Charles Francis Brush (1849-1929) was a Cleveland, Ohio, businessman and inventor. His inventions included a dynamo which was the predecessor for the modern generator and the arc light, demonstrated on Cleveland's Public Square in 1879. Brush formed the Brush Electric Co. in 1880, which was subsequently bought by Thomason Houston Electric Co., and then merged with Edison General Electric Co. in 1891, forming the General Electric Co. Brush continued to maintain scientific and business interests throughout his life, and founded the Brush Foundation in 1927. The collection consists of individual and group portraits of Charles F. Brush, his friends and associates, and views of his inventions, including the arc lamp and wind powered dynamo. Also included is a view of an arc lamp on Cleveland, Ohio's Public Square, ca. 1896.