RCA technical reports1924-1992
- RCA Corporation (Organization)
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For more information, see the historical note for accession 2069, RCA Corporation records: http://findingaids.hagley.org/xtf/view?docId=ead/2069.xml
I. Contract proposals
II. Contract reports
III. Old systems
IV. New system
V. Translations of technical articles
Scope and Content
Most reports are highly technical and are very difficult to follow without a background in electronics engineering. For those with such a background, they are a unique resource for understanding technological development.
Partial card indexes from the David Sarnoff Research Center's Research Library be found in Record group 3, Series XII of the David Sarnoff Research Center records (2464.09).
The collection is arranged in five series: Contract proposals; Contract reports; Old systems; New system; and Translations of technical articles.
Contract proposals series consists of RCA contract proposals containing technical and management plans, as well as brief biographies of the personnel involved. Most proposals were made to the U. S. Army, U. S. Air Force, or NASA. Nearly all of the proposals were produced by RCA Somerville, RCA Laboratories, and RCA Defense Electronic Products (DEP).
Contract reports series contains RCA technical and progress reports from nearly 700 contracts, mostly with the U.S. Government. The vast majority of the reports were issued by RCA Laboratories, but reports from other RCA units are also included.
Old systems series consists mostly of technical reports issued before the implementation of the unified designation system in 1970 (see Series IV). It also includes the report series that were not included in the new system: Restricted Distribution Reports (RDRs), Technical Notes (TNs), and reports issued by International Licensing.
New systems series:
At the beginning of 1970, RCA established a unified report designation system for technical reports. The designator contained four parts: unit identifier, year, report type, and number.
The unit identifier was four letters long, two letters for location and two letters for division. For example, the designation for RCA Laboratories was PRRL: Princeton (PR) Research Laboratories (RL).
After two digits for the year, the report type was given. This was Contract Report (CR), Engineering Memorandum (EM), or Technical Report (TR). Note that contract reports are included in Series II of the collection. The final element was a three digit report number.
As such, the first technical report under the new system issued by the Advanced Technology Laboratories in Burlington, Massachusetts was designated BNAT-70-TR-001.
Translations of technical articles series consists of translations of foreign language technical articles, mostly from Soviet publications. Many were translated by RCA Laboratories staff.
Technical reports for which only the designator is given have been individually cataloged in the Hagley Library catalog, searchable here.
Language of Materials
These technical reports and a similar number from the Sarnoff Corporation were donated to Hagley in 2009, along with the rest of the archival collections of the David Sarnoff Library.
- RCA Corporation (Organization)
Finding Aid & Administrative Information
- RCA technical reports
- Daniel Michelson
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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.