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Productions

Topic:
People and Pianos: 300 Years (Television program : 2001)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Piano Grand! (Television program : 2000)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Date:
2000-2001
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of "People and Pianos: 300 Years," "Piano 300," and "Piano Grand!." All three productions celebrated the 300th anniversary of the piano. The documentary, "People and Pianos: 300 Years," was filmed in various locations across Europe, the United States and in Japan, and featured experts and craftsmen who traced the evolution of the piano, beginning with its inception in Italy to the digital and electronic technologies of tomorrow. Performances demonstrated how the introduction of the piano influenced the development of music from classical to ragtime to jazz. The broadcast aired on PBS in December 2001. "Piano 300" was a video production that accompanied the 2000 exhibition "Piano 300: Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos." "Piano Grand!" was a 90 minute television performance that complemented the "Piano 300" exhibition. It was hosted by Billy Joel and featured Dave Brubeck, Jerry Lee Lewis, and other renowned pianists. It was co-produced by Maryland Public Television. Materials in this accession include original material, narration, pickups, protection masters, and various versions of the 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:
Piano  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Piano -- History  Search this
Piano music  Search this
Television programs  Search this
Pianists  Search this
Mueums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-215, Smithsonian Productions, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 06-215
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Productions

Topic:
People and Pianos: 300 Years (Television program : 2001)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Piano Grand! (Television program : 2000)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
14.14 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes) (4.14 non-standard size boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Compact discs
Video recordings
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Electronic records
Date:
1996-2001
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of materials documenting three Smithsonian Productions projects that celebrated the 300th anniversary of the piano: "People and Pianos: 300 Years," "Piano 300," and "Piano Grand!"

The documentary, "People and Pianos: 300 Years," was filmed in various locations across Europe, the United States and in Japan, and featured experts and craftsmen who traced the evolution of the piano, beginning with its inception in Italy to the digital and electronic technologies of tomorrow. Performances demonstrated how the introduction of the piano influenced the development of music from classical to ragtime to jazz. The broadcast aired on PBS in December 2001.

"Piano 300" was a video production that accompanied the 2000 exhibition "Piano 300: Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos."

"Piano Grand!" was a 90 minute television performance that complimented the "Piano 300" exhibition. It was hosted by Billy Joel and featured Dave Brubeck, Jerry Lee Lewis, and other renowned pianists. It was co-produced by Maryland Public Television.

Materials consist of video and audio elements, including digital betas, HDCAMS, beta SP, compact disks, MP3s, DATS, 1/2" digital audio mastering tapes, camera originals, and edited masters. Some materials are in electronic format.
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:
Piano  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Compact discs
Video recordings
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-211, Smithsonian Productions, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 02-211
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-211

Production Records

Topic:
If This House Could Talk…Historic Homes, Extraordinary Americans (Television program)
Guide to the Smithsonian (Documentary film)
Jazz Smithsonian (Radio program : 1993)
Remembering Slavery (Radio program : 1997)
Piano Grand! (Television program : 2000)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1987-2001
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes records documenting the film, video, and radio production activities of Paul B. Johnson, Director. Materials include correspondence and memoranda; production scripts, schedules, and tape logs; license agreements and releases; contracts; marketing information; budget summaries; and travel itineraries.

Productions documented in these records include: "If This House Could Talk...Historic Homes, Extraordinary Americans," "Guide to the Smithsonian" (Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center film), "Jazz Smithsonian," "Remembering Slavery," "Piano Grand!," and "Piano 300."
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Video recordings -- Direction and production  Search this
Radio programs  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
Contracts  Search this
Marketing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-151, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-151
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-151

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)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
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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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-137

Production Records

Topic:
Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden (Documentary film : 1991)
The Haupt Garden (Video recording : 1994)
Smithsonian world
Smithsonian video collection
Search for the Tunguska Meteorite (Documentary film)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
6 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1984-2002
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes the records of Laura T. Schneider, Audio-Visual Production Specialist, primarily documenting her work on "Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden," an educational film to acquaint American audiences with the historical and cultural significance of Japanese Gardens and their importance to Japan's landscape; and the production "The Haupt Garden," an orientation video about the Victorian garden to be shown in the Children's Room at the Smithsonian 'Castle' Building. The records also include information about other productions such as "Smithsonian World," an educational television series that explored people, ideas, and events that shape world culture; "Search for the Tunguska Meteorite," a documentary film about the 1908 explosion in Siberia of a large meteorite; "River of Song: Music Along the Mississippi," an educational television program exploring music along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to New Orleans; "Piano 300," an exhibition video celebrating three centuries of people and pianos; and the "Smithsonian Video Collection," an educational video series focusing on the Smithsonian Institution's collections and research.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Tunguska meteorite  Search this
Smithsonian buildings  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 03-029, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 03-029
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa03-029

Intellectual Property Records

Topic:
Piano Grand! (Television program : 2000)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Jazz Singers (Radio program)
Memphis: Cradle of Rock and Soul (Radio program : 2000)
Jazz Smithsonian (Radio program : 1993)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (2 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1995-2002
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of purchase orders, contracts, and agreements concerning intellecutal property rights pertaining to Smithsonian Productions productions.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Radio -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-114, Smithsonian Productions, Intellectual Property Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-114
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-114

Production Records

Topic:
Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition (Motion picture : 1976)
Piano Grand! (Television program : 2000)
Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was (Radio program : 1995)
Beyond Category: The Music of Duke Ellington (Video recording)
Sawyer and His Mill (Motion picture : 1969)
Creatures Great and Small (Video recording : 1989)
Smithsonian World (Television program : 1984-1991)
Yorktown (Motion picture : 1982)
First Ladies (Video recording : 1989)
Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860 (Video recording : 1987)
The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999)
Piano 300 (Video recording : 2000)
Jazz Smithsonian (Radio program : 1993)
Smithsonian Quest (Television program : 1986)
Science in American Life (Video recording : c. 1992)
Jazz Age in Paris: 1914-1940 (Video recording : 1998)
Smithsonian Minutes (Television program : c. 1995)
Smithsonian video collection
Last Wheel Works (Motion picture : 1974)
Beyond the Ocean, Beneath the Leaf (Video recording : 1982)
What in the World (Television program : 1977)
Creator::
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Extent:
3.9 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 16x20 box) (4 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Floor plans
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color negatives
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1968-2002
Descriptive Entry:
This accession includes records documenting the film, video, and radio production activities of John P. Meehan, Audio-Visual Production Specialist; Jacquie Gales Webb, Producer; and Paul B. Johnson, Director. Material consists of correspondence, memoranda, and notes; performer's licenses; production logs; contracts and releases; music cue sheets; blueprints; interview transcripts; grant information; audio scripts; photographs and slides; drawings; budget summaries; meeting agenda; proposals; and information on the Smithsonian Video Collection.

Productions documented in these records include "Piano Grand!," "Black Radio: Telling it Like it Was," "Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington," "The Sawyer and His Mill," "Creatures Great and Small," "Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition," "The Last Wheel Works," "Smithsonian Quest," "Smithsonian World," "Yorktown," "The First Ladies," "Engines of Change," "Beyond the Ocean, Beneath the Leaf," "River of Song: Music Along the Mississippi," "Piano 300," "Jazz Smithsonian," "What in the World," "Science in American Life," "Jazz in Paris: 1914-1940," and "Smithsonian Minutes."
Oversize:
This collection contains oversize material.
Topic:
Intellectual property  Search this
Video recordings -- Production and direction  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Budget  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Documentary videos  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Floor plans
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color negatives
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-208, Smithsonian Productions, Production Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-208
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-208

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