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William W. Brown Papers

Source:
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Creator:
Brown, William W. (electrical engineer)  Search this
Former owner:
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Names:
General Electric Company  Search this
Extent:
2.66 Cubic feet (8 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Correspondence
Date:
1920-1950
Scope and Contents note:
35 binders of engineering drawings, correspondence, and charts concerning high frequency alternators, low and high frequency antenna systems, insulators, conductors, power transformers, cables, and vacum tubes.
Biographical/Historical note:
William W. Brown (1899- ), electrical engineer, specialized in low frequency transmitter and antenna systems design for the General Electric Company. After his retirement in 1956, he continued his activities in a consulting capacity.
Provenance:
William W. Brown, Gift, circa 1974.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
Cables  Search this
Antennas (Electronics)  Search this
Electric transformers  Search this
Electric insulators and insulation  Search this
Electric generators -- Alternating current  Search this
Electric conductors  Search this
Vacuum-tubes  Search this
Electrical engineers  Search this
Electrical engineering  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings -- 1900-1950
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Citation:
William W. Brown Papers, 1920-1950, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0102
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0102

DuPont Nylon Collection

Creator:
DuPont (E. I.) de Nemours & Company  Search this
Names:
DuPont, Eleuthere Irenee  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (4 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Memorandums
Photographs
Bulletins
Date:
1939-1977
Summary:
Promotional booklets and pamphlets, 1940-1963, regarding nylon; catalogues on the industrial use of nylon; 25th anniversary book on nylon; photographs, and a variety of other documents. Includes memo to DuPont employees concerning the company's wartime involvement in the development of the atomic bomb.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of promotional booklets and pamphlets, 1940-1963, regarding nylon; catalogues on the industrial use of nylon; a 25th anniversary book on nylon; World War II Christmas card of the Nylon Division of Dupont; pamphlets describing the wartime uses of nylon; technical reprints, a cartoon and a plant magazine about the Martinsville, Virginia nylon plant, 1941-1946; an employee handbook, Dupont Nylon Division, circa 1940; newsclippings and historical material for the Chattanooga plant, 1948; news clippings, initial production orders for nylon and typescript on uses and manufacture of nylon at Seaford plant, 1939-1947; publications concerning Delrin Acetal Resins; and photographs of machines for making nylon plastics of the Washington Works, 1947, with a letter from 1977 explaining this material.
Arrangement:
Collection materials are divided into three series.

Series 1: Nylon Production, 1939-1948

Subseries 1.1:Seaford, Delaware Plant, 1939-1940

Subseries 1.2: Martinsville, Virginia, 1941-1946

Subseries 1.3: Chattanooga, Tennessee Plant, 1948

Subseries 1.4: Nylon in War, circa 1942-1945

Subseries 1.5: Photographs, 1940-1977

Series 2: Publications, 1940-1963

Subseries 2.1: Dupont Public Relations Department, 1940-1963

Subseries 2.2:Technical Reprints, News clippings and Magazine Articles About Nylon, 1940-1945

Series 3: "Delrin" Acetal Resin, 1957-1962
Biographical / Historical:
The E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company was founded on July 19, 1802, by Eleuthere Irenee DuPont on Brandywine Creek for the purpose of manufacturing gunpowder. In 1804 the first DuPont powder went on public sale. In 1902 a new corporation was formed by three great grandsons of the founder, to more effectively compete with the changing technical field and the expanding scale and complexity of business.

During the twentieth century the corporation moved into the research and manufacture of thousands of products and processes, and consequently developed and expanded within many markets. Synthetic fibers is one of a family of products of the Dupont Corporation. In 1930, Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, working with Dr. J.W. Hill in DuPont's Fundamental Research Laboratory at Wilmington, produced the first synthetic fiber forming "superpolymer." This was the forerunner of nylon.

In 1938, the development of nylon was announced. It's first use was in brush bristles. Hosiery filaments were developed in 1939, and offered commercially in 1940. In 1941, nylon was applied to the molding industry. From l942 to 1944, nylon production was allocated completely to war uses. The best known outgrowth of the company's resarch progress, nylon is one of the most important developments in Dupont's long history. It was the result of the chemical industry's first large scale fundamental research program. And it proved to be the first of a whole family of synthetics for consumer consumption. The product was bought into commercial production at a new plant in Seaford, Delaware.

No other major chemical development had the spontaneous reception accorded to nylon. It not only changed the hosiery market but was soon developed into a multiplicity of textile applications including: tooth brushes, hair brushes, household brushes, tennis racquet strings, catheters, surgical sutures, fishing leader material, musical strings, wire insulation, self lubricating bearings for machinery, umbrellas, undergarments, shower curtains, parachutes, and rope.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
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:
Electric insulators and insulation -- Nylon  Search this
Gunpowder  Search this
Nylon  Search this
Textile fibers, Synthetic  Search this
Chemistry  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic & industrial aspects -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings -- 20th century
Memorandums
Photographs -- 20th century
Bulletins
Citation:
DuPont Nylon Collection, 1939-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0007
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DuPont Nylon Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0007
Online Media:

Untitled

Collection Creator::
Science Service  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Subject 23 - Electric Insulators and Insulating
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-094, Science Service, Records
See more items in:
Records
Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa18-094-refidd1e1370

Porcelains / A.S. Watts

Title:
Watts paper 1901
Treatise on porcelain
Author:
Watts, A. S (Arthur S.)  Search this
Associated name:
Locke, Fred Morton 1861-1930  Search this
American Ceramic Society  Search this
Locke Insulator Corporation  Search this
Ohio State University College of Engineering  Search this
Author:
Watts, A. S (Arthur S.) Treatise on the composition of porcelain for electrical purposes  Search this
Former owner:
Weldon, Walter A.  Search this
Lewis, Wager active 1946  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (approximately 100 pages) ; 21 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1901
1902
Topic:
Porcelain  Search this
Electric insulators and insulation--Porcelain  Search this
Ceramic engineering  Search this
Call number:
MSS 001912 B
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1112302

Elecktrotechnische Isolierstoffe : Eintwicklung, Gestaltung, Verwendung / Vorträge von H. Burmeister ... veranstaltet durch den Bezirk Berlin-Brandenburg des Verbandes Deutscher Elektrotechniker--vormals Electrotechnischer Verein e.V.--in Gemeinschaft mit dem Aussenistitut der Technischen Hochshule Berlin ; heraugsgebegen von R. Vieweg

Author:
Vieweg, Richard 1896-1972  Search this
Elektrotechnischer Verein (Berlin, Germany)  Search this
Technische Hochschule Berlin Ausseninstitut  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 287 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1937
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation  Search this
Call number:
TK3421 .V67 1937
TK3421.V67 1937
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_399359

Worldwide porcelain insulators / by Marilyn Albers and Jack H. Tod

Author:
Albers, Marilyn  Search this
Tod, Jack H  Search this
Physical description:
84 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
©1982
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation--Porcelain--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1047291

Worldwide porcelain insulators. 1986 supplement / by Marilyn Albers and Jack H. Tod

Author:
Albers, Marilyn  Search this
Tod, Jack H  Search this
Physical description:
42 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
©1986
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation--Porcelain--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1047294

Porcelain insulators and how they grew

Author:
Mills, Brent  Search this
Physical description:
227 p. illus., ports. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1970
1970]
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation--Porcelain  Search this
Electric industries--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702331

Glass insulators from outside North America / authors, Marilyn Albers, N.R. Woodward

Author:
Albers, Marilyn  Search this
Woodward, N. R  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 204 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Electric insulators and insulation--Glass--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702344

Price guide for insulators : a history and guide to North American glass pintype insulators / John and Carol McDougald

Title:
Insulators : a history and guide to North American glass pintype insulators
Author:
McDougald, John  Search this
McDougald, Carol  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 164 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1995
C1995
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation--Glass--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
NK5440.E4 M13 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_703386

[Trade catalogs on oil burner accessories : flush boxes, fill boxes, brass caps, leather washers, iron wrenches, fill caps, vent protectors, bushings, draft adjusters, smoke pipes, boiler controls, fan limit controls, vapor safety controls ... ]

Author:
Auburn Burner Corporation  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<3> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
193u
[193?-]-
Topic:
Oil burners  Search this
Electric insulators and insulation  Search this
Washers (Fasteners)  Search this
Relief valves  Search this
Flues  Search this
Call number:
053464
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_704835

Insulators

Title:
Insulators, crown jewels of the wire
Physical description:
17 v. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1969
1985
1969-1985
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation--Glass  Search this
Electric insulators and insulation--Porcelain  Search this
Glass--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Porcelain--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
TK3041 .C953
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_709068

[Trade catalogs on thermal conductivity of insulation materials, mechanical refrigeration safety codes ... ]

Author:
American Society of Refrigerating Engineers  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<2> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1930
1930-
Topic:
Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery  Search this
Thermoelectric cooling  Search this
Electric insulators and insulation  Search this
Call number:
053781
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_711083

[Trade catalogs on technical ceramics : extruded sections, coil forms, bobbins, spools, threaded cores, mounting strips, insulators (high frequency, oil burner ignition, thermocouple), bushings, spacers, electrical controls, parts (electronic, pressed radio), electrical appliance parts, automotive parts, burner tips (gas, industrial), textile thread guides ... ]

Author:
American Lava Corporation  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
194u
[194-?]-
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Insulating materials  Search this
Electric insulators and insulation  Search this
Textile machinery  Search this
Oil burners  Search this
AlSiMag (Brand name)  Search this
Call number:
053954
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_719455

[Trade catalogs on ceramic electrical insulators : porcelain, glass, steatite, oxide ... ]

Author:
American Institute of Electrical Engineers  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1941
1941-
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation  Search this
Call number:
053953
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_719467

Insulators : a history and guide to North American glass pintype insulators : price guide / John and Carol McDougald

Title:
Price guide
Author:
McDougald, John  Search this
McDougald, Carol  Search this
Physical description:
x, 234 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation--Glass--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Electric insulators and insulation--Prices  Search this
Call number:
NK5440.E4 M13 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_728187

[Trade catalogs on electric insulating tapes and splicing compounds, insulating liquids and compounds, molded goods ... ]

Author:
Walpole Tire & Rubber Company  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<1> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
191u
[191-?]
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation  Search this
Insulating materials  Search this
Call number:
054173
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_731421

Insulator patents, 1880-1960 / by Jack H. Tod

Author:
Tod, Jack H  Search this
Physical description:
[130] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1995
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation--Patents  Search this
Electric insulators and insulation--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
TK3246 .T63 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_663864

Porcelain insulators : guide book for collectors (unipart pin types) / Jack H. Tod

Author:
Tod, Jack H  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
C1988
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_663866

A history of the electrical porcelain industry in the United States / by Jack H. Tod

Author:
Tod, Jack H  Search this
Physical description:
180 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1977
C1977
Topic:
Electric insulators and insulation--History  Search this
Electric industries--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_663867

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