Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Air and Space Museum. Exhibits Design Division
Exhibition Records, 2001-2005
This accession consists of records documenting a short play, titled "Twelve Seconds that Changed the World," that was performed live in the exhibition Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age. The play, performed several times per day on Wednesdays and Saturdays, consisted of three five-minute scenes that offered a personal, intimate perspective of Wilbur and Orville Wright and allowed visitors to share some of the excitement felt in the artistic community following the first flight. It ran from October 2003 through March 2005. Materials include planning documents, correspondence, scripts, statistics, budgets, actor biographies, images, contracts, intellectual property information, newspapers used as props, and related materials.
Restricted for 15 years; until Jan-01-2021. Contracts are permanently restricted. Transferring office; 2/25/2014 memorandum, Wright to Mowry; Contact reference staff for details.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Wright, Orville, 1871-1948
- Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912
- Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age (Exhibition) (2003- : Washington, D.C.)
- Twelve Seconds that Changed the World (Play)
- Museum exhibits
- Aeronautical museums
- Wright Flyer (Airplane)
- Intellectual property
- Museum theater
- Flight in art
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-105, National Air and Space Museum. Exhibits Design Division, Exhibition Records