Collection consists of retail mail order catalogs from numerous commercial organizations, chiefly American but also includes catalogs from European companies. Catalogs cover a wide range of consumer goods, including home furnishings, books, musical instruments, toys, men's and women's apparel, jewelry, A/V materials, firearms, art , hobby crafts and gifts.
Notebook kept by Peter Spicer for recording arithmetical concepts and exercises as a young student, with an emphasis on business and bookkeeping-related skills. Some of the topics covered include: Federal money; simple interest; brokerage; insurance; compound interest; annuities; loss and gain; conjoined proportion; vulgar fractions; decimal fractions; arithmetical progression; and geometrical progression; among others.
Scrapbook consisting mainly of miscellaneous newsclippings from the New York Tribune and other sources dating from 1932 and 1937, apparently compiled by David C. Locke, a public school administrator in Monaca, Beaver Co., Pennsylvania. Many of the articles have a general focus on education (particularly with a technical, scientific, or mathematical theme, such as the ideas of Albert Einstein); also represented are news stories on Pennsylvania history; medical trivia; inventions; eugenics; highway design; calendar reform; the metric system; government service (federal and local); alcohol and post-Prohibition American culture; brain teasers and puzzles; poetry; prayers; and comics. There are also some handwritten genealogical details about the Locke family.
Materials collected by Robert P. Alexander, acquired by him chiefly between 1975 and 1985. The collection includes photocopied, reprinted, or excerpted articles from periodicals and chapters from books, abstracts, copies of typed manuscripts, and some non-book format materials (e.g. sound recordings, slides, etc.). The source of each item is generally typed or handwritten on the piece, although the source is not recorded in every case. Some soft-bound longer monographic works are also included in the collection. The collection includes materials issued from the late 18th century (i.e., in modern editions or photocopies) through the first half of the 1980s, with the bulk of the collection dating from the late 19th century onwards.
Scrapbooks compiled by Leslie Leland Locke, chiefly containing notes and ephemera on the history of calculating machines and typewriters, information on inventors, and notes for Locke's own collection of calculating machines. Some of the inventors, correspondents, inventions, companies, and agencies referenced include: Charles Babbage; Frank Stephen Baldwin (Baldwin's calculating machine); Edwin A. Bayley; Ernst Benecke (Brunsviga-Maschenienwerke Grimme, Natalis & Co. A.G., Braunsweig); Burroughs Adding Machine Co.; Vannevar Bush; C.E. Locke Mfg. Co. (the Locke Adder); Grover C. Chase; Colburn Gear & Mfg. Co. (George L. Colburn); Thomas A. Edison (Ediphone); Facit calculating machines; Felt & Tarrant Mfg. Co.; the Graf Zeppelin (for the calculating machines used on its flights); George B. Grant; R. Haase (Brunsviga-Maschenienwerke Grimme, Natalis & Co. A.G., Braunsweig); A.V. Kryha; George F. Kunz; Derrick N. Lehmer; the MADAS calculator; Marchant Calculating Machine Co.; the "Millionaire" (O. Steiger); Monroe Calculating Machine Co.; the Museums of the Peaceful Arts; Picht braille typewriters for the blind; George Sarton; Thaleswerk; Franz Trinks; Triumphator Works; the United States Patent Office; and the United States National Museum (Smithsonian Institution; including curators C.W. Mitman and Frank A. Taylor of the Division of Engineering, and J.E. Graf, U.S.N.M. associate director). Excerpted material is taken from various publications, such as the International office equipment magazine; the International export review; the American mathematical monthly; the Mathematics teacher; the New York Times; the New York world; the New York Sun; the Herald examiner; Colliers; the Chicago Tribune; and Science.
Collection of William Temple Hornaday's notes and correspondence, chiefly relating to his travels, his publications, and his collecting of wild animals. Includes lists of Hornaday's expenses and animals collected on an expedition to Borneo in 1878 for Henry A. Ward, with addendum dated 1933; correspondence from Albert N. Theobald, Charles Theobald, and Wm. Theobald of the Theobald Brothers firm of taxidermists in Mysore, south India (1906-1919); letters from Norman W. Mumford of Boston, Mass. (1920), G.W. Beardsley of the Evening Herald Co., Binghamton, N.Y. (1909), and Mortimer Osborne Bigelow, Capt. 8th U.S. Cavalry, Fort Huachuca, Arizona (1909), and a letter from Hornaday and his wife Josephine to Wm. Sarre[?] (1934).
Includes photographs from the Wasatch Mountains sub-series (Ogden; Cache Valley; Bear River; Gooseberry Creek; Red Rock Pass); and also photographs of Fort Hall, Idaho; Snake River; Pleasant Valley; Portneuf Canyon, Idaho; Red Rock Mountains; hydraulic gold mining at Alder Gulch, near Virginia City, Montana; the camp at Fort Ellis, Montana; Shadow [i.e. Mystic] Lake; and the headwaters of the Gallatin.
A collection of French Second Empire designs for interior decoration, including doors, walls, beds, fire-places, sitting-rooms, draperies, clocks, ceilings, and frames for mirrors and paintings.
Images of 16th-early 19th century European hand-made lace and tassels from the collection of Richard C. Greenleaf. The Greenleaf collection of lace was later given as a bequest to the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration.