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Series 15. Joseph Sanders materials, 1896-1927, 1953-1955
2 linear feet
RPA 00848-00851 (boxes 31-34)
Selected items available online.
The Joseph Sanders materials were donated to the Library of Congress by his son, Robert Sanders.
Joseph Sanders, a nephew of Emile Berliner, was for many years Berliner’s laboratory assistant, concentrating on matrix making and the development of record materials. The Joseph Sanders material includes patents, correspondence, booklets, tax forms, brochures and newspaper clippings, telephonic equipment, gramophones, laboratory apparatus, and acoustic paneling. Diaries from the Sanders donation are housed in series 7, Journals and Diaries , and sound recordings are documented in series 13, Recordings .
BOX-FOLDER 31/1-2 Emile Berliner tax forms, 1917-1927
BOX-FOLDER 31/3 Joseph Sanders fax forms, 1917-1927
BOX-FOLDER 31/4 Cora Berliner tax forms, 1917-1927
BOX-FOLDER 31/5 Telephon-Fabrik catalog, J. Berliner, 1896-1897
BOX-FOLDER 31/6 Patent booklets on copyright infringement cases involving Joseph Sanders, 1919-1910
BOX-FOLDER 31/7 Patent booklets on copyright infringement cases involving Joseph Sanders and Louise Berliner, 1905, 1909
BOX-FOLDER 32/8 Multiplexgrammophon patents, 1905-1910
BOX-FOLDER 32/9 European patents, 1904-1913
BOX-FOLDER 32/10 Austria no. 24624, gramophone record patents,
BOX-FOLDER 32/11-12 Floor covering patents, 1902
BOX-FOLDER 32/13 Composition of matter patents, 1903-1905
BOX-FOLDER 32/14 Gramophone patents, 1904-1907
BOX-FOLDER 32/15 Patents for gramophone record tablets, 1904-1905
BOX-FOLDER 32/16 Arguments submitted to German patent office overcoming opposition to S.19988 and S. 20853, 1906-1911
BOX-FOLDER 32/17 Gramophone improvement patents, 1904-1906
Relates to the yoke supported neck.
BOX-FOLDER 33/18 Patents and correspondence relating to improvement in sound, 1908-1916
BOX-FOLDER 33/19 Sound record tablet patent applications #204, #024, 1904-1910
BOX-FOLDER 33/20-22 German patent S. 20855, Improvement in sound record tablets, 1905-1912
BOX-FOLDER 33/23 J. Sanders patents, 1905-1916
BOX-FOLDER 33/24 Miscellaneous papers, 1904, 1910, 1915, undated
BOX-FOLDER 33/25A-B Miscellaneous papers, undated
BOX-FOLDER 34/26 Interference #24,849, Sanders v. Schumacher, sound record tablet, 1905
BOX-FOLDER 34/27 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1953-1955
Original folder was marked “G.”
BOX-FOLDER 34/28 Correspondence between Joseph Sanders and B.L. Aldridge, 1953-1956
BOX-FOLDER 34/29 Interference #27784, A. Smith and Wicks v. Emerson v. Sanders, gramophone record tablet, 1904-1911
BOX-FOLDER 34/30 Correspondence relating to J. Sanders v. Edgar, 1908-1909
BOX-FOLDER 34/31 Correspondence of Lyons & Bissing, attorneys, 1903-1908
BOX-FOLDER 34/32 Correspondence relating to Austria and Russia, A1344-05/A161909, Improvements in sound record tablets/paper coated facing
Series 16. Acoustic Tile, 1899, 1925-1929
2.5 linear feet
RPA 00852-00855 (boxes 35-38)
No online presentation of the items in Series 16 is available.
This series contains correspondence and other materials regarding Berliner’s invention of acoustic tile.
The series is arranged in alphabetical order with unidentified letters filed at the end. Folders of news clippings from 1927 regarding the invention follow the correspondence.
Correspondence
BOX-FOLDER 35/1 American Piano Supply Co., 1926
BOX-FOLDER 35/2 American Wire Fabrics Corp., 1926-1928
BOX-FOLDER 35/3 Miscellaneous A, 1925-1929
BOX-FOLDER 35/4 Ballou, Frank M., 1927, 1929
BOX-FOLDER 35/5 Bates Valve Bag Co., 1927-1928
BOX-FOLDER 35/6 Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1925, 1927
BOX-FOLDER 35/7 Berliner, Joseph, 1927-1928
BOX-FOLDER 35/8 Berry, F. E., Jr., 1925, 1927
BOX-FOLDER 35/9 Miscellaneous B, 1926-1929
BOX-FOLDER 35/10 Casein Manufacturing Group, 1926, 1928-1929
BOX-FOLDER 35/11 Cohn, Milton, 1928
BOX-FOLDER 35/12 Commissioners of the District of Columbia, 1925, 1927
BOX-FOLDER 35/13 Miscellaneous C, 1925-1929
BOX-FOLDER 35/14 Miscellaneous D, 1925-1928
BOX-FOLDER 35/15 Miscellaneous E, 1925-1929
BOX-FOLDER 36/1 F.S. & G.L. Brown Machine Co., 1926-1927
BOX-FOLDER 36/2 Miscellaneous F, 1925-1928
BOX-FOLDER 36/3 Commissioners of the District of Columbia, 1927
BOX-FOLDER 36/4 Miscellaneous G, 1925-1928
BOX-FOLDER 36/5-7 Heilprin, W. A., 1926-1927
BOX-FOLDER 36/8 Miscellaneous H, 1926-1929
BOX-FOLDER 36/9 Miscellaneous I, 1927-1928
BOX-FOLDER 36/10 John R. Livezey Co., 1927-1928
BOX-FOLDER 36/11 Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 1925-1926
BOX-FOLDER 36/12 Miscellaneous J, 1926-1929
BOX-FOLDER 37/1 Miscellaneous K, 1926-1929
BOX-FOLDER 37/2 Ludlow, Israel, 1926
BOX-FOLDER 37/3 Miscellaneous L, 1926-1928
BOX-FOLDER 37/4 Methodist Episcopal Church South, 1926, 1928
BOX-FOLDER 37/5 Miscellaneous M, 1925-1929
BOX-FOLDER 37/6 National Association for Music in Hospitals, Inc., 1926-1927
BOX-FOLDER 37/7 Miscellaneous N-O, 1927-1929
BOX-FOLDER 37/8 Peck, Stowe and Wilcox Co. (Pexto), 1927
BOX-FOLDER 37/9 Miscellaneous P, 1926-1928
BOX-FOLDER 37/10 Miscellaneous R, 1926-1929
BOX-FOLDER 37/11 Smoot, 1927
BOX-FOLDER 37/12 Sun Book and Job Printing Office, Frank Vinton, 1927-1929
BOX-FOLDER 37/13 Miscellaneous S, 1926-1929
BOX-FOLDER 37/14 Miscellaneous T, 1925-1928
BOX-FOLDER 38/1 Miscellaneous U-W, 1925-1929
BOX-FOLDER 38/2 Wolfe & Littlehales, 1925-1927
BOX-FOLDER 38/3 Miscellaneous Y-Z, 1899, 1927-1929
BOX-FOLDER 38/4 Unidentified, 1927
Clippings, 1927 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 38/5 February–March, 1927
BOX-FOLDER 38/6 April 1927
BOX-FOLDER 38/7 May 1927
BOX-FOLDER 38/8 June 1927
BOX-FOLDER 38/9 July–August, 1927
BOX-FOLDER 38/10 undated
BOX-FOLDER 38/11 Miscellaneous clippings, undated
Series 17. Berliner Family Home Movie, 1903 or 1904
1 film reel of 1 (12 feet) :
Item available online.
Due to the non-standard frame size of the original nitrate material, the footage was "passed through" the printer four times in order to print all segments of the picture to a 16 mm. viewing print. For the online Berliner exhibit, the 16mm print was transferred to Betacam SP videotape to produce the master for digitization. Short jumps in continuity in the digital version indicate that small parts of the original film are missing.

Like many other motion pictures of the time, the original film was probably shot with a variable speed camera. Therefore, in the video mastering process, the playback speed was adjusted to present the appearance of natural motion to the greatest degree possible.

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