Film, Video The River of Doubt. [No. 2] River of Doubt 
About this Item
- The River of Doubt. [No. 2]
- Other Title
- River of Doubt 
- Part 1: Several members of TR's group pose aboard the Vandyck, the ship on which TR sailed from New York in the fall of 1913. Left to right are: Anthony Fiala, former arctic explorer and photographer for a portion of the journey, George K. Cherrie, ornithologist, Father John A. Zahm, a friend of TR's, Kermit Roosevelt, Frank Harper, TR's secretary, and Leo E. Miller, mammalogist. Several scenes of TR's arrival in Rio de Janeiro are included: TR and his wife, Edith Roosevelt, alight from a small steamer; a group of reporters precedes TR as he walks, probably in the harbor area of Rio de Janeiro; TR in a carriage with unidentified Brazilian officials; a long shot of the Monroe Palace. On the steps of the Guanabara Palace, TR poses with American and Brazilian officials, including Edwin V. Morgan, American Ambassador, and Lauro S. Müller, Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs. On December 9, 1913, the party embarked on the Nyoac, Col. Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon's river steamer, which carried the Roosevelt-Rondon expedition up the Paraguay River. There are views of the riverbank, and of the group leaving the Nyoac to participate in a reception at the Fazenda São João farm on the Cuyabá (Cuiabá) River in the state of Matto Grosso (Mato Grosso). There are shots of TR returning from a hunting trip. TR, Kermit and Col. Rondon pose with a jaguar shot by TR. Several members of the party watch the river for piranhas. There are views of palm trees, birds (storks and scarlet ibis), insects ("the walking stick" and a grasshopper). TR shoots crocodiles from the Nyoac. Pack mules and oxen are seen transporting supplies on the overland portion of the trip to the headwaters of the River of Doubt.
- Part 2: At Tapirapoan the Roosevelt-Rondon group began the overland portion of their trip to the headwaters of the River of Doubt; there are scenes of oxen and pack mules. Orchids and palm trees with birds nesting in them depict flora and fauna of the area. The group spent several days at Utiarity (Utiariti) where TR especially admired the nearby waterfalls. There is a still photo of TR, Col. Rondon, and others with a group of Nhambiquara (Nambicuara) Indians near the Juruena River (2:07 min.). Scenes depict the exacting journey down the River of Doubt: long shots of the river and men propelling canoes through rapids; men chopping trees for rollers on which canoes are hauled; transporting supplies and canoes; making paddles; cooking and eating at campsites. A still photo shows TR writing while wearing a protective headnet and gauntlets (8:54 min.). The man examining a broken branch may be Commander Dyott; the Dyott party did meet Indians and there is footage of several who were called Arara Indians by Dyott. In a still photo, the Brazilian paddlers are grouped around the marker bearing the river's new name, Rio Roosevelt, and there is also footage of a member of Dyott's party examining the original marker 14 years later. (11:38). The Roosevelt-Rondon group reached the end of the unknown portion of the river April 15, 1914, when they sighted homes of rubber workers. TR, suffering from illness and injuries incurred during his long journey, returned from Manaos (Manaus) to New York; the group of men on the riverboat traveling on the Madeira River are probably members of Fiala's group rather than TR's (Fiala left the Roosevelt-Rondon party at Utiarity to descend the Papagaio, the Juruena, and the Tapajós Rivers). A map showing the location of the River of Doubt as correctly charted by the Roosevelt-Rondon Expedition is shown (13:08). The last scenes of TR on a ship were probably taken on board the Vandyck before the expedition, rather than after, since Father Zahm, who left the group at Utiarity, also appears.
- Contributor Names
- Gentry, Caroline, 1870-1939, editor.
- Fiala, Anthony, 1869-1950, camera.
- Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
- Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library.
- Roosevelt Memorial Association, former owner.
- Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
- Created / Published
- United States : Roosevelt Film Library, [1928?]
- Subject Headings
- - Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919--Travel--Brazil
- - Presidents--United States
- - Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition--(1913-1914)
- - Roosevelt River (Brazil)--Discovery and exploration
- - Amazon River Valley--Description and travel
- - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)--Description and travel
- - Rondon, Cândido Mariano da Silva,--1865-1958
- - Dyott, G. M.--(George Miller),--1883-1972
- - Fiala, Anthony,--1869-1950
- - Cherrie, George Kruck,--1865-1946
- - Zahm, J. A.--(John Augustine),--1851-1921
- - Roosevelt, Kermit,--1889-1943
- - Harper, Frank,--1882-1971
- - Miller, Leo E.--(Leo Edward),--1887-1952
- - Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow,--1861-1948
- - Morgan, Edwin V.--(Edwin Vernon),--1865-1934
- - Müller, Lauro,--1863-1926
- - Nambicuara Indians
- - Arara Indians
- - Palácio Monroe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
- - Palácio Guanabara (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
- - Vandyck (Ship)
- - Nyoac (Steamboat)
- - Sepotuba River (Brazil)
- - Cuiabá River (Brazil)
- - Madeira River (Brazil and Bolivia)
- Documentary films
- Silent films
- Short films
- Nonfiction films
- - Appearing: President Roosevelt, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, George M. Dyott, Anthony Fiala, George K. Cherrie, John A. Zahm, Kermit Roosevelt, Frank Harper, Leo E. Miller, Edith Roosevelt, Edwin V. Morgan, Lauro S. Müller.
- - Editor, Caroline Gentry ; photographer, Anthony Fiala.
- - Duration (complete): 29:18 at 18 fps.
- - Duration: 14:33 (part 1), 14:45 (part 2) at 18 fps.
- - Part 1 of the digital viewing copy is not viewable at loc.gov. It is viewable on the LC YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKXOtJeaTEQ. External
- - Photographed enroute from New York to Brazil on the S.S. Vandyck, and on the Roosevelt River in Brazil from October, 1913 to May, 1914; additional footage shot 1926.
- - Interior titles are mainly taken from Roosevelt's memoir of the journey, Through the Brazilian Wilderness
- - Roosevelt Memorial Association inventory numbers: RMA 308-04 and 308-05 (copy 1) ; RMA 309A-03 and 309A-04 (copy 2) ; RMA 325-05 and 325-06 (copy 3).
- - Film is Roosevelt Memorial Association compilation of footage from TR's 1913-1914 trip to South America during which he combined a series of lectures with an expedition in the Amazon Valley of Brazil to collect zoological specimens. The Roosevelt group was combined with a group of Brazilian scientists under the leadership of Col. Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon to explore the course of the uncharted Rio da Dúvida, the River of Doubt (now known as the Roosevelt River). In 1926 George M. Dyott, an English explorer, was asked by the Roosevelt Memorial Association to retrace TR's voyage down the River of Doubt and to film his trip in order to supplement the footage from the 1914 trip.
- - Sources used: The Theodore Roosevelt Association...catalog, p. 66-67; Roosevelt Memorial Association (RMA) inventory list in M/B/RS Theodore Roosevelt Association acquisition file.
- - Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
- - Collection transferred to LC from National Park Service in 1967. Previous owner: Roosevelt Memorial Association.
- - The Theodore Roosevelt Association film collection : a catalog / prepared by Wendy White-Henson and Veronica M. Gillespie. Library of Congress, 1986.
- viewing print 2 film reels of 2 (1,949 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- viewing print (copy 2) 2 film reels of 2 (1,932 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- viewing print (copy 3) 2 film reels of 2 (1,994 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- dupe neg pic 2 film reels of 2 (1,949 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- dupe neg pic (copy 2) 2 film reels of 2 (1,932 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- dupe neg pic (copy 3) 2 film reels of 2 (1,995 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- FEA 8937-8938 (viewing print)
- FEA 8941-8942 (viewing print, copy 2)
- FEA 8943-8944 (viewing print, copy 3)
- FPB 9889-9890 (dupe neg pic)
- FPB 9895-9896 (dupe neg pic, copy 2)
- FPB 9897-9898 (dupe neg pic, copy 3)
- Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
- Digital Id
- Library of Congress Control Number
- Online Format
- LCCN Permalink
- Additional Metadata Formats
- MARCXML Record
- MODS Record
- Dublin Core Record
- Fiala, Anthony
- Gentry, Caroline
- Roosevelt Memorial Association
- Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library
- Roosevelt, Theodore
- Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
- Amazon River Valley
- Cuiabá River
- Madeira River
- Rio De Janeiro
- Roosevelt River
- Sepotuba River
- United States
- (Edwin Vernon)
- (George Miller)
- (John Augustine)
- (Leo Edward)
- Amazon River Valley
- Arara Indians
- Cherrie, George Kruck
- Cuiabá River (Brazil)
- Description and Travel
- Discovery and Exploration
- Documentary Films
- Dyott, G. M.
- Fiala, Anthony
- Harper, Frank
- Madeira River (Brazil and Bolivia)
- Miller, Leo E.
- Morgan, Edwin V.
- Müller, Lauro
- Nambicuara Indians
- Nonfiction Films
- Nyoac (Steamboat)
- Palácio Guanabara (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
- Palácio Monroe (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
- Rio De Janeiro (Brazil)
- Rondon, Cândido Mariano Da Silva
- Roosevelt River (Brazil)
- Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow
- Roosevelt, Kermit
- Roosevelt, Theodore
- Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition
- Sepotuba River (Brazil)
- Short Films
- Silent Films
- United States
- Vandyck (Ship)
- Zahm, J. A.
- Rights and Access | About this Collection | Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film | Digital Collections
- 1911 to 1919 | Timeline of Theodore Roosevelt's Life | Articles and Essays | Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film | Digital Collections
- 1911 to 1915 | Film Chronology of Roosevelt and His Times | Articles and Essays | Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film | Digital Collections
- New Online: Theodore Roosevelt Papers
The Library of Congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and makes no warranty with regard to their use for other purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other rights holders (such as holders of publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions.
While the Library is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the materials in Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film, there may be content protected as "works for hire" (copyright may be held by the party that commissioned the original work) and/or under the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations. The Library is eager to hear from individuals or institutions that have information about these materials or know of their history.
Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. Users should consult the catalog information that accompanies each item for specific information. This catalog data provides the details known to the Library of Congress regarding the corresponding item and may assist users in making independent assessments of the legal status of these items as related to their desired uses.
The following films are made available here with permission from the Theodore Roosevelt Association, P.O. Box 719, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771 (Internet address: firstname.lastname@example.org):The Story of the Panama Canal 
T. R.'s Return from Africa, 1910 
A Visit to Theodore Roosevelt at His Home at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, L.I., 1912
Roosevelt, Friend of the Birds 
The Roosevelt Dam 
The River of Doubt .
Permission may be needed from the Theodore Roosevelt Association before using these films for other purposes.
Suggested credit line: Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division.
Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.
Chicago citation style:
Fiala, Anthony, Camera, Theodore Roosevelt, Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library, Former Owner Roosevelt Memorial Association, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. The River of Doubt. No. 2. editeds by Gentry, Caroline, Itor [United States: Roosevelt Film Library, ?, 1928] Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000367/.
APA citation style:
Fiala, A., Roosevelt, T., Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library, Roosevelt Memorial Association, F. O. & Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection, Gentry, C., ed. (1928) The River of Doubt. No. 2. [United States: Roosevelt Film Library, ?] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000367/.
MLA citation style:
Fiala, Anthony, Camera, et al. The River of Doubt. No. 2. ed by Gentry, Caroline, Itor [United States: Roosevelt Film Library, ?, 1928] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mp76000367/>.
More Films, Videos like this
Film, VideoRoosevelt, friend of the birds. [No. 1]
Roosevelt, friend of the birds  | 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...
- Contributor: Roosevelt Memorial Association - Job, Herbert Keightley - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) - Gentry, Caroline - Roosevelt Memorial Association. Film Library
- Date: 1924
Film, VideoTR's return to New York, 1910. [No. 1]
Theodore Roosevelt's return to New York, 1910 On June 18, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt returned to New York City after a fifteen-month tour abroad, having travelled through Africa and western Europe. An elaborate city celebration drawing a million people marked...
- Contributor: Roosevelt Memorial Association - Braunstein, Nathan - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
- Date: 1910
Film, VideoScenes of TR at Sagamore Hill, 1912
Scenes of Theodore Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill, 1912 First film footage taken of TR at Sagamore Hill, summer of 1912. TR on his horse Sidar shakes hands with William P. Helm, Associated Press correspondent for New York City and Washington...
- Contributor: Helm, William P. (William Pickett) - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) - Roosevelt Memorial Association - Pathé Frères (France) - Roosevelt, Theodore - Roosevelt, Archibald (Archibald Bulloch) - Associated Press
- Date: 1912
Film, VideoTR's arrival in Panama, November 1906. [No. 2]
Theodore Roosevelt's arrival in Panama, November 1906. TR became the first President in office to visit a foreign country while on an inspection tour of the Panama Canal. On November 15, 1906, in Panama City there are views of...
- Contributor: Roosevelt Memorial Association - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) - Miles, Herbert J.
- Date: 1906
Film, VideoTR and Leonard Wood at the New York flower show, 1917
Theodore Roosevelt and Leonard Wood at the New York flower show, 1917 Shots of TR and Leonard Wood on March 20, 1917, at the 5th Annual International Flower Show, Grand Central Palace in New York City. Medium-close view of TR and Wood standing together...
- Contributor: Roosevelt Memorial Association - International Newsreel Corporation - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
- Date: 1917