Americans have always been a people on the move—on rails, roads, and waterways (for travel through the air, visit the National Air and Space Museum). In the transportation collections, railroad objects range from tools, tracks, and many train models to the massive 1401, a 280-ton locomotive built in 1926. Road vehicles include coaches, buggies, wagons, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and automobiles—from the days before the Model T to modern race cars. The accessories of travel are part of the collections, too, from streetlights, gas pumps, and traffic signals to goggles and overcoats.
In the maritime collections, more than 7,000 design plans and scores of ship models show the evolution of sailing ships and other vessels. Other items range from scrimshaw, photographs, and marine paintings to life jackets from the Titanic.
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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