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Irwin Gordon papers, 1945-1989

Accession: 2464-09Identifier: 2464-09-9.-II.


  • Creation: 1945-1989

Biographical Note

Irwin Gordon was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924. He grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he graduated from high school in 1942. He completed one semester at Rutgers University before being drafted into the U.S. Army in early 1943. After being discharged from the army in late 1945, he returned to his studies at Rutgers and finished an undergraduate degree before earning his Ph.D. in chemistry. Gordon spent his entire career at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey, where he worked for more than 35 years. His primary research focus was in ceramics, particularly in the use of ferrite magnetic compounds for electronics, and he received two patents for processes related to this work.

Scope and Content

The Irwin Gordon papers are composed of records generated by Gordon during his 35-year career at RCA Laboratories. They encompass laboratory reports and findings, as well as a number of papers he authored. They also include background and research materials, such as journal articles and technical reports, and manuals for radios, televisions, and tape recorders. Several awards and an invention disclosure reflect his achievements at RCA Labs, and a small collection of ephemera – RCA flight operations, concessions tickets from lab picnics, a Christmas card from RCA Japan, and “bag-velopes” – offers a glimpse of everyday life at the corporation.

Forty-seven of Gordon's lab notebooks (1952-1987) can be found in Record group 26.


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.

Processing Notes

Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, June 2014.

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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA