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At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 65,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Edison Machine Works Photograph of Edison Machine Works with Edison and dog in background

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07616.05 Author/Creator: Edison Machine Works Place Written: New York Type: Photograph signed Date: 1881 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed by principal lighting engineer, Clarke. With ink inscription on mount "Edison Machine Works, Goerck St., New York City, Photo 1881.


Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Science and Technology, Invention, Inventor, Industry, Electricity, Pets

Sub Era: The Gilded Age