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Accession 06-265,  Smithsonian Productions,  Productions, 1976, 1985-1999

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Productions
Title: Productions
Dates: 1976, 1985-1999
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection: Accession 06-265
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of "Monumental Propaganda;" "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Visions of the Future on Film;" "300 Years of American Papermaking;" "Woody Guthrie's Legacy;" "Phone Philm;" "Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring;" "Covering the Environment: Front Page or Yesterday's News?;" "Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factory;" and "The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World." "Monumental Propaganda" is a 10 minute video that accompanied the 1994 Smithsonian Institution, International Center exhibition of the same name. "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Visions of the Future on Film" is an 18 minute compilation of scenes from futuristic, science fiction, and scientific films from 1902-1982. It was used to supplement the National Museum of American History's 1984 exhibition titled "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future." "300 Years of American Papermaking" is an interactive video that accompanied the National Museum of American History exhibition of the same name. The exhibition commemorated the building of the first paper mill in the American colonies in 1690 near Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.), by William Rittenhouse and his partners; the men and women who contributed to the industry's astonishing growth; and the manifold utilitarian and artistic uses of paper products. "Woody Guthrie's Legacy" is a 16 minute video that accompanied the 2000 National Museum of American History exhibit, "This Land is Your Land: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie." "Phone Philm," was a companion film to "Person to Person," a 1976 exhibition in the National Museum of History and Technology, Electricity Hall, that marked the 100th anniversary of the telephone. "Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring" is a 7 minute video produced in 1985, most likely for use in an exhibition. "Covering the Environment: Front Page or Yesterday's News?" is a 30 minute video created for an Earth Day conference in April 1990, held in Washington, D.C., to encourage new strategies in reporting critical environmental stories in the news. It was only distributed to media professionals. The video was based on discussions at a meeting about the global environment, held in September 1989. "Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factory" is a 28 minute film produced in 1979 to accompany the exhibition, "Edison: Lighting a Revolution" at the National Museum of History and Technology. The film was a biographical piece featuring the Thomas A. Edison, the invention of electric light, and the founding of research labs. It won the 1980 CINE Golden Eagle Award and musical commentary is by the Iron Clad Agreement. "The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World" is a five video series written and narrated by Mexican writer and social commentator Carlos Fuentes that tells the story of Spanish and Latin American civilizations from the beginnings of history to the present. Each video was 59 minutes long and was recorded in both English and Spanish. The videos were presented by Sogetel in association with the Smithsonian Institution and Comisin̤ Nacional del Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de Amřica (Spain). They were first aired in the United States on the Discovery Channel in conjunction with the Columbus Quincentenary. Materials include masters, protection masters, safety copies, dub masters, sound mixes, promos, and final productions.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of audiovisual materials created during the production of "Monumental Propaganda;" "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Visions of the Future on Film;" "300 Years of American Papermaking;" "Woody Guthrie's Legacy;" "Phone Philm;" "Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring;" "Covering the Environment: Front Page or Yesterday's News?;" "Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factory;" and "The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World."

"Monumental Propaganda" is a 10 minute video that accompanied the 1994 Smithsonian Institution, International Center exhibition of the same name. "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Visions of the Future on Film" is an 18 minute compilation of scenes from futuristic, science fiction, and scientific films from 1902-1982. It was used to supplement the National Museum of American History's 1984 exhibition titled "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future." "300 Years of American Papermaking" is an interactive video that accompanied the National Museum of American History exhibition of the same name. The exhibition commemorated the building of the first paper mill in the American colonies in 1690 near Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.), by William Rittenhouse and his partners; the men and women who contributed to the industry's astonishing growth; and the manifold utilitarian and artistic uses of paper products. "Woody Guthrie's Legacy" is a 16 minute video that accompanied the 2000 National Museum of American History exhibit, "This Land is Your Land: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie." "Phone Philm," was a companion film to "Person to Person," a 1976 exhibition in the National Museum of History and Technology, Electricity Hall, that marked the 100th anniversary of the telephone. "Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring" is a 7 minute video produced in 1985, most likely for use in an exhibition.

"Covering the Environment: Front Page or Yesterday's News?" is a 30 minute video created for an Earth Day conference in April 1990, held in Washington, D.C., to encourage new strategies in reporting critical environmental stories in the news. It was only distributed to media professionals. The video was based on discussions at a meeting about the global environment, held in September 1989. "Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factory" is a 28 minute film produced in 1979 to accompany the exhibition, "Edison: Lighting a Revolution" at the National Museum of History and Technology. The film was a biographical piece featuring the Thomas A. Edison, the invention of electric light, and the founding of research labs. It won the 1980 CINE Golden Eagle Award and musical commentary is by the Iron Clad Agreement. "The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World" is a five video series written and narrated by Mexican writer and social commentator Carlos Fuentes that tells the story of Spanish and Latin American civilizations from the beginnings of history to the present. Each video was 59 minutes long and was recorded in both English and Spanish. The videos were presented by Sogetel in association with the Smithsonian Institution and Comisin? Nacional del Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de Amrica (Spain). They were first aired in the United States on the Discovery Channel in conjunction with the Columbus Quincentenary. Materials include masters, protection masters, safety copies, dub masters, sound mixes, promos, and final productions.

Access Restriction

Special restrictions on use of these materials may apply. Viewing copies are not currently available, but can be made for a fee, Transferring office; 4/10/2002 memorandum, Peters to SIA; Contact reference staff for details.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-265, Smithsonian Productions, Productions

Container List

Box 1

"Monumental Propaganda" Exhibition Video, Program Master, 9:50, 12/2/1994, Betacam SP

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"Monumental Propaganda" Exhibition Video, Program Protection Master, 9:50, 12/2/1994, Betacam SP

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"Monumental Propaganda," Sound Mix Archive, D-8 cassette

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"Yesterday's Tomorrows: Visions of the Future," Dub Master, U-matic S

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"Yesterday's Tomorrows: Visions of the Future," Master, 18:34, 7/30/1984, 1" videotape

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"300 Years of Papermaking" ("A Modern Papermill," "Handmade Paper," "Papermaking Now and Then," and "Rag Papermaking), 14:00, 5/6/1991, VHS

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"300 Years of Papermaking" ["A Trip Through a Modern Paper Mill" (2:07), "Hand Papermaking" (1:40), and "Newspaper Recycling" (1:45)], 2/21/1991, Betacam SP

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"Papermaking," 38:54, 8/27/1992, Betacam SP

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"Woody Guthrie" Exhibition Audio, D-8 cassette

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"Woody Guthrie" Exhibition Video, Open-captioned, 1999, VHS (2 tapes)

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"Woody Guthrie Legacy," Color-corrected, Stereo, 16:30, 12/15/1999, Betacam SP

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"Phone Philm," Sync Audio, Safety Copy, 12/6/1976, 1/4" audiotape

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"Men of Greatness, Feats of Daring," Master, 6:30, 1/9/1985, 1" videotape

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"Covering the Environment: Front Page or Yesterday's News?," 29:51, 5/10/1994, Betacam SP

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"Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factories," Dub Master, 1/20/1988, 3/4" U-matic

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"Buried Mirror" Promo, Dub Master, 16:10, 8/31/1991, 3/4" U-matic

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