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Records of other RCA divisions

Accession 2464.80

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 2017-04-07T09:16-0400

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, Records of other RCA divisions (Accession 2464.80), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Records of other RCA divisions
Dates: 1908-2001
Accession Number: 2464.80
Creator: RCA Corporation.
Extent: 7 linear feet
Physical Description: (AVD portion only) 27 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 37 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. 40 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 5 in. and smaller. 15 inkjet digital prints : color ; printed on office paper. 3 inkjet digital prints : b&w ; printed on office paper.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: The Radio Corporation of America (renamed RCA Corporation in 1969) was best known for its pioneering radio and television development and manufacturing. In addition to consumer electronics, RCA was a major player in the development of electronics for industrial and military applications. The Records of other RCA divisions include documentation of RCA's research and development before the Second World War, as well material from the famous patent dispute case Armstrong v. Radio Corporation of America and National Broadcasting Company.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

In 2009, along with the rest of the archival collections of the David Sarnoff Library, the Records of other RCA divisions 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.

Records subject to 25-year time seal.

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Historical Note

The Radio Corporation of America (renamed RCA Corporation in 1969) was best known for its pioneering radio and television development and manufacturing. In addition to consumer electronics, RCA was a major player in the development of electronics for industrial and military applications. It was also prominent in radio and television broadcasting, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, NBC. Originally created in 1919 as a government sponsored radio monopoly, RCA operated until 1986, when it was acquired by GE and broken up.

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

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Scope and Content

This collection contains records from various RCA divisions, including the papers of five RCA researchers, records from the RCA Americom Library, and legal files in the famous patent dispute case Armstrong v. Radio Corporation of America and National Broadcasting Company.

The correspondence, diaries, writings, and other materials from Loren F. Jones, William H. Offenhauser, Jr., and Arthur F. Van Dyck are particularly valuable for their documentation of RCA research and development prior to the Second World War.

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Arrangement

This collection is organized into nine series:

I. Joseph Giardina NBC Collection

II. Edward O. Johnson papers

III. Loren F. Jones Papers

IV. William H. Offenhauser, Jr. papers

V. RCA Americom Library records

VI. RCA Patent Law Department files on Armstrong v. Radio Corporation of America and National Broadcasting Company, Inc.

VII. Arthur F. Van Dyck diaries, journals, and notebooks

VIII. Richard W. Young Papers

IX. General

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Joseph Giardina NBC collection, 1937-1953
Historical Note
Joseph Giardina is the CTO/CEO of a radio frequency services company, DSI RF Systems, Inc., in Somerset, New Jersey. While working atop the Empire State Building in the 1980s he found a variety of abandoned RCA and NBC documents. Giardina donated some of these documents to the David Sarnoff Library.
The Empire State Building has had a transmitting antenna atop its structure since its construction was completed in 1931. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) began experimental transmissions from the antenna in December of 1931 and by 1939 the first regular television broadcasts were introduced. Engineers from both RCA and NBC were involved in the research, testing, design, and construction of the Empire State Building broadcasting tower. In 1950 RCA Chairman David Sarnoff and New York City Mayor William O’Dwyer drove the first rivets into the base of the Empire State Building’s broadcast tower which allowed for the installation of multiple TV/FM antennas. Presently, Empire State Building Broadcasting offers technical facilities to the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut designated market area for radio, television, and point-to-point broadcasting.
Scope and Content
The Joseph Giardina NBC collection is composed of correspondence, invoices, tests, schematics, and notes related to the broadcasting tower on top of the Empire State Building. The collection also contains correspondence and patents related to Armstrong v. Radio Corporation of America and National Broadcasting Company.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Provenance
Donated to the David Sarnoff Library by Joseph Giardina.
Processing Notes
Processed by Ashley Giordano, 2016.
Box Folder
M&A 1215 24 Antenna invoices, materials, plans, schematics, and test readings, 1945-1946 August 27, undated
Box Folder
M&A 1215 25 Armstrong V. RCA & NBC related patents, notes, and correspondence, 1937 November 9-1953 February 11
Box Folder
M&A 1215 26 Channel-use authorization related correspondence, 1946 May 17-1947 September 13
Box Folder
M&A 1215 27 Circuit schematics, operation instructions, and notes, 1946 August 19-September 16, undated
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M&A 1215 28 FM license revision notes, 1944 March 30
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M&A 1215 29 Oscillator diagrams and test notes, 1947 July 18-December 8
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M&A 1215 30 Phase compensator test correspondence, notes, and data, 1945 May-1949 April 26
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M&A 1215 31 Signal receiving and transmission notes and data, 1943 December 14-1944 March 16
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M&A 1215 32 Signal receiving location notes, 1943 December 9-10, undated
Drawer Folder
M&A 120 4 Sketch of proposed Empire State Building television tower, undated
Box Folder
M&A 1215 33 Vestigial sideband monitor correspondence, reports, notes, and sketches, 1945 March 30-1947 July 11
II. Edward O. Johnson papers, 1948-1975, 1983
Historical Note
Edward O. Johnson was born in West Hartford, Connecticut in 1919. In 1939, he entered the chemical engineering curriculum at Pratt Institute, but left to serve in the Navy during World War II. Johnson’s enlistment as an electronic equipment maintenance chief changed his interests and when his service ended in 1945, he re-entered Pratt, but in electrical, rather than chemical, engineering. After graduating with a B.S.E.E. in 1948, Johnson was hired by RCA Laboratories.
Johnson worked prolifically in the fields of gaseous discharges and semiconductor devices, earning 30 patents, authoring 35 technical papers, and receiving two RCA Outstanding Achievement Awards. He continued his education, taking graduate coursework at Princeton University and completing a year of study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Johnson was committed to industry standards and he served as chairman for several Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) committees on solid state devices. His achievements, education, and professional service moved him up the organizational ladder, and in 1964 he became manager of Technical Programs, RCA Electronic Components when the semiconductor and tube divisions were combined. Johnson’s managerial duties divided his time between the facilities at Harrison, Somerville, and Princeton. In 1975, RCA appointed Johnson as the Director of RCA Research Laboratories in Tokyo, Japan. He left RCA when the Tokyo lab was purchased by Corning Glass Works in 1982, but stayed on as Corning’s director until his retirement two years later. He died in Princeton in 1989.
Scope and Content
The Edward O. Johnson papers consist of Johnson’s research, correspondence, and technical reports while at RCA. His correspondence includes weekly activity reports to his supervisor and letters to colleagues.
Ninety-two of Johnson's lab notebooks (1946-1957) from his time at RCA Laboratories can be found in Record group 26 of the David Sarnoff Research Center records (2464.09) . In addition, Johnson's role in the sale of the RCA research laboratory in Tokyo to Corning in 1982 can be found in Record group 3, Series XI of the same finding aid.
Arrangement
Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.
Processing Notes
Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, 2014.
Box Folder
M&A 922 1 Biographical data (resume, fingerprints), 1950s-early 1970s
Box Folder
M&A 922 2 General correspondence, 1973
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M&A 922 3 Index of E.O. Johnson files, 1983
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M&A 922 4 Notes, volume 1 [consists entirely of reports and publications by Johnson], 1948-1950
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M&A 922 5 Notes, volume 2 [consists entirely of reports and publications by Johnson], 1951-1952
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M&A 922 6 Notes, volume 3 [consists entirely of reports and publications by Johnson], 1953-1954
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M&A 922 7 Notes, volume 4 [consists entirely of reports and publications by Johnson], 1951-1957
Box Folder
M&A 922 8-9 Project correspondence (chronological files), 1965
Box Folder
M&A 922 10-12 Project correspondence (chronological files), 1968
Box Folder
M&A 922 13-14 Project correspondence (chronological files), 1969
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M&A 922 15-16 Project correspondence (chronological files), 1970
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M&A 923 1-2 Project correspondence (chronological files), 1971
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M&A 923 3 Project correspondence (chronological files), 1972
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M&A 923 4 Project correspondence (chronological files), 1973
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M&A 923 5 Projects: automotive electronics, 1972-1975
Box Folder
M&A 923 6 Projects: cameras, 1973-1974
Box Folder
M&A 923 7 Projects: facsimile, 1974
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M&A 923 8 Projects: photocells and other optoelectronics, 1970-1974
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M&A 923 9 Projects: satellite television, 1969-1974
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M&A 923 10-12 Projects: timekeeping, 1973-1975
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M&A 923 13 Proposal for Advanced CMOS Circuits (PP 70-019A), 1974 January 8
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M&A 923 14 RCA memos and internal reports, 1955-1974
Box Folder
M&A 923 15 RCA reprints and publications, 1954-1971
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M&A 923 16 RCA reprints and publications, 1972-1974, undated
III. Loren F. Jones papers, 1921-1996
(AVD portion only) 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 37 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. 40 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 5 in. and smaller.
Historical Note
Loren F. Jones was born as Lorraine F. Jones in Kirkwood, Missouri on July 4, 1905. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in 1926 and began his career as a test engineer at General Electric in Schenectady the same year. From 1928 to 1929, Jones attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
In 1930, he was transferred to RCA Camden, but was immediately sent to Rome for five months to manage the installation of RCA’s “Radio Roma” broadcast transmitter. After the successful conclusion of this project, which culminated with Benito Mussolini making Italy’s first trans-Atlantic radio broadcast, Jones was sent to Moscow for several weeks.
Returning to Camden, Jones spent the next six years developing and installing radio and television broadcast transmitters, including the pioneering Empire State Building television system in 1931.
When the Soviet Union requested RCA assistance in establishing a television system in Moscow, Jones was the obvious choice. In 1937-1938, at the height of Stalin’s purges, he spent eleven months supervising the installation of Moscow’s first television station.
Back in the United States, Jones rose to senior positions in RCA. When the RCA Victor Division established the New Products Division in 1945, Jones was appointed Manager. Over the next two decades, he held a variety of posts, including Manager of Product Planning for RCA Industrial Electronic Products.
In the early 1960s, Jones joined the New Business Programs unit at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton. In 1969, he was appointed Director of Education Development and retired the following year.
After his retirement, he worked as a consultant and died in 1999.
Scope and Content
The Loren F. Jones papers contain correspondence, diaries, patents, and writings documenting his career at RCA, especially from the 1930s to 1950s. Particularly valuable is the correspondence and writings that document his unique perspective of the Soviet Union gained during his work on the Moscow television station in 1937-1938.
Arrangement
Files are arranged alphabetically.
Provenance
Donated to the David Sarnoff Library by Dayton L. Jones in 2004.
Processing Notes
Processed by Daniel Michelson and David Burdash.
Box Folder
M&A 1072 4 BIZMAC computer system (renamed the RCA 501), 1953-1958
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M&A 1072 5 The Call published by Kirkwood High School, Vol. 5, No. 7 (includes article on L. F. Jones), 1922 February 10
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M&A 1072 6 Colonial claims of Matilda Fontaine Berkley Jones, undated
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M&A 1072 7 "Early Computer Activities at RCA" by T. A. Smith, undated; This item has been digitized [ID: SmithTP-RCAcomputerHistory_c1975].
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M&A 1072 8 Ephemera (including diplomas and radio operator's license), 1928-1940s
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M&A 1072 9 Essay on TV patents by L. F. Jones, 1989 August
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M&A 1072 10 Falcon Aero Club by laws, circa 1932; This item has been digitized [ID: FalconAeroClubBylaws_c1937].
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M&A 1072 11 "Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control" by P. J. Herbst, 1947 July
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M&A 1072 12 General Electric diary, 1930
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M&A 1072 13 The Hot Wire published by the Saint Louis Radio Association [Jones member of Traffic Committee], 1921-1922
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M&A 1072 14 "An IFR Sight Plan" by J. E. Grambart, 1963 September
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AVD1 4 Installation of television antennas on top of Empire State Building, 1931; 19 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 5 in. or smaller.
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M&A 1072 15 Internal correspondence, 1953-1960; Selected items digitized [ID: Jones-LincolnCenterAVcenter1960-09].
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M&A 1072 16 "L. F. Jones, RCA-Victor Engineer, Inspects New Transmitter--Famed for Work Throughout Europe and America" ( Worcester Telegram), 1930s
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M&A 1072 17 Letter of congratulation from David Sarnoff, 1947 September 15
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M&A 1072 18 Memoirs, undated; Selected items digitized [ID: MusicalMinutiae-SousaHooverMussoliniMascagniSteamboatCalliopes].
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M&A 1072 19 Memoirs, book 1: "Random Memories of My Youth to 1927" by L. F. Jones, 1995 September
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M&A 1072 20 Memoirs, book 2: "More Memories - Booklet No. 2" by L. F. Jones and Mary Jones, 1996 July
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M&A 1152 3 Memo-Play ephemera, 1951
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AVD1 1 Microwave committee at GE, 1942; 20 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
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M&A 1072 21 Name change from Lorraine F. Jones to Loren F. Jones, 1935 December
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M&A 1072 22 "The New Thrust in Electronics" (speech by Jones to the Western Electronic Manufacturers Association in San Francisco), 1960 June 14
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M&A 1072 23 "Notes of Work at GE and RCA" by L. F. Jones (includes printed version and detailed notecards), 1926-1939
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M&A 1072 24 Patents -- air traffic control, 1947-1950
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M&A 1072 25 Patents -- cabinet for preparation and serving of hot beverages, 1950 July 18
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M&A 1072 26 Patents -- contrast control apparatus, 1948-1955
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M&A 1072 27 Patents -- home protection system, 1966-1967
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M&A 1072 28 Patents -- hum reduction in amplifier networks, 1939 June 6
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M&A 1072 29 Patents -- identification of own aircraft in radar-television PPI picture, 1945 July
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M&A 1072 30 Patents -- image former for digitally coded labels, 1968 April
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M&A 1072 31 Patents -- incomplete listing, undated
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M&A 1072 32 Patents -- instrument landing system, 1949 December 6
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M&A 1072 33 Patents -- noise suppressor for aircraft engines, 1967 November 28
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M&A 1072 34 Patents -- position locating system, 1953 December 1
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M&A 1072 35 Patents -- selective communication system between ground station and a plurality of mobile stations, 1950 July 4
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M&A 1072 36 Patents -- spark plug, 1945 March 27
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M&A 1072 37 Patents -- vibratory motor for an electric watch, 1952-1957
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M&A 1072 38 Personal correspondence, 1931-1939
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M&A 1072 39 Personal correspondence, 1940-1949
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M&A 1072 40 Personal correspondence, 1950
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M&A 1072 41 Personal correspondence, undated
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M&A 1072 42 Personnel audit for L. F. Jones, 1943 October 1
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M&A 1072 43 Phonobook, 1952 December-1953 March
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M&A 1072 44 Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers, Vol. 22, No. 10 (includes article by Jones), 1934 October
Box Folder
M&A 1072 45 Proposal for "A New Entertainment Service for Airline Passengers" by L. F. Jones, circa 1955
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M&A 1072 46 Proposal for "New Educational Services by Means of Electronics" by L. F. Jones, 1955 September 15
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M&A 1072 47 Proposal for "New Electronic Services for the Consumer" by L. F. Jones, 1955 September 15
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M&A 1072 48 "Reminiscences of an Engineer" by L. F. Jones ( Proceedings of the Radio Club of America, Inc.), 1989 May
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M&A 1072 49 "Report of Trip of April 4-10, 1951 to San Francisco and Los Angeles" by L. F. Jones, 1951 April 13
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M&A 1072 50 "The Research Approach to World Problems" by L. F. Jones, 1949
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M&A 1072 51 "Ship Navigation in Fog-Bound Harbors" by L. F. Jones, 1951 July 25; Selected items digitized [ID: FoggyHarborNavigation1951-07].
Box Folder
M&A 1072 52 "Some RCA Anecdotes" by L. F. Jones, 1988 March; This item has been digitized [ID: SomeRCAAnecdotes-LorenJones1988-03].
Box Folder
M&A 1072 53 Statement before the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce by L. F. Jones, 1940s
Box Folder
M&A 1072 54 Teleran, 1945-1964
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M&A 1072 55 "Traffic Control by Pictorial Situation Display" by L. F. Jones, 1949-1950, undated
Box Folder
AVD1 3 Unidentified portraits, circa 1930s; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 21 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 3 in. or smaller.
Box Folder
M&A 1072 56 "Video Disc Markets" by L. F. Jones, 1968 July 11; This item has been digitized [ID: VideoDiscMarkets1968-07].
Box Folder
M&A 1072 57 Work in Italy: letters to mother, 1930 June-December, undated
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M&A 1072 58 Work in USSR: contracts, 1937 May 14
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M&A 1072 59 Work in USSR: general, 1936-1938, 1989
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M&A 1072 60 Work in USSR: letters to mother, 1930-1931
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M&A 1072 61 Work in USSR: letters to mother, 1937
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M&A 1072 62 Work in USSR: letters to mother, 1938
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M&A 1072 63 Work in USSR: letters to mother (envelopes), 1937-1938
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AVD1 2 Work in USSR: photographs of studio and antenna, circa 1937-1938; 17 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
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M&A 1072 64 Work in USSR: travel documents and receipts, 1937-1938
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M&A 1072 65 Work in USSR: writings by L. F. Jones, 1937-1982; Selected items digitized [ID: Experiences in Russia--*].
IV. William H. Offenhauser, Jr. papers, 1928-1972
Historical Note
William Henry Offenhauser, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1904. He earned degrees at Columbia College and the Engineering School of Columbia University, and began working at RCA Photophone as an electrical engineer shortly after graduation. Offenhauser’s work focused on developing and improving the transmission of sound to film via light – a technology vital to producing sound motion pictures. He transferred to RCA Victor in 1931, and left the company some time before 1942, after which his research focused on sound motion picture standards, particularly on picture-sound synchronization.
Offenhauser was awarded the John Grierson International Gold Medal Award in 1977 by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), authored several books, and received 70 patents. He died in Connecticut in 1995.
Scope and Content
The William H. Offenhauser, Jr. papers are composed of notes, schematics, and correspondence from his work at RCA Photophone on recording sound on motion picture film. The papers include licensing agreements, meeting reports on the progress and problems of Photophone technology, parts catalogs, RCA press materials like the booklet, “RCA, who we are and what we do,” and a copy of his patent for “Sound Reproduction” by light (2,018,315). Of special note is a list of movie theaters with sound motion picture projection rooms in New York in 1928.
Arrangement
Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.
Processing Notes
Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, August 2014.
Box Folder
M&A 114 21 History of sound motion pictures (research materials and letter sent to Dr. Walter of Eastman Kodak in 1968 regarding project on early sound motion pictures) (includes photos, artifact), 1929-1931, 1968, 1972
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M&A 114 22 RCA press material, 1935-1951
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M&A 114 23 RCA stockholder reports, 1935-1937
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M&A 114 24 Research and correspondence, 1928-1929
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M&A 114 25 Research and correspondence, 1930
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M&A 114 26 Research and correspondence, 1931
V. RCA Americom Library records, 1974-1988
Historical Note
In 1975, RCA founded RCA American Communications (RCA Americom). Later that year, Americom launched SATCOM F1, a communications satellite with twice the capacity of competing technology. Americom’s key customers were television networks. SATCOM was especially instrumental in launching successful cable networks HBO, Showtime, and TBS.
RCA Americom had “earth stations,” ground centers that controlled the satellites, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, New York, and Camden, New Jersey. The in-house publication of RCA Americom was Satellite Circuit, issued quarterly.
The RCA Americom library was founded in 1982 to provide technical resources to employees. Its holdings included 300 books and 170 periodicals, it provided technical services, and the librarian was Anita Labib.
RCA Americom became GE Americom when General Electric acquired RCA in 1986. It has been a subsidiary of SES Global since 2001.
Scope and Content
The RCA Americom Library records consist of directories, catalogs, promotional materials, internal publications, and memos of RCA Americom.
Arrangement
Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.
Provenance
The successor to RCA Americon, SES Americom, donated the RCA Americom Library records to the David Sarnoff Library in 2001.
Processing Notes
Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, July 2014.
Box Folder
M&A 919 5 GE - RCA merger (press releases, internal memos), 1986-1987
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M&A 919 6 Information Center Newsletter (resources), 1985-1986
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M&A 919 7 Internal correspondence (memos, announcements), 1980-1985
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M&A 919 8 Library catalogs (books, videos, new material newsletters), 1981-1986
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M&A 919 9 Library services (locating information and service staff, post-production price lists), 1978-1987
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M&A 919 10 News articles (clippings, magazines), 1981-1988
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M&A 919 11 Presentations, 1979-1983
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M&A 919 12 Press releases, 1982-1986
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M&A 919 13 Professional development (educational opportunities, improving skills), 1981-1984
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M&A 919 14-15 Publications (articles, technical papers, other RCA publications), 1974-1987
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M&A 919 16 RCA subdivisions directory, 1979, 1985
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M&A 919 17 RCA TACNET telephone directory, 1984
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M&A 919 18 RCA technical documentation and data directory, 1986
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M&A 919 19 Sales literature (brochures, pamphlets), 1978-1985
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M&A 919 20 Technical Excellence Newsletter (employee education and improvement), 1984-1986
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M&A 919 21 Technical Excellence seminars (announcements, meeting minutes), 1984
VI. RCA Patent Law Department files on Armstrong v. Radio Corporation of America and National Broadcasting Company, Inc., 1948-1959
Historical Note
In 1948, Edwin H. Armstrong, inventor of FM radio, filed suit against the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) for theft and patent infringement. The case was filed in United States District Court for the District of Delaware, as Civil Action No. 1139, Edwin H. Armstrong v. Radio Corporation of America and National Broadcasting Company. RCA and NBC eventually settled the suit for $1 million in December of 1954, but it was too late for Armstrong who, mentally and financially depleted from years of court battles over his inventions, committed suicide earlier in the year.
Scope and Content
The RCA Patent Law Department files on Armstrong v. Radio Corporation of America and National Broadcasting Company, Inc. contain court-issued documents, correspondence, depositions, and notes regarding the case as housed by RCA’s Patent Law Department.
Arrangement
Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.
Processing Notes
Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, 2014.
Box Folder
M&A 1092 4 Court-issued documents, RCA nos. 1-20 (docket entries, motions, affidavits, and depositions filed, motions for discovery, indices of documents), 1948-1949
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M&A 1092 5 Court-issued documents, RCA nos. 21-27 (docket entries, motions, affidavits, and depositions filed, motions for discovery, indices of documents), 1949
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M&A 1092 6 Court-issued documents, RCA nos. 28-45 (docket entries, motions, affidavits, and depositions filed, motions for discovery, indices of documents), 1949
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M&A 1092 7 Court-issued documents, RCA nos. 46-71 (docket entries, motions, affidavits, and depositions filed, motions for discovery, indices of documents), 1949-1953
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M&A 1092 8 Depositions of Benjamin Abrams, Dorman D. Israel, and Raymond Herzog, 1952-1959
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M&A 1092 9 Emerson exhibits, RCA nos. 1-31A-E, 1944-1952
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M&A 1092 10 General (Armstrong’s statement, RCA chronologies, “Armstrong’s errors”), 1947-1951
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M&A 1092 11 Material compiled for Messrs. Crews, Relson, and F. Mueller, 1949-1955
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M&A 1092 12 Notebook digests (J.D. Black, examiner), 1949-1953
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M&A 1092 13 Patents, referential (assignee: Armstrong, patents not in suit), undated
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M&A 1092 14 Witness list, 1954
VII. Arthur F. Van Dyck diaries, journals, and notebooks, 1909-1923
Historical Note
Arthur F. Van Dyck was born in New York on May 20, 1891. After earning his Ph.D. from Yale in 1911, he did research for the National Electric Signalling Company until 1912. From 1912 until 1914 Van Dyck was a member of the Research Department of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. After teaching electrical engineering at the Carnegie Institute from 1914 to 1917 he became an Expert Radio Aide for the U.S. Navy and was stationed at the New York Navy Yard and at the Navy Department in Washington until 1919. Van Dyck then joined the Marconi Company in 1919 where he was in charge of the Engineering Department. From 1920 to 1922 Van Dyck was in charge of radio receiver design for General Electric in New York.
In 1922 Van Dyck became associated with the Radio Corporation of America as a member of RCA’s Technical and Test Department. Van Dyck was then promoted to manager of the Technical and Test Department in 1929 before being put in charge of the new License Laboratory in New York City in 1930. He held this position until World War II when he spent three years on active duty with the U.S. Navy. From 1946 until his retirement from RCA in 1956 Van Dyck was a Staff Assistant to the Vice President and Technical Director, Dr. C.B. Jolliffe. Van Dyck was a charter Associate member of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) and served as president in 1942. Arthur Van Dyck died in June of 1978.
Scope and Content
This collection contains photocopies of Arthur F. Van Dyck's professional diaries, journals, and notebooks related to his work with RCA, Marconi Wireless, General Electric, and the U.S. Navy.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged chronologically.
Provenance
Donated to the David Sarnoff Library by Alan Douglas.
Processing Notes
Processed by Ashley Giordano, 2015.
Box Folder
M&A 1145 10 Photographs, 1909–1911
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M&A 1145 11 Daily journal, 1910 June 20–September 30
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M&A 1145 12 Daily journal, 1911 June 28–September 2
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M&A 1145 13 Daily journal, 1911 September 3–December 22
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M&A 1145 14 Daily journal, Peru trip Volumes I and II, 1912 March 6–May 7
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M&A 1145 15 Journal, Navy, 1918 November 26–1919 February 26
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M&A 1145 16 Notebook, Marconi Wireless #1, 1919 June 2–July 10
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M&A 1145 17 Notebook, Marconi Wireless #2, 1919 July 10–October 2
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M&A 1145 18 Notebook, Marconi Wireless, 1919 October 2–1921 February 12
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M&A 1145 19 Notebook, General Electric Co. No. 4, 1921 February 21–November 23
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M&A 1145 20 Journal, 1921 December 2–1923 May 9
VIII. Richard W. Young papers, 1944-1968
Historical Note
Richard W. Young attended Newark College of Engineering before working for RCA in Woodbridge, New Jersey.
Scope and Content
The Richard W. Young papers include RCA ephemera and reports. Also included are liquidation reports for the CORAC Junior Achievement Company sponsored by RCA.
Arrangement
Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Processing Notes
Processed by Ashley Giordano, 2015.
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M&A 1142 12 CORAC reports and ephemera, 1958-1959
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M&A 1142 13 RCA ephemera, 1944-1968
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M&A 1142 14 “The Relocation of Factory 2 (Harrison) Tube Department” by Richard W. Young, 1953 December 1
IX. General, 1908-2001
Scope and Content
This series includes RCA advertisements, photographs, internal publications and reports, and ephemera documenting the varied history of RCA.
Arrangement
Files are arranged alphabetically.
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M&A 1243 14 25 Year Club annual dinner, 1967, 1985
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M&A 1243 15 "A Supplement to the Early History of Compatible Color Television" by Arthur V. Loughren, 1974 February 8
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M&A 1268 1 Advertisements, 1908-1963, undated
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M&A 1151 3 Advertisements, 1917-1985, undated
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M&A 1163 2 Advertisements, 1928-1982, undated
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M&A 1243 16 Advertisements, 1980; Selected items digitized [ID: RCA CCD AD].
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M&A 1163 1 Advertisements: corporate ad campaign, 1984 October 17-1985 June 6
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M&A 1162 6 Advertisements: portraits of Victor Red Seal recording artists, undated
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M&A 1268 2 Advertisements: portraits of Victor Red Seal recording artists, undated
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M&A 1243 17 Annual meeting transcript, 1978 May 2
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M&A 1243 18 Applied Research Project 106 on Thermoelectric Materials: annual report (Semiconductor and Materials Division, Materials Advanced Development Laboratory), 1958 October 1
Beck, Francis X., Jr.: "Some Reminiscing -- A Few Years Before the U.P.C.," 2001; 1 DOC file [ID: Beck-UPC].
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M&A 1243 18A Beck, Francis X., Jr.: "Some Reminiscing -- A Few Years Before the U.P.C.," undated
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AVD1 7 Brown, Bob photographs, circa 1952-1988 [Images of researchers and salespeople for RCA in Tokyo, Japan; Taiwan; Somerville, New Jersey; Liege, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; and London, England.] ; 15 inkjet digital prints : color ; printed on office paper. 3 inkjet digital prints : b&w ; printed on office paper.
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M&A 1243 19 Certificate of incorporation, 1973 December 31
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M&A 1243 20 Corporate affairs directory, 1986
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M&A 1243 21 "Corporate Time-Sharing VMOS Cobol Primer" (Corporate Information System Center, Software Services), 1974 May
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M&A 1243 22 Dental insurance plans, 1984, 1987
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M&A 1243 23 Directory [known as the red book], 1960, 1966
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M&A 1243 24 Directory [known as the red book], 1968, 1985
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M&A 120 5 Drawings for NBC 49th and 50th Street marquises, 1933 September
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M&A 120 5 Drawings for proposed radio-phono-television cabinet, 1950 January
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M&A 1243 25 Employee insurance benefit plans, 1950-1961
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M&A 1243 26 Ephemera: general, 1927-1981, undated; Selected items digitized [ID: ColParker-HittingerElvis01-10-80, RCAradioContestBackc1935, RCAradioContestc1935].
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M&A 1243 27 Ephemera: Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company stock certificate, 1913
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M&A 1243 28 Ephemera: Marconigrams, undated; Selected items digitized [ID: RCA Marconigram 1919].
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M&A 1162 1 Ephemera: RCA Victor Records merchandise bag, undated
Ephemera: Simkin collection (postcards and blotter pads), 1917-1950s; 29 TIF files [ID: Marconi-Aldenepostcard1917, Marconi-Aldenepostcard1917rev, Marconi-RosellePkpostcard1920, Marconi-RosellePkpostcard1920rev, RadiolaFrance-c25, RadiolaFrancerev-c25, Radioresponse1924, Radioresponse-rev1924, RCALoudspeaker104c27, RCALoudspeaker104rev-1925, RCALoudspeakers-1925, RCALoudspeakersrev-1925, RCARadiola_rev-1925, RCARadiola20-1925, RCARadiola25-1925, RCARadiola28-1925, RCARadiola30-1925, RCARadiola44-1929, RCARadiola46-1929, RCARadiola47-1929, RCARadiola66-1929, RCARadiola-rev-1929, RCARadiotrons_revc30, RCARadiotronsc30, RCAServicec53, RCAServiceCo-cardc55, RCAServiceCo-card-revc55, RCAWorldsFairNY-c39, RCAWorldsFairNYrev-c39].
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M&A 1243 29 "Forecasting and Strategic Planning for the Pre-Recorded Music Industry" by Sandra Jardim, 1982 April; This item has been digitized [ID: Jardim-ForecastingStratPlanPreRecMusicIndustry1982-04].
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M&A 1243 30 Group life insurance plan, 1951 October
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M&A 1243 31 Health and life insurance plan, 1978 October
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M&A 1243 32 Income savings plans, 1978, 1985
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M&A 1243 33 "Investigation of Electron Focusing and Resolution in Aperture Mask Type Color Kinescopes" by John Evans, Jr., 1958 April
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AVD1 8 Kinescope plant in Jaguare, Brazil, circa 1960s-1970s [Depicts workers washing and inspecting picture tubes as well as various other steps in the production process.] ; 17 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 5 in. 1 photographic print : 7 x 8 in.
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M&A 1243 34 "Local or 'Spot' Air Conditioning," 1953 December
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M&A 1243 35 "Market Potential of Products Based on Liquid Crystal Dynamic Scattering" by Edward J. Homer (Product and Marketing Planning) [donated by author, 1999], 1970 March 30; This item has been digitized [ID: LCDMarketPotentialProducts1970-03-30].
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M&A 1243 36 New York Offices telephone directories, 1970, 1972
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M&A 1243 36A Newspaper clipping on the Videocomp 70-820 (RCA Graphic Systems Division), 1966 September 4
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M&A 1216 9 Newspaper clippings, 1927
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M&A 1216 10 Newspaper clippings on shortwave radio development, 1934, undated
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M&A 1243 37 Nipper cartoon [gift of William Glaser, 2004], undated
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M&A 1243 38 Princeton inventor recognition dinners, 1983-1986
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M&A 1243 39 "Product Distribution and Traffic Indirect Standards Program" (Electronic Components and Devices Division), 1966 January 1
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M&A 1216 11 RCA Communications: "List of Authorized Frequencies for the Point-to-Point Services," 1957 December 1
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M&A 1243 40 RCA Exhibition Hall, Radio City, New York: monthly report, 1949 May
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M&A 1243 41 RCA Frequency Bureau annual report, 1960
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M&A 1243 42 RCA Global Communications, Commercial Planning: "Major Worldwide Communications Facilities," 1970 February 12
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M&A 1243 43 "The RCA Organizational Realignment for an Expanding Future," 1954 May
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M&A 1243 44 "RCA Plan for Health," 1985
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M&A 1216 21 RCA Victor advertisement in Arabic, circa 1940
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M&A 1243 45 Retirement plans, 1941-1983
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M&A 1243 46 Rosenthal, Michael P.: student papers, 1973-1974
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M&A 1243 47 Technical Communications Programs manual: communications guides, 1969-1975, undated
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M&A 1243 48 Technical Communications Programs manual: RCA policy and TPA notices, 1973-1986
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M&A 1243 49 Technical Communications Programs manual: 1986 revisions, 1986
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AVD1 5 Television manufacturing plant in Jaguare, Brazil, circa 1960s-1970s [Includes views of the gun assembly area, welding of the stem and gun, the ultra-sonic wash, the white room, and span setting.] ; 19 photographic prints : b&w ; 7 x 9 in.
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M&A 1243 50 Tests of antennas at WBAB 1440 (Babylon, New York) and tower specifications, 1957, 1963
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M&A 1243 51 "Trade-Marks: Usages, Practices and Procedures," 1946 May
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M&A 1243 52 Tube equipment sales organization, undated
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AVD1 6 Wiggins, Grace RCA Cherry Hill photographs, circa 1956-1971 [Depict the exterior of RCA Cherry Hill, New Jersey and some of the employees who worked there.] ; 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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M&A 1243 53 Young, Harry: "Incidents Over the Years," 1991, 1999