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Miner's Carbide Lamp

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overall: 7 1/4 in x 6 in x 3 in; 18.415 cm x 15.24 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Name:
lamp, carbide, mining
mining lamp
Description (Brief):
This lamp is a Dew-R-Lite model, manufactured in the 1930's by the Dewar Manufacturing Co. of Brooklyn, New York. Dewar produced carbide mining lamps from around 1914 until it was bought by the Wolf Safety Lamp Co. in the late 1930’s. Dewar was well known for its “I-T-P” (It’s Trouble Proof), Sun Ray, and Dew-R-Lite lamp brands. This lamp is notable for its perforated reflector.
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Thorpe, Dave. Carbide Light: The Last Flame in American Mines
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931 [actually 1932] volume VIII, Cuba with Powell; Jamaica with Langley; Mexico with Gilbert and Dutton; California with McGee; physical anthropology, Hrdlicka, current work 1900

Random records, vol. 8
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Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
Gilbert, Grove Karl 1843-1918
Dutton, Clarence E (Clarence Edward) 1841-1912
Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
Smithsonian Institution History
Physical description:
1 volume illustrations, clippings, letters. 27 cm
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Binder's title: Random records.
Typewritten manuscript.
William Henry Holmes (1846-1933) was an anthropologist, archaeologist, artist, and geologist, who spent much of his career affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. He studied art under Theodore Kauffman, and went on to work as a scientific illustrator with Smithsonian staff. In 1872, he was appointed artist-topographer to the United States survey of the territories under Ferdinand V. Hayden, and in 1874 was appointed assistant geologist. He went on to work with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE), until returning to the Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum (USNM). Holmes eventually became head curator of the Smithsonian Institution's Department of Anthropology and Director of the National Gallery of Art.
This is the eighth of sixteen volumes that document the life and work of William Henry Holmes, compiled during 1931 or 1932. Holmes combined text and supporting documents including original drawings, watercolors, photographs, correspondence, official documents, news clippings, and memorabilia. The volume covers 1897 to 1902, and is divided into five sections. The first section describes work in Cuba and Jamaica in 1900 with Smithsonian Institution Secretary Samuel P. Langley and J. W. Powell, Director of the Geological Survey and of the Bureau of American Ethnology. Langley was recording field observations of a buzzard, locally known as the John Crow, for the purposes of his work on "flying machines". Holmes includes notes and measurements relating to this work. He references photographs of the birds, not included in the volume. Section two covers his trip to study ethnology and anthropology in California with W. J. McGee in 1898. Section three describes a visit to Mexico with Major Clarence E. Dutton and G. K. Gilbert in 1899 to make geological and archaeological observations. Section four covers the organization of the Division of Physical Anthropology. Section five covers Holmes archaeological work.
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CT275.H75 A1 v. 8
CT275.H75 A1
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Smithsonian Libraries

Minutes, 1846-

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Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents
Fillmore, Millard 1800-1874
Taylor, Zachary 1784-1850
Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Physical description:
8.20 cu. ft. (9 document boxes) (7 12x17 boxes) (1 16x20 box)
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The Smithsonian Institution was created by authority of an Act of Congress approved August 10, 1846. The Act entrusted direction of the Smithsonian to a body called the Establishment, composed of the President; the Vice-President; the Chief Justice of the United States; the Cabinet; the Mayor of Washington; and the Commissioner of the Patent Office. In fact, however, the Establishment last met in 1877; and control of the Smithsonian has always been exercised by its Board of Regents. The membership of the Regents consists of the Vice-President and the Chief Justice of the United States; three members each of the Senate and House of Representatives; two citizens of the District of Columbia; and nine citizens of the several states, no two from the same state. (Prior to 1970 the category of citizen-Regents not residents of Washington consisted of four members). By custom the Chief Justice is Chancellor. The office was at first held by the Vice-President. However, when Millard Fillmore succeeded to the presidency on the death of Zachary Taylor in 1851, Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney was chosen in his stead; and the office has always been filled by the Chief Justice since that time.
These records are the official, edited minutes of the Board, compiled at the direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian, who is also secretary to the Board. Manuscript minutes exist for the period from 1846 to 1856, and after 1891. Only printed versions exist for the years from 1857 to 1891.
Museum trustees
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SIA RU000001
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Minutes 1846-2007 [Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives

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