National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution). Office of Exhibitions Search this
11 cu. ft. (11 record storage boxes)
Motion pictures (visual works)
This accession consists of audio and visual recordings of National Portrait Gallery exhibitions and announcements used for broadcast. Major exhibitions documented within
this collection include: American Colonial Portraits: 1700-1776, and Champions of American Sport. Materials consist of 16mm film and magnetic audio tracks.
Video recordings -- Production and direction Search this
National Museum of the American Indian. Office of Public Affairs Search this
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of audiovisual records collected or created by the Office of Public Affairs of press coverage and publicity in regards to the National Museum
of the American Indian (NMAI). Subjects covered include the groundbreaking and construction of the Washington, D.C. museum; the National Powwow; press conferences; public
service announcements; interviews with NMAI staff; and the exhibition, Pathways of Tradition: Indian Insights into Indian Worlds. Materials include VHS tapes, Betacam-SP
tapes, U-matic tapes, and audiocassettes.
The collection consists of approximately 1,700 television commercials on 16mm film, for products including cars and trucks; food and beverages, including snack foods, convenience foods and soft drinks; cleaning products; pet food; clothing; candy; tobacco products; airlines; toiletries; household products and other things.
Biographical / Historical:
A retired teacher of English and Media Studies, Thomas amassed his collection by asking local television stations to save the commercials for him as they prepared to discard them. He also purchased some commercials and public service announcements (PSAs).
Donated to the Archives Center in 2014 by John E. Thomas.
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment.
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.