Guide to the Community Life TV Soap Operas Collection
NMAH.AC.0108

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 1984 May

P.O. Box 37012
 Suite 1100, MRC 601
 Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
 Phone: 202-633-3270
 archivescenter@si.edu

http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/

Revision Description

  1996 October 21

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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.

Custodial History note

The television soap opera scripts were acquired by the Division of Community Life (now the Division of Home and Community Life) as part of the History of American Entertainment Collection. The collection was transferred from the Division of Home and Community Life to the Archives Center in 1984.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert S. Harding, archivist, 1984; revised Robert S. Harding, archivist, 1996.

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Summary Information

Repository
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Title
Community Life TV Soap Operas Collection
ID
NMAH.AC.0108
Date [inclusive]
1952-1983
Extent
1.50 Cubic feet, 5 boxes
Language
English
Language of Materials note
Collection is in English.
Abstract
The collection includes scripts and films related to soap operas. Included are the 1982 script from the first episode of "Capitol," autographed by the cast; the projected story line for "As The World Turns" for 1957; and three 16mm reels from "As The World Turns."

Preferred Citation note

Community Life TV Soaps Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes scripts and films related to soap operas. Included are the 1982 script from the first episode of “Capitol,” autographed by the cast and the projected story line for “As the World Turns” for 1957. Also included are three 16mm reels from “As the World Turns."

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1: Scripts, 1952-1983

Series 2: Moving Image Materials, 1951-1963

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Materials at the National Museum of American History

Artifacts in the Division of Culture and the Arts include:

"As the World Turns"

Apron (See accession:1984.0198.03)

Globe (See accession: 1984.0198.04)

Thank you card (See accession: 1984.0198.05)

"Edge of Night"

Miniature carousel (See accession: 1984.0202.01)

Gold pocket watch (See accession: 1984.0202.02)

"Search for Tomorrow"

Apron (See accession:1984.0208.01)

Scissors (See accession:1984.0199.01)

Black straw mourning hat (See accession:1984.0199.02)

"The Guiding Light"

Coffee pot (See accession:1984.1098.01)

Housecoat (See accession: 1984.0198.02)

Also included are six posters from "Soap Opera Festivals" in several cities (See accession: 1983.0726.05)

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • 16mm films
  • Motion pictures (visual works)--20th century
  • Scripts (documents)

Subject(s)

  • Soap operas--1970-1990
  • Television
  • Television programs

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1: Scripts, 1952-1983

Box Folder

“Another World”, 1964 May 4

1 1

“As the World Turns,” (projected story line), 1956 December 3

1 2

“As the World Turns", 1957 January 30

1 3

"As The World Turns", 1957 April 1

1 4

"As The World Turns", 1968 May

1 5

"As the World Turns", 1983 July

1 6

"As The World Turns" (script #3153), undated

1 7

“Capitol,” The Hour, teleplay, 1982 March 5

1 8

“The Edge of Night” and script for commercials, 1956 April 30

1 9

“The Guiding Light,” episode #1325, 1952 June 30

1 10

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 Series 2: Moving Image Materials, 1951-1963

Reel

As the World Turns, 1962 March 11, 1.00 reels, Black and white composit optical track print , 16mm

16mm black and white composite optical track print

OF 108.1

As the World Turns, 1962 August 7, 1.00 reels, Black and white composite optical track print, 16 mm

16mm black and white composite optical track print

OF 108.2

As the World Turns, 1963 March 11, 1.00 reels, Black and white composite optical track print, 16 mm

16mm black and white composite optical track print

OF 108.3
Video

The First Hundred Years (1952 May 14)/  The Guiding Light(1953 January 27), 1.00 Videocassettes (BetacamSP), Composite reel created by Procter & Gamble containing single episodes of two soap operas, The First Hundred Years (1952 May 14) and The Guiding Light (1953 January 27). Includes television commercials for Ivory Soap, Duz laundy soap, Tide, and Crisco., From 3/4" Umatic which was returned to Procter & Gamble, Betacam SP

MV108.4

Search for Tomorrow, 1951 September 3, 1.00 Videocassettes (U-matic), The first episode of Search for Tomorrow which aired 1951 September 3 on CBS. Includes television commercials for Spic & Span and Joy. Duration 15 minutes, From original 16mm black and white composite optical track kinescope. , 3/4" U-Matic

OV 108.5

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