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Mr. Wizard Papers

Creator:
Herbert, Don (Donald Jeffry), 1917-2007  Search this
Names:
Mr. Wizard  Search this
Donor:
Mr. Wizard Studios (Firm)  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
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Mr. Wizard Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8361c8c90-5ad7-4fc1-b619-8394f77efda4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1326
Online Media:

Oral history interview with John Roloff, 2009 August 17-18

Interviewee:
Roloff, John S., 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Arneson, Robert  Search this
Beuys, Joseph  Search this
Butterfield, Deborah  Search this
Kaltenbach, Stephen J.  Search this
Melchert, Jim  Search this
Oppenheim, Dennis  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Fuller Goldeen Gallery  Search this
Gallery Paule Anglim  Search this
Gallery Reese Palley  Search this
George Lester Gallery (Rome, Italy)  Search this
Humboldt State University  Search this
Lance Fung Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Davis  Search this
University of Kentucky  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with John Roloff, 2009 August 17-18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Ceramicists -- California -- Oakland -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Oakland -- Interviews  Search this
Submarine geology  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15703
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)283563
AAA_collcode_roloff09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_283563
Online Media:

Oral history interview with John Roloff

Interviewee:
Roloff, John, 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Fuller Goldeen Gallery  Search this
Gallery Paule Anglim  Search this
Gallery Reese Palley  Search this
George Lester Gallery (Rome, Italy)  Search this
Humboldt State University -- Students  Search this
Lance Fung Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Davis -- Students  Search this
University of Kentucky -- Faculty  Search this
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992  Search this
Beuys, Joseph  Search this
Butterfield, Deborah, 1949-  Search this
Kaltenbach, Stephen J.  Search this
Melchert, Jim, 1930-  Search this
Oppenheim, Dennis, 1938-2011  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
13 Items (Sound recording: 13 sound files (8 hr., 50 min.), digital, wav file)
155 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2009 August 17-18
Scope and Contents:
An interview of John Roloff conducted 2009 August 17-18, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Roloff's studio, in Oakland, California.
Roloff speaks primarily about the intersection of art and science; his desire to look at these disciplines from multiple perspectives in his work; the relationship between materials and their geological histories; his exploration and exposure of the physical processes associated with the making of art objects; Roloff talks at length about ceramics; the chemical properties of the clays and glazes; their connection to geological landscapes; and their transformation through the firing process; moreover, he discusses site specific works; the importance of location in giving context to a piece; as well as referencing a site through site based materials; furthermore, he expounds his theory of anthroturbation; discusses the parallels between man-made and natural structures; and ruminates about his work's visual engagement with ecological systems; Additionally, Roloff converses about several formative childhood experiences; how they shaped his later artistic interest and evolved into thematic elements in his work; studying marine geology at University of California-Davis; taking a ceramics class with Robert Arneson; becoming a dual art and science major; the spirit of experimentation at UC-Davis, which led to his early ceramic discoveries; pursuing graduate work at Humboldt University; teaching at the University of Kentucky-Lexington; developing his Exile and Rower series; showing his sculptures at Lester Gallery and Fuller Goldeen Gallery in California; his shift from studio work to landscape/installations; the development of his Ship and Kiln series; as well as his later photographic work; Roloff also recalls Stephen Kaltenbach, Deborah Butterfield, Peter Voulkos, Jim Melchert, Dennis Oppenheim, Joseph Beuys, Kenneth Baker, in addition to the following galleries: Lance Fang, Paule Anglim and Reese Paley.
Biographical / Historical:
John S. Roloff (1947- ) is a sculptor and ceramicist and lives and works in Oakland, California. Roloff also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and Mills College.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 13 digital wav files. Duration is 8 hr., 50 min.
Provenance:
This interview is 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 administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Ceramicists -- California -- Oakland -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Oakland -- Interviews  Search this
Submarine geology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.roloff09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f4887af7-aabd-4e00-8143-9c793cab7f34
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-roloff09
Online Media:

Information literacy and education for the 21st century : toward an agenda for action, 14-16 April 1989, Leesburg, Virginia : a symposium / sponsored by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association

Author:
Information Literacy and Education for the 21st Century Symposium (1989 : Leesburg, Va.)  Search this
United States National Commission on Libraries and Information Science  Search this
American Association of School Librarians  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 94 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
United States
Date:
1990
[1990]
Topic:
School libraries  Search this
Library orientation for school children  Search this
Library orientation for high school students  Search this
Information science--Study and teaching  Search this
School management and organization  Search this
Education  Search this
Call number:
Z675.S3 I43 1989
Z675.S3I43 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_404356

Small science : a report on MIT Community Science Seminar

Author:
Community Science Seminar (1974 : Massachusetts Institute of Technology)  Search this
Physical description:
39, [37] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1974
Topic:
Science museums  Search this
Science news  Search this
Children's museums  Search this
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
Q101 .C73 1974
Q101.C73 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_426916

Uncovering student ideas in science Volume 1 25 formative assessment probes by Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Lynn Farrin

Title:
25 formative assessment probes
Twenty-five formative assessment probes
Author:
Keeley, Page  Search this
Eberle, Francis  Search this
Farrin, Lynn  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xii, 193 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
Date:
2005
Topic:
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Educational evaluation  Search this
SCIENCE--Study & Teaching  Search this
Call number:
Q181 .K44 2005 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
1-user
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1147303

Science Education : a Challenge for Excellence in America's Future : a symposium, May 5, 1988, Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. / Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution ; Neil G. Kotler, principal editor

Author:
Science Education : A Challenge for Excellence in America's Future (1988 : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Kottler, Neil G  Search this
Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Physical description:
iii, 32 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
United States
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Science teachers  Search this
Call number:
Q181.A1 S416 1989
Q181.A1S416 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_378139

Benjamin Charles Gruenberg (1875-1965)

Subject:
Gruenberg, Benjamin C (Benjamin Charles) 1875-1965  Search this
Physical description:
Albumen prints
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Biology  Search this
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-2069]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_384361

Benjamin Charles Gruenberg (1875-1965)

Subject:
Gruenberg, Benjamin C (Benjamin Charles) 1875-1965  Search this
American Medical Association  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Medicine  Search this
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-2128]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_384508

Benjamin Charles Gruenberg (1875-1965)

Subject:
Gruenberg, Benjamin C (Benjamin Charles) 1875-1965  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Medicine  Search this
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-2129]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_384509

Benjamin Charles Gruenberg (1875-1965)

Subject:
Gruenberg, Benjamin C (Benjamin Charles) 1875-1965  Search this
International Congress of Psychology  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1929
September 1929
Topic:
Medicine  Search this
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Biology  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-2132]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_384511

Website Records, 2019-2020

Creator:
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center  Search this
Uniform title:
Ecosystems on the Edge (Website)  Search this
SERC Animal Tracking Studies (Website)  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Web sites
Date:
2019
2019-2020
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Public relations  Search this
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Research  Search this
Environmental sciences  Search this
Callinectes  Search this
Animal marking  Search this
Crabbing  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 22-018
See more items in:
Website Records 2004-2020 [Smithsonian Environmental Research Center]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_404666

Website Records, 2012-2020

Creator:
Smithsonian Science Education Center  Search this
Uniform title:
STEMVisions (Blog)  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Web sites
Date:
2012
2012-2020
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Blogs  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 22-026
See more items in:
Website Records 2005-2020 [Smithsonian Science Education Center]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_404673

Neighborhood stories by Wallace W. Atwood and Helen Goss Thomas

Author:
Atwood, Wallace Walter 1872-1949  Search this
Author:
Thomas, Helen Goss 1890-  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 234 pages illustrations 23 cm
Type:
Juvenile literature
Date:
1944
Topic:
Geography  Search this
Social sciences--Study and teaching (Elementary)  Search this
Geography--Textbooks--1870-  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1101207

Website Records, 2004-2020

Creator:
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2004
2004-2020
Topic:
Environmental sciences  Search this
Research  Search this
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Public relations  Search this
Blogs  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01393
See more items in:
Website Records 2004-2020 [Smithsonian Environmental Research Center]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_279786

Agency history, 1985-

Creator:
Smithsonian Science Education Center  Search this
Subject:
Schuler, Sally Goetz  Search this
Lapp, Douglas M  Search this
Emrick, Tom  Search this
Chamchumrus, Teng  Search this
O'Donnell, Carol  Search this
National Science Resources Center (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1985
1985-
Topic:
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Technology--Study and teaching  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Engineering--Study and teaching  Search this
Arithmetic--Study and teaching  Search this
Education, Primary  Search this
Education, Secondary  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00406
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_251424

Agency history, 1985-

Creator:
Smithsonian Science Education Center Executive Office  Search this
Subject:
Schuler, Sally Goetz  Search this
Lapp, Douglas M  Search this
Emrick, Tom  Search this
Chamchumrus, Teng  Search this
O'Donnell, Carol  Search this
National Science Resources Center (U.S) Executive Office  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1985
1985-
Topic:
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Arithmetic--Study and teaching  Search this
Education, Primary  Search this
Education, Secondary  Search this
Technology--Study and teaching  Search this
Engineering--Study and teaching  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00407
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_251687

Website Records, 2005-2020

Creator:
Smithsonian Science Education Center  Search this
Subject:
National Science Resources Center (U.S.)  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2005
2005-2020
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Science--Study and teaching  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01247
See more items in:
Website Records 2005-2020 [Smithsonian Science Education Center]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_252458

Bill Nye Papers

Creator:
Nye, Bill  Search this
Extent:
12 Cubic feet (28 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Photographs
Letters (correspondence)
Laboratory notebooks
Date:
1970 - 2014
Summary:
The collection documents Bill Nye's early life, his Science Guy persona and its development for his television program Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents Bill Nye's early life, his Science Guy persona and its development for his television program Bill Nye the Science Guy. Included in the collection are patents, awards, speeches, subject files, correspondence, email, fan mail, photographs, scripts and promotional materials for television shows, and video recordings.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eight series.

Series 1: Personal Materials, 1964-2014

Series 2: Subject Files, 1971-2009

Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1981, 1987-2003

Series 4: Bill Nye the Science Guy, 1989-1998

Series 5: The Eyes of Nye, 1998-2003

Series 6: Fan Mail, 1995-2001

Series 7: Photographs, 1969-2000

Series 8: Press Clippings, 1973, 1988-2004
Biographical / Historical:
William Sanford "Bill" Nye, (November 27, 1955-), was born in Bethesda, Maryland to Edwin D. Nye and Jacqueline B. Jenkins. Nye graduated from Cornell University (1977) with a degree in mechanical engineering and moved to Seattle to work for Boeing as a mechanical engineer (1977-1985). Nye also worked stand-up comedy and in 1985 joined Seattle's local comedy show Almost Live! During a 1987 episode of Almost Live! Nye wore a science lab coat and conducted an experiment launching the "Bill Nye the Science Guy" persona. From 1993-1998 Nye hosted Bill Nye the Science Guy. The show aired on PBS and was later syndicated to local television stations.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Mr. Wizard Papers (AC1326)
Separated Materials:
Artifacts related to Bill Nye are located in the following curatorial divisions: Division of Home and Community Life; Division of Work and Industry; Division of Culture and the Arts (now Division of Cultural and Community Life) and the Division of Medicine and Science.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Bill Nye, April 28, 2016.
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 and other personally identifiable information has been rendered unreadable and redacted. Researchers may use the photocopies in the collection. The remainder of the collection has no restrictions.
Rights:
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Television -- educational shows  Search this
Television personalities  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
Laboratory notebooks -- 1970-2000
Citation:
Bill Nye Papers, 1970-2014, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1383
See more items in:
Bill Nye Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88d49dd39-125b-4edf-bcc4-7eeba4bf847e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1383
Online Media:

The hole in the sky : Science in American Life teacher guide : a guide for using our cross-curricular, hands-on science kit / Tom Snyder Productions ; [Curriculum project directed by Lynn Dierking and Elizabeth Sharpe ; ritten by Ellen Lambeth]

Title:
Science in American life teacher guide
Author:
Dierking, Lynn  Search this
Sharpe, Elizabeth  Search this
Lambeth, Ellen  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Tom Snyder Productions  Search this
Physical description:
112 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Juvenile literature
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
C1994]
Topic:
Ozone layer depletion  Search this
Ozone layer depletion--Environmental aspects  Search this
Science--Study and teaching (Elementary)--Activity programs  Search this
Call number:
QC879.712 .H65 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_746790

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