Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the Frederick Wulsin films, circa 1927


Collection ID:
Wulsin, Frederick R. (Frederick Roelker), 1891-1961
circa 1927
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
2 Film reels
33 minutes
black-and-white silent; 1989 feet

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Footage shot on a journey from the White Nile in the Sudan, into Uganda, the Belgian Congo (Zaire), and French Equitorial Africa (Chad, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic). Footage includes: traveling down the White Nile on a barge to Rejat, Sudan; the upper Uele River in central Africa; colonial presence (native bearers carrying Europeans and a group of Nuer or Dinka men being marched by colonial authorities--probably a forced labor party); a Catholic mission in Buta, Congo; a training station for elephants; Pygmies performing a line dance; and an agricultural fair at Gombari, Belgian Congo. Also included are various processional scenes around Fort Lamy, French Equitorial Africa (Chad) showing Muslim chiefs and their retainers at the close of Ramadan.
Legacy keywords: Boats as transportation White Nile ; Nakedness Nuer Dinka Sudan ; Docks Rejat ; Missions Congo ; Cameras use of by explorers Congo ; Plowing use of elephants Belgian Congo ; Dance Pygmies Belgian Congo ; Smoking waterpipes Belgian Congo ; Agriculture agricultural fair Belgian Congo ; Processions colonialism Belgian Congo ; Marching colonialism Belgian Congo ; Colonialism natives and authorities view of Belgian Congo ; Political organization chiefs and retainers French Equitorial Africa ; Ceremonies Ramadan French Equitorial Africa ; Horses ceremonies Ramadan French Equitorial Africa ; Authority symbols of umbrellas Muslims French Equitorial Africa ; Language and culture
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Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
Wulsin, Frederick Roelker, born July 8, 1891, died Feb 26, 1961; A.B. Harvard, 1913, Ph.D 1929. Zoological collecting in East Africa, Madagascar (1914-15), China, Mongolia, Kokonor, Indo-China (1921-24); archaeological travels, Belgian Congo, French Equatorial Africa, 1927-28; Persia 1930-31; tutor in anthropology, Harvard, 1926-27; research 1932-41; lectr. anthropology, Boston University (1935-36); lectr. sociology and anthropology Tufts College (1945-47), professor (1947-57); professor emeritus (1957--). Publications include: The Prehistoric Archeology of Northwest Africa, 1941; Responses of Man to a Hot Environment, 1943; Adaptations to Climate among Non-European Peoples, 1949.


Custodial History
Previously titled "Frederick Wulsin's Travel Footage of Africa ca. 1927."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Mrs. Henry Brandon and Dr. Howard E. Wulsin in 1982.
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.

Using the Collection

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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.
Preferred Citation
Frederick Wulsin films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information

Local Number

Local Number
HSFA 1982.1.1


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Africa, Eastern Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa, Central Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Africa, West Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sudan Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Uganda Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chad Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Congo (Brazzaville) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Congo (Democratic Republic) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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