Smithsonian Underwater Archaeology Film Collection

Collection ID:
Armed Forces History, Division of (NMAH, SI).
circa 1960s
Physical Description:
4 Cubic feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Approximately 50 reels of 16mm motion picture film in various lengths, some are in cans. Includes the negative and completed film, narrated by Mendel Peterson for the Explorers' Guild film, and two short color films show Peterson and another man doing carpentry work in an outdoor setting, then straining a liquid into a bottle.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Most of the film in the collection was made in the 1960s by or under Mendel Peterson, then curator of underwater archaeology in the Division of Armed Forces History. Some footage was made for a project sponsored by the Explorers' Guild, according to information supplied by Joe Young.

Processing Information
Processed by David Haberstich, 1987.
David Haberstich
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Underwater Archaeology Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
This collection was transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Armed Forces History, May 1987.

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Inventory available; contact the Archives Center for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Underwater archaeology -- 1960's Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peterson, Mendel Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Explorers' Guild Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012