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Radio Log

Physical Description:
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 2 1/4 in x 4 in; x 5.715 cm x 10.16 cm
overall: 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in x 4 1/8 in; 1.27 cm x 5.715 cm x 10.4775 cm
Object Name:
radio log
radio logbook
logbook
Associated Place:
United States: New Jersey
Date made:
ca 1930
ID Number:
2006.0098.1370
Catalog number:
2006.0098.1370
Accession number:
2006.0098
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-a39d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1345027
Online Media:

Memoirs from an Aviator's Logbook

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
Lectures
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2011-07-20T15:24:03.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences  Search this
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airandspace
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
YouTube Channel:
airandspace
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_70lcFDrxd0U

These Intact Objects Were Found in the Wreckage of Flight 93

Creator:
Smithsonian Channel  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2011-08-30T16:12:05.000Z
YouTube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
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smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_JVEY0UMiEhk

Artists' Gallery records

Creator:
Artists' Gallery (New York, N.Y)  Search this
Names:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Altoon, John, 1925-  Search this
Baizerman, Eugenie, 1899-1949  Search this
Baizerman, Saul, 1889-1957  Search this
Barrer-Russell, Gertrude  Search this
Beer-Monti, Federica, b. 1876  Search this
Bowden, Harry, 1907-1965  Search this
Chafetz, Sidney  Search this
Feldman, Walter, 1925-2017  Search this
Fromboluti, Sideo, 1921-  Search this
Giobbi, Edward  Search this
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004  Search this
Grillo, John, 1917-  Search this
Johnson, Lester, 1919-2010  Search this
Kaldis, Aristodimos, 1899-1979  Search this
Kruger, Louise, 1924-  Search this
Leepa, Allen, 1919-2009  Search this
Loberg, Robert Warren, 1927-1999  Search this
Margo, Boris, 1902-1995  Search this
Margules, De Hirsh, 1899-1965  Search this
Meert, Joseph, 1905-1989  Search this
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Stix, Hugh  Search this
Tofel, Jennings, 1891-1959  Search this
Weissauer, Rudolf, 1924-  Search this
Extent:
6.8 Linear feet ((on 4 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1936-1966
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; scrapbooks; business records; catalogs; photographs and printed material.
REEL D313: Artists' files, containing correspondence, biographical data, catalogs, and clippings; list of exhibiting artists; photographs of works of art; and printed material on the gallery.
Among the artists represented are: Josef Albers, John Altoon, Eugenie and Saul Baizerman, Gertrude Barrer, Harry Bowden, Sidney Chafetz, Walter Feldman, Sideo Fromboluti, Edward Giobbi, Leon Golub, John Grillo, Lester Johnson, Aristodemos M. Kaldis, Louise Kruger, Allen Leepa, Robert Loberg, Margo Boris, De Hirsh Margules, Joseph Meert, Robert Smithson, Jennings Tofel, Rudolf Weissauer, and others.
REEL 79: File of material relating to a 1939 Byron Browne exhibit; publicity brochures regarding the Gallery's services; a Hans Boehler exhibition catalog; photographs of work exhibited, largely by Werner Drewes; photographs of the gallery's interior; and miscellany.
REEL N737: Six letters (1938-1939) from Louis M. Eilshemius to Beer-Monti.
REEL 1042: Eight log books, 1938-1942, of daily business activities of the Artists' Gallery, including phone calls, visitors to the gallery, works brought into the gallery, and other matters; and 2 exhibition catalogs, 1937-1938.
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence, largely with Federica Beer-Monti, director of the gallery, scrapbooks, account books, visitor logs, exhibition catalogs and announcements, photographs, and printed materials.
Biographical / Historical:
Art gallery. Founded 1936 by Hugh Stix. Directed by Federica Beer-Monti. Non-profit organization supported by contributions. Exhibited works of artists not represented by a commercial dealer. Some of the notable artists included Josef Albers, Saul Baizerman, Byron Browne, Louis Eilshemius, Aristodemos Kaldis, De Hirsh Margules, and Nicholas Vasilieff. Discontinued operation summer 1962.
Provenance:
Material on reels D313 and 79 were donated 1967-1968 by Federica Beer-Monti; she lent the Eilshemius letters on reel N737 in 1968. The unmicrofilmed portion was donated in 1974 by Beer-Monti's neice, Greta Shapiro, who also lent the logbooks on reel 1042 for microfilming in 1976. In 1998, Shapiro's widower, Aaron, donated the material lent on reel 1042.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.
Occupation:
Artists -- United States  Search this
Gallery directors  Search this
Topic:
Art -- United States -- Exhibitions  Search this
Function:
Art galleries -- New York (State) -- New York
Identifier:
AAA.artigall
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-artigall

John Saccaro papers

Creator:
Saccaro, John M., 1913-1981  Search this
Names:
Baumann, Karl, 1911-1984  Search this
Kingman, Dong, 1911-  Search this
Lynch, Marie G., 1910-1973  Search this
Mayes, Elaine  Search this
McChesney, Robert, 1913-2008  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan, 1928-2010  Search this
Ramos, José  Search this
Tomlin, George  Search this
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet ((on 3 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Date:
1935-1975
Scope and Contents:
Letters, notes and writings (1935-1972), financial material (1937-1966), printed material (1946-1970), photographs, sketchbooks and audio tapes document Saccaro's painting and writing careers.
REEL 723 (frames 72-645): Nine sketchbooks contain ink, crayon, and pencil sketches by Saccaro. Subjects include figure and animal studies as well as calculations for his later x-ray works. Eleven illustrated notebooks (1940-1969) contain Saccaro's ideas and thoughts about art; opinions on artists such as Karl Baumann, Dong Kingman, Robert McChesney, and Jose Ramos; and ideas and sketches for stories.
REEL 723 (frames 646-858): Four pages of notes concern "alpha," "omega," and "x-ray" painting and "squirt pieces". Thirteen letters (1947-1964) concern exhibitions, teaching at UCLA, a story Saccaro wrote, and a drawing for ARTFORUM. Photographs show Saccaro, his family, his works of art, Elaine Mayes (a photographer who shared Saccaro's studio, 1960-1963), exhibitions (1956-1961), and groups of artists. Other materials include a drawing of Saccaro by Nathan Oliveira, a drawing of an idea for a soft sculpture, exhibition announcements, an artist's statement, a guest book, an interview transcript (1962), excerpts from an essay by critic Alfred Frankenstein, Saccaro's resume, and 11 clippings (1956-1973).
REELS 4211-4212: Correspondence (1935-1966) includes several letters from Saccaro to Marie and an illustrated letter from George Tomlin (1948). Writings include 6 notebooks and 13 drafts of short stories and essays (ca. 1954-1959). Two logbooks (1935-1951) list manuscripts sent to publishers. One logbook contains an essay about Marie Lynch, Saccaro's wife, painting his portrait in 1938. Other materials include consignment receipts from the Hollis Gallery (1959-1964), clippings (1946-1970), exhibition announcements and catalogs (1956-1960), a design for a soft sculpture, audio tapes of Paul Karlstrom's interview of Saccaro (1974) and a camping trip (1972), and a resume and school records of Marie Lynch. Photographs (1945-1975) show Saccaro, his family, friends, and art works.
Biographical / Historical:
Draftsman, collage artist, painter, and writer; San Francisco, California. Studied at the California School of Fine Arts (1951-1954). Until recently, Saccaro's paintings were in the abstract expressionist style (his more recent paintings are characterized by a different approach, which Saccaro calls "x-ray"). Saccaro pursued a writing career before becoming a painter.
Provenance:
Materials on reels 723 (frames 72-645) and 4211-4212 were donated by his niece, Patricia Barrett, on behalf of John Saccaro's estate.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Assemblage (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.saccjohn
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-saccjohn

Videorecordings relating to Michele Russo

Topic:
Front street weekly
Creator:
Oregon Public Broadcasting  Search this
Names:
Fountain Gallery of Art  Search this
Peterson, Ron  Search this
Russo, Michele, 1909- -- Interviewee  Search this
Russo, Michele, 1909-2004  Search this
Schiedel, Gary  Search this
Schnitzer, Arlene, 1929-  Search this
Schnitzer, Arlene, 1929- -- Interviewee  Search this
Skinner, Caroline  Search this
Interviewer:
Van Cleve, Jane  Search this
Extent:
12 videocassettes (U-matic) (ca. 3 hrs., 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + producer's log
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
1984 Jul.- Aug
Scope and Contents:
12 original 20 minute videocassette tapes regarding Portland painter Michele Russo made for "Front Street Weekly," Oregon Public Broadcasting's public affairs news magazine. Among the tapes are an interview of Arlene Schnitzer of the Fountain Gallery, which represented Russo; an interview of Russo conducted by Jane Van Cleve; and Russo painting in his studio. Included is the producer's original logbook containing an index and time code to the tapes. The photographers were Ron Peterson and Gary Schiedel; the field producer was Caroline Skinner.
Provenance:
Donated 1985 by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Oregon -- Portland  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.oregpubl
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-oregpubl

Exhibition Files

Collection Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1927-1932
Scope and Contents note:
This subseries includes correspondence, logbooks, catalogs, lists, printed matter, and miscellaneous material. Exhibition logbooks include two bound volumes that detail the artwork held by de Hauke & Co. The artwork is listed by number, description, assigned insurance value, person loaning the item, shipping case number, return date, and general remarks concerning the loaned work. The logbook titled En dépot identifies items in storage.
Arrangement note:
This series has been scanned in entirety.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.jacqself, Subseries 9.4
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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records / Series 9: De Hauke & Co., Inc., Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jacqself-ref16664

Logbooks

Collection Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Container:
Box 406, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928-1931
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records / Series 9: De Hauke & Co., Inc., Records / 9.4: Exhibition Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jacqself-ref16668

Logbooks

Collection Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Container:
Box 406, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1932
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records / Series 9: De Hauke & Co., Inc., Records / 9.4: Exhibition Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jacqself-ref16669

Modern Paintings, Inc., Records

Collection Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co  Search this
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet (Boxes 417-420)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1927-1950
Scope and Contents note:
This small series houses the legal and financial files of the subsidiary company Modern Paintings, Inc., which was established in 1930 to incorporate most of the inventory of the liquidated de Hauke & Co., Inc. The stock consisted primarily of contemporary (late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century) European paintings. Modern Paintings, Inc., was not only a subsidiary of Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., but also of Tessa Corp., a joint company established by various Seligmann family members who owned inventory of the Paris company when it was legally dissolved and became a branch office of the New York corporation. Modern Paintings, Inc., was liquidated between 1931 and 1934, and most of the stock became the inventory of Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., or Gersel Corp., although many of the paintings remained jointly owned by family members or César de Hauke.

Found in this series are scattered correspondence and contracts regarding liquidation and shipping. One file of particular interest contains miscellaneous correspondence, notes, invoices, and other documentation of sales and purchases with dealers such as Bernheim-Jeune, Wildenstein & Co., Inc., and others. There are also inventory lists; bound approval journals that list artwork sent out to potential clients on approval for sale and include names of the clients and lists of artwork; two purchases and sales bound ledgers; two bound general ledgers; consignment invoices for artwork on consignment either to or from the company for sale; and miscellaneous financial notes. Also included are a 1930-1932 bound journal containing an indexed and chronological group of credit and invoice notes; a 1926-1930 bound journal/ledger with reports of accounts, balance sheets, and inventory lists that predates Modern Paintings, Inc., and is primarily for de Hauke & Co., Inc.; and bound shipping and insurance logbooks.

Researchers should note that this series houses information concerning several significant purchases, sales, and commission sales of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European artwork that were handled through Modern Paintings, Inc., rather than the parent company of Jacques Seligmann & Co.
Arrangement note:
This series has been scanned in entirety. Blank pages in bound volumes have not been scanned and there will be gaps in the page numbering of these volumes.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.jacqself, Series 10
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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jacqself-ref16759

Hugh Henry Breckenridge papers

Creator:
Breckenridge, Hugh H. (Hugh Henry), 1870-1937  Search this
Valley House Gallery  Search this
Names:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Vogel, Donald S., 1917-2004  Search this
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet ((on 4 partial microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1903-1976
Scope and Contents:
Notes, writings, sketches, printed material, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and exhibition materials.
REEL 1779: 2 logbooks of paintings with photographs, prices, and exhibition records; a photograph of students at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; three scrapbooks of photographs of his paintings and portraits; photocopies of clippings and of a brochure of the Breckenridge School of Painting, East Gloucester, Mass.
REEL 1828: A notebook with notes for class demonstrations and sketches; edited and final typescripts of an unpublished manuscript, BOOK ON ART, by Breckenridge, and of lectures by Breckenridge; and two brochures from the Breckenridge School of Art.
REEL 1907: Essays, lectures, and notes on art; a typed recipe for pastel sticks; clippings; a lecture announcement; a membership list; and a fragment of letter received.
REEL 2410: Three letters; a typescript of Breckenridge's unpublished book on art; exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings, and printed miscellany; and ca. 118 photographs, mostly of his paintings. Also includes papers concerning the 1967 retrospective exhibition of Breckenridge's work at the Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, which contain correspondence, letters from Breckenridge's daughter, Margaret Skinner to Margaret Vogel of the gallery; letter from museums and patrons to Valley House Gallery director, Donald S. Vogel; copies of letters sent from the gallery; biographical information; financial material; exhibition catalogs; and news clippings.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter and educator; Philadelphia, Pa. Founded the Breckenridge School of Art. Was Dean of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Provenance:
Lent 1980 by Donald S. Vogel, director of Valley House Gallery, and by Dorothy D. Breckenridge, Breckenridge's widow.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.brechugh
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brechugh

Stephen Etnier papers

Creator:
Etnier, Stephen, 1903-1984  Search this
Names:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
4 Linear feet (Addition)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1915-1989
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence (1915-1970), writings, dealer files, painting sales records (1938-1970), publicity, photographs of the artist (17) and his work (116), clippings and exhibition catalogs and announcements. Rockwell Kent is among the correspondents (1928-1931).
Addition: 11 binders of photographs of works of art and ten photographs of Etnier; press clippings, 1940s- 1980s; 1 logbook of Etnier's accounts and sales; correspondence with Midtown Gallery; exhibition announcements; a pencil sketch by Etnier, undated; lists of clients.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; South Harpswell, Maine.
Provenance:
0.8 ft. donated 1973 by Stephen Etnier. In 1986 his sons, David and John, donated 1. ft. of photocopies, as a bequest from Etnier's estate. In 1999, David Etnier donated 4 feet of additional papers, which includes originals of the photocopies donated in 1986 as well as additional material.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Maine  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.etnistep
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-etnistep

Report of Inspection Trip to Europe, Italy, Germany , Holland and England by Brigadier General William Mitchell- Pages 500-910

Collection Creator:
Milling, Thomas DeWitt, 1887-1960  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection, NASM.XXXX.0133, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection
Thomas DeWitt Milling Collection / Series 3: Reports and Manuscripts
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0133-ref34
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Allen Balcom Du Mont Collection

Creator:
Du Mont, Allen B. (Allen Balcom), 1901-1965  Search this
Source:
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Names:
Du Mont Laboratories, Inc.  Search this
Former owner:
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Extent:
46 Cubic feet (150 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Newsletters
Scrapbooks
Notebooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Photographs
Date:
1884-1965
Scope and Contents:
While the collection is focused rather specifically on the development of television in America, including technical details, legal proceedings, marketing and advertisement, and manufacturing, it is also a rich source for the history of American advertising, work cultures, sales, and entertainment. There is also information about radio, mostly in periodicals collected by Du Mont. Information about Allen Du Mont is largely limited to his professional development and activities, except for a few travel photographs and information about and logbooks from his boat.

Materials date from 1884 to 1965, but the bulk come from the years 1931 1960; mostly scattered periodicals comprise the earlier years.

The collection includes correspondence, photographs, blueprints, films, videotapes, pamphlets, books, periodicals, newspaper and magazine clippings, annual reports, organization charts, stock records, ticker tape, legal documents, patent documents, bills, accountants' reports, meeting minutes, scrapbooks, technical drawings, advertisements, catalogs, and technical manuals. Processing included revising the previous series order, refoldering and reboxing all items, and completely revising the finding aid. Duplicates were weeded out; two copies were retained of any multiple item. Materials in binders were unbound. An example of each binder with the DuMont logo was retained, and the materials once contained therein refer to the appropriate binder in the container list. Plain office binders were discarded.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into 16 series.

Series 1: Personal Files, 1920s-1965

Series 2: Executive Records, 1938-1964

Series 3: Stock Records, 1937-1962

Series 4: DuMont Laboratories, Inc., Patents and Legal Proceedings, 1884-1960

Series 5: DuMont Laboratories, Inc., Financial Records, 1931-1964

Series 6: DuMont Laboratories, Inc., Operations, 1938-1958

Series 7: Radio Technical Planning Board, 1944-1946

Series 8: Federal Communications Commission, 1940-1959 and undated

Series 9: DuMont Laboratories, Marketing and Sales, 1939-1961 and undated

Series 10: Telecommunications for Venezuela, 1952-1957 and undated

Series 11: Du Mont Network, 1944-1952 and undated

Series 12: Du Mont Publications, 1933-1963 and undated

Series 13: Photographs, 1928-1960 and undated

Series 14: Clippings/Scrapbooks, 1933-1962

Series 15: Non-Du Mont Publications, 1892, 1907-1963 and undated

Series 16: Audiovisual Materials, 1948-1955

Series 17: Addenda, 1933-1959
Biographical / Historical:
Allen Balcom Du Mont was born Jan. 29, 1901, in Brooklyn, NY to S. William Henry Beaman and Lillian Felton Balcom Du Mont. He contracted poliomyelitis when he was eleven and was confined to bed for nearly a year. During his illness, he began to amuse himself with a crystal radio set; by year's end, he had built a receiving and transmitting set. He was licensed as a ship's wireless operator when he was fifteen, and took a job a year later as a radio operator on a passenger vessel that ran between New York and Providence, RI. He worked as a radio operator for the next seven years.

Du Mont graduated in 1924 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, with a degree in electrical engineering. He had already begun his first invention for the Sound Operated Circuit Controller, a device that turns a switch on or off when it hears a sharp sound; he used it to turn off his radio during commercials with a hand clap. Du Mont began working for the Westinghouse Lamp Company (later a division of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation), raising their output of radio tubes from 500 a day to 5,000 an hour in four years. For this, he received the Westinghouse Achievement Award in 1927. He left Westinghouse to become chief engineer at the De Forest Radio Company in 1928; his inventions increased output there to 30,000 radio tubes a day, and he was promoted to vice president in charge of production. In 1929, he received his first patent, for a radio tube mounting device.

He also worked with television at De Forest, using mechanical receivers with a spinning "Nipkow disk" that scanned electrical impulses and gave the effect of a motion picture. The De Forest experimental transmitter, W2XCD, in Passaic, NJ, broadcast television programs in 1930. Du Mont quickly concluded that there was no future in scanning discs; they produced a small, dark picture, and were difficult to build correctly. Others had developed television pictures that were produced by an electronic beam scanning rapidly across a florescent screen at the end of a tube. However, those cathode ray tubes were still imported from Germany, were very expensive, and burned out after only twenty five to thirty hours.

Du Mont left his job at De Forest in 1931 and started a cathode ray manufacturing business in a garage laboratory at his home. He developed a tube that lasted a thousand hours and could be manufactured inexpensively. There was almost no market for his tubes; gross sales income the first year was only $70. However, the tubes were an integral part of the cathode ray oscillograph, an instrument widely used in physics laboratories that measures and records changes in electrical current over time. The business, incorporated in 1935 as DuMont Laboratories, Inc., prospered in the oscillograph market. DuMont Labs moved in 1933 into a series of empty stores, then to a plant in Passaic, NJ, in 1937. Du Mont also acted as consultant to manufacturers with cathode ray tube problems and served as an expert witness in patent litigations.

Du Mont used the money he made from oscillographs to develop television. His innovations in making precise, quickly manufactured, inexpensive, long lasting cathode ray tubes made commercial television possible. In 1938, Du Mont sold a half interest in his company to the Paramount Pictures Corporation to raise capital for broadcasting stations. In 1939, the company became the first to market a television receiver for homes, and was part of a major display at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Television development and sales were cut off by World War II, since DuMont Laboratories converted entirely to wartime production of oscillographs and to radar research. DuMont Laboratories returned to television production in 1946 and was the first company to market a postwar television set. By 1951 the company grossed $75 million a year and had four plants manufacturing television sending and receiving equipment in Passaic, Allwood, East Paterson, and Clifton, NJ. Du Mont had become the television industry's first millionaire. He was chosen in a Forbes magazine poll as one of the twelve foremost business leaders of America that same year, and was once characterized as "one of the very few inventors in the annals of American industry who have made more money from their inventions than anyone else has" (Rice, 36).

Du Mont began an experimental television station, W2XTV, in Passaic, NJ, in 1939. He added WABD (later WNEW TV) in New York City, WTTG in Washington, D.C., and WDTV (later KDKA) in Pittsburgh, PA. He concentrated on technology and business, leaving entertainment to others in the company. However, the DuMont Network "featured such names as Ernie Kovacs, Morey Amsterdam, Ted Mack, Ernest Borgnine, Jan Murray, and Dennis James. Its long running variety hour, Cavalcade of Stars, showcased not only Jackie Gleason but The Honeymooners, which made its debut as a Cavalcade sketch" (Krampner, 98). The 1950s superhero Captain Video became famous on the DuMont network, and Bishop Fulton Sheen's inspirational show, "Life is Worth Livinq," won surprisingly high ratings (Watson, 17). Ultimately, America's fourth network failed: in 1955, DuMont Broadcasting separated from Du Mont Laboratories, Inc., becoming the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company and, with the addition of other properties, Metromedia, Inc.

Du Mont testified frequently before the Federal Communications Commission to set technical standards for American television broadcast between 1945 and 1952. In 1946, Du Mont's company was one of several to oppose the Columbia Broadcasting System's petition to the FCC to establish color television standards; Du Mont preferred to wait for further research to develop all electronic color television, rather than the mechanical method CBS favored. He felt that method produced a picture far less than optimal, and would have required persons who did not own color sets to purchase adapters to receive broadcasts being produced in color. Standards were developed by the National Television Standards Committee in 1951 1953; the Federal Communications Commission accepted them in 1953, and regular transmission of color programs began on the major networks, including the DuMont Network, in 1954.

Sales of television receivers from DuMont Laboratories, Inc. peaked in 1954; by the late 1950s, the company was losing money. The Emerson Radio and Phonograph Company purchased the division that produced television sets, phonographs, and high fidelity and stereo equipment in 1958. In 1960 remaining Du Mont interests merged with the Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation. Du Mont was president of DuMont Laboratories, Inc., until 1956, when he became chairman of the Board of Directors. His title changed to Chairman and General Manager in 1959. In 1961 he became Senior Technical Advisor, Allen B. Du Mont Laboratories, Division of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation.

Du Mont received many awards for his work, including honorary doctorates from Rennselaer (1944), Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (1949), Fairleigh Dickinson College (1955), and New York University (1955). He received the Marconi Memorial Medal for Achievement in 1945, and an American Television society award in 1943 for his contributions to the field. In 1949, he received the Horatio Alger Award, "a yearly prize bestowed by the American Schools and Colleges Association on the man whose rise to fortune most nearly parallels the virtuous careers of Ben the Luggage Boy and Tattered Tom" (Rice, 35). He held more than thirty patents for developments in cathode ray tubes and other television devices. His inventions included the "magic eye tube" once commonly seen on radios and the Duovision, a television that could receive two programs simultaneously. Du Mont was also noted for success in predicted log power boat racing; in his television equipped Hurricane III, he became the national champion of the power cruiser division of the American Power Boat Association in 1953 1955 and 1958. Du Mont died November 15, 1965; his obituary appeared on the front page of the New York Times. He was survived by Ethel Martha Steadman, whom he married in 1926, and their two children, Allen Balcom, Jr., and Yvonne.

Sources

Current Biography 1946, pp. 162 164. Krampner, Jon. "The Death of the DuMont [sic] Network: A Real TV Whodunit." Emmy Magazine (July August 1990): 96 103.

Obituary, New York Times, 16 November 1965, 1:3.

Rice, Robert. "The Prudent Pioneer." The New Yorker, 27 Jan. 1951.

Watson, Mary Ann. "And they Said 'Uncle Fultie Didn't Have a Prayer . . . "11 Television Quarterly 26, no. 3(1993): 16 21.

Who's Who in America, 1962.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Edward J. Orth Memorial Archives of the New York World's Fair, 1939-1940

Warshaw Collection, Worlds Expositions, New York World's Fair, 1939 (AC0060)

Larry Zim World's Fair Collection (AC0519)

George H. Clark "Radioana" Collection, ca. 1880-1950 (AC0055)

Division of Work and Industry

Related artifacts consist of cathode ray tubes, oscillographs, television receivers (including a Duoscope), and other instruments. See accession #:EM*315206, EM*315208, EM*315209, EM*327728, EM*327735, EM*327742, EM*327743, EM*327745, EM*327749, EM*327751, EM*327756, EM*327758, EM*327759, EM*327760, EM*327763, EM*327770, EM*328155, EM*328178, EM*328182, EM*328193, EM*328198, EM*328200, EM*328209, EM*328212, EM*328224, EM*328231, EM*328247, EM*328253, EM*328258, EM*328264, EM*328269, EM*328271, EM*328277, EM*328280, EM*328282, EM*328283, EM*328286, EM*328299, EM*328305, EM*328306, EM*328315, EM*328316, EM*328322, EM*328325, EM*328327, EM*328336, EM*328337, EM*328343, EM*328348, EM*328352, EM*328353, EM*328366, EM*328368, ZZ*RSN80323A74, ZZ*RSN80552U05, ZZ*RSN80748U09, ZZ*RSN80748U11, ZZ*RSN80844U09, and ZZ*RSN81576U01.

Library of Congress

Records of the Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc. 1930 1960 (bulk 1945 1960). 56 lin. ft. Consists of nine series: Administrative Files, 1935 1960; General Correspondence, ca. 1930 1960; Interoffice Correspondence, ca. 1935 1960; Financial Records, 1932 1960; Sales and Advertising File, 1936 1960; Production and Engineering File, 1932 1960; Television File, ca. 1935 1960; Hearings File, 1935 1957; and General Miscellany, ca. 1937 1960. National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections number 68 2021; National Inventory of Documentary Sources number 2.1.243.

Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs

John H. Zieger Papers, 1942 1980. 1 box (type not specified). Correspondence, clippings, leaflets, and memoranda, related to Zieger's union activities with Western Electric Employees Association and Allen B. Du Mont Laboratories. National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections number 91 2872.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view materials in cold storage. Using cold room materials requires a three hour waiting period. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials may be used. Contact the Archives Center for more information: archivescenter@si.edu.
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:
Electricity  Search this
Television broadcasting  Search this
Televisions -- advertising  Search this
Television  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings -- 20th century
Newsletters
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Notebooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
Allen Balcom Du Mont Collection, 1929-1965, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0018
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Allen Balcom Du Mont Collection
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Mahlon Philip Bryan Collection

Names:
Early Birds of Aviation (Organization).  Search this
Extent:
.18t Cubic feet ((1 box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
bulk 1916-1963
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of Mahlon Philip Bryan's cadet logbook from the 27th Aero Squadron, 1917-1918; Early Birds membership card; F.A.I. Aero Club of America Aviator's Certificate number 580; 1959-1960 membership card for the American Field Service; handwritten history of the 27th Aero Squadron; Early Birds membership rosters; several copies of Early Bird publication Chirp; correspondence and photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
Mahlon Philip "Phil" Bryan (8/9/1895-196?) attended the Harvard Summer Aviation School in 1916 and served in France with the American Field Service (AFS) before the American entry into World War I.
Provenance:
Mrs. William Kirkpatrick, Gift, 2004
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- France  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- France  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
27th Aero Squadron  Search this
Citation:
Mahlon Philip Bryan Collection, Accession 2004-0031, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2004.0031
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2004-0031

Alice Brown Chittenden papers

Creator:
Chittenden, Alice Brown, 1859 or 60-1944  Search this
Names:
Chittenden, Ann Miriam Green  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Items (linear ft.(on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1860-1972
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence; notebooks; drawings and sketches; financial logbook; scrapbook; exhibition catalogs; and photographs.
REEL 919: Correspondence; 2 school notebooks; 40 drawings and sketches; a financial logbook kept by Alice Chittenden; a scrapbook of clippings; and 6 exhibition catalogs.
REEL 950: 38 photographs of Chittenden's paintings and of her family, including some albumen cartes-de-visites; a photo album containing 125 photographs of her family and friends; 2 cased ambrotypes and 1 cased tintype of Chittenden as a child and 1 cased ambrotype and 1 cased tintype of her mother, Ann Miriam Green Chittenden, ca. 1860-1865.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; San Francisco, Calif.
Provenance:
Donated 1974 by Virginia Larribeau, granddaughter of Alice B. Chittenden.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Women painters -- California  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.chitalic
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-chitalic

Walter Inglis Anderson papers

Creator:
Anderson, Walter Inglis, 1903-1965  Search this
Names:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts  Search this
Extent:
6 Microfilm reels (3.6 linear feet on 6 microfilm reels)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Microfilm reels
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Place:
Chandeleur Islands (La.) -- Description and Travel
Horn Island (Miss.) -- Description and Travel
Hong Kong -- Description and Travel
Date:
circa 1915-1960
Scope and Contents:
The Walter Inglis Anderson papers, microfilmed on reels 4867-4868 include letters from Anderson (referred to as Bob) to his parents, mostly from boarding school in Manlius, New York (1915-1919), and from New York City and Philadelphia while attending the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1922-1928); correspondence with his wife Agnes Grinstead (referred to as Sissy); writings, including Anderson's logbooks of his travels to Hong Kong (circa 1949), and boat trip to Graveline and Oldfields, Mississippi, as well as his account of pelicans and copies of his favorite poems; and six sketchbooks. Papers microfilmed on reels 4869-4872 include logbooks, both bound and on loose pages, recording Anderson's travels. Notable logbooks record travels to the Gulf Coast's Chandeleur and Horn Islands; others describe his trips out-of-state and abroad, as well as Anderson's activities while living at Oldfields in Gautier, Mississippi. Also included are several files of loose pages containing Anderson's commentaries on a variety of subjects including nature, the arts, religion, philosophy, and poetry, as well as Anderon's notes on Ancient Near Eastern and Greek and Egyptian art.
Biographical / Historical:
Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965) was a painter, muralist, printmaker, and sculptor in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1923 to 1929. In the 1930s, Anderson painted murals for the Ocean Springs School auditorium for the Works Progress Administration Public Works of Art Project. In 1940, following hospitalization for mental illness, Anderson moved to Oldfields, near Gautier, Mississippi. He returned to Ocean Springs in 1946 and from 1947 until his death he traveled repeatedly to Horn Island and other remote sites on the Gulf Coast to paint and write. In 1991, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art opened in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Related Materials:
The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries de Grummond Children's Literature Collection holds the Walter Anderson Papers, circa 1945-1980s.
Provenance:
Material on reels 4867-4868 was lent for microfilming by the Family of Walter Anderson, 1993. Material on reels 4869-4872, was lent for microfilming by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1993.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Mississippi  Search this
Muralists -- Mississippi  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American -- Mississippi  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Identifier:
AAA.andewalt
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-andewalt

Stellar Success: Hangout with DASCHdesk & David S.

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2014-10-01T21:44:57.000Z
YouTube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
Topic:
Transcription  Search this
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianTranscription
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_VT8oI_xUwVw

Whirly-Girls

Collection Creator:
Douglas, Deborah G.  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
United States Women in Aviation 1940-1985 Research Materials, NASM.1995.0062, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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United States Women in Aviation 1940-1985 Research Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1995-0062-ref570
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Textile

Collector:
Lt. U S Navy William E. Safford  Search this
Donor Name:
No Information  Search this
Object Type:
Textile
Place:
Bolivia, South America
Accession Date:
1991
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
999999
USNM Number:
ET9369-0
See more items in:
Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3115e0ca6-2454-4009-9f1d-59c235b5b5f3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8501078

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