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Creators:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Arden, Juliette
Dates:
1884-1950
Size:
1.4 Cubic feet (4 vertical boxes, 1 flat oversize box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0285
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

This collection includes papers that were important to Henry, Henry B. and Juliette Arden. There is some confusion caused by the names of father and son. Juliette referred to her father as Henry, never as Harry or Henry B. Early patents, granted before his death in 1912 may have been granted to the father. All documents or correspondence later than...

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Creators:
Simmons Company
Dates:
1892-2000
Size:
9 Film reels
88 Cubic feet (172 boxes, 16 oversize folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0731
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Series 1 includes: news articles about the company and the Simmons family; photographs of the machinery, factories, factory workers, products and showrooms; annual reports; various corporate periodicals; audit reports; patents; and materials relating to sleep research conducted by Simmons. Series 2 includes product catalogues, scrapbooks of adverti...

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Creators:
Baer, Ralph H., 1922-2014
Dates:
1943 - 2015
Size:
16 Cubic feet (44 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0854
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Ralph H. Baer was a German-born ordnance specialist, inventor, and engineer. He was a pioneer of early videogame technology. The papers include autobiographical materials; firearms notes, manuscripts, and photographs; and videogame and television engineering notes, diagrams, schematics, and video documentation.

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Creators:
Kearns, Robert W.
Kearns, Timothy
Brown, Brian Ivan
Quan, John
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Dates:
1963 - 1999
Size:
8.5 Cubic feet (24 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1406
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents the inventive career of physicist and engineer Robert W. Kearns. Kearns invented and patented in 1967 the windshield wiper system with intermittent operation (US 3,351,836), among other inventions. The papers include notebooks, correspondence, reports, memoranda, photographs, patents, drawings, and trade literature.

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Creators:
Liebhold, Peter
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Dates:
1995-1996
Size:
2.5 Cubic feet (9 boxes )
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0609
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The Gerber Fabric Cutter S-70 is part of a systematic approach to layout and cutting that has revolutionized the needle trades. This video history contains original, master, and reference videos, Dictaphone microcassettes, and tape digests and notes documenting the development, operation and use of the Gerber Fabric Cutter S-70 in three locations: H.I.S., Inc., in Bruceton, Tennessee (Chic blue jeans use of cuter); General Motors in Grand Rapids, Michigan (automotive use of the cutter); and Gerber Scientific Instrument Company in Hartford, Connecticut (Gerber corporate office and invention factory). The video footage documents H. Joseph Gerber, engineers, assembly workers, operators, and other technicians who worked with the cutter at the three locations. The footage from the Tennessee and Michigan sites provides insight into the complexity of introducing a new technology into the workplace and documents operators and managers discussing the effect of the cutter on workflow, quality, personnel, and attitudes towards the job. The footage from the Connecticut site documents the engineers who developed the cutter and provides valuable insight into the invention process. This collection includes oral history audio tapes, original, master, and reference videos, and notes documenting visits to Bruceton, Tennessee, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Hartford, Connecticut.

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Creators:
Bucheimer, John
Dates:
1954 - 1977
Size:
4 Cubic feet (11 boxes, 5 map folders)
21 Film reels
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0889
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Papers relate to John Bucheimer's work as manager of new product manufacturing in the Engineering Department at Head Ski Company.

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Dates:
1889-1910
Size:
0.25 Cubic feet (1 slim legal document box)
Collection ID:
NASM.1991.0075
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Carl Myers (1842-1925) was a meteorologist, photographer and balloonist. In 1875, Myers and his wife Mary ("Carlotta, Queen of the Air") began experimenting with balloons and made their first ascensions in 1880. Myers constructed and flew a variety of balloons and airships, and worked on the following technical advances: he developed a varnishing machine for producing fabrics impervious to hydrogen gas; he produced a portable system for generating hydrogen gas; he patented an apparatus for guiding balloons; and he made the first balloon ascension using natural gas as the lifting medium. Myers manufactured balloons for the U.S. Weather Bureau's rainmaking experiments and also supplied the United States Army Signal Corps (USASC) with twenty-one balloons for use in Spanish American War. Myers retired in 1910. The collection consists of 91 images of the following: balloons, airships, and aeronautical gear in various stages of construction and flight; interior and exterior views of the Carl Myers Balloon Farm; and a number of portraits taken of the family and visitors, including Thomas C. Benbow, a noted pioneering aeronaut. It also contains correspondence written by Myers to Professor Henry Allen (H.A.) Hazen, a meteorologist connected with the United States Signal Office, and one letter to George E. Curtis, head of the U.S. Weather Bureau.

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Martin, James V. (James Vernon), 1885-1956
Dates:
1894-1979
Size:
1.97 Cubic feet (4 legal document boxes, 1 legal folder, 1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0162
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

James Vernon Martin (1885-1956) was an aviator and inventor during the early days of aviation. This collection consists of material documenting the life of James Vernon Martin. The material includes letters, photos, and documents relating to his Merchant Marine career and his aircraft and aeronautical inventions. Also included are documents pertaining to his conspiracy charges against the government and aircraft industry, as well as his attempts to revive Augustus M. Herring's patents. There are also documents regarding Lily Irvine, his wife, and her career as a pilot.

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Creators:
Gerber, H. Joseph, 1924-1996
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company (Hartford, Conn.).
Dates:
1911 - 1999
Size:
75 Cubic feet (182 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0929
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Records document the Gerber Scientific Instrument Company, Hartford, Connecticut, and its four subsidiaries: Gerber Garment Technology, Inc., Gerber Scientific Products, Inc., Gerber Systems Corp., and Gerber Optical, Inc. Gerber Scientific designs, develops, manufactures, markets and services computer aided design and computer aided CAD/CAM systems. The records include correspondence, memoranda, product literature, trade literature, patent records, instruction manuals, proposals, engineering records, photographs, technical reports, drawings, press releases, and newspaper clippings.

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Singer Manufacturing Company
Singer Company (The), (Fairfield, New Jersey)
Dates:
1927-1983
bulk 1960-1977
Size:
11 Cubic feet (3 oversize folders, 20 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0169
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The bulk of the collection consists of renderings of sewing machines and related products by industrial designers such as Henry Dreyfuss, Robert P. Gersin, Eliot Noyes, and Malcolm S. Park; by designers of Singer's in-house design department; and by consultants to the firm. Materials include decals, photographs, negatives, patents, and renderings and sketches. This collection documents the influence of industrial design on Singer sewing machines as well as other household products such as vacuum cleaners.

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