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Tropical Rainforest Exhibit Oral History Interviews

Extent:
20 audiotapes and 1 videotape.
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Date:
1992, 1994
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also reminiscences and interviews recorded by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Tropical Rainforest Exhibit Oral History Interviews were compiled to document the exhibit processes of the National Museum of Natural History.
Descriptive Entry:
Steven W. Allison, Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow, from Cornell University, Department of Science and Technology Studies, conducted these interviews as a part of his doctoral research into the relationship between exhibition and research in natural history museums. These interviews cover the relationship between research and exhibition at the NMNH; the changes in meaning of the rainforest as it was reinterpreted for different exhibits; and the impact of trends in public education about science and the role of an icon, such as the rainforest, in discussions of the environment. Interviews of Sayre include both audiotaped and videotaped sessions and include many visuals from the exhibit.

The Tropical Rainforest Exhibit Oral History Interviews consist of 16 interview sessions, totaling approximately 18.5 hours of audiotape recordings, 0.40 hours of videotape recordings, and 313 pages of transcript.
Historical Note:
Museum exhibits are the result of a complex interplay between researchers, educators, and design specialists. These interviews focus on a case study of the evolution of a tropical rainforest life group at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in the 1960s and 1970s, which first emerged as a Hall of Botany in 1960, was redefined as a Hall of Living Things in 1968, was eventually built for an exhibit on environmental issues called It All Depends: How Man Affects and Is Affected by His Natural Environment, in 1974, and was later moved to the Hall of South American Anthropology in the Natural History Building. The interviewees include: Stanwyn G. Shetler, Curator of Phanerogams, NMNH, member of the exhibit committee for the original Hall of Botany; Reginald "Bud" J. Sayre, Preparator, Natural History Laboratory, who participated in an expedition to Kaieteur Falls in British Guiana to collect specimens and make molds and drawings of the site for the rainforest part of the exhibit in NMNH; Sophy Burnham, former Assistant Curator of the Smithsonian Museum Service, who was instrumental in creating a film, The Leaf Thieves, which documents the creation of the exhibit; Richard Sumner Cowan, former Director, NMNH, who also participated in the Kaieteur Falls Expedition to collect materials for the original Hall of Botany; Joseph Shannon, former Designer, NMNH, who worked on the design of the Botany Hall and later the Hall of Living Things; Paul N. Perrot, former Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs, who was involved in providing support, recommendations, and facilitating the exhibit work, and who helped establish an Office of Exhibits Central at the Smithsonian; James A. Mahoney, former Chief of the Office of Exhibits Central, who worked on many aspects of the rainforest exhibit; David B. Lellinger, Curator of Ferns, NMNH, a member of the original exhibit committee and participant in several collecting field trips for the exhibit; and Thomas E. Lovejoy, III, Counselor to the Secretary for Biodiversity and Environmental Affairs, on the role of tropical rainforests as icons for the environmental movement.
Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Topic:
Museum techniques  Search this
Tropical biology  Search this
Botany  Search this
Ecology  Search this
Conservation of natural resources  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Rain forests  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9565, Tropical Rainforest Exhibit Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9565
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Tropical Rainforest Exhibit Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9565

Calendar of Events

Topic:
Calendar of events (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Serials (publications)
Date:
1958-1988
Descriptive Entry:
The Calendar of Events was originally published by the Smithsonian Museum Service, which was established in 1958 to provide non-technical information about exhibits, research, and events to the public. G. Carroll Lindsay was appointed Acting Curator of the service in 1958 and Curator in 1959. He served until 1966, when Meredith Johnson was named Acting Director. James R. Morris became Director in 1967 and served until 1968, when the Office of Public Affairs was formally established. For an administrative history of the Office of Public Affairs, see Record Unit 369.

The Calendar was at first sent only to staff members, but eventually they were sent to docents and volunteers and then to other interested persons. In recent years the Calendar has been published in several Washington newspapers.

The Calendar of Events was issued monthly to inform the public of dates, times, and places of exhibitions, lectures, films, special events, tours, and hours of operation. The Calendar consists of one page and is usually folded and adapted for use as a mailer.
Restrictions:
The set is not complete.
Topic:
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Genre/Form:
Serials (publications)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 405, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Calendar of Events
Identifier:
Record Unit 405
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Calendar of Events
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0405

News Releases

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Extent:
10 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1958-1990
Descriptive Entry:
News releases, also called press releases, have long been issued by the Smithsonian to communicate information to the public about Smithsonian events, important visitors, new exhibitions, lectures, and scholarly and administrative appointments. For earlier news releases, researchers should consult Record Unit 82. Some boxes have item lists, contact the SIA Reference Staff for further information (call 202-633-5870 or email OSIAREF@si.edu).
Historical Note:
News releases were published by the Smithsonian Museum Service, 1958-1967. In 1968 the newly-established Office of Public Affairs assumed the responsibility. For an administrative history of the Smithsonian Museum Service, see Record Unit 405. For an administrative history of the Office of Public Affairs, see Record Unit 369.
Topic:
Press releases  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Publicity  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 370, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, News Releases
Identifier:
Record Unit 370
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News Releases
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0370

Smithsonian Museum Service

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-282, Smithsonian Institution, Personnel Records
See more items in:
Personnel Records
Personnel Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa06-282-refidd1e245

Production Records

Topic:
Yorktown (Motion picture : 1982)
Reunions: Memories of an American Experience (Documentary film : 1979)
Leaf Thieves (Motion picture : 1963)
Mirrors on the Universe: The MMT story (Motion picture : 1979)
Sense of Discovery, The National Collection of Fine Arts (Motion picture : 1980)
Smithsonian Galaxy (Radio program)
Smithsonian World (Television program : 1984-1991)
Radio Smithsonian (Radio program)
Smithsonian Institution with S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary (Television program)
Here at the Smithsonian (Television program)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
7.5 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1963-1988
Descriptive Entry:
These records primarily document the activities of OTC under Director Nazaret Cherkezian. A small amount of records were created by Paul B. Johnson. There are also a few records created by OTC's predecessor offices. The records include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, contracts, budgets, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases, scripts, and related materials concerning OTC radio broadcasts Radio Smithsonian and Smithsonian Galaxy; television and film productions, especially "Smithsonian World" and the Emmy award-winning "The Smithsonian Institution with S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary;" production planning; facilities and equipment, including the construction of the OTC studio in the National Museum of History and Technology; and administrative records.
Historical Note:
The Office of Telecommunications (OTC) was established on August 15, 1976, as a separate unit reporting directly to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Service. Prior to the creation of OTC, coordination of Smithsonian telecommunication activities was a function of the Smithsonian Museum Service, 1958-1965; the Office of Public Information, 1965-1967; and the Office of Public Affairs, 1967-1976. OTC develops ideas for the production of programs and broadcast series for public and commercial television and radio, films, and related visual and audio materials, which bring a better understanding of the Smithsonian to American and foreign audiences. OTC is also the contact point for all interested outside producers of telecommunications projects relating to all Smithsonian bureaus. OTC broadcast series have included Radio Smithsonian, a national, weekly radio program providing information about the multi-disciplinary activities of the Institution which was in production from 1969 to 1990; Smithsonian Galaxy, a series of short radio features highlighting the work of Smithsonian curators, scientists, and researchers broadcast from 1979 to 1987; and Here at the Smithsonian, a series of short features for television, produced from 1982 to 1989. In addition, OTC produces films of special events of the Institution; provides archival recordings of conferences, symposia, and other programs; and produces films for Smithsonian exhibitions. Nazaret Cherkezian was appointed Director of OTC in 1976. He retired in 1986 and was replaced by Assistant Director Paul B. Johnson who served as Acting Director, 1986-1988, and Director, 1988-2002.
Topic:
Documentary films  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Intellectual property  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Radio programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 586, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 586
See more items in:
Production Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0586

Productions

Topic:
Smithsonian (Television program)
Ascent of Man (Television program)
Leaf Thieves (Motion picture : 1963)
Smithsonian's Whale (Motion picture : 1964)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Extent:
17.9 cu. ft. (16 record storage boxes) (5 film boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
circa 1963-1989
Descriptive Entry:
This record unit consists of 16mm motion picture films produced by the Office of Telecommunications (OTC) and its predecessors, the Smithsonian Museum Service, the Office of Public Information, and the Office of Public Affairs. Also included are films created by outside producers in collaboration with OTC. Included are black and white and color films, workprints, and silent films. Of special interest are films of Smithsonian special events, bureaus, facilities, equipment, exhibitions, openings, and staff; films of politicians and celebrities at the Smithsonian including Lyndon Baines Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Hubert H. Humphrey, and Alan B. Shepard, Jr.; films from the 1966 National Broadcasting Corporation series THE SMITHSONIAN; and Smithsonian-produced films The Leaf Thieves, 1963, which documents the planning and fabrication of a proposed rain forest exhibition in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and The Smithsonian's Whale, 1964, which concerns the construction of a 92-foot model blue whale in NMNH.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing copies are not currently available. Viewing copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Telecommunication  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 587, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Record Unit 587
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0587

Smithsonian Museum Service, 1965

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Division of Vertebrate Paleontology  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 424, National Museum of Natural History. Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, Records
See more items in:
Records
Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0424-refidd1e2763

Smithsonian Museum Service, November 16, 1965

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 15
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 84-219, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Records
See more items in:
Records
Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa84-219-refidd1e615

Smithsonian Museum Services, 1960-1966

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Department of Invertebrate Zoology  Search this
Container:
Box 15 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 292, National Museum of Natural History. Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Records
See more items in:
Records
Records / Box 15
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0292-refidd1e1554

Smithsonian Museum Service, 1958-1965

Collection Creator::
National Museum of History and Technology. Department of History of Technology  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession T90006, National Museum of History and Technology. Department of History of Technology, Correspondence and Memoranda
See more items in:
Correspondence and Memoranda
Correspondence and Memoranda / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fat90006-refidd1e3102

Presentation of Mounted Fish to T. Dale Stewart

Creator:
Scott, Jack  Search this
Subject:
Stewart, T. D (Thomas Dale) 1901-1997  Search this
McIntire, Clifford G (Clifford Guy) 1908-1974  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
4 x 5;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1964
May 12, 1964
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-126 [MNH-050A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397195

Sculpture and Drawings by Juan de Avalos Special Exhibition Opening

Creator:
Scott, Jack  Search this
Subject:
Ávalos, Juan de 1911-2006  Search this
Lindsey, G. Carroll  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
4 x 5;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1964
May 12, 1964
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-126 [MNH-051]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397196

Sculpture and Drawings by Juan de Avalos Special Exhibition Opening

Creator:
Scott, Jack  Search this
Subject:
Ávalos, Juan de 1911-2006  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Lindsey, G. Carroll  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
5 x 4;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1964
May 12, 1964
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-126 [MNH-051A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397197

Sculpture and Drawings by Juan de Avalos Special Exhibition Opening

Creator:
Scott, Jack  Search this
Subject:
Ávalos, Juan de 1911-2006  Search this
Lindsey, G. Carroll  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
5 x 4;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1964
May 12, 1964
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-126 [MNH-051B]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397198

Group Portrait of Junior League Museum Docents

Creator:
Scott, Jack  Search this
Subject:
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Junior League of Washington (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
4 x 5;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1959
September 22, 1959
Topic:
Museum docents  Search this
Portraits, Group  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-126 [MNH-085]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397227

Presentation of Replica of Cullinan Diamond

Creator:
Scott, Jack  Search this
Subject:
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Mineral Sciences  Search this
Physical description:
5 x 4;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1959
November 8, 1959
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-126 [MNH-138]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397286

Presentation of Replica of Cullinan Diamond

Creator:
Scott, Jack  Search this
Subject:
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Mineral Sciences  Search this
Physical description:
5 x 4;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1959
November 8, 1959
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-126 [MNH-138A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397287

Lord Snowdon Visits Bird House at National Zoological Park

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Snowdon, Antony Armstrong-Jones Earl of 1930-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Reed, Theodore H  Search this
Johnson, Meredith  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1965
November 17, 1965
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-781]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371773

Exhibits in the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution

Title:
Smithsonian Institution exhibits and collections
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. ; 16 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1900
1995
19--?]
Call number:
AM101.S666.5 E96 1900
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_481786

Smithsonian Museum Service Established

Subject:
Lindsay, G. Carroll  Search this
Smithsonian Museum Service  Search this
Junior League of Washington, D.C  Search this
Date:
October 21, 1958
Topic:
Museum docents  Search this
New Programs  Search this
Volunteers  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_815

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