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Douglas M. Perham Clippings on Early Radio History
2003-46  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Douglas M. Perham Clippings on Early Radio History
    Dates: 1890-1930
    Collection Number: 2003-46
    Creator/Collector:
    Extent: 616 clippings
    Online items available
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library
    Abstract: Clippings compiled by electronics collector Douglas M. Perham on the history of wireless telegraphy and radio, particularly in the Pacific Region.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Collection is open to the public for research by appointment with the Curator of Library and Archives.

    Publication Rights

    The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Douglas M. Perham Clippings on Early Radio History. History San Jose Research Library

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2003 by History San Jose from the Perham Foundation as part of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Douglas M. Perham (1887-1967) was an early wireless experimenter and broadcaster, and a talented technician. His career spanned the first fifty years of commercial electronics in the West — from his first youthful experiment with a Marconi coherer in 1898 to his retirement from Varian Associates in 1953. In March 1953, Doug, a lifelong collector, joined forces with Connie Kambish, an avid collector in her own right and creator and curator of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum south of San Jose, California.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Clippings compiled by electronics collector Douglas M. Perham on the history of wireless telegraphy and radio, particularly in the Pacific Region. They are organized alphabetically by subject, with an emphasis on amateur radio stations, wireless stations, and early radio broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also included are multiple clippings on patent suits involving Radio Corporation of America; labor strikes against the Marconi Company; and early radio equipment manufacturers in the Bay Area, including Moorhead Laboratories, Elmer Cunningham, and National Radio Company.