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Award to Daniel Davis Jr. for electro-magnetic instruments

Associated person:
Davis, Jr., Daniel  Search this
Object Name:
Print
Associated date:
1839
Credit Line:
from Daniel Davis, 3rd
ID Number:
EM.211687
Catalog number:
211687
Accession number:
38315
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-4388-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_713476

Ruska Variometer

Maker:
Ruska Instrument Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 19 in; 48.26 cm
overall: 8 7/8 in x 12 1/4 in; 22.5425 cm x 31.115 cm
Object Name:
variometer
Place Made:
United States: Texas, Houston
Subject:
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Credit Line:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
ID Number:
1982.0671.13a
Accession number:
1982.0671
Catalog number:
1982.0671.13a
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Science & Mathematics
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-dd00-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1029309
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Variometer

Maker:
Edelmann, Max Thomas  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 42 in; 106.68 cm
Object Name:
variometer
Place Made:
Germany: Bavaria, Munich
Date made:
ca 1906
Subject:
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Credit Line:
Carnegie Institution of Washington
ID Number:
1983.0039.06
Accession number:
1983.0039
Catalog number:
1983.0039.06
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Science & Mathematics
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-ca9a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1029379
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Variometer

Maker:
Edelmann, Max Thomas  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 47 1/2 in; 120.65 cm
Object Name:
variometer
Place Made:
Germany: Bavaria, Munich
Subject:
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Credit Line:
Carnegie Institution of Washington
ID Number:
1983.0039.05
Accession number:
1983.0039
Catalog number:
1983.0039.05
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Science & Mathematics
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-d68c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1029381

vibrator

Measurements:
overall: 7 1/2 in x 5 cm x 2 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 1 31/32 in x 6.35 cm
Object Name:
Vibrator
ID Number:
ZZ.RSN83527U39
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-8299-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_736544

Universal Magnetometer with Earth Inductor

Maker:
Carnegie Institution of Washington. Department of Terrestrial Magnetism  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall (instrument case): 7 1/4 in x 21 1/4 in x 15 3/4 in; 18.415 cm x 53.975 cm x 40.005 cm
overall: 7 in x 15 1/2 in x 21 1/4 in; 17.78 cm x 39.37 cm x 53.975 cm
Object Name:
universal magnetometer with earth inductor
Place Made:
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Date made:
1914
Subject:
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Credit Line:
U.S. Department of Commerce, Coast & Geodetic Survey
ID Number:
PH.320627
Accession number:
2003.0312
Catalog number:
320627
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Science & Mathematics
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-e821-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1029282
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Universal Magnetometer with Earth Inductor

Maker:
Edelmann, Max Thomas  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
box: 28 1/2 in x 13 in x 12 in; 72.39 cm x 33.02 cm x 30.48 cm
overall in case: 12 1/8 in x 28 3/4 in x 13 in; 30.7975 cm x 73.025 cm x 33.02 cm
Object Name:
universal magnetometer with earth inductor
Place Made:
Germany: Bavaria, Munich
Subject:
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Credit Line:
U.S. Department of Commerce, Coast & Geodetic Survey
ID Number:
PH.316518
Accession number:
225703
Catalog number:
316518
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Science & Mathematics
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-e423-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1029280
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Dip Circle

Maker:
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 1/2 in; 26.67 cm
overall in case: 12 in x 9 3/8 in x 8 1/4 in; 30.48 cm x 23.8125 cm x 20.955 cm
Object Name:
dip circle
Place Made:
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Subject:
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Science & Scientific Instruments  Search this
Credit Line:
U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey
ID Number:
PH.314632
Accession number:
208213
Catalog number:
314632
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Science & Mathematics
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-e5e1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1029361
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Instruments

Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 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
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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

Sperry Rail Detector Car Collection

Creator:
Sperry Co.  Search this
Names:
Sperry, Elmer A.  Search this
Extent:
0.33 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Business records
Date:
1928-1985
Summary:
Business records related to the development of the rail detector cars used by railroads to find hidden flaws, which could cause catastrophic accidents in event of rail failure.
Scope and Contents:
This collection focuses on the development of the rail detector cars used by railroads to find hidden flaws, which could cause catastrophic accidents in event of rail failure. The history of this device, including its conception by Elmer A. Sperry in 1923 utilizing a magnetic field passed over the rail and later improvements including an ultra-sonic system is presented in a publication of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Materials Evaluation , March, 1985. A technical handbook prepared for ASNT in 1963 describes the electric current test principles utilized in development of the induction systems, while a SRS brochure (1950) lists advantages of the ultra-sonic method. A bill of materials for "interior lighting, plumbing and detecting equipment for double unit AAR magnetic type detector car" (1946) is also included.

A detailed chronology of Sperry Rail Service (SRS) actions in collaboration with the American Railway Association (ARA) in the early development of the period (1926-1940) lists correspondence, memoranda and reports on the design and manufacture of the first Sperry rail detector cars, delivered to ARA in 1928. Also included are details of the negotiations between SRS and ARA regarding financing of the project and prices of the cars, as well as proposed modifications of the cars. Later Sperry negotiations with individual railroads, including Northern Pacific, Illinois Central, etc. for car purchases also are listed, including legal questions surrounding ARA's participation are listed.
Arrangement:
Collection arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
The Rail Detector Car was developed as a jointly-financed project by the American Railway Association (ARA) and the Sperry Co. beginning in 1926. The ARA contracted with Sperry to manufacture a rail detector car, initializing a method by which the magnetic detection equipment (invented by Elmer A. Sperry in 1923) contacted the rail. This system proved unsatisfactory as dirt, oxide and scale on the rail surface interfered with its operation. Sperry continued work on the project, developing the induction method which utilized electrical induction coils suspended above the rail. Thus equipped, a successful rail detector car was produced and delivered to ARA in 1928. The newly-organized Sperry Rail Service operated additional cars on a contract basis with the railroads.

A new method of rail flow detection using ultra-sonic high frequency sound waves was introduced by Sperry and mounted on rail detector cars in 1949. The ultra-sonic system proved particularly useful in detecting rail joint flaws not found by the induction method. As a result, by 1985 all of the Sperry detector cars in service used a dual induction/ultrasonic system.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
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:
Railroads -- Track-inspection cars  Search this
Magnetic instruments  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business records -- 20th century
Citation:
Sperry Rail Detector Car Collection, 1928-1985, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0497
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Sperry Rail Detector Car Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0497
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Patents for inventions. Abridgments of specifications relating to electricity and magnetism, their generation and applications. Part II.-A.D. 1858-1866

Author:
Great Britain Patent Office  Search this
Woodcroft, Bennet 1803-1879  Search this
Former owner:
Jehl, Francis 1863-1941 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Dibner, Bern DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 897, [3] (first 2 blank), 16 p. ; 19 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1874
Topic:
Electric apparatus and appliances--Patents  Search this
Magnetic instruments--Patents  Search this
Patents  Search this
Call number:
TK257 .G78p 1874
TK257.G78p 1874
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_163633

Joseph Henry's Letter to Edward Sabine (May 12, 1853)

Author:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Sabine, Edward Sir 1788-1883  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 3 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
May 12, 1853
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Expeditions  Search this
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Geophysics  Search this
Magnetic materials  Search this
Astronomers  Search this
Ornithologists  Search this
Oregon  Search this
Explorers  Search this
Letters  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-0424 and SIA2012-0425 and SIA2012-0426
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13138

Instruments of attraction / Patricia Fara ; [edited by Judy Mills ; photography by Don Manning]

Author:
Fara, Patricia  Search this
Whipple Museum of the History of Science  Search this
Subject:
Whipple Museum of the History of Science  Search this
Physical description:
30 p. : ill. 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
Topic:
Magnetic instruments--History  Search this
Magnetic instruments  Search this
Call number:
QC755.67 .F37 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_710126

The story of electrical and magnetic measurements : from 500 B.C. to the 1940s / Joseph F. Keithley

Author:
Keithley, Joseph F  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 240 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Electric measurements--History  Search this
Electric measurements--Instruments--History  Search this
Magnetic measurements--History  Search this
Magnetic instruments--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_555777

Geophysics & geomagnetism : catalogue of the Science Museum collection / Anita McConnell

Author:
McConnell, Anita  Search this
Science Museum (Great Britain)  Search this
Physical description:
v, 45 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
Topic:
Geophysical instruments--Collection and preservation  Search this
Magnetic instruments--Collection and preservation  Search this
Geophysical instruments--Catalogs  Search this
Magnetic instruments--Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
QC808.7 .M12 1986
QC808.7.M12 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_414749

Description of the instruments and process used in the photographic self-registration of the magnetical and meteorological instruments, at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Subject:
Royal Observatory, Greenwich  Search this
Physical description:
10 p., [3] folded leaves of plates : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1849
Topic:
Astronomical instruments  Search this
Magnetic instruments  Search this
Meteorological instruments  Search this
Call number:
QB103 .D443 1849
QB103.D443 1849
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_417860

Patents for inventions : abridgments of specifications relating to electricity and magnetism : division II, conducting and insulating : part III-A.D. 1877-1883

Author:
Great Britain Patent Office  Search this
Lack, Henry Reader Sir 1832-1908  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xv, [1], 222, [2] p. ; 19 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1894
Topic:
Electric apparatus and appliances--Patents  Search this
Magnetic instruments--Patents  Search this
Patents  Search this
Call number:
TK257 .G78p 1894
TK257.G78p 1894
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_421138

Electrical and magnetic instruments / by Kenneth Lyall

Author:
Lyall, Kenneth  Search this
Whipple Museum of the History of Science  Search this
Renaissance Trust (Cambridge, England)  Search this
Area Museums Service for South Eastern England  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Electric apparatus and appliances  Search this
Magnetic instruments--Catalogs  Search this
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Call number:
QC543 .L98 1991
QC543.L98 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_444270

Catalogue of apparatus, to illustrate magnetism, galvanism, electro-dynamics, electro-magnetism, magneto-electricity, and thermo- electricity : manufactured and sold by Daniel Davis, magnetical instrument maker, no. 428 Washington Street, Boston

Author:
Davis, Daniel 1813-1887  Search this
Physical description:
46, [2] p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Early works to 1850
Date:
1848
Topic:
Electric apparatus and appliances  Search this
Electricity  Search this
Call number:
QC543 .D26 1848
TK5262.D26 1851
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_452876

[Trade catalogs on experimental science instruments and apparatus : electrical instruments, optical instruments, astronomical and geodaetical instruments, mechanical instruments, hydrodynamical instruments, pneumatical instruments, meteorological instruments, voltaic or galvanic instruments, magnetical instruments, electro-dynamical, thermo- and magneto- electrical instruments, sectional models ... ]

Author:
Watkins and Hill  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<2> v. : ill
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1836
1836?-
Topic:
Electric apparatus and appliances  Search this
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Call number:
48357
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_477815

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