There was a real do-it-yourself atmosphere in the archives this week as the students and interns found creative solutions to mend and modify some of our instruments. Our very own student assistant Richard Johnson repaired our 8mm projector, and I built an adapter for our film rewind.
Some of you might have noticed the green box sitting in my workspace. It is a Moviola film viewer, and it lets me look at the films without having to risk damaging them in a projector. I’ve been using it to view parts of the films that are too brittle or shrunken to play safely through a projector. However, many of the films are in good enough condition to watch, and I began to digitize a select few.
Among these films was one I discovered hidden away in a photograph collection. The film “Psychologists 1930-50” is a mix of footage taken at a variety of conferences by University of Michigan psychologist Clarke W. Crannell. The subjects of the film include Edward C. Tolman, Kurt Lewin, Knight Dunlap, Clark Hull, Wolfgang Köhler, Ernest Hilgard, Joseph L. Stone, Lester F. Beck, Erik Erikson, Harry Harlow, Kenneth W. Spence, Louis Leon Thurstone, and many more. Crannell labeled each shot, and in some cases even drew small diagrams identifying each person.
What I am most excited about however, is one particular shot about 6 minutes in which Crannell captured two unidentified female psychologists and Clark Hull, each with his or her own camera, taking moving image shots of each other! The film clip does give me hope that there are more gems like this one waiting to be uncovered.