inventors, and designers produce drawings as part of their creative
process. They draw to work out and refine concepts and details.
They draw to persuade. They draw to give direction. And they draw
to record their ideas and to learn from others.
exhibition presents examples of industrial drawings in the collections
of the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution
Libraries. Some are working drawings, ideas sketched in pencil or
ink. Others are more finished, designed for presentation. A few
are printed, either as sales material or as part of a patent application.
They visually document American industrial creativity, from inventor's
hand and investor's boardroom, to patent office, factory floor,
and manufacturer's showroom.
you look at these drawings and printed documents, think about their
aesthetic merit and the ways they reflect the skills and knowledge
of their creators. But also consider their purpose. These drawings
capture on paper key aspects of technological and industrial process.
They document thought, organization, work, and production.