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Mr. Wizard's Experiments in Ecology, Series One: Microbes

Maker:
Owens-Illinois Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
cardboard; plastic; glass; metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 in x 24 1/2 in x 15 in; 7.62 cm x 62.23 cm x 38.1 cm
overall: 4 3/8 in x 24 3/4 in x 15 in; 11.1125 cm x 62.865 cm x 38.1 cm
Object Name:
science kit
Science Kit
Copyright:
1973
Credit Line:
Mr. Wizard Studios, Inc., thru Thomas E. Nikosey, President and Kristen K. Nikosey, Vice President
ID Number:
2014.0141.01
Catalog number:
2014.0141.01
Accession number:
2014.0141
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-293d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1464641
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Mr. Wizard's Experiments in Crystal Growing

Maker:
Owens-Illinois Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
cardboard; plastic; glass; metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/2 in x 11 1/8 in x 13 5/8 in; 8.89 cm x 28.2575 cm x 34.6075 cm
overall: 3 1/2 in x 11 1/8 in x 13 5/8 in; 8.89 cm x 28.2575 cm x 34.6075 cm
Object Name:
science kit
Science Kit
Copyright:
1973
Credit Line:
Mr. Wizard Studios, Inc., thru Thomas E. Nikosey, President and Kristen K. Nikosey, Vice President
ID Number:
2014.0141.02
Catalog number:
2014.0141.02
Accession number:
2014.0141
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-293e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1464645
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Mr. Wizard's Experiments in Chemistry

Maker:
Owens-Illinois Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
cardboard; plastic; glass; metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in x 11 1/2 in; 8.255 cm x 22.225 cm x 29.21 cm
overall: 3 1/16 in x 8 11/16 in x 11 1/2 in; 7.77875 cm x 22.06625 cm x 29.21 cm
Object Name:
science kit
Science Kit
Copyright:
1973
Credit Line:
Mr. Wizard Studios, Inc., thru Thomas E. Nikosey, President and Kristen K. Nikosey, Vice President
ID Number:
2014.0141.03
Catalog number:
2014.0141.03
Accession number:
2014.0141
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-293f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1464661
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Fun with the Mr. Wizard Science Set

Maker:
Owens-Illinois Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
cardboard; plastic; glass; metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 2 3/4 in x 15 in x 9 3/4 in; 6.985 cm x 38.1 cm x 24.765 cm
overall: 2 7/8 in x 15 3/16 in x 9 5/8 in; 7.3025 cm x 38.57625 cm x 24.4475 cm
Object Name:
science kit
Science Kit
Copyright:
1999
Credit Line:
Mr. Wizard Studios, Inc., thru Thomas E. Nikosey, President and Kristen K. Nikosey, Vice President
ID Number:
2014.0141.04
Catalog number:
2014.0141.04
Accession number:
2014.0141
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-2940-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1464664
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Mr. Wizard's Science Secrets

Physical Description:
cardboard (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/2 in x 16 1/4 in x 12 in; 8.89 cm x 41.275 cm x 30.48 cm
overall: 3 5/8 in x 16 1/4 in x 12 in; 9.2075 cm x 41.275 cm x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
science kit
Science Kit
Date made:
1994
Credit Line:
Mr. Wizard Studios, Inc., thru Thomas E. Nikosey, President and Kristen K. Nikosey, Vice President
ID Number:
2014.0141.05
Catalog number:
2014.0141.05
Accession number:
2014.0141
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-283a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1464864
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Ethiopia (Black Journal segment)

Title:
16mm motion picture film of Ethiopia (Black Journal segment)
Directed by:
Kent Garrett, American, born 1941  Search this
Produced by:
Kent Garrett, American, born 1941  Search this
William Greaves, American, 1926 - 2014  Search this
National Educational Television, American, 1954 - 1970  Search this
Photograph by:
Leroy Lucas, American  Search this
Owned by:
Pearl Bowser, American, born 1931  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Length (Film): 860 Feet
Duration: 24 Minutes
Type:
motion pictures (information artifacts)
16mm (photographic film size)
Place filmed:
Aksum, Tigray, Ethiopia, Africa
Adis Abeba, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia, Africa
Lalibela, Amara, Ethiopia, Africa
Place depicted:
Ethiopia, Africa
Date:
1969
Topic:
African American  Search this
Africa  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Film  Search this
Religion  Search this
Television  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number:
2012.79.1.49.1a
Restrictions & Rights:
© National Educational Television
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Pearl Bowser Collection
Portfolio/Series:
Black Journa
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ed51da75-430b-4f9e-a5fb-7138ac67938a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.79.1.49.1a

Julian Bond (Black Journal segment)

Title:
16mm motion picture film of Julian Bond
Produced by:
National Educational Television, American, 1954 - 1970  Search this
Subject of:
Representative Julian Bond, American, 1940 - 2015  Search this
Paul O'Dwyer, American, 1907 - 1998  Search this
Lester Maddox, American, 1915 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Duration: 11 Minutes
Length (Film): 420 Feet
Type:
motion pictures (information artifacts)
16mm (photographic film size)
Place filmed:
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Scarsdale, Westchester County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1969
Topic:
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
Film  Search this
Politics (Practical)  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Television  Search this
United States--History--1961-1969  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number:
2012.79.1.99.1a
Restrictions & Rights:
© National Educational Television
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Pearl Bowser Collection
Portfolio/Series:
Black Journal segment
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd55238b40d-c136-4de5-9333-e4cc622296f8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.79.1.99.1a

Mr. Wizard Papers

Donor:
Mr. Wizard Studios (Firm)  Search this
Mr. Wizard Studios (Firm)  Search this
Creator:
Herbert, Don (Donald Jeffry), 1917-2007  Search this
Names:
Mr. Wizard  Search this
Extent:
26 Cubic feet (57 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Television programs
Storyboards
Photographs
Research
Books
Scripts (documents)
Speeches
Contracts
Videocassettes
Dvds
Slides (photographs)
Notes
Awards
Scrapbooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1906-2008
bulk 1951-1995
Summary:
The collection documents, through printed materials, photographs, audio and moving image, Don Herbert's career as a science educator under the persona of "Mr. Wizard" from 1951 until the 1990s.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the career of science educator Don Herbert, who created and hosted child-oriented television programs on science subjects in which he assumed the persona of Mr. Wizard. In addition to a documentation about his early personal life, the collection also documents his Watch Mr. Wizard television show as well as his other television, radio, and educational activities.

The collection includes correspondence, contracts, writings, publications, newspaper clippings, speeches; awards, photographs; episode files relating to Watch Mr. Wizard and other educational programming, moving image, and audio recordings.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eight series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1906-2007

Series 2: Awards, 1948-2000

Series 3: Speeches, 1966-1994

Series 4: Publications/Writings, 1966-2004

Series 5: Newspaper Articles, 1944-2007

Series 6: Educational Programs/Projects, 1951-2008

Subseries 6.1: It's a Curious Thing, 1951, 1954

Subseries 6.2: Watch Mr. Wizard, 1954-1989

Subseries 6.3: General Electric Theater, 1956-1958

Subseries 6.4: Instructor Magazine, 1964-1965

Subseries 6.5: Experiment, 1963-2003

Subseries 6.6: Silence of Science, 1966

Subseries 6.7: CBS National Science Test, 1967

Subseries 6.8: General Electric, 1974-1976

Subseries 6.9: Mr. Wizard Collection...Fun Things, circa 1975

Subseries 6.10: Mr. Wizard Close-up, 1968, 1975

Subseries 6.11: Challenge with Mr. Wizard, 1976

Subseries 6.12: Science Twenty with Mr. Wizard, 1969-1974

Subseries 6.13: How About..., 1977-1989

Subseries 6.14: Mr. Wizard's Whadda Ya Know Show, circa 1981

Subseries 6.15: Correspondent Science News, circa 1987

Subseries 6.16: Just a Minute from Wizard, 1988

Subseries 6.17: Teacher to Teacher, 1993-2004

Subseries 6.18: Mr. Wizard's World, 1971-2004

Subseries 6.19: Mr. Wizard's Studio, 1990-1992

Subseries 6.20: Mr. Wizard Institute, undated

Subseries 6.21: Fan Mail, 1952-2007

Series 7: Photographs, 1951-2001

Series 8: Audio Visual Materials, 1951-2004

Subseries 8.1: Supplemental Documentation, 1972-2004

Subseries 8.2: Moving Image, 1951-2004

Subseries 8.3: Audio, 1966, 1977
Biographical / Historical:
Donald Herbert Kemske (1917-2007) was the creator and host of Watch Mr. Wizard (1951–1965), Mr. Wizard (1971–1972), Mr. Wizard's World (1983–1990), and other educational television programs for children devoted to science and technology. He also produced many short video programs about science and authored several popular books about science for children. So important was Mr. Wizard to scientific education on television that author Marcel LaFollette featured his photo on the cover of her book, Science on American Television: A History, University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Don Herbert was born Donald Herbert Kemske in Waconia, Minnesota on July 10, 1917. He was one of three children (sisters Betty and Dorothy) born to Herbert Kemske and Lydia Kemske (nee Poeppel). He officially changed his name in 1940 to Donald Jeffry Herbert. Herbert graduated from LaCrosse State Normal College in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1942, Herbert volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps and in 1943 began training as an aviation cadet and then pilot. During World War II, Herbert served in the 461 Bomb Group and 767 Bomb Squadron in Europe. He was discharged from the military service on July 29, 1945 as a captain and had earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. After the war, Herbert worked at a radio station in Chicago and acted in children's programs, including It's Your Life (1949). During this time Herbert developed the idea of Mr. Wizard. In 1939, Herbert married Maraleita Dutton (1923-1995) and the couple adopted three children: Jeffrey (1954); Jay (1955); and Jill (1960). He later divorced Maraleita Dutton and married Norma Nix Kasell (1918-2010) in 1972.

Premiering on March 3, 1951 on WNBQ, a 14-station network in Chicago, Herbert's Watch Mr. Wizard differed considerably from earlier attempts at scientific education on television. Those shows were either very technical, like the Johns Hopkins Science Review, or used magic tricks and comedy to hold viewers' attention, like ABC's Science Circus and CBS' Mr. I. Magination. From the beginning, Herbert planned a serious, informative show for children, rather than their parents. Even though he had only minimal scientific training in college—he had been an English major at La Crosse State Normal College in Wisconsin—in his persona as Mr. Wizard, Herbert conveyed a sense of authority and expertise.

The show, broadcast live, was carefully scripted, meticulously researched, and smooth-flowing. Each week, Mr. Wizard—described by LaFollette as a "nonthreatening, easygoing, intelligent man with a smiling face" in shirtsleeves and tie (and the occasional lab coat)—carefully guided his youthful assistants through simple experiments. Using ordinary household items such as eggs, balloons, milk bottles, coffee cans, and knitting needles, Herbert explained larger scientific principles like gravity, magnetism, and oxidation. Although seemingly complex, the experiments actually were simple enough to be re-created by his young viewers in the classroom or at home.

Herbert's winning combination of personality, grasp of science, and use of ordinary objects made Mr. Wizard a hit with viewers and made a lasting impression on science education in America. As LaFollette writes, the program "enjoyed consistent praise, awards, and high ratings throughout its history. At its peak, Watch Mr. Wizard drew audiences in the millions, but its impact was far wider. By 1956, it had prompted the establishment of more than five thousand Mr. Wizard science clubs, with an estimated membership greater than one hundred thousand." After over 500 shows over fourteen and a half years, NBC abruptly canceled Watch Mr. Wizard in 1965. The last program under contract with NBC aired on June 27, 1965.

From 1954 to 1962, Herbert, appearing as Mr. Wizard, delivered "Progress Reports" during commercial breaks of the General Electric Theater. As with most commercially-sponsored shows, the progress being reported on was almost exclusively made by General Electric. Following the cancellation of Watch Mr. Wizard, he continued to use his Mr. Wizard persona in science education. In 1965-1966, he produced an eight-film-series, Experiment: The Story of a Scientific Search, which was broadcast on public television, and a series of twenty-minute films, Science Twenty, designed to complement the current science curriculum in the classroom (circa 1970).

Herbert's television show was briefly revived in 1971-1972 as Mr. Wizard, in response to protests over the cartoons and commercials that flooded children's Saturday morning prime viewing time, but it did not receive enough network support. Herbert appeared in commercials for several companies during the 1970s and briefly lobbied Congress on behalf of General Electric in 1975. In the early 1970s, Herbert also produced Mr. Wizard Close-Ups, thirty second spots that aired on NBC in the Saturday morning slot. In the late 1970s, he began collaborating with the National Science Foundation to create a series of short news briefs for television called How About…How About was an adult-oriented series of 80-second reports highlighting advances in science and technology. The reports were designed for insertion into existing commercial television programs.

In the early 1980s, Herbert returned to television in Mr. Wizard's World, a faster-paced version of the original show that ran on the Nickelodeon network from 1983-1990. After its cancellation, reruns ran until at least 2000. During this time Herbert made numerous appearances on television news and talk shows, particularly the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, where he was a popular guest. In the 1990s, Herbert produced Teacher to Teacher with Mr. Wizard, a video series that debuted on September 27, 1994 on the Nickelodeon cable channel. The innovative educational series provided a candid, close-up and in-depth visit to classrooms of outstanding teachers using hands-on, inquiry-based techniques.

Herbert also published several books, including Mr. Wizard's Science Secrets (1952); Mr. Wizard's Experiments for Young Scientists (1959); Mr. Wizard's 400 Experiments in Science (1968); and Mr. Wizard's Supermarket Science (1980). Additionally, he designed science kits involving chemistry, crystal growing, ecology, and electronics, which were marketed by Owens-Illinois in the 1960s.

Herbert's hands-on techniques in demonstrating scientific concepts to children were the inspiration for numerous educators who followed his lead. As popular TV science educator Bill Nye wrote in a special to the Los Angeles Times, his "techniques and performances helped create the United States' first generation of homegrown rocket scientists just in time to respond to Sputnik. He sent us to the moon. He changed the world."

Don Herbert died in 2007, shortly before his 90th birthday. Soon after, the U.S. House of Representatives marked his passing: "Resolved, that the House of Representatives (1) expresses its appreciation for the profound public service and educational contributions of Don Jeffry Herbert, (2) recognizes the profound public impact of higher educational institutions that train teachers, (3) encourages students to honor the heritage of Don Herbert by exploring our world through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields; and, (4) extends its condolences to the family of Don Herbert and thanks them for their strong familial support of him."

Sources

LaFollette, Marcel. Science on American Television: A History, University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Nye, Bill. "Teaching Science with a Big `Poof!' Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2007.
Related Materials:
Materials at Other Organizations

UCLA Film and Television Archives

The collection consists of 770 moving image items in several formats: 16mm kinescopes; 1" videotapes; 2" videotapes; ¾" videotapes; and DVDs. The collection documents Don Herbert's career as Mr. Wizard, from the early 1950's to the mid 1990's and includes such programs as Watch Mr. Wizard, Mr. Wizard's World, and How About...
Separated Materials:
Materials at the National Museum of American History

Related materials were donated to the Division of Medicine and Science. See accession 2014.0141.

2014.0141.01, Mr. Wizard's Experiments in Ecology, Series One: Microbes (science kit)

2014.0141.02, Mr. Wizard's Experiments in Crystal Growing (science kit)

2014.0141.03, Mr. Wizard's Experiments in Chemistry (science kit)

2014.0141.04, Fun with the Mr. Wizard Science Set (science kit)

2014.0141.05, Mr. Wizard's Science Secrets (science kit)

2014.0141.06, Mr. Wizard's Experiments for Young Scientists (book)

2014.0141.07, Mr. Wizard's Supermarket Science (book)
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Mr. Wizard Studios, through Thomas E. Nikosey, President, and Kristen K. Nikosey, Vice President, in 2014.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Reference copies for audio and moving images materials do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.

Social Security numbers are present and have been rendered unreadable and redacted. Researchers may use the photocopies in the collection. The remainder of the collection has no restrictions.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Television personalities  Search this
Television -- educational shows  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Television programs
Storyboards
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 20th century
Research
Books -- 20th century
Scripts (documents)
Speeches
Contracts
Videocassettes
DVDs
Slides (photographs) -- 20th century
Notes
Awards
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Motion pictures (visual works) -- 20th century
Citation:
Mr. Wizard Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1326
See more items in:
Mr. Wizard Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1326
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Delegate

Published by:
MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986  Search this
Created by:
C. Melvin Patrick, American, died 1985  Search this
Subject of:
Kenneth A. Gibson, American, born 1932  Search this
Clifton Herman Johnson, American, 1921 - 2008  Search this
New York Giants, American, founded 1925  Search this
National Newspaper Publishers Association, American, founded 1827  Search this
Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1913  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Howard University Medical Alumni Association, Inc., American, founded 1871  Search this
Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1937  Search this
National Insurance Association, American, founded 1921  Search this
Whitney Moore Young Jr., American, 1921 - 1971  Search this
National Urban League, American, founded 1910  Search this
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935  Search this
369th Veterans Association, American  Search this
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., American, 1929 - 1968  Search this
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., founded 1922  Search this
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc., American, founded 1924  Search this
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, American, founded 1913  Search this
National Council of Negro Women, founded 1935  Search this
President Richard M. Nixon, American, 1913 - 1994  Search this
Roy White, American, born 1943  Search this
Franklin Augustine Thomas, American, born 1934  Search this
Gail Fisher, American, 1935 - 2000  Search this
Hal Christopher Frederick, American, born 1934  Search this
Greg Morris, American, 1933 - 1996  Search this
Joan Murray  Search this
Edie Huggins, American, 1935 - 2008  Search this
National Dental Association, American, founded 1913  Search this
Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World, American, founded 1898  Search this
Nettie B. Smith, American  Search this
Shriners International, American, founded 1870  Search this
Daughters of Isis, American, founded 1910  Search this
Gladys W. Dixon, American, born 1901  Search this
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906  Search this
National Negro Business League, American, 1901 - 1966  Search this
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911  Search this
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911  Search this
National Association of Market Developers, American, founded 1953  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 11 × 9 1/16 × 5/16 in. (28 × 23 × 0.8 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place made:
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Martha's Vineyard, Oak Bluffs, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1971
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Business  Search this
Communities  Search this
Fraternal organizations  Search this
Fraternities  Search this
Funeral customs and rites  Search this
Government  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Journalism  Search this
Labor  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Men  Search this
Political organizations  Search this
Politics (Practical)  Search this
Professional organizations  Search this
Religious groups  Search this
Sororities  Search this
United States--History--1969-2001  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Anne B. Patrick and the family of Hilda E. Stokely
Object number:
2012.167.5
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5e80a74f0-5c78-4d88-80e0-f11edfdd1eea
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.167.5
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Photographs

Collection Donor:
Mr. Wizard Studios (Firm)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Herbert, Don (Donald Jeffry), 1917-2007  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1951 - 2001
Scope and Contents:
The photographs consist of black and white prints, color prints, transparencies, negatives, and slides documenting Don Herbert as Mr. Wizard. The majority of the photographs depict "on set" experiments/demonstrations by Don Herbert and with child actors Rita McLaughlin and Alan Howard; on location shots; and other studio shots for many of Mr. Wizard's educational television programs.

Portraits of Don Herbert, used for publicity purposes, can be found throughout this series. Other individuals depicted include Norma Kasell Herbert, second wife of Don Herbert, Ronald Reagan, Perry Como, Jane Mansfield, Dave Garroway and various production staff members. Many of the photographs for the television series Experiment were taken by Charles Moore for Prism Productions, Inc. Family photographs of Don Herbert's parents, siblings, children, and other relatives are found in Series 1: Biographical Materials. The materials are arranged chronologically.

Other photographs documenting Watch Mr. Wizard episodes can be found in Series 2: Educational Programs and Projects. Each episode file contains black and white photographs taken during rehearsals to plan the experiment and diagrams on graph paper showing where he and his young assistants (Rita McLaughlin and Alan Howard) would stand and move. Additionally, other loose photographs can be found throughout the collection, especially for the science program Experiment in Series 2: Educational Programs and Projects.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Reference copies for audio and moving images materials do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.

Social Security numbers are present and have been rendered unreadable and redacted. Researchers may use the photocopies in the collection. The remainder of the collection has no restrictions.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Mr. Wizard Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1326, Series 7
See more items in:
Mr. Wizard Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1326-ref45

Sound Recording of Educational Television Program on Art Activities for Children

Collection Creator:
Conant, Howard Somers, 1921-2011  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel
Container:
Box 3, Folder 10, Item 2
Type:
Archival materials
Audio [31027000860367]
Sound tape reels
Date:
1951 December 13-20
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Howard Somers Conant papers, 1944-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Howard Somers Conant papers
Howard Somers Conant papers / Series 4: Interviews and Lectures
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-conahowa-ref95

An Examination of the Differential effects on Viewers of Experience in Taking Telecourses on Attitudes Toward Instruction by Television and the Social Psychological Impact of a Controversial Educational Television Program

Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Pool, Ithiel de Sola, 1917-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959-07
Collection Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ithiel deSola Pool Collection, 1919-1984, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ithiel de Sola Pool Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0713-ref514

Productions

Topic:
Mighty Ships (Television series)
World War II Spy School (Television program)
Perfect Stores (Television series)
Surviving the Serengeti (Television program)
Million Dollar American Princesses (Television series)
Air Disasters (Television series)
Killer IQ: Lion vs. Hyena (Television series)
Mighty Cruise Ships (Television series)
Napoleon's Waterloo (Television program)
L.A. Frock Stars (Television series)
Siege of Masada (Television program)
Mummies Alive (Television series)
Aerial America (Television series)
Yellowstone Supervolcano (Television program)
Nepal Quake: Terror on Everest (Television program)
My Million Dollar Invention (Television series)
Islands of Creation (Television program)
Rock 'N' Roll Inventions (Television series)
Crazy Monster Spiders (Television program)
Crazy Monster Diggers (Television program)
Crazy Monster Bats (Television program)
Crazy Monster Gulpers (Television program)
Real Mad Men of Advertising (Television series)
Crazy Monster Bugs (Television program)
Crazy Monster Sea Creatures (Television program)
Crazy Monster Fangs (Television program)
The Weapon Hunter (Television series)
The Obama Years: The Power of Words (Television program)
Humongous Moves (Television series)
Battle at Sea: Jutland (Television program)
Castro's Secret Reef (Television program)
Victorian Rebel: Marianne North (Television program)
Mysteries of the Rainforest (Television program)
Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI (Television program)
Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth (Television program)
Nightmare on Everest (Television program)
An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch (Television program)
Secrets (Television series)
Titanic's Fatal Fire (Television program)
The Real Jesus of Nazareth (Television series)
The Lost Tapes (Television program)
America's Secret Space Heroes (Television series)
Air Warriors (Television series)
Combat Trains (Television series)
Amazing Monkeys (Television series)
Aerial Ireland (Television program)
Aerial New Zealand (Television program)
My Big Bollywood Wedding (Television program)
Battle of Okinawa in Color (Television program)
America in Color (Television series)
First Ladies Revealed (Television series)
Flying High with Phil Keoghan (Television program)
Honey Badger Grit (Television program)
Inside Windsor Castle (Television series)
Hunt for the Nazi Gold Train (Television program)
Cobra King (Television program)
Diana and the Paparazzi (Television program)
Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye (Television program)
Last Emperor of Mexico (Television program)
Baboon King (Television program)
Make It Out Alive (Television series)
Tiger on the Run (Television program)
Survival in the Skies (Television series)
Lions Unleashed (Television program)
Polar Bear Town (Television series)
America's Badlands (Television program)
Panama's Animal Highway (Television program)
Supercar Superbuild (Television series)
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef (Television series)
Combat Ships (Television series)
The Coronation (Television program)
Escape to the Great Dismal Swamp (Television program)
Cleopatra (Television series)
Epic Warrior Women (Television series)
Billionaire Space Club (Television program)
Earth From Outer Space (Television program)
Europe's Last Warrior Kings (Television series)
Aerial Africa (Television series)
Fishing for Giants (Television series)
Finding Life in Outer Space (Television program)
Ice Bridge: The Impossible Journey (Television program)
Aerial Cities (Television series)
Waco: The Longest Siege (Television program)
China's Dragon Emperor (Television series)
Carriers at War (Television series)
Smithsonian Time Capsule: 1968 (Television program)
Rise of Tokyo in Color (Television program)
The Pacific War in Color (Television series)
Drinks, Crime and Prohibition (Television series)
King of the Desert Lions (Television program)
Hell Below (Television series)
Monster Shipwreck: Mysteries of the Mars (Television program)
Kings of the Desert (Television program)
Sacred Sites (Television series)
China From Above (Television series)
The Wild Andes (Television series)
America's Mississippi (Television series)
Creator::
Smithsonian Channel  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Place:
United States -- History
United States -- Social life and customs
United States -- Description and travel
China -- Description and travel
Africa -- Description and travel
Date:
2015, 2017-2018
Descriptive Entry:
Smithsonian Networks is a joint venture between Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution. It was formed to create channels featuring programs largely inspired by the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. Smithsonian Channel features award-winning original documentaries, series and ground-breaking programs highlighting America's historical, cultural and scientific heritage. This accession consists of programs created for the Smithsonian Channel that cover a range of topics including aeronautics, astronautics, science, nature, and American culture and history. Materials are in electronic format.
Restrictions:
Special restrictions on use of these materials apply. See Record of Transfer, Appendix B, Transferring office; Record of Transfer, August 25, 2009; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Documentary television programs  Search this
Educational television programs  Search this
Museums and television  Search this
Nature  Search this
Science -- History  Search this
Animals  Search this
Insects  Search this
Military history  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-197, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 19-197
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-197

Audiovisual Records

Topic:
CBS News Presents a Smithsonian Adventure: Search for the Goddess of Love (Television program)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
0.43 cu. ft. (1 12 x 17 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Greece
Date:
1971
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of one reel of 16mm color film, and is a print of a 1971 television show, "CBS News Presents a Smithsonian Adventure: Search for the Goddess of Love," produced by CBS News in association with the Smithsonian Institution. The host of the program is Walter Schirra, the American astronaut, and the film depicts Schirra going to the island of Knidos to report on the excavation of archaeologist Iris Cornelia Love. Love was trying to locate the original statue of Aphrodite carved by the Greek sculptor Praxiteles. Many copies of the sculpture were made over the years, but the original was lost. The program is about an hour long, and was produced by Isaac Kleinerman, written by Earle Luby, directed by Peter Poor, and edited by Maurice Murad. The Smithsonian Coordinator for the film was Frederic M. Philips, then Director of the Office of Public Affairs.
Topic:
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Educational television programs  Search this
Statues  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession T94001, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Audiovisual Records
Identifier:
Accession T94001
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Audiovisual Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fat94001

Oral history interview with Roy Moyer

Interviewee:
Moyer, Roy, 1921-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Barrie, Dennis  Search this
Names:
American Federation of Arts  Search this
Columbia University -- Students  Search this
UNICEF  Search this
United States. Army  Search this
University of Oslo -- Students  Search this
University of Toronto -- Faculty  Search this
Weyhe Gallery  Search this
Dickinson, Martha  Search this
Neuberger, Roy R.  Search this
Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-  Search this
Trilling, Lionel, 1905-1975  Search this
Weyhe, Erhard, 1882-1972  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (Sound recording: 4 sound files (4 hr., 16 min.), digital, wav file)
82 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Greece -- description and travel
Date:
1975 September 17-23
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Roy Moyer, conducted September 17-23, 1975, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution at Moyer's New York City apartment.
Moyer speaks of his childhood, parents, and early music and art training in Allentown, Pennsylvania; his education at Columbia University and the University of Oslo; joining the Army during World War II; teaching English in Greece during its civil war; teaching at the University of Toronto; consulting on educational TV programs; working in the Weyhe Gallery; his management practices and overseeing exhibitions, the film program, and various other initiatives as director of the American Federation of Arts; his painting practice; the growth in the number of art organizations in the 1960s and '70s; and his transition to working for UNICEF. Moyer also recalls Lionel Trilling, Meyer Schapiro, Martha Dickinson, Erhard Weyhe, Roy Neuberger, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Roy Moyer (1921-2007) was a painter and art administrator from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 16 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Music -- Instruction and study  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.moyer75
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-moyer75

Folders 1-11 IX Sao Paulo Biennial. Loan returns; correspondence; catalog list; condition reports; budget material (also for VIII Sao Paulo Biennial, 1965); press releases; planning; invitations; schedules; National Education Television program materia...

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American Art. Office of Program Support  Search this
Container:
Box 121 of 287
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 321, National Museum of American Art. Office of Program Support, Records
See more items in:
Records
Records / Series 16: Numbered Exhibitions, c. 1954-1981 / Box 121
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0321-refidd1e14380

Productions

Topic:
Killer Hornets (Television program)
Mighty Ships (Television series)
Hell Below (Television series)
Pompeii: The Dead Speak (Television program)
Desert Warriors: Lions of the Namib (Television program)
Lost City of the Gladiators (Television program)
Mighty Ship at War: The Queen Mary (Television program)
Raiders of the Jade Empire (Television program)
Mystery in Yellowstone (Television program)
America's National Parks at 100 (Television program)
China's Emperor of Evil (Television program)
Africa's Wild Havens (Television series)
Secrets of Shark Island (Television program)
Air Disasters (Television series)
The Missing Evidence (Television series)
Secrets: The Great Wall of China (Television program)
Secrets of the Hive (Television program)
Samurai Warrior Queens (Television program)
Air Warriors (Television series)
The Weapon Hunter (Television series)
Electric Amazon (Television program)
Hozier: The Church Tapes (Television program)
UFOs Declassified (Television series)
SEAL Dog (Television program)
The Day Hitler Died (Television program)
Secrets of the Third Reich (Television series)
The Codebreaker Who Hacked Hitler (Television program)
Moby Dick: Heart of a Whale (Television program)
iCrocodile (Television program)
Building Star Trek (Television program)
Building the Ultimate Telescope (Television program)
Sacred Sites (Television series)
Wonders of Burma (Television series)
WWII's Most Daring Raids (Television series)
Supercar/Superbuild (Television series)
Hippos After Dark (Television program)
Mighty Planes (Television series)
Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age (Television program)
V2: Nazi Rocket (Hitler's Space Rocket) (Television program)
Polar Bear Town (Television series)
The Lost Tapes (Television series)
A-Bombs Over Nevada (Television program)
Hockney: Seeing Beauty (Television program)
The Last Buffalo (Television program)
Mighty Cruise Ships (Television series)
Mighty Trains (Television series)
Creator::
Smithsonian Channel  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Place:
United States -- History
United States -- Social life and customs
Date:
2015-2017
Descriptive Entry:
Smithsonian Networks is a joint venture between Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution. It was formed to create channels featuring programs largely inspired by the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. Smithsonian Channel features award-winning original documentaries, series and ground-breaking programs highlighting America's historical, cultural and scientific heritage. This accession consists of programs created for the Smithsonian Channel that cover a range of topics including aeronautics, astronautics, science, nature, and American culture and history. Materials are in electronic format.
Restrictions:
Special restrictions on use of these materials apply. See Record of Transfer, Appendix B, Transferring office; Record of Transfer, August 25, 2009; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Documentary television programs  Search this
Educational television programs  Search this
Museums and television  Search this
Nature  Search this
Science -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-066, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 18-066
See more items in:
Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa18-066

Marketing Records

Topic:
Smithsonian world
Time and Light (Television program : 1984)
Crossing the Distance (Television program : 1984)
Heroes and the Test of Time (Television program : 1985)
Where None Has Gone Before (Television program : 1985)
The Wyeths: A Father and His Family (Television program : 1986)
The Living Smithsonian (Television program : 1988)
American Dream at Groton (Television program : 1988)
The Way We Wear (Television program : 1988)
Web of Life (Television program : 1989)
The Vever Affair (Television program : 1989)
Zoo (Television program : 1990)
A Moveable Feast (Television program : 1990)
Tales of Human Dawn (Television program : 1990)
Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits (Television program : 1990)
The Quantum Universe (Television program : 1990)
Gender: The Enduring Paradox (Television program : 1991)
Selling the Dream (Television program : 1991)
From Information to Wisdom (Television program : 1991)
A Certain Age (Television program : 1991)
The Elephant on the Hill (Television program : 1991)
Doors of Perception (Television program : 1991)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1984-1986, 1988-1991
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of press kits for individual episodes of "Smithsonian World," an educational television series that explored people, ideas, and events that shape world culture, blending art, science, history, and the humanities to create an exciting harmony among disciplines. The production was co-produced by WETA-TV for broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service. Materials include press releases, photographs, and information about the series.
Topic:
Marketing  Search this
Educational television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-064, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Marketing Records
Identifier:
Accession 14-064
See more items in:
Marketing Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa14-064

Production Records

Topic:
Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden (Documentary film : 1991)
The Haupt Garden (Video recording : 1994)
Smithsonian world
Smithsonian video collection
Search for the Tunguska Meteorite (Documentary film)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
6 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1984-2002
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes the records of Laura T. Schneider, Audio-Visual Production Specialist, primarily documenting her work on "Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden," an educational film to acquaint American audiences with the historical and cultural significance of Japanese Gardens and their importance to Japan's landscape; and the production "The Haupt Garden," an orientation video about the Victorian garden to be shown in the Children's Room at the Smithsonian 'Castle' Building. The records also include information about other productions such as "Smithsonian World," an educational television series that explored people, ideas, and events that shape world culture; "Search for the Tunguska Meteorite," a documentary film about the 1908 explosion in Siberia of a large meteorite; "River of Song: Music Along the Mississippi," an educational television program exploring music along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to New Orleans; "Piano 300," an exhibition video celebrating three centuries of people and pianos; and the "Smithsonian Video Collection," an educational video series focusing on the Smithsonian Institution's collections and research.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Tunguska meteorite  Search this
Smithsonian buildings  Search this
Contracts  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
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 03-029, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 03-029
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa03-029

Production Records

Topic:
Smithsonian world
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
24 cu. ft. (24 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Brochures
Picture postcards
Pamphlets
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color transparencies
Date:
1979-1991
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes records documenting the production Smithsonian World, an educational television series that explored people, ideas, and events shaping world culture and blending art, science, history, and the humanities to create a harmony among disciplines. The production was narrated by historian David G. McCullough and co-produced by WETA-TV for broadcast on PBS. Materials include the 1983-1991 memoranda and correspondence of series executive producers Martin Carr, Adrian Malone, and Sandra Wentworth Bradley; meeting minutes; royalties and copyright information; contracts; personal, location, property, and art release forms; budget summaries; acquisition agreements; production scripts, schedules, logs, credits, and reports; bibliographical information; articles and reviews; interview transcripts; promotion press kits, brochures, and postcards; and notes.
Topic:
Documentary television programs  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Intellectual property  Search this
Budget  Search this
Educational television programs  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Brochures
Picture postcards
Pamphlets
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 03-022, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 03-022
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa03-022

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