A German immigrant, Kleinschmidt showed an early interest in commmunications technology. While still very young, he started the Kleinschmidt Electric Company. In 1924, Kleinschmidt merged his company with the Morkrum Company to form the Morkrum-Kleinschmidt Company. The company developed new teletype technology, which replaced Morse code transmission and reception with typewriters and printers, for which Kleinschmidt, Howard Krum, and Sterling Morton jointly obtained a patent In December 1928. The company name was changed to Teletype Corporation, and in 1930 Teletype Corporation was sold to the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.
The collection consists of correspondence kept by Charles B. Goodspeed, a major stockholder in KIeinschmidt Electric Company. It relates to internal workings of the company and the telegraphic typewriter it developed, as well as the merger with Morkrum and the purchase of the company by AT&T. Many of the letters are from Sterling Morton, president of the Teletype Corporation.
Kleinschmidt Teletype Records, 1915-1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
2011.3120 (NMAH Acc.)
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