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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
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Frank Seymour Firefighting Ephemera Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1232

Shipboard fire / by Frank D. Harrisson

Author:
Harrisson, Frank D  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 209 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Ships--Fires and fire prevention  Search this
Fire prevention  Search this
Fire extinction  Search this
Call number:
VK1258 .H37 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_836772

Fire fighting aboard ships / M.G. Stavitskiy ... [et al.] ; M.G. Stavitskiy (editor) ; translated from the Russian by T.G. Selitskaya and M.G. Stavitskiy

Author:
Stavitskiĭ, M. G (Mikhail Grigorʹevich)  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1983
C1983
Topic:
Ships--Fires and fire prevention--Handbooks, manuals, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_515890

The Evaluation of the hazards of harmful substances carried by ships / IMCO/FAO/UNESCO/WMO/WHO/IAEA/UN/UNEP Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Pollution (GESAMP)

Author:
IMCO/FAO/UNESCO/WMO/WHO/IAEA/UN/UNEP Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Pollution  Search this
Physical description:
32, 63, [7] p. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
Topic:
Marine accidents  Search this
Hazardous substances--Transportation  Search this
Marine pollution  Search this
Ships--Fires and fire prevention  Search this
Call number:
VK199.E93 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_401724

Fire fighting on ships

Author:
Reanney, Edward Webster  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 134 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1947
[1947]
Topic:
Ships--Fires and fire prevention  Search this
Call number:
VK1258.R4 1947X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_410996

On the utility of fixing lightning conductors in ships / by Mr. W.S. Harris ..

Author:
Harris, W. Snow (William Snow) Sir 1791-1867  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
23, [1] p., [1] leaf of plates : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1830
Topic:
Lightning conductors  Search this
Ships--Fires and fire prevention  Search this
Call number:
TH9057 .H32 1830
TH9057.H32 1830
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_327917

Remarkable instances of the protection of certain ships of Her Majesty's Navy, from the destructive effects of lightning : collected from official and other authenticated documents : to which is added a list of two hundred and twenty cases of ships of Her Majesty's Navy struck and damaged by lightning : abridged from the official logs of the ships / by W. Snow Harris ..

Author:
Harris, W. Snow (William Snow) Sir 1791-1867  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Navy  Search this
Physical description:
61, [1] p., [2] leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1847
Topic:
Lightning conductors  Search this
Ships--Fires and fire prevention  Search this
Call number:
VK1258.H34X 1847
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_327921

Remarkable instances of the preservation of certain ships of the Royal Navy, from lightning / by Sir William Snow Harris ... ; abridged from official and other authenticated reports

Author:
Harris, W. Snow (William Snow) Sir 1791-1867  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Navy  Search this
Physical description:
19, [1] p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1850
Topic:
Lightning conductors  Search this
Ships--Fires and fire prevention  Search this
Call number:
VK1258 .H34X 1847
VK1258.H34X 1847
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_327924

On the relative cost and efficiency of permanent & temporary forms of lightning conductors : as applicable to the defence of the Royal Navy, against the destructive element of lightning / by Sir William Snow Harris ... ; April, 1850

Author:
Harris, W. Snow (William Snow) Sir 1791-1867  Search this
Former owner:
Milne, Alexander Sir 1806-1896 DSI  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Navy  Search this
Physical description:
27, [1] p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1850
[1850]
Topic:
Lightning conductors  Search this
Ships--Fires and fire prevention  Search this
Call number:
VK1258 .H34X 1847
VK1258.H34X 1847
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_327934

The Tragedy of the Royal Tar : Maine's 1836 Circus Steamboat Disaster / MARK WARNER

Author:
Warner, Mark  Search this
Subject:
Royal Tar (Paddle steamer)  Search this
Physical description:
119 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Maine
Penobscot Bay
Penobscot Bay (Me.)
Date:
2010
[2010], ©2010
19th century
Topic:
Shipwrecks--History  Search this
Ships--Fires and fire prevention--History  Search this
Fires--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1045522

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