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Creators:
Society for the History of Technology
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995
Dates:
1956-2017
Size:
353 Cubic feet (378 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0400
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The Society for the History of Technology Records (SHOT) consists of documents relating to SHOT from its inception in 1958- [0ngoing]. The collection is divided into two subgroups: Subgroup I, General Records, 1956-2009 which consist of papers generated and received by Melvin Kranzberg in his various roles as an officer of SHOT, as well as papers of other SHOT officers. Subgroup II,Technology and Culture Records, 1958-2009, consists of documents relating to the Society's journal, Technology and Culture. T & C is a quarterly publication containing articles of interest to and written by historians and students of technology. The records consist of material generated by Melvin Kranzberg in his role as founding editor-in-chief (1959-1981), first at Case Western Reserve and later at Georgia Institute of Technology, and was succeeded at the National Museum of American History by Robert Post (1981-1996) whose editorial assistants were Brooke Hindle, Helena Wright, Jeffrey Stine, Art Molella and Joan Mentzer. When the museum ended its support of the journal, it moved to the Henry Ford under the editorship of John Staudenmaier (1996-2010) and after that to the University of Oklahoma under the editorship of Suzanne Moon (2010-2020).

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National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Music, Sports and Entertainment
Sidney, Corinne Entratter
Sidney, George, 1916-2002
Dates:
1885-2002
bulk 1940-1967
Size:
54 Film reels
96 Cubic feet (288 boxes, 6 oversize folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0867
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

George Sidney (1916-2002) was a film director during the Golden Age of Hollywood filmmaking (1927-1954). He spent the longest period of his career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) until the 1950s. He later produced and directed films for Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures. He was a president of the Directors Guild of America and an avid photographer. He was the recipient of three awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar). The collection consists of photographs, photographic negatives, personal and business materials, and film. The collection also contains material created by George Sidney's uncle, George Sidney, vaudevillian and motion picture actor.

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Creators:
Nickse, Hugo
Johnson, Hanford
Comstock, Cheney and Co.
Pratt, Read and Company
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Dates:
1839-1990
Size:
84 Cubic feet (106 boxes, 28 oversize folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0320
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Records documenting Pratt, Read and Company; its early competitor and later partner, Comstock, Cheney and Company; and a number of predecessor, subsidiary and related companies. Other topics include the late 19th century African ivory trade and Pratt, Read's production of troop-carrying gliders during World War II.

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Creators:
Mr. Wizard Studios (Firm)
Herbert, Don (Donald Jeffry), 1917-2007
Dates:
1906-2008
bulk 1951-1995
Size:
26 Cubic feet (57 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1326
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents, through printed materials, photographs, audio and moving image, Don Herbert's career as a science educator under the persona of "Mr. Wizard" from 1951 until the 1990s.

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Creators:
Zorn, Elayne
Cutipa Lima, Juan de Dios
California Academy of Sciences. Anthropology Department
Textile Museum (Washington, D.C.)
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Dates:
1971-2010
Size:
1,474 Photographic prints
11526 Negatives (photographic)
10 Videocassettes
11 Linear feet
57 Sound recordings (57 cassette tapes.)
11412 Slides (photographs)
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.022
Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian

The Elayne Zorn Collection measures 11 linear feet and contains thousands of photographic objects including negatives, slides and prints. The collection material spans the years of Zorn's professional and student activity in the fields of anthropology and Latin American studies from around 1975 until 2010. The material in this collection reflects Zorn's long association with the community in Taquile, Peru which led up to the publication of her book, Weaving a Future, in 2004. Zorn also spent a significant amount of time conducting field research in Andean communities in Bolivia examining the relationships between tourism and textiles. Zorn's additional professional activities included serving as a textile collector and expert advisor for museum collections and exhibitions as well as performing academic duties at the University of Central Florida.

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Sears, Thomas Warren, 1880-1966
Sears & Wendell
Olmsted Brothers
Harvard University
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Dates:
1899-1964
Size:
44.5 Cubic feet (4,317 glass negatives. 363 film negatives. 182 glass lantern slides. 12 photograph albums. 56 plans and drawings. 3 monographs. )
Collection ID:
AAG.SRS
Repository:
Archives of American Gardens

The Thomas Warren Sears Photograph Collection documents examples of the design work of Thomas Warren Sears (1880-1966), a landscape architect and amateur photographer from Brookline, Massachusetts. Sears, who was based for most of his career in Philadelphia, designed a variety of different types of landscapes ranging from private residences, schools, and playgrounds to parks, cemeteries, and urban housing developments located primarily in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York. In addition to some of Sears' design work, images in the collection document Sears' domestic and foreign travels, design inspirations, and family. The collection includes over 4,800 black and white negatives and glass lantern slides dated circa 1899 to 1930. While most images show private and public gardens, there are a significant number of unidentified views and views photographed in Europe during two trips he took there in 1906 and 1908. Few images are captioned or dated. In addition, there are over 50 plans and drawings, most notably for Balmuckety in Pikesville, Maryland and Reynolda in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and 3 monographs by or about Sears.

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National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Electricity and Modern Physics
Hammer, William J. (William Joseph), 1858-1934 (electrical engineer)
Dates:
circa 1847-1989
Size:
36 Cubic feet (124 boxes, 3 map-folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0069
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Original documents and papers generated by William J. Hammer and by various companies and individuals with whom he was associated. Includes material related to the research and inventions of Edison, Bell, Tesla, the Curies, etc.

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Creators:
Rudolph Wurlitzer Company
Dates:
1860-1984
Size:
56 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0469
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents the history and development of the Wurlitzer Company and consists of company publications, business records, employee files, manufacturing records, sales and marketing records, product information, publicity, advertising, photographs, audiovisual materials, and organ installation drawings.

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Creators:
United Shoe Machinery Corporation
Dates:
1898 - 1987
Size:
145 Cubic feet (296 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0277
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents the activities of the United Shoe Machinery Corporation of Beverly, Massachusetts, manufacturers of shoe machinery equipment. The collection consists of engineering records, legal records, research and development records, employee/personnel records, correspondence, company catalogs, product literature, advertising materials, photographs, and moving images.

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Creators:
United Telegraph Workers.
Western Union Telegraph Company
Dates:
circa 1820-1995
Size:
452 Cubic feet (871 boxes and 23 map folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0205
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents in photographs, scrapbooks, notebooks, correspondence, stock ledgers, annual reports, and financial records, the evolution of the telegraph, the development of the Western Union Telegraph Company, and the beginning of the communications revolution. The collection materials describe both the history of the company and of the telegraph industry in general, particularly its importance to the development of the technology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection is useful for researchers interested in the development of technology, economic history, and the impact of technology on American social and cultural life.

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