Guide to the Emile Bachelet Collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0302
Creators:
Bachelet, Emile, 1863-1946
Bachelet, Albert E.
Dates:
1890 - 1973
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.3 Cubic feet
3 boxes
Repository:
The collection documents Emile Bachelet, inventor of electro-magnetic therapeutic devices for the treatment of rheumatism.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of approximately .66 cubic feet of biographical materials, correspondence, clippings, patents, photographs, newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook relating to Emile Bachelet's invention of a device for magnetically levitating trains and other devices.
Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1890-1956, consists of Bachelet's passports, citizenship papers, some genealogical notes, clippings, a certificate from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and an undated interview with Albert Bachelet, Emile's son. Documentation on Albert Bachelet's work with the Lincoln stereoscopic pairs is also here.
Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1959, includes letters from Emile Bachelet's former secretary, Suzanne Stokvis-Simpson, to Albert Bachelet from 1948 to 1959.
Series 3: Patents, 1903-1929, contains both United States and foreign issued patents for Bachelet's inventions. Also included in this series is information on Bachelet's Wave Generator Machine that was used to treat individuals suffering from rheumatism and other pains by "increasing the vital energies of the blood and creating a vibratory magnetic field in which is placed the patients or patients."
Series 4: Photographs, 1929-1945, include Bachelet's "Magnetically Levitated Railway" device, his "Free Energy Machine", models, equipment, and other devices being demonstrated and portraits of Emile Bachelet.
Series 5: Newspaper Clippings and Scrapbook, 1912-1973, document accounts of the public presentation of Bachelet's model of a magnetically levitated train in London in 1914 and other projects.
Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1915-1917, contains a visitor's book to Bachelet's laboratory, brochures on the Bachelet Wave Generator machine and drawings.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is divided into six series.
Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1890-1956
Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1959
Series 3: Patents, 1903-1929
Series 4: Photographs, circa 1880s-1945
Series 5: Newspaper Clippings and Scrapbook, 1912-1973
Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1915-1917

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Emile Bachelet (1863-1946) was born in Nanterre, France, a village outside Paris and emigrated to the U.S. in the 1880s. He began his career in Boston as an electrician on the building staff of the Boston Institute (now known as Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He was naturalized a United States citizen in 1888, moved to California in 1889 and then to Tacoma, Washington where he worked as an electrician for the city government and later as an inventor of electro-magnetic therapeutic devices for the treatment of rheumatism. Bachelet discovered that arthritic pain disappeared when he was near huge generators and thus began his experimentation with electromagnets. In the 1890s he conceived the idea of magnetic levitation and worked for twenty years on its application to a train. A model was exhibited in London in 1914 and it received worldwide notice and some financial support. In the early 1900s, Bachelet moved to New York City and formed three companies, Bachelet General Magnet Co., Inc., Bachelet Magnetic Wave Company, and Bachelet Medical Apparatus Company to continue his invention work. However, his interest shifted often from one device to another and he later moved to Poughkeepsie, NY where he continued his invention efforts in a small workshop until his death in 1946.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Robert S. Harding, archivist and Don Darroch, volunteer, May 1990; revised Alison Oswald, archivist, March 2003.
Processing Information
Processed by Grace M. Angle (volunteer) June, 1988; supervised by Robert Harding, archivist. Revised by David Haberstich, March 21, 2005.
Author
Robert Harding
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Albert E. Bachelet, son of the inventor.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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.
Preferred Citation
Emile Bachelet Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Custodial History
Custodial History
The collection was transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Electricity (now the Division of Medicine and Science) in April 1988.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Electromagnetism Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electromagnetism in medicine Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventions -- 1910-1920 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Magnetic levitation vehicles -- 1910-1920 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Magnetic suspension -- 1910-1920 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 19th-20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Railroads -- Trains -- 1910-1920 -- England Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965 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