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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 06-223

Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications

Productions, 1981-1989

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications
Title: Productions
Dates: 1981-1989
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 06-223
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of the Smithsonian Video Collection. The Smithsonian Video Collection was a joint venture with Eastman Kodak Company to provide videos featuring Smithsonian Institution (SI) collections and research to the general public. A total of six one-hour programs were produced in 1989. "Supertour" was hosted by Dudley Moore and tours 14 SI museums with commentary by museum directors and curators regarding their collections. "First Ladies" documents the First Ladies of the White House and their unique roles as well as SI's collection of First Ladies' gowns, accessories, and furnishings. "Gems and Minerals: The Ultimate Rock Video" features the gems and minerals collection at the National Museum of Natural History. "National Zoo: The Zoo Behind the Zoo" provides a tour of the National Zoological Park and its Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia and visits experts who lead the fight to save species from extinction. "Creatures Great and Small" features dinosaurs and insects and is composed of new footage as well as footage from older films. "Flying Machines" documents the history of flight and features the National Air and Space Museum (not documented in this accession). Materials include original footage, audiotapes, voice-overs, dubs, and final productions.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of the Smithsonian Video Collection. The Smithsonian Video Collection was a joint venture with Eastman Kodak Company to provide videos featuring Smithsonian Institution (SI) collections and research to the general public. A total of six one-hour programs were produced in 1989. "Supertour" was hosted by Dudley Moore and tours 14 SI museums with commentary by museum directors and curators regarding their collections. "First Ladies" documents the First Ladies of the White House and their unique roles as well as SI's collection of First Ladies' gowns, accessories, and furnishings. "Gems and Minerals: The Ultimate Rock Video" features the gems and minerals collection at the National Museum of Natural History. "National Zoo: The Zoo Behind the Zoo" provides a tour of the National Zoological Park and its Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia and visits experts who lead the fight to save species from extinction. "Creatures Great and Small" features dinosaurs and insects and is composed of new footage as well as footage from older films. "Flying Machines" documents the history of flight and features the National Air and Space Museum (Not documented in this accession). Materials include original footage, audiotapes, voice-overs, dubs, and final productions. .

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-223, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions

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Container List

Box 1

Smithsonian Video Collection, Promo, Dub, 1:29, 2/27/1989, 1" magnetic tape

Box 1 of 2

Smithsonian Video Collection, Sunset Shots, 9/13/1988, 3/4" U-matic

Box 1 of 2

"First Ladies," FL 20 (41), Wilson House Exterior and WW's Bedroom, Betacam SP

Box 1 of 2

"First Ladies," FL 22 (39), Edith Wilson's Room in Wilson House, Betacam SP

Box 1 of 2

"First Ladies," FL 23 (7), Wilson House Library and Dining Room, Betacam SP

Box 1 of 2

"First Ladies," FL 21, Wilson House (WW's Room, WW's Closet, Nurse's Room), Betacam SP

Box 1 of 2

American Presidency, First Ladies, and Coral Reef (Scrubbers), 1/4" audiotape

Box 1 of 2

Super Tour Program, S8, Castle Trio, Betacam SP

Box 1 of 2

Super Tour Program, S9, Castle Trio, Betacam SP

Box 1 of 2

"Gems and Minerals: The Ultimate Rock Video," 50:30:00, 11/28/1988, 1" magnetic tape

Box 1 of 2

"Gems and Minerals: The Ultimate Rock Video," 56:30:00, VHS

Box 1 of 2

"The Zoo Behind the Zoo," 50:00:00, Dub, VHS

Box 1 of 2

"The National Zoo," VHS

Box 1 of 2

"Dinosaurs," Pilot Sync Tails, Protection Copy, 11/25/1981, 1/4" audiotape

Box 1 of 2

Box 2

"Living Dinosaurs," James Whitmore Voice-over, Reel 1 of 3, 10/31/1988, 3/4" U-matic

Box 2 of 2

"Living Dinosaurs," James Whitmore Voice-over, Reel 2 of 3, 10/31/1988, 3/4" U-matic

Box 2 of 2

"Living Dinosaurs," James Whitmore Voice-over, Reel 3 of 3, 10/31/1988, 3/4" U-matic

Box 2 of 2

"Dinosaurs," 1:07:46, 12/1/1988, 3/4" U-matic

Box 2 of 2

"Dinosaurs," Dub, 1:07:00, VHS

Box 2 of 2

Insect Video, 30:00, VHS

Box 2 of 2

"Insects: The Little Things that Run the World," 57:50, VHS

Box 2 of 2

"Insects," Tape 75, Interview with Ira Rubinoff (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Director), Part I, Betacam

Box 2 of 2

"Insects," Tape 77, On River with Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Director, B Roll, Betacam

Box 2 of 2

"Insects," Tape 78, Betacam

Box 2 of 2

Smithsonian Video Collection, Opening, Dub, 0:25, 3 cuts, VHS

Box 2 of 2