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Emile Bachelet Collection

Creator:
Bachelet, Emile, 1863-1946  Search this
Bachelet, Albert E.  Search this
Names:
Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Contracts
Clippings
Date:
1890 - 1973
Summary:
The collection documents Emile Bachelet, inventor of electro-magnetic therapeutic devices for the treatment of rheumatism.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of approximately .66 cubic feet of biographical materials, correspondence, clippings, patents, photographs, newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook relating to Emile Bachelet's invention of a device for magnetically levitating trains and other devices.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1890-1956, consists of Bachelet's passports, citizenship papers, some genealogical notes, clippings, a certificate from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and an undated interview with Albert Bachelet, Emile's son. Documentation on Albert Bachelet's work with the Lincoln stereoscopic pairs is also here.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1959, includes letters from Emile Bachelet's former secretary, Suzanne Stokvis-Simpson, to Albert Bachelet from 1948 to 1959.

Series 3: Patents, 1903-1929, contains both United States and foreign issued patents for Bachelet's inventions. Also included in this series is information on Bachelet's Wave Generator Machine that was used to treat individuals suffering from rheumatism and other pains by "increasing the vital energies of the blood and creating a vibratory magnetic field in which is placed the patients or patients."

Series 4: Photographs, 1929-1945, include Bachelet's "Magnetically Levitated Railway" device, his "Free Energy Machine", models, equipment, and other devices being demonstrated and portraits of Emile Bachelet.

Series 5: Newspaper Clippings and Scrapbook, 1912-1973, document accounts of the public presentation of Bachelet's model of a magnetically levitated train in London in 1914 and other projects.

Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1915-1917, contains a visitor's book to Bachelet's laboratory, brochures on the Bachelet Wave Generator machine and drawings.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into six series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1890-1956

Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1959

Series 3: Patents, 1903-1929

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1880s-1945

Series 5: Newspaper Clippings and Scrapbook, 1912-1973

Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1915-1917
Biographical / Historical:
Emile Bachelet (1863-1946) was born in Nanterre, France, a village outside Paris and emigrated to the U.S. in the 1880s. He began his career in Boston as an electrician on the building staff of the Boston Institute (now known as Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He was naturalized a United States citizen in 1888, moved to California in 1889 and then to Tacoma, Washington where he worked as an electrician for the city government and later as an inventor of electro-magnetic therapeutic devices for the treatment of rheumatism. Bachelet discovered that arthritic pain disappeared when he was near huge generators and thus began his experimentation with electromagnets. In the 1890s he conceived the idea of magnetic levitation and worked for twenty years on its application to a train. A model was exhibited in London in 1914 and it received worldwide notice and some financial support. In the early 1900s, Bachelet moved to New York City and formed three companies, Bachelet General Magnet Co., Inc., Bachelet Magnetic Wave Company, and Bachelet Medical Apparatus Company to continue his invention work. However, his interest shifted often from one device to another and he later moved to Poughkeepsie, NY where he continued his invention efforts in a small workshop until his death in 1946.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Albert E. Bachelet, son of the inventor.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Electromagnetism  Search this
Electromagnetism in medicine  Search this
Inventions -- 1910-1920  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Magnetic levitation vehicles -- 1910-1920  Search this
Magnetic suspension -- 1910-1920  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Patents  Search this
Railroads -- Trains -- 1910-1920 -- England  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 19th-20th century
Scrapbooks
Contracts
Clippings
Citation:
Emile Bachelet Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0302
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Emile Bachelet Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0302
Online Media:

De l'emploi de l'électro-magnétisme dans les maladies des nerfs et des differens procédés d'application des appareils électro- magnétiques a excitation a courans graduels et a soustraction par F. Cervelleri

Author:
Cervelleri, F  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
VIII, 55, [1] pages 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1840
Topic:
Electromagnetism in medicine  Search this
Electrotherapeutics  Search this
Call number:
RM870 .C42 1840
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_277503

The medical application of electricity, with descriptions of apparatus and instructions for its use

Author:
Davis, Daniel 1813-1887  Search this
Wightman, Joseph M (Joseph Milner) 1812-1885  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. illus. 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1846
Topic:
Electrotherapeutics  Search this
Electrotherapeutics--Instruments  Search this
Electromagnetism in medicine  Search this
Call number:
QC760 .D262 1842
QC760.D262 1842
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_408339

L'elettro-calamita nell'estrazione delle scheggie di ferro dall'interno dell'occhio / pel dr. G.E. Gonella ..

Author:
Gonella, G. E (Giuseppe Epaminonda)  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[4], 109, [1] p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1888
Topic:
Electromagnetism in medicine  Search this
Electrosurgery  Search this
Eye--Foreign bodies  Search this
Call number:
RZ422 .G63 1888
RZ422.G63 1888
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_326237

Magneto-electricity, or, Electro-magnetism, medically applied for the cure of disease : designed to accompany Kinne's magneto-electric and electro-magnetic machine, containing instructions for its use, and reference to cases of practice / by William W. Kinne, M.D. ... ; E.L. Houghton, Agent ..

Author:
Kinne, William W  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
112 p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1852
Topic:
Electrotherapeutics  Search this
Electromagnetism in medicine  Search this
Call number:
RM870 .K46 1852
RM870.K46 1852
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_335758

The medical application of electro-magnetism / by Samuel B. Smith ..

Author:
Smith, Samuel B. b. ca. 1794  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
92, [10] p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1853
Topic:
Electromagnetism in medicine  Search this
Electrotherapeutics  Search this
Call number:
RZ422 .S65 1853
RZ422.S65 1853
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_367745

Der Lebensprüfer, oder, Anwendung des von mir erfundenen Galvanodesmus zur Bestimmung des wahren von dem Scheintode, um das Lebendigbegraben zu verhüten / von D. Christian August Struve ... ; mit einer Kupfertafel

Author:
Struve, Christian August 1767-1807  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
VIII, 86 p., [1] folded leaf of plates : ill. ; 21 cm. (8vo)
Type:
Books
Date:
1805
Topic:
Electromagnetism in medicine  Search this
Death, Apparent  Search this
Burial, Premature  Search this
Call number:
RZ422 .S93 1805
RZ422.S93 1805
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_375713

Observations upon the application of electricity, galvanism, and electro-magnetism as auxiliaries to medicine & surgery : with a concise account of the diseases, &c. in which they have been, or may be, beneficially employed / by W. Wright ..

Author:
Wright, William 1773-1860  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
vii, [1], 23, [5] p. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1848
Topic:
Electricity in medicine  Search this
Electromagnetism in medicine  Search this
Call number:
RM870 .W95 1848
RM870.W95 1848
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_388620

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