John Dewey on Film

The Museum of Education has championed research in the visual and audio presentation of John Dewey images. Beginning in 1993 with the acquisition of a video version of the John Dewey Home Movies (contained in the Harold Taylor Professional Papers), the Museum produced its first video collage, The John Dewey Silent Home Movies, with music by silent film theatre organist Dennis James. This production, along with the Fox Movietone News clip, was presented at the 2006 Orphan Film Symposium with an accompanying article appearing the New York Sun. The audio presentation appears on the Orphan Film Symposium page and the newspaper account is available on line.


John Dewey Home Movies
produced in 1993

The Museum of Education is also pleased to introduce rare Movietone News footage to the education community.

John Dewey on Education
Fox Movietone News
November 23, 1929

original footage restored with a grant made possible by
The Daniel Tanner Foundation

While the Dewey research community has assumed that there were only two examples of Dewey video footage (the 1929 Movietone News materials), a recently-recognized image of John Dewey (and W. H. Kilpatrick and W. C. Bagley) appears in a YouTube offering: Progressive Education in the 1940s






Craig Kridel  on John Dewey's home movies (1939) and Dewey on Education (Movietone, 1929)  (listen)

"John Dewey's Home Movies"

March 27, 2006
The New York Sun

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