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|| Eisler Engineering Company Records,
1885-1988 (bulk 1920-1950s)
Extent and Forms of Material: 30 cubic feet, including photographs
and blueprints (49 boxes, 25 oversize folders)
Creator: Eisler Engineering Company
Abstract: Records document Charles Eisler, a Hungarian immigrant
who was a skilled mechanic and engineer and his company, Eisler Engineering
Company of Newark, New Jersey, which manufactured equipment for producing electric
lamps, television and radio tubes, welding equipment and laboratory equipment.
Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; email@example.com;
Collection Number: AC0734
Processing Note: Processed by John Mask, intern, and Alison
Oswald, archivist, December 2006.
© 2008 by the Smithsonian Institution. All rights reserved.
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Preferred Citation: [Title and date of item],
Eisler Engineering Company Records, Archives Center, National
Museum of American History, box number X, folder number XX, digital
file number XXXXXXXX
In-depth information about the collection
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Scope and content
System of arrangement
Related archival materials
- Container listing
- Series 1 Personal Materials, 1944-1970
- Series 2 Business Materials, 1885, 1931-1985
- Series 3 Employee/Personnel Records, 1940-1988
- Series 4 Operational Records, 1934-1977
- Series 5 Diagrams and Drawings, 1924-1960
- Series 6 Sales Records, 1924-1984
- Series 7 Litigation and Patent Records, 1897-1953 (bulk 1926-1929), 1949, 1953
- Series 8 Photographs, 1944-1967
- Series 9 Scrapbooks, 1916-1959
Charles Eisler (1884-1973) was born in Hungary to Adolph and
Helen Eisler. Charles was the second child of nine: George, Emil,
Michael, Leopold, Rudi, Franz, Emma and Lajos. Eisler completed
his engineering and mechanical studies by the age of 17 and began
an apprenticeship with a local factory. He became a licensed steam
engineer and fireman of high pressure boilers. In 1902, he left
Hungary for Berlin, Germany, with the goal to immigrate to the
United States. In Germany, Eisler worked in a factory in Eberswalde,
north of Berlin. The factory manufactured cast-iron pipe and machinery,
and Eisler operated a crane loading barges near the factory. Eisler
left Eberswalde and returned to Berlin to work as a toolmaker
at Allgemeine Electricitäts Gesellschaft' (AEG). He arrived
in New York City on the SS Potsdam/Stockholm (I) in November
1904. Because Europeans dominated the field of skilled mechanics
and tradesmen in the United States, Eisler easily found employment
in East Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh Westinghouse. In 1907, Eisler
worked for Studebaker Metzger Motor Company as a tool-designer
and tool room foreman.
Eisler returned to Hungary in the spring of 1912 where he took
a job as a tool designing engineer with an American owned electrical
firm, Standard Electric Company, in Újpest. He married Frieda
Schwartz Eisler (d.1962) on December 24, 1912, in Budapest. They
had four children: Charles Eisler, Jr., Martha (Eisler) Leff;
Ruth (Eisler) Forest; and Constance (Eisler) Smith. In 1914, Eisler,
his wife Frieda, and their newborn son Charles, Jr., returned
to the United States. Eisler worked at the Westinghouse Lamp Company
in Bloomfield, New Jersey, designing machines for building incandescent
lamps with tungsten wire. At Westinghouse, Eisler held the position
of chief engineer of the equipment division, and he completed
the International Correspondence Schools course in mechanical
engineering (1918). Eisler left Westinghouse in 1919 to work for
Save Electric Corporation of Brooklyn, New York (an independent
lamp manufacture), formed by Max Ettiger. At Save Electric, Eisler
was equipment engineer superintendent and responsible for designing
machines for the production of incandescent lamps.
General Electric (GE), Westinghouse, and RCA had a monopoly
on modern incandescent lamp making machinery. The manufacture
of lamps and tubes had moved from a low-rate, highly skilled craft
work of Edison’s Menlo Park to a high-rate, semi-skilled
process dominated by GE and others. It was difficult for independent
lamp manufacturers, such as Save Electric, to compete. The control
and licensing of machinery patents was one method GE used to maintain
a virtual monopoly on lamp manufacture throughout the first half
of the 20th century. GE purchased Save Electric in 1920 to remove
it from the incandescent lamp market. That same year, Eisler lost
his job and started his own company, Eisler Engineering Company,
to consult and manufacture equipment for producing electric lamps,
television tubes, radio tubes, glass products, neon tubes, welding
equipment and laboratory equipment. He established a machine shop
at 15 Kirk Alley, Newark, New Jersey, where he redesigned many
of his machines and drawings and started patenting. By 1924, Eisler’s
plant doubled in physical size and labor supply, with the radio
tube industry peaking in 1929.1 However,
the stock market crash of 1929-1930 severely impacted production,
and Eisler never again saw the same growth. In 1929, Eisler sold
a 49% interest in the company to Frank Bonner.
In June 1933, Eisler and others organized a group of independent
manufacturers into the Incandescent Lamp Manufacturer’s
Association (ILMA). In response to the pressuring tactics of GE,
Westinghouse and RCA, the group also documented every lamp maker
who went out of business or that was bought by a monopoly member.
The ILMA allowed members to pool their resources for patent litigation.
“Eisler was the third leading outside supplier of lamp making
machinery. It was not licensed by General Electric, and the unlicensed
lamp manufacturers obtained most of their lamp making equipment
from it. The Eisler equipment was less automatic and of considerably
less speed than the machinery used by the General Electric group.
However, it was considerably lower in price.”2
Eisler Engineering Company was sued at least four times by GE
between 1923 and 1928 for alleged patent infringement but won
each case. The cases involved four United States patents owned
by GE: Van Keuren #1,326,121; Mitchell and White #1,453,594; Mitchell
and White #1,453,595; and Marshall #1,475,192. The last three
patents address a process used in the manufacture of electric
lamps known as “sealing in” of tip-less lamps. The
plaintiff, GE, complained that Eisler, the defendant, was infringing.
Several GE patents were declared invalid during the proceedings
or were withdrawn, and Eisler’s U.S. Patent #1,637,989 for
tip-less lamps was upheld. See General Electric Company vs.
Eisler Engineering Company, 20 F (2d.) 33 (C.C.A., 1927), 26 F
(2d.) 12 (C.C.A., 1928), and 43 F (2d.) 319 (C.C.A., 1930).
One of Eisler’s strongest defenses was a 1916 article he
published in Machinery on Tungsten Lamp Manufacture.
Eisler defended his case not only for the interest of his own
company but also for those who utilized his products as well as
those who manufactured under a licensing agreement with Eisler
In 1954, Charles Eisler, Jr., formerly vice president became
president of Eisler Engineering Company, Inc., and Charles Eisler,
Sr., became chairman of the board. In 1958, Eisler Senior officially
stepped down. In the late 1970s, Eisler, Jr., sold the company
to Kahle Engineering Company. Kahle, established in 1920 with
its roots in the glass machinery business, provided equipment
for the medical device, pharmaceutical, electrical and automotive
industries. Today, Kahle focuses solely on the manufacture of
assembly machines for medical devices.
Eisler was issued fifty-seven United States patents relating
to the mass production of glass articles. His first patent was
issued in 1916 (U.S. Patent # 1,209,650) for a turret attachment
and his last was issued in 1958 (U.S. Design Patent # DES 182,796)
for a spot welder/press type. Eisler received an honorary Doctor
of Science degree from Blooomfield College in Bloomfield, New
Jersey (1951) and was elected to life membership in the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers (1952). He died on October 8,
1973 at the age of 89 in East Orange, New Jersey.
1 Eisler, Charles. The Million-Dollar
Bend (New York: William-Frederick Press, 1960).
2 Bright, Arthur. The Electric
Lamp Industry (New York: Macmillan Co., 1949).
The bulk of the materials date from the 1930s to the 1950s and
document Charles Eisler’s contributions to the modern lamp
making industry. There is considerable personal information documenting
Eisler and his family, and his connection to his native Hungary. The
collection is divided into 9 series: personal materials; business
materials; employee records, operating records; diagrams and drawings;
litigation and patent records; photographs; and scrapbooks.
Series 1, Personal Materials, 1944-1970, is
divided into six subseries: Passports and Naturalization Certificate, 1910-1970s; Photographs, 1912; Chronological Correspondence, 1944-1970;
Alphabetical Correspondence, 1941-1969; Family and Friends Correspondence,
1956-1966; Vacation Information, 1951; Financial Information,
1960-1967; and Medical Bills and Information, 1963-1967.
There are several passports (United States and German) for Eisler and his
United States naturalization certificate of 1910. The photographs, 1912, are
from Eisler’s friend, Ed Korn. The photographs depict an airplane that Eisler created
drawings for and two individuals, Bert Berry (parachutist) and Tony Januss, a pilot at
Kinloch Field, St. Louis, Missouri.
The chronological correspondence, 1944-1970, is arranged chronologically.
It contains letters about Hungarians and Hungarian issues; invitations
to social events and speaking engagements; thank you letters;
letters of condolence; donations; birthday greetings; and club
memberships. Eisler was active in the Newark, New Jersey, Hungarian
community. He donated equipment, clothes, and money to a variety
of organizations that assisted Hungarians in the United States
and in Hungary. Some of the correspondence was written by Mrs.
R. Testa, secretary to Charles Eisler.
The alphabetical correspondence, 1941-1969, is arranged alphabetically.
It consists of letters documenting such issues as stock in Eisler
Engineering Company, personal purchases of Eisler’s at the
Ivanhoe Lobby Gift Shop by the Sea Hotel, and “Help the
Suffering Hungarians” organization (1956-1961). This includes
canceled checks from donors, specifically Operation Mercy to assist
refugees from Budapest. Additionally, there is correspondence
and itemized price lists for food and clothing for Hungarians.
Of note is some Raritan Yacht Club (R.Y.C.) of Perth Amboy, New
Jersey, materials. There is a R.Y.C. Duffle Bag newsletter,
February, 1964. Eisler was a member of R.Y.C.
Family and friends correspondence, 1956-1966, includes letters
and postcards from family and friends, mostly in Hungarian. Topics
discussed include sending food, clothing, hearing aids, and medicine
to Hungarian refugees; Christmas packages; emigration; and U.S.
Relief Parcel Service receipts.
Vacation information, 1951, consists of one file folder of documentation
of airline tickets, baggage tickets, tour itineraries, receipts
from hotels, letterhead from hotels, and itemized lists of purchases
for several trips Eisler made. Airlines ephemera represented include
Pan American World Airways System; Air France; British Overseas
Airways Corp; Trans World Airlines, Inc; and Eastern Airlines.
Financial information, 1960-1967, contains investment securities
(certificates) information for Massachusetts Investors Trust;
consolidated checking account information; lists of personal donations,
personal income, and savings accounts. Eisler’s personal
donations varied greatly, both in amount and in the type of organization—American
Hungarian Studies Foundation at Rutgers, Father Flanagan’s
Boy’s Home; and the Jewish Community Council of Essex County,
Medical Bills and Information, 1963-1967, consists mostly of
bills from doctors for services rendered.
Series 2, Business Materials, 1885, 1931-1985,
is divided into seven subseries: correspondence, general files,
financial information, World War II boards and regulations, real
estate holdings and investments, articles, and Kahle Engineering.
Correspondence, 1946-1971, is arranged alphabetically by surname
or company name. It contains a variety of issues—real estate,
accounting, legal representation, and tenants. Attorneys Kessler
and Kessler handled Eisler vs. General Electric Company.
There is correspondence about meetings, depositions, and reviewing
documents before filing. The tenant information includes assignments
and agreements between individual tenants and the landlord, Lesire
Corporation, which Eisler owned.
General Files, 1931-1985, contains files arranged alphabetically
on a variety of topics.
Financial Information, 1931-1945, is mainly comprised of Treasury
Department and Internal Revenue correspondence, and income tax
World War II Boards and Regulations, 1942-1946, contain information
about manpower, labor, and production during World War II for
the manufacturing industry. The National War Labor Board contains
wage rates and audit information for Eisler Engineering. The Manpower
Commission established the total manpower allowance for Eisler
Engineering and other companies. It set specific quotas for the
number of male employees permitted. The War Production Board material
includes a plant report of operations. It describes the product
being made and categorizes the percentage of “war”
versus “civilian” work. The War Department Plant Protection
Division contains notes and recommendations for Eilser Engineering
Company to implement.
Real Estate Holdings and Investments, 1932-1980, consists mainly
of tax and stock returns and income information and cancelled
notes for collateral with the Lesire Corporation. The record of
real estate, 1952-1974, contains ledger sheets for seven separate
properties with the name of the property, improvements if any,
and address: Farm Flagtowne, Neshanic, New Jersey; 733 S. 12th
Street, Newark, New Jersey; 735-737 S. 12th Street, Newark, New
Jersey; 738-758 S. 13th Street, Newark, New Jersey; 16 N. Salem
Street, Dover, New Jersey; 269 E. Blackwell Street, Dover, New
Jersey; and Lad Construction. The ledger sheets also include a
loan record with rents and mortgage receivable information. The
Avenue L files document a factory building owned by Eisler in
Newark, New Jersey. The files contain correspondence, receipts,
and bills for work done on the building in preparation for sale.
Articles, 1885-1962 (not inclusive) includes four articles relating
to the topic of electricity.
Kahle Engineering, 1960-1982, contains Dun and Bradstreet analytical
reports from 1960 to 1964 and interoffice correspondence with
Steven Logothetis, an employee of Kahle Engineering, interoffice
memos, credit profiles, notes, mortgage papers, and information
sheets for specific properties for purchase at public auction
for the period 1979-1982.
Series 3, Employee/Personnel Records, 1940-1988,
is divided into ten subseries: personnel files; accident reports;
lists of employee names; service years and anniversaries; union
(IUE AFL-CIO) agreements; benefits (health and pension); deceased
employees; payroll information; electrical license course; Department
of Labor; and miscellaneous.
The bulk of this series consists primarily of employee personnel
files from the 1940s to 1960s. Arranged alphabetically by surname,
the files contain employee record cards, employee applications,
in some instances photographs (head shots), tax withholding exemption
certificates, medical forms, union dues information, union steward
reports detailing grievances and appeals, correspondence, recommendations,
unemployment benefit payments, workers compensation, paychecks,
and applications for United States citizenship and visa requests.
The employee record cards capture the employee name; address;
social security number; department; occupation; title; clock number;
phone number; race; marital status; date of birth; number of children;
stating rate; increases; vacation taken; country of birth; entry
into the United States; naturalized and, if so, when and where;
former employees and any union grievances. It provides a comprehensive
view of the employee composition of the company.
The accident reports, 1958-1988, are arranged chronologically
by year and then further arranged alphabetically by employee surname.
These accident claim forms used by Eisler Engineering Company
are for the New Jersey Manufacturers Casualty Insurance Company
of Trenton, New Jersey. Additionally, there are blank State of
New Jersey accident forms. There is some correspondence about
specific claims and employees. There is one file folder documenting
injuries and illness, 1971-1978. It consists of Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) forms completed by Eisler Engineering.
They provide a summary of the types of injuries and illnesses,
number of lost work days, number of cases and a supplementary
record of occupational injuries.
Lists of employee names, 1957-1977, provides information on
employees who left employment, were laid off, owed union dues;
years of service to the company, birthdays, addresses, and job
Service years and anniversaries, 1955-1970, provides the employee
name, when employment began, years of service and if a service
pin was awarded.
Union (IUE AFL-CIO) agreements, 1942-1957 contain union contracts
and agreements between Eisler Engineering Mutual Employees Association,
Inc., and the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine
Benefits (health and pension), 1957-1967, contains information
on dental benefits, hospital service plans, Group Health Insurance
(GHI) Inc., claim forms for medical care insurance, and the annual
report of District 4 IUE, AFL-CIO Welfare Plan for 1957.
Deceased employees, 1946-1951, consists of form letters with
the employees name, address, next of kin, date of death, and the
amount of unpaid salary due.
Payroll Information, 1940-1973, includes deduction of wages
or salary forms for union dues, plans for enrolling in the U.S.
Savings Bond program, canceled payroll checks, forms for requesting
vacation, and bonus and merit increases for employees.
Electrical License Course, undated, includes homework assignments,
tests, and answers to questions, in lessons/courses on: compound
generators, DC (direct current) self-excited generators, power,
combination circuits, parallel circuits, split phase/resistance-start
induction run motors, electricity, and compound motors.
Department of Labor, 1944-1956, contains employment reports
and public contracts and minimum wage determinations. There is
statistical information on the type of employee (male, female,
non-white, and part-time) and a report of current and anticipated
Miscellaneous contains one file folder with an undated Department
of Labor and Industry letter about a highly desirable labor pool
of technical, skilled, and semi-skilled workers becoming available.
Series 4, Operational Records, 1934-1977, is
divided into two subseries: Equipment Quotes, 1960-1977, were
prepared by Eisler for clients/companies in the United States
and in foreign countries. The quotes include details about the
machine requested and its price.
Operating Instructions and Parts Lists, 1934-1940s, are arranged
predominately by machine number, but there are some exceptions.
The files include drawings and sketches, operating instructions
on assembling and disassembling, black and white photographs,
charts, and product literature. There are some documents that
were not created by the Eisler Engineering Company. These documents
include operating instructions and drawings from other companies
that Eisler had a working relationship with. The instructions,
[1934-1945?], arranged alpha-numerically, are operating instructions
for machines manufactured by the Eisler Engineering Company. The
instructions are labeled D-1 to D-800. These instructions should
be used in conjunction with the other operating instructions for
specific machines. For example, instructions D-1 are for Eisler
machine No. 00, a coil winding machine
Series 5, Diagrams and Drawings, 1924-1960,
is divided into two subseries, wiring diagrams and drawings. The
wiring diagrams 1934-1956, are arranged by type and provide instructions
and diagrams on how to connect wires for Eisler machines. The
drawings, 1924-1960, include blueprints, tracings, sketches and
in some instances, specifications for specific machines. The name
and number of the machine are listed. Also, the drawings contain
factory layouts for companies in the United States and in Leningrad,
Series 6, Sales Records, 1924-1984, is divided
into three subseries: customer sales lists, lamp machinery sales
records, and catalogs. The Customer Sales Lists, 1951-1958, and
the Lamp Machinery Sales Records, 1929-1958, include detailed
information for each machine built and shipped to a client: shop
number, job number, type of machine, machine number, customer
name, customer order number, Eisler order number and date shipped,
and a serial number if applicable. There are some lists for customer
requested machines such as exhaust machines, stem machines, and
base filling machines.
The catalogs, 1924-1979, are arranged into two sub-subseries,
Eisler catalogs and other companies’ catalogs. The catalogs
are further arranged chronologically and are bound or consist
of loose pages and individual bulletins. They provide information
on incandescent lamps, power transmission tubes; neon tube signs;
tungsten equipment and wire; burners, torches, fires, gas and
air mixers; metal sprayers; bases; furnaces; vacuum flasks; ampules
and vials; vacuum pumps; and electric welders.
Index cards for Eisler Engineering Anniversary Catalog 1945,
are arranged by machine number and contain the machine name with
a description, pricing information, and in some instances a date
and annotations. Each card has a page number that correlates to
the Anniversary Catalog No. 45-CE, 1945.
Series 7, Litigation and Patent Records, 1897-1953 (bulk
1926-1929), 1949, 1953, consist of briefs (for the defendant,
Eisler, and plaintiff, General Electric) and the transcript of
record in the case General Electric vs. Charles Eisler and
Eisler Engineering Company, 1926-1929. The litigation was
heard in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New Jersey
and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Third District. GE brought
suit against Eisler for infringement of two U.S. patents, #1,128,120
for manufacturing glass rods and forming spiders, and # 1,220,836
for a filament support wire inserting machine. Eisler allegedly
infringed by manufacturing and selling a hook inserting machine.
There is one file folder of newspaper clippings about anti-trust
in lamp manufacturing and specifically conclusions to the Opinion
for the case United States of America vs. General Electric
Company, 1953. GE, Corning Glass Works, N.V. Philips Gloeilampenfabriken,
Consolidated Electric Lamp Company, Hygrade Sylvania Corporation,
Chicago Miniature Lamp Works, and Tung-Sol Lamp Works, Inc., were
found guilty and in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. GE,
in particular, negotiated agreements through its wholly-owned
subsidiary, International General Electric that divided the world
lamp markets. This division permitted GE to have the U.S. market
exclusively and bar foreign lamp manufacturers. The domestic licensees’
growth was limited by GE to a fixed percentage of its own production
and expansion so that over the years a licensee’s share
of the business was diminished. This restrained trade, and competition
by GE unlawfully monopolized the incandescent electric lamp business.
A separate case involving Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing
Co. vs. Beacon Lamp Co., Leopold Rossbach, C. L. Shoninger, A.H.
Moses, L.E. Whicher and J.T. Hambay from 1896 to 1898 is
also documented through the brief for the complainant and a record
of the case.
Patents, 1913-1931, are further divided into tube patents, 1924-1931
and tube patents assigned to Raytheon Company, 1913-1929. The
patents were assembled by Eisler for reference.
Series 8, Photographs, 1944-1967, is further
divided into six subseries: machines by number, CAMS; timers;
jigs; transformers and electrodes; welders; welders, tips, jigs
and fixtures; and miscellaneous. The series contains 8”
x 10” black and white prints. Originally organized in three-
ring binders, the photographs are arranged by machine number with
further numerical identifiers. For example, Machine No. 103 is
a glass lathe machine and No. 103-XL is a vertical glass lathe
CAMS are curved wheels mounted on a rotating shaft and used
to produce variable or reciprocating motion in another engaged
or contacted part. They are used to produce or machine something.
Tips refer to the remnant of the glass tubing through which the
lamp was exhausted of its air (as well as filled with inert gases
after the invention of the gas-filled lamp in 1912) and jigs are
devices for guiding a tool or for holding machine work in place.
The majority of photographs document machinery; few employees
Photographs for Machine No. 170, can working equipment at vacuum
products, features African American workers circa the 1950s and
Machine No. 160, an automatic tub bottoming machine features a
female employee. Some of the miscellaneous photographs contain
prints of equipment, parts and employees working in the factory.
Series 9, Scrapbooks, 1916-1959, includes three
scrapbooks. Many of the articles are in Hungarian or Spanish.
Scrapbook, 1943 (bulk 1945-1955), 1959, contains newspaper articles
about Charles Eisler and Eisler Engineering Company. Many articles
and advertisements focus on specific machines Eisler manufactured.
Articles about Charles Eisler contain information about the associations
he belonged to, litigation, awards received, Lesire Corporation,
his tenant company; and the appointment of Charles Eisler, Jr.,
as President of Eisler Engineering Company. Other items include
company Christmas cards.
Scrapbook, 1916-1944, 1948, 1957, contains newspaper clippings
and catalog pages on machines manufactured by Eisler; personal
information about Charles Eisler’s trip to Europe; a fire
at his summer home; and Christmas decorations. There is documentation
on Eisler Engineering Company employees, World War II contributions
and production, and photographs of Charles Eisler presenting a
donation to the Newark Hungarians and the U.S. Army Ambulance
Scrapbook, 1924-1959, contains convention programs, Family
Circle information, documentation on various social events
Eisler attended and machine advertisements.
- Series 1, Personal
- Subseries 1, Passports and Naturalization Certificate, 1910-1970s
- Subseries 2, Photographs, 1912
- Subseries 3, Chronological Correspondence, 1946-1970
- Subseries 4, Alphabetical Correspondence, 1941-1969
- Subseries 5, Family and Friends Correspondence, 1956-1966
- Subseries 6, Vacation information, 1951
- Subseries 7, Financial information, 1960-1967
- Subseries 8, Medical Bills and Information, 1963-1967
- Series 2, Business
Materials, 1885, 1929-1985
- Subseries 1, Correspondence, 1946-1971
- Subseries 2, General Files, 1929-1985
- Subseries 3, Financial Information, 1931-1945
- Subseries 4, World War II Boards and Regulations, 1942-1946
- Subseries 5, Real Estate Holdings and Investments, 1932-1980
- Subseries 6, Articles, 1885-1962 (not inclusive)
- Subseries 7, Kahle Engineering, 1960-1982
- Series 3, Employee/Personnel
- Subseries 1, Personnel Files, 1940s-1960s
- Subseries 2, Accident Reports, 1958-1988
- Subseries 3, Lists of employee names, 1957-1977, undated
- Subseries 4, Service years and anniversaries, 1955-1970
- Subseries 5, Union (IUE AFL-CIO) agreements and contracts,
- Subseries 6, Benefits (health and pension), 1957-1967, undated
- Subseries 7, Deceased employees, 1946-1951
- Subseries 8, Payroll Information, 1940-1973
- Subseries 9, Electrical License Course, undated
- Subseries 10, Department of Labor, 1944-1956
- Subseries 11, Miscellaneous, undated
- Series 4, Operating
- Subseries 1, Equipment Quotes, 1960-1977
- Subseries 2, Operating Instructions and Parts Lists, 1934-1940s
- Series 5,
Diagrams and Drawings, 1924-1960, undated
- Subseries 1, Wiring Diagrams, 1934-1956
- Subseries 2, Drawings for Machines, 1924-1960
- Subseries 3, Drafting Tools, undated
- Series 6,
Sales Records, 1924-1984
- Subseries 1, Customer Sales Lists, 1951-1958
- Subseries 2, Lamp Machinery Sales Records, 1929-1958
- Subseries 3, Eisler Catalogs, 1924-1979
- Subseries 4, Index cards for Eisler Engineering catalogs
- Series 7,
Litigation and Patents Records, 1897-1953
- Subseries 1, Litigation Records, 1897 (bulk 1926-1929), 1949, 1953
- Subseries 2, Patents, 1913-1931
- Series 8, Photographs,
- Subseries 1, By Machine Number, -1966
- Subseries 2, CAMS, 1950-1967
- Subseries 3, Timers, Jigs, Transformers, and Electrodes, 1952-1960
- Subseries 4, Welders, 1944-1952
- Subseries 5, Welders, Tips, and Jigs and Fixtures, 1944-1952
- Subseries 6, Miscellaneous, 1944-1957
- Series 9, Scrapbooks,
Some materials in French, Germany, Hungarian, and Spanish.
This collection was donated by E.N. Logothetis of Kahle Engineering
on June 15, 2000.
The Archives Center received additional materials from Charles Eisler, Jr., on June 28, 2009.
Kahle Engineering Records (AC0735), the successor company to
Eisler Engineering Records are located in the Archives Center.
Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives
have some Eisler Engineering Company trade literature in the Sinclair
New Jersey Collection: New Jersey Trade Literature and Manufacturers’
Catalogs at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/sinclair/sinclair_main.shtml.
Department of Labor
Electric lamps, Arc
Electric lamp industry
Halogen incandescent lamp
Incandescent Lamp Manufacturer’s Association (ILMA)
Income taxes 1900-1940
Jigs and fixtures
Labor unions 1920-1950
National War Labor Board
War Production Board (U.S.)
Welding—Equipment and supplies
General Electric Company