Archives exhibits 19th century patent records in November

Howe sewing machine drawingShown here is a portion of a drawing of the sewing machine’s parts. For November the Institute Archives and Special Collections features as its Object of the Month patent records of Blatchford, Seward & Griswold, a law firm that represented many of the nineteenth century’s most illustrious inventors, among them Samuel F. B. Morse (regarding unlicensed telegraph lines), Charles Goodyear (regarding patent extension of a rubber manufacturing process), and Elias Howe, Jr. (regarding patent extension for the sewing machine). Several items concerning Howe’s sewing machine are included in the exhibit.