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George Sidney Collection

Collector:
Sidney, George, 1916-2002  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Music, Sports and Entertainment  Search this
Names:
Columbia Pictures  Search this
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures  Search this
Paramount Pictures  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Margret, Ann-, 1941-  Search this
Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973  Search this
Sidney, George, 1877-1945  Search this
Sidney, Hazel Mooney  Search this
Sidney, Louis K.  Search this
Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974  Search this
Donor:
Sidney, Corinne Entratter  Search this
Extent:
54 Film reels
96 Cubic feet (288 boxes, 6 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Photographs
Place:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1885-2002
bulk 1940-1967
Summary:
George Sidney (1916-2002) was a film director during the Golden Age of Hollywood filmmaking (1927-1954). He spent the longest period of his career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) until the 1950s. He later produced and directed films for Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures. He was a president of the Directors Guild of America and an avid photographer. He was the recipient of three awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar). The collection consists of photographs, photographic negatives, personal and business materials, and film. The collection also contains material created by George Sidney's uncle, George Sidney, vaudevillian and motion picture actor.
Scope and Contents:
The George Sidney Collection consists of approximately eighty-eight cubic feet of photographs and materials from the Hollywood director George Sidney, most dealing with his career in motion pictures. Sidney was an avid photographer and collector of photographs documenting extremely well the Hollywood film community during the Studio Era (1927-1954) of filmmaking. The bulk of the collection is from Sidney's most productive years, circa 1937-1968.

MGM's motto was "More Stars than there are in Heaven" and the researcher would be advised that the extent of this collection is such that it is impossible to list and identify all of the celebrities and personalities photographed, both behind and in front of the camera. There are stills from Sidney's many productions as well as his on-set personal photographs. There are photographs from dinner parties, and many studio and film community functions. Productions are dated to their generally accepted first theatrical release date (Los Angeles and New York) and in the case of a Broadway show to their opening date.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1: Photographs, Photographic Negatives, and Slides, 1914-1996, undated.

Subseries 1.1: The Camera Eye of George Sidney, undated.

Subseries 1.2: Productions (Motion Picture, Stage, and Radio), 1921-1968. Subseries 1.3: Personalities and People, 1932-1996, undated.

Subseries 1.4: Personal and Family, 1914-1992, undated.

Subseries 1.5: Family Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks, 1918-1950, undated.

Subseries 1.6: Travel and Locations, 1940-1981, undated.

Subseries 1.7: Studio, Entertainment, and Public Events, 1949-1995, undated.

Subseries 1.8: Tests, 1938-1967, undated.

Subseries 1.9: Photographic Negatives, 1937-1979, undated

Series 2: Production Ephemera, Posters, Scripts, 1930-1991, undated.

Subseries 2.1: Production Posters, 1943-1964, undated

Subseries 2.2: Production Ephemera and Scripts, 1930-1991, undated

Series 3: Office Files and Personal Material, 1903-2002, undated

Subseries 3.1: Personal Material, 1944-2002, undated

Subseries 3.2: Correspondence, Random Files, Indices, and Inventories, 1903-2002, undated

Series 4: Music Manuscripts, Sheet Music, and Music Related Material, 1885-1992, undated

Subseries 4.1: Music Manuscripts, 1937-1960, undated

Subseries 4.2: Sheet Music, 1885-1990

Subseries 4.3: Music Related Material, 1971-1992, undated

Series 5: Audiovisual, 1933-2001, undated

Subseries 5.1: Film, 1940-1960, undated

Subseries 5.2: Audio, 1933-2001, undated

Subseries 5.3: Video, 1989-2001, undated

Series 6: George Sidney (1877-1945), 1909-1945, undated
Biographical / Historical:
George E. Sidney was born in New York, New York on October 4th, 1916 into a show business family. His father Louis K. Sidney (birth surname Kronowith) (1891-1958) was a Broadway producer, actor-manager, and one of the vice-presidents of Loew's Incorporated. Sidney's mother, Hazael Mooney (?-1969), was a vaudeville performer, part of a sister act known as The Mooney Sisters. She was a native New Yorker, daughter of prominent New York City attorney Henry Mooney. She and Louis were married at her home, 12 West 109th Street, New York. Another residence was 179 West 63rd Street.

Louis K. Sidney began working for Loew's Incorporated in 1923. He managed theatres in Denver, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Dayton, and New York. Later he was in charge of stage productions for the theatre circuit. He was in charge of MGM's East Coast film production facility in New York. He and Hazael followed son George to Los Angeles in 1937. Louis produced two motion pictures at MGM, The Big Store with the Marx Brothers and Hullabaloo. After February 1951, he was a member of the four man executive committee in charge of MGM. At his retirement in 1955, Louis K. had risen to the position of vice-president of Loew's, Incorporated. He served as vice-president and director of the Motion Picture Producers Association, as a director of the Motion Picture Relief Fund, and the Hollywood Coordinating Committee.

George Sidney had two uncles in show business, Jack Sidney, known as "Jack of Spades" a black-face comedian, and Sidney's half-uncle, George Sidney (1877-1945) (real name Samuel Greenfield), a vaudeville comic. George had a successful Broadway and screen career, most notably as the bum, Busy Izzy, a character that lasted on the vaudeville circuit from 1901-1915. His initial Broadway success was in a show entitled Welcome Stranger that ran for 309 performances. Welcome Stranger had an extensive touring schedule across the United States. In conjunction with Charlie Murray, he developed a comedy act known as Cohen and Kelly that was not only a vaudeville success but easily made the transition to motion pictures. The Cohens and Kellys films became a motion picture franchise for Universal Studios in 1924. He was married to Carrie Weber (?-1940). George was a member of the Friars Club and an avid sports fan. He owned a racehorse named Kibbitzer.

George Sidney made his on-screen debut in The Littlest Cowboy (1921) starring Tom Mix. He moved to Los Angeles in 1930. Sidney went to work as a messenger at MGM. Louis B. Mayer's nickname for Sidney was "boy". Sidney flourished at the studio and by the time he was twenty he was directing screen tests and one-reel shorts. He directed installments in the Our Gang and Little Rascals series, as well as the Pete Smith and the Crime Does Not Pay series. He won back-to-back Oscars for two of his shorts, Quicker'n a Wink (1940) and Of Pups and Puzzles (1941). His feature film directing debut was Free and Easy (1941) starring Robert Cummings. His first major film musical was the all-star, war time musical, Thousands Cheer (1943), starring Kathryn Grayson and Gene Kelly. Sidney always indicated he viewed films as entertainment and seems to have rejected the auteur theory of directing embraced by some of his well known colleagues such as John Ford and Vincent Minnelli. His film, The Three Musketeers (1948), starring Gene Kelly and Lana Turner, was one of MGM's highest grossing films in the post World War Two period. He won his third Oscar for the short, Overture to 'The Merry Wives of Windsor, in 1954. Jupiter's Darling (1955) with Esther Williams was Sidney's last film for MGM. He was loaned to Columbia Pictures to direct The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), after which his contract at MGM ended.

Sidney went on to become an independent producer and director at Columbia Pictures where he directed such films as Pal Joey (1957), starring Frank Sinatra, and Bye Bye Birdie (1963) starring Ann-Margret. He returned to MGM in the 1960s to make A Ticklish Affair (1963), starring Shirley Jones and Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley. His last film was the musical Half a Sixpence (1967) starring Tommy Steele for Paramount Pictures. Sidney also directed and produced for television most notably Who Has Seen the Wind (1964). He financed and founded Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1944. He was a two-term president, 1951-1959 and 1961-1967, of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), earlier known as the Screen Directors Guild (SDG).

In his personal life, Sidney was married in 1942 to legendary MGM drama coach, Lillian "Burnsie" Burns Salzer (1903-1998). He was eight years her junior. They lived at the Sidney home (1140 Tower Road) in Beverly Hills. They divorced in the mid 1970s. For a brief time Sidney maintained a penthouse apartment for George Sidney Productions at 144 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. He maintained a suite (301) in the Palm Wilshire Building, 9201 Wilshire Boulevard in the 1970s. He married his second wife, Jane Adler Robinson (?-1991), second wife and widow of actor Edward G. Robinson (1893-1974), around 1978. The house at 1140 Tower Road was sold and Sidney moved to the Robinson home at 910 Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills. Sidney married his third wife, Corinne Kegley Entratter (1937-?), widow of showman and Las Vegas entrepreneur John Entratter, in 1991. Sidney was a prolific photographer. He collected art and was apparently an avid gardener. He was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society. He died in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2002.
Related Materials:
The Harry Warren Collection, AC0750

The Groucho Marx Collection, AC0269

Sidney related artifacts from Sidney's films are housed in the Division of Culture and the Arts, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian. There are scrapbooks donated by the Sidney Estate in the collection of the Cinema-Television Library, Doheny Library, University of Southern California, consisting of eleven volumes containing photographs, correspondence, publicity documents, and other materials, circa 1933-1963.
Provenance:
This collection was donated to the Archives Center in 2005 by Corinne Entratter Sidney, widow of George Sidney.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with cotton gloves. Researchers may use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis and as resources allow.

Viewing film portions of the collection requires special appointment, please inquire; listening to LP recordings is only possible by special arrangement.

Special arrangements required to view materials in cold storage. Using cold room materials requires a three hour waiting period.

Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
The Archives Center does not own exclusive rights to these materials. All requests for permission to use these materials for non-museum purposes must be addressed directly to the Archives Center, and the Archives Center will forward the request to the copyright holder. Collection items are available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Topic:
Motion picture production and direction  Search this
Motion picture producers and directors  Search this
Motion pictures  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Musicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 19th-20th century
Citation:
George Sidney Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, gift of Corinne Entratter Sidney
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0867
See more items in:
George Sidney Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep878cc8f7c-849a-43d0-8ca9-4149e7f39a74
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0867
Online Media:

Oral history interview with James Wentzy, 2017 January 23-March 31

Interviewee:
Wentzy, James, 1952-  Search this
Interviewer:
Carr, C.  Search this
Subject:
Arena, Tony  Search this
Brown, Arch  Search this
Buckingham, David  Search this
Carlomusto, Jean  Search this
Dee, James  Search this
Ellis, Darrel  Search this
Farber, Robert  Search this
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Maletta, Lou  Search this
Moore, Patrick  Search this
Santinire, Vincent  Search this
Schnabel, John  Search this
Tam, Ho  Search this
ACT UP (Organization)  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Southern Illinois University (System)  Search this
ACT UP New York (Organization)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Filmmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Study and teaching  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17464
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)387864
AAA_collcode_wentzy17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_387864
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Charles Mattox, 1964 Apr. 9

Interviewee:
Mattox, Charles, 1910-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Ferbrach√©, Lewis  Search this
Subject:
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Muralists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Theme:
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13207
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213657
AAA_collcode_mattox64
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213657
Online Media:

Teenarama: Workshop on Documentary Filmmaking

Creator:
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Collection Creator:
Kendall Productions  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (microcassette)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1998
Scope and Contents:
Conversation about producing a documentary film. Specifically, the importance of both sound and image; necessary equipment; technical aspects and elements of production; interviewing techniques; cinematography and sound tips; planning and outlining the film; and funding, marketing and focus groups are discussed.
Discussion. Audio only. Very poor audio quality. Part of the Teenarama Collection. Dated 19981012.
Biographical / Historical:
The documentary 'Dance Party: The Teenarama Story' examined the popularity of 1950s and 1960s teen dance television shows, including 'The Teenarama Dance Party,' 'American Bandstand,' 'The Buddy Dean Show,' and 'The Milt Grant Show.' 'The Teenarama Dance Party' was an all-black teen dance show produced and broadcasted in Washington, D.C. The show aired from March 7, 1963 to November 20, 1970 on WOOK-TV Channel 14, which was the nation's first Black TV station. The show was produced live six days a week; and hosted first by Bob King and later by a rotation of hosts. In addition to being a dance show, 'The Teenarama Dance Party' was a training ground for teens. Production staff mentored the teenagers in the art of broadcast production. The teens trained as camera operators, floor directors, and technical engineers; and served as production assistants.
Local Numbers:
ACMA AV005288_B
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Motion picture authorship  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Motion pictures -- Distribution  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Citation:
Teenarama: Workshop on Documentary Filmmaking, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-055, Item ACMA AV005288_A
See more items in:
Kendall Productions Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7310e0e44-4c13-4d45-bd6a-8399abe4ad70
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-055-ref726

Unhinged Sam Taylor-Wood

Author:
Taylor-Wood, Sam 1967-  Search this
Author:
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([22] leaves of plates) all illustrations (some color) 14 x 15 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Accordion fold format
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Folded books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1996
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Motion pictures--Production and direction  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N7433.4.T38 U6 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_785398

American cinematographer

Physical description:
ill. 30 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1920
Topic:
Cinematography  Search this
Motion pictures--Production and direction  Search this
Call number:
TR845 .A512Z
TR845.A512Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_192563

The five C's of cinematography; motion picture filming techniques simplified, by Joseph V. Mascelli. With an introd. by Arthur C. Miller

Author:
Mascelli, Joseph V  Search this
Physical description:
251 p. illus., ports. 29 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Date:
1973
[1973, c1965]
Topic:
Cinematography  Search this
Motion pictures--Production and direction  Search this
Call number:
TR850 .M34X
TR850.M34X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_17092

Making music in Selznick's Hollywood / Nathan Platte

Author:
Platte, Nathan  Search this
Subject:
Selznick, David O. 1902-1965  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Type:
Electronic resources
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
Motion picture music--History and criticism  Search this
Motion picture music--Production and direction--History  Search this
Motion pictures--Production and direction--History  Search this
Motion picture music  Search this
Motion pictures--Production and direction  Search this
Call number:
ML2075 .P536 2017 (Internet)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1148547

Production Records

Topic:
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Telling Lives: the biographer's art (Monograph)
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
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

Production Records

Topic:
University of the Air (Proposed television program)
Smithsonian Project Discovery (Proposed television program)
Buried Mirror (Proposed television program)
Extent:
18.58 cu. ft. (18 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Illustrations
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1985-1991
Descriptive Entry:
These records primarily document the planning for University of the Air (after 1988 Smithsonian Project Discovery) and The Buried Mirror. Many of the records were created by Elizabeth S. Brownstein, media project development specialist, Office of Telecommunications (OTC). Also included are files of Adrian Malone, production chairman, and Edward W. Bastian, project manager and director for University of the Air. The records include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, prospectus, reports, research information, budgets, illustrations, photographs, scripts, articles, newspaper clippings, audio tape recordings of music, video discs, and marketing information. Also included are information files maintained by OTC on Smithsonian museums, bureaus, staff, and miscellaneous topics.
Historical Note:
In 1986, the Smithsonian Institution began planning two major educational television projects. University of the Air, a joint project of the Smithsonian, WETA Television, and Adrian Malone Productions, proposed to investigate the lives of major twentieth century intellectuals and the basic themes that connected their work. In 1988, the title of the project was changed to Smithsonian Project Discovery. The Buried Mirror was a proposed ten-part television series on the history and culture of Iberia and Latin America to be produced by Malone Gill Productions in association with the Smithsonian. Both projects were terminated because of funding difficulties.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Illustrations
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Video recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 594, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 594
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0594

Production Records

Topic:
American Picture Palaces (Motion picture : 1983)
Extent:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Documentary films
Books
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
circa 1978-1988
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes the records of Paul B. Johnson, Director, Office of Telecommunications (OTC), and the production files of Karen Loveland, Deputy Director. The production records document work on "American Picture Palaces" and the "Wilkes Expedition Film." Some files also pertain to Nazaret Cherkezian, former director, producer, and writer for the Office of Telecommunications (1974-December 1986). Materials include correspondence, memoranda, resumes, photocopies of articles, project proposals, magazine publications, stock footage information, personal notes, newspaper clippings, catalogs, production scripts (narration), banking statements on accounts, purchase orders, press releases, fiscal year budgetary information, and photographs.
Topic:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Documentary films
Books
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 91-066, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 91-066
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa91-066

Productions

Topic:
Sense of Discovery, The National Collection of Fine Arts (Motion picture : 1980)
Latino Voices: Artists and Community (Videotape : 1996)
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Video recordings
Videotapes
Date:
circa 1981-1996
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual materials related to the National Museum of American Art and its predecessor, the National Collection of Fine Arts, that were either created or collected by the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Telecommunications. The materials document the museum and its staff, collections, exhibitions, and projects. Some materials document the Renwick Gallery which was administered by the National Museum of American Art. Materials include masters, original footage, final productions, and related materials on magnetic tape, film, and videotape.
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:
Art museums  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Video recordings
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-008, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 15-008
See more items in:
Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa15-008

Production Records

Topic:
Diversity Endangered (Video recording : 1987)
Reel Jungle (Video recording : 1988)
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Videotapes
Date:
circa 1985-1990
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the records of Lee Woodman-Cioffi, Audio-Visual Production Specialist for the Office of Telecommunications (OTC), 1985- . The records pertain to the Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center (VIARC) orientation and interactive touch program; OTC productions, such as "Biodiversity Teleconference," "Diversity Endangered," and "The Reel Jungle;" and development of a Research at the Smithsonian interactive program on "Behind the Scenes Research at the Smithsonian," which did not get funded. Materials include correspondence and memoranda; interactive video, theater, and shooting edit logs; video scripts; design concepts for the VIARC orientation and interactive touch program; budgetary information; personal research notes; blueprints for the Visitor Center; production proposals; preliminary and master tape shot lists for thirty second video segments; color code lists for Betacams; shoot permissions (release forms); and photographs of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).
Topic:
Interactive multimedia  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 94-070, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 94-070
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa94-070

Productions

Extent:
0.38 cu. ft. (1 film box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Date:
1978
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual records created to promote the exhibition, "Past and Present: A Century and a Half of a National Collection," documenting 100 years of the National Collection of Fine Arts. Materials include optical negative, sound negative, and A and B rolls, all on 16 mm film.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-042, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 05-042
See more items in:
Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa05-042

Productions

Topic:
Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition (Motion picture : 1976)
Extent:
11.14 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes) (3 film boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Sound recordings
Date:
1976
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of film and sound used to create the film "Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition." This film accompanied the exhibition "1876: A Centennial Exhibition," which opened in the Arts and Industries Building in 1976, and documents the history of the Philadelphia Exhibition. It was narrated by James Whitmore. In 1976, the film won the CINE Golden Eagle Award, and in 1978 it won four Emmys. A copy of "Celebrating a Century" is available in the Reference Library.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Sound recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-056, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 05-056
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Production Records

Topic:
Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition (Motion picture : 1976)
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (2 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Newspapers
Serials (publications)
Color transparencies
Date:
1876, 1975-1984
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the planning and production of the film "Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition." This film accompanied the exhibition "1876: A Centennial Exhibition," which opened in the Arts and Industries Building in 1976, and documents the history of the Philadelphia Exhibition. It was narrated by James Whitmore. In 1976, the film won the CINE Golden Eagle Award, and in 1978 it won four Emmys.

Materials include correspondence, scripts, promotional materials, memorandum, newspapers, publications and color slides. Of particular note are two copies of "The Centennial Post" from December 31, 1876.
Topic:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Newspapers
Serials (publications)
Color transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-063, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 05-063
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa05-063

Production Records

Topic:
Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition (Motion picture : 1976)
Piano Grand! (Television program : 2000)
Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was (Radio program : 1995)
Beyond Category: The Music of Duke Ellington (Video recording)
Sawyer and His Mill (Motion picture : 1969)
Creatures Great and Small (Video recording : 1989)
Smithsonian World (Television program : 1984-1991)
Yorktown (Motion picture : 1982)
First Ladies (Video recording : 1989)
Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860 (Video recording : 1987)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Jazz Smithsonian (Radio program : 1993)
Smithsonian Quest (Television program : 1986)
Science in American Life (Video recording : c. 1992)
Jazz Age in Paris: 1914-1940 (Video recording : 1998)
Smithsonian Minutes (Television program : c. 1995)
Smithsonian video collection
Last Wheel Works (Motion picture : 1974)
Beyond the Ocean, Beneath the Leaf (Video recording : 1982)
What in the World (Television program : 1977)
Extent:
3.90 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 16x20 box) (4 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Floor plans
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color negatives
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1968-2002
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes records documenting the film, video, and radio production activities of John P. Meehan, Audio-Visual Production Specialist; Jacquie Gales Webb, Producer; and Paul B. Johnson, Director. Material consists of correspondence, memoranda, and notes; performer's licenses; production logs; contracts and releases; music cue sheets; blueprints; interview transcripts; grant information; audio scripts; photographs and slides; drawings; budget summaries; meeting agenda; proposals; and information on the Smithsonian Video Collection.

Productions documented in these records include "Piano Grand!," "Black Radio: Telling it Like it Was," "Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington," "The Sawyer and His Mill," "Creatures Great and Small," "Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition," "The Last Wheel Works," "Smithsonian Quest," "Smithsonian World," "Yorktown," "The First Ladies," "Engines of Change," "Beyond the Ocean, Beneath the Leaf," "River of Song: Music Along the Mississippi," "Piano 300," "Jazz Smithsonian," "What in the World," "Science in American Life," "Jazz in Paris: 1914-1940," and "Smithsonian Minutes."
Oversize:
This collection contains oversize material.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Budget  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Floor plans
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color negatives
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-208, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-208
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Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-208

Productions

Topic:
From Clay to Kiln (Motion picture : 1968)
City of the Dead (Documentary film : 1978)
Beyond the Ocean, Beneath the Leaf (Video recording : 1982)
Welcome to Whipple (Video recording)
Inside Hawaiian Volcanoes (Documentary film)
Eruption of Kilauea (Documentary film)
Volcano Surtsey (Documentary film)
Volcano - Original Footage (Documentary film)
Starfish (Documentary film : 1970)
Magnificent Voyagers (Documentary film)
Sawyer and His Mill (Motion picture : 1969)
Shells and the Animals Inside (Motion picture : 1978)
Kaleidoscope of Cowries (Motion picture : 1978)
Extent:
13.04 cu. ft. (11 record storage boxes) (1 document box) (2 tall document boxes) (1 film box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Documentary films
Motion pictures (visual works)
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1968-1970; 1978; 1982-1983; 1985-1987; 1994-1995
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of materials documenting 13 productions created by Smithsonian Productions. 1) "The Sawyer and His Mill" was a 1969 exhibition film shown in the National Museum of American History's Agriculture Hall. The 4:50 minute film compared ancient and modern sawmills. It won the Bronze Medal at the International Film and TV Festival of New York. 2) "Shells and the Animals Inside," 1978, was a 20-minute educational film that looked at imagination as a learning technique. 3) "Kaleidoscope of Cowries" was a 4-minute exhibition film that displayed the beauty of cowry shells. It was designed for a mirrored projection area. It won the Silver Medal at the 1981 International Film and TV Festival of New York. 4) "From Clay to Kiln," 1968, was a 4:30 minute exhibition film that demonstrated basic pottery making techniques. 5) "City of the Dead" was a 3:30 minute exhibition film shown in the Hall of Western Civilization at the National Museum of Natural History. The 1978 film documented the Smithsonian dig at Bab Edh-Dhra, a 5000-year-old burial site in Jordan. 6) "Beyond the Ocean, Beneath a Leaf" was a 28:05 minute exhibition video produced in 1982 that provided an intimate view of insect and aquatic life including close-up footage of animal behavior seldom seen by the naked eye. 7) "Welcome to Whipple" was a video orientation guide to the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory located near Amado, Arizona on Mount Hopkins. 8-9) "Inside Active Volcanoes: Kilauea and Mount St. Helens" was a 1989 exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History that also traveled with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Two titles "Inside Hawaiian Volcanoes" and "Eruption of Kilauea" were likely produced in conjunction with this exhibit. 10-11) "The Volcano Surtsey" and "Volcano - Original Footage" are two titles that are likely associated with an exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History called "Volcanoes and Volcanism," 1970. 12) "Starfish" was a 7 minute exhibition film produced in 1970 concerning crown-of-thorns starfish depredating the Great Barrier Reef. 13) "Magnificent Voyagers" was a 30-minute educational film about the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842, chronicling the voyage and the United States' entry into the world's scientific community. The film won the 1989 CINE Golden Eagle award.
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:
Volcanoes  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Documentary films
Motion pictures (visual works)
Video recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-212, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 02-212
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-212

Productions

Topic:
Last Wheel Works (Motion picture : 1974)
Last Boat Home (Motion picture : 1974)
Changes: The Story of Evolution and Speciation (Motion picture : c. 1979)
Extent:
4.52 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (4 film boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Date:
1973-1974, 1982
Descriptive Entry:
These records document elements for three film productions: "Changes: The Story of Evolution and Speciation," a 7-minute animated description of speciation created for the National Zoological Park, Office of Education and Film Polski (Polish and English sound mixes); "The Last Wheel Works," a 20-minute film demonstrating how old wooden wagon wheels were made; and, "The Last Boat Home," both 58 and 92-minute versions of the film by Deborah and John La Gorce of La Gorce Associates and narrated by Johnny Cash. "The Last Boat Home" documents the Mississippi riverboat, "Delta Queen." Materials include 16 mm film, 16 mm soundtracks, 35 mm film, 1/4" audiotape, workprints, internegatives, black and white negatives, and A & B rolls.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Evolution  Search this
Transportation -- Steam-navigation  Search this
Wheelwrights  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-234, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 02-234
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Productions

Topic:
Preserving an Architectural Heritage: The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright (Motion picture)
Insects (Motion picture)
Extent:
5.58 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Video recordings
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1976, 1989
Descriptive Entry:
These records document two productions that accompanied exhibitions: "Preserving an Architectural Heritage: The Decorative Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright" (1989), a 57 minute film, was produced to accompany the traveling exhibition, "Frank Lloyd Wright: Preserving an Architectural Heritage, Decorative Designs from the Domino's Pizza Collection," mounted by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibitions Service (SITES); and, "Insects" (1976) a 16 mm film that ran in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Materials include 16 mm original camera negatives and workprints; 1/4" audiotape; 1/2" audiotape; 1" audiotape; 8 track masters; 4 track masters; 16 mm ECN transfer master; 3/4" U-matic tapes; VHS videotape; Betacam and Betacam SP videotapes.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Insects  Search this
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Video recordings
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-245, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 02-245
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-245

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