A professor at Miami University checks a machine he constructed that tells the hour a person went to bed the night before. It can even tell whether a person had something to eat or skipped a meal. Girl rides a exerciser while she breathe into a mouth piece of apparatus. Three other girls look on.
A film depicts an impressionistic study of Washington DC on a typical Great Depression day. Clark Mills's Lieutenant General George Washginton equestrian statue at Washington Circle. A cemetery and men work at the cemetery. They use a machine to help lift old grave markers up out of the ground. The grave markers appear to be circa civil war era. A marker with number 7566 on top is lifted out of the cemetery grounds. Elevated view of Pennsylvania Avenue, Old Post Office Building seen on right, and traffic on the street. Close up elevated view of 1930's automobiles stopped a stop light. Several views of 1935 year license plates or number plates of cars from various states including California, Georgia, New York, Wisconsin, and Ohio . A horse eats food from a bucket. A woman seated on a footpath drinks and enjoys lunch. A family seated around a table during a lunch break. People at the National Zoo. They look at animals and stand behind a cage. A young girl plays with leopard cubs. Picnickers seated in a garden, with cars on roadway behind, possibly Rock Creek Park area. A close up of a young girl eating. Children swinging on a swing set.
The Bodleian Library,Oxford England. A librarian walks down the steps of the library and, using a ladder, removes a large map volume from a shelf filled with such books. He removes, and later returns, a tattered volume from a set of very old books entitled in French "Couris de Londres" (The Court of London). A shelf of books entitled "Oxford Chronicles" dating from 19th Century. Librarian replacing books into the stacks, in basement areas of the library. Librarian walking outside ancient walls of the building, carrying books. He uses keys to open heavy doors at sidewalk level and enters with the books.
Tercentenary ceremonies at Harvard University, Cambridge. Overseers, faculty members and alumni of Harvard University attend the tercentenary ceremony. President Conant speaks. On behalf of the President, and fellows, the Board of overseers, faculty members, and those assembled, he pays tribute to Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Paris from which Harvard University has descended. Representatives of those institutions stand in a group as their respective universities are extolled. The crowd applauds. President Conant presents mementos to the representatives of Cambridge, Oxford, and Paris. The choir sings.
The Bodleian Library in Oxford, England. A young man sits at a stand holding a large bell and causes it to sound. A man, standing at a table, researching in a large book, looks back with annoyance. Interior of the library, showing a stain glass window. researcher removes a volume from a book shelf. Several researchers at work in a cubicle. Trees seen,outside the window. A researcher, or student, sitting at a table next to shelves of books. Another building visible through the window. A man and a woman working at a table next to book shelves, with many volumes in front of them. A decorative window glass.A woman, looks at, what appears to be, an ancient volume of hand lettered text, with elaborate decorations and illustrations, on its pages.
Visitors view inside the Museum of History of Science, in the Old Ashmolean Museum on Broad Street, Oxford, England. Exhibits seen include: New Universal Silver Microscope developed by George Adams in 1761; Chemical glassware used in the Ashmolean Laboratory during 1790 to 1820; Telescopes of early times; Boyle's first air pump; and a picture of its inventor, Robert Boyle.