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Accession 05-124

Smithsonian Institution

Production Records, 1937-1942, 1980-1981, 2002-2003

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution
Title: Production Records
Dates: 1937-1942, 1980-1981, 2002-2003
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (2 document boxes)
Collection: Accession 05-124
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of scripts for various "The World is Yours" radio shows broadcast by the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. radio network. A joint project of the Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Education, and the Works Progress Administration, the half-hour programs aired once a week on topics ranging from mammals to insects to geology to ethnology to art history to aeronautics, etc. The educational series featured the "Oldtimer" as the audience's guide to "the wonders of that unique establishment, the Smithsonian Institution -- dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Scripts were prepared by Smithsonian staff and presentations were done by out-of-work actors and musicians. The program, which began in June 1936, was suspended in May of 1942 because of the war effort. Materials include scripts, regulations for using the scripts, and, in some cases, cast lists. Scripts are not available for all shows. Also included is information about the 1942 transfer of 6 audio recordings related to the Chumash Indian language from the Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology to the National Archives; 9 pages of Chumash to English translations, and "The Story of Candalaria, the Old Indian Basket-Maker." Also included are data sheets and component data sheets for duplicate film in Record Group 106 of the National Archives and Records Administration. Data sheets are not available for all of the film from this record group and some data sheets document copies that were not part of the transfer to the Smithsonian Institution Archives and are assumed to no longer exist. These records were transferred to the National Archives prior to the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, where they became part of Record Group 106. On March 18, 2005, they were returned to the Smithsonian Institution and were added to the Archives collections.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of scripts for various "The World is Yours" radio shows broadcast by the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. radio network. A joint project of the Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Education, and the Works Progress Administration, the half-hour programs aired once a week on topics ranging from mammals to insects to geology to ethnology to art history to aeronautics, etc. The educational series featured the "Oldtimer" as the audience's guide to "the wonders of that unique establishment, the Smithsonian Institution - dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Scripts were prepared by Smithsonian staff and presentations were done by out-of-work actors and musicians. The program, which began in June 1936, was suspended in May of 1942 because of the war effort. Materials include scripts, regulations for using the scripts, and, in some cases, cast lists. Scripts are not available for all shows.

Also included is information about the 1942 transfer of 6 audio recordings related to the Chumash Indian language from the Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology to the National Archives; 9 pages of Chumash to English translations, and "The Story of Candalaria, the Old Indian Basket-Maker."

Also included are data sheets and component data sheets for duplicate film in Record Group 106 of the National Archives and Records Administration. Data sheets are not available for all of the film from this record group and some data sheets document copies that were not part of the transfer to the Smithsonian Institution Archives and are assumed to no longer exist.

These records were transferred to the National Archives prior to the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, where they became part of Record Group 106. On March 18, 2005, they were returned to the Smithsonian Institution and were added to the Archives collections.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-124, Smithsonian Institution, Production Records

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Container List

Box 1

"The World is Yours: Radiation" - Script, October 24, 1937 (Audiotape #106-173)

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"The World is Yours: Romance of Surveying" - Script, November 21, 1937 (Show #76, Audiotape #106-178)

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"The World is Yours: Christmas in the Colonies" - Script, December 26, 1937 (Audiotape #106-184)

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"The World is Yours: Land Versus Weather" - Script, January 16, 1938 (Show #84, Audiotape #106-187)

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"The World is Yours: The Lincoln Legend" - Script, February 20, 1938 (Audiotape #106-193)

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"The World is Yours: Electricity" - Script, February 27, 1938 (Audiotape #106-194)

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"The World is Yours: Man Against Insects" - Script, March 6, 1938 (Audiotape #106-195)

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"The World is Yours: Rockets and Planets" - Script, March 20, 1938 (Audiotape #198)

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"The World is Yours: Save the Forests" - Script, March 27, 1938 (Audiotape #106-199)

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"The World Is Yours: Birds of Prey" - Script, April 3, 1938 (Audiotape #106-200)

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"The World Is Yours: Primitive Music" - Script, May 8, 1938 (Audiotape #106-205)

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"The World Is Yours: The History of Airmail" - Script, May 15, 1938 (Audiotape #106-206)

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"The World Is Yours: Twentieth Century Physics" - Script, June 5, 1938 (Audiotape #106-209)

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"The World Is Yours: Marquette on the Mississippi" - Script, Undated (Audiotape #106-210)

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"The World Is Yours: Industrial Chemistry" - Script, June 26, 1938 (Audiotape #106-212)

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"The World Is Yours: Independence Hall" - Script, Undated (Audiotape #106-213)

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"The World is Yours: The Invention of the Steamboat" - Script, July 17, 1938 (Audiotape #106-215)

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"The World is Yours: Great Astronomers" - Script, July 24, 1938 (Audiotape #106-216)

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"The World is Yours: Battle Against Diseases" - Script, September 4, 1938 (Audiotape #106-222)

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"The World is Yours: Army and Navy Uniforms" - Script, March 1, 1941 (Audiotape #106-224)

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"The World is Yours: Balboa and the Discovery of the Pacific" - Script, September 25, 1938 (Audiotape #106-225)

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"The World is Yours: Eskimos" - Script, Undated (Audiotape #106-227)

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"The World is Yours: Fruit and Forest Insects" - Script, October 16, 1938 (Audiotape #106-228)

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"The World is Yours: La Salle on the Mississippi" - Script, November 6, 1938 (Audiotape #106-231)

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"The World is Yours: Progress in Science" - Script, November 13, 1938 (Audiotape #106-232)

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"The World is Yours: Aircraft in the World War" - Script, November 20, 1938 (Show #128, Audiotape #106-233)

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"The World is Yours: Romance of Rivers" - Script, November 27, 1938 (Show #129, Audiotape #106-234)

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"The World is Yours: Microscopic Animals" - Script, December 4, 1938 (Audiotape #106-235)

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"The World is Yours: Arctic Explorers" - Script, December 11, 1938 (Show #131, Audiotape #106-236)

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"The World is Yours: Petroleum" - Script, December 18, 1938 (Audiotape #106-237)

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"The World is Yours: History of Toys and Dolls" - Script, December 25, 1938 (Audiotape #106-238)

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"The World is Yours: Early Wings for Commerce" - Script, January 1, 1939 (Audiotape #106-239)

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"The World is Yours: Modern Wings for Commerce" - Script, January 8, 1939 (Audiotape #106-241)

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"The World is Yours: The Geologist Detective" - Script, January 22, 1939 (Audiotape #106-243)

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"The World is Yours: Pushing Back History" - Script, January 15, 1939 (Audiotape #106-242)

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"The World is Yours: Our Island Universe" - Script, August 11, 1940 (Audiotape #106-244)

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"The World is Yours: Great American Biologists" - Script, February 12, 1939 (Audiotape #106-245)

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"The World is Yours: Cave and Cliff Dwellers" - Script, September 14, 1941 (Audiotape #106-249)

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"The World is Yours: Modern Medicine" - Script, March 5, 1939 (Audiotape #106-250)

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"The World is Yours: Animals of Fable" - Script, March 12, 1939 (Audiotape #106-252)

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"The World is Yours: Air Above Us" - Script, March 19, 1939 (Audiotape #106-253)

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"The World is Yours: Head Hunters" - Script, April 23, 1939 (Audiotape #106-254)

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"The World is Yours: Gems and Gem Lore" - Script, April 2, 1939 (Audiotape #106-255)

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"The World is Yours: First Ladies' Fashions" - Script, April 9, 1939 (Audiotape #106-256)

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"The World is Yours: Trail Blazing with Science" - Script, April 16, 1939 (Audiotape #106-257)

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"The World is Yours: New Frontiers of Physics" - Script, April 30, 1939 (Audiotape #106-258)

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"The World is Yours: From New York to Washington by Coach in 1800" - Script, May 7, 1939 (Audiotape #106-259)

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"The World is Yours: Lewis and Clark Expedition" - Script, May 14, 1939 (Audiotape #106-260)

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"The World is Yours: Salt from the Earth" - Script, May 28, 1939 (Audiotape #106-262)

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"The World is Yours: Old Fashioned Gardens" - Script, June 4, 1939 (Audiotape #106-263)

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"The World is Yours: Growth of the American Flag" - Script, Undated (Audiotape #106-264)

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"The World is Yours: Fishing Around the World" - Script, June 18, 1939 (Audiotape #106-265)

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"The World is Yours: Indians of the Great Plains" - Script, July 9, 1939 (Audiotape #106-268)

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"The World is Yours: Birds in the Service of Man" - Script, July 16, 1939 (Audiotape #106-269)

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"The World is Yours: The Story of Fossils" - Script, July 3, 1939 (Audiotape #106-270)

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"The World is Yours: Ryder, The Artist and the Man" - Script, July 30, 1939 (Audiotape #106-271)

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"The World is Yours: Stars in the Sky" - Script, August 6, 1939 (Audiotape #106-272)

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"The World is Yours: Life of the Honeybee" - Script, August 20, 1939 (Audiotape #106-274)

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"The World is Yours: Glaciers" - Script, August 4, 1940 (Audiotape #106-275)

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"The World is Yours: The World's Most Valuable Tree" - Script, September 24, 1939 (Audiotape #106-276)

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NARA Accession #1024 - Transfer Information, Chumash Dialect to English translations, and "The Story of Candalaria, the Old Indian Basket-Maker"

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Motion Picture Reel Data Sheets and Component Data Sheets, 1980-1981, 2002-2003

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