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will &tt&1n a potential of 10,000,000 . volt.. t.

With thl. IInormoUJI ~. h~ .. lq, microecoplc electrical partl· clea of matter will be catapultad on tbelr dillon of deteJIIIlso'e dMtructlon. He h ... been .0rldJlj Oil W. invention. he added. for muy Ju.ra and hal recently m&.de &. DWIlbll' ot

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Mr. Te_ p:lu.. IUle Jmporlall,t" .UpulaUon. Sbould the govel'nlIlent decide to t&It. up hia offer b •• auld go to work at once, but the)' would have to trun him. He would lUitel' "no Interference fl'Om ~rta."

In ordinary time. luch .. oondlUon would very likely Int.erpo.e an

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"0 th Ra It f PI nation ptUng ready to .pielld bU-

e. y or anes 110nl for -..at.iOnal. dete_. at the

HtkOliN1&' olle of the tnIl7 A.IIle tim, taking III CIOllIlderaUoD

rr .. t tn tor. who celebrated tl,11 the r.putatlon of Mr. 're.1& .. an

~ .. hty-f b birthday on July 10, Inventor who alway.... many

tell. the writer that b. .tand. y.arl abea.d ot hi. tillli. the que .. r .... dy to .4Ivul .. , to the UzUted UOtl .rin. whl>thu it may not, be !'tat" Government the .acret ot 1\11 advi .. bJe to take Mr. Teala at hi. '·l.leforce," wltb Which. he _Id. word and comtni.slOIl him to go a.lTplan, motor •• ould b .. melted at ahead lVith the conltructloll ot his .. dl,tanoe of 'SO miles, .0 that an teldorce plant.

1ZIvI~bl. Cnhl~" Wall of Defense .1ICh .. DevJce "Invaluable"

would be built around the country

.. aIn.t any attempted attack by aft Atter aU, $2,000,000 lI'ould be relaenell:lY aIr to"I, 110 Sll&tter hllw ttv.ly a very email .um compared large. wtlh wbat i. at ltake. If Mr. TealL

Thi. "telatoro., .. be .. Id. J. buld really tuUUl, h1I prom'" tb. rIon an entirely lIew prlnoiple of .ult achieVed woUld be tl'llly I~' physice that "no onl hu lVar ptin,. Not ODly would it "Ve bll. dreamed about," dtrferent frOln tbe Iioll' now plannld tor aIr d.tenll. principia .mbod.ied in hi, innnUons by makinl th. oounttY ab.olutely relating to tbe tranamillsion of elee- imprep&ble & .. aInat aDy aIr attack. triOl.I POll'lt' trom a distance, tor but it woul4, aJ.a NVI man)' Dlore whieb be haa received a number ot bllUo11a iA property that would bUlo patent., This new type 0: othenrile b •• urely dellroyed no fOfce. Xl'. Tella said, would oper- matter holl' atronr the dlt'11aN an ate through • beam one GIle-hun- U ""\.D,,, current Innte In En,dre4-JJlillionth llt a IIqU&l'e oet1tl- land.

mllter In diameter, and oould hoe T.ke, tor aamptl, the Pal1a!D& ,enerated tro~ a epecial pla.nt tbat Ca.n .. 1. No matter he.- .tro~1 tb. would eest no more than $2.000,000 deten.e., •• uletd. Itqu&dron of dive a.nd would take only about thr.. bomb_r., accllrdin, to lOme exmOnthll to ccnstruct. peru, qht .UccelcS III .. _tUn&,

A dozen lIucb planta, located at th.roup &lid. ClaUN .uob 11&111&1' Itratecio pointll along lb.. couto _ th&t would make the 0anaI unoordln&' to Mr. Teala. would be III&bll, In wblch cue Our Navy .1I0u,b to defend Ut_ OOUfltry ml,ht nl1d it .. lt botUed up.

&I'&ln.t all pO,lIible unal attack. Con.ideml" the prgbablllU.. In, Th •. bMm .o.ld melt any engine, tbl cue .. ell if the chanc.. w.re· whetheT D1 ... 1 or PIOUne-drtv.n. 100.000 to 1 a,. .. hut Ill'. Tula the and 1I'0uld al.o Ignlt. Ute explOlIVII. Odd, would .wI be lv,el,. In fAvor aboard .. ny bOmber. No polljbll of taklft, a chance on .pen4Ina' detlln" & .. &frult It could be deVilled. P.ooo.ooo. I!I the opinion of thehe .... rtl, a. the beam ~ be Writef, who bat ~""'" Xt. T"la

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m,h VaeuUID 1I'.lbaJutea nlll ntaJllI full intellectual

f~ulm._r.;thl authorlUe. hi cIaa:r,e of

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TODY. TEStA ALSO HAD SOME PROPERTY, ALLEGED BY INFORMANT

FITZGERALD IN THIS CASE, TO BE A WORKING MODEL OF AN INVENTION IN

A SAFE DEPOSIT BOX IN GOVERNOR CLINTON HOTEL IN NY. INQUIRY SHOWS THAT THIS WAS PLACED HERE BY TESLA III JlINET££N THIRTY TWO AS SECURITY-

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APPEARS UNWILLING TO RILEAS[ THIS PROPERTY TO ANTONE AT LEAST UNTIL'

1£ X DrBT IS PAID, BUT THIS OFFICE WILL BE AnilSED IF ANYONE ATT£~PTS TO PAY BILL AND OBTAIN'~OPERTY. CONCERNING TEstA HOTEL MANAGERS REPORT HE WAS t.LLJfX VERY -ECCENTRIC IF NOT .. MENTALLY DERANGED DURING PAST TEN YEARS AND IT IS DOUBTFUL IF HE HAS CREATED ANYTHING OF VALUE DURING THAT TIME, ALTHOPRIOR TO THAT HE PROBABLY VAS A VERY BRILLIANT INVENTOR." THEREFORE, ANY NOTES OF VALUE WERE PROBABLY THOSE MADE

PRIOR TO THAT TIME. KOSANOVICH IS A NEPHEW OF TEStA WHO DESCRIBED HIMStLF AS FORMERLY QUOTE YUGOSLAV MINISTER OF STATE UNQUOTE AND NOW QUOTE FAil. PRESIDENT OF EASTERN AND CENTRAL PLANNING BOARD REPRESENTING YUGOSLOVIA, CZECHOSLOVAKIA. POLAND AND .GREECE, UNQUOTE. SWEEZEY IS A WRITER FOR POPULAR NtCHANICS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS WHO

IS 7 X DESIROUS OF PUBLISHING A BIOGRAPHY OF TESLA AND THERFORE WOULv

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TO USE THEM IN WRITING A BIOGRAPHY. TESLA AT ONE TIME REPORTED TO BE WORKING ON EXPERIMENTS rOR YUGOSLAVIAN GOVERNMENT IN EXILE. IT IS DESIRED THAT BUREAU ADVISE IMMEDIATELY WHETHER IT IS INTERESTED FURTHER IN THIS PROPERTY FOR PURPOSES OF TAKING CONTROL OF IT. SUGGEST THAT, IN VIEW or FACT THAT THE NOTES AND OTHER MATERIAL WOULD BE HIGHLY TECHNICAL IN CHARACTER AND FOR THAT REASON ~ COULD NOT BE REVIEWED" ... EXCEPT BY A TRAINED PERSON THE orFICE OF SCIENTIFIC R£S(ARCH DEVEL-

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:OAT J~KNO~~ SUEJECTS. TESLA, DECEASED. ESPIONAGE - M. NIKOLA TESLA, 0, STANDI~G SCIE~TISTS IN THE ELECTRICAL FIELD, DIED TEEN FO~TY THRZE AT THE HOTEL N:i YORKE~, NEW YC]Y 'LIn:TU::'::, ;-;::: CO;~DU:TE:D MA;W ::::::F=;U;~E::~TS L~ CO:~:~ECT

Tii,';:~S~ISSIO:'J OF ELE::CTRICAL P~,;Z:~ A>::l '.llh 1.. wHAT

THE DEATH P.AY. ACCORDI;·JG TO I~~FORMATION fURNISHED

THRZ£ SIX FIFTH AVENUE, NE~ YORK CITY, THE NOTES EXPERIMENTS AND FORMULAE TOGETHER WITH DESiGNS OF VITAJ,T7F THHl ARE AMONG TESLAS PERSONAL EFFECTS, A

TAKEI'] TO PRESERVE THDl OR TO KEEP TEE~ FROM FALLIN ltIP 7" PO: UNF RI ENDLY TO THE WAR EFFORT OF THE Ut~ ING TO SPAt~EL, A DISTANT RELATIVE OF TESLA, NM1ED ',:;"S INT2~SELY DISLI KED BY TESLA, IS TAKING STEPS T

THESE IMPORTANT DOCUMNTS AND PLANS. SPANEL B.ELIEV . HERE I S A

STRO:'JG LI:<:::LIH~ TEAT KOSAt:OVI:}-; WILL t-:An: THIS ~J\n:,iIAL AVAILP.E-,LE TO

. TO Ti-l~ PE::-:Y., SPM~E:L f\,J)VISEJ G TWO HEAr::L:ARTERS IN ·.:ASl-iINGTO::, AS \

',:'::LL AS i'iR MOR}(lr'~ OF THE: m:PARn~;::!H or Jl!STIC~ I~ WASHI~JCTO~<, CO:~Ct:RING

7HZ: AEOVE. SPA:j:L wAS ALSC I!~TLLEPi-;C;;IC com;Ut'~ICATIGt.; I.:jITr. .. D;{ D

LOZADO, ONE OF THE ADVISORS TO VICE PHESIDENT VALLAtE CONCERNING THIS :'1ATTER, AND LOZADa TOLD SPA!':EL _: THAT THE GOVERN~:ENT ~AS VITALLY r::TE:RESTED r: TEE EFFECTS OF T£SLA A~:D RE:1UESTED SPA:-~EL TO LOSE: rw 11:,:£ E! DOr;!C ALL HE COULD TO PRES£?;VE 'iI .: THEM. BLOyeE FIT2GZ;'iALD , A~: :LECTRICAL Et~GIN:::E? wHO HAD EEEI~ QUITE CLOSE TO TESLA DITRING HIS 1.!~E:

TIME, ADVISED THE NEW YORK OFFICE THAT O~ JANUARY SEVENTH, NINETEr~ ;-OH'!'Y THREE:, SAVA/.OSANOVICH, ~CE CL~RJ\.f vJHC IS I!'J CHARGE OF THE !\l3S::U:'1 MJD LAEORATOR· FOR RCA, AND KEN~\ETH S\lIEZEY OF ONE S IX THREE MI LT8:~ :TR£ET, BROOLv.'n:, NY, W£'~JT TO TESLAS ROO~1S IN THE NEW YORKEii, AND ~}ITH

THE: ASSISTANCE OF A' LOCKSMITH BROKE INTO A SAFE ~HICH TESLA

lrAD INEIS ROOMS IN WHICH HE KEPT SOME OF HIS VALUABLE PAPERS, INCLUDI:\G n!PORTANT ,. ELECTRI CAL FORMULAE, DESIGNS, rr CETERA. WITH I N THZ

PAST MONTH, TESLA TOLD F lIZ GSRALS THAT HI S EXPERI MINTS IN coxurcr I O~J '.:11 n THE: WI RELESS TRANSMI SSt'Ot.; Ofr\EL£CTRI CAL PO~:ER HAD BEEN CN1PL[TED M:Dgm.oSllRJ:

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~!I2GERALD ALSO KNOWS THAITESLA HAS CONCEIVED AND ARY TYPE OF TORPEDO WHICH IS NOT PRESENTLY IN USE IT IS FITZGERALDS BELIEF THAT THIS DESIGN HAS NOT TO ANY NATION UP TO THE PRESENT TIME. FROM STA GEARLD BY TESLA , HE KNOWS THAT THE COMPLETE PLANS AND EXPLANATION OF THE BASIC THEORIES OF THESE THI THE PERSONAL EFFECTS OF TESLA. HE ALSO KNOWS THAT MODEL OF TESLAS WHICH COST MORE THAN TEN THOUSAND A SAFETY ~ DEPOSIT BOX BELONGING TO TES CLINTON ~>: HOTEL, A~D ] Ill[]: FITZGEARLD HAS TO DO WITH THE SO CALLEDE DEATH RAY OR THE WI ELECTRICAL CURRENT. TESLA HAS ALSO TOLD FIT2GEARL THAT HE HAS SOME .... X EIGHTY tIIIt TRUNKS INDIFFE TRANSCRIPTS AND PLANS HAVING TO DO WITH EXPERIMENTS BUREAU IS REQUESTED TO ADVISE IMMEDIATELY WHAT, IF BE TAKEN CONCERNING THIS MATTER BY THE NEW YORK FIE

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re9or~ed to ~a7e some 80 trun%s in diffp.r~~t 91~~es in3

') ~_ E:!!S he. 7: n:: +:0 '10 Vrl tl-o }-- 1. 5 exp pri. "}"r. ts .. s w~ 11 es .. worki"1'::; JT1.n :'leI 0 ~ Q"-'" of :;~,s de ve Lorxn=r t s t"": ~: .. e safF:t:r dep o s i t box at t:~e '1O .. rno~ Clinton Ho+e L,

Inform~1i0L conc~rni~c/~eslat~ \xp~rimen~~n reported to the

~.J';).v York Offi~e b:~ 1 •• N( S;:H'.ne17"ir':' Bloyc:\ P'i tzgerQ.~~rtti;er an eJ ectrical 'ffo<:i "'~;i:J,=,~r wro had "b.,en 0.' ite c l o se to Te~la. Eot') of t1:'ese indivirhleh ,~ve

~ inriicateri t~:e.": :>"0 s t.e c s he.ve be en ta;;e:l. to pr e c crve TeEla' E records and models

lor 1:.0 keep t'l"'!"" fr-om f,flllinr; ir.-f;o tt.e hands oj' il'.ii.viduals S:IJl'.pat·netic to th~

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~ ~ il'te~s617 dislike~. KO~h~Q~ich is r~ported to be takil'g s ~DS to ~et nOEsession

'>1 of trese im?0rte.nt documents wd n] an~ .. a'1cl Sp ane I bel i;ve; t~~!'e is a' c:;+ror.;; r~ li~~~lihood that Kos anov i ch will make such inforUlB.tion ava i Lab l e to t,e enemy. ~ On LTnnuary 7, 1945) v.:.osanovic~ accompe..ni'!c f:'; :~'Jr:;e\Cl8.!'k. in cne.r ge of +';r& ,

O~ ~,:useum and Lallnratory for RCA, 8..'1.-: Kenneth -~weze~' of \rl"Joklyn, N~w Y,.,rl.::. e!:'ter.,~ Tesla's roo::;.-=: at "':.< ... ':o"~el Nl?'w Yo r-ke r- w}-'~"E', with t~e a:.d of a locksl".ith~ t~st"l, ~' broke ip<;(, a saf'e in w1;~.C!h 'I'es l a kept some of A~le TJape,£,s .. i"'~.din~_ ~ i~oi·tant e'l e o+r-i oe I f'or-mu l ae , de s i gns , et ceter'!.. .:b b3~ __ :J 3 '7 - 3

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~~;;;;;~:;] ~/o"!"ld:l o.f' the Depar+ne.rrt of J~lstice in ileshin[;ton, e dJ.Dr.~ANLo1801943E' . of t"e adv i eo r s to 'lice Preside~'" ~.'e.llP,cE'. Loz~do ~ ised spa.'nE'l]l:ha f;f' GO'If'rnnent was vi tally ir.~er,' sti;!,:I. in tJ-f'> ef'.f'",cts of, e s ka a~c1 r-e qu t.i1at,

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variOllfi peoer-s It was p o i.rrt.e d d be hlll"::le~ b

i!'l·· .... en+Lona , The New Yo rk O!'~ic~ was a I so instr,;.ct~

Court i~ 0rrler thRt stops ~0~ld be ~lacA1 &gaihst h i e hotel and any other ~oir.t,,,~ b p"'rticulr~r, tl:p. he..vOO; ir.. order thp,~ no o~(' !:ley enter t',.-.p Yi'i. trout; a present anoi ever'Y preca-.ltior.. taken to preserve the secr e T~c }lew York ('f'fie ... is to K-f'e!, t~t"· Bur es.u advised of all

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Teala, who had dted on January 7th. He understood ~at

the rar Department was interested in this matter and

that apparently the Alien Property Custodian's Office

was taking 80me actton. He desired to tnow whether the Bureau would take some steps to refrain relatives 01 Te8la from taking the contents Of his trunks and whether the

Bureau would seize possession 0/ the trunks. Mr. Smith indicated that he was talking to the Alien Property CUstodian along the same lines. I told him that tn vitw Of tht !Gct

he was going to handle the .at~er with the Alien PToperty CustOdian's. Office, there did not appear to be any action Which the Bureau could or 'hO~~ take.

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Mr. Tol SOD __ Mr. E. A. TalI Mr. Clegg __ Mr. Glavi!l_ Mr. Ladd __

Mr. Nichols_ Mr. Rosen __ Mr. Tracy __ Mr. Carson __ Mr. CoCfey_ Mr. HendoD_ Mr. Kramer_ Mr. McGui re_ Mr. Barbo __

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In a manner of lntroductlon~ I wish to state that I am working toward a degree in Electrical Engineering at the Institute of Technology of the University of Minnesota.

For several years, I have been engaged in a study of extensive COBpass ana detail concerning the researches ~d writings of the late, world renowned sclentlet, Dr. N1kola~Tes!a. At considerable expense, I have acquired Eo.nextens:fveCollectlon of mEo.terials relating to Dr. Tesla and his l-lorks whioh include:

1) Personal letters written by Tesla to his close friend.

2) Numerous periodicals, eOr.le of which are to be found 1n only a few libraries throughout the United States.

J) A rew rare books which hAve now become "collector's itemsll.

4) A collection of issued p.9,tents.

Although the items listed are considerable in number, the specit1c 1nformation deSired is lacking.

A~ ! understand it, beoause of the nature ot Dr. Teslais role in sc1entific developments, all research papers, patent applioations, etc., were seoured by the Federa1 Bureau ot Investigation at the time or Dr. Tesla's death in January ot 19",.

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A letter from Harold I. Baynton, Assistant Attorney General, Director. O~flce ot Allen Property. informed me that the Librarv of Congress listed 4ertaln works,-wrltlngs and research etudles¥ prepared by the late Dr. Tesla. However, a letter a.ddressed

to the Libra.ry failed to bring results as the Library "has no files on the researches of TeSla".

A e lml1a.r re suIt was obtained from t ne Bureau or Naval Resea.rch and the Department of Commerce.

I am ecuecia11y interested in the research work in which Teela \·!ae e ngaged in h1s 1& ter years. There are various unpubl1shed ~orks, such as a IO-page typewritten statement presented 1n 1937 at a meeting of several well-known editors outlining h1s discoveries and g1ving a resume' of his work 1n the fields of gravity and cosmic ray research, etc. Also, Teela prepared various papers, one of which was in effort to seoure the Pie>rre Gutz:nan Pp1ze from the Inst1tute of Rrance. My 1nquiry is in effort to determine whether any of these docurn~nts) as well as others1 are at this time available.

I will greatly appreCiate any information in regard to any ~ecordB whiCh you may have.

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rt: newspa"'ler~lisher - lues tashburn). -.noted in this book that Bureau Agents went to Tesla's roo~ing his death on Jtinucr u 7, 1943~ opened his s af'e , examined his papers" and took over his pcrso~a~ rv=. .... ~?id _ th~s an!?ear~d on pC:7e

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A. C. generator" motor transmission, and other electrical engineering feats. He inquired (1) if the peper's and works oj T,es1o. were in

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entered hiS room and opened the safe, examining certain mGterials which he possessed. On January 8, 1943, ur , L. M. C. Smith of

the De par trv en t advised Mr. Tamp;. that he was concerned about the possibility of enemy agents confiscating ao a e of the trunks of

I'es l.a and apparently the Office Of Al i en Property Custodian was " } .? I taking some action regarding these effects. Since the matter ut1sf _-:T/ being handled b ; the OJfice Of Alien Fr o pe r tiu Custodian, the~peClu

did no t mau e any inquiries into this Situation. (65-47953,-6Y

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took h is manuscripts ar~d e:rperir:ent data for national security. J.he Bureau on April 22, 1848, advised-., that the effects of Teale were han.dled b ; the Office of Al-rrn-Property anc not by the FBI. (65-47953-18)

I called his morning and told him that it was

the QfJ~ice of Alien Property and not the F3I un i cti took over the effects Of Tes1a follo~tng his death. Accordingly, I suggested that --.might uii sr. to communicate with the office oj Alie~ foT' fuither injormat.on concerning this matter.

The book l~rodiGal Genius - The Life Of Nikola Tesian is not in the 3ur6Cu Library. A cony is being o~tained from the L'i br c r u Of Congress. It will be e xani ne d to determine specifically the reference made to the Bureau's taking these pa;ers. At t~~t time a determination ccn be ~Qde as to what

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Page 277 of the "Prodtgal Gentus - The Life 01 Nikola TeBla, II describing Tesla's death, contains the followtng statement: l~perative8 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation came and opened the safe tn his room and took the papers it contained, to ezamine them for a reported important secret tnuentton OJ possible use

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Back in 1943, the local Al1en{~operty Custodian searched through~e belongings of the late electrical inventor, Nikolg:I~~l~ stored in the Manhattan Storage Warehouse in ~ew lork City. Tesla had been a naturalized American for more than fifty years, so I believe that the search was made on the grotm.ds that the property was to be sent to Yugoslavia~ throu~ Teslats

nephew and heir, Lir. Bava Kosanovic (Jir. Kosanovic had \.

been Minister of' State under the Kingfs government, later became Ambassador to the On1ted States from the present government, and is now a Minister serving in Belgrade).

Accord~to the attorney who handled the Tesla estate, Ur. Phili 'ittenbe~ the Alien Property Custodian assured Mdt t nothing d been held. I have a letter from the Office of Alien Property, dated March 15, 1955, which confirms this statement. . tv.j

In gathering material to help in a nation-wide commemoration of Tesla's hundredth birthday next year---which will be participated in by leading scientific and engineering societies, museums, and univers1ties---I have just discovered, however, that Tesla's solid gold Edison Medal somehow vanished during that search.

As a friend. who had mown Tesla well during hi s last twenty years, I was wi th llr. Kosanovi~; .

Tesla r s room in the Botel Hew Yorker on the day he _ die ___

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to the assistant manager of the hotel and 1ater to a Mr.

1-~GOrSUCh of the Alien Property·Custodianis office), but eV,erything else, including ~~~edal and the keys, was

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arrived in Belgrade (where Tesla's property was to be installed in a special Tesla Museum) and was there opened by Mr. Kosanovic. According to his former secretary, both the bunch of keys and the medal were missing. The keys were later found in a tin box outside the safe; the medal was never found.

I learned of the disappearance of the medal only by accident. Mr. Kosanovic had asked his former secretary

to get permission from the American Institute of Electrica:

Engineers (who gave Tesla the Medal) to have it duplicated This was given, but the cost, it turned out, would be abeu' four hundred dollars. In the meantime, the Tesla Museum, in Yugoslavia, is quietly trying to raise the money to pay for it.

The irony of this situation is more disturbing than the money involved. By giving us a system which made electric power universally available, Tesla---probably more than any other one man---helped put America on top of the Vlorld. At the time he died, his gold Edison Medal

was the only material eVidence left of this country's appreciation. That this last token should have disappeare( ---to have to be replaced by bis materially poor countrymel overseas for whom be had done nothing---seems a tragic

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JO~TNe~r;'indhiS biography of Tes~, states that the FBI br~ into TeslaTs safe on the day he died, and' ~ articl~ in the current (June) Coronet repeats this. I know this isn't true. I did hear, however, that the FBI somehow lent a hand to the Alien Property Custodian during the latter's search in the warehouse.

If that is SOl I thought that perhaps some of your men

\ might remember the conditions under which the search Vias made and therefore might have a suggestion as to what coul( have happened to the medal. After this long time, I have no hope that the medal can actually be restored, and I am already try~g to interest Americans in making a replacemel

~But future biographers might be spared a lot of wild guess: .\. and wrong blaming if some hint could be obtained as to

'(\ whether the original got lost, strayed, or stolen---and whl . might have been responsible.

With best regards and sincere appreciation for any hell you can give"

Sincerely,

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ASK ANY GROUP of power men to name those who laid the foundation for today'. electrical generation and distribution. Y ou'll wind up with an impressive HstEdison, Brush, Th0IIl80D, Westinghouse, mtlny others. But there is almost sure to be a significant omission.

Yet this forgotten man conceived the polyphase ae motor-still basic-and devised 8 lui table sywtem of generation and diatribution for applying it. To grasp the magnitude of this codltri:bution, we must tum back to the 1880's when the electrical era was being horn, and the "battle of the systems" held sway.

Arc lights and motors were being operated on constantcurrent series systems. Edison's Pearl Street generating station had opened in 1882, supplying incandescent lamps and, later, dc motors on a ccnstent-potential .ystem, Under the leadership of WeKinghou.se and Stanley, the advantages of ac distribution were demonstrated. But there was no auoceuful ac motor.

In May, 1888, a young Yugo-SIav engineer, but four yean in the United Statee, read a paper before the Amer· ican Insdtute of Electrical Engineers. In it he deecrihed a new ae .ystem. Its heart was the induction motor with ita basic and heautiful concept of the rotating magnetic field. The man was Nilmla Tesla, the system he described was destined to sweep the field.

With characteriaie vUiOD, George Westingbouae real· ized the fundamental importance of the polypha.e ae sy.tern and acquired the basic patenta. Ita first impact on the general public wu at the Chicago World', Fair of 1893. There a 2-phase generator .upplied motors and lamps, and. through rotary convenen and metcr-generators, a variety of de equipment.

But it remained for the Niagara Falla power project to demonstrate in the most dramatic way possible that poly. phase ac was the system of the future. Since 1886 when a charter to develop it! power had been granted, the eyes of the world had been on Niagara. An international commission, headed by Lord Kelvin. had reviewed 17 proposals, found none acceptable. Later, just five years after Teals', AlEE paper. it was officially decided to use the polyphase eystem.

In August, 1895, Niagara power was delivered to the 6nt industrial customer and in 1896 ae transmission to Buffalo, 22 miles away. wall begun. By that time. the steam turbine had been introduced in America and the modern age of electric power had truly opened.

For Nikola Tesla, these far-reachin! inventions Were hut a beginning. Still to come was. brilliant work in high frequencies, think..in$ basic to much of today'll :radio art. Yet by the time of hie death in 1943. both he and bia work had begun to slip into obscurity. Why?

A man of flashing insightl and enormous brilliance.

Te&l.a wa. largely indifferent to the development of his ideas, This he left to others while he followed the Jure of new challenges. In liter yeln, hia projects became more grandiose, his ways more mysterious, his pronouncementa more Olympian. And working alone, u he did, he fonned nolle 9f the inltitutional ties that help to per· petuate • record of accomplishment.

Next year-July 10. 1956--will be the lOOth anniverNty of Nikola Teak', hirth. It would be fitting for our engineerins societies to commemorate thi. occasion, to acknowledge our deht to tibia mange and lonely geoius who dtanged our world for the better.

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-RECOGNITION FOR TESLA '"'

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Largely thru a young American, engineers efforts, thel world today is !e-scanninHhe record and achievements of our inventive geniu;. Nikola'1" esla. Of late, even the big-time magazines have devoted space to the amazing career and fas-

cinating character of the pioneering electrical wizard. Nr'O

~ The man behind this belated recognition for the one-time \O~ CON1 M t,

'Serbian immigrant boo y who made millions but died alm~st a ~ "'S~'F ED~

pauper is Leland rlgdC;TJQL1. head of theTea1a Society •• l.t I'" 'd

which has li'eadqu:r-ters at the University of Minnesota. __ 6 - f-

Thru travels, correspondence and detailed research, Mr.

Ariderson has dug up many friends of the late genius and induced them to join in his noble work. A good.many of these are American-Serbians. They serve Mr. Anderson and he serves them, with information issued thru his TESLIAN pub-

.1ication. This is, at present, a mimeographed publication issued monthly which casts new light on the known life and record of the late Dr. Tesla .

The latest issue (March~ June) informs of prog,ress plans to honor Dr. T esla even more. it also presents an account of a I fascinating editorial, "Strange Geniu's", by the POWER mag-

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'I torial traces the introduction of Dr. Tesla's polyphase .syst~,/O 0 ~;I.. U...4 described by Mr. Anderson, 1'8 the '~t tremendous event i"l- -COROID

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Editorialist Louis Bowler, according to -the TESLlAN, .,UL 11 \ ;)

answers the .perp exmg q stion why, in view C;f Tesla's im-

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portant -discoveries, he fell short of the comparative popularity' :won by Edison and Bell. Then in closing; he suggests: "It

would be fitting for our engineering societies, .in commemora- BRAN

tion of the 100th anniversary of .l'likola Tesla's biTth (july to, ~~ ~~

t956), to .acknowledge our debt to this strange and lonely. w:.gh Pennsyl't'8llia

genius who changed our world for the better." • ,..,

This appears to be j"at what Mr. Anderson was waiting for. For now, in the same issue of his TESLlAN, he has prepared a form to petition P08tma8te~ General Arthur E.:Sum-/:

merfield to issue a T eala commememtive .tampaez. year. )

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Ntko10 T.a1a~ a native 01 YugoslavIa, ~as 4 la.ous electriC( Inventor fDho d1ad in New Tork City in 1943 _here he hod 1 illed lor _an] veers. In attac~ed letter to Bureau dated 6-a5~5 Kenneth M. Swezsy, Broo~lyn, Ne~ fort, aduiae. he is gathering aaterial to help in a nation-l1ide coa ••• oration oj Tes10's hundredth b1rth ann'lversory in 1956. Swezey-relates he mOB prsaent ~hen Teala's aale ~as opened by .fti.endB a.rter_his death and odviaeB the contents lIHJre thereo.j'ter -replaced and' 'then i.pounded by the Un'ted State • .Al t en Prope-rty Custodian. littr the aa!e .a8 reaoued to Belgrade, Tugoslouia, to be installed i~ ~e81a MU8eum. Miasing IrQa Tesla's el/ects is a 90ld Edison aedal ne hod been awarded. Swezey lS seeklng to locate the aedol and h~8 been adui8ed by the Ol/ice Of Alien Property (OAP) that OAP held none 0/ T,slo'. prope~y. Swezey atat •• he hOB heardtae FBI assisted OAP jn handling Te31a's ellects whil, in .torage, and accordingly, he Q8~8 whether Bureau could aSBiet hi. in locating the Edison medal. Re FBI1• assistance to OAP Sw.zey .entions that in the

ITeSlO biography ("Th.e Prodigal Genius'; - 1944) by John O'Neill it was stated FBI broke lnto Tesle's so!e the day he dted (1-8-43 to protect contents fro. ene_y hand8). ~Dezey notes this Bame comment appea.rs in article "Th, Gflnius Who Walked Alone") by Allred H. Sin".

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RECOMMENDATION:

That the attached letter be •• nt to ~.ey odutsing Bur,au

jdid not participate in the handling 0/ T"la'. e"eet. and that the ~atter WQ3 handled by OAF. There/or., Bureau unable to be of c",atance: that no action be taken relatiue to Sinks' co •• ,nt in "Coronet" antel,.

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J 0'1';e11 says, on page 277, th2.t the F.B.I. went to Tesla's hote: room, opened his steel safe and removed from it, the papers it contained.

T1as there ever any publication of what these papers contained? I: so, could y ou ir..form me where I might obtain a copy of such pub.l.Lc at.Lon?

If there was no publication of the Safe's content, af~er more thi I:? years, wou.l.d it be Lmpr-op e r to publish them?

If t).ers ties: no publication of the safe f s content, but there wer: no par-t i cul.ar- secrets f'ound there in, couJd you inform me where : might le:8.rn '\"That the safe contained?

P.l1:' infor!la t ton 0:-_ tnis rna tter ·'.'ill be app!'eci;:;ted. Thru.:l: you for y ouz- trouble.

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0:.:. August ?6, I ~'::-Ot2 th~ office of t_lie~:1 P:-'ops:-t"J :::-ega::,C:ir~G this ma t t er , L:.c1icating that I :aad :'sceivecl the ir.fo:,m~tio:1 from you that it was thei!' cl.Gpe.rtms:1t ".-rl1ich had tcl:e::'1 the J. esla r' ~'opc;:'t:r into custody - no t ~·ou:,s 0_

I have a lette:: f:::-om l~::'. :;::en:'y G. Eill:en - th2.t Depa:::'tment - File =~umb8:' ~1G~'::':=~ s::: elk 017-:;5~3, ir.. ·;:!l.ich I am tolc!. thE.t office fll1eve:- had custcc;", no:' has ves t.ed , al1:" prope:..~t:r of ::U:olr: 7~sla!J.

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RECOGNITION FOR TESLA

(Please fiJI out this form and m&il to the address appe'.uIDC" b~'~w,) THETESI,A SOCIETY

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Hon. Arthur E. Summerfield Postmaster General, Postofficc !)cpt. Washington, D. C.

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Nikola Tesla's contributions to science, indu rtry, and to his adopted country have g~atly inspired engi.ne-ering progress, His electrical systems helped create an American conomy of world pre-eminence.

We respectfully request issuance of a 1956 commemorative stamp to be issued on the centennial of Tesla's birth (1856-1943).

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Respectfully referred to:

Congressional Liaison

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Because of the desire of this office to be responsive to all inquiries and communications, your consideration of the attached is requested. Your findings and views, in duplicate form, along with return of the enclosure, will be appreciated by

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Thouch in Alaska t'3mporarEy wO::'Y:'-Y1f; OJ! ~~ mL"'.. H:l1';" l''Jlrtr'ar.!'li, I ..,til', c~)I31dcr ITI?[;Clflf!: a: ~eSidont.J hence it is ~·!Jl you '",j!J@ :~~~'::' '. .. J

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1"ldll.E!v":,, €.rd did Some of his most OI":ib~.'Lpl ... u)ti'e e- :':;:'::1. :-.a,1 5. ~)I)cul~_nr ben':, of mincl/

i,n hls younger days he was often call,>d .. ~':'!'1.1 S(~ i,_,; :', l.s t,,, D.:"] ciirl ~ot. Ft.lb:::'3h f,';d,'!!,sivcly \~hen h~ Cf'_zne +.() t.b'3 US. ~+x;' 'Jf th" ,,~:,~t.":'~li -'r''-'-.'~~: ~·at,'·r.laj, i,~ in ~1~ltr;:1r.fil:tt'3d Cz.e ch , T~::;la .. ;;;.~, ~I)H'n"8r, R;: r::.;1',',;' .. ' l.v» ,:uc,~. -:J'!:':r. I,.:, ::':-,n:.;i~;lt t~:,

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::'J'Yl€':' ir:. ilis ze aL, t,~~:: cJnf~.':::I.!rlteG. nat.er. '1J. ·.[ros~ ry;lly si:! 'h"'C1 11 L'adicel np~Tcilcl1 :,') s c iencc .. Ther':? :;'5 ir.iicatioH t:-.at mu o ,';' 'L:0i'lJssr::r ~e:::'lnl s 1;,1;,e1' w("1::"~: C":':lCI"':'ilC?o.

• v'O r; ;·.Dve} 8F 1."1) ach t.!J ti: '.'~ t:;(: '):,y. :;~C'GJ.:: 53 t,,~ :"2.~/ , it nus oe en rridicJ.l a~JPl caches t(i 'Jh'"':-,~~S -::':,at have Dee!! au!' gl'cat<Jst SCi~'.lL.ifLC a'i"~:m::C3 i; IT,'Jd~rn times,

1 w"..C'- \:'cn1,=::"ing if yo'~!, offico r.d;::ht be c"'l,-; to det~~rmin~ if tho~o papers are ::;t1.l1 extant, and if so, see to f.t that th'3 public has access to them. It would bE' a shame t() see all of Nicola:!. Teslc.s 1"0r};: to hnvo boen in vain.

"?l·}ase excuss lTLJ'" typir-g: in all the tj1~usP~.rl:i.) or 'Jords 1 typed. trJ-Tinc to fet a li'::)e!'al ",ducat-ion, I r.evvr did master tjl~ tY~;:'~"lri t'n'.

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Acknowledge receipt ot your COI'Iii(W'lieatioll • letter from your coa.tituent,

wbo 1. taaporarl1y -.ployed iD. Al. •• b.~

Zit reapon_. to _ lDquiry r oea1:ral files - 'If.

c! the Federal Bureii!lu of ~ indicate that the .

effects o! 9r. NiY.ola Tesl~ were ~unded after his death

by the Office of Alien Property of ~le Department of Justice

and not by the rBI. Since we did DOt participate in the

handling of Dr. 'res 1. '. belofuJinqa, I Ul aaable to furniah

the info~tion you d •• ire.

I am returning your encl~ure •• you reque.ted.

Sincerely JOUrs,

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al correspondence with senator' s not identifiable in Bufile r. Tesla was a world-famous

the time of his death, all of his effects were believed dangerous to the count ell into unauthorized hands. The book, "prodi~ J. O'Neill, alleged that the FBI took over a ce

it, appropriating his property. Bufiles clearl-.T~ __ t was the Office of Alien Property of the DeparJ

the above rep~\?~rwarded i~,)answer to rf"

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Mr, Thomp&Oll - securi ty Mr, Walter. _

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response to your inquiry, the effects of Dr. Nlkola Tesla were impounded, after his death, by the Office of Alien Property of the Department of Justice and not by the PBI. Since we diu not particiFate ir. the handling of Dr. Tesla's belongings, I am unable to furnish the information you desire. A copy of your communication and of this reply have

been referred to the Department of Justice.

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NOTE: Bufiles contain no record of correspondent. (Bufile 100-222 reflects that Dr. Tesla was a world-famous electrical inventor, and at the time of his death, all of his personal papers and effects were believed dangerous to the country's security if they fell intc unauthorized hands. The book, ttprodigal Genius," by John J. O'Neil alleged that the FBI took over a certain safe and opened it, appropriating hi property. Bufiles c'learly indicate that it was

the Office of Property of the Department which did so, and

the above is forwarded in answer to related inquiries. Copy

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been reviewed and I would like to point out that FBI Apnta were DOt involved in removal of papers from the aafe of Dr. Nlkola Tesla, nor cUd we at any Ume have eutody of h1s property.

I reaUze there have been some wrUten accounts that our Agents acquired Dr. Tesla's belongings; bowever, these accounts are simply Dot true. You can be assured we were absolutely DOt responsible and there was DO Impersonation involved.

B1neere1y yours,

Ca _ Ma Kelley Clarence M. Eelley IXrector

NOTE: Correspondent had written in mid-July and asked about the effects of Dr. Tesla and he was advised that the Office of Allen Property had participated in removing his effects from his hotel room. A copy of his communtcatlon was referred to the Department of Justice. ~ufiles indicate clearly that after Dr. Tesla's death some relatives opened the safe in his hotel room with the help of a locksmith and, thereafter, the Office of

Alien Property confiscated all of his belongings. Buffle 100-2237 mentions t that the FBI was advised of the existence of this property; however, inasmuc as the Office of Alien Property was handling Dr. Tesla's effects, the

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We recently contacted the San Francisco ~3I

office and a review of their files revealed ~. information concerning the scientist Nikol,~esla or his papers which we understand to have ~~en

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of all files and materials available to you, we would greatly appreciate the correspondence of

any information that might be discovered.

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world famous electrical inventor, and at the time of his death his personal papers and effects were impounded by Office of Alien property for national security reasons. Since Tesla1s death in 1943 the Bureau has received numerous

A .. "c. Dl,. _ inquiries about the disposition of his technical papers.

D •• ADAdm._ The above reply is forwarded in answer to these inquiries.

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13 November 1975

In reply to the letter of 10 November fro. 10ur oft1 •• :

I re~tate that I waa not aakln~ abo~~ the existen.e or

_ non-existence of any iftveltlgatlve 1nformation ell Miiel', r_ . .Je'l&. but on h1. ~ •• hnIc.l p.per. 1.1z.' on bll « •• th

- in 1943 and repQrt... 111 t.he paper. .t that tl •••

The r •••• n g1ven in the reply frlm your eftl ••• the

•• con4 para!r'ph, .a to wh1 I .&nD.t !et aD1 Inter.at10D ID T.a1,'. ~.oer ••• kea nl •• n •• 1ft it •• lt .r

in reply t. my 1nquiry. Th. thttt paragraph .tating

the Gond1t1ona un4er whioh ••• arch w1ll be made

1. a Q1ear bureaucrati_ eircumvention of the Free40m of Information Act and an excuse on the part of the

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yond the drafting of a letter. 1h'i1l it be the decillion of your oftice to let the e1tu.tion stand like this?

As I stated in my first letter, I .m following up the T~81~ dat~ fer a maE-zine ar-t1~le. ! aw tempted to have your reply of the 10th printed and run nationally a.

an example of how bureaucratic manoeur1ng 1a used to

~et around the FOIA. Does the bureau need more of thi. type of publicity?

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It 1a dieheartenlng te aee an agency .ntrueted to uphold the law using its reeouraes to moek the law.

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NOTE: Bufile 100-2237 indicates that Dr. Tesla was a World famous electrical inventor, and at the time of his death his personal papers and effects were impounded by Office of Alien Property for National Security reasons. Since Tesla's death in 1943 the Bureau has received numerous inquiries about the disposition of his technical papers. The above reply is forwarded in answer to these inquiries.

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Gentlernen:

17 October 1975

I am writing an article for a magazine on early twentieth century inventor~?nd want to obtain information on some

:~=~. i~fl~~:la • ~0- th~~ w~ri S1i:;~ ~;!th" FBI on his

Tesla invented a number of ele~al devices and because

of the war and because Tesla was born a YUgoslavian national, it was probably considered a measure of preventitive safety to hold in safekeeping papers that might have any bearing on national security.

I would like to find out: 1) if the FBI still bas the papers;

2) if they do have the papers, what must be done to see them;

3) if they do not have the papers, who does have them or what happened to them?

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- acted to honor the memory and achievements of one or-

bia'. greatest sons. . .

. F)H'J the. ~orld-wide centennial celebration of ,

NIlwVt--'feslaiS buth neXt year, Serbs on thia Continei'd

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pUna lo··ehlC:l a bud atatue Of the elec:D'ICIU aenwa to AUlQ

_feme. the entrance' of the Monutery at 1..ibertyviIle, W. '

- Step. lqpking towards thati end were ~kn at the reeent

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~ lf~Ud&UVl':'H !.Cum I III! U~dl,;e. ~Uli. ~_ ":IF ~1·1 ersa y-renow{led churchman atiltel{ ---5ti,';fjf,. 4fi1111i

monument, by Serbians, would forever rcmied other Serbs

of the honor and glory of Dr. Nikola Tesla ..•.. - •. An4-that he I' _waJl A ~r.RR'AN .. nn nf .. ~J:;'RR'Af'\J ORTl-lnf)Qll ...t..-.-.

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man, born in the SERBIAN SELOof Smiljimin'Lika ..

Further, His Grace urged that the ~ing be a joint

one and" representative of ALL the Serbian .c..gail!ati~n· the United States and Canada~ He naturally Ioolred iio theSJJF I for leadership, and the greatest monetary ~ntribution. Bu~ I: aleo besought the help of the Serbian NatTDefenee and fhe

jedinetvo beneficial society. . I

_ The Convention voted $1000 for the project and a

hand collection wu n unonc IiIIe, deIec .... ...:.d ,

tueata, kin.men Milo y', on' evidt of .Joliet; ill, .wm.r.

$200. It is probaJ) e at the of the.~ ~I

wit! ~ ... ~~ ~. ~blic goodi'~L~·;··-w4·~· •

cun gnu or toe otner tWO orgaDlZ8.tlDDI men~nea.j,. ....,

And after a 8U itable bust has been erected for iDr.. esla,

Bishop Nicolai suggest imilar-like monument ho or the

memory of Dr. Mi upin, also a world-renowned 8dentist,

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PITTSBURGH, PA. - Th. Serb ",y moo'" .Dd eo mplete th, ' .... "'." ....... e ¥l:.

I'I'at'l Federation Executive Board ltroject 1D time' for. the world-North esposure 'IV" IDiIIlDI.

· acted quickly to implement 8 wide CeAtellDi8.1, ~elebrat1OD fO'l' :" 'At the .uuestion of Mr. TeB'la,

onvention decision to honor the . the ,em.. oed tear. I :l duster of powerfuli!lcandescenta ~jJIl'6".J'Y of the illustrious Dr. Nik- ~ Spearheading. t.e movement for was put up in the comer ot the ~la. reCQg~i.ti.on, especially ~~.o n f apartment and the raY', filtered

At ibi flll'St meetiD( o. Oric- American elements, is the ESLA thru blue ,lass. were just the right

ber 8, the B:lar.d drafted 'a reselu- SOCIETY, fou~ed by s :enust- luaUty. The portrait was shown tiOD CalliD( on .all SNF membefS engii1;er·Leland nderson. fanat- under' the Arne illumination.

aDd rood S.biaD'$ to help li- leal admirer of t elate Dr_ Nikola At Ease f. IlttlU I

I ItaDce a memorial project f,,~ the Tesla. . " 'Mr. Tesb., havinC .",vee! the.

late seJentJst-inveDtor l'eDhu. Mr. Anderson rIght now is con- problem of the art:.tical ion. foell to

This would stand be~-ore tbe ducting a search for a famous por- thinking about other parts or the entrance of tbe M.!nJlAStery In trait of the Serbian electrical wiz- universe. and there be .. t oblivious

Li~t,.vme, zu, I ard done lit the turn of the century to his surroundings.

· C t ()f the contemplated project, in New York. .. 'The palntetr was ."le to p~

who would elar icn to the world S k Mtssi P t lt . duce ~ likeness tn which there

that r. Tesla was a Serbian, is ee" nr: or rat no evidence that tile mbjeet lit

estimated at $3000. The Convention In his current TESLAIAN oub- eoucioQS that uybe4y w

voted $1000 to the cause and a hand l: .. cation, M.r..AndrTSon revealed the watcbha" Jdm, macb 1e!'J tltedycollection among 122 delezates ' work, by Princess Vilma Lwoff- IOIr his features fllDlll the other

J"Lelded several ~dred d~llars I· Par-Iaghy , is missing.. IIlde of the ease.l.

more. . Reviewing developments, Mr. " 'Among those who attended the

1 Kinsman Milos Konjevich of Anderson wrote: . reception Were M:rs_ C. B. Alex-

. .Joliet, Ill, ga~ $20 . . "On March 1, U1l6, the Princess ander. Henry P'. Davison. the

l gave a reception il' her new studio Countless de Rittenburg and Mrs_

Public Aid Sourht in New York esoeoiallv to exhibit E. T_ Isham: •• '. 1

. Balance of the needed sum is now her latest protrait of N:·lmIa Tesla. After the Princess died. in 192~

l-being 5Ou~ht thru good-wilf offer- An article in the NFW YORK I her studio and an objects of art: I t inis of the general Serbian popu- TI]\ll'ES for March 2. lIH~. "tated- was sold p.t auctlon.

ltce in the United States and Can- I .. 'It 'lVas one of the beliefs (If The Telaa .,rtralt. .. "'xU

• I Mr. Tesla .thllt there was some- ~hes .... peare'" DII til ... e ... er of

fand, sbntlar to tboe ODe 'be- 1 tMnl' uulae1!;v .bout po<;tnr: for a TIME lD''lra7!lrt", U01.,. III. '"

'eondacted to helo "efra" olcture aad he 1II'wr .. at ~ anv an" In t"e ~LJ:. r.TJ. ICAI- X •.

n)Jemes <on Sha4e1Ud, Jtef.~~ ~dn;~rbthe ri7t"lo ttl PFRlMF-NT"" .q&D~ .).

-,,"D'~bUsbed. . I tbe Pinn . • '", om whi .. h she Mil'. Andemell ays. 'If' .

· It t. hoped to ratse the neees- ".'!d ch05en did not b'\ve a 51(:'1'- ,Its loeatioD III Dot ii~ 'noWD.

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Pitbburaht PL-Half of th~3000 fund goal for a atatue I memorial of the late Dr. Nikola1"esla has been realized. the

S~F announced today. . . I

~. In fad, total contributioDi counted ., f. come to

$1580. . .

The Fund i. an outgrowth of a plea by BWhop Nlg'lai for SerbiaN to do honor for thee

memory of the noted electrical hiItoriuut. .......... eiucatar .. wizard dunnc the world.wide! .a..tDta. etc., woaId BOt 1M Centennial celebration pllnned "ed, Bidlop Nicolai .,."'-

for t."~ geniY!! next year. . ICO~ei.~:t.:.! :~.~~!~ S::~

In .... wake of the plea,

90iced at the recedl 7th CoD. iN in time to erect and dedicate

the memorial before· the T .1.

Y8DtiOD at Niapra F.u.. Can- .Centennial celebration end .. ad .. the deleptea appro_ •

11000 lift froaa the INF. aDd I Donofl and the' · ... OUIlte:of • 4ecidecl to nile, by ,"*blic: . theiT donation. are ... folio .. :

anal, .. balance of $2000.

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A band eelleetien amonl the Delecate M. Konjevieh 200.00 I

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CM~ r.&.ed anotlaer "'50. 'then.' .• ~ Petar Borovicb 25.00

.t fint meeD!). OctDlift ,. the SNF Cna.1 M.ItwIie· .: -" _.M .

It y--eleete.r Executive. Board of. Delecate N. Step&nMi~ '10.00

the SNF appealed to. the .lDem-, ... Muim J.kQvac: 20.00

: berMip at. large to fulfill tlle b.I~11 :: I1ija. Janjanln ,.20.00

~aneereqwred. _ '. ~ Lou Balta 10.00

, F...&t CoDtribatioa.·$l00::· Jo~.n V~c:nIbh . 10.90/'

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A aea.nt 24 boun .fter tin ap-' .. Stevan' ROIIIli.,; ·1'.00

peat wu publiahed in the Society'l •• B~dan ~ .:.'-00

1 A "Srbobran" organ lut Wedne.-, •• Milan To,Di.·· -,S·.OO

~1: d.y, SimeZelich of Cadiz. O .• ! .. Todor Vuieic\ 5.00

,ave '1 00.' .' ~ .. I>juro Lukie" .' . ',00

The propo.ed memorial, 'a I ", C. Sfoila"'f.... . .5.80

.• tatue image, would be placed be- I ." R. VultadinG*,,' 5.00

~for4! d.e entrance of the St. Savajl .• .T.nko Mnnldl. 5.00

!/Seibian. Monutery in Ubertyville. ." Petar Marwrich '.00

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SNF appealed to .. the .1QeII\O:' [ . Muim.. Jak..... .~ .0& , .J

ship a. t.larwe to. fulfill.. tIi~baI- .: llij. J.n; · '-.'~.'::; .. 20..~. L). '

e required. ;. ,'. ., '.' Lena Balta.·· ...• /t .. -.

'ovan Vu\cnitsh 10.00 J

F"nt Coa1lrilMrtiDa $100 - .': ~~ Moan Kaj~' to\OO - .,

\ ICAnt 24 ho~n after tIN .p" . ". SteftD Ropli." - 10.00 t'

.. I wu publi.bed in th~ Society·. - Boltdall D~ f. 5 .. 00 .

-bobran" organ lut ~edn_ t :: Milan To~~.': S.OO ..

r, 5ime Zelich of CadlZ. O.,! Todor VUIC1Q '. 5.0()o.

-e $100.' • l" Ojuro Lukie" "Of)

Fhe propoaed memorial.. I _C. Sioi .. vJjmd . S.CJO

tue image. would be plaeec:l be-f .. R. Vukadino~ 5.00

e the entrance of the St. Sava Tanko Mrmieh·. 5.00

:bian Monaltery in Libertyville, PehU' Ml'lra.ic:.h 5.00

.. Mirko Barania S.OO

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For half a century and more, Mllrtha Marrlula Bjeloah

~ general American public has (Pitt8burl{h) '0.00 •

en misled anent the nationality ~imt- Zelich (Cadiz. 0.) 100.0"

i the man who foretold the corn- (\'f;}inko Alexich. war invalid

~ of atomic energy power. 11 (Omaha. Nebr.)

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\merian mac.zine lilted. bimt Total S I. r

'\Correctly. .. of Croatian -----_

tock. The mjltake was luble- '

uentlv puhliclv corrf'eted with I)olou:lft by thP. publication. I But lackinR an imaee reference. th historical Itatistics. similar 'ors are likely in the future.

"There ~ would procl.im to 'm of tho_nell of $erbian liton annually tbat'Nikola es'_ w .. elf SerhiUl immillriftt oell .D·d IOn of • g.,.bian rtbodos cI~," Biahop icolai dec1arecl.

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The magazine publication. for stance, explained it obtained it. Cerence material from an antiated guide book ..

Since the mi.lntdmll maUer ~re wal never eh.Uenfl'ed by' rbianl and other intere$ted rties before. the mal{uine JolliIv a.su.med it wu factual. . j

Erection rtf • but d:atbe. : 1 .... listi ..... ~. Tel.'. dat• nf ' irth. bi-rtb ... lac", n.i'eo't", ~_. 'ort1d counter JLhe old "'"-'. nd make cntain that futare ;

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grant sons who contributed so greatly to thc!-', welfare and

prosperity of their adopted America. . '\

We hope to report developments as soon as they take . pll\ce,. remembering Bishop Nikolai's concluding remarks: '~ikola T esla, in the field of science, brought the ~el'bian name great glory-jult .. did the lI'eatelt Serbiaa knights on the field of battle."

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Gentlemen:

Dur1ng my .enlor year at Georgetown Univer.itY~I read J.J.O'Nlel's 110graphy ot Nitol1 Te8lal the book, ent1tled Rrodlgal GeniUs' described qUIte a tew ot Tella's exper1ment., mo.t ot which I trIed my.elt in the physIcs lab. I am interested 1n revlewlng Tella's exper1ments 1n w1reless electrIc power tranami •• ion.

Untortunately, !eala died 1n 1945 Ju.t at the time he sUppo.edly

had developed a .y.tem ot wirel ••• power tran.m18'lon. Slnoe World

(War 11 waa then 1n progress hil papers .ere aeized and •• a1ed by the r.B.I. I sUppole tb4t by now Te.la'a papers have been releaaed. tor pUblIcatIon, but • call to the Library ot Congre.8 prod--'d no

re.Ult8. Therefore, I have tvo qUestlona; '.

1) Does the F.B.I. now bave Tesla's aolentlf10 paperl'

2) It aD, are they available tor pUbl1C in.pection'

It they were released, who bas them?

I will certa1nly appreciate any help you can give me aleas the •• linel. Tesla pUblllhed very little ot his f1ndings; th1s, coupled with the tact that w1relesl power 1. connected b1 moat people with 'Death Raysand crack-pot. bas made it nearly impol.1ble tor me to find anything

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-----.I inqWiries. (65-47953; 100-1237) Coyer lQemo from Mr. Belmont '.

Boardman 6-29-55, set out backgrOund of this matter which concerned till of';' .tieatb ~ lJeE!llI, a fam~s electrical inventor. Bureau was not involved

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A July 3 .. 1957: . ..J/L-J. ~L£,.~~7t!~J /llMYJt\

I _.-Si;ated'that a certain woman naaed lQAulW

Mrs. MARG~RM who lives "lth her husband,

JOHN, at the j'CiIl.o~lJotil:,_ 51 w~~t J3lBt street, New

York 24" Wew tork~1ia8 been 1ssuing ne.alettera wh:1ch eonta1~ormat1on perta1n1ng to flying saucers

an~rplanetary matters. ,/ A /"-. ' .. t --rr-.'~' "

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s ta ted that 1n h1 s opinion Mr. and Mrs. STORM are explo1t1ng the reputation and genius or NIKOLA TESLA# deceased. inventor ot YUgoslav

extraction who ab1eved world wide tame as a resUlt or

his inventions in the united States.

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'rESLA '\lias born in Sm11jan.. Yugoslavia in Jul.y" 1859 and came to the United States 1n 1694

and became a naturalized United States cit1zen. In

1886 TESLA "signed the arc-11ghting 87stem and two Jears later he invented the '1'e&la motor and designed ./..

a plan £br the transmission ot alternating current. . " 1/ In Bubsequent years" 'l'KSLAr 8 discover1es and 1nvlltnt1a.i1ts ..

1nc11ded such tleldB and appl1.~es a8 .1reless \~ ,

coDDl1.Ull1c~tlon, eleOitt-1~alJ6Ji*~t1on" rad1ant"power and radio active matter. Af'ter 1900, coanun1cat1ons., \). ~ ... , .... ~~-

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to • ...,.ch he once' e1~ed b"'~J'M1rr f'ullt"Bcribecl'~'v', Thls"'1nventlon "as a mean ... hereby all 1:ftpenetrable -.all or force" can be erected aro\Qld ~e, Un1:ted ' . '.:

States' borders 1Ih1cb would render. ~;J.pJ.e.B any a111t&.l."7 attack. -!!ESLA ¢1t1cloBed 'the a.1etence , of his l'lan in 1934 ,and stated he 1ntude4 topre.ent

. it to the GeJleva OolltereD~e but .eldoa:reterre4 kl it

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The "New York T.1mes" dated 9/ 2 carried an article setting f'ortb :'.~~IJ,':;':::::;:.II!I~ "Death Ray". !his article !DCltidea .nto~tiop to

the efrect tbat TlSLA, on h1s ~tl\ blrth~, July 10" 1940" advised New York TilDes reporter VILLIM ~ IflEICE '

that he was rea'dy to divulge to the "'Un 1 te States Government the secret of his "teleforce", 1I1th which

he sa1d a1rplane motors would be melted at a distance

of' 250 miles DO that an ~vl~1ble Chinese wall ot

defense would be built around the country against any attempted attack by an enemy airtoree no .atter hov

large. 'Accord1ng to TESLA, this Utelet'orce- "a.s

; based on an ent1re17 new prln~lple of Physics that

nno one bas ever dreamed about" and vas different trom tlit;]r1nclple embodied in his 1nventlonsrelatlng to the transa1 •• 1on~ electrical power trom,a distance, for which U ,..oeived a n'Ulllber, or ,baslc patents.

!BSLA stated tbat this new tJpe ot torce would operate through a beam one hundredth ~111ontb or a square c:;IiU1meter in cl1a..eter and eo.1lJ.,d be ' .

. generated troa a Special' 'Plant tbat 1tdQld eoat DOJIOre than two million dollars 'and would 'klee only about three

.onths to castruct. -rESLl .tated *t a c2:zen .~h t~

plants located at 8trategic pOinte 'lleias.tAe '!&aatl 1;.,

according to TESLA, lIOUlc1:'; be enough to de.tand the

United states against all poss1ble aerial attacks.

TESLA. .tated that this beam would melt any engine

and would also ignite explosives aboard any bomber.

TESLA stated that no possible defense against it could

be devised and he asserted tt~t the beam would be all penetrating.

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.. TESLA ata.ted to lIr. LAVRENOE that he

""'aakes ·one i.IIportaDt at1l>Ulat10n lHt~C?~ he _would .

divulge th1.'.ecret to 'U:\e Un:1.ted,.,ata'teB Qovers-eD.l; !Ul4 that was tlaat shoul4 the United statE Gov41'Ai1ent "Ae'c1.4e to take ~ his otter, be. would SO to .ork .. t . 'once but 1:Aat the t1I11. ted States OOvermaen1; would. -have t:o trust Mm.. - USLA stated that be.tIOal4 .autter,··

,fino 1Dterterence-trom operts.· _., "" " ', f?!.,' "

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-.' - .. ~ 'this 1IRe. York ~I· article 1Ir .. LlllRDCE

oommented that 1I1ih cond1t10ns as tbey were in 1940,

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1111110118 or dollars ror Nat10nal Defense,' Kr. tlfESLA' 8 great reputat:1.on as an :1.nventor, who al..,..'.,as ~.~ _. years ahead of his time ~ should be gi v~' careful • ' eoDs1derat1on. 1Ir. LAWREICE It&ed, in his op1n1on,

the united States Government should take Hr. TESLA

at his word and co..ussion b1.m to go ahead .ith the construction of his "teleforcetr plant.

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Tne New York file ot Mr. TESLA bears no 1nd1cat1on that any additional developments were oarried on 1n connection with !ESA'8 invention and whether or not TESLA tully divulged his new plan to the United states Government.

TESLA died at the age or 85 on January 7~ Mr.. • prov1ded a two p~e copy ot the mentioned ne.sletter whicb 1Ir. ,.and Mrs. STCJU(

1943.

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invention by TESLA, .h1ch~ accord.1ng to Mr. ad

Mrs. S'l'ORM~ consists of a radio me I18.ch1ne known ae the Tes1a Sit which .as invented bJ' Mr. TESLA in 1938

.ror 1nterplanetary commun1cation. Mr. and Mra. STORM· claim that TESLA' s eosineers diet not complete the

, 9.'eBla Set unt11..:.atter fiSLAI B .... th 1n 1943. 1Ir. &lid 'Mrs. STORM claim that tb1s Set was placed 1nvQpezt,lon 1n 1.950 and since that t:1ae TESLA engineers: have been 1n close touch wIth space ships. etc.

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are beingaent to tbe Bureau tor purposes or .

information while one copy is being submitted to

the Los Angeles Off1celbr information purposes.

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I an hopeful ~h~,t you ~~n help me ~bth.in c6'r~2Lin J;..'1fcrmt.tiori.· 'f/'

on records ana Qbta, ~n1ch belonbea to Dr. N1Kol~€sl&. ~~. "

He was an Electricc....l Eng Lne er anc pr o'l Lf'Lc inYento-r ~_u ~ .. -'

He was bor~ in Yugosldvia in 1856 a~d dieti in the United St~tes, Ne~ York City, Jc....nu~ry 7th, 1943. He ~~s u n., t.urv.Li zed ci ti zen of t rd s country.

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J. Edgar Hoover

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The only inform=tio~ I could find of nis records .as a report th~t the F.B.I. re~oved his papers for eXct~in~tion, and that the recoruS were sealed by the cust~di~~ of aliEn pr::lperty.

1 bave been ~oin~ some tieor~tic~l rese~rch of my o~n, ~~ich I lelieve ~~y ~e alo~[ the s~rne lines he follG~ed

in certc....i~ 0f nis Ex,eri~ents. I ~lso telieve the deve~oDment of !US iciei.:..s vou Ld be in t ae interest of cur country reb~Arc..less of ..ho 6evelopes them.

If it is ~t all ~os~i~le f~r me to have access to

at 'l er.s t scure of ilis experiL:e'1t<l z or k , I wcu l d cer-t,::1inly ~.pi)reC ia t e it. I.:;~ not '" L1e, 0,9 reason c,r the ve.s t I'Lnance s , wn f.ch wou l d t'E: re lui red , to c ono uc t such expe r Lmerrt s Illy self, so the Gdtb he maGe bnd collecte0 would be inY~lu&ble.

Of course, it i3 possiLle that his records ao not c--n t r.Ln me t e r Le.L per t.Lnerrt to n.i s e Lec t r-cn i c s v-or k , t.ec aus e frcm v.hc t I unce r s t anc fr:-Lli re[..cing abcut, hin, he kept .nos t of his reccrds in his ne.,o and v.r Jte down very lit t Le of his Qat;;,..

It is olso ~ossible that SC~€ of his i~eai are illipr&cticdl, tut I fe~l sure tni:it certbin of his ide~s ~ill

be of Lmaie n s e v a Lue to our country v.L thin the next s ev e r e.L cecaces or even before, if they bre aevelopeC at a rapid rate.

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SUBJECT; NIKOLA TESLA (DECEASED) ~8 'oJ/. ''''''4'£0

INFORMATION CONCERNING

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ause he wanted to talk with mmeone in charge of records of deceased. -"aid be is making a research study for U. s. Air on subject of geophysics. ms deadline is ten. ~s fr, om now.~said

he just discovered a sentence in a book by John . 0' NeW eRt:ItIea"""fhe

)(Fr~g~ .. Genius -- The Life of Nikola Tesla, ,;' Wm states the FBI took '~~ody_of papers from :~e~a's s~~ aft~r his ~aJ:h, Np~ Yo:r:k C,ity,.in

l~~ TeSJ.a was a worJ.Q-IamOUS l"ugoSlaV SCientist anq inventor in tne electrical field who died January 7, 1943, in New York ~ity • ..-.reque~ediate access to Tesla's scientific works whi. ch ~ light

~~~ ~~s:.:u-:~.&.~t~dr;_ I~ told -""-we would hare somebody from /~

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Bureau file 100-2237 shows no investigation of Tesla has been con ... (7J ducted by Bureau. Since err-oneous statement concerning FBI's taking

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book published. in 1944, Bureau has received numerous inquiries from

scientists desiring to review Tesla's writings. Each inquiry has been I

answered by stating FBI did not participate in handling TeBla's effects, but

!:=~~::ca: !~;~~e°:=:O~e=;::t~f. (:;:ePi:fi~:sOi!-epaxtq-

representatives of Office of Alien Property did actually review Tesla's ? posaesstons, including his writings, but file does not show what final dispo~ tion was made of Tesla's possessions.)

_A teletype to B, oston Division was prepared, but before it was sent telephoned again to furnish me the exact~ O'Neill's book in

which he refers to the FBI. At that time I told ~e statement in the book was untrue - ... that the FBI had not examined or taken custody of Tesla's J papers. I suggested t~that he might contact Office of Alien Property. (Therefore, teletype to ~ was not necess~.)/(~:3:d.7 -' / I

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Federal Bureau of Investigation Department of Information Washington 25, D. C.

lJear Sir:

- ·.L H~FORMATION cn~nAINED '·-.·.~:I'; IS UNCLA"~~

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I am a college student who is doing a research paper . ~ on N1kola Tesla.

As I was collecting the material for my

oaner, I discovered that at the time of TesIa's death, the

deoartment of the F.B.I. confiscated the data and papers

tha t Tesl a had crt t e cted from h is research in the f ie1d of

electricity. This conf i sca t i on of l1i,s mate~al wa s stated ~ c r, r J J", 0 I ~ e I I

in the PRODIG.\L G.t.l'\IUS by J.J/ofNei}, publish~ci in 1944 at

~ew York city by ~ashburn Inc.

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I have ~eveloped an interest in the discoveries and

accom~lishments of Tesla that is presently limited by the sh0rtage of factual material. If in your files, you have

any information concerning Nikola Tesla that you are per~

mitted to release, I will sincerly apnreciate your co-

operation in helping me give the proper recoe:nition)t.o' this

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great scientist and American. Below I have listed""TTle"'-

a FEB 28 1961

facts that may be helpful to

you'

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Srniljan, Crotia, now Yugoslavia in 1884 and was employed for a the Edison Co. at Orange, N.J. 7, 1943 at ~ew York city

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Born in 1856 at Came to America short time with iJied on .lanua ry

Tha.nking you for your time and co-operation that I

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In reSpoDBe to your inquiry, I wi8h to advise that our files reflect that the effects of Dr. N1kola Tesla

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. correspondent. BUfile 100-223~ .refJ.ects ~t ~~.- Tesla1VllB a "'l':::t

wo~~",:,famo~s el~~a~ inve$r,' ~d at ~"li.e of b1~.ath, al~\,;\~-:- 9f bl8.,ttersooal'paper~ Qd -.ecta(Jf!IA.:"lf.e'ged "a8l'rOuB to..$' ":

j.0untty' •• ecunty If til." f~1t Jbtolautho~ .b,''!-. ·;,~te ~ . _ " .. Prodigal Genius" by Jehp 4. ¥U .. U, , &Uegea that ~"#"'Sl took . , over .-cerfifii· sJe and opened it, appropriating his')lroper%~),. ... \1.:: .. I0'f Sufiles clearly indicate that it was the Office of Alien Propetfy-:of

the Department who did SOt and the above reply is forw~~6 in

answer to related inquiries. '

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life and works of NikolB. Te81~. Mr. Teals d1ed on January 7, 1'43 1n the

Hotel Ne~ Yorker. Since '.B.I. OperB.tives open~c bie 8B.!e &nd took hie

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yapers for examination, I ~o~f'r if these papers are aVRilB.blp for peru~nl?

If they lU'e a.vP,ilB.ble, "'here ~oulrl they be Lo cat ed , "'.nd Bl"e copies avail8bl~

to the public?

1 a~ a citizen of the Unite~ StB.tes, ~r.m hAve been clearf'~ fnr sf'curity---

the latf"st 0::18 bei!lf' for ~nr< on

Thank you very much for ~v 1D!ormation or hel~ you mey be ~ble to

r,iv~ me in this mAtter::

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'~:-~,! ~ ~ '~ outstanding se1entists 111 the electrical field, an~ at the time Of

§;- ,'-l,-lUS death, all of his persOnal ~.PU. aacl-effecta'wre belie'"

~_ ' r ; dangerous to thecoun~ 8 "curlt7 If thei leU Ja"nlDa~tbor1zed;

.r . ",wds. Tbe book, "J'rodIpl GeaIu," II,- John J.O'NeU, alleges _

that the FBI took over a certain safe and opened u, ~ppropriating

Dr. Tesla's property. Bufiles clearly indic.y. ~~!t was the Office of Alien Property of the Departmen.ttW~h ~d 80, and the above reply

g~~j:~ran __ has ~n forw~rded in answer to reTh.ted inquiries. Dr. Tesla was

Conrad born iirYtJ:«OsIa~Md died in New York City 1-7-43.

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Dear Sirs,

10 March 1964.

For some time, have beee, wondering about the matter

of what was reported on the late NikoIa Tesla, the inventor. He died during early January 1943, while in residence at the Hotel New Yorker, New York City, Accounts have it that his belingings (papers, etc.) were studied. Would appreciate learning if anything 'Can be learned about this.

Am hoping to be on leave, and in Washington, along the third week of April. This is mentioned, in case it is possible to view anything relating to the question.

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:NOTE: No record could be located in Buftles Identifiable with correspondent. Bu:file 100-2237 reflects that Dr. Tesla was a world· famous electr1cal1nventor and at the Ume of his death, all of his personal papers aDd effects were believe

dange rous to the country's security U they fell1Dto unauthorized hands. The book, "Prodigal Genius," by John J. ONeil, alleges that the FBI took over a

. certain safe and opened it. appropriating his property. Bufiles clearly indicatE that it was the Office of Alien Property of the Department W~ld so, and the above reply Is forwarded in answer to related inquiries.

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In reaponse t4p1Our inquiry. I would Uke to point out that tbe .ffect.e 0( Dr. Nlkolt"'Teala were impounded, after bie death, by the Office of Allen Pl'opertJ of the Department of laaUce and Dot

by the FBI. 81nee we did not participate In the bandllng of Dr. Tesia's effects, I am unable to furnish tbe Information you desire.

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The book, "ProdIgal Genius," by John J. O'Neil, alleges that the FBI took ov a certain safe and opened it, appropriating his property. Bufiles clearly indicate that it was the Office of Alien Property of the Department which did s and the above reply is forwarded in answer to related inquiries.

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9th Street & Pennsylvania Aven, N.W. Washington 25, D. C. 20535

Dear Sirs:

I am a student of the history of science at Oregon State University, and I am attempting to write a research paser on a very eccentric scientist who died in 1943. His name was Nikola Tesla, a naturalized American of Serbian extraction, and he died In filS hotel room in New York City on January 8, 1943.

During the years leading up to World War II, Nikola Tesla supposedly invented a "Death Ray" which could destroy several hundred aircraft. Mr. Tesla was a very prolific and creative genius during his early years but gradually became something of a crackpot in his old age. As a student of the history of science, it is important to determine whether or not Tesla had any valid ideas in the plans for his death ray. Tesla invented the fluorescent light and also was one of the first scientists to discover X-Rays--hence there may be some possibility that his death ray might actually have been some crude type of laser.

In Tesla's biography, "Prodigal Genius", by John J. O'Neill, the author states on page 277:

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"Operatives from the F.B.I. came to Tesla's hotel room shortly after his death and opened the safe in his room. They took the papers that it contained in order to examine them for a reported secret invention of possible use in the war ..• "

I am trying to locate Tesla's secret and unpublished writings concerning his death ray. I have searched the literature quite thoroughly and'have found nothing. Does the F.B.I. still have these papers or can you tell where I might be able to obtain these writings for examination? Any assistance or information that you may lend me will be very much appre-

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In the year 1943 the F. B. 1. conrtscated all of the papers

and maybe some of the machines of physicist, Nikolh'esla. These papers were his experiments and ideas at the time of his death. According to the books I've read, these papers were confiscated on the grounds of the enemy getting ahold of his ideas and apply them to war machines.

I have studied all of the material on this man and have found him to be more intelligent than the gr eat "Brain" of his time, Thomas Edison.

Why without Nikola Te sla there would be Westinghouse Company as we know today. This is the man who harnessed Niagara Falls, and was the one and only man who could see the possibilities of Alternating Current when men like Edison said "it would never work. to

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What I am wondering is, maybe these papers coulrl be reclassified from whatever I1Top Secret" classification they now have and be made available for study by the people who understand and can

gain know ledge from them. '

I would be willing to pay for reproductions of his experiments if nothing else. He still has a great many ideas that have never been tried.

It disturbs me to think that everyone has forgotten about the ideas of this man when he was so advanced for his time.

I can say with assurance that no man alive can say that he knows all of Tesla's ideas. And studying other men's ideas is the way.L!

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In response to your inqu1ry, the effects of Dr. Nlkola Testa were 1mpounded, after hla death, by the Office 01 Alien Property of the Department of Justice and not by the FBI. 81nce we did DOt participate 1D the handlJDg of Dr. T •• ta'. belong1np, I am UDable to furniJIh th(:t informSltlon yoo M!!!ire. lA..:,p9P)'f of yOUT,~.()mmnnication has been referred to the Department of Justice.

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at the time of his death, all of his personal papers and effects were believed dangerous to the country's security if they fell into unauthorized hands. The book, "Prodigal Genius, "by John J. O'Neil, alleges that the FBI took over a certain safe and opened It, appropriating his property. Bufiles clearly indicate that it was the Office of Alien Property of the Department which did so, and the above reply is forwarded in answer to related inquiries. Copy of letter referred to Assistant

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I am doing a research paper on Nickola Tesla and would appreciate it il you could please provide me with the following information.

That information being why did your Bureau Impourn his personal effects immediately after his death on January 7, 1943. Se o ond Ly , could you provide a list of those effects, and lastly, when were they released and to whom were they given.

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belOl1l1DlI, I am UDable to fQJ'D11h tbe lDtormatloa JOG d •• lre. A copy of Jour communicaUOIl baa been referred to the Department of Ju8t1ce for any help it may be able to offer.

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his property and replies similar to the above have been used . related inquiries.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington D. C.

Dear Sir,

I am writing this to you as I believe that most ot the government is infiltrated with foreign agents, Lld there is a very good chance this could be of extreJle importance fbr the defen.e of our nation.

I met a man a number of years ago that was raised on Long Island in th" neighborhood whe~e Mr. Tesla, inventor of the Tesla Coil, had his lab. He told ~e of Mr. Teslats notes blowing down the street when the junk men were dismantling his equipment. It would be a wonderful thing is some of these notes were salvaged and could be found.

Mr. Tesla was at least a century ahead of his time. He sent radio signals around the world seventeen years prior to Mr. Marconi, who received the credit, and pioneered many fields. He was 50 far advanced that he had to invent a special math t~ keep up with his work.

He, on several accasions talked before the scier.~ists of the wftrld and became very angry at the ir inability to understand ha, and due to this was violentlj disliked and diru10t receive acknowledgement for his discoveries. One of the notes Ji read by this man told of the radie- transmiEision of electricity being brought to a (

high degree of erriency. ,_

How here is the thing that should be investigated throughly. During my High School education, in the winter of either 19-25-26 or 1926-27, I made a

currant events report on an article appearing in a e~~ll publication of that nim~ that Was received weekly at the Troy Highschool, Troy Montana. It stated in tids article that Mr. Tesla had made an offer to the Cor~ress of the United States that jj' they would install radio transmission towers at every 150 miles around the border of this country; that he would install equip~nt that would broadcast a verticil plane of energy beyond the atmosphere through which no ~~terial object could pass

as it would shatter or lose it-ts monecular coohesion. It was refused.

There 1s a good chance that this data is in the files of congress. What a detence, and boy do we need it. U .. Ut; REC-a /00 . j ;,.3 7- 11

I have had some results along this line with structured vortice 04 magnetic fields, but do not have the techniCAl equipment or ,kpO',c:ledge. to carry out further experiments. The theory is quite simple and deals wltnpa.rt~ac~:eh::-at.-

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I ha.. r.oent17 begun a oollect1oD and reading t11e of all .attar. perta1D1Dg to 5ikolPTesla. In so doing I was Ul&Sed to tlnd that upon h1s death) JaJJIl&r7 7. 19.3, in BYO, ,.our bureau oonfined

his papera •• 1.1' I ask it 70U atill "have thea in Ja1l". I am. extremel,. interested in hi. work( I) and am try1ng. to .stab11sh 1II1 own. "Teslall library_ Your assistance would be great1, ~pr.c1at.d.

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Dr. Nikola 'resla were bnpounded, after hi. death, by the Offica of Alien Property of the Department of Justice and not by the FBI. We die not participa.te in the handling of! Dr. Teala·. belonqinga in any way. Copies of your OQIIDI1lllication and IIY reply haft .been referred to the

/l>epartment of Justice.

Sincerely yours,

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Upon rea ding a biography on N1kola Tesla, I foun' the urge to

read more on hiru and his works. At the end of the OOUli it was stated that the F.B.I. went to his hotel room gathered up his papers and locked them 1n a vault. The thing I would like to know is the real reason they were locked up and if it wo~ld be possible to see some of these records and any other works of his.

I can think of only one possible reason at to cause of his records being locked up an,j that 1s because he was too far advanced for his time. This s ems to be the only logical solution, but, with technolo~y much more advanced now than in his time it would seem likely that scientists take over where he left off.

Please let me know I f I can look at the records and if you can pl~ase answer m~ question of the real reason his records were locked up.

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