Smothers Brothers Collection
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1437
Dates:
1937-2003
bulk 1960-1990
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
12 cubic feet
12 boxes
Repository:
The collection documents the lives and careers of the Smothers Brothers, with emphasis on their television variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection documents the lives and careers of the Smothers Brothers, with emphasis on their television variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The collection includes very large numbers of photographs, slides, contact prints and negatives. These include a few childhood photographs of the brothers and their family, performance photographs, their talent agency's publicity shots, candid photographs of the act on tour, album cover shots, and behind-the-scenes photographs of the show and its guest stars. The comedian Pat Paulsen appears in many of the photographs. The photographs of the show's guests are mostly contact sheets and include no captions. Other types of materials in the collection include publicity materials including press releases, programs, biographical information, and clippings; fan mail, some from famous persons (many of these are photocopies) such as Lucille Ball, Jack Paar, and others; business records including contracts, tour itineraries, talent agency correspondence, memos, correspondence with CBS regarding content of the shows and relating to editing, objections, etc.; a file of letters received from viewers, some complimentary, some critical, after the show aired a feature lampooning gun owners; a file of letters criticizing the show for having Pete Seeger as a guest; a file of letters from members of Congress; one script; several scrapbooks, mostly containing clippings; one photograph album; and a large file of legal and other papers relating to the lawsuit against CBS.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is unarranged.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Smothers Brothers were a folksinging duo who toured and made occasional appearances on television variety shows during the 1960s. Starting in 1967, the brothers had their own show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The show often contained controversial content and often featured appearances by controversial guest performers. The show was cancelled in 1969 by the network, over conflicts regarding the network's rights to edit or censor the programs in advance. The brothers sued the network successfully but the show was not reinstated. They continued to make occasional television appearances, tour and record, retiring in 2010.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection is unprocessed.
Author
NMAH Staff

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Smothers Brothers Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Comedy Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folk singers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Television personalities Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Variety shows (Television programs) -- Production and direction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Biography files Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Color slides -- 20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Contact sheets Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Contracts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century. Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Photographs -- 20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Color prints (photographs) -- 20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white negatives -- 20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Photographs -- 20th century -- Color prints Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Paulsen, Pat Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives