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Howard Head's drawing for his tennis racket with enlarged sweet spot


The National Museum of American History Archives Center has vast collections relating to technology, invention, and innovation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Above: Howard Head's drawing for his tennis racket with an enlarged "sweet spot." Smithsonian Institution photo.

Using the Archives Center collections:

The Archives Center has moved to temporary quarters in the National Museum of American History and the off-site location in Suitland, Maryland, during the renovation of the Museum's west wing. Reference services have changed significantly in order to accommodate access to the collections off-site and in the Museum. For details on conducting research during this period, visit the Archives Center's website.

Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment and for further information, please call 202-633-3270 or email

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Earl Tupper's drawing for a paint pot

Finding aids
The Lemelson Center is collaborating with the Archives Center to make finding aids to the Museum's invention collections available online.
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Invention stories index
A subject guide to contemporary and historical inventors and inventions featured on the Lemelson Center and National Museum of American History Archives Center websites.
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MIND program
The Modern Inventors Documentation Program (MIND) ensures that records of invention are preserved for the future.
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Last Update: 7 Nov 2013

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