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Star Trek Starship Enterprise Model Drawings

Topic:
Star trek (Television program : 1966-1969)
Creator:
Columbia Broadcasting System, inc.  Search this
Extent:
0.16 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Date:
bulk 1964
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of two original paper drawings of the Star Trek Starship Enterprise 33-inch model plans, drawn by Matt Jefferies in 1964. One of the drawing is 56 by 30 inches, the other is 42.5 by 27.75 inches. The back of one of the drawings also include a sample of over sprayed paint from the base color of the 33-inch model, and both have handwritten notes and diagrams from model-maker Richard C. Datin.
Biographical / Historical:
The weekly hour-long Star Trek TV show (NBC-TV), which aired from September 1966 until June 1969, became one of the most popular shows in the history of television. The show's depiction of a racially-integrated, multinational crew of men and women working together successfully, as well as its attention to contemporary social and political issues, pushed the boundaries of network television, earning Star Trek a dedicated fan base.
The principal designer of the Star Trek Starship Enterprise model, Walter "Matt" Jefferies, worked with concepts provided by Star Trek's creator Gene Roddenberry. A 33 inch model mostly of solid wood was then built by model-maker Richard C. Datin under subcontract to the Howard Anderson Company. This model, created as a study model and for publicity shots, did appear in some episodes. For production, however, Desilu/Howard Anderson ordered a larger model, the 11-foot Star Trek Starship Enterprise studio model (held by the Museum since 1974) which was built from enlarging the 33 inch model plans.
Provenance:
Noel McDonald /and CBS, Gift, 2016
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Science fiction  Search this
Popular culture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Citation:
Star Trek Starship Enterprise Model Drawings, Accession 2016-0028, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2016.0028
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2016-0028

Exhibition Records

Topic:
Star trek (Television program : 1966-1969)
Creator::
National Air and Space Museum. Exhibits and Public Services Department  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1990-1996
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the development of the exhibition Star Trek and the intellectual property rights surrounding it. The exhibition examined the unique history and influence of a popular culture icon and featured footage from the Star Trek television series as well as individual interviews with the show's cast. Materials include proposals, scripts, correspondence, memoranda, notes, copies of press clippings, budget, reports, and permissions granted and received for use of the footage and the promotional video created from the footage.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Intellectual property  Search this
Popular culture  Search this
Television  Search this
Actors and actresses  Search this
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Science fiction television programs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-135, National Air and Space Museum. Exhibits and Public Services Department, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 10-135
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa10-135

Correspondence

Topic:
Star trek (Television program : 1966-1969)
Creator::
National Air and Space Museum. Department of Astronautics  Search this
Extent:
32 cu. ft. (64 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1965-1984, with materials dating from circa 1953
Descriptive Entry:
This collection deals chiefly with Durant's tenure as Assistant Director for Astronautics at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Perhaps the single topic of greatest interest is the effort to obtain a building for NASM, which was accomplished on July 1, 1976, when the new museum opened. A parallel theme concerns the drive to plan and complete the new museum's exhibits. Durant's wide contacts in the aerospace community, based on his years as an engineer and administrator, made him very useful in this respect. At the same time, there is a continuing interest in the on-going study of the history of military aviation and astronautics as well. Finally, there is documentation for Durant's private interests, which included stamp collecting, magic, and the activities of the Cosmos Club, to which he belongs.

Correspondents include many of the United States astronauts; Arthur C. Clarke; Stanley Kubrick; and the creators of Star Trek, the popular television series.
Historical Note:
Frederick Clark Durant, (1916-2015) was born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and educated as a chemical engineer at Lehigh University (B.S., 1939). He served as a naval pilot during World War II.

In the post war years his career led him through a variety of aspects of aeronautics and rocketry, in both the government and private corporations. He was employed with Bell Aircraft Corporation, 1947-1948; the U.S. Naval Air Rocket Test Station, New Jersey, 1949-1952; as an Engineering Consultant, 1953-1954; with Arthur D. Little, Inc., 1955-1957; Avco-Everett Research Laboratory, 1958-1961; and Bell Aerosystems Company, 1962-1964. In 1965 he joined the National Air Museum (the National Air and Space Museum - after 1966) as its Assistant Director for Astronautics. He held that post until leaving NASM in 1980 to pursue other interests. Durant is a recognized expert on the history of rocketry and is a member of numerous societies, among them the American Astronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and he is a past President of the American Rocket Society.
Rights:
Box 33 contains copyrighted materials; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museum curators  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Astronautical museums  Search this
Astronauts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 398, National Air and Space Museum. Department of Astronautics, Correspondence
Identifier:
Record Unit 398
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Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0398

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