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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 14-208

Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications

Productions, circa 1984-1995

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications
Title: Productions
Dates: circa 1984-1995
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection: Accession 14-208
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of audiovisual elements created during the production of several films featuring the research of Walter H. Adey, Curator/Research Scientist in the Department of Botany and the Marine Systems Laboratory at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and filmed by Karen Loveland, Producer in the Office of Telecommunications. "Our Biosphere: The Earth in Our Hands" is a 60 minute film produced in 1989 and narrated by Robert Redford. The film follows the staff of the Marine Systems Laboratory and Space Biosphere Ventures as they work with scientists, architects, engineers, and builders in their attempt to create Biosphere 2, an experimental model of the Earth's ecosystems. "The Sea: A Quest for Our Future" is a 60 minute film produced in 1984 and broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). It is a documentary on the complex ecosystems of tropical coral reefs and focuses primarily on research projects conducted by the Marine Systems Laboratory. The film won several awards including the 1984 Best Nature Production Award from the International TV Movie Festival; a second place award at the 1985 National Educational Film Festival; and a 1986 Gold Medal and Diploma of the International Scientific Festival. "Coral Reefs: New Discoveries, New Resources" is a 30 minute version of "The Sea." It was produced in 1985 and distributed for educational purposes. "Exploring Marine Ecosystems" is the collective name for six short videos that accompanied the exhibition of the same name in the Life in the Sea Hall at NMNH. They were added to the exhibition in 1995. Materials include videotapes, many of which are masters. Some materials are in electronic format.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of audiovisual elements created during the production of several films featuring the research of Walter H. Adey, Curator/Research Scientist in the Department of Botany and the Marine Systems Laboratory at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and filmed by Karen Loveland, Producer in the Office of Telecommunications.

"Our Biosphere: The Earth in Our Hands" is a 60 minute film produced in 1989 and narrated by Robert Redford. The film follows the staff of the Marine Systems Laboratory and Space Biosphere Ventures as they work with scientists, architects, engineers, and builders in their attempt to create Biosphere 2, an experimental model of the Earth's ecosystems.

"The Sea: A Quest for Our Future" is a 60 minute film produced in 1984 and broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). It is a documentary on the complex ecosystems of tropical coral reefs and focuses primarily on research projects conducted by the Marine Systems Laboratory. The film won several awards including the 1984 Best Nature Production Award from the International TV Movie Festival; a second place award at the 1985 National Educational Film Festival; and a 1986 Gold Medal and Diploma of the International Scientific Festival.

"Coral Reefs: New Discoveries, New Resources" is a 30 minute version of "The Sea." It was produced in 1985 and distributed for educational purposes.

"Exploring Marine Ecosystems" is the collective name for six short videos that accompanied the exhibition of the same name in the Life in the Sea Hall at NMNH. They were added to the exhibition in 1995.

Materials include videotapes, many of which are masters. Some materials are in electronic format.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-208, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions

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Container List

Box 1

Our Biosphere: The Earth in Our Hands, 57:00, VHS

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Our Biosphere: The Earth in Our Hands, Smithsonian Version, 4/4/1991, 47:50, VHS

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Our Biosphere: The Earth in Our Hands, Discovery Channel Version, 3/13/1991, 43:45, 3/4" U-matic

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Coral Reefs: New Discoveries, New Resources, 3/4" U-matic

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Coral Reefs, New Discoveries, New Resources, Master, Betacam SP

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The Sea: A Quest for Our Future, 3/4" U-matic

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The Sea: A Quest for Our Future, Dub Master, 58:00, Betacam SP

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Walter Adey/Marine Ecosystems, 5/8/1995, 16:00, D-2

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Exploring Marine Ecosystems, Edited Master/Videodisc Pre Master, 4/21/1995, 30:00, D-2

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Exploring Marine Ecosystems, Edited Master, Waves, 4/17/1995, 1:07, D-2

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Exploring Marine Ecosystems, Edited Master with Captions, 6 Shows (Walter Adey/Scientist/Scrubber Video - 4:51, Tides - 1:40, Food Web 1 - 2:16, Food Web 2 - 2:17, Food Web 3 - 2:00, Waves - 1:07), 4/18/1995, D-2

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Exploring Marine Ecosystems, Generic Submaster without Captions, 6 Shows (Walter Adey/Scientist/Scrubber Video - 4:51, Tides - 1:40, Food Web 1 - 2:16, Food Web 2 - 2:17, Food Web 3 - 2:00, Waves - 1:07), 4/18/1995, D-2

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