Guide to the Greg Meyer Taser Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1311
Creators:
Cover, Jack
Meyer, Greg
Dates:
1946 - 2009
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.3 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
Papers relating to the invention, development, use, and popularization of the Taser, a nonlethal weapon invented by Jack Covers.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers relating to the invention, development, use, and popularization of the Taser, a nonlethal weapon invented by Jack Cover. The collection includes biographical information about Cover, Cover's initial concept paper, design drawings, notes and writings, photographs, papers relating to the patenting of the Taser, test results, training materials on the use of the Taser, articles and printed materials, notes to law enforcement officers, response to controversy surrounding the use and misuse of the Taser, and a eulogy. Interaction and use of the Taser by law enforcement mostly focuses on the Los Angeles Police Department.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
John "Jack" Cover (1920-2009) was born in New York, New York. He joined the United States Air Force in 1942, and served as an aeronautical engineer and an aircraft engineering officer. During World War II he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and American Theater Service Medal. Cover was released from active service in 1946, after which he earned a B.S and Ph.D at University of Chicago. He worked at North American Aviation (NAA), as a contractor for NASA, and was part of the the team that won the Prime contract for NAA from 1961-1962 on the Apollo Moon Landing Program.
As a result of a growing push for law enforcement agencies to use non-lethal weapons in the 1960's, Cover developed and later patented iwhat would become known as the TASER. He named the device the Taser, an acronym for Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle. Cover formed Taser Systems. Inc. in 1970 and the Taser was patented in 1974 as a "Weapon for Immobilization and Capture (US 3,803,463). The device was adopted by the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1970s as an alternative to lethal weapons in subduing suspects, particularly those under the influence of drugs or who posed harm to themselves.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Austin Arminio, intern, 2016.
Author
Austin Arminio
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collected donated by Greg Meyer, 2013.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Greg Meyer Taser Collection, 1946-2009, 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
Notes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Test reports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Patents -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weapons Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
TASER Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Design drawings -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eulogies Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nonlethal weapons Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stun guns 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
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives