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16 Film reels
black-and-white silent reversal; 4,500 feet
The Harry B. Taylor films contain amateur film recording daily life in an American missionary community (Episcopal Diocese of Wuhu renamed the Diocese of Anking) for promotional and fundraising purposes as well as personal use. Film footage also includes rural and village life in China and family home movies in the United States.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Harry B. Taylor Film Collection contains amateur film by Dr. Taylor recording daily life in an American missionary community (Episcopal Diocese of Wuhu renamed the Diocese of Anking) for promotional and fundraising purposes as well as personal use. Dr. Taylor also filmed Chinese rural village life. Film footage shot in the United States is home movies of the family in locations including Charlottesville and Petersburg, Virginia and Utica, New York and one published educational film, "Tuberculosis and How it Can be Avoided".
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.
Harry B. Taylor, MD was an Episcopal Medical Missionary to Anjing, Anwhei, China from 1905-1951. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1902.
Titles are supplied by the archivist.
Processed by Annie Schweikert and Mark White, 2017
Encoded by Katherine Christensen, November 2020
28 film reels were received and 12 were so deteriorated (acetate deterioration) that preservation duplication was impossible and the film rolls 6-9, 13, 15, 23-28 were discarded. The remaining 16 reels are in good to poor condition. Films were numbered as they were received and not according to dates or content. The remaining film reels were not renumbered. Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Harry Taylor in 2016.
Using the Collection
The Harry B. Taylor films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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
Harry B. Taylor papers and diaries are in the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.
Human Studies Film Archives
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