Research & Collections News
May 7, 2011
From "Home Sweet Home" to "Karn Evil 9" : Hagley Documents the Origins of the Synthesizer
Hagley has recently opened the files of RCA engineer Herbert Belar (1901-1997), part of the former David Sarnoff Library, to researchers. Relatively unknown today, Belar and his superior, Harry F. Olson (1901-1982), developed the first music synthesizers in the 1950s.
February 10, 2011
Marge McNinch Departs Hagley
After forty years of exemplary service, Marjorie McNinch, Hagley’s extraordinary Reference Archivist, is retiring. It is often said that Marge delivers “the gold standard” of public services, and time and time again, scholars have written to us, celebrating her contribution to their success.
December 7, 2010
The Romance of Commercial Vehicles
Since the beginning of the automotive age, there has been almost no end to the specialization found among commercial vehicles. The business community quickly sought to utilize and profit from the new horseless carriage, yet it took a while for them to truly find their wheels and begin to realize
October 4, 2010
Collecting Iron Furnaces
Since its earliest days, the Hagley Museum and Library has collected records on the iron and steel industry in America. One of the marks of the depth of that effort is that we have collections from not one person, but three people whose hobby was documenting early American iron furnaces.