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    Emile Bachelet Collection, 1890-1973.
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    Bachelet, Emile, 1863-1946 (collector).
    Emile Bachelet Collection, 1890-1973.
    Phy. Description: 
    0.3 cu. ft.
    3 boxes.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Bachelet, born in Paris, emigrated to the U.S. in the 1880s, became a citizen (1888), moved to California and then Tacoma, Washington, where he worked as an electrician, later as an inventor of electro-magnetic therapeutic devices (for treatment of rheumatism, etc.). He conceived the idea of magnetic levitation and worked for 20 years on its application to a train, a model of which was demonstrated in London in 1914, receiving much public attention and some financial support. In the early 1900s Bachelet moved to New York City and formed a company to further his inventions. However, his interest shifted often from one device to another and he moved to Kingston and then Poughkeepsie, where he died.
    Scope and Content: 
    Many contemporary newspaper accounts of the public presentation and demonstration of Bachelet's model of a magnetically levitated train in London in 1914. Photographs show the device being viewed by government officials and others, including one of Winston Churchill, one of the Lord Mayor of London with Bachelet, and another of the Duke and Duchess of Teck, 1914. Some photographs are by Brown Bros.
    Divided into 6 series: Series 1: Biographical Materials; Series 2: Correspondence; Series 3: Patents; Series 4: Photographs; Series 5: Newspaper Clippings and Scrapbook; and Series 6: Miscellaneous.
    Gift of Albert E. Bachelet (son of the inventor) to Division of Electricity; transferred by Dr. Bernard Finn, Curator, 4/14/1988, shortly after receipt, to the Archives Center.
    Finding aids: 
    Register linked online to this record.
    Register by Robert Harding and Don Darroch, revised by Alison Oswald, available in repository. Item-level control.
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    Emile Bachelet Collection, 1890-1973, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Albert E. Bachelet.
    Electromagnetism in medicine
    Magnetic levitation vehicles -- 1910-1920
    Railroads -- Trains -- 1910-1920 -- England
    Magnetic suspension -- 1910-1920
    Inventions -- 1910-1920
    Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965
    Form / Genre: 
    Photographs -- 19th-20th century -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Bachelet, Albert E. (donor).
    Brown Bros. (photograph publishers).
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0302Add Copy to MyList

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