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Series 1. Addresses, circa 1888-1929
.5 linear feet
RPA 00832 (box 1)
Series 1 contains copies of speeches and addresses by Emile Berliner on a variety of subjects. Examples include a 1888 speech delivered to the Franklin Institute on the gramophone, a 1925 paper prepared for the D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects on acoustic tiles, and three addresses on transmitters and the development of the talking machine. It also includes an address by Berliner from 1913 for the National Farm School on the social status of the Jews.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1Addresses, 1888-1929
BOX-FOLDER 1/1 The gramophone: etching the human voice
Published: [ca. 1888 May 16]
Author: Emile Berliner
22 p. ; 23 cm.
digital ID: 01010101
Published speech by Berliner delivered to the Franklin Institute on May 16, 1888, about the gramophone.
Handwritten note on p. 1: "Copy from which I read the paper may 16/88." And in different handwriting: "The text was changed here and there for publication in Journal of the F.I." More handwritten notes appear throughout text.
P. 22 contains clipping from the Evening Herald, May 17, 1888, describing Berliner's address to the Franklin Institue about the gramophone. Cover for address is missing.
Digital content available.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1The gramophone: etching the human voice
Published: Washington, D.C. : Berliner Gramophone Company, 1909
Author: Emile Berliner
24 p. ; 23 1/2 cm.
digital ID: 01010102
Reprint of published speech by Berliner delivered to the Franklin Institute on May 16, 1888, about the gramophone. Also contains Edward H. Johnson's account of the invention of the phonograph.
Copy 1.
Title on cover: "Paper read before the Franklin Institute, May 16, 1888, on the gramophone by its inventor, Emile Berliner."
Digital content available.
BOX-FOLDER 1/2Addresses, 1888-1929
BOX-FOLDER 1/2Three addresses
Author: Emile Berliner
46 p. ; 24 cm.
digital ID: 01010202
Contains "The loose contact transmitter" (1910), "A reminiscence" (1912), and "The development of the talking machine" (1913).
Copy 2.
Digital content available.
BOX-FOLDER 1/3Addresses, 1888-1929
BOX-FOLDER 1/4Addresses, 1913
BOX-FOLDER 1/4The social status of the Jews
Published: [1913?]
Author: Emile Berliner
8 p. ; 23 cm.
digital ID: 01010401
Address before the National Farm School, October 19, 1913.
Note on p. 1: "Owing to circumstances this address was not delivered, but it appeared in 'The American Israelite' of November 13th, 1913."
Digital content available.
BOX-FOLDER 1/5Addresses, circa 1925
BOX-FOLDER 1/5Hall acoustics
Published: Washington, D.C. : Acoustic Tile Company, [ca. 1925]
Author: Emile Berliner
7 p. ; 22 cm.
digital ID: 01010501
Paper read before the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Oct. 8, 1925, about how acoustic tiles can improve the sound in halls and auditoriums.
Digital content available.
BOX-FOLDER 1/6Addresses, 1929
BOX-FOLDER 1/6Franklin Institute, May 15, 1929
Published: [1929]
Author: Emile Berliner and the Franklin Institute
20 p. ; 24 cm.
digital ID: 01010601
Contains 2 articles published in the Journal of the Franklin Institute, July 1929: "Vocal physics--historic notes," written by Emile Berliner and delivered before the Franklin Institute, and an article on Medal Day, in which Berliner received a medal.
Digital content available.
Series 2. Journal Articles and Newspaper Clippings, 1883, 1900, 1922, 1927-1929, 1955
1 linear foot
RPA 00833 (box 2); RPD 00035 (box OS 1)
Selected items available online.
Series 2 consists of journal articles and newspaper clippings which chronicle Berliners life, interests and inventions, the bulk of which are obituaries from 1929. Some early articles focus on Berliner's inventions of the gramophone, microphone, and acoustic improvements. Later articles highlight his efforts on health care and curing infant mortality. Journals include Young Israel, the American Hebrew, and Journal of Outdoor Life. Newspapers include the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Herald, the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, the Evening Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among others.
BOX-FOLDER 2/1Articles on the gramophone, 1922-1955
BOX-FOLDER OS1/1Articles on the gramophone, 1900, 1952
BOX-FOLDER 2/2Articles on the telephone, microphone, 1922-1955
BOX-FOLDER OS1/2Articles on the telephone, microphone, 1883
BOX-FOLDER 2/3Articles and clippings on health, 1922-1955
BOX-FOLDER OS1/3Newspaper clippings on health, 1928-1929
BOX-FOLDER 2/4Articles on acoustic tile, 1922-1955
BOX-FOLDER OS1/4Newspaper clippings on acoustic tile, 1928
BOX-FOLDER 2/5Biographical and miscellaneous articles, 1922-1955
BOX-FOLDER 2/6Newspaper clippings on Berliner's death, 1929
BOX-FOLDER 2/7Newspaper clippings on Berliner's death, 1929
BOX-FOLDER 2/8Newspaper clippings on Berliner's death, 1929
BOX-FOLDER OS1/5Newspaper clippings on Berliner's death, 1929
BOX-FOLDER 2/9Newspaper clippings on Berliner's death and other topics, 1929
BOX-FOLDER 2/10Miscellaneous articles, 1922-1955
BOX-FOLDER OS1/6Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, undated
Series 3. Artifacts, undated
.5 linear feet
RPA 00834 (box 4)
Selected items available online.
This series holds actual parts from machines. They include talking machine needles and washers.
BOX-FOLDER 4/1Sprechmaschinen-nandeln [Talking machine needles], undated
BOX-FOLDER 4/2Washer samples, undated
Series 4. Books, 1879-1928
3.5 linear feet
RPA 00835-00841 (boxes 5-11); RPB 00108-00109 (boxes 29-30)
Selected items available online.
This series consists of 23 books and includes court proceedings, arguments, briefs, and affidavits for Berliner’s court cases (U.S. v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, bound issues of the serial Telegraphic Journal and Electrical Review, v. VIII, and many copies of Muddy Jim and Other Rhymes, a book written by Berliner on children’s health issues. This series also includes the supplement to Muddy Jim written by Dr. George M. Kober, professor of hygiene at Georgetown University, and a copy of A bas les maladies! published by the Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis of Washington, D.C.
BOX-FOLDER 5/1-3A Bas les Maladies! 1919
BOX-FOLDER 5/5Annual Report of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, 1908
BOX-FOLDER 5/6United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, brief for defendants, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 6/1History of the Telephone Transmitter, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 6/2Gedenkblätter 150 Stiftungstag des Wohltätigkeitsverins der Synagogengemeinde Hannover (Pages of testimony in memory of the Foundation Day charities for the synagogue community in Hanover, Germany), 1912
Annotation on front cover notes the page number of the account of Berliner’s 42 years of service in Jewish charity work.
BOX-FOLDER 6/3-4United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, brief for defendants, 1894
Two copies.
BOX-FOLDER 7/1Jubiläumsschrift der Telephon-Fabrik Actiengesellschaft (25th Jubilee Book of the J. Berliner Telephone Factory), 1881-1906
BOX-FOLDER 7/2Muddy Jim and Other Rhymes, 1919
BOX-FOLDER 7/3Muddy Jim: Supplement: 12 Chapters in Hygiene, circa 1919
BOX-FOLDER 7/4Telegraphic Journal and Electrical Review: v. 7, January–December, 1879
BOX-FOLDER 7/5Twelve Years of the Telephone Pioneers of America, 1923
BOX-FOLDER 7/6Various Aspects of Birth Control, 1928
BOX-FOLDER 7/7Washington Health Rules, 1915
BOX-FOLDER 8/1United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, argument of J. J. Storrow, Esq. for defendants, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 8/2United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, argument of J. J. Storrow, Esq. for defendants, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 8/3United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, summary brief for defendants, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 8/4United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, argument of Frederick P. Fish, for defendants, 1893
BOX-FOLDER 8/5United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, v. I, pleadings and evidence, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 9/1United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, v. II, exhibits, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 9/2American Bell Telephone Co. et al, v. the United States of America, memorandum of points made and references noted in oral argument by counsel for complainant, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 9/3 American Bell Telephone Co., Emile Berliner v. the United States of America, brief for appellants; Appellants reply to appellee’s memorandum; Summary of proceedings, 1895
BOX-FOLDER 10/1American Bell Telephone Co., v. the Overland Telephone Company of New Jersey, 1884
BOX-FOLDER 10/2American Bell Telephone Co., v. the People’s Telephone Company et al, 1884
BOX-FOLDER 10/3Dept. of Interior, United States v. American Bell Telephone, 1887; United States v. American Bell Telephone, 1885, 1887-1888
BOX-FOLDER 10/4United States v. American Bell Telephone Co., oral argument for Mr. Storrow for the Bell Company on its demurrer, June, 1887, and oral argument of Mr. Dickerson for the Bell Company, 1888
BOX-FOLDER 10/5The Telephone Appeals, oral argument of Mr. Dickerson, January 24 to February 8, 1887
BOX-FOLDER 10/6The Telephone Appeals, oral argument of Mr. Storrow on the Drawbaugh defence, January 24 to February 8, 1887
BOX-FOLDER 10/7History of the telephone, James Storrow before the Supreme Court, 1886
BOX-FOLDER 10/8American Bell Telephone Co. v. Sylvanus D. Cushman et al, 1893
BOX-FOLDER 11/1American Bell Telephone Co. v. National Telephone Manufacturing Co., v. Century Telephone Co. et al,, argument of Frederic H. Betts, 1899
BOX-FOLDER 11/2American Bell Telephone Co. v. National Telephone Manufacturing Co. v. Century Telephone Co. et al, , brief for complainant, 1899
BOX-FOLDER 11/3American Bell Telephone Co. v. National Telephone Co. Manufacturing Co. et al, argument at the hearing in support of the defense, by R.S. Taylor, 1899
BOX-FOLDER 11/4American Bell Telephone Co. v. National Telephone Co. Manufacturing Co. et al, brief for defendants, 1895
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