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Empire State Building [picture postcard]

Collector:
Blenkle, Victor A., Dr., 1900-1978 (physician)  Search this
Names:
Empire State Building  Search this
Collection Creator:
National Philatelic Collection, Smithsonian Institution.  Search this
Blenkle, Victor A., Dr., 1900-1978 (physician)  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 3.5" x 5.5".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Postcards
Picture postcards
Date:
Postmarked 1948
Scope and Contents:
Image of building and city scape. Postcard mailed from New York City to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Arrangement:
In series ?, box 11, grouping New York City - Empire State Building
Local Numbers:
AC0200-0000010 (AC Scan)
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Topic:
Buildings -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Postcards -- 1930-1940
Picture postcards -- 1930-1940
Collection Citation:
Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection, c. 1880-c. 1970, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution,
See more items in:
Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection
Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection / Series 1: Geographical Locations within United States / New York - New York City - Empire State Bldg.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep80e1f39f6-75e1-4946-b408-fe7668b4497b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0200-ref2315

Peoples Drug store demonstration [photoprints and original negative]

Photographer:
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Names:
Peoples Drug Stores -- Washington (D.C.).  Search this
Series Creator:
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (10 x 8", 7 x 5", and 5" x 4".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
[circa 1940s]
Scope and Contents:
Prints: Clergyman wearing hat and clerical collar, picketing People's Drugs, carrying sign urging boycott. Two workmen with a ladder are working at a window. Addison Scurlock may have taken the photograph, but the prints are probably by Robert. 3 of 4 prints captioned: "Picketing Peoples Drug Co. for equal employment c [ca.] 1940"; "Picketing 'Peoples Drug', 14th & U Sts. N.W."; and "Picketing 'Peoples' Drug at 14th & 'U' 1940s".
Photonegative: 5" x 4", Agfa film. Stored in box 68. Unscanned. Note: Another 5" x 4" negative shows a woman carrying the same sign in front of Peoples, Negative Box 68.
Exhibitions Note:
Reproduction photograph of this image exhibited in "The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise," NMAAHC Gallery, NMAH, January 30 - November 15, 2009; image reproduced in exhibit's companion book.
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Series Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Boycotts -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Civil rights  Search this
Civil rights demonstrations -- Washington (D.C.) -- 1940-1950.  Search this
Demonstrations -- Washington (D.C.).  Search this
Discrimination in employment  Search this
Drugstores  Search this
Picketing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film
Series Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Scurlock Studio Records, Series 1: Black and White Photographs
Scurlock Studio Records, Series 1: Black and White Photographs / 1.2: Subjects Black and White Photographs / Social protests
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8013b615f-ff0c-4dbc-b6dc-614b9bd24c5e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s01-ref7783

Dr. Grant Lucas, speaking at Mu So Lit Club : [paper photoprints,]

Photographer:
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Names:
Mu-So-Lit Club  Search this
Lucas, Grant, Dr.  Search this
Series Creator:
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Extent:
2 Items
Container:
Box 50, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographs
Place:
Washington (D.C.) -- African Americans
Date:
1947
Scope and Contents:
Caption on verso of 1 print.
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Series Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Organizations -- 1930-1940  Search this
Associations, institutions, etc.  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Series Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Scurlock Studio Records, Series 1: Black and White Photographs
Scurlock Studio Records, Series 1: Black and White Photographs / 1.1: Clients Black and White Photographs / Mu-So-Lit Club
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8bc7a5ccd-fde2-45f2-b76e-ab2acd57db14
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s01-ref7871

[Scene from play, "Kiss Them For Me"] [black-and-white photoprint]

Topic:
Kiss them for me
Photographer:
Karger, George  Search this
Collector:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Donor:
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Names:
Cotter, Jayne  Search this
Davis, Richard  Search this
Holliday, Judy  Search this
King, Jr., Dennis  Search this
Widmark, Richard  Search this
Collection Creator:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 7-5/8" x 9-3/8".)
Container:
Box 9, Item Kismet, Davis, Theatrical
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1945
Scope and Contents:
Caption on verso: John Moses & Mark Hanna Present "Kiss Them For Me", a new play by Luther Davis, based on the novel "Shore Leave" by Frederic Wakeman, directed by Herman Shumlin.

Photograph of cast onstage from left to right: Jayne Cotter, Richard Widmark, Dennis King, Jr., Richard Davis and Judith Halliday. [check] Opening Belasco Theatre, March 20, 1945. Photo George Karger, PIX Incorporated, 250 Park Avenue, New York City, Tel. Eldorado 5-4021.
Local Numbers:
AC1148-0000001.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
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.
Topic:
Drama  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Luther Davis Papers, 1916-2007, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Luther Davis Papers
Luther Davis Papers / Series 3: Works for the Theater / 3.1: Theatrical Productions / Kiss Them for Me, photograph, page 40 featuring Jayne Cotter [Meadows], Richard Widmark, Dennis King, Jr., Richard Davis and Judy Holliday
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82ef8df53-7335-4f63-803a-89ac61da5275
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1148-ref1090

[Ava Gardner, piano in foreground]. [black-and-white photoprint]

Collector:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Donor:
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Names:
The Hucksters (Hollywood movie)  Search this
Gardner, Ava  Search this
Collection Creator:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 7-1/2" x 9-3/8".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents:
From the movie "The Hucksters", 1947.
Local Numbers:
AC1148-0000117.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
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.
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Luther Davis Papers, 1916-2007, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Luther Davis Papers
Luther Davis Papers / Series 2: Works for Film / 2.1: Screenplays, Produced / The Hucksters still photographs, pages 1-19 featuring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sidney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold and others
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep87d8e96cb-f8c2-4eaa-b17e-23dc40c3f319
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1148-ref1206

[Clark Gable and Ava Gardner]. [black-and-white photoprint]

Collector:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Donor:
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Names:
The Hucksters (Hollywood movie)  Search this
Gable, Clark, 1901-1960  Search this
Gardner, Ava  Search this
Collection Creator:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 7-1/2" x 9-3/8".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents:
From the movie "The Hucksters", 1947.
Local Numbers:
AC1148-0000118.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
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.
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Luther Davis Papers, 1916-2007, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Luther Davis Papers
Luther Davis Papers / Series 2: Works for Film / 2.1: Screenplays, Produced / The Hucksters still photographs, pages 1-19 featuring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sidney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold and others
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep87918c028-7baf-4847-8da2-ad6d1434c5d5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1148-ref1207

[Ava Gardner]. [black-and-white photoprint]

Collector:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Donor:
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Names:
The Hucksters (Hollywood movie)  Search this
Gardner, Ava  Search this
Collection Creator:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 9-3/8" x 7-1/2".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents:
From the movie "The Hucksters", 1947.
Local Numbers:
AC1148-0000119.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
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.
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Luther Davis Papers, 1916-2007, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Luther Davis Papers
Luther Davis Papers / Series 2: Works for Film / 2.1: Screenplays, Produced / The Hucksters still photographs, pages 1-19 featuring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sidney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold and others
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep837aafdaf-68df-4d00-829e-223db9e61710
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1148-ref1208

[Ava Gardner and Clark Gable]. [black-and-white photoprint]

Collector:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Donor:
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Names:
The Hucksters (Hollywood movie)  Search this
Gable, Clark, 1901-1960  Search this
Gardner, Ava  Search this
Collection Creator:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 7-1/2" x 9-3/8".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents:
From the movie "The Hucksters", 1947.
Local Numbers:
AC1148-0000120.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
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.
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Luther Davis Papers, 1916-2007, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Luther Davis Papers
Luther Davis Papers / Series 2: Works for Film / 2.1: Screenplays, Produced / The Hucksters still photographs, pages 1-19 featuring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sidney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold and others
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep80cfc8beb-ea5f-41e5-b299-f997b045a475
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1148-ref1209

[Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Gloria Holden and Adolphe Menjou]. [black-and-white photoprint]

Collector:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Donor:
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Names:
The Hucksters (Hollywood movie)  Search this
Gable, Clark, 1901-1960  Search this
Gardner, Ava  Search this
Holden, Gloria  Search this
Kerr, Deborah  Search this
Menjou, Adolphe  Search this
Collection Creator:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 7-1/2" x 9-3/8".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents:
From the movie "The Hucksters", 1947.
Local Numbers:
AC1148-0000121.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
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.
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Luther Davis Papers, 1916-2007, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Luther Davis Papers
Luther Davis Papers / Series 2: Works for Film / 2.1: Screenplays, Produced / The Hucksters still photographs, pages 1-19 featuring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sidney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold and others
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8745f024f-e75d-4441-acd8-d6cc6617ee8e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1148-ref1210

[Man standing, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Edward Arnold]. [black-and-white photoprint]

Collector:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Donor:
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Names:
The Hucksters (Hollywood movie)  Search this
Arnold, Edward  Search this
Gable, Clark, 1901-1960  Search this
Gardner, Ava  Search this
Collection Creator:
Davis, Luther  Search this
Davis, Joan Bassie  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 7-1/2" x 9-3/8".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents:
From the movie "The Hucksters", 1947.
Local Numbers:
AC1148-0000122.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
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.
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Luther Davis Papers, 1916-2007, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Luther Davis Papers
Luther Davis Papers / Series 2: Works for Film / 2.1: Screenplays, Produced / The Hucksters still photographs, pages 1-19 featuring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sidney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold and others
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep80c16dc6e-8e9d-4a1c-81a8-0284252f6eba
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1148-ref1211

Ralph H. Baer Papers

Creator:
Baer, Ralph H., 1922-2014  Search this
Extent:
16 Cubic feet (45 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Audiocassettes
Cd-roms
Diagrams
Drawings
Interviews
Videotapes
Correspondence
Sketches
Photographs
Oral history
Notes
Manuals
Date:
1943 - 2015
Summary:
Ralph H. Baer was a German-born ordnance specialist, inventor, and engineer. He was a pioneer of early videogame technology. The papers include autobiographical materials; firearms notes, manuscripts, and photographs; and videogame and television engineering notes, diagrams, schematics, and video documentation.
Scope and Contents:
The Ralph Baer Papers include autobiographical materials and an extended oral history interview. The Papers also include materials about military small arms created by Baer during his World War II service. The largest portion of the collection documents Baer's work on video games.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 12 series.

Series 1: Autobiographical Documents, 1962-2006

Subseries 1.1: Manuscript, book and other documents, 1962-2006

Subseries 1.2: Other Media: CDs, VHS videos, periodical, 1991, 2000-2003

Series 2: WW II Small Arms Documents, 1943-1953

Subseries 2.1: Correspondence, 1950-1953

Subseries 2.2: Writings and notes, 1943-1948

Subseries 2.3: Drawings and schematics, undated

Subseries 2.4: Manuals and encyclopedias, 1943

Subseries 2.5: Photographs, 1945

Series 3: Hans Otto Mauksch Materials, 1944-1964

Subseries 3.1: Personal background information, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1964

Subseries 3.2: Instructional materials, 1944-1946, undated

Subseries 3.3: Ft. Riley, Kansas, 1946, 1953

Series 4: TV Game Documents, 1966-1972

Subseries 4.1: Working notes, diagrams and schematics, 1966-1971

Subseries 4.2: Administrative documents, 1966-1972 Subseries 4.3: Notebooks, 1966-1968

Subseries 4.4: TV game development documentation, 1966-1968

Series 5: Sanders Associates, Transitron, and Van Norman Industries, 1952-2003

Series 6: Product Development Documents, 1974-2015

Series 7: Product Guides and Technical Support, 1943-2011

Series 8: Legal and Patent Documents, 1966-2014

Series 9: Writings and Notes, 1946-1999

Series 10: Miscellaneous, 1961-2012

Series 11: Correspondence, 1983-2014

Series 12: Publicity and Awards, 1979-2015
Biographical / Historical:
Ralph H. Baer (1922-2014) was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1938. A graduate of the National Radio Institute (1940), Baer worked as a radio technician in the New York City area, servicing all types of home and auto radios. During World War II, Baer served in the United States Army, one year stateside, and two years in Europe. He was assigned to Military Intelligence and became an expert on military small arms. Baer returned to the United States with eighteen tons of foreign small arms for use in exhibits at Aberdeen, Maryland; Springfield, Massachusetts Armory; and Ft. Riley, Kansas.

After the war, Baer attended the American Television Institute of Technology in Chicago, graduating with a BS in television engineering. In 1949, Baer joined a small electro medical equipment firm, Wappler, Inc., as their chief engineer. He designed and built surgical cutting machines, epilators, and low frequency pulse generating muscle-toning equipment. In 1951, Baer moved to Loral Electronics of Bronx, New York as a senior engineer, designing power line carrier signaling equipment for IBM. During 1952-1956, Baer worked at Transitron, Inc., in New York City as a chief engineer and later as vice president. In 1956, Baer joined Sanders Associates in Nashua, New Hampshire building airborne radar components. He became manager of the Electronic Design Department at Sanders and eventually Division Manager and Chief Engineer for Equipment Design. Baer retired in 1987.

At Sanders in 1966, Baer began an independent project experimenting with ways for consumers to interact with standard home television sets. Development of interactive TV Game (TVG) ideas became a company-supported project continued by Baer and assisted by William H. Harrison and William T. Rusch (download the TV Game chronology prepared by Ralph Baer in 2006). By mid-1967, ping pong videogames were played inside Sanders, patent disclosures were applied for, and hardware was designed. Baer and his associates called the devices they were developing "boxes" and numbered the various versions one through seven. In 1971, Magnavox became Sanders Associates's first videogame licensee. Between 1972 and 1975, Magnavox produced and sold over 700,000 units of Odyssey, a set of games played on its television receivers. Atari became a licensee in 1976 after the first of many lawsuits won by Sanders in pursuit of patent infringements.

During his tenure at Sanders and thereafter, Baer was a prolific inventor. His creations included many electronic toys and games and other consumer electronic products. Among the better known products based on Baer's work are Milton Bradley's Simon, Galoob's Smarty Bear Video, and Kenner's Laser Command. In 2004 President George W. Bush awarded Baer the National Medal of Technology.

Baer married Dena Whinston in 1952 and they had three children, James, Mark, and Nancy. Ralph Baer died on December 6, 2014, at the age of 92.
Related Materials:
Materials at the Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Ralph H. Baer Innovative Lives Presentation, August 15, 2009 (AC1179)

The presentation documents a moderated conversation about Baer's life and work. Baer reenacts, with his partner William Harrison, the first time he played "Odyssey," the first home video game for the consumer market, which he invented, and answers questions from the audience. Materials include original video (born digital), master videos, and reference videos.

Materials at Other Organizations

Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong

Ralph H. Baer Papers, 1968-2010 inclusive; 1975-1998 bulk

The Ralph H. Baer papers are a compilation of correspondence, game designs, drawings, notes, reference materials, photographs, product descriptions, digital videos, schematics, electronic components, and manuals utilized by Ralph H. Baer throughout his lengthy career in the toy and game industry. The bulk of the materials are from 1975 through 1998.

U.S. Ordnance Museum, Fort Lee, Virginia

Materials consist of data on foreign small arms brought back from Europe in 1946 by Ralph H. Baer.

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, New York

Holdings include set of seven recreations of "TV game" prototypes originally created between 1966 and 1969, donated by pioneering game developer Ralph Baer. One of Baer's game prototypes, known as the "Brown Box," was licensed by Magnavox and released in 1972 as the Magnavox Odyssey, the world's first commercial home video game console.

University of Texas, Austin, Briscoe Center for American History

Ralph H. Baer "Brown Box" replica, 1952-1983, 2006-2012

The Ralph H. Baer "Brown Box" replica includes a fully-functional replica of Ralph Baer's "Brown Box," the prototype video game console that was used as the basis of the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972. The collection also contains related research materials.
Separated Materials:
The Division of Medicine and Science holds artifacts related to this collection including early video game prototypes and TV Game products.

TV Game Unit #1 (TVG#1); 1966; vacuum tube spot generator with Heathkit IG-62 Generator (See Accession 2006.0102.01)

Heathkit IG-62; used with TVG #1 (See Accession 2006.0102.02)

TV Game Unit #2 (TVG #2), aka the "Pump Unit," 1967; large aluminum chassis with wooden "pump" handle (See Accession 2006.0102.03)

TV Game Unit #7 (TVG#7), aka "Brown Box," 1967/1968; prototype for Magnavox Odyssey (See Accession 2006.0102.04)

Cardboard program cards for use with Brown Box (See Accession 2006.0102.05)

Lightgun, 1967/1968; game accessory for Brown Box (See Accession 2006.0102.06)

TV Game Unit #8, 1968; "de/dt" (velocity responsive) ballgame chassis for use with Brown Box (See Accession 2006.0102.07)

Magnavox Odyssey (Model ITL200) video game unit, 1972; with all accessories in the original carton (See Accession 2006.0102.08)

Milton-Bradley Company SIMON handheld microprocessor-control game, 1978 (See Accession 2006.0102.09)

Ideal Toy Company MANIAC microprocessor-control game, 1979, in original box with game instructions (See Accession 2006.0102.10)

Golf Game accessory, 1968; golf ball mounted on joystick handle for use with Brown Box (See Accession 2006.0102.11

"Brown Box" programming card, target shooting, 1967 (See Accession 2006.0102.12)
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Ralph H. Baer in 2003.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Books  Search this
Firearms  Search this
Games  Search this
Litigation  Search this
Inventions -- 20th century  Search this
Machine guns  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Weapons  Search this
Video games  Search this
Toys -- 20th century  Search this
Television -- History  Search this
Rifles  Search this
Pistols  Search this
Military intelligence  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Audiocassettes
CD-ROMs
Diagrams
Drawings -- 1940-1950
Interviews -- 2000-2010
Videotapes
Correspondence -- 1950-2000
Sketches
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1940-1950
Photographs -- 20th century
Oral history -- 2000-2010
Notes
Manuals -- 1940-1950
Citation:
Ralph H. Baer Papers, 1943-2015, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0854
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Ralph H. Baer Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82f137fe4-60d3-4527-aa78-fed55d4b4fef
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0854
Online Media:

[Duke Ellington conducting : black-and-white photoprint]

Photographer:
Bernateau ((Paris, France))  Search this
Names:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Collection Creator:
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (photoprint, 7 x 5 in (18.10 x 12.6 cm.))
Culture:
African Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
[circa 1940-1950?]
Scope and Contents:
Photographed from a low angle, Duke's mouth is wide open and his conducting hand is blurred, against a black background. Glossy print, borderless. Rubber stamp imprint on verso: "(c) by Studio Bernateau / Orange - Tel. 34.04.46 ... / S.P.A.D.E.M. Paris."
Local Numbers:
AC0415-0000004.tif (AC Scan)
General:
In Box 15, unfoldered.
Forms part of:
Ruth Ellington Collection Photographs (Series 9).
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site by appointment. Photographs must be handled with cotton gloves unless protected by sleeves.
Collection Rights:
The Archives Center can provide reproductions of some materials for research and educational use. Copyright and right to publicity restrictions apply and limit reproduction for other purposes. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
African American musicians  Search this
Conducting  Search this
Conductors -- 20th century  Search this
Musicians -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Ella Fitzgerald Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Ella Fitzgerald Papers
Ella Fitzgerald Papers / Series 2: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a07d6931-983d-4aaf-8748-7856ad952163
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0584-ref2775

Merchant Marine/Navy World War Two Oral History and Memorabilia Collection

Creator:
Porter, John C.  Search this
Collector:
Navarre, Jack B., 1925- (merchant seaman)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Armed Forces  Search this
Names:
San Mateo Coast Guard Station  Search this
United States. Merchant Marine  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet (3 boxes)
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newspapers
Oral history
Scrapbooks
Identity cards
Menus
Correspondence
Military passes
Photographs
Diaries
Passports
Place:
San Mateo (Calif.)
Date:
1943-2001
Summary:
The collection documents individuals who served in the Merchant Marine's and Navy between 1943 and 1946.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of primarily of reminscenes with individuals who served n the Merchant Marine and Navy.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1: Individual Reminiscences, 1945-1997

Series 2: Supplemental Documentation, 1943-2001-08
Provenance:
Collection donated by Delia Porter, date unknown, and Jack B. Navarre, August 24, 1990.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Merchant Marine  Search this
Ships -- Manning  Search this
Merchant Marine -- Manning of vessels -- United States  Search this
Merchant Marine -- United States  Search this
Seamen -- 1940-1950  Search this
Merchant seamen  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean  Search this
Marine engineers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newspapers -- Ships -- 1940-1950
Oral history -- 1940-1950
Scrapbooks -- 1900-1950
Identity cards -- 1940-1950
Menus -- Ships -- 1940-1950
Correspondence -- 1940-1950
Military passes -- Ships -- 1940-1950
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1940-1950
Diaries -- 20th century
Passports
Citation:
Merchant Marine/Navy World War Two Oral History and Memorabilia Collection, 405, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0405
See more items in:
Merchant Marine/Navy World War Two Oral History and Memorabilia Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8f0389f75-2765-4e21-ba92-4f30c8560f38
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0405

[Taking blood samples from horses; black-and-white photoprint]

Creator:
Parke, Davis & Company  Search this
Collection Author:
Parke, Davis Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper, 8.8" x 6.9")
Container:
Box 423, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Two men in white laboratory clothing drawing blood samples from two horses.
Local Numbers:
AC0001-0000002 (AC Scan No.)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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.
Topic:
Horses -- 1940-1950  Search this
Pharmaceutical industry  Search this
Research  Search this
Laboratories  Search this
Laboratory animals  Search this
Blood -- Animal blood  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records.
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records. / Series 5: Photographs / Factory (interior views), Departments, Laboratories, and Manufacturing / Animal Research, Horses
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep80b060981-e93a-4304-a760-75639ed89374
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0001-ref9452

[Taking blood samples from horses; b & w photoprint]

Creator:
Parke, Davis & Company  Search this
Collection Author:
Parke, Davis Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper, 7.5" x 9.4")
Container:
Box 423, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Two men in white laboratory clothing drawing blood samples from two horses.
Local Numbers:
AC0001-0000003 (AC Scan No.)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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.
Topic:
Horses  Search this
Pharmaceutical industry  Search this
Research  Search this
Laboratories  Search this
Laboratory animals  Search this
Blood -- Animal blood  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records.
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records. / Series 5: Photographs / Factory (interior views), Departments, Laboratories, and Manufacturing / Animal Research, Horses
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84a5769b1-187d-40fa-8d32-af94ad2616bc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0001-ref9453

[Taking blood samples from a horse; b & w photoprint and drawing.]

Creator:
Parke, Davis & Company  Search this
Collection Author:
Parke, Davis Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper; Graphite on paper, 7.1" x 9.1".)
Container:
Box 423, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Drawings
Photographs
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Two men in white laboratory clothing drawing blood samples from a horse. Pencil diagram, figure 2, of blood collecting apparatus with the photograph.
Local Numbers:
AC0001-0000004-01 (AC Scan No.)

AC0001-0000004-02 (AC Scan No.)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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.
Topic:
Horses -- 1940-1950  Search this
Pharmaceutical industry  Search this
Research  Search this
Laboratory animals  Search this
Laboratories  Search this
Blood -- Animal blood  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings -- 1940-1950
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records.
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records. / Series 5: Photographs / Factory (interior views), Departments, Laboratories, and Manufacturing / Animal Research, Horses
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88ab8759b-768c-4c00-9964-6766b1f387d0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0001-ref9454
Online Media:

[Injecting a horse with toxin; b & w photoprint]

Creator:
Parke, Davis & Company  Search this
Collection Author:
Parke, Davis Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper, 7.5" x 8.5")
Container:
Box 423, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
A man in white laboratory clothing injecting toxin into a horse.
Local Numbers:
AC0001-0000005 (AC Scan No.)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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.
Topic:
Horses -- 1940-1950  Search this
Pharmaceutical industry  Search this
Research  Search this
Laboratory animals  Search this
Laboratories  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records.
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records. / Series 5: Photographs / Factory (interior views), Departments, Laboratories, and Manufacturing / Animal Research, Horses
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep886069525-8412-4a12-9754-557a2f61d161
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0001-ref9455

[Six Guinea pigs; b & w photoprint]

Creator:
Parke, Davis & Company  Search this
Collection Author:
Parke, Davis Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 2.1" x 5.0")
Container:
Box 424, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Opaque
Photographs
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Photograph has been retouched with a white opaquing medium.
Local Numbers:
AC0001-0000006 (AC Scan No.)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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.
Topic:
Guinea pigs  Search this
Pharmaceutical industry  Search this
Research  Search this
Laboratories  Search this
Laboratory animals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Opaque
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records.
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records. / Series 5: Photographs / Factory (interior views), Departments, Laboratories, and Manufacturing / Animal Research, Guinea Pigs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82a6f875b-ebd9-4705-8053-809b247d7831
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0001-ref9456

[Two Guinea pigs; b & w photoprint.]

Creator:
Parke, Davis & Company  Search this
Collection Author:
Parke, Davis Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 3.0" x 5.2")
Container:
Box 424, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Local Numbers:
AC0001-0000007 (AC Scan No.)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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.
Topic:
Guinea pigs  Search this
Pharmaceutical industry  Search this
Research  Search this
Laboratories  Search this
Laboratory animals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records.
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records. / Series 5: Photographs / Factory (interior views), Departments, Laboratories, and Manufacturing / Animal Research, Guinea Pigs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88e63d4e2-93b5-4f04-80f6-629f9c50977b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0001-ref9457

[Seven guinea pigs in a pen; b & w photoprint.]

Creator:
Parke, Davis & Company  Search this
Collection Author:
Parke, Davis Company  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper., 2.2" x 3.0")
Container:
Box 424, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Local Numbers:
AC0001-0000008 (AC Scan No.)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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.
Topic:
Guinea pigs  Search this
Pharmaceutical industry  Search this
Research  Search this
Laboratories  Search this
Laboratory animals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records.
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records. / Series 5: Photographs / Factory (interior views), Departments, Laboratories, and Manufacturing / Animal Research, Guinea Pigs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8defedb35-420a-4c60-bc38-d01f2dcf7db6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0001-ref9458

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