The Rockefeller Archive Center
“If we assist the highest forms of education – in whatever field – we secure the widest influence in enlarging the boundaries of human knowledge.”
—John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
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Unhooking the Hookworm

1920, 10 minutes, silent, black & white

This educational drama was created by the International Health Board (later the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation) in order to teach Southern rural communities in the United States about hookworm. Shown at fairs and other public events, "Unhooking the Hookworm" provides an early example of the innovative use of film to educate communities about public health issues.

Planning for the film started in 1917. Specific concerns were the cost ($3 per foot) for the microscopic camera work which involved "special equipment." Coronet FilmCorp - a subsidiary of Educational Films Corp - was selected as producer.

The script and the film were subject to review and critique by educators, scientists, and health officials. Many reviewers felt that the film should focus on workers and the loss of manpower due to hookworm disease. Still, one reviewer wrote "it is the best and only film of its kind on hookworm disease."

Because of the film's success, it was translated into Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Copies were distributed to Australia, Borneo, China, Colombia, Dutch Guiana, Egypt, India, Jamaica, Java, Mauritius, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico, Siam, Switzerland, and Western Samoa.


Nelson A. Rockefeller
Remarks on Art and Art Collecting, December 16, 1977

When he was presented with the 1977 Arts Award from the Council of the Arts in Westchester at SUNY Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller gave an illustrated lecture that described the sculpture collection on display on the grounds of his home in Pocantico Hills. His discussion and reminiscences ranged from his friendships with artists to his personal approach to art to the natural beauty of Westchester County. A decade earlier he had given a lecture on art as part of the "Collectors and Collecting" series at the New School for Social Research. An abridged version of that talk appeared in the April 1967 New York Times Magazine. See also his "Reflections on Art and Politics" in Famous Artists Magazine 16:1 (Autumn 1967), pp. 12-16.

The text and accompanying audio of his 1977 talk are presented here. The text has been amended to include the titles and dates of the works he discussed, although the images used to illustrate his talk are not included.

If you'd like to read along with the audio, we suggest opening both the transcript and audio. Please note that the audio running time is approximately 1 hour.

This printed version and accompanying audio are provided for private study and research purposes only. Reproduction, re-use, and distribution of the printed and audio versions are prohibited and are protected by U.S. and international copyright law.

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