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THE THOMAS ARMAT PAPERS
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Box: 1 Fold: 1 Correspondence - Dickson, John
10/18/1948 - 10/18/1948

DESCRIPTION: 1 TLS from John Dickson, Managing Editor of The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, to Mrs. Thomas Armat regarding a biographical entry on Thomas Armat in the NCAB.

Box: 1 Fold: 2 Correspondence - Edison, Thomas Alva
05/25/1922 - 06/07/1922

DESCRIPTION: 3 letters from the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison regarding a dispute between Thomas Armat and the Smithsonian Institution. In the early 1920's, the Smithsonian displayed a motion picture device co-invented by Thomas Armat and C. Francis Jenkins but labelled it as the invention of Jenkins alone. Includes 1 TLS (w/ copy TLS and envelope) signed by Thomas Edison (25 May 1922) to Armat in support of his claim against the Smithsonian, giving Armat full credit for the invention of the motion picture projector which Edison marketed in 1896. Also includes 1 TLS from William H. Meadowcroft (7 Jun 1922), Assistant to Mr. Edison, to Armat enclosing a copy of a letter from Edison to Charles D. Walcott of the Smithsonian supporting Armat's claim against the museum. The copy of Edison's letter to Walcott (7 Jun 1922) contains a signature of Thomas Edison, but may have been signed for him by Meadowcroft or a secretary. Photographs and glass negatives of the two Edison letters can be found elsewhere in the collection.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 Correspondence - Eustis, John S.
06/12/1978 - 06/30/1978

DESCRIPTION: 1 TLS from John S. Eustis to "Mr. Armat" (C. Brooke Armat ?) regarding a research paper by Eustis entitled "Thomas Armat, Charles Francis Jenkins, and Motion Pictures in Washington, 1894 - 1910." Includes a copy of the paper.

Box: 1 Fold: 4 Correspondence - Hyndman, D. E.
05/01/1946 - 06/14/1946

DESCRIPTION: 2 TLSs from D. E. Hyndman, President of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, to C. Brooke Armat and Thomas Armat regarding a scroll presented by the Society to Brooke Armat for his father, Thomas Armat. Reference made to a letter from Charles Edison to Armat.

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Correspondence - Wright, Orville
03/13/1928 - 03/13/1928

DESCRIPTION: 1 TLS from Orville Wright (13 Mar 1928) to Thomas Armat, regarding another dispute between Armat and the Smithsonian Institution. Wright supports Armat's claims but is unwilling to get directly involved in a legal case against the museums. Reference to Thomas Edison.

Box: 1 Fold: 6 Plate - Edison Vitascope
01/01/1896 - 01/01/1897

DESCRIPTION: 1 chrome plate from the original Vitascope manufactured by Thomas Edison Manufacturing Company. The plate is engraved, "Edison - VITASCOPE - manufactured by Edison Mfg. Co., Orange, N. J., U.S.A. - No. 4." The plate is otherwise unidentified.

Box: 1 Fold: 7 Ephemera - Armat Motion Picture Company
04/01/1901 - 04/01/1901

DESCRIPTION: 1 pamphlet from the Armat Motion Picture Company claiming that the Company has a monopoly over all motion picture devices after recent litigation. Reference to Edison Manufacturing Company and Thomas Armat, Vice President of the Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Clippings - Armat, Thomas
03/01/1935 - 11/08/1959

DESCRIPTION: Clippings by and about Thomas Armat, with references to C. Francis Jenkins and Thomas Edison. Includes a copy of the article by Armat published in the Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers in March 1935 in which Armat first published his own version of the invention of the motion picture projector. Also includes an entry on Armat in the National Cyclopedia of American Biography.

Box: 1 Fold: 9 Photographs - Armat, Thomas
04/29/1946 - 10/20/1946

DESCRIPTION: 3 photos of Thomas Armat taken in 1946 for publicity. 2 photos show Armat posing with his original projector.

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Films - "The Father of Screenland" & "Out of the Inkwell"
01/01/1921 - 01/01/1921

DESCRIPTION: 2 16mm films, "The Father of Screenland" and "Out of the Inkwell." The first is labelled as a biography of Thomas Armat, "told by the inventor at his home in Washington, Pathe Audio Review," undated. The second, "Out of the Inkwell," is labelled, "By Max Fleischer, Directed by Dave Fleischer, 1921?," subject matter unknown.

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Damaged Glass Negatives - Apparatus
01/01/1896 - 01/01/1922

DESCRIPTION: 4 damaged glass negatives of Thomas Armat's motion picture projector. The emulsion of the negatives is flaking off and is extremely fragile (please do not remove the negatives from their envelope). The date of the photos is unknown.

Box: 2 Fold: 1 Photos - Thomas Edison Letters
05/25/1922 - 06/07/1922

DESCRIPTION: 2 photos of 2 TLSs from Thomas Alva Edison to Thomas Armat, the originals of which are in Folder 2 of Box 1 of the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 2 Photos - C. F. Jenkins Documents; L. D. Bliss Letter
05/23/1895 - 12/15/1896

DESCRIPTION: 3 pages of agreements between Thomas Armat and C. Francis Jenkins in which Jenkins hands over full rights to the motion picture projector to Armat, the result of their lawsuit in 1896. Also contains 1 photo of a TLS (23 May 1895) from L. D. Bliss of the Bliss School of Electricity to Thomas Armat regarding an electrical device invented by Armat. Armat was enrolled at the Bliss School of Electricity when he was intorduced to C. Francis Jenkins by Bliss himself.

Box: 2 Fold: 3 Photos - E. F. Murphy Testimony; C. F. Jenkins Letter
01/01/1895 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 13 photos of 3 documents used in the case Armat Motion Picture Company v. Edison Manufacturing Company in 1908. The first document is 10 pages of 22 pages of testimony given by E. F. Murphy for the case. The second is 1 page of a letter from C. Francis Jenkins to Murphy regarding patents for the Tinyscope and the Phantoscope, both early motion picture devices worked on by Jenkins and Armat together. Both of these documents shed interesting light on the chronology of events in 1895 and the motives of Jenkins at that time with respect to patents. The third document is the typeset testimony of Thomas Armat, probably for the same case; only two pages have been photographed.

Box: 2 Fold: 4 Photos - Patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron
03/01/1864 - 03/01/1864

DESCRIPTION: 11 photos of the translation of Louis DuCos' patent on a camera in 1864, used as evidence by Thomas Armat, probably in Armat Motion Picture Company v. Edison Manufacturing Company. In 1864 DuCos invented a concept for a motion picture camera, but he was never able to create the device. He took out a patent on his idea. In the 1890's, C. Francis Jenkins "rediscovered" DuCos' patent and attempted to create the camera. Jenkins' device was flawed, but in 1895 when he met Thomas Armat, he told Armat that his version of DuCos' camera was operable.

Box: 2 Fold: 5 Photos - Edison Projecting Kinetoscope
01/01/1895 - 01/01/1896

DESCRIPTION: 6 photos of the Edison Projecting Kinetoscope.

Box: 2 Fold: 6 Photos - Vitascope & the "Boston Gear"
01/01/1895 - 01/01/1896

DESCRIPTION: 6 photos including the following: 1 photo of a display case showing motion picture devices and photos showing motion used in such devices; 2 photos of the Vitascope (one labelled); and 3 photos of a large gear, possibly the "Boston Gear" especially made for Armat and Jenkins in 1895 for their first working motion picture projector.

Box: 2 Fold: 7 Photos - Edison Home Kinetoscope & Unidentified Macines
01/01/1895 - 01/01/1896

DESCRIPTION: 5 photos of the following items: 1 photo of the Edison Home Kinetoscope, labelled with its patents listed; and 4 photos of unidentified motion picture devices.

Box: 2 Fold: 8 Photos - Edison Projectorscope & "Jenkins Projector"
01/01/1895 - 01/01/1896

DESCRIPTION: 4 photos of the follwing: 2 photos of the Edison Projectorscope (one labelled with patents listed); and 2 photos of an early projector labelled,"First motion picture projecting machine...Invented by Mr. Jenkins and made and used in 1893 - 1894..."

Box: 2 Fold: 9 Photos - Printed Diagrams & Figures
01/01/1895 - 01/01/1904

DESCRIPTION: 3 photos of printed diagrams of patented ideas for the viewing of motion pictures between 1861 to 1904. Among those whose designs appear are W. K. L. Dickson, F. S. Chance, W. P. Davis, Herman Casler, C. Francis Jenkins, Coleman Sellers, and Van Hoevenbergh.

Box: 2 Fold: 10 Photos - Clippings
01/01/1900 - 01/01/1900

DESCRIPTION: 1 photo of one page of an article on "The Development of Chronophotography," with marginalia by Thomas Armat referring to C. Francis Jenkins.

Box: 2 Fold: 11 Photos - Thomas Armat and the Armat House
01/01/1900 - 01/01/1900

DESCRIPTION: 1 photo of Thomas Armat and 1 photo of the Armat House, both undated.

Box: 2 Fold: 12 Photos - Old Thomas Armat Indenture
04/12/1799 - 11/14/1809

DESCRIPTION: 8 photos of 1 or 2 indentures for a piece of property in Washington, D. C., with references to properties in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Possibly the indenture to the Armat House in the photo of the prveious folder. Signed by Thomas Armat, an ancestor of the inventor, William Thornton and E. Riggs.

Box: 2 Fold: 13 Glass Negative - Thomas Edison Letter, 25 May 1922
05/25/1922 - 05/25/1922

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of a letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Thomas Armat giving Armat credit for the invention of the motion picture projector he marketed in 1896. The original of the letter is in Folder 2 of Box 1 of the collection; the photo from this negative can be found in Folder 1 of Box 2.

Box: 2 Fold: 14 Glass Negative - Thomas Edison Letter, 7 Jun 1922
06/07/1922 - 06/07/1922

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of a letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Charles D. Walcott of the Smithsonian Institution supporting Thomas Armat in his claims against the museum. The original of the letter is in Folder 2 of Box 1 of the collection; the photos from this negative is in Folder 1 of Box 2.

Box: 2 Fold: 15 Glass Negative - C. Francis Jenkins Document
12/07/1896 - 12/07/1896

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of a document signed by C. Francis Jenkins clarifying his intention to uphold a contract between himself and Thomas Armat dividing the interest in their patent evenly. The photo from this negative can be found in Folder 2 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 16 Glass Negative - C. Francis Jenkins Document
12/15/1896 - 12/15/1896

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of a contract signed by C. Francis Jenkins "waiving any rights of appeal from the decision of the Examiner of Interference," giving Thomas Armat the full rights to the patent they held jointly for their motion picture projector. The document is from the interference case, Jenkins v. Jenkins & Armat, in which a patent filed for by Jenkins was nearly identical to the patent the two held jointly already. The photo from this negative is in Folder 2 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 17 Glass Negative - C. Francis Jenkins(?) Document
01/01/1896 - 01/01/1896

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of a document possibly signed by C. Francis Jenkins, barely legible and undated. Document consists of a diagram of a motion picture projector, signed and notarized. Diagram could be that referred to by E. F. Murphy in his testimony included elsewhere in the collection. The photo from this negative is in Foder 2 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 18 Glass Negative - L. D. Bliss Letter
05/23/1895 - 05/23/1895

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of a letter from L. D. Bliss to Thomas Armat regarding an electrical invention of Armat's. Armat was enrolled at the Bliss School of Electricity when he was first introduced to C. Francis Jenkins by L. D. Bliss. The photo of this negative is in Folder 2 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 19 Glass Negative - Edwin F. Murphy Testimony, p. 1
07/07/1908 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of the first page of Edwin F. Murphy's tesimony for the case Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 of the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 20 Glass Negative - Edwin F. Murphy Testimony, p. 5
07/07/1908 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 5 of Edwin F. Murphy's testimony for Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 of the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 21 Glass Negative - Edwin F. Murphy Testimony, p. 6
07/07/1908 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page six of the testimony of Edwin F. Murphy for the case of Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 22 Glass Negative - Edwin F. Murphy Testimony, p. 9
07/07/1908 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 9 of the testimony of Edwin F. Murphy for Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 23 Glass Negative - Edwin F. Murphy Testimony, p. 11
07/07/1908 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 galss negative of page 11 of the testimony of Edwin F. Murphy for Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 24 Glass Negative - Edwin F. Murphy Testimony, p. 16
07/07/1908 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 16 of the testimony of Edwin F. Murphy for Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 25 Glass Negative - Edwin F. Murphy Testimony, p. 17
07/07/1908 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 17 of the testimony of Edwin F. Murphy for Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edion Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 of the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 26 Glass Negative - Edwin F. Murphy Testimony, p. 20
07/07/1908 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 20 of the testimony of Edwin F. Murphy for Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo of this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 of the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 27 Glass Negative - Edwin F. Murphy Testimony, p. 21
07/07/1908 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 galss negative of page 21 of the testimony of Edwin F. Murphy for Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 of the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 28 Glass Negative - Edwin F. Murphy Testimony, p. 22
07/07/1908 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 22 of the testimony of Edwin F. Murphy for Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 of the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 29 Glass Negative - C. Francis Jenkins Letter
01/01/1896 - 01/01/1896

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of a page of a letter from C. Francis Jenkins to Edwin F. Murphy regarding the Tinyscope and the Phantoscope, motion picture devices which Jenkins and Armat were working on together. References to Thomas armat and their patents held in common. The letter was used as evidence in Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. and is discussed in Edwin F. Murphy's testimony. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 of the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 30 Glass Negative - Thomas Armat Testimony
07/07/1980 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 100 of the testimony of Thomas Armat, probably for Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 31 Glass Negative - Thomas Armat Testimony p. 101
07/07/1980 - 07/07/1908

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 101 of the testimony of Thomas Armat, probably for Armat Motion Picture Co. v. Edison Manufacturing Co. The photo from this negative is in Folder 3 of Box 2 of the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 32 Glass Negative - Patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron, p. 1
03/01/1864 - 03/01/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 1 of the patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron of a motion picture camera, probably used as evidence in a patent litigation case. The photo of this negative is in Folder 4 of Box 2 .

Box: 2 Fold: 33 Glass Negative - Patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron, p. 2
03/01/1864 - 03/01/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 2 of the patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron for a motion picture camera. The photo from this negative is in Folder 4 of Box 2.

Box: 2 Fold: 34 Glass Negative - Patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron, p. 3
03/01/1864 - 03/01/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 3 of the patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron for a motion picture camera. The photo from this negative is in Folder 4 of Box 2.

Box: 2 Fold: 35 Glass Negative - Patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron, p. 5
03/01/1864 - 03/01/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 5 of the patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron for a motion picture camera. The photo from this negative is in Folder 4 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 2 Fold: 36 Glass Negative - Patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron, p. 6
03/01/1864 - 03/01/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 6 of the patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron for a motion picture camera. The photo from this negative is in Folder 4 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 3 Fold: 1 Glass Negative - Patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron, p. 7
03/01/1864 - 03/01/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 7 of the patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron for a motion picture camera. The photo from this negative is in Folder 4 of Box 2 in the collection.

Box: 3 Fold: 2 Glass Negative - Patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron, p. 8
03/01/1864 - 03/01/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 8 of the patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron for a motion picture camera. The photo from this negative is in Folder 4 of Box 2 of the collection.

Box: 3 Fold: 3 Glass Negative - Patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron, p. 9
03/01/1864 - 03/01/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 9 of the patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron for a motion picture camera. The photo from this negative is in Folder 4 of Box 2 of the collection.

Box: 3 Fold: 4 Glass Negative - Patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron, p. 10
03/01/1864 - 03/01/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 glass negative of page 10 of the patent of Louis A. DuCos du Hauron for a motion picture camera showing a diagram of the device. The photo from this negative is in Folder 4 of Box 2 of the collection.

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