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The World Is Yours Radio Program

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6w x 4h ; Type of Image: Group, candid ; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
19349
1929
Topic:
The World Is Yours (Radio Program)
Depressions
United States Dept. of Interior
Education
Radio broadcasting
Standard number:
SIA2011-1145
Restrictions:
Unknown
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
From The Smithsonian Scientific Series, edited by Charles Greeley Abbot, 1949 edition, plate 108
Summary:
Rehearsal of one of 'The World Is Yours' radio programs at the NBC studios in New York City. This series was a depression era project at the Smithsonian created in conjunction with the Works Progress Administration and the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Education, 1936-1942
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Smithsonian Scientific Series Vol. 1
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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World Is Yours is Suspended

Subject:
Office of Education
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
The World Is Yours (Radio Program)
United States Dept. of the Interior
Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Date:
May, 1942
Topic:
Radio
Museums--Educational aspects
Category:
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Notes:
Abbot, Charles Greeley, ed. Smithsonian Scientific Series, vol. 1. New York: Smithsonian Institution Series, Inc., 1938, p. 331-337
Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1942. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1943, p. 10-11
Summary:
"The World Is Yours" radio program, a joint effort of the Smithsonian Institution, Works Progress Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Education and National Broadcasting Company, is suspended because of the demands of the war effort. It is never resumed
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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World Is Yours Goes on Air

Subject:
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
United States Dept. of the Interior
Works Progress Administration (WPA)
The World Is Yours (Radio Program)
Date:
June 7, 1936
Topic:
Firsts
Radio
Museums--Educational aspects
Category:
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Notes:
CGA V1, p. 331-337
Summary:
The first "The World Is Yours" radio program is aired over the National Broadcasting Company network. A joint project of the Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Education and Works Progress Administration, the half-hour programs air once a week on topics ranging from mammals to insects to geology to ethnology to art history to aeronautics, etc. Scripts are prepared by Smithsonian staff and presentations are done by out of work actors and musicians. The program is suspended in May of 1942 because of the war effort
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Statement to the Smithsonian Board of Regents on Ten Years of Smithsonian Affairs

Author:
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
Subject:
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
Arts and Industries Building
Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Scientific Series
United States National Museum
Astrophysical Observatory
Board of Regents
National Zoological Park (U.S.)
The World Is Yours (Radio Program)
Physical description:
Number of pages : 10;
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1937
Topic:
Museum visitors
Museum attendance
Collections
Division of Radiation and Organisms
Scientific expeditions
Museums--Educational aspects
Museums--Management
Secretaries
National Zoological Park (U.S.)--Buildings
Museums--Acquisitions
Museum finance
Museum publications
Publisher:
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution
Category:
Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography
Citation information:
Smithsonian Institution Publications Publication 3412
Notes:
Printed by Lord Baltimore Press, Baltimore, MD
Summary:
Smithsonian Institution Secretary Charles G. Abbot's statement to the Board of Regents briefly describes some of the operational details and major initiatives undertaken by the Smithsonian Institution during the ten year period between 1927 and 1936. Presented on January 14, 1937, Abbot's summary is divided into eleven sections and cover various areas within the Smithsonian's jurisdiction. They are as follows, with a highlight for each topic
1. Financial: the Smithsonian received almost $12.4 million from Federal government appropriations. 2. Collections increased: almost 5 million specimens were added to the Smithsonian's collections. 3. Buildings improved permanently: the Zoological Park added new reptile, bird, small mammal, and pachyderm houses. 4. Principal new features: publication of the 12-book Smithsonian Scientific Series. 5. Principal researches (includes five widely varied areas, such as the Division of Radiation and Organisms and the Astrophysical Observatory): work from the National Museum resulted in the discovery of hundreds of new genera and over 5,000 new species of marine and land animals and plants
6. Correspondence: the Smithsonian and its branches responded to approximately 520,000 inquiries. 7. Publication: collectively, a total of 980 titles were published by the Institution and its museums. 8. Exchanges: 6.5 million packages of scientific and parliamentary publications were transmitted. 9. Exhibits: the number of visitors at Smithsonian museums totaled almost 16.4 million, and the National Zoo had well over 24 million visitors over the 10-year period. 10. Expeditions: the Smithsonian and its branches engaged in 267 expeditions to collect specimens or do research in nearly every state in the U. S., and over 30 foreign countries. 11. Library: the addition of 173,500 items brought the total collection to 860,000 items
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Records, 1847-1966

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Editorial and Publications Division
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Smithsonian Institution Press
Physical description:
7.38 linear meters
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Date:
1847
1847-1966
Topic:
Radio
Publications
Local number:
SIA RU000083
Notes:
For many years, the Editorial and Publications Division administered public relations activities as well as publications. In 1966 a major reorganization established the Smithsonian Institution Press, concerned with publications, and created other offices for public relations, radio programs, and the like
Summary:
These records represent most of the activities of the Editorial and Publications Division. Included are a range of fiscal and administrative records pertaining to Smithsonian publications, especially correspondence with National Museum publications authors and background records for Annual Reports, news releases and news clippings, materials pertaining to Smithsonian house publications, Smithsonian radio programs, and correspondence pertaining to Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. Also includes records documenting "The World is Yours" radio program; they include radio scripts and related promotional literature and a file of collected information on other contemporary educational radio programs
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Production Records, 1937-1942, 1980-1981, 2002-2003

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution
Subject:
National Broadcasting Company, Inc
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
National Archives (U.S.)
United States Office of Education
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (2 document boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1937
1937-2003
1937-1942, 1980-1981, 2002-2003
Topic:
Basket makers
Chumash Indians
Chumash language
Media programs (Education)
Radio programs
Local number:
SIA Acc. 05-124
Summary:
This accession consists of scripts for various "The World is Yours" radio shows broadcast by the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. radio network. A joint project of the Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Education, and the Works Progress Administration, the half-hour programs aired once a week on topics ranging from mammals to insects to geology to ethnology to art history to aeronautics, etc. The educational series featured the "Oldtimer" as the audience's guide to "the wonders of that unique establishment, the Smithsonian Institution -- dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Scripts were prepared by Smithsonian staff and presentations were done by out-of-work actors and musicians. The program, which began in June 1936, was suspended in May of 1942 because of the war effort. Materials include scripts, regulations for using the scripts, and, in some cases, cast lists. Scripts are not available for all shows. Also included is information about the 1942 transfer of 6 audio recordings related to the Chumash Indian language from the Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology to the National Archives; 9 pages of Chumash to English translations, and "The Story of Candalaria, the Old Indian Basket-Maker." Also included are data sheets and component data sheets for duplicate film in Record Group 106 of the National Archives and Records Administration. Data sheets are not available for all of the film from this record group and some data sheets document copies that were not part of the transfer to the Smithsonian Institution Archives and are assumed to no longer exist. These records were transferred to the National Archives prior to the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, where they became part of Record Group 106. On March 18, 2005, they were returned to the Smithsonian Institution and were added to the Archives collections
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Production Records 1937-1942, 1980-1981, 2002-2003 [Smithsonian Institution]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Records, 1925-1949

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973
Goddard, Robert Hutchings 1882-1945
Mellon, Andrew W (Andrew William) 1855-1937
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978
Saarinen, Eliel 1873-1950
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Wright, Orville 1871-1948
Wright, Wilbur 1867-1912
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Radiation and Organisms Division
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Ethnogeographic Board (Washington, D.C.)
Carnegie Institution of Washington
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)
National Geographic Society (U.S.)
River Basin Surveys
United States Office of Scientific Research and Development
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Tamblyn and Brown Conferences
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
National Zoological Park (U.S.)
National Air Museum (U.S.)
United States Canal Zone Biological Area, Barro Colorado Island
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
United States Works Progress Administration
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
United States National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
National Research Council (U.S.)
Johnson-Smithsonian Deep-Sea Expedition to the Puerto Rican Trench, 1933
Conference on the Future of Smithsonian (1927)
Eighth American Scientific Congress (1940 : Washington, D. C.)
Physical description:
78.75 cu. ft
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1925
1925-1949
1929
Topic:
Museums--Administration
World War, 1939-1945
Depressions
Langley Medal
Radiation
Climatology
Local number:
SIA RU000046
Notes:
These records chiefly document the policy and administration of the Smithsonian under Charles G. Abbot, 1928-1944, though they overlap parts of the administrations of Secretaries Charles D. Walcott and Alexander Wetmore
Smithsonian bureaus which were founded, enlarged, or significantly changed during these years, and which are represented here, include the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; the National Gallery of Art, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the National Gallery of Art, founded by Andrew Mellon; the National Zoological Park; the National Air Museum, now the National Air and Space Museum; and the Canal Zone Biological Area, now the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Abbot's tenure was complicated by the Depression and World War II, which restricted many of the developments which seemed so promising under his predecessor. The principal event of his administration was Andrew Mellon's gift of a national art museum. Abbot created a Division of Radiation and Organisms within the Astrophysical Observatory, always his personal interest. With the use of Works Progress Administration funds he was also able to produce major improvements for the National Zoological Park. The Smithsonian continued its ties with the National Academy of Sciences, the Carnegie Institution, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the National Research Council, the National Geographic Society and similar organizations. During the war, the Smithsonian was instrumental in operating the Ethnogeographic Board and co-operated with the Office of Scientific Research and Development. Its co-operation with such bodies, and new ones like the Atomic Energy Commission, continued in the postwar years. Miscellaneous topics in the records include: the Johnson-Smithsonian Deep-Sea Expedition to the Puerto Rico Trench, 1933; the Eighth American Scientific Conference, Washington, 1940; the Smithsonian Scientific Series; North American Wildflowers; the Langley-Wright controversy; the River Basin Surveys; the abortive design competition for a museum of modern art, won by Eliel Saarinen; "The World is Yours" radio broadcasts; Robert H. Goddard's rocket research; awarding of the Langley Medal; private funding of the Smithsonian, especially the Tamblyn and Brown conferences and the 1927 conference on the future of the Smithsonian; and Charles G. Abbot's research in solar radiation and climatic studies
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Administrative Records 1835-2009 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Budget Records 1892-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Governmental Relations Records 1907-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Correspondence Registers 1860-1949 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Expedition History 1937 [National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to Collect Living Wild Animals and Birds (1937)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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The World is yours : Smithsonian Institution radio program / [produced by the U.S. Office of Education, Federal Security Agency, with the cooperation of the National Broadcasting Company]

Smithsonian Institution radio programWorld is yours : listener aidWorld is yours magazineWorld is yours bulletin
Author:
Smithsonian Institution
National Broadcasting Company
United States Office of Education
Physical description:
1 v. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1939
1940
[c1939-1940]
Topic:
Science--Radio programs--Periodicals
Technology--Radio programs--Periodicals
History
Radio programs
Periodicals
Call number:
PN1991.77.W92 A44
Notes:
Supplements to the weekly broadcasts of: The World is Yours radio programs; most issues contain excerpts from the scripts of the programs
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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