Guide to the Smithsonian Videohistory Collection

Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Videohistory Collection was created between 1986 and 1992 with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additional collections have been added since the Program ended. Under the aegis of the Smithsonian Videohistory Program, Smithsonian scholars produced original video footage for twenty-four different projects reflecting the Institution's concern with the conduct of contemporary science and technology. Scholars participated in the program to document visual aspects of their on-going historical research in the physical and biological sciences, as well as in technological design and manufacture. Projects were recorded in offices, factories, quarries, laboratories, and observatories to capture site, process, artifacts, and interaction most effectively.

Table of Contents

Black Aviators Interviews, 1989-1990.

RU 9545.

Classical Observation Techniques Interviews, 1988, 1991.

RU 9534.

Conservation of Endangered Species Interviews, 1990.

RU 9553.

Development of the Electrical Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) Interview, 1988.

RU 9537.

DNA Sequencing Interviews, 1989-1990.

RU 9549.

Video Portraits: Margaret J. Geller Interviews, 1989-1990.

RU 9546.

Video Portraits: Riccardo Giacconi, 2004.

RU 9617.

The History of Acuson Ultrasound Machines Interviews, 1997.

RU 9593.

The History of the Cell Sorter Interviews, 1991.

RU 9554.

History of the Polymerase Chain Reaction, 1992-1993.

RU 9577.

International Ultraviolet Explorer Interviews, 1990.

RU 9543.

The Manhattan Project Interviews, 1987-1990.

RU 9531.

Medical Imaging Interviews, 1989.

RU 9544.

Minicomputers and Microcomputers Interviews, 1987.

RU 9533.

Multiple Mirror Telescope Interviews, 1989.

RU 9542.

Naval Research Laboratory Space Science Interviews, 1986-1987.

RU 9539.

New United Motor Manufacturing, Incorporated Interviews, 1990.

RU 9550.

The Rand Corporation, 1987-1990.

RU 9536.

Robotics Interviews, 1989-1990.

RU 9552.

Smallpox Virus Sequencing Project, 1991.

RU 9564.

Smithsonian Institution Paleontology, 1987-1988.

RU 9530.

Soviet Space Medicine Interviews, 1989.

RU 9551.

Twentieth Century Small Arms Development Interviews, 1988-1990.

RU 9532.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Mariner 2 Interview, 1987.

RU 9535.

Vermont Structural Slate Company Interviews, 1989.

RU 9547.

Waltham Clock Company Interviews, 1989.

RU 9548.

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