Motion Picture Film
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum holds two major Arctic film collections as well as a number of smaller collections. Donald B. MacMillan's films include educational films, films to illustrate his lectures, and thousands of feet of unedited footage shot between 1923 and 1954 in both 35mm black and white and 16mm color. The Robert A. Bartlett collection consists largely of unedited footage taken during Bartlett's expeditions on the Effie M. Morrissey between 1926 and 1945, all of it shot in 35mm black and white.
The film archive is currently unavailable to researchers and filmmakers as we preserve, digitize and catalogue it. In the meantime, we have issued some of MacMillan's films on DVD and on this web page. Two DVD's, The Far North: A Donald MacMillan Lecture Film, and Tautunguarnirijara: The Way I Picture It are currently available for purchase.
We are pleased to make five of MacMillan's short educational films available for streaming. Footage for these films was shot during expeditions to northwest Greenland in 1923-24, and the summers of 1925 and 1926. Four of the films are silent and one has sound. The films have been preserved with support from The Library of Congress, Kane Lodge Foundation, Inc., and the National Film Preservation Foundation. For those who prefer physical media, a DVD is available for purchase here.