Hagley Awarded Grant for Collection Containing RCA Records

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The David Sarnoff Library collection will be open to researchers in 2017.

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Hagley Museum and Library received the Cataloging Special and Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to process and catalog the David Sarnoff Library collection. The collection contains the personal papers of David Sarnoff, the iconic pioneer of the radio and television broadcast industry, as well as corporate and technical reports of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and some papers of the National Broadcast Corporation (NBC). The David Sarnoff Library collection will be open to researchers in 2017.

Hagley received approximately 3,000 linear feet of documents when the David Sarnoff Library, then located in Princeton, New Jersey, closed in 2009. “Since the collection's arrival, high-demand portions of the collection have been continually identified and processed as staff time permitted; however, through the generous support of CLIR, the collection will be available in its entirety in three years.” says Erik Rau, Hagley’s director of library services.

Highlights of the collection include documentation of David Sarnoff’s career from telegraph operator to company president, an early history of radio and television communications, and technical information from the labs. Hagley has a digitized component of the collection, including images and documents, available on Hagley's website, http://www.hagley.org.

About the Council on Library Information Resources

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.

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At Hagley, we invite people of all ages to investigate and experience the unfolding history of American business, technology, and innovation, and its impact on the world, from our home at the historic DuPont powder yards on the banks of the Brandywine.

For more information, call (302) 658-2400 weekdays or visit http://www.hagley.org.

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