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Productions

Topic:
At Home with the Apes (Television program)
The Rebirth of Dinosaurs (Television program)
Hooray for Amelia! (Television program)
The Woolly Mammoth of Washington (Television program)
How Does Your Sculpture Grow? (Television program)
Diplomats in Buckskins (Television program)
Hooray for the Red, White and Blue (Television program)
A Festival of Animals (Television program)
What Lives in Your Lawn? (Television program)
Celebrations 'Round the World (Television program)
Horse Races on the Mall (Television program)
Living with the Eskimos (Television program)
A Modern Noah's Ark (Television program)
Raphael Soyer: An Art of Real Life (Television program)
Inside Meteorites (Television program)
From Fiddles to Banjos (Television program)
Corals in Captivity (Television program)
A Life with Aviation (Television program)
The Universe in a Box (Television program)
The Ultimate Model (Television program)
The Elephant's Tale (Television program)
Japan's Ceramic Treasures (Television program)
A Museum for the Community (Television program)
The World of Mathew Brady (Television program)
American Picture Palaces (Television program)
Time Capsule of the Revolution (Television program)
The Smithsonian's Giant Squid (Television program)
Faulkner: A Living Portrait (Television program)
Design for the People (Television program)
Video Astronomy (Television program)
France Meets New Jersey (Television program)
Ballooning's 200th Birthday (Television program)
The Art of Craft (Television program)
An Invasion of Painters (Television program)
Keeping Perfect Time (Television program)
Nature Through a Viewfinder (Television program)
The Precious Legacy (Television program)
Surgery is Painless (Television program)
Islam in Africa (Television program)
Big Ideas in Small Packages (Television program)
The 20,000 Year-Old-Man (Television program)
A Place for Touching (Television program)
Microscopes Make it Big (Television program)
The Plastic Historian (Television program)
Panda Playground (Television program)
More Than 'Whistler's Mother' (Television program)
Collecting the 'Stuff' of Politics (Television program)
The Golden Age of Aviation (Television program)
The Birdman of America (Television program)
Celebrating American Folklife (Television program)
Eyes on the Universe (Television program)
Strike up the Band (Television program)
An Ancient Game Reborn (Television program)
Past Visions of the Future (Television program)
That's Entertainment (Television program)
Our Violent Universe (Television program)
TR in Africa (Television program)
Outer Space Artist (Television program)
Happy Birthday, Hirshhorn Museum (Television program)
Say It Ain't So, Wesley (Television program)
Black Artists in the 19th Century (Television program)
Mechanical Musical Marvels (Television program)
America's Castle (Television program)
The Vanishing Frontier (Television program)
Deep Sea Mysteries (Television program)
The Smithsonian's Model Shop (Television program)
Keeping Orchids Alive (Television program)
Something to Hang the Paint On (Television program)
The World's Biggest Camera (Television program)
The Tale of the Kite (Television program)
Treasures of African Art (Television program)
Restoring it to 'Wright' (Television program)
Folklife '85 (Television program)
Advertising Yesterday and Today (Television program)
A Woman Ahead of Her Time (Television program)
The Old Country Post Office (Television program)
Magnificent Voyagers (Television program)
A Gallery for Today (Television program)
Balloon Astronomy (Television program)
Hollywood: Legend and Reality (Television program)
Black Wings (Television program)
Art in New Mexico (Television program)
At Home on the Road (Television program)
Folklife '86 (Television program)
The California Artist (Television program)
Brand New at the Zoo (Television program)
Discover Graphics (Television program)
Air and Space Anniversary (Television program)
Reaching Rural Africa (Television program)
At Mr. Hirshhorn 's Bequest (Television program)
A Smithsonian Holiday (Television program)
Russia: The Land and the People (Television program)
The Harlem Renaissance (Television program)
A Painter at Large (Television program)
From Field to Factory (Television program)
Second Nature (Television program)
Engines of Change (Television program)
Meet the Beetles (Television program)
Capturing the Spirit (Television program)
A Grasp of Reality (Television program)
Zoo Vets (Television program)
Spanning the Distance (Television program)
American Art Deco (Television program)
The Making of a Dinosaur (Television program)
Contemporary Expressions (Television program)
Remembering John La Farge (Television program)
Folklife Festival '87 (Television program)
Building a Biosphere (Television program)
Portrait of a Life (Television program)
Treasures Down Under (Television program)
African Splendors (Television program)
Dr. Sackler's Gift (Television program)
A Garden for All Seasons (Television program)
Climbing Jacob's Ladder (Television program)
Old and New Traditions (Television program)
From Reliable Sources (Television program)
A More Perfect Union (Television program)
Magellans of the Air (Television program)
Spineless Wonders (Television program)
King Herod's Dream (Television program)
Splendidly Stradivarius (Television program)
Different Drummers (Television program)
The Unseen Smithsonian (Television program)
New Deal Murals (Television program)
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Television program)
Folklife Exchange (Television program)
New Political Conventions (Television program)
Antietam Revisited (Television program)
Warming up to Reptiles (Television program)
Kalabari Kinetics (Television program)
Crossroads of Two Continents (Television program)
On the Air (Television program)
Cultural Crossroads (Television program)
The Jeweler's Eye (Television program)
The Perpetual Man Ray (Television program)
The Portraits of Isamu Noguchi (Television program)
African Sounding Forms (Television program)
Rocks in a Hard Place (Television program)
The Way to Independence (Television program)
Aloha, Hawai'i! (Television program)
A Continuity of Culture (Television program)
The Brush of Innocence (Television program)
Tending a Sculpture Garden (Television program)
A Holiday Celebration (Television program)
A Touch of Glass (Television program)
Duke Ellington, American Musician (Television program)
Happy Birthday, National Zoo (Television program)
The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright (Television program)
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
15.5 cu. ft. (15 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Videotapes
Video recordings
Date:
1981-1991, 1996, 1999
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of videotapes and audiotapes created during the production of "Here At The Smithsonian" ("HATS"), an eight volume series of television productions. The series was conceived by Nazaret Cherkezian, Director, Office of Telecommunications (1976-1986) and produced by Ann Carroll (Volumes I-IV) and John P. Meehan (Volumes V-VIII). Due to funding cuts, the series ceased production in 1989.

"HATS" was a series of short features, designed and produced for broadcast via commercial newscasts to disseminate information about Smithsonian Institution exhibitions and research activities. The features were short (no more than 2 minutes) and flexibly produced. Segments utilized split track audio allowing stations to use either the voice of their own newscaster or the voice provided by the Smithsonian; beginnings and ends of the features were left with extra video and audio, permitting fade-in and fade-out; and no one appearing on the features was identified on screen, allowing stations to use the fonts and typefaces normally used for their own newscasts. The brevity of segments and flexible style of production made them easy to insert anywhere in a newscast.

During the second volume (1983), it became apparent that public television stations were much more interested in using the features than commercial news stations. Eventually, the features were lengthened to three to four minutes to suit the public television format and further refined. Changes included the use of fade-in and fade-out to black; fully mixed audio tracks; and identification of all on-screen persons. Also, a standard musical theme, opening and closing sequences, and titling, were added.

Volume I (1982) includes "At Home with the Apes;" "The Rebirth of Dinosaurs;" "Hooray for Amelia!;" "The Woolly Mammoth of Washington;" "How Does Your Sculpture Grow?;" "Diplomats in Buckskins;" "Hooray for the Red, White and Blue;" "A Festival of Animals;" "What Lives in Your Lawn?;" "Celebrations 'Round the World;" "Horse Races on the Mall;" "Living with the Eskimos;" "A Modern Noah's Ark;" and "Raphael Soyer: An Art of Real Life."

Volume II (1983) includes "Inside Meteorites;" "From Fiddles to Banjos;" "Corals in Captivity;" "A Life with Aviation;" "The Universe in a Box;" "The Ultimate Model;" "The Elephant's Tale;" "Japan's Ceramic Treasures;" "A Museum for the Community;" "The World of Mathew Brady;" "American Picture Palaces;" "Time Capsule of the Revolution;" "The Smithsonian's Giant Squid;" "Faulkner: A Living Portrait;" "Design for the People;" "Video Astronomy;" "France Meets New Jersey;" "Ballooning's 200th Birthday;" "The Art of Craft;" and "An Invasion of Painters."

Volume III (1984) includes "Keeping Perfect Time;" "Nature Through a Viewfinder;" "The Precious Legacy;" "Surgery is Painless;" "Islam in Africa;" "Big Ideas in Small Packages;" "The 20,000 Year-Old-Man;" "A Place for Touching;" "Microscopes Make it Big;" "The Plastic Historian;" "Panda Playground;" "More Than 'Whistler's Mother';" "Collecting the 'Stuff' of Politics;" "The Golden Age of Aviation;" "The Birdman of America;" "Celebrating American Folklife;" "Eyes on the Universe;" "Strike up the Band;" "An Ancient Game Reborn;" "Past Visions of the Future;" "That's Entertainment;" "Our Violent Universe;" "TR in Africa;" "Outer Space Artist;" and "Happy Birthday, Hirshhorn Museum."

Volume IV (1985) includes "Say It Ain't So, Wesley;" "Black Artists in the 19th Century;" "Mechanical Musical Marvels;" "America's Castle;" "The Vanishing Frontier;" "Deep Sea Mysteries;" "The Smithsonian's Model Shop;" "Keeping Orchids Alive;" "Something to Hang the Paint On;" "The World's Biggest Camera;" "The Tale of the Kite;" "Treasures of African Art;" "A Modern Noah's Ark" (repeat); "Restoring it to 'Wright';" "Diplomats in Buckskins" (repeat);" "Folklife '85;" "Advertising Yesterday and Today;" "Video Astronomy" (repeat);" "A Woman Ahead of Her Time;" and "The Old Country Post Office."

Volume V (1986) includes "Magnificent Voyagers;" "The Tale of the Kite" (extended); "A Gallery for Today;" "Balloon Astronomy;" "Hollywood: Legend and Reality;" "Black Wings;" "Art in New Mexico;" "At Home on the Road;" "Folklife '86;" "The California Artist;" "Brand New at the Zoo;" "Discover Graphics;" "Air and Space Anniversary;" "Reaching Rural Africa;" "At Mr. Hirshhorn 's Bequest;" "Corals in Captivity" (repeat); "A Smithsonian Holiday;" "Russia: The Land and the People;" "The Harlem Renaissance;" and "A Painter at Large."

Volume VI (1987) includes "From Field to Factory;" "Second Nature;" "Engines of Change;" "Meet the Beetles;" "Capturing the Spirit;" "A Grasp of Reality;" "Zoo Vets;" "Spanning the Distance;" "American Art Deco;" "The Making of a Dinosaur;" "TR in Africa" (repeat); "Contemporary Expressions;" "Remembering John La Farge;" "Folklife Festival '87;" "Building a Biosphere;" "Portrait of a Life;" "Treasures Down Under;" "African Splendors;" "Dr. Sackler's Gift;" and "A Garden for All Seasons."

Volume VII (1988) includes "Climbing Jacob's Ladder;" "Old and New Traditions;" "From Reliable Sources;" "A More Perfect Union;" "Magellans of the Air;" "From Field to Factory" (repeat);" "Spineless Wonders;" "King Herod's Dream;" "Splendidly Stradivarius;" "Different Drummers;" "The Unseen Smithsonian;" "New Deal Murals;" "The Commonwealth of Massachusetts;" "Folklife Exchange;" "New Political Conventions;" "Antietam Revisited;" "Warming up to Reptiles;" "Kalabari Kinetics;" "Crossroads of Two Continents;" and "On the Air."

Volume VIII includes "Cultural Crossroads;" "The Jeweler's Eye;" "Black Wings" (repeat); "The Perpetual Man Ray;" "The Portraits of Isamu Noguchi;" "African Sounding Forms;" "Rocks in a Hard Place;" "Zoo Vets" (repeat); "The Way to Independence;" "Aloha, Hawai'i!;" "A Continuity of Culture;" "The Brush of Innocence;" "Engines of Change;" "Tending a Sculpture Garden;" "A Holiday Celebration;" "A Smithsonian Holiday;" "A Touch of Glass;" "Duke Ellington, American Musician;" "Happy Birthday, National Zoo;" and "The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright."

Materials in this accession include original footage, segment masters, dub masters, dubs, interviews, and related materials on a variety of videotape formats and two reels of 1/4" audiotape.

Note: The original materials were created by the Office of Telecommunications. Some dubs that are part of this accession were made by its successor units, Smithsonian Press/Smithsonian Productions and Smithsonian Productions.

Note: Preservation copies of all episodes are located in Resv19, Boxes 5-8.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing copies are not currently available. Viewing copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Research  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videotapes
Video recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-084, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 08-084
See more items in:
Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa08-084

Production Records

Topic:
Inside Meteorites (Television production)
Japan's Ceramic Heritage (Television production)
Strike Up the Bandstand (Television production)
That's Entertainment (Television production)
Happy Birthday, Hirshhorn Museum (Television production)
Keeping Orchids Alive (Television production)
Something to Hang the Paint On (Television production)
Restoring it to 'Wright' (Television program)
Advertising: Yesterday and Today (Television production)
Black Wings (Television production)
Air and Space Anniversary (Television production)
Corals in Captivity (Television production)
Smithsonian Holiday (Television production)
King Herod's Dream (Television production)
New Deal Murals (Television production)
On the Air (Television production)
Zoo Vets (Television production)
Brush of Innocence (Television production)
Tending a Sculpture Garden (Television production)
Holiday Celebration (Television production)
Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright (Television production)
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Exhibition catalogs
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Picture postcards
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Date:
1981-1989
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document the planning, development, and execution of television productions for the "Here at the Smithsonian" (HATS) series. Also included are developmental materials for ideas that were not carried through to a full production, as well as material relating to singular projects unrelated to HATS. Subject matter for the HATS series were wide and varied, including: orchids, Frank Lloyd Wright, insects, aviation, kites, ballooning, Duke Ellington, jewelry, and the National Zoo.

The "Here at the Smithsonian" series was aired nationwide over the Public Broadcasting System between 1982-1989. Productions were created to highlight and or record significant Smithsonian anniversaries and events, holidays, special projects, major exhibitions, or areas of unique or special interest.

Some of the earliest records may have been created by Ann Carroll who served as Series Producer for HATS (1981-1985; volumes I-IV). However, the bulk of the records were created and maintained by John P. Meehan, Audio Visual Production Specialist, and Series Producer for HATS (1986-1989; volumes V-VIII). Please note that Carroll and Meehan acted as producers on both the series and segment level during the time of the series.

Materials include contracts, correspondence, editing logs, memoranda, notes, research material, scripts, and tape logs.

NOTE: See accession 00-132 for the video tapes of the above referenced productions.
Topic:
Video recordings -- Direction and production  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Corals  Search this
Papermaking  Search this
Intellectual property  Search this
Orchids  Search this
Entomology  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Kites  Search this
Ballooning  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Exhibition catalogs
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Picture postcards
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 00-114, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 00-114
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa00-114

Productions

Topic:
Smithsonian's Model Shop (Television production)
Tale of the Kite (Television production)
Ultimate Model (Television production)
Unseen Smithsonian (Television production)
Vanishing Frontier (Television production)
Way of Independence (Television production)
Wooly Mammoth of Washington (Television production)
World of Matthew Brady (Television production)
World's Biggest Camera (Television production)
Time Capsule of the Revolution (Television production)
TR in Africa (Television production)
Treasures Down Under (Television production)
Treasures of African Art (Television production)
Video Astronomy (Television production)
Warming Up to Reptiles (Television production)
Zoo Vets (Television production)
Hooray for the Red, White and Blue (Television production)
Gallery for Today (Television production)
Festival of Animals (Television production)
Building Biosphere (Television production)
Reaching Rural America (Television production)
Past Visions of the Future (Television production)
New Political Conventions (Television production)
Nature Through a Viewfinder (Television production)
Mechanical Musical Marvels (Television production)
Old Country Post Office (Television production)
Smithsonian's Giant Squid (Television production)
Painter at Large (Television production)
Horse Races on the Mall (Television production)
What Lives in Your Lawn? (Television production)
African Splendors (Television production)
Splendid Stradivarius (Television production)
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Collecting the Stuff of Politics (Television production)
Contemporary Expressions (Television production)
Corals in Captivity (Television production)
Crossroads of Two Continents (Television production)
Cultural Crossroads (Television production)
Deep Sea Mysteries (Television production)
Design for the People (Television production)
Different Drummers (Television production)
Diplomats in Buckskins (Television production)
Discover Graphics (Television production)
Dr. Sackler's Gift (Television production)
Duke Ellington, American Musician (Television production)
Engines of Change (Television program)
Eyes on the Universe (Television production)
Faulkner: A Living Portrait (Television production)
Folklife '85 (Television production)
Folklife '86 (Television production)
Folklife Exchange (Television production)
Folklife Festival '87 (Television production)
Continuity of Culture (Television production)
Facelift for Old Planes (Television production)
Garden for All Seasons (Television production)
Grasp of Reality (Television production)
Holiday Celebration (Television production)
Life With Aviation (Television production)
Modern Noah's Ark (Television production)
More Perfect Union (Television production)
Museum for the Community (Television production)
Place For Touching (Television production)
Smithsonian Holiday (Television production)
Touch of Glass (Television production)
Woman Ahead of Her Time (Television production)
Advertising: Yesterday and Today (Television production)
African Sounding Forms (Television production)
Air and Space Anniversary (Television production)
Aloha, Hawaii! (Television production)
American Art Deco (Television production)
American Picture Palaces (Motion picture : 1983)
America's Castle (Television production)
Ancient Game Reborn (Television production)
Invasion of Painters (Television production)
Antietam Revisited (Television production)
Art in New Mexico (Television production)
At Home on the Road (Television production)
At Home With the Apes (Television production)
Balloon Astronomy (Television production)
Ballooning's 200th Birthday (Television production)
Big Ideas in Small Packages (Television production)
Black Artists in the 20th Century (Television production)
Black Wings (Television production)
Brand New at the Zoo (Television production)
Capturing the Spirit (Television production)
Celebrating American Folklife (Television production)
Climbing Jacob's Ladder (Television production)
France Meets New Jersey (Television production)
From Fiddles to Banjos (Television production)
From Field to Factory (Television production)
From Reliable Sources (Television production)
Happy Birthday, Hirshhorn Museum (Television production)
Happy Birthday, National Zoo (Television production)
Hollywood Legend and Reality (Television production)
Hooray for Amelia! (Television production)
How Does Your Sculpture Grow? (Television production)
Inside Meteorites (Television production)
Islam in Africa (Television production)
Japan's Ceramic Heritage (Television production)
Joseph Cornell: The Universe in a Box (Television production)
Kalabari Kinetics (Television production)
Keeping Orchids Alive (Television production)
Keeping Perfect Time (Television production)
King Herod's Dream (Television production)
Living With the Eskimos (Television production)
Magellans of the Air (Television production)
Magnificent Voyagers (Television production)
Meet the Beetles (Television production)
Microscopes Make it Big (Television production)
More than Whistler's Mother (Television production)
New Deal Murals (Television production)
Old and New Traditions (Television production)
On the Air (Television production)
Our Violent Universe (Television production)
Outer Space Artist (Television production)
Panda Playground (Television production)
Portrait of a Life (Television production)
Raphael Soyer: An Art of Real Life (Television production)
Remembering John La Farge (Television production)
Restoring it to 'Wright' (Television production)
Rocks in a Hard Place (Television production)
Russia: The Land, The People (Television production)
Say it Ain't So, Wesley (Television production)
Second Nature (Television production)
Something to Hang the Paint On (Television production)
Spanning the Distance (Television production)
Spineless Wonders (Television production)
Strike Up the Bandstand (Television production)
Surgery is Painless (Television production)
Tending a Sculpture Garden (Television production)
That's Entertainment (Television production)
20,000 Year Old Man (Television production)
Art of Craft (Television production)
Birdman of America (Television production)
Brush of Innocence (Television production)
California Artist (Television production)
Common Wealth of Massachusetts (Television production)
Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright (Television production)
Elephant's Tale (Television production)
Golden Age of Aviation (Television production)
Harlem Renaissance (Television production)
Jeweler's Eye (Television production)
Making of a Dinosaur (Television production)
Painter at Large (Television production)
Perpetual Man Ray (Television production)
Plastic Historian (Television production)
Precious Legacy (Television production)
Rebirth of Dinosaurs (Television production)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
36.54 cu. ft. (58 document boxes) (7.54 tall document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Video recordings
Videotapes
Date:
1982-1989
Descriptive Entry:
Here At The Smithsonian was a series of short features for television created and produced by the staff of the Smithsonian's Office of Telecommunications between the years 1982 and 1989. The series was designed for public dissemination of information about Smithsonian exhibition and research activities. Each year had a volume number [1982 (Volume I) through 1989 (Volume VIII)], within the volume were multiple editions (four to five), and multiple segments within each edition (three to six). Although some segments were repeated, they were often lengthened for a second broadcast. Features totaled 160 (including repeats).

This accession contains some of the original camera footage, all of the cut shows, and preservation masters of all of the cut shows. The initial features were written and shot by in-house staff using rented professional broadcast equipment, recorded on U-matic tape, rough cut on U-matic tape, then edited to 1-inch tape at a commercial post production house (first at FAX Productions in Bethesda, Maryland, then at Techniarts in Silver Spring, Maryland). Features were shot on Betacam beginning in 1987, and mastered to D-2 beginning in 1989. In 1987, post production work moved to Henninger Video in Arlington, Virginia.

Due to the long run of the series, different individuals were associated with the various functions including series producer, segment producer, and narrator. Those playing the largest roles in the development and refinement of Here At The Smithsonian were Ann Carroll (series producer, Volumes I - IV) and John P. Meehan (series producer Volumes V - VIII).
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing copies are not currently available. Viewing copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Zoos  Search this
Orchids  Search this
Corals  Search this
Kites  Search this
Meteorites  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Astronomy  Search this
Audio-visual materials  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Reptiles  Search this
Insects  Search this
Squid  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 00-132, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 00-132
See more items in:
Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa00-132

Production Records

Topic:
Yorktown (Motion picture : 1982)
Reunions: Memories of an American Experience (Documentary film : 1979)
Leaf Thieves (Motion picture : 1963)
Mirrors on the Universe: The MMT story (Motion picture : 1979)
Sense of Discovery, The National Collection of Fine Arts (Motion picture : 1980)
Smithsonian Galaxy (Radio program)
Smithsonian World (Television program : 1984-1991)
Radio Smithsonian (Radio program)
Smithsonian Institution with S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary (Television program)
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
7.5 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1963-1988
Descriptive Entry:
These records primarily document the activities of OTC under Director Nazaret Cherkezian. A small amount of records were created by Paul B. Johnson. There are also a few records created by OTC's predecessor offices. The records include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, contracts, budgets, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases, scripts, and related materials concerning OTC radio broadcasts Radio Smithsonian and Smithsonian Galaxy; television and film productions, especially "Smithsonian World" and the Emmy award-winning "The Smithsonian Institution with S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary;" production planning; facilities and equipment, including the construction of the OTC studio in the National Museum of History and Technology; and administrative records.
Historical Note:
The Office of Telecommunications (OTC) was established on August 15, 1976, as a separate unit reporting directly to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Service. Prior to the creation of OTC, coordination of Smithsonian telecommunication activities was a function of the Smithsonian Museum Service, 1958-1965; the Office of Public Information, 1965-1967; and the Office of Public Affairs, 1967-1976. OTC develops ideas for the production of programs and broadcast series for public and commercial television and radio, films, and related visual and audio materials, which bring a better understanding of the Smithsonian to American and foreign audiences. OTC is also the contact point for all interested outside producers of telecommunications projects relating to all Smithsonian bureaus. OTC broadcast series have included Radio Smithsonian, a national, weekly radio program providing information about the multi-disciplinary activities of the Institution which was in production from 1969 to 1990; Smithsonian Galaxy, a series of short radio features highlighting the work of Smithsonian curators, scientists, and researchers broadcast from 1979 to 1987; and Here at the Smithsonian, a series of short features for television, produced from 1982 to 1989. In addition, OTC produces films of special events of the Institution; provides archival recordings of conferences, symposia, and other programs; and produces films for Smithsonian exhibitions. Nazaret Cherkezian was appointed Director of OTC in 1976. He retired in 1986 and was replaced by Assistant Director Paul B. Johnson who served as Acting Director, 1986-1988, and Director, 1988-2002.
Topic:
Documentary films  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Intellectual property  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 586, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 586
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0586

Productions

Topic:
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Radio Smithsonian (Radio program)
Folk Masters (Radio program)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
63.38 cu. ft. (56 document boxes) (61 tall document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Date:
circa 1971-1991
Descriptive Entry:
This record unit consists of master audiotapes for "Radio Smithsonian" programs 750-1098, 1984-1989; elements, or original, unedited tapes for "Radio Smithsonian" programs 837-1098, 1985-1989; audio elements for the television series "Here at the Smithsonian," volumes 3-8, 1984-1989; master audiotapes for "Folk Masters" radio series, 1991; scripts of "Radio Smithsonian" programs 400-975, 1977-1988; and audiotapes of Smithsonian special events, lectures, concerts, interviews, symposia, and openings, circa 1971-1991.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if listening copies are not currently available. Listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Telecommunication  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 591, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Record Unit 591
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0591

Production Records

Topic:
Perpetual Campaign: The President, The People, and The Court (Video recording : 1992)
Negative Campaigns (Video recording : 1991)
Low Road to High Office? (Video recording : 1992)
Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was (Radio program : 1995)
Folk Masters from the Barns of Wolf Trap (Radio program)
Jazz Smithsonian (Radio program : 1993)
Remembering Slavery (Radio program : 1997)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999)
Beyond Category: The Music of Duke Ellington (Video recording)
Jazz Age in Paris: 1914-1940 (Video recording : 1998)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Radio program : 1999)
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Jazz Singers (Radio program)
People and Pianos: 300 Years (Television program : 2001)
Preserving an Architectural Heritage: The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright (Motion picture)
Rescue in the Wild: Endangered Species and Habitat Protection at SI (Video recording)
The National Zoo: Think Tank (Video recording : c. 1995)
Afro-Americans and the Evolution of a Living Constitution (Video recording : 1988)
First Ladies (Video recording : 1989)
Radio Smithsonian (Radio program)
Workers and Managers (Video recording : 1993)
In Open Air: A Portrait of the American Impressionists (Motion picture : 1982)
Celebrations (Video recording : 1987)
Titanic Mail Story (Video recording : 1999)
Red, Hot, and Blue! (Radio program)
Swedish Sculpture (Video recording)
Memphis: Cradle of Rock 'n' Soul (Radio program : 2000)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
8 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Clippings
Brochures
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Date:
1982-2001
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records created and maintained by John P. Meehan, Audio-Visual Production Specialist; Jacquie Gales Webb, Producer; Paul B. Johnson, Director; and other Radio Smithsonian staff, documenting the planning, development, and execution of original radio series and programs.

Radio productions documented in this accession include "Memphis: Cradle of Rock 'n' Soul;" "Folk Masters at the Barns of Wolf Trap;" "Jazz Smithsonian;" "Remembering Slavery;" "River of Song: A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi River;" "Jazz Singers;" "Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was;" "Red, Hot, and Blue!;" and "Radio Smithsonian." Video productions documented in this accession include "Perpetual Campaign: The President, The People, and The Court;" "Negative Campaigns;" "Low Road to High Office?;" "Beyond Category: the Musical Genius of Duke Ellington;" "Jazz Age in Paris: 1914-1940;" "Rescue in the Wild: Endangered Species and Habitat Protections at SI;" "The National Zoo: Think Tank;" "Afro-Americans and the Evolution of a Living Constitution;" "First Ladies;" "Workers and Managers;" "Celebrations;" "Titanic Mail Story;" and "Swedish Sculpture." Television productions documented in this accession include "River of Song: Music Along the Mississippi;" "Here at the Smithsonian;" and "People and Pianos: 300 Years."

Films documented in this accession include "Preserving an Architectural Heritage: The Decorative Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright" and "In Open Air: A Portrait of the American Impressionists."

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, notes, scripts, treatments, release forms, contracts, photographs, clippings, press releases, and budgets.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Brochures
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-149, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 05-149
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Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa05-149

Production Records

Topic:
Jazz Singers (Radio program)
Memphis: Cradle of Rock and Roll (Radio program)
Buried Mirror (Proposed television program)
Global Environment: Are We Overreacting? (Video recording : 1989)
In Open Air: A Portrait of the American Impressionists (Motion picture : 1982)
Yorktown (Motion picture : 1982)
Work of Peace (Television program : 1984)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Piano Grand! (Television program : 2000)
Smithsonian Institution (Documentary film)
America of the Braves: The Dark and Bright Sides of the Frontier Spirit (Television program)
America of Presidents (Television program)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Radio program : 1999)
American Inventions (Television program)
Smithsonian video collection
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Flying Machines (Video recording : 1989)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999)
Smithsonian World (Television program : 1984-1991)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
9 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Date:
1980-2002
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes records documenting the film, video, and radio production activities of Paul B. Johnson, Director. Material consists of correspondence and memoranda; production proposals; information on the Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK)-Smithsonian Institution collaborative television project; budget summaries; information on the Smithsonian Video Collection; contracts; release and rights forms; videotapes of Lawrence M. Small's installation as Secretary, and his first press conference; research articles, fundraising, marketing, and awards information; production scripts; shooting schedules; and special events information.

Productions documented in these records include "The Jazz Singers," "Memphis: Cradle of Rock and Soul," "River of Song: A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi River," "River of Song: Music Along the Mississippi," "The Buried Mirror," "The Global Environment: Are We Overacting," "Smithsonian World," "In Open Air: A Portrait of American Impressionists," "Yorktown," "The Work of Peace," "Piano 300," "Piano Grand!," "Here at the Smithsonian," "The Flying Machines," and "The Smithsonian Institution." NHK-SI productions include "America of the Braves: The Dark and Bright Sides of the Frontier Spirit," "America of Presidents," and "American Inventions."
Topic:
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Intellectual property  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-137, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-137
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-137

Marketing Records

Topic:
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Folk Masters from the Barns of Wolf Trap (Radio program)
Spirits of the Present: The Legacy from Native America (Radio program : 1992)
Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden (Documentary film : 1991)
Smithsonian World (Television program : 1984-1991)
Folk Masters: Traditional Music in the Americas (Radio program : 1991)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
5.5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Compact discs
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Electronic records
Date:
1974-1999
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes records documenting the activities of Martha Knouss, Marketing Manager, with earlier records dating back to when Knouss was Marketing Assistant for the Office of Telecommunications. Materials include Knouss' correspondence and memoranda; meeting minutes of the Smithsonian Marketing Committee; program news releases, schedules, and fact sheets; carriage reports; video listings; special events and conference information; budget summaries; public inquiries; production brochures, logos, and promotional information; and photographs of staff members. Some television and radio productions documented in these records include "Here at the Smithsonian," "Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden," "Folk Masters," and "Spirits of the Present: The Legacy from Native America."
Topic:
Marketing  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Special events  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Compact discs
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-094, Smithsonian Productions, Marketing Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-094
See more items in:
Marketing Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-094

Marketing Records

Topic:
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Jazz Smithsonian (Radio program : 1993)
Folk Masters from the Barns of Wolf Trap (Radio program)
In Open Air: A Portrait of the American Impressionists (Motion picture : 1982)
Folk Masters: Traditional Music in the Americas (Radio program : 1991)
Creator::
Smithsonian Press/Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Illustrations
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Color transparencies
Sound recordings
Date:
1979-1997
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the marketing activities of Smithsonian Productions, with earlier records dating back to when the office was known as the Office of Telecommunications. Materials include the correspondence and memoranda of Denise Freeland, Marketing Coordinator, and Martha Knouss, Marketing Manager; budget summaries; press kits and carriage promotion information; production scripts, fact sheets, and promotional information; public inquiries; press releases; program subscriber lists; articles pertaining to productions and related matters; photographs and contact sheet of Smithsonian Productions staff, on-site shoots, symposiums, and special performances; subscriber questionnaire and survey forms; production graphic design samples; fund raising and video mailer project information; and information regarding Hispanic media. Some television and radio productions documented in these records include "Here at the Smithsonian," "Jazz Smithsonian," "Folk Masters," and "In Open Air: A Portrait of the American Impressionists."
Topic:
Marketing  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Illustrations
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Color transparencies
Sound recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-096, Smithsonian Press/Smithsonian Productions, Marketing Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-096
See more items in:
Marketing Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-096
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Production Records

Topic:
The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Radio program : 1999)
Folk Masters from the Barns of Wolf Trap (Radio program)
Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, Nigeria (Video recording : 1997)
Radio Smithsonian (Radio program)
Lewis Latimer (Video recording : 1999)
Discovering America (Radio program)
Monumental Propaganda (Video recording : 1994)
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was (Radio program : 1995)
Ain Ghazal (Video recording)
Guide to the Smithsonian (Documentary film)
Woody Guthrie's Legacy (Documentary film : 2000)
Colors of Invention: An Exploration of Color, Technology, and Culture (Documentary film : 1998)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Brochures
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1989-2001
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes records documenting the film, video, and radio production activities of John R. Paulson, Audio-Visual Production Specialist. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; production scripts, proposals, shoot schedules, and credits; release forms; contracts; budget summaries; camera reports; conference and awards information; and technical articles.

Productions documented in these records include: "Folk Masters from the Barns of Wolf Trap," "The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, Nigeria," "Radio Smithsonian," "Lewis Latimer," "Discovering America," "Monumental Propaganda," "Here at the Smithsonian," "Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was," "Ain Ghazal," "River of Song: A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi River," "River of Song: Music Along the Mississippi," "VIARC [Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center] Theater Program," "Woody Guthrie's Legacy," and "The Colors of Invention: An Exploration of Color, Technology, and Culture."
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Video recordings -- Direction and production  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Budget  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-157, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-157
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Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-157

Production Records

Topic:
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
American Picture Palaces (Motion picture : 1983)
Spirits of the Present: The Legacy from Native America (Radio program : 1992)
Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was (Radio program : 1995)
Smithsonian World (Television program : 1984-1991)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
9 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Clippings
Brochures
Date:
1972-2002
Descriptive Entry:
These records document film, television, and radio production activities at Smithsonian Productions, with earlier material dating from when the office was known as Smithsonian Press/Smithsonian Productions and the Office of Telecommunications (OTC), respectively. The records include correspondence and memoranda of Nazaret Cherkezian, Director; Paul S. Johnson, Director; Karen Loveland, Director of Special Projects; Denise Freeland, Marketing and Promotion Specialist; and Elizabeth Smith Brownstein, Media Project Development Specialist. Also includes production proposals, scripts, and publications; meeting minutes; program reports; budget summaries; donor, grant, and contractual information; interview transcripts; subject files; and conference information. Some of the productions documented in these records include "Here at the Smithsonian," "American Picture Palaces," "Spirits of the Present: The Legacy from Native America," and "Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was."
Topic:
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Intellectual property  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Brochures
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-117, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-117
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-117

Production Records

Topic:
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Telling Lives: the biographer's art (Monograph)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Audiotapes
Date:
circa 1976-1994
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes the records of Jean B. Quinnette, secretary to the Director of the Office of Telecommunications (OTC), 1974-1976; Assistant Production Coordinator, 1977; Production Coordinator, 1978-1979; Telecommunications Specialist, 1980-1985; and Audio Visual Production Specialist, 1986-1994. Records document work on OTC productions, which include "Telling Lives: The Art of Biography," "National Collection of Fine Arts: Legacy Film Project," "Frank Lloyd Wright Film," "Visiting Nurse Project," and "Here at the Smithsonian" (HATS). Consists of production proposals, contracts, treatment scripts, funding information, and activities reports; personal research notes; correspondence and memoranda; articles and other literature pertaining to finished productions; staff and historical photographs; letters of public inquiry; audiotape and slides from the Educational Outreach Slide Show; and information concerning the Biodiversity Teleconference.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Nurses  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-003, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 95-003
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa95-003

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