Human and Animal Beginnings, 2nd Ed. (1980)

14 Jun
Producer  E.C. Brown Foundation/Wexler Films (Los Angeles)
Contributors  Made possible with grant from The Foundation for Medical Education of the Los Angeles County Medical Association
Length  15 min
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:   Uses the reproduction of small animals to introduce children to human reproduction. Emphasizes the role of families in caring for the newborn. For elementary grades
Call # Mb278
Genre  Instructional
Rare  YES
Online  NO
Copyright status  Copyrighted
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  YES


The E.C. Brown Foundation gave a private financial boost for family life and sex education in Oregon starting in the 1930’s.  The three-fold purpose of the then trust and now foundation were 1) the social hygiene on behalf of the youth of Oregon, 2) a reverence for the married state, and 3) the prevention of sexual abuse especially venereal disease.

The first edition of this film, which we have online, was created by Lester F. Beck, an Associate Professor of Psychology as well as a Secretary Treasurer at the University of Oregon.  He also wrote the script for the E.C. Brown Trust film Human Growth, which we have here in our archives as well. At the university, he created the film, Adaptive Behavior of Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel, which is a film undergoing much research and analysis by our amazing Elizabeth Peterson.

Our library’s catalog does not list who directed this edition.  Even in screening the author of this film is not credited on film.


One Response to “Human and Animal Beginnings, 2nd Ed. (1980)”


  1. Human Beginnings (1950) | 16mm Lost & Found - July 7, 2013

    […] After the phenomenal success of Human Growth (1947), a sex education film for 7th grade children, my man Lester F. Beck heard enough feedback from parents and teachers that there ought to be a film for even younger children. He wrote Human Beginnings (watch it online here) especially for children in kindergarten and first grade. Eddie Albert produced this film, too, and although the E.C. Brown Trust wasn’t involved in this edition, they sponsored later different editions titled Human and Animal Beginnings.  […]

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