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Folder 7 National Museum of Engineering and Industry (proposed), 1926-1930, 1932

Collection Creator::
Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978  Search this
Container:
Box 125 of 253
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Alexander Wetmore Papers
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Alexander Wetmore Papers
Alexander Wetmore Papers / Series 3: Smithsonian Institution and United States National Museum Files, 1924-1976 and undated. / Box 125
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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National Museum of Engineering and Industry

Collection Creator:
Baekeland, L. H. (Leo Hendrik), 1863-1944  Search this
Container:
Box 17, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1927-1931
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Leo Baekeland Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Leo H. Baekeland Papers
Leo H. Baekeland Papers / Series 3: Correspondence / 3.4: Clubs and Associations
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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A National Museum of Engineering and Industry, Journal of the A. I. E. E., vol. 44

Collection Source:
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Hammer, William J. (William Joseph), 1858-1934 (electrical engineer)  Search this
Container:
Box 29, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Sept. 1925
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
William J. Hammer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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William J. Hammer Collection
William J. Hammer Collection / Series 2: Edisonia / 2.7: Speeches, Testimonials, Invitations / Speeches and Comments
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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National Museum of Engineering and Industry (Porter), 1924-1929

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 81 of 108
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 334, National Museum of American History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Subject Files
Subject Files / Box 81
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 13 Arthur P. Molella, "The Smithsonian's National Museum of Engineering and Industry: The Museum that Never Was (But Could Have Been)"

Collection Creator::
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. United States Studies Program  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 99-004, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. United States Studies Program, Records
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Records
Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Records

Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Extent:
4.5 cu. ft. (9 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Manuscripts
Date:
1886-1956
Descriptive Entry:
These records document the activities of the Division of Engineering and its predecessors. Included is early correspondence between curators and administrators of the USNM and the Smithsonian; an incomplete general correspondence file, R-Z, circa 1904-1919; annual and quarterly reports of the Division; histories of the Division of Technology, 1906; administrative files including budgets, plans of operations, object inventories, and list of objects packed for evacuation during World War II; postcards and photographs of museums and exhibits from Mitman's study of European engineering, industrial, and science museums in 1932; files, including minutes of an organizing committee and correspondence between Mitman and Holbrook Fitz John Porter and Frederick A. Waldron, concerning an effort to establish a national museum of engineering and industry under the direction of the Smithsonian; and files including correspondence and biographical information, documenting the Division of Mineral and Mechanical Technology's effort to establish a biographical file of American inventors, engineers, and industrialists.
Historical Note:
The Section of Steam Transportation was the first curatorial division in the United States National Museum (USNM) responsible for mechanical, technical, and scientific objects in the collection. The Section was established in 1886, with J. Elfreth Watkins as Honorary Curator. Two years later the Section was renamed the Section of Transportation and Engineering with Watkins as Curator. William Crawford Winlock succeeded Watkins and was named Honorary Curator of Apparatus in 1891; he served until 1895. Watkins rejoined the Smithsonian in 1895 as Curator of the Section of Technological Collections; later he was Custodian of the Electrical Collections in 1896 and Curator of the Technological Collections in 1897.

In 1898 a major reorganization occurred in the USNM. That year the Division of Technology (Mechanical Phases) became part of the Department of Anthropology, with Watkins as Curator of the Division, serving until his death in 1903. George C. Maynard, who originally served as Aid and Custodian in the Division, was appointed Assistant Curator in 1901. In 1904 the Division was renamed the Division of Technology. In 1912 its name was changed to the Division of Mechanical Technology with Maynard as Curator until 1918.

From 1904 to 1913 the Department of Mineral Technology with Charles D. Walcott as Honorary Curator had only nominal recognition, but was given full curatorial status as the Division of Mineral Technology in 1913 with Chester G. Gilbert as Curator. Carl W. Mitman joined the Division as Assistant Curator in 1916. In 1918 Joseph E. Pogue was appointed Assistant Curator.

In 1919 the Department of Arts and Industries was established with the Division of Mineral Technology reporting to that Department while the Division of Mechanical Technology was still under Anthropology. Gilbert and Pogue were each Curator and Mitman was Assistant Curator in Mineral Technology. In 1920 both divisions were placed under Arts and Industries; Gilbert was named Honorary Curator, staying until 1935. Mitman was promoted to Curator of Mechanical Technology in 1920 and Curator of Mineral and Mechanical Technology from 1921 to 1931.Other curators included Paul M. Frank, Assistant Curator of Mineral Technology, 1922; Paul E. Garber, Assistant Curator, 1925-1931; and Frank A. Taylor, Assistant Curator, 1929-1931.

A major reorganization in the USNM occurred in 1932, with the Division of Engineering and Industries under the Department of Arts and Industries. Engineering had sections of Mechanical Technology, Aeronautics, and Mineral Technology. Staff included Mitman, Curator of the Division, 1932, and in Charge of Mineral Technology, 1932-1938; Taylor, Assistant Curator of Mechanical Technology, 1932, Curator of the Division and in Charge of Mechanical Technology,1933-1938; and Garber, Assistant Curator of Aeronautics.

Another reorganization occurred in 1939 when the Division was placed under the Department of Engineering and Industries. The Division, with Taylor as Curator, included sections of Transportation and Civil Engineering, Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Communications, Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Tools, and Physical Sciences and Measurement. Garber continued as Assistant Curator and Associate Curator of Aeronautics, 1942-1946; Fred C. Reed, Acting Associate Curator of Aeronautics,1943-1946; Mitman, Curator of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering; and Taylor in charge of the last Section.

In 1947 a reorganization occurred at the section level with Engineering responsible for Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Marine Transportation, Land Transportation, Electricity, and Physical Science and Measurement. Taylor continued as Curator of the Division until 1948 when he was named Acting Curator. Smith Hempstone Oliver was appointed Associate Curator of Land Transportation in 1947 and in 1948, Kenneth M. Parry as Associate Curator of Electricity. In 1954 Robert P. Multauf was appointed Associate Curator of the Division and Curator in 1955.He was also in charge of the sections of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Tools, and Physical Science and Measurement; Parry was Associate Curator of Marine Transportation and Electricity; and Oliver, Associate Curator of Land Transportation and Horology, a new Section in 1955.
Topic:
Engineering  Search this
Engineering museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 297
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 297, Series 6
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 8

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6: FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 9 Correspondence, 1922-1925, 1927-1928

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Container:
Box 8 of 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6: FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932 / Box 8
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 10 Photograph of National Museum of Engineering and Industry

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Container:
Box 8 of 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6: FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932 / Box 8
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 9

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6: FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 1 Articles and clippings, 1920-1931

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6: FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932 / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 2 Background and history, 1922-1932

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6: FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932 / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 3 Drawings

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6: FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932 / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 4 Legislation, 1929-1932

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6: FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932 / Box 9
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 5 Minutes, 1923-1925. Minutes of the Organizing Committee of the Museum

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6: FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932 / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 6 Miscellany

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Engineering  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 297, United States National Museum. Division of Engineering, Records
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Records
Records / Series 6: FILES RELATED TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIES,1920-1932 / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 5 Proposed National Museum of Engineering and Industry, 1948-1950

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 14 of 16
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 89, United States National Museum. Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Series 4: ADMINISTRATIVE FILES, 1925-1963 AND UNDATED. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 14
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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National Museum of Engineering and Industry, 1927

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Department of Engineering and Industries  Search this
Container:
Box 15 of 15
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 84, United States National Museum. Department of Engineering and Industries, Records
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Records
Records / Box 15
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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National Museum of Engineering and Industry, [1924]

Collection Creator::
Rosenberg, Dorothy  Search this
Container:
Box 11 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 1-8, 17, and 18 contain materials which are restricted indefinitely, see finding aid; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7447, Dorothy Rosenberg Papers
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Dorothy Rosenberg Papers
Dorothy Rosenberg Papers / Series 3: BOARD OF REGENTS ACTIVITIES AND HISTORY, c. 1975-1984, with copies from 1826-1984. / Box 11
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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