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Geographers on Film

Geographers on Film is a collection of recorded video interviews conducted with hundreds of geographers between August 1970 and the mid-1980s, including scholars who have shaped the discipline such as Carl Sauer, Richard Hartshorne, Wilbur Zelinsky, Richard Chorley, Mildred Berman, Harold Rose, Jan Monk, Yi-Fu Tuan and Rickie Sanders.

The late Maynard Weston Dow (1929 - 2011), Professor Emeritus at Plymouth State College, and Nancy Dow largely produced the series over 40 years. In total there are 308 Geographers on Film interviews. The AAG and the Library of Congress are now the curators of the collection, responsible for preserving and providing broad access to it.

The Geographers on Film interviews highlight the rapid transformations in technology throughout the 20th century that brought about vast changes in people’s daily lives and how geographers conducted research. The series captures the changing theoretical and methodological approaches to geographic research from the quantitative revolution through the cultural turn and introduction of GIS technology. 

The Digital Geographers on Film Collection

The Library of Congress is working to make the entire Geographers on Film collection available online. The first of these videos can be found through the Library’s website. The full series can be viewed in person in the Motion Picture and Recorded Sound division reading room in the Madison Building at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. 

More information about the release of the online collection of initial videos is available from the Library of Congress’ Geography and Map division.

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For queries about the Geographers on Film collection, please contact Candida Mannozzi at cmannozzi@aag.org or 202-234-1450, x137.