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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Alexander Graham Bell collection
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0308
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1880-1925
    Abstract: Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was granted patents in 1874 on a multiple telegraph, invented the telephone (1875) and the photophone (1880). The collection consists of works by and about Alexander Graham Bell. Includes pamphlets, reprints, proceedings, portraits and geneological information compiled by Bell and others.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Alexander Graham Bell Collection (Collection 308). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing Information

    Processed by K. Lopaty, May 1975.
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    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 999643683606533 


    Bell was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland; attended Edinburgh University; became assistant in London to his father, who originated phonetic visible speech system for teaching the deaf; his father moved the family to Canada in 1870; from 1873-77 Bell served as a professor of vocal physiology at Boston University; he was granted patents in 1874 on a multiple telegraph for sending two or more messages simultaneously over the same wire; invented telephone, 1875; in 1880 he patented the photophone; his laboratory in Braddock Bay, Nova Scotia turned out hydrofoil speedboats and aerial locomotion by way of kites; Bell served Clarke School for the Deaf at Northampton, Massachusetts for 51 years as teacher, researcher and president of the board; founding member of the National Geographic Society in 1888, and president, 1898-1903; he died in Braddock Bay, August 2, 1922.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of works by and about Alexander Graham Bell. Includes pamphlets, reprints, proceedings, portrait of Bell, Bell's letter to the Attorney General and one letter to Bell. Contains a first draft typescript of Catherine Mackenzie's book, Alexander Graham Bell (1928). Publications document Bell's experiments and interests in a variety of fields, including sheep breeding, eugenics, binaural audition, vocal physiology, aerial locomotion, and the telephone. Also includes geneological information compiled by Bell and others.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Bells of St. Andrews (genealogical).
    2. Letters.
    3. Catherine Mackenzie manuscript on Alexander Graham Bell.
    4. Material regarding Bell's experiments and inventions.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Inventors -- United States -- Archives.
    Bell, Alexander Graham
    Bell, Alexander Graham -- Archives
    Bell family.
    Mackenzie, Catherine