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LENGTH: 45 min
CATEGORY: Research and Documentation, Color, Silent
CREATOR: Telford H. Work
In the mid-1950s, Telford Work presented two of his films in the National Audubon Society’s “Audubon Screen Tours” program series. This film, Pharaohs and Fellahs, as well as Monsoon Mosaic were edited from the wildlife scenes he had filmed in Egypt and India and were screened with his live narration. “Through his lectures, Dr. Work shares his world-wide knowledge and absorbing color motion pictures of natural science in many lands,” read the tour’s promotional materials. Pharaohs offers a tour of the Valley of the Pharaohs, the Great Sphinx, and a host of other ancient sites in Egypt….Read the Essay
Stills from Pharaohs and Fellahs
Other Films Featured in the Essay “The Films of Virologist Telford Work”
In the Collections of the National Library of Medicine
NLM Historical Audiovisuals Collection
For a list of all cataloged Telford Work films in the collection visit the NLM LocatorPlus Catalog. Catalog records include holdings information and links to digitized films in NLM Digital Collections when available. Titles not available in NLM Digital Collections can be requested for viewing on-demand. Contact the Historical Audiovisuals curator via the NLM Support Center.
NLM Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collections
History of Medicine Finding Aids is the central access point, provided by the Archives and Modern Manuscripts, Prints and Photographs, and Historical Audiovisuals collections, for information and descriptions of archival collections at the National Library of Medicine. Explore the complete Finding Aid to the Telford H. Work Papers.
The following images are selections from the Telford H. Work Papers, Series 14: Photographs, 1940s–1970s.
Related Resources from the National Library of Medicine
Medicine on Screen
Also on Medicine on Screen is an essay “An Epidemiological Expedition Into the Interior of Africa” by Paul Theerman, PhD, that discusses another film by Work, Reconnaissance for Yellow Fever in the Nuba Mountains, Southern Sudan, 1954 in the NLM Collections. NLM also holds a silent version, Yellow Fever in the Sudan, that provided the footage for Reconnaissance for Yellow Fever.
Learn more about collections related to virology on Circulating Now, specifically, see NLM Collections Tour: Epidemics and NLM Collections Tour: Vaccines.
For trusted, current health information explore the MedlinePlus health topic on viral infections. Learn about current research and education in virology in the MedlinePlus Magazine article “The Montana Wild Virus Hunt.”
Articles and Websites
“Telford H. Work: A Tribute,” by Charles H. Calisher, Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 1996, accessed via The Biodiversity Library, cited in PubMed
“Debunking COVID-19 Myths” from the Mayo Clinic
Virology at NIH
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. Learn more about the NIAID Laboratory of Virology.