Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Alexander Magoun was the curator for the David Sarnoff Library from 1998 until 2000. After earning his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Maryland in 2000, he led the David Sarnoff Library as the Executive Director from 2000 until 2009. This collection includes advertisements from RCA and other companies for radios, televisions, phonographs, and other consumer electronics.
David Sarnoff (1891-1971) was the iconic leader of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) for most of the company's history. For many years the only Jewish executive in the communications field, Sarnoff was highly influential in the development of radio and television. The focus of the David Sarnoff papers is the original David Sarnoff Collection assembled by Sarnoff to celebrate his career. However, the papers also include the extensive photographic, publicity, and administrative files created by his staff at RCA and a substantial audiovisual component.
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.
The Radio series are images of equipment, components, parts, and details. The series is divided into six subseries: Amateur Rect. Trans.; Auto; Crystals; Police radios; Radio - Phonographs; and Radios. The materials date from 1930 to 1976. The materials in the Crystals subseries may also relate to television, optics or lasers as well as radio equipment.
Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was incorporated in 1919, entered the broadcasting field in July 1921 and shortly thereafter began to sell home broadcasting equipment manufactured by GE and Westinghouse. The collection consists of photographs and negatives relating to Radio Corporation of America (RCA), the Victor Talking Machine Company, which was purchased by RCA in 1929, and the RCA-Victor Division of Radio Corporation of America.
For over fifty years the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was one of the country's leading manufacturers and vendors of radios, phonographs, televisions, and a wide array of consumer and military electronics products. The records of the RCA Corporation consist of three series: Secretary's files; B.L. Aldridge files; and the Camden Technical Library files. The collection is largely RCA technical reports, standards, engineering notebooks, manuals and miscellaneous publications. The Secretary's files document the formation of RCA. Aldridge's files deal almost entirely with the history of the Victor Talking Machine Company, RCA-Victor and the Camden Plant.