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The Collection on the General Electric Company

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 186

Scope and Contents

The Collection on the General Electric Company documents important people, products, and electric phenomena related to the General Electric Company, primarily as they relate to Purdue University. It also shows notable members from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Noteworthy items in the collection include a lightning photograph from Lafayette, Indiana in 1938, a portrait of Thomas Alva Edison, and a portrait dedicated to former Purdue Engineering Dean A. A. Potter signed by former Director of General Electric’s Lightning Research Laboratory, Matthew Luckiesh. Types of materials include: photographs and newspaper clippings. Original order has been maintained except where materials have been rehoused for preservation purposes.


  • circa 1890 - 1950


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by the original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

General Electric Company was formed in 1892 as a manufacturer of various electric products. It also developed electricity-production equipment. General Electric, now known as GE, continues in developing electric inventions, focusing on, among other things, energy efficiency and medical science. Purdue alumnus Matthew Luckiesh worked for the General Electric Lighting Research Laboratory in Ohio, later becoming Director of the Research Laboratory from 1924 until his retirement in 1949.


0.05 Cubic Feet (Two folders)

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

Acid-free paper has been interleaved throughout the collection to protect materials from other acidic materials in the collection. Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. Materials have been placed into acid-free folders and boxes.
The Collection on the General Electric Company
Michael Maune and Neal Harmeyer
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed 2015-03-31.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-03-12: Updated description to current standards, by Neal Harmeyer.
  • 2021-03-25: Descriptions related to Matthew Luckiesh updated by Adriana Harmeyer.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States