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Watkins, J. Elfreth (John Elfreth), 1852-1903
White, John H., 1933-
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Transportation
Dates:
1880s-1990
Size:
31.33 Cubic feet (94 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0523
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The archivist has arranged the collection into five separate series: Series 1: CAR BUILDERS, arranged alphabetically by company or individual. Series 2: EQUIPMENT - ROLLING STOCK, arranged in two sections: alphabetically by White's heading: Articles in Progress and alphabetical by type of railroad car under White's heading: Research Files for Book ...

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Papp, George
International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation
Lott, H.J.
Salinger, Hans W.G.
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Dates:
1934-1984
Size:
3.5 Cubic feet (9 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0822
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

This collection contains a diverse selection of materials that address a variety of aspects of the ITT Industrial Laboratories in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There are research and development notebooks from various scientists and engineers, reports and articles on products being developed and research being conducted, technical drawings, a large body of...

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Cook Labs
Cook, Emory, 1913-2002
Dates:
1908-2002, bulk 1948-1965
Size:
6.3 Cubic feet (Phonograph albums)
63.5 Cubic feet (Open-reel tapes)
8.75 Cubic feet (Business records)
78.55 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
CFCH.COOK
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

The Cook Labs records, which date from 1939-2002, document the activities of audio engineer Emory Cook and his label Cook Labs. The contents include business records, materials relating to recording artists, photographs, and production materials, as well as phonograph records, master recordings and unpublished recordings produced by or associated with the Cook Labs label. The collection also contains two interviews conducted with Emory Cook in 1990: one by Jeff Place and one by Anthony Seeger and Nicholas Spitzer. There are several physical objects relating to Cook Labs including a bag of powdered vinyl, a binaural playing arm, and a condenser microphone.

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series
Collection ID:
CFCH.SFF.2003
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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Engineering and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Frick Company, George (Waynesboro, Pa.)
Dates:
1852-1961
bulk 1860-1920
Size:
26 Cubic feet (49 boxes, 4 oversize folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0293
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

This collection documents, in correspondence, publications, forms, paperwork, drawings, newspaper clippings, diplomas and photographs, the operations and products of the Frick Company of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, manufacturers of steam-powered engines (portable, stationary, and traction), sawmills, threshing machines, grain separators and other mechanized agricultural harvesting implements, refrigeration, mechanical cooling systems, and ice making plants, from its founding in 1852 through 1961.

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Science Service
Dates:
1902-1965
Size:
268.55 cu. ft. (79 record storage boxes) (372 document boxes) (2 12x17 boxes) (3 3x5 boxes) (3 5x8 boxes) (2 tall document boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7091
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The bulk of this collection was processed by Jane Livermore, a devoted and tireless volunteer in the Smithsonian Institution Archives between 1995 and 2004. Livermore is a former Science Service employee. She worked in the organization's library, oversaw the educational project "THINGS of Science," and served as Assistant to the Director. ...

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Du Mont, Allen B. (Allen Balcom), 1901-1965
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Dates:
1884-1965
Size:
46 Cubic feet (150 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0018
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

While the collection is focused rather specifically on the development of television in America, including technical details, legal proceedings, marketing and advertisement, and manufacturing, it is also a rich source for the history of American advertising, work cultures, sales, and entertainment. There is also information about radio, mostly in p...

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Creators:
Ehrat, Arthur
Fleckner, John A., 1941-
Dates:
2011
1865-2005
bulk 1970-1990
Size:
10 Cubic feet (26 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0907
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Arthur Ehrat invented and patented a breakaway basketball rim, fashioning his prototypes from bolts, metal braces and one key part: a piece of the heavy-duty coil spring on a John Deere cultivator. His invention helped to revolutionize the way basketball is played because players could slam dunk the ball with fewer injuries and without bending the rims or breaking backboards. This collection includes correspondence, legal documents --such as patent papers, litigation files and licensing agreements --photographs and sketches that relate to the basketball invention, as well as materials regarding his two field spreader patents and other invention ideas.

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Nordic Ware Division, Northland Aluminum
Dalquist, H. David
Dalquist, Dorothy
Dates:
1940-2006
Size:
28 Cubic feet (53 boxes and 25 oversize folders )
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0980
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Records of a family-owned manufacturing firm, best known for kitchenware products including the Bundt Pan and Micro-Go-Round. The collection richly documents the entrepreneurial spirit of the Minnesota firm and its history of product innovation through technical files, marketing materials, and administrative and financial records.

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United Telegraph Workers.
Western Union Telegraph Company
Dates:
circa 1820-1995
Size:
452 Cubic feet (871 boxes and 23 map folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0205
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents in photographs, scrapbooks, notebooks, correspondence, stock ledgers, annual reports, and financial records, the evolution of the telegraph, the development of the Western Union Telegraph Company, and the beginning of the communications revolution. The collection materials describe both the history of the company and of the telegraph industry in general, particularly its importance to the development of the technology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection is useful for researchers interested in the development of technology, economic history, and the impact of technology on American social and cultural life.

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