Philo T. and Elma G. Farnsworth papers, 1924-1992  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Farnsworth, Philo Taylor, 1906-1971
Title
Philo T. and Elma G. Farnsworth papers
Dates
1924-1992 (inclusive)
Quantity
96.1 linear feet
Collection Number
MS 0648
Summary
The Philo T. and Elma G. Farnsworth papers (1924-1992) contains biographical material, financial records, news clippings, speeches, journals, article reprints, patents, research notes, workbooks, daily activity notes, photographs, personal and professional correspondence, and awards. Philo Taylor Farnsworth (1906-1971) was a researcher, writer, and a pioneering developer of television, radar technology, peacetime applications of nuclear fusion, and the infant incubator. The last section of material in this collection contains the selected papers of his wife, Elma G. (Pem) Farnsworth (1908-2006). It includes biographical information, correspondence, notes, and the media-related articles from 1972 to 1992. Completing this section is her biography of her husband, Distant Vision: Romance and Discovery on an Invisible Frontier.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
special@library.utah.edu
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Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Philo Taylor Farnsworth (1906-1971) was born on 19 August 1906, to Lewis Edwin and Serena Bastian Farnsworth in a log cabin at Indian Creek, near the town of Beaver in Southwestern Utah. He was the namesake of his paternal grandfather who built the log home in 1856 while settling the area at the request of Mormon Church leader Brigham Young.

Philo was six years old when the hand-cranked Bell telephone and Edison gramophone became well known, just old enough to become inquisitive about motors, magnets, coils, armatures, and other components of the newly popular electric power. By the time his family moved to his Uncle Albert's 240 acre ranch near Rigby, Idaho the thirteen-year-old was reading everything about electricity that he could get his hands on, including instructions to the farm's Delco power system. However, Philo's avid reading of Popular Science and other technical magazines found in the attic, soon had him using the power system to operate the family's washing machine, sewing machine, and barn lights.

Philo's appetite for knowledge gave him a mental grasp of such developing concepts as Einstein's theory of relativity, sub-atomic particles, radio waves, and mechanic disc-operated television. He was also well ahead of his classmates in most math and science subjects by the time he entered Rigby High School. In fact, it was in his first chemistry class that he disclosed his idea of an "image dissector tube." Such a vacuum tube, he suggested, was capable of operating a television unit electronically by shooting a stream of electrons toward a fluorescent screen, thereby accurately reflecting pre-designated images.

With the loss of his uncle's farm in 1922, Philo's family moved to Provo, Utah. For the next two years, Philo attended Brigham Young University. It was there that he was introduced to Elma "Pem" Gardner in 1924. However, just three months later, he was forced to leave school to assume the role of family provider when his father died.

Farnsworth's attempts to provide support for himself and his family were many and varied during this period. He labored on logging crews, repaired and delivered radios, sold electrical products door to door, and worked on the railroad as an electrician. His acumen in math and science helped him pass the Navy's Officer Candidate School Examination, but after being assigned to Annapolis as a first-year midshipman he decided a military career was not his goal. He returned home to work on a Salt Lake City street cleaning crew. It was his knowledge of Salt Lake City's street plan that eventually earned him a supervisor position for an out-of-state charitable organization managed by George Everson and Leslie Gorrell.

Everson and Gorrell were professional fundraisers from California who were impressed with Farnsworth's ability to organize a job, dedicate himself to completing the tasks involved, and motivate other team members, They listened to him recount his ideas of electronic television as they performed the mundane work of folding, stuffing, sorting, and stamping bulk mailings of fundraising letters, and became convinced of the investment possibilities such a venture could bring. So impressed were these two men with Farnsworth's knowledge of current television literature and his own innovative concepts, they offered to financially support the venture under a formal partnership know as Everson, Farnsworth & Gorrell. Three days later, on 27 May 1926, Philo and Pem were married.

On 7 September 1927, George Everson watched with staff members as Farnsworth slowly turned on the controls. An unmistakable line appeared across the small bluish square of light on the end of the Oscillite tube. Although fuzzy at first, it became distinct with adjustment, and through the visual static each could see the side of a black triangle previously inserted by Pem's brother, Cliff Gardner.

For the next three years support was provided by a group of bankers and investors calling themselves Crocker Research Laboratories. In March 1929, Jesse McCarger took the reins of the fledgling group, provided substantially more support and renamed the company Television, Inc. It was during this period (1929-1933), that publicity catapulted the promise of this little organization. However, with public awareness came the problems of competition, races to the patent office and legal disputes. The most significant and long-lasting conflict began in April 1930, when Dr. Vladimir Zworykin of Westinghouse visited Farnsworth's Laboratory. For three days he was a guest of the investors, who hoped to persuade Zworykin's employer to purchase their small company. But, unbeknownst to the Farnsworth staff, Zworykin had recently been hired by RCA, who sent him to the laboratory to obtain information for replicating the necessary television equipment. For the next decade Farnsworth and his attorneys were involved in court battles endeavoring to convince the United States Patent Office that it was he and not Vladimir Zworykin who had invented the basic components of electronic television. It was later to be one of Farnsworth's great professional satisfactions to have rival competitor RCA concede and pay one million dollars for rights to the Farnsworth patents.

During 1933, Farnsworth acquired enough investment capital to restructure the organization and change its name to Farnsworth Television, Inc. This name remained until 1938, when management purchased the Capehart Company of Fort Wayne along with a general household utilities plant in Marion, Indiana. With these acquisitions they were prepared to compete in the blossoming radio and phonograph manufacturing market. But while endeavoring to develop and refine his electronic television invention, Farnsworth was also responsible for providing investors with saleable products during the post-depression economy and directing and supervising laboratory personnel.

With the slowdown in radio and television production during the war years, Farnsworth closed down his Fort Wayne, Indiana home and moved permanently to Fernworth Farm in Brownfield, Maine. The Farnsworth Company had been converted to the production of war materials and was supplying electronic components to the federal government. With a subsidy from the Farnsworth Company, Farnsworth was able to spend more time developing ideas that had previously been dwarfed by the race for television patents. From 1939-1948 he utilized the farms lumber resources for the production of ammunition boxes for the War Production Board. The family venture was organized under the name of Farnsworth Wood Products Company and flourished for the duration of the war.

Anticipating the end of the war, RCA, Philco, and several other large companies received their commercial licenses from the FCC. They immediately began retooling their equipment for the commercial manufacturing of televisions. The Farnsworth Company quickly found itself at the rear of this aggressive pack of electronics firms in the scramble for parts and materials. In addition, the one-year grace period allowed by the federal government for repayment of its wartime bank loans was up. The company found itself financially strapped and frantically tried to sell its assets in order to remain afloat in the post-war market. When all but the original plant had been sold, substantial bank loans still remained outstanding. The board of directors voted to sell the company to International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) in 1949. Under the new management, Farnsworth retained his position as vice president of research and advance engineering. His primary function within the ITT system was to engineer his staff toward timely completion of space-age contracts awarded by the Air Force and other government agencies. During the next eighteen years he was to make ITT his home. It was within this environment that he invented components of the Defense Early Warning Signal, the PPI Projector (which allowed safe control of air traffic from the ground), an infrared telescope, submarine detection devices, radar calibration equipment, and other inventions.

Although his health continued to deteriorate, he actively worked on many military research projects. Nevertheless, due to illness and the time necessary for recuperation, ITT transferred him from his responsibilities as vice president of research to that of systems consultant. As such, he was able to follow his own pursuits and still remain on the ITT payroll. Fortunately, ITT management agreed to nominally fund his new controlled fusion ideas. He and staff members invented and refined a series of fusion reaction tubes called "fusors." Publicity about his activities persuaded ITT management to raise Farnsworth's salary and promote him to the position of director of research. For Scientific reasons unknown to Farnsworth and his staff, the necessary reaction lasted no longer than thirty seconds. In December 1965, ITT came under pressure from its board of directors to terminate the expensive fusion research and sell the Farnsworth subsidiary. It was only from the urging of President Harold Geneen that the 1966 budget was accepted, permitting ITT's fusion research one additional year. However, the stress associated with this managerial ultimatum threw Farnsworth into relapse. One year later he was terminated and eventually allowed medical retirement.

In the spring off 1967, Farnsworth and his family moved back to Utah to continue his fusion research at Brigham Young University, which presented him with an honorary doctorate. The university also offered him office space and an underground concrete bunker location for the project realizing the fusion lab was to be dismantled at ITT, Farnsworth invited staff members to accompany him to Salt Lake City as team members in his planned Philo T. Farnsworth Associates (PTFA) organization. By late 1968 the associates began holding regular business meetings and PTFA was underway. However, although a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was promptly secured and more possibilities were within reach, the financing needed to pay the $24,000 in monthly expenses for equipment rental and salaries was stalled.

By Christmas 1970, PTFA had failed to secure the necessary financing, the Farnsworth's had sold all their own ITT stock and cashed out Philo's life insurance policy to maintain organization stability. The underwriter had failed to provide the financial backing that was to have supported the organization during its critical first year. The banks called-in all outstanding loans. Repossession notices were placed on anything not previously sold and the Internal Revenue Service put a lock on the laboratory door until delinquent taxes were paid. During January 1970, Philo T. Farnsworth Associates disbanded. Farnsworth became seriously ill with pneumonia and died on 11 March 1971.

Although best known for his development of television, Farnsworth was involved in research in many other areas. He invented the first infant incubator. He was involved in the development of radar, peacetime uses of atomic energy, and the nuclear fusion process. At his death, Farnsworth held 300 U.S. and foreign patents, and Scientific American magazine called him one of the ten greatest mathematicians of his time.

Elma "Pem" Gardner Farnsworth (1908- 2006) was born on 25 February 1908 in Jensen, Utah. "Pem", as she was affectionately known, married Philo Taylor Farnsworth in 1926. She became part of her husband's lab team, handling the technical drawings for his early experiments on his vision for television and was present in San Francisco on 7 September 1927, when electronic television was first demonstrated successfully. Pem Farnsworth was the first person ever to appear on a cathode-ray-tube receiver via transmission from her husband's lab and has been referred to as "The Mother of Television."

During the last three decades following Philo's death, Elma Farnsworth had been a tireless advocate of her husband's work. During this period he received many posthumous honors. In 1977 he was awarded an Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; in 1983 his image was placed on a U.S. postage stamp; the Inventors Hall of Fame inducted him as a member in 1984. In 1990 a life-sized statue of him was placed in the Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. Elma wrote a biography on Philo It was published in 1989 with the title Distant Vision: Romance and Discovery on an Invisible Frontier.

Well into her 90's Mrs. Farnsworth continued her cause and was successful in lobbying the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to consider creating an award in honor of her husband's accomplishments. She took center stage to present the first "Philo T. Farnsworth" award for technical excellence in television at the 56th Annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2003. A devout Mormon, she derived her greatest satisfaction from meeting school children and encouraging them to follow in her late husband's footsteps. Elma died on 27 April 2006 at the age of 98

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Philo T. and Elma G. Farnsworth papers (1924-1992) contain personal records, biographical data, books, awards, honors, technical drawings, research notes, workbooks, journals, news clippings, historical documents, speeches, patents correspondence, business records and a book written by Elma on Philo

The papers are divided into four sections. The first section contains Farnsworth's personal records. These include secondary biographical data; awards and honors; and Farnsworth's personal correspondence arranged in chronological order. This section includes Farnsworth's (and family) financial records, and the records of Farnsworth's Brownfield, Maine residence, which was purchased in 1938.

The second section contains Farnsworth's business records. Arranged chronologically, this section documents his professional life as an inventor, researcher, and engineer from 1926-1970. It also includes Farnsworth's professional correspondence during this time. Each heading in this section has been divided into five categories: operations and advertising, meetings records, stock records, finances and inventory, and technical drawings.

The third section, professional production and resource files, includes newspaper clippings from 1928-1991, speeches delivered, articles written by Farnsworth and by his associates, and patents applied for and received from 1928-1968. The bulk of this section, boxes 37-69, contains the research notes, workbooks, and journals of Farnsworth and his laboratory staff from 1927-1967. The last segment of this section contains professional articles and papers in chronological order from 1924-1971.

Section Four contains the selected papers of Farnsworth's widow, Elma G. "Pem" Farnsworth. It is a compilation of historical documents and notes reflecting her efforts to bring credit to her inventor husband. Included in this section are material and the media-related articles from 1972-1992. Other documents describe her activities following the death of her husband in 1971. Completing this section is Elma G. Farnsworth's biography of her husband entitled Distant Vision: Romance and Discovery on an Invisible Frontier.

This collection was arranged to facilitate its use by researchers and is not an attempt to recreate the original order of the materials. Most of the collection consists of the original materials although there are some photocopies, as in the case of new clippings included are extensive materials concerned with technical research as well as detailed information concerning the social, legal and economic dimensions of twentieth-century technology and invention.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Elma G. Farnsworth in 1991.

Processing Note

Processed by Keith J. Morgan in 1993.


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal LifeReturn to Top

This section contains information about the personal life of Philo and Elma Farnsworth. Box 1 holds various biographies written by Elma Farnsworth and relatives, Arch L. Madsen's eulogy at Farnsworth's funeral, and copies of family photographs. Farnsworth's BYU student notebooks are located in the last two folders of the box. Box 2 contains a chronological assortment of Farnsworth's awards and honors, along with stories, correspondence, and news clippings. Box 3 contains chronologically-arranged correspondence in the form of personal letters and family newsletters. Arranged chronologically, box 4 contains the Farnsworth family's financial records from their move to San Francisco as newlyweds in 1926, to the depletion of their financial resources in Utah during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Boxes 4-5 contain the records of Fernworth farm, from its purchase in 1938 until much of it was sold to pay expenses after his death.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Outline of the Life of Philo Taylor Farnsworth
This box contains an Outline of the life of Philo Taylor Farnsworth, and Philo T. Farnsworth III's biographical paragraphs, "Neglected Inventors."
1 2
Writtings on Farnsworth
This folder contains Ceazan's "Highlights from the life of Philo Farnsworth," Morgan's "The Green Street Lad" from , and Eddy's "Television, The Young Man's Game."
1 3
Patents, Journals Excerpts
This folder contains Patents and excerpts from early Farnsworth journals, and "The Jim Branch Report #6028."
1 4
Philo T. Farnsworths Death
This folder contains Business cards, obituary, letters of consolation to Elma Farnsworth, and Arch L. Madsen's eulogy of March 16, 1971.
1 5-6
Photographs and Notebooks
Copies of photographs, as well as college notebooks.
2
Awards and Honors
This box contains a variety of awards and other materials that document Farnsworth's achievements as an inventor. These include National Radio Institute and other early certifications, university programs, Philo T. Farnsworth Day Memorabilia, various plaques and tributes, documents from the dedication of the Farnsworth statue in Washington, posthumous recognitions, and associated correspondence.
3
Personal Correspondence
1925-1965
Folder
4 1-3
Personal Correspondence
1965-1967
Financial and Fernworth Farm Records
Box Folder
4 4-7
Financial Records
1929-1969
5 1
Financial Records
1961-1971
5 2-8
Fernworth Farm Records
1939-1974

Professional RecordsReturn to Top

This section contains material stemming from Farnsworth's professional career. In addition to documents, boxes 6-9 contain information concerning Crocker Research Laboratories,records for Television Laboratories, Inc., Farnsworth Television, Inc., and Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation. Box 10 contains material from 1939-1948 when Farnsworth became involved in Farnsworth Wood Products along with his brothers, Lincoln and Carl Farnsworth. Boxes 11-17 contain records that reflect International Telephone & Telegraph's purchase of Farnsworth Television and Radio Corp. in 1949 until Farnsworth's termination and disability determination in 1967. Boxes 17-19 contain records, 1968-1970, that provide information on the organization and development of Philo T. Farnsworth Associates in Salt Lake City, Utah. Boxes 20-26 contain Farnsworth's professional correspondence with associates A. A. Ahmed, George Everson, Frederick "Fritz" Furth, Robert Hirsch, Hans Salinger, and Claude ZoBell. Miscellaneous correspondence from 1945-1968 concludes this section.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
6 1
Crocker Research Laboratories
1926-1929
6 2
Television Laboratories Inc.
1929-1933
6 3
Farnsworth Television Inc.
1933-1938
Farnsworth Television and Radio Corp.
Box Folder
6 4-8
Farnsworth Television and Radio Corp.
1938-1949
7 1-5
Meeting Records
1939-1949
7 6-7
Stock Records
1938-1941
8
Farnsworth Television and Radio Corp.
1941-1950
Volume
9 1
Preliminary Report
This is a volume submitted by a business management consultant prior to the sale of the corporation.
Folder
9 1-3
Finances and Inventory
1941-1949
9 4-7
Technical Drawings
1940-1949
Farnsworth Wood Products
Box
10
General Materials
This box contains financial records, loan documents and deed records, meeting minutes, technical documents, and other corporate records are arranged chronologically.
1939-1943
International Telephone and Telegraph
Box
11
Operations and Advertising
This box contains Organizational charts, advertising, press releases, technical manuals, and other documents are arranged chronologically.
1949-1950
12
Operations and Advertising
This box contains Manuals, press releases, organizational charts, and development reports are arranged chronologically
1952-1967
Folder
13 1-2
Meeting Records
1949-1967
13 3-4
Stock Records, Annual reports and correspondence
1949-1966
13 5-8
Finances and Inventory
These folders contains expense reports, a financial review, a budget, earnings statements, an employment agreement, and an overhead analysis.
1950-1967
14
Technical Drawings
These folders contains descriptions of Farnsworth models and components, maintenance information, and other documents concerning the Capehart Models, cathode ray tubes, and Project 9001.
1950-1952
15
Technical Drawings
These folders contains drawings, instruction manual for power supplies, and a technical proposal for a television inspection system, along with documents concerning the Iatron tube.
1952-1962
16
Technical Drawings
This box contains blueprints and drawings of a vacuum drying process and laboratory.
1963-1967
Folder
17 1-4
ITT Technical Drawings, Mark II fusor and Iatron flood gun elements
1967
Philo T. Farnsworth Associates Inc.
Box Folder
17 5-7
Philo T. Farnsworth Associates, Inc., Operations and Advertising
These folders contain company history and objectives, patent correspondence and applications, marketing reports, and status reports.
1968-1970
18 1
Operations and Advertising
1970
18 2
Meeting Records
1969
18 3
Stock Records
1969
18 4-8
Finances and Inventory
1968-1970
19 1-4
Finances and Inventory
1970
19 5-6
Technical Drawings
1969
Correspondence
Box
20
Professional Correspondence
1926-1941
21
Professional Correspondence
1941-1953
22
Professional Correspondence
1954-1965
23
Professional Correspondence
1965-1970
24
A. A. Ahmed Professional Correspondence
1962-1966
Folder
25 1-3
George Everson
1924-1964
25 4
Frederick R. Furth
1961-1969
25 5-6
Robert L. Hirsch
1966-1968
25 7
Hans Salinger
1954-1963
26 1-2
Hans Salinger
1963-1964
26 3
Claude E. ZoBell
1947-1958
26 4-7
Miscellaneous Correspondence
1945-1968

Research and WritingReturn to Top

This section provides information about Philo T. Farnsworth's activities through news clippings as well as his research writings, journal entries, speeches, and patents. Boxes 27-28 contain a chronological arrangement of news clippings (1928-1991) that report on both Farnsworth's professional achievements and personal events such as the destruction by fire of Fernworth Farm. Some articles are the results of interviews with Elma Farnsworth. Speeches made by Farnsworth from 1929-1968 are in box 28, along with associated invitations. Boxes 28-31 contain research articles written by Farnsworth and his associates from 1930-1968, and boxes 32-36 contain documents relating to the application and receiving of U. S. patents. Research notes, workbooks, and journals from throughout Farnsworth's career are housed in boxes 37-69. Included are those of Farnsworth's associate, Gene Meeks (box 48). Miscellaneous literature discussing Farnsworth's work, published by professional organizations and in weekly magazines, is contained in boxes 69-74. This group of documents also contains technical writings.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
27
Newspaper Clippings
1928-1977
Folder
28 1-4
News Clippings
1978-1990
28 5-6
Speeches
1929-1968
28 7-8
Articles
These folders contain "An Electrical Scanning for Television," "Television by Electron Image Scanning," "High Intensity Cathode Ray Tube for Projection of Large Television Images" (undated), "Nuclear Fusion Utilizing Ionic Confinement within a Spherical Electrostatic Field," and "Self-sustained Nuclear Fusion by Inertial Confinement in a Poisson Bi-polar Electric Field."
1930-1961
29
Articles by Philo T. Farnsworth, A. A. Ahmed, and James A. DeShong, Jr.
Folder
30 1
Articles by James A. DeShong, Jr.
This folder contains "Spark Chamber Track Measuring System," "Spark Chamber and Magnet System for Photographing Cosmic-Ray Tracks at Balloon Altitudes," and "Optimum Design of High-Pressure, Large-Diameter, Direct-Nuclear-Pumped, Gas Lasers."
1958-1965
30 2-8
Articles by Robert Hirsch
These folders contain "Experimental Investigations of the Mark II Fusion Tube," "Bremsstrahlung Sources in the Mark II," "On the Use of Screens or Open Areas on the Cathodes of Inertial Confinement Machines," and "On the Feasibility of an Economic Fusion Reactor Based on the Inertiald Containment Principles."
1964-1967
31 1-3
Articles by Robert Hirsch
These folders contain "Pressure Balance in the Saturated Thermionic Diode," "Addendum to Unsolicited Proposal to Perform Basic Physical Research in the Inertial Containment of Ionized Gases," "Inertial-electrostatic Containment of Ionized Gases: Status of the Research."
1967-1968
31 4
Articles by Gene Meeks
This folder contains Articles by Gene Meeks, 1966"Project Work Performed During the Year 1966," and "Miscellaneous Bell Jar Studies of Virtual Electrode Formation."
1966
31 5
Articles by Hans Salinger
This folder contains"Photo-cell Multiplier Tubes," "A Coaxial Filter for Vestigial-Sideband Transmission in Television," "Wave Propagation through a Space Charge in a Magnetic Field," and "Experimental Transport Pump as of November 1962."
1940-1964
31 6
Articles by Miscellaneous Authors
This folder contains "Photoconductive Camera Tube Theory," "On the Multipactor," and "The `Straticharge' Combustion Process."
1953-1958
Patent Materials
Box Folder
32 1-5
Patent Correspondence
1939-1972
32 6-7
Patent Applications
This folder contains electric oscillator system, television camera tubes, storage type electron tube systems, and light translating device.
1928-1956
33
Patent Applications
This box contains Space charge device for producing nuclear reactions, process for the rapid drying of green lumber, method and apparatus for producing nuclear-fusion reactions, and ion gun improvement.
1958-1967
Folder
34 1-3
Patent Applications for Philo Farnsworth, Robert Hirsch, and Gene Meeks
1967-1971
34 4-8
Patents Received
This folder contains Image dissector, cathode ray amplifier, image amplifier, television projection system, television image analyzing tube, cathode ray tube, ion transport vacuum pump, and process and apparatus for drying and treating lumber.
1940-1971
Volume
35 1-2
Issued Patent Cases
1930-1939
Folder
35 1-4
Patent Notes
These folders contain Television related patents from other inventors, electronic patents of employees of Farnsworth Television & Radio Corp., lumber drying patents from other inventors, a listing of "Philo T. Farnsworth's most basic patents used in modern television receivers," a listing of "Farnsworth Patents," "Use of Farnsworth Patents in Modern Television Receivers," and a "Summary of Farnsworth Patents Covering Television Transmitters."
1927-1965
36
Patents Interference, Farnsworth v. Zworykin
This box contains Brief on behalf of Philo T. Farnsworth, brief on behalf of Vladimir K. Zworykin, and final hearing of Farnsworth v. Zworykin.
Research Notes and Workbooks
Box
37
Research Notes and Workbooks
1927-1955
38
Research Notes and Workbooks
1955-1957
39
Research Notes and Workbooks
1957-1959
40
Research Notes and Workbooks
1959
41
Research Notes and Workbooks
1959-1960
42
Reasearch Notes and Workbooks
1960
43
Research Notes and Workbooks
1960-1961
44
Research
1961
45
Research Notes and Workbooks
1961-1962
46
Research Notes and Workbooks
1962-1963
47
Research Notes and Workbooks
1963-1964
48
Research Notes and Workbooks of Gene Meeks and Miscellaneous Research Notes and Workbooks
1964-1968
49
Miscellaneous Research Notes and Workbooks
Folder
50 1
Research Notes and Workbooks General equations and tabulations
Volume
50 1
Research Journals
1926-1927
Folder
50 2
Research Journals
1927-1929
Volume
50 2-3
Farnsworth Television Journal, Vols. I and II
1927-1928
51 1
Farnsworth Television Journal Vol. III
1929
51 2
Television Laboratories Ltd. Journal, Vol. IV
1930
51 3
Television Disclosures
1930-1933
52 1
Television Labororatories, Inc., Vol. II
1930
53
Television Laboratories, Inc. Vols. III-IV
1930
Volume
54 1
Television Laboratories Ltd., Research Journals, Farnsworth, Vol. VI
1931-1933
54 2
Television Laboratories Ltd., Carnahan, Vol. VIII
1931-1933
54 3
Television Laboratories Ltd., H. J. Lyman, Vol. IX
1931-1932
55 1
Television Laboratories Ltd., Gardner, Gilbert, Fernsler, Stec, Vol. X
1931-1933
55 2
Television Laboratories Ltd., Brolly, Vol. XI
1931-1933
55 3
Television Laboratories Ltd., Vol. XII
1933-1935
56
Television Laboratories, Ltd, Research Journals, Vols. XIV, XV, and XVII
1933-1942
57
Television Laboratories, Ltd., Research Journals and Daily Notes, Vols. XIX, XX, and XXIV
1934-1938
Volume
58 1-2
Television Laboratories. Ltd., Vol. XXV and XXVI
1934-1940
58 3
Farnsworth Television Inc., Vol. XXVII
1935-1937
59
Farnsworth Television, Inc., Research Journals, Vols. XXIX, XXXI, and XXXIV
1935-1941
60
Farnsworth Television, Inc., Research Journals, Vols. XXXVII, XL, and XLI
1937-1941
61
Farnsworth Television & Radio, Inc., Research Journals, Vols. 48, 50, and 52
1939-1942
62
Farnsworth Television & Radio, Inc., Research Journals, Vols. 53, 56, and 57
1939-1948
63
Farnsworth Television & Radio Inc., Research Journals, Vols. 60, 83, and 84
1939-1941
64
Farnsworth Television & Radio Inc., Research Journals, Vols, 86, 89, and 92
1940-1943
Folder
65 1
Television Laboratories, Ltd.
1933-1936
65 2-4
Farnsworth Television, Inc.
1936-1941
65 5-7
Farnsworth Television & Radio, Inc.
1941-1943
66 1-2
Farnsworth Television & Radio, Inc.
1942-1946
66 3
Farnsworth Electronics Company
1956
Volume
66 1-2
Record of Research and Development, Farnsworth Television & Radio Corp., Notebooks 26 and 86.
1942-1945
66 3
Farnsworth Television & Radio, Inc., Vol. 144
1944
67 1
Farnsworth Television & Radio, Inc., Vol. 161
1945-1945
67 2
Philo T. Farnsworth, Vol. 1
1950-1952
67 3
Personal Notes, Philo T. Farnsworth, Vol. 1
1955-1964
67 4
Laboratory Notebook, ITT Laboratories
1960-1962
68 1
ITT Farnsworth Research Corp., Research Journals, George Bain
1963-1966
68 2-5
ITT Farnsworth Research Corp., Research Journals, Robert L. Hirsch, Vols. I-IV
1964-1966
69 1
ITT Farnsworth Research Corp., George Bain, Book No. 9
1966-1967
69 2
T Farnsworth Research Corp., Robert L. Hirsch, Vol. VI
1967-1968
69 3
ITT Farnsworth Research Corp., Gene Meeks
1963-1967
Folder
69 1
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Langmuir's and Blodgett's "Currents Limited by Space Charge Between Coaxial Cylinders," Lubcke's "Vacuum-tube Voltmeter Design," and Langmuir's "The Interaction of Electron and Positive Ion Space Charges in Cathode Sheaths."
1924-1929
69 2
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Langmuir and Compton's "Fundamental Phenomena in Electrical Discharges."
1929-1931
69 3
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains The Improvement Era, Literary Digest, and Thompson's "Review of Ultra-high-frequency Vacuum Tube Problems."
1936-1938
Volume
70 1
Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers, Vol. 23
1935
Folder
70 1
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Time and Raytheon technical information.
1939-1944
70 2
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Wilson's proposed report to the National Patent Planning Commission, "Stimulating Discovery and Invention."
1944
70 3
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Compton's "National Security," and Raytheon Technical Information."
1945-1946
70 4
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Miller's "Mathematical Tables: Part-Volume B, the Airy Integral," and Rieber's "The Rieber Sonograph, R-G-2."
1946
71 1
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Senior Scholastic, McCulloch's "The Brain as a Computing Machine," and Newsweek.
1947-1949
Volume
71 1
Report of the Joint Technical Advisory Committee to the Federal Communications Commission.
Folder
71 2-3
Miscellaneous Literature
These folders contain Hornyak, Lauritsen, Morrison, and Fowler's "Energy Levels of Light Nuclei," Hazeltine Electronics Corp.'S Report No. 7113 "An Analysis of Color Television," and Knoll's "Electron-lens Raster Systems."
1950
71 4
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Brigham Young Alumnus, and Jekelius' "Fundamentals of Permanent-magnet Focusing Systems for Cathode Ray Tubes."
1951-1952
71 5
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Davis's "Proposal to Adapt the Iatron to Radar Indicators," Brigham Young Alumnus, Reader's Digest, and the Bridge of Eta Kappa Nu.
1952-1953
71 6
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Outdoor Life, Farnsworth News (vol. 1, no. 1), and Science News Letter.
1954-1955
72 1
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Farnsworth News (vol. 1, no. 2), the Brigham Young Alumnus, the International Review of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corp. (Vol. 10, no. 1).
1955-1956
72 2-3
Miscellaneous Literature
Thes folders contain Krebs and Meerback's "The Electron Density and Velocity Distribution of Secondary Electrons in Multipactors," Farnsworth News, Adair's "The Way of the Eagle," Electronic Week, and Science News Letter.
1956
72 4-5
Miscellaneous Literature
These folders contain RCA Laboratories Technical Information, Veksler's "Principles of the Acceleration of Charged Particles," Thornton's "Responsibilities in Atomic Energy Education of the Public," and Farnsworth News.
1957
72 6
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Stephens and Smith's "Fast-neutron Surveys Using Indium-foil Activation," and Office of Naval Research Technical Information.
1958
72 7
Miscellaneous Literature
This folder contains Silberg and Bachman's "Diffusion of Hydrogen in Palladium," Farnsworth Technical Newsletter, and ITT Laboratories' In the News.
1958-1959
73 1
Miscellaneous Literature
Pike's "A Survey of System Parameters Applied to Closed-circuit Industrial TV" and ITT Laboratories' "Technical Library, Recent Accessions."
1959-1960
73 2
Miscellaneous Literature
Nottingham's "The Thermionic Energy Converter" and ITT Laboratories' In The News and Within the ITT System.
1960-1962
73 3
Miscellaneous Literature
Furth's and Post's "Advanced Research in Controlled Fusion" and Vlaardingerbroek's "Excitation of Ion Oscillations in Beam-plasma Systems."
1962-1964
73 4
Miscellaneous Literature
Search at Esso Research and Engineering Company and ITT Worldwide Management Conference.
1964-1966
73 5
Miscellaneous Literature
Derjaguin's "Effect of Lyophile Surfaces on the Properties of Boundary Liquid Films," ITT Industrial Laboratories, The Bridge of Eta Kappa Nu, and San Francisco.
1966-1972
73 6
Miscellaneous Literature
Elmore, Tuck, and Watson's "On the Inertial-electrostatic Confinement of a Plasma," and Mcfarlane's "A Summary of Available Data on the Physical Properties of Synthetic Sapphire."
1972
73 7
Metals Research
United States Patent Office "Method of Producing Titanium" and "Stabilizing Molten Material During Magnetic Levitation and Heating Thereof."
74
Miscellaneous Metals Research
This box contains United States Patent Office documents, including "Zone Melting Apparatus," "Suspension of Liquid Material," "Induction Heating Apparatus," "Method of Producing Titanium Metal, "Titanium Base Alloys," and "Heat Treatable Beta Titanium-base Alloys and Processing Thereof."

Elma G. FarnsworthReturn to Top

This section contains material documenting the life of Farnsworth's wife. With the exception of a few photographs in which she is shown next to her husband, Elma Gardner Farnsworth (or "Pem," as she was nicknamed) is missing from most of the previous three sections. Box 75 contains biographical material and correspondence, 1971-1981. Included is her organization of the Philo T. Farnsworth Foundation and lobbying of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to consider 202 Green Street as a State of California historical landmark commemorating the first electronic television transmission. Box 76 contains correspondence from 1981-1992, along with notes and other written material. This box also contains information on the commemoration of Philo T. Farnsworth's inventions by the U. S. Postal Service in 1983. The efforts necessary to have the state of Utah promote installation of a statue of her husband in the Hall of Statuary in the U. S. Capitol rotunda are also shown. Box 77 holds articles, miscellaneous information, and a copy of Elma G. Farnsworth's biography of her husband, Distant Vision.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
75 1
Biographical Material
75 2-7
Correspondence
1971-1981
76 1-4
Correspondence
1981-1992
76 5-7
Notes and Written Material
These folders contain a list of individuals to be taped in oral interviews, Elma Farnsworth's talk for a church meeting (1980), biographical information by Elma Farnsworth, "A Few Thoughts on the Inner Man," and outline of a talk to Ridgecrest Elementary School (1986).
1980-1986
Volume
77 1
Distant Vision, by Elma G. Farnsworth
1972-1990
Folder
77 1-2
Miscellaneous
1972-1990

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Inventors--United States
  • Nuclear fusion--History--Sources
  • Television picture tubes
  • Television--History--Sources
  • Television--Receivers and reception
  • Television--Transmitters and transmission

Personal Names

  • Farnsworth, Elma G., 1908-2006--Archives (contributor)

Corporate Names

  • Farnsworth Television and Radio
  • International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation

Form or Genre Terms

  • Articles
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Notebooks
  • Patents
  • Speeches
  • Technical drawings