Hagley History Hangout/New Episode Available

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Did the American independent inventor ever go extinct? In his new book, American Independent Inventors In An Era of Corporate R&D, Eric S. Hintz argues that they persisted despite the development of corporate R&D during the twentieth century.  


In his new book Hintz explores the relationship between independent inventors and corporate R&D departments. While corporate R&D departments did eventually supplant independent inventors in terms of annual patents per year, independent inventors never faded away. Corporate R&D labs often benefited from larger budgets, and stronger political connections than independent inventors. Still, this relationship wasn’t strictly adversarial, often times corporate labs found themselves working with independent inventors, whether by licensing their patents or bringing them on as temporary consultants.  


The audio only version of this program is available on our podcast.


Eric S. Hintz is a historian with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. His research interests include the history of science and technology and US business and economic history.


Interview available at https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-eric-s-hintz.  Info on Eric’s upcoming author talk (which will be in person and livestreamed on YouTube) at Hagley on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021, is available here:  https://www.hagley.org/research/author-talk-eric-s-hintz


Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at  https://www.hagley.org/hagley-history-hangout.   The schedule for the upcoming fall Hagley History Hangouts is attached.


Roger Horowitz

Executive Director

Hagley Center


Carol Ressler Lockman


Hagley Center