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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Black (Davidson) Family fonds
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Black (Davidson) Family fonds

  • UTA 1084
  • Fonds
  • 1871-2011

Personal records of the Davidson Black family, covering three generations, with particular reference to Davidson Black, the discoverer of Peking Man. Included are his diaries, extensive family correspondence and a few professional letters; files on his education, his employment, including his service in World War I but especially at Peking Union Medical College, his life in China generally, along with a few on his writings, and some artifacts. There is an extensive and well documented photo collection that helps tie the whole together. There are also a number of films made by Davidson Black between the late 1920s and 1932.

Black (Davidson) Family

Film

This series consists of five films made by Dr. Black. Four are home movies documenting his children, Davy and Nevitt; one is of the Summer Palace and Elliott Smith in Peking in 1930.

[Films from the excavation of Peking Man]

These film were done for the Royal Society by Davidson Black. The first roll shows the localities as well as some of the excavation, quarrying, labelling of specimens etc...
Roll 2 is titles "A trip to Cho Kou Tien" and shows the countryside and villages en-route.
Roll 3 shows detailed excavation of the skull.