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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 14-185

Smithsonian Institution. Office of Printing and Photographic Services

Audiovisual Records, 1967-1976

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution. Office of Printing and Photographic Services
Title: Audiovisual Records
Dates: 1967-1976
Quantity: 6 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 14-185
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of films depicting buildings, museum objects, and events at the Smithsonian Institution (SI). Many of the films show the construction of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and the installation of its aircraft. Other subjects include giant pandas at the National Zoological Park, construction of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and general views of Smithsonian buildings. Some films were created when the office was known as Photographic Services. Materials consist of 16 mm films.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of films depicting buildings, museum objects, and events at the Smithsonian Institution (SI). Many of the films show the construction of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and the installation of its aircraft. Other subjects include giant pandas at the National Zoological Park, construction of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and general views of SI buildings. Some films were created when the office was known as Photographic Services. Materials consist of 16 mm films.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-185, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Printing and Photographic Services, Audiovisual Records

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Container List

Box 1

Activities on Opening Ceremonies, "1876: A Centennial Exhibition," Arts and Industries (A&I) Building. May 10, 1976. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 400'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: (1) Secretary Ripley and Chief Justice Burger, and others going from History and Technology Building (HTB) to A&I via horse-drawn vehicles. (2) Close-ups of above participants. (3) Color guard in front Smithsonian Institution (SI) Building. (4) Ceremonies (and cut aways) in front of A&I Building. (5) Ribbon cutting by Mr. Burger. (6) Miscellaneous views of exhibits and A&I rotunda immediately after opening, but not of chief participants.

Activities on Opening Ceremonies, "1876: A Centennial Exhibition," Arts and Industries (A&I) Building. May 10, 1976. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 400'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: (1) Secretary Ripley and Chief Justice Burger, and others going from History and Technology Building (HTB) to A&I via horse-drawn vehicles. (2) Close-ups of above participants. (3) Color guard in front Smithsonian Institution (SI) Building. (4) Ceremonies (and cut aways) in front of A&I Building. (5) Ribbon cutting by Mr. Burger. (6) Miscellaneous views of exhibits and A&I rotunda immediately after opening, but not of chief participants.

National Air and Space Museum (NASM) building construction. August 7, 1975. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 25'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Footage of Queen Elizabeth's visit to the Smithsonian. 16 mm. 125'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Pratt and Whitney R-95 Aircraft Engine, cut-away showing internal operation. December 15, 1975. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 250'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Pratt and Whitney R-95 Aircraft Engine, cut-away showing internal operation. December 15, 1975. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 250'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Presentation of bust of James Smithson by Paul Garber in SI lounge with sculptor and Mr. Ripley. May 13, 1976. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 150'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Presentation of bust of James Smithson by Paul Garber in SI lounge with sculptor and Mr. Ripley. May 13, 1976. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 175'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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NASM building - general exterior views of finished building with early landscaping installed. August 7, 1975. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 175'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: One wide angle from Mall with United States (US) Capitol (pan) and one pan from Hirshhorn to NASM. Otherwise various angles from all directions, ground level.

NASM building - general exterior views of finished building with early landscaping installed. August 7, 1975. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 175'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: One wide angle from Mall with United States (US) Capitol (pan) and one pan from Hirshhorn to NASM. Otherwise various angles from all directions, ground level.

NASM building - general exterior views of finished building with early landscaping installed (added footage at end). August 7, 1975. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 250'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: One wide angle from Mall with United States (US) Capitol (pan) and one pan from Hirshhorn to NASM. Otherwise various angles from all directions, ground level.

Last flight and donation ceremonies of Kestrel VTOL aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base. Take-over by SI of last Kestrel VTOL jet; last landing of plane at Andrews Air Force Base. June 20, 1974. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 250'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: (1) Approach and first pass across field, second fly-by. (2) Final approach, slow-down and stop in air, circling, turning, going backward and upward in air, then vertical landing onto runway, and taxi toward hangers. (3) At hangers: pilot who flew plane from Langley Field, with SI and manufacturer representatives; transfer of plane to SI, details of plane from different angles; tail emblem; etc.

Hirshhorn Museum visit of architect Bunshaft. May 16, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 350'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: Bunshaft and three friends visit and are shown exterior and interior of new unfinished building by Mr. Abram Lerner and staff.

World War II German aircraft Messerschmitt Me 109 after restoration. April 16, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 300'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: Beginning of roll, various angles and views of aircraft and personnel working.

World War II German aircraft Messerschmitt Me 109 after restoration. April 16, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 350'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: Beginning of roll, various angles and views of aircraft and personnel working.

White tiger at the Smithsonian Zoo. Original. 16 mm. 275'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Views of a helicopter. Working copy. 16 mm. 75'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Seawolves Hometowners. Views of aircrafts and ships. 16 mm. 130'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Box 2

NASM installation of aircraft. February 3, 1976. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 300'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: NASM - Clean up and installation of wings by TWA crew of Alpha Airplane by Northrop Co. (early mail plane); includes close-ups of TWA staff, foreman, and NASM coordinator.

NASM installation of aircraft. February 3, 1976. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: NASM - Clean up and installation of wings by TWA crew of Alpha Airplane by Northrop Co. (early mail plane); includes close-ups of TWA staff, foreman, and NASM coordinator.

NASM building construction. July 29, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 225'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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NASM building construction. July 29, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 225'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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NASM building construction. June 12, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 225'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: (1) Overall shots from top of Department of Transportation Building. (2) Ground level shots Independence Avenue side. (3) Miscellaneous shots of interior.

NASM building construction. June 12, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 225'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: (1) Overall shots from top of Department of Transportation Building. (2) Ground level shots Independence Avenue side. (3) Miscellaneous shots of interior.

Views of NASM building. Work print. October 31, 1973. Cameraman: Al Robinson. 16 mm. 125'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Views of NASM building. Work print. October 31, 1973. Cameraman: Al Robinson. 16 mm. 60'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Views of a missile. Work print. October 31, 1973. Cameraman: Al Robinson. 16 mm. 75'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Views of the Arts and Industries Building. October 31, 1973. Cameraman: Al Robinson. 16 mm. 25'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Views of the Smithsonian Castle. October 31, 1973. Cameraman: Al Robinson. 16 mm. 25'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Views of a Smithsonian fountain. October 31, 1973. Cameraman: Al Robinson. 16 mm. 25'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Panda's first day in the enlarged yard at the National Zoological Park (NZP). December 19, 1973. Copy. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 300'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Panda's first day in the enlarged yard at the National Zoological Park (NZP). December 19, 1973. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 300'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Visit of Mr. Hirshhorn to the Hirshhorn Museum. April 26, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 325'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: (1) Hirshhorn arriving (exterior). (2) Hirshhorn being introduced to staff (interior). (3) Hirshhorn being shown over building and balcony. (4) Hirshhorn leaving, etc.

NASM building and construction site. March 17-18, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 325'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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NASM building construction. October 1974. Work print. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 200'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot List: (1) Exteriors of final marble application. (2) Full shots of building from southwest, ground level. (3) Full shots of building from southeast, ground level. (4) Interiors of construction, first and second floors, showing escalator framework and stairs. (5) Showing interior of glass covered halls, etc. (6) Workmen applying interior wall framing.

Sculpture model proposed for the new NASM Building by C. Perry. November 11, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 160'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: Various close-up views of paraffin type model.

Box 3

Mall and Smithsonian complex shot from Washington Monument. February 21, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 125'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: (1) Whole Mall facing Capitol Building. (2) Museum of History and Technology (MHT) Building. (3) MHT and Museum of Natural History (MNH) Building. (4) MHT, MNH, and Mellon art building. (5) SI, A&I, and Freer building. (6) SI Building only. (7) SI, A&I, Hirshhorn, NASM in rear. (8) Hirshhorn. (9) MHT pond with sculpture. (10) MHT front terrace.

NASM building construction. October 1974. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 225'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot List: (1) Exteriors of final marble application. (2) Full shots of building from southwest, ground level. (3) Full shots of building from southeast, ground level. (4) Interiors of construction, first and second floors, showing escalator framework and stairs. (5) Showing interior of glass covered halls, etc. (6) Workmen applying interior wall framing.

NASM building construction. May 14, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 100'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: Wide and normal views of building from atop Department of Transportation Building and General Services Administration Building (Independence Avenue and 7th Street).

NASM building construction. May 14, 1974. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 125'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: Wide and normal views of building from atop Department of Transportation Building and General Services Administration Building (Independence Avenue and 7th Street).

NASM building construction - building progress, interiors. July 11, 1975. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 350'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Douglas D-WC (world cruiser) aircraft after restoration. January 23, 1974. Work print. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 300'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Douglas D-WC (world cruiser) aircraft after restoration. January 23, 1974. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 325'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Smithsonian Zoo panda press conference and presentation. April 20, 1972. Original. Cameraman: Al Robinson. 16 mm. 250'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: Press conference; NZP presentation of giant panda to Mrs. Nixon from the representative of China with Dr. Ripley.

Smithsonian Zoo panda press conference and presentation. April 20, 1972. Work print. Cameraman: Al Robinson. 16 mm. 200'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: Press conference; NZP presentation of giant panda to Mrs. Nixon from the representative of China with Dr. Ripley.

Smithsonian complex and National Mall shot from Washington Monument. February 21, 1974. Work print. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 125'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Progress of NASM building interior construction. July 11, 1975. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 350'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot List: (1) NASM building construction progress - interiors. (2) Lifting and installing Messerschmitt Me 109 from main floor to balcony - includes close-ups of methods of suspension and of NASM personnel involved. (3) Further interiors of NASM Building, trucking shots from main floor.

Moving of two boats at MNH. October 29, 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 425'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: Moving of two boats (dug out canoes) from storage in the west court MNH, to new storage in the east wing basement of MNH. Progressive shots showing moving procedures from storage racks, through basement off loading platform, through tunnel and into basement. First one boat then another.

NASM installation of largest rocket - Jupiter. 16 mm. 140'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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NASM installation of largest rocket - Jupiter. 1975. Work print. 16 mm. 140'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Footage on progress of new NASM building. February 1976. 16 mm. 130'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Footage on progress of new NASM building. February 1976. Copy. 16 mm. 130'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Views of NASM including construction progress and interior installations. May 3, 1976. Work print. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 300'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot List: (1) Miscellaneous interior views of installations. (2) Shots of public being admitted in lobby. (3) Mural being painted of B-17s by (?). (4) Shots of lobby mural "Men on Moon." (5) Views from balcony of Wright Kitty Hawk Flyer and Spirit of St. Louis.

Views of NASM including construction progress and interior installations. May 3, 1976. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 300'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot List: (1) Miscellaneous interior views of installations. (2) Shots of public being admitted in lobby. (3) Mural being painted of B-17s by (?). (4) Shots of lobby mural "Men on Moon." (5) Views from balcony of Wright Kitty Hawk Flyer and Spirit of St. Louis.

Box 4

Construction of the Hirshhorn. September 1971. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 140'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Construction of the Hirshhorn. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 250'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shots of a helicopter and views from the air. 16 mm. 375'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shots of a helicopter and views from the air. 16 mm. 300'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Construction of the Hirshhorn. 16 mm. 375'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Man with gun in a helicopter. 16 mm. 50'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Footage of the San Diego Zoo. October 6, 1967. 16 mm. 250'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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The Queen of Sikkim at a fashion show. 16 mm. 250'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Lunar meteorite crater in the Buldhana district in Maharashtra, India. Produced by: Geological Survey of India in cooperation with the Division of Meteorites, Smithsonian Institution. 16 mm. 425'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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NZP pandas in snow. December 19, 1973. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 200'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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NZP pandas in snow. December 19, 1973. Work print. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 200'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Box 5

Shots of aircraft, airmen, and view of land from the air. 16 mm. 700'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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NASM building construction. July 1973-February 1974. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 925'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Loading Wright flyer at Silver Hill and erecting it at NASM. December 14, 1975. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 500'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: (1) Wright military flyer being crated at Silver Hill for shipment to new NASM building. (2) Original first Wright airplane being suspended in new location in new NASM building lobby.

Loading Wright flyer at Silver Hill and erecting it at NASM. December 14, 1975. Work print. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 500'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Shot list: (1) Wright military flyer being crated at Silver Hill for shipment to new NASM building. (2) Original first Wright airplane being suspended in new location in new NASM building lobby.

"The Nation's Capital." Cameraman: E. Kaszas, Jr. 16 mm. 600'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Box 6

Helicopter flight. 16 mm. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Seawolves Hometowners. 16 mm. 500'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Opening of NASM building. July 1, 1976. Work print. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 750'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Opening of NASM building. July 1, 1976. Original. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 750'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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Footage of the NASM construction site. October 1972-January 1973. Cameraman: A. F. Harrell. 16 mm. 1100'. Positive. Color. Silent.

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