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Ithiel de Sola Pool Collection

Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Pool, Ithiel de Sola, 1917-  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Research
Publications
Writings
Articles
Date:
1919-1984
Scope and Contents:
A collection of articles, publications, writings, and research notes on the topic of communication in the 20th century, especially the psychological effects of mass media. Also 4 VHS videotapes and an accordion file folder.
Arrangement:
Divided into 9 series.
Biographical / Historical:
Professor and Director of the Research Program on Communications Policy, Political Science Depratment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Provenance:
Donated by Jean M. Pool in 2010. Videotapes and accordion file donated by Nance Brisco in 2001.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.
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:
Mass media  Search this
Communication  Search this
Telecommunication  Search this
Genre/Form:
Research
Publications
Writings
Articles -- 20th century
Citation:
Ithiel deSola Pool Collection, 1919-1984, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0713
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Ithiel de Sola Pool Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0713

Eldo C. Koenig Personal Computer Collection

Creator:
Koenig, Eldo C.  Search this
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Extent:
0.12 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Articles
Awards
Technical reports
Diagrams
Technical drawings
Laboratory notes
Date:
1950-1969.
Scope and Contents note:
Papers representing Koenig's research on early personal computers. Includes photographs, articles, laboratory reports, Koenig's students' research, writings and illustrations and diagrams on hardware and software.
Arrangement:
1 series.
Biographical/Historical note:
Koenig held various positions at the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company from 1944-1962 including supervisor of the computer laboratory. In 1962 he left Allis-Chalmers to take a teaching position with the University of Wisconsin. Koenig received the Alfred Noble Prize (not to be confused with the Nobel Prize) for his work on analog computers in 1951 and was active in several professional organizations, including the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Eldo C. Koenig.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
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:
Computer science  Search this
Computer software  Search this
Computers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles
Awards
Technical reports
Diagrams
Technical drawings
Laboratory notes
Citation:
Eldo C. Koenig Personal Computer Collection, 1950-1969, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0650
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0650

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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Servodyne Corporation Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0839

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