Production Records,
circa 1985-1991

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 594
Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications
Dates:
circa 1985-1991
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
18.58 cu. ft. (18 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records primarily document the planning for University of the Air (after 1988 Smithsonian Project Discovery) and The Buried Mirror. Many of the records were created by Elizabeth S. Brownstein, media project development specialist, Office of Telecommunications (OTC). Also included are files of Adrian Malone, production chairman, and Edward W. Bastian, project manager and director for University of the Air. The records include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, prospectus, reports, research information, budgets, illustrations, photographs, scripts, articles, newspaper clippings, audio tape recordings of music, video discs, and marketing information. Also included are information files maintained by OTC on Smithsonian museums, bureaus, staff, and miscellaneous topics.

Historical Note
Historical Note
In 1986, the Smithsonian Institution began planning two major educational television projects. University of the Air, a joint project of the Smithsonian, WETA Television, and Adrian Malone Productions, proposed to investigate the lives of major twentieth century intellectuals and the basic themes that connected their work. In 1988, the title of the project was changed to Smithsonian Project Discovery. The Buried Mirror was a proposed ten-part television series on the history and culture of Iberia and Latin America to be produced by Malone Gill Productions in association with the Smithsonian. Both projects were terminated because of funding difficulties.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 594, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Production Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Brownstein, Elizabeth Smith, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Malone, Adrian Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bastian, Edward W. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Adrian Malone Productions Ltd. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Malone Gill Productions Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
University of the Air (Proposed television program) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Project Discovery (Proposed television program) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Buried Mirror (Proposed television program) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Intellectual property Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Documentary television programs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Motion pictures -- Production and direction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Television -- Production and direction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings -- Production and direction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Illustrations Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Clippings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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