collections update: Somerville High School Collection

Today we are pleased to announce that the finding aid for the Somerville High School Collection of 16mm educational films is now available online.

Somerville High School Collection, ca. 1939-1989: Guide

Consisting of 385 educational films produced for classroom use between 1939 and 1989, the Somerville High School Collection provides a representative sample of the subjects and genres of educational media used in classrooms during this period. Though collected by Somerville High School, the films are aimed at students from primary grades through high school and cover a variety of subjects including art, math, music, science, health, and social studies. A highlight of the collection is the Screen News Digest series, consisting of newsreels highlighting current and historically significant events between 1958 and 1979.

A number of the films are available online (see links in finding aid), but for everything else, prints can be viewed on-site at our conservation center.  See our research policies for more info.

Click here to watch and read about one of the gems of the collection, “Monkey Tale,” an unusual film from New Zealand containing amusing and effective illustrations of both the safe and dangerous ways to ride a bicycle. The demonstrations are performed by a family of monkeys!