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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 586

Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications

Production Records, circa 1963-1988

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications
Title: Production Records
Dates: circa 1963-1988
Quantity: 7.5 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 586
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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.

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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.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 586, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records

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Container List

Box 1

Action for Children's TV

Box 1 of 8

Agency for Instructional TV

Box 1 of 8

Budget Submission, FY 1983

Box 1 of 8

Eastern Educational Network

Box 1 of 8

Festival of India, 1985

Box 1 of 8

German TV Film on Museums, 1981

Box 1 of 8

Grand Alliance

Box 1 of 8

Ghosts of Forever - Bradbury

Box 1 of 8

Excomm, 1976

Box 1 of 8

Iguana

Box 1 of 8

MMT Update

Box 1 of 8

Modern Talking Pictures

Box 1 of 8

National Video Co.

Box 1 of 8

National Audio-Visual Center: Films etc.

Box 1 of 8

Alliance - National Geographic Society

Box 1 of 8

National Portrait Gallery/NCFA

Box 1 of 8

National Public Radio

Box 1 of 8

Nation of Nations

Box 1 of 8

National Associates

Box 1 of 8

(National Museum of American Art) A Sense of Discovery

Box 1 of 8

Narrowcast Service

Box 1 of 8

Revision of SI Yesterday and Today

Box 1 of 8

Box 2

American Musical Theater

Box 2 of 8

Antro. Film - Ghana

Box 2 of 8

Appalachian Comm. Ser. Net.

Box 2 of 8

Ask Wash/US Chamber of Commerce

Box 2 of 8

Associates

Box 2 of 8

Atlantic Dateline

Box 2 of 8

Bayer, Wolfgang Productions

Box 2 of 8

American Association of Museums

Box 2 of 8

BBC

Box 2 of 8

Cable TV

Box 2 of 8

Cable & Video Survey

Box 2 of 8

1876 Centennial

Box 2 of 8

Cowpens

Box 2 of 8

Community Gardens: Urban Open

Box 2 of 8

De Guzman, Michael

Box 2 of 8

Dickerson, Nancy

Box 2 of 8

Encyclopaedia Brittanica

Box 2 of 8

DuArt Film Lab

Box 2 of 8

Release Forms

Box 2 of 8

Futures Film

Box 2 of 8

Cold Storage Facility Survey, 1982

Box 2 of 8

Mini Prod.

Box 2 of 8

Iguana Film Outlines

Box 2 of 8

MAH Const.

Box 2 of 8

NASM

Box 2 of 8

Friends of the National Zoo - NVETA

Box 2 of 8

Handicapped Project

Box 2 of 8

Hirshhorn Museum

Box 2 of 8

Images of America

Box 2 of 8

Iselin, Jay

Box 2 of 8

Life on a Silken Thread

Box 2 of 8

Magnetix

Box 2 of 8

Mgmt. Of Federal A/V

Box 2 of 8

MHT Studio Feasibility Study

Box 2 of 8

National Endowment for the Arts

Box 2 of 8

Operating Procedures for Production

Box 2 of 8

On the Side of Life

Box 2 of 8

Orientation Slide Show

Box 2 of 8

PBS General

Box 2 of 8

Box 3

Performing Arts

Box 3 of 8

Personal Release Form

Box 3 of 8

Producers

Box 3 of 8

Prod. Services

Box 3 of 8

R. Smith/Info.

Box 3 of 8

R. Smith. Distribution

Box 3 of 8

R. Smith.

Box 3 of 8

Renwick Museum Program

Box 3 of 8

Rogers & Cowan

Box 3 of 8

Ripley's Speakers Film

Box 3 of 8

Rohm & Haas File

Box 3 of 8

Req. in Addition to Material Used for Excomm. Meeting, 1979

Box 3 of 8

Chron File, 1987

Box 3 of 8

Reading File, 1987

Box 3 of 8

TV Stations List

Box 3 of 8

TV Spots

Box 3 of 8

Top Premiere

Box 3 of 8

(Warner Amer. Cable QUBE)

Box 3 of 8

Geo. Wash.

Box 3 of 8

Wells Fargo

Box 3 of 8

"What in the World," 1976-1977

Box 3 of 8

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Box 3 of 8

WRC - TV Film for Young People

Box 3 of 8

Zoo

Box 3 of 8

Wolper - Gen.

Box 3 of 8

Yorktown - Premiere Press

Box 3 of 8

Wolper Prod.

Box 3 of 8

Yorktown

Box 3 of 8

Box 4

Radio Smithsonian

Box 4 of 8

Inactive Smith. World II, 1976-1977, and III, 1977-1982

Box 4 of 8

Smithsonian Year

Box 4 of 8

Stovall, Lou Film

Box 4 of 8

Taft Broadcasting

Box 4 of 8

The Leaf Thieves, 1963-1964

Box 4 of 8

"The Messengers" TV Project

Box 4 of 8

"The Wavertree" Yellow Brick

Box 4 of 8

Telecommunication Activities

Box 4 of 8

Telecommunication General

Box 4 of 8

Box 5

Smithsonian Institution with S. Dillon Ripley, 1976

Box 5 of 8

American Treasure

Box 5 of 8

WEATA-Assorted

Box 5 of 8

Tomorrow Enter.

Box 5 of 8

James Monroe: The Man and the Doctrine

Box 5 of 8

Sports

Box 5 of 8

Systematics

Box 5 of 8

Teleshow

Box 5 of 8

The Collection of Dresses of the First Ladies

Box 5 of 8

The Enormous Egg

Box 5 of 8

The Flight of the Spirit of St. Louis and Friendship 7

Box 5 of 8

The Leaf Thieves Spirit

Box 5 of 8

The Secret of Life

Box 5 of 8

The Smith. Whale

Box 5 of 8

Yankee Inventors

Box 5 of 8

Osteology

Box 5 of 8

"Our Vanishing Land"

Box 5 of 8

Politics

Box 5 of 8

Physical Anthro.

Box 5 of 8

Radiation

Box 5 of 8

Folk Art

Box 5 of 8

Loyalty

Box 5 of 8

Meteorites

Box 5 of 8

Smith. World Scripts

Box 5 of 8

Office of Public Affairs

Box 5 of 8

Ogilvy & Mather - Hershey

Box 5 of 8

Orchid & the Spear

Box 5 of 8

Box 6

Reports & Papers Oct/Cable

Box 6 of 8

Prime Time School Television

Box 6 of 8

Prod. Budgets

Box 6 of 8

Publications, 1974-1980

Box 6 of 8

Public Service Video Show

Box 6 of 8

Purcell - Aid

Box 6 of 8

Pyramid File, 1977

Box 6 of 8

Reunions: Memories of an Amer. Exper.

Box 6 of 8

Sense of Discovery

Box 6 of 8

Scriptorium - Michael Olmert

Box 6 of 8

Sites

Box 6 of 8

SITV Comm. On Expansion

Box 6 of 8

Smithsonian Council

Box 6 of 8

Smithsonian Galaxy: Materials for Info. & Distribution

Box 6 of 8

Hope Diamond

Box 6 of 8

Box 7

Flight Show

Box 7 of 8

Folk Life Festival

Box 7 of 8

Film Festivals & Awards, Prior to 1982

Box 7 of 8

Yorktown

Box 7 of 8

NMAA Scripts - A Sense of Discovery

Box 7 of 8

Lee Mendelson "Peanuts" Special

Box 7 of 8

Smithsonian Galaxy Survey

Box 7 of 8

Box 8

Scripts: On the Side of Life, The Museum that Loves A Mystery

Box 8 of 8

Scripts for the Orchid & The Spear

Box 8 of 8

The Smithsonian Institution with S. Dillon Ripley

Box 8 of 8

Smithsonian World Scripts

Box 8 of 8