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Accession 14-207

Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications

Productions, circa 1976-1994

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications
Title: Productions
Dates: circa 1976-1994
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection: Accession 14-207
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of audiovisual elements created during the production of "Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition," "Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factory," "Work of Peace," and "Yorktown." "Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition" accompanied the exhibition "1876: A Centennial Exhibition," which opened in the Arts and Industries Building in 1976, and documents the history of the Philadelphia Exhibition. It was narrated by James Whitmore. In 1976, the film won the CINE Golden Eagle Award, and, in 1978, it won four Emmy Awards. "Thomas A. Edison and His Amazing Invention Factories," produced in 1979, is a companion film to the exhibition "Edison: Lighting a Revolution" at the National Museum of American History. The 28 minute film was a biography featuring the invention of electric light and the founding of research labs. The film won the 1980 CINE Golden Eagle Award. "Work of Peace" is a 30 minute television program about the Treaty of Paris of 1783. The program had its national premiere on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) network. It won the Silver Medal at the International Film and TV Festival of New York, the Silver Award at the Houston International Film Festival, a CINE Golden Eagle, and second place in the 1985 National Educational Film Festival. "Yorktown" was produced by Guggenheim Productions Inc. with oversight from the Office of Telecommunications. The 28 minute film was completed and released in 1982, and was created to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Yorktown, the final battle of the American Revolution. The film features the bicentennial re-enactment of the battle. Materials include videotapes, a reel-to-reel audiotape, and reels of 16 mm film and soundtrack. Some materials are masters.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of audiovisual elements created during the production of "Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition," "Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factory," "Work of Peace," and "Yorktown."

"Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition" accompanied the exhibition "1876: A Centennial Exhibition," which opened in the Arts and Industries Building in 1976, and documents the history of the Philadelphia Exhibition. It was narrated by James Whitmore. In 1976, the film won the CINE Golden Eagle Award, and, in 1978, it won four Emmy Awards.

"Thomas A. Edison and His Amazing Invention Factories," produced in 1979, is a companion film to the exhibition "Edison: Lighting a Revolution" at the National Museum of American History. The 28 minute film was a biography featuring the invention of electric light and the founding of research labs. The film won the 1980 CINE Golden Eagle Award.

"Work of Peace" is a 30 minute television program about the Treaty of Paris of 1783. The program had its national premiere on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) network. It won the Silver Medal at the International Film and TV Festival of New York, the Silver Award at the Houston International Film Festival, a CINE Golden Eagle, and second place in the 1985 National Educational Film Festival.

"Yorktown" was produced by Guggenheim Productions Inc. with oversight from the Office of Telecommunications. The 28 minute film was completed and released in 1982, and was created to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Yorktown, the final battle of the American Revolution. The film features the bicentennial re-enactment of the battle.

Materials include videotapes, a reel-to-reel audiotape, and reels of 16 mm film and soundtrack. Some materials are masters.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-207, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions

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Container List

Box 1

Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition, A-Wind Color Reversal Intermediate, 10/5/1976, 16 mm film (Accession 17-364)

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Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition, A-Wind Track, 16 mm film (Accession 17-364)

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Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition, 28:00, 3/4" U-matic (Accession 17-364)

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(Celebrating a Century) Carnegie Project (Film Reel 16470), Corliss Engine (Film Reels 16465 and 16474), and Typewriter and Telegraph (Work Print Reel), Master, Betacam SP

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1876: Celebrating a Century, Carnegie Project (Film Reel 16470), Corliss Engine (Film Reels 16465 and 16474), and Typewriter and Telegraph (Work Print Reel), 3/4" U-matic

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1876, Music Recording, Constitution Hall, Reel 2, 1/4" audiotape

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Thomas A. Edison and His Amazing Invention Factories (28:00, 1979) and Celebrating a Century: The 1976 Philadelphia Exhibition (28:00, 1976), Dub Master, 1981, Betacam SP (Accession 17-364)

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Thomas A. Edison and His Amazing Invention Factories and Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition, 1981, 3/4" U-matic (Accession 17-364)

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The Work of Peace, Dub Master, 12/1/1994, 28:40, Betacam SP

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The Work of Peace, 28:40, 3/4" U-matic

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Treaty of Paris (Work of Peace), A-Wind Color Reversal Intermediate, 7/16/1984, 16 mm film

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The Work of Peace and Yorktown, 3/4" U-matic

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Yorktown, Dub Master, 12/1/1994, 27:53, Betacam SP

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Yorktown, VHS

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Yorktown, 3/4" U-matic

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