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Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Mechanisms, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Tainter, Charles Sumner, 1854-1940
Hartsook Studio (San Diego, Calif.)
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Dates:
1878-1937
Size:
2 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0124
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Charles Sumner Tainter has been recognized as the father of the talking machine, and much of the material in this collection represents his experimental work on the graphophone. Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell, and Tainter established the Volta Laboratory Association in 1881. This collection presents a comprehensive picture of the early development of the phonograph and Tainter's substantial contributions to the project.

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Lahm, Frank Purdy, 1877-1963
Dates:
1906-1965
bulk 1912-1930
Size:
1.04 Linear feet
1.09 Cubic feet (1 records center box; 1 flatbox)
Collection ID:
NASM.1986.0044
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Major General Frank Purdy Lahm (1877-1963) was the first balloon pilot, the first airship pilot, and the first airplane pilot in the US Army. Like his father, Frank Samuel Lahm, his early interest was in ballooning, and in 1906 he won the James Gordon Bennett International Balloon Race. In 1909 Lahm and Lt. Frederick E. Humphreys were trained by Orville and Wilbur Wright to fly the first plane the US Army purchased from the Wrights. In 1912 he was made commanding officer of the US Army Flying School in the Philippines, and during World War I he was commander of the Second Army Air Service. Following the war Lahm founded the Air Corps Training Center at Randolph Field, a source of great pride to him, but was reassigned in 1931 as air attaché and later military attaché to France and Belgium. When Lahm retired from the military in 1941 he had distinguished himself as recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal and the French Legion of Honor. This collection consists of photographs and news clippings detailing Lahm's military career and his personal life.

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Creators:
National Portrait Gallery. Office of Exhibitions
Dates:
1974-1976
Size:
3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection ID:
Accession 99-106
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of exhibition records pertaining to The Dye is Now Cast: The Road to American Independence, an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) from April 19-November 16, 1975. Materials include photographs, loan agreements, correspondence, memoranda, notes, scripts, labels, and reports.

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Creators:
Watkins, C. Malcolm
Dates:
1935-1979 and undated
Size:
12.59 cu. ft. (23 document boxes) (1 half document box) (1 16x20 box) (1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7322
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The papers of C. Malcolm Watkins provide comprehensive documentation of his professional career from 1934 to 1980. The collection documents his interest in early American culture; his research on ceramics, historic archeology, and early California history; his curatorial and administrative activities in the Department of Anthropology, USNM, ...

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Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
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Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994
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Dates:
1964-1994, undated
Size:
72 Boxes
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0618.S05
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The Scurlock photographic studio was a fixture in the Shaw area of Washington, DC from 1911 to 1994, and encompassed two generations of photographers, Addison N. Scurlock (1883-1964) and his sons George H. (1920- 2005) and Robert S. (1916-1994). Series 5 primarily consists of color negatives, but occasionally includes order forms, envelopes, and other photographic materials associated with the order. An overview to the entire Scurlock collection is available here: Scurlock Studio Records

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Creators:
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Registrar
Dates:
1981-2001
Size:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 07-090
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records which document outgoing loans. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, condition reports, facility reports, loan agreements, black-and-white photographs, and color photographs and transparencies.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Quincentenary Programs
Dates:
1984-1993
Size:
37 cu. ft. (37 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 94-149
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records that document the activities which the Office of Quincentenary Programs coordinated or organized to mark the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's first landfall in the Americas on October 12, 1492. The Quincentenary programs began in 1985 under the coordination of Smithsonian's Directorate of Inte...

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Creators:
Ayer (N W) Incorporated.
Dates:
1817-1851
1869-2006
Size:
270 Cubic feet (1463 boxes, 33 map-folders, 7 films)
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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Creators:
National Portrait Gallery. Office of the Registrar
Dates:
1986-1997
Size:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection ID:
Accession 00-130
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records that document closed outgoing loans at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG). Materials include correspondence, memoranda, original loan conservation examination reports, certificates of insurance, facility reports, and loan agreements.

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Creators:
National Portrait Gallery. Office of Exhibitions
Dates:
1972-1977
Size:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 91-093
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of correspondence; exhibition scripts and captions; excerpts from books, journals, articles and other published sources; news releases; loan agreements; newspaper clippings; brochures; pamphlets; photographs and prints; and negatives for the exhibition The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution, 1770-...

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