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Accession 2464.09

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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Finding aid prepared by Daniel Michelson and Kenneth Cleary, 2016.,

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
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Descriptive Summary

Title: David Sarnoff Research Center records
Dates: 1899-2008, bulk 1942-1995
Accession Number: 2464.09
Creator: Sarnoff Corporation.
Extent: 990 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: The David Sarnoff Research Center (DSRC) in Princeton, New Jersey was the central research organization for the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) from 1942 to 1987. Following GE’s acquisition of RCA in 1986, the DSRC was donated to SRI International as a contract research laboratory. Renamed the Sarnoff Corporation in 1997, it was integrated into SRI in 2011. The records document the pioneering research of its scientists and trace the history of the organization from its establishment into the 21st century.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

In 2009, along with the rest of the archival collections of the David Sarnoff Library, the David Sarnoff Research Center records were donated to the Hagley Museum and Library.

Access Restrictions

This collection contains material from the Manuscripts and Archives Department (M&A) and the Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department (AVD). Box prefixes indicate which department holds an individual file or item.

Boxes M&A 127-846, M&A 1061-1064, and M&A 1283-1313 are stored offsite. Please contact the Manuscripts and Archives Department at least 48 hours in advance of research visit.

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Historical Note

The David Sarnoff Research Center (DSRC) in Princeton, New Jersey was the central research organization for the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) from 1942 to 1987. Following GE’s acquisition of RCA in 1986, the DSRC was donated to SRI International as a contract research laboratory. Renamed the Sarnoff Corporation in 1997, it was integrated into SRI in 2011.

The pioneering work of scientists at the DSRC included the inventions of color television and liquid crystal displays (LCDs), the co-invention of high-definition television (HDTV), and numerous improvements in an array of fields relating to electronics.

For the history of RCA, see the historical note for accession 2069, RCA Corporation records: http://findingaids.hagley.org/xtf/view?docId=ead/2069.xml

Before RCA Labs

Research in electronics and related fields was critical to the success of RCA throughout its history. Its work in radio and television was performed at an assortment of different laboratories in different organizations until research was centralized in 1941-1942.

Although RCA was only formed in October 1919, its first laboratory was established before the end of the year by Harold H. Beverage in a tent at Riverhead, Long Island. This became the center for radio reception research, while radio transmission research was conducted at the nearby Rocky Point laboratory founded in 1920. Research in radio terminal equipment was carried out by a third laboratory in Manhattan that was established around this time.

RCA entered into manufacturing with the acquisition of the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, N. J. in 1929 and General Electric’s tube plant in Harrison, N. J. the following year. Also in 1930, RCA established the License Laboratory in Manhattan.

At the start of the 1930s, RCA now had four physically and organizationally separate major research units: the RCA Communications, Inc. laboratories in Riverhead, Rocky Point, and Manhattan; the RCA Victor Company in Camden; the RCA Radiotron Company in Harrison; and the License Laboratory (later the Industrial Service Laboratory) in Manhattan.

The initial steps to consolidate research were made at the end of 1934 and beginning of 1935. First, the RCA Victor Company and RCA Radiotron Company became divisions of the newly established RCA Manufacturing Company. This was followed by the appointment of Ralph R. Beal as Research Supervisor (later Research Director) with responsibility for coordinating RCA research.

Despite these efforts, leading figures at RCA were dissatisfied by an organization where the manufacturing and operating units controlled the research groups. This made it very difficult for teams to conduct long-term research when they were judged on their contributions to the short-term goals of the production units.

At the end of 1940, Otto S. Schairer sent RCA President David Sarnoff a proposal for the establishment of RCA Laboratories as a central research organization. In addition to addressing RCA’s organizational problems, the proposal recommended the construction of a central laboratory facility in Princeton, N. J. Princeton was selected mostly because of its convenience to the existing RCA plants in Camden and Harrison, as well as company headquarters in New York City.

On March 5, 1941, General Order S—56 established RCA Laboratories under Vice-President Schairer. All four major research groups were made part of the new organization and most teams were slated to move to Princeton.

Construction of the new Princeton laboratories began in the summer of 1941 and the facility was dedicated on September 27, 1942. In 1951, it was renamed the David Sarnoff Research Center (DSRC) in honor of David Sarnoff, RCA’s longtime head.

1942-1950s

Founded in the midst of the Second World War, RCA Laboratories initial work focused on military electronics, especially opto-electronics, high frequency tube design, and acoustics. This led to immediate applications in radar, radio antennas, and infrared scopes. Particularly important was the image orthicon tube (nicknamed “immy”), a major breakthrough in television cameras and for which the “Emmy” award was named.

In the post-war period, research increasingly shifted from electronics development to fundamental research into electronic materials. When Bell Labs announced the invention of the transistor in 1948, RCA Laboratories quickly realized that it would have a profound impact on electronics. By the end of the decade, the Labs were investing substantial resources into solid state technology research and would continue to do so into the 21st century.

Despite this shift, the late 1940s and early 1950s saw the Laboratories lead the successful development of the all-electronic compatible color television system (NTSC).

Satellite Laboratories

In order to focus on long-term research without neglecting support of the product divisions, RCA Laboratories established what were variously called resident, satellite, or affiliated laboratories. These were labs established at the DSRC by product divisions to improve research coordination with RCA Laboratories. The product divisions provided the funding and technical direction.

The first such lab was created by the transfer of the RCA Tube Division’s Microwave Advanced Development Group from Harrison, New Jersey to the DSRC in December 1956. The number of satellite laboratories peaked at eleven in 1962. In 1972, the remaining labs were merged into RCA Laboratories, with the exception of the small Materials and Display Device Laboratory. Around the same time, a new model of satellite laboratory was implemented with the establishment of the Solid State Technology Center. In this model, RCA Laboratories created laboratories that were located at, and reported to, the product divisions. RCA Labs cooperated with planning and monitoring the research projects.

1960s-1980s

During the 1960s, a research team led by George H. Heilmeier developed the first liquid crystal displays (LCDs). At the same time, other teams made breakthroughs on lasers and holography.

Attempts to apply these revolutionary advances were handicapped by the increasing demands from senior management and the product divisions for support of advanced development. In particular, RCA’s disastrous foray into the general purpose computer business led to massive losses and forced the DSRC to devote substantial resources to increasingly desperate attempts to shore up RCA Computer Systems until RCA sold the unit in 1972.

Even with the sale, the poor economic climate of the 1970s limited the DSRC’s ability to pursue long-term exploratory research. In 1974, such work accounted for only 7% of its overall research efforts.

This was partly due to the decision to develop the RCA VideoDisc, the largest RCA Labs research effort since color television. In this system, video was recorded on vinyl discs much as audio had been for decades. This was a remarkable technological achievement, as video data requires vastly more storage space than audio data. Released commercially in 1981, the VideoDisc was abandoned as unable to compete with VHS in 1984.

Despite the focus on VideoDisc, the DSRC continued to innovate in other fields during the 1970s and 1980s. A few examples are the successful application of charge-coupled devices (CCDs) to television cameras to vastly decrease the size and complexity of the devices, new efforts in satellite communications in cooperation with RCA Americom, and major improvements in integrated circuit manufacturing.

Transition to Contract Lab

On December 11, 1985, GE announced that it had agreed to acquire RCA for $6.3 billion. This unexpected announcement rocked the staff at the DSRC, who were well aware that GE already had a central research facility that overlapped in many areas. Even after the merger was officially completed on June 9, 1986, it was unclear whether the DSRC would have a role in GE.

After more than a year of uncertainty, GE announced the donation of the DSRC to the non-profit research organization SRI International on February 5, 1987. Now the David Sarnoff Research Center, Inc., it became a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of SRI on April 1.

Although GE guaranteed $250 million in research contracts over the first five years, they also retained rights and royalties to all DSRC intellectual property, worth more than $250 million in annual revenue. Starting almost from scratch, the DSRC had to transition from an organization that rarely spent more than a quarter of its efforts on contract research, to one that depended entirely on such work.

1987-2000

Under the terms of the SRI/GE agreement, the DSRC was given five years to become self-sustaining. This was accomplished and the company (renamed the Sarnoff Corporation in 1997) was profitable from 1993 to 1998, but always by slim margins. Despite a loss in 1999, they appeared to have turned the corner in 2000 thanks in large part to the substantial equity in the over twenty tech spinoffs created during the 1990s.

During the 1990s, the DSRC championed the information revolution, which fit in well with its long-term strengths in consumer electronics, communications, computing, and video. Biomedical research also became a major focus during this time.

21st Century

Like many high-tech firms, the Sarnoff Corporation was badly hurt by the collapse of the dot-com bubble in the early 2000s. Nevertheless, annual revenue increased from $130 million in 1998 to $450 million in 2008.

In 2011, the Sarnoff Corporation was fully integrated into SRI. The David Sarnoff Research Center continues to operate as one of the principal SRI research facilities.

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Scope and Content

The David Sarnoff Research Center records document the pioneering research of its scientists and trace the history of the organization from the establishment of RCA Laboratories in 1941 through its transformation into an independent contract research laboratory in 1987 and into the 21st century. Pre-1941 RCA research is also documented, particularly in the R. Kenyon Kilbon collection (Record group 19).

Making up the bulk of the collection, the detailed and highly technical lab notebooks (Record group 26) are potentially the most valuable, but also the most difficult to use. Researchers are encouraged to use the progress reports (Record group 27) as a guide to which notebooks may be of interest. The reports themselves are invaluable for gaining a broad understanding of the DSRC’s research efforts.

Records from the President’s Office (Record group 1) provide insight into the challenges of managing a research laboratory in a corporate setting and then as an independent contract research laboratory.

Extensive audiovisual recordings (Record group 25), the large photographic collection of the Photo Studio (Record group 3, Series IX), and the subject files of the Public Affairs Department (Record group 3, Series X) deepen our understanding of the DSRC’s history.

Technologies

RCA and the DSRC played key roles in the invention of television and its subsequent development, including the creation of high definition television (HDTV). Material relating to early work can be found in the General Research Laboratory records (Record group 6) and the Physical Electronics Research Laboratory records (Record group 10), while HDTV research is documented in the High Definition and Multimedia Systems records (Record group 7) and the Bernard J. Lechner papers (Record group 20).

Given RCA’s origin as a communications company, it is not surprising that the collection includes extensive documentation on communications research, particularly in the Communications and Computing Systems Laboratory records (Record group 5).

The pioneering work in acoustics by Harry F. Olson and his team is documented in the Acoustical and Electromechanical Research Laboratory records (Record group 2).

The development of electron optics and electron microscopy is well documented in the papers of James Hillier (Record group 1, Series II) and John H. Reisner, Jr. (Record group 13, Series III), as well as the Physical Electronics Research Laboratory records (Record group 10).

RCA’s research in optical recording technologies, which ultimately produced the ill-fated VideoDisc system is documented in the records of the Manufacturing and Materials Research Division (Record group 9) and the VideoDisc Systems Research Laboratory records (Record group 13), as well as the papers of Robert A. Bartolini (Record group 11, Series I) and James R. Matey (Record group 22).

Computer pioneer Jan A. Rajchman’s papers (Record group 23) provide insight on the early days of computer research, while Joseph A. Weisbecker’s papers (Record group 11, Series VII) show developments in hardware and software and the beginning of the age of personal computers and computer games. The papers of Edward C. Fox and Charles M. Wine (Record group 7, Series II and V) bring the story into the 1990s with the unsuccessful attempt to create a virtual reality video game system.

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Arrangement

The David Sarnoff Research Center records are arranged in twenty-eight record groups:

1.  President's Office records
2.  Acoustical and Electromechanical Research Laboratory records
3.  Administration records
4.  Biotechnology and Materials Laboratory records
5.  Communications and Computing Systems Laboratory records
6.  General Research Laboratory records
7.  High Definition and Multimedia Systems records
8.  Information Technologies Laboratory records
9.  Manufacturing and Materials Research Division records
10.  Physical Electronics Research Laboratory records
11.  Solid State Research Division records
12.  Television Research Laboratory records
13.  VideoDisc Systems Research Laboratory records
14.  Charles M. Burrill papers
15.  Douglas Dixon papers
16.  Larry J. Giacoletto papers
17.  Nathan Gordon photographs
18.  Philip M. Heyman papers
19.  R. Kenyon Kilbon collection
20.  Bernard J. Lechner papers
21.  Michael J. Lurie papers
22.  James R. Matey papers
23.  Jan A. Rajchman papers
24.  Brown F. Williams files on the photovoltaics program
25.  Audiovisual recordings
26.  Lab notebooks
27.  Progress reports
28.  General
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

1. President's Office records, 1919-2007
Historical Note
When RCA Laboratories was established in 1941, the top two executives were Vice-President, RCA Laboratories Otto S. Schairer and Research Department Director Ralph R. Beal. In 1943, Beal was replaced by Elmer W. Engstrom.
In 1945, Schairer stepped down in favor of Charles B. Joliffe, who was succeeded by Engstrom in 1951, with Irving Wolff taking over the Research Department. Promoted to Executive Vice-President, Research and Engineering in 1954, Engstrom also continued as Vice-President, RCA Laboratories until Douglas H. Ewing’s appointment the following year. Engstrom was promoted again in 1955 to Senior Vice-President, but remained responsible for Research and Engineering.
Ewing was promoted to Vice-President, Research and Engineering in 1957 and James Hillier took over his previous position. George H. Brown replaced Ewing in 1961 and the Research Department, where Humboldt W. Leverenz had replaced Wolff in 1959, was abolished.
James Hillier succeeded Brown in 1968, while William M. Webster took over RCA Laboratories. In 1976, Hillier moved into an advisory position and William C. Hittinger was appointed Executive Vice-President, Research and Engineering. Hittinger served until a reorganization in 1983 eliminated Research and Engineering.
James J. Tietjen, who had succeeded Webster as Vice-President, RCA Laboratories in 1985, became the first President of the David Sarnoff Research Center when it was incorporated as a subsidiary of SRI in 1987. James Carnes was appointed President in 1990 and served until 2002 when he was replaced by Satyam C. Cherukuri. Carnes returned as interim President in 2006-2007. After brief terms as president by Don Newsome and Mark A. Clifton, the position was eliminated when the Sarnoff Corporation was integrated into SRI in 2011.
Vice-Presidents of Research and Engineering

Elmer W. Engstrom
1954-1955 (Executive Vice-President)

Title not used, but role filled by Senior Vice-President Elmer W. Engstrom
1955-1957

Douglas H. Ewing
1957-1961

George H. Brown
1961-1968 (Executive Vice-President, 1965-1968)

James Hillier
1968-1976 (Executive Vice-President, 1969-1976)

William C. Hittinger
1976-1983 (Executive Vice-President)

Vice-Presidents of RCA Laboratories

Otto S. Schairer
1941-1945

Charles B. Joliffe
1945-1951 (Executive Vice-President)

Elmer W. Engstrom
1951-1955

Douglas H. Ewing
1955-1957

James Hillier
1957-1968 (General Manager, 1957-1958)

William M. Webster
1968-1985 (Staff Vice-President, 1968-1969)

James J. Tietjen
1985-1987

Directors of the Research Department

Ralph R. Beal
1941-1943

Elmer W. Engstrom
1943-1951 (Vice-President, 1945-1951)

Irving Wolff
1951-1959 (Vice-President, 1954-1959)

Humboldt W. Leverenz
1959-1961

Presidents of the David Sarnoff Research Center/Sarnoff Corporation

James J. Tietjen
1985-1987

James Carnes
1990-2002

Satyam C. Cherukuri
2002-2006

James Carnes
2006-2007

Don Newsome
2007-2009

Mark A. Clifton
2009-2011

Scope and Content
The President’s Office records include high-level planning and management records from Otto S. Schairer, James Hillier, and James Carnes. The Hillier papers also document his work developing the electron microscope from the late 1930s to early 1950s.
Arrangement
The President's Office records are arranged in three series:
I. Otto Sorg Schairer notebook assembled by George S. Schairer
II. James Hillier papers
III. James Carnes papers
Access Restrictions
Records subject to 25-year time seal.
I. Otto Sorg Schairer notebook assembled by George S. Schairer, 1919-1992
Historical Note
Otto Sorg Schairer was born of German parents in Saline, Michigan on October 7, 1879 just a few miles from Ann Arbor. Schairer acquired a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan in 1902, and left Michigan to work in Pittsburgh for Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. While in Pittsburgh, Schairer and two others founded the first broadcasting radio station, KDKA. Aside from broadcasting, Schairer understood the value of a knowledge of patent law in his profession. He earned a law degree at night and passed the bar in 1912 and he moved to a leadership role in Westinghouse's Patent Department after the First World War.
In 1929, he joined the Radio Corporation of America as Director of Patent Development and was soon promoted to Vice-President. As well as the Patent Department, Schairer oversaw RCA's research activities, which were then divided between several separate subsidiaries. In late 1940, he proposed the centralization of research under a single independent unit of RCA. The result was the administrative unification in RCA Laboratories in 1941 and the physical centralization of most research at the new Princeton laboratories in 1942.
Schairer, whose title was changed from Vice-President in Charge of Patent Department to Vice-President in Charge of RCA Laboratories in 1941, continued to supervise both operations until 1945 and retired the following year. At the age of 96, Schairer died on March 12, 1975.
Schairer was one of the first electronics executives to understand the potential for television as an educational and entertainment medium. While still at Westinghouse he persuaded the company to contract with Vladimir Zworykin for all of his inventions, including those related to television. In addition, he encouraged Westinghouse, GE and finally RCA to develop radio and for RCA to distribute the apparatus for huge profits.
Otto's son George S. Schairer (1913-2004) was an aeronautical engineer who served as Boeing's vice-president for research and development from 1959 to 1973.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of a disbound notebook containing speeches, reports, notes, and other material by Otto Sorg Schairer. The notebook was assembled by his son, George S. Schairer, primarily to document Otto's role in the creation of RCA Laboratories as an independent unit within the Radio Corporation of America.
Arrangement
The notebook is in original order.
Provenance
George S. Schairer sent the notebook to James J. Tietjen in 1992. Tietjen, who had moved from President and CEO of the David Sarnoff Research Center to the same position at its parent SRI International in 1990, forwarded it to the David Sarnoff Library.
Processing Notes
Processed by Daniel Michelson and David Burdash, January 2015
Box Folder
M&A 11 37 Cover letter, introduction, and inventory, 1992 September; Selected items digitized [ID: SchairerCoverLetter92].
M&A 11 38 File 1: Photograph of Schairer, undated
M&A 11 38 File 2: "An Autobiography" by Schairer (read to the Old Guard of Princeton), 1944
M&A 11 38 File 3: Appointment as Director of Bureau of Engineering Development in the Patent field (Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company), 1919-1920
M&A 11 39 File 4: KDKA 8th anniversary dinner, 1928 November 6
M&A 11 39 File 5: Appointment as Director of Patent Development (Radio Corporation of America), 1929 April 17
M&A 11 40 File 6: Newspaper clippings regarding electric companies' divestment from RCA, 1932 November
M&A 11 41 File 7: Statement on television demonstration by Schairer, 1936 July 7
M&A 11 42 File 8: "Recollections of Early Television" by Schairer, 1939
M&A 11 43 File 9: "The Patent Problem from the Viewpoint of Industry" by Schairer (read at a round table conference of the National Industrial Conference Board in New York), 1939 January 19
M&A 11 44 File 10a: "Electronics in Transportation" by Schairer (address at the University of Michigan--Life Magazine Conference on New Technologies in Transportation in Ann Arbor), 1939 November 2
M&A 11 45 File 11: Letter to David Sarnoff proposing establishment of RCA Laboratories, 1940 December 30
M&A 11 45 File 12: Financial statement of Patent Department operations for October 1940, 1940 December 30
M&A 11 45 File 13: Drafts of board resolution and general order establishing RCA Laboratories under Schairer [originally an attachment to File 11], 1940 December 30
M&A 11 46 File 14: "RCA Laboratories: A New Center for Radio Research" (addresses by David Sarnoff and Schairer at Princeton), 1941 March 12
M&A 11 46 File 15: "Patent Department Organization" by Schairer (lecture at the Practising Law Institute of New York), 1941 July 18
M&A 11 46 File 16: General Order S-56 establishing RCA Laboratories under Schairer, 1941 March 5
M&A 11 46 File 17: Statement by Schairer at ground-breaking ceremony for RCA Laboratories, 1941 August 8
M&A 11 46 File 18: Press release on laying of cornerstone for RCA Laboratories, 1941 November 15
M&A 11 46 File 18B: Notes on purpose of RCA Laboratories, 1941?
M&A 11 47 File 19: Speech welcoming staff to RCA Laboratories, 1942?
M&A 11 47 File 20: Financial statements analyzing patent royalty income from RCA research, 1942
M&A 11 48 File 21: New fields of activities for the granting of licenses since January 1, 1942, in which licenses have actually been granted or important negotiations are going on, 1943?
M&A 11 48 File 22: Miscellaneous non-radio fields in which RCA has granted licenses or is discussing licenses with prospective licensees, 1943?
M&A 11 48 File 23: Gross income, expenses and net income of RCA Laboratories (1935-1942), 1943
M&A 11 49 File 24: Speech by Schairer at RCA Laboratories, 1943 March 31
M&A 11 49 File 25: "RCA Research Laboratories" ( Heating and Ventilating), 1943 July
M&A 11 49 File 26: "Dedicated to War and Peace: The RCA Laboratories Building, Princeton, New Jersey" ( Architectural Record), 1943 March
M&A 11 50 File 27: Objectives of RCA Laboratories, circa 1943
M&A 11 50 File 28: Lecture on radio research, 1943?
M&A 11 50 File 29: "The Role of Research in the Development of Radio," 1944?
M&A 11 50 File 30: "RCA Research Aims" by Schairer ( Radio Age), 1944 April
M&A 11 50 File 31: "The Influence of Research on Product Development" by Schairer (delivered before a section of the National Industrial Conference Board), 1944 September 21
M&A 11 51 File 32: Press release on Schairer's statement for RCA's twenty-fifth anniversary, 1944 October 17
M&A 11 52 File 33: Report of RCA Laboratories for 1944 (summary by Schairer for David Sarnoff), 1945 February 27
M&A 11 53 File 34: RCA research and development [key early conceptual planning and development of an overview of RCA R&D functions], 1945 March-June
M&A 11 54 Files 35-36: Report on television by the RCA Planning Committee to David Sarnoff (includes David Sarnoff's response), 1945 September 18
M&A 11 55 File 37: Notes for speeches and lectures, 1939-1946, undated
M&A 11 56 File 38: Principal terms of licenses granted by RCA, 1943
M&A 11 57 File 39: Speech by Schairer at RCA Laboratories annual dinner, 1951 November 9
M&A 11 58 File 40: Answer of Radio Corporation of America in federal court case relating to patents, 1955 March 29
M&A 11 59 File 41: Who's Who entry and obituaries, 1955, 1976
M&A 11 60 Unnumbered files, 1943, 1945
II. James Hillier papers, 1922-2007
Historical Note
Dr. James Hillier was born in Brantford, Ontario on August 22, 1915. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto. As a research assistant at the Department of Physics and the Banting Institute of the University of Toronto Medical School he co-designed, built, and operated the first high-resolution electron microscope in the Western Hemisphere. In 1940 Hillier was hired as a research physicist at the Radio Corporation of America in Camden, New Jersey. After moving to RCA Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey in 1942 Hillier, together with Vladimir Zworykin and Richard Snyder, invented the first scanning electron microscope.
Following two years of working as the director of the Research Department at Melpar, Hillier returned to RCA in 1955 and was promoted to the Administrative Engineer of Research and Engineering. Later that year Hillier became Chief Engineer of RCA Industrial Electronic Products. In 1957 Hillier returned to RCA Laboratories in Princeton as General Manager. He was promoted to Vice President, RCA Laboratories the following year. In 1968 was named Vice President of RCA Research and Engineering and Executive Vice-President in 1969. He held this position until 1976 when he was named Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist of RCA. During his time as an administrator at RCA Hillier oversaw the David Sarnoff Research Center's fundamental achievements in materials and devices. Hillier retired from RCA in 1977.
Dr. James Hillier was issued 40 United States patents, wrote over 100 technical reports, and was a founding member of the Electron Microscope Society. Hillier served as the president of the Electron Microscope Society from 1945 to 1946. For his contributions and achievements Hillier received numerous awards including the Albert Lasker Award from the American Public Health Association, the David Sarnoff Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Industrial Research Institute Medal from the Industrial Research Institute. In 1963 Hillier served as the president of the Industrial Research Institute and in 1980 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Hillier was a member of numerous boards and committees including the Commerce Technical Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the New Jersey Higher Education Committee. Dr. Hillier died in January of 2007.
Scope and Content
The James Hillier papers are composed of reports, publications, and correspondence related to the electron microscope, VideoDisc, and other RCA products. The papers also include reports, meeting minutes, and business plans from Hillier’s time as an RCA administrator. Along with reference publications and product guides, the papers also consist of a number of Hillier’s speeches.
Thirty-eight of Hillier's lab notebooks (1940s) and two of his patent disclosure books (1940, 1942) can be found in Record group 26.
Arrangement
The Hillier papers are arranged in eleven subseries:
A. Administration and management
B. Committees and organizations
C. Disclosures and patents
D. Electron microscopes and electron microscopy
E. Presentations, speeches, and publications
F. Reference material
G. SelectaVision and VideoDisc
H. Trips
I. General
J. Photographs
K. Audiovisual
Provenance
Donated to the David Sarnoff Library by James Hillier in 2004, with additional donations by J. Robert Hillier in 2008.
Processing Notes
Processed by Ashley Giordano, 2016.
A. Administration and management, 1945-1978
Scope and Content
This subseries contains correspondence, business plans, reports, financial statements, and publications from Hillier’s time as an RCA manager and executive.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box Folder
M&A 1244 1 "Analysis of Research and Engineering Functions," undated
M&A 1244 2 "Anticipated Products - RCA Laboratories" by James Hillier, 1958 October 14; Selected items digitized [ID: 1958 tech predictions].
M&A 1244 3 "Assumptions and Objectives in the Organization of Communications Research" (memo from Hillier to R. S. Holmes), 1966 June 22
M&A 1244 4 "Broadcasting: The Next Ten Years" (NBC Corporate Planning), 1977
M&A 1244 5 Business plans and reviews (1976-1978), 1975
M&A 1244 6 Business plans and reviews (1977-1979), 1976
M&A 1244 7 Business plans and reviews: Community Television Systems (1974-1978), 1973 October 29
M&A 1244 8 Business plans and reviews: Consumer Electronics, 1974-1975, undated
M&A 1244 9 Business plans and reviews: Consumer Electronics Engineering (1972), 1971
M&A 1244 10 Business plans and reviews: Coronet Industries (1975-1979), 1975 June 2
M&A 1244 11 Business plans and reviews: DAMA, 1976 June 25-December 15
M&A 1244 12 Business plans and reviews: Electronic Components (1972-1976), 1971 December 2
M&A 1244 13 Business plans and reviews: Laboratories (1975-1979), 1975
M&A 1244 14 Business plans and reviews: Parts and Accessories Division, 1975
M&A 1244 15 Business plans and reviews: Picture Tube Division (1976-1978), 1976 March 5
M&A 1244 16 Business plans and reviews: RCA Alaska Communications, Inc., 1977 July 20
M&A 1244 17 Business plans and reviews: RCA American Communications, Inc., 1977 May 5
M&A 1244 18 Chief Engineers meetings, 1963 February 8-March 6
M&A 1244 19 Color TV product planning, 1974 November 5
M&A 1244 20 Computer Systems Division reports, 1970-1971
M&A 1244 21 Consumer Electronics, 1970-circa 1975
M&A 1244 22 "Corporate Development," 1974 January 22
M&A 1244 23 Correspondence, 1945-1977
M&A 1244 24 "A Discussion of Medical Electronics in RCA" by James Hillier, 1955 June 2
M&A 1244 25 Electronic Components engineering, 1974
M&A 1244 26 Electronic watches research, 1971-1972
M&A 1244 27 Engineering Services planning (1975), 1974
M&A 1244 28 Evaluations of engineering activities by James Hillier, 1970 August 13
M&A 1244 29 "Future Memory Strategy: Semiconductor/Core," 1971 May 27
M&A 1244 30 Future of electronics, circa 1972-1976
M&A 1244 31 "General Functions of RCA Laboratories" by James Hillier, 1966 March 31
M&A 1244 32 Gould Inc. proposed printer project, 1971
M&A 1244 33 Independent research and development (IR&D) planning, 1972
M&A 1244 34 Industrial Tube Division (ITD), 1972 June 12-July 17
M&A 1244 35 "Information Network Analysis: An Electronic Component Supplier Case Study of Management Control Alternatives" by Corporate Research and Engineering, 1975 February
M&A 1244 36 "An Interactive Business System for Improved Management of G&A Expenses" prepared by Operations Research, 1971 March 31
M&A 1244 37 "Inverted Stepanov Silicon Growth Method" (RCA Laboratories proposal PP 75-104 to Jet Propulsion Laboratory), 1975 November 14
M&A 1244 38 Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Media Development project, 1974 February 6-March 12
M&A 1244 39 Management training programs, 1955 October-1957 September
M&A 1244 40 "Manufacturing Process Development in RCA" by James Hillier, 1955
M&A 1244 41 Microfiche demonstration for Eastman Kodak attendance list, 1976 June 25
M&A 1244 42 "New Business Development in RCA," 1964 May
M&A 1244 43 "New Business Programs," 1974 February 14
M&A 1244 44 Organization notices, 1976
M&A 1244 45 "Potential Management Progression in Research and Engineering," 1974-1975
M&A 1244 46 "Proposal for New Process Research and Development Activity" by James Hillier, 1962
M&A 1244 47 Proposed capital budgets, 1975
M&A 1244 48 "A Proposed Planning Procedure for RCA Laboratories Research" by James Hillier, 1965 March 19
M&A 1244 49 RCA Laboratories orientation programs, 1957-1960
M&A 1244 50 RCA Laboratories planning for 1962, undated
M&A 1244 51 RCA Laboratories Research Library statistics, 1966-1967
M&A 1244 52 RCA Laboratories Research Reports, 1965
M&A 1244 53 RCA Laboratories Research Reports, 1966, 1976
M&A 1244 54 "Recommended RCA Strategy for 1970 on Personalized Home Entertainment Systems" by Corporate Staff, 1969 December
M&A 1244 55 "Report of the Solid State Committee to the President's Policy Committee" (Hillier was chair of Solid State Committee), 1969 September 22
M&A 1244 56 "R&E Participation in the CIS Proposal" (memo from James Hillier to R. A. Dunlop), 1970 November 24
M&A 1244 57 "Research and Engineering Comments on the SSD Strategy Review" by H. Sobol, 1971 August 12
M&A 1244 58 "Research and Engineering Recommendations" (memo from Hillier to Robert W. Sarnoff), 1971 February 17
M&A 1244 59 Research and Engineering responsibilities, circa 1974
M&A 1244 60 Satellite research, 1973 January 2-1976 September, undated
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M&A 1245 1 Solar energy research, 1961, 1975, undated
M&A 1245 2 Solid State Division financial analysis, 1975
M&A 1245 3 Solid State Division monthly review, 1971 June 22
M&A 1245 4 Solid State Technology Center, 1970-1975
M&A 1245 5 Solid State Technology Center Board of Directors meetings (includes minutes), 1971 February 15-May 17
M&A 1245 6 Staffing and organization (costs, analyses, organization plans), 1951-1976, undated
M&A 1245 7 "Statement of Capabilities - Advanced Technology Division," 1978 November 9
M&A 1245 8 "Status Report on Capital Expenditures," 1974 November 14
M&A 1245 9 "Status Report on Capital Expenditures," 1976 February 13
M&A 1245 10 Television research, 1969-1976
M&A 1245 11 United States Postal Service Electronic Messaging System reports and notes, 1976 January 27-1977 January 27, undated
M&A 1245 12 "Venture Analysis - The Assessment of Uncertainty and Risk" (Management Report No. 45 by Operations Research), 1968 December
M&A 1245 13 Xerox, 1957
B. Committees and organizations, 1943-1984
Scope and Content
This subseries consists of meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, and notes related to non-RCA committees and organizations that Hillier belonged to or supported.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
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M&A 1245 14 American Institute of Physics, Governing Board meeting agenda, 1945 March 9
M&A 1245 15 Americans for Energy Independence correspondence and publications, 1976 March 15-May 17, undated
M&A 1245 16 Association of Research Directors, 1983 December-1984
M&A 1245 17 B-N Software Research Inc. databook and project profiles, 1978 October 28-November 23
M&A 1245 18 Civilian/Military Institute articles of incorporation, 1975 October 27
M&A 1245 19 Civilian/Military Institute reports, 1974, undated
M&A 1245 20 Commerce Technical Advisory Board correspondence and reports, 1964 September 8-1970 July 30
M&A 1245 21 Commerce Technical Advisory Board, Telecommunication Science Panel, 1966
M&A 1245 22 Cornell University Engineering College Council notes and reports, 1979-1983 April 9, undated
M&A 1245 23 Department of Commerce, Office of Telecommunications: "Lowering Barriers to Telecommunications Growth," 1976 November
M&A 1245 24 Directors of Industrial Research, 1969-1983
M&A 1245 25 Edwin E. Aldren Commemorative Scholarships Committee reports, undated
M&A 1245 26 Electron Microscope Society correspondence, 1943 March 16-1946 July 9, undated
M&A 1245 27 Electron Microscope Society meeting minutes, membership information and reports, 1943 August 30-1952, undated
M&A 1245 28 Industrial Research Institute, Committee on Federal Science Trends correspondence, 1962 September 21-1964 December 8, undated
M&A 1245 29 Industrial Research Institute, Committee on Federal Science Trends meeting minutes and reports, 1963 April 1-1976 February, undated
M&A 1245 30 Industrial Research Institute Study Groups reports, 1958-1959
M&A 1245 31 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Awards Board correspondence, 1983 August 12-September 1
M&A 1245 32 National Academy of Engineering, 1967 May 17-1983 November 3, undated
M&A 1245 33 National Academy of Sciences: Five-Year Outlook for Science and Technology, chapter I.A. Planet Earth (Robert M. White, chapter coordinator), 1978 November 20
M&A 1245 34 National Academy of Sciences: Five-Year Outlook for Science and Technology, chapter I.B. Science and the Living State (Bernard Davis, chapter coordinator), 1978 November 20-December 30
M&A 1245 35 National Academy of Sciences: Five-Year Outlook for Science and Technology, chapter I.C. Structure of Matter (Robert Sachs, chapter coordinator), 1978 December 7
M&A 1245 36 National Academy of Sciences: Five-Year Outlook for Science and Technology, chapter II.A. Computers and Communication (Jacob Schwartz, chapter coordinator), 1978 December 5
M&A 1245 37 National Academy of Sciences: Five-Year Outlook for Science and Technology, chapter II.B. Energy (David Rose, chapter coordinator), 1978 December 6
M&A 1245 38 National Academy of Sciences: Five-Year Outlook for Science and Technology, chapter III.B. Health of the American People (David Hamburg, chapter coordinator), 1978 December 30
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M&A 1249 25 National Academy of Sciences: Five-Year Outlook for Science and Technology, chapter IV.B. The Innovation Process and Technological Leadership (James Hillier, chapter coordinator), 1978 December 22
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M&A 1245 40 National Academy of Sciences: Five-Year Outlook for Science and Technology, chapter IV.C. International Institutions (Thomas Malone, chapter coordinator), 1978 December 13
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M&A 1246 1 National Academy of Sciences: Five-Year Outlook for Science and Technology, chapter ?. Five-Year Forecast for Materials, 1978 December 1
M&A 1246 2 National Academy of Sciences: Five-Year Outlook for Science and Technology, chapter ?. Heath of the American Environment, 1978 December 6
M&A 1246 3 The National Council for United States-China Trade memorandums, 1975 August 19-1976 August 27
M&A 1246 4 National Science Foundation correspondence, 1974 February 27-1976 October 5
M&A 1246 5 New Jersey Higher Education Study Project Committee correspondence and notes, 1963 May 20-1964 September 9, undated
M&A 1246 6 New Jersey Higher Education Study Project Committee itineraries and meeting minutes, 1964 January 2-December 17
M&A 1246 7 New Jersey Higher Education Study Project Committee publications and reports, 1956 June 1-1964 November 16, undated
M&A 1246 8 New Jersey Higher Education Study Project Committee reference reports, 1958 January 1-1961 June 1
M&A 1246 9 Rotary Club of Princeton correspondence, 1970 July 10-1977 August 23
C. Disclosures and patents, 1939-1997
Scope and Content
This subseries contains of Hillier's disclosures of inventions, patent disclosures, and patents (mostly related to the electron microscope). Some related disclosures and patents from other scientists are also included.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
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M&A 1246 10 Correspondence, 1943 January 18-1976 July 20
M&A 1246 11-12 Disclosures of invention, patent disclosures, and patents of James Hillier, 1940 April 11-1962 August 22, undated
M&A 1246 13 Disclosures of invention, patent disclosures, and patents of others, 1939 October 10-1971 November 4
M&A 1246 14 List of original patents given to Wes Scarrow, 1997 December 8
M&A 1246 15 Radio Corporation of America Employee Invention Agreement, 1954 October 1
D. Electron microscopes and electron microscopy, 1938-1993
Scope and Content
This subseries contains publications, reports, and correspondence by Hillier and reference publications related to the electron microscope and electron microscopy.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
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M&A 1246 16 Centennial Centre of Science and Technology Project correspondence, 1965 October 22-1966 December 5, undated
M&A 1246 17 Correspondence, 1942 October-1991 July 2
M&A 1246 18 "The Development of the RCA Electron Microscope Business, 1939-1969" by Ilan Kusiatin, 1975 December
M&A 1246 19 General, 1941-1953, undated
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Adjusting the Magnetic Electron Microscope Objective to Obtain High Resolving Power," 1946 August
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Asymmetries in Projection Lens Operation of Electron Microscope (PEM-38), 1946 August 2
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Chromatic Aberration and Resolving Power in Electron Microscopy" with E. G. Ramberg ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1948 July
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Cleaning of the Model EMU Electron Microscope" (PEM-87), 1948 February 26
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Compact High Resolving Power Electron Microscope" with V. K. Zworykin ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1943 December
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Construction of a Magnetic Electron Microscope of High Resolving Power" with Albert Prebus ( Canadian Journal of Research), 1939 April
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Contribution of the Electron Microscope to Medicine" (with E. F. Burton and A. Prebus) ( Canadian Medical Association Journal), 1940
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Cultural Properties and Pathogenicity of Certain Microorganisms Obtained from Various Proliferative and Neoplastic Diseases" with Virginia Wuerthele-Caspé, Eleanor Alexander-Jackson, John A. Anderson, Roy M. Allen, and Lawrence W. Smith ( American Journal of the Medical Sciences), 1950 December
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Cytology of an Avian Strain of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Studied with the Electron and Light Microscopes" with Georges Knaysi and Catherine Fabricant ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1950 October
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Description of Stereo Holder," 1942 February 10
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Diffraction Adapter for the Electron Microscope" with R. F. Baker and V. K. Zworykin ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1942 September
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Discussion of the Fundamental Limit of Performance of an Electron Microscope ( Physical Review), 1941 November 15
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Discussion of the Illuminating System of the Electron Microscope" with R. F. Baker ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1945 August
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Dynamic Correction of the Spherical Aberration of Electron Lenses" with V. K. Zworykin and E. G. Ramberg ( RCA Laboratories News), 1944 February
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Effect of Chromatic Error on Electron Microscope Images" ( Canadian Journal of Research), 1939 April
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron and Light Microscopic Studies of Bacterial Nuclei" with Stuart Mudd, Andrew G. Smith, and Ernst H. Beutner ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1950 November
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Micrograph Studies of Two Strains of Pleuropneumonialike (L) Organisms of Human Derivation" with William E. Smith and Stuart Mudd ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1948 November
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscope" ( Encyclopaedia Britannica), 1948
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscope" ( Encyclopaedia Britannica), 1960
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Electron Microscope" ( Proceedings of the Scientific Section of the Toilet Goods Association), 1945 December 6
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscope" (report to T. A. Smith), 1955 August 18
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "An Electron Microscope for Practical Laboratory Service" with V. K. Zworykin and A. W. Vance (AIEE Technical Paper 41-30), 1940 December
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Electron Microscope in Industrial Research" ( Second Symposium on Varnish and Paint Chemistry), 1949 November 19
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscope Instrumentation" (memo to I. Wolff), 1955 March 28
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy" ( Biophysical Research Methods), 1950
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy" ( Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society), 1946 November 15
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy" ( Canadian Chemistry and Process Industries), 1944 November
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy" ( Encyclopaedia Britannica), 1948
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy" with V. K. Zworykin ( Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association), 1945 December
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy Advances" ( Blueprints of the Future), 1946 November
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis" ( Recent Advances in Analytical Chemistry), 1949
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy and Small Angle X-ray Scattering" with John Turkevich and Harry H. Hubbell ( Faraday Society Discussion), 1950
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy of Colloidal Systems" with John Turkevich ( Analytical Chemistry), 1949 April
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy of Microorganisms and Viruses" ( Annual Review of Microbiology), 1950
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy of Ultra-Thin Sections of Bacteria" with George B. Chapman ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1953 September
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electron Microscopy to Electron Microprobe Analysis; the Early Days" ( Microbeam Analysis), 1989
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electronic Microscopy" with V. K. Zworykin ( Scientific Monthly), 1944 September
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Electrons Make Patterns" ( Radio Age), 1945 October
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The 'Fixation' of Electron Microscopic Specimens by the Electron Beam" with Stuart Mudd, Andrew G. Smith, and Ernst H. Beutner ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1950 November
M&A 1246 21 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Fresnel Diffraction of Electrons as a Contour Phenomenon in Electron Supermicroscope Images" ( Physical Review), 1940 November 1
M&A 1246 22 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Fundamental Theory of Electron Optics and its Application in the Construction of a New Magnetic Electron Microscope" (Master of Arts thesis), 1938
M&A 1246 22 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Further Improvement in the Resolving Power of the Electron Microscope" ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1946 April
M&A 1246 22 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Illuminating System of the Electron Microscope" with S. G. Ellis ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1949 July
M&A 1246 22 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Improved Ultra-Thin Sectioning of Tissue for Electron Microscopy) with Mark E. Gettner ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1950 September
M&A 1246 22 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Internal Structure and Nuclei in Cells of Escherichia Coli as Shown by Improved Electron Microscopic Techniques" with Stuart Mudd and Andrew G. Smith ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1949 March
M&A 1246 22 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Look at Electron Microscopy" ( Drug, Vitamin and Allied Industries), 1946 July
M&A 1246 22 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Kontrasterhöhung in der Elektronenmikroskopie" with E. G. Ramberg ( Sonderabdruck aus Zeitschrift für angewandte Physik), 1950 July
M&A 1246 20 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "L-Type Variation an dBacterial Reproduction by Large Bodies as Seen in Electron Micrographic Studies of Bacteroides Funduliforms," 1948 November
M&A 1246 22 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Light and Electron Microscopic Studies of Escherichia Coli-Coliphage Interactions" with Ernst H. Beutner, Philip E. Hartman, and Stuart Mudd ( Biochimica et Biophysica Acta), 1953
M&A 1246 22 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Magnetic Electron Microscope Objective: Contour Phenomena and the Attainment of High Resolving Power" with E. G. Ramberg ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1947 January
M&A 1246 22 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Microanalysis by Means of Electrons" with R. F. Baker ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1944 September
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Microscopy: Electron" with V. K. Zworykin ( Medical Physics), 1950
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Mounting of Bacteria for Electron Microscope Examination" with Richard F. Baker ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1946 October
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "New Interference Phenomena in the Electron Microscopic Images of Plate-Like Crystals," 1954
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "New Preparation Techniques for the Electron Microscopy of Bacteria" with Georges Knaysi and Richard F. Baker ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1948 November
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "New Worlds for Sight" ( Physics Today), 1948 September
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "New Worlds for Study," 1948
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "An Objective for Use in the Electron Microscopy of Ultra-Thin Sections" ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1951 February
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Observation of Crystalline Reflections in Electron Microscope Images" with Richard F. Baker ( Physical Review), 1942 June
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Observations on the Bacteriophagy of Erwinia Carotovora" with George Chapman and Frank H. Johnson ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1951 March
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "On Microanalysis by Electrons ( Physical Review), 1943 November
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "On the Improvement of Resolution in Electron Diffraction Cameras" with R. F. Baker ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1946 January
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "On the Investigation of Specimen Contamination in the Electron Microscope" ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1948 March
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "On the Sharpening of Microtome Knives for Ultra-Thin Sectioning" ( Review of Scientific Instruments), 1951 March
M&A 1246 23 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "On the Ultrastructure of the Plasma Membrane as Determined by the Electron Microscope" with Joseph F. Hoffman ( Journal of Cellular and Comparative Physiology), 1953 October
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Photographic Action of Electrons in the Range Between 40 and 212 Kilovolts" with R. F. Baker and E. G. Ramberg ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1942 July
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Preliminary Observations on the Germination of the Endospore in Bacillus Megatherium and the Structure of the Spore Coat" with Georges Knaysi ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1949 January
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Preliminary Report on the Development of a 300-Kilovolt Magnetic Electron Microscope" with V. K. Zworykin and A. W. Vance ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1941 October
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Present Status and Future Possibilities of the Electron Microscope" ( RCA Review), 1947 March
M&A 1246 25 Publications and reports by Hillier -- Progress reports, 1940-1948
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The RCA Electron Microscope" ( Science Education), 1942 October-November
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The RCA Electron Microscope" with V. K. Zworykin, 1948 May 25
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "RCA Permanent Magnet Electron Microscope," undated
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Recent Developments in the Electron Microscope" with A. W. Vance ( Proceedings of the I.R.E.), 1941 April
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Removable Intermediate Lens for Extending the Magnification Range of an Electron Microscope" ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1950
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Report on the Development of the Electron Supermicroscope at Toronto" with E. F. Burton and A. Prebus ( Physical Review), 1939 December 1
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Scanning Electron Microscope" with V. K. Zworykin and R. L. Snyder ( ASTM Bulletin), 1942 August
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Sectioning of Tissue for Electron Microscopy" with Mark E. Gettner ( Science), 1950 November 3
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Single Crystal Electron Diffraction by Micro-Crystalline Materials" with Norman Davidson ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1947 June
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Some Practical Aspects of Electron Microscopy" with V. K. Zworykin, undated
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Some Reflections on the Early Development of Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis" ( Metallography: Past, Present, and Future), 1993
M&A 1246 24 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Some Theoretical and Practical Considerations of Image Contrast in the Electron Microscope" with E. G. Ramberg ( Proceedings of the Conference on Electron Microscopy), 1949 July 4-8
M&A 1246 26 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "The Story of the Electron Microscope," 1946
M&A 1246 26 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Study of Distortion in Electron Microscope Projection Lenses" ( Journal of Applied Physics), 1946 June
M&A 1246 26 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Study of the Nucleation and Growth Processes in the Synthesis of Colloidal Gold" with John Turkevich and Peter Cooper Stevenson ( Faraday Society Discussion), 1951
M&A 1246 26 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Study, with the High-Voltage Electron Microscope, of the Endospore and Life Cycle of Bacillus Mycoides" with Georges Knaysi and R. F. Baker ( Journal of Bacteriology), 1947 May
M&A 1246 26 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "Ultra-Thin Sections for the Electron Microscopy of Tissues" ( Transactions of the New York Academy of Sciences), 1951 February
M&A 1246 26 Publications and reports by Hillier -- "A Versatile High-Voltage Electron Microscope," 1949 December
M&A 1246 27 Publications by other authors, 1940-1963
M&A 1246 28 Publications by other authors: history, 1963-1990, undated
M&A 1246 29 RCA product publications, 1941-1954, undated
M&A 1246 30 RCA Service Company, undated
E. Presentations, speeches, and publications by Hillier, 1942-1999
Scope and Content
This subseries consists of transcripts and drafts of speeches made by Hillier on topics including electron microscopes, research management, and RCA’s history. Publications not related to electron microscopy are also included.
Arrangement
Files are arranged chronologically.
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M&A 1247 1 General, 1942-1983, undated
M&A 1247 2 "Present Status of Electron Microscopy" (presented before the Philosophical Society of Washington), 1950 April 22
M&A 1247 3 Electron Microscope Society of America Conference presentations, 1950-1951
M&A 1247 4 "Electronics and Vision in Medicine," circa 1954
M&A 1247 5 "Applied Electron Microscopy: Its Development, Present Trends, and Future Possibilities" (First European Conference on Electron Microscopy), 1956 September
M&A 1247 6 "A Discussion of CEP Engineering and its Relationship to the Laboratories" (Princeton Colloquium), 1957 January 28
M&A 1247 7 Research and Development Seminar remarks (American Management Association Seminar), 1957 March 21
M&A 1247 8 "Industrial Research - Pure and Applied" (Rutgers University Graduate Seminar), 1957 April 17
M&A 1247 9 Patent Organization talk (Patent Organization 10th Annual Meeting), 1957 May 9
M&A 1247 10 "Light Amplifier" (Business Planning Presentation to Executive Council), 1957 November 11
M&A 1247 11 "Organization for Development" (Organizing and Controlling Research and Development Orientation Seminar), 1957 November 11
M&A 1247 12 "Thermoelectric Materials" (Business Planning Presentation to Executive Council), 1957 November 11
M&A 1247 13 "Frontiers of Engineering" (Sigma Xi Talk at Rutgers ), 1957 November 18
M&A 1247 14 Talk by JAMcF for James Hillier (Nassau Tavern), 1958 March 14-April 2
M&A 1247 15 Business planning meeting presentation, 1958 March 18
M&A 1247 16 Components pre-planning meeting presentation, 1958 May 2
M&A 1247 17 "Electronics in Tomorrow's Agriculture" (address before the New Jersey Agricultural Society ), 1958 May 14
M&A 1247 18 "Electronic Data Processing" (presentation to 501 Executive Seminar), 1958 June 20
M&A 1247 19 Talk to technical staff about salaries (prepared by Schulz & Hurford), 1958 August 1
M&A 1247 20 "The Role of RCA Laboratories" (orientation talk), 1958 August 21
M&A 1247 21 "Creativity: What Lessons Can We Learn from the Sciences?" (Harvard Business School Fiftieth Anniversary Conference), 1958 September 5
M&A 1247 22 "The Responsibilities of the First Line of Supervision in Research" (presented at the Fall Meeting fo the Industrial Research Institute), 1958 October 20
M&A 1247 23 Welcome - Present Day Club visit, 1958 December 11
M&A 1247 24 "Electronics in the Future of Medicine" (New Jersey College of Surgeons), 1958
M&A 1247 25 "The Management of Research and the Professional Microscopist" (American Chemical Society), 1959 April 7
M&A 1247 26 "RCA's Expansion in Mercer County" (Mercer County Industrial Commission Annual Dinner Meeting), 1959 April 27
M&A 1247 27 "The Role of RCA Laboratories" (orientation talk), 1959 August 19
M&A 1247 28 "Management of Scientific Research Personnel" (Philadelphia chapter IRE-PGEM), 1959 October 22
M&A 1247 29 "Research: Industry's Investment in the Future" (Investment Officers Association), 1959 November 18
M&A 1247 30 Presentation on RCA Laboratories to New Brunswick Rotary Club, 1960 January 14
M&A 1247 31 "Management's Objectives and Expectations of Research" (Twin Cities Society of Security Analysts), 1960 April 6
M&A 1247 32 Presentation to the Nassau Club, 1960 May 4
M&A 1247 33 "A Theory of Communications in a Research Laboratory" (Industrial Research Institute), 1960 May 11
M&A 1247 34 Talk to security analysts about RCA Laboratories, 1960 May 18
M&A 1247 35 "Electronic Highway Demonstration - Introductory Remarks," 1960 June 2
M&A 1247 36 "RCA Laboratories Research Program" (orientation talk), 1960 August 10
M&A 1247 37 "The Creation of an Effective Research Environment" (Research Reserve Seminar on Research Planning and Management), 1960 August 21-September 3, 1961 August 20-September 2
M&A 1247 38 Remarks to The Burton Society of Electron Microscopists, 1960 October 28
M&A 1247 39 "The Untapped Promise of Electronic Medicine" (American College of Preventive Medicine), 1960 November 3
M&A 1247 40 "A Theory of Communications in a Research Laboratory" (International Research Meeting Skytop, PA), 1960 December 6
M&A 1247 41 Presentation on RCA Laboratories to Belle Meade Rotary Club, 1961 March 22
M&A 1247 42 Announcement of laboratories' reorganization, 1961 May 31
M&A 1247 43 Remarks at the Science Editions Symposium, 1961 June 18
M&A 1247 44 Remarks for the RCA Laboratories Business Review, 1961 June 22
M&A 1247 45 "Measuring the Value of Information Services," 1961 September 6
M&A 1247 46 Remarks to the Philadelphia chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, 1961 November 17
M&A 1247 47 Presentation to Undersecretary of Commerce Martin, 1962 January 3
M&A 1247 48 RCA board meeting presentation, 1962 May 4
M&A 1247 49 "Packaged Power-a New Horizon in Electronics" (Nassau Club-Princeton Luncheon Speaker Series), 1962 October 10
M&A 1247 50 "The Technological Explosion - Its Effect on Planning" (Regional Institute of Management "Bringing Management Up to the Tempo of the Space Age" ), 1962 October 12
M&A 1247 51 "Some Thoughts on RCA Research" (RCA Laboratories Colloquium), 1962 December 10
M&A 1247 52 "RCA Laboratories," 1962
M&A 1247 53 "Fusion Energy Conversion and Superconductivity - New Vistas in RCA Research" (IRE-AIEE Buffalo, New York), 1963 January 16
M&A 1247 54 Presentation on RCA Laboratories for Princeton Kiwanis Club, 1963 January 31
M&A 1247 55 Executive Council review, 1963 March 5
M&A 1247 56 "RCA Laboratories Review to Management," 1963 March 12
M&A 1247 57 "Management's Objectives and Expectations of Research, 1963
M&A 1247 58 Speech at the Symposium on Analytic Characterization of Materials, 1964 January 20
M&A 1247 59 "The RCA Laboratories - Key to the Future," 1964 January 29
M&A 1247 60 "Engineering Writing - The Broader View of Management" (Writing-Improvement Programs for Engineers), 1964 February 24-26
M&A 1247 61 "New Perspectives for Consumer Electronics" (reprint of address delivered at the IEEE Consumer Electronics Award Dinner as part of the 1964 National Electronics Conference), 1964 October 19
M&A 1247 62 25-Year Dinner speeches, 1965-1972, undated
M&A 1247 63 "The Problems of Evaluating R&D Results" (National Association of Business Executives), 1966 December 2
M&A 1247 64 "Research on Research - Needed but Complex" (Conference on Research Management, Connecticut Research Commission), 1967 January 30
M&A 1247 65 Remarks at the National Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention, 1967 April 4
M&A 1247 66 Remarks at "The Future of Broadcasting Seminar" (Canadian Association of Broadcasters), 1967 April 18
M&A 1247 67 "Beam Technology and the Electronics Industry" (IEEE 9th Annual Symposium on Electron, Ion, and Laser Beam Technology), 1967 May 9
M&A 1247 68 Remarks at the dedication of new laboratories for Laboratories RCA, Inc. (Machida, Tokyo, Japan), 1967 June 26
M&A 1247 69 Board of Directors meeting presentation, 1967 August 4
M&A 1247 70 "Venture Activities in the Large Corporation" (presented to IEEE Seminar), 1967 September 7
M&A 1247 71 "Innovation at RCA for Growth Markets" (Financial Analysts Federation 1967 Fall Conference "Innovation at RCA for Growth Markets," 1967 September 21
M&A 1247 72 "Electronics in Your Future" (API-TAPPI Research Conference), 1967 October 13
M&A 1247 73 David Sarnoff Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Acceptance Speech (IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting), 1967 October 19
M&A 1247 74 Notes on talk to Princeton Rotary Club, 1968 January 9
M&A 1247 75 "Some Thoughts on the Future of R&D" (Eta Kappa Nu Banquet), 1968 March 18
M&A 1247 76 "Organization in Department of Commerce for Telecommunications" (oral report to CTAB), 1968 March 21
M&A 1247 77 "Television in the 70's" (panel presentation to NBC affiliates), 1968 March 28
M&A 1247 78 Introduction of Dr. Vladimir K. Zworykin (recipient of the Third Annual Founders Award - National Academy of Engineering), 1968 April 24
M&A 1247 79 Text of colloquium talk, 1968 May 14
M&A 1247 80 Speech at IEEE Spring Conference, 1968 June
M&A 1247 81 Speech at Couchiching Conference (Canadian Institution on Public Affairs), 1968 July 21
M&A 1247 82 Remarks at Corporate Engineering Meeting, 1968 September 17
M&A 1247 83 "Some Thoughts on Research-On-Research" ( Research Management), 1968 September
M&A 1247 84 "Electron Microscopy and Interdisciplinary Science" (Dedication of electron microscope at University of Virginia), 1968 October 3
M&A 1247 85 Address at the Texas Christian University Research Foundation Appreciation Dinner, 1969 April 28
M&A 1247 86 "Electronically Expanding the Citizen's World" ( IEEE Spectrum) (with James D. O'Connell, Eugene G. Fubini, Kenneth G. McKay, and J. Herbert Hollomon), 1969 July
M&A 1247 87 SelectaVision Press Conference remarks, 1969 September 30
M&A 1247 88 Talk to Corporate Engineering Meeting, 1970 May 11
M&A 1247 89 "A View from Major Industry" (A National Posture on Support of Basic Science and Engineering), 1970 June 5
M&A 1247 89A Inside page for RCA Engineer "15th anniversary issue," 1970 June-July
M&A 1247 90 "The Audiovisual Future of Man" (The International Symposium on Communications), 1970 August 20
M&A 1247 91 "Organizing the Development Engineering Group" (orientation seminar), 1970 October 30
M&A 1247 92 "Future Electronic Alternatives to Travel" (presented to the Society of Automotive Engineers at the Automotive Engineering Congress), 1971 January 11-15
M&A 1247 93 "Review of Laboratories' Programs - Introduction," 1971 March 2
M&A 1247 94 "Engineering Ethics and the Consumer (Letter to the editorial staff of The Cornell Engineer), 1971 March
M&A 1247 95 "Reliability Physics: A Response to Consumerism's Crisis of Confidence," 1971 April 1
M&A 1247 96 "RCA Part V -- the Years 1966-1971," 1971 April 30
M&A 1247 97 Notes used for Rotary Luncheon Talk, 1971 May
M&A 1247 98 Remarks at the inauguration of new Zurich labs, 1971 June 7
M&A 1247 99 "The Five Hats of R&D Management" (given at the National Conference on Administration and Research), 1971 September 29
M&A 1247 100 Notes for panel discussion on "The Impact of Japanese Technology on U.S. Industrial Research" (Association of Research Directors), 1972 February 17
M&A 1247 101 Talk at the Corporate Engineering Conference, 1972 May 24
M&A 1247 102 "Shaping the Future at RCA-Concluding Remarks" (reprint The RCA Engineering Conference), 1972 July 7
M&A 1247 103 Notes on talk to Old Guard, 1973 February 28
M&A 1247 104 "Cynical Maverick': 33 Years at all Levels" (Harvard University Seminar on the Management of Science and Technology), 1973 April 9
M&A 1247 105 "Interdisciplinary Planning - the Staff Role of Research and Engineering," 1973 May
M&A 1247 106 Remarks at the First Annual Patent Recognition Dinner, 1973 October 24
M&A 1247 107 Speech for Retirees Open House, 1973 October 25
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M&A 1248 1 "Technology and the Future" (Joint Meeting with Society of Logistics Engineers at the Franklin Institute), 1974 February 20
M&A 1248 2 "Electronics in Your Future" (speech for the Present Day Club), 1975 February 26
M&A 1248 3 Talk to Princeton Rotary Club, 1975 March 18
M&A 1248 4 "Industrial Research Management - The Changing Challenge" (presented at the Annual Industrial Research Meeting), 1975 May 30
M&A 1248 5 "Broadcasting Trends & Technologies of the 1970's" (presentation to Machinery Import and Export Corporation in Connection with EIA Communication Division Delegation to Peoples Republic of China, 1975 July 27-August 6
M&A 1248 6 "Initial Impressions of Electronics in the People's Republic of China" (luncheon talk at EASCON '75), 1975 September 29
M&A 1248 7 "The Changing Challenge of Industrial Research Management" (The I.R.I Honor Lecture), 1975 September
M&A 1248 8 "Preliminary Impressions of China from a Management Point of View" (RCA Laboratories Colloquium), 1975 October 21
M&A 1248 9 "RCA's Trade with the People's Republic of China" (U.S. Department of Commerce Symposium), 1975 November 19
M&A 1248 10 Talk to TA Smith RCA Group, 1975 December 8
M&A 1248 11 Presentation to Rotary Club, 1975 December 30
M&A 1248 12 Inside page for RCA Engineer "Product Design Issue," 1975
M&A 1248 13 "RCA in the 'Right Places at the Right Times'," 1975
M&A 1248 14 Remarks to RCA Board of Directors, 1976 February 4
M&A 1248 15 Industrial Research Institute talk (AED Colloquium), 1976 February 26
M&A 1248 16 "Some Thoughts on the Future of Information Display" (Society for Information Display 1976 Information Display 1976 International Symposium/Exhibition), 1976 May 4
M&A 1248 17 Patents and Licensing Meeting talk (Skytop, Pennsylvania), 1976 May 12
M&A 1248 18 "Broadcasting in the Eighties" (NBC Affiliates Meeting), 1976 June 22
M&A 1248 19 "The Technological Outlook for Broadcasting" (American Women in Radio and Television Northeastern Region-Annual Meeting), 1976 October 2
M&A 1248 20 WICOP talk notes, 1976 October 13
M&A 1248 21 "Information, Communication and the Future" (Nassau Club), 1976 December 1
M&A 1248 22 "Distillation of Views I Have of Industrial R&D" (Seminar on Management of Research and Development at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management), 1977 March 31
M&A 1248 23 "Trends in Video System Under the Impact of New Technology, 1985 Horizon-Automation and Information Storage" (International Television Symposium and Technical Exhibition), 1977 June 4
M&A 1248 24 "R&D, Entrepreneurship and Economics" (Philadelphia Patent Law Association), 1982 March 18
M&A 1248 25 "Status of Computing" lecture notes (Cornell University), 1982 October 29-30
M&A 1248 26 "Home Computers" (RCA Retirement Group), 1983 March 14
M&A 1248 27 Rotary talk, 1988 January 19
M&A 1248 28 Talk at Gordon Institute, 1988 September 14
M&A 1248 29 Nassau Club talk, 1988 October 5
M&A 1248 30 "Electron Microscopy and Microprobe Analysis - Recalling the Ambience of Some Inventions" (The Inventing Mind Conference), 1989 November 3
M&A 1248 31 "Electron Microscopy to Electron Microprobe Analysis - The Early Days" (Presidential Symposium: Spectroscopy in Microscopy & Microanalysis), 1989
M&A 1248 32 "Computers, Brains and Creativity" (Present Day Club), 1990 February 9
M&A 1248 33 "Some Reflections on the Early Development of Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis" (ASTM Symposium on Metallography: 75 Years Later), 1993
M&A 1248 34 "Electron Microscopy to Electron Microprobe Analysis - The Early Days," 1999 July 16
M&A 1248 35 "Mutiny in Orbit" [authorship unclear], undated
M&A 1248 36 Orientation talks, undated
M&A 1248 37 Panel discussion on management, undated
M&A 1248 38 Presentation on Applied Research Programs, undated
M&A 1248 39 Presentation on RCA Laboratories to Brantford Rotary Club, undated
M&A 1248 40 Speech on electronics in analytical chemistry, undated
F. Reference material, 1934-1990
Scope and Content
This subseries contains reference presentations and speeches on topics including research management and science.
Arrangement
Files are arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
M&A 1248 41 Business and management, 1968-1977, undated
M&A 1248 42 Business and management -- "Business Challenges: An MIT Perspective," 1976 October 6-7
M&A 1248 43 Business and management -- "New Business Ventures in the Divisionalized Company" by Theodore A. Smith (16th Annual Marketing Conference), 1968 October 17
M&A 1248 44 Energy, 1975-1977
M&A 1248 45 General, 1969-1982, undated
M&A 1248 46 Government policy, 1967-1980, undated
M&A 1248 47 Government policy -- "Antitrust, Social Responsibility, and Changing Times" by Robert L. Werner (Thirteenth Conference on Antitrust Issues), 1974 March 7
M&A 1248 48 "High Voltage Physics" by L. Jacob, 1934 May
M&A 1248 49 Microprocessors and semiconductors, 1971-1976
M&A 1248 50 "Optique Electronique" by P. Grivet, undated
M&A 1248 51 "Physics at the University of Toronto, 1843-1980" by Elizabeth J. Allin, 1981
M&A 1248 52-53 Research management, 1966-1990, undated
M&A 1248 54 Research management -- "Engineering - Growing, Steady State or Evanescent" by James Vollmer ( The Bridge), 1969 August
M&A 1248 55 Research management -- "Science and Technology in a Changing Environment" by Dr. Elmer W. Engstrom (Eta Kappa Nu Award Recognition Dinner), 1958 February 3
M&A 1248 56 Research management -- "The Origins of Innovation" by L.G. Cook and W.A. Morrison, 1961 July
M&A 1248 57 Science and society, 1969-1976, undated
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M&A 1249 1-2 Science and society -- Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, 1976-1977, undated
M&A 1249 3 Science and society -- minorities in engineering, 1973-1976
M&A 1249 4 Science and technology research in Egypt, 1982-1983, undated
M&A 1249 5 Telecommunications, 1966-1977
M&A 1249 6 Television, 1972-1977, undated
G. SelectaVision and VideoDisc, 1967-1981
Scope and Content
This subseries contains reports and correspondence by Hillier and others at RCA related to SelectaVision and VideoDisc.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
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M&A 1249 7 Aging and virus general reports, 1976 January 30-March 11
M&A 1249 8 Autocoater reports, 1975 October 29-1977 January 31
M&A 1249 9 Business and strategy reports, 1969-1976 November 15, undated; Selected items digitized [ID: Charts MT price profit, SelectaVision-RecommendedStrategy12-11-67, SV Project list (MT), SVmemo-c12-69inc].
M&A 1249 10 Correspondence and memos, 1969-1977
M&A 1249 11 Critical tasks and problems reports, 1975 June-December
M&A 1249 12 Critical tasks and problems reports, 1976 January-February
M&A 1249 13 Critical tasks and problems reports, 1976 March-October
M&A 1249 14-16 Equipment, materials, process, and testing reports, 1973-1977, undated
M&A 1249 17 "Historical Narrative of the RCA Videodisc Project" by Margaret B. W. Graham (Harvard University), 1981
M&A 1249 18 Hologram, magnetic tapes, and video recording reports, 1967 September 18-1970 July 13, undated
M&A 1249 19 Meeting reports, 1971 April 26-1977 June 14
M&A 1249 20 Molding and packaging reports, 1975 November 18-1976 December, undated
M&A 1249 21 News briefs and press releases, 1971 January-1975 April 11; Selected items digitized [ID: Thoughts for MT Press release 1971].
M&A 1249 22 Pressure pick-up reports, 1976 May 6-October 22
M&A 1249 23 Progress and weekly reports, 1974 April 26-1976 November 22
M&A 1249 24 Progress and weekly reports, undated
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M&A 1250 1 "RCA Records Operations Engineering 1975 Program," 1975
M&A 1250 2 Reference publications, 1969-1977, undated; Selected items digitized [ID: On Printing Motion].
M&A 1250 3 SelectaVision experience curves and data, undated
M&A 1250 4 Technical readiness reviews, 1976 June 23-December 15
M&A 1250 5 Technical reviews, 1977
M&A 1250 6 "Video Disc Quality Control Tester," 1974 March 29
M&A 1250 7 Weekly vulnerability and aging reports, 1976 January-February
M&A 1250 8 Weekly vulnerability and aging reports, 1976 March
M&A 1250 9 Weekly vulnerability and aging reports, 1976 May-June
M&A 1250 10 Weekly vulnerability and aging reports, 1976 July
M&A 1250 11 Weekly vulnerability and aging reports, 1976 October
M&A 1250 12 Weekly vulnerability and aging reports, 1976 November
M&A 1250 13 Weekly vulnerability and aging reports, 1977 February
H. Trips, 1955-1977
Scope and Content
This subseries consists of correspondence, reports, and itineraries from Hillier’s international and domestic business trips.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box Folder
M&A 1250 14 Canada, 1957
M&A 1250 15 China, correspondence and itineraries, 1975-1977
M&A 1250 16 China, reports, 1975-1977; Selected items digitized [ID: CommerceDeptSymposium-PRC-RCAtrade1975-11-21, DSRC_Colloquium-China1975-10-21, EASCONtalk-PRCelectronics1975-09-29, PRC_SummaryReport1975-09-02].
M&A 1250 17 Europe, 1956
M&A 1250 18 General Motors, report, 1955 May 11
M&A 1250 19 Japan, 1967
M&A 1250 20 Japan and Taiwan, correspondence, 1974 October 15-December 4; Selected items digitized [ID: Japanese VD demo script].
M&A 1250 21 Japan and Taiwan, itineraries and invitation lists, 1974 November-December 13
M&A 1250 22 Japan and Taiwan, report, 1975
M&A 1250 23 United Soviet Socialist Republic, report, 1973 August 10
M&A 1250 24 Van Nuys, report, 1975 July 21
M&A 1250 25 Vermont, itinerary, 1976 July 16
M&A 1250 26 West Germany, report, 1971 December 14
M&A 1250 27 West Germany, report, 1974 December 16
M&A 1250 28 West Germany, report, 1976 August 27
M&A 1250 29 Zurich, report, undated
I. General, 1922-2007
Scope and Content
This subseries includes biographical and bibliographical information on Hillier as well as his correspondence. The series also contains information related to Florence Hillier’s flower shop, The Flower Basket, in Princeton.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box Folder
M&A 1250 30 Apollo Program related ephemera, 1971
M&A 1250 31 Correspondence, 1951-1983, undated
M&A 1250 32 David Sarnoff Library tour outline, 1967 August 4
M&A 1250 33 Federal Communications Commission questionnaires, 1967 September 26-1971 September 9
M&A 1250 34 The Flower Basket correspondence, financial statements and reports, 1966 June 24-1983 December, undated
M&A 1250 35 General, 1976-1983, undated
M&A 1250 36 Hillier bibliographies and patents, 1958 January-1974 June, undated
M&A 1250 37 Hillier biography, 1970 November 12-2007 [Executive biographies; transcript of interview by Mark Heyer and Al Pinsky; "Serendipitous Science"; recollections of Brantford; Notes of an Interview with Hillier prepared by Special Counsel for the Board of Directors of RCA; James Hillier Memorial Service program]
M&A 1250 38 Hillier clippings, 1976-1977
M&A 1250 39 Hillier financial statements, 1971 April 5-1983 October, undated
M&A 1250 40 Hillier, Florence: Memorial Service program, 1992
M&A 1250 41 "IRS Regulations Pertaining to Attendance at Foreign Conventions," 1977 August 29
M&A 1250 42 James Hillier School graduation program, 1976 June 24
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M&A 1251 1 "Proposal to Establish and Maintain a Laboratory for Electron Optics and Electron Microscopy," 1976 [Research proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation by The University of Chicago]
M&A 1251 2 RCA Art Collection, undated
M&A 1251 3 "RCA Financial Service to Executives," 1972 January
M&A 1251 4 "RCA Incentive Plan Manual of General Policies and Procedures," 1975 May
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M&A 1163 3 RCA International Division advertisement, 1955; This item has been digitized [ID: EM ad-healthc58].
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M&A 1251 5 RCA registered trademarks, 1922
M&A 1251 6 RCA stock incentive plan, 1977 April 29
M&A 1251 7 Resignation of President Anthony L. Conrad: news clippings, 1976 September 17-20
M&A 1251 8 "Salute to David Sarnoff" 60th Anniversary Event correspondence and reports, 1966 July 27-September 21
M&A 1251 9 Transcript of interview with Anthony L. Conrad, undated; This item has been digitized [ID: ConradInterviewTranscript_c1976-HillierPapers].
M&A 1251 10 Visitors, 1958-1976
J. Photographs, circa 1945-1976
4 glass plate slides : color ; 3 x 5 in. 54 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in. 4 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 249 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 8 in.
Scope and Content
This photographs in this collection include micrographs taken with the electron microscope for research at RCA and for outside groups including the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Cornell University. Additionally there are pictures of the electron microscope in the lab and diagrams of the microscope illustrating how it works, an electron microscope exhibit, a visit to the Princeton lab by Chinese research group PRC Meteorological, the dedication of James Hillier Elementary School in 1950, the broadcast of David Sarnoff's funeral from Temple Emanu-El to an auditorium in Princeton, and portraits of James Hillier and Anthony Conrad.
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AVD18 1 Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, circa 1945; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
AVD18 2 Bacteriophage, circa 1946; 6 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 8 in.
AVD18 3 Dedication of James Hillier Elementary, circa 1950; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
AVD18 4 David Sarnoff funeral broadcast to Princeton, December 15, 1971; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
AVD18 5 PRC meteorological group tour of the United States, circa 1976; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 4 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
AVD18 6 Circuit board, undated; 2 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
AVD18 7 Electron microscope exhibit, undated; 15 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
AVD18 8 Electron microscope diagrams, undated; 13 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
AVD18 9 Electron microscope, undated; 29 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD69 15 Electron microscope, circa 1960s; 3 photographic negatives : b&w ; 3 x 5 in. 3 photographic negatives : color ; 3 x 5 in. and smaller.
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AVD18 10-13 Micrographs, electron microscope, undated; 184 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
AVD18 14 Portraits, undated; 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD19 1-12 Electron microscope, circa 1937-1965; 12 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 4 in.
AVD19 13 Diff. camera, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 4 in.
AVD19 14 High Voltage TEM (transmission electron microscope) with shielding, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 15 Parts, electron microscope, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 16-17 lab 1965, circa 1937-1965; 2 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 18-20 Electron microscope components, circa 1937-1965; 3 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 21 Microscope instruments, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 22-23 Lab equipment, circa 1937-1965; 2 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 24 Electron microscope in use, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 25 Cell division, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 26 Euplotes patella 20,000x, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 27 Gold sol 70,000x, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 28 Helix dispersal 24,000x, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 29 Fibrinogen, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 30 Nucleic acid (DNA calf thymus), circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 31 Collagen (Ichthyocoll), circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 32 Ge crystal, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 33-39 Picture taken with electron microscope, circa 1937-1965; 7 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 40 Communications overload in biological systems, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 41 Channel capacity (bits/second), circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 42 Chart/ proof, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 43 Contrast voltage, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 44 Graph, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 45 Possible subgroups and pairs, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 46-47 University of Toronto lab, circa 1937-1965; 2 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 48 University of Toronto: physics department seminar program, 1956 March 3; 1 glass plate slide : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 49 Excerpt from University of Toronto seminar: intro for electron microscope, circa 1956; 1 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 50 Advertisment for the New Electron Microscope, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 51 Newspaper clipping image "The Electron Microscope," circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 52 "Seeing the Invisible," circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 53 Newspaper clipping "Give Public Showing of New Microscope," 1940 February 8; 1 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 54 Checklist: to carry authority a communication must, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slides : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 55 Cartoon: influences on a scientist, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slides : color ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 56 Cartoon: m-m--ten seconds, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slides : color ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 57 Research and development cartoon, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slides : color ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 58 Office cartoon, circa 1937-1965; 1 glass plate slides : color ; 3 x 5 in.
AVD19 59 Notes, circa 1937-1943
K. Audiovisual, 1980
Scope and Content
This subseries is made up of a film (and video copies) that contain an interview with Hillier about his work on the electron microscope and the videodisc. For more interview material with Hillier, see the Vladymir Zworykin papers.
Film
Can 3 Dr. James Hillier, 1980 [Interview with Dr. Hillier on making of the electron microscope. Explains work with RCA including the videodisc. [This film has been digitized (Sarnoff and Hilier Interview.]] ; 1 reel (200 ft.) : sd., col. ; 16mm.
Box
AVD56 Dr. James Hillier, 1980 [Interview with Dr. Hillier on making of the electron microscope. Explains work with RCA including the videodisc.] ; 1 videocassette (U-Matic) : 3/4 inch. TRT 00:04:00.
AVD56 Interview Hillier-Electron Microscope (Film transfer), 2009 August 7 [Part of a DuArt film transfer including ("TIROS Satellite" & RCA TV Commercials") housed in RCA Promotional Collection 2464.] ; 1 videocassette (Digital Betacam).
III. James Carnes papers, 1984-1998
(AVD portion only) 9 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 242 photographic slides : color ; 35 mm.
Historical Note
Dr. James E. Carnes, a native of Hagerstown, Maryland, was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science from Penn State in 1961. Following service in the Navy, Dr. Carnes received a Ph.D. in Electron Device Physics from Princeton University in 1970 and began his employment at RCA Laboratories in 1969 as a Member of the Technical Staff. His next assignment was in Indianapolis in 1977 in RCA's Consumer Electronics Division where five years later he was promoted to Vice President of Engineering. When the David Sarnoff Research Center became a subsidiary of SRI International in 1987, Dr. Carnes returned as Vice President, Consumer Electronics and Information Sciences Research. During his tenure at RCA/Sarnoff Corporation Carnes was actively involved with the development of charge coupled devices and he was acknowledged by fellow scientists as a pioneer in the evolution of high definition and wide screen television.
Following Dr. Carnes's 21 years employment and distinguished career, in 1990 he was elevated to the position of President of the David Sarnoff Research Center (renamed Sarnoff Corporation in 1997) until his retirement in 2002. He later returned as interim President in 2006-2007 for a period of 10 months.
Carnes was awarded many prestigious awards for his work, including the David Sarnoff Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in 1981, membership in the National Academy of Engineering, and membership in the European Academy of Sciences. In addition, he was honored by Penn State as a distinguished alumnus for his outstanding work in the science of electronics.
Scope and Content
The papers of James Carnes not only explain activities at the David Sarnoff Research Center (DSRC) affecting the original mission of the company as it evolved in the 1980s, but also alludes to the sale of RCA to General Electric, and the subsequent break up of RCA's various operations. The DSRC was donated to SRI International and had to adjust to competing with other research companies for contracts.
James Carnes led the David Sarnoff Research Center into the twenty-first century. His past focus on television as a scientist bode well for the DSRC as he helped develop high definition television and worked to produce wide screen technology. Carnes's papers allude to how the labs retooled to accommodate the company's new focus.
The photographic portion of this collection contains 35 mm color slides as well as a few black and white photographs. These show presentation material about digital video interactive technology (DVI), CD Rom and AC-TV, as well as material from various units including the Consumer Electronics and Information Sciences Division, the Manufacturing and Materials Research Division, and the Consumer Software and Software Technology Research Groups.
Twelve of his lab notebooks (1966-1986) can be found in Record group 26.
Arrangement
The James Carnes papers consist of three subseries:
A. Administration and management
B. Advanced Compatible Television (ACTV) and High-Definition Television (HDTV)
Files are arranged alphabetically.
Processing Notes
Processed by David Burdash, 2014.
A. Administration and management, 1984-1998
Scope and Content
This subseries contains material relating to Carnes' role as a senior David Sarnoff Research Center (DSRC) executive. Topics include strategic planning, financial reports, and presentations promoting the DSRC. Of particular interest are the files regarding the marketing trip to Japan made by the DSRC leadership in June 1988. As part of the trip, brochures and other promotional material about the DSRC were assembled, providing an unusual snapshot of the company's early efforts to function as a contract research institute.
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M&A 877 45 5th anniversary of the David Sarnoff Research Center as an independent research facility, 1992 April 1
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AVD68 6 Colloquium, 1984; 18 slides : color ; 35 mm.
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M&A 877 46-47 "Compilation of Intellectual Property" [includes extensive information on services and products offered by the Sarnoff Corporation], 1998 April
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AVD68 7 Consumer Electronics and Information Sciences Division Overview, 1987; 29 slides : color ; 35 mm.
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AVD16 6 Consumer Software and Software Technology Research Groups, circa 1980s; 9 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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M&A 877 48 "The Convergence of Video and Computing" presentation by Glenn A. Reitmeier (Information Systems Research Laboratory, Interactive Multi-Media Systems), 1989 October 3
M&A 877 49 David Sarnoff Research Center mission statement, undated
M&A 877 50 David Sarnoff Research Center overview presentation, 1989 May 3
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M&A 878 1 David Sarnoff Research Center overview presentation, 1994 or 1995
M&A 878 2-5 David Sarnoff Research Center overview presentation transparencies, circa 1989
M&A 878 6-8 Financial reports, forecasts, and related materials, 1996
M&A 878 9 GE DIAL COMM directory, 1990
M&A 878 10 GE/RCA merger and DSRC donation to SRI: "Assessing GE/RCA's Business Opportunities and Technology Threats" interim report by SRI International presented at GE and RCA Review Meeting, 1986 September 30
M&A 878 11 GE/RCA merger and DSRC donation to SRI: GE-SRI agreement for transfer of the David Sarnoff Research Center, 1987 March 27
M&A 878 12 GE/RCA merger and DSRC donation to SRI: general, 1985-1989
M&A 878 13 GE/RCA merger and DSRC donation to SRI: guidelines for GE-RCA integration teams, 1986 April
M&A 878 14 GE/RCA merger and DSRC donation to SRI: planning for GE's visits, 1986
M&A 878 15 Japan marketing trip: background and preparations, 1988 January-June
M&A 878 16 Japan marketing trip: "Doing Business with the Japanese" seminar, 1988 April 25
M&A 878 17 Japan marketing trip: notebook kept by Carnes, 1988 June
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M&A 878 18 Japan marketing trip: pamphlets, brochures, and reference material about the David Sarnoff Research Center [includes substantial background on DSRC operations, some material is in Japanese], 1987-1988
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AVD68 10 Japan marketing trip: presentation, 1988 June 8; 62 slides : color ; 35 mm.
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M&A 878 19 Japan marketing trip: presentation text, 1988 May 18
M&A 878 20 Japan marketing trip: review, 1988 June-July
M&A 878 21 Japan marketing trip: schedule, 1988 June
M&A 878 22 Letter related to New Jersey-Israel technology development, 1993 May 23
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AVD68 13 Manufacturing and Materials Research Division, extra slides, undated; 36 slides : color ; 35 mm.
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M&A 878 23 National Broadcasting Company telephone directory, 1987 July
M&A 878 24 New business white paper by Curtis R. Carlson, 1990 May 15
M&A 878 25 Organization charts, 1986-1992, undated
M&A 878 26 "Perception and the Evolution of Video" presentation by Curtis R. Carlson and James R. Bergen (Information Systems Research Laboratory), 1989 July 14
M&A 878 27 Press release announcing election of Carnes to head DSRC, 1990 July 24
M&A 878 28 Project Sliced Bread kickoff meeting, 1993 September 8-10
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AVD68 8 Revenues, 1990; 7 slides : color ; 35 mm.
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M&A 878 29 Sarnoff Lunchtime Seminar Series presentations, 1997
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AVD68 9 SRI International corporate slide file, 1990 March; 32 slides : color ; 35 mm. 1 item.
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M&A 878 30 Strategic plans: Applied Mathematics, Physics and Displays Research Laboratory, 1990
M&A 878 31 Strategic plans: Applied Physics and Advanced Displays Research Laboratory, 1989 or 1990
M&A 878 32 Strategic plans: David Sarnoff Research Center, 1992, 1995
M&A 878 33 Strategic plans: Display Corporation of America (draft) [partnership between the NCR Corporation, Thomson Electronics, Sun Microsystems, and the David Sarnoff Research Center], 1990 April 20
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M&A 879 1 Strategic plans: Information Systems Research Laboratory, 1989 November 1
M&A 879 2 Strategic plans: Integrated Circuit Research Laboratory, 1990
M&A 879 3 Strategic plans: Manufacturing Technology Research Laboratory, 1990 January 19
M&A 879 4 Strategic plans: Materials and Process Technology Laboratory, 1990 January
M&A 879 5 Strategic plans: Optoelectronics, 1990 January 17
M&A 879 6 Strategic plans: Television Research Laboratory, 1989 December
M&A 879 7 Telesis visit preparations [Telesis was performing an analysis for Thomson on the latter's R&D practices], 1988 March-April
B. Advanced Compatible Television (ACTV) and High-Definition Television (HDTV), 1985-1995
Scope and Content
This subseries demonstrates Carnes' involvement with the DSRC's work on the development of ACTV and HDTV, especially its collaborations with Hitachi and NBC.
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AVD68 12 1988 CD Rom Conference and ACTV, 1988; 16 slides : color ; 35 mm.
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M&A 879 8 Advanced Compatible Television (ACTV) presentations by Carnes transparencies, 1989, undated
M&A 879 9 Advanced Compatible Television (ACTV) system description, 1989 December 31
M&A 879 10 Advanced Television Research Consortium (ATRC): Advanced Digital High-Definition Television (AD-HDTV), 1992
M&A 879 11 Advanced Television Research Consortium (ATRC): Advanced Digital High-Definition Television (AD-HDTV) presentation, circa 1992
M&A 879 12-13 David Sarnoff Research Center/NBC Widescreen Working Group, 1985-1987
M&A 879 14-15 David Sarnoff Research Center/NBC Widescreen Working Group: Ottawa trip, 1987 September
M&A 879 16 "Digital HDTV Grand Alliance System Record of Test Results," 1995 October
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AVD68 11 Digital Video Interactive (DVI) Technology, circa 1984-1988; 44 slides : color ; 35 mm.
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M&A 879 17 "Discussion and Demonstration of Advanced Compatible Television (ACTV)" presentation by Carnes and J. S. Fuhrer (Director, Television Research Laboratory) transparencies, 1987 October 22
M&A 879 18 General, 1985-1986
M&A 879 19 HDTV Newsletter, 1990 September/October - November
M&A 879 20-23 RCA/Hitachi Advanced Technology Working Group, 1985-1988
M&A 879 24 Widescreen discussion and demonstration transparencies, 1987 April 20
2. Acoustical and Electromechanical Research Laboratory records, 1918-1976
Historical Note
When RCA Laboratories was established in Princeton in 1942, Harry F. Olson was put in charge of the Acoustic Research Laboratory. He led the laboratory (renamed Acoustical Research Laboratory in 1951 and Acoustical and Electromechanical Research Laboratory in 1954) for its entire twenty-five year existence.
Olson’s lab conducted fundamental and applied research in sound reproduction, audio and video recording, and computer input-output systems.
Scope and Content
The Acoustical and Electromechanical Research Laboratory records document the research led by Harry F. Olson into acoustics and related fields. Files include articles, patents, correspondence, photographs, notes, and schematics covering a range of topics, with a particular focus on sound reproduction.
Arrangement
The record group is arranged in five series:
I. Harry F. Olson papers
II. Herbert Belar papers
III. Nils E. Lindenblad papers
IV. Roland A. Lynn papers
V. Adolph R. Morgan papers
I. Harry F. Olson papers, 1918-1976
(AVD portion only) 151 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 3 x 5 in. 51 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 5 in. and smaller. 1 video disc (DVD). 2 videocassettses (Digital Betacam) : sd., b&w.1 reel (150 ft.) : sd. b&w ; 16mm. 37 sound tape reels : 7.5 ips. 9 sound tape reels.
Historical Note
Harry F. Olson was born in Iowa in 1901. He earned a B.E., an M.S., a Ph.D. in physics, and a professional degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa. Upon completion of his education in 1928, Olson began working in the research divisions of RCA, first at RCA Photophone and RCA Victor, before becoming head of acoustical research at the new RCA Laboratories facility in Princeton, New Jersey in 1942.
Olson had a prolific career. He published 10 books and more than 130 articles, and was granted over 100 patents for his work. Olson’s innovative work produced the cardioid microphone, an acoustic stethoscope, an acoustically perfect theatre, duo-cone loudspeakers, a phonetic typewriter, the first magnetic color broadcast videotape recorder, and – together with Herb Belar – the electronic music synthesizer.
Olson was active in several professional organizations, including the American Acoustical Society and the Audio Engineering Society, serving a term as president for each, and as editor of the latter’s journal for more than 30 years. He received numerous awards and honors for his work, including being elected to the National Academy of Science and the Lammé Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Olson worked at the David Sarnoff Research Center until retiring as Staff Vice President, Acoustical and Electromechanical Research Laboratory in 1967. Following his retirement, Olson continued to serve as a consultant to RCA Laboratories until the mid-1970s. He died in 1982 in Princeton.
Scope and Content
The Harry F. Olson papers include schematics and drawings, a body of articles and patents, and correspondence from Olson’s work in acoustics at various RCA research divisions.
Photographs include, predominantly black and white with a few color, images of loudspeakers, microphones, and the magnetic video tape recording system.
Sound tape reels contain over 40 recordings of 'word lists' presumably used by Olson in his work with the phonetic typewriter.
Arrangement
The Harry F. Olson papers are divided into three subseries:
A. Research
B. Research, word lists
C. General
Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Provenance
Donated to the David Sarnoff Library by the Sarnoff Corporation in 2007.
Processing Notes
Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, 2014.
A. Research, 1918-1976
Scope and Content
Subseries A is composed of reports, schematics, and photographs generated by Olson during his career in acoustics with RCA. This subseries also includes technical articles and book drafts written by Olson, as well as the numerous letters patent granted to him for his work. Also includes film, video and digital copies of the “Electronic Synthesizer” production. Olson is featured and the film also includes Herbert Belar, an engineer who worked on the project as well. The film describes how the synthesizer works but an example of the music is not heard.
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M&A 1109 1 Acoustic lab facilities, workbench, 1941
M&A 1109 2 Acoustic spaces, field-free sound room (includes photos), circa 1942-1945
M&A 1109 3 Acoustic spaces, general (aircraft, air-conditioned rooms) (includes photos), 1956, undated
M&A 1109 4 Acoustic spaces, NJ Training School for Boys, 1970
M&A 1109 5 Acoustic spaces, Present Day Club, 1962
M&A 1109 6 Acoustic spaces, RCA Labs Computer Center, 1971-1972
M&A 1109 7 Acoustic spaces, theatre, 1930
M&A 1109 8 Acoustic stethoscope (includes photos), 1941, undated
M&A 1109 9 Applied research (with Frank Massa), 1934-1935
M&A 1109 10 Applied research (with Frank Massa), 1936-1938
M&A 1109 11 Applied research (with Frank Massa) (includes photos), undated
M&A 1109 12 Article, "A compound horn loudspeaker" (with Frank Massa) ( Journal of the Acoustical Society of America), 1936 July
M&A 1109 13 Article, "A high-quality ribbon receiver" (with Frank Massa) ( Proceedings of The Institute of Radio Engineers), 1933 May
M&A 1109 14 Article, "A history of high quality studio microphones," 1976
M&A 1109 15 Article, "A horn consisting of manifold exponential sections" ( Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers), 1938 May
M&A 1109 16 Article, "A new cone loud speaker for high fidelity sound reproduction" ( Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers), 1934 January
M&A 1109 17 Article, "A new line of hi-fi speakers" (with John Preston) ( Radio & Television News), 1954 February
M&A 1109 18 Article, "A new monitoring telephone receiver" ( Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers), 1936 November
M&A 1109 19 Article, "A print-out system for the automatic recording of the spectral analysis of spoken syllables" (with Herbert Belar) ( Journal of the Acoustical Society of America), 1962 February
M&A 1109 20 Article, "A system for recording and reproducing television signals," 1954
M&A 1109 21 Article, "Acoustic laboratory in the new RCA Laboratories" ( Journal of the Acoustical Society of America), 1943 October
M&A 1109 22 Article, "Acoustical noise" ( Encyclopedia of Physics), 1972-1973
M&A 1109 23 Article, "Acoustics of sound reproduction in the home" (with Herbert Belar) ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1960 January
M&A 1109 24 Article, "Advances in sound reproduction," 1965
M&A 1109 25 Article, "Aid to music composition employing a random probability system" (with Herbert Belar) ( Journal of the Acoustical Society of America), 1961 September
M&A 1109 26 Article, "Analysis of the effects of nonlinear elements upon the performance of a back-enclosed, direct radiator loudspeaker mechanism" ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1962 April
M&A 1109 27 Article, "Cabinets for high-quality direct radiator loudspeakers" ( Radio & Television News), 1951 May
M&A 1109 28 Article, "Calibration of microphones by the principles of similarity and reciprocity," 1941, 1969
M&A 1109 29 Article, collected papers, Acoustical measurements, 1930-1958
M&A 1109 30 Article, collected papers, Atomics and television recording, 1926-1956
M&A 1109 31 Article, collected papers, General acoustics, 1964-1972
M&A 1109 32 Article, collected papers, Loudspeakers, 1931-1964
M&A 1109 33 Article, collected papers, Microphones, 1930-1958
M&A 1109 34 Article, collected papers, Processing of sound, 1955-1962
M&A 1109 35 Article, "Combination horn and direct radiator loud-speaker" (with Reginald A. Hackley) ( Proceedings of The Institute of Radio Engineers), 1936 December
M&A 1109 36 Article, Comments on "An analysis of design condition for a phase-inverter speaker system with a drone cone," 1974
M&A 1109 37 Article, "Direct radiator loudspeaker enclosures," 1951, 1969
M&A 1109 38 Article, "Directional microphones" ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1967 October
M&A 1109 39 Article, "Drone-cone, phase-inverter loudspeaker" ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1973
M&A 1109 40 Article, "Electronic music synthesis" (with Herbert Belar and J. Timmens) ( Journal of the Acoustical Society of America), 1960 March
M&A 1109 41 Article, "Electronic music synthesis for recordings" ( IEEE Spectrum), 1971 April
M&A 1109 42 Article, "Electronic music synthesizer" (with Herbert Belar) ( Journal of the Acoustical Society of America), 1955 May
M&A 1109 43 Article, "Extending the range of acoustic reproducers" ( Proceedings of the Radio Club of America), 1941 January
M&A 1109 44 Article, "Field-type acoustic wattmeter" ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1974 June
M&A 1109 45 Article, "Field-type artificial voice" ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1972 July/August
M&A 1109 46 Article, "Frequency range preference for speech and music" ( Journal of the Acoustical Society of America), 1947
M&A 1109 47 Article, "Gradient loudspeakers" ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1973 March
M&A 1109 48 Article, "High-quality monitor loud-speakers" ( db), 1967 December; Selected items digitized [ID: HQ Loudspeakers].
M&A 1109 49 Article, "Home entertainment: audio 1988" ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1969 August
M&A 1109 50 Article, "Horn loud speakers, part I" and "Horn loud speakers, part II" ( RCA Review), 1937
M&A 1109 51 Article, "Loudness controller and meter," 1969
M&A 1109 52 Article, "Loudspeakers" ( Proceedings of the IRE), 1962 May
M&A 1109 53 Article, McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology entries, 1971
M&A 1109 54 Article, "Mechano-electronic transducers" ( Journal of the Acoustical Society of America), 1947 March
M&A 1109 55 Article, "Microphone thermal agitation noise" ( Journal of the Acoustical Society of America), 1972 February
M&A 1109 56 Article, "Modulated air flow direct radiator loudspeaker," undated
M&A 1109 57 Article, "Passive and active acoustics in architectural enclosures," 1965
M&A 1109 58 Article, "Performance of a code operated speech synthesizer," 1964
M&A 1109 59 Article, "Phonetic typewriter" (with Herbert Belar), 1956, 1957
M&A 1109 60 Article, "Phonetic typewriter III" (with Herbert Belar) ( Journal of the Acoustical Society of America), 1961 November
M&A 1109 61 Article, "Processing of sound" ( Proceedings of the IRE), 1962 May
M&A 1109 62 Article, "RCA WE130 sound level meter instruction manual," 1972
M&A 1109 63 Article, "Recent developments in direct-radiator high-fidelity loudspeakers" (with John Preston and Everett G. May) ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1954 October
M&A 1109 64 Article, "Recent developments in theater loud speakers of the directional baffle type" ( Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers), 1932
M&A 1109 65 Article, "Research towards a high efficiency voice communication system" (with Herbert Belar and Edward S. Rogers) ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1966 July
M&A 1109 66 Article, "Ribbon velocity microphones" ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1970 June; Selected items digitized [ID: H Olson Microphones].
M&A 1109 67 Article, "Selecting a loudspeaker," undated
M&A 1109 68 Article, "Sensitivity, directivity and linearity of direct radiator loudspeakers" ( Audio Engineering), 1950 October
M&A 1109 69 Article, "Sound recording and reproducing" ( Encyclopaedia Britannica), 1974
M&A 1109 70 Article, "Speech processing systems" ( IEEE Spectrum), 1964 February
M&A 1109 71 Article, "Stereophonic sound reproduction" ( Proceedings of the Third International Congress on Acoustics), 1959
M&A 1109 72 Article, "Syllable analyzer, coder and synthesizer for the transmission of speech" (with Herbert Belar) ( IRE Transactions on Audio), 1962 January-February
M&A 1109 73 Article, "Synthetic reverberator" (with John C. Bleazey) ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1960 January
M&A 1109 74 Article, "The calibration of microphones" (with Stanford Goldman) ( Electronics), 1931 September
M&A 1109 75 Article, "The measurement of hearing acuity," undated
M&A 1109 76 Article, "The measurement of loudness" ( Audio), 1971-1972
M&A 1109 77 Article, "The objective and subjective aspects of sound reproduction," 1964
M&A 1109 78 Article, "The powerful voice of Caruso," 1973
M&A 1109 79 Article, "The psychology of sound reproduction" ( Audio), 1972
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M&A 1110 1 Article, "The RCA Victor Dynagroove system" ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society) (includes original figures), 1964 April
M&A 1110 2 Article, "Time compensation for speed of talking in speech recognition machines" (with Herbert Belar) ( IRE Transactions on Audio), 1960 May-June
M&A 1110 3 Article, "Trends in sound reproduction research," 1968
M&A 1110 4 Article, "Uni-directional ribbon microphone" (RP-16), 1931
M&A 1110 5 Article, "Unitized stereophonic loudspeaker with acoustically augmented separation of the sound sources" ( Journal of the Audio Engineering Society), 1964 January
M&A 1110 6 Article, "Wide range loudspeaker developments" (with John Preston) ( RCA Review), 1946 June
M&A 1110 7 Artificial voice figures (includes photos), undated
M&A 1110 8-11 Book, Acoustical Engineering, figures, 1957
M&A 1110 12 Book, Acoustical Engineering, galley proofs, pp. 1-112, circa 1957
M&A 1110 13 Book, Acoustical Engineering, galley proofs, pp. 113-224 (includes dustjacket), circa 1957
M&A 1110 14 Book, general (untitled draft, photo of "Musical Engineering" dustjacket), undated
M&A 1110 15 Book, Modern Sound Reproduction, drafts, circa 1971
M&A 1110 16 Book, Modern Sound Reproduction, figures, chapters 1-3, 1972
M&A 1110 17 Book, Modern Sound Reproduction, figures, chapters 4-6, 1972
M&A 1110 18 Book, Modern Sound Reproduction, figures, chapters 7-9, 1972
M&A 1110 19 Book, Modern Sound Reproduction, figures, chapters 10-12, 1972
M&A 1110 20 Book, Modern Sound Reproduction, figures, chapters 13-17, 1972
M&A 1110 21-23 Diagrams, general, undated
M&A 1110 24 Electro-acoustic lectern (aka teleprompter, designed for President Johnson) (includes photos), 1966
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AVD56 Electronic Synthesizer (Film transfer), undated [RCA Labs. Early 50s.] ; 1 videocassette (Digital Betacam) : sd., b&w. TRT 00:03:00 (2 copies).
AVD56 Electronic Synthesizer (Film transfer), circa 1950 [RCA Labs. Early 50s. This copy is part of a collection of 3 transferred David Sarnoff films (Other films include "To A New World" & "The Story of Television").] ; 1 videocassette (Betacam) : sd., b&w. TRT 00:03:00.
AVD56 Electronic Synthesizer (Film transfer), circa 1950 [] ; 1 video disc (DVD).
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M&A 1110 25 Engineer's Note Book no. 1136, 1932 February 8 - 1932 June 3
M&A 1110 26 Engineer's Note Book no. 1275, 1932 May 25 - 1932 October 12
M&A 1110 27 Engineer's Note Book no. 1463, 1932 October 17 - 1933 July 5
M&A 1110 28 Engineer's Note Book no. 1840, 1933 August 31 - 1934 August 31
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M&A 1111 1 Engineer's Note Book no. 2158, 1934 August 9 - 1936 November 26
M&A 1111 2 Engineer's Note Book no. 2846, 1937 April 9 - 1940 June 20
M&A 1111 3 Engineer's Note Book no. G-105, 1940 March 1 - 1940 May 14
M&A 1111 4 Engineer's Note Book no. G-639, 1942 September 14 - 1943 June 9
M&A 1111 5 Log book, visitors to secret, confidential or restricted contracts, 1942
M&A 1111 6 Loudspeakers, file index, undated
M&A 1111 7 Loudspeakers, 1.49: 12" Duo Cone Loudspeaker, 1956
M&A 1111 8 Loudspeakers, 1.50: Triple Cone, 1955
M&A 1111 9 Loudspeakers, 1.51: LC1A, 1952-1956
M&A 1111 10 Loudspeakers, 1.52: LC1A with Horns on HF, 1954
M&A 1111 11 Loudspeakers, 1.53: LC1A with Increased Sensitivity, 1953
M&A 1111 12 Loudspeakers, 1.54: Remodeled 515S1, 1947-1950
M&A 1111 13 Loudspeakers, 1.55: 515S2 Original Production Model, 1950
M&A 1111 14 Loudspeakers, 1.56: New LC1A Investigation, 1954
M&A 1111 15 Loudspeakers, 1.57: LC1A Cu. Ft. Cabinet, 1955-1958
M&A 1111 16 Loudspeakers, 1.58: Actec 605-A, Goodman, LC1A, 1960
M&A 1111 17 Loudspeakers, 1.59: LC1B, 1960
M&A 1111 18 Loudspeakers, 1.60: LC1B and Cabinet Drawings, undated
M&A 1111 19 Loudspeakers, 1.61: LC1A, 1961
M&A 1111 20 Loudspeakers, 1.62: LC1A Drone Cone & LF Network, JP, 1960
M&A 1111 21 Loudspeakers, 1.63: McCoy LC1A, JP, undated
M&A 1111 22 Loudspeakers, 1.64: LC1A Fabric Suspension Walnut Enclosure, JP, 1960
M&A 1111 23 Loudspeakers, 1.65: 20 Cu. Ft. Enclosure LC1A - For 24th, JP, 1960
M&A 1111 24 Loudspeakers, 1.66: LC1A in a Mills Enclosure 25x24x17, 5.3 Cu. Ft., JP, 1961
M&A 1111 25 Loudspeakers, 1.67: LC1B II, JP, 1960
M&A 1111 26 Loudspeakers, 1.68: Effects of Drone Cone LF Filter LC1B, LC1B Walnut Cabinet, JP, 1960
M&A 1111 27 Loudspeakers, 1.69: LC2A, 1960-1961
M&A 1111 28 Loudspeakers, 1.70: Camden LC2A, JP, 1961
M&A 1111 29 Loudspeakers, 1.71: LC2A Modified Structure, JP, 1961
M&A 1111 30 Loudspeakers, 2.07: Low Price Theater Speaker (includes photos), 1947
M&A 1111 31 Loudspeakers, 2.11: Single Directional Speaker - Cabinets - SL8 Rolled Edge - E614, undated
M&A 1111 32 Loudspeakers, 2.12: 450351 Speakers in 33x12x7 1/2 EGM, 1962
M&A 1111 33 Loudspeakers, 2.13-2.14: 50351 Speakers in Combination of Boxes and Baffles, EGM, 1962
M&A 1111 34 Loudspeakers, 3.36: 2 1/8 Inch Diameter Speaker, 1957
M&A 1111 35 Loudspeakers, 3.37: 1 11/16 Inch Diameter Speaker, 1956
M&A 1111 36 Loudspeakers, 3.38: Small Elliptical Speaker, 1953-1954
M&A 1111 37 Loudspeakers, 3.39: Shallow Inverted Speaker 2 1/2 and 2 3/4, 1953-1954
M&A 1111 38 Loudspeakers, 3.40: Memoplay Speaker, 1953
M&A 1111 39 Loudspeakers, 3.41: 2x3 Elliptical Back to Back, 1953
M&A 1111 40 Loudspeakers, 3.43: Japanese - 1 3/16" D. and RCA 2 1/8" Speakers - Arcon, 1958
M&A 1111 41 Loudspeakers, 3.44: Rcal 1 5/8" Diam. Subminiature, 1958
M&A 1111 42 Loudspeakers, 3.45: Miniature Loudspeaker, 1958
M&A 1111 43 Loudspeakers, 3.46: Miniature Loudspeaker - 1 1/2" Diam. Ring Magnet, 1958
M&A 1111 44 Loudspeakers, 3.47: Miniature Loudspeaker - Ferrite Magnet, 1959-1960
M&A 1111 45 Loudspeakers, 4.8: Miscellaneous types, High Frequency Speakers, 1954
M&A 1111 46 Loudspeakers, 4.9: High Frequency Tweeter for Sound Source, 1958
M&A 1111 47 Loudspeakers, 5.15: A Wide-Angle Extended Range 12" Speaker #1, 1951-1952
M&A 1111 48 Loudspeakers, 5.16: A Wide Angle Extended Range 12" Speaker #2, 1952
M&A 1111 49 Loudspeakers, 5.17: A Wide Angle Extended Range 12" Speaker #3, 1952
M&A 1111 50 Loudspeakers, 5.18: A Wide Angle Extended Range 12" Speaker #4, 1952-1953
M&A 1111 51 Loudspeakers, 5.19: 12" Curvilinear Cone #HP3167, 1954
M&A 1111 52 Loudspeakers, 5.20: Low Resonant 5" Speaker, 1953
M&A 1111 53 Loudspeakers, 5.21: Low Resonant 5x7 and Tape Recorder Box, 1954-1958
M&A 1111 54 Loudspeakers, 5.22: A Modified RL Type 12" Speaker, 1951-1952
M&A 1111 55 Loudspeakers, 5.23: Eight Inch Extended Range Speaker, 1952-1956
M&A 1111 56 Loudspeakers, 5.24: RCA SL8 Comparison of 3 Systems, 1953-1954
M&A 1111 57 Loudspeakers, 5.25: RCA SL8 Speaker, 1953-1958
M&A 1111 58 Loudspeakers, 5.26: RCA SL12 & RL 111D-1 Speakers, 1953-1954
M&A 1111 59 Loudspeakers, 5.27: RCA SL12 & 502S1 Speakers, 1955
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M&A 1112 1 Loudspeakers, 5.28: Compact Hi Fi Loudspeakers - original data, 1958
M&A 1112 2 Loudspeakers, 5.29: Compact Hi Fi Speakers, rough draft (includes photo), 1958
M&A 1112 3 Loudspeakers, 5.30: High Frequency Attenuator for SL-10, 1961
M&A 1112 4 Loudspeakers, 5.31: 503S1, SL-10, PCVR 184, JP, 1961
M&A 1112 5 Loudspeakers, 5.32: 503S1 2 Cu. Ft. Box, JP, 1961
M&A 1112 6 Loudspeakers, 5.34: Shallow Speaker, JP, 1961
M&A 1112 7 Loudspeakers, 5.34A: Shallow Speaker - Utah, 1964
M&A 1112 8 Loudspeakers, 5.35: Modified 220S1 in Baffle, EGM, 1961
M&A 1112 9 Loudspeakers, 6.6: RCA Folded Edge Loudspeaker in Horn, 1958
M&A 1112 10 Loudspeakers, 6.7: Folded Edge Cabinet, 1952
M&A 1112 11 Loudspeakers, 6.8: Folded Edge Extension, 1956
M&A 1112 12 Loudspeakers, 7.09: Actec Lansing Horn Speaker, 1954
M&A 1112 13 Loudspeakers, 7.10: Horn Speaker for Hi Fi & Electrostatic #1, 1954
M&A 1112 14 Loudspeakers, 7.11: Horn Speaker for Hi Fi & Electrostatic #2, 1954
M&A 1112 15 Loudspeakers, 7.12: Wide Range High Driver UNH, 1964
M&A 1112 16 Loudspeakers, 8.48: H.F. Tweeter, 1954
M&A 1112 17 Loudspeakers, 8.49: Lorenz Tweeter, 1954
M&A 1112 18 Loudspeakers, 8.50: Drone Cone, 1954
M&A 1112 19 Loudspeakers, 8.51: Owens Cabinet, 1956
M&A 1112 20 Loudspeakers, 8.52: Work for Owenson Corner Horn, TV Receivers, Camden SC12, 1956
M&A 1112 21 Loudspeakers, 8.53: Weathers Enclosure, 1955
M&A 1112 22 Loudspeakers, 8.54: Compound Direct Radiator Speaker #1, 1952
M&A 1112 23 Loudspeakers, 8.55: Compound Direct Radiator Speaker #2, 1952-1953
M&A 1112 24 Loudspeakers, 8.56: Compound Direct Radiator Speaker #3, 1955-1956
M&A 1112 25 Loudspeakers, 8.57: Compound Direct Radiator Speaker #4, 1956
M&A 1112 26 Loudspeakers, 8.58: Improved Loudspeaker Systems for Television Receivers, 1954
M&A 1112 27 Loudspeakers, 8.59: Automobile Speaker, 1951
M&A 1112 28 Loudspeakers, 8.60: Auto Speaker with Delay, 1954
M&A 1112 28A Loudspeakers, 8.61: "D" Voice Coil Speaker Report (includes photos), undated
M&A 1112 29 Loudspeakers, 8.62: Ferrite-Magnet Speaker, 1954
M&A 1112 30 Loudspeakers, 8.63: Speaker - Three Way, 1952
M&A 1112 31 Loudspeakers, 8.64: Speakers Demonstrated to LaPatka and Cunningham, 1952
M&A 1112 32 Loudspeakers, 8.65: 3 1/2" "D" Tweeter by Camden, and Horn for it, 1954
M&A 1112 33 Loudspeakers, 8.66: RCA 3" Speaker, 1953
M&A 1112 34 Loudspeakers, 8.67: Push-Pull 100 Ohm V.C. Speaker, 1951
M&A 1112 35 Loudspeakers, 8.68: Speaker Listening Test in Center and Corner of Room, 1953
M&A 1112 36 Loudspeakers, 8.69: Columbia 360 K Phonograph with C Speaker, 1954
M&A 1112 37 Loudspeakers, 8.70: Delco Speaker, 1949-1953
M&A 1112 38 Loudspeakers, 8.71: Foreign Speakers, 1956
M&A 1112 39 Loudspeakers, 8.72: Phillips 12" Speaker, 1955
M&A 1112 40 Loudspeakers, 8.73: Stromberg-Carlson 15" Speaker, 1955
M&A 1112 41 Loudspeakers, 8.74: Tests for Mr. Onley on GE 1249D & University Tweeter, 1953
M&A 1112 42 Loudspeakers, 8.75: Zenith Speaker, 1947
M&A 1112 43 Loudspeakers, 8.76: Paper Loudspeakers Evaluation Meeting, undated
M&A 1112 44 Loudspeakers, 8.77: Stereo-Speakers MK1, 1957
M&A 1112 45 Loudspeakers, 8.78: AR-2 and LC1A in 1.8 Cu. Ft. Box, 1959
M&A 1112 46 Loudspeakers, 8.79: Dir(?) Patterns of Loudspeakers & Comparison with Equivalent Pistons, 1958
M&A 1112 47 Loudspeakers, 8.80: RCA 1" Standard Sound Source - SAS, undated
M&A 1112 48 Loudspeakers, 8.81: Experimental Preston Ring Tweeter - SAS, undated
M&A 1112 49 Loudspeakers, 8.82: RCA 2x3 #2 214S1 - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 50 Loudspeakers, 8.83: 4" #404 S2 Speaker - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 51 Loudspeakers, 8.84: Preston 4" Inverted Cone Speaker, Models #1,2,3 - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 52 Loudspeakers, 8.85: Preston 4" Inverted Cone Speaker Models # 4,5 - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 53 Loudspeakers, 8.86: RCA 4x6 #446S2 Speaker, 1958
M&A 1112 54 Loudspeakers, 8.87: 5" #405S2 Speaker - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 55 Loudspeakers, 8.88: RCA 5x7 #257S1 Speaker - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 56 Loudspeakers, 8.89: RCA 5x7 #257 S1M-SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 57 Loudspeakers, 8.90: RCA 2 - 5x7 #257 S1 In Directional Battlefield - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 58 Loudspeakers, 8.91: Battlefield RCA 6x9 #238 S1 Speaker - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 59 Loudspeakers, 8.92: Battlefield RCA 6x9 #218 S1 Speaker - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 60 Loudspeakers, 8.93: Battlefield RCA 8" #208 S2 Speaker - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 61 Loudspeakers, 8.94: Battlefield 12" SL12 - SAS, 1958
M&A 1112 62 Loudspeakers, 8.95: Battlefield RCAL 1-8 Cu. Ft. Enclosure, undated
M&A 1112 63 Loudspeakers, 8.96: RL-111-5 Reflex Cabinets - Hansen, 1950
M&A 1112 64 Loudspeakers, 8.97: LC1A Supercharged Systems - Hansen, 1950
M&A 1112 65 Loudspeakers, 8.98: Drawings - Hansen, 1950
M&A 1112 66 Loudspeakers, 8.99: RL-111-5 Supercharged Systems - Hansen, 1950
M&A 1112 67 Loudspeakers, 8.100: Standard Sound Source (2 Ft.) - Hansen, 1951
M&A 1112 68 Loudspeakers, 8.101: RL-111-5 2 and 3 Degrees of Freedom Resonators - Hansen, 1950
M&A 1112 69 Loudspeakers, 8.102: KLH Speaker, 1959
M&A 1112 70 Loudspeakers, 8.103: University Tweeter for Ericson, 1960
M&A 1112 71 Loudspeakers, 8.104: 6-Unit Omnispatial Type 238S1 Speaker and Type 961616-4 Tweeter, 1959
M&A 1112 72 Loudspeakers, 8.105: 4-Unit Omnispatial SL-12 Speakers, 1959
M&A 1112 73 Loudspeakers, 8.106: Uni-Spatial Walnut 503S1 Speakers, 1959
M&A 1112 74 Loudspeakers, 8.107: AR2A and AR3 Speakers, 1960
M&A 1112 75 Loudspeakers, 8.108: Distortion, 1960
M&A 1112 76 Loudspeakers, 8.109: Large Rubber Suspension Voice Coil, 1960
M&A 1112 77 Loudspeakers, 8.110: Reverberation Speaker - JP, 1961
M&A 1112 78 Loudspeakers, 8.111: Speaker Feedback Analysis - EGM, 1961
M&A 1112 79 Loudspeakers, 8.112: Position Feedback Speaker Analysis - EGM, 1961
M&A 1112 80 Loudspeakers, 8.113: Capacity Feedback Speakers - EGM, 1961-1962
M&A 1112 81 Loudspeakers, 8.114: Low Frequency Loudspeaker Calculations, 1962
M&A 1112 82 Loudspeakers, 8.115: C at Apex Feedback Speaker - EGM, 1962
M&A 1112 83 Loudspeakers, 8.116: Velocity Feedback Speaker - EGM, 1962
M&A 1112 84 Loudspeakers, 8.117: Feedback Speakers - EGM, 1962
M&A 1112 85 Loudspeakers, 8.118: Velocity Feedback Speakers - EGM, 1962
M&A 1112 86 Loudspeakers, 8.119: Velocity Feedback Speaker FB Coil at Bottom - EGM, 1962
M&A 1112 87 Loudspeakers, 8.120: Feedback Speakers - EGM, 1962
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M&A 1113 1 Loudspeakers, automobile, 1932
M&A 1113 2 Loudspeakers, baffles (includes photos), 1930-1932, 1962
M&A 1113 3-8 Loudspeakers, compound horn, 1933-1934
M&A 1113 9 Loudspeakers, compound horn, permanent magnet speaker, 1939
M&A 1113 10 Loudspeakers, cone speaker tests, 1930-1933
M&A 1113 11 Loudspeakers, cone speaker tests, 1932
M&A 1113 12-13 Loudspeakers, diagrams, 1939-1969
M&A 1113 14 Loudspeakers, experimental horn theory, 1937
M&A 1113 15 Loudspeakers, frequency response curves, 1930-1961, undated
M&A 1113 16 Loudspeakers, frequency response curves, 1934-1935
M&A 1113 17 Loudspeakers, general, 1930-1933
M&A 1113 18 Loudspeakers, personal audiometer, 1972-1974
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AVD29 14-15 Loudspeakers, photographs, circa 1930-1971; 65 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 3 x 5 in.
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M&A 1113 19 Loudspeakers, radio compound horn, folders 11-17, 1934-1935
M&A 1113 20 Loudspeakers, radio compound horn, folders 18-24, 1934-1935
M&A 1113 21 Loudspeakers, radio compound horn, general, 1935
M&A 1113 22 Loudspeakers, small set with separate speakers, 1939
M&A 1113 23 Loudspeakers, stereophonic (includes photos), 1959-1961
M&A 1113 24 Loudspeakers, supermarket checkstands, 1971
M&A 1113 25-26 Magnetic video tape recording, development (includes photos), 1956-1957
M&A 1113 27 Magnetic video tape recording, Hear-See, diagrams (includes photos), undated
M&A 1113 28 Magnetic video tape recording, Hear-See, notes, 1956-1965
M&A 1113 29 Magnetic video tape recording, home, 1956-1960
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AVD29 16 Magnetic video tape recording, photographs, circa 1954-1965; 9 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
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M&A 1113 30 Magnetic video tape recording, reproduction, 1953
M&A 1113 31 Magnetic video tape recording, television signals, 1952-1954
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M&A 1114 1 Microphones, condenser and dynamic, circa 1933
M&A 1114 2 Microphones, general (includes photos), 1932-1967
M&A 1114 3 Microphones, line (includes photos), undated
M&A 1114 4 Microphones, noise reduction (includes photos), 1940-1944
M&A 1114 5 Microphones, phase-shifting, 1941
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AVD29 13 Microphones, photographs, circa 1929-1967; 60 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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M&A 1114 6-7 Microphones, ribbon, notes, 1929-1931
M&A 1114 8 Microphones, ribbon, reports, 1930-1932
M&A 1114 9 Microphones, ribbon, uni-directional, 1931-1932
M&A 1114 10 Microphones, ribbon, velocity, 1933, undated
M&A 1114 11 Microphones, uni-directional (includes photos), 1931-1937, undated
M&A 1114 12 Music synthesizer, correspondence and news clippings, 1954 - 1955 April
M&A 1114 13 Music synthesizer, correspondence and news clippings, 1955 May - December
M&A 1114 14 Music synthesizer, correspondence and news clippings, 1956 -1957 May
M&A 1114 15 Music synthesizer, correspondence and news clippings, 1957 June - 1972
M&A 1114 16 Music synthesizer, donation to the Smithsonian, 1972-1973
M&A 1114 17 Music synthesizer, reports, 1950-1969; Selected items digitized [ID: UniversalElectronicMusicInstrument1969-09].
M&A 1114 18 Music synthesizer, reports, undated
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M&A 1282 Music synthesizer, schematics (oversized), 1951-1957
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M&A 1114 19 Patents, 1932-1944
M&A 1114 20 Patents, 1945-1953
M&A 1114 21 Patents, 1948-1961
M&A 1114 22 Patents, disclosures, 1950-1954
M&A 1114 23-24 Patents, disclosures, 1955
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M&A 1115 1 Patents, disclosures, 1956-1959
M&A 1115 2 Patents, disclosures, 1960-1964
M&A 1115 3 Patents, disclosures book no. 70, 1936-1938
M&A 1115 4 Patents, disclosures book no. 262, 1938-1941
M&A 1115 5 Patents, disclosures book no. 289, 1932
M&A 1115 6 Patents, disclosures book no. 409, 1941-1942
M&A 1115 7 Patents, letters, 1934-1937
M&A 1115 8 Patents, letters, 1938-1942
M&A 1115 9 Patents, letters, 1943-1948
M&A 1115 10 Patents, letters, 1949-1950
M&A 1115 11 Patents, letters, 1951-1953
M&A 1115 12 Patents, letters, 1954-1956
M&A 1115 13 Patents, letters, 1957-1967
M&A 1115 14 Patents, letters, 1963-1968
M&A 1115 15 Personal radio receiver (includes photos), circa 1940, undated
M&A 1115 16 Phonetic typewriter (includes photos), 1954-1962
M&A 1115 17 Phonograph, electronic pick-up, 1944-1947
M&A 1115 18 Phonograph, general (includes photos), undated
M&A 1115 19 Phonograph, lid seal, 1940
M&A 1115 20 Phonograph, Super 45, 1950
M&A 1115 21 Publications, lists and approvals, 1958-1973
M&A 1115 22-23 Related literature, 1918-1957
M&A 1115 24 Report, "Acoustical research and development in RCA Laboratories during the past decade," 1957 August 5
M&A 1115 25 Report, Electronic transducers, 1945
M&A 1115 26 Report, Infrasonic communication, 1962-1963
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M&A 1116 1 Report, Magnetostriction driving systems (reduction of submarine noise), 1943
M&A 1116 2 Research evaluation meetings, 1957-1961, undated
M&A 1116 3 Sound, graphs (includes photos), circa 1933-1936
M&A 1116 4 Sound, hearing, circa 1933
M&A 1116 5 Sound, measuring (includes photos), 1930-1968
M&A 1116 6 Stereophonic sound, diagrams (includes photographs), undated
M&A 1116 7 Stereophonic sound, mono to stereo, 1959
M&A 1116 8 Stereophonic sound, reports and notes, 1957-1958
M&A 1116 9 Stereophonic sound, reports and notes, 1958-1959
M&A 1116 10 Stereophonic sound, reproducer, 1962
Film
Can 7 Synthesizer Demonstration, circa 1952 [Film begins with exterior DS Research Labs in Princeton. Demonstration of synthesizer and how it works. Introduces Mr. Herbert Pelar, Engineer and Dr. Harry F. Olsen, director of RCA's acoustical research center. [This film has been digitized (RCA Electronic Synthesizer).]] ; 1 reel (150 ft.) : sd. b&w ; 16mm.
B. Research, word lists, undated
41.0 sound reels
Scope and Content
Included in this subseries are over 40 audio recordings of “Word Lists”. These are comprised of speakers relaying sets of words, often several times for each word, and sometimes including a syllable before the word. Presumably these were used in Olson’s work with the phonetic typewriter.
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AVD60 1A-6A, undated [Collection of reels where announcer asks to write a list of words in particular spaces.] ; 6 sound tape reels.
AVD60 Connecting Hallway 1 & 2, 1967 April 10 [2nd Floor Hallway, Tape 4A Source. Use CH. #1. Ch. #2, excess peak clipping on female voice. Reel 2-2nd Floor Hallway, Tape 1A. Error 23-List #7 with 1 or 2 on tape.] ; 2 sound tape reels.
AVD60 N.E. Foster, undated [Articulation test record. Recording of words in list form. Related Materials: N Foster lab notebook.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD60 Pause detector Tape, 1963 April 24 [J.B. Halter.] ; 1 sound tape reel.
AVD60 T312, undated [Recording of words in list form.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD60 Test Tape, 1967 March 31 [Begins with electronic pulse sounds of varying length and tones, then recording of words in list form commences.] ; 1 sound tape reel ; 7.5 ips.
AVD60 Voiced UnVoiced Test_Word Lists, 1967 Mach 9 [GMS, WHJ, EGM, ESR. Reel begins with speaker giving "a" sound and proceeds with words using sound- "day", "they", "gave" then "i", "e", "fee", "p", etc.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD60 Word List 1, 1967 February 27 [ESR.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD60 Word List 1, 1967 February 28 [WHJ.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD60 Word List 1, 1967 February 28 [EGM.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD60 Word List 1, 1967 March 6 [GMS.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
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AVD61 Word List 1/Word List 2, 1967 April 13 [PWR.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 2, 1967 March 7 [GMS.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 3, 1967 March 3 [EGM.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 3, 1967 March 3 [ESR.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 3/Word List 4, 1967 April 13 [WLB/JRW.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 4, 1967 March 5 [EGM.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 4, 1967 March 6 [WHJ.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 4, 1967 March 6 [ESR.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 4, 1967 March 8 [GMS.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 5, 1967 March 6 [EGM.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 5, 1967 March 7 [WHS.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 5, 1967 March 8 [GMS.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 5, 1967 March 8 [ESR.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 5/Word List 6, 1967 April 14 [JTF/DFM.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD61 Word List 5/Word List 6, 1967 April 14 [GWL/CJH.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
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AVD62 Word List 6, 1967 March 8 [WHJ.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 6, 1967 March 8 [ESR.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 6, 1967 March 8 [EGM.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 6, 1967 March 10 [GMS.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 7, 1967 March 9 [EGM.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 7, 1967 March 9 [ESR.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 7, 1967 March 9 [WHJ] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 7, 1967 March 13 [GMS.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 7/Word List 8, 1967 April 14 [KBB/TAS.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 8, 1967 March 10 [EGM.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 8, 1967 March 10 [WHJ.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 8, 1967 March 13 [ESR.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 8, 1967 March 13 [ESR.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 8, 1967 March 13 [GMS.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
AVD62 Word List 9/Word List 10, 1967 April 14 [DSM/RSF.] ; 1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips.
C. General, 1928-1973
Scope and Content
Subseries C consists of records related to Olson's memberships in professional organizations and the awards he won, as well as his correspondence, primarily with people interested in his inventions.
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M&A 1116 11 Awards, general (includes photos), 1956-1967, undated
M&A 1116 12 Awards, John Erickson Medal, 1964
M&A 1116 13 Awards, Lamme Medal, 1970
M&A 1116 14 Awards, nomination, University of Iowa, 1972
M&A 1116 15 Biographical sketches, 1962-1982, undated
M&A 1116 16 Correspondence, 1939-1959
M&A 1116 17 Correspondence, 1960-1969
M&A 1116 18 Correspondence, 1970-1975
M&A 1116 19 Correspondence, acoustic stethoscope, 1943-1963
M&A 1116 20 Correspondence, book, Applied Acoustics (letters, galley proofs, book reviews), 1939-1974
M&A 1116 21 Correspondence, book, Dynamical Analogies and others (letters, galley proofs, book reviews), 1943-1972, undated
M&A 1116 22 Correspondence, book, Modern Sound Reproduction (letters, galley proofs, book reviews), 1972-1973
M&A 1116 23-24 Correspondence, electronic sound absorber, 1955-1957
M&A 1116 25 Correspondence, functional sound absorber, 1950-1965
M&A 1116 26 Correspondence, personal acoustic-mechano disk recorder (proposal by inventor for RCA to develop their technology), 1963
M&A 1116 27 Correspondence, Quentana musical instrument (proposal by Pavia Farny Co. for RCA to develop their technology), 1970
M&A 1116 28 Installation, speakers at Sarnoff residence, 1963
M&A 1116 29 Lectures, Columbus, 1941
M&A 1116 30 Lectures, Loudness Meter, 1968
M&A 1116 31 Lectures, Speech Communication Seminar, Stockholm, 1962
M&A 1116 32 Personal finances (life insurance, lists of stocks and other accounts), 1929-1974
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AVD29 12 Portraits, circa 1920-1969; 17 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 5 photographic prints : 4 x 6 in and smaller.
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AVD167 9 Portraits, oversize, circa 1950; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 11 x 14 in. 1 drawing : pencil ; 12 x 14 in.
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M&A 1116 33 Product development, RCA Golden Fidelity microphones, 1962
M&A 1116 34 Product marketing, acousto-electronic auditorium, speakers, microphones (includes photos), 1959, undated
M&A 1116 35 Professional organizations, Acoustical Society of America (includes photo), 1952-1953, 1963
M&A 1116 36 Professional organizations, Audio Engineering Society (annual meetings, papers drafts, correspondence), 1962
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