SIA Acc. 20-084, Science Service, Records, 1955-1956

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Beginning in the 1920s, Science Service staff wrote 15-minute radio scripts ("Science Service Talks" and "Science News of the Week") which were mailed every week to several dozen U.S. radio stations and then read on the air by local announcers or scientists. By the early 1930s, Science Service was producing a weekly live-broadcast program for CBS, which eventually featured interviews of scientists. CBS and Science Service renamed these programs "Adventures in Science" beginning with the May 6, 1938, broadcast. Between May 6 and September 30, 1938, CBS controlled all writing and production and CBS staff member Paul Woodbridge hosted the program until it was cancelled September 30, 1938. "Adventures in Science" resumed as a weekly program on CBS on January 5, 1939, with a format of brief news bulletins followed by an interview conducted by Watson Davis. Programs were suspended during World War II and during football seasons in the 1940s and early 1950s. CBS cancelled "Adventures in Science" in December 1958. This accession consists of audiotape recordings of "Adventures in Science" programs. Materials consist of 1/4" audiotapes.


  • Davis, Watson 1896-1967
  • Columbia Broadcasting System, inc


  • Electronic List in accession file.
  • Item List in accession file.



Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1955
  • 1955-1956


  • Science journalism
  • Science
  • Scientists
  • History
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Science--History
  • Radio programs


  • Audiotapes
  • Collection descriptions
  • Interviews

Local number

SIA Acc. 20-084

Physical description

0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)

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