SIA Acc. 08-081, Smithsonian Institution Office of Telecommunications, Productions, 1984-1991, 1995-1998, 2003

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Summary

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Telecommunications
Title:
Productions, 1984-1991, 1995-1998, 2003
Dates:
1984, 1984-1991, 1984-1991, 1995-1998, 2003
Summary:
This accession consists of videotapes created during the production of "Smithsonian World," an educational television series that explored people, ideas, and events that shape world culture, blending art, science, history, and the humanities to create an exciting harmony among disciplines. The production was narrated by historian David G. McCullough and co-produced by WETA-TV for broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service. The series consisted of 6 seasons, each with 5-7 episodes. Each episode ran approximately 1 hour. Season 1 (1984-1985) episodes include "Time and Light;" "Crossing the Distance;" "Speaking Without Words;" "Designs for Living;" "Filling in the Blanks;" "The Last Flower;" and "Desk in the Jungle." Season 2 (1985-1986) episodes include "Heroes and the Test of Time;" "A Usable Past;" "Where None Has Gone Before;" "On the Shoulders of Giants;" and "American Pie." Season 3 (1986-1987) episodes include "The Wyeths: A Father and His Family;" "Voices of Latin America;" "The Elephant on the Hill;" "The Promise of the Land;" and "Islam." Season 4 (1988-1989) episodes include "The Living Smithsonian;" "American Dream at Groton;" "The Way We Wear;" "Web of Life;" and "The Vever Affair." Season 5 (1990) episodes include "Zoo;" "A Moveable Feast;" "Tales of the Human Dawn;" "Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits;" and "The Quantum Universe." Season 6 (1991) episodes include "Gender: An Enduring Paradox;" "Selling the Dream;" "From Information to Wisdom;" "A Certain Age;" and "Doors of Perception." Materials include camera footage, film transfers, dubs, PAL dubs, credits, final productions, and promotions. There are a wide variety of videotape formats including 3/4" U-matic, VHS, Betacam SP, and Betacam. Also included in this accession is an interview with Arthur M. Sackler done by Smithsonian World staff on 3/4" U-matic videotape. Reference copies for some episodes are available
Topics:
Art--Study and teaching, Museums--Educational aspects, Science--Study and teaching, Television in education, Humanities--Study and teaching, History--Study and teaching
Subjects:
McCullough, David G, Sackler, Arthur M, Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.)
Form/Genre:
Videotapes, Collection descriptions
Local Number:
SIA Acc. 08-081
Physical Description:
10 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes)

Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 08-081

Smithsonian Institution., Office of Telecommunications

Productions, 1984-1991, 1995-1998, 2003

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution., Office of Telecommunications
Title: Productions
Dates: 1984-1991, 1995-1998, 2003
Quantity: 10 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 08-081
Language of Materials: English

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of videotapes created during the production of "Smithsonian World," an educational television series that explored people, ideas, and events that shape world culture, blending art, science, history, and the humanities to create an exciting harmony among disciplines. The production was narrated by historian David G. McCullough and co-produced by WETA-TV for broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service.

The series consisted of 6 seasons, each with 5-7 episodes. Each episode ran approximately 1 hour. Season 1 (1984-1985) episodes include "Time and Light;" "Crossing the Distance;" "Speaking Without Words;" "Designs for Living;" "Filling in the Blanks;" "The Last Flower;" and "Desk in the Jungle." Season 2 (1985-1986) episodes include "Heroes and the Test of Time;" "A Usable Past;" "Where None Has Gone Before;" "On the Shoulders of Giants;" and "American Pie." Season 3 (1986-1987) episodes include "The Wyeths: A Father and His Family;" "Voices of Latin America;" "The Elephant on the Hill;" "The Promise of the Land;" and "Islam." Season 4 (1988-1989) episodes include "The Living Smithsonian;" "American Dream at Groton;" "The Way We Wear;" "Web of Life;" and "The Vever Affair." Season 5 (1990) episodes include "Zoo;" "A Moveable Feast;" "Tales of the Human Dawn;" Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits;" and "The Quantum Universe." Season 6 (1991) episodes include "Gender: An Enduring Paradox;" "Selling the Dream;" "From Information to Wisdom;" "A Certain Age;" and "Doors of Perception."

Materials include camera footage, film transfers, dubs, PAL dubs, credits, final productions, and promotions. There are a wide variety of videotape formats including 3/4" U-matic, VHS, Betacam SP, and Betacam. Also included in this accession is an interview with Arthur M. Sackler done by Smithsonian World staff on 3/4" U-matic videotape. Reference copies for some episodes are available.

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Access Restriction

Special restrictions on use of these materials may apply. Viewing copies are not currently available, but can be made for a fee, Transferring office; 4/10/2002 memorandum, Peters to SIA; Contact reference staff for details.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-081, Smithsonian Institution., Office of Telecommunications, Productions

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Container List

Box 1

"Time and Light," Show #101, Dub from 1", 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"Time and Light," Show #101, Final Production, 12/1985, 58:02, 3/4" U-matic

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"Crossing the Distance," Show #102, WETA, 1/17/1984, 1/17/1984, 3/4" U-matic

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"Crossing the Distance," Show #102, Final Production, 57:43, 3/4" U-matic

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"Speaking Without Words," Show #103, Final Production, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"Speaking Without Words," Show #103, Final Production, 57:56, 3/4" U-matic

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"Design for Living," Show #104, Final Production, 58:03, 3/4" U-matic

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"Filling in the Blanks," Show #105, Final Production, 58:07, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"The Last Flower," Show #106, Final Production, 57:42, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Last Flower," Show #106, Final Production, 12/1985, 57:42, 3/4" U-matic

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"A Desk in the Jungle," Show #107, Dub, 6/29/1984, 3/4" U-matic

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"A Desk in the Jungle," Show #107, Final Production, 58:03, 3/4" U-matic

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"Time and Light," Show #101, Film Transfer, 60:00, Beta I

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"Crossing the Distance," Show #102, Film Transfer, 60:00, Beta I

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"Speaking Without Words," Show #103, Film Transfer, 60:00, Beta I

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"Designs for Living," Show #104, Film Transfer, 58:00, Beta I

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"Filling in the Blanks," Show #105, Final Production, 12/1985, 58:07, Beta II

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"The Last Flower," Show #106, Film Transfer, 60:00, Beta I

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Box 2

"A Desk in the Jungle," Show #107, Film Transfer, 60:00, Beta I

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"Time and Light," Show #101, Final Production, 58:02, VHS

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"Crossing the Distance," Show #102, Final Production, 58:05, VHS

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"Speaking Without Words," Show #103, Final Production, 57:56, VHS

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"Design for Living," Show #104, Final Production, 58:03, VHS

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"Filling in the Blanks," Show #105, Final Production, 58:07, VHS

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"Filling in the Blanks," Show #105, Film Transfer, 7/7/1987, Beta I (in VHS case)

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"The Last Flower," Show #106, Final Production, 12/1986, 57:42, VHS

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"A Desk in the Jungle," Show #107, Final Production, 12/1986, 57:42, VHS

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"A Desk in the Jungle," Show #107, Final Production, 57:48, VHS

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"Heroes and the Test of Time," Show #201, 57:48, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"A Usable Past," Show #202, :30 and :60 Promos, 4/29/1985, 3/4" U-matic

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"A Usable Past," Show #202, Dub, 2/14/1985, 57:48, 3/4" U-matic

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"A Usable Past," Show #202, Dub, 60:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"A Usable Past," Show #202, Final Production, 57:48, 3/4" U-matic

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"Where None Has Gone Before," Show #203, 9/3/1985, 57:46, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"On the Shoulders of Giants," Show #204, Final Production, 12/1985, 57:36, 3/4" U-matic

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Box 3

"American Pie," Show #205, Final Production, 57:48, 3/4" U-matic

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"American Pie," Show #205, Final Production, 10/25/1985, 57:48, 3/4" U-matic

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"Heroes and the Test of Time," Show #201, Final Production, 57:48, VHS

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"Heroes and the Test of Time," Show #201, Final Production, 12/1986, 57:48, VHS

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"A Usable Past," Show #202, Final Production, 12/1986, 57:48, VHS

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"Where None Have Gone Before," Show #203, Final Production, 57:48, VHS

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"On the Shoulders of Giants," Show #204, Final Production, 57:36, VHS

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"American Pie," Show #205, Final Production, 2/1986, 57:48, VHS

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"The Wyeths: A Father and His Family," Show #301, Final Production, 10/27/1986, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"The Wyeths: A Father and His Family," Show #301, Final Production, 4/25/1989, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Wyeths: A Father and His Family," Show #301, :30 and :60 Promos, 3/4" U-matic

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"Voices of Latin America," Show #302, Final Production, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"Voices of Latin America," Show #302, Final Production, 4/25/1989, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"Elephant on the Hill," Show #303, :30 and :60 Promos, 5/13/1987, 3/4" U-matic

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"Elephant on the Hill," Show #303, Final Production, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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Box 4

"The Promise of the Land," Show #304, :30 and :60 Promos, 6/10/1987, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Promise of the Land," Show #304, Final Production, 4/25/1989, 57:57, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Promise of the Land," Show #304, Final Production, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Promise of the Land," Show #304, Final Production, 6/10/1987, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"Islam," Show #305, :30 and :60 Promos, 7/22/1987, 3/4" U-matic

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"Islam," Show #305, Final Production, 57:44, 3/4" U-matic

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"Islam," Show #305, Final Production, 7/22/1987, 57:44, 3/4" U-matic

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"Voices of Latin America," Show #302, :30 and :60 Promos, 1" Dub, 3/9/1987, Beta S

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"The Wyeths: A Father and His Family," Show #301, PAL Dub, 8/15/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"The Wyeths: A Father and His Family," Show #301, PAL Dub, 2/3/1998, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"The Wyeths: A Father and His Family," Show #301, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"The Wyeths: A Father and His Family," Show #301, Final Production, 4/25/1989, 58:00, VHS

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"The Wyeths: A Father and His Family," Show #301, Final Production, 11/1986, 58:00, VHS

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"The Promise of the Land," Show #304, Final Production, 58:00, VHS

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"The Promise of the Land," Show #304, Final Production, 58:00, VHS SP

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"The Living Smithsonian," Show #401, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 9/26/1988, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Living Smithsonian," Show #401, Without January 18 Audio Fix, 9/21/1988, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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Box 5

"The Living Smithsonian," Show #401, Final Production, 10/24/1988, 57:47, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Living Smithsonian," Show #401, Final Production, 57:47, 3/4" U-matic

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"American Dream at Groton," Show #402, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 10/13/1988, 3/4" U-matic

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"American Dream at Groton," Show #402, Film Transfer, 9/23/1988, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"American Dream at Groton," Show #402, Final Production, 9/28/1988, 58:00, 3/" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"American Dream at Groton," Show #402, Final Production, 4/21/1988, 57:54, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"The Way We Wear," Show #403, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 11/22/1988, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Way We Wear," Show #403, Final Production, 57:46, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"Web of Life," Show #404, Final Production, 1/25/1989, 57:50, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"The Vever Affair," Show #405, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 1/30/1989, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Vever Affair," Show #405, Final Production, 1/30/1989, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Vever Affair," Show #405, Final Production, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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Box 6

"The Living Smithsonian," Show #401, PAL Dub, 7/20/1995, 57:35, Betacam SP

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"The Living Smithsonian," Show #401, PAL Dub, 2/3/1998, 57:35, Betacam SP

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"The Living Smithsonian," Show #401, 3/26/1997, 57:34, Betacam SP

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"The Web of Life," Show #404, PAL Dub, 7/20/1995, 58:06, Betacam SP

Box 6 of 10

"The Web of Life," Show #404, 57:53, 3/26/1997, Betacam SP

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"The Vever Affair," Show #405, PAL Dub, 7/20/1995, 58:06, Betacam SP

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"The Vever Affair," Show #405, 3/26/1997, 58:07, Betacam SP

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"The Living Smithsonian," Show #401, 57:47, VHS

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"The Living Smithsonian," Show #401, 11/21/1988, 57:47, VHS

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"American Dream at Groton," Show #402, Final Production, 58:00, VHS

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"The Way We Wear," Show #403, Final Production, 57:46, VHS (2 videotapes)

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"The Way We Wear," Show #403, Split Audio, 12/26/1988, 57:46, VHS

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"Web of Life," Show #404, Final Production, 58:00, VHS

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"Web of Life," Show #404, Final Production, 57:50, VHS

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"The Vever Affair," Show #405, Final Production, 58:00, VHS

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"Zoo," Show #501, :20,:30, and :60 Promos, 12/22/1989, 3/4" U-matic

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"Zoo," Show #501, Final Production, 1/24/1989, 57:34, 3/4" U-matic

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"A Moveable Feast," Show #502, Film Transfer, 12/18/1989, 56:19, 3/4" U-matic

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Box 7

"A Moveable Feast," Show #502, Final Production, 2/21/1990, 57:30, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"Tales of the Human Dawn," Show #503, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 2/26/1990, 3/4" U-matic

Box 7 of 10

"Tales of the Human Dawn," Show #503, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 2/27/1990, 3/4" U-matic

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"Tales of the Human Dawn," Show #503, Final Production, 3/28/1990, 57:57, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits," Show #504, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 3/26/1990, 3/4" U-matic

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"Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits," Show #504, Final Production, 3/15/1990, 56:22, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits," Show #504, Final Production, 5/2/1990, 57:54, 3/4" U-matic

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"The Quantum Universe," Show #505, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 5/4/1990, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"The Quantum Universe," Show #505, Final Production, 6/6/1990, 59:46, 3/4" U-matic

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"Zoo," Show #501, PAL Dub, 7/20/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"Zoo," Show #501, 3/26/1997, Master, 57:38, Betacam SP

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Box 8

"Tales of the Human Dawn," Show #503, NTSC Dub, Master, 8/14/1995, Betacam SP

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"Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits," Show #504, 3/26/1997, 57:59, Betacam SP

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"Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits," Show #504, Duplication Master, 5/30/2003, 57:59, Betacam SP

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"Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits," Show #504, PAL Dub, 7/20/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

Box 8 of 10

"Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits," Show #504, PAL Dub, 2/3/1998, Betacam SP

Box 8 of 10

"The Quantum Universe," Show #505, NTSC Dub, 8/14/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

Box 8 of 10

"The Quantum Universe," Show #505, PAL Dub, 8/15/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

Box 8 of 10

"The Quantum Universe," Show #505, PAL Dub, 2/3/1998, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"Zoo," Show #501, Final Production, 1/24/1990, 57:34, VHS

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"A Moveable Feast," Show #502, Final Production, 2/21/1990, 57:30, VHS

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"A Moveable Feast," Show #502, Final Production, 57:30, VHS

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"Tales of Human Dawn," Show #503, Final Production, 57:57, VHS

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"Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits," Show #504, Dub, 5/30/2003, 57:59, VHS

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"Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits," Show #504, Final Production, 5/2/1990, 57:54, VHS

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"The Quantum Universe," Show #505, Final Production, VHS

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"Gender: The Enduring Paradox," Show #601, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 12/21/1990, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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Box 9

"Gender: The Enduring Paradox," Show #601, Final Production, 1/23/1991, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"Selling the Dream," Show #602, Film Transfer, 12/21/1990, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"Selling the Dream," Show #602, Final Production, 2/13/1991, 57:52, 3/4" U-matic

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"From Information to Wisdom," Show #603, Film Transfer, 2/26/1991, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"From Information to Wisdom," Show #603, Film Transfer, 4/17/1991, 57:46, 3/4" U-matic

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"A Certain Age," Show #604, Final Production, 5/8/1991, 57:54, 3/4" U-matic

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"Doors of Perception," Show #605, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 5/7/1991, 3/4" U-matic (2 videotapes)

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"Doors of Perception," Show #605, Final Production, 6/5/1991, 58:00, 3/4" U-matic

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"Gender: The Enduring Paradox," Show #601, NTSC Dub, 8/14/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"From Information to Wisdom," Show #603, NTSC Dub, 8/14/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"From Information to Wisdom," Show #603, NTSC Dub, 4/2/1998, 57:46, Betacam SP

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"A Certain Age," Show #604, PAL Dub, 2/3/1998, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"A Certain Age," Show #604, PAL Dub, 8/15/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"A Certain Age," Show #604, NTSC Dub, 4/2/1998, 58:00, Betacam SP

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Box 10

"A Certain Age," Show #604, NTSC Dub, 8/14/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"Doors of Perception," Show #605, PAL Dub, 2/3/1998, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"Doors of Perception," Show #605, PAL Dub, 8/15/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"Doors of Perception," Show #605, NTSC Dub, 4/2/1998, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"Doors of Perception," Show #605, NTSC Dub, 8/14/1995, 58:00, Betacam SP

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"Gender: The Enduring Paradox," Show #601, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 12/21/1990, VHS (2 videotapes)

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"Gender: The Enduring Paradox," Show #601, 11/29/1990, 57:54, Betacam

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"Gender: The Enduring Paradox," Show #601, 1/23/1991, 58:00, VHS

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"Selling the Dream," Show #602, 2/13/1991, 57:52, VHS

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"From Information to Wisdom," Show #603, Final Production, 4/17/1991, 57:46, VHS

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"From Information to Wisdom," Show #603, Film Transfer, 2/26/1991, 58:00, VHS

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"A Certain Age," Show #604, Final Production, 5/8/1991, 57:54, VHS (2 videotapes)

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"Doors of Perception," Show #605, :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 5/7/1991, VHS (2 folders)

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"Doors of Perception," Show #605, Final Production, 6/5/1991, 58:00, VHS

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"Smithsonian World," Promos, VHS

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"Smithsonian World," Southwestern Bell Underwriter Credit, :15, 3/4" U-matic

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"Smithsonian World," Generic :20, :30, and :60 Promos, 9/26/1988, 3/4" U-matic

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"Arthur M. Sackler, MD, Benefactor," Interview Courtesy of Smithsonian World, 8:28, 3/4" U-matic

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