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Herbert Belar papers, 1943-1967

1943-1967
 Series
Identifier: 2464-09-2.-II.

Dates

  • 1943-1967

Scope and Content

The Herbert Belar papers are composed of schematics, notes, and compositions from Belar’s work on acoustical electronics, including a music composing machine, a phonetic typewriter, and the music synthesizer, at RCA Laboratories, from 1943 to 1967. They also include schematics and reports on several projects Belar did for the military during World War II as part of a secret RCA working group called “MAD Lab.” Of special note is a 1955 letter from Robert Moog, then a student at Queens College, requesting information on RCA’s electronic music synthesizer.

Thirty-seven of Belar's lab notebooks (1948-1966) can be found in Record group 26.

General Physical Description (AVD portion only)

(AVD portion only) 71 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

Arrangement

Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.

Additional Information

Extent

From the Collection: 990 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Additional Description

Access Restrictions

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

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

Arrangement

Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.

Provenance

Donated to the David Sarnoff Library by the Sarnoff Corporation in 2007.

Processing Notes

Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, 2014.

Related Names

Creator


Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400