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Creators:
Ayer (N W) Incorporated.
Dates:
1817-1851
1869-2006
Size:
270 Cubic feet (1169 boxes )
7 Film reels
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0059
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Collection consists of records documenting one of the oldest advertising agencies created in Philadelphia. The company then moves to New York and expanses to international markets. During its history NW Ayer & Sons acquires a number of other advertising agencies and is eventually purchased. The largest portion of the collection is print advertisements but also includes radio and television. NW Ayer is known for some of the slogans created for major American companies.

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Dates:
1889-1910
Size:
0.25 Cubic feet (1 slim legal document box)
Collection ID:
NASM.1991.0075
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Carl Myers (1842-1925) was a meteorologist, photographer and balloonist. In 1875, Myers and his wife Mary ("Carlotta, Queen of the Air") began experimenting with balloons and made their first ascensions in 1880. Myers constructed and flew a variety of balloons and airships, and worked on the following technical advances: he developed a varnishing machine for producing fabrics impervious to hydrogen gas; he produced a portable system for generating hydrogen gas; he patented an apparatus for guiding balloons; and he made the first balloon ascension using natural gas as the lifting medium. Myers manufactured balloons for the U.S. Weather Bureau's rainmaking experiments and also supplied the United States Army Signal Corps (USASC) with twenty-one balloons for use in Spanish American War. Myers retired in 1910. The collection consists of 91 images of the following: balloons, airships, and aeronautical gear in various stages of construction and flight; interior and exterior views of the Carl Myers Balloon Farm; and a number of portraits taken of the family and visitors, including Thomas C. Benbow, a noted pioneering aeronaut. It also contains correspondence written by Myers to Professor Henry Allen (H.A.) Hazen, a meteorologist connected with the United States Signal Office, and one letter to George E. Curtis, head of the U.S. Weather Bureau.

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Creators:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997
Dates:
1841-1986, undated
Size:
98 Boxes
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0300.S11
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Sam DeVincent loved music and art and began collecting sheet music with lithographs at an early age. Series 11: Entertainment contains more than 12,500 pieces of sheet music and other materials documenting the development of and popular attitudes towards entertainers and entertainment in the United States. An overview to the entire DeVincent collection is available here: Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music.

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Creators:
Safko, Lon S.
Dates:
1984 - 1996
Size:
12.6 Cubic feet (34 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0911
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The records of Safko International, Inc., document an assistive computer technology company created by Lon S. Safko to produce and sell the environmental control systems he invented for the physically disabled, specifically quadriplegics. Through the use of a computer and alternative input devices, the physically disabled were able to overcome physical barriers which inhibited them from attaining an autonomous lifestyle.

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Creators:
Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956
Dates:
1790-2007
bulk 1900-1956
Size:
20.44 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.storjohn
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of sculptor, painter, and printmaker John Henry Bradley Storrs measure 20.44 linear feet and date from 1790-2007, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1900 to 1956. The collection contains biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, forty-eight diaries of John Storrs, a few diaries of other family members, additional writings, printed material, photographs of Storrs and his family and friends, artwork, scrapbooks, estate records, and video recordings. Correspondence includes that of John Storrs, Marguerite Storrs, and the Storrs family.

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Creators:
Bellanca, Giuseppe M., 1886-1960
Dates:
1919-1959
Size:
248.5 Cubic feet (245 boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.1993.0055
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection consists of the archives of Giuseppe M. Bellanca and his company, including the following types of mediums: drawings, stress analysis tests, reports, photographs/negatives, documents, correspondence, patent information, newspaper clippings, business records, and financial statements.

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Dates:
1865–1870
Size:
20,421 digital files
Collection ID:
NMAAHC.FB.M1902
Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

The collection is comprised of digital surrogates previously available on the 21 rolls of microfilm described in NARA publication M1902. These digital surrogates reproduced the records of the District of Columbia field offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1870. Some pre-Bureau records dated 1863 and 1864 are included. These records consist of bound volumes and unbound records, containing materials that include letters and endorsements sent and received, monthly reports, registers of marriages, and employment registers.

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Creators:
Fairchild Aircraft Corp
Dates:
1919-1980
Size:
277.95 Cubic feet (255 records center boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.1989.0060
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection consists of historical files on FI, its predecessors, and subsidiaries. The material consists primarily of historical/public relations material, including photographs and brochures, but also includes significant amounts of business records for FEAC, Kreider-Reisner, Hiller, Republic, Ranger, Stratos, and Swearingen. The collection also documents Fairchild's joint ventures with Fokker, Pilatus, and other aircraft manufacturers. The material also includes an extensive negative collection as well as film and videotape libraries.

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Downtown Gallery
Dates:
1824-1974
bulk 1926-1969
Size:
109.56 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.downgall
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The records of the Downtown Gallery date from 1824 to 1974 (bulk 1926-1969) and measure 109.56 linear feet. The records present a comprehensive portrait of a significant commercial gallery that operated as a successful business for more than forty years, representing major contemporary American artists and engendering appreciation for early American folk art. There is an unprocessed addition to this collection dating circa 1970 of a single financial/legal document.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Subcontracts and Procurement Department
Dates:
1966-1980
Size:
13 cu. ft. (13 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 99-151
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records that document Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) projects and activities. Materials include proposals, quotations, bids, and correspondence with contractors, equipment makers, and vendors to provide services, equipment, and instruments for SAO.

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