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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
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Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0594

Production Records

Topic:
Jazz Singers (Radio program)
Memphis: Cradle of Rock and Roll (Radio program)
Buried Mirror (Proposed television program)
Global Environment: Are We Overreacting? (Video recording : 1989)
In Open Air: A Portrait of the American Impressionists (Motion picture : 1982)
Yorktown (Motion picture : 1982)
Work of Peace (Television program : 1984)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Piano Grand! (Television program : 2000)
Smithsonian Institution (Documentary film)
America of the Braves: The Dark and Bright Sides of the Frontier Spirit (Television program)
America of Presidents (Television program)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Radio program : 1999)
American Inventions (Television program)
Smithsonian video collection
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Flying Machines (Video recording : 1989)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999)
Smithsonian World (Television program : 1984-1991)
Extent:
9 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Date:
1980-2002
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes records documenting the film, video, and radio production activities of Paul B. Johnson, Director. Material consists of correspondence and memoranda; production proposals; information on the Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK)-Smithsonian Institution collaborative television project; budget summaries; information on the Smithsonian Video Collection; contracts; release and rights forms; videotapes of Lawrence M. Small's installation as Secretary, and his first press conference; research articles, fundraising, marketing, and awards information; production scripts; shooting schedules; and special events information.

Productions documented in these records include "The Jazz Singers," "Memphis: Cradle of Rock and Soul," "River of Song: A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi River," "River of Song: Music Along the Mississippi," "The Buried Mirror," "The Global Environment: Are We Overacting," "Smithsonian World," "In Open Air: A Portrait of American Impressionists," "Yorktown," "The Work of Peace," "Piano 300," "Piano Grand!," "Here at the Smithsonian," "The Flying Machines," and "The Smithsonian Institution." NHK-SI productions include "America of the Braves: The Dark and Bright Sides of the Frontier Spirit," "America of Presidents," and "American Inventions."
Topic:
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Intellectual property  Search this
Contracts  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
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-137, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-137
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Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-137

Production Records

Topic:
Diversity Endangered (Video recording : 1987)
Downhome Blues (Video recording : 1993)
Montserrat (Video recording : 1991)
Reel Jungle (Video recording : 1988)
Buried Mirror (Proposed television program)
Uptown Blues (Video recording : 1993)
Crow Fair (Video recording : 1991)
Extent:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Drawings
Videotapes
Date:
circa 1988-1993
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the records of Lee Woodman-Cioffi, Audio-Visual Production Specialist for the Office of Telecommunications (OTC), 1985- . Materials include correspondence, memoranda, scripts, and notes documenting OTC audio-visual productions such as "Downhome & Uptown Blues," "Diversity Endangered," "Buried Mirror," "Crow Affair," "Montserrat," "Reel Jungle," and "Science in American Life." In addition there are slides, budgetary information, program designs, and contracts.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Drawings
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 97-010, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 97-010
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Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa97-010

Records

Topic:
Buried mirror (Proposed television program)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Extent:
14 cu. ft. (14 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1985-1991
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document the administrative activities of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research. The office title changed on March 25, 1992 and is presently known as the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Science. Records include correspondence and memoranda pertaining to administration of offices and bureaus throughout the Institution primarily focusing on budget appropriations, personnel matters, or the overall maintenance of museum facilities; congressional issues; exhibitions and collections management; construction contracts; fellowships; accounting services; workshops; affirmative action reports; and Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) library search. Additional correspondence refers to the American Association of Museums (AAM), Carrying Capacity Conference, Buried Mirror Project, International Environmental Sciences Program (IESP), Smithsonian Board of Regents meetings, Sloan Videohistory Project, Chesapeake Research Consortium, 1990 World Food Prize, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Topic:
Museum finance  Search this
World Food Prize  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Research  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 93-062, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Research, Records
Identifier:
Accession 93-062
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa93-062

Publicity Records

Topic:
Buried Mirror (Proposed television program)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Videotapes
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Color transparencies
Newsletters
Date:
1986-1993
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of publicity records documenting Columbus Quincentenary programs at the Smithsonian Institution. Materials include correspondence and memoranda; news articles, press releases, and newspaper clippings; media kits and press conference information pertaining to the program "Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World" and the "Symposium of the Americas"; advisory committee meeting minutes; event planning information; symposium lecture papers; photographs of Carlos Fuentes; and speech by Robert McCormick Adams, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Columbus Quincentenary, 1992-1993  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Committees  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Videotapes
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Color transparencies
Newsletters
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-074, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Publicity Records
Identifier:
Accession 95-074
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Publicity Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa95-074

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