Guide to the Elisha Gray Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0014
Creators:
Gray, Elisha, 1835-1901 (inventor)
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Dates:
1871-1938.
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
3.6 Cubic feet
10 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Legal documents, photographs, articles, copies of correspondence, three folders of original Gray correspondence on the Gray-Bell controversy; most of the collection consists of copies of material, or printed matter, collected by Lloyd W. Taylor of the museum staff.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Divided into 8 series: (1) Correspondence; (2) Memoirs and Unpublished Manuscripts; (3) Legal Material; (4) Patents; (5) Biographical; (6) Lloyd W. Taylor; (7) Diagrams, Sketches; (8) Clippings.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Elisha Gray (1835-1901) was an inventor and the co-founder of the Western Electric Company. Gray is best known for his part in a bitter controversy with Alexander Graham Bell over the priority of invention of the telephone.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Robert Harding, 1984
Author
Robert Harding
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Original source unidentified.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Elisha Gray Collection, 1871-1938, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
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.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
Transferred from the Division of Electricity,

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Inventory available; contact the Archives Center for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Clippings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Telegraph Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Patents Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1900-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Invention of telegraph Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electricity Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 1930-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electrical science and technology Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1850-1900 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electric engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Western Electric Co. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Taylor, Lloyd W. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI. Corporate 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