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David P. Godwin (1892-1947)

Creator:
United States Forest Service  Search this
Subject:
Godwin, David P 892-1947  Search this
United States Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management  Search this
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Fire extinction  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2007-0485]
Restrictions & Rights:
All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email OSIAREF@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_290534

Walter Kidde & Company Aviation Photograph Collection

Creator:
Walter Kidde & Company  Search this
Names:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Extent:
0.54 Cubic Feet ((2 boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
bulk 1930-1950
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 350 photographs, negatives, and illustrations, dating from the 1930s through the 1940s, from the Walter Kidde & Company archive. Subjects include Kidde fire suppression and air flotation systems, and military, commercial, and general aviation aircraft of the period. The collection also includes thirty-three photographs and transparencies made by aviation photographer Rudy Arnold (1902-1966).
Biographical / Historical:
Walter Kidde & Company was founded in 1917 by Walter Kidde (1877-1943). Initially established as a construction company, Kidde moved to fire suppression systems, introducing the first portable carbon dioxide fire extinguisher in 1924. In 1926, the Kidde Company, working with the US Navy, developed a fire prevention system for aircraft engines. A branch of the company was founded in the United Kingdom in 1935. The company experienced large growth during World War II. After Walter Kidde's death in 1943, the company was headed by his son, John Kidde. The British company Williams Holdings acquired Kidde in 1988. In 1989, Kidde merged with another Williams Holdings company, Graviner, to form Kidde Graviner. Williams Holdings spun off Kidde in 2000. It was acquired by United Technologies Corporation in 2005, and, merging with other UTC companies, became UTC Fire & Security.
Provenance:
Frank Lindsey, Gift, 2014
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Fire extinction  Search this
Aircraft supplies industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Walter Kidde & Company Aviation Photograph Collection, Accession 2014-0021, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2014.0021
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2014-0021

Jack Robrecht Collection of Firefighting Photographs

Collector:
Robrecht, Jack  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Cubic feet (6 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Postcards
Photographs
Date:
1852 - 1983
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains primarily photographs and postcards relating to firefighting. Many of the photographs are of firefighting vehicles and apparatus, both horse-drawn and gasoline-powered. The cities of Philadelphia and Baltimore are especially well documented, though other cities are represented, including Hamilton, Ohio; Camden, New Jersey; Dallas, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Portland, Maine; New Orleans, Louisiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Newburyport, Massachusetts; and Flemington, New Jersey.

Series 1, Photographs, consists primarily of black-and-white and color, both original and copy prints, illustrations, and postcards depicting images of fire engines, firefighters, fireboats, fire stations, and firemen and fire equipment in parades. The photographs are arranged in numerical order (for example, JR-2) as assigned by Jack Robrecht, who assembled the materials. The other number system included the designation "V 408." This alpha-numeric number was applied by the Cigna Museum which held the materials prior to their donation to the National Museum of American History. Many of the images are heavily annotated by Robrecht, providing specific details about a fire engine, geographic location, and date. There are some membership cards, envelopes, and a Christmas card depicting images of fire equipment. Two inventories for the photographs are available. The inventories provide an object/photograph number, artist/photographer, title/caption, genre/classification, date and dimensions.

Series 2, Research Files, 1852-1983, consists almost exclusively of handwritten and typescript photocopies of fire-related documentation assembled by Robrecht. Included are sheet music, lists of statistics for fire alarms, inventories of equipment in parades, newspaper clippings, and an ink sketch of a fire ladder.

Series 3, Publications, [1859?]-1975, consists of original and photocopies of various fire-related publications. The only non fire-related publication is The Grace Log, a publication of Grace Line.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into three series.

Series 1, Photographs, 1880-1972

Series 2, Research Files, 1852-1983

Series 3, Publications, [1859?]-1975
Biographical / Historical:
Jack Robrecht (1916?-1993) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from St. Joseph's Prep and attended the University of Pennsylvania. Robrecht worked for thirty-one years at the chemical testing laboratory of Atlantic Refinery. He retired in 1978. Robrecht always wanted to be a firefighter, but missed qualifying due to the age limit. Undeterred, Robrecht spent much of his life from 1941-1993 as a volunteer historian for the Philadelphia Fire Department. He was also a collector, author, and photographer of fire-related materials.
Related Materials:
Materials at the Archives Center, National Musuem of American History

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Fires and firefighting (series), circa 1821-1955. (AC0060)

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Fires and firefighting: stereographs, ca. 1875-1888. (AC0060)

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Inventions: stereographs, 1880s. (AC0060)

Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, [Fire-fighters working water pump: Active no. 1810. photonegative] 1926. (AC0143)

Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, [Fire fighters in action.] 2031 photonegative. (AC0143)

Frank Seymour Firefighting Ephemera Collection (AC1232)

Materials at the Division of Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History

The Division of Home and Community Life holds fire-related artifacts. See Accession numbers 2005.0233; 2005.0279; 2006.0247; 2007.0160; and 2007.0174.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by CIGNA through Roxanne Korostowski, Director, Relocation Services on August 19, 2005.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
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.
Topic:
Fire stations  Search this
Fire engines  Search this
Firefighters  Search this
Fire departments -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Fire departments -- Maryland  Search this
Fire extinction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1950-2000
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1900-1950
Citation:
Jack Robrecht Collection of Firefighting Photographs, 1852-1983, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1231
See more items in:
Jack Robrecht Collection of Firefighting Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1231
Additional Online Media:

Frank Seymour Firefighting Ephemera Collection

Donor:
CIGNA  Search this
Collector:
Seymour, Frank  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Articles
Postcards
Illustrations
Prints
Date:
1852 - 1957
Summary:
The collection documents firefighting and fires in American history through newspaper and magazine illustrations, ephemera, and photographs. The emphasis is on large urban fires (New York City and Chicago) and industrial fires in the northeastern United States. There are some illustrations of cartoons, rescues, poems, fires on ships and clippings about great floods in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents firefighting and fires in American history through newspaper and magazine illustrations, ephemera, and photographs. The emphasis is on large urban fires (New York City and Chicago) and industrial fires in the northeastern United States. There are some illustrations of cartoons, rescues, poems, fires on ships and clippings about great floods in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

Series 1, Newspaper clippings, 1852-1933, consists primarily of illustrations and text from Harper's Weekly, but other publications represented include Collier's Weekly, Harper's New Monthly MagazineIllustrated London News, Leslie's Weekly, Gleason's Pictorial, and Scientific American. The clippings are arranged geographically by state and city. The majority of the clippings relate to fires, firemen, fire engines, and parades featuring fire equipment. There is one folder that relates to a fire on the steamship Bienville, an explosion of the H.L. Cotton, as well as the floods. There is some ethnic imagery depicting John Bull during the Civil War and antislavery movement in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania folder.

Series 2, Illustrations, [1939?], consists of printed color illustrations of fire engines from Kenneth Holcomb Dunshee's book, Enjine! Enjine! published by Howard Vincent Smith of New York in 1939. The illustrations are arranged in an alphanumeric system (FS 105) assigned by Frank Seymour.

Series 3, Photographs and Ephemera, 1957 and undated, consists of primarily black-and-white photographs of engines, horse-drawn fire ambulances, a dog-drawn fire hose, an auction program for the Joseph L. Hallett Firemanic Collection, and a brochure for the National Fire Museum, Inc. of South Carver, Massachusetts. There is one color photograph of Ellie Mazur, undated.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into three series.

Series 1, Newspaper Clippings, 1852-1933

Series 2, Illustrations, [1939?]

Series 3, Photographs and Ephemera, 1957 and undated
Related Materials:
Materials at the Archives Center, National Musuem of American History

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Fires and firefighting (series), circa 1821-1955.(AC0060)

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Fires and firefighting: stereographs, circa 1875-1888 (AC0060)

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Inventions: stereographs, 1880s (AC0060)

Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, [Firefighters working water pump: Active no. 1810. photonegative,] 1926. (AC0143)

Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, [Firefighters in action.] 2031 photonegative. (AC0143)

Jack Robrecht Firefighting Photographs (AC1231)

Materials at the Division of Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History

The Division of Home and Community Life Life holds fire-related artifacts. See Accession numbers: 2005.0233; 2005.0279; 2006.0247; 2007.0160; and 2007.0174.
Provenance:
Donated by CIGNA through Roxanne Korostowski, Director, Relocation Services on August 19, 2005.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
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.
Topic:
Firefighters  Search this
Ships -- Fires and fire prevention  Search this
Fire extinction  Search this
Fire departments  Search this
Disasters  Search this
Fires  Search this
Fire engines  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles
Postcards
Illustrations
Prints
Citation:
Frank Seymour Firefighting Ephemera Collection, 1852-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1232
See more items in:
Frank Seymour Firefighting Ephemera Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1232

CARDOX TRANSITANK W/ LETTER

Author:
CARDOX CORP  Search this
Type:
Books
Trade catalogs
Date:
1946
Topic:
Fire extinction  Search this
Call number:
017029
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_225153

Fire apparatus and fire department supplies (reprint)

Author:
Miller, Fred J  Search this
Type:
Books
Trade catalogs
Date:
1884
Topic:
Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Call number:
42196
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_307850

Modern fire fighting equipment no. 29

Author:
American-La France & Foamite Corp  Search this
Type:
Books
Trade catalogs
Date:
1929
Topic:
Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Call number:
42195
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_309227

The factory fire fighter

Author:
Gleason & Bailey Mfg. Co  Search this
Physical description:
14 p
Type:
Books
Trade catalogs
Date:
1900
1910
[190-]
Topic:
Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Call number:
45887
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_354899

Cowing & Co's great fire engine and pump works, Seneca Falls, N. Y.; a story of their fire engines

Author:
Barben, Arnold H  Search this
Subject:
Cowing & Co  Search this
Physical description:
42 p. illus. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
1971]
Topic:
Fire extinction  Search this
Call number:
TH9505.S408 B37 1971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_902094

[Trade catalogs on marine, industrial, municipal and forest fire equipment]

Author:
Western Fire Equipment Co  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1946
1946-
Topic:
Fire fighting equipment industry  Search this
Fire departments--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Forester (Brand name)  Search this
Call number:
46593
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_436510

[Trade catalogs on fire engines, fire pumps, firefighting apparatus ... ]

Author:
Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Co  Search this
Ahrens Manufacturing Co  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<4> v. : ill. (some col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1877
[1877?]-
Topic:
Fire extinction  Search this
Fire engines  Search this
Fire pumps  Search this
Call number:
051835
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_672341

[Trade catalogs on inspected electrical equipment and appliances, fire protection equipment, hollow concrete block bearing walls ... ]

Author:
Underwriters' Laboratories  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<19> v. : ill. (some col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1917
1917-
Topic:
Electric apparatus and appliances--Inspection  Search this
Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies--Inspection  Search this
Building materials--Inspection  Search this
Product safety  Search this
Call number:
052372
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_681440

[Trade catalogs on chemical fire suppression systems (fire extinguishers, fire trucks and vehicles, coal mining equipment), refrigerants (sulphur dioxide, methyl chloride, sulfur dioxide), fungicides, insecticides ... ]

Author:
Ansul Company  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<26> v. : ill. (some col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1937
[1937]-
Topic:
Fire extinction  Search this
Fire extinguishers  Search this
Chemical fire engines  Search this
Refrigerants  Search this
Insecticides  Search this
Call number:
053025
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_698861

[Trade catalogs on marine and industrial supplies, marine hardware and vessel fittings, nautical accessories, fire protection equipment, and fishermen's supplies]

Author:
Wm. H. Whiting Co  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<2> v. : ill. (some col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1921
[1921]-
Topic:
Ships--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Nautical paraphernalia  Search this
Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Fishers--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Dolfinite (Brand name)  Search this
DuPont (Brand name)  Search this
Woolsey (Brand name)  Search this
Call number:
049582
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_522258

[Trade catalogs on fire fighting equipment, safety appliances, snow pushers, household truck, battery truck, garden hose reels, hose banding pliers, hose coupling tool, nozzles, golf tee stand, wire and rope hawser reels ... ]

Author:
Wirt & Knox Mfg. Co  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<2> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1922
1922-
Topic:
Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Safety appliances  Search this
Lawns--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Snow removal--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Lifting and carrying--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Golf tees--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
049869
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_532924

[Trade catalogs on hardware, tools, building materials, foundry equipment, garage equipment, railway supplies, woodworking machinery, electrical apparatus, lighting equipment, machine shop equipment, motor boat equipment, road machinery, fire fighting apparatus, household goods and appliances ... ]

Author:
Woodward, Wight & Co  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill. (some col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1926
1926-
Topic:
Hardware  Search this
Building materials  Search this
Construction equipment  Search this
Foundries--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Woodworking machinery  Search this
Railroads--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Boats and boating--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Machine shops--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Garages--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies--Catalogs  Search this
Household appliances  Search this
Household supplies  Search this
Call number:
050074
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_547374

Fire equipment / Ed Hass

Author:
Hass, Ed  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1998
Topic:
Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies--History  Search this
Fire engines--History  Search this
Fire extinction--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_766818

D.C. Firefighters: Sound Roll of Retirement Party [sound recording]

Field worker:
Shankar, Guha  Search this
Creator:
Film/Monograph Series  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Motion picture soundtracks  Search this
Occupational folklore  Search this
Retirement  Search this
Fire extinction  Search this
Local number:
FP-1988-7RR-0005
FLP 38952
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_313451

D.C. Firefighters: Sound Roll [sound recording]

Field worker:
Shankar, Guha  Search this
Creator:
Film/Monograph Series  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Motion picture soundtracks  Search this
Occupational folklore  Search this
Fire extinction  Search this
Local number:
FP-1988-7RR-0004
FLP 38953
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_313452

D.C. Firefighters: Sound Roll [sound recording]

Field worker:
Shankar, Guha  Search this
Creator:
Film/Monograph Series  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Motion picture soundtracks  Search this
Occupational folklore  Search this
Fire extinction  Search this
Local number:
FP-1988-7RR-0006
FLP 38954
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_313453

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