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AT&T/Bell Film Collection

Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
39 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Training films
Date:
1942-1978
Scope and Contents note:
Thirty-nine 16mm films on various subjects relating to telephone systems and communications, such as pole worker safety; party line etiquette; the transition from silent film to sound film; and the application of satellites, lasers and transistors to sound communication.
Arrangement:
4 series: Series 1, Promotional Films; Series 2, Scientific/Educational Films; Series 3, Corporate/Technical Training Films; Series 4, Acquired Films.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Division of Information, Technology and Society, National Museum of American History.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
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:
Industrial safety  Search this
Lasers  Search this
Satellites  Search this
Sound film  Search this
telephone  Search this
Transistors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Training films
Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0684
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AT&T/Bell Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0684

Party Lines

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 575 ft. )
Container:
Reel OF 684.1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
circa 1942
Scope and Contents:
How to behave on party lines. Animated with Bill Baird's Marionettes, probably shown in theaters before feature films. Also probably shot in 35mm Technicolor and transferred to 16mm Kodachrome. Eddie Albert Productions, Western Electric Recording Systems.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref512

Now You Can Dial

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 365 ft. )
Container:
Reel OF 684.2
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
circa 1954
Scope and Contents:
Demonstrates the transfer from operator dialing to personal home dialing, includes party line instructions. Charles E. Skinner Productions.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref513

Behind Your Telephone

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 575 ft. )
Container:
Reel OF 684.3
Video RV 684.3
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
circa 1955
Scope and Contents:
How the telephone system works, with some animation for demonstration.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref514

The Big Flood of 1955

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm black and white composite optical track print, 700 ft. )
Container:
Reel OF 684.4
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
circa 1955
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref515

Family Affair

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 1,000 ft. )
Container:
Reel OF 684.5
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1955
Scope and Contents:
Family calling each other on telephone. Some animation. Western Electric Recording.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref516

Highways for the Telephone

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm black and white composite optical track print, 400 ft.)
Container:
Reel OF 684.6
Video RV 684.3
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
circa 1955
Scope and Contents:
Long distance telephone communications: microwave radio relay, beaming of microwaves across the U.S., building an "electronic skyway." Caravel Films, New York, Western Electric Recording Systems.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref517

Career Day

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 800 ft. )
Container:
Reel OF 684.7
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1956
Scope and Contents:
Presenting young women's vocations as telephone operators. Technicolor, Western Electric Recording Systems.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref518

Once Upon a Honeymoon

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 500 ft. )
Container:
Reel OF684.8
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1956
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref519

The Case of Jim Cannon

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 600 ft. )
Container:
Reel OF 684.9
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
Features (characters?) "Jim Cannon" and his wife, his work with telephones. Jamieson Film Co., Dallas. Southwestern Bell Telephone Systems.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref520

Tom, Dick, and Harriet

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Container:
Reel OF 684.10
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Date:
1960
Scope and Contents:
This film features several semi-famous actors: Jim Backus (Thurston Howell from Gilligan's Island), Ellen Corby (Oscar Nominated actress), and others, includes "The Sportsmen Quartet." The film has something to do with them talking on the telephone to each other.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref521

Incredible Machine

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 550 ft.)
Container:
Reel OF 684.11
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
Promotional film about computers, and soundtracks. YCM Labs, AT&T.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref522

Smithsonian Institution Phone Philm

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 275 ft.)
Container:
Reel OF 684.12
Reel RF 684.1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
circa 1976?
Scope and Contents:
Promotional film about the telephone and its uses, highlighting many clips from well known feature films starring James Cagney, Patricia Neal, Gene Kelly.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref523

Listen to This

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 550 ft.)
Container:
Reel OF 684.13
Reel RF 684.2-3
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
circa 1978
Scope and Contents:
Promotional film about the transition from silent to sound film. Various clips from old movies (e.g. The Jazz Singer). NOTE" "The historic segments of this film have been made from the original picture and original disc and film soundtracks."
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 1: Promotional Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref524

Promotional Films

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1942-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0684, Series 1
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AT&T/Bell Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref525

Scientific/Educational Films

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955-1970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0684, Series 2
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AT&T/Bell Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref526

Corporate/Technical Training Films

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1956-1970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0684, Series 3
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AT&T/Bell Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref527

Acquired Films

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1962
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0684, Series 4
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AT&T/Bell Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref528

Transistors

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 1,000 ft.)
Container:
Reel OF 684.14
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1955
Scope and Contents:
How transistors work, how they are used, includes "evolution of the vacuum tube," and lab demonstrations.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 2: Scientific/Educational Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref529

The Bell Solar Battery

Collection Creator:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information, Technology and Society  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm color composite optical track print, 450 ft.)
Container:
Reel OF 684.15
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1956
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must view videotape copies.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection, 1942-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
AT&T/Bell Film Collection
AT&T/Bell Film Collection / Series 2: Scientific/Educational Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0684-ref530

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