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Finding Aid to the J. Aubrey Smith "Filming Insects" Papers, c. 1952-1970, UGA 08-007

RG 5-6, Agricultural Extension

One Ms. Box, .5 linear feet


In over 30 years of making films for University of Georgia Agricultural Extension, J. Aubrey Smith (1902-2004) developed a reputation for problem solving and innovation. In the undated materials in this collection Smith seems to be summarizing a lifetime of skill developed in the challenging filming of insects. The end of this work was a well-illustrated booklet which seems not to have been published.

The wide subject variety and creativity of Smith's work is represented in the J. Aubrey Smith film collection of the University of Georgia's Brown Media Archive, .

Scope and Content:

This collection contains notes, drafts, photographs and a full layout copy of the proposed work "Filming Insects." In addition there are travel notebooks, an interesting 1962 brochure on burials in Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona, and Smith's annotated copy of a 1970 workshop on film production sponsored by Calvin Communications, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri and a 1952 illustrated booklet "Hyperclose-up Photograph with the Exakta" produced by the Exacta Camera Company of New York City. .

This material was transferred to University Archives by the Brown Media Archive in 2007. Included were the biographical papers of former University of Georgia Dean and Director Harry Lowrance Brown. A separate collection has been created from these, the Harry Lowrance Brown Papers, UGA 08-008.

Content Inventory:

  1. "Filming Insects" and "Insect Cinematography" manuscripts and notes with 1952 booklet "Hyperclose-up Photography with the Exacta" produced by the Exacta Camera Company
  2. "Filming Insects" booklet layout and accompanying original photographs
  3. "Filming Insects" photographs mounted on card stock
  4. Manual and correspondence from 1970 workshop sponsored by Calvin Communications of Kansas City, Missouri. Manual annotated by Smith.
  5. Notebooks chiefly related to travels with 1962 brochure on Boot Hill Cemetery, Tombstone, Arizona.
  6. Biographical and collection notes regarding J. Aubrey Smith, Brown Media Archive webpages, 2010