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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 5/1-3 A Bas les Maladies! 1919
BOX-FOLDER 5/5 Annual Report of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, 1908
BOX-FOLDER 5/6 United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, brief for defendants, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 6/1 History of the Telephone Transmitter, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 6/2 Gedenkblätter 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 6/3-4 United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, brief for defendants, 1894
Two copies.
BOX-FOLDER 7/1 Jubiläumsschrift der Telephon-Fabrik Actiengesellschaft (25th Jubilee Book of the J. Berliner Telephone Factory), 1881-1906
BOX-FOLDER 7/2 Muddy Jim and Other Rhymes, 1919
BOX-FOLDER 7/3 Muddy Jim: Supplement: 12 Chapters in Hygiene, circa 1919
BOX-FOLDER 7/4 Telegraphic Journal and Electrical Review: v. 7, January–December, 1879
BOX-FOLDER 7/5 Twelve Years of the Telephone Pioneers of America, 1923
BOX-FOLDER 7/6 Various Aspects of Birth Control, 1928
BOX-FOLDER 7/7 Washington Health Rules, 1915
BOX-FOLDER 8/1 United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner, argument of J. J. Storrow, Esq. for defendants, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 8/2 United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner,argument of J. J. Storrow, Esq. for defendants, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 8/3 United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner,summary brief for defendants, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 8/4 United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner,argument of Frederick P. Fish, for defendants, 1893
BOX-FOLDER 8/5 United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner,v. I, pleadings and evidence, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 9/1 United States of America v. American Bell Telephone Co. and Emile Berliner,v. II, exhibits, 1894
BOX-FOLDER 9/2 American 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 10/1 American Bell Telephone Co., v. the Overland Telephone Company of New Jersey, 1884
BOX-FOLDER 10/2 American Bell Telephone Co., v. the People’s Telephone Company et al, 1884
BOX-FOLDER 10/3 Dept. of Interior, United States v. American Bell Telephone, 1887; United States v. American Bell Telephone, 1885, 1887-1888
BOX-FOLDER 10/4 United 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 10/5 The Telephone Appeals, oral argument of Mr. Dickerson, January 24 to February 8, 1887
BOX-FOLDER 10/6 The Telephone Appeals, oral argument of Mr. Storrow on the Drawbaugh defence, January 24 to February 8, 1887
BOX-FOLDER 10/7 History of the telephone,James Storrow before the Supreme Court, 1886
BOX-FOLDER 10/8 American Bell Telephone Co. v. Sylvanus D. Cushman et al, 1893
BOX-FOLDER 11/1 American Bell Telephone Co. v. National Telephone Manufacturing Co., v. Century Telephone Co. et al,, argument of Frederic H. Betts, 1899
BOX-FOLDER 11/2 American Bell Telephone Co. v. National Telephone Manufacturing Co. v. Century Telephone Co. et al,, brief for complainant, 1899
BOX-FOLDER 11/3 American 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 11/4 American Bell Telephone Co. v. National Telephone Co. Manufacturing Co. et al,brief for defendants, 1895
BOX-FOLDER 11/5 American Bell Telephone Co. v. National Telephone Co. Manufacturing Co. et al, brief for complainant upon appeal, 1902
BOX-FOLDER 11/6 Gramophone Litigation, [1905?]
BOX 29 The Electrician, Weekly Journal, v. 4, November 22, 1879, to May 15, 1880
BOX 30 Telegraphic Journal and Electrical Review, v. 8, January–December, 1880
Series 5. Catalogs, 1895-1896
6 folders
RPA 00842 (box 12)
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Series 5 consists of catalogs from 1895 and 1896. Included is an advance list of new records from May 1895, a supplementary list of records from June 1985, a handwritten list of band music and recitations from July 1895, and a supplemental list of new gramophone records from June 1896.
BOX-FOLDER 12/1 Berliner Gramophone Co. complete catalogue
BOX-FOLDER 12/2 List of plates, January, 1895
BOX-FOLDER 12/2 E. Berliner’s gramophone, 1895
BOX-FOLDER 12/2 Advance list of new records, 1895
BOX-FOLDER 12/2 Supplementary list of records, 1895
BOX-FOLDER 12/2 Supplement list of new gramophone records, 1896
Series 6. Correspondence, 1871-1926, 1946-1955
.5 linear feet
RPA 00842 (box 12)
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This series includes some personal correspondence from Emile Berliner to Jacob Berliner, but the majority of correspondence pertains to business letters and copies of letters between Berliner and J.W. Hyatt, William P. Richards (D.C. Surveyor’s Office), Alfred C. Clark, James Rush Marshall, and others. This series is arranged in chronological order.
BOX-FOLDER 12/3 1870-1871
BOX-FOLDER 12/4 1881-1887
BOX-FOLDER 12/5 1888-1889
BOX-FOLDER 12/6 1890-1896
BOX-FOLDER 12/7 1905-May, 1922
BOX-FOLDER 12/8 July 1922-1928
BOX-FOLDER 12/9 October 1926-November 6, 1926, undated
BOX-FOLDER 12/10 November 7, 1926-November 24, 1926, undated
BOX-FOLDER 12/11 1946, 1955, undated
BOX-FOLDER 12/12 Louise Berliner Frank King’s family tree research
Series 7. Journals and Diaries, 1889-1907
.5 linear feet
RPA 00843 (box 13)
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Series 7 includes copies of Cora Berliner’s journal of her family’s trip to Germany in 1889 and Joseph Sander’s diaries from 1906 and 1907.
BOX-FOLDER 13/1 Journal of Cora A. Berliner, 1889-1890
Includes copies.
BOX-FOLDER 13/2 Joseph Sanders’s diary, 1906
BOX-FOLDER 13/3 Joseph Sanders’s diary, 1907
BOX-FOLDER 13/4 Unidentified diary, undated
Series 8. Miscellaneous Materials, 1897-1929
.5 linear feet
RPA 00843 (box 13)
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This series contains a variety of materials, including a 1927 report on the activities of the Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis of the District of Columbia; copies of sheet music for the “Columbian Anthem,” which was written by Berliner; invitations; award certificates; and programs.
BOX-FOLDER 13/5 Report, Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis of the District of Columbia, 1927-1929
BOX-FOLDER 13/5 Sheet music, invitations, award certificates, programs, 1896-1930
BOX-FOLDER 13/6 Promotional materials for the Celotex Company, 1925
Series 9. Notes and Papers, 1977-1928
.5 linear feet
RPA 00843 (box 13)
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Series 9 contains notes made by Emile Berliner on many of the inventions and experiments he was working on during his lifetime. These include the electric telescope, organophone, batteries, broken-point microphone, a siphoning gas jet, and producing a tremolo (tremolo on a violin). The series also contains copies of a tribute to Berliner on his birthday from the board of directors of the Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis, essays, speeches, and legal documents. Researchers will find a handwritten statement by Berliner describing his preferred funeral arrangements.
BOX-FOLDER 13/7 Notes on experiments, including electric telescope, broken-point microphone, gas jet, battery, and violin, 1877-1884
BOX-FOLDER 13/8 Experiment log and notes on experiments, including batteries, candle, light through electrolyte and magnetic field, and final development of the Blake transmitter, 1884-1923
BOX-FOLDER 13/9 Birthday tribute to Emile Berliner on his 75th birthday, publicity for Berliner’s acoustic cement cells, and Berliner’s funeral preferences, 1926-1928
BOX-FOLDER 13/10 Agreement between Joseph and Jacob Berliner, the Bell-Berliner system since 1879, a poem in German, an essay on the magnetic receiver, and a eulogy for Berliner
BOX-FOLDER 13/11 “Wonders,” an essay describing the wonders found in everyday occurrences of scientific principles, 1897
BOX-FOLDER 13/12 Legal documents and notes in German, 1887-1891
Series 10. Pamphlets, 1890-1929, 1951, undated
.5 linear feet
RPA 00844 (box 14)
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This series contains copies of pamphlets describing the operating directions for the motor gramophone, the history of the gramophone, promotional pamphlets for the gramophone and acoustical tile, reports on installing acoustic tile at Drexel Institute, the microphone, and promotion of the Berliner biography by Frederic William Wile.
BOX-FOLDER 14/1 Gramophone
BOX-FOLDER 14/2 Acoustics
BOX-FOLDER 14/3 Microphone
BOX-FOLDER 14/4 Telephone almanac, 1951
Series 11. Patents, 1879-1909
.5 linear feet
RPA 00844 (box 14)
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Copies of patents in this series include improvements in electrical contact telephones, designs for carpeting, improvements to telephone transmitters, gramophone improvements, floor coverings, apparatus for producing sound records, and Joseph Berliner’s improvements in connection with vulcanizers and other apparatus. Researchers will find copies of patents held by other inventors, such as Fay Oscar Farwell, Sumner Tainter, Gavin Chapman, Byron Goldsmith, Charles Francis Jenkins, as well as many others.
BOX-FOLDER 14/5 1879-1900
BOX-FOLDER 14/6 1900-1909
BOX-FOLDER 14/7 Gramophone, 1887-1898
BOX-FOLDER 14/8 Other patent holders, A-F
BOX-FOLDER 14/9 Other patent holders, G-Z
Series 12. Photographs, 1871-1965, undated
2 linear feet
RPA 00845-00847 (boxes 15-17); RPC 00082 (box OS 2)
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This series includes copies of formal portraits, Berliner working in his laboratory, family scenes with Cora Berliner and other family members, the staff of U.S. Gramophone Co., and others. There are also photographs of gramophones; Berliner’s factory in Hanover, Germany; microphones; acoustic tiles; the Technical Institute (Technische Hochschule in Hanover); the auditorium in the Oyster School, Washington, D.C.; the Berliner House at 1458 Columbia Road; and many others. Included is a photograph album, circa 1918-1923, of 56 photographs. Photographs are black and white; sizes are 10 x 13 inches and smaller.
BOX-FOLDER 15/1 1872-1926
BOX-FOLDER 15/2 1872-1926
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