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RCA Victor Camden/Frederick O. Barnum III collection

Accession 2069

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Christopher T. Baer, Stephen C. Shisler, Ellen M. Felser in 2004.

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, RCA Victor Camden/Frederick O. Barnum III collection (Accession 2069), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: RCA Victor Camden/Frederick O. Barnum III collection
Dates: 1887-1983, bulk 1914-1968
Accession Number: 2069
Creator: RCA Corporation.
Extent: 250 linear feet
Language of Material: English, Spanish, German
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: For over fifty years the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was one of the country's leading manufacturers and vendors of radios, phonographs, televisions, and a wide array of consumer and military electronics products. Their records consist of RCA technical reports, standards, engineering notebooks, manuals and miscellaneous publication; Secretary's files documenting the formation of RCA; and company historian B.L. Aldridge's files, which deal primarily with the history of the Victor Talking Machine Company, RCA-Victor and the Camden Plant.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

The larger of group of materials (Boxes 1-288) were salvaged from the technical library on the 6th floor of Building 10 of the RCA Camden, NJ Plant by company historian Frederick O. Barnum III after the plant had been vacated and abandoned by successor company Martin Marietta Corporation in April 1993. Mr. Barnum, on his own time, reorganized, augmented, preserved, documented, and rehoused the materials, consisting of 288 file boxes, and deposited the entire collection at Hagley Museum and Library on 22 July 1993. Mr. Barnum donated two more groups of material to Hagley on 17 December 1993 (Boxes 304-310) and 19 May 1994 (Boxes 311-313).

The files of previous company historian B.L. Aldridge and the Secretary's Contract File (Boxes 289-303) were donated on 17 September 1993 by an individual who salvaged them from the company's defunct "Hall of Progress" exhibit in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Access Restrictions

Some records closed for 25 years from date of creation.

Use Restrictions

Copyright held by the depositor.

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Historical Note

The Radio Corporation of America was incorporated in Delaware on October 17, 1919, and changed its name to RCA Corporation on May 9, 1969. For over fifty years it was one of the country’s leading manufacturers and vendors of radios, phonographs, televisions, and a wide array of consumer and military electronics products. Through subsidiaries, it operated the country’s first radiotelegraph, radiotelephone and radio facsimile systems, as well as its pioneer radio and television networks. The company will always be identified with David Sarnoff (1891-1971), who began working for a predecessor company as an office boy in 1906, became vice president in 1922, president in 1930, and served as chairman from 1947 to1970. Sarnoff was one of the first to grasp the full potential of radio and television and imparted to the company its reputation for research and innovation.

The Beginnings of RCA

Prior to World War I, radio, which then meant long-distance radiotelegraphy, was in the hands of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America, formed in 1899 as an American subsidiary of the Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Ltd., based in England. It was a mere branch of the extensive wireless network established by radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) and financed by British capital. During the war, the American government had seized the American Marconi stations, largely for the benefit of the Navy. At the close of hostilities, the Navy and its acting secretary Franklin D. Roosevelt strongly desired that control of America's radio facilities be in American hands. The General Electric Company had acquired the patents for the Alexanderson high-frequency alternator, which was necessary to provide the power for long-distance radio transmission, and had been negotiating the sale of these patent rights to British Marconi before the war. The Navy arranged a series of conferences in which it was agreed that General Electric would back the formation of a new American company to take over the Marconi operations and the necessary patents.

As a result of these negotiations, the Radio Corporation of America, controlled by GE, was incorporated on October 17, 1919, with Edward J. Nally of American Marconi as president. On November 20, 1919, RCA acquired all the assets of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America and signed a cross-licensing and patent-sharing agreement with General Electric. GE was to perform all manufacturing, and RCA was responsible only for sales and marketing of equipment and operating the radiotelegraph stations. Commercial radiotelegraph service was resumed beginning in 1920 and was gradually extended around the world. On November 5, 1921, RCA opened "Radio Central" at Rocky Point, Long Island, which served as its main transmitting station and first laboratory.

With government approval, two other cross-licensing agreements followed. On July 1, 1920, RCA and GE signed an agreement with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), under which RCA received AT&T's wireless patents and rights to the triode developed by Lee DeForest. AT&T received an interest in RCA and the use of RCA's and GE's telephone patents. On June 30, 1921, a similar tripartite agreement was signed with the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, under which Westinghouse obtained a share of RCA in return for its radio patents, including the Armstrong "feedback" amplifier, which allowed for more sensitive reception and wider transmission. RCA also obtained the coastal transmission stations of Westinghouse's International Radio Telegraph Company at Belfast, Maine, Siasconset, Mass., New London, Conn., New York City, and Cape May, NJ With the completion of these patent-sharing arrangements, either RCA, GE or Westinghouse could manufacture and sell a complete set of radio equipment and operate broadcast stations.

Westinghouse's station KDKA received the first U.S. commercial broadcast license on October 27, 1920. RCA made its first permanent broadcast at station WDY at Roselle Park, NJ on December 15, 1921. After a few months, the station was merged with Westinghouse's WJZ at Newark, NJ, to avoid interference.

In 1922, retired Gen. James G. Harbord replaced Nally as president and David Sarnoff was named vice president & general manager. Sarnoff had already advocated expanding radio from a hobby in which persons assembled their own sets from part to a packaged system of home entertainment. That year, RCA began selling GE's line of home radio products, and in 1923 introduced its "Radiola" line of deluxe home radios. The first superheterodyne set followed a year later. RCA successfully transmitted the first photograph from New York to London and back on July 6, 1924, and in 1926 RCA began a commercial transatlantic radio facsimile service. In 1927, RCA introduced the Radiotron tube, the first to operate on alternating current, eliminating the need for batteries and making possible the mass-marketing of home radios.

National Broadcasting Company, Inc.

At this time, AT&T was pursuing an independent course, hoping to develop a radio network using its long-distance telephone lines to distribute programming, and to this end it had established station WEAF in New York. To eliminate this threat, RCA, GE and Westinghouse joined to purchase WEAF on July 1, 1926. On September 9, 1926, they organized a joint subsidiary, the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (NBC), which assumed operation of WEAF and RCA stations WJZ in New York and WRC in Washington, D.C. NBC produced its own programs and marketed them to other stations, forming the nucleus of the country's first broadcast radio network. NBC inaugurated its "Red" network with a broadcast to twenty-five stations in twenty-one cities from the old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on November 15, 1926, with WEAF as the flagship station. Two month's later, NBC formed the smaller "Blue" network with WJZ as the flagship station. NBC staged the first coast-to-coast broadcast of the Rose Bowl game on January 1, 1927.

RCA Photophone, Inc.

In 1925, the Warner Brothers had organized the Vitaphone Corporation to provide synchronized musical sound tracks for motion pictures using separate phonograph disks. The original system, developed by the Western Electric Company, was crude, and the records tended to get out of synch with the film. General Electric demonstrated its "Pallophotophone" system, in which the sound track was printed onto the same film as the movie, in September 1927 and introduced it commercially in early 1928 as "Photophone." RCA Photophone, Inc. was incorporated on Apri14, 1928, to develop and market the Photophone system.

As the Vitaphone and Photophone systems were incompatible, and Warners already controlled a theater chain, RCA was obliged to ally itself with a chain as well. With the aid of Joseph P. Kennedy, RCA made an agreement with the Keith-Albee-Orpheum Corporation, the owners of a struggling chain of vaudeville houses and movie theaters, and its affiliates, the F.B.O. Pictures Corporation and F.B.O. Productions, Inc. Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corporation (RKO) was incorporated as an overarching holding company on October 25, 1928, with RCA taking a twenty percent share and David Sarnoff as chairman. F.B.O. Productions, Inc. became R.K.O. Productions, Inc., in 1929 and R.K.O. Radio Pictures, Inc., in 1930. RKO secured the rights to Photophone and advertising through the NBC radio network. RCA eventually sold its RKO stock, half in 1935 and half in 1943.

RCA Photophone, Inc., eventually signed contracts with eight theater chains and their associated movie studios. On July 22, 1930, American and German manufacturers and movie production companies, including RCA Photophone, Inc., and RKO, signed a patent pooling agreement providing for international interchangeability of sound track technology. All production companies were to have access to all American and German technology. American manufacturers received exclusive rights to supply North America, Russia, Australasia and India, while German companies were given exclusive rights in the Germanic countries and Eastern Europe. All other countries might purchase from either bloc.

Other Subsidiaries

The Radiomarine Corporation of America was incorporated on December 31, 1927 to perform RCA's growing ship-to-shore radiotelegraph business. RCA Communications, Inc., was incorporated on January 3, 1929, to operate commercial transoceanic radiotelegraph, radiotelephone and radio facsimile services.

Victor Talking Machine Company

On March 15, 1929, RCA gained control of the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ, for 54 million through an exchange of shares in order to obtain Victor's manufacturing facilities, dealer network and contract artists.

The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated in New Jersey on October 3, 1901, by Eldridge Reeves Johnson (1867-1945), a machinist. In 1896, Johnson had become a subcontractor for the "gramophone" invented by Emile Berliner (1851-1929) and manufactured in Philadelphia by the Berliner Gramophone Company. Because of patent and licensing disputes involving the gramophone, Johnson produced his own record player and records under the "Victor" label in 1900. The Victor Talking Machine Company combined the Johnson and Berliner patents. European sales rights were granted to Berliner's Gramophone Company, Ltd., in London. Victor also acquired the rights to the Gramophone Company's trademark, originally a painting by the artist Francis Barraud (1856-1924) depicting his fox terrier Nipper listening to a gramophone entitled, "His Master's Voice."

Victor moved rapidly to become the leading U.S. manufacturer of phonographs and phonograph records. It established its first recording studio at Carnegie Hall in New York its first high-quality "Red Seal" records in 1903, and in the following year City and produced made the first American recordings of the Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. Caruso became the anchor of a distinguished roster of operatic and popular musical artists on the Victor label.

Victor introduced its first "Victrola" in 1906, featuring fine cabinet work that would not be out of place in upper middle class parlors. The company opened a recording studio and research laboratory in Camden in 1907, and by 1911, the Camden facility had grown into a fully-integrated factory complex of twenty-two buildings. By the early 1920s, however, sales were stagnant because of inroads made by the free radio broadcasting of music and other entertainment. Deluxe radios like RCA's 1923 "Radiola" usurped the place of the Victrola in many homes. In 1925, Victor contracted with RCA to manufacture a line of combined radios and phonographs in one cabinet. The following year, Victor also contracted with the Warner Brothers' Vitaphone Corporation to provide synchronized recordings for talking motion pictures.

On January 6, 1927, a banking syndicate of Speyer & Company and J. & W. Seligman purchased control of the Victor Talking Machine Company from Eldridge Johnson, and then offered the shares to the public. Two years later, the Radio Corporation of America acquired the Victor Talking Machine Company. RCA incorporated the Radio-Victor Corporation of America in Maryland on April 25, 1929, to act as a sales company. Manufacturing at Camden was conducted by the Audio Vision Appliance Company, incorporated in New Jersey on April29, 1929, and owned by GE and Westinghouse in a 60/40 ratio.

On December 26, 1929, RCA, GE and Westinghouse agreed to unify all research, manufacturing and sales of radios, phonographs, vacuum tubes, and television. Vladimir K. Zworykin (1889-1982), a émigré Russian electrical engineer working for Westinghouse, had already developed the "iconoscope" or first practical camera tube, and had just demonstrated the first "kinescope" or picture tube. Zworykin relocated to the Victor facilities at Camden.

On the same date, RCA was restructured to create a fully integrated company with research, manufacturing and sales facilities. The RCA Victor Company, Inc., was incorporated in Maryland and assumed the manufacturing activities of the Audio Vision Appliance Company and the sales function of Radio-Victor Corporation of America, plus title to the Victor Talking Machine Company plants in Camden and Oakland, Calif. The RCA Radiotron Company, Inc., assumed operation of the former GE tube works at Harrison, NJ, and the Westinghouse plant at Indianapolis. All radio research at the old RCA lab at Van Cortlandt Park, New York City, GE at Schenectady, and Westinghouse at East Pittsburgh was consolidated at Camden, and all tube research was moved to Harrison.

In purchasing the Victor Talking Machine Company, RCA also obtained Victor's 1920 half interest in Britain's Gramophone Company, Ltd. (later consolidated with the Columbia Graphophone Company, Ltd., to form Electric and Musical Industries Limited), and well as the Victor Talking Machine Company of Canada, Ltd., the Victor Talking Machine Company of Japan, Ltd. (Nihon Bikuta Kabushiki Kaisha), and other foreign subsidiaries. RCA sold its holdings in EMI in 1935. With militarists in power in Tokyo, RCA sold its 68 percent interest in Japanese Victor to Nihon Sangyo (later Nissan Motor Company) and Tokyo Shibaura Electric (later Toshiba) in 1936-38. Japanese Victor (NC) played a role analogous to RCA's and went on to develop the VHS system of home videotape recording in the 1970s.

Antitrust and Innovation

The federal government, which had fostered the formation of RCA in 1919, had become alarmed at its growth, and on May 31, 1930, it began antitrust proceedings against the patent pooling arrangements at the foundation of the company. After two years, the suit was settled out of court on November 21, 1932. Under the consent decree, RCA retained all of its patents but repaid or cancelled its outstanding debts to GE and Westinghouse. GE and Westinghouse distributed their RCA shares to their own stockholders, AT&T having disposed of its RCA shares some years before. The GE heritage lingered only in NBC's trademark three-note chime, G-E-C. General Electric soon developed a competing line of radios and other consumer electronics.

RCA moved its headquarters into the new 60-story RCA Building on June 2, 1933. NBC and state-of-the art NBC broadcasting studios followed in November. The RCA Building was the principal structure in Rockefeller Center and gave the complex its alternate name of "Radio City."

The RCA Radiotron Company, Inc., absorbed the E.T. Cunningham Company in 1931. RCA Photophone, Inc., was merged into RCA Victor Company, Inc. in January 1932, and on December 15, 1934, the RCA Manufacturing Company, Inc., was formed in Delaware into which the RCA Victor Company, Inc., and RCA Radiotron Company, Inc., were merged as divisions.

RCA suffered in the worst years of the Depression, but recovered relatively quickly after 1933. David Sarnoff, who had become president in 1930, spent liberally on research while cutting back in other areas. Television was only the most prominent of RCA's research initiatives, with the first public demonstration being staged on April 20, 1939, at RCA's pavilion at the New York World's Fair. NBC launched the first commercial television station, WNBT at New York on May 2, 1941. Concurrently with this work, RCA built and installed a complete television station for Moscow in 1936-38. Substantial work was done on color television, but further development of commercial television, whether black & white or color, was halted by World War II. Camden researchers tackled FM (frequency modulation) radio beginning in 1930, and the first experimental FM station, W2XWG, went on the air in New York in January 1940. Vladimir Zworykin and James Hillier produced the first electron microscope in April 1940. Groundbreaking work was done in microwave communications, radar and sonar. A fuller list of RCA's technical achievements will be found in the notes to Record Group II.

In order to consolidate research efforts, RCA formed a new division called RCA Laboratories in March 1941 and constructed a new research center at Princeton in 1942. In 1941, the FCC ruled that NBC's ownership of two radio networks constituted a monopoly. RCA and NBC sold the weaker Blue Network Company, Inc., to Edward Noble in 1943, and he reorganized it as the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). Flagship station WJZ became WABC.

World War and Cold War

America's entry into World War II permanently changed the nature of RCA. Development of commercial television and radio projects ceased, and the company became a major military contractor. Much of the research of the Depression years was now turned to military uses. To meet the military demand for electron tubes, the Navy constructed a plant at Lancaster, Pa., that RCA operated and purchased at the war's end. RCA worked with the Navy Bureau of Ordnance to develop and manufacture proximity fuses at a new plant in Bloomington, Ind. In order to better coordinate manufacturing activities, the RCA Manufacturing Company, Inc., was merged into RCA as the RCA Victor Division on December 31, 1942.

During the war, RCA developed and produced the SHORAN (Short Range Navigation) system, airborne radar and television equipment, automatic fire control, and military communication systems. RCA Communications, Inc., provided wireless communications between America and the front lines. Wartime research and development produced a new generation of electronics for both military and civilian use.

RCA's postwar conversion to civilian production was rapid, particularly in the area of television, with the first mass-produced commercial set going on the market in 1946, the same year in which NBC started the first U.S. television network. Commercial color television was perfected between 1945 and 1953, but RCA received a major setback when the FCC approved CBS's rival mechanical system as the standard in 1950. The CBS system offered better picture quality but, unlike RCA's all-electronic system, was not compatible with black & white broadcasting. RCA worked on improving its picture quality and lobbied through the National Television Standards Committee and finally succeeded in having the FCC approve its system in December 1953. NBC broadcast the Tournament of Roses Parade in color nationwide on January 1, 1954, and opened its "Color City" studios in Burbank, Calif., in the following year. In 1954, the Home Instruments Department and the RCA Service Company, Inc., relocated from Camden to a new suburban facility in nearby Cherry Hill, NJ The new building contained a public exhibit, the RCA Hall of Progress, with actual models displaying the evolution of record players, radios, and other home instruments.

Research in solid state physics during the 1930s and 1940s led to the invention of the transistor by Bell Laboratories in 1948. RCA entered the field of semiconductor research almost immediately and established a Semiconductor Division for manufacturing in 1953. It scored its first successes with photoconductors that would be potentially useful in television camera tubes, but its research efforts also embraced thermoelectric, luminescent and magnetic materials, and materials exhibiting the photovoltaic effect. RCA developed new types of transistors and applied the new technology across its product lines.

RCA was also an early entrant into the field of electronic computers. RCA Laboratories produced the "Selectron," an electron tube with 256 memory elements, in 1947, and the "Graphophon," a visual memory tube in 1949. RCA produced the largest electronic analog computer ever built as part of the Navy's "Project Typhoon" in November 1950 and the "BIZMAC" computer data processing system in 1955. The RCA 501 of 1958 was the first fully-transistorized computer system.

During the early 1950s, RCA expanded its traditional line of consumer electronics to include other types of electric household appliances. RCA purchased the Estate Heatrola Division (gas and electric ranges and space heaters) from the Noma Electric Corporation in November 1952 and introduced its own line of air conditioners and dehumidifiers the same year. On September 15, 1955, RCA merged its stove and air conditioner business with the Whirlpool Corporation and Seeger Refrigerator Company to form the Whirlpool-Seeger Corporation, later the Whirlpool Corporation. RCA sold most of its Whirlpool stock between 1962 and 1964.

However, the company's greatest change in the 1950s came about as a result of the permanent rearmament and arms race that accompanied the Korean War and Cold War. RCA became a major military and aerospace contractor. In addition to radar, sonar, and military communications and sensing equipment, RCA developed missile guidance and checkout equipment. In 1958, it established an Astra-Electronic Products Division which produced weather and communications satellites and later contributed to lunar and Mars probes and the lunar missions of Project Apollo. Also in 1958, RCA received the primary contract to develop the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS), a chain of radar stations across the Arctic. The Missile Electronics & Controls Department established a new plant in Burlington, Mass., in 1958, and the West Coast Electronics Center opened in Van Nuys, Calif., two years later. Van Nuys worked on missile checkout, radar navigation, electronic countermeasures and the Saturn V launch vehicle. By 1962, aerospace and defense projects employed a quarter of RCA's workforce and accounted for a third of earnings.

Debacle and Demise

David Sarnoff's son Robert succeeded to the presidency in 1966 and was named CEO in 1968. The younger Sarnoff began a program of conglomerate diversification, acquiring publisher Random House, Inc., and the Hertz Corporation rental car business in 1966. In a makeover designed to erase its historic connection with radio, the Radio Corporation of America became RCA Corporation on May 9, 1969. A modernist block letter logo replaced the old circle with lightning bolt, and the company also retired the familiar "Nipper" and "His Master's Voice" trademarks. After Robert succeeded his ailing father as chairman in January 1970, the acquisitions continued apace: Banquet Foods, Inc., commercial real estate agent Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., and home furnishings manufacturer Coronet Industries, Inc. Robert Sarnoff also began an ill-fated push to make RCA the number two computer manufacturer, but after only a year, RCA sold its entire computer business to Sperry UNIVAC in 1971-73.

The color television market, that had sustained the company through the 1960s, had now matured, and Japanese imports began claiming ever larger shares of the U.S. market for consumer electronics. Still, RCA continued to improve its consumer products, but solid state research, military electronics, aerospace and telecommunications were the main growth areas during Robert Sarnoff's tenure. RCA Communications, Inc., became RCA Global Communications, Inc. ("Globcom") in 1969. The RCA Satcom System introduced domestic satellite telecommunications in the U.S. on December 21, 1973, using leased transponders on other satellites. Satcom I was launched on December 12, 1975, and Satcom II on March 26, 1976. RCA American Communications, Inc. was created to operate this domestic system.

RCA was badly hit by the depression and inflation of the mid-1970s. Ironically, Sarnoff's new acquisitions fared better than most of RCA's traditional electronics business. The company ceased manufacturing audio equipment (radios, phonographs, tape recorders and players) in 1975, and between 1971 and 1976 jettisoned Cushman & Wakefield, the Graphic Systems Division, the Solid State Division's liquid crystal operation, the RCA Institutes training school, 16-mm. projectors and microwave devices. The Harrison, NJ receiving tube plant closed in April1976.

In November 1975, the RCA board demanded and received Robert Sarnoff's resignation. His successor, Anthony L. Conrad, lasted less than a year, when it became known that he had filed no income tax returns for the years 1971-75. Edgar H. Griffiths, a career executive concerned with short-term profits, became president and CEO in September 1976. Griffiths restored a modernized version of "His Master's Voice" in 1978, but otherwise pursued a program of divestiture and downsizing. In 1980, Random House, Inc., was sold to Newhouse Publications and Banquet Foods, Inc., to Conagra, Inc. In the same year, however, Griffiths bought C.I.T. Financial Corporation, a financial services conglomerate in the hope of dampening RCA's traditionally cyclical earnings. Instead, the purchase caused RCA to lose its "A" credit rating. A year later, the board ousted Griffiths and named Thornton F. Bradshaw of American Richfield Company chairman and CEO. Robert R. Frederick, formerly of General Electric, was named president.

Bradshaw and Frederick continued the divestiture program: Avionics Systems and Mobile Communications in 1981, C.I.T. Financial Corporation in 1984, and the Hertz Corporation in 1985. RCA Records became RCN Ariola International, a joint venture with Bertelsmann AG of Germany in 1984.

On June 9, 1986, RCA Corporation was acquired by General Electric in the then largest merger outside the oil industry. Under terms set by the Justice Department and the FCC, GE was obliged to sell its vidicon tube business, and NBC, which became a GE subsidiary, was required to sell five radio stations in New York, Chicago and Washington. NBC sold its radio network to Westwood One, Inc. in 1987 and disposed of its individual radio stations to unrelated operators. GE sold Coronet Industries in December 1986. Bertelsmann AG acquired the remaining interest in RCA/Ariola International in 1986, and GE sold the former GE and RCA consumer electronics business to Thomson S.A. of France and RCA Global Communications, Inc. to MCI Communications Corporation in 1987. RCA's New Products Division was spun off to an independent company, the Detek Corporation, which purchased RCA's old Lancaster facility. Also in 1987, GE donated the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton to SRI International of Menlo Park, Calif. The Solid State Division was sold to Harris Corporation in 1988. GE integrated those portions of RCA's former operations that meshed with its own business strategy, principally domestic satellite communications, defense and aerospace, with their GE counterparts. The NBC television network became a GE subsidiary, and the RCA Building became the General Electric Building.

In 1991, GE signed an agreement with the City of Camden to develop a new office site on former Campbell Soup Company property at Third and Market Streets. Most of the old Camden Plant was then razed for redevelopment, but Building No. 17 with its landmark tower with "His Master's Voice" stained glass windows was converted to condominiums. General Electric sold its entire aerospace business, including the Camden facility, to Martin Marietta Company in April 1993.

B.L. Aldridge

B.L. Aldridge was an employee of the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ and later Manager of Sales and Administration of Home Instruments for the Victor Division of RCA. From the early 1950s to 1959, Aldridge also functioned as a part-time company historian. During this time he used his long familiarity with Victor's consumer products, mostly radios and record players, to amass a collection of historic and significant Victor and RCA instruments which were then used in traveling promotional displays and later installed in a "Hall of Progress" exhibit at RCA's new facility in Cherry Hill. Aldridge also researched and wrote exhibit labels, brief model histories and several company histories.

History of RCA Research Facilities

At its formation, RCA had no research facilities, relying on obtaining the right to use technologies patented by General Electric, Westinghouse or AT&T. It had established a Technical & Test Department at 242nd Street in the Bronx near Van Cortlandt Park in 1924. This department consisted of two groups, one under Arthur Van Dyck that handled design coordination of radio apparatus submitted by GE and Westinghouse, and a radio research and development group under Julius Weinberger.

The 1929 purchase of the Victor Talking Machine Company gave RCA its first substantial manufacturing and research facility, and all radio research formerly conducted at Van Cortlandt Park was concentrated there The Victor Talking Machine Company established its first research laboratory at Camden in 1907. With the formation of RCA Victor Company, mc., in 1929, Camden research fell under its Engineering Department. In 1934, it became the RCA Victor Division of the RCA Manufacturing Company, Inc., and in 1942, the RCA Victor Division of RCA.

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Scope and Content

The first 288 boxes of materials consist of RCA technical reports, standards, engineering notebooks, manuals and miscellaneous publication. The Secretary's files document the formation of RCA. Aldridge's files deal almost entirely with the history of the Victor Talking Machine Company, RCA-Victor and the Camden Plant.

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Separated Material

Books, trade journals and company publications were transferred to the Published Collections Department.

Mr. Barnum salvaged, reorganized, re-boxed, and documented over 100,000 original 8x10 format negatives from the abandoned photo lab on the 4th floor of Building 10 of the RCA Camden Plant. This one-of-a-kind photo archive contains images of RCA Camden products, plant operations, and personnel from the years 1932-1977. Mr. Barnum deposited these negatives in 75 file boxes at Hagley on 31 March 1995 as a final addition (File Box #314-388) to the collection. These negatives are now arranged and cataloged separately in the Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department.

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Bibliography

Barnum, Frederick 0., "His Master's Voice" in America: Ninety Years of Communications Pioneering and Progress: Victor Talking Machine Company; Radio Corporation of America; General Electric Company (Camden, NJ: General Electric Company, 1991).

Moody's Industrial Manuals, 1931-1998.

RCA: An Historical Perspective (n.p.: RCA Corporation, 1978)

"RCA Corporation," International Directory of Company Histories, v. 2, pp. 88-90.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Secretary's Files, 1887-1933
A. Contract Files, 1887-1933
Scope and Content
The first subseries of original contracts and agreements pertain to the formation of RCA between 1919 and 1932. This includes prior rights acquired from the Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Limited, the construction of American transmission stations by the Marconi; world radio communication rights; the dissolution of the American Marconi company; disputes over the Marconi and Alexanderson alternator patents; the disputes among RCA, GE and Westinghouse; and the antitrust suit.
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8 Memorandum, 1980 [Contains memorandum about removing the records in this series from the company's active files.]
8 Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Ltd., 1900-1919 [Includes with Marconi Imitational Marine Communication Company; Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America; General Electric Company; formation of RCA]
8 World Communication Rights, 1920-1921 [Re world territorial and patent rights to radio communications.]
8 Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Ltd. - American High Power Station, 1912-1919
8 Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America, 1917-1945 [includes agreements with General Electric for formation of RCA and correspondence re patent suits of Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America vs. United States and Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America vs. Emil J. Simon.]
8 Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America­ Acquisition, 1919-1920
8 Alexanderson Alternator at New Brunswick Station, 1917-1927
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241 Antitrust Settlement and Agreements with General Electric and Westinghouse, 1932-1933 [includes basic agreement, consent decree, stipulation, amendments, defendants' affidavits, broadcasting agreement.]
241 Alexanderson Alternator Patents and Formation of RCA, 1919-1934 [Re disputes over patents for the Alexanderson alternator; the formation of RCA Victor, and the transfer of stock and debentures among RCA, Westinghouse and General Electric.]
241 Antitrust Decree and Agreements, 1932-1953 [includes disputes about GE patents and RCA licensing agreements, the RCA-GE-Westinghouse consent decree, and suits against the agreements between RCA, GE and Westinghouse.]
241 Correspondence with Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston re Photophone, 1929-1941
241 Radio Corporation of American and Marconi Telegraph-Cables Company, Inc. - Right of Way Vouchers
241 Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America - List of Employees Who Have Signed Agreements re Rights to Inventions, 1929
241 Radio Corporation of America - List of Employees Who Have Signed Agreements re Rights to Inventions, 1929
B. Contract File Analysis
Scope and Content
The second subseries, "Contract File Analysis", consists of copies of cover sheets from the Contract File giving the contract number, the name of the parties and an abstract of the action. The subseries appears to have been produced in 1929-1933 at the time of the antitrust suit, when RCA became an independent company for the purpose of determining which agreements should be assigned to which of the new RCA subsidiaries and which were no longer in force. The sheets include most of the important contracts entered into by RCA or inherited from predecessors down to early 1933. The oldest contract is dated 1887.
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241 No. 1-440 to 1929
241 Supplement I. No. 1-389, 1930
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242 Supplement II., No. 1-410, 1930
242 Supplement III., No. 1-501, 1931-1933 [Building Leases.]
242 Expired Contracts
242 For Further Study
242 Marconi Company, 1914-1929
242 Radio Real Estate Corporation of America, 1932
242 Radiomarine Corporation of America, 1914-1933
242 Radiotron Sales & License Agreements, 1929-1930
242 RCA Communications, Inc., 1887-1933
242 RCA Institutes, Inc. - Special File, 1929-1933
242 RCA Photophone, Inc.
242 Sales & License Agreements, 1928-1929
242 Subsidiary Company File, 1931-1933
242 Telephone Service Contracts
II. B.L. Aldridge Files, 1897-1980
10.5 linear feet
Biographical note
B.L. Aldridge was an employee of the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ and later Manager of Sales and Administration of Home Instruments for the Victor Division of RCA. From the early 1950s to 1959, Aldridge also functioned as a part-time company historian. During this time he used his long familiarity with Victor's consumer products, mostly radios and record players, to amass a collection of historic and significant Victor and RCA instruments which were then used in traveling promotional displays and later installed in a "Hall of Progress" exhibit at RCA's new facility in Cherry Hill. Aldridge also researched and wrote exhibit labels, brief model histories and several company histories.
Scope and Content
Consist of materials prepared or collected by B.L. Aldridge as company historian, including a small group of records extracted from the Secretary's contract file, all of which refer to the history of RCA Victor and its products. There are also records from Aldridge's official duties as Manager of Sales & Administration relating to the production, distribution, sales and marketing of home instruments.
Use Restrictions
Literary rights retained by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
A. Histories & Background, 1901-1967
Scope and Content
Includes general histories of RCA and RCA Victor and a notebook of general operating and sales statistics.
Box
1 "A Candid History" by B.L. Aldridge, manuscript, 1964
1 "A Candid History" - Proofs, 1964
Oversize
2 "A Candid History" - Galleys, 1964
Box
1 "Confidential History" by B.L. Aldridge.
1 Haddon, Charles - Notebook, 1901-1921 [Notebook of Vice President & Treasurer C. Haddon with annual sales records and notes on transactions with the Gramophone Company of London and "Zon-0-Phone.".]
1 History - Articles, undated 1952
1 History - Timelines, undated
1 History - Miscellaneous, 1930-1957
1 "A History of Radio Corporation of America", 1958
1 "History of RCA"
1 Itinerant Displays [Contains listing of models available for traveling exhibitions, their potential uses, lectures, etc.]
1 Model Histories [Mimeographed copies.]
1 "1942-1967: Twenty-Five Years at RCA Laboratories", 1967
1 Notebook of General Operating and Sales Statistics, 1913-1919
1 Price and Sales Notebook, Vols. 1-2, circa 1920-1923 [Contains information about individual models, including dates of shipment, serial numbers, specifications and prices; illustrated.]
1 Product Manual, 1936 [Descriptions of entire product line.]
1 The Radio Corporation of America: Four Historical Views, 1967
1 "RCA Historical Data", 1944 [History written by Tom Bernard for 251 Anniversary.] ; 4 parts
1 "Significant Features" Notebook, 1957 [Contains information about historic RCA Victor models and exhibit­ cases at "Hall of Progress".]
Oversize
2 The Story of Television, 1951
Box
1 33 Years of Pioneering and Progress, 1953
B. General Historical Files, 1897-1971
Scope and Content
Contains information about the history of Victor and RCA Victor including advertisements; miscellaneous products; the Nipper trademark and its originator Francis Barraud; the Berliner Gramophome Company and its patents; other phonograph, radio and record manufacturers; the company's various plants and facilities; Victor recording artists including Enrico Caruso and Arturo Toscanini; the development of color television; Victor founder Eldridge Johnson; the "Hall of Progress"; and recordings.
Box
2 Advertisements, 1900-1931
2 Advertising Costs, 1901-1930 [Includes breakdown of sales byproduct, 1901-1930.]
2 Age-Price Index, 1957 [Contains a listing of Victor products, their dates of distribution, an approximation of their serial numbers, and annual prices.]
2 Antique Models Listing, 1956-1959 [Includes a list of antique Victrolas and records and their owners.]
2 Audibility Charts, 1926-1938
2 Auditorium Orthophonic Victrola, circa 1927 [Original in Box OS-2.]
2 Automobile Radios, 1903-1938
2 Award of Merit Society, 1945-1957 [Programs from annual recognition dinners.]
2 Balance Sheets, 1901-1921
2 Barraud, Francis, 1956 [Contains Ms about painter of "His Master's Voice".]
2 Berliner Building - Philadelphia, undated
2 Berliner Etched Records, 1955
2 Berliner Gramophone, 1887-1957
2 Berliner Patent, 1953 [See also correspondence with Oliver Berliner, below.]
2 Berliner Recordings, undated [ Great Master Artists of the Olde World ....]
2 Broadcast Log, 1922
2 Bull, Ole - Articles and Advertisement, 1905-1909
2 Camden Plant, undated 1941 [Includes maps and photographs.]
2 "A Candid History of the Victor Talking Machine Company", 1954-1958 [Confidential manuscript based on unfinished research and memo about changes to manuscript Full manuscript in Box 1.]
2 Caruso, Enrico, 1907-1955 [Includes discography, photocopies of two self-portraits, one with a hand-written agreement with Victor.]
2 Certificates, undated [For RCA Radiola dealers and members of Stem & Co. Radio Club.]
2 Chicago Talking Machine Company, 1887
2 Color Television, 1950-1963
2 Color Television - Articles, 1939
2 Color Television - Manuscript History, circa 1962
2 Color Television - Tearsheets, 1956
2 Color Television - Trade Catalogs, undated 1954
2 Columbia Graphophone, undated 1952 [Includes photograph and manuscript.]
2 Columbia Records, 1987 [Trade catalogs of records by Columbia Phonograph Company.]
2 Combination Models - Trade Catalogs, 1928-1943
2 Co-operative Beneficial Association, 1917-1948 [Includes applications, certifications, memoranda and contracts for company benefits program.]
2 Correspondence about "Little Girl" Advertisement, 1956 [Re identity of girl in 1901 Victor advertisement.]
2 Correspondence with Austrian Consulate, 1958 [Re history of sound recording in Austria.]
2 Correspondence with Edgar Berliner, 1952 [Son of Emile Berliner.]
2 Correspondence with Oliver Berliner, 1955-1956 [Grandson of Emile Berliner; includes discussion of Berliner patents.]
2 Correspondence with Grant Davis, 1958 [Scout troop leader; re materials lent for exhibit.]
2 Correspondence with Electrical Merchandising, 1957
2 Correspondence with Frank Elliott, 1956 [Curator of History at Michigan State University.]
2 Correspondence with E. C. Forman, 1956-1958 [Re old records and the Stroh violin.]
2 Correspondence with Fenimore Johnson, 1957-1958 [Son of Eldridge Johnson; mostly re "Hall of Progress".]
2 Correspondence with New Jersey Historical Society, 1955-1956
2 Correspondence with E. R. Polhemus, 1955-1956 [Record collector re possible acquisition.]
2 Correspondence with Oliver Read, 1956-1958 [Editor of Radio & Television News.]
2 Correspondence with Joseph Sanders, 1953-1958 [Re early sound recording and record manufacture; move of "Hall of Progress" to Henry Ford Museum.]
2 Correspondence with Smithsonian Institution, 1956-1958 [Re exhibit of sound recording for new National Museum.]
2 Correspondence with Stix, Baer & Fuller, 1956-1957 [Re display at department store.]
2 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1953-1966 [On origin of name "Victor"; proposed company history; disposition of historic materials.]
2 Depew, Chauncey M., 1928 [Article about popular Senator and public speaker; annotated, "First Gramophone Artist".]
2 Display Room Mural-Text, circa 1950 [Labels for display at RCA Distributors, Inc., at Albany, NY.]
2 Douglass, Leon Forrest - Condensed Memoirs, 1951 [Digest of memoirs privately published circa 1938.] ; bound volume
2 Douglass, Leon Forrest - Condensed Memoirs - Master, 1951
2 Douglass, Leon Forrest - Condensed Memoirs - Notes & Copies, 1951
2 Douglass, Leon Forrest - Photographs, undated
2 "Edison Effect", 1955 [Notes and journal article about an Edison exhibit.]
2 Edison Phonograph, undated [Includes listing of Edison's phonographs and copy of photograph of Edison with one of his early phonographs.]
2 Educational Department, undated
2 Electric Recording, 1955 [Contains manuscript "First Electrically Recorded Record".]
2 Electronic Control - Trade Catalog, undated [Includes catalog for light-beam motion detector made by Electronic & By-Products Division.]
2 Elliott, J. B., 1946-1947
2 Exhibit Hall, 1947 [Contains trade catalogs and Architectural Record reprint about room displaying RCA Victor technology.]
2 The Fabulous Phonograph, 1956 [Critique of The Fabulous Phonograph by Roland Gelati.]
2 Feature Display, 1957 [Notes about various models.]
2 "Fifty Year Story" correspondence, 1956
2 Firsts, 1946-1957 [Contains materials about "firsts" in technology, including a comparison between RCA and GE contributions to television.]
2 Foreign Trade Catalogs, 1927-1931
2 Forms, 1918 undated
2 Giannini, F. A., 1955 [Tenor who recorded for Berliner in 1896; includes photo.]
2 "Hall of Progress" display, 1954-1955 [Includes company newsletter, objects list and copies of pictures for use in "Hall of Progress" display.]
2 "Hall of Progress" exhibit text, 1955
2 "Hall of Progress" Move, 1958-1959 [Removing objects to Henry Ford Museum.]
2 "Hall of Progress" - Photographs, 1955
2 "Hall of Progress" - Suggested Models, 1955
2 "Hall of Progress" - Miscellany, 1955-1957
2 Historic Display Materials, 1958 [Contains inventory of collection and policies re care and handling.]
2 "Historic Milestones in the Development of Radio, TV and Victrola", manuscript, 1957
2 History of Recording, circa 1955-1964 [Contains script and timeline.]
2 Horns (Phonograph), 1901 1908
2 Johnson, Eldridge R. - Articles and Manuscripts, 1910-1958
2 Johnson, Eldridge R. - Autobiography, 1919
2 Johnson, Eldridge R. - Patents, 1898 undated
2 Johnson, Eldridge R. - Photographs, 1900 undated
2 Johnson Machine Shop, undated
Box
3 Johnson Park, Camden, NJ, 1971
3 License Royalty, 1902-1913 [Re company's licensing program.]
3 Magic Brain - Trade Catalog, 1942
3 Magnetic Detector, 1957 [Re device developed by the English Marconi company and installed on the SS Tahiti.]
3 Marconi Receiver, 1902-1939
3 Mixed Products - Trade Catalogs and Instruction Manual, 1928-1950
3 Model Symbols, 1929-1952
3 Museum - George Clark Collection, 1940-1957 [Re object lists and loans.]
3 Museum - George Clark Collection, 1940-1957 [Re materials given to RCA by Clark.]
3 Museum Loans, 1940-1958
3 Music Boxes - Clippings, 1957
3 Naming, undated [Includes "Suggested Names for RCA Victor Pocket Radio".]
3 National Gramophone Corporation (Berliner) - Trade Catalog, 1899
3 Needles (Phonograph), undated
3 Organ Sound System - Trade Catalogs, undated [Trade catalogs aimed at churches and mortuaries.]
3 Panatrope, 1957 [Contains manuscript, "The 'Orthophonic Victrola' - The Electrola ­ The 'Panatrope' : Which Came First - and Why!".]
3 "Parade of Progress" - Photographs, 1964 [Exhibit at Cleveland Public Hall.]
3 Radio - Trade Catalogs, 1931 undated
3 Radio in the Home Magazine, 1922
3 Radiola Models - Trade Catalogs, circa 1928-1943
3 Radio Logs, 1931-1932
3 Radiotrons
3 "Recent Developments in the Recording and Reproduction of Sound", undated
3 Record "Biscuits", undated [Re plastic balls pressed to form records.]
3 Record-of-the-Month Club, 1930-1940 [Also known as Victor Record Society; includes newsletters for club, dealers' promotional binder, trade catalogs and notes on program's history.]
3 Records - Collecting, 1949-1957 [Contains Collectors Guide to American Recordings: 1895-1925 and March 1957 issue of Hobbies magazine.]
3 Records - Manufacturing, 1951-1953
3 Records - Manuscripts, undated [Re history of records and their development.]
3 Records - Red Seal, 1923 [Memo re feasibility of introducing double-sided Red Seal records.]
3 Records - Trade Catalogs, 1902-1932 [Includes photocopies of early trade catalogs.]
3 Records - Miscellaneous, 1951-1957 [Includes lists of code numbers for old records and records available for sale through dealers.]
3 Reprints, 1948 ["Armstrong of Radio" and RCA's "Television" from Fortune.]
3 "Rider" Voltohmyst and Signal Generator, 1929-1959
3 Short Wave Adapter - Trade Catalog, 1931
3 Short Wave Station List, 1940-1941 [Printed in English, French and Spanish.]
3 Sound Boxes, undated [Contains manuscript list and copies from a trade catalog, a sales manual and 1899 Johnson patent.]
3 Speeches, 1937-1957 [Contains "Radio in 1945-1946: Review ... and a Preview" and address by David Sarnoff, and "No Place Like First Place" and "Let's Make Some Money" by Robert Seidel.]
3 Stationery, 1901 [Photostats of early letterheads.]
3 "The Story of Opera", undated
3 Strawbridge & Clothier Display, 1957
3 Stroh Violin, undated 1956 [Specially designed violin with amplifying horn; one photo features ' Harry Lauder.]
3 Television - Trade Catalogs and Tearsheets, 1952-1955
3 "Then and Now" Comparisons, 1956-1957
3 Theremin, 1950 [Article about electronic musical instrument.]
3 "There Was a Time", manuscript, 1956 [Early company history.]
3 Toscanini, Arturo, 1921-1950
3 Toy Models, 1938-1940
3 Trademarks - Articles and Manuscripts, 1916-1957 [Re Nipper the dog and Alfred Barraud who painted "His Master's Voice".]
3 Trademarks - Clippings and Illustrations, 1903-1969
3 Trademarks - Miscellany, 1903 undated [Contains registrations for trademarks similar to "His Master's Voice" but depicting "A young woman dressed in evening apparel, and ape, and a "Chinaman" and a press release.]
3 Trademark Usage, 1955 [Contains "Correct Usage of Radio Corporation of America Trademarks".]
3 "Troubles Which Led to Victor", manuscript, 1954 [Re turn of the century patents and competition in the phonograph business.]
3 Tubes (Radio), undated 1945 [Includes "Tube Substitution Directory for Emergency Servicing of Civilian Receivers".]
3 UHF - Trade Catalogs, circa 1953
3 United States Gramophone Company, 1895
3 Victor Advertising - Notes, undated [Re history of Victor advertising.]
3 Victor and Victrola - Trade Catalogs, circa 1900-1929
3 Victor and Victrola - Victor Buildings, 1904 undated
Box
4 Victor Home Office Building, 1917 [From March 28, 1917 issue of The American Architect.] ; reprint
4 "Victor's First Contributions to Recorded Music", manuscript, 1958 [Prepared for New Jersey State Archives.]
4 Victor Instruments, undated (pre-1924)
4 Victor Recording Artists, 1907-1953
4 Voice of the Victor - Article Subjects, undated [Contains list of subjects covered in articles between 1906 and 1922.]
4 World War I, 1917-1955 [Contains correspondence and photocopies of photographs of Victor factory in warplane production and report about advertising during World War I.]
4 Miscellany, 1922-1966 [Includes instruction manual for Vim Trucks, photocopies of miscellaneous illustrations, clippings, and a glossary of "tele­language".]
C. Museum Files, 1940-1972
Scope and Content
This subseries was produced by Aldridge while he was assembling the company's collection of historic models for the "Hall of Progress" and traveling displays. Included in this subseries are form letters used to respond to research inquiries and people who wished to sell or donate antique instruments to RCA. Correspondence contains some exchanges on the history of Victor Talking Machine Company and RCA Victor. Files on the Museum and its predecessor, the company "morgue", include records of accessioning and loaning items in the collections. There are also collection inventories and logs of all shipments.
Box
5 "Book of Letters", 2 Parts, Master and Copy, 1957 [Contains form letters to respond to research inquiries about RCA Victor models and to sales and donation offers; letters numbered and with index in front.]
5 Correspondence, 1946-1956 [B. L. Aldridge's "Early Museum Correspondence".]
5 Correspondence, January 1957-August 1958 [Letters about RCA Victor history and museum collections, arranged chronologically.]
5 Exhibit Labels, undated
5 Inventory of Metal Cabinets at Cherry Hill, 1957
5 Morgue Loans, 1944-1946 [Log of object loans.]
5 Morgue Correspondence, 1940-1947
5 Morgue Accessions and Loans, 1945-1952
Box
6 Museum Stock Inventories, 1955 [Includes inventories of objects in the company's museum collection as well as condition reports and repair requests.]
6 Museum Stock Shipments, 1953-1961 [Re shipping arrangements for loans.]
6 Museum Stock - Miscellany, undated 1959 [Includes information about materials on loan to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn and final notes from B. L. Aldridge to his successor and co-workers.]
6 Miscellany, undated 1972 [Includes label from Victor Monarch record, memo about television field tests, shipment dates of early Victrolas, brief manuscripts about model lines and recording series, a want list, and frequency range of old models.]
D. Model Files
Scope and Content
Consists of information collected by Aldridge about Victor and RCA Victor instruments. They are arranged first by type and then in numerical order if the model designation contains only numbers, or by letter if the designation contains only letters or letters and numbers combined. A key to the letter designations may be found as Appendix A at the back of the finding aid. Materials in the files include trade catalogs or pages from trade catalogs, short histories of the model written by Aldridge, exhibit labels, and advertisements.
1. Victor Models
Box
6 Victor "A"
6 Victor Aux-e-to-Phone
6 Victor "B" ("Trade Mark Model")
6 Victor "C"
6 Victor "D"
6 Victor "E" ("Monarch, Jr.")
6 Victor Junior
6 Victor "M" ("Monarch" Models)
6 Victor "0"
6 Victor "R" ("Royal")
6 Victor "Toy", 1900
6 Victor I
6 Victor II (V-II), 1902-1925
6 Victor III (V-III), 1902-1924
6 Victor IV, 1906
6 Victor V, 1903-1925
6 Victor VI (V-VI), 1905-1925
2. Victrola Models
Box
6 Victrola N (VV-IV)
6 Victrola VI, 1912-1925
6 Victrola VIII, 1911
6 Victrola IX, 1911-1925
6 Victrola X
6 Victrola XI (VV-XI), 1913-1925
6 Victrola XIV
6 Victrola XVI (Original 1906)
6 Victrola XVII, 1916-1925
6 Victrola XXV, 1913-1925 ["School Machine".]
6 Victrola 4-3
6 Victrola 8-60
6 Victrola 9-W-78 ("Console")
6 Victrola 12-2
6 Victrola 50 (VV-50)
6 Victrola 100, 1921
6 Victrola 130
6 Victrola 230 (VV-230)
6 Victrola 330
6 Victrolas - Miscellaneous Models
6 Orthophonic Victrola 8-30, 1925-1928 ["Credenza".]
6 Orthophonic Victrola 8-35
6 Orthophonic Victrola 10-50/10-51, 1927-1928
6 Orthophonic Victrolas - Miscellaneous Models
3. Radiola Models
Box
6 Radiola I
6 Radiola II, 1922-1924
6 Radiola III, 1924-1925
6 Radiola III-A
6 Radiola IV
6 Radiola V
6 Radiola VI
6 Radiola VII
6 Radiola VII-B, 1924
6 Radiola Super VIII
6 Radiola IX, 1924-1925
6 Radiola X, 1924
6 Radiola 16
6 Radiola 17, 1927-1928
6 Radiola 18, 1928-1930
6 Radiola 20
6 Radiola 21
6 Radiola 22
6 Radiola 24, 1925
6 Radiola 25
6 Radiola 26, 1925
6 Radiola 28, 1925
6 Radiola 30
6 Radiola 30-A
6 Radiola R-32
6 Radiola 32 (D.C.)
6 Radiola 33, 1929
6 Radiola 44
6 Radiola 46
6 Radiola 47
6 Radiola 51
6 Radiola 60, 1928
6 Radiola 62
6 Radiola 64
6 Radiola 66
6 Radiola 67, 1929
6 Radiola R-78 ("Bi-Acoustic")
6 Radiola 80, 1930-1931
6 Radiola Combination AR-1300 and AA-1400, 1922-1923
6 Radiola AR-1375
6 Radiola RC
6 Radiola RE, 1921-1923 ["Aeriola Junior".]
6 Radiola RF, 1922-1923 ["Aeriola Senior".]
6 Radiola RG, 1922 ["Radiola Grand".]
6 Radiola RS
6 Radiola R-7, 1931 ["Superette".]
6 Radiola Regenoflex
6 Radiola Superheterodyne
6 Radiola - Miscellaneous Models
4. Phonograph Models
Box
6 Electrola 10-69
6 Electrola 12-1, 1926-1928 ["The Cromwell".]
6 Phonograph 2ES3/2ES31
6 Phonograph 9-EY-3
6 Phonograph 9-EY-32
6 Phonograph 9-EY-35
6 Phonograph 45-EY-2
6 Phonograph 5H
6 Phonograph 3HES-5C
6 Phonograph 6HF5
6 Phonograph 2JS 1
6 Phonograph R-98
6 Phonograph R-99, 1936
6 Phonograph VA-22
6 Phonograph - Miscellaneous Models
5. Radio Models
Box
7 Radio 141 ("All Ware")
7 Radio B-411 ("The Personal")
7 Radio 2B400
7 Radio 6B5 ("Personal")
7 Radio BP-10
7 Radio 25BP/26 BP ("Pick-Me-Up")
7 Radio 94BP-4
7 Radio BX-6/66BX ("Globe Trotter")
7 Radio 3BX671 ("Strata World")
7 Radio 5BX41
7 Radio 8BX54
7 Radio 9BX56
7 Radio 2-C-511
7 Radio ER-753A
7 Radio HF-1
7 Radio 813-K
7 Radio P-31
7 Radio PX600
7 Radio R-7
7 Radio 3X521 ("The Quincy")
7 Radio 4X641 ("The Driscoll")
7 Radio 8X-541
7 Radio 9X-562
7 Radio 9X-651
7 Radio 15X
7 Radio 56X-11
7 Radio 6XD5 ("The Glendon Table Radio")
7 Radio - Miscellaneous Models
6. Combination Models
Box
7 Electrola Victrola 9-55
7 Electrola Victrola 9-56
7 Orthophonic Victrola Radiola 7-1, 1925 ["Alhambra I".]
7 Radio-Phonograph 9-2 ("Borgia II")
7 Radio-Phonograph 15-1 ("Hyperion")
7 Radio-Phonograph D-22-1
7 Radio-Phonograph RE 18
7 Radio-Phonograph RE 20
7 Radio-Phonograph RE 40
7 Radio-Phonograph RE 45, 1929-1930
7 Radio-Phonograph RE 75
7 Radio-Phonograph RE 80
7 Radio-Phonograph U135
7 Radio-Phonograph 2US7
7 Radio-Phonograph 9-U
7 Radio-Phonograph V-215
7 Radio-Phonograph V-225
7 Radio-Phonograph 612-V-3 ("Crestwood")
7 Radio-Phonograph 9-W-51
7 Radio-Phonograph 9-W-105
7 Radio-Phonograph 9-W-106
7 Radio-Phonograph 6XY5
7 Radio-Phonograph 9-Y-7
7 Radio-Phonograph 9-Y-51
7 Combinations - Miscellaneous Models
7. Record Playing Attachments
Box
7 9-JY R-93
7 R-93-A/R-94 R-93-F
7 R-100
7 R-103-S
8. Television Models
Box
7 CT-100 ("The Merrill")
7 21-D-527 ("The Ashland")
7 24-D-544 ("The Prentiss")
7 27-D-331
7 9-PC-41
7 648-PTK
7 648-PV
7 24-S-529 ("The Brentwood")
7 4T101 ("The Bentley")
7 8-T-243 ("The Onlooker")
7 8-T-270
7 9-T-246
7 17-T-150
7 21-T-715 TC-166 TRK-5 TRK-9 TRK-12 621-TS
7 630-TS
7 721-TS
7 TIS
7 8-TV-321 ("The Harrison")
7 8-TV-323 ("The Monticello")
7 9-TW-309
Box
9 Television - Miscellaneous Models
9. Loudspeaker Models
Box
9 100
9 100-A/100-B
9 102
9 103, 1928-1930
9 104
9 105 DeLuxe
9 106
9 UZ-1325
9 Vocarola LV
10. Miscellaneous Models
Box
9 Auto Radio M-116 Detector Amplifier DR Duo-Rectron AP-937 Radio Case WCC-9
9 Radiola Balanced Amplifier
9 Radiotron UV-876 Receiver VVR-80 Uni-Rectron AP-935
E. Distribution & Allocation Records, 1913-1957
Scope and Content
Records in this subseries were collected by Aldridge during his tenure as Manager of Sales & Administration of Home Instruments. This subseries contains extensive information about RCA's policies for allocating instruments to dealers during World War II shortages. The subseries also includes information about dealer and distributor sales and discounts, product distribution, production control, field personnel, sales comparisons, sales training and seasonal trends.
Box
9 Affiliate retailers, 1935-1945 [Contains information about the Affiliate Retailer Plan including historical background.]
9 Allocation Data, 1923-1944 [Contains memoranda detailing allotment policies during and after World War II and to jobbers.]
9 Allotments Notebooks: Allotment Data, 1944-1945
9 Allotment Percentages, 1941-1942 1945-1946
9 Allotments, 1941-1942
9 Accounts Receivable & Miscellany, 1941-1942
9 Background Data, 1941-1942
9 Potentials, 1917-1942
9 Method of Allocation, 1925-1947
9 Allocations - Miscellany
9 Authorized Dealer Plan, 1913-1934 [Includes contracts and report forms, correspondence and certificates.]
9 Authorized Dealer Plan - Correspondence, 1930 [Contains correspondence from dealers on proposed new dealer plan.]
9 Consignment Selling, 1926-1927 [Contains proposed selling plan and "Report of the Financial & Accounting Features of the Proposed Agency Plan of Distribution".]
9 Consignment Selling - Field Survey, 1926-1927 [Contains surveys of companies about their selling and distribution systems.]
9 Distribution Materials, 1937-1939 [Includes forms, orders, prices and convention for 1937-1938 and 1938-1939 product line.]
9 Distributor and Dealer Miscellany, 1925-1927 [Includes stock reports, discount schedules, shipment schedules, sales quotas and ranking by city, bulletins and a proposal about restructuring dealer and distributor sales.]
9 Distributor Directory, 1963
9 Distributor Discounts, 1937-1945
9 Distributor Lists, 1907-1945
9 Distributors' Statistical Control, 1935 [Includes surveys of statistical control methods in other companies.]
9 D.Q.A. Plan, 1956
9 Farm Market, 1937-1947 [Contains trade catalogs, information about the Breeze-Electric Super-Charger and a report about selling to farms.]
9 Field Personnel, 1940-1941 1953-1957
9 Freight Rates and Shipping Times, 1931-1932
9 Frequency Charts, 1937-1945
9 Instruments - Index, 1944 [Contains "Index to Instruments Data".]
9 Instrument Orders, 1921-1946 [Contains forms and policies for instrument ordering.]
9 Instrument Survey, 1942 [Re possible improvements to the instrument business.]
9 Inventory Turnover, 1926-1943
9 Kay Jewelry Company, 1941 [Re orders disputed by Kay.]
9 Licensees - Radio, 1945 [Contains list of radio broadcast receiving set licenses.]
9 Marketing Plan for "New Combination", 1929-1931
9 Newsletters, 1944-1947 [Contains newsletter sent to "RCA dealers and distributors everywhere".]
9 Policy Bulletins, 1931-1945
9 Policy Letters, 1931-1933 [Re policies for merchandising, freight, and other procedures.]
9 Price Adjustment Policy, 1940
9 Production Control - Correspondence, 1930-1944
9 Production Control - Forms & Charts, 1939-1941
9 Production Control - Mailers, undated
9 Production Order Routine, 1941
9 "A Proposed Authorized Dealers Plan", circa 1930
9 Record Changer, Automatic, 1944-1946 [Redesign, sales and success of record changer.]
9 "Records vs. Instruments, 1901-1944", 1944-1945 [Illustrates annual sales of phonograph records and instruments.]
9 Sales - Seasonal Trends, 1937-1944
9 Sales Bulletins (Spanish and English), 1924
Box
10 Sales Comparisons, 1934-1946 [Contains comparisons between RCA's sales and those of entire industry, particularly Philco, which outsold RCA during much of this period.]
10 Sales Policy, 1950 [Contains RCA Victor 'Eye Witness' Television Home Instrument Department Official Sales Policy plus Other Helpful Information for Distributors".]
10 Sales Reports, 1941-1942 [Shipments by model.]
10 Sales Training Manuals, 1921 1935-1936 circa 1940 [includes door-to-door selling.]
10 Sampling Program for Model 15X (Concentration Nipper), 1940
10 "Seasonal Trends: Radio Sets and Phonographs, 1937-1942", 1943
10 Telegraphic Code Guides, 1923-1935
10 Television - Demonstrations, 1946
10 Television - Miscellaneous Studies, 1944-1947
10 Television Service, 1952
10 Miscellany, 1936-1950 [includes "Retail Salesman Home Endorsement Program", dealer postcards, Kinescope allocations and a list of state tax rates.]
F. Chronological File of Sales & Marketing Materials, 1931-1940
Scope and Content
While Manager of Sales & Administration, Aldridge also collected nine folders of sales and marketing materials arranged chronologically. These files contain trade catalogs, cooperative advertising plans, bulletins and outlines of promotions to dealers and distributors.
Box
10 Sales & Marketing Materials, 1931-1940 [Contains: "Introductory Talk Prior to Presentation of New Models,' cooperative advertising plan, "Special Discount and Cooperative Advertising Plan for Large Accounts", "Presentation of the New 1931 Line,'' "Complete Program Data Victor Dealers Meeting of the Introduction of the 1931 Victor Line", "The Victor 'Bring-Em-ill' Broadside", The New 1935-1936 Magic Brain RCA Victor Line", "Presenting the new RCA Victrolas for 1939", bulletins to distributors and trade catalogs; some material in Box OS-1.]
G. Miscellany, 1961-1971
Scope and Content
This subseries contains product line catalogs, a 1971 computer systems business plan, and issues of Notes from Nipper, the in-house newsletter of the Sales training Department.
Box
10 "Computer Systems 1971 Business Plan" Product Line Catalogs, 1963-1964
10 Notes from Nipper, 1916-1966 [Scattered issues of newsletter of the Sales Training Dept.]
H. Oversize Materials, 1913-1956
Scope and Content
The principal item is a large disbound advertising scrapbook containing advertising tear sheets featuring Victor Victrolas and recording artists. There are additional loose advertisements, tear sheets and articles and a scrapbook of literature from the Camden Plant's off-the-job safety campaign of 1955.
Oversize
1 Camden Plant Off-the-Job Safety Program Scrapbook, 1955
Oversize
2 "Candid History" Galleys, 1964
2 "The Story of Television", 1951
2 "Victor Home Office Building", 1917; reprint
2 Exhibit Labels, undated
2 "A Proposed Authorized Dealer Plan", circa 1930
2 Life Magazine offprint, 1956 [Contains ads for RCA Victor color television sets and NBC color television programs.]
2 Punch Card Manual, undated
2 Distribution and Marketing Quotas Poster, 1946
2 "What to Look for When Buying a Radio", 1939
2 Nipper Print, undated
Oversize
3 Catalog, 1922
3 "The Voice of Radio Headquarters", 1922
3 "Poor Richard's Almanac of Advertisers", circa 1940
3 Tearsheet, 1944 [Re RCA's role in developing radio.]
3 Orthophonic Victrola Poster, 1929
3 Holiday Advertisement Featuring Victor Recording Artists, 1916
3 Tearsheets, 1937
3 Dealer Talley, 1944
3 Chart - Kay Jewelry, 1941
3 Trade Catalog, 1932
3 Auditorium Orthophonic Victrola Advertisement, circa 1927
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4-8 Advertising Scrapbook, 1913-1915 [Contains tear sheets of advertisements for Victrolas and recording artists. Some advertisements are directed at Victor product dealers. Includes Talking Machine World covers featuring Victor products and 1913 bird's eye view of the Camden Plant.]
III. Camden Technical Library, 1930-1983, bulk 1930-1968
230 linear feet
A. Technical Reports
Scope and Content
Consists of one or two page summary descriptions of apparatus or processes, typically with a schematic diagram. When a sufficient number had accumulated, they were bound and issued as serial volumes starting in 1957.
The reports collected in the Camden library were generated by work in many RCA laboratories on a wide array of commercial and military subjects. Some report series are the work of a single facility, while other collect the work from many different facilities. The bulk of the reports were generated at Princeton and Camden, but the Camden library collected copies from most of the other research facilities in the system. Reports generated in the Camden Plant come from both the Commercial and Aerospace & Defense Groups. The former deal with research in radio, black and white and color television, sound recording, the "Photophone" system of motion picture sound tracks, "Electrofa​x", and computers, Many of the reports deal with basic research into electronic components and the materials used therein, from vacuum tubes to solid state and superconductors​. The Aerospace & Defense reports deal with radar, sonar, air traffic control, surveillance systems, communications, weather and spy satellites, ICBM's, military communications systems, hardware for the lunar and Mars missions, and designs for space stations and space vehicles.
All of the reports are highly technical in nature with heavy use of equations, graphs, and diagrams. Most cannot be read without a background in electronics engineering. The exceptions are a sizeable number of reports generated by trips to European laboratories and RCA's European licensees which discuss the state of research in electronics and computers, the development of television broadcasting, and the growth of markets for consumer electronics. RCA engineers kept abreast of developments at most of the major manufacturers and research institutes in Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy and some contacts with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Most of the reports are highly focused on very narrow problems, or very specific properties of materials and parts of larger devices. Thus it would be necessary to peruse a large number of the reports to get a sense of the larger directions in RCA's research or understand which experiments were commercially successful. Only a small minority of the reports describe the functioning of large pieces of apparatus that a non-specialist would recognize or the state of research on a broad topic.
In addition to the reports generated on the Camden site, the Camden library also received copies of reports from most other RCA research facilities. These include laboratories at Princeton, NJ (later the David Sarnoff Laboratory), Zurich, Switzerland, and New York City, as well as aerospace and defense labs at East Windsor and Moorestown, NJ, Van Nuys and Los Angeles, Calif., and Burlington, Mass. RCA Communications, Inc., is represented by facilities at Riverhead, Rocky Point, and New York, NY, whose work dealt mainly with wireless telegraphy and radio facsimile. The Tube/Electronic Components/Semiconductor/Solid State Divisions are represented by laboratories at Harrison and Somerville, NJ, Lancaster, Pa., Indianapolis, Marion and Bloomington, Ind., and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Smaller bodies of reports are available from the National Broadcasting Company, Inc., the RCA Victor Company, Ltd. in Montreal, the RCA Institute in New York, the RCA Service Company in Cherry Hill, NJ, and RCA's International Division. Lastly, there are a set of reports from the Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and one from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech.
1. Princeton Technical Reports
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11 PTR-1 to PTR-30, 1942-1945
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12 PTR-31 to PTR-105, 1945-1948
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13 PTR-106 to PTR-163, 1948-1950
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14 PTR-165 to PTR-238, 1950-1952
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15 PTR-239 to PTR-314, 1952-1953
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16 PTR-315 toPTR-380, 1953-1954
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17 PTR-381 to PTR-450, 1954-1955
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18 PTR-451 to PTR-507, 1955
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19 PTR-507A to PTR-561, 1955-1956
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20 PTR-563 to PTR-611, 1956
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21 PTR-612 to PTR-661, 1956-1957
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22 PTR-662 to PTR-709, 1957
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23 PTR-711 to PTR-755, 1957-1958
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24 PTR-756 to PTR-810, 1958
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25 PTR-811 to PTR-864, 1958-1959
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26 PTR-865 to PTR-912, 1959-1960
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27 PTR-913 to PTR-968, 1960-1961
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28 PTR-969 to PTR-1119, 1961
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29 PTR-1120 to PTR-1169, 1961-1962
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30 PTR-1170 to PTR-1215, 1962
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31 PTR-1216 to PTR-1271, 1962
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32 PTR-1273 to PTR-1346, 1962
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33 PTR-1347 to PTR-1417, 1962-1963
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34 PTR-1418 to PTR-1495, 1963
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35 PTR-1496 to PTR-1594, 1963-1964
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36 PTR-1595 to PTR-1666, 1964
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37 PTR-1667 to PTR-1742, 1964
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38 PTR-1743 to PTR-1815, 1964-1965
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39 PTR-1816 to PTR-1882, 1965
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40 PTR-1883 to PTR-1963, 1965
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41 PTR-1964 to PTR-2051, 1965-1966
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42 PTR-2052 to PTR-2412, 1966-1968
2. Princeton Engineering Memoranda
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43 PEM-1 to PEM-84, 1943-1947
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44 PEM-85 to PEM-176, 1948-1951
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45 PEM-177 to PEM-328, 1951-1953
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46 PEM-357 to PEM-574, 1953-1955
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47 PEM-577 to PEM-763, 1955-1956
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48 PEM-766 to PEM-964, 1956-1957
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49 PEM-965 to PEM-1204, 1957-1958
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50 PEM-1206 to PEM-1381, 1958-1959
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51 PEM-1382 to PEM-1532, 1959
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52 PEM-1533 to PEM-1697, 1959-1960
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53 PEM-1698 to PEM-1778, 1960
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54 PEM-1779 to PEM-1870, 1960-1961
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55 PEM-1871 to PEM-1969, 1961
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56 PEM-1970 to PEM-2067, 1961
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57 PEM-2068 to PEM-2162, 1961-1962
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58 PEM-2163 to PEM-2283, 1962-1963
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59 PEM-2284 to PEM-2425, 1963-1964
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60 PEM-2426 to PEM-2568, 1964-1965
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61 PEM-2569 to PEM-2689, 1965
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62 PEM-2690 to PEM-2834, 1965-1966
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63 PEM-2835 to PEM-2967, 1966-1967
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64 PEM-2968 to PEM-3121, 1967-1969
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65 PEM-3123 to PEM-3216, 1969
3. Zurich Engineering Memoranda
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65 ZEM-4, ZEM-47 to ZEM-122, 1956-1961
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66 ZEM-123 to ZEM-260, 1961-1969
4. Zurich Technical Reports
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66 ZTR-1 to ZTR-37, 1956-1962
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67 ZTR-38 to ZTR-151, 1963-1969
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68 ZTR-152 to ZTR-168, 1969
5. Princeton Technical Notes
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68 TN-1 to TN-793, 1957-1968
6. RCA Victor Company, Ltd. IRCALTD
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68 3-900-4 to 3-900-15, 1967-1969
68 3-950-3, 1967
68 6-101-5 to 6-101-7, 1961
68 6-400-1 to 6-400-8, 1962
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69 6-400-9, 6-501-3, 1963
69 7-100-2, 1957
69 7-200-1, 1958
69 7-801-1 to 7-800-60, 1958-1967
69 7-801-76 to 7-801-78, 1969
69 7-811-3, 1960
69 9-300-9
69 RR-72.14.6-1, 1968
69 Annual Report, 1965
69 92123-16, 1969
69 96128-4, 1971
69 96202-1, 1972
69 ER-164, 1966
69 ER-196, 1967
69 ER-246, undated
7. National Broadcasting Company
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69 Index of technical reports, 1 to 139
69 D-151, 1941
69 EM (Unnumbered), 1949-1951
69 EM-13 to EM-41, 1954-1956
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70 EM-43, EM-51, 1956-1957
70 ER-164 to ER-277, 1944-1958
8. Engineering Memoranda
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71 EM-6-C to EM-35-C (Camden), 1942-1945
71 EM-201 to EM-1663 (Camden), 1930-1934
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72 EM-1665 to EM-2207 (Camden), 1934-1940
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73 EM-2208 to EM-2299 (Camden), 1940-1944
73 EM-2301 to EM-2314 (Hollywood), 1937-1945
73 EM-2401 (Indianapolis), 1937
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74 EM-2402 to EM-4229 (Indianapolis), 1937-1944
74 EM-2601 to EM-2657 (Service Co.), 1961-1963
74 EM-2658 to EM-2661 (RCA G10bcom), 1963-1969
74 EM-2702 to EM-2724 (Camden), 1945-1946
74 EM-2725 to EM-2726 (Graphic Sys.), 1968-1969
74 EM-2801 (RCA Ltd.), 1969
74 EM-3000 to EM-3013 (Camden), 1936-1937
74 EM-4000 to EM-4053 (Camden), 1946-1950
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75 EM-4054 to EM-4122 (Camden), 1949-1953
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76 EM-4123 to EM-4183 (Camden), 1953-1954
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77 EM-4185 to EM-4240 (Camden), 1954-1955
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78 EM-4241 to EM-4287 (Camden), 1955
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79 EM-4288 to EM-4343 (Camden), 1955-1956
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80 EM-4344 to EM-4409 (Camden), 1956-1957
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81 EM-4411 to EM-4467 (Camden), 1956-1958
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82 EM-4468 to EM-4485 (Camden), 1958-1960
9. Moorestown Engineering Memoranda
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82 EM-4600 to EM-4611, 1953-1955
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83 EM-4612 to EM-4662, 1955-1959
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84 EM-4663 to EM-4668, 1959
10. Home Instrument Department Memoranda
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84 EM-5000 to EM-5078, 1946-1953
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85 EM-5079 to EM-5142, 1954-1960
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86 EM-5143 to EM-5179, 1960-1969
11. Boston Engineering Memoranda
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86 EM-4700, 1958
12. Indianapolis Engineering Memoranda
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86 EM-6000 to EM-6017, 1946-1949
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87 EM-6018 to EM-6069, 1950-1956
13. Los Angeles Engineering Memoranda
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87 EM-6201, 1961
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88 EM-6202 to EM-6227, 1961-1968
14. Broadcast Systems Memoranda
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89 EM-6401 to EM-6412, 1962-1969
15. Medical Electronics Memoranda
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89 EM-6501, undated
16. Tube Division Memoranda
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89 EM-7000 to EM-7054 (Harrison), 1946-1952
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90 EM-7055 to EM-7099 (Harrison), 1951-1953
90 EM-7100 to EM-7117 (Lancaster), 1946-1947
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91 EM-7118 to EM-7217 (Lancaster), 1947-1953
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92 EM-7218 to EM-7277 (Lancaster), 1953-1956
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93 EM-7278 to EM-7328 (Lancaster), 1956-1957
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94 EM-7329 to EM-7364 (Lancaster), 1957-1959
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95 EM-7365 to EM-7444 (Lancaster), 1959-1966
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96 EM-7445 to EM-7470 (Lancaster), 1967-1969
96 EM-7500 to EM-7566 (Harrison), 1953-1955
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97 EM-7567 to EM-7672 (Harrison), 1955-1958
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98 EM-7673 to EM-7756 (Harrison), 1958-1963
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99 EM-7757 to EM-7771 (Harrison), 1963-1969
99 EM-7800 to EM-7825 (Marion, Ind.), 1955-1969
99 EM-7900 to EM-7901 (Camden), 1955
99 EM-8000 to EM-8051 (Camden), 1946-1957
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100 EM-8052 to EM-8054 (Camden), 1957
100 EM-4241 (West Coast), 1955
100 EM-8500 to EM-8581 (Somerville, NJ), 1956-1962
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101 EM-8583 to EM-8645 (Somerville, NJ), 1961-1968
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102 EM-8646 to EM-8647 (Somerville, NJ), 1968
102 EM-8700 to EM-8716 (New York), 1957-1958
17. Camden Defense Memoranda
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102 EM-58-406-1 to EM-58-421-34, 1958
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103 EM-58-572-3 to EM-59-421-13, 1958-1959
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104 EM-59-421-14 to EM-59-582-20, 1959
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105 EM-59-582-21 to EM-60-421-7, 1959-1960
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106 EM-60-421-8 to EM-60-590-92, 1960
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107 EM-60-591-83 to EM-61-421-14, 1960-1961
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108 EM-61-421-15 to EM-61-576-11, 1961
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109 EM-61-576-12 to EM-61-590-1, 1961
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110 EM-61-592-2 to EM-62-421-16, 1961-1962
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111 EM-62-412-18 to EM-62-563-5, 1962
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112 EM-62-564-4 to EM-63-419-7, 1962-1963
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113 EM-63-419-8 to EM-63-526-7, 1963
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114 EM-63-526-8 to EM-63-597-1, 1963
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115 EM-64-016-1 to EM-64-588-18, 1964
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116 EM-64-588-19 to EM-65-421-27, 1964-1965
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117 EM-65-421-28 to EM-65-588-14, 1965
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118 EM-65-588-15 to EM-66-421-10, 1965-1966
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119 EM-66-421-11 to EM-66-588-6, 1966
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120 EM-66-588-7 to EM-66-588-30, 1966
120 Declassified: EM-2-C to EM-58-588-3, 1941-1958
18. RCA Communications, Inc. Reports
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120 CM-2-2 to CM-2-5, 1943-1949
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121 CM-7-1 to CM-100-5, 1943-1952
121 CM-43-4 to CM-43-26, 1941-1955
121 CM-32-8, 1950
121 EM-61-2 to EM-61-47, 1946-1952
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122 EM-61-48 to EM-62-18, 1946-1957
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123 EM-62-19 to EM-62-65, 1948-1957
123 EM-63-28 to EM-63-65, 1944-1949
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124 EM-63-67 to EM-63-81, 1949-1956
124 F-2-12 to F-31-15, 1933-1952
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125 F-31-17 to F-32-53, 1937-1952
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126 F-32-54 to F-43-79, 1936-1958
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127 F-43-91 to F-43-137, 1947-1959
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128 F-45-26 to F-72-7, 1933-1959
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129 F-72-8 to F-75-9, 1935-1946
129 RDEM-92 to RDEM-101, 1958-1959
129 RPEM-67 to RPEM-82, 1958-1959
19. RCA International Division Reports
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129 ER-1 to ER-121, 1959-1968
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130 ER-122 to ER-166, 1968-1975
20. Technical Reports
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130 TR-5 to TR-125 (Camden), 1930-1931
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131 TR-128 to TR-195 (Camden), 1931-1933
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132 TR-196 to TR-284 (Camden), 1933-1935
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133 TR-285 to TR-383 (Camden), 1935-1938
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134 TR-384 to TR-476 (Camden), 1938-1939
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135 TR-477 to TR-856 (Camden), 1940-1942
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136 TR-857 to TR-1031 (Camden), 1942-1952
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137 TR-1032 to TR-1070 (Camden), 1953-1955
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138 TR-1071 to TR-1125 (Camden), 1955-1956
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139 TR-1126 to TR-1170 (Camden), 1957
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140 TR-1173 to TR-1186 (Camden), 1958-1960
140 TR-1549 to TR-1563 (Van Nuys), 1969
140 TR-1600 to TR-1625 (Moorestown), 1953-1959
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141 TR-1626 to TR-1646 (Radar Div.), 1958-1960
141 TR-2000 to TR-2036 (Camden-TV), 1946-1956
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142 TR-2045 to TR-2057 (Camden-TV), 1957-1959
142 TR-2059 (Indianapolis), 1969
142 TR-2101 to TR-2104 (Graphic Sys.), 1967-1968
142 TR-2501 to TR-2502 (Globcom), 1969
142 TR-2625 (Princeton), 1963
142 TR-2801 to TR-2823 (Montreal), 1963-1969
142 TR-4000 to TR-40 17 (Harrison), 1946-1952
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143 TR-4018 to TR-4068 (Harrison), 1952-1969
143 TR-4100 to TR-4116 (Lancaster), 1946-1958
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144 TR-4117 to TR-4136 (Lancaster), 1960-1969
144 TR-4705 (Camden), 1958
144 TR-4809 (West Coast), 1957
144 TR-6051 to TR-6054 (Princeton), 1968-1969
144 TR-6101 (Trenton-Medical), 1967
144 TR-6201 to TR-6217 (Camden), 1961-1969
144 TR-6301 to TR-6312 (Camden), 1962-1965
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145 TR-8500 to TR-8507 (Somerville), 1959-1969
145 TR-8704 (New York), 1958
145 TR-8844 to TR-8858 (Princeton), 1969
145 TR-58-506-1 to TR-58-588-4, 1958
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146 TR-58-588-5 to TR-59-585-5, 1958-1959
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147 TR-59-585-6 to TR-60-570-4, 1959-1960
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148 TR-60-570-5 to TR-60-582-11, 1960
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149 TR-60-582-12 to TR-60-597-73, 1960
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150 TR-60-598-1 to TR-61-563-3, 1960-1961
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151 TR-61-563-4 to TR-61-586-3, 1961
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152 TR-61-588-1 to TR-62-389-4, 1961-1962
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153 TR-62-389-5 to TR-62-563-1, 1962
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154 TR-62-563-2 to TR-62-590-1, 1962
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155 TR-62-591-1 to TR-63-419-12, 1962-1963
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156 TR-63-419-13 to TR-63-558-1, 1963
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157 TR-63-558-2 to TR-64--419-5, 1963-1964
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158 TR-64-419-7 to TR-64-500-1, 1964
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159 TR-64-553-1 to TR-65-419-10, 1964-1965
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160 TR-65-419-11 to TR-65-687-5, 1965
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161 TR-65-687-6 to TR-66-582-1, 1965-1966
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162 TR-66-582-2 to TR-66-682-15, 1966
21. "Z" Reports
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162 Z-1 to Z-76, 1944-1951
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163 Z-77 to Z-91-20, 1952
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164 Z-91-21 to Z-137, 1937-1953
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165 Z-138 to Z-190-B, 1949 -1956
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166 Z-190-C to Z-220-01-6, 1954-1956
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167 Z-223 to Z-241-6, 1955-1957
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168 Z-241-7 to Z-273, 1937-1957
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169 Z-274 to Z-411-SR-5, 1957-1961
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170 Z-411-SR-6 to Z-763, 1961-1967
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171 Z-831, Z-837, Z-1117, 1967-1983
22. Lincoln Laboratory (MIT) Reports
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238 TM-11 to TM-48, 1952-1953
238 M-2325 to M-2810, 1953-1954
238 TR-2 to TR-316, 1951-1963
23. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reports
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238 32-819, 1966
B. Engineering Notebooks
Scope and Content
The engineering notebooks comprise volumes issued to engineers of the RCA Manufacturing Company, Inc. and, after 1942, the RCA Victor Division of RCA. The notebooks contain a log of work done with sketches of apparatus.
1. RCA Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Box
171 Miscellaneous 1 to Miscellaneous 23 (1930s.1940s)
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172 Miscellaneous 25 to Miscellaneous 48, 1930s-1940s
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173 Miscellaneous 49 to Miscellaneous 70, 1930s-1940s
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174 Miscellaneous 71 to Miscellaneous 95, 1930s-1940s
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175 Misc. 96 to Misc. 118, 1930s-1940s
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194 G-2706 (1936)
2. RCA Victor Division
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175 G-1004, G-1101, 1930s-1940s
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176 G-1196 to G-1567, 1940s
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177 G-1568 to G-1592, 1948-1949
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178 G-1594 to G-1616, 1948-1949
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179 G-1617 to G-1640, 1948-1949
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180 G-1641 to G-1661, 1949
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181 G-1662 to G-1689, 1949-1950
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182 G-1690 to G-1713, 1949-1950
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183 G-1714 to G-1738, 1949-1950
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184 G-1739 to G-1764, 1949-1950
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185 G-1765 to G-1791, 1949-1950
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186 G-1792 to G-1816, 1949-1950
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187 G-1817 to G-1841, 1949-1950
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188 G-1842 to G-1869, 1950
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189 G-1870 to G-1895, 1950
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190 G-1896 to G-1923, 1950
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191 G-1924 to G-1949, 1950
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192 G-1950 to G-1978, 1950
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193 G-1979 to G-2005, 1950
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194 G-2006 to G-2015, 1950
194 51-100, 1951
C. Standards
Scope and Content
Six subseries of standards consist of looseleaf binders with printed company, industry and government standards governing the dimension, composition and manufacture of electronic components and materials, along with written specifications or instructions and graphs showing performance characteristics. The Master Items list all the parts of a particular assembly with drawings, if appropriate. The Manufacturing Guides outline procedures to be followed in the manufacture of components and materials. The Test Report Index refers to microfilmed reports that are not part of this accession.
1. "Master Items"
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194 Index, 267 to 399
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195 400 to 1,599
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196 1,600 to 2,649
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197 2,650 to 3,599
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198 3,600 to 5,999
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199 6,000 to 8,099
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200 8,100 to 9,449
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201 9,450 to 10,649
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202 10,650 to 11,799
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203 11,800 to 12, 899
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204 12,900 to 14,799
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205 14,800to 17,099
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206 17,100 to 19,099
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207 19,200 to 22,899
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208 22,900 to 27,199
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209 27,200 to 28,099
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210 28,100 to 29,049
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211 29,050 to 31,324
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212 31,325 to 32,999
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213 33,000 to 35,699
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214 35,700 to 39,349
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215 39,350 to 42,999
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216 43,000 to 44,499
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217 44,500 to 49,999, 100,000 to 555,199
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218 555,200 to 557,199
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219 557,200 to 560,374
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220 560,375 to 581,449
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221 581,450 to 582,549
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222 582,550 to 591,999
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223 592,000 to 597,199
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224 597,200 to 8,224,149
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225 8,224,150 to 8,224,549
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226 8,224,550 to 8,224,849
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227 8,224,850 to 8,230,451
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228 8,230,451 to 8,268,299
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229 8,268,300 to 8,268,999
Loose items: 8,648A to 1,504,955
2. RCA Government Standards
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230 Standard parts list - Parts 1 & 2
230 Standard parts list - Vol. 2, Part 3 - Resistors
230 Standard parts list - Vol. 2, Part 4 - Capacitors
Box
231 Standard parts list - Vol. 5 - Metallic materials & design
231 Standard parts list - Vol. 8 - Drafting standards
231 Standard parts list - Vol. 9 - Electronic packaging
Box
232 Standard parts list - Vol. 10 - Manufacturing specifications
232 Standard parts list - Vol. 12 - Workmanship specifications
Box
233 Application notes; 1 volume
233 Application notes; 2 volumes
233 Manufacturing guides - Vols. 1 & 2
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234 Test report index - Vol. 1, January 1961-January 1969 [Cartridges No. 1-37.]
234 Test report index - Vol. 2 [Cartridges No. 38-60.]
234 Test report index - Vol. 3 [Cartridges No. 61 and up.]
3. RCA Design Standards
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234 Computer Systems Division Information Systems Division
4. RCA Drafting Standards
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235 Information Systems Division
5. RCA General Standards
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235 Vol. 1 - Component standards, Electronic
235 Vol. 2 - General
235 Vol. 3 - General
235 Vol. 4 - General
Box
236 RCA specifications: Material, Component, Test, Vols. 1-4
236 RCA workmanship specifications - Information Systems Division
6. Electronic Industries Association
Box
237 Vol. 1 - 103-0-1 to RS-179
237 Vol. 2 - RS-180 to RS-208
237 Vol. 3 - RS-209
237 Vol. 4 - RS-210 to RS-239
237 Vol. 5 - RS-240 to RS-279
237 Vol. 6 - RS-280 to RS-319
D. Publications & Manuals
Scope and Content
Six series of miscellaneous publications and manuals are almost random samples. They include product news bulletins and a series of computer operating and programming manuals. Historical miscellany includes a history of the Advanced Technological Laboratories, a paper on RCA's contributions to the space program, copies of two architectural articles on buildings in the Camden Plant, and programs from award ceremonies. "Instructions" are short operating instructions for RCA devices or looseleaf trade catalog pages for an assortment of electronic components. Finally there are series of training manuals prepared by RCA Institutes, Inc., including ones on computer programming and television repair.
1. Bulletins
Box
239 Miscellaneous
239 Tube Characteristics, 1945
239 "What's New in RF and Microwave", 1973-1974
239 "What's New in Solid State", 1971-1981
2. Computer Manuals
Box
239 RCA Series Information Manual BF-000-01-00
239 RCA 301 Basic Training Manual
239 RCA 301 COBOL Narrator User's Reference Manual
239 RCA 301 Communications System Programmers' Reference Manual
239 RCA 301 Control Logic Training Manual Vol. 2
239 RCA 301 Training Manual
239 RCA 301 Programmers' Reference Manual
239 RCA 501 Programmers' Reference Manual
239 RCA 601 General Information Manual
239 RCA 3301 Realcom EDP Systems Reference Manual
3. Historical Miscellany
Box
239 Advanced Technology Laboratories, 1929-1985
239 Awards
239 Cabinet Factory (Camden)
239 Camden Office Building
239 Space Program
4. Instructions
Box
239 Aircraft Radio
239 Aircraft Radiocompass
239 Amplifiers
239 Camera Tube
239 Color Picture Tubes
Box
240 Color Picture Tube Assembly
240 Computer Circuits
240 Digital Display Devices
240 Digital Integrated Circuits
240 Display Tubes
240 Electrical Feed-Thru
240 Electron Gun
240 Electro-optics Flanges
240 Full-Wave Vacuum Rectifier
240 Glass Window
240 Half-Wave Vacuum Rectifier
240 Heat Pipe
240 Image Orthicon
240 Infrared Emitter
240 Lasers
240 Microphone
240 Microwave Device
240 Modulation Monitors
240 Pencil Tube
240 Pentodes
240 Photomultiplier
240 Police Radio
240 Power Device
240 Power Hybrid Circuits
240 Power Transistor
240 Power Tubes
240 Power Unit
240 Radio Receivers
240 Radio Transmitters
240 Silicon Controlled Rectifiers
240 Solid State Devices
240 Storage Tube
240 Television Scanning Circuits
240 Thyristors
240 Transceivers
240 Triodes
240 Tube Socket
240 Tunnel Diode Amplifier
240 Vacuum Pump
240 Vibration Pickup Unit
240 Video Signal Generator
5. Miscellaneous Publications
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240 Aerial Survey Services for Microwave Radio Relay Systems, 1952
240 Beam Deflection Tubes
240 Microwave and Very High Frequency Radio Relay Systems, 1952
240 Photomultiplier Tubes Solid State
6. RCA Institutes, Inc., Training Manuals
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240 Autotext Introduction to Electronics Theory Units 1 and 2
240 Communications Electronics Study Groups 1-9
240 Computer Programming Study Groups 2, 4 and 5
240 Television Servicing Course Study Groups 1-10
240 Your Career in a World of Electronics Schools of Television and Electronics Technology, 1964-1965