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Creator::
National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Electricity and Modern Physics  Search this
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Floor plans
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Illustrations
Date:
1886-1978
Descriptive Entry:
These records of the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics relating to electricity consist of some early general correspondence, primarily of George C. Maynard, but also including that of J. Elfreth Watkins and Carl W. Mitman, concerning the inventions of Alexander Graham Bell, Samuel F. B. Morse, Alfred Vail, and inventors of dynamos and incandescent electric lighting; general correspondence of more recent curators with manufacturers of electrical equipment, donors of artifacts, and historians and researchers concerning dates and patents of electrical equipment, objects in the Division's collection, and exhibits, particularly on early electrical appliances; reading files; annual reports and plans of operation; exhibit files consisting of exhibit scripts, photographs, correspondence and memoranda, and floor plans primarily for the Hall of Electricity; and requisitions.
Historical Note:
The earliest artifacts in the United States National Museum's (USNM) collections relating to electricity, including Samuel F. B. Morse's telegraph, were curated by the staff of the Collection of Historical Relics, Department of Arts and Industries, Division of Anthropology. From 1891 to 1892 these artifacts were the responsibility of the Section of Transportation and Engineering. A Section of Physical Apparatus in the Department was organized in 1893, which maintained the electrical artifacts until 1895 when the Section of Technological Collections was created. A Section of Electricity, Division of Technology (Modern Phases), Department of Anthropology, existed from 1898 to 1903. From 1903 to 1919, the electrical collections were administered with the other technological collections by the Department of Anthropology, with a Division of Technology, 1904-1911, and Division of Mechanical Technology, 1912-1919, and from 1920 to 1939 by the Department of Arts and Industries. The latter department had a Division of Mechanical Technology (administered with the Division of Mineral Technology from 1921 to 1931) from 1920 to 1932 and a Section of Mechanical Technology, Division of Engineering, from 1933 to 1938. In 1939 a Department of Engineering and Industries was created, with the Section of Electrical Engineering and Communications, Division of Engineering, 1939-1946, and the Section of Electricity, Division of Engineering, 1947-1957, responsible for the electrical collections.

When the Museum of History and Technology (MHT) was created in 1957, the Division of Electricity, Department of Science and Technology, became responsible for collecting and preserving electrical artifacts. In 1969 MHT was renamed the National Museum of History and Technology, and the Division of Electricity was changed to the Division of Electricity and Nuclear Energy. In 1978 the Division was renamed the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics, under the newly organized Department of History of Science.

A. Howard Clark, assistant curator of the Collection of Historical Relics, was the first individual in charge of the USNM's electrical artifacts. In 1891, J. Elfreth Watkins was appointed curator of the Section of Transportation and Engineering. William Crawford Winlock, curator of Physical Apparatus, assumed responsibility for the electrical collections in 1893; the next year his title was changed to honorary curator. In 1895 Watkins was appointed curator of the Section of Technological Collections and retained that position until his death in 1903. George C. Maynard was appointed honorary curator of the Electrical Collections in 1896. Subsequently, he held positions as custodian of the Electrical Collections, 1897, and of the Section of Electricity, 1898-1903; aid, Division of Technology (Modern Phases), 1899-1901; assistant curator, Division of Technology, 1901-1911, and curator, 1912-1918. R. G. Paine served as aid in the Division of Mechanical Technology in 1919. From 1920 to 1931, Carl W. Mitman was curator of the Division of Mechanical Technology, and from 1943 to 1945, head curator in charge, Division of Engineering. In 1932, Frank A. Taylor was appointed assistant curator of the Section of Mechanical Technology and later held the positions of curator in charge of the Section of Mechanical Technology, 1933-1938; curator, Division of Engineering, 1933-1947; curator in charge, Section of Electrical Engineering and Communications, 1939-1946; and curator in charge, Section of Electricity, 1947-1948. Other curators have included Kenneth M. Perry, associate curator, 1948-1956; W. James King, Jr., associate curator, 1956-1958, and acting curator, 1958-1961; Robert P. Multhauf, acting curator, 1961-1963; and Bernard S. Finn, associate curator in charge, 1963-1965, and curator, 1965- .
Topic:
Electricity -- History  Search this
Physics -- History  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Floor plans
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Illustrations
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 250, National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Electricity and Modern Physics, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 250
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0250

Designing Media: Martin Eberhard

Creator:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-11-16T17:17:25.000Z
Topic:
Design  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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YouTube Channel:
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Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Records, 1886-1978

Creator:
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Electricity and Modern Physics  Search this
Subject:
Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922  Search this
Watkins, J. Elfreth (John Elfreth) 1852-1903  Search this
Finn, Bernard S. 1932-  Search this
King, W. James (William James) 1915-  Search this
Maynard, George  Search this
Mitman, Carl Weaver 1889-  Search this
Vail, Alfred 1807-1859  Search this
Forman, Paul  Search this
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese 1791-1872  Search this
Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007  Search this
Perry, Kenneth M  Search this
Multhauf, Robert P  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Electricity  Search this
United States National Museum Section of Transportation and Civil Engineering  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Arts and Industries  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Engineering  Search this
United States National Museum Section of Electrical Engineering and Communications  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Engineering and Industries  Search this
United States National Museum Section of Electricity  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Electricity and Nuclear Energy  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Electricity  Search this
Physical description:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Floor plans
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Illustrations
Date:
1886
1886-1978
Topic:
Electricity--History  Search this
Physics--History  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000250
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Curatorial Records 1886-2016 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Medicine and Science]
Annual Reports and Plans of Operation 1954-1970 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Electricity and Modern Physics]
Exhibition Records 1896-1983, 1991-1997, 2002-2010 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Medicine and Science]
Requisitions 1963-1974 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Electricity and Modern Physics]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_216814

Electrical Engineering

Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969  Search this
Container:
Box 25, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1893
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Electricity, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Electricity
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Electricity / Business Records, Marketing Material, and Other / 2: Related Electrical Topics / 2.6: Periodicals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-electricity-ref1282

Electrical Engineering

Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969  Search this
Container:
Box ADD41, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1893-1894
Scope and Contents note:
6 issues, plus covers only for some months. Incomplete run, partial issues for some.
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Electricity, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Electricity
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Electricity / Business Records, Marketing Material, and Other / Genre / Serial Publications
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-electricity-ref31

Harvey Lincoln Curtis (1875-1956)

Subject:
Curtis, Harvey Lincoln 1875-1956  Search this
United States Navy  Search this
United States Bureau of Standards  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Electrical engineering  Search this
Physics  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0761]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_296606

Walter P. Czeropski, Jr

Subject:
Czeropski, Walter P. Jr  Search this
Victor Comptometer Corporation  Search this
Intel Corporation  Search this
Motorola, Inc  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Computer engineering  Search this
Electrical engineering  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0778]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_296618

Lee Losee Davenport (b. 1915)

Subject:
Davenport, Lee Losee b. 1915  Search this
General Telephone & Electronics Corporation  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1962
Topic:
Electrical engineering  Search this
Radar--Military applications  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0874]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_296682

Lee De Forest (1873-1961)

Subject:
De Forest, Lee 1873-1961  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Vacuum-tubes  Search this
Electrical engineering  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Radio  Search this
Television  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0953]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_296717

Kantrowitz Experimental Internal Pacemaker

Measurements:
overall: 3 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 in; 7.62 cm x 4.7625 cm x 2.54 cm
Object Name:
cardiology
pacemaker
Date made:
ca 1962
Subject:
Cardiology  Search this
Surgery  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Related Publication:
Kantrowitz, Adrian. Experimental and clinical experience with a new implantable cardiac pacemaker
Credit Line:
Gift of Adrian Kantrowitz
ID Number:
MG.M-12978
Accession number:
290303
Catalog number:
M-12978
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Science & Mathematics
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1196363
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Rheostat Machine

Measurements:
overall: 53 in x 19 in x 15 in; 134.62 cm x 48.26 cm x 38.1 cm
Object Name:
Control Panel, Electric Engine
control panel
electric engine
Subject:
Dr. C. Edmund Kells Collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. O. Pierson
ID Number:
MG.M-10601
Catalog number:
M-10601
Accession number:
254077
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_735043

H-K Toy Electric Motor

Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 6 in x 5 3/8 in x 7 5/8 in; 15.24 cm x 13.6525 cm x 19.3675 cm
overall - from catalog card: 6 in x 7 in x 5 in; 15.24 cm x 17.78 cm x 12.7 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 3 1/2 in; x 8.89 cm
Object Name:
toy, electric motor
engine, electric, toy
toy, electric engine
Date made:
1906
Related Publication:
Maass, Eleanor A.. Greville Bathe's "Theatre of Machines": The Evolution of a Scholar and His Collection
Credit Line:
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
ID Number:
MC.329034
Catalog number:
329034
Accession number:
278175
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_847234
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Electric Engine Toy

Measurements:
overall: 4 1/8 in x 6 5/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 16.8275 cm x 6.6675 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 2 1/2 in; x 6.35 cm
base - from catalog card: 6 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in; x 16.8275 cm x 6.35 cm
Object Name:
toy, electric engine
Date made:
ca 1900
Related Publication:
Maass, Eleanor A.. Greville Bathe's "Theatre of Machines": The Evolution of a Scholar and His Collection
Credit Line:
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
ID Number:
MC.329035
Catalog number:
329035
Accession number:
278175
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_847235
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Toy Electric Motor and Lineshaft

Measurements:
overall: 8 in x 6 5/8 in x 4 5/8 in; 20.32 cm x 16.8275 cm x 11.7475 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 3 in; x 7.62 cm
overall - from catalog card: 8 in x 6 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 17.145 cm x 11.43 cm
Object Name:
toy, electric motor
Date made:
1908
Related Publication:
Maass, Eleanor A.. Greville Bathe's "Theatre of Machines": The Evolution of a Scholar and His Collection
Credit Line:
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
ID Number:
MC.329037
Catalog number:
329037
Accession number:
278175
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_847243
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rivet, head

Measurements:
overall: 1 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 4.445 cm
Object Name:
Rivet, Head
Date made:
1907
Credit Line:
Princeton University. Department of Electrical Engineering
ID Number:
MC.318559.01
Catalog number:
318559.01
Accession number:
232729
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_846445
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nut

Measurements:
overall: 7/8 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 in; 2.2225 cm x 4.445 cm x 2.54 cm
Object Name:
Nut
Date made:
1907
Credit Line:
Princeton University. Department of Electrical Engineering
ID Number:
MC.318559.02
Catalog number:
318559.02
Accession number:
232729
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_846446
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Improved Willis Planimeter

Maker:
James L. Robertson & Sons  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
celluloid (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements:
case: 14.7 cm x 26 cm x 11.5 cm; 5 25/32 in x 10 1/4 in x 4 17/32 in
Object Name:
planimeter
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1901-ca 1910
Subject:
Mathematics  Search this
Engineering  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of R. S. Spencer
ID Number:
MA.324247
Accession number:
253403
Catalog number:
324247
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Planimeters
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1132184
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Cooper 100-Inch Slide Rule

Maker:
Stanley, William Ford  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
plastic (part material)
metal (part material)
felt (case material)
paper (case material)
Measurements:
overall: 4 cm x 28.6 cm x 31.6 cm; 1 9/16 in x 11 1/4 in x 12 7/16 in
Object Name:
slide rule
Place made:
United Kingdom: England, London
Date made:
1922
Subject:
Mathematics  Search this
Rule, Calculating  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of William Dubilier
ID Number:
MA.326237
Catalog number:
326237
Accession number:
259739
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Slide Rules
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1215045

Integraph Unit of Vannevar Bush

Maker:
Bush, Vannevar  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 63.5 cm x 28 cm x 37 cm; 25 in x 11 1/32 in x 14 9/16 in
box: 12 1/2 in x 7 in x 7 in; 31.75 cm x 17.78 cm x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
integraph
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Cambridge
Date made:
ca 1920
Subject:
Mathematics  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering
ID Number:
MA.322186
Catalog number:
322186
Accession number:
244197
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1215156
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Geometric Model by G. A. Barnard III, a Student of A. Harry Wheeler, Spherical Triangle

Unspecified:
Wheeler, Albert Harry  Search this
Maker:
Barnard III, G. A.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
brown (overall color)
cut and glued (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
average spatial: 7.6 cm x 12.5 cm x 10 cm; 3 in x 4 29/32 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
Geometric Model
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Associated place:
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Date made:
1938 05 04
Associated dates:
1938 05 04 / 1938 05 04
Subject:
Mathematics  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
ID Number:
MA.304723.481
Accession number:
304723
Catalog number:
304723.481
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Trigonometry
Spherical Trigonometry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1071188
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