George C. Maynard Outside USNM

ID: MAH 56795 or MAH56795

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1900-1918

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 23, Folder: 32

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George Colton Maynard (1839-1918) is seen here standing in front of the United States National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building, with his bicycle. He began his career as a telegraph operator in Michigan and, later, Washington, D.C. Maynard worked for the U.S. Army Telegraph Service during the Civil War and in the 1870s for the U.S. Signal Service. He entered the new telephone industry in the late 1870s. Maynard came to the National Museum in 1885 from these developing telegraph and telephone industries, and he amassed a fine collection documenting those technologies during his curatorship. He also served as superintendent of the first telephone company in the District of Columbia while he worked at the museum. When he retired as Curator of Mechanical Technology in 1918, he had developed comprehensive collections documenting the work of such figures as Alfred Vail and Samuel F. B. Morse, and business associates, Alexander Graham Bell and Gardner Greene Hubbard.


  • Maynard, George C
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 23, Folder: 32

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. 1900-1918

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  • Telegraph
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Bicycles
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Museum curators
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

MAH 56795 or MAH56795

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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