Guide to the Smothers Brothers Collection
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1437
Creators:
Smothers Brothers
Dates:
1959-2008, undated
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
7 Cubic feet
21 boxes, 1 map-folder
Repository:
The collection documents the lives and careers of the Smothers Brothers, with emphasis on their 1960s television variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Collection documents the private lives and professional careers of Tom and Dick Smothers, with emphasis on their television variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The largest portion of the collection contains photographic materials. Publicity materials including press releases, programs, newspaper clippings, and magazine articles; correspondence containing fan mail (some from famous persons such as Lucille Ball, Jack Paar, and others), letters from viewers both complimentary and critical of shows, and letters from members of Congress; business records including contracts, tour itineraries, talent agency materials, scripts, and scrapbooks; and legal documents relating to the lawsuit against Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) are also found in the collection. Collection is arranged into three series: Series 1, Photographs, 1961-2007, undated; Series 2, Business Records, 1959-2002, undated; and Series 3, Personal Papers, 1966-2008, undated.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into three series:
Series 1: Photographic Materials, 1961-2007, undated
Subseries 1.1: Television Shows, 1966-1989, undated
Subseries 1.2: Specials, Tours, and Public Appearances, 1964-1988, undated
Subseries 1.3: Motion Picture Films and Theatre, 1969-1982
Subseries 1.4: General, 1961-2007, undated
Subseries 1.5: Promotional, 1961-2003, undated
Series 2: Business Records, 1959-2002, undated
Subseries 2.1: Press, 1960-2002, undated
Subseries 2.2: Employee Files, 1959-1999, undated
Subseries 2.3: Smothers Brothers v. Columbia Broadcasting System, Incorporated (CBS), 1966-1972, undated
Subseries 2.4: Correspondence, 1960-1996
Subseries 2.5: Performance Materials, 1962-1993, undated
Subseries 2.6: Fan Club, 1990-1992, undated
Series 3: Personal Papers, 1966-2008, undated

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Sarah G. Gediman, intern, 2019; Julia S. Gibson, intern, 2019; Savannah C. Hildre, intern, 2019; Lauren M. Janik, intern, 2019; Abigail L. Starck, intern, 2019; supervised by Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, supervisory archivist, 2019.
Author
Vanessa Broussard-Simmons

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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Smothers Brothers Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

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Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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
Television Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Variety shows (Television programs) -- Production and direction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Biography files Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Color slides -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Contact sheets Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Contracts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Itineraries Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Legal records Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century. Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photograph albums Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Color prints (photographs) -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white negatives -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Scripts (documents) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century -- Color prints Type 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