Jack Cover, a NASA scientist, started experimenting with the invention that eventually became the TASER (an acronym for Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle) in the late 1960s. In the 1970s it was adopted by the Los Angeles Police Department as an alternative to lethal weapons in subduing supsects.
Papers relating to the invention, development, use and popularization of the TASER, a nonlethal weapon invented by Jack Cover. The collection includes biographical information about Cover, Cover's initial concept paper, design drawings, notes and writings, photographs, papers relating to the patenting of the TASER, test results, training materials on the use of the TASER, articles and printed materials, and a eulogy.
Greg Meyer Taser Collection, 1965-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History