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Heider family films collection

Identifier: COD0000151-ACC 2015-0007

Collection contains black and white 16mm films shot by psychologist Fritz Heider, including two home movies and three films documenting experiments at the Clark School for the Deaf, as well as one roll of microfilm and 6 glass slides. Also contains films and videos shot by his son, anthropologist and former USC professor Karl Heider. Materials from Karl Heider comprise the majority of the collection, including 38 Super 8mm color home movies, as well as several films and dozens of videos documenting his anthropological observations in Indonesia. Video formats include VHS, 1/2 inch open reel, Beta, and Hi8. Also includes four books written by Karl Heider, and copies of some copyrighted material written about by Karl Heider or used for his work or teaching.


  • 1935-2003



This collection is partially processed. For more information contact curator Amy Ciesielski at

Copyright and Use

Copyright University of South Carolina. All rights reserved. Some materials protected by copyright.


3,250 feet of film

73 tapes

4 books

3 Linear Feet

Physical Location

Moving Image Research Collections. 707 Catawba St. Columbia, SC 29208

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials created by Fritz Heider originally donated by Karl Heider. A second donation of Karl Heider's materials donated by Karl Heider in July, 2015.

Related Materials

Apparent Behavior collection.

Processing Information

The five 16mm films donated by Karl Heider with the "Studies of Apparent Behavior" film, made by Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel, and were originally part of the Apparent Behavior Collection. As they were not related to the Apparent Behavior animation, these five films were removed from that collection in June 2015 and added to the newly-created Heider Family Films Collection.


Repository Details

Part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) Repository

707 Catawba Street
Columbia SC 29208

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