University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Frederick Lincoln Fuller Papers, 1905-1941

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fuller, Frederick L. (Frederick Lincoln), 1861-
Title: Frederick Lincoln Fuller papers
Dates: 1905-1941
Abstract: Fuller was an inventor of cash registers and business machines. These papers document his career and family history.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00351
Extent: 10 inches
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Frederick Lincoln Fuller, born April 11, 1861, in Norwich, Connecticut, was an inventor of cash registers and business machines. He founded the Union Cash Register Co. of Trenton, New Jersey, and in 1909 joined the National Cash Register Company of Dayton, Ohio. In 1917 he joined Remington Arms Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut from which he retired in 1925. He left retirement in 1927 to join International Business Machines (IBM) at the request of Thomas Watson. There his major invention was the Bank Proofing Machine for expediting the flow and control of checks between banks. He was still employed by IBM when he died in 1943 in West Orange. Surviving him were a brother, Charles O. Fuller of Trenton, New Jersey, two nephews, Frederick O. Fuller of New Britain, Connecticut and William G. Fuller, the manager of Fort Worth Airport (ca. 1930), a niece, Gertrude Fuller Locke of Collingwood, New Jersey, and a nephew, Frederick L. Morrison of West Orange.

Scope and Contents

The papers consist mainly of souvenir items from Fuller's career, including company brochures, albums, photographs of inventions and celebratory gatherings, and a few books. Several family letters and photographs are also included. Until 1984, this collection was housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. It appears to have been transferred to the HRHRC from the College of Engineering. This inventory was prepared by Albert C. Lewis in June 1981, and updated by Amelia Abreu in July 2004.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Fuller, Frederick L. (Frederick Lincoln), 1861-
Corporate Names
International business machines corporation
Cash registers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frederick Lincoln Fuller Papers, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)


Detailed Description of the Collection

86-7/1 Typed announcement of Fuller's death and brief account of his life, undated


86-7/1 F. L. Fuller to William G. fuller and family, [six ALS], 1926-1941
[Mrs. F. L. Fuller?] to W. G. Fuller, [one ALS], 1931
Draft of letter from William G. Fuller to Frederick L. Fuller, circa 1926?

Manuscript sketches and descriptions of machines

86-7/1 "First sketches of the 10 key cash register", undated
"Data on the small machine which prints the amount of money given in payment [?], the amount of the purchase, and the difference or change", undated

86-7/1 Business Machines, [various copies], 1934-1941

Personal papers

86-7/1 Three unsigned cards, Valentine's Day and Christmas, undated
"Estimate made about Jan. 1905 on manufacturing Plain Register, 5 sections," [manuscript], January 1905?
"Cross country flight in the interest of recruiting," letter from W. H. Frank, War Department, Air Service, to Lt. Col. Harry S. Claggett, Kelly Field, San Antonio, [TLS], April 23, 1919
Letter from Albert Firmin to Frederick Lincoln Fuller regarding FLF as descendent of Benjamin Franklin, [TLS], May 29, 1938


4RM112 [SRH1230020557] Photographs of Frederick Lincoln Fuller, undated
Brochures and leaflets on cash registers, including "NCR Factory News," 1938, "1908 model American-Halwood," and "The Union Computing Scale," [15 total], 1908-1938, undated
Bank Proofing Machine, photographs and manual, 1938-1939
Photographs of other cash register machines, undated
4RM6a [SRH1230024806] Photograph album of Remington Cash Register Works plant, 1921-1922

IBM Retirement Materials

86-7/2 Plaque presented to Frederick Lincoln Fuller by IBM, in case, 1941 Appreciation book from IBM, signed by employees, including Thomas J. Watson, in slip case, 1940
Album of letters, "Expressions of appreciation," from IBM and others regarding Frederick Lincoln Fullers, "My Half Century as an Inventor", 1938-1939