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Nathan B. Stubblefield Collection, 1862-2012

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Title

Nathan B. Stubblefield Collection

Date

1862-2012

Repository

Murray State University Special Collections & Archives

Murray, Kentucky

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Nathan B. Stubblefield Collection, 84-4, Special Collections & Archives, Murray State University.

Biography/History

Nathan Bowman Stubblefield was an American inventor from Murray, Kentucky during the latter part of the 19th Century and early part of the 20th Century. He was born at Murray on November 22, 1860. In his youth he was tutored by a governess and later attended a boarding school in Farmington, Kentucky. He also was self-educated in the field science. He patented improvements for the telephone and developed plans for a lamp lighter, electric battery and a mobile radio telephone. He founded the Wireless Telephone Company of America and operated a school called the Nathan Stubblefield Industrial School at Murray. In his later years he became a paranoid disillusioned recluse who became separated from his family, penniless and resided in a small shack near Almo, Kentucky. Stubblefield starved to death on March 28, 1928. Some have claimed him to be the "Father of Broadcasting".

Scope and Content

Nathan B. Stubblefield Collection Collection consists of correspondence, handwritten notes, drawings, photographs and patents associated with Nathan B. Stubblefield during the first quarter of the 20th Century.

Subjects

  • Calloway County (Ky.) -- History.
  • Stubblefield, Nathan Beverly, 1860-1928

Collection Inventory

Transcripts of the Civil War diary of William J. Stubblefield, father of Nathan B. Stubblefield. William Jefferson Stubblefield was an officer in Company G of the 7th Kentucky Mounted Infantry. The diary covers the time period from April 12, 1862 to September 19, 1862. In the diary’s introduction he writes of camp life, the battle at Shiloh and contracting yellow fever. He criticizes conscription, the lack of supplies and endless marching. He mentions his regiment being shelled at Vicksburg, participating in a battle at Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the regiment’s retreat to Port Hudson, Louisiana. The diary ends with his return to Calloway County, Kentucky after suffering weeks from an illness, 1865
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Transcription of the autobiography of William J. Stubblefield, the father of Nathan B. Stubblefield, 1862
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Transcription of the last will and testiment of William J. Stubblefield, father of Nathan B. Stubblefield, 1874
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Location of Stubblefield Home on North 16th Street, 1985 ca
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Demonstration at Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, Pa. 1. Prof. Edwin J. Houston of Franklin Institute 2. Prof. A. Frederick Collins of Phila. 3. Mr. Henry Clay Fisk, treasurer of the Wireless Telephone Co. of America 4. Albert Crump, general manager of the Philadelphia Keystone Telephone Company 5. Reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, recieving the messages 6. Nathan Stubblefield 7. Ms. Manning 8. Park Guard, 1902
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Nathan recieving messages one mile distant from the Belmont Mansion, Philadelphia, Pa, 1902
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Nathan and Bernard recieving messages at the Belmont Mansion, Philadelphia, Pa, 1902
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Historical marker for Stubblefield birthplace, 1987 ca
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Nathan and Bernard at home laboratory, 1900 ca
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Nathan and Bernard at home laboratory, 1900 ca
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Nathan recieving messages on Stubblefield Farm, 1900 ca
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Rainey T. Wells and L.J. Hortin with Stubblefield monument a few days before dedication, 1930
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Stubblefield monument wrapped in an American flag, 1930 ca
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Group viewing the Stubblefield monument, 1970 ca
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Group at dedication of Stubblefield Memorial on MSU Campus. L to R Oneita Weldon, Duke Mayfield, Rube Thurston, Harry Heath, Forrest C. Pogue, L.J. Hortin, Martha Kelly Gardner, 1930
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Original design for Stubblefield monument, 1925 ca
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Stubblefield monument detail, 1990 ca
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Stubblefield Family with equipment in front of home, 1902
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Portrait of Nathan and Bernard with equipment made in Belmont Mansion, Philadelphia, Pa, 1902
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Portrait of Nathan Stubblefield and wireless telephone, 1902
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Nathan recieving messages, 1902 ca
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Stubblefield demonstrating his wireless reciever at his home, 1907 ca
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Stubblefield demonstrating his wireless reciever at his home. Image from post card, 1907 ca
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Nathan Stubblefield Industrial School at Stubblefield Home, 1907
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Diagram of Wireless Telephone Invention from Patent, 1908
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Replica of Stubblefield Conductor, 1967
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Motor which ran for 66 continuous days from Stubblefield's Earth Cell, 1905 ca
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Stubblefield's Wireless Telephone Reciever, 1902 ca
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Stubblefield's equipment, 1900 ca
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Series of coils from Stubblefield, 1905 ca
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Stubblefield's Bell Telegraph, 1890
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Version of transciever, 1895 ca
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James Johnson, Murray Chamber of Congress, showing pictures to secretary from Stubblefield Scrapbook, 1970 ca
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James Johnson, Murray Chamber of Congress, showing pictures from Stubblefield Scrapbook, 1970 ca
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The Nathan B. Stubblefield Trunk. L to R: Charles Hinds, Dr. Harry Sparks, Tom Morgan, L.J. Hortin, 1970
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Vernon Stubblefield, Unknown
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Stubblefield family member, possibly William Jefferson Stubblefield, 1865 ca
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Stubblefield family member, Unknown
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George M. Shelby, Unknown
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Victoria Bowman Stubblefield, Unknown
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Stubblefield family member, Unknown
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Stubblefield family member, Unknown
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Stubblefield family member, Unknown
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Mrs. J. F. Stubblefield, Delaware, Oregon, Unknown
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Stubblefield family member, Unknown
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Gravesite of J.F. Stubblefield, 1900 ca
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Nathan Stubblefield, 1880 ca
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Leona Stubblefield, Unknown
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Stubblefield family member, Unknown
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Stubblefield family member, Unknown
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Stubblefield family member, Unknown
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Stubblefield family member, Unknown
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Stubblefield family member, Unknown
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Group at Stubblefield Home. L to R Colored man- Sam Stubblefield 1 Mr John P. McElrath 2. Mrs. John P. McElrath 3. O.T. Hale 4. John H. Keys 5. Mrs. John H. Keys 6. James M. Cole 7. Solon Higgins 8. Mrs. Solon Higgins 9. O. J. Jennings 10. Mrs Ella Hale Woodruff 1. Pattie Stubblefield 2. Helen Gould Stubblefield 3. Oliver Stubblefield 4. Victoria Stubblefield 5. Mrs. Hattie Keys Beale 6. Bernard Stubblefield 7. Isaac W. Keys 8. James H. Coleman 9. Abe Thompson 10. Ben B. Keys 11. George Gatlin 12. Tip Wilcox 13. Nathan B. Stubblefield 14. Mrs. Nathan B. Stubblefield, 1902 ca
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Nathan recieving messages near the Potomac River, 1902
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Broadcasting from a boat in the middle of the Potomac River, 1902
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Flyer for Stubblefield's Demonstration in Washington D.C, 1902
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Group at Potomac River demonstration, 1902
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Nathan B. Stubblefield's harmonica. This was the first musical instrument to be broadcast, 2012
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Coil wire, wound and insulated, used in 1881, 2012
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Coil wire, wound and insulated, used in 1881, 2012
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Telephone magneto "ringer" used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, side view, 2012
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Telephone magneto "ringer" used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, front view, 2012
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Telephone magneto "ringer" used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, alternate side view, 2012
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Telephone magneto "ringer" used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, rear view, 2012
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Telephone magneto "ringer" used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, top view, 2012
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Telegraph key used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, side view, 2012
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Telegraph key used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, connector side view, 2012
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Telegraph key used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, alternate side view, 2012
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Telegraph key used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, rear view, 2012
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Telegraph key used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, top view, 2012
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Bell telegraph, invented by Nathan B. Stubblefield in July 1890. This system allowed the user to dial the letter they wished to send. Rear view, 2012
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Bell telegraph, invented by Nathan B. Stubblefield in July 1890. This system allowed the user to dial the letter they wished to send, 2012
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Bell telegraph, invented by Nathan B. Stubblefield in July 1890. This system allowed the user to dial the letter they wished to send. Left side view, 2012
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Bell telegraph, invented by Nathan B. Stubblefield in July 1890. This system allowed the user to dial the letter they wished to send. Right side view, 2012
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Telegraph sounder used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, 2012
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Telegraph sounder used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, rear view, 2012
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Telegraph sounder used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, bottom and side view, 2012
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Telegraph sounder used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, top and side view, 2012
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Telegraph key used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, top view, 2012
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Telegraph key used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, side view, 2012
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Telegraph key used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, alternate side view, 2012
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Telegraph key used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, top view, 2012
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Wire and spool used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, 2012
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Wire and spool used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, top view, 2012
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Wire and spool used by Nathan B. Stubblefield, detail side view, 2012
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Trunk owned by Nathan B. Stubblefield, 2012
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Trunk owned by Nathan B. Stubblefield, detail of label on side of trunk saying " Bernard B. Stubblefield, Rt. #1, Jackson (scribbled out), Hrrisville, Miss.", 2012
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