Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
The collection primarily documents Lechner's research on high-definition television (HDTV) and his work on standards committees. Additionally, materials cover his work in other areas of television research, including video recorders, two-way cable TV services, TV tuners, and broadcast cameras.
Photographs and videocassettes in the collection depict thin film transistor liquid crystal display technology, color images of TFT-LCD screens, black and white images of an experimental model TFT-LCD system, and game testing on circular monitor for Mattel-96-Space War and Pong.
Three of Lechner's lab notebooks (1957-1959) can be found in Record group 26.
Fred L. Bechly (1924-2004) was an electrical engineer who worked for RCA's Camden, New Jersey, plant, where he aided in the invention of the Tricolor Kinescope Monitor, which became the standard for color television. His papers describe his work with RCA in television and video recording from 1944 to 1983.
The Joseph Giardina NBC collection is composed of correspondence, invoices, tests, schematics, and notes related to the broadcasting tower on top of the Empire State Building. The collection also contains correspondence and patents related to Armstrong v. Radio Corporation of America and National Broadcasting Company.
The Radio/TV broadcasting series consists of views of broadcast equipment including parts, components, details, and construction/manufacturing/assembly. The series has been arranged into sixteen subseries: Amplifiers; Antennas; Equipment; Microwave; Modulators; Monitors; Multiplexers; Radio stations; Receivers, transmitters, and transceivers; Speech input; Switches; Television stations; UHF; Video; and Wave form/waveguides. The materials date from circa 1930 to 1977.
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 Radio Corporation of America was incorporated in Delaware on October 17, 1919, and changed its name to RCA Corporation on May 9, 1969. This collection is primarily made up of moving images and sound recordings collected by the David Sarnoff Research Library relating to the RCA corporation dating from 1953 to 2009. There is a set of photographs related to the Nippon Television Network and two photograph albums, one of 30 Rockefeller Center and the other containing waveform and photo-radio equipment. This collection is organized into eight series: Broadcast programming, Communications, Events, History, Meetings, Popular recordings, Reference materials, and Nippon Television Network.