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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:
Cancel, Luis R.
Dates:
circa 1900-1998
bulk 1970-1996
Size:
10.1 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.cancluis
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of arts administrator and artist Luis Cancel measure 10.1 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1998 with the bulk of the material dating from 1970 to 1996. The collection is comprised of biographical material, professional files, arts administration records documenting his directorship at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and as Commissioner for the Department of Cultural Affairs in New York, subject and artist's files, files for the exhibition Legacy / Legado, printed materials, photographs, and unidentified sound recordings.

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Creators:
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).
Dates:
1985-1992
bulk 1987-1989
Size:
4 Cubic feet (8 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0538
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection was assembled by Museum curators and documents the efforts of persons in eight states to have the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), a particle accelerator, built in their state. Also documents efforts in each state to oppose locating the SSC in their state. The collection contains correspondence, press kits, posters, signs, bumper stickers, leaflets, handbills, clippings, photographs, and a videotape.

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Creators:
Erie Railroad Company
ConRail
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Olevsky, Walter
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Dates:
circa 1880-1980
Size:
57 Cubic feet (59 boxes, 97 map-folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1082
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Collection consists of six hundred sixty-eight (668) glass negatives relating to the Erie Railroad. Subjects include stations, train cars, railroad employees, employees' recreational activities, ferries, construction, street scenes, and resort hotels; drawings of structures built by the various railroads which, at the time of the donation, constitu...

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Creators:
Blake, Beverly B.
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Weide, Robert Lee
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Dates:
1910-1933.
Size:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1012
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Photographs and photograph albums documenting engineering projects with which Robert Weide was involved. They include the Potomac Electric Power Company plant in Washington, D.C.; the Bureau of Engraving and Printing building in Washington, D.C.;. a hydroelectric plant on the James River for Bedford City, Virginia; a power plant in Salem, Ohio; a p...

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Creators:
Association of Curators Project (National Museum of American History)
Dates:
1983
Size:
3 audiotapes (reference copies).
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9522
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program ...

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Creators:
Ruch Family
Dates:
between 1922-1925
Size:
326 photographic prints (dupe prints, 8 x 10 in. )
211 photographic prints ((1 vol.) + papers., black & white, 8 x 13 cm. or smaller.)
115 lantern slides (hand colored, 6 x 9 cm.)
Collection ID:
EEPA.1991-013
Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Photographs taken and lantern slides collected by Andrew and Martha Ruch to document their experiences as missionaries in Africa during the 1920s. The photographs document Andrew and Martha Ruch's missionary work and their activities among the Kikuyu people. Places shown include Cairo, Egypt; the Mediterranean Sea; a beach in Mombasa, Kenya; Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Port Said, Egypt and the Suez Canal. Activities depicted include building houses, carrying loads such as grass (for thatching), luggage, water and wood; cooking; drying skins; grinding millet; pounding sugar cane and selling items from boats to ship passagers. Ceremonies included are baptisms and church ceremonies. Portraits of people include Christian converts; chiefs, children; families; Muhia, Ruchs' assistant; the Ruches; and warriors. Many of the portraits document African clothing, ornaments, scarification and weapons. Architectural images include building materials, grain bins, houses (including Ruch's home), mosques, museums in Cairo, pyramids, railroads, temples in Egypt and villages. Boats, motorcycles and ships are also pictured. Nature scenes of landscapes and animals vary greatly and include mountains, trails, rivers, vegetation, waterfalls as well as birds, camels, cattle, donkeys, lizards and a lion.

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Creators:
Shayt, David H.
Wedge Innovations
Dates:
1985-1996
Size:
13 Cubic feet (28 boxes, 5 oversized folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0534
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The records of Wedge Innovations document the invention and development of a new hand tool, the SmartLevel, an electronic builder's level; also included are company management and policies.

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Creators:
Anacostia Community Museum
Dates:
circa 1970s
Size:
14 Video recordings (open reel, 1/2 inch)
15 Sound recordings (open reel, 1/4 inch)
Collection ID:
ACMA.09-037
Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

This collection includes news programs, television shows, and music recorded from local and national radio and television broadcasts as well as prerecorded programs, such as The Negro Texans and Alex Haley Lecture for the Doubleday Lecture Series. Anacostia Community Museum does not hold the copyright of the broadcast programs and prerecorded progr...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for History and Art
Dates:
1965-1972
Size:
28 cu. ft. (28 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 104
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records contain correspondence, memoranda, and related material concerning the administration of bureaus listed above, as well as material concerning relationships with other Smithsonian offices. Also included are some files from Blitzer's previous position as Director of the Office of Education and Training.

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