Film, Video Roosevelt, friend of the birds  Theodore Roosevelt, friend of the birds
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- Roosevelt, friend of the birds 
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- Theodore Roosevelt, friend of the birds
- A narrative of TR's role in bird preservation which includes factual footage taken on his visit under the auspices of the National Audubon Society to bird sanctuary islands off the coast of Louisiana, June 1915. Mating habits and domestic life of snowy egrets and their plunder by hunters are dramatized. Scenes of egrets' nest and the hunt, kill, and plucking of birds serve as the prologue to depiction of TR as bird preservationist. Views of TR and John M. Parker, leader of the Louisiana Progressive party, aboard the Audubon Society's boat, the Royal Tern; views of TR standing in marshes, with what is perhaps the Louisiana Conservation Commission yacht in background. Herbert K. Job, photographer for the expedition and noted ornithologist, appears on the beach with his camera; TR examines eggs and talks with other members of the expedition: a man who is probably J. Hippolyte Coquille, a local photographer; M. L. Alexander in light pants, president of the Louisiana Conservation Commission; John Parker, with his back to camera; and game warden William Sprinkle. Additional scenes of TR exploring island and observing birds along beach and views of a variety of shore birds including royal terns, black skimmers, laughing gulls, brown pelicans, blue herons, and egrets.
- Contributor Names
- Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
- Gentry, Caroline, direction.
- Job, Herbert Keightley, 1864-1933, photographer.
- Parker, John Milliken.
- Coquille, J. Hippolyte.
- Alexander, M. L.
- Sprinkle, William.
- Roosevelt Memorial Association.
- Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library.
- National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals.
- Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
- Created / Published
- United States : Roosevelt Memorial Association Film Library, [1924?].
- Subject Headings
- - Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919--Travel--Louisiana
- - Royal Tern (Ship)
- - Birds--Conservation--Louisiana
- - Wildlife refuges--Louisiana
- - Herons--Louisiana
- - Water birds--Louisiana
- - Terns--Louisiana
- - Black skimmer--Louisiana
- - Laughing gull--Louisiana
- - Brown pelican--Louisiana
- - Breton National Wildlife Refuge (La.)
- - Louisiana--Description and travel
- - Mexico, Gulf of
- Documentary films
- Nonfiction films
- Short films
- - MP5938 U.S. Copyright Office
- - Copyright: Roosevelt Memorial Association. 1Feb28; MP5938.
- - Copyright catalog lists title as Theodore Roosevelt, friend of the birds, and author as Caroline Gentry.
- - Photographer, Herbert K. Job.
- - Appearing: President Roosevelt, John M. Parker, Herbert K. Job, J. Hippolyte Coquille, M.L. Alexander, William Sprinkle.
- - Duration: 4:07 (part 1), 4:07 (part 2), 4:11 (part 3), 2:06 (part 4).
- - Interior titles suggest location of TR sequences to be Pelican Island in the Indian River, a bird sanctuary off the eastern coast of Florida which TR had established by unnumbered Executive order in March 1903 (not 1904 as RMA title states). Pelican Island marked the beginning of the national wildlife refuge system. Research indicates film locations are the Breton Island Reservation and Audubon bird sanctuaries off the coast of Louisiana; areas visited by TR included the Chandeleur Islands, Grand Isle, Breton Island, Bird Island, Last Island, Battledore Island, and Barataria Bay. Breton Island Reservation was established by Executive Order 369-A on Nov. 11, 1905. Exact location of sequences is undetermined.
- - Sources used: The Times-picayune, New Orleans. 6/7/15:2; 6/8/15:16; 6/10/15:10; 6/12/15:1; 6/13/15:(real estate sec.):7; Harvard University. Library. Theodore Roosevelt Collection; Roosevelt Memorial Association. Roosevelt, friend of the birds (script); Roosevelt Memorial Association. Annual report. 1924:10; Scribner's magazine. v. 59, no. 3, 1916:261-280; Audubon magazine. v. 17, no. 5, 1915:410-412; Louisiana history. v. 12, no. 1, 1971:5-19; Gabrielson, Ira N. Wildlife refuges. 1943:10-11, 70-71; Historical Records Survey. New York (City). Presidential executive orders. v. 1, 1944:38; Harper's magazine. v. 119, 1909:290-299; United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. Designating Pelican Island Wilderness Area. 1969.
- - Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
- - National Park Service acquired from Roosevelt Memorial Association. Interior titles spliced, throwing frame line off. Flash title ca. 325ft. Film composed of footage taken in 1915 by Herbert K. Job on a National Audubon Society expedition with TR and undated dramatic footage of plight of the snowy egret.
- - Received: 6/1976 from LC film lab; ref print, dupe neg; preservation; Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection.
- 1 reel of 1 (980 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
- 1 reel of 1 (980 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- FEA 6700 (ref print)
- FPB 7074 (dupe neg)
- Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
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- Library of Congress Control Number
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- LCCN Permalink
- Library of Congress Online Catalog
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ContributorsAlexander, M. L.
Coquille, J. Hippolyte
Job, Herbert Keightley
National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals
Parker, John Milliken
Roosevelt Memorial Association
Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library
Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
LocationBreton National Wildlife Refuge
Gulf of Mexico
SubjectsAlexander, M. L
Birds, Protection of
Breton National Wildlife Refuge (La.)
Coquille, John Hippolyte
Description and Travel
Job, Herbert Keightley
Journey to Louisiana
Mexico, Gulf of
Parker, John Milliken
Royal Tern (Ship)
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Roosevelt, Theodore, John Milliken Parker, J. Hippolyte Coquille, M. L Alexander, William Sprinkle, Roosevelt Memorial Association, Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library, National Association Of Audubon Societies For The Protection Of Wild Birds And Animals, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection, Job, Herbert Keightley, photographer. [Roosevelt, Friend of the Birds 1]. [United States: Roosevelt Memorial Association Film Library, ?, 1924] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000356/. (Accessed December 11, 2016.)
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Roosevelt, T., Parker, J. M., Coquille, J. H., Alexander, M. L., Sprinkle, W., Roosevelt Memorial Association [...] Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection, Job, H. K., photographer. (1924) [Roosevelt, Friend of the Birds 1]. [United States: Roosevelt Memorial Association Film Library, ?] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000356/.
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Roosevelt, Theodore, et al., photographer by Job, Herbert Keightley. [Roosevelt, Friend of the Birds 1]. [United States: Roosevelt Memorial Association Film Library, ?, 1924] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000356/>.