Guide to the Thomas Alva Edison Photoprints

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Table of Contents,Collection Overview 1,Administrative Information 1. Arrangement 3,Scope and Contents 3,Biographical Historical 2. Biographical Historical 2,Scope and Contents 3,Bibliography 4. Names and Subjects 4,Container Listing 5,Series 1 Silver Gelatin Prints 1900 1933 5. Series 2 Xerographic Copy Prints 1900 1933 9,Thomas Alva Edison Photoprints.
NMAH AC 0299,Collection Overview, Repository Archives Center National Museum of American History. Title Thomas Alva Edison Photoprints,Identifier NMAH AC 0299. Date 1890s 1933,Extent 0 67 Cubic feet 2 boxes,Creator Keystone View Company. Shinn Walter Scott,Underwood Underwood Inc,Fotograms New York N Y. International Newsreel Corp New York N Y,ETL Testing Laboratories Inc.
Language English, Digital Image s Arthur Williams Thomas A Edison John W Lieb Nicholas. Content F Brady and Thomas E Murray in office of Mr Murray photoprint. Administrative Information,Acquisition Information. Collection donated by ETL Testing Laboratories in 1985. Provenance, These photographs were found in the archives of ETL Testing Laboratories and were donated. to NMAH by the firm in 1985 Dr Bernard S Finn curator of electricity at the museum made. arrangements for the gift The posed nature of most of the photographs suggests that they. were made for publicity purposes ETL Testing Laboratories Inc is a New York testing and. certification laboratory which was created in 1896 by Edison s companies for the purpose of. testing electric lamps, Transferred from the Division of Electricity to the Archives Center on February 17 1988. Processing Information,Processed by David E Haberstich archivist 1988.
Some of these photographs are fragile with tears ragged edges etc Many have labels and. captions glued to the verso of the prints and should be inspected periodically Until additional. conservation measures and rehousing have been conducted the photographs should be. handled with great care Eventually it may be useful to remove the labels from the prints. before this occurs it would be advisable to expand the Container List into an item level list with. complete transcriptions of all the labels This work was underway at the time of this revision. Page 1 of 9,Thomas Alva Edison Photoprints,NMAH AC 0299. Due to the fragile nature of the original photographic prints use of the xerographic copies in. Series 2 for browsing purposes is encouraged,Preferred Citation. Edison Photographs Archives Center National Museum of American History. Restrictions,Collection is open for research,Conditions Governing Use. 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. Most images probably public domain due to expired copyrights. Biographical Historical, Photographs cover Edison s later life beginning in his early 50 s and continuing until his death in 1931 at. age 84 Edison with an electric car the car is a 1914 Detroit Electric Brougham model 47 serial number. 5426 It was shipped December 19 1913 to East Orange New Jersey with an Edison Battery but with no. motor very unusual according to Galen Handy 2 09 07 see http earlyelectric com. Dr Bernard Finn Curator of Electricity National Museum of American History organized a traveling. exhibition based on these and other photographs most supplied by the Edison National Historic Site. Edison After the Electric Light The Challenge of Success in 1986 it was circulated by the Association. of Science Technology Centers In 1994 a revised version of the exhibition was prepared again curated. by Dr Finn for display in the National Museum of American History basement photography gallery it. was retitled Edison After Forty The Challenge of Success In 1996 copies of the exhibit were given to. museums in Japan India Yugoslavia and China for circulation in those countries Another version of this. compilation had been published as Thomas Alva Edison After Forty The Challenge of Success in USA. Today July 1994 pp 84 92,Biographical Historical, One of the most famous of all Americans in any walk of life Thomas Alva Edison hardly needs an.
introduction He was the quintessential genius who invented or perfected a variety of electrical and. technological devices which are still fundamental features of everyday life not only in the United States. but around the world Many of his or his companies inventions of course built on the pioneering work. of others Another Archives Center collection the Gordon Hendricks Collection includes the efforts of one. scholar to debunk or minimize Edison s personal role in the development of motion picture cameras and. projectors, Edison was born in Milan Ohio February 11 1847 and died October 18 1931 at 84 years of age His. Edison Electric Light Company was the predecessor of the General Electric Co While operating this. company and later working at laboratories in Menlo Park and West Orange New Jersey he was credited. with patents for over one thousand inventions A bibliography follows. Page 2 of 9,Thomas Alva Edison Photoprints,NMAH AC 0299. Scope and Contents, This collection is divided into two series a Silver gelatin prints and b xerographic copy prints made in. the museum The collection consists of approximately 340 photoprints count to be verified documenting. the life of Thomas Alva Edison especially the later period beginning in his early fifties continuing until his. death in 1931 at age 84 there are also later pictures including his funeral and awards and sculptures. The photographs are arranged chronologically and are clearly captioned with pasted labels containing. dates places notations of circumstances and identification of persons These photoprints show Edison. his family including his wife and son Charles friends associates and famous persons including Charles. Proteus Steinmetz Henry Ford Harvey Firestone George Eastman Charles Lindbergh and Presidents. Harding Coolidge and Hoover including scenes in New Jersey Florida Michigan and other locations. Some photographers rubber stamps appear on the verso of prints Photographers studios and agencies. include Fotograms Underwood Underwood Keystone View Co International Newsreels Photos and. Walter Scott Shinn, Many of the photographs are not original prints but were made from copy negatives Such copies where. fairly obvious are identified in the Container List Photographs are clearly captioned with dates places. occasion and persons identified More than 300 photoprints show Edison his family friends associates. and famous persons including Henry Ford Harvey Firestone George Eastman Charles Lindbergh. and Presidents Harding Coolidge and Hoover Locations include New Jersey Florida Michigan. Photographers studios and agencies include Fotograms Underwood Underwood Keystone View Co. International Newsreels Photos and Walter Scott Shinn. Scope and Contents, This collection is divided into two series a Silver gelatin photoprints and b xerographic reference.
copies made in the museum The collection consists of approximately 340 photoprints count to be. verified documenting the life of Thomas Alva Edison especially the later period beginning in his early. fifties continuing until his death in 1931 at age 84 there are also later pictures including his funeral and. awards and sculptures The photographs are arranged chronologically and are clearly captioned with. pasted labels containing dates places notations of circumstances and identification of persons These. photoprints show Edison his family including his wife and son Charles friends associates and famous. persons including Charles Proteus Steinmetz Henry Ford Harvey Firestone George Eastman Charles. Lindbergh and Presidents Harding Coolidge and Hoover including scenes in New Jersey Florida. Michigan and other locations, Some photographers rubber stamps appear on the verso of prints Photographers studios and agencies. include Fotograms Underwood Underwood Keystone View Co International Newsreels Photos and. Walter Scott Shinn, Many of the photographs are not original prints but were made from copy negatives Such copies where. fairly obvious are identified in the Container List. Arrangement,Collection is arranged into two series. Series 1 Silver Gealtin Prints,Page 3 of 9,Thomas Alva Edison Photoprints. NMAH AC 0299,Series 2 Xerographic Copy Prints,Bibliography.
Israel Paul Edison A Life of Invention John Wiley 1998 Recent and comprehensive. Dyer Frank and Martin T C Edison A Biography McGraw Hill 1959 The first modern researched. biography economic emphasis, Wachhurst Wynn Thomas Alva Edison The Biography of a Myth MIT Press 1981 Interesting. study of the development of Edison s reputation, Friedel Robert Israel Paul and Finn Bernard Edison s Electric Light Biography of an Invention. Rutgers University Press 1987 The definitive account of that invention. Pretzer William ed Working at Inventing Thomas A Edison and the Menlo Park Experience. Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village 1989 Compendium of articles about Edison at Menlo. Names and Subject Terms, This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Smithsonian Institution under the following terms. Automobiles 1910 1920,Electricity 1900 1930,Inventions 1900 1930. Inventors 1900 1950,Presidents United States,Types of Materials.
Photographs 1900 1950,Coolidge Calvin President 1872 1933 Photographs. Eastman George,Edison Thomas A Thomas Alva 1847 1931. Ford Henry Photographs,Harding Warren G Warren Gamaliel 1865 1923. Hoover Herbert President 1874 1964 Photographs,Lindbergh Charles A Charles Augustus 1902 1974. Page 4 of 9, Series 1 Silver Gelatin Prints Thomas Alva Edison Photoprints.
NMAH AC 0299,Container Listing,Series 1 Silver Gelatin Prints 1900 1933. 8 x 10 or smaller unmounted unless otherwise noted. Subseries 1 1 Item list with transcriptions of pasted captions 1900 1914. Box 1 Folder 1 29, Note original count 28 Studio portraits with Firestone Ford and John Burroughs in library in. laboratory sailing for Europe in car in Budapest with Charles Proteus Steinmetz. Box 1 Folder 1 Edison standing by Underwood Underwood stamp on verso. Box 1 Folder 2 About 1900 Fort Myers Florida Edison on his Florida estate Underwood. Underwood stamp on verso Pencil 158449, Box 1 Folder 3 Edison bust portrait About 1900 Brown Bros stamps on verso. Box 1 Folder 4 TAE seated in chair holding book 1900 Rubber stamp on verso. International News Photographs Inc 235 East 45th Street New York City. Pencil on verso 410913, Box 1 Folder 5 TAE seated holding hat and cigar West Orange N J About 1900 Edison. in his fifties Keystone View Co stamp on verso, Box 1 Folder 6 1900 Left to Right Henry Ford Harvey Firestone Edison Unknown and.
John Burroughs Standing in field Underwood Underwood stamp on. verso No 292158, Box 1 Folder 7 Camping party Green Island About 1900 Thomas a Edison on camping. trip with left to right first H S Firestone Jr Harvey Firestone Edison. John Burroughs Mayor Watt Henry Ford Hokes and Scott Probably a copy. Brown Brothers rubber stamp on verso, Box 1 Folder 8 9 Edison with hands in pockets two prints from same negative from copy. negative one trimmed more closely Larger print includes Falk Photo. N Y at lower left Captions 1904 and About 1904 Brown Brothers rubber. stamp on verso of one, Box 1 Folder 10 1905 Edison working at desk with bookshelf and calendar on wall Text. in negative prints white lower right Edison Copyright 1905 by Irving. Underhill New York B7064 Pencil on verso 65444 3, Box 1 Folder 11 Copy of painting of Edison seated with cigar About 1907. Page 5 of 9, Series 1 Silver Gelatin Prints Thomas Alva Edison Photoprints.
NMAH AC 0299, Box 1 Folder 12 Men seated at table one standing in back Probably from copy neg 1908. Arthur Williams Edison John W Lieb Nicholas F Brady and Thomas E. Murray in office or sic Mr Murray Pencil on verso 65455. Box 1 Folder 28 or Arthur Williams Thomas A Edison John W Lieb Nicholas F Brady and. 12 Thomas E Murray in office of Mr Murray photoprint 1908. 1 Item Silver gelatin on paper 9 0 x 10 1,ETL Testing Laboratories Inc Donor. Unrestricted research use by appointment Photographs must be handled. with cotton gloves unless protected by sleeves,Local Numbers. AC0299 0000001 AC Scan,Names Edison Thomas A Thomas Alva 1847 1931. Topic Inventors,Genre Photographs 1900 1950 Black and white.
Form photoprints Silver gelatin, Box 1 Folder 13 3 images on one sheet 1910 Left Edison Right Form for concrete. house Below Finished house On verso Underwood Underwood stamp. pencil numbers 268466 268464 268465, Box 1 Folder 14 Edison s head only background masked or opaqued out About 1910. International News Photos stamp and 35921 in pencil on verso. Box 1 Folder 15 About 1910 Edison sitting in his library at rolltop desk International News. Photos stamp and B3409i in pencil on verso, Box 1 Folder 16 About 1910 Edison in his Laboratory probably from copy neg. International News Photos stamp on verso, Box 1 Folder 17 Edison posed in his library 1910 standing International News Photos. stamp and B3409g in pencil on verso, Box 1 Folder 18 About 1911 Edison in his laboratory from copy negative Underwood.
Pretzer William ed Working at Inventing Thomas A Edison and the Menlo Park Experience Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village 1989 Compendium of articles about Edison at Menlo Park Names and Subject Terms This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Smithsonian Institution under the following terms Subjects Automobiles 1910 1920 Electricity 1900 1930 Inventions

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