The Museum's superb military collections document the history of the men and women of the armed forces of the United States. The collections include ordnance, firearms, and swords; uniforms and insignia; national and military flags and banners; and many other objects.
The strength of the collections lies in their enormous depth. Some 3,000 military small arms and 2,400 civilian firearms document the mechanical and technological history of the infantryman's weapons from the beginning of the gunpowder era to the present. Among the 4,000 swords and knives in the collection are many spectacular presentation pieces. The collections also include Civil War era telegraph equipment, home front artifacts from both world wars, early computers such as ENIAC, Whirlwind, and Sage, and materials carried at antiwar demonstrations.
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- Sam DeVincent loved music and art and began collecting sheet music with lithographs at an early age. He purchased much of his collection through travel and had little money to spend. Much of the music he collected was used by him and his wife in their musical performance group, "Nancy Lee and the Hilltoppers." They had their own radio show on WOWO, AM 190 in Fort Wayne, Indiana five days a week until the music scene changed in 1955. They continued to do personal appearances and maintained a radio show at the same station every Sunday morning for many years.
- Primarily published sheet music, plus some related ephemera. Originally included 781 boxes of American sheet music and assorted clippings, articles, photographs, etc.; also 93 boxes of 33-1/3 RPM phonograph records, 30 boxes of 45 RPM records, and 20 boxes of 78 RPM records.
- Cite as
- The Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, ca. 1790-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
- 18th century
- 19th century
- 20th century
- DeVincent, Sam 1918-1997
- WOWO (radio station)
- Local number
- 1988.3086 (NMAH Acc.)
- Data Source
- Archives Center - NMAH