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T - Research, Industrial, 1937-1946

Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-280, Science Service, Records
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Records
Records / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-280-refidd1e318

T - Research, Industrial, 1940-1953

Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-280, Science Service, Records
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Records
Records / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-280-refidd1e329

TL Space Research -- Industrial Applications [See also: Space Technology Applications]

Collection Creator:
Science Service  Search this
Container:
Box 83, Folder 7
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:
Science Service Astronomy and Astronautics Files, Acc. 1987-0125, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Science Service Astronomy and Astronautics Files
Science Service Astronomy and Astronautics Files / Series 1: Clippings, Publications, Papers, and Press Releases
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2e6daa46e-c79d-471e-8f4e-ce094f24b458
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1987-0125-ref1204

[Trade catalogs from Instruments for Research & Industry, Inc.]

Company Name:
Instruments for Research & Industry, Inc.  Search this
Related companies:
I2R  Search this
Notes content:
Laboratory equipment: spill alarm and cut-off; lead donuts for beaker stability; fume hood monitors; thermocouple adapter; timers; relays; liquid level monitoring; vacuum monitoring; radiation shields; draft/dust shields; memo ; controllers for the laboratory ; vacuum pressure ; distillation ; reactions ; liquid level ; "mano-watch" ; "jack-o-matic" ; water-flow monitor ; "handi-lead" the wrap-around weight ; glove bag ; "bal-guard" overcomes drafts ; "piggyback" timer ; safety products ; flood prevention ; equipment protection ; thermal monitoring ; presonnel protection ; "spring-ring" circular base ; "flask-rack" acrylic base ; "therm-o-watch" lab controller for automatic regulation of termperature, pressure and liquid level with built in timer ; cartoons ; 1973 calendar for scientists ; 1974 calendar for scientists ; 1975 calendar for scientists ; 1976 calendar for scientists ; 1978 calendar for scientists ; 1978 product catalog ; 1975 tools for scientists catalog ; letter for 1992 catalog signed ; 1992 catalog ; etc.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
37 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Laboratories and laboratory supplies and equipment  Search this
Topic:
"Laboratories -- Furniture, equipment, etc."  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_21562
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_21562

[Trade catalogs from Ladd Research Industries, Inc.]

Variant company name:
Multiple sites : Kingston , TN .  Search this
Company Name:
Ladd Research Industries, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
"Ladd" graphic digitizer ; microtome supplies including plastic roomettes ; tables ; chairs ; carbon gratings and embedding chemicals ; supplies and equipment for using electron microscopes ; wires for evaporation ; tungsten wire baskets ; critical point dryer and accessories ; Ladd Catalogs 8th and 9th editions
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
9 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Burlington, Vermont, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Biotechnology and biochemical equipment and supplies  Search this
Chemicals and chemical products  Search this
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Laboratories and laboratory supplies and equipment  Search this
Scientific and optical instruments  Search this
Topic:
"Laboratories -- Furniture, equipment, etc."  Search this
Biochemical engineering  Search this
Biotechnology  Search this
Chemicals  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Optical instruments  Search this
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_25297
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_25297

[Trade catalogs from BioTechnica Intern'l, Inc.]

Company Name:
BioTechnica Intern'l, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
Annual report. Equit Research, Industry Comment for Biotechnology by Shearson Lehman Brothers, including BioTechnica International, Inc.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Physical description:
2 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Biotechnology and biochemical equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Biochemical engineering  Search this
Biotechnology  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_7749
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_7749

[Trade catalogs from Southern Precision Instrument Co.]

Company Name:
Southern Precision Instrument Co.  Search this
Notes content:
research, industrial, and educational microscopes and accessories
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
8 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Educational institutions; equipment and supplies (includes playground equipment)  Search this
Scientific and optical instruments  Search this
Topic:
"Schools -- Furniture, equipment, etc."  Search this
Optical instruments  Search this
Playgrounds  Search this
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_21298
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_21298

[Trade catalogs from Arthur D. Little, Inc.]

Company Name:
Arthur D. Little, Inc.  Search this
Related companies:
ADL ;  Search this
Notes content:
Industrial economics and industrial research ; research chemists and engineers ; [Unique] "On the Making of Silk Purses from Sows' Ears" synthesizing imitation silk from animal glue ; "Launching New Industrial Products" presented at "the joint meeting of the Chemical Market Research Association and the Commercial Chemical Development Association" ; "Flavor Profiles: A New Approach to Flavor Problems" presented at "the Ninth Annual Conference of the Institute of Food Technologists" ; "Cost of Extracting Distilled Water from Sea Water by Compression Distillation" presented at the symposium "Water Problems of the Process Industries" at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers ; "The Role of Industry in Strengthening Fundamental Research" ; "Industrial Research: What it Means to British Industry" ; "The Handwriting on the Wall" address to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers ; "Industrial Research in America" presented at the American Chemical Society ; "Physiological Considerations related to Fire Gas Exposure" ; "The Dyestuff Situation and Its Lesson" presented at the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America ; "Chemistry in Overalls" on the industrial research laboratories of Arthur D. Little, Inc. ; "The Chemist and the Electric Railway" for the meeting of the New England Street Railway Club ; "The Relation of Research to Industrial Development" presented to the Canadian Manufacturers Association ; "ZINLAC" shellac substitute in World War II ; wartime shortages of shellac ; "The Purchase of Coal" ; "Collins" helium cryostat ; "The Earning Power of Chemistry" public lecture through the American Chemical Society ; "The Technology Behind Investment" with "reviews of the chemical, plastics, and fertilizer industries by the Industrial Economics staff at ADL" ; "Industrial Uses of Radioactive Materials: A Selected Bibliography" ; "The Petroleum Outlook" ; Industrial Bulletin" company publications on: sewage treatment plants ; block and graft polymers ; sintered solids ; solar batteries ; sequoia redwood lumber ; the 1955 "Yearbook of Agriculture" ; textile machines ; parachutes ; rubber odor reduction ; tornadoes ; acrolein ; International trade fairs ; Christmas trees ; electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) ; flavor and food technology ; "Cornell-Liberty Safety Car" ; cotton ; the science of baseball and pitching ; translating machines ; carbon black industry and carbon powder ; American Association for the Advancement of Science ; cinefluorography (use of x-rays with a camera to observe internal processes within the body) ; free-piston engines ; technical writing and the Society of Technical Writers . Manufacturer of the "Silk Purse from a Sow's Ear" featured on the Smithsonian's HistoryWired website: http://historywired.si.edu/object.cfm?ID=535 ; "Basis of Quality in Paper" ;
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
34 pieces; 3 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Chemicals and chemical products  Search this
Engineering consultants and contractors  Search this
Foods and beverage products and processing equipment (including brewing; distilleries; beer; wine; etc.)  Search this
Printing; publishing; paper and bookselling (including type specimens)  Search this
Topic:
Beverage industry  Search this
Book industries and trade  Search this
Chemicals  Search this
Consulting engineers  Search this
Distilleries  Search this
Engineers  Search this
Food industry and trade  Search this
Printing machinery and supplies  Search this
Publishers and publishing  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_27154
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_27154

Records

Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Date:
1924-1954
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the daily activities of Science Service and covers the following topics: nurses and nursing, foot and mouth disease, the New York World's Fair, inventions, patents, and industrial research. Science Service staff represented in the collection include Jane Stafford and Watson Davis. Materials include correspondence, pamphlets, brochures, news releases, articles, and clippings.
Topic:
Journalism, Scientific  Search this
Nurses  Search this
Nursing  Search this
Foot-and-mouth disease  Search this
Inventions  Search this
Patents  Search this
Research, Industrial  Search this
Science -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-280, Science Service, Records
Identifier:
Accession 15-280
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa15-280

Radioisotopes in scientific research; proceedings ... ed. by R.C. Extermann

Author:
International Conference on Radioisotopes in Scientific Research (1957 : Paris, France)  Search this
Extermann, R. C  Search this
Unesco  Search this
International Conference on Radioisotopes in Scientific Research (1st : 1957 : Paris) Proceedings  Search this
Physical description:
4 volumes illustrations
Type:
Congresses
Conference proceedings
Conference papers and proceedings
Date:
1958
[1958]
Topic:
Radioisotopes in research  Search this
Radioisotopes  Search this
Research  Search this
Physique--Recherche--Congrès  Search this
Industrie--Recherche--Congrès  Search this
Isotopes radioactifs--Congrès  Search this
Call number:
QC798.A1 I5 1957X
QC798.A1I5 1957X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_61373

Melinda Wortz papers

Creator:
Wortz, Melinda  Search this
Names:
University of California, Irvine -- Faculty  Search this
University of California, Irvine. Department of Studo Art  Search this
University of California, Irvine. Fine Arts Gallery  Search this
Antin, Eleanor  Search this
Baca, Judith Francisca  Search this
Ballatore-Nelson, Sandy  Search this
Barber, Daniel  Search this
Bell, Larry, 1939-  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
DeLap, Tony, 1927-  Search this
Dine, Jim, 1935-  Search this
Eversley, Frederick  Search this
Harding, Bill  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Johns, Jasper, 1930-  Search this
Kauffman, Craig, 1932-2010  Search this
Livkin, Rena  Search this
Lodato, Peter  Search this
Marchesi, Cork  Search this
Marck, Marc van der  Search this
McCafferty, Jay David, 1948-  Search this
Moses, Ed, 1926-  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
Ox, Jack, 1948-  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Rinke, Klaus, 1939-  Search this
Rosler, Martha  Search this
Schwartz, Beth Ames  Search this
Small, Rena  Search this
Sonneman, Eve  Search this
Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011  Search this
Tivey, Hap  Search this
Todd, Liza  Search this
Turrell, James  Search this
Valentine, De Wain, 1936-2022  Search this
Warner, Elsa  Search this
Wiener, Nina  Search this
Zaimo, Stephen  Search this
Extent:
17.45 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Photographs
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Travel diaries
Place:
Paris (France) -- description and travel
Soviet Union -- description and travel
Date:
1958-1992
Summary:
The papers of California art historian, writer, instructor, and curator, Melinda Wortz (1940-2002) date from 1958-1992, and measure 17.45 linear feet. The collection includes documentation of Wortz's tenure at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she specialized in collecting and presenting the California "light and space" artists during the 1970s and 1980s. Wortz's papers include biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, interview transcripts and sound recordings, professional and student writings and notes, diaries of five trips abroad, UCI administrative, dossier, and teaching files, general subject and artist files, printed material, several pieces of artwork; and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of California art historian, writer, instructor, and curator, Melinda Wortz (1940-2002) date from 1958-1992, and measure 17.45 linear feet. The collection includes documentation of Wortz's tenure at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she specialized in collecting and presenting the California Light and Space artists during the 1970s and 1980s. Wortz's papers include biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, interview transcripts and sound recordings, professional and student writings and notes, diaries of five trips abroad, UCI administrative, dossier, and teaching files, general subject and artist files, printed material, several pieces of artwork; and photographs.

Wortz's biographical material includes annotated appointment books and calendars, resumes, and some family, financial, and legal records.

Correspondence files document Wortz's activities beyond her work at UCI, including scattered correspondence with artists such as Eleanor Antin, Daniel Barber, Christo, Craig Kauffman, Cork Marchesi, Martha Rosler, Eve Sonneman, Hap Tivey, and Elsa Warner. Correspondence also relates to arrangements for lectures, juries, panels, symposiums, and other professional activities in which Wortz participated.

Interviews include transcripts of four interviews conducted by Wortz with subjects including Peter Lodato and Dewain Valentine, and a sound recording of an interview with Nina Wiener.

Writings and notes include drafts, and some published copies, of articles and essays written for journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogs; Wortz's dissertation and thesis; notes; student essays and class notes; and scattered writings by others. Included in the published works are copies of Artweek containing articles by Wortz, and drafts and published copies of essays on Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Jasper Johns, Jay McCafferty, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Rauschenberg, Klaus Rinke, Beth Ames Schwartz, and James Turrell.

Diaries document five separate overseas trips to locations including Asia in 1977, Paris in 1978, and the U.S.S.R., where Wortz delivered a paper on Robert Irwin, in 1989.

University of California, Irvine, records include Wortz's administrative files documenting her work on various committees, her directorship of the Fine Arts Gallery, including budget and exhibition records, her work as Chair of Studio Art, and her collaborations with other faculty, including Judy Baca, Sandy Ballatore, Tony Delap, Craig Kauffman, and Rena Small. Wortz's dossier files provide a thorough record of her accomplishments from the late 1970s-1990, and her UCI teaching files document the content of core art courses which she taught at UCI in the 1970s and 1980s.

Subject files provide additional documentation of Wortz's interest in particular artists and subjects, and include scattered correspondence with artists, as well as additional correspondence, reports, printed material, index card files, sound cassettes, and photographs, documenting her interests in art and politics, feminism, religion and spirituality, museum management and training, and other subjects.

Printed material includes announcements, catalogs, journals, newsletters, and material specifically documenting Wortz's activities.

Artwork includes a piece of floor covering from a Jim Dine exhibition, a booklet by Daniel Barber, Flams by Rena Livkin, and several pieces of unidentified artwork.

Photographs include photos of Wortz with her family and with UCI faculty including Tony DeLap, Craig Kauffman, and Ed Moses; photos of events with friends and family, including Hap Tivey's wedding to Liza Todd with Elizabeth Taylor in attendance; photos of artists including Frederick Eversley, Bill Harding, Jack Ox, and Stephen Zaimo; and photos of artwork by artists including Tony DeLap, Barbara Smith, Marc Van Der Marck, and others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as ten series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1966-1988 (0.25 linear feet; Boxes 1, 19)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1967-1992 (1.25 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 18)

Series 3: Interviews, 1971-circa 1980s (6 folders; Boxes 2, 18)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1958-circa 1990 (4.25 linear feet; Boxes 2-6, 19)

Series 5: Diaries, 1977-1989 (6 folders; Box 6)

Series 6: University of California, Irvine, 1960-1991 (4.8 linear feet; Boxes 6-11, OV 20)

Series 7: Subject Files, circa 1960-1990 (4.25 linear feet; Boxes 11-15, 18)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1960s-1980s (1.8 linear feet; Boxes 15-16, 19)

Series 9: Artwork, circa 1960s-circa 1980s (3 folders; Boxes 17, 19)

Series 10: Photographs, 1960s-1980s (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 17, 19)
Biographical / Historical:
California art historian, writer, instructor, and curator, Melinda Wortz (1940-2002), taught at the University of California, Irvine, from 1975, serving as Director of UCI's Fine Arts Gallery and Chair of the Department of Studio Art. Wortz's special area of interest was the work of the California "light and space" artists emerging in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

After attending Stanford University and graduating from Radcliffe College with a bachelors degree in art history, Wortz received her masters degree in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her doctorate in theology and the arts from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley. Wortz taught at California State University and the University of California Extension in the early 1970s. At UCI her colleagues included Judy Baca, Sandy Ballatore, Tony Delap, Craig Kauffman, and Rena Small.

Wortz married Edward C. Wortz in the early 1970s, following her divorce from her first husband, Thomas G. Terbell, Jr. Edward Wortz's first career was as a research scientist working on NASA contracts in the air research industry in Colorado and California. Later he was involved in the arts and participated in collaborations with artists including Robert Irwin, Coy Howard, and James Turrell. He worked with Melinda Wortz to develop their personal collection of contemporary art.

Melinda Wortz was a prolific writer who wrote extensively for national art periodicals, including Arts Magazine, and Art News. She also wrote, and served as editor, for the California periodical Artweek from the 1960s to 1990s. She wrote numerous catalogs for artists including Larry Bell, Cork Marchesi, Doug Moran, Beth Ames Schwartz, and James Turrell; and published articles on Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and others. She lectured at Brown University, the Center for Art, Salt Lake City, Contemporary Art Museum, La Jolla, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the San Diego Museum, Wellesley College, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many other institutions. In 1989 she traveled to the U.S.S.R. to deliver a paper on Robert Irwin at the International Art Critics Association annual meeting.

In addition to her curatorial work at the UCI Fine Arts Gallery, where she organized exhibitions for artists including Alice Aycock, Jonathan Borofsky, Audrey Flack, Jack Ox, and Dennis Oppenheim, Wortz curated exhibitions for University of California sister colleges, Pasadena Art Museum, and others.

Wortz received UCI and National Endowment for the Arts grants in support of her writing, and served on advisory boards of the Contemporary Arts Forum, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, Robert Rauschenberg's foundation, Advisory Board of Change, Inc., the Pasadena Art Museum, and others.

Wortz was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease at the age of 50 and died in 2002.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Edward C. Wortz, Melinda Wortz's husband, in 1994.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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.
Occupation:
Art historians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Authors -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Educators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art museum curators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Gallery directors -- California -- Irvine  Search this
Topic:
Art, American -- California  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California  Search this
Women art historians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Travel diaries
Citation:
Melinda Wortz papers, 1958-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wortmeli
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw905985e8b-dfa4-4162-a8bb-952942187c9f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wortmeli
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Everett H. Bickley Collection

Creator:
Bickley, Everett H., 1888-1972  Search this
Names:
Bickley Manufacturing Company  Search this
H. J. Heinz Company  Search this
Extent:
5 Cubic feet (17 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Patents
Correspondence
Dance charts
Photographs
Drawings
Date:
1919-1980
bulk 1919-1965
Summary:
The Everett H. Bickley Collection, 1919-1980, documents the inventions of Everett Huckel Bickley, most known for his electric sorting machine used to automate the process of sorting beans by use of a photoelectric cell. The collection consists of patents, drawings, photographs, correspondence, and artifacts designed by Bickley. The collection spans a considerable portion of the twentieth century and is of value to those researchers interested in product development, the patent application process, product marketing and promotion, World War II innovation, and the daily operation of a small, privately-owned industry.
Scope and Contents:
The collection spans a considerable portion of the twentieth century and is of value to those researchers interested in product development, the patent application process, product marketing and promotion, World War II innovation, and the daily operation of a small, privately-owned industry.

The collection consists of general correspondence, patents and patent correspondence, drawings, manuals, trade literature, and photographs. In addition, there are several artifacts designed by Bickley in the collection. These include a photographic exposure meter (Fotimer), a prototype slide mount (Color Tight Slide Mount), dance charts, and even a clipboard (Deskette).

Series 1: Everett H. Bickley Personal Papers, 1920-1999

This series consists of personal information about Everett H. Bickley. It includes his will, a company biography written by Bickley and edited by his daughter, and the story of the motograph, also written by Bickley.

Series 2: Bickley Manufacturing Company, 1933-1980

In this series is information directly related to the day-to-day operations of the company, including a checks-received ledger, office instructions, shop instructions, and employment information.

Series 3: Sorter Information, 1928-1965

This series consists of information about the various sorters that Bickley developed. Included are drawings related to the development of the sorters, engineering part drawings, equipment histories for plants where leased sorters were located (arranged alphabetically by location, though H-M is missing), patents, and patent correspondence related to specific sorter improvements. The patent correspondence in this series is sorted by starting date of the correspondence for each individual patent. If the starting dates were the same, they were then arranged alphabetically within the starting date. This was done to make it easier to trace the development of the sorter. The actual patents are also arranged alphabetically.

Series 4: Other Inventions, 1919-1958

This series documents Bickley's non-sorter related inventions. Included are the development drawings, patents, patent correspondence, and marketing material. In addition, the artifacts that are part of the collection can be found in this series.

Series 5: World War Two Related Activities, 1939-1950

The material in this series pertains to Bickley's work in World War II. It includes correspondence, information on the various ideas he submitted to the National Inventor's Council, and his attempts to get patent protection extended for the years during the war when he could not exploit his inventions. Information on sorter-related activities during the war is in Series III.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into five series.

Series 1, Everett Bickley Personal Papers, 1920-1999

Subseries 1, General Information,1920-1999

Subseries 2, Publication Material, 1933-1998

Series 2: The Bickley Manufacturing Company, 1933-1980

Subseries 1, General Information, 1949-1980

Subseries 2, Company Operations, 1933-1972

Series 3, Sorter Information, 1928-1965

Subseries 1, Sorter Specific Information, 1933-1965

Subseries 2, General Information, 1928-1965

Series 4, Other Inventions, 1919-1958

Subseries 1, General Information, 1919-1951

Subseries 2, Inventions, 1920-1958

Series 5, World War two Related Activities, 1939-1950

Subseries 1, General Information, 1939-1950

Subseries 2, Ideas Submitted, 1941-1943
Biographical / Historical:
Everett Huckel Bickley (1888-1972) was an active inventor and enterpreneur. His inventing career began while a student at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he invented a number of items, including a variable speed governor with which he won the Senior Design Competition in 1910, the year he graduated.

In 1911, Bickley developed and marketed his first commercial invention, the "motograph," which was an electric sign which spelled out moving messages with light bulbs. The first motograph was erected over the Columbian Theatre in Detroit, but others were eventually seen in cities throughout the world. Unfortunately, he sold his interests too soon and made little money from this idea.

Only a few years later, while he was watching lines of women sorting navy pea beans in his job as chief engineer for the H. J Heinz Company, Bickley came up with the idea to develop an electric sorting machine to automate the process. By the early 1930s he had developed, patented, and begun to market a machine that could, by use of a photoelectric cell, sort the good beans from the bad. The first company to lease a bean sorter from him was the H. J. Heinz Company. Bickley continued to improve the sorter for the next thirty years, eventually adapting it to sort rice, peanuts, and ball bearings.

The sorter was the only invention from which Bickley ever made any considerable money, but it never dulled his enthusiasm for developing new ideas. At times he had up to nine active patent applications in the works. Examples include a nutcracker, snow shovel, slide mount, faucet, and photographic exposure meter.

Bickley was also active during World War II as a $1.00 A Year Man and member of the National Inventors Council, which reviewed war related invention ideas. In addition, he contributed over fifty ideas of his own to the National Inventors Council. During the war, his company was able to produce little of its own products due to wartime material restrictions and having most of its workers drafted. Consequently, Bickley spent several fruitless years after the war trying to get his patent rights extended to cover time lost during the war.

Early on, Bickley realized the need to form a company to help develop and promote his many inventions, and formed the Bickley Manufacturing Company shortly after his graduation for just this purpose. When he married in 1913, his new wife, Mary, became an active partner in the company. Later, their daughter Audrey joined the company, producing the photoelectric cells for the sorter, going on sales trips, and working as one of her father's most reliable troubleshooters when the sorters broke down.

Bickley died in 1972 at the age of 84. Always a believer that hard work was necessary for success, he left behind a legacy of inventions, including one that helped to revolutionize the agricultural processing industry.
Related Materials:
Materials at the National Museum of American History

The machine that Bickley used to demonstrate his bean-sorting process is held by Division of Work and Industry.
Provenance:
Audrey Bickely Beyer, Everett Bickley's daughter, donated the collection to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, in March of 1999.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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 status of items varies.
Topic:
Dance notation  Search this
Insect pests -- Control  Search this
Advertising, Outdoor  Search this
Military -- Art and science -- 1930-1950  Search this
Sorting devices  Search this
Patent practice  Search this
Photography -- Apparatus and supplies  Search this
Industry  Search this
Fotimer (exposure meter)  Search this
Slide mounts  Search this
Bean sorters  Search this
Inventors -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Agriculture -- Quality control  Search this
Research, Industrial  Search this
Inventions  Search this
Photography -- Exposure  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Patents
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Dance charts
Photographs -- 20th century
Drawings -- 20th century
Citation:
The Everett H. Bickley Collection, 1919-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0683
See more items in:
Everett H. Bickley Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86b67cc8a-c546-4e27-b492-eca1080f7f40
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0683
Online Media:

David Herbert Killeffe (1895-1970)

Subject:
Killeffer, David H (David Herbert) 1895-1970  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Chemistry  Search this
Research, Industrial  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-4797]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397869

"An Establishment for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge" Marks Its 150th Anniversary

Author:
Yochelson, Ellis L  Search this
Subject:
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Goddard, Robert Hutchings 1882-1945  Search this
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Smithson, James 1765-1829  Search this
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-  Search this
Cottrell, Frederick Gardner 1877-1948  Search this
Homes, J. A  Search this
Regents Smithsonian Institution  Search this
United States Bureau of Mines  Search this
Smithsonian Institution General History  Search this
Board of Regents  Search this
Research Corporation  Search this
Physical description:
Number of pages : 13; Page numbers : 6-12, 14-19
Date:
1996
Topic:
Benefactors  Search this
Inventions  Search this
Research, Industrial  Search this
Technological innovations  Search this
Air Pollution  Search this
Endowments  Search this
Research grants  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Philanthropists  Search this
Inventors  Search this
SI, Early History  Search this
Publisher:
Tucson, Arizona : Research Corporation
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11816

Japan Research Industries Association (JRIA) International Symposium, 1992-1993

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American History. Division of Information Technology and Society  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-226, National Museum of American History. Division of Information Technology and Society, Curatorial Records
See more items in:
Curatorial Records
Curatorial Records / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa17-226-refidd1e681

Industrialization as a means to southern progress : land of promise : prime movers for southern industry : Georgia needs : state planning

Author:
Georgia School of Technology Engineering Experiment Station  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Southern States
Date:
1940
Topic:
Research, Industrial  Search this
Industries  Search this
Call number:
HC107.A13 I53 1940
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_630027

A laboratory for public service / Arthur D. Little

Author:
Little, Arthur D (Arthur Dehon) 1863-1935  Search this
Physical description:
9 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1909
Topic:
Chemical laboratories  Search this
Research, Industrial--Laboratories  Search this
Call number:
QD51.U6 L77 1909
QD51.U6L77 1909
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_402756

Industrial research in America : presidential address before the American Chemical Society at Rochester, New York, September 9, 1913 / by Arthur D. Little

Author:
Little, Arthur D (Arthur Dehon) 1863-1935  Search this
Arthur D. Little, Inc  Search this
American Chemical Society  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1913
Topic:
Research, Industrial  Search this
Call number:
T176 .L77 1913
T176.L77 1913
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_411922

The Cold War and American industrial research / Glenn Ross Asner

Author:
Asner, Glen R., 1970-  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 653 pages
Type:
Manuscripts
Academic theses
Place:
United States
Date:
2006
©2006
Topic:
Industrial policy  Search this
Cold War  Search this
Military research  Search this
Research and development contracts, Government  Search this
Research, Industrial  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_945786

Early support for U.S. science : anniversary review / Research Corporation

Title:
Research Corporation annual report 1995
Author:
Research Corporation  Search this
Yochelson, Ellis L (Ellis Leon) 1928-2006  Search this
Subject:
Research Corporation History  Search this
Smithsonian Institution History  Search this
Physical description:
48 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
History
Date:
1995
Topic:
Endowment of research--History  Search this
Research, Industrial--History  Search this
Science--Study and teaching--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1102088

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