Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the Richard Archbold films of expedition to Papua New Guinea, 1938-1939


Collection ID:
Archbold, Richard
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
Film reels
55 minutes
color silent; 1526 feet

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Footage documenting the third Archbold expedition which was a joint effort of the American Museum of Natural History and the government of the Netherlands Indies. Dyaks recruited in Borneo provided porterage and basic transport was by a PBY-2 (Catalina) flying-boat named "Guba" which was flown by Archbold. Areas visited included: northern slopes of Snow Mountains from the Baliem River to Lake Habbema, Mt. Wilhelmina, lowlands and mountains of the middle Idenburg River region, and the high valley of the Baliem.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.


Custodial History
Previously titled "Richard Archbold Expedition to Papua New Guinea 1938-1939."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from the Archbold Biological Station in 1993.
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Use
Contact the repository for terms of use.
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
Richard Archbold films of expedition to Papua New Guinea, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information

Local Number

Local Number
HSFA 1993.27.1


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Oceania Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Papua New Guinea Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
silent films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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