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Louis F. Moose papers

Creation: 1928-1991
Accession: 2605


This collection contains papers from Louis F. Moose from his early days as a student at the University of California, Berkeley, to his retirement from Bell Laboratories, Allentown, Pennsylvania, as an electrical engineer and department head. They date from 1928 with the bulk of the documents from 1942 to 1982 covering his work and activities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bell Laboratories.

Throughout his career, Mr. Moose was involved with the early research and development of magnetrons/microwave tubes used in radar for military use and for Bell Systems applications.


  • Creation: 1928-1991



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Historical Note

Louis Frank Moose was born in San Francisco, California, on June 10, 1918. He received a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Berkely in 1940. He was a teaching fellow in Power Engineering at the University of California until 1941, when he then accepted a position as Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Radiation Laboratory in Boston, Massachusetts. There he researched the development and application of magnetrons used in radar systems during World War II.

Mr. Moose worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc. from 1945 to 1982. He started as a member of the technical staff serving in New York from 1945 to 1946 and later Allentown, Pennsylvania, from 1946 to 1982. His responsibilities included: research work on magnetron/microwave tubes used in radar for military and Bell Systems applications; solid state microwave devices and glass engineering; applied mechanics; mechanical engineering, and transistors. He served as department head for several units, including Applied Mechanics and Alloy Transistors, and Solid State Microwave Components Department.

He was a Fellow of the I.E.E.E. and a member of the Telephone Pioneers. Moose died at Wernersville, Pa., on February 23, 2009.


The Louis F. Moose papers are arranged in three series:

Series I, Day Files, are arranged chronologically

Series II, Technical Reports, Manuals, and Directories, are arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically

Series III, Personal Records, are arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.

Scope and Content

The collection contains personal and professional papers from as early as 1928. The bulk are Day Files from L. F. Moose covering the years 1951 to 1982 at Bell Laboratories. The documents cover such subjects as correspondence copies, department and personnel activities and reports, research and technical reports, organizational charts, personnel address and telephone directories, and publications. There is a small file on a 1966 employment discrimination suit involving and African American man and Bell Labs at which Mr. Moose was a witness.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Related Material

IEEE History Center at Stevens Institute of Tecnnology, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030, Louis F. Moose oral history.

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Louis F. Moose papers
Rainer Naus; Clayton J. Ruminski
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Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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