5.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (5 document boxes)
This accession consists of audio and video elements created during the production of the radio series "Memphis: Cradle of Rock and Soul" and videos for the exhibition
"Rock 'n' Soul: Social Crossroads."
"Memphis: Cradle of Rock and Soul" is a 13-part radio documentary featuring oral histories and music from the National Museum of American History's collection of recordings.
The programs were narrated by Cybill Shepherd and aired in the fall of 2000.
"Rock 'n' Soul: Social Crossroads" was jointly produced by the National Museum of American History and the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and permanently resides in Memphis.
The exhibition, which opened in 2000, traces the emergence of rock and roll and rhythm and blues music in Memphis from 1930-1975, from its rural traditions and working class
influences. Smithsonian Productions produced a number of videos for use in this exhibition.
Much of the material in this collection consists of interviews and recordings of musicians on DAT or 3/4" U-matic videotape. Materials also include interviews of historians,
voiceovers, rough cuts, and final cuts.
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
This accession consists of records created and maintained by John P. Meehan, Audio-Visual Production Specialist; Jacquie Gales Webb, Producer; Paul B. Johnson, Director;
and other Radio Smithsonian staff, documenting the planning, development, and execution of original radio series and programs.
Radio productions documented in this accession include "Memphis: Cradle of Rock 'n' Soul;" "Folk Masters at the Barns of Wolf Trap;" "Jazz Smithsonian;" "Remembering Slavery;"
"River of Song: A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi River;" "Jazz Singers;" "Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was;" "Red, Hot, and Blue!;" and "Radio Smithsonian." Video
productions documented in this accession include "Perpetual Campaign: The President, The People, and The Court;" "Negative Campaigns;" "Low Road to High Office?;" "Beyond
Category: the Musical Genius of Duke Ellington;" "Jazz Age in Paris: 1914-1940;" "Rescue in the Wild: Endangered Species and Habitat Protections at SI;" "The National Zoo:
Think Tank;" "Afro-Americans and the Evolution of a Living Constitution;" "First Ladies;" "Workers and Managers;" "Celebrations;" "Titanic Mail Story;" and "Swedish Sculpture."
Television productions documented in this accession include "River of Song: Music Along the Mississippi;" "Here at the Smithsonian;" and "People and Pianos: 300 Years."
Films documented in this accession include "Preserving an Architectural Heritage: The Decorative Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright" and "In Open Air: A Portrait of the American
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, notes, scripts, treatments, release forms, contracts, photographs, clippings, press releases, and budgets.