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FOLDER 42 Coaxial Cable. 1947 - 1949.
4 items.
Mimeographed memoranda pertaining to coaxial cable.
FOLDER 43 Color Television. 1953 - 1965.
52 items.
Original, photocopied, and mimeographed memoranda, letters, reports, press releases, and newspaper clippings concerning color television.
Highlights: March 31, 1958, press release explaining how the new chroma-key process works and its many uses. 1962 28-page "Highlights of NBC's Contributions to Television Broadcasting." March 9, 1965, 10-page press release announcing a "Full Color Network" with a weekly schedule of nighttime color programming. September 27, 1961, press release: "Color Day" will air October 4, 1962, and will feature 12 hours of color programming. September 12, 1955, 17-page speech by Dr. Alfred N. Goldsmith entitled "Surgery and Color Television." November 3, 1955, press release, "NBC Chicago Station WNBQ will be First All-Color Television Station in World." November 3, 1953, color photo of what may have been first color show (note the cryptic writing on the cardboard cover).
Printed items: Poster, Color Television in the News which appeared in the October 16, 1956, Wall Street Journal.
FOLDER 44 Color Television History. 1962 - 1965.
2 items.
Photocopied reports on the history of color television.
Highlights: 1962 "History of Color TV," a 15-page history that includes a chronology.
FOLDER 45 Color Television. 1954.
10 items.
Photocopied and mimeographed press releases and a reprint of a panel discussion on color television.
Highlights: March 9, 1954, press release of NBC affiliate WNBT of New York announcing that the first local commercial order for station breaks in color has been placed by Castro Decorators Inc., the manufacturer of the Castro Convertible.
Printed items: April, 1954 27-page report, NBC Color Television Workshop.
FOLDER 46 Color Television 1953.
29 items.
Original, photocopied, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, letters, a telegram and speech regarding color television.
Highlights: April 17, 1953, memo from Richard Werner recounting a call from Richard Salant of CBS wondering why it would take RCA 10 months to deliver a color camera to CBS. November, 1951 7-page speech by J. V. Hefferman, "Color Television." March 10, 1953, memo from Frank N. Russell to General David Sarnoff and Mr. Frank White on the political maneuvering of Senator Ed Johnson, a political ally, regarding pending legislation on color television. March 6, 1954, 10-page letter from Senator Edwin C. Johnson to Senator Charles W. Tobey, chairman of the interstate and foreign commerce committee, stating that the FCC should consider a color television standard that is compatible with black-and-white. Unidentified memo that requires all papers, talks, and speeches on technical topics by RCA/NBC be cleared prior to publication or presentation. Correspondence and letters from May 8, 1953, to June 18, 1953, between the FCC and NBC confirming NBC's authorization to perform a test broadcast of their color TV system. December 21, 1953, press release announcing the first west-to-east transcontinental transmission of color as well as the first remote pickup in compatible color of a special event (Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 1954). November 3, 1953, press release announcing that RCA has achieved magnetic tape recording of color as well as black-and-white television programs. Also, NBC demonstrated the first transcontinental transmission of color film for television.
FOLDER 47 Color Television 1951.
8 items.
Original, photocopy, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, letters, and newspaper clippings pertaining to color television.
Highlights: October 20, 1951, "Message sent by Dr. Allen B. DuMont to Charles E. Wilson" who as Defense Mobilizer ordered a halt by CBS into further color tv research on national defense grounds in an apparently political move to help RCA to catch up to CBS in the field of color television. October 5, 1951, memo from O. B. Hanson, "RCA Color Television Demonstrations."
Printed items: Facts about Color Television, a 15-page pamphlet from September, 1951.
FOLDER 48 Color Television 1950.
11 items.
Original and onionskin memoranda, a press release, and an original letter about color television.
Highlights: November 30, 1950, letter from a Canadian advertising agency that represents a Canadian company interested in manufacturing color televisions. October 17, 1950, press release, "Latest Improvements in RCA Color Television System will be Shown in Washington Beginning December 5."
Printed items: March 30, 1950, 32-page pamphlet, Answers to Questions about Color Television. 1950 9-page pamphlet, Is Color Television Ready for the Home? Five-page reprint from the February, 1950 issue of Coronet, "How much bunk in color television?" October 13, 1949, 12-page pamphlet, Color Television in Use, the statement of J. N. Dubarry of Smith, Kline and French Laboratories extolling the benefits of color television for medical schools in testimony before the FCC color television hearing.
FOLDER 49 Color Television FCC Decision, Oct. 1950.
46 items.
Original, photocopied, onionskin, and mimeographed letters, memoranda, press releases, telegrams, and newspaper clippings about NBC's color compatible television system.
Highlights: December 6, 1950, "Statement By Wayne Coy, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission." November, 14, 1950, RCA 10-page press release, "RCA asks Court, in Public Interest, to Restrain FCC from Standardizing Incompatible Color Television System." October 12, 1950, telegram from Ross D. Siragusa, president of Admiral criticizing FCC decision and the CBS color system.
Printed items: 1950 RCA 4-page poster-size reprints of articles on RCA developments in color television. October 17, 1950, 24-page pamphlet listing the RCA/NBC civil suit against the FCC.
FOLDER 50 Color Television FCC Decision, Jan. 1950.
10 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed letters, memoranda, press releases, pamphlets, and a telegram.
Highlights: September 28, 1950, 9-page press release, "RCA Urges FCC to Stay its Hand in Final Decision on Color Television and let Public Act as Jury." September 1, 1950, CBS filing with the FCC. Letters from Stanton of CBS, Sarnoff of NBC, and Senator Edwin C. Johnson regarding color standards. May 3, 1950, 15-page press release, "Sarnoff Says Adoption of CBS Mechanical Color Television System would be a Fatal Mistake."
Printed items: May 3, 1950, pamphlet, Color Television, Sarnoff's testimony before the FCC. March 22, 1950, pamphlet, Broadcasting Color Television, Joseph H. McConnell's testimony before the FCC (2 copies).
FOLDER 51 Color Television 1949.
5 items.
Original and mimeographed press releases and memoranda pertaining to color television.
Highlights: November 15, 1949, press release, "RCA Makes its New Color Television System Available to British Broadcasting Corporation." Confidential "Report of Technical Developments July 1 to August 31, 1949." April 8, 1949, 3-page "Color Television Field Test."
FOLDER 52 Color Television FCC Hearing 1949.
48 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed letters, memoranda, telegrams, press releases, and pamphlets on color television.
Highlights: November 21, 1949, press release, "RCA Electronic Color Television System Shows Marked Improvement in Comparative Tests." Letters to and from Frank Stanton of CBS and Frank Jones of the FCC regarding production of color television sets with the CBS standard. August 25, 1949, press release, "RCA Develops New High-Definition Color Television System Compatible with Present Black-and-White Sets."
Printed items: September 26, 1949, 25-page RCA booklet, A Six-Megacycle Compatible High-Definition Color Television System (contains interesting photos). August 25, 1949, reprint from the Congressional Record of a letter from C. B. Jolliffe of RCA to the FCC.
FOLDER 53 Color Television FCC Hearing 1947.
9 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed letters, statements, and reports on color television.
Highlights: March 18, 1947, 14-page FCC decision on the CBS color television petition. Strongly worded statement by Adrian Murphy of CBS to the FCC. Testimony before the FCC by T. A. M. Craven, VP of Cowles Broadcasting Company advocating the approval of the sequential color system. Testimony before the FCC by E. W. Engstrom of RCA advocating the simultaneous color system. "Cost of Color Television Receivers in Relation to Number of Tubes," statement to the FCC by G. L. Beers on behalf of RCA and NBC. Highly technical testimony by G. H. Brown to the FCC on behalf of RCA and NBC. Twenty-four-page technical testimony by R. D. Kell to the FCC on behalf of RCA and NBC. CBS technical diagram submitted to the FCC, "Comparison of Present CBS Color Television and Conventional Black and White Equipment Chains (block diagrams modified by NBC)." Summary of statements to the FCC by Dr. Allen B. DuMont and Dr. Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr.
FOLDER 54 RMA Sub-Committee on Color Television 1941-46.
49 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed letters, memoranda, reports, and minutes of meetings from the Radio Manufacturers of America Sub-Committee on Color Television.
Highlights: May 22, 1946, notes by Robert E. Shelby of NBC from an informal meeting about color television standards between representatives of Philco, RCA and NBC. Angry description of the manner that the acting chairman of the sub-committee (Mr. David B. Smith) was conducting the meeting and the extent to which he was swayed by CBS "propaganda." Minutes of the May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December meetings of the RMA Committee on Color Television. November 7, 1941, report by Philco on color television. November 6, 1941, RCA "Report on Color Television." November 6, 1941, letter by Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. of Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc. to the committee. November 4, 1941, report to the committee by Harry R. Lubcke of Don Lee Broadcasting System. November 3, 1941, letter from J. E. Brown of Zenith to the committee which mentioned, among other things, that Zenith's research into color television has stopped due to defense activities. Two technical drawings submitted by Virgil M Graham of the RMA to be attached, after the fact, to the minutes of the August 8, 1941, meeting.
FOLDER 55 Color Television 1940-46.
34 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed letters, memoranda, reports, and a pamphlet on early developments in color television.
Highlights: Seven black-and-white CBS photos: three photos of their color television receiver, a photo of a color television transmitter, a photo of a receiving antenna, a photo of their color television film scanner, and a photo of one of their two transmitting antennas. February 4, 1946, CBS television news press release, "CBS Press Demonstration of Full Color Television Features Ultra High Frequency Transmitter and Ghost Free Pictures." October 30, 1946, RCA press release, "All Electronic Color Television System Created by RCA." July 15, 1946, 48-page NBC, "Review of Arguments Concerning Color Versus Black-and-White Television [for internal use only]." January 29, 1947, memo from G. M. Nixon to F. J. Somers and a January 30, 1947, memo from O. B. Hanson to Niles Trammell about an article in the January 27, 1947, New York Herald Tribune mentioning a patent obtained for an all electronic color television system by George Sleeper. Both memos describe the Sleeper system as inadequate. The CBS system is derided as merely an adaptation of old color photography and color motion picture systems and mentions that RCA preemptively acquired patents on any early system which had practical possibilities. October 15, 1946, NBC revision of the July 15, 1946, "Review of Arguments Concerning Color Versus Black-and-White Television [for external release]." September 27, 1946, "Critique of the CBS Color Television Petition Presented to the FCC." Confidential September 12, 1945, NBC memo from Mr. Norr to Mr. Frank Mullen about Mr. Norr's "humdinger" of an idea for reacting to the August 26, 1945, CBS broadcast predicting color television by the end of the year. April 28, 1941, NBC memo from Frank E. Mason to Mr. William Kostka on ideas for promoting NBC color broadcasts (among these is an inquiry for "any parrots that really talk that have gay and gaudy colored plumage.") February 2, 1945, memo from John F. Royal to Mr. Niles Trammell regarding the broadcasting by CBS of a trailer of a Disney film that was announced as a "colored film, but because television was in its present form, they could not show color, so the audience would have to use its own imagination to supply color values." Royal states: "Our Columbia friends are still acting like vicious, spoiled children." September 18, 1940, NBC memo from Alfred H. Morton concerning the scheduled CBS demonstration of their color television system on September 20, 1940.
Printed items: October 30, 1946, 18-page RCA pamphlet, All-Electronic Color Television Created by RCA.
FOLDER 56 Commentator Walter Winchell. 1934 - 1941.
25 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, letters, telegrams, and scripts from Walter Winchell's program.
Highlights: July 8, 1941, letter from Sidney N. Strotz to George W. Trendle agreeing "that "Walter has gone off the deep end," and "that we are doing the best we know how to control him." April 16, 1941, letter from Sidney N. Strotz to Niles Trammell stating hat "he thinks the sun rises and sets on his broad shoulders," and that "he has gotten pretty impossible to handle." He also mentioned that "Schechter really does heroic work and gets quite a mental beating from Winchell in connection with every Sunday broadcast." February 18, 1941, memo from John F. Royal to Frank E. Mullen containing the February 16, 1941, editorial in which Winchell states that "an American newspaperman is responsible only to his conscience not to his politicians." Royal interprets this as a challenge to NBC and asks whether NBC is "going to permit him to continue, or to do something about it." July 7, 1940, letter from lawyers representing the Harry Bridges Defense Committee demanding from NBC equal time on Winchell's program to respond to an attack. June 12, 1940, memo from A. A. Schechter to Mr. Niles Trammell recounting Shechter's demand to Winchell that he stop attacking individuals on the air as Communists. Schechter quotes Winchell: "You'll have no trouble from me I'll work along with you" and concludes that "knowing Mr. Winchell, I think he will keep his word for three or four days or perhaps weeks, until something else crosses his path." June 3, 1940, memo from Schechter to Niles Trammell regarding Winchell's assertion that Carl Byoir, a publicity man, was a spy, and that "it's now time for the management to decide whether this man can go on in a hysterical manner week after week and accuse citizens of being spies." May 5, 1940, wire from E. B. Germany and J. P. Rice of the National Garner For President Committee threatening legal action against NBC due to a Winchell attack on their candidate earlier in the day. Includes entire script and amusing advertising copy for his sponsor, Jergens Lotion. March 3-11, 1940, memoranda from John F. Royal to Niles Trammell expressing NBC's concern that Germany will be offended by Winchell's reference to "Mr. von Ribbentrop" as "Mr. von Ribbentripe," and Royal's judgment that because of Winchell's high ratings, that "if he doesn't wish to live up to our policies, we should just let it go." May 1, 1939, memo from John F. Royal to Niles Trammell and May 5-9, 1939, memo from Trammell to Royal agreeing that Winchell's April 30, 1939, description of Hitler as a madman should have been deleted. April 7, 1939, memo from A. A. Schechter to John F. Royal quoting Keith Kiggins of Station Relations as stating that "Winchell, by his very remarks and the fact that he is one of the chosen people, is causing undue hardship and anti-semitism throughout the Middle West." Schechter asserts that "I think we ought to stop him once and for all." May 1, 1937, memo from Frank M. Russell quoting recent Winchell attack victim Senator McAdoo, that he would "go on the floor of the Senate and condemn radio for allowing this type of a program to remain on the air." September 17, 1936, memo from A. L. Ashby to Mr. L. R. Lohr mentioning the dismissal of the case of King v. Winchell, Jergens and NBC. Series of memoranda and correspondence from November 23 to December 4, 1935, between Jergens and NBC regarding Jergens agreeing to "assume the responsibility and expense of any suits against Winchell, arising from his broadcasts for Jergens." April 2-May 10, 1934, memoranda addressing Winchell's violation of the press-radio agreement.
FOLDER 57 Committees Television. 1935.
4 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda concerning early developments in television.
Highlights: May 17, 1939, memo from Alfred H. Morton to the Television Promotion Committee announcing the televising of the first baseball game, bicycle race, and track meet. March 13, 1935, memo from John F. Royal to Richard C. Patterson Jr. on the importance of conducting a thorough study in the "new art of television."
FOLDER 58 Committees -- Television: Coordination Committee On Television & Broadcast Facsimile 1936.
18 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda, letter, and minutes of meetings of the Coordination Committee on Television and Facsimile.
Highlights: March 15, 1937, letter from W. C. Farrier to R. R. Beal of RCA about technical developments in transmitters, a projection apparatus, the use of a microscope in program presentation, the construction of an apparatus which would permit the broadcasting of the animated cartoon directly without the use of motion picture film, and television developments in England. September 24, 1936, memo from Alfred H. Morton to William S. Rainey requesting the use of one studio act for each Friday night television field test instead of relying on news reels and other film. August 28, 1936, memo from Morton to Rainey concerning upcoming television tests. Detailed minutes of 15 meetings from March 5, 1935, to March 17, 1937, covering topics such as field tests, studio techniques, budgets, and technical developments in television production, transmitting, and receiving equipment. The minutes from September 22, 1936, seven demonstration programs which featured films, news reels, singers, and humorous sketches. The minutes from the March 5, 1935, meeting include two different designs for the RCA Television logo.
FOLDER 59 Committees Television: Coordination Committee on Television & Broadcast Facsimile 1935
18 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed letters, memoranda, diagrams, and minutes from meetings.
Highlights: Detailed minutes of 11 meetings from May 14 to December 2, 1935, covering technical developments in early television. Minutes from the October 28, 1935, meeting include a block diagram of the interrelationship of myriad equipment in multiple locations. The minutes from the June 17, 1935, meeting include an excellent pencil drawing executed on June 14, 1935, of a television studio. July 3, 1934, NBC Engineering Department organization chart with job functions. General order number S-30 by David Sarnoff appointing the Coordination Committee on Television and Broadcast Facsimile for the purpose of carrying out field demonstrations of television.
FOLDER 60 Commissions to Artists Service. 1939.
1 item.
Onionskin copy of a memo from A. L. Ashby to Alfred H. Morton requesting an opinion on whether " there was any violation of FCC rules in cases where television program material was furnished by a third party and we sold the talent for the show and received the usual talent commission."
FOLDER 61 Contests And Offers Television. 1939.
1 item.
Mimeographed 2-page RCA/NBC press release announcing television's first beauty queen, who was selected at the World's Fair.
FOLDER 62 Continuity Acceptance Department 1936.
24 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, letters, and a report on the NBC Continuity Acceptance Department (internal censors).
Highlights: December 20, 1937, memo from Niles Trammell to L. R. Lohr concerning the need to censor both scripts and advertising, as a precaution against the Mae West ncident. July 12, 1946, memo from William S. Hedges listing the new rules for the clearance of commercial continuity on network programs. Janet MacRorie's April 15, 1946, 15-page-letter of resignation to Frank E. Mullen and 4-page outline of the duties of the Continuity Acceptance Department. April 26, 1938, memo from E. C. Woolley to J. V. McConnell about continuity for programs released to Canada. July 30, 1937, 12-page memo from Martha S. McGrew to Lenox R. Lohr outlining procedural proposals for the Continuity Acceptance Department. January 9 and October 5, 1936, copies of before and after edited scripts containing "unsuitable phraseology." How to be Charming contains a mild parody of a bible quotation and 20,000 Years at Sing-Sing contains unfair criticism of newspaper men. Undated 4-page report, "Functions of the Continuity Acceptance Department," lists products not acceptable for advertising on NBC. February 19, 1936, memo from Janet MacRorie to Lenox R. Lohr featuring an analysis and classification of NBC code violations.
FOLDER 63 Continuity Acceptance Department 1935.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, letters, and reports on the Continuity Acceptance Department
Highlights: Janet MacRorie's 7-page 1935 "Report of Department of Continuity Acceptance" features an analysis of 560 policy enforcement reports. August 1, 1935, letter from Richard C. Patterson, Jr. to NBC clients and client agencies informing them of stricter continuity requirements being implemented at NBC. May 15 and May 16, 1935, memoranda between Janet MacRorie and Richard C. Patterson Jr. on the need to prevent "filth," "pollution," and dialogue that touches upon the "perverted, neurotic, or sexual" from being broadcast on NBC. April 16, 1935, report from Janet MacRorie on her visits to Chicago, San Francisco, Hollywood, and Denver stations. She mentions the problem with Pepsodent's claim that they are "three times as strong as other leading mouth antiseptics." Pepsodent agrees to delete elements if Colgate and others will refrain from such expressions as "decayed food particles under the tongue." April 10, 1935, memo from Frank Mason to Edgar Kobak which mentions negative feedback rom stations following a controversial skit on an Al Jolson program. January 29, 1935, memo from Janet MacRorie to Edgar Kobak regarding contests. Undated memo from A. W. Kaney to P. G. Parker concerning copy arbitration that includes censored commercial copy for a shampoo that denigrated soap's ability to fight dandruff. October 26, 1934, memo from R. C. Witmer to Janet MacRorie on the advisability of airing advertisements that mention laxatives, "abnormalities in weight," "unpleasant breath," and "auto-intoxication." November 10, 1934, memo from Don E. Gilman to John Swallow concerning the Royal Gelatine script which Mary Pickford broadcasted. He mentions several objectionable references: the reference to having a baby and the use of the words "damn," and "Jeez." November 13, 1934, 4-page memo from Janet MacRorie to R. C. Patterson, Jr. listing the twenty-five "Policies Governing Continuity."
FOLDER 64 Continuity Acceptance Department Authorities. 1934 - 1947.
11 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda outlining continuity acceptance policies.
Highlights: November 26, 1947, memo from Frank E. Mullen to NBC executives, "Continuity Acceptance-Television." May 31, 1935, memo from John F. Royal to Janet MacRorie on inconsistencies in her department.
FOLDER 65 Controllers Department 3-6-42. 1942 - 1946.
3 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed copy of memoranda concerning the Controllers Department.
FOLDER 66 Copyright and Legislation. February 19, 1935 - January 10, 1945.
45 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, letters, reports, a telegram, and a pamphlet dealing with copyright issues and legislation.
Highlights: July 25, 1938, memo from A. L. Ashby to Lenox R. Lohr concerning the escalating number of copyright infringement cases brought against the broadcasting industry and the need to be vigilant in avoiding this problem. August 9, 1939, letter from lawyer Andrew G. Haley of Haley and Pierson recounting a request he received from the Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Patents, Senator Homer T. Bone, about the possible revision of copyright laws. March 30, 1938, 3-page memo from A. L. Ashby to John F. Royal concerning the possible adaptation of BBC copyright practices by NBC. February 2, 1937, memo from A. L. Ashby to L. R. Lohr concerning ASCAP and television. December 20, 1935, 3-page memo from Frank M. Russell to R. C. Patterson Jr. regarding the "emergency" in copyright law. December 4, 1933, memo from A. L. Ashby to John F. Royal concerning a copyright infringement by WJZ. July 6, 1939, seventeen-page copy of the proposed copyright bill S 2846 as well as memoranda and a telegram by NBC condemning this bill and analyzing three other bills. May 8, 1935, memo from L. H. Titterton to John F. Royal concerning poetry copyright. April 30, 1935, memo from Thomas H. Belviso to John F. Royal on the Duffy Copyright Legislation.
Printed items: March 27, 1940, remarks of Senator Elbert D. Thomas from the Committee for the Study of Copyright (8-page pamphlet by the Government Printing Office).
FOLDER 67 Courts; Trials; Legal Advice; Legal Profession Television. 1938.
1 item.
Mimeographed 2-page memo from A. L. Ashby to C. W. Farrier on the use of court cases as television program material.
FOLDER 68 Days of Our Lives 20th Anniversary, 1985.
1 item.
Twenty-page press release with history of show, biographies of actors, and list of awards.
FOLDER 69 Demonstrations Television. 1936 - 1940.
2 items:
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda regarding the first television demonstrations.
Highlights: March 15, 1940, memo from Thomas H. Hutchinson to John Norton mentions "the first television demonstration with RCA, NBC equipment was on July 7th, 1936." David Sarnoff, Ed Wynn, Eddie Green, and some of the Rockettes were among the performers appearing in this landmark program.
FOLDER 70 Elections Guest List...1940.
1 item.
Six-page Niles Trammell guest list apparently for election night 1940.
FOLDER 71 Employees. 1946.
2 items.
Original and onionskin memoranda debating the necessity of a contract for all television employees.
FOLDER 72 Employees Fees for Special Services. 1941.
1 item.
Onionskin memo from Helen Guy to Clarence Menser concerning the compensation paid to Mr. Pola for his original music for the program Soldier Town.
FOLDER 73 Employees Medical examination. 1932.
1 item.
Mimeographed memo from C. W. Horn to G. F. McClelland relating his plan to have a doctor thoroughly check the condition of the engineers who work on the transmitters in the Empire State Building.
FOLDER 74 Employees Purchases. 1940 - 1941.
3 items.
Onionskin and mimeograph memoranda concerning the selling of television receivers to NBC employees at a discount.
Highlights: December 30, 1941, memo from E. A. Hungerford Jr to N. E. Kersta recommending that Julien Bryan, the filmmaker, be given a free television in his home be
FOLDER 75 Employees Training courses (Television). 1940 - 1943.
2 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda on television training courses for engineers.
FOLDER 76 Employees Vacations and leaves of absence. 1940.
1 item.
Cross reference page of employee vacations and absences.
FOLDER 77 Engineering Department. 1931 - 1948.
31 items.
Originals, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda and reports on the Engineering Department.
Highlights: An organizational chart of the Engineering Department.
FOLDER 78 Engineering Department Authorities. 1933 - 1942.
9 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda designating personnel the authority to approve expenditures, enter restricted areas, and fulfill various tasks in the Engineering Department
FOLDER 79 Engineering and Technology. 1932 - 1985.
47 items.
Original, onionskin, and mimeographed memoranda, reports, press releases, and letters relating the history of engineering developments at NBC.
Highlights: Extraordinary 1947 "Television Field Work Log," which contains detailed notes from the earliest electronic field production. August 18, 1948, press release which announces that NBC "will send its video cameras out to sea in a U. S. aircraft carrier and will relay back to shore a full pictorial account of the carrier's actions 35 miles off the New York coast." October 20, 1939, press release, "Telecast Received in Plane Over Washington in RCA 20th Anniversary Demonstration." December 4, 1963, press release, "Recording of Color TV Programs on Film Now an Operating Reality at NBC in New York." Six letters of gratitude, all dated July 14, 1936, from Lenox R. Lohr to performers appearing in the landmark experimental television program that included Ed Wynn and three of the Rockettes. April 23, 1936, memo from A. L. Ashby to Alfred H. Morton on the Advertising Department's proposal to sell television receivers to motion picture theaters for promotional purposes. March, 1948 lengthy report, "Engineering Department History National Broadcasting Company Inc." September 13, 1955, 14-page report, "Quality Control in Kinescope Recording Operations." Printed items: FM, a 1944 pamphlet explaining NBC's plans for the emerging radio ormat. 1977 39-page pamphlet, NBC Engineering History-a Fifty-Year History."
FOLDER 80 Engineering & Technology TV demonstrations 1936-37.
11 items.
Mimeographed scripts from the NBC television demonstration programs.
Highlights: March 5, 1937, script where the announcer poses the question: "Which type of girl televises best: blond, brunette or red-head?" March 31, 1937, parody script featuring the speech of "Senator Frankenstein Fishface," which was part of an experimental broadcast. March 16, 1937, script featuring the first cooking show. May 3, 1937, George S. Kaufman production of The Still Alarm. June 17, 1937, The World of Tomorrow, the World's Fair Television Program. August 25, 1936, script with pencil corrections: "The National Broadcasting Company offers you an intimate glimpse of the Stanand family...Mr. and Mrs...Edna and Tom Stan and-televisual creatures of Standard Brands, Inc." Funny ad for Chase and Sanborn Coffee ad recommending the ingestion of Fleischmann's Yeast to cure pimples. Advertisements for Tender Leaf Tea and Royal Gelatin.
FOLDER 81 Equipment Television. 1931 - 1946.
7 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda regarding television equipment needs and costs.
FOLDER 82 Evening General Manager. 1933 - 1937.
11 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda and reports concerned with the challenges faced by managers in evening operations.
Highlights: October, 1933, "Report of Evening Operations" by J. de Jara Almonte, Evening General Manager, which includes an organizational chart of the "Proposed Coordinated Evening Operations."
FOLDER 83 Executive Authorities 7-12-40. 1940 - 1949.
13 items.
Onionskin and mimeographed memoranda concerning corporate policies and changes in the chain of command.
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