History For All the People

As I mentioned yesterday, we’re doing a series of blog posts about science and technology related materials in our collections as part of our participation in the North Carolina Science Festival. In this post we’re going to look at science themed photographic collections available through the Flickr account maintained by Kim Cumber, our Non-Textual Materials Archivist.

Reginald Fessenden – Radio’s First Voice

In this Flickr set are photos of and related to Reginald Fessenden, famous for having made the first radio broadcast in the world on Christmas Eve 1906. Fessenden, a Canadian, came to North Carolina under the auspices of the United States Weather Bureau to conduct experiments in wireless telegraphy on Roanoke Island in 1899. His work here attracted considerable publicity and corresponded in time with the experiments of the Wright Brothers in that locality. Because of Fessenden’s pioneer radio work on Roanoke Island in…

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