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Guide to the Frederick C. Crawford Films, 1936-1980

Abstract

The Frederick C. Crawford films consist of 38 16mm films chronicling the travels of Cleveland businessman Frederick C. Crawford from 1936 to 1980. In addition, the collection includes a photo album presented to Crawford by Trans World Airlines in 1953, documenting an around-the-world survey, in which Crawford participated as a technical consultant, that TWA completed in 1952.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Frederick C. Crawford films
Creator
Crawford, Frederick Coolidge, 1891-1994
Extent
6.0 linear feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Frederick C. Crawford films consist of 38 16mm films chronicling the travels of Cleveland businessman Frederick C. Crawford from 1936 to 1980. In addition, the collection includes a photo album presented to Crawford by Trans World Airlines in 1953, documenting an around-the-world survey, in which Crawford participated as a technical consultant, that TWA completed in 1952. The collection has two primary areas of focus, with 12 of the films coming from trips Crawford took to his vacation home in Cat Cay, Bahamas, and 19 of the films produced from a safari Crawford, along with Gordon and Vernon Stouffer, sponsored in 1955, which resulted in the collection of a number of specimens for the Cleveland Zoo. Other Crawford travel represented in the collection includes trips to Europe in 1936 and 1939, a trip around the world in 1959, a cruise from Cleveland to Fiji in 1958, a trip to Russia in 1959, a trip to the Middle East and Greece in 1961, and trips to his other homes in Vermont and Massachusetts. This collection is part of the Archive of Documentary Arts. The original films are closed to research access pending reformatting.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Films, 1936-1980

38.0 Items

The Films series is arranged in seven roughly chronological subseries, and consists of 38 16mm films. The series has two primary areas of focus, with 12 of the films coming from trips Crawford took to his vacation home in Cat Cay, Bahamas, and 19 of the films produced from a safari Crawford, along with Gordon and Vernon Stouffer, sponsored in 1955, which resulted in the collection of a number of specimens for the Cleveland Zoo. Other Crawford travel represented in the collection includes trips to Europe in 1936 and 1939, a trip around the world in 1959, a cruise from Cleveland to Fiji in 1958, a trip to Russia in 1959, a trip to the Middle East and Greece in 1961, and trips to his other homes in Vermont and Massachusetts.

Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1936-1939
(700.0 film feet)
Freezer Smith Inspection Room
Reel RL10007-16mm-0016
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1941-1948
(1200.0 film feet)
Freezer Smith Inspection Room
Reel RL10007-16mm-0003
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1948-1949
(1500.0 film feet)
Oversize-film-can 1
Reel RL10007-16mm-0004
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1951-1952
(1000.0 film feet)
Freezer Smith Inspection Room
Reel RL10007-16mm-0006
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1953 December - 1954 April
(1200.0 film feet)
Box 3
Reel RL10007-16mm-0008
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1953 December - 1955 March
(1500.0 film feet)
Oversize-film-can 2
Reel RL10007-16mm-0009
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1957
(800.0 film feet)
Box 4
Reel RL10007-16mm-0010
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1958 November - 1959 April
(1650.0 film feet)
Oversize-film-can 3
Reel RL10007-16mm-0011
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1960 December - 1961 March
(1300.0 film feet)
Box 3
Reel RL10007-16mm-0012
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1961 December - 1962 April
(1400.0 film feet)
Oversize-film-can 4
Reel RL10007-16mm-0013

Cat Cay, circa 1980

Film made by Industrial Media Association.

Composite, Original, 16mm, sd., col., circa 1980
(700.0 film feet)
Box 3
Reel RL10007-16mm-0014
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1952-1956
(900.0 film feet)
Box 1
Reel RL10007-16mm-0020
Box None
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(1100.0 film feet)
Box 2
Reel RL10007-16mm-0001
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(1300.0 film feet)
Box 2
Reel RL10007-16mm-0002

Safari, 1955-1957

In 1955 Frederick Crawford, along with Gordon and Vernon Stouffer and representatives of the Cleveland Zoo, traveled to Kenya on safari, to collect specimens for the zoo. Along with the original silent reversal films in the Safari subseries, there are three composite films that have soundtracks and use footage from the safari, one of which, "Whose Zoo?", was a production created for the Cleveland Zoo.

Safari sound reel 1, 1957

Jambo Porini, the Cleveland Zoo East Africa Expedition, sponsored by Frederick C. Crawford and Gordon and Vernon Stouffer, incorporating the 1955 Crawford safari footage.

Composite, Original, 16mm, sd., col., 1957
(1500.0 film feet)
Box 1
Reel RL10007-16mm-0022
Box None

Safari sound reel 2, 1957

Jambo Porini, the Cleveland Zoo East Africa Expedition, sponsored by Frederick C. Crawford and Gordon and Vernon Stouffer, incorporating the 1955 Crawford safari footage.

Composite, Original, 16mm, sd., col., 1957
(1500.0 film feet)
Box 1
Reel RL10007-16mm-0023
Box None
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(900.0 film feet)
Box 1
Reel RL10007-16mm-0024
Box None
Duplicate, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(700.0 film feet)
Box 1
Reel RL10007-16mm-0025
Box None
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(700.0 film feet)
Box 4
Reel RL10007-16mm-0026
Duplicate, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(800.0 film feet)
Box 3
Reel RL10007-16mm-0027
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(600.0 film feet)
Box 4
Reel RL10007-16mm-0028
Duplicate, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(1000.0 film feet)
Box 4
Reel RL10007-16mm-0029
Reversal, Original, 16mm, sd., col., 1955
(1200.0 film feet)
Box 2
Reel RL10007-16mm-0030
Duplicate, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(800.0 film feet)
Box 4
Reel RL10007-16mm-0031
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(750.0 film feet)
Box 4
Reel RL10007-16mm-0032
Duplicate, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(900.0 film feet)
Box 2
Reel RL10007-16mm-0033
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(700.0 film feet)
Box 2
Reel RL10007-16mm-0034
Duplicate, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(1000.0 film feet)
Box 2
Reel RL10007-16mm-0035
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(1300.0 film feet)
Box 2
Reel RL10007-16mm-0036
Duplicate, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(1300.0 film feet)
Oversize-film-can 6
Reel RL10007-16mm-0037
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(700.0 film feet)
Box 2
Reel RL10007-16mm-0038
Duplicate, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1955
(800.0 film feet)
Box 3
Reel RL10007-16mm-0039

Whose Zoo? Safari '55, Fisher film, 1957

A film observing the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Zoo, incorporating the 1955 Crawford safari footage.

Reversal, Original, 16mm, sd., col., 1957
(625.0 film feet)
Box 4
Reel RL10007-16mm-0040
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1958
(1300.0 film feet)
Box 3
Reel RL10007-16mm-0015
Composite, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1959 May-June
(1400.0 film feet)
Box 1
Reel RL10007-16mm-0021
Box None
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1961 April 16-June 10
(1600.0 film feet)
Oversize-film-can 5
Reel RL10007-16mm-0017
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1961 April 16-June 10
(900.0 film feet)
Box 1
Reel RL10007-16mm-0018
Box None
Reversal, Original, 16mm, si., col., 1964
(1100.0 film feet)
Box 1
Reel RL10007-16mm-0019
Box None

Related Materials, 1953

0.5 linear feet

The Related Materials series consists of a photo album presented to Frederick Crawford by Trans World Airlines in 1953, documenting an around-the-world survey, in which Crawford participated as a technical consultant, that TWA completed in 1952.

Trans World Airlines, "Star of America," Around the world survey flight, November 11-December 14, 1952, 1953
(0.5 linear feet)
Box 5

Historical Note

Frederick Coolidge Crawford was born in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1891. He graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in 1913, and in 1914 with a master's degree in civil engineering. On Nov. 4, 1916, Crawford was hired as a millwright helper by auto and airplane parts manufacturer Steel Products in Cleveland, Ohio, which became Thompson Products in 1926. In 1933 Crawford became president of the company, a position he held for 25 years. He would serve the company in other capacities until 1985. Noted for his business acumen and skill as a communicator, Crawford was also a noted philanthropist and fundraiser. He served in numerous business, civic, educational, honorary and professional organizations, raising millions of dollars for health, welfare and education. Frederick C. Crawford died in 1994.

Subject Headings

Related Material

Related Materials

Frederick C. Crawford Family Papers (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frederick C. Crawford films, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Frederick C. Crawford films were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by: Craig Breaden, February 2013

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2012-0264