This collection contains the papers of Samuel G. Hibben (1888-1972), Director of Applied Lighting with the
Westinghouse Corporation. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1950s and consists of articles.
Samuel Galloway Hibben (1888-1972) was a pioneer in the field of applied electrical lighting. During his tenure as Director
of Applied Lighting with the
Westinghouse Corporation, Hibben was noted for redesigning the illumination of the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument,
and the interior of the White House.
He also published and lectured extensively to educate the public on the importance of proper illumination, and proposed the
idea of the “brown-out”, a reduction of
electrical illumination for homes and businesses as a safety measure during times of war that did not require complete darkness.
Hibben was also involved with many national and international lighting committees, and contributed much time and effort to
the preservation the history of the lighting industry
through the Electrical Historical Foundation. In 2006, Hibben was named one of the most distinguished designers in the lighting
field by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
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