S. Joseph Begun Papers, 1888-2000 ( bulk 1927-1995)
Begun, S. Joseph (Semi Joseph) 1905-1995
Begun, Ruth W
21 cu. ft. : 46 boxes
Born in Poland, Semi Joseph Begun was a pioneer in magnetic recording. He earned an M.S. in Engineering in 1929 and a doctorate in 1933 from the Institute of Berlin for work related to magnetic recording. While working for Schuchhardt A.G. he designed the first commercially successful magnetic recorder. He worked in the field of magnetic recording for his entire career, both before and after emigrating to the United States. He wrote the first textbook on the subject in 1949. He founded the Society for Prevention of Violence in 1983 after retiring.
Correspondence, memoranda, patents, printed matter, reports, speeches and writings, awards, biographical materials, autobiographical and historical material documenting Begun's life and career in magnetic recording. Addendum, 2001: photographs, personal papers, business records and a copy of his autobiography.
S. Joseph Begun Papers, 1927-1995, Archives Center, National Museum of American History