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Maynard D. McFarlane collection

Identifier: AG 23

Scope and Contents

The first series contains fourteen folders of notes according to original order by McFarlane. There is an item by item inventory located in the second folder that was written by McFarlane. It describes and numbers the items in the archive. The items are arranged in numerical order according to this inventory.

The second series contains two oversized objects -- a 16mm Kodascope Model A film projector and a Griswold Film Splicer. Please scroll down and click on the linked "External Document" to view a scan of the inventory created by McFarlane


  • 1921-1940


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Biographical Note

Maynard D. McFarlane was born in 1895 in London, England. He received his education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and the University of London, England. After serving in the infantry and Royal Flying Corps in World War I, he was co-inventor of the Bartlane picture transmission system. He established research laboratories in New York and California, and became an American citizen in 1941. During World War II, he specialized in radar technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After the war he worked for the Office of Scientific Research and Development and Robertshaw Controls Company, specializing in radar navigation, atomic energy, and communication.


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Memorabilia, 1921 - ca. 1940, of Maynard D. McFarlane (1895 – ca. 1983), inventor and scientist, relating to the invention and use of the Bartlane System of Picture Telegraphy, an early method of transmitting photographs through telegraph cables. Includes photographs, papers, patents, clippings, 16mm moving picture projector and splicer, a brief history of the development and use of the Bartlane System, and two books and a periodical which contain references to MacFarlane and Harry Guy Bartholomew, co-inventors of the Bartlane System. Much of this material is copied from originals in the Smithsonian Institution.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Miscellaneous materials
  2. Series 2: Oversize objects/ artifacts

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given to the Center for Creative Photography in 1977 by Maynard D. McFarlane.

Processing Information

Processed Summer 1984 by Judith Leckrone.

Finding aid updated May 2016 by Susan Mergenthal.

Periodical Index: Proceedings of the ICEE

Maynard D. McFarlane Collection 1921-1940
Finding aid created by Alexis Peregoy
© 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States