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Storytelling about Afro-American Inventors

Creator:
Anacostia Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (VHS)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Video recordings
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
circa 1990
Scope and Contents:
To a group of children, a woman told stories about inventors, including Benjamin Banneker, Norbert Rillieux, Elijah McCoy, Lewis Latimer, and Madame CJ Walker.
Event. Related to exhibition 'The Real McCoy: Afro-American Invention and Innovation 1619-1930.' Transcribed from physical asset: 'Eraka.' Undated.
Biographical / Historical:
The exhibition - The Real McCoy: African-American Invention and Innovation, 1619-1930 - focused on outstanding black inventors, as well as anonymous innovators, who, as slaves, craftsmen and workers, made important contributions to the United States. Included are actual inventions, such an Jan Matzelieger's "shoe-lasting" machine, which revolutionized shoe production, and Garrett Morgan's safety hood and automatic traffic signal, forerunners of the modern gas mask and traffic stop light. The exhibition examines such topics as African influences on Colonial technology and how the slave system stymied technological innovation. Individual inventors such as Lewis Temple, Elijah McCoy, James Forten, and Norbert Rillieux are profiled. Also featured are artifacts from some of the expositions of the late 19th-century, which celebrated this new surge of black inventiveness. The exhibition was curated by Portia James and organized by the Anacostia Museum. It was held at the museum from May 1989 - May 1990.
Series Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Inventions  Search this
Technology  Search this
Technological innovations  Search this
Storytelling  Search this
Museums and community  Search this
Children  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Citation:
Storytelling about Afro-American Inventors, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.03-026, Item ACMA AV002100_B
See more items in:
The Real McCoy: Afro-American invention and innovation, 1619-1930 exhibition records
The Real McCoy: Afro-American invention and innovation, 1619-1930 exhibition records / Series ACMA AV03-026: The Real McCoy: Afro-American Invention and Innovation, 1619-1930 audiovisual records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7c9e6f144-c6ee-4a9f-987e-8e7b1ceb752c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-03-026-ref515

Daedalus, an Extraordinary Master and Inventor of a Magnificent Art

Artist:
Dehnes  Search this
Medium:
Print, Etching on Paper
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 34.6 × 21.3cm (1 ft. 1 5/8 in. × 8 3/8 in.)
Type:
ART-Prints, Original
Country of Origin:
Germany
Credit Line:
Donor: Found in collection. Donor unknown at this time. Found on NASM premises.
Inventory Number:
A19820070000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv984e94fb8-45b7-4718-981b-49fe57c943b6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19820070000
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Thomas Edison and Elisha Hudson

Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
Elisha E. Hudson, born mid 19th century  Search this
Thomas Alva Edison, 11 Feb 1847 - 18 Oct 1931  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 22.4 × 16.7 cm (8 13/16 × 6 9/16")
Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
November 4, 1916
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Exterior  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Architecture\Door  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Thomas Alva Edison: Male  Search this
Thomas Alva Edison: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Thomas Alva Edison: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Elisha E. Hudson: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.80.295
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4bc5efbe8-c8b5-4977-a37e-0ef3a5832796
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.80.295
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Palo Alto, Death of Major Ringgold

Artist:
John C. McRae, active 1850 - 1880  Search this
Copy after:
George White, 19th century  Search this
Sitter:
Samuel Ringgold, 1796 - 11 May 1846  Search this
Medium:
Engraving and etching on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 14.4 x 18.2 cm. (5 11/16 x 7 3/16")
Sheet: 16.6 x 25.2 cm. (6 9/16 x 9 15/16")
Type:
Print
Date:
c. 1846
Topic:
Weapon\Sword  Search this
Exterior\Landscape\Battleground  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Horse  Search this
Weapon\Canon  Search this
Human Figures\Soldier  Search this
Weapon\Gun\Bayonet  Search this
Samuel Ringgold: Male  Search this
Samuel Ringgold: Military\Army\Officer  Search this
Samuel Ringgold: Science and Technology\Inventor\Military  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Estate of William Woodville, VIII
Object number:
NPG.97.20
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4a4306eb5-81b8-42e6-aa42-487604513daf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.97.20
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Round the World with Nellie Bly

Artist:
J.A. Grozier, active late 19th century  Search this
Copy after:
H. A. Mayers, active late 19th century  Search this
Publisher:
McLoughlin Brothers, 1858 - 1920  Search this
Sitter:
Nellie Bly, 5 May 1867 - 27 Dec 1922  Search this
Medium:
Chromolithograph (and varnish?) on paper laid down on board Game pieces: wood, dye
Dimensions:
Sheet: 48.7 × 39.5 cm (19 3/16 × 15 9/16")
Mount: 49.2 × 40.3 cm (19 3/8 × 15 7/8")
Box: 49.2 × 40.3 × 0.4 cm (19 3/8 × 15 7/8 × 1/8")
Type:
Other
Place:
United States\New York\New York
Date:
c. 1890
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Exterior  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree  Search this
Baggage & Luggage\Bag  Search this
Nature & Environment\Water\Lake  Search this
Nature & Environment\Mountain  Search this
Decorative Arts\Box  Search this
Nellie Bly: Female  Search this
Nellie Bly: Communications\Journalist\Reporter  Search this
Nellie Bly: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist  Search this
Nellie Bly: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
Nellie Bly: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Amy Parker and David Lawler
Object number:
NPG.2017.111
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4ff07220f-fb56-4ae5-87ea-195420fad834
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2017.111
Online Media:

Isaiah Jennings

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2016-12-12T19:59:20.000Z
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_QpsxJBtvQoM

Cyrus Hall McCormick

Artist:
Charles Loring Elliott, 12 Oct 1812 - 25 Aug 1868  Search this
Sitter:
Cyrus Hall McCormick, 15 Feb 1809 - 13 May 1884  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 51.4 x 41.3 x 3.8cm (20 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 59.7 x 49.5 x 6.7cm (23 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 2 5/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
mid 19th century
Topic:
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Cyrus Hall McCormick: Male  Search this
Cyrus Hall McCormick: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist\Manufacturer  Search this
Cyrus Hall McCormick: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Cyrus Hall McCormick: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Cyrus Hall McCormick: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Society\Historical society\President  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation and Mrs. Gilbert Harrison
Object number:
NPG.75.2
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f16a9008-c24b-45d3-be2c-da5ba6ad12fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.75.2
Online Media:

Commercialization and Institutions

Creator:
Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2020-11-30T22:04:30.000Z
YouTube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
Topic:
American History  Search this
See more by:
LemelsonCenter
Data Source:
Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History
YouTube Channel:
LemelsonCenter
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_NC7RcXNCsLI

H. M. Wood Windmill Patent Model

Inventor:
Wood, Harvey M.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/8 in x 7 1/8 in x 12 in; 23.1775 cm x 18.0975 cm x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
model, windmill
patent model, windmill
Object Type:
Patent Model
Place made:
United States: Michigan
Associated place:
United States: Michigan, Commerce
Date made:
1879
Patent date:
1879-12-02
ID Number:
MC.309136
Catalog number:
309136
Accession number:
89797
Patent number:
222,340
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Agriculture
Natural Resources
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Energy & Power
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-78d5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_846961
Online Media:

Inventions : stereographs

Collector:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Inventor:
Gaunt, Henry C.  Search this
Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Extent:
1 Item
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Stereographs
Date:
1880s
Scope and Contents:
One image of a miniature steam fire engine and a man, presumably Henry C. Gaunt, the builder of the engine.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site. Photographs must be handled with white cotton gloves, unless protected by plastic sleeves.
Series 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:
Inventions -- 19th century  Search this
Firefighting equipment -- Stereographs  Search this
Inventors -- 1880-1900  Search this
Genre/Form:
Stereographs -- 1880-1900
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Series 2: Other Collection Divisions
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Series 2: Other Collection Divisions / 2.6: Stereographs / Inventions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85b059738-03eb-48a0-8f78-7c926dad2faf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s02-ref2799

Rocket, Liquid Fuel, Hoopskirt, R.H. Goddard

Manufacturer:
Dr. Robert H. Goddard  Search this
Materials:
Steel and aluminum
Dimensions:
3-D: 121.9 × 121.9 × 447cm, 13.2kg (4 ft. × 4 ft. × 14 ft. 8 in., 29lb.)
Type:
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1928
Credit Line:
Mrs. Robert H. Goddard
Inventory Number:
A19590090000
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9c1eba8b9-1d8a-40bc-a468-c647a89f3387
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19590090000
Online Media:

Whaler's Allen's Gun Harpoon

Patentee:
Allen, Oliver  Search this
Inventor:
Allen, Oliver  Search this
Physical Description:
iron (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 45 in x 4 in x 4 in; 114.3 cm x 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
harpoon
Place Made:
United States: Massachusetts, New Bedford
Date made:
mid-1800s
Harpoons replaced hand tools:
late 19th century
Subject:
Whaling  Search this
Related event:
Expansion and Reform  Search this
Related Publication:
Brown, James Temple. The Whale Fishery and Its Appliances
On the Water online exhibition
Related Web Publication:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater
Credit Line:
U.S. Fish Commission through J. T. Brown
ID Number:
AG.056230
Catalog number:
056230
Accession number:
012333
Patent number:
5949
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Fisheries
Work
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
On the Water exhibit
Transportation
Exhibition:
On the Water
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-53b5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1321701

Whaler's Shoulder or Darting Gun

Maker:
Pierce, Eben  Search this
Physical Description:
copper alloy (overall material)
ferrous metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in x 37 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; 17.78 cm x 95.25 cm x 5.715 cm
Object Name:
gun, harpoon
Other Terms:
gun, harpoon; Maritime
Place Made:
United States: Massachusetts, New Bedford
Location of International Fisheries Exhibition:
United Kingdom: England, London
Date made:
1880s
Guns replaced hand tools:
late 19th century
Displayed at the International Fisheries Exhibition:
1883
Related event:
The Development of the Industrial United States  Search this
Related Publication:
On the Water online exhibition
Related Web Publication:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater
Credit Line:
F. Gilbert Hinsdale
ID Number:
TR.316550
Catalog number:
316550
Accession number:
66767
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Work
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
On the Water exhibit
Transportation
Exhibition:
On the Water
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-3d37-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_844205
Online Media:

Frederick Douglass Hand Puppet

Transferring agency:
Lemelson Center  Search this
Depicted:
Douglass, Frederick  Search this
User:
Brewery Troupe, Inc.  Search this
Maker:
Brewery Troupe, Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 124.5 cm x 53.25 cm; 49 in x 20 15/16 in
Object Name:
puppet
Place made:
United States: New York, Freeport
Associated Place:
United States: New York, New York
Date made:
1998
Subject:
Puppetry  Search this
Anti-Slavery  Search this
African American  Search this
Invention  Search this
ID Number:
1999.0144.03
Accession number:
1999.0144
Catalog number:
1999.0144.03
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Puppets
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-dd1c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1030599
Online Media:

Miner's Safety Lamp

Measurements:
overall: 10 1/2 in; 26.67 cm
Object Name:
lamp, hand, mining
Related Publication:
Pohs, Henry A.. Early Underground Lamps
Credit Line:
Mary R. Wheat
ID Number:
AG.MHI-MN-8126
Accession number:
239148
Catalog number:
MHI-MN-8126
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Grant Wheat Collection
Mining Lamps
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-cbd7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_872671

Experimental solar cell module

Maker:
Bell Laboratories  Search this
Physical Description:
silicon (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in x 1 1/16 in; 8.5725 cm x 8.255 cm x 2.69875 cm
Object Name:
photovoltaic module
solar cell
Date made:
1955
Credit Line:
from Bell Telephone Laboratories, thru Daryl M. Chapin
ID Number:
EM.330094
Catalog number:
330094
Accession number:
285748
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Electricity
Energy & Power
Exhibition:
Inventing in America
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-ba62-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1347671

Patent Model, Life Boat

Patentee:
Tremberger, George  Search this
Stein, Michael Joseph  Search this
Inventor:
Tremberger, George  Search this
Stein, Michael Joseph  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 32 in x 25 in x 8 in; 81.28 cm x 63.5 cm x 20.32 cm
Object Name:
lifeboat, model
patent model, lifeboat
Object Type:
Patent Model
Place Made:
United States: New York, New York
Associated place:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1879
Patent date:
1879-01-28
Related event:
The Development of the Industrial United States  Search this
Related Publication:
On the Water online exhibition
Related Web Publication:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater
ID Number:
1978.2282.06
Catalog number:
1978.2282.06
Accession number:
1978.2282
Patent number:
211,807
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water exhibit
Transportation
Exhibition:
On the Water
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-44dd-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1095593
Online Media:

Hoover Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Maker:
Hoover Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 58 in x 13 in x 25 in; 147.32 cm x 33.02 cm x 63.5 cm
Object Name:
Vacuum Cleaner, Electric
electric vacuum cleaner
electric appliance
vacuum cleaner
Other Terms:
Vacuum Cleaner, Electric; Appliances
Date made:
1908
Subject:
Household Tools and Equipment  Search this
appliances  Search this
Credit Line:
from The Hoover Company, thru H. E. Buker
ID Number:
EM.330997
Catalog number:
330997
Accession number:
299449
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Electricity
Exhibition:
Lighting a Revolution
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-37d7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_704090

Mousetrap

Physical Description:
iron (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Object Name:
trap, mouse
Date made:
mid 19th century
Credit Line:
Silvio A. Bedini
ID Number:
1982.0064.03
Accession number:
1982.0064
Catalog number:
1982.64.03
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Industry & Manufacturing
Artifact Walls exhibit
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-2d01-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_323698

1838 Bigelow's Patent Model of a Loom

Inventor:
Bigelow, Erastus Brigham  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (mechanisms material)
Object Name:
loom patent model
Object Type:
Patent Model
Associated place:
United States: Massachusetts, West Boylston
Model constructed:
before 1838-01-06
Patent date:
1838-01-06
Subject:
Patent Models  Search this
Invention  Search this
Related Publication:
Janssen, Barbara Suit. Patent Models Index
ID Number:
TE.T11411.128
Accession number:
89797
Catalog number:
T11411.128
Patent number:
546
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Patent Models
Patent Models, Textile Machinery
Textiles
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-0b06-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1070864
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