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Benjamin F. Miessner papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 2

Scope and Contents

The papers of Benjamin Miessner. Correspondence, patents, photographs, and clippings documenting the engineering and inventing career of Benjamin F. Miessner. Miessner was a pioneer researcher in electronic musical instruments and receivers, phonography, radio dynamics, directional microphones for aircraft and submarines, and aircraft radio. At the time of his retirement in 1959 Miessner had been granted over 200 patents in the U.S. and foreign countries. He also perfected the Wurlitzer organ and electronic piano. Some of the subjects included in the papers are: The Baldwin Company, Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, C.G. Conn, Ltd., electronic piano, electronic organ, fountain pen inventions and development, John Hays Hammond Jr., inventions, laboratory notebooks, Miessner Radio Corporation, phonograph recordings, Radio Corporation of America, Simon Radio, Stromberg-Carlson Telephone Manufacturing Company, hearings and reports from Congress on patents, World War II, and Rudolph Wurlitzer Company. Please see PDF Finding Aid for collection inventory.


  • 1906-1978


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.


43.00 Cubic Feet

42 cubic foot boxes, 1 oversize box other_unmapped

0.00 Linear Feet

16.00 cubic_foot_boxes

0.00 Linear Feet

Physical Access Requirements

Need 24 hours notice for viewing this collection as it is stored off site.

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

Three boxes of tape recordings (no dates visible) ASC stacks.

Other Descriptive Information

Box 3, folder 1 includes a LS by FDR.
Benjamin F. Miessner papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States