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Topic:
Monumental Propaganda (Video recording : 1994)
Yesterday's Tomorrows: Visions of the Future on Film (Video recording : 1984)
300 Years of American Papermaking (Video recording : 1990)
Woody Guthrie's Legacy (Documentary film : 2000)
Phone Philm (Motion picture : 1976)
Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring (Video recording : 1985)
Covering the Environment: Front Page or Yesterday's News? (Video recording : 1990)
Thomas A. Edison and His Amazing Invention Factories (Motion picture : 1979)
The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World (Video recording : 1991)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Documentary films
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Video recordings
Place:
Latin America -- Civilization
Spain -- Civilization
Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Date:
1976, 1985-1999
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of "Monumental Propaganda;" "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Visions of the Future on Film;" "300 Years of American Papermaking;" "Woody Guthrie's Legacy;" "Phone Philm;" "Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring;" "Covering the Environment: Front Page or Yesterday's News?;" "Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factory;" and "The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World."

"Monumental Propaganda" is a 10 minute video that accompanied the 1994 Smithsonian Institution, International Center exhibition of the same name. "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Visions of the Future on Film" is an 18 minute compilation of scenes from futuristic, science fiction, and scientific films from 1902-1982. It was used to supplement the National Museum of American History's 1984 exhibition titled Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future. "300 Years of American Papermaking" is an interactive video that accompanied the National Museum of American History exhibition of the same name. The exhibition commemorated the building of the first paper mill in the American colonies in 1690 near Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.), by William Rittenhouse and his partners; the men and women who contributed to the industry's astonishing growth; and the manifold utilitarian and artistic uses of paper products. "Woody Guthrie's Legacy" is a 16 minute video that accompanied the 2000 National Museum of American History exhibit, This Land is Your Land: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie. "Phone Philm," was a companion film to Person to Person, a 1976 exhibition in the National Museum of History and Technology, Electricity Hall, that marked the 100th anniversary of the telephone. "Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring" is a 7 minute video produced in 1985, most likely for use in an exhibition.

"Covering the Environment: Front Page or Yesterday's News?" is a 30 minute video created for an Earth Day conference in April 1990, held in Washington, D.C., to encourage new strategies in reporting critical environmental stories in the news. It was only distributed to media professionals. The video was based on discussions at a meeting about the global environment, held in September 1989. "Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factory" is a 28 minute film produced in 1979 to accompany the exhibition, Edison: Lighting a Revolution at the National Museum of History and Technology. The film was a biographical piece featuring the Thomas A. Edison, the invention of electric light, and the founding of research labs. It won the 1980 CINE Golden Eagle Award and musical commentary is by the Iron Clad Agreement. "The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World" is a five video series written and narrated by Mexican writer and social commentator Carlos Fuentes that tells the story of Spanish and Latin American civilizations from the beginnings of history to the present. Each video was 59 minutes long and was recorded in both English and Spanish. The videos were presented by Sogetel in association with the Smithsonian Institution and Comisin? Nacional del Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de Amrica (Spain). They were first aired in the United States on the Discovery Channel in conjunction with the Columbus Quincentenary. Materials include masters, protection masters, safety copies, dub masters, sound mixes, promos, and final productions.
Restrictions:
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.
Topic:
Papermaking  Search this
Telephone  Search this
Environmental education  Search this
Earth Day  Search this
Journalism  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Paper mills  Search this
Genre/Form:
Documentary films
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Video recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-265, Smithsonian Productions, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 06-265
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa06-265

Productions

Topic:
Looking at Earth (Documentary film : 1986)
Reel Jungle (Video recording : 1988)
Mirrors on the Universe: The MMT story (Motion picture : 1979)
Phone Philm (Motion picture : 1976)
Museums and community (Video recording : 1988)
Enter Life (Motion picture : 1986)
Communication: It's More Than Sound (Motion picture : 1982)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
4.58 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1979-1989
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of video elements (1 inch magnetic, 3/4 inch U-matic, VHS), 1/4 inch audiotape, and 16mm film documenting seven productions. The 1986 production "Looking at Earth" (also known as the "Radar Show") was a companion show to the National Air and Space Museum exhibition with the same name. The exhibit was concerned with shuttle radar imaging, and looked at the history of aerial and orbital views of the Earth, from camera-carrying pigeons to aircraft to satellites. "The Reel Jungle," 1988, was a companion film to the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Exhibition, "Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure," which showed the myths and misconceptions that artists and filmmakers have created about tropical rainforests. The film won a 1989 CINE Golden Eagle Award. "Mirrors on the Universe: The MMT Story," 1979, documented the construction of the Multiple Mirror Telescope and its potential for scientific discovery. "Museums and Community," 1988, was a video released by the Office of Museum Programs, which was produced by the Smithsonian Kellogg Project in Museum Education to show how museums can become more involved in their communities. "Enter Life," a 1986 animated film, accompanied the National Museum of Natural History exhibition "The Earliest Traces of Life." The exhibition and film showed the critical stages thought to be involved in the establishment of living things on our planet based on Kenneth McCarn Towe's assessment of possible scenarios and probable hazards early life on Earth may have encountered. "Communication: It's More Than Sound," 1982, was a training film for guards, information desk personnel, and docents for assisting hearing-impaired visitors. "Phone Philm," 1976, was a companion film to the National Museum of American History exhibition "Person to Person" in the Electricity Hall that marked the 100th anniversary of the telephone.
Restrictions:
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.
Topic:
Radar  Search this
Rain forests  Search this
Telescopes  Search this
Smithsonian Kellogg Project  Search this
Hearing impaired  Search this
Telephone  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-132, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 02-132
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-132

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