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At a Glance
Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Arranged by material type. Cataloged correspondence arranged chronologically.
Correspondence of Nikola Tesla and Robert Underwood Johnson include letters of Tesla to Johnson's wife and daughter, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous materials. Letters to George Scherff, 1902-1930, and others, manuscripts, printed articles, patents, and brochures. The material is of a technical nature and the letters deal primarily with Tesla's work on transformers, turbines, steam and gas oscillators, compressors, pumps, induction motors, and wireless transmitters. Also, printed materials by and about Tesla, including DR. NIKOLA TESLA BIBLIOGRAPHY (1979) by John T. Ratzlaff and Leland I. Anderson; and published selections from diary entries, correspondence, patents, and patent wrappers by Tesla published by the Tesla Book Company. There is also a videotape cassette "Nikola Tesla the Genius Who Lit the World".
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Nikola Tesla papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Alternate Form Available
Microfilm available for boxes 1-6.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/1989.
Cataloged Lynn A. Grove 03/--/1990.
Vidoetape cassette Processed HR 10/19/1993.
7 Tesla letters Cataloged HR 06/13/1997.
April 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was an electrician and inventor.
Robert Underwood Johnson (1843-1938) was an editor and author.