Scientific Instruments

The scientific instruments collection documents the development of American academic science from the early days of the Republic through the Cold War, from astronomical instruments and surveying chains to optics apparatus and early student laboratory equipment.

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The Dartmouth Collection of Scientific Instruments dates from the founding of the College in 1769. It mirrors the development of American science in an academic setting, from the early days of the Republic through the Cold War.

There are surveying chains, orreries, telescopes, and globes from the first years of the College; American and European apparatus from the early nineteenth century; apparatus from the purchasing trips of Dartmouth professors throughout the nineteenth century; and the astronomical instruments of the Shattuck observatory (built in 1854) and of Charles Young (1843–1908), who became a pioneer in the study of the solar spectrum. The collection is particularly strong in optics, instruments from early student laboratories, apparatus dating from the first decades of the new Wilder Laboratory (1899), and apparatus from the period 1920–80. The artifacts are accompanied by a large number of pamphlets, purchase receipts, lab notes, original boxes, correspondence, and catalogues.

Our collection is largely due to the effort of Professor Emeritus Allen King, who joined the faculty in 1942 and took an active interest in preserving and documenting Dartmouth’s scientific heritage.

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Unknown Maker
Powell's Wave Machine
about 1862
2002.1.34022
Unknown Maker
Lissajous Apparatus (Tuning Fork)
about 1850
2002.1.34023
Max Kohl, Chemnitz, Germany
Projection Wave Machine
about 1903
2002.1.34024
probably Max Kohl, Chemnitz, Germany
Stoehrer Lissajous Apparatus
about 1900
2002.1.34025
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Vibrating Plate with Lycopodium
about 1853
2002.1.34026
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Chladni Plates
about 1853
2002.1.34027
Unknown Maker
Lissajous Comparator
about 1920
2002.1.34028
Unknown Maker
Rayleigh Kaleidophone
about 1880
2002.1.34029
Unknown Maker
A.B. Meservey THM Apparatus
about 1935
2002.1.34030
Spindler & Hoyer, Gottingen, Germany
Vibration Demonstration
about 1925
2002.1.34031
probably Max Kohl, Chemnitz, Germany
Singing Flame Apparatus
about 1910
2002.1.34032
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork
about 1880
2002.1.34033
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1875
2002.1.34034
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1875
2002.1.34035
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe Bellows Outlet
about 1853
2002.1.34036
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe Extensions
about 1853
2002.1.34037
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34038
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe Extension
about 1853
2002.1.34039
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork
about 1880
2002.1.34040
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork
not dated
2002.1.34041
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork
about 1880
2002.1.34042
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork
not dated
2002.1.34043
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork
not dated
2002.1.34044
Unknown Maker
Adjustable Organ Pipe
about 1860
2002.1.34045
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34046
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Organ Pipe with Nodal Flaps
about 1870
2002.1.34047
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34048
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Beating Reed Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34049
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Free Reed Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34050
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Wind Chest
about 1870
2002.1.34051
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Organ Pipe
about 1870
2002.1.34052
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34053
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Manometric Organ Pipe
about 1870
2002.1.34054
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Manometric Organ Pipe
about 1870
2002.1.34055
Unknown Maker
Manometric Organ Pipe
about 1870
2002.1.34056
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Manometric Organ Pipe
about 1870
2002.1.34057
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Organ Pipe
about 1870
2002.1.34058
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1910
2002.1.34059
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1910
2002.1.34060
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1910
2002.1.34061
Waverly Musical Products Co., USA
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1930
2002.1.34062
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1900
2002.1.34063
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1875
2002.1.34064
Max Kohl, Chemnitz, Germany
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1900
2002.1.34065
Waverly Musical Products Co., USA
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1930
2002.1.34066
Unknown Maker
Reed Pipe
about 1900
2002.1.34067
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34068
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34069
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34070
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Manometric Flame Organ Pipe
about 1870
2002.1.34071
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34072
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34073
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Manometric Flame Organ Pipe
about 1870
2002.1.34074
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Manometric Flame Organ Pipe
about 1870
2002.1.34075
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Tuning Fork
about 1853
2002.1.34076
Max Kohl, Chemnitz, Germany
Tuning Fork
about 1900
2002.1.34077
Waverly Musical Products Co., USA
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1930
2002.1.34078
Waverly Musical Products Co., USA
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1930
2002.1.34079
Waverly Musical Products Co., USA
Tuning Fork and Resonator
about 1930
2002.1.34080
Waverly Musical Products Co., USA
Tuning Fork and Resonator
not dated
2002.1.34081
Unknown Maker
Electrical Tuning Fork
about 1930
2002.1.34082
Unknown Maker
Electrical Tuning Fork
about 1920
2002.1.34083
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Nine Sounding Strips
about 1853
2002.1.34084
Unknown Maker
Bell and Stand
about 1900
2002.1.34085
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Reed Pipe Extension
about 1853
2002.1.34086
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Reed Pipe Extension
about 1853
2002.1.34087
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Reed Extension Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34088
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Resonating Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34089
Seth Thomas, American, 1786 - 1859
Metronome
about 1950
2002.1.34090
Seth Thomas, American, 1786 - 1859
Metronome
about 1960
2002.1.34091
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Spherical Resonant Chamber
about 1876
2002.1.34092
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Cylindrical Resonant Chamber
about 1876
2002.1.34093
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Cube Shaped Resonant Chamber
about 1876
2002.1.34094
Carl J. Urlich, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Adjustable Resonance Tubes
about 1920
2002.1.34095
Unknown Maker
Whistle and Flute Tube
about 1870
2002.1.34096
Unknown Maker
Whistle and Flute Tube
about 1870
2002.1.34097
Unknown Maker
Whistle
about 1870
2002.1.34098
Unknown Maker
Organ Pipe Plugs
about 1880
2002.1.34099
Unknown Maker
Organ Pipe Plug
about 1860
2002.1.34100
Unknown Maker
Organ Pipe Plugs
not dated
2002.1.34101
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe Plug
about 1853
2002.1.34102
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork Mallet
about 1950
2002.1.34103
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork Mallet
about 1880
2002.1.34104
Unknown Maker
Interference Tube
about 1880
2002.1.34105
Unknown Maker
Tuning Fork Mallet
about 1950
2002.1.34106
Western Electric Co.
Phonelescope
about 1912
2002.1.34107
Unknown Maker
Victrola Horn
about 1910
2002.1.34108
E. Leybold, Cologne, Germany
Sonometer
about 1905
2002.1.34109
Central Scientific Company (CENCO), Chicago, Illinois
Sonometer
about 1930
2002.1.34110
Rudolph Koenig, Paris, France, German, 1832 - 1901
Koenig Sound Analyzer
about 1880
2002.1.34112
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Wooden Disc
about 1853
2002.1.34113
probably Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Wind Pressure Regulator
about 1853
2002.1.34114
Unknown Maker
Wooden keys and Metal Rods
about 1920
2002.1.34115
Unknown Maker
Phonodeik Mirror and Mounting
about 1920
2002.1.34116
Unknown Maker
Electric Bell
about 1900
2002.1.34117
Kny Scheerer
Stethoscope
about 1920
2002.1.34118
Webcor Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Webcor Tape Recorder
about 1955
2002.1.34119
Unknown Maker
Turntable
about 1955
2002.1.34120
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34121
Marloye et Cie, Paris, France
Organ Pipe
about 1853
2002.1.34122