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Creators:
Ewin, James Lithgow (inventor)
Dates:
1873, 1874, 1879.
Size:
1 Cubic foot (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0051
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

This collection includes an English patent paper #2126 for improved vulcanizable water-proof gum, 1873, to Benjamin Joseph Barnard Mills; a U.S. patent paper #151,109 for improvement in the art of manufacturing horseshoes, 1874; and an English patent paper #1194 for improvement in street-lighting apparatus.

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Dodge, W.C.
Clark, Alexander Melville
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Dates:
1877
Size:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1017
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

A British patent issued to Alexander Melville Clark for an improved process for preventing the accumulation of carbon in retorts used for the distillation of carbureted hydrogen. There is a wax seal attached to the end of the patent.

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Grant, George B. (George Barnard), 1849-1917
Philadelphia Bank Note Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Bollée, Léon, 1870-1913
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
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Dates:
1873-1896
Size:
1 Volume (approximately 70 leaves, ill., 34 cm.)
Collection ID:
SIL-DL.MSS001780B
Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries

Scrapbook compiled by George Barnard Grant (inventor of Grant's calculating machine), a businessman based in Lexington and Boston, Massachusetts, containing printed ephemera, machine manuals, handwritten and typescript notes and correspondence, photographs, patent applications, and other papers relating to calculating machines, inventors, the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, and Grant's patent dispute with Léon Bollée in the 1880s. Some of the other inventions and companies referenced in the scrapbook include: Baldwin's calculating machine; Reliance Machine Works (B.F. Quimby); Baldwin's arithmometer; Teasdale's calculating machine; American Type Machine Co. (Westcott type casting and setting machine); Babbage's difference engine; Warren on the Thomas De Colmar calculating machine; Warren Bros. calculating engine; Tendollaradder (Grant Calculating Machine Co.); tabulating machine of G. & E. Schuetz; the Pidgin Electric Calculating Machine Co.; Webb's adding machine; Sir William Thomson's harmonic analyzer; L. Bollée's calculating machine; Grant's ciphering hand-organ; and Hattersley composing and distributing machines.

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Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Mechanisms, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Tainter, Charles Sumner, 1854-1940
Hartsook Studio (San Diego, Calif.)
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Dates:
1878-1937
Size:
2 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0124
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Charles Sumner Tainter has been recognized as the father of the talking machine, and much of the material in this collection represents his experimental work on the graphophone. Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell, and Tainter established the Volta Laboratory Association in 1881. This collection presents a comprehensive picture of the early development of the phonograph and Tainter's substantial contributions to the project.

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Wurtz, Henry, 1828-1910
Physical Sciences, Division of (NMAH, Smithsonian Institution).
Dates:
1861-1885
Size:
2 Cubic feet (5 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0006
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Wurtz's scheme, presented in a report to the stockholders, was a new method for the dry distillation of non-caking coal to obtain liquid oils and paraffin. Included in this box are: the report to the stockholders of the Union Chemical Manufacturing Co., 1883; patent specifications, 1881; correspondence with the Patent Office, prospectus on coal distillation, 1885; a notebook of minutes from meetings of Union Chemical Manufacturing Co., 1881-1883.

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Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI
Pratt, Charles Richardson, 1860-1935
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
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Dates:
1860-1935
bulk 1910-1924
Size:
6 Cubic feet (13 boxes, 8 oversize folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0958
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The papers document the professional career of mechanical engineer, Charles Richardson Pratt. The papers include correspondence, patents, patent application materials, agreements, photographs, publications, and blueprints for many of Pratt's inventions, especially his work on elevators.

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Millholland, James A., (Jr.), 1842-1911
Dates:
1866-1899
Size:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0163
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

This collection is divided into five series. The first series consists of biographical material, including notebooks 1866; 1873; 1882; 1886; correspondence, 1867‑1899, both from and to James A. Millholland regarding a trip to England and purchase and shipment of railroad rails; the photographic series contains portraits of both Millhollands and ca...

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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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Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Hammer, William J. (Wiiliam Joseph), 1858-1934 ((electrical engineer))
Dates:
circa 1874-1935
1955-1957
Size:
36 Cubic feet (84 boxes, 16 folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0069
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Original documents and papers generated by William J. Hammer and by various companies and individuals with whom he was associated. Includes material related to the research and inventions of Edison, Bell, Tesla, the Curies, etc.

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Creators:
Meigs, Montgomery C., 1816-1892
Dates:
1870 - 1890
Size:
12.5 Cubic feet (27 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0984
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents Mongomery C. Meigs, an Army officer, engineer, architect, and scientist. Meigs's papers include scrapbooks and photographs relating primarily to his work on the Pension Building and the Washington Aqueduct in Washington, D.C. but also his interest in politics, military affairs, construction, Native Americans, inventions, real estate, and financial matters.

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