Guide to the Alexander Melville Clark Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1017
Creators:
Dodge, W.C.
Clark, Alexander Melville
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Dates:
1877
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.15 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
A British patent issued to Alexander Melville Clark for an improved process for preventing the accumulation of carbon in retorts used for the distillation of carbureted hydrogen. There is a wax seal attached to the end of the patent.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection is the British patent issued to Alexander Melville Clark by the English government in 1877 for inventing an improved process for preventing the accumulation of carbon in retorts used for the distillation of carbureted hydrogen.

Arrangement
Arrangement
1 series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Alexander Melville Clark was an inventor, patent agent, and author. Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries he applied for patents for improvements for thimbles, umbrellas and sunshades, typewriting machines, candle cases, machines for trimming and finishing boots and shoes, knitting machines, hot wire voltmeters, combination locks, and door fasteners. In 1884, Clark wrote Analytical Summaries of the Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks' Act, 1883, and of the Patent Laws of All Foreign Countries and British Colonies.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Deborah Khuanghlawn (intern), supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 2010.
Author
Deborah Khuanghlawn (intern)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by W.C. Dodge in 1891 to the United States National Museum.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Alexander Melville Clark Patent, 1877, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Custodial History
Custodial History
W. C. Dodge donated the patent in 1891 to the United States National Museum (Smithsonian Institution), predecessor to the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian. Collection transferred to the Archives Center in 2007.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Inventions -- 1870-1880 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventors -- 1870-1880 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chemistry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hydrogen Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Distillation -- Hydrogen Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Work and Industry, 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