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Dr. William M. Harlow pictured in The PSA Journal , Dec. 1955, p. 35.

William M. Harlow




Dick Bird Trophy1955 for Best Nature Film,
PSA Ten Best 1955,
PSA Second Place in the Class C Competition 1964


Insect Catchers of the Bog Jungle (1955)

How Pine Trees Reproduce (1964)

Trees: How to Know Them (1970)

Lake Louise: Cloud-Land (1964)

River: An Allegory (1962)

Tides of Fundy (1961)

Tree Portraits (1956)


Professor of Wood Technology at the State University of New York, College of Foresty

Biographical Notes:

"Dr. William M. Harlow was a professor of wood technology who traveled extensively through forested regions of the United States and Canada, wrote five books, and produced 30 educational films, most of which featured time-lapse photography. His films won international recognition and he worked with the Disney studios on a 1956 feature, “The Secrets of Life,” one of the award-winning series, “True Life Adventures.” " State University of New York: College of Environmental Science and Forestry

From Syracuse N.Y.

Bibliographic Resources:

PSA Journal, Nov. 1955, 20; PSA Journal, Dec. 1955, 35. PSA Journal, Sept. 1964, 49.

The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) at the State University of New York (SUNY) lists 21 of Dr. Harlow's films as being held by the university which are available to stream online, as well as a memorial service for Dr. Harlow from 1986.

For information on the handling Harlow's film collection at SUNY see: Clemons, Jessica, and Reed Bresson. "What Was Old Is New Again: Managing Streaming Archival Films on Multiple Hosted Platforms." The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections 2.2 (2017).

Visit the LibGuide by Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian at Moon Library at the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, from SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry for an overview of Harlows work, publications, and for more biographic information.

Leaders in Outdoor Education Entry

Harlow's Entry in
Harlow’s Entry in “Leaders in Outdoor Education” . Jones, Orville E., and Douglas E. Wade. “Leaders in Outdoor Education, 1971.” (1971).