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Guide to the Haraden Pratt Papers, 1908-1969
BANC MSS 72/116 z  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Haraden Pratt Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1908-1969
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/116 z
    Creator: Pratt, Haraden
    Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes Linear ft.: 2
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Consisting of correspondence and related papers, includes letters to and from Pratt, notes, articles and other printed materials, and photographs. The papers include correspondence relating to his researches into the history of wireless and early radio, his early work in radio, and his activities while chairman of the History Committee of the Institute of Radio Engineers and its successor, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Included also is material which he gathered relating to the history of radio, including articles, patents, and materials from various companies, including reports, advertisements for equipment, telegraph blanks and photographs of installations.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Haraden Pratt papers, BANC MSS 72/116 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Electric Engineering--History
    Radio--History
    Federal Telegraph Company
    Photographs
    History of Sceince and Technology Collection

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Haraden Pratt Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in January, 1972.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library Staff in 1997.

    Biographical Information

    Haraden Pratt

    Haraden Pratt was born in San Francisco, California on July 18, 1891. His mother and father, who had both been telegraph operators, taught him telegraphy at age six. By 1905 he had constructed his first amateur wireless receiving station, in the attic of his parents' house.
    In 1910 he began attending the University of California, Berkeley where he set up a radio communication laboratory. During vacations he worked as a wireless telegraph operator and installer and had extensive experience with wireless installations on ships. After receiving his bachelors degree in electrical engineering in 1914, he became a design and operating engineer for American Marconi Company, with his first job being their Asst Engineer at their high power trans-Pacific Bolinas transmitting station.
    After resigning from American Marconi in February 1915, Pratt was appointed to the position of Expert Radio Aid for the Navy at Mare Island Navy Yard. In July 1918, he was transferred to Washington, where he had authority over the construction and maintenance of all high power radio stations. From 1920 to 1922 he was the acting chief engineer at Federal Telegraph Company. The next few years were spent at jobs in and out of the radio field, including development of radio aids for air navigation at the Bureau of Standards. In 1928 he was made chief engineer and later vice president of Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company.
    Actively interested in radio societies--he had joined both the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers in 1914--he was made director in 1935 and president in 1938 of the Institute of Radio Engineers. In 1953 he became chairman of the History Committee of the IRE and its successor, the IEEE.
    During World War II he was the chief of the NDRC's Division 13, on Communications. From 1945 to 1951 he was vice president and chief engineer of the Commercial Cable Co., All American Cables and Radio, Inc., the American Cable and Radio Corporation, and held, as well, other offices in other companies of the International Telephone and Telegraph Company.
    In 1951 he was chosen to be telecommunication advisor to the President, a post which he held until 1953. From 1953 to 1958 he was an associate with the aviation radio Dualex Corporation.
    In 1958 he retired from business life and was able to devote full-time to his interest in wireless and early radio history until his death in 1969.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Consisting of correspondence and related papers, includes letters to and from Pratt, notes, articles and other printed materials, and photographs. The papers include correspondence relating to his researches into the history of wireless and early radio, his early work in radio, and his activities while chairman of the History Committee of the Institute of Radio Engineers and its successor, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Included also is material which he gathered relating to the history of radio, including articles, patents, and materials from various companies, including reports, advertisements for equipment, telegraph blanks and photographs of installations.
    The Key to Arrangement which follows gives more detailed information about the collection.