David Sarnoff Library

About this collection

Selection of materials from the David Sarnoff Library including photographs, RCA Annual Reports, Broadcast News, and technical journals and newsletters produced by RCA. Additionally, the collection includes advertisements from RCA and the Victor Talking Machine Company. This digital collection is a very small sample of the entire David Sarnoff Library at Hagley. For more information, visit the David Sarnoff Library Project site.

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David Sarnoff
Program on David Sarnoff. Includes Sarnoff's background and hosted by actor Robert Mitchum., Program begins abruptly, presentation was possibly recorded over this program. Poor audio and video. Dropout and head switching throughout., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, RCA Corporation collection of television and company history photographs and audiovisual materials (Accession 2464.78), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lechner film
Labeled "Flat TV". Man pours white liquid on sheet and pushes glass down on it to show making of picture tube. RCA screen turned on to show test pattern, clock shown functioning, inside of television and other parts shown., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, David Sarnoff Research Center records (Accession 2464.09), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Synthesizer Demonstration
Film begins with exterior DS Research Labs in Princeton. Demonstration of synthesizer and how it works. Introduces Mr. Herbert Pelar, Engineer and Dr. Harry F. Olsen, director of RCA's acoustical research center., Film incomplete, missing ending. 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, David Sarnoff Research Center records (Accession 2464.09), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
T/W Laser Holograph
Explains volume holography, the use of laser beams to save images onto a crystal. After program are some individual shots from program., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, David Sarnoff Research Center records (Accession 2464.09), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
To A New World
History of RCA Lab., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, David Sarnoff Research Center records (Accession 2464.09), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Vladimir Zworykin Documentary
Documentary on Vladimir Zworykin, pioneer of television technology. Film provides Zworykin's biography. Zworykin speaks to students, who ask questions about his thoughts on science. Includes interviews with Zworykin and his wife, Katherine, Leslie Flory, James Hillier and Jan Rajchman., Program begins abruptly. Poor audio and video. Dropout and head switching throughout. Video glitch around 00:06:30:00., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, RCA Corporation collection of television and company history photographs and audiovisual materials (Accession 2464.78), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807