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Topic:
Die Welt Als Uhr (The World as a Clock) (Motion picture)
Creator::
National Museum of American History. Division of Engineering and Industry  Search this
Extent:
18.81 cu. ft. (18 record storage boxes) (1 12x17 box) (1 film box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Floor plans
Illustrations
Motion pictures (visual works)
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Manuscripts
Clippings
Exhibition catalogs
Audiotapes
Drawings
Date:
circa 1948-1988
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist of correspondence and memoranda pertaining to horology, exhibit proposals, manufacturers of engineering equipment, models, collections management, minutes of meetings, acquisitions, and installation of exhibits. Also included are blueprints for the Hall of Heavy Machinery; exhibit scripts from Power and the Early Steam Engine and for Building the Brooklyn Bridge: The Design and Construction; inquiries from private collectors, companies, universities, and individuals; Edward A. Battison research notes; personal papers and publications; records from the exhibition The Clockwork Universe: German Clocks and Automata, 1550-1650; administrative files; photographs, contact sheets, and slides of the Division's exhibits and specimens; and the motion picture film Die Welt Als Uhr (The World as a Clock).
Historical Note:
With the establishment of the Museum of History and Technology (MHT) in 1957, the Division of Engineering - minus its collections in physical science, electricity, and transportation - became the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, in the Department of Science and Technology. Administrative changes in 1978 established two new Departments, History of Science and History of Technology. The Division of Mechanisms was split from the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, and the divisions split between the departments. The creation of the Department of the History of Science and Technology in 1980 returned the divisions to the same department, and in 1986 they merged to form the Division of Engineering and Industry. (For a history of the antecedent divisions and units to the Division of Engineering and Industry before 1957, see Record Unit 297.)

Curators and staff of the Division included Frank A. Taylor, Curator of the Division of Engineering, 1933-1955; Robert P. Multhauf, Associate Curator of the Division of Engineering, 1954, and Curator, 1955-1957; Robert M. Vogel, Assistant Curator of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1958-1961, Associate Curator, 1962-1966, Curator, 1967-1985, and Curator of Engineering and Industry, 1986-1988; Edwin A. Battison, Associate Curator of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1958-1969, Curator, 1970-1977, and Research Associate of Mechanisms, 1978-1980; Carlene E. Stephens, Museum Technician of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1974-1977, Museum Specialist, 1977-1983, Curator of Mechanisms, 1984-1985, and Curator of Engineering and Industry, 1986- ; Otto Mayr, Curator of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1970-1977, and Curator of Mechanisms, 1978-1984; Robert C. Post, Museum Specialist, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1973-1974; David F. Noble, Curator of Mechanisms, 1983-1985; Tom D. Crouch, Curator of Engineering and Industry, 1986; and Steven Lubar, Curator of Engineering and Industry, 1987- .
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Industries -- History  Search this
Engineering -- History  Search this
Historical museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Floor plans
Illustrations
Motion pictures (visual works)
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Manuscripts
Clippings
Exhibition catalogs
Audiotapes
Drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 397, National Museum of American History. Division of Engineering and Industry, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 397
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0397

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