Preliminary Guide to Electricity and Modern Physics Photonegatives
NMAH.AC.0715

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0715
Creators:
Information, Technology and Society, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Dates:
1890-1930
Languages:
English
Some materials in French and Slovak.
Physical Description:
6 cubic feet
34 boxes
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Photographic negatives and some glass plate negatives depicting subjects relating to the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics' artifact collections and research interests. Negatives include portrait photographs of engineers (Marconi, Tesla, Bell, and Zworykin), images of radios, telegraphy equipment, and phonographs.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographic negatives and some glass plate negatives depicting subjects relating to the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics' artifact collections. Negatives include portrait photographs of engineers (Marconi, Tesla, Bell, and Zworykin), images of radios, telegraphy equipment, radio equipment, inventors, and phonographs. The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) engineers and some equipment are especially well represented. Many of the negatives are unidentified and undated.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged into one series and are arranged by topics. The folder titles in the container list were taken from the image enclosures.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed by Yauntilaa Lancaster, intern, Ramona Williamson, volunteer, Erin Molloy, volunteer; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 2012. Finding aid written by Alison Oswald, archivist, 2012.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Erin Molloy and Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Source unknown. Found in collections.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note
Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs, negatives, and glass plates. The collection is in cold storage. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.
Preferred Citation note
Electricity and Modern Physics Photonegatives, 1898-1953, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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.

Related Archival Materials note
Materials held in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History
George H. Clark Radioana Collection, circa 1880-1950 (AC0055)
Thomas Alva Edison Photo Prints, 1890s-1933, (AC0299)
Kenneth M. Swezey Papers, 1891-1982 (AC0047)

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Transferred to Archives Center from the Division of the History of Technology (now the Division of Work and Industry) in 2000.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Edison, Thomas A., (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Farnsworth, Philo Taylor, b. 1906 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marconi, Guglielmo, Marchese, 1874-1937 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marconi, Maria, Marchesa Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Radio Corporation of America. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tesla, Nikola, 1857-1943 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Black-and-white negatives Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engineers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Phonograph Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Radio--Apparatus and supplies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Radio--History Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Telegraph, Wireless Topic 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
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu