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James W. Queen & Company Collection

Creator:
Leeds and Northrup Company  Search this
Gray Instrument Company  Search this
Queen, James W., & Company  Search this
Queen Gray Company  Search this
Extent:
3.5 Cubic feet (7 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Books
Catalogs
Date:
1850-1952
Summary:
Collection documents James W. Queen & Company and its successors Leeds and Northrup Company, Queen-Gray Company, and Gray Instrument Company, manufacturers of instruments for laboratory and industrial use. The collection contains catalogs, circulars, photographs, and miscellaneous publications and documents.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains catalogs, circulars, blueprints, and photographs describing equipment and supplies offered for sale by James W. Queen & Company and its successors, including the Leeds and Northrop Company, the Queen Gray Company, and the Gray Instrument Company.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into three series.

Series 1, Catalogs and Circulars, 1896-1952

Series 2, Photographs, circa 1907

Series 3, Miscellaneous Materials, 1850-1951
Biographical / Historical:
James W. Queen & Company of Philadelphia manufactured scientific instruments for laboratory and industrial use. The company was founded in 1853 by James W. Queen (1811-1890), and J.G. Gray became the president in the 1890s. The company won several awards, including the Franklin Institute's John Scott Medal for the invention of the self-regulating aspect of their x-ray tubes. In 1912 James W. Queen & Company was reorganized into the Queen-Gray Company. After J.G. Gray's death in 1825, it became the Gray Instrument Company.

Sources

Charles E. Smart, The Makers Of Surveying Instruments In America Since 1700, (Troy, New York: Regal Art Press, 1962) (accessed 6 August 2010).

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, "Queen," Physical Sciences Collection- Surveying and Geodesy(accessed 6 August 2010).
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

AC0215, Instrument Society of America Collection, 1911-1969
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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:
Scientific apparatus and instruments industry  Search this
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Function:
Scientific instruments manufacturing
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1900-1950
Books
Catalogs
Photographs -- 1850-1900
Citation:
James W. Queen & Company Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0015
See more items in:
James W. Queen & Company Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0015
Online Media:

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Instruments

Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Extent:
4.56 Cubic feet (consisting of 10 boxes, 1 folder, 1 oversize folder, 1 map case folder.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Ephemera
Printed ephemera
Sales letters
Business cards
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Sales catalogs
Sales records
Manufacturers' catalogs
Publications
Receipts
Commercial catalogs
Surveying instruments
Trade cards
Catalogs
Manuals
Invoices
Business ephemera
Advertisements
Mail order catalogs
Advertising cards
Advertising
Advertising mail
Business records
Print advertising
Business letters
Correspondence
Letterheads
Periodicals
Advertising fliers
Catalogues
Printed material
Date:
circa 1800-1965
bulk 1830-1930
Summary:
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Instruments forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Scope and Contents:
The Instrument category covers devices and tools used in arts and sciences, including but not limited to architecture, biology, medicine, geography, physics, chemistry and related laboratory investigation, navigation, in industry with machinery, astronomy, and a variety of optics including reading glasses. An emphasis on engineering and survey work is evident in the volume of Drawing and Surveying catalogues present.

Materials include a small sampling of business records, particular invoices and receipts, with also some advertisement, correspondence, financials, import/export documents. The bulk of material is comprised of product catalogues, many with detailed descriptions, specifications, and illustrations, plus pricing information. A number of catalogues are in German. A small portion of the catalogues are not instruments per se, but are accompaniments used with instruments. For example, specimen slides for microscopes. A few company publications are present as well. Several guides on the use of or history of some apparatus are present, as are a few stand-alone illustrations, though most catalogues are heavily illustrated.

No extensive runs or complete records exist for any single company, brand, and no particular depth is present for any singular subtopic though some publications may provide general and historical overviews of a person, company, or facet of industry. Separate folders were used for a few companies which have a small bulk of material. Companies of note: Bausch & Lomb, Sperry Corporation and Wheelco Instrument Company.

With the industries and trades represented in this category, there is overlap with Hardware, Tools, and Mensuration.
Arrangement:
Instruments is arranged in two subseries. Researchers are advised to look both under the company name and under the category of catalogue of products it produces.

Business Records and Marketing Material

Genre
Forms Part Of:
Forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana.

Series 1: Business Ephemera

Series 2: Other Collection Divisions

Series 3: Isadore Warshaw Personal Papers

Series 4: Photographic Reference Material
Provenance:
Instruments is a portion of the Business Ephemera Series of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060 purchased from Isadore Warshaw in 1967. Warshaw continued to accumulate similar material until his death, which was donated in 1971 by his widow, Augusta. For a period after acquisition, related materials from other sources (of mixed provenance) were added to the collection so there may be content produced or published after Warshaw's death in 1969. This practice has since ceased.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
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:
Surgical instruments and apparatus  Search this
Surveying -- Instruments -- 1800-1810  Search this
Mail-order business -- Catalogs  Search this
Engineering instruments  Search this
Wild flowers -- Specimens  Search this
Magnetic instruments  Search this
Surveying -- Instruments -- 1870-1940  Search this
Consumer goods -- Catalogs  Search this
Specimens -- list of  Search this
Mathematical instruments  Search this
Spectrum analysis -- Instruments  Search this
Retail trade  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Scientific apparatus and instruments industry  Search this
Architectural drawing  Search this
Artists' materials  Search this
Microscopes  Search this
Scales (Weighing instruments)  Search this
advertising -- Specimens -- 1840-1950  Search this
Industrial productivity -- measurements  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Dental instruments and apparatus -- 1880-1940  Search this
Laboratories  Search this
Optics  Search this
Dental instruments and apparatus -- 1930-1970  Search this
Dental instruments and apparatus  Search this
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Medical instruments and apparatus  Search this
Zoological specimens -- Collection and preservation  Search this
Specimens -- catalog of  Search this
Measuring instruments industry  Search this
Measuring instruments  Search this
Plant specimens  Search this
Tools  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Chemistry -- 19th century  Search this
Chemistry -- Distillation  Search this
Medical Equipment  Search this
advertising -- Business ephemera  Search this
Medical supplies  Search this
Surveying and surveying instruments  Search this
Chemistry  Search this
Function:
Scientific instruments manufacturing
Genre/Form:
Ephemera
Printed ephemera
Sales letters
Business cards
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Sales catalogs
Sales records
Manufacturers' catalogs
Publications -- Business
Receipts
Commercial catalogs
Surveying instruments
Trade cards
Catalogs
Manuals
Invoices
Business ephemera
Advertisements
Mail order catalogs
Advertising cards
Advertising
Advertising mail
Business records
Print advertising
Business letters
Correspondence
Letterheads
Periodicals
Advertising fliers
Catalogues
Printed material
Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Instruments, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Instruments
See more items in:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Instruments
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-instruments

Amino Acid Analyzer

Measurements:
overall: 2 m x 61 m x 91.5 m; 6 9/16 ft x 200 1/8 ft x 300 3/16 ft
Object Name:
amino acid analyzer
Associated Place:
United States: New Jersey
Subject:
Nobel Prize  Search this
Chemistry  Search this
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0188.01
Catalog number:
1996.0188.01
1996.188.01.1
Accession number:
1996.0188
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Science & Mathematics
Biotechnology and Genetics
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746af-821e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_333356
Online Media:

[Trade catalogs from Scientific Instrument Manufacturers Assoc. of Great Britain Ltd.]

Company Name:
Scientific Instrument Manufacturers Assoc. of Great Britain Ltd.  Search this
Notes content:
scientific instrument valves
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
5 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
London, United Kingdom
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Scientific and optical instruments  Search this
Topic:
Optical instruments  Search this
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_17964
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_17964

The medical application of electricity, with descriptions of apparatus and instructions for its use

Author:
Davis, Daniel 1813-1887  Search this
Wightman, Joseph M (Joseph Milner) 1812-1885  Search this
Physical description:
24 p. illus. 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1846
Topic:
Electrotherapeutics  Search this
Electrotherapeutics--Instruments  Search this
Electromagnetism in medicine  Search this
Call number:
QC760 .D262 1842
QC760.D262 1842
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_408339

A manual of magnetism, including galvanism, magnetism, electro-magnetism, electro-dynamics, magneto-electricity, and thermo-electricity. With 180 original illustrations

Title:
Manual of magnetism
Davis's Manual
Author:
Davis, Daniel 1813-1887  Search this
Channing, William F (William Francis) 1820-1901  Search this
Bacon, John Jr. 19th cent  Search this
Wightman, Joseph M (Joseph Milner) 1812-1885  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 322, [6] p., [2] leaves of plates. illus. 19 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1848
Topic:
Electromagnetism  Search this
Magnetism  Search this
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Call number:
QC760 .D26 1848
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_454285

Survey of the British scientific instrument industry. October, 1947 ..

Physical description:
ii, 48, iii-iv p. illus. (part col., incl. ports., diagrs.) 44 x 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1947
[1947]
Call number:
Q185.T57 1947
Q185.T57 1947
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_256646

A guide to photography, containing simple and concise directions for obtaining views, portraits, &c. by W.H. Thornthwaite

Author:
Thornthwaite, W. H (William Henry)  Search this
Horne and Thornthwaite, firm, London  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., 73, [89]-120 p. illus., diagrs. 18 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1856
Topic:
Photography  Search this
Photography--Equipment and supplies  Search this
Call number:
TR146 .T54
TR146.T54
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_159799

A guide to instrument design. Produced by the Scientific Instrument Manufacturers' Association of Great Britain (SIMA) and the British Scientific Instrument Research Association (SIRA) Edited by the staff of SIRA

Author:
Scientific Instrument Manufacturers' Association of Great Britain  Search this
British Scientific Instrument Research Association  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 444 p. illus., diagrs. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
Topic:
Scientific apparatus and instruments--Design and construction  Search this
Call number:
TS500 .S35X
TS500.S35X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_86304

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