A $13,133 grant to the Schenectady Museum preserves a significant collection of 16mm films from the General Electric Corporation.
A $13,133 Grant to the Schenectady Museum Preserves GE Corporation Films
The IEEE Life Members Committee has awarded a grant for $13,133 to the Schenectady Museum for use in preserving a significant collection of 16mm films from the General Electric Corporation. The films, dating from 1915-1985, tell the story of the electrification of the United States and include early advertising films, educational science films, and films documenting engineering and manufacturing processes. Funds from the IEEE Life Members Fund of the IEEE Foundation will help the Museum produce high-definition digital copies of each of the historic films, improve the long-term preservation of the films, and improve the access of Museum visitors and researchers to the films, some of which have not been viewed by the public in over 90 years.
The Schenectady Museum has more than 900 historic 16mm films, dating from 1915-1970, relating to the history of General Electric and the electrical industry. Films range from advertising and educational films to raw footage of equipment tests and company picnics. Many of the promotional films were originally shown in movie theatres in the days of newsreels and cartoons. Films include:
• Early appliance advertising, including “The Home Electrical” (1915), “Design for Modern Living” (1937), and “Push-button Magic” (1948)
• Rare factory scenes dating to the early 1920s, including promotional films for the Lynn, Philadelphia and Schenectady Works of GE
• Four films featuring Thomas Edison
• The only known film footage of Charles Steinmetz.
• GE educational films, including “A is for Atom,” “Thunderbolt Hunters,” and “Principles of Electricity”
• More than a dozen episodes of the GE Theater television program hosted by Ronald Reagan
The Schenectady Museum Archives is one of the premier collections on the history of technology and its impact on society. With over 1.6 million images that date from the 1850s to the present, the collection’s strengths are many and include photography and film, radio and television film and images, and materials relating to marketing of consumer products as well as medical, power generation and the turbine. Collections from General Electric and the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) give a vivid picture of those companies’ international impact. Audio recordings in the collection include rare radio recordings, Edison wax cylinders, and an Edison tinfoil recording from 1878.
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The IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative (IEEE PES S+) recently announced scholarship distribution to 228 students at 100 universities across the United States for the 2012–13 academic year.
The IEEE PES S+ provides multi-year scholarships to qualifying US electrical engineering undergraduate students. Scholars receive up to three years of funding—US$2,000 the first year, US$2,000 the second year, and US$3,000 the third year—interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience.
The program, made possible by donations to the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation, is in its second year. The IEEE PES S+ has supported a total of 265 scholars attending 109 universities, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities, and prestigious engineering colleges across the US. The program has provided $642,000 in scholarships and has raised $4.1 million in cash and pledges from donors to the program, nearing the halfway point to its $10-million fundraising goal.