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Waldemar A. Ayres Collection

Creator:
Naval History, Div. of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Ayres, Waldemar A., 1909- ((inventor))  Search this
Extent:
3.3 Cubic feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Research (document genres)
Patents
Personal papers
Correspondence
Date:
1954-1974
Scope and Contents note:
Collection deals primarily with Ayres' artificial gill underwater breathing equipment project. Includes correspondence (1956-1971), personal papers, three boxes of research notes, documentation of the success of the invention, and subsequent patents and patent litigation; also publicity for the artificial gill, items from Ayres' other projects, and related periodicals, brochures, articles, etc.
Arrangement:
Divided into eight series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1956-1971

Series 2: Personal Papers

Series 3: Research Notes On Artificial Gills

Series 4: Documentation of Success of Gill

Series 5: Patents and Patent Litigation

Series 6: Publicity For Gill

Series 7:Ayres's Other Projects

Series 8: Related Journals, Magazines, Articles, Brochures, and Catalogs
Biographical/Historical note:
Ayres was an inventor who worked independently and for a number of companies. Among his varied research interests were radar, stereo photography, and aircraft navigation systems. In the 1950s-1960s he developed gill-type underwater breathing equipment.
Restrictions:
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:
Underwater exploration  Search this
Underwater breathing equipment  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Naval history  Search this
Inventors -- 1940-1990  Search this
Gill-type underwater breathing equipment  Search this
Genre/Form:
Research (document genres)
Patents
Personal papers
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Citation:
Waldemar A. Ayres Collection, 1954-1974, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0077
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Waldemar A. Ayres Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0077
Additional Online Media:

[Artificial gills and bubble filter, sketch and notes.]

Author:
Ayres, Waldemar A., 1909- ((inventor))  Search this
Collection Creator:
Naval History, Div. of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Ayres, Waldemar A., 1909- ((inventor))  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Pencil and ink on paper., 5.5" x 4.2")
Container:
Box 2, Folder folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
April 9, 1966
Scope and Contents:
On lined paper.
Local Numbers:
AC0077-0000001 (AC scan number)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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:
Inventions -- 1960-1970  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Underwater breathing equipment  Search this
Gill-type underwater breathing equipment  Search this
Collection Citation:
Waldemar A. Ayres Collection, 1954-1974, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Waldemar A. Ayres Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0077-ref580

Successful Test - Aug. 7, 1962, [sic] - Page 2. [black-and-white photoprints on typescript page]

Author:
Ayres, Waldemar A., 1909- ((inventor))  Search this
Photographer:
Creelman, George  Search this
Collection Creator:
Naval History, Div. of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Ayres, Waldemar A., 1909- ((inventor))  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 5.5" x 4.2")
Container:
Box 6, Folder folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Notar
Typescripts
Photographs
Date:
August 7, 1962
Scope and Contents:
Two photographs by George Creelman stapled to page with typed captions, documenting test of underwater breathing device. Notarized in New York state, seal at bottom left.
Local Numbers:
AC0077-0000002 (AC scan number)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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:
Notaries  Search this
Inventions -- 1960-1970  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Underwater breathing equipment  Search this
Gill-type underwater breathing equipment  Search this
Genre/Form:
Notar
Typescripts
Photographs -- 1960-1970 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Waldemar A. Ayres Collection, 1954-1974, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Waldemar A. Ayres Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0077-ref581

Legal Ownership of Gill-Type Underwater Breathing Equipment

Collection Creator:
Naval History, Div. of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Ayres, Waldemar A., 1909- ((inventor))  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Waldemar A. Ayres Collection, 1954-1974, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Waldemar A. Ayres Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0077-ref562

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