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The technique of television production

Author:
Millerson, Gerald  Search this
Physical description:
440 p. illus
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
[1972]
Topic:
Television--Production and direction  Search this
Television--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Call number:
PN1992.75 .M652 1972
PN1992.75.M652 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_49858

Please stand by : a prehistory of television / Michael Ritchie

Author:
Ritchie, Michael 1938-2001  Search this
Physical description:
247 p., [48] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1995
Topic:
Television--History  Search this
Television--Production and direction--History  Search this
Television programs--History  Search this
Call number:
TK6637 .R611 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_475188

The papers of Delbert Mann : a manuscripts catalog / edited by Sara Harwell

Author:
Mann, Delbert 1920-2007  Search this
Harwell, Sara  Search this
Jean and Alexander Heard Library  Search this
Subject:
Mann, Delbert 1920- Archives Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
302 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
Topic:
Motion picture producers and directors  Search this
Television producers and directors  Search this
Television--Production and direction  Search this
Motion pictures--Production and direction  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_481312

Intellectual Property Records

Topic:
Piano Grand! (Television program : 2000)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Jazz Singers (Radio program)
Memphis: Cradle of Rock and Soul (Radio program : 2000)
Jazz Smithsonian (Radio program : 1993)
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (2 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1995-2002
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of purchase orders, contracts, and agreements concerning intellecutal property rights pertaining to Smithsonian Productions productions.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-114, Smithsonian Productions, Intellectual Property Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-114
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Intellectual Property Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-114

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)
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
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Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa03-029

Production Records

Topic:
Mirrors on the Universe: The MMT story (Motion picture : 1979)
Smithsonian Institution with S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary (Television program)
Reunions: Memories of an American Experience (Documentary film : 1979)
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
circa 1977 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
This record unit consists of photographs of Cherkezian, circa 1977; Grayson, circa 1977; and Cornell, writer of the OTC film "Mirrors on the Universe: The MMT Story."Also included are photographs of the Emmy award received by OTC for the television show "The Smithsonian Institution with S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary," and images from the OTC film "Reunion: Memories of an American Experience."
Historical Note:
Nazaret Cherkezian served as Director of the Office of Telecommunications (OTC) from 1976 to 1987. William C. Grayson was Special Coordinator of the Office of Telecommunications in 1976, and later became Senior Telecommunications Specialist from 1977 to 1980 (deceased April 15, 1980). James Cornell was Manager of Publications at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1979.
Topic:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Emmy Awards  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 593, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 593
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Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0593

Production Records

Topic:
Smithsonian Video Collection
Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden (Documentary film : 1991)
American Picture Palaces (Motion picture : 1983)
Flying Machines (Video recording : 1989)
Maine Coast (Documentary film : c. 1982)
Extent:
6.5 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Color transparencies
Date:
1971-1998
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting Smithsonian Video Collection projects as well as film and television productions. Materials include the correspondence and memoranda of Karen Loveland, Director of Special Projects; Lisa H. Kaiser, Production Researcher; Elizabeth Smith Brownstein, Media Project Development Specialist; and Michele Turner, Associate Producer. Also includes production slides, photographs, edit logs, scripts, interviews, music selections, and end credits; press releases; budget summaries; contracts; and research articles. Some productions documented in these records include "Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden," "The Flying Machines," "American Picture Palaces," and "Maine Coast."
Topic:
Video recordings -- Direction and production  Search this
Intellectual property  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Color transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-118, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-118
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Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-118

Devra G. Kleiman Papers

Creator::
Kleiman, Devra G.  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Date:
1964-1969, 1988-1997
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of materials documenting the professional activities of conservation biologist Devra G. Kleiman, 1952-2010. Topics include her involvement in professional associations, book reviews, her adjunct professorship at the University of Maryland at College Park, and British Broadcasting Corporation radio and television appearances. Materials include correspondence, brochures, meeting materials, contracts, scripts, notes, and related materials.
Topic:
Conservation biology  Search this
Wildlife conservation  Search this
Zoologists  Search this
Zoology  Search this
Women scientists  Search this
Biology -- Study and teaching  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-169, Devra G. Kleiman Papers
Identifier:
Accession 11-169
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Devra G. Kleiman Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa11-169

Nazaret Cherkezian Oral History Interview

Creator::
Cherkezian, Nazaret, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
2 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Date:
1986
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Cherkezian was interviewed for the Oral History Collection because of his role as one of the pioneers of public television and his tenure as a Smithsonian administrator.
Descriptive Entry:
Cherkezian was interviewed in December of 1986 by John Peterson for a University of Maryland oral history seminar project. The interview covers his education and career in public affairs and television at New York University; experiences as producer for WCBS-TV in New York; public relations and television production for public broadcasting at National Educational Television; coverage of Watergate and Washington politics for the National Public Affairs Center for Television; and career as Director of the Office of Telecommunications at the Smithsonian.

The collection consists of 1.5 hours of audiotape recordings and 35 pages of transcript.
Historical Note:
Nazaret "Chic" Cherkezian (1924-1996), was born in Queens, New York. He attended New York University (NYU) where he received a B.A. in Journalism and completed all course work for an M.B.A. in Economic History.

Cherkezian began his career as a journalist in 1946 as a staff member of the New York Herald Tribune. In 1949, he entered the public relations field as Associate Director and Senior Press Representative for the New York University Office of Information Services. While at NYU, he helped found the Office of Radio and Television, where he was Associate Director and Producer from 1954 to 1957. During these years he helped to create the successful Sunrise Semester educational television series.

In 1957, Cherkezian began producing the weekly television series Eye on New York for WCBS-TV. He left commercial television in 1959 to become Director of Public Information for National Educational Television (NET). He advanced to Executive Producer in 1965, a position which he held until 1972. He was awarded fellowships by The Ford Foundation and National Association of Educational Broadcasters to continue development in this field.

Cherkezian came to Washington in 1973 to accept a post as Director of Programming for the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT). His Smithsonian career began in 1974 when he became Telecommunications Coordinator for the Office of Public Affairs. Cherkezian was named Director of the Office of Telecommunications upon its creation in 1976, serving until his retirement in 1986. As Director of the Office of Telecommunications, Cherkezian was responsible for the Smithsonian's radio, television, and film productions. His many credits include A Sense of Discovery, Here at the Smithsonian, Yorktown, and Peace Be Still.
Topic:
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9541, Nazaret Cherkezian Oral History Interview
Identifier:
Record Unit 9541
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Nazaret Cherkezian Oral History Interview
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9541

Productions

Topic:
Smithsonian Expedition Specials (Television program : c. 1994)
Source of Mekong (Television program : c. 1994)
Elephants of Timbuktu (Television program : c. 1994)
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Date:
1993-1994
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual records created during the production of "Smithsonian Expedition Specials." This television series, produced around 1994, included the episodes "Source of the Mekong" and "Elephants of Timbuktu." The series was co-produced by Hearst Entertainment for broadcast on the Arts and Entertainment Network. Materials include VHS and 3/4" U-matic tapes.
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:
Expeditions  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-204, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 02-204
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-204

Marketing Records

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

Productions

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

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

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

Exhibition Records

Topic:
Smithsonian Spotlight: Peacock Room (Television program : 2010)
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
2007-2011
Descriptive Entry:
This accession primarily consists of records created and maintained by Lee Glazer, Associate Curator of American Art, 2007- , documenting the development and design of exhibitions as well as programming around those exhibitions. Documented exhibitions include "Peacock Room Comes to America;" "Texture of Night: James McNeill Whistler;" "Chinamania: Whistler and the Victorian Craze for Blue-and-White;" "Surface Beauty: American Art and Freer's Aesthetic Vision;" and "Freer and Whistler: Points of Contact." A smaller amount of records documents a planning meeting for American art initiatives at the museum and the development of "Smithsonian Spotlight: Peacock Room," a mission-critical television program for Smithsonian Networks. Materials include proposals, scripts, object lists, label texts, architectural drawings, correspondence, budgets, fund raising materials, docent training materials, concert programs, activity guides, meeting materials, notes, and related materials.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2027; Transferring office; 3/23/2005 memorandum, Toda to Kaveeshwar; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-381, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Curatorial - American Art, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 12-381
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa12-381

Productions

Topic:
The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Radio program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi (Compact disc : 1998)
The Mississippi: River of Song: Americans Old and New (Television program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: Midwestern Crossroads (Television program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: Southern Fusion (Television program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: Louisiana, Where Music is King (Television program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: Land of Lakes and Cultures (Radio program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: Midwestern Crossroads (Radio program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: Sounds Around Saint Louis (Radio program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: Memphis Rhythm and Delta Blues (Radio program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: Rockin' Round the Water (Radio program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: Musical Bayous and Traditional Melodies (Radio program : 1999)
The Mississippi: River of Song: The Beat of New Orleans (Radio program : 1999)
Extent:
48.5 cu. ft. (45 record storage boxes) (7 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Databases
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Place:
Mississippi River
Mississippi River Valley
Date:
1995-1998
Descriptive Entry:
This accession documents the production of "The Mississippi: River of Song." This project combined a television series, radio series, and compact disc (CD) set. The project as a whole explores the richness and vitality of American music at the close of the twentieth century through live performances and intimate discussions with musicians along the course of the Mississippi River.

The 4-part television series aired on the Public Broadcasting Service beginning in January 1999. Episodes include "Americans Old and New," "Midwestern Crossroads," "Southern Fusion," and "Louisiana, Where Music is King." The series takes viewers on a musical journey from the headwaters in northern Minnesota to the river's mouth in the Gulf of Mexico, creating a portrait of the American musician along the way. All scenes were shot live on location and feature musicians that represent the regional culture.

The 7-part radio series aired on Public Radio International affiliates beginning in January 1999. The radio series is similar in content to the television series and is hosted by Ani DiFranco. Episodes include "Land of Lakes and Cultures;" "Midwestern Crossroads," "Sounds Around Saint Louis," "Memphis Rhythm and Delta Blues," "Rockin' Round the Water," "Musical Bayous and Traditional Melodies," and "The Beat of New Orleans."

The 2-CD set consists of 36 tracks of live recordings from 1995 through 1997 and is subtitled "A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi." The CDs feature contemporary musicians who have forged their styles out of the rich musical heritage found along the banks of the Mississippi River. The CDs were distributed through Smithsonian Folkways beginning in 1998.

Materials in this accession include original film negatives and audio and video originals, masters, safety copies, and transfers of performances, interviews, and scenery. Also included are interview transcripts, logs, databases, tape lists, and other documentation of the audiovisual elements. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restrictions:
Special restrictions on use of these materials may apply. Viewing/listening copies are not currently available, but can be made for a fee, Transferring office; 4/10/2002 memorandum, Peters to SIA; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Music -- United States  Search this
Musicians -- United States  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Databases
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Audiotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-297, Smithsonian Productions, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 14-297
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa14-297

Productions

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videotapes
Place:
Japan
United States -- History
United States -- Social life and customs
Date:
1993-1994
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of videotapes created during the production of a number of joint television ventures between Nihon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), a Japanese television network, and the Smithsonian Institution. Some programs deal with aspects of the Smithsonian and others with American history and culture. Materials include dubs and copies on VHS.
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:
Foreign television programs  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-213, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 06-213
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa06-213

Production Records

Topic:
If This House Could Talk…Historic Homes, Extraordinary Americans (Television program)
Guide to the Smithsonian (Documentary film)
Jazz Smithsonian (Radio program : 1993)
Remembering Slavery (Radio program : 1997)
Piano Grand! (Television program : 2000)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1987-2001
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes records documenting the film, video, and radio production activities of Paul B. Johnson, Director. Materials include correspondence and memoranda; production scripts, schedules, and tape logs; license agreements and releases; contracts; marketing information; budget summaries; and travel itineraries.

Productions documented in these records include: "If This House Could Talk...Historic Homes, Extraordinary Americans," "Guide to the Smithsonian" (Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center film), "Jazz Smithsonian," "Remembering Slavery," "Piano Grand!," and "Piano 300."
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Video recordings -- Direction and production  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Marketing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-151, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-151
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Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-151

Marketing Records

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

Administrative Records

Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Date:
1973-2002
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the administrative and business affairs of Smithsonian Productions, created and maintained by Nazaret Cherkezian, Director, 1976-1986, and Paul B. Johnson, Director, 1988-2002. Some materials were created by the Smithsonian Institution, Division of Performing Arts before the production of classical recordings was moved to Smithsonian Productions. Materials include budgets, productions schedules, correspondence, memoranda, agreements, marketing materials, marketing surveys, catalogs, clippings, and advisory board records.
Topic:
Budget  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-165, Smithsonian Productions, Administrative Records
Identifier:
Accession 05-165
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Administrative Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa05-165

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:
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
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-208

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