Sir Hiram S. Maxim Collection
bulk 1890-1894, 1912
This collection contains material by or about Maxim. The bulk of the collection consists of published works, but does include an unpublished paper about Maxim's aeronautical experiments and a collection of newclippings regarding Maxim's life. This accession includes the following five books: Li Hung Chang's Scrapbook by Sir Maxim, 1913; The …
Twentieth Century Small Arms Development Videohistory Collection
The Smithsonian Videohistory Program, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation from 1986 until 1992, used video in historical research. Additional collections have been added since the grant project ended. Videohistory uses the video camera as a historical research tool to record moving visual information. Video works best in historical research when …
Aerial Bomb Division, Marlin-Rockwell Corporation Photograph Album
Marlin-Rockwell Corporation of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania produced various aerial bombs and aircraft machine guns under contract for the US Army Air Service during World War I. This collection contains a photograph album documenting the Aerial Bomb Divison of the company including exterior views of the building and images of men and women at work.
This collection is in English.
Lieutenant Frank Stuart Patterson License and Badges
Lieutenant Frank Stuart Patterson (1896--1918) served with the US Army Air Service's Officers' Reserve Corps. Patterson was killed in a crash at Wilbur Wright Field while testing a machine gun synchronization method in a de Havilland (Airco) D.H.4. In 1931, the Fairfield Air Depot was renamed Patterson Field in his honor. This field was later subsumed into Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This collection consists of Patterson's pilot's license, two passes to Dayton Wright Airplane Co. facilities, and his Aero Club of America membership card.
Solomon Adler Papers
The papers document independent inventor Solomon Adler's work with sewing machine technology through correspondence, photographs, notes, drawings, sketches, patents, litigation records, and printed materials. The collection provides insight into both an independent inventor's process of invention and Japanese work culture during the post-World War II period.
Brownback Motor Laboratories, Inc. Collection
his collection consists of photographs, correspondence, brochures and advertisements concerning Brownback Motor Laboratories, Inc. Included here is information on airplane, marine, and automotive motors. Correspondence with and advertisements for the following companies are included: Light Manufacturing and Foundry Company (Tiger Aircraft Engine Division); Auto Engine Works, Inc. (manufacturers of Capitol …
Floyd E. Barlow Scrapbook
Floyd E. Barlow (1889-1977) was an early aviator. This scrapbook contains photographs, newspaper clippings, telegrams, licenses, and correspondence documenting Barlow's aviation career.
This collection is in English.
East African photographs
Linen covered family album compiled by German merchant Paul Schaff. The album contains 24 pages and 101 photographic images ranging from small silver gelatin to large toned albumen. There are also several postcards and a pencil-drawing showing the owner on the last page. There is a caption under a postcard of a street in Dar es Salaam stating "Daressalam, my old domicile." Other photographs depict Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bukoba, and Kifumbiro. The photographs reflect various subjects, including landscapes (Lake Victoria), a German military post, towns, adornments, and peoples, including the Luo, and Maasai. There are a few, large albumen prints which seem to depict German South-West Africa --judging by the dress of women in two images. These photographs might have been presents. Perhaps the owner of the album took a trip to that colony. Inscribed on the album cover are the words, "Zur Erinnerung an Deutsch-Ost-Afrika" [In memory of German East Africa] and a Maasai shield drawn in china ink and colors in the lower corner of the cover. On one of the last pages, there is the halftone color print of a bugle playing Askari, captioned "Deutsche vergesst nicht Eure Kolonien" [Germans do not forget your colonies]. The pencil portrait of the owner on the last page concludes the story line.
Theodore E. Boyd World War I Collection
The Theodore E. Boyd World War I collection consists of material documenting Theodore E. Boyd's World War I career. The bulk of the collection covers the World War I era, 1917 to 1919, but materials before and after those dates are also present. Materials include: correspondence, written both during the war to family and friends; photographs; military orders, mostly in English, a few in French; flight logs; identity card; Honorable Discharge and Distinguished Service Cross certificates; memoirs of his war experiences, both written for publication and to his family; and post war veterans rosters.
Ralph H. Baer Papers
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.