J. Aubrey Smith "Filming Insects" papers

J. Aubrey Smith "Filming Insects" papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of Georgia Archives
Creator: Smith, J. Aubrey, (James Aubrey), 1902-2004
Title: J. Aubrey Smith "Filming Insects" papers
Dates: 1952-1970
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Coll. Number: UA08-007

Biographical/Historical Note

James Aubrey Smith (1902-2004) worked as a filmmaker with the University of Georgia College of Agriculture's Cooperative Extension Service for nearly three decades. During that time, he produced films on subjects from ant extermination to the making of clothes for teenagers, from 4-H camps to Georgia pine. He began his career as a filmmaker with the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1934, and worked for TVA until 1942. In 1943, he went to work for the Extension Service. Films would make a critical contribution to the Extension Service's work. Smith's Extension Service films were loaned out free of charge, sent to county agents for screenings in schools, 4-H clubs and other organizations. Knowing his audience to be farmers and their families, Smith often used those families in dramatizations, conveying information in story form. Despite his fundamentally practical subject matter, Smith was also concerned with his films' aesthetics: for example, he built his own time-lapse camera for special effects. One colleague recalled standing in a cotton field in Polk County with Smith, because the filmmaker insisted on waiting until the clouds in the shot were perfect. Smith-whose work eventually took him to every single county in the state-remained with the Extension Service until retiring in 1971.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 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.

Index Terms

Drafts (documents)
Exakta camera.
Insects--Pictorial works.
Layouts (printer matter)
Motion pictures--Production and direction--Congresses.
Smith, J. Aubrey, (James Aubrey), 1902-2004 -- Travel
University of Georgia. Cooperative Extension Service. -- Employees

General Notes

RG 5-6

Administrative Information

Preferred citation

J. Aubrey Smith "Filming Insects" papers, UA08-007, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections in this repository: Harry Lowrance Brown Papers.

Related collections held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Award Collection: J. Aubrey Smith Film Collection.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11"Filming Insects" and "Insect Cinematography" manuscripts and notes with a booklet "Hyperclose-up Photography with the Exacta" produced by the Exacta Camera Company, circa 1952
2"Filming Insects" booklet layout and accompanying original photographs, 1950s
3"Filming Insects" photographs mounted on card stock, 1950s
4Manual and correspondence from a workshop sponsored by Calvin Communications of Kansas City, Missouri. Manual annotated by Smith, 1970
5Notebooks chiefly related to travels with a brochure on Boot Hill Cemetery, Tombstone, Arizona, circa 1962
6Biographical and collection notes regarding J. Aubrey Smith, Brown Media Archive webpages, 2010