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Library Collections: Film



Film—The American Alpine Club Film Collection is comprised of 79 reels of regular 8mm, Super8 and 16mm film, dating from the mid-1920s to the 1980s. The bulk of the collection (49 of the 79 reels) is 16mm film, most of which is in stable condition. Most of the films were determined to be unique originals or rare copies which complement the Library's books, journals, photographs and papers documenting mountain climbing history. One element of the AAC Film Collection is The J. Monroe Thorington 16mm collection. Thorington was an ophthalmologist, mountaineer, author, photographer, and was AAC President from 1941-43 and editor of the American Alpine Club Journal (AAJ). The films held by the American Alpine Club document mountain climbing, including several first ascents in the Canadian Rockies from the mid-1920s to mid-1930s.