Preliminary Guide to Electricity and Modern Physics Photonegatives
NMAH.AC.0715

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 2012

P.O. Box 37012
 Suite 1100, MRC 601
 Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
 Phone: 202-633-3270
 archivescenter@si.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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.

Custodial History note

Transferred to Archives Center from the Division of the History of Technology (now the Division of Work and Industry) in 2000.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Source unknown. Found in collections.

Processing Information note

Processed by Yauntilaa Lancaster, intern, Ramona Williamson, volunteer, Erin Molloy, volunteer; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 2012. Finding aid written by Alison Oswald, archivist, 2012.

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Summary Information

Repository
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Title
Electricity and Modern Physics Photonegatives
ID
NMAH.AC.0715
Date [inclusive]
1890-1930
Extent
6 Cubic feet;34 boxes
Language
English
Language of Materials note
Some materials in French and Slovak.
Abstract
Photographic negatives and some glass plate negatives depicting subjects relating to the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics' artifact collections and research interests. Negatives include portrait photographs of engineers (Marconi, Tesla, Bell, and Zworykin), images of radios, telegraphy equipment, and phonographs.

Preferred Citation note

Electricity and Modern Physics Photonegatives, 1898-1953, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

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Scope and Contents note

Photographic negatives and some glass plate negatives depicting subjects relating to the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics' artifact collections. Negatives include portrait photographs of engineers (Marconi, Tesla, Bell, and Zworykin), images of radios, telegraphy equipment, radio equipment, inventors, and phonographs. The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) engineers and some equipment are especially well represented. Many of the negatives are unidentified and undated.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged into one series and are arranged by topics. The folder titles in the container list were taken from the image enclosures.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Materials held in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History

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

Thomas Alva Edison Photo Prints, 1890s-1933, (AC0299)

Kenneth M. Swezey Papers, 1891-1982 (AC0047)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Radio Corporation of America.

Genre(s)

  • Black-and-white negatives

Personal Name(s)

  • Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922
  • Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931
  • Farnsworth, Philo Taylor,, b. 1906
  • Marconi, Guglielmo, Marchese, 1874-1937
  • Marconi, Maria, Marchesa
  • Tesla, Nikola, 1857-1943

Subject(s)

  • Engineers
  • Phonograph
  • Radio--Apparatus and supplies
  • Radio--History
  • Telegraph, Wireless

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs, negatives, and glass plates. The collection is in cold storage. Arrangements must be made with the Archives Center staff two weeks prior to a scheduled research visit.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Marconi Lighthouse Set, 1904

1 1

Reception in honor of H. E. Marconi at the Italian Pavilion, 1933 October 3, From Left to Right: Honorable G. Castruccio, Royal Italian Consul; Commander Luigi Ranieri, General Director, Italian Pavillion; H. E. Marconi; Marchesa Marconi; Mrs. G. Castruccio; Mrs. A. Ferme; Mrs. R. Lugianco; and Honorable A. Ferme, Italian Consul.

1 2

Branley Filings Coherer, Brown Microphone Receiver, Fessenden Moving Contact Receiver, Hot Wire Barretters, Liquid Barretter, Magnetic Receiver, Mechanical Receiver, undated

2 1

Potentiometer, sending key, busy indicator, discharger, telephone call, undated

2 2

RCA electrical equipment, undated

2 3-4

Stone wireless set installed by G. H. Clark (sketch) on United States Revenue Cutter Manning at San Francisco, 1907

2 5

UV-1716, undated

2 6

Heterodyne AC panel, undated

2 7

Unidentified Equipment, undated

Box Folder

Unidentified equipment, undated

3 1-5

Unidentified equipment, undated

4 1-5

Unidentified equipment, undated

5 1-4

Unidentified equipment, undated

6 1-6
Box Folder

Receiver, protective relay type SE-3522, serial number 197720, undated

7 1

Radiola III, undated

7 2

RCA Radiola 17, undated

7 3

Radiola, undated

7 4

Magazine, undated

7 5

Radiola, undated

7 6

RCA hall Photos, undated

7 7

Unidentified electrical equipment in radio communication, RCA Hall, undated

8 1-6

Receiver, undated

9 1-2

Unidentified Electrical Devices

Box Folder

Unidentified electrical devices, undated

10 1-12

Unidentified electrical devices, undated

11 1-14
Box Folder

Wireless telegraph, undated

12 1

Wireless telegraph, chassis of Stromberg Carlson, undated

12 2

Wireless telegraph, pamphlet, undated

12 3

Wireless telegraph, RCA FM transmitter, type FM-1-B, undated

12 4

Wireless telegraph, undated

12 5

Unidentified equipment, undated

13 1-4

RCA electrical equipment, undated

13 5-8

United States Navy Yard, Machinery Division, New York, undated

13 9

Federal Telephone Company, 1914 October

14 1

Radio shack for communication, WMS TAT planes, 1939

15 1

TAT and RR display suggestion for George H. Clark, 1939

15 2

Unidentified Locations, undated

Box Folder

Unidentified locations, undated

16 1-6

Unidentified locations, undated

17 1-6

Unidentified locations, undated

18 1-5
Box Folder

Unidentified, undated

19 1-12

Advertisement for the Massic Wireless Telegraph System, undated

19 13

PEKAM, undated

19 14

Wireless direction finder, undated

19 15

Wireless telegraph, undated

19 16

Unidentified women, undated

20 1-4

Unidentified, undated

21 1-2

Newsletter, Air concert "picked up" by Radio Herz, undated

21 3

Received 1899 November 11, answered by [Guglielmo Marconi?], 1899 November 11

21 4

Unidentified man, undated

21 5

Unidentified, undated

22 1-23

Unidentified males with RCA Victor-Marconi kite, undated

23

Unidentified male group, undated

23 2-3

Unidentified group, undated

24 1-5

Unidentified group with dog, undated

24 6

Unidentified men, undated

25 1-6

Award to Admiral S. C. Hooper for meritorious radio service in the United States Navy, 1940 February 21

26 1

Pamatnica, Postavenia a Odhalenia Pomnika (Witnesses, and the status of a memorial), undated

26 2

Chronological "History-Service" chart of Navy radio, undated

26 3

The Horne Daily News, 1920 September 29

26 4

Johnson, Eldridge. "Birthplace of the Victor", 1898

26 5

Postcard to George H. Clark, undated

27 1-2

Unidentified, undated

27 3-10

Unidentified men, undated

27 11-14

Unidentified, undated

28 1-3

Veteran Wireless Operators Association, undated

28 4

Telegraph, undated

28 5

#9792 Radio Experiment, car 5230 with radio interiors and exteriors for Mr. Davis, undated

Box Folder

#9792 Radio Experiment, car 5230 with radio interiors and exteriors for Mr. Davis, 1934 April 20, 2 Nitrate negatives

29 1-2

#9792 Radio Experiment, car 5230 with radio interiors and exteriors for Mr. Davis, 1934 April 20, 2 Nitrate negatives

30 1-2
Box Folder

Drawings of electrical material used by the United States Navy Yard, Machinery Division, New York, undated

Radio Telegraph Inductive Coupier and Wave Changing Switch, 2KW Type SE89, RY 34F 134

31 1-19

RCA Engineers, undated

Box Folder

Bell, Alexander Graham, undated

31 20

Brown, Thomas and Brown, Dorothy, undated

31 21

de Forest, Lee, undated

31 22

Edison, Thomas Alva, undated

31 23

Gilbert, William, undated

31 24

Loomis, Mahlon (Dr.), book dedication, undated

31 25

Oersted, Hans Christian, undated

31 26

Squier, George Owen (Major General), Chief Signal Officer of the United States Army, undated

31 27

Stone, John, Chief Engineer, Stone Telegraph and Telephone Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 1901-1909, 1903

31 28

Thales, undated

31 29

Thomas, E., undated

31 30

Volta, Alessandro, undated

31 31

RCA Electrical Equipment, undated

Box Folder

Small storage battery room, Belmar, RCA Engineering Department, undated

31 32

Motor-generator room and place battery rack, Riverhead, New York, undated

31 33

Radio receiver, undated

31 34

Radio reception table, Belmar, New York. RCA Engineering Department, undated

31 35

Duplex relay shelf, Belmar, New York. RCA Engineering Department, undated

31 36

Line terminal cabinet, Riverhead, New York, undated

31 37

Receiving engineer's desk, Riverhead, New York, 1922 January 6

31 38

Traffic room, Belmar, New York, RCA Engineering Department, undated

31 39

Receiving sets on shelves, Belmar, New York, RCA Engineering Department, undated

31 40

RCA notary, undated

31 41

Landline distribution, Belmar, New York, RCA Engineering Department, undated

31 42

Unidentified, 1903 April 11

31 43

Photographs of apparatus used in Professor R. A. Aessenden's system of wireless technology, 1903 May

31 44

Standard capacity, primary and secondary, 1903 April

31 45

Headphones, undated

31 46

Variable capacity, undated

31 47

RCA electrical equipment, undated

31 48-74

Wireless Telegraph

Box Folder

Wireless telegraph, unidentified, undated

32 161-170

Wireless telegraph, landline table, Belmar Engineering Department, RCA, undated

31 75

Wireless telegraph, landline switchboard, Belmar Engineering Department, RCA, undated

31 76

Wireless telegraph, made by H. O. Boehme, New York, undated

31 77

Wireless telegraph, benkelberg, undated

31 78

Wireless telegraph, operator sending a wireless message, undated

31 79

Wireless telegraph, battery charging panel, Belmar Engineering Department, RCA, undated

31 80

Wireless telegraph, receiving building and lead in Riverhead, Long Island, New York, undated

31 81

Wireless telegraph, apparatus shelves, Long Island, New York, undated

31 82

Wireless telegraph, apparatus shelves, Long Island, New York, undated

31 83

Wireless telegraph, the "Marconi Man" and his instruments, undated

31 84

Wireless telegraph, undated

31 85

Wireless telegraph, undated

31 86

Wireless telegraph, RCA ED14-154, undated

31 87

Unidentified People

Box Folder

Unidentified group, undated

31 88

Unidentified group, undated

31 89

Unidentified man, undated

31 90

Unidentified man, undated

31 91

Unidentified man, undated

31 92

Unidentified man, undated

31 93

Unidentified men, undated

31 94

Unidentified group, undated

31 95

Unidentified man and woman, undated

31 96

Unidentified man and building, undated

31 97

Unidentified man, undated

31 98

Unidentified man, undated

31 99

Unidentified man, undated

31 100
Box Folder

Love Art Studio, Murray, Kentucky, undated

31 101

"The Home of the Nathan Stubblefield Industrial School, and experiments in wireless telephony", 1907 September 4

31 102

Unidentified

Box Folder

Unidentified, undated

31 103-126

Picture and story in SRM85 056, undated

31 127

Unidentified, undated

31 128

RCA Engineers

Box Folder

Bailey, George William, undated

32 1

Bullard, William H. G. (Captain), Greatest Radio System, undated

32 2

Bullard, William H. G. (Captain), Greatest Radio System, undated

32 3

Castner-Mselaney, Jones-Melnhortz, Gunner Proctor, 1918 January 2

32 4

Cohen, Louis, undated

32 5

Costigan, A. J., Vice President, undated

32 6

E. J. Cunningham, Incorporated, unidentified male group, 1926 February 1

32 7

De Forest, Lee (Dr.), Veteran Wireless Operators Association Honorary President, undated

32 8

Dolbear, Nestor (Professor) of Wireless Telegraphy, undated

32 9

Fitzpatrick, W. S., undated

32 10

Grimes, "Dady", 1949 June 10

32 11

Hanson, O. B., undated

32 12

Haubner, T. D., Bachrach photo, undated

32 13

Heising, Reginald A., undated

32 14

Johouston, Benjamin, undated

32 15

Maher, J. F. J., undated

32 16

Marconi, H. E. and group at the scientific Italian section at the Hall of Science, 1933 October 3

32 17

McGonigle, William J., Secretary, undated

32 18

Meinholtz, Fred, 1950 June 10

32 19

Muller, Fred, Marine Radio Support, Tropical Radio Telegraph Company, undated

32 20

Mannill, C. J., vice president and general manager, Radiomarine Corporation of America, undated

32 21

Parker, H. H., Secretary, undated

32 22

Room (Dr.), undated

32 23

Schoemaker, Henry (Professor), "Who has made Wireless Telegraphy a practical success", undated

32 24

Simon, William C., Treasurer, undated

32 25

Steele, Chisholm, Evans and dog, "Some of the Pioneers", 1943 June 10

32 26

Trautwein, P. K., treasurer, undated

32 27

Unidentified man, "Come doen Grindle before you get hurt", undated

32 28

RCA engineers, unidentified man, undated

32 29

RCA engineers, unidentified men, undated

32 30

Unidentified man, undated

32 31

Unidentified male and female group, undated

32 32

Unidentified men, undated

32 33

Unidentified woman, undated

32 34

Unidentified man, undated

32 35

Unidentified men, undated

32 36

Unidentified man, undated

32 37

Unidentified men, undated

32 38

Unidentified woman, undated

32 39

Unidentified men, undated

32 40

Unidentified men, undated

32 41

Unidentified women and dog, undated

32 42

Unidentified men and children, undated

32 43

Unidentified man, undated

32 44-48

Unidentified men and young girl, "NBC", undated

32 49

Unidentified men, "NBC", undated

32 50

Unidentified men, undated

32 51

Unidentified men, "RCA COMMU", undated

32 52

Unidentified man and woman, undated

32 53-54

Unidentified man, undated

32 55

Unidentified group, undated

32 56-57

Unidentified man, undated

32 58-59

Unidentified group and unidentified man and woman, undated

32 60

Unidentified man, undated

32 61

Unidentified room with furniture, "Haussler", undated

32 62

Unidentified men, undated

32 63

Unidentified sculpture of man, undated

32 64

Unidentified men, undated

32 65

Unidentified man and sculpture, undated

32 66

Unidentified man, 1953 June 10

32 67

Unidentified man, "Underwood and Underwood, Washington, D.C.", undated

32 68

Unidentified men, undated

32 69-70

Unidentified houses, undated

32 71

Unidentified man and women, undated

32 72

Unidentified man, undated

32 73-74

Unidentified group, undated

32 75

Unidentified group, "NBC", undated

32 76

Unidentified group, undated

32 77

Unidentified man and woman, "NBC," "Fredhess E. Son", undated

32 78

Unidentified man and woman, undated

32 79

Unidentified group, undated

32 80-82

Unidentified man, 1947 June 10

32 83

Unidentified man, undated

32 84-85

Unidentified group, "NBC", undated

32 86

Unidentified man, 1948 June 10

32 87

Unidentified man, undated

32 88

Unidentified group, "NBC/KYW", undated

32 89

Unidentified group, undated

32 90

Unidentified group, undated

32 91-92

Unidentified man, undated

32 93-94

Unidentified group, undated

32 95

Unidentified man, undated

32 96-97

Unidentified group, undated

32 98

Unidentified man, undated

32 99-100

Unidentified boat, undated

32 101

Unidentified man, undated

32 102

Unidentified group, undated

32 103

Unidentified man and woman, undated

32 104

Unidentified man, undated

32 105

Unidentified group, undated

32 106

RCA

Box Folder

RCA. Unidentified, undated

32 107-118

Negatives of slides of World Communication Paper (wire, cable, radio)

Box Folder

Negatives of slides of World Communication Paper (Wire, Cable, Radio). Unidentified, undated

32 119-160

Electrical Deuces

Box Folder

Radio receiver type A-1, undated

32 171

Radio receiver type E, undated

32 172

Sperry portable receiver type CS-107, undated

32 173

Unidentified, undated

32 174-176

A Promaire Synd all Secondaire, undated

32 177

KSW quenched multiple spark radio transmitter, undated

32 178

MTR 21, number 695422, undated

32 179

Meter, undated

32 180

LAB.C.NO14, undated

32 181

Unidentified, undated

32 182

Sperry Gyroscope Company, undated

32 183

Unidentified, undated

32 184-200

Equipment

Box Folder

Mackay radio, undated

32 201

Stopping condenser, undated

32 202

Scotland, undated

32 203-204

Meterodyne type BC-104 and stopping condenser, undated

32 205

Ambrose, undated

32 206

Receiving stations "YN," "I DO," "MC1'" and "POZ", 1918 December 18

32 207

Award for David Sarnoff "for his outstanding contribution to the field of international communications", 1935

32 208

"Yes sure is some snow and let me tell you one better the", undated

32 209

Unidentified, undated

32 210-236

Stonset Express and stopping condenser, undated

32 237

Unidentified, undated

32 238-244

RCA electrical equipment, undated

33 102-103

The Great Seal of Tuckerton, 1914 October 9

33 104

Voices over space, undated

33 105

Silver Snake Studio, undated

33 106

Recreation room, Navy barracks, male group, undated

33 107

Leviathan, New York, undated

33 108

Man and woman, beach view, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, undated

33 110

Marconi Wireless Station, South Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, undated

33 111

Machrihanish, 1906 November 10

33 112

"African Golf." The most popular pastime at Belmar, New York, undated

33 113

The Tabbri Cottage, Bar Harbor, Maine. Burned early in 1918, undated

33 114

Wax cylinders by C. S. Jarnter, undated

33 115

Peace Haven Hotel, Brant Rock, Massachusetts, undated

33 116

Machrihanish Light Railway, undated

33 117

Mack Sennett comedies, undated

33 118

Unidentified, undated

33 119-145

Wireless road to the ocean, undated

33 109

Engineers

Box Folder

Alesanderson, Ernst F. W., undated

33 1

Armstrong, Edwin H, inventor of the regenerative and super-regenerative circuits, undated

33 2

Armstrong, Edwin H., inventor of the regenerative and super-regenerative circuits, undated

33 3

Bell, Alexander Graham, inventor of the telephone, undated

33 4

Berlin, B. M., undated

33 5

Bouthillion, L., undated

33 6

Dolbear, Nestor (Professor) of wireless telegraphy, undated

33 7

Dubillier, William, undated

33 8

Farnsworth, Philo T., (inventor of the Farnsworth system of television), undated

33 9

Goldsmith, Alfred N. (Dr.) eminent electrical engineer, aided industrial development of RCA, undated

33 10

Harris and Ewing, undated

33 11-14

Hogan, John L. V., 1926

33 15

Jackson, Henry Bradwardine (Admiral Sir), Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Fellows of the Royal Society, undated

33 16

Hyatt, undated

33 17

Latour, Marius C. A. Professor and French radio physicist, undated

33 18-19

Langmoir, Irving, undated

33 20

Logwood, Charles V., undated

33 21

Marconi, Guglielmo, undated

33 22

Marconi, Guglielmo (Chicago), 1933 October

33 23

Marconi, Guglielmo, Marchesa Cristina [Maria Cristina Bezzi-Scali], and [Maria] Elettra Julla [Elena Anna], undated

33 24

Marconi, Guglielmo, undated

33 25-27

Meinholtz, Steele, Grimes, McLaney, and Castner, undated

33 28

Murray, undated

33 29

Pierce, G. W., undated

33 30

Poulsen, Valdemar( Radio News), 1922 January

33 31

Steinmetz, C. P. G. E., 1912 June

33 32

Tesla, Nikola, undated

33 33

Thomson, Joseph (Sir). Discoverer of the electron, undated

33 34

Thomson, E., undated

33 35

Usselman, G. L., Mr. and Mrs., 1943

33 36

Usselman, G. L., undated

33 37

Walker, James L., 1925

33 38

Weagant, Roy A., chief engineer, Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company of America, undated

33 39-40

Weagant, Roy A. Chief engineer, Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company of America, 1919 January

33 41

Whitney, W. R. (Dr.), undated

33 42

Zworykin, Vlandimir (inventor of the iconoscope and other television devices), undated

33 43

Major of C.I.S., J.J., undated

33 44

Instimi Royal de France, undated

33 45

SAM 87221, undated

33 46

Gladis Giad, undated

33 47

Unidentified man, undated

33 48-56

Unidentified, undated

33 57

Unidentified man, undated

33 58-84

Unidentified man and woman, undated

33 85

Unidentified man, undated

33 86-88

Unidentified group, undated

33 89

Unidentified man, undated

33 90-101

Electrical Devices

Box Folder

Unidentified, undated

33 146

Glass Plate Negatives

Box Folder

Unidentified, undated

34 1-4

Mica condenser bank, undated

34 5

Telephone Department, Electrical Division, 1927 April 7

34 6

Unidentified, undated

34 7-13

Interior substation [?] switch boards, undated

34 14

Unidentified, undated

34 15-21