Alexander Graham Bell family papers, 1834-1974

Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922


147,700 items.
446 containers plus 8 oversize.
23 microfilm reels.
183.2. linear feet.
Arranged in twelve series. Series 1: Journals and Diaries, 1867-1910; Series 2: Family Papers, 1834-1972; Series 3: General Correspondence, 1870-1922; Series 4: Subject File, circa 1870-1970; Series 5: Beinn Bhreagh Recorder, 1909-1922; Series 6: Scientific Notebooks, 1879-1922; Series 7: Article and Book File, 1901-1904; Series 8: Speeches and Interviews File, 1876-1922; Series 9: Miscellany, 1865-1974; Series 10: Additions, 1847-1954; Series 11: Oversize, 1872-1956; and Series 12: Microfilm, 1861-1922.
Correspondence, diaries, journals, laboratory notebooks, patent records, speeches, writings, subject files, genealogical records, printed material, and other papers pertaining primarily to Bell's invention of the telephone (1876). Also includes material documenting his contributions to the education of the deaf and his interests in a wide range of scientific and technological fields including aviation, eugenics, and marine engineering. Includes bound volumes of the Beinn Bhreagh Recorder, a bulletin concerning Bell's laboratory and estate in Baddeck, N.S.; and volumes of the American Annals of the Deaf and Dumb, later American Annals of the Deaf. Correspondents include Edward Miner Gallaudet, Ulysses S. Grant, Joseph Henry, Helen Keller, George Kennan, S. P. Langley, Guglielmo Marconi, Simon Newcomb, John Wesley Powell, Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Charles Sumner Tainter, and Woodrow Wilson.
Family papers include papers of Bell's father, Alexander Melville Bell, relating chiefly to elocution and the physiology of speech; papers of Alexander Graham Bell's father-in-law, Gardiner Greene Hubbard; papers of Mabel Hubbard Bell including correspondence with her husband, Alexander Graham Bell; correspondence of their daughter, Marian Fairchild; and papers of other members of the Bell, Fairchild, Grosvenor, and Hubbard families.
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor and educator, and members of the related Bell, Fairchild, Grosvenor, and Hubbard families.
Open to research.
Selected correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints, articles, and photographs also available through the Library of Congress Web site at
Microfilm edition (edition filmed prior to arrangement of the Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers by the Library of Congress Manuscript Division) of selected scientific notebooks available, no. 10,998 & 13,638.
Negative microfilm edition of a poem, "The Tongue," (1861) by Alexander Bell (1792-1865) available through Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, no. 16,395.
Microfilm produced from originals now in the Manuscript Division [S.l.]. 1956-1966, undated.
Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.
Library of Congress Music Division.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division's Gilbert H. Grosvenor Collection of Photographs of the Alexander Graham Bell Family.
Collection material in English.
Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at

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