Project Files (Cafeteria Annex)
This accession consists of Office of Design and Construction (ODC) project files, mostly for the new cafeteria annex to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Materials include correspondence, submittals, blueprints, and specifications. Museums and buildings documented in this collection include: National Air and Space Museum, Arts and Industries Building …
Cook Labs records
Cook, Emory, 1913-2002
63.5 Cubic feet (Open-reel tapes)
8.75 Cubic feet (Business records)
78.55 Cubic feet
The Cook Labs records, which date from 1939-2002, document the activities of audio engineer Emory Cook and his label Cook Labs. The contents include business records, materials relating to recording artists, photographs, and production materials, as well as phonograph records, master recordings and unpublished recordings produced by or associated with the Cook Labs label. The collection also contains two interviews conducted with Emory Cook in 1990: one by Jeff Place and one by Anthony Seeger and Nicholas Spitzer. There are several physical objects relating to Cook Labs including a bag of powdered vinyl, a binaural playing arm, and a condenser microphone.
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
This record unit consists of project files documenting the repairs, improvement, and renovation of existing Smithsonian buildings. The records include memoranda with Smithsonian offices, correspondence with contractors, blueprints, cost analyses, specifications, and photographs. Buildings and museums documented in this collection include: the Smithsonian Institution Building, the National Mall, the Silver …
Bellcomm, Inc Technical Library Collection
This collection contains the non-book portion of Bellcomm's Technical Library. The material in the collection consists of technical reports prepared by NASA subcontractors and/or NASA facilities during the first decade of space exploration (1960-1970). The collections also includes some reports issued by the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) at Pasadena, CA, including Space Program and Research Summaries, as well as technical and engineering documents.
This accession includes the correspondence of Tom L. Peyton, Director of the Office of Facilities Services, which dates from 1979-1984. Also includes project files that document planning for the Museum Support Center and the Quadrangle Museum Project.
This record unit documents the curation of the Beyond the Limits: Flight Enters the Computer Age exhibition by Paul E. Ceruzzi of the Department of Space History. It includes the concept and label script, correspondence with donors, material concerning funding, reports, plans, photographs, and material concerning the design and production …
Ralph H. Baer Papers
Ralph H. Baer was a German-born ordnance specialist, inventor, and engineer. He was a pioneer of early videogame technology. The papers include autobiographical materials; firearms notes, manuscripts, and photographs; and videogame and television engineering notes, diagrams, schematics, and video documentation.
These records document quotations, proposals, and bids from contractors, equipment makers, and other vendors to provide facilities and instruments for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and its programs. Of special interest are voluminous files concerning the development and planning for the Multiple-Mirror Telescope (MMT) facility at Mount Hopkins, Arizona.
Arthur Ehrat Papers
Fleckner, John A., 1941-
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.