Contents and Arrangement

"The Magic Key of RCA": script, correspondence, press release, dates not examined

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection contains personal papers of Nally which trace the development of his career in the communications industry. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, and printed matter from Nally's earliest days with the Western Union Telegraph Co. (1875-1890), through his tenure with the Postal Telegraph Cable Co. (1890-1913), to his years with the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. of America (1913-1919); the bulk of the collection, however, covers his years with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), for which he served as first president (1919-1923) and director, providing insight into the growth of the company, from its nascent development to its world-wide communications empire. Technological developments in radio and television (color and "ultrafax") are described, and material about the company's radio show, "The Magic Key of R.C.A.," with a script for its 1939 New Year's gala, are included.

The collection also includes correspondence, photographs, memorials, and a scrapbook of Samuel Finley Breese Morse, inventor and painter, whose great-grandfather, Samuel Finley, was the fifth president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton). Among the papers are a daguerreotype of Morse likely made by Matthew Brady about 1850 and a genealogy of the Finley and Breese families written by Morse in 1841.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

"The Magic Key of RCA": script, correspondence, press release; Edward Julian Nally Papers, C0251, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Location:
Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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