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Servodyne Corporation Records

Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (3 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Articles
Correspondence
Design drawings
Financial records
Minutes
Date:
1955-1971
Summary:
The Servodyne Company attempted to develop a prototype of the household microwave. The business records cover the operations and meetings of the company, as well as the corporation's financial troubles and liquidation following its bankruptcy in 1968. Also included are design details and photographs of the ovens.
Scope and Contents:
Records of the company that developed an early microwave oven. The business records include documents such as Board of Directors meeting minutes, stockholder meeting minutes, correspondence, legal documents, financial papers, publications, photographs, drawings and specifications, and other business papers. Also included in the collection are newspaper and magazine clippings featuring stories about the safety and use of microwave ovens.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1: Minutes, 1961-1968

Series 2: Correspondence, 1961-1968

Series 3: Legal Documents, 1965-1966

Series 4: Financial Materials, 1960-1965

Series 5: Publications, 1955-1971

Series 6: Photographs, 1955, 1971
Biographical / Historical:
John Gunnarson, a former employee of Raytheon, formed the Servodyne Company (1960), which made prototypes of the microwave oven. The company sought to bring microwave technology into the home for everyday use in a time when microwaves and their safety were under scrutiny. Developed by Gunnarson, Roger F. French, and Donald R. Lester, this prototype utilized klystrons instead of the magnetrons used by competitors. The company applied for a patent in 1966, but the oven was never successful. Servodyne Company struggled with financial issues and leadership changes, and the business folded in 1968 due to lack of funding. The liquidation process lasted until 1971.
Separated Materials:
A prototype microwave is in the Division of Work and Industry. See Accession 2003.0107.01.
Provenance:
Collection donated by John A. Gunnarson in 2003.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Microwave equipment industry  Search this
Microwave ovens  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles -- 1950-2000
Correspondence -- 1950-2000
Design drawings -- 1950-2000
Financial records
Minutes
Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0839
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0839

Minutes

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1968
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0839, Series 1
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref17

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Notes

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1965
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 1: Minutes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref18

Stockholder Meeting Minutes and Notes

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1968
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 1: Minutes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref19

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1968
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0839, Series 2
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref20

Liquidation

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966-1976
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref21

Outstanding Invoices

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref22

Various Topics

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1967
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref23

Notices for Board of Directors and Stockholder Meetings and Employees

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1968
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref24

Legal Documents

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965 - 1966
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0839, Series 3
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref25

Articles of Amendment and Documents

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 3: Legal Documents
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref26

Patent Application

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966 January
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 3: Legal Documents
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref27

Financial Material

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960 - 1965
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0839, Series 4
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref28

Financial Papers

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1965
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 4: Financial Material
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref29

Publications

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955 - 1971
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0839, Series 5
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref30

Conference Paper, "A New Look at the Electronic Oven" by R.V. Prucha

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965 May 18-19
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 5: Publications
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref31

Conference Paper, "Microwave Power for Home Appliances" by Roger F. French, Servodyne

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964 May 19-20
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 5: Publications
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref32

"Construction and Evaluation of a Kit-Form Microwave," U.S. Department of Health

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971 May
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 5: Publications
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref33

Article, "Microwave Power for Appliances," by Roger F. French

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955-1971
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 5: Publications
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref34

Non-Servodyne Advertisement Pamphlets

Collection Creator:
Servodyne Corporation  Search this
Collection Donor:
Gunnarson, John  Search this
Collection Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955-1971
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Servodyne Corporation Records, 1955-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Servodyne Corporation Records
Servodyne Corporation Records / Series 5: Publications
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0839-ref35

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