Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
This accession consists of videotapes and audio elements documenting Smithsonian Institution orientation productions for the Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center (VIARC) created by Smithsonian Productions and its predecessor, the Office of Telecommunications. The first production, titled "The Smithsonian Institution," was completed in 1984 and was updated in 1989. The production was redone in the early 1990s and released as "Guide to the Smithsonian" in 1994 with Ira Michael Heyman, Secretary, narrating. A 2001 version replaced Heyman with Lawrence M. Small, Secretary, as narrator. Materials consist of 1" magnetic audio tapes, Betacam tapes, VHS, D-2, Digital8, digital audio tape, and 3/4" U-matics. Some materials are in electronic format.
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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Heyman, Ira Michael, 1930-2011
- Small, Lawrence M.
- Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center
- Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications
- Guide to the Smithsonian (Documentary film)
- Smithsonian Institution (Documentary film)
- Interactive video
- Information services -- User education
- Museums -- Educational aspects
- Museums -- Public relations
- Museum visitors
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-077, Smithsonian Productions, Productions