Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the Miroslav Prokopec video, circa 1994


Collection ID:
Prokopec, Miroslav
circa 1994
Physical Description:
1 Video recording
95 minutes
color sound; VHS

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Video shot by Miroslav Prokopec while on a Smithsonian fellowship in the Department of Anthropology researching the collections of Czechoslovakian physical anthropologist Ales Hrdlicka. Video shows scenes of Smithsonian buildings, the mall, gardens and short interviews with Department of Anthropology staff and curators including T. Dale Stewart, Betty Meggers, John Homiak, Douglas Owsley, Douglas Ubelaker, Lucile Hoyme, JoAllyn Archambault, Donald Hales, Dennis Stanford and Rick Potts. Scenes recorded also include Carolyn Rose teaching a class, the Anthropology library, the National Anthropological Archives, working with skeletal materials, hallway storage with original labels, and Ales Hrdlicka's grave. Prokopec also shows photographs of a 1969 exhibit in Prague commemorating the 100th anniversary of Hrdlicka's birth and an interview with Hrdlicka's niece, Kate Zelenka-Palic who shows family photographs of her uncle.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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 "Prokopec: Hrdlicka 1993."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Miroslav Prokopec in 2008.

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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Preferred Citation
Miroslav Prokopec video, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information

Local Numbers

Local Numbers
HSFA 2008.14.1


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Anthropologists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Physical anthropology Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hrdlička, Aleš, 1869-1943 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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