Agency history, 1976-2002

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  • Cherkezian, Nazaret
  • Johnson, Paul B
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Telecommunications
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Information


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • Paul B. Johnson letter to colleagues, September 15, 1997
  • Constance B, Newman Memorandum to Smithsonian Office Directors, March 30, 1998
  • E-mail, Laura Schneider, Smithsonian Productions, to Jennifer M. Wright, August 22, 2001
  • Smithsonian Productions was first established as the Office of Telecommunications in 1976. Before that time, the Office of Public Information, then the Office of Public Affairs coordinated productions. In 1996 it became Smithsonian Productions, reporting to the Smithsonian Press. In 1998 Smithsonian Productions again assumed independent status. The office was the video, audio and multimedia production center for the Smithsonian Institution. Its Directors have been Nazaret Cherkezian, 1976-1986, and, after a vacancy in 1987, Paul B. Johnson, 1988-2002. The office was abolished in February 2002.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1996
  • 1996-2002
  • 1976-2002


Video recordings


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00294

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