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RCA Solid State Division records

Accession 2464.75

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

Finding aid prepared by Daniel Michelson and Kenneth Cleary, 2016.,

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-04-07T09:21-0400

Finding aid prepared using best local practices and Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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 Solid State Division records (Accession 2464.75), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: RCA Solid State Division records
Dates: 1950-2003
Accession Number: 2464.75
Creator: RCA Corporation. Solid State Division.
Extent: 5.25 linear feet
Physical Description: (AVD portion only) 1 videocassette (VHS) : 1/2 inch. TRT 00:19:00. 6 videocassettes (SVHS) : 1/2 inch. 34 photographic negatives : color ; 8 x 10 in. and larger. 101 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 133 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 5 in. 4 photographic overheads : color ; 10 x 12 in. 227 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. and smaller. 5 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in. 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. 120 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 6 in or smaller. paper documents. 2 photographic negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 65 photographic negatives : b&w ; 2.5 x 2.5 in.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: The RCA Solid State Division (SSD) was responsible for leading RCA’s research, development, and manufacturing in semiconductors, integrated circuits, and optoelectronics. The records consist of the papers of scientists and administrators from the division’s facilities in Somerville, New Jersey and Findlay, Ohio.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

In 2009, along with the rest of the archival collections of the David Sarnoff Library, the RCA Solid State Division records were donated to the Hagley Museum and Library.

Access Restrictions

Records subject to 25-year time seal.

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.

Negatives are housed in cold storage and must reacclimate prior to viewing (Box AVD-NG1). Please contact the Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department at least 48 hours in advance of research visit.

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Historical Note

The RCA Solid State Division (SSD) was established under William C. Hittinger in March 1970 from a merger of the solid state units of RCA Electronic Components with the Integrated Circuit Technology Center of Research and Engineering. The division was responsible for leading RCA’s research, development, and manufacturing in semiconductors, integrated circuits, and optoelectronics.

Headquartered in Somerville, New Jersey, the SSD assumed control of existing RCA plants in Findlay, Ohio (established 1954), Mountaintop, Pennsylvania (1960), Taoyuan, Taiwan (1967), and Liege, Belgium (1970), in addition to the Somerville plant (1956). Additional manufacturing facilities were opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1975) and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (1976). A portion of the large Lancaster, Pennsylvania plant was also transferred to the SSD in the early 1970s.

Despite substantial overlap, the RCA Solid State Division was a separate entity from the David Sarnoff Research Center (DSRC)’s Solid State Research Division (the word “Division” was not usually attached to the latter until after the DSRC joined SRI in 1987). To further complicate matters, the Solid State Technology Center, which led the research and engineering functions, was administratively part of the SSD, but took direction from the DSRC. So confusing was this arrangement, that some staff who worked at the Solid State Technology Center (renamed the Microelectronics Center in late 1985) remain uncertain whether they worked for the SSD or the DSRC.

When GE acquired RCA in 1986, it unified its solid state business with RCA’s to create GE-RCA Solid State, later renamed GE Solid State. In November 1988, GE sold GE Solid State to Harris Semiconductor.

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Scope and Content

The RCA Solid State Division (SSD) records consist of the papers of scientists and administrators from the division’s facilities in Somerville, New Jersey and Findlay, Ohio. Research records, photographs, and promotional materials provide evidence of SSD’s research, development, and manufacturing of solid state components and devices.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in thirteen series:

I. Billie Joe Call papers

II. Thomas Chesek papers

III. Sidney Cooper photographs

IV. J. Thomas Croasmun papers

V. Pauline D'Andrea retirement scrapbook

VI. Richard Klein photographs

VII. Rob Kleppinger papers

VIII. William R. Linke papers on RCA Findlay dedication

IX. Max Malchow photographs

X. Joel Oberman photographs

XI. Somerville hourly workers collection

XII. C. Frank Wheatley, Jr. papers

XIII. General

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Billie Joe Call papers, 1974-1991
Historical Note
Billie Joe Call was born in Tennessee in 1942. His family moved to New Jersey, where he attended Trenton Junior College after graduating from high school. Call worked for the Solid State Technology Center, where he designed circuit boards and wrote code for systems that employed RCA’s COSMAC microprocessor.
Call was awarded a patent for his work and died in 2006.
Scope and Content
The Billie Joe Call papers are composed of schematics, notes, correspondence, and user manuals related to the research and development of systems that employed RCA’s COSMAC microprocessor. These included what RCA scientists called “FRED,” or flexible recreational and educational devices, such as Studio II, III, and IV, VIP, and Microtutor.
Arrangement
Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.
Processing Notes
Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, 2014.
Box Folder
M&A 919 22 File #1, FRED 2 (COS/MOS) (schematics, correspondence, notes), 1974-1975
Box Folder
M&A 919 23 File #2, FRED 2 (schematics, notes), 1974-1975
Box Folder
M&A 919 24 File #3, FRED II, most recent (schematics), 1974
Box Folder
M&A 919 25 File #4, VIP, one board hobby comp. (schematics, notes), 1976-1977
Box Folder
M&A 919 26 File #5, FRED 1.5 (schematics, correspondence, notes), 1974
Box Folder
M&A 919 27 File #6, COSMAC Microtutor (schematics, correspondence, notes, manual) (includes photos), 1975
Box Folder
M&A 919 28 File #7, coin game (schematics, notes), 1975
Box Folder
M&A 919 29 File #8, RCA COSMAC 180 (schematics, notes), 1975-1976
Box Folder
M&A 920 1 General (memos, correspondence, meeting reports, articles, 1991 letter re: loan of Files #1-8) (includes photo), 1976-1981, 1991, undated
Box Folder
M&A 920 2 Manuals, COSMAC, drafts, 1974
Box Folder
M&A 920 3 Manuals, COSMAC, user (VIP user’s guide, COSMAC user manual), 1977-1978
Box Folder
M&A 920 4 Manuals, general (COSMAC retail products, aviation weather radar systems, draft for Studio II), 1976-1983
Box Folder
M&A 920 5 Manuals, Microtutor, circa 1976
Box Folder
M&A 920 6 Press kit, “RCA Microprocessor Products”, 1976
Box Folder
M&A 920 7 RCA COSMAC 180 kit, deni(?) copies, circa 1976
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M&A 920 8 RCA COSMAC 180 kit, extra stuff, circa 1976
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M&A 920 9 RCA COSMAC 180 kit, half-tone masters (composite), circa 1976
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M&A 920 10 RCA COSMAC 180 kit, negatives, circa 1976
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M&A 920 11 RCA COSMAC 180 kit, originals master composites, circa 1976
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M&A 920 12 RCA COSMAC 180 kit, overlay copies, circa 1976
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M&A 920 13 RCA COSMAC 180 kit, overlay inked originals, circa 1976
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M&A 920 14 RCA COSMAC 180 kit, underlay originals, circa 1976
Box Folder
M&A 920 14a RCA COSMAC manual, 1976
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M&A 920 15 VIPER, volume 1 (issues 1, 3-10, index), 1978-1979
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M&A 920 16 VIPER, volume 2 (issues 1-10), 1979-1980
II. Thomas Chesek papers, 1967-1989
Historical Note
Thomas Chesek was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1934. He started working for what would become the RCA Solid State Division in Somerville, New Jersey in the marketing department in 1950. Chesek then worked as the Administrator for Standard IC Products Marketing at GE Solid State before becoming the marketing director at Harris Semiconductor, the position he held until he retired in 1995. Chesek died in 2011.
Scope and Content
The Thomas Chesek papers include promotional material for electronic components including linear integrated circuits, transistors, and analog-to-digital converters. Also included are publications from RCA, GE, and Harris Semiconductor including company newsletters and product guides. The papers also include internal correspondence from the RCA Solid State Division in Somerville, New Jersey along with handbooks, manuals, and directories for RCA employees from 1967 to 1981.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Provenance
Donated by Thomas A. Chesek to the David Sarnoff Library.
Processing Notes
Processed by Ashley Giordano, 2015.
Box Folder
M&A 1081 7 Cadillac diesel maintenance schedule pamphlet, 1978
Box Folder
M&A 1081 8 GE Semiconductor Today , January/February 1988
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M&A 1081 9 Halley’s Comet - RCA advertisements, 1986
Box Folder
M&A 1081 10 Harris Semiconductor Military & Aerospace Division guide book, 1989 January
Box Folder
M&A 1081 11 Harris Semiconductor publications, 1988 November 9 – 1989 September 22
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M&A 1081 12 Internal correspondence, 1971 December 8 - 1981 Februray 2
Box Folder
M&A 1081 13 Linear integrated circuits product guides, 1975-1985
Box Folder
M&A 1081 14 “Making the move from DIPs to SOs” by Tom Chesek, Maury Rosenfield, and Hal Wittlinger Sr., 1988 October 27
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M&A 1081 15 Procedures, 1967 October 30 - 1974 April 24
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M&A 1081 16 Promotional material for RCA electronic components, 1978-1983
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M&A 1081 17 "RCA Automotive Electronics," 1976
Box Folder
M&A 1081 18 RCA directories, 1979 June - 1980 May 1
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M&A 1081 19 RCA employee handbooks and manuals, 1973-1984
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M&A 1081 20 RCA Family Newsletter, 1976 April 24
III. Sidney Cooper photographs, circa 1964-1987
9 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 36 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. paper documents.
Scope and Content
The Sidney Cooper photographs contain 47 prints, both color and black and white, as well as a handful of paper documents. These images and documents illustrate work done in the 1960s and 1970s on audio amplifiers, Spectra 70, and the ICBM Minutemen Computer.
Box Folder
AVD3 6 Audio Amplifier, circa 1964-1977; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Box Folder
AVD3 7 Spectra 70, 1 of 2, circa 1964-1977; 24 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Box Folder
AVD3 8 Spectra 70, 2 of 2, circa 1964-1977; 8 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in. paper documents.
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AVD3 9 ICBM Minutemen Computer, circa 1960-1964; 8 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. paper documents.
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AVD3 10 Lab, 1987; 6 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
IV. J. Thomas Croasmun papers, 1953-1996
(AVD portion only) 17 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 5 in. and smaller. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 26 photographs : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 12 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 5 x 7 in. 2 photographic negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 1 photographic negative : color ; 8.5 x 11 in.
Historical Note
John Thomas "Tom" Croasmun was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928. He graduated from Duquesne University, after which he served in the Korean War as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. At RCA's Findlay plant, he served as industrial relations director in the human resources department. With the exception of a six-month period following Harris Semiconductor's acquisition of the plant in 1988, Croasmun worked at the plant from the late 1960s until he retired in the early 1990s. He died in 1997.
Scope and Content
The J. Thomas Croasmun papers relate to Croasmun’s position as a human resources employee. Files include new employee information, photographs and stories of plant events, informational blurbs and motivational cartoons that Croasmun used as editor of weekly plant newsletters and its edition of the monthly magazine RCA Family. The papers also include approximately 100 idea files submitted by employees to the plant’s suggestion program in the early 1970s. Of special note is the large collection of clippings, photo cards, and newsletters related to the Voyager programs.
Arrangement
The J. Thomas Croasmun papers are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Processing Notes
Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, June 2014.
Box Folder
AVD2 1 Aerial photographs of RCA Findlay, Ohio, circa 1953-1979; 3 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 5 in. and smaller. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 13 photographs : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 6 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
Box Folder
AVD-NG1 20 Aerial photographs of RCA Findlay, Ohio, circa 1953-1979; 2 negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.
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M&A 920 17 Benefits handbooks (RCA medical insurance plan booklets, RCA retirement plan booklet), 1985-1987
Box Folder
M&A 920 18 Careers at RCA (Fliers and brochures on RCA as an employer, RCA Solid State plant information), circa 1987
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M&A 920 19 Clippings, company (RCA, Harris, Nipper), undated
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M&A 920 20 Croasmun (Formal commission photograph as 1st Lieutenant, business card), 1956, circa 1987
Box Folder
M&A 920 21 Employee news (Photos, clippings, paystubs for Barbara L. Coffman), 1954-1973
Box Folder
M&A 920 22 Family store catalogs (RCA, Harris memo for employee purchase discount program), 1986-1991
Box Folder
M&A 920 23 Findlay plant (Clippings, brochures, notes), 1964-1986
Box Folder
M&A 920 24 Hancock County information (Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau promotional materials), 1987-1992
Box Folder
M&A 920 25 Inspirational and informational bits (For use in newsletters, office communications), 1980s-early 1990s
Box Folder
M&A 920 26 Interoffice dynamics (Materials on improving communication, holding employee meetings, team-building), undated
Box Folder
M&A 920 27 News items of Findlay for newsletters (Poems, team sports results, graduations, lyrics of “One Week in Findlay” set to tune of “One Night in Bangkok”), 1972-1990, undated
Box Folder
M&A 920 28 Plant events (10-year anniversary, 1973 open house), 1954-1973
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M&A 920 29 Presentations and meetings (HR-related memos and notes from Findlay plant), 1986-1993
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AVD2 2 Production of parts for Solid State, circa 1970s; 13 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 6 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 5 x 7 in.
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AVD-NG1 19 Production of parts for Solid State, circa 1970s; 1 negative : color ; 8.5 x 11 in.
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M&A 920 30 Publications: GE ( Monogram, Communicators newsletter, The Leading Edge), 1986-1994
Box Folder
M&A 920 31 Publications: Harris ( Harriscope, Harris Semiconductor, Findlay newsletter, FYI, The Harris Magazine of Technology at Work), 1989-1996
Box Folder
M&A 920 32 RCA – Findlay weekly newsletters (RCA Family News, RCA Family Newsletter, RCA published by the Findlay plant, RCA The Findlay Newsletter, RCA Findlay News Digest Bulletin, Findlay Newsletter), 1970-1991
Box Folder
M&A 920 33 Reports, annual, quarterly (Harris Annual Report, Harris 1st Quarter Report), 1990-1992
Box Folder
M&A 920 34 Style and formatting guides (Better writing, formatting, templates), undated
Box Folder
M&A 920 35 Suggestion files, A-B (Suggestions made by employees for plant improvements), 1970-1975
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M&A 920 36 Suggestion files, C-D (Suggestions made by employees for plant improvements), 1970-1975
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M&A 920 37 Suggestion files, E-G (Suggestions made by employees for plant improvements), 1970-1975
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M&A 920 38 Suggestion files, H-J (Suggestions made by employees for plant improvements), 1970-1975
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M&A 921 1 Suggestion files, L-M (Suggestions made by employees for plant improvements), 1970-1975
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M&A 921 2 Suggestion files, N-R (Suggestions made by employees for plant improvements), 1970-1975
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M&A 921 3 Suggestion files, S-W (Suggestions made by employees for plant improvements), 1970-1975
Box Folder
M&A 921 4 Suggestion program, hiring practices (Article, federal guidelines, better business practices), 1965-1991
Box Folder
AVD2 3 Team building, circa 1990; 14 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 5 in.
Box Folder
M&A 921 5 Telephone directories (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, GE/RCA/Intersil Semiconductors, Harris Semiconductors), 1980, 1988, 1990
Box Folder
M&A 921 6 Union activity (Membership, newsletter, clipping), 1959-1976
Box Folder
M&A 921 7 Voyager: cards (Cardstock with photo – mostly planets – taken on Voyager missions, information about the photo’s subject and mission highlights on reverse, mounted photograph of a satellite), 1979-1989
Box Folder
M&A 921 8 Voyager: newsletter and memos ( JPL Universe, Voyager Bulletin, The Galileo Messenger, JPL director’s memos), 1980-1990
Box Folder
M&A 921 9 Voyager: newspaper clippings (Clippings of Voyager missions, May 1986 issue of Science), 1966-1986
V. Pauline D'Andrea retirement scrapbook, 1982
Historical Note
Pauline D’Andrea was born on October 31, 1920 in New York City. She worked for RCA Solid State Division in Bridgewater, New Jersey as an assembly worker from 1959 to 1982. She died in 2005.
Scope and Content
The Pauline D’Andrea retirement scrapbook includes photographs, notes from her co-workers, friends, and family, and her retirement party guest list. Also included in the scrapbook are some of her working tools and a certificate of completion for the Pre-Retirement Planning Program sponsored by RCA Solid State Division.
Processing Notes
Processed by Ashley Giordano, 2015.
Box Folder
M&A 14 35 Pauline D'Andrea retirement scrapbook, 1982
VI. Richard Klein photographs, circa 1967-1976
39 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 5 in.
Historical Note
Richard Klein received his bachelors degree from Princeton University. Eventually he began work at RCA in Somerville, New Jersey. Klein as an associate engineer working with the semiconductor. In the 1960s he was put in charge of a team responsible for looking at how LCD technology could be used and manufactured. Because of budget cuts the LCD project was discontinued and Klein fired in 1971. At that time he went to work for Ashley-Butler and continued to develop LCD for advertisements.
Scope and Content
These black and white images depict Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) at RCA's Somerville, New Jersey laboratory.
Box Folder
AVD3 5 Liquid crystal display, circa 1967-1976
VII. Rob Kleppinger papers, 1950-1981
(AVD portion only) 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 65 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in and smaller. 29 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 65 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 6 in or smaller.
Historical Note
Robert E. Kleppinger was born in Nebraska in 1930. He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1951 and an M.S. in mathematics from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1955. Kleppinger began working for RCA in 1951 at the RCA Semiconductor Advanced Development Group in Harrison, New Jersey, where he conducted research on junction transistors.
In 1955, Kleppinger moved to the new semiconductor (solid state) plant at Somerville, New Jersey. There, he oversaw production and the semiconductor model shop. During this period, RCA expanded its production capabilities, and Kleppinger traveled frequently to the plants at Findlay, Ohio and Mountaintop, Pennsylvania. When RCA expanded its plant in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 1980, Kleppinger moved there to oversee production, returning to Somerville in 1986 when the Florida plant closed. He retired in 1991.
Kleppinger held a number of positions while at RCA, ending his career as a Principal Member of Technical Staff. He published several papers in the RCA Engineer, received Plant and Divisional Technical Excellence Awards, and was awarded one patent related to semiconductor research. Kleppinger died in Bridgewater, New Jersey in 2001.
Scope and Content
The Rob Kleppinger papers are composed of articles, notes, photographs, and prototypes related to Kleppinger’s work on transistors for the RCA Solid State Division. Of particular interest are the mounted diode displays and the photograph albums of RCA’s transistor models.
Arrangement
Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.
Provenance
The Rob Kleppinger papers were donated to the David Sarnoff Library by Kleppinger in 2001.
Processing Notes
Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, 2014.
Box Folder
M&A 921 10 Coded engineering letters, 1965-1976
Box Folder
M&A 921 11 COS/MOS circuit layout manual, 1975
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M&A 921 12 Diode displays (computer and damper diodes mounted on board), undated
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M&A 921 13 Electronic Design magazine, 1976 February
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AVD2 18 Microwave integrated circuits, circa 1968-1971; 4 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 5 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD2 22 Microwave integrated circuits, 1F, circa 1968-1971; 2 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 8 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 4 x 5 in.
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AVD2 20 Microwave integrated circuits, L band, circa 1968-1971; 4 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.
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AVD2 21 Microwave integrated circuits, S band, circa 1968-1971; 4 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD2 19 Microwave integrated circuits, UHF, circa 1968-1971; 14 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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M&A 921 14 MOS package samples (samples of lead frames), 1977
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AVD2 4 Photographs, ca. 1950-2000; 19 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in and smaller. 15 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in and smaller.
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M&A 921 15 Reports and memos, 1967-1974, undated
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M&A 921 16 Reprints, 1954-1970
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AVD2 17 RCA Electronic Components and Devices, circa 1968-1971; 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 4 in.
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M&A 921 17 Technical exchange meeting presentations, 1981
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M&A 921 18 Technical reports, 1967-1981
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AVD2 15 Transistor device design notes, 1 of 2, 1968; 19 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. paper documents
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AVD2 16 Transistor device design notes, 2 of 2, 1968; 26 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. paper documents
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AVD2 5 Transistor device designs, circa 1967-1969; 6 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 6 in or smaller.
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AVD2 7 Transistor device designs, 2N2857, circa 1967-1969; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. and smaller.
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AVD2 6 Transistor device designs, 40915, circa 1967-1969; 3 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD2 9 Transistor device designs, 40970/40971, circa 1967-1969; 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.
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AVD2 14 Transistor device designs, TA8834, circa 1967-1969; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 6 in. and smaller.
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AVD2 11 Transistor device designs, TA8852, circa 1967-1969; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.
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AVD2 8 Transistor device designs, TA8865, circa 1967-1969; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.
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AVD2 10 Transistor device designs, TA8894, circa 1967-1969; 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD2 12 Transistor device designs, TA8949, circa 1967-1969; 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 6 in. and smaller.
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AVD2 13 Transistor device designs, TA8959, circa 1967-1969; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 6 in. and smaller.
VIII. William R. Linke papers on RCA Findlay dedication, 1954
Historical Note
William R. Linke was born in North Dakota in 1917. Little is known of his background with RCA, although the 1940 United States Census lists him as a junior accountant for a “radio and electrical accessory manufacturer.”
In 1954, Linke served as the Personnel Manager who oversaw the opening of the RCA plant at Findlay, Ohio. It is unclear how long Linke worked for RCA, but he had left the company by 1966, when he was hired to serve as the Director of Personnel at Duke University. Linke died in Virginia Beach in 2014.
Scope and Content
The William R. Linke papers are composed of correspondence, news clippings, memoranda, photographs, and one very flat balloon related to the grand opening ceremonies at RCA’s plant in Findlay, Ohio.
Arrangement
Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.
Processing Notes
Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, November 2014.
Box Folder
M&A 868 42 Correspondence, 1954
Box Folder
M&A 868 43 Dedication facts, 1954
Box Folder
M&A 868 44 Invitations, 1954
Box Folder
M&A 868 45 Mementos, 1954
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AVD-NG1 16 Negatives, 1954; 65 negatives : b&w ; 2.5 x 2.5 in.
Box Folder
M&A 868 46 Outline of ceremony, 1954; Selected items digitized [ID: DedicationProgram1954-11-10].
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AVD3 4 Photographs, 1954; 7 photographic prints : b&w ; 2 x 3 in.
Box Folder
M&A 868 47 Publicity, 1954; Selected items digitized [ID: DedicationLocalPressRelease1954-11-10].
Box Folder
M&A 868 48 Schedule of events, 1954; This item has been digitized [ID: DedicationSchedule1954-11-10].
Box Folder
M&A 868 49 Script, 1954; This item has been digitized [ID: WallyWattsSpeech1954-11-10].
Box Folder
M&A 868 50 Speaker notes, 1954
Box Folder
M&A 868 51 Vendor information, 1954
IX. Max Malchow photographs, circa 1960s
Historical Note
Max Malchow was born in Alberta, Canada in 1918. He eventually moved to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1952. Throughout his career at RCA in Somerville, New Jersey he served as an engineer and later as a manager. In this time Malchow received more than twenty patents in electronic circuit design. Malchow retired in from RCA in 1985 and passed away on May 25, 2003.
Scope and Content
The Max Malchow photographs contain 6 black and white prints and 1 negative. These images depict work done on Semiconductors at RCA Somerville in the 1960s.
Provenance
Gift of Douglas Malchow.
Box Folder
AVD3 3 Semiconductors at RCA Somerville, circa 1960s; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 6 in or smaller.
Box Folder
AVD-NG1 18 Semiconductors at RCA Somerville, circa 1960s; 1 negative : color ; 8 x 10 in.
X. Joel Oberman photographs, circa 1974
18 photographic prints : b&w : 8 x 10 in. 3 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic negative : color ; 8 x 10 in. paper documents.
Historical Note
Oberman received his Bachelor of Science in 1958 and his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1965 from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined RCA as a special trainee in 1958 where he worked on packaging for electronic equipment at the laboratory in Camden, NJ. In 1960 Oberman transferred to computer systems. While there he was the project engineer responsible for the development of Spectra 70/45 ROM. Then in 1970 he was moved to work in RCA's Solid State Technology Center in Somerville, NJ.
Scope and Content
The Joel Oberman photographs contain 21 black and white as well as color photographic prints, 1 negative, and a handful of paper documents. These images depict work done on solid state microprocessors in the 1970s.
Box Folder
AVD3 11 Microprocessor, circa 1974; 18 photographic prints : b&w : 8 x 10 in. 3 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. paper documents.
Box Folder
AVD-NG1 17 Microprocessor, circa 1974; 1 negative : color ; 8 x 10 in.
XI. Somerville hourly workers collection, circa 1960-1995
144 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 4.5 in. and smaller. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 3.5 x 4.5 in. 4 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in. 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Scope and Content
This collection contains a variety of images and documents that pertain to the hourly workers at RCA Somerville. These images can be broken down into a few categories that include the strike of 1970, years of service and retirement dinners from about 1970-1988, employee trips to Florida and Detroit in the 1970s-1980s, an employee picnic, group photographs, and the Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) group. There are also a few documents from an in-house publication that highlights employee suggestions and achievements.
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AVD1 1 RCA Somerville strike, circa 1970; 36 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 4.5 in. and smaller.
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AVD1 2 Vacations, circa 1976-1984; 17 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 4.5 in.
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AVD1 3 Years of service and retirement dinners, circa 1970-1988; 78 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 4.5 in.
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AVD1 4 Miscellaneous photographs, circa 1960-1995; 13 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 4.5 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 3.5 x 4.5 in. 4 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in. 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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AVD1 5 Publications, circa 1960-1995
XII. C. Frank Wheatley, Jr. papers, 1969-2003
Historical Note
C. Frank Wheatley, Jr. was born on January 10, 1927 in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1951 he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. In July of 1951 he began working for RCA on projects related to semiconductors and integrated circuits. Wheatley retired from RCA in 1987 as manager of the Rad Hard Power and Advanced Device Design group. Along with being issued 55 patents, C. Frank Wheatley, Jr. is also credited as an inventor of the insulated-gate bipolar transistor. Wheatley received the University of Maryland Centennial Medal and is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Scope and Content
The C. Frank Wheatley, Jr. papers are composed of reports, articles, correspondence, and patents relating to his work on insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) and semiconductors at RCA. The papers also include instruction manuals and publications on power transistors and microprocessors.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Provenance
Donated to the David Sarnoff Library by C. Frank Wheatley, Jr. in 2003.
Processing Notes
Processed by Ashley Giordano, 2016.
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M&A 1214 53 “Basic Power Supply Considerations for Color T.V.” by C.F. Wheatley, 1973 April 19
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M&A 1214 54 Biographical information, 1969 December-2003 February 16
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M&A 1214 55 Centennial Medal and Engineering Centennial Banquet related documents, 1994 April 14-May 19
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M&A 1214 56 Insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) European market reports, 2001 February 15
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M&A 1215 1 Insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) invention debate reports, patents, correspondence, and articles, 1974 August 20-2002 October 29
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M&A 1215 2 “On the Proportioning of Chip Area for Multistage Darlington Power Transistors” by W.G. Einthoven and C.F. Wheatley, Jr., 1975 June
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M&A 1215 3 “Optimizing Die Count on a Semiconductor Wafer” by Samuel Ponczak and C. Frank Wheatley Jr., 1979 November 13
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M&A 1215 4 PCM Europe – “IGBT 20 Years”, 2002 December
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M&A 1215 5 “RCA COSMAC VIP Instruction Manual”, 1976 February
XIII. General, 1958-1995
Scope and Content
This series includes selection and product guides from RCA, Harris Semiconductor, and GE. It also contains videos, technical reports, newsletters, and lecture notes.
Of note is the video “RCA's Solid State Technology Center: Where the Future is Happening Today” which shows the materials created by this unit as well as giving a tour of the facilities.
Arrangement
Files are arranged alphabetically.
Processing Notes
Processed by Ashley Giordano, 2015.
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M&A 1184 4 Charge coupled devices related reports and guides, 1975 April 12-1980 April 21
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M&A 1163 4 General Electric related clippings and "Harriscope" newsletters, 1985 December 16 - 1994 February 25
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M&A 1184 5 Harris Semiconductor "Discrete Power Selection Guide," 1994 February
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AVD3 1 Integrated semiconducting, circa 1960s; 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. paper documents.
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AVD3 13 Microwave advanced resolution, circa 1983-1986; 32 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 3x 5 in.
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AVD-NG1 15 Microwave advanced resolution, negatives, circa 1983-1986; 31 negatives : color ; 8 x 10 in.
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M&A 1184 6 Phillips, Samuel F.: RCA Twenty-Five Year Club program, photograph, and certificate [donated by Deborah Baum in 2007], 1970 November
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M&A 1184 7 Pittius, Art: Harris Semiconductor hermetic packages photograph and diagrams, 1995
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M&A 1184 8 Pittius, Art: RCA "The Expanding Power Spectrum" product guides, 1985
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M&A 1184 9 Pittius, Art: RCA rad-hard high-speed logic integrated circuits product guides and information, 1988
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M&A 1184 10 RCA related news clippings, 1973 January 11-1975 November 24, undated
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AVD4 RCA's Solid State Technology Center: Where the Future is Happening Today, 1985 June 4 [Depicts the materials created by the SSD division in Somerville, NJ and gives a video tour of facility.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : 1/2 inch. TRT 00:19:00.
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AVD2 23 Semiconductor, circa 1960s; 28 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 9 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 5 in.
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AVD4 Solid State 92, 1992 May 27 [Workshop given at David Sarnoff Research Center on the Solid State Division.] ; 4 videocassettes (SVHS) : 1/2 inch.
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AVD4 Solid State 92, 1992 May 28 [Workshop given at David Sarnoff Research Center on the Solid State Division.] ; 2 videocassettes (SVHS) : 1/2 inch. 1 videocassette (VHS) : 1/2 inch. TRT 00:19:00. 6 videocassettes (SVHS) : 1/2 inch.
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AVD3 12 Solid state communication satellite, circa 1984; 4 photographic overheads : color ; 10 x 12 in.
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AVD3 2 Solid state components, circa 1960s; 9 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 7 photograpic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
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M&A 1184 11 Transfluxor product and application information, 1960-1961
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M&A 1184 12 "Transistor Design Course" consolidated lecture notes, 1958-1959; This item has been digitized [ID: TransistorDesign1958-59].
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M&A 1184 13 "Transmitter Assembly" technical report by M.F. DeVito, 1971 November 15