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Nicholas F. Pensiero papers

1904-1984 Majority of material found within 1974-1984
 Collection
Identifier: 2138

Abstract

Nicholas F. Pensiero (1918-2003) worked in the Marketing Division of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), a leading American electronics company. The papers comprise a portion of Pensiero’s files retained by him after retirement in 1984. They include a variety of pieces relating to the history of RCA and its predecessor, the Victor Talking Machine Company. There are memoirs (copies) of two RCA engineers, an advertising scrapbook dating from 1938 to 1942, and a set of dust jackets for 78rpm records dating from 1912 to 1938.

Dates

  • 1904-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1974-1984

Creator

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Nicholas F. Pensiero (1918-2003) worked in the Marketing Division of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), a leading American electronics company. RCA and the Victor Talking Machine Company merged in 1929 to become the RCA Victor Company in 1930. This merger allowed RCA to consolidate the research, engineering, manufacturing and sales of RCA products.

Pensiero received a bachelor's degree in business from La Salle College, where he later worked as an instructor. After serving in World War II, he worked in the RCA Marketing Division for thirteen years, then for the Philco Corporation, before returning to RCA in the early 1960s.

He was director of public affairs and marketing for the RCA Government Division at Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The Public Affairs and Marketing Department was primarily responsible for publicizing RCA's accomplishments and keeping management informed about relevant press coverage. It was also responsible for internal communications. Pensiero retired in 1984.

He died at Mount Laurel, New Jersey, on February 26, 2003.

Scope and Contents

The records comprise a portion of Pensiero’s files retained by him after retirement from RCA in 1984. They include a variety of pieces relating to the history of RCA and the Victor Talking Machine Company.

Of particular interest are two copies of memoirs: those of Raymond E. Sooy (1880-1938), a sound engineer with the Victor Talking Machine Company from 1903 to 1931, and Robert W. Wythes (1890-1989), covering the years 1905 to 1928. Also present are other papers and notes on the history of RCA, the Victor Talking Machine Company and the “His Master’s Voice” trademark, biographical notes on Dr. Irving Wolff (1894-1982), a single issue of the Scanner, an engineering employees’ magazine from 1928, and two early annual reports of the American Graphophone Company.

The contents of a disbound advertising scrapbook from 1938 to 1942 include newspaper clippings, pamphlets, company periodicals, and advertisements for radios and other RCA products. Of particular interest are pieces dealing with the marketing of RCA products in Latin America and Iraq, as well as a booklet of World War II propaganda cartoons in Arabic with caricatures of Hitler, Mussolini, Göring, and Goebbels that was apparently intended to create anti-Axis sentiment in the Arab world. There is also a collection of representative paper dust jackets for 78 rpm records, many with intricate designs, dating from circa 1912 to 1938.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Nicholas F. Pensiero papers
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Laurie Sather

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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