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Paper Conservation on the Fisk Jubilee Singers diorama | In the Studio

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2020-04-13T20:30:23.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
American History  Search this
See more by:
SmithsonianAmHistory
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianAmHistory
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_jQPDPS2pyAY

Cleveland Museum of Art

Creator:
City Of Cleveland  Search this
Wade Park  Search this
Wade, Jeptha Homer, III  Search this
Olmsted, Frederick Law, Jr., 1870-1957  Search this
Beach, Al  Search this
Sculptor:
Jirouch, Frank  Search this
Fiero, Emilie  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966  Search this
Landscape architect:
Olmsted Brothers  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35 mm.)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
Ohio -- Cleveland
United States of America -- Ohio -- Cuyahoga County -- Cleveland
Date:
1930
General:
See original at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Fairsted) in Brookline, MA.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Spring  Search this
Dioramas  Search this
Models and modelmaking  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item OH097003
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Ohio / OH097: Cleveland -- Cleveland Museum of Art
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb62fd928b1-9840-44b2-bd63-19bc9cbd2381
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref15942

New York Flower Show

Creator:
Cassebeer, F. W.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Photograph (lantern slide, hand-colored, 3.25 x 4 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Lantern slides
Place:
New York (State) -- New York City
United States of America -- New York -- New York
Date:
03/21/1949
General:
No Names for Picture. (Left) 1st prize - Green Tree Garden Club. (Right) 2nd prize - Garden Club of Englewood.
Mount reads: "Color Transparency by F. W. Cassebeer, New York, N. Y."
Historic plate number: "42."
Historic plate caption: "New York Flower Show 49; Dioramas; Green Tree G. C./G.C. of Englewood; First Prize [left] Second Prize [right]."
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Spring  Search this
Flower shows  Search this
Dioramas  Search this
Genre/Form:
Lantern slides
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item NY208104
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York / NY208: New York -- New York Flower Show
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb639ecaa25-af6b-4659-bfd4-c97aba853e51
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref28415

New York Flower Show

Creator:
Hugelmeyer, John  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Photograph (lantern slide, hand-colored, 3.25 x 4 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Lantern slides
Place:
New York (State) -- New York City
United States of America -- New York -- New York
Date:
03/20/1950
General:
No Names for Picture. Class 7 - Dioramas - 1st prize; Mrs. A. Welton, Lake Forest Garden Club.
Mount reads: "[text obscured] by John Hugelmeyer; 1440 York Ave. NY 21."
Historic plate number: "2."
Historic plate caption: "Class 7 - Dioramas - 1st Prize; Mrs. A. Welton - Lake Forest G.C."
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Spring  Search this
Flower shows  Search this
Dioramas  Search this
Orchards  Search this
Apples  Search this
Ponds  Search this
Genre/Form:
Lantern slides
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item NY208261
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York / NY208: New York -- New York Flower Show
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6001092fd-f31c-4dc0-80a3-36166cfb65bf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref28572

Declaration of Independence diorama

Artist:
Bartlett Frost  Search this
Copy after:
John Trumbull, 6 Jun 1756 - 10 Nov 1843  Search this
Sitter:
John Adams, 30 Oct 1735 - 4 Jul 1826  Search this
Roger Sherman, c. 19 Apr 1721 - 23 Jul 1793  Search this
Robert Robert Livingston, 1718 - 1775  Search this
Thomas Jefferson, 13 Apr 1743 - 4 Jul 1826  Search this
Benjamin Franklin, 17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790  Search this
Charles Thomson, 29 Nov 1729 - 16 Aug 1824  Search this
John Hancock, 12 Jan 1737 - 8 Oct 1793  Search this
Medium:
Wax figures and mixed media
Dimensions:
194 x 142 x 99 cm. (76 3/8 x 55 7/8 x 39")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1969
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Printed Material\Document  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Symbols & Motifs\Flag  Search this
Equipment\Drafting & Writing Implements\Writing implement\Pen\Quill  Search this
Robert Robert Livingston: Male  Search this
Robert Robert Livingston: Politics and Government\Politician  Search this
Robert Robert Livingston: Natural Resource Occupations\Agriculturist\Landowner  Search this
Robert Robert Livingston: Law and Law Enforcement\Attorney  Search this
Charles Thomson: Male  Search this
Charles Thomson: Literature\Writer  Search this
Charles Thomson: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
Charles Thomson: Education and Scholarship\Educator\Teacher  Search this
Charles Thomson: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Charles Thomson: Education and Scholarship\Scholar\Translator  Search this
Charles Thomson: Crafts and Trades\Culinary Arts\Distiller  Search this
John Adams: Male  Search this
John Adams: Literature\Writer  Search this
John Adams: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
John Adams: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial statesman\Signer of Declaration  Search this
John Adams: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US  Search this
John Adams: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
John Adams: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
John Adams: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Massachusetts  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Male  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Literature\Writer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial statesman  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial statesman\Signer of Declaration  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Technology\Scientist  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Crafts and Trades\Printer  Search this
Benjamin Franklin: Politics and Government\Government official\Postmaster  Search this
John Hancock: Male  Search this
John Hancock: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial statesman  Search this
John Hancock: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial statesman\Signer of Declaration  Search this
John Hancock: Politics and Government\Governor\Massachusetts  Search this
John Hancock: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Roger Sherman: Male  Search this
Roger Sherman: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Roger Sherman: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
Roger Sherman: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial statesman\Signer of Declaration  Search this
Roger Sherman: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Roger Sherman: Law and Law Enforcement\Justice of the Peace  Search this
Roger Sherman: Politics and Government\Statesman\Signer of Constitution  Search this
Roger Sherman: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Revolutionary  Search this
Roger Sherman: Crafts and Trades\Cobbler  Search this
Roger Sherman: Politics and Government\Public official\Mayor\New Haven, CT  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Male  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial statesman\Signer of Declaration  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Natural Resource Occupations\Agriculturist\Farmer  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Visual Arts\Architect  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of State  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Virginia  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Politics and Government\Governor\Virginia  Search this
Thomas Jefferson: Education and Scholarship\Founder\University  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
AD/NPG.69.17
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f6bb31f8-caa3-4a7e-95b9-8b719328b1f1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_AD_NPG.69.17

Alexis Rockman : dioramas

Title:
Dioramas
Author:
Rockman, Alexis 1962-  Search this
Irvine, Alexandra  Search this
Contemporary Arts Museum  Search this
Subject:
Rockman, Alexis 1962-  Search this
Physical description:
20 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1997
C1997
Topic:
Diorama  Search this
Call number:
ND2882.5.R63 A4 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_623150

Carboniferous Diorama, 1976

Container:
Box 11 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 3: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1959-1986 and undated / Box 11
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e4283

Diorama Repair

Container:
Box 18 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 5: EXHIBIT FILES AND ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS, circa 1965-1978 and undated / Box 18
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e5664

H-2 Middle Albian Diorama

Container:
Box 22 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 7: EXHIBIT FILES, 1978-1980 / Box 22
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e7751

H-1 Middle Albian Diorama

Container:
Box 22 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 7: EXHIBIT FILES, 1978-1980 / Box 22
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e7762

Models - A2 Devonian Lobe-finned fish diorama

Container:
Box 22 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 7: EXHIBIT FILES, 1978-1980 / Box 22
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e7896

A-2 Devonian Diorama

Container:
Box 23 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 7: EXHIBIT FILES, 1978-1980 / Box 23
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e8329

A-4 Earliest Plant Diorama

Container:
Box 23 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 7: EXHIBIT FILES, 1978-1980 / Box 23
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e8362

New Book – outs

Collection Photographer:
Druse, Kenneth  Search this
Extent:
1 Photograph
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
General:
An image of a diorama with model train on elevated railroad tracks.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Railroads  Search this
Trains  Search this
Dioramas  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Ken Druse garden photography collection
Identifier:
AAG.DRU, File DRU143
See more items in:
Ken Druse garden photography collection
Ken Druse garden photography collection / Series 2: Garden Images by Subject
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb642e44200-cb7d-4df2-b46e-b3701703191b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-dru-ref2242

The Substitute

Designer:
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, British, born 1982  Search this
Collaborator:
The Mill, London, England, UK, founded 1990  Search this
Chris Timpson, British, born 1980  Search this
Aurelia Soundworks, London, England, UK, founded 2015  Search this
Medium:
moving image (digital video 6:18 mn; color, sound)
Dimensions:
Running time (looped): 06:18 minutes
Type:
digital
Digital
Installation
Object Name:
Installation
Date:
2019
Credit Line:
Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
Accession Number:
2020-10-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Digital
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4dd93ed1e-64bf-4134-ac47-7ef6d3fad489
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2020-10-1

Photographic postcards of Native American artifacts in German museums

Names:
Ethnologisches Museum Berlin  Search this
Volkerundliches Indianer Museum  Search this
Publisher:
Linden-Museum Stuttgart  Search this
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany)  Search this
Extent:
6 Postcards (6 photographic postcards, silver gelatin)
Culture:
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Sioux  Search this
Minitari (Hidatsa)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Hopi Pueblo  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Postcards
Date:
circa 1960s
Scope and Contents note:
Postcards made by German museums depicting Native American artifacts in their collections. They include images of a Tlingit totem pole, Eastern bark canoe, and a Hopi kachina in the Museum fur Volkerkunde; a diorama showing warriors returning home from battle in the Volkerkundliches Indianer-Museum; and a Dakota effigy pipe and Hidatsa skin painting in the Linden Museum in Stuttgart.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 81B
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Painting  Search this
Canoes and canoeing  Search this
Kachinas  Search this
Totem poles  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Smoking paraphernalia  Search this
Citation:
Photo lot 81B, Photographic postcards of Native American artifacts in German museums, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.81B
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3e7be8714-7060-4f26-9fd3-65343d839c99
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-81b

John Brantley Wilder papers

Creator:
Wilder, John Brantley  Search this
Names:
Sioux Nation  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Date:
1937-circa 1979
Summary:
The papers of painter, journalist, and civil rights activist John Brantley Wilder measure 1.5 linear feet and date from 1937 to circa 1979. The papers include correspondence; clippings; invoices; photographs; reproductions of some of Wilder's pen and ink sketches; as well as a scrapbook, which includes clippings, photographs, and printed material. Also included in the collection is a diorama representing a Sioux family.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter, journalist, and civil rights activist John Brantley Wilder measure 1.5 linear feet and date from 1937 to circa 1979. The papers include correspondence; invoices for paintings and materials; clippings of Wilder's articles and sketches that appeared in newspapers; a scrapbook of clippings, photographs, and printed materials; photographs and slides, primarily of artwork; and reproductions of Wilder's pen and ink sketches for the Philadelphia Tribune. The collection also includes a diorama representing a Sioux family. This is one of eighteen "Miniature Indian Dioramas" produced for the Works Progress Administration's Pennsylvania Museum Extension Project.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection, the papers are arranged as one series.

Series 1: John Brantley Wilder papers, 1937-circa 1979 (Boxes 1-2; 1.5 linear feet, OV 3)
Biographical / Historical:
John Brantley Wilder (1909?-1990) was a painter, journalist, and civil rights activist. He worked for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (later the Work Projects Administration, WPA) through the early 1940s and worked for the Philadelphia Tribune in a variety of capacities from the 1960s to the 1970s, including producing pen and ink sketches for Negro History Week, circa 1961. In addition to his art and journalism work, in the late 1940s Wilder led a campaign urging Hollywood to expand the portrayal of African Americans in film beyond maids and servants.
Provenance:
The papers were donated by John Brantley Wilder in 1979.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Journalists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Civil rights workers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Citation:
John Brantley Wilder papers, 1937-circa 1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wildjohb
See more items in:
John Brantley Wilder papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e65580be-0ff9-43d8-b8ec-c3a7109c749d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wildjohb

WPA Museum Extension Project Diorama, 45-MD-3 Indian Family Sioux

Collection Creator:
Wilder, John Brantley  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
John Brantley Wilder papers, 1937-circa 1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
John Brantley Wilder papers
John Brantley Wilder papers / Series 1: John Brantley Wilder Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a1b9456f-5019-490a-a5ca-ee216a8d20af
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-wildjohb-ref7

Messmore and Damon Company Records

Creator:
Messmore, George Harold  Search this
Messmore and Damon Company  Search this
Damon, Joseph  Search this
Extent:
16 Cubic feet (40 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Clippings
Business records
Phonograph records
Date:
1892 - 1998
Summary:
The records document Messmore and Damon's work in the design and construction of parade floats, museum dioramas, exhibitions, displays and scenery. The materials include business records, photographs, patents, scrapbooks, promotional materials, sound recordings and moving image.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of papers relating to Messmore and Damon's work in the design and construction of parade floats, museum dioramas, exhibitions, displays and scenery. The materials include business records, patents, photographs, scrapbooks containing clippings and photographs, promotional materials, sound recordings, and moving image.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into eleven series.

Series 1: Background/Biographical Materials, 1925-1996

Series 2: Business Files, 1918-1997

Subseries 2.1: Messmore and Damon, Inc., 1918-1988

Subseries 2.2: Messmore, Inc., 1971-1989

Series 3: Patents, 1892-1952

Series 4: Projects/Exhibitions, 1924-1997

Series 5: Parades, 1960-1997

Series 6: Product Literature, circa 1930s-1992

Series 7: Heart Patient Simulator Materials, 1977-1998

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1925-1947

Series 9: Photographs, 1900-1997

Subseries 9.1: Family, 1900-1997

Subseries 9.2: Subjects, 1930-1995

Subseries 9.3: Chronological, 1957-1985

Subseries 9.4: Ephemera, undated

Subseries 9.5: Postcards, undated

Subseries 9.6: Negatives, undated

Series 10: Oversize Materials, 1930-1989

Series 11: Audiovisual Materials, 1933-1937, 1997

Subseries 11.1: Audio Discs, 1933-1937

Subseries 11.2: Moving Image, 1997
Biographical / Historical:
Messmore and Damon, Inc. was founded in 1914 by George Harold Messmore (1884-1961) and Joseph A. Damon (1882-1962). Messmore and Damon met in 1916 while working on floats for the Elks Convention in New York City. The two formed a partnership and in 1914 opened Messmore and Damon, Inc., a small shop where they initially constructed animal displays, but quickly expanded to theatrical scenery, parade floats, props for television, amusement park operations, seasonal displays, special effects in stores, advertising and promotional work, window displays, dioramas, and other exhibit work. Most of their parade and department store work featured mechanical devices which animated the animal and human figures involved, pioneering in what became known as "animatronics." The firm did the first Macy's Day Parade in 1924 and attained world-wide fame with their exhibit, The World a Million Years Ago at the 1933-1934, Chicago Century of Progress Exposition. A separate company, Messmore, Inc., was created to manufacture and sell a cardiology patient simulator, "Harvey," later known as "George," for use in medical schools.

Joseph A. Damon, born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, attended art school in St. Louis. A scenic artist by training he worked at Lee Lash Studios and built floats for the Hudson/Fulton Celebration in 1909. Damon married Olga Schaufelberger and had one daughter named Olga C. Damon (1922-2000).

George H. Messmore, known as "GH," started his career working backstage in theaters and built displays for the Panama-Pacific Exposition (1915). Messmore married Meta Decker (1890-1985) and they had one son, Francis (1916-1997), known as "Fran." Fran joined Messmore and Damon in 1946, working on department store displays and ran the company until his death in 1997. The company was dissolved on September 2, 1998.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

William L. Bird Holidays on Display Collection (AC1319)

Michael Cipriano Papers (AC1274)

Landy Hales Papers (AC0906)

John Nicholson Papers (AC1279)

Edward J. Orth Memorial Archives of the World's Fair (AC0560)
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Pamela Messmore Tobiason, granddaughter of George H. Messmore, in 2003.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Social Security numbers are present and numbers have been rendered unreadable and redacted. Researchers may use the photocopies in the collection. The remainder of the collection has no restrictions.

Reference copies for the audio discs do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with Archives Center staff.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Parades  Search this
Dioramas  Search this
Parade float designers  Search this
Parade floats  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Clippings -- 20th century
Business records -- 20th century
Phonograph records
Citation:
Messmore and Damon Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0846
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Messmore and Damon Company Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8bff24a52-47bd-4f0d-a54e-86e811c4bf27
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0846
Online Media:

Ned J. Burns papers, [undated]

Creator:
Burns, Ned J.  Search this
Citation:
Ned J. Burns papers, [undated]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Cycloramas  Search this
Dioramas  Search this
Panoramas  Search this
Theme:
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6862
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208990
AAA_collcode_burnned
Theme:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208990

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