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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:
1987-1990
Size:
15 videotapes (Reference copies). 23 digital .wmv files and .rm files (Reference copies).
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9536
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

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 r...

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Creators:
Ehrat, Arthur
Fleckner, John A., 1941-
Dates:
2011
1865-2005
bulk 1970-1990
Size:
10 Cubic feet (26 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0907
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Arthur Ehrat invented and patented a breakaway basketball rim, fashioning his prototypes from bolts, metal braces and one key part: a piece of the heavy-duty coil spring on a John Deere cultivator. His invention helped to revolutionize the way basketball is played because players could slam dunk the ball with fewer injuries and without bending the rims or breaking backboards. This collection includes correspondence, legal documents --such as patent papers, litigation files and licensing agreements --photographs and sketches that relate to the basketball invention, as well as materials regarding his two field spreader patents and other invention ideas.

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Creators:
Blum, Morris
WANN Radio Station (Annapolis, Maryland)
Dates:
1940-1999
Size:
13 Cubic feet (32 boxes and 12 oversize folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0800
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents the creative, technical and political aspects of managing WANN Radio Station in Annapolis, Maryland during the mid-Twentieth Century. Key areas of research include black radio stations; Annapolis African American communities; marketing to Black communities; political activism through media; Black-Jewish community relationships; church, community and media activism.

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Creators:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Dates:
circa 1750-1970
Size:
6.02 Cubic feet (consisting of 10 boxes, 3 half boxes, 1 folder, 8 oversize folders, 1 map case folder, 1 flat box (partial). )
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Aviation
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Aviation forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana

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Creators:
Fried, Frederick, 1909-1994
National Carousel Association.
Fried, Mary Hill
Dates:
circa 1662-1999, undated
Size:
36 Cubic feet (89 boxes, 10 map-folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0528
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Collection primarily documents American folk art collected by Frederick Fried (1908-1994) and his wife Mary McKensie Hill Fried (1914-1988). It includes photographic materials, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, research files, lecture notes, unpublished manuscripts, brochures, drawings, printed advertisements, blueprints, books, patents, cor...

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Creators:
Gorrell, Edgar S. (Edgar Staley), 1891-1945
Dates:
1893-1943
Size:
3.95 Cubic feet (9 boxes)
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0057
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

This collection contains documents relating mainly to Gorrell's activities as president of the Air Transportation Association of America. The materials include copies of Gorrell's addresses and Congressional testimony, as well as press clippings concerning Gorrell's activities. The collection also includes albums of World War I vintage photographs collected by or presented to Gorrell.

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Creators:
Giacconi, Riccardo
Dates:
1955-2002
Size:
82.13 cu. ft. (80 record storage boxes) (2 document boxes) (1 16x20 box) (1 blueprint storage box)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7416
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records document Riccardo Giacconi's professional career, and consist of papers illustrating his scientific work and administrative records relating to the institutions at which he worked. There is extensive documentation of Giacconi's professional activities, including meetings attended, papers presented (and published), his services a...

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Creators:
Begun, S. Joseph (Semi Joseph), 1905-1995
Dates:
1888-2000
bulk 1927-1995
Size:
21 Cubic feet (46 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0535
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Semi Joseph Begun was a pioneer in magnetic recording. The papers document Begun's professional career in the field of magnetic recording.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications
Dates:
circa 1976-1994
Size:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection ID:
Accession 14-207
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of audiovisual elements created during the production of "Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition," "Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factory," "Work of Peace," and "Yorktown." "Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition" accompanied the exhibition "1876: A Centennial Exhibition," wh...

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