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ITT Industrial Research Laboratories Electron Tube Research Records, 1934-1984

Donor:
International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation
Creator:
Cawein, Madison
Eberhardt, Edward
Essig, Sanford
Farnsworth, Philo Taylor b. 1906
Hirsch, Robert L
Lott, H.J
Papp, George
Salinger, Hans W.G
Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI)
Physical description:
3.5 cu. ft. : 9 boxes
Type:
Technical drawings
Collection descriptions
Certificates
Project files
Laboratory notes
Photographs
Technical reports
Date:
1934
1934-1983
1934-1984
20th century
Notes:
Incorporated and founded in 1920 by Sosthenes Behn and his brother Hernand Behn as a telephone and telegraph company, ITT expanded and established facilities both in the United States and throughout the world. The Fort Wayne, Indiana facility resulted when Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television, who had set up the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation, sold his company to ITT in 1949. The laboratories in Fort Wayne were responsible for developing new technical concepts, methods and designs of tubes, sensors and devices for application in industrial, government and commercial markets. Laboratory activities included applied research, advanced development and product design, and development and fabrication. They concentrated on designing and developing components which operated in the infrared, visible, and ultraviolet portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. They were innovators in developing a number of specialized high vacuum devices including: image dissectors, star tracking dissectors and multiplier phototubes, single quantum counting photomultipliers, grid-controlled photomultipliers, biplanar and laser monitoring photodiodes, windowless electron multipliers and single particle detectors, ultraviolet sensitive photodiodes, image converters, image storage and image correlation tubes, and spectral response information.
Summary:
This collection contains a diverse selection of materials that address a variety of aspects of the ITT Industrial Laboratories in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There are research and development notebooks from various scientists and engineers, reports and articles on products being developed and research being conducted, technical drawings, a large body of product information, and photographs of products and research projects. People represented in the collection include: George Papp, Hans W.G. Salinger, Philo T. Farnsworth, Madison Cawein, Robert L. Hirsch, Sanford F. Essig, H.J. Lott, and Edward H. Eberhardt. When these materials came to the Archives Center a portion were housed in captioned envelopes; the envelopes were photocopied to preserve the information and the contents were incorporated into the above series in order to facilitate intellectual access.
Cite as:
ITT Industrial Laboratories Electron Tube Research Records, 1934-1984, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Inventions
Television
Vacuum-tubes
Electron tubes
Local number:
2002.3090 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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