Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records, 1911-1999
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company (Hartford, Conn.)
Gerber, H. Joseph 1924-1996
75 cu. ft. : 182 boxes
H. Joseph Gerber, an Austrian immigrant, was an inventor and entrepreneur who had over 400 patents and received the Presidential National Medal of Technology. By the time of his death in 1996 he owned four companies including Gerber Sign Products and Gerber Scientific.
The collection documents Gerber Scientific, a company that specialized in the application of numerical control technology to various industries, particularly the apparel industry. The collection documents the manner in which the invention process develops in an industrial setting, from conception through development to production and marketing. The collection includes patent files and photographs that document the company's products. Volumnious legal files document the protection of Gerber's inventions. Printed materials include articles and clippings; trade literature; product catalogs; instruction manuals; and files on specific machine development projects. The 2016 addendum consists of product manuals for Gerber machines.
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records, 1911-1999, Archives Center, National Museum of American History