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Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

American Iron and Steel Institute (AI&SI) records

Accession: 1631

The records of the American Iron and Steel Institute and its predecessors provide an overview of the American iron and steel industries from their roots in the mid-eighteenth century to the early 1980s. The bulk of the archive consists of the Institute's library. Most of the Institute's own publications, plus a large collection of steel industry annual reports, are cataloged individually and stored in the general Imprints Department stacks.

Dates: 1855-2013; Majority of material found within 1908-1975

Bureau of Standards fire test of steel furniture album

Accession: 1993-265

This album documents a fire test conducted by the Bureau of Standards concerning the effect of fire on steel furniture, possibly among other things. The Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is a non-regulatory federal agency under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its mission is "to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life."

Dates: 1926-1927

Ferracute Machine Company records

Accession: 2200

The Ferracute Machine Company was a press and die business founded by inventor Oberlin Smith (1840-1926) in Bridgeton, New Jersey, in 1863. It was incorporated in 1877, and ceased operations in 1968. This group of Ferracute Machine Company records is a small fragment preserved by an employee that primarily contains legal files and financial statements.

Dates: 1916-1969

Glenn A. Reitmeier papers, 1989-2003

Accession: 2464-09Identifier: 2464-09-7.-I.
Scope and Content:

The Glenn Reitmeier papers are a digital collection of emails, scans of memos and faxes, meeting notes, agendas, presentations, data tables, and even press clippings related to Reitmeier’s activities, forwarded by email or gleaned from the internet.

The collection follows Reitmeier’s role in creating commercially viable digital high definition television technology, standards, and hardware. The papers begin with materials from the Advanced Television Research Consortium (ATRC), which he led from his position at Sarnoff from 1989 until 1993. The bulk of the Reitmeier papers come from his time in the Grand Alliance from 1993 to 1996. Finally, there are materials from the immediate aftermath of the Grand Alliance including marketing plans for making HDTV profitable and business deals with Japanese manufacturers. The papers do not just represent the technical activities of Reitmeier’s career, however; there are also materials tracking the extensive political debates about standardizing and developing HDTV technology (for example, an email responding to Martin Scorsese's public critiques of the GA) and presentations given at various conferences and technology summits.

The Reitmeier papers are especially important for the inside look they offer into the regulatory process as a collaboration between government and various industries: electronics, consumer electronics, broadcasters, Hollywood, computing and other industries are all players in this story. Historians of technological development and path-dependency might be especially interested in the debate over interlace versus progressive scanning and transmission in HDTV. The co-creation of MPEG standards along with HDTV, told in both the first and second subseries, is another important story for those looking at the relationship between engineering, innovation, policy, and standardization.

One of Reitmeier's lab notebooks (1977-1979) can be found in Record group 26.

Dates: 1989-2003

Gordon M. Kline papers

Accession: 2010

Gordon M. Kline (1903-1996) was highly involved in the plastics industry, beginning in its infancy. He worked in the plastics section of the National Bureau of Standards, editor of Modern Plastics, and with the U.S. government on preservation of significant historical items. The papers document his professional career with the National Bureau of Standards, along with material describing his work with the Society of the Plastics Industry, the American Society for Testing Materials, and the International Standards Organization.

Dates: 1930-1980

Steel Industry Wage Bureau records

Accession: 2273

The records of the Steel Industry Wage Bureau document the process of establishing wage rates and job descriptions in the U.S. steel industry.

Dates: 1931-2002; Majority of material found within 1945-2000

USDA materials on cotton standards and specifications

Accession: 2733

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) fully adopted federal grading standards for food and other agricultural products during the Second World War. In 1939, the Agricultural Marketing Service, a USDA agency, began administering commodity standardization, grading, and inspections of several programs, including cotton and tobacco. This small collection mostly includes USDA issued publications and reports regarding developments in cotton standards, specifications, and classification in the mid-twentieth century.

Dates: 1938-1966