Smithsonian-Bredin Belgian Congo Expedition, 1955, reels 14-15

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The motion picture documents work completed by Waldo Schmitt during the Smithsonian-Bredin Belgian Congo Expedition, 1955. The 50 minute motion picture exists as reels 14-15; film transfer with wet gate; 3/4" U-matic videotape; July 6, 1995; and a digital file. It shows voyages down inland African rivers, collecting in wetlands, coastline communities, African ferries, a dam, Egyptian ruins, images of Waldo Schmitt with colleagues (possibly same as Reels 12, 13, 19), sights in Europe on way to Africa; native dancers; elephants; vistas of river valley; local inhabitants at work on the water; giraffes, snakes, elephants at Gangala-Na-Bodio elephant training station; examples of vegetation; and Watusi and other indigenous dancers at Paulis-Mangbetu. Includes location in Leopoldville [Kinshasa].

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  • Crustacea
  • Zoology
  • Crustaceans


  • Africa
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the
  • Kinshasa
  • Gangala-na-Bodio


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Motion pictures (visual work)

Accession #

SIA RU007231

Collection name

Waldo L. Schmitt Papers, 1907-1978

Physical Description

Reference copy: 1 digital .wmv file (50 minutes)

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives