Finding Aid for the Alexander Graham Bell Collection, 1880-1925

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UCLA Library Special Collections
UCLA Library Special Collections staff
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Alexander Graham Bell Collection, 1880-1925

Collection number: 308

UCLA Library Special Collections

UCLA Library Special Collections staff



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • UCLA Library Special Collections staff
  • UCLA Library Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Online finding aid edited by:
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  • Caroline Cubé, August 2006
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Alexander Graham Bell Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1880-1925
Collection number: 308
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was granted patents in 1874 on a multiple telegraph, invented the telephone (1875) and the photophone (1880). The collection consists of works by and about Alexander Graham Bell. Includes pamphlets, reprints, proceedings, portraits and geneological information compiled by Bell and others.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander Graham Bell Collection (Collection 308). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964368 

Biography

Bell was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland; attended Edinburgh University; became assistant in London to his father, who originated phonetic visible speech system for teaching the deaf; his father moved the family to Canada in 1870; from 1873-77 Bell served as a professor of vocal physiology at Boston University; he was granted patents in 1874 on a multiple telegraph for sending two or more messages simultaneously over the same wire; invented telephone, 1875; in 1880 he patented the photophone; his laboratory in Braddock Bay, Nova Scotia turned out hydrofoil speedboats and aerial locomotion by way of kites; Bell served Clarke School for the Deaf at Northampton, Massachusetts for 51 years as teacher, researcher and president of the board; founding member of the National Geographic Society in 1888, and president, 1898-1903; he died in Braddock Bay, August 2, 1922.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of works by and about Alexander Graham Bell. Includes pamphlets, reprints, proceedings, portrait of Bell, Bell's letter to the Attorney General and one letter to Bell. Contains a first draft typescript of Catherine Mackenzie's book, Alexander Graham Bell (1928). Publications document Bell's experiments and interests in a variety of fields, including sheep breeding, eugenics, binaural audition, vocal physiology, aerial locomotion, and the telephone. Also includes geneological information compiled by Bell and others.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Bells of St. Andrews (genealogical).
  2. Letters.
  3. Catherine Mackenzie manuscript on Alexander Graham Bell.
  4. Material regarding Bell's experiments and inventions.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922--Archives.
Bell family.
Inventors--United States--Archival resources.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Mackenzie, Catherine Dunlop--Alexander Graham Bell.


Container List

Folder 5

1. Langdon, W.C. The Growth of the Historical Collection Reprinted from the April 1925 issue of the Bell Telephone Quarterly.

Physical Description: Pamphlet
Folder 4

2. The National Geographic Magazine. vol.14 no.6, Washington, D.C. June 1903.

Scope and Content Note

Tetrahedral Principle in Kite Structure.
Folder 4

3. Alexander Graham Bell, Discovery And Invention.

Physical Description: Pamphlet

Scope and Content Note

Reprinted from the National Geographic Magazine, June 1914. Press of Judd & Detweiler, Incorporated. Washington, D.C.
Folder 4

4. From the records of Alexander Graham Bell, Sex-Determination in Sheep.

Physical Description: Pamphlet
Physical Description: 2 copies.

Scope and Content Note

Reprinted from the Journal of Heredity. vol.5 no.2, Washington D.C. February 1914.
Folder 4

5. Alexander Graham Bell, Utility of Action And Gesture.

Scope and Content Note

Reprinted from the Volta Review, for January 1915. Washington D.C., The Volta Bureau.
Folder 6

6. Photograph: Dr. Bell.

Folder 4

7. Alexander Graham Bell, Who Shall Inherit Long Life?

Physical Description: Pamphlet

Scope and Content Note

Reprinted from the National Geographic Magazine. June 1919. Washington D.C. Press of Judd & Detweiler, Incorporated.
Folder 4

8. Alexander Graham Bell, The Mystic Oral School - An Argument in its Favor. Washington, D.C., Gibson Brothers, Printers & Bookbinders. 1897.

Physical Description: Pamphlet
Folder 4

9. Alexander Graham Bell, A Few Thoughts Concerning Eugencies.

Physical Description: Pamphlet

Scope and Content Note

Reprinted from the National Geographic Magazine, February 1908. Washington, D.C., Press of Judd & Detweiler, Incorporated.
Folder 5

10. Readings in Line Writing.

Physical Description: Autographed by Alexander Graham Bell.
Folder 6

11. Photograph by Bell of man looking at Sheep. October 2, 1909.

Folder 5

12. The National Geographic Magazine vol.19 no.1, January 1908. Washington, D.C. Hubbard Memorial Hall, 1907.

Folder 1

13. The Bells of St. Andrews.

Scope and Content Note

Births, Marriages & Deaths of persons of the name of Bell; from the records of St. Andrews, Scotland. Compiled by Alexander Graham Bell.
Folder 4

14. Alexander Graham Bell, Experiments Relating to Binaural Audition.

Scope and Content Note

Reprinted from the American Journal of Otology, July 1880. New York: Trow's Printing & Bookbinding Company.
Folder 4

15. Alexander Graham Bell, Upon the Electrical Experiments to Determine the Location of the Bullet In the Body of the Late President Garfield, And upon A Successful Form of Induction Balance for the Painless Detection of Metallic Masses in the Human Body . 1882.

Scope and Content Note

With the Author's Compliments. Washington, D.C. Gibson Brothers, Printers.
Folder 5

16. Pound, Arthur, The Telephone Idea. New York, Greenberg, Publisher 1926.

Folder 4

17. Alexander Graham Bell, Prizes for the Inventor Some of the Problems Awaiting Solution.

Physical Description: Pamphlet
Folder 5

18. Nutting, William Washburn, The 'HD-4' A 70-Miler With Remarkable Possibilities Developed At Dr. Graham Bell's laboratories on the Bras D'or Lakes. 1921.

Physical Description: Pamphlet

Scope and Content Note

From the Smithsonian Report for 1919, Pages 205-210. (With 9 Plates) Washington Government Printing Office.
Folder 5

19. Sheep Catalogue of Beinn Ghreagh, Victoria County, Nova Scotia. 1904.

Scope and Content Note

Showing the Origin of the Multi-Nippled Sheep of Beinn Bhreagh, And Giving All the Descendants Down to 1903. Compliments of Alexander Graham Bell. Washington D.C.
Folder 5

20. Readings in Line Writing.

Note

Dr. Bell's Copy.
Folder 5

21. Bell, Alexander Melville, Visible Speech and Vocal Physiology. The Volta Bureau Washington, D.C.: Press of Gibson Brothers.

Folder 5

22. Proceedings of the Washington Academy of Sciences. vol.8, 9-20 March 4, 1907.

Folder 4

23. Alexander Graham Bell, Aerial Locomotion. Published by the Academy. Washington D.C. 1907.

Folder 4

24. Alexander Graham Bell, Sheep-Breeding Experiments on Beinn Bhreagh.

Scope and Content Note

Reprinted from Science, N.S., vol.36 no.925, pp.378-384. September 20, 1912. Compliments of Alexander Graham Bell, 1331 Connecticut Ave. Washington, D.C.
Folder 5

25. Alexander Graham Bell, The Inventor of The Electric Speaking Telephone.

Folder 4

26. Alexandre Graham Bell, Le Photophone De La Production Et De La Lumiere; Paris. Gauthier-Villars, Imprimeur-Libraire. 1880.

Folder 4

27. Letter. Alexander Graham Bell to the Attorney-General. October 26, 1885.

Folder 4

28. The Volta Review. Washington, D.C., vol.18 no.4, April 1916.

Folder 4

29. Alexander Graham Bell, Acrical Locomotion with a Few Notes of Progress in the Construction of an Acrodrome.

Scope and Content Note

Formerly President of the National Geographic Society (Dr. Bell). Reprinted from the National Geographic Magazine, January 1907. Press of Judd & Detweiler, Incorporated.
Folder 5

30. Bell, A. Melville, Pronunzia Inglese Visible. Insegnata. In Dodici Lezioni Catalogue of Works.

Folder 3

31. Photo duplicated manuscripts relating to Bell's parents. Written for the Beinn Bhreagh Recorder 1912, 1914.

Folder 6

32. Mounted photograph of Alexander Graham Bell.

Folder 6

33. Portrait of Dr. Bell receiving an academic degree; Edinburgh.

Folder 2

34. Alexander Graham Bell, by Catherine Mackenzie.

Physical Description: 2 folders.

Scope and Content Note

First draft, to be edited and revised. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1928.
Folder 1

35. Letter to Alexander Graham Bell from John Macleov, encloses death certificate and receipt in the sum of $10.00. October 27, 1920.