Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922
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2 microfilm reels negative and positive. 1 photograph b&w.;
Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but spent most of his life in Canada and the United States. Famous for inventing the telephone, 1874-1876, in Brantford Ontario, Bell worked on numerous other projects related to communications and transportation. In 1907, Bell, J.A.D. McCurdy, F.W. Baldwin and a few other young engineers formed the Aerial Experiment Association which built several successful aircraft and hydrofoil boats. The Association was responsible for the 1907 flight of the Silver Dart at Baddeck, N.S. which was the first manned flight in Canada, and the HD-4 hydrofoil boat which set a world-speed record in 1919. He is also renowned for his work in teaching speech to the deaf. He was the recipient of many awards, member of many scientific societies, and author of several scientific and educational monographs, including a number on the deaf. He died at Baddeck, N.S. Fonds consists of microfilmed material: four volumes, XXII to XXV, of The Beinn Bhreagh Recorder, containing typescripts, transcripts and photographs. The Beinn Bhreagh Recorder was an account of events, experiments, genealogy and correspondence relating to Alexander Graham Bell, his family and associates, at Beinn Bhreagh, his summer home near Baddeck, N.B. It was edited by Bell's private secretary, Catherine D. Mackenzie, under his direction. This material is located on microfilm reels M-3118 to M-3119. The fonds also contains an copy of an autograph signature of Bell on a portrait of him by an unidentified photographer, originally taken [ca. 1915].