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GE Lighting Collection

Identifier: IAL-2022-008

Scope and Contents

The GE Lighting collection is mainly composed of research and development for specific products including but not limited to fluorescent lighting, UV lighting, mercury lamps, lucalox, and SEF lamps. The materials also include installation details, photographs, and slides for installation projects including, but not limited to the Statue of Liberty, GE Building, GE Appliance Park, GE Transport System Division, E.J and E Railroad, Chicago Northwestern Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railroad, and Stonecutter Mills. The collection consists of five drawings from the GE Niles Glass Plant.

Series 1: Product Research and Development Series 2: Photographs, Lighting Installations, and Reports Series 3: Slides Series 4: Videos Series 5: Glass Division Drawings


  • Creation: 1911 - 1990

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for public access.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright and related rights status of this collection has been reviewed by the organization that has made the GE Lighting Collection available, but the organization was unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the collection. Please contact the Industrial Archives & Library for more information. You are free to use materials within this collection in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Biographical / Historical

GE Lighting was founded in 1911. The company is headquartered in East Cleveland, Ohio. The company has historical ties to Thomas Edison, who worked on lighting in the 19th century. GE Lighting partnered with Nuventix in 2011 for the company's LED cooling technology. Also in 2011, GE Lighting purchased Lightech for approximately $20 million, supplying the company with LED power supplies. Savant Systems purchased GE Lighting in July 2020 and sold Nela Park to Phoenix Investors in March 2022.


3.5 Linear Feet : Two linear feet boxes, one half linear feet box, and loose drawings.

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Custodial History

Donated by Gerald Duffy, on behalf of GE Lighting, a Savant Company, in February 2022. Savant Systems sold Nela Park to Phoenix Investors, a real estate firm, in March 2022.

Processing Information

The collection was donated from GE Lighting directly and was transported in boxes and crates. Materials were organized by product type and year. The vast majority of the periodicals were duplicates and were consolidated during the processing period. The books and magazines were separated from the bulk of the collection. More information on the books that were included in the collection can be found under "separate materials."

Chase Swanson
September 26, 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Industrial Archives & Library Repository

18 West 4th Street
Bethlehem Pennsylvania 18015 USA