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Watson Davis Papers, 1921-1972

Creator:
Davis, Watson 1896-1967  Search this
Subject:
Davis, Watson 1896-1967  Search this
Science Service  Search this
Physical description:
3.01 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Brochures
Newsletters
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Nitrate materials
Date:
1921
1921-1972
Topic:
Journalism, Scientific  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 13-197
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_373753

Warren M. Robbins Papers, circa 1927-2009

Creator:
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Uniform title:
African Art in American Collections (Monograph). 1966  Search this
African Art in American Collections (Monograph). 1989  Search this
Subject:
Angelou, Maya  Search this
Barnes, Ernie 1938-2009  Search this
Bellow, Saul  Search this
Douglass, Frederick 1817?-1895  Search this
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Gross, Chaim 1904-1991  Search this
Holtzman, Harry  Search this
Mead, Margaret 1901-1978  Search this
Mondrian, Piet 1872-1944  Search this
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Shahn, Ben 1898-1969  Search this
Toledano, Roulhac  Search this
Fried, Otto 1922-  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster) 1895-1983  Search this
Gilot, Françoise 1921-  Search this
Hayakawa, S. I (Samuel Ichiyé) 1906-1992  Search this
Howard, Frances Humphrey  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio) 1911-1978  Search this
Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
United States Foreign Service  Search this
University of Michigan  Search this
University of New Hampshire  Search this
Center for Cross Cultural Communication  Search this
Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication  Search this
A Nigerian Showcase (Exhibition) (1980: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art Playing Cards: 52 Paintings by Harold Jerome (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art in Motion (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art in Washington Collections (Exhibition) (1972: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Art: The de Havenon Collection (Exhibition) (1971: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Miniatures: Traditional Sculpture from the Hersey Collection (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Sculpture at Princeton University (Exhibition) (1971: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Style: Art of Zaire (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
African Weaving and Traditional Dress (Exhibition) (1975: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Animals in African Art (Exhibition) (1977: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Animals in African Art (Exhibition) (2000: Salisbury, M.D.)  Search this
Art from Zaire: 100 Masterpieces from the National Collections (Exhibition) (1975-1976: New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Art of Nigeria (Exhibition) (1964: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Bamana Figurative Sculpture: A Human Ideal in African Art (Exhibition) (1986: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Ben Shahn on Human Rights (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Contemporary African Paintings and Graphics (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Contemporary Nigerian Pottery (Exhibition) (1972: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Contemporary Tapestries from Senegal (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Five Afro-American Artists (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Five Nineteenth Century Afro-American Artists (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Forms and Influences of African Art (Exhibition) (1985: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Images of Ancestors: Ties That Bind (Exhibition) (1995: Charlottesville, V.A.)  Search this
Life . . . Afterlife: African Funerary Sculpture (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Out of the Ordinary: Domestic and Ritual Furnishings from Africa (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Salute to Sierra Leone (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Secular and Religious Art of Ethiopia (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Tapestries from Lesotho (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The African Heritage (Exhibition) (1964: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Art of Cameroon (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Art of Henry O. Tanner (Exhibition) (1969: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Beauty of the Ghetto (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Great Beautiful Black Women Collection (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Heritage of African Art (Exhibtion) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Image of the Black in Western Art (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Impact of African Sculpture on Modern Art (Exhibition) (1975: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Language of African Art (Exhibition) (1970: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Language of Art in Traditional African Life (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Meaning of African Art (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Sculptor's Eye: The African Art Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
The Stranger Among Us (Exhibition) (1982: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
The Useful Arts of Kenya (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional African Art from the Peabody Museum, Harvard University (Exhibition) (1966: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional African Sculpture (Exhibition) (1964: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional Costumes and Jewelry in Africa (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional Costumes and Jewelry in Egypt (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditional Sculpture from Upper Volta (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditonal Art of the Nigerian Peoples (Exhibition) (1977: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Traditonal and Contemporary Crafts from Botswana (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Treasures of Ancient Nigeria: Legacy of 2000 Years (Exhibition) (1980-1981: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Tribute to Africa: The Photography and the Collection of Eliot Elisofon (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Weaving Magic: Traditional African Textiles (Exhibition) (1998: Savannah, G.A.)  Search this
Physical description:
83.1 cu. ft. (80 record storage boxes) (4 12x17 boxes) (2 16x20 boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Newsletters
Floor plans
Maps
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white transparencies
Color transparencies
Color negatives
Glass negatives
Audiotapes
Artifacts
Place:
Cameroon
Date:
1927
1927-2009
circa 1927-2009
Topic:
Art, African  Search this
Communication  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Kom (African people)  Search this
Museum attendance  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Museums--Acquisitions  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums--Management  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums and community  Search this
Semantics  Search this
Afo-A-Kom (Statue)  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-001
Restrictions & Rights:
Series 9 - Smithsonian Conflict, 1982-2002 restricted for 5 years from the date of transfer, until Jan-01-2016; Transferring office; 09/13/2010 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_309956

Exhibition Records, 1927, 1953-1991

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Engineering and Industry  Search this
Subject:
Stephens, Carlene E. 1949-  Search this
Battison, Edwin A  Search this
Vogel, Robert M  Search this
Multhauf, Robert P  Search this
Ferguson, Eugene S  Search this
Mitman, Carl Weaver 1889-  Search this
Roebling, John Augustus 1806-1869  Search this
Lubar, Steven D  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Department of the History of Science and Technology  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Hall of Heavy Machinery  Search this
Physical description:
6.81 cu. ft. processed holdings
13.25 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Floor plans
Black-and-white transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Sketches
Exhibition catalogs
Clippings
Newsletters
Architectural drawings
Electronic records
Date:
1927
1927-1991
1927, 1953-1991
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Engineering--History  Search this
Industries--History  Search this
Civil engineering  Search this
Mechanical engineering  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00381
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Exhibition Records 1927, 1953-1991 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Engineering and Industry]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219690

Sales Sparks Newsletter, July 1938. [Newsletter: front page]

Collector:
Western Union Telegraph Company  Search this
Collection Creator:
United Telegraph Workers.  Search this
Western Union Telegraph Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 10.9" x 8.1")
Container:
Box 624, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Newsletters
Date:
1938
Local Numbers:
AC0205-0000115 (AC Scan)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements must be made to view some of the audio visual materials. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
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:
Telegraph, Wireless  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newsletters -- 1920-1940
Collection Citation:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records
Western Union Telegraph Company Records / Series 19: Public Relations Department Records / 19.14: Western Union House Organs / 19.14.15: Sales Sparks
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0205-ref11355

Dots and Dashes Newsletter, November 1932, with headline, "There's a Telegram Behind Many a Radio Program." [Newsletter: front page]

Collector:
Western Union Telegraph Company  Search this
Collection Creator:
United Telegraph Workers.  Search this
Western Union Telegraph Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 10.9" x 7.8")
Container:
Box 624, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Newsletters
Date:
November 1932
Scope and Contents:
Newsletter contains halftone reproductions of photographs.
Local Numbers:
AC0205-0000114 (AC Scan)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements must be made to view some of the audio visual materials. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
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:
Telegraph, Wireless  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newsletters -- 1920-1940
Collection Citation:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records
Western Union Telegraph Company Records / Series 19: Public Relations Department Records / 19.14: Western Union House Organs / 19.14.4: Dots and Dashes / Dots and Dashes 1931-1932
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0205-ref11356

John A. Roebling Collection

Creator:
Roebling, Charles Gustavus, 1849-1918  Search this
Roebling, Ferdinand W. (Ferdinand William), 1842-1917  Search this
John A. Roebling's Sons Company  Search this
Roebling, John Augustus, 1806-1869  Search this
Roebling, Washington Augustus, 1837-1926.  Search this
Collector:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Extent:
18.5 Cubic feet (62 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photograph albums
Specifications
Reports
Price lists
Photographs
Newsletters
Letterpress books
Correspondence
Blueprints
Ledgers (account books)
Genealogies
Notebooks
Patents
Date:
1836-1975
bulk 1930-1950
Summary:
Collection documents the work of the John A. Roebling's Sons Company, builders of bridges. The materials consist primarily of photograph albums documenting some of the bridges, tramways, ski lifts and chair lifts that Roebling's Sons Company was involved with. The documentation also includes specifications, patents, and reference materials about the engineering process of building bridges and bridges in general.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the work of the John A. Roebling's Sons Company, builders of bridges. The materials consist primarily of photograph albums documenting a variety of bridges, mostly in the United States. The documentation also includes specifications, patents, and reference materials about the engineering process of building bridges and bridges in general.

Series 1, Historical background materials, 1895-1958, is divided into two subseries: Subseries 1, John A. Roebling's and Sons Company materials, 1895-1949 and Subseries 2, Newsletters, 1929-1931.

Subseries 1, John A. Roebling's and Sons Company materials, 1895-1949, contains a variety of items related to the company such as historical narratives, correspondence, price lists, testing data, and a ledger with cost estimates. The correspondence is partially bound (pages 1 to 104) from a letter press book (handwritten and typescript) belonging to John A. Roebling's and Sons Company. William Hildebrand and Charles G. Roebling are the chief correspondents. The correspondence documents daily activities related to the design and erection of bridges as well as finances and supplies. Charles G. Roebling's notebook, undated, contains calculations and notes about various bridge projects.

Subseries 2, Newsletters, 1929-1931, contain copies of Blue Center and Wire Engineering, which were John A. Roebling's and Sons Company publications intended for employees. The newsletters were apparently used as scrapbooks, with black-and-white photographs pasted into the pages. Found among the pages of Blue Center are photographs of the Hudson River Bridge and in Wire Engineering, there are photographs of the Maysville, Kentucky Bridge.

Series 2, Photographs, 1926-1975, comprises the largest series in the collection. The photographs are primarily black-and-white and document aerial tramways, tramways for logging or mining, chair lifts, ski lifts, floods, and bridge construction projects. The latter makes up the majority. Most photographs were assembled into albums with corresponding captions and dates, and almost all of the photographs document bridges in the United States. There is one exception, the Yauricocha Tramway in Peru. In some instances, the captions are recorded on the back of the photographs, and others were recorded on album pages. The series is arranged alphabetically by name of bridge and/or project.

Series 3, Specifications, 1855-1962, consists of printed textual documents (both bound and loose) that contain information for bidders, proposals, contracts, and bonds, and the detailed specifications. This series is arranged alphabetically by bridge name.

Series 4, Reports, 1928-1938, contains bound reports (both progress and final) detailing problems, requirements, research, manufacture, plant installation, cable equipment, strand adjustments, and Roebling Company developments. This series is arranged alphabetically by bridge/and/or project.

Series 5, Patent materials, 1849-1952, consists of issued patents (to a variety of individuals) for cable and cable appliances, cables, and cable apparatus, cableways and tramways, and grips. The patents are arranged by subject area, then by patent number.

Series 6, Reference materials, 1836-1964, contains a wide range of materials—articles, biographical files, drawings, photographs, newspaper clippings, advertising, correspondence, notes—documenting all aspects of bridges. This series is arranged alphabetically by topic.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1, Historical background materials, 1895-1958, undated

Subseries 1, Biographical, 1900-1958, undated

Subseries 2, John A. Roebling's and Sons Company materials, 1895-1949

Subseries 3, Newsletters, 1929-1931

Series 2, Photographs, 1926-1975

Series 3, Specifications, 1855-1962

Series 4, Reports, 1928-1938

Series 5, Patent materials, 1849-1952

Series 6, Reference materials, 1836-1964
Biographical / Historical:
John Augustus Roebling (1806-1869) was the founder and proprietor of John A. Roebling's Sons Company. Born in Mühlhausen, Germany, he was a civil engineer famous for his wire rope suspension bridge designs, in particular, the design of the Brooklyn Bridge. Roebling married Johana Herting in 1836 and they had nine children: Washington A. Roebling (1837-1926); Laura R. Methfessel (1840-1873); Ferdinand W. Roebling (1842-1917); Elvira R. Stewart (1844-1871); Josephine R. Jarvis (b. 1847); Charles Gustavus Roebling (1849-1918); Edmund Roebling (1854-1930); William Roebling (b. 1856, d. 1860); and Hannah Roebling (died in infancy). Roebling's three sons, Washington Augustus Roebling; Ferdinand William Roebling and Charles Gustavus Roebling, worked for the company.

Roebling's Sons Company was active in the design and manufacture of wire rope used in the erection of suspension bridges since the 1840s. Roebling devised a system of spinning the wires together where weights and swivels turned the wire coils in the opposite direction from the twisting, thereby removing kinks. Method of and Machine for Manufacturing Wire Rope (US Patent # 2,720) issued on July 16, 1842. Roebling would adapt this wire rope to his suspension bridge principle. In 1848, he established a company—John Roebling's Sons Company—in Trenton, New Jersey, to manufacture his wire rope. Roebling manufacturing plants were sold in 1952 to the Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I) Company of Pueblo, Colorado. In 1968, the Crane Company purchased the CF& I.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

George S. Morison Collection (AC0978)

Modjeski and Masters Company Records (AC0976)

Materials at Other Organizations

The Rutgers University, Special Collections and University Archives

Papers of Mary G. Roebling and Roebling Family Papers, 1821-1960 (MC 654.1).
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Blair Birdsall, former chief engineer at John A. Roebling's Sons Company in 1981.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.

Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
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:
Bridges -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Bridge construction industry -- United States  Search this
Bridges -- Design and construction  Search this
Iron industry and trade -- United States  Search this
Iron industry and trade -- Colorado  Search this
Wire industry -- New Jersey  Search this
Suspension bridges -- Design and construction  Search this
Ski lifts  Search this
Wire-rope industry -- New Jersey  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photograph albums
Specifications
Reports
Price lists
Photographs -- 20th century
Newsletters -- 1920-1940
Letterpress books
Correspondence
Blueprints
Ledgers (account books)
Genealogies
Notebooks
Patents
Citation:
John A. Roebling Collection, dates, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0981
See more items in:
John A. Roebling Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0981
Additional Online Media:

Robert Brainerd Ekvall and Betty Ekvall photographs of Tibet, China, and Vietnam

Creator:
Ekvall, Robert B. (Robert Brainerd), 1898-1983  Search this
Names:
Christian and Missionary Alliance  Search this
Ekvall, Betty (probable photographer)  Search this
Extent:
146 color slides (circa)
Culture:
Vietnamese  Search this
Chinese  Search this
Tibetans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Color slides
Color slides
Photographs
Place:
Vietnam
Tibet (China)
Gansu Sheng (China)
Date:
circa 1925-1940
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs made by Robert Brainerd Ekvall and Betty Ekvall while missionaries on the China-Tibet border. The photographs document Tibetan, Chinese, and Vietnamese people, ceremonies, dances and musicians, shrines, traders, boats, towns, agriculture, and scenery. The collection also includes images of the Ekvalls and other missionaries and a map of Gansu province from the Christian and Missionary Alliance newsletter.
Biographical/Historical note:
Robert Brainerd Ekvall (1898-1978) and Betty Ekvall were missionaries for the Christian and Missionary Alliance in the Tibetan Plateau on the China-Tibet border. Robert Ekvall was born in Gangsu province, China, to parents who were among the first Christian and Missionary Alliance missionaries in Tibet. After his father's death, Ekvall returned to the United States with his mother. He attended Wheaton Academy and Wheaton College, graduating in 1920. In 1921, Ekvall married fellow Wheaton alumnus Martha Elizabeth Fischer (commonly known as Betty) and both attended the Nyack Missionary Institute. The next year they left for China, where Robert taught at the Bible school. They also traveled into Tibet to establish a mission station in Ngawa. In 1927, the Ekvalls returned to the United States due to political turmoil in China, though they went back to China the following year. On another furlough in the U.S., Robert Ekvall did some graduate work in anthropology at the University Chicago. The Ekvalls returned to Tibet, where Betty Ekvall died of illness in 1940. In 1941, Robert Ekvall traveled to Indochina where their son, David, was doing missionary work; he was repatriated to the United States in 1944 and joined the United States Army in Burma and China. He later published books, articles, and poems on Tibet and China, and taught at the University of Washington.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 2003-12
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College holds the oral history interviews, correspondence, photographs, and a manuscript by Ekvall (CN 092).
The Newark Museum holds some Tibetan material from Ekvall.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Photographs
Citation:
Photo Lot 2003-12, Robert Brainerd Ekvall and Betty Ekvall photographs of Tibet and Indochina, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.2003-12
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-2003-12

Boston and Maine Railroad employees' magazine

Title:
Employees magazine
Employees' magazine
Author:
Boston and Maine Railroad  Search this
Subject:
Boston and Maine Railroad  Search this
Physical description:
v. ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1924
1960
1924-1960
Topic:
Employees' magazines, newsletters, etc  Search this
Railroads  Search this
Call number:
TF25.B8 B65
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_997756

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