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Creators:
Brown, F.C. (Fay Cluff)
Dates:
1902 - 1964
Size:
4.5 Cubic feet (17 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0693
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

F.C. Brown was a physicist and inventor who created and supervised the development of education exhibits, most notably as organizing director of the New York Museum of Science and Industry (part of the Museums of the Peaceful Arts), 1926-1931. He was also curator of physics exhibits at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, 1932-1937. Much of Brown's scientific research focused on the element selenium. He invented the phonopticon, an improvement on the optophone (invented by Fournier d'Albe, 1912). Material focuses on Dr. Brown's professional life: correspondence, photographs, photo albums, scrapbooks, and ephemera from the positions he held and research he conducted. Very little personal information is included.

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Creators:
Newman, Louis
Dates:
1895-1999
Size:
4 Cubic feet (6 boxes, 1 folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0696
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Baseball memorabilia, including postcards, of teams, players, venues and other baseball-related topics; team programs, 1930s-1990s, mostly for minor league teams but including a few major league teams; sheet music; advertising on baseball topics; posters; black-and-white photographs of baseball players and teams; and ephemeral items such as ticket stubs.

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Creators:
Hershorn, Tad
Dates:
1956-1991.
Size:
1 Cubic foot (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0680
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Materials relating to jazz, including photographs of jazz performers; printed material, including clippings about the jazz promoter Norman Granz, and nine concert programs; and a typescript history of jazz at the Philharmonic.

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Creators:
Studebaker, Robert
Warner, Deborah Jean
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Dates:
1998.
Size:
0.25 Cubic feet (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0670
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Collection documents Robert Studebaker, inventor of the LaserPlane, the first modern alternative to the liquid level. The first model was introduced in 1965.

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Creators:
Clairmook, Jean
Dates:
1930-1932
Size:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0674
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

One homemade scrapbook documenting the radio career of young Jean Clairmook. The book contains letters, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The creator of the scrapbook is unknown.

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Creators:
Bukowski, Henry S., 1922-
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life
Dates:
ca. 1930s-1940s
Size:
1 Cubic foot (3 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0678
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Publicity photographs and postcards of entertainers, mostly jazz musicians and leaders of dance bands, etc., and related memorabilia.

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Creators:
Park-Brannock.
Park, Ernest N.
Brannock, Otis C.
Brannock, Charles F., 1903-1992
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Dates:
1925 - 1998
Size:
12 Cubic feet (34 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0672
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The Brannock Device Company began with the 1925 invention of the Brannock Device, a tool to measure foot length and width at the same time, by inventor and businessman Charles F. Brannock. Early in his career Brannock worked as a shoe salesman at the Park-Brannock shoe store, and in 1962 he became the CEO of the company. This collection documents both the Park-Brannock store and the Brannock Device. Materials in The Brannock Device Company Records, 1925-1998, include of correspondence, design drawings, United States and foreign patents and trademarks, advertisements, product information, sales records, photographs, and a film strip documenting the invention, promotion, and sale of the Brannock Device as well as the concurrent development of Park-Brannock as a leading shoe store in Syracuse, N.Y.

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Creators:
Free, Jerry D.
International Battle of the Bands, Inc.
Dates:
1981-1998.
Size:
32 Cubic feet (88 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0677
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Business records, scrapbooks, audio disks, videotape, audio tape, and photographs documenting the business and entertainment activities at the International Battle of the Bands.

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Creators:
National Museum of American History (U.S.)
Dates:
1996.
Size:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0649
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Spiral-bound notebooks, in which visitors to the National Museum of American History exhibition "Who's in Charge?" could record their memories of working life.

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Creators:
Coleman, Cinthea T., 1947-
McCracklin, Jimmy, 1931-
Kenner, Sonny
Stovall, Beverly
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Dates:
1997-1998.
Size:
1.6 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0657
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

49 VHS videotapes containing the Bluestime Power Hour television shows. The programs document the music and culture of such local American blues musicians as Jimmy McCracklin, Sonny Kenner, Guitar Shorty and Beverly Stovall.