Guide to the Kleinschmidt Teletype Records

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1259
Creators:
Morton, Sterling, 1885-1961
Goodspeed, Charles B.
Teletype Corporation
Kleinschmidt, Edward E., 1876-1977
American Telephone and Telegraph Company
Pigott, Janet
Morkrum-Kleinschmidt Corporation
Kleinschmidt Electric Company
Dates:
1915-1930
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.6 Cubic feet
2 boxes
Repository:
This collection largely contains correspondence regarding the Kleinschmidt Teletype, as well as financial records and newspaper clippings regarding the Teletype Company.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of correspondence kept by Charles B. Goodspeed, a major stockholder in KIeinschmidt Electric Company. It relates to internal workings of the company and the telegraphic typewriter it developed, as well as the merger with Morkrum and the purchase of the company by AT&T. Many of the letters are from Sterling Morton, president of the Teletype Corporation.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into three series.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1915-1930
Series 2: Financial Statements, 1929
Series 3: Newspaper Clippings, 1915-1930

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Kleinschmidt Teletype was invented by Edward E. Kleinschmidt, a German-American inventor and businessman. He invented a high-speed stock ticker, an automatic fishing reel, a railroad signaling device, and a high-speed teletype that "revolutionized the communications industry." The Kleinschmidt Teletype was considered a breakthrough in world communication, replacing Morse code transmission and reception with typewriters and printers. Kleinschmidt, Howard Krum, and Sterling Morton jointly obtained a patent for this technology in December 1928. Teletype Corporation was sold to the American Telephone and Telegraph Company for $30 million in 1930.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Holly Nelson.
Author
Holly Nelson
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives Center by Janet Pigott in 2011.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Kleinschmidt Teletype Records, 1915-1930, 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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Inventors -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Telegraph -- History Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 1900-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventions -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Telegraph, Wireless Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Communication Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Telecommunication Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pigott, Janet Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Krum, Howard 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