Film, black and white with intertitle cards and without sound, depicting administrators and faculty and students on campus including a Commencement procession, classrooms and science laboratories, athletics, and buildings and facilities like Ewart Hall auditorium. Features Cairo street scenes, various modes of transportation, commerce and trades, and Egyptian Muslim religious practices. Also shown are the Nile River, rural villages scenes, and visits to tourist sites like the Sphinx and Giza Pyramids and mosques and other Islamic monuments.
00:00:00-00:00:46 Captioned "The American University at Cairo" "From New York, the center of our modern civilization, to Cairo, the center of the oldest recorded civilization - and it takes only eleven days." New York harbor and Manhattan skyline viewed from ship, map of route across Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea to Egypt; 00:00:46-00:01:29 "CAIRO Where a Great American Character-Making Institution Comes in Contact With the Life of the East." Birds-eye views of Cairo Cities of the Dead cemeteries and monuments, villas amid agricultural fields near Nile river, Mosque of Mohamed Ali at Citadel; 00:01:30-00:01:38 "A Harem Window." Buildings with mashribayya windows; 00:01:39-00:01:59 "On entering a Mosque the Moslem removes his shoes while a Christian is asked to put sandals over his." Mosque attendant providing slippers to cover shoes of tourists; 00:02:00-00:02:12 "Here Resides the Spirit of a Moslem Saint - The Tying of Bits of Clothing of the Sick to this Gate is Supposed to Effect a Cure." Bab Zuwayla gate street scene; 00:02:13-00:02:53 "The Streets of Cairo." Street with Western-style E Hatoun storefront window, traditional neighborhood streets with human and animal-drawn carts, pedestrians, vendors, including Bab Zuwayla gate area; 00:02:54-00:03:02 "A Weaver at work."; 00:03:03-00:03:11 "Ironing - Egyptian Style." Shopkeeper pressing cloth using foot-iron; 00:03:12-00:03:22 "A Barber in Action." Shaving a man's head outdoors; 00:03:23-00:03:31 "Mish-Mish - Apricot Blossoms for sale." 00:03:32-00:04:06 "Transportation - Old and New." People riding and leading donkeys, human and animal-drawn carts and carriages, automobiles. "Here Comes a Ford!"; 00:04:07-00:04:39 "No Visitor misses these Ancient Monuments." Sphinx and Giza pyramids, tourists on camels 00:04:40-00:05:17 “A Felucca on the Nile.” 00:05:18-00:05:39 “An Egyptian Village - the Houses are made of Mud Bricks.” Buildings on shore of Nile River, men riding camels. 00:05:40-00:05:16 “The Nile Valley is from eight to twelve miles wide. Beyond the hills on either side is desert.” Nile river and riverbank scenes. 00:05:17-00:06:54 "Main College Building - Formerly a Pasha's Palace." Still images of campus and Main Palace Building from Kasr El Aini Street, Side of Main Palace Building viewed from north with athletic field; 00:06:55-00:07:57 “The University is located in the heart of official Cairo with the House of Parliament one block away.” “The King drives by on his way to open Parliament.” Kasr El Aini Street with royal carriage procession with standing and horse-mounted soldiers viewed from AUC campus; 00:07:58-00:08:17 “Dr. Charles R. Watson, President of the University.” Watson walking through Kasr El Aini Street campus entrance gate, still portrait of Watson; 00:08:18-00:08:34 "Dr. R.S. McClenahan, Dean of the University, For 33 Years in close touch with the problems of Egypt." McClenahan walks near Kasr El Aini Street campus entrance gate with zabit (guard) and other staff member and people in street in background. 00:08:35-00:09:30 "Upper Classmen at work in the science department." Faculty member teaching laboratory class, students performing chemistry experiment in laboratory; 00:09:31-00:09:39 "A Lecture." Students seated in classroom; 00:09:40-00:10:29 "Leaving the Assembly Hall after daily chapel exercises. Dr. Watson President of the University and Dr. McClenahan followed by the teaching staff and students." Administrators include Wendell Cleland, Amir Boctor, others; 00:10:30-00:11:04 "Student Groups" Students on campus; 00:11:05-00:11:26 “A Faculty Group – Messrs. Cleland, McClenahan, and Leete.” Faculty with Asian student on campus with Kasr El Aini Street in background; 00:11:27-00:11:39 “More than tongue is needed to express one’s self in Arabic.” Students wearing tarboushes on campus making hand gestures. 00:11:40-00:12:09 "The 'Garden' - Now an Athletic Field." Views of campus with surrounding streets and buildings in background, with side-views of Main Palace Building, outbuildings, and gardeners; 00:12:10-00:13:41 “Annual ‘Sports Day’ at the College.” Caption with logo depicting basketball player, student athletic events including gymnastics, track races, bicycle riding and tug-of-war 00:13:42-00:14:11 “The King’s band furnishes oriental music while Dean Galt, seated on the right, lends an appreciative ear.” 00:14:12-00:14:29 "Another University department - The School of Oriental Studies where the foreigner learns to master the difficult Arabic language." Still image of library with faculty and students; 00:14:30-00:14:42 "Ewart Memorial Hall - the New College Auditorium"; 00:14:43-00:14:58 "Commencement Day." President Watson and Dean McClenahan and faculty and staff in procession from side entrance to Main Palace Building; 00:14:59-00:15:10 “This American Institution is in Egypt to give and not to get, to share with the Egyptians the very best in our Christian civilization.”