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Creators:
Bird, William L.
Dates:
1877 - 2010
Size:
6.5 Cubic feet (19 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1288
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection consists of archival materials assembled by National Museum of American History Curator William Lawrence Bird. The materials were used as background research for the publication of his book Holidays on Display (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007), and as exhibit objects for the exhibit by the same name that opened shortly after the museum's architectural renovation (November 2009-September 2010). The materials include advertising and trade literature, especially for department stores and with emphasis on the display of toys; catalogs; photographs and slides; postcards; parade programs; design drawings; correspondence; stock certificates, and miscellaneous items relating to department stores and their displays, parades and the amusement industry.

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Dates:
[circa 1904-1919]
Size:
101 photographic prints ((1 box), black & white, 18 x 30 cm. or smaller)
Collection ID:
EEPA.2002-004
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Linen covered family album of dark-brown album stock with 24 page and 101 photographic images ranging from small silver gelatin to large toned albumen ones. There are also several postcards and a pencil-drawing showing the owner on the last page. The album was compiled by the German merchant Paul Schaff, who lived and worked in German East-Africa (now Tanzania) in the years between c. 1904-1915. According to an entry in the album, he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st class for serving as a machine gun gunner under the command of General Lettow-Vorbeck in WWI in East-Africa, when the British fought the Germans and ultimately took over the region. According to a caption and a picture in the album, Schaff returned to Germany in 1919. The captions of the images give several locations in Tanzania, typical for the travels of somebody who worked in the colony. There is a caption under a postcard of a street in Dar es Salaam stating "Daressalam, my old domicile." Other photographs show Schaff in Tanga (1904), in Bukoba (1909), and in Kifumbiro as a soldier (1915). The photographs reflect various subjects to include landscapes (Lake Victoria), towns (Dar es Salaam) personal experiences (such as a Christmas celebration), and Africans. Among the latter are stunning high quality depictions of the Luo, here referred to by the German ethnological term Wagaia, and Maasai with an emphasis on dress and adornment. Another set of pictures shows life in a German military post. There are a few, large albumen prints towards the end of the album, 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.

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Creators:
Chicago City Railway Company.
West Chicago Street Railroad Company.
Transportation, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Pennsylvania & West Virginia Railway.
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Dates:
1880-1948
Size:
4.6 Cubic feet (13 oversized folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0212
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection consists of blueprints, working drawings, line drawings, tracings, and plans of the Chicago Surface Railway system from 1896-1926; 1948. The majority of the drawings are on linen and are 24" x 36" or larger. Some of the drawings are annotated. The drawing number, title of drawing and the date are provided for each sheet.

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Creators:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
Keystone View Company
Underwood & Underwood
Dates:
1882-1930
Size:
240 Stereographs (black and white, 9 x 22 cm.)
Collection ID:
EEPA.1986-022
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

The photographs document African businesses, cities, industry, landscapes, peoples and resources. The collection documents various locations within Kenya, Tanzania, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa. Peoples represented include Kikuyu, Maasai, Bangi, Chagga, Ndombe, Poto, Bangala, Zulu, and Kongo peoples. There are many images of agriculture, hunting, making pottery, mining diamonds and gold, church services at a Catholic mission, a gathering of chiefs at a court, a lion-killing ceremony, and war dances. Businesses and industries shown include coffee plantations; the DeBeers Diamond Mine; a diamond mine compound and crushing mill; fishing boats; a hemp plantation; ivory trade; a market; and the stock market.

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Creators:
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:
Duncan, Matthew, -1844
Brown, Orlando, 1801-1867
Harvey, Henry
Morrow, W. I. I. (1802-1876)
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Dates:
1836-1879
Size:
9 Pages
Collection ID:
NAA.MS4406
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Contains photocopies of the following documents: 1. Duncan, Captain M., Commanding Officer. Fort Leavenworth. May 21, 1836. Testimonal recognizing Ne-shu-mo-ne, or Walk in the Rain, as chief. Manuscript document signed. 1 page. 2. Brown, Orlando, Com. of Indian Affairs. Washington, D. C. November 23, 1849. Testimonial and presentation of medal to W...

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Creators:
Whitted, Nellie Mae
Dates:
circa 1938-1941
Size:
22 Items (22 prints, postcards and greeting cards, color halftone)
36 Prints (silver gelatin (some on postcard stock))
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.98-75
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Photographs made by Nellie Mae Whitted in Paguote (1939) and Acomita, New Mexico. They include images of Acomita day school and its students and teachers, as well as houses and Eagle dancers. The collection also includes postcards and commercial prints relating to Navajo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Ildefonso Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, and ...

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Creators:
Michelson, Truman, 1879-1938
Brown, John
Brown, Margaret
Harris, Ben
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Dates:
1913
Size:
121 Pages
239 Items (cards )
Collection ID:
NAA.MS2714
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Catawba linguistic notes and texts collected by Truman Michelson in South Carolina. The purpose of Michelson's research on Cawtaba was to determine the resemblance between the Siouan and Muskhogean stocks. He compiled notes on the Catawba language through his work with John Brown, Margaret Brown, Robert Lee Harris, Ben Harris, Sarah Harris, Billy H...

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Creators:
Frater, Fred
Dates:
circa 1947-1950
Size:
0.15 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1147
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The twenty-eight photographs and corresponding negatives in this collection were taken by photographer Fred S. Frater in Intercourse, Pennsylvania sometime between 1947 and 1950. They document a day-long auction of furniture, farm equipment and household goods that took place during the winter or early spring season. They depict an outdoor setting ...

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Creators:
Milwaukee Printed String Company
Modern Vogue Company, Inc.
Orchard Paper Company
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI).
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Dates:
circa 1930s.
Size:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 vertical box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0278
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Five sample books from the 1930s: (1) Christmas wrapping paper manufactured by Gift Wrap, (2) shelf paper made by the American Lace Paper Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (3) confectionery bag samples and stock designs for printing by the Orchard Paper Company of Saint Louis, (4) gift wrapping paper made by Modern Vogue Co., Inc., and (5) a sample shee...

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