, East Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa, Southern Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cape Town (South Africa) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Durban (South Africa) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Safaris Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Travelogs Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
silent films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Burnham, Frederick Russell, 1861-1947 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Human Studies Film Archives
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