Human Studies Film Archives

Bamboo Harvesting films, circa 1950s-1970s


Collection ID:
circa 1950s-1970s
Films and intertitles are in Chinese and English.
Physical Description:
4 Film reels
1675 feet
Bamboo Harvesting films contain film footage of the propagation and harvesting of bamboo and manufacture of bamboo products.

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
The film footage covers the cultivation, harvesting, and use of bamboo.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.


Annie Schweikert and Katherine Christensen
Processing Information
Titles are supplied by the archivist for untitled films.
Processed by Annie Schweikert, January 2017
Encoded by Katherine Christensen, October 2020
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The film footage was given to HSFA by the Botany department at the National Museum of Natural History in two accretions. The first accretion contained the five reels which became the first three reels of this collection. The second accretion, transferred several months later, comprised the fourth reel in the collection.

Using the Collection

Preferred Citation
The Bamboo Harvesting 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
Contact the repository for terms of use.

Related Materials
The Thomas R. Soderstrom Papers, circa 1965-1987 (SIA.FA96-168) and the Floyd Alonzo McClure Papers, 1913-1970 (SIA.FAT90028).


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Bamboo Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Agriculture Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
China Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harvesting Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manufacturing Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guatemala Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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