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RCA Missile and Surface Radar Division photographs

Accession 2464.31

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

Finding aid prepared by Angela Schad, 2014.,

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2016-12-20T12:24-0500

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The collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant.

Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, RCA Missile and Surface Radar Division photographs (Accession 2464.31), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: RCA Missile and Surface Radar Division photographs
Dates: 1953-1981
Accession Number: 2464.31
Creator: Radio Corporation of America. Missile and Surface Radar Division.
Extent: 0.75 linear feet
Physical Description: 195 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 100 contact sheets : color. 8 negatives : b&w. 8 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 4 in. 4 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: The Missile and Surface Radar Division (MSRD) of the Radio Corporation of America operated as a primary government and military defense contractor from 1953 to 1986, developing and implementing advanced radar systems. The photographs in the collection depict instrumentation, radar equipment, control equipment, and research facilities at both the MSRD and the Navy AEGIS Combat System Engineering Deveopment Site in Moorestown, New Jersey.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

In 2009, along with the rest of the archival collections of the David Sarnoff Library, the RCA Government Services photographs collection was donated to the Hagley Museum and Library.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The Missile and Surface Radar Division (MSRD) of the Radio Corporation of America operated as a primary government and military defense contractor from 1953 to the 1986, developing and implementing advanced radar systems. In 1953, RCA opened a large facility dedicated to the development and manufacture of government apparatus outside of Moorestown, New Jersey. The facility was the primary location of the MSRD, which originally operated as part of the RCA Engineering Products Division and eventually became a division of RCA Government and Commercial Systems.

The MSRD focused on government contract and company-sponsored research and development projects, developing radar, sonar, military communications, and missile guidance and checkout equipment. In 1954, RCA received the Air Force contract for the Talos defense system project and received the contract for the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) in 1958. The development and implementation of precision C-band range instrumentation radars for the Armed Forces and NASA dominated MSRD research during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1969, RCA received the primary contract for the Navy’s new major defensive surface-to-air missile system, AEGIS. As such, RCA was responsible for management, systems engineering and integration, logistics support, and electronic scanning radar development for the project. The MSRD was acquired by General Electric in 1986, before being sold in 1992 to what became Lockheed Martin.

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Scope and Content

The photographs in the collection relate to contract work completed by the RCA Missile and Surface Radar Division (MSRD) in Moorestown, New Jersey from 1950 to 1980 and to work done by that department with the Navy on the AEGIS Combat System at the Combat System Engineering Development Site (CSEDS) in New Jersey from 1980 to 1981. The images depict instrumentation, radar equipment, control equipment, and research facilities.

The series, Division projects, includes black and white photographs predominantley related to the work of the RCA Missile and Surface Radar Division conducted in Moorestown, New Jersey from 1953 to circa 1975. Images primarily consist of instrumentation and equipment for missile defense and surface radar projects. Radar equipment includes antenna, control equipment, and other electronic devices. Other images depict research facilities and laboratories. Notable projects represented include the Army Air Defense System (AADS-70), Atlas D missile guidance, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS), Downrange Anti-missile Measurement Program (DAMP), multiple instrumentation land-based radars, the ground-to-air Talos defense system, and various military missile range instrumentation ships.

The series, AEGIS Navy project, consists primarily of contact sheets of interior views of the CSEDS located outside of Moorestown, New Jersey from 1980 to 1981. The site was staffed by Navy and civilian personnel doing research and development work related to the AEGIS Combat System, which was initially developed by the Missile and Surface Radar Division of RCA in the 1970s. The site was adjacent to the RCA MSRD facility at Moorsetown. The images in this series depict development, testing, and training related to AEGIS as well as equipment, production, and visits to the CSEDS by Navy personnel and corporate representatives.

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Arrangement

Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Division projects, 1953-1975
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AVD1 1 Air Force aircraft using DATS system, circa 1960; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 2 Antenna components, undated; 8 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 3 Apollo Ships Instrumentation Radar (ASIR) integrated console and feed, circa 1964; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 negative : b&w ; 7 x 10 in.
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AVD1 4 Army Air Defense System (AADS-70), circa 1960; 18 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 5 Atlas D missile control and checkout equipment, circa 1959-1962; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 negative : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 6 Automatic Digital Network System (AUTODIN), 1963-1966; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 7 Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) antenna and pedestal, 1959 May; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 8 Bumblebee project antenna and pedestal, circa 1950; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 9 Compact All-Purpose Range Instrument (CAPRI), circa 1965; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 negative : b&w ; 6.5 x 9.5 in.
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AVD1 10 Digital Instrumentation Radar prototype transmitter, undated; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 11 Douglas A-4 Skyhawks with Bullpup missiles, circa 1960; 7 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 12 Haystack antenna scale model for Westford, Massachusetts, circa 1960; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 13 Instrumentation radar: AN/FPQ-6 land-based system, circa 1963; 9 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 3 x 4 in. 1 negative : b&w ; 7 x 10 in.
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AVD1 14 Instrumentation radar: AN/FPQ-6 land-based system at Pillar Point Air Force Station, California, circa 1968; 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic print : b&w ; 3 x 4 in. 2 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 5 in.
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AVD1 15 Instrumentation radar: AN/MPS-25, 1961 [Schematic diagrams and photocopies on paper.] ; 10 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 negative : b&w ; 7 x 10 in.
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AVD1 16 Instrumentation radar: AN/MPS-36, circa 1960; 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 17 Instrumentation radar: AN/TPQ-18, circa 1960; 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 18 Instrumentation radar control console at Grand Bahama Island, circa 1950; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 19 Laser tracker, circa 1950; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 20-21 Moorestown, New Jersey model shop and other facilities, 1963 [Equipment lists and photocopies.] ; 18 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 22 Moorestown facility, undated; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 23 Northern Ordnance facility in Minnesota, 13 April 1961; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 24 Radar video recorder, undated; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 25 Raytheon signal data converter and transmitter, 1971; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 26 RCA 4102-S computer, circa 1964; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 27 RCA experience applicable to IMCC charts, circa 1970; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 28 Research: arrays and electronic devices, circa 1965; 9 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 29 Research: charts, graphs, and radar display, circa 1965; 6 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 30 Research: equipment, circa 1965; 23 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.
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AVD1 31 Research: laboratories and facilities, circa 1965; 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.
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AVD1 32 Solid state handheld tactical radar, undated; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 33 Tactical radars: AN/UPS-1, undated; 1 item.
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AVD1 34-35 Talos land-based defense system at White Sands, New Mexico, 1957; 9 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in. 2 negatives : b&w ; 3.5 x 4.5 in.
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AVD1 36 Thin film technology at Moorestown, New Jersey, circa 1960; 11 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 37 TRADEX radar tracking, 1961-1965; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in. 2 items : correspondence.
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AVD1 38 Unidentified control and power equipment, undated; 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 39 USAF Twin Falls Victory, Atlantic Missile Range ship, 1960-1964; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 negative : b&w ; 7 x 10 in.
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AVD1 40 USAS American Mariner, Downrange Anti-Missile Measurement Project (DAMP) ship, circa 1960; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in.
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AVD1 41 USNS Range Tracker, Pacific Missile Range ship, circa 1950; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 42 USNS Wheeling, missile range instrumentation ship, circa 1965; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 4 in.
II. AEGIS Navy project, 1980-1981
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AVD2 1 ADG room at Combat System Engineering Development Site, 1980-1981; 3 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 2 Aegis Data Analysis and Reduction (ADAR) room, 1981; 3 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 3 Aegis depot computer center, 1981; 1 contact sheet : color.
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AVD2 4 Aegis DT-IID development testing, 1980; 3 contact sheets : color. 2 photocopies of contact sheets.
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AVD2 5 Aegis quality training class, 1980; 1 contact sheet : color.
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AVD2 6 Array number 4 loaded on new shipping fixture, 1980; 4 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 7 Array number 4 moved to Production Test Center (PTC), 1980; 9 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 8 Combat System Engineering Development Site: main presentation room, 1981; 9 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 9 Delivery of Raytheon equipment, 1980; 4 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 10 Navy control equipment, 1981; 3 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD2 11 Navy reenlistment ceremony, 1980; 3 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 12 Power equipment at Combat System Engineering Development Site, 1980; 5 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 13 Production, 1981; 3 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD2 14 Production for CG-48, USS Yorktown, 1980-1981; 7 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 15 Production Test Center (PTC): Director Controller number 3 from Raytheon, 1980; 6 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 16 Tour of production area, 1981; 1 contact sheet : color.
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AVD2 17 Visit by Master Chiefs to Combat System Engineering Development Site, 1980 September 18; 8 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 18 Visit by Rear Admiral Cassidy to Combat System Engineering Development Site, 1980; 4 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 19 Visit by M. Eggink, 1980; 1 contact sheet : color.
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AVD2 20 Visit by Rear Admiral Duncan P. McGillivary to Combat System Engineering Development Site, 1980; 4 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 21 Visit by Rear Admiral C. W. Taylor to Combat System Engineering Development Site, 1980; 8 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 22 Visit by representatives of Industrial Microwave Corporation to Combat System Engineering Development Site, 1980; 6 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 23 Visit by R. S. Vaughn to Combat System Engineering Development Site, 1981; 4 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 24 Visits to Combat System Engineering Development Site, circa 1980; 6 contact sheets : color.
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AVD2 25 Waveguides and templates at Production Test Center (PTC), 1981; 8 contact sheets : color.