Catalogue of the Marconi Archives

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Michael J Hughes

2008

Cataloguing generously funded by Douglas Byrne through the auspices of the Wireless Preservation Society

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Papers relating to Marconi and the development of wireless telegraphy, c.1873-1957
    A.1  Personal papers of Guglielmo Marconi, 1896-1937
        A.1.1  Diaries and notebooks, 1901-26
        A.1.2  Correspondence, 1897-1937
        A.1.3  Personal papers, 1896-1936
        A.1.4  Appointments, honours and awards, c.1899-1937
        A.1.5  Memorabilia, 1902-34
        A.1.6  Lectures, papers, speeches and interviews, 1897-1935
        A.1.7  Autobiographical writings, 1913, 1922
        A.1.8  Photographs, c.1896-c.1937
    A.2  Personal papers of George S. Kemp, c.1873-1933
        A.2.1  Diaries, 1898-1932
        A.2.2  Expanded extracts from diaries, 1897-1920
        A.2.3  Notebooks, 1896-1900
        A.2.4  Personal papers and memorabilia, 1895-1933
        A.2.5  Photographs, c.1873-c.1930
    A.3  Early demonstrations and tests, 1896-c.1920
        A.3.1  Papers relating to early experiments, 1896-8
        A.3.2  1896-7 Salisbury Plain experiments, 1896-1909
        A.3.3  Dover experiments, 1897
        A.3.4  Bristol Channel experiments, 1897
        A.3.5  La Spezia and other Italian experiments, 1897-1901
        A.3.6  South Coast and Isle of Wight experiments, 1897-1901
        A.3.7  Ballycastle-Rathlin Island experiments, 1898
        A.3.8  Kingstown Regatta demonstration, 1898
        A.3.9  Osborne House installation, 1898
        A.3.10  English Channel experiments and demonstrations, 1899
        A.3.11  U.S. experiments, 1899-1903
        A.3.12  First transatlantic signal, 1901-2
        A.3.13  First transatlantic message, 1902
        A.3.14  Morse tapes of signals and messages for various experiments, 1900-4
        A.3.15  Miscellaneous papers relating to early work on wireless telegraphy, 1896-1914
        A.3.16  Photographs, c.1896-c.1920
    A.4  The company and its early activities, 1896-1938
        A.4.1  Formation, c.1896-1898
        A.4.2  Marconi's company correspondence, 1901-3
        A.4.3  Fleming's correspondence with Marconi, 1900-27
        A.4.4  Correspondence of and relating to H. Cuthbert Hall, 1901-8
        A.4.5  Papers concerning the company's activities, 1896-1938
    A.5  Stations and establishments, 1898-1952
        A.5.1  The Haven Station, 1898-1925
        A.5.2  Poldhu Station, 1900-34
        A.5.3  Cape Cod Station, 1901-16
        A.5.4  Glace Bay and Louisberg Stations, 1902-26
        A.5.5  Clifden and Letterfrack Stations, 1904-22
        A.5.6  Other early stations and installations, 1901-29
        A.5.7  Carnarvon and Towyn Stations, 1913-24
        A.5.8  The English-Continental Wireless Telegraph Service, c.1920-1935
        A.5.9  Photographs of stations and establishments, c.1897-c.1950
        A.5.10  Other company premises, 1901-52
    A.6  Wireless policy, 1899-1947
        A.6.1  Correspondence and papers concerning national and international wireless policy, 1899-1932
        A.6.2   UK legislation and licensing, 1904-39
        A.6.3  Reports of international conferences and copies of international conventions, 1903-47
    A.7  World communications, 1897-1952
        A.7.1  Various overseas wireless schemes, 1897-1932
        A.7.2  Wireless schemes in Australia and New Zealand, 1902-23
        A.7.3  The first Transatlantic wireless service, 1900-8
        A.7.4  The Imperial Wireless Scheme and the Marconi Enquiry, 1911-23
        A.7.5  General correspondence and papers regarding international communications, 1909-34
        A.7.6  The development of beam radio, 1916-31
        A.7.7  The formation of Cable and Wireless, c.1922-1938
        A.7.8  Press releases, 1921-52
    A.8  Maritime, 1897-1950
        A.8.1  The development of maritime wireless services, 1897-1950
        A.8.2  Sea Disasters and rescues: the RMS Titanic, 1904-14
            A.8.2.a  Administrative records of the company relating to the White Star Line and the Titanic, 1904-12
            A.8.2.b  Procès-verbaux of ship and shore stations, 1912
            A.8.2.c  Messages handled by ship and shore stations, 1912
            A.8.2.d  Enquiry proceedings and reports, 1912-14
        A.8.3  Other sea disasters and rescues, 1909-34
        A.8.4  Photographs, c.1900-1929
    A.9  Wireless and the press, 1909-30
    A.10  Wireless telephony, 1900-36
    A.11  Sound broadcasting, 1919-55
    A.12  Television, 1929-54
    A.13  Aeronautical use of wireless, 1916-57
    A.14  War, 1899-1947
        A.14.1  Boer War, 1899-1902
        A.14.2  World War 1: Admiralty wireless stations in Britain, 1912-19
        A.14.3  World War 1: Admiralty wireless stations overseas, 1914-16
            A.14.3.a  General papers, 1914-16
            A.14.3.b  Descriptions of Naval wireless stations overseas, 1914-15
        A.14.4  World War 1: direction finding, 1914-20
        A.14.5  World War 1: other papers, 1914-20
        A.14.6  World War 2, 1938-47
    A.15  Technical papers, 1897-1954
    A.16  Other companies, 1899-1953
        A.16.1  Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America, 1901-c.1918
        A.16.2  Radio Corporation of America, 1919-53
        A.16.3  Other companies, 1899-1951
B    Archives of the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company Ltd., Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd., the Marconi Company Ltd., GEC-Marconi Electronics Ltd. and Marconi Electronic Systems Ltd., 1880-2004
    B.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1897-1999
        B.1.1  Memoranda and articles of association, 1897-1967
        B.1.2  Minutes and meeting papers, 1897-1984
        B.1.3  General Meeting papers and reports, 1898-1966
        B.1.4  Directors and officers, 1917-30
        B.1.5  Miscellaneous corporate papers, 1920-99
        B.1.6  Company organisation and management, 1943-99
    B.2  Legal records, 1880-1994
        B.2.1  Patents and trademarks, 1880-1994
            B.2.1.a  Patents, 1880-1928
            B.2.1.b  Papers relating to patents, 1896-1994
            B.2.1.c  Patent registers, 1896-c.1936
            B.2.1.d  Patent registers, 1897-1939
            B.2.1.e  Patent ledgers, 1930-67
            B.2.1.f  Opinion sheets, 1936-49
            B.2.1.g  Patent registers, 1946-76
            B.2.1.h  Application registers, 1932-85
            B.2.1.i  Citations registers, 1937-90
            B.2.1.j  Classified indexes of patents, c.1940-c.1990
            B.2.1.k  Patent abstracts, to 1968
            B.2.1.l  Registers of inventions and records of inventors, 1934-c.1990
            B.2.1.m  Opinion sheets, c.1950-c.1980
            B.2.1.n  Decision slips, 1922-89
            B.2.1.o  Miscellaneous register, 1945-73
            B.2.1.p  Correspondence indexes, c.1920-c.1980
            B.2.1.q  Application registers, 1980-6
            B.2.1.r  Application abstracts, 1986-90
            B.2.1.s  Trademarks registers and papers, 1922-87
        B.2.2  Legal papers, 1897-1976
        B.2.3  Litigation papers, 1899-1953
    B.3  Property records, 1890-c.1994
    B.4  Financial records, 1897-1990
        B.4.1  Balance sheets and accounts, 1935-71
        B.4.2  Account books, 1897-1990
        B.4.3  Miscellaneous financial records, 1899-c.1985
        B.4.4  Financial administrative files, 1920-84
    B.5  Staff records, 1897-1999
        B.5.1  Personnel registers, 1897-1961
        B.5.2  Other personnel records, 1898-1999
        B.5.3  Staff training, 1905-97
            B.5.3.a  Study notebooks and course papers, 1905-10
            B.5.3.b  Papers relating to training establishments and provision, 1926-97
            B.5.3.c  Records of students, 1929-93
        B.5.4  Staff organisations, 1924-97
        B.5.5  Staff biographical papers, 1918-94
        B.5.6  Staff memorabilia, 1925-7, c.1950
        B.5.7  Staff photographs and pictures, c.1900-1993
        B.5.8  Staff magazines, 1914-98
            B.5.8.a  Staff magazines, 1914-50
            B.5.8.b  The Marconi Companies and Their People, 1950-70
            B.5.8.c  Staff magazines, 1972-98
            B.5.8.d  Other papers relating to staff magazines, 1965-6
    B.6  Research, development and technical records, 1901-99
        B.6.1  Reports on research and development activities, 1920-95
        B.6.2  Technical reports, 1921-47
        B.6.3  Research Department files, 1906-39
        B.6.4  Research files relating to Franklin, the Independent Research Department and the beam system, 1923-31
        B.6.5  Miscellaneous research files, 1908-80
        B.6.6  Working papers on and drafts of descriptive literature and operating instructions for equipment, 1915-44
        B.6.7  Registers of drawings, types and specifications, 1901-c.1950
            B.6.7.a  Drawing indexes, 1901-c.1935
            B.6.7.b  Sketch (SK) registers, 1909-c.1935
            B.6.7.c  H, P and S drawing registers, 1919-34
            B.6.7.d  D/DW drawing registers, 1921-34
            B.6.7.e  Q drawing indexes, 1921-35
            B.6.7.f  Head Office (HO) drawing registers, c.1925-c.1935
            B.6.7.g  N series drawing register, 1935-46
            B.6.7.h  Samples registers, c.1920
            B.6.7.i  Miscellaneous registers, c.1920-c.1950
            B.6.7.j  Performance specification [PS] registers, 1921-c.1950
        B.6.8  Development Manager/Technical Manager's project and administrative files, 1936-46
        B.6.9  Records of the Research Department, later the Research and Development Department, 1932-41
        B.6.10  Air Ministry 'Secret' files, 1939-45
        B.6.11  Research files of Millington and Section E, c.1930-1991
            B.6.11.a  Technical reports and research papers, 1933-62
            B.6.11.b  Other research files, papers and notebooks, c.1930-1981
        B.6.12  Engineer-in-Chief's administrative and project files, 1941-55
        B.6.13  Research files and reports of Development Division, Development and Designs Department and Engineering Department, 1935-57
        B.6.14  Research files of Partington of the Television Studio Development Group, 1948-58
        B.6.15  Research Division files predominantly on radar projects, 1944-56
        B.6.16  Chief of Research's files, 1945-73
        B.6.17  Research Division 'ER' technical reports, 1952-7
        B.6.18  Station logs, 1958-9
        B.6.19  Engineering/Communications Division administrative files, 1957-64
        B.6.20  Baddow Research Laboratories Interim Technical Memoranda and related papers, 1955-73
        B.6.21  Papers relating to equipment supplied by Avery, 1958-60
        B.6.22  Space Communications Division administrative papers, 1963-9
        B.6.23  Research material, c.1970-c.1990
        B.6.24  Project and contract proposals and reports, 1957-97
        B.6.25  Technical literature and papers, 1919-97
        B.6.26  Administrative papers, 1931-99
        B.6.27  Technical journals and magazines, 1903-83
            B.6.27.a  The Marconigram, 1903-4
            B.6.27.b  The Marconigraph, 1912-13
            B.6.27.c  Wireless World, 1913-61
            B.6.27.d  The Wireless Age, 1913-18
            B.6.27.e  The Year Book of Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony, 1913-25
            B.6.27.f  The Marconi Review, 1928-83
            B.6.27.g  Radio Intelligence, 1929-39
            B.6.27.h  Aerial. 1953-81
            B.6.27.i  Point to Point Telecommunications, later Point to Point Communication, 1956-74
            B.6.27.j  Sound and Vision Broadcasting, 1960-73
            B.6.27.k  Communication and Broadcasting, 1974-80
    B.7  Production records, 1919-64
        B.7.1  Orders, 1919-64
        B.7.2  Other papers, 1951
    B.8  Product records, 1901-99
        B.8.1  Product literature, 1903-99
            B.8.1.a  Early catalogues and descriptive leaflets, 1903-c.1920
            B.8.1.b  'L' series descriptive leaflets of equipment, c.1919-c.1921
            B.8.1.c  Numerical series of descriptive leaflets of equipment, 1924-46
            B.8.1.d  Numerical series of pamphlets describing groups of equipment, 1924-32
            B.8.1.e  Sets of numerical series descriptive leaflets and pamphlets, 1924-33
            B.8.1.f  'LL' series pamphlets describing groups of equipment, 1931-45
            B.8.1.g  Sets of descriptive leaflets and pamphlets, 1931-46
            B.8.1.h  Miscellaneous product literature, c.1920- c.1940
            B.8.1.i  Product illustrations, c.1925
            B.8.1.j  Sets of descriptive leaflets, 1946-54
            B.8.1.k  'SP' series manuals of equipment, 1951-68
            B.8.1.l  'TD' [Technical Description] series manuals of equipment, 1954-68
            B.8.1.m  Product literature, 1939-69
            B.8.1.n  Product literature, 1938-99
            B.8.1.o  Product literature for subsidiary and related companies, c.1930-c.1972
        B.8.2  Product catalogues, 1951-97
            B.8.2.a  Marconi catalogues, 1951-69
            B.8.2.b  Marconi Instruments catalogues, 1954-88
            B.8.2.c  Marconi Instruments Test and Measurement Systems catalogues, 1992-7
            B.8.2.d  Marconi Communication and Broadcasting Systems catalogues, 1970-81
            B.8.2.e  Marconi Radar Systems catalogues, 1970-9
        B.8.3  Product photographs, 1901-c.1990
            B.8.3.a  Product photographs, 1901-c.1990
            B.8.3.b  Files of product photographs, c.1975
        B.8.4  Product drawings, 1952-4
    B.9  Promotional records, 1906-96
        B.9.1  Advertisements, 1921-63
        B.9.2  Trade exhibitions, 1906-96
            B.9.2.a  Albums of exhibition photographs, 1947-92
            B.9.2.b  Other papers concerning exhibitions, 1906-96
    B.10  Sales and marketing records, 1936-83
    B.11  Publicity and public relations records, 1897-2000
        B.11.1  Press releases, 1951-2000
        B.11.2  Press cuttings, 1897-1999
            B.11.2.a  Volumes of press cuttings, 1897-1913
            B.11.2.b  Volumes of press cuttings, 1913-54
            B.11.2.c  Volumes of press cuttings, 1954-69
            B.11.2.d  Volumes of press cuttings, 1970-94
            B.11.2.e  General press cuttings, 1898-1963
            B.11.2.f  Press cuttings subject files, 1932-65
            B.11.2.g  Press cuttings, 1974-92
            B.11.2.h  Press cuttings subject files, 1975-90
            B.11.2.i  Miscellaneous press cuttings, 1898-1999
        B.11.3  Documents and administrative papers relating to publicity and public relations, c.1905-1998
    B.12  Commemorative records, 1900-2004
        B.12.1  Records of visitors, 1900-96
        B.12.2  Commemorative photographs, 1950-2000
        B.12.3  Papers relating to the company's golden jubilee, 1947
        B.12.4  Other commemorative papers and memorabilia, 1928-2004
    B.13  Records relating to the company's history, c.1920-2002
        B.13.1  Papers from company historian's 'Historical' files, c.1920-c.2000
        B.13.2  Published and unpublished company histories, 1946-92
        B.13.3  Historical research papers and literature, 1930-2002
        B.13.4  Archive administration records, c.1960-1999
        B.13.5  Miscellaneous historical material, c.1980-2000
        B.13.6  Historical images, c.1950-2001
        B.13.7  Historical sound recordings, 1951-c.1995
C    Archives of the Marconi International Marine Communication Company Ltd., 1900-98
    C.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1900-98
        C.1.1  Memoranda and articles of association, 1900-62
        C.1.2  Minutes, 1900-84
            C.1.2.a  Minutes of general meetings, 1900-50
            C.1.2.b  Minutes of Board meetings, 1900-84
            C.1.2.c  Minutes of Committee meetings, 1900-35
            C.1.2.d  Minutes of Finance Committee meetings, 1909-42
        C.1.3  Meeting papers, 1900-72
        C.1.4  Annual reports, 1900-87
        C.1.5  Directors and officers, 1900-91
            C.1.5.a  Registers of directors, 1900-17
            C.1.5.b  Directors' attendance books, 1900-91
        C.1.6  Corporate registers, 1900-89
            C.1.6.a  Registers of agreements, 1900-81
            C.1.6.b  Seal registers, 1900-65
            C.1.6.c  Registers of documents signed on behalf of the company, 1913-70
            C.1.6.d  Other registers, 1929-89
        C.1.7  Company organisation and management, 1914-98
    C.2  Legal records, 1900-65
    C.3  Property records, 1961-2
    C.4  Financial records, 1900-81
        C.4.1  Balance Sheets and Accounts, 1950-65, 1974-8
        C.4.2  Journals, 1900-66
        C.4.3  Other records, 1905-81
    C.5  Staff records, c.1900-c.1993
        C.5.1  Personnel registers, 1905-88
            C.5.1.a  Staff books and operators staff indexes, 1905-88
            C.5.1.b  Registers of resignations, dismissals, desertions, deaths, appointments, reappointments, special duty and small craft telegraphists, 1921-8
            C.5.1.c  Registers of appointments, 1929-82
            C.5.1.d  Registers of appointments and resignations, 1961-9
            C.5.1.e  Registers of reappointments, 1929-70
            C.5.1.f  Registers of resignations, 1929-82
            C.5.1.g  Registers of deaths, dismissals and desertions, 1929-70
            C.5.1.h  Registers of deep sea resignations, 1948-70
            C.5.1.i  Small craft registers, c.1925-1977
            C.5.1.j  Other registers, 1939-77
        C.5.2  Staff salary books, 1902-c.1920
        C.5.3  Radio operators' record cards, c.1900-c.1993
            C.5.3.a  First series, c.1900-1958
            C.5.3.b  First series: operators killed in action, 1939-45
            C.5.3.c  Second series, c.1958-c.1973
            C.5.3.d  Third series, c.1920-c.1980
            C.5.3.e  Fourth series, c.1978-c.1993
            C.5.3.f  Operators on oil rigs, c.1976-c.1993
        C.5.4  Staff handbooks and guidance, 1951-81
        C.5.5  Staff photographs, c.1940-c.1970
        C.5.6  Staff magazines, 1947-86
            C.5.6.a  Marconi Mariner, 1947-84
            C.5.6.b  Other magazines, 1985-6
    C.6  Product records, c.1930-1994
        C.6.1  Product literature, c.1930-c.1944
        C.6.2  Product manuals, c.c.1950-1987
        C.6.3  Other product literature, c.1950-1994
        C.6.4  Product photographs, c.1940-c.1990
            C.6.4.a  Photographs of equipment on ships, c.1960-c.1970
            C.6.4.b  Photographs arranged by subject, c.1940-c.1970
            C.6.4.c  General photographs of equipment, c.1940-c.1990
            C.6.4.d  Photographic negatives of equipment, c.1940-c.1960
            C.6.4.e  Photographs of echosounder recordings, c.1960
    C.7  Publicity and public relations records, 1920-c.1990
        C.7.1  Press cuttings, 1920-74
        C.7.2  Company publications, 1922-c.1990
        C.7.3  Publicity photographs, 1927-c.1990
    C.8  Commemorative records, 1929-85
        C.8.1  Visitors' books, 1951-85
        C.8.2  Miscellaneous memorabilia, 1929-50
        C.8.3  Commemorative photographs, 1950-c.1970
    C.9  Records relating to the company's history, 1992-6
D    Archives of the M-O Valve Company Ltd., 1919-72
E    Archives of the Radio Communication Company Ltd., 1924-65
    E.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1930-65
    E.2  Financial records, 1924-8
    E.3  Staff records, 1924-c.1927
    E.4  Photographs, c.1925
F    Archives of Cable and Wireless Ltd., 1929-37
G    Archives of the English Electric Company Limited, 1871-2000
    G.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1918-84
        G.1.1  Memoranda and articles of association, 1918-66
        G.1.2  Minutes, 1918-84
            G.1.2.a  Minutes of shareholders' meetings, 1919-84
            G.1.2.b  Minutes of Board meetings, 1918-66
            G.1.2.c  Minutes of other committees, 1920-68
        G.1.3  Meeting papers, 1965-8
        G.1.4  Directors and officers, 1936-68
            G.1.4.a  Directors' attendance books, 1936-68
            G.1.4.b  Registers of directors' holdings and interests, 1948-66
        G.1.5  Corporate registers and records, 1938-71
            G.1.5.a  Seal registers, 1938-71
        G.1.6  Annual reports and accounts, 1919-68
        G.1.7  Company management, 1930-68
        G.1.8  Company takeovers and mergers, 1968
    G.2  Legal records, 1905-71
        G.2.1  Legal papers, 1919-49
        G.2.2  Contracts and agreements, 1905-71
        G.2.3  Patents and trademarks, 1935-71
            G.2.3.a  UK patent registers, 1935-71
            G.2.3.b  Registers of UK patent applications dropped, 1963-71
            G.2.3.c  Foreign patent application registers, c.1945-1967
            G.2.3.d  Foreign patent registers, c.1935-1967
            G.2.3.e  Register of patents by subject, 1947-62
    G.3  Property records, 1871-1965
        G.3.1  Property records, 1871-c.1955
        G.3.2  Property photographs, 1938-65
            G.3.2.a  Photographs of Aircraft Factory, East Works, Preston, 1939-41
            G.3.2.b  Albums of photographs of the company's premises taken by Walter Nurnberg, c.1956-c.1962
            G.3.2.c  Aerial photographs of works, c.1940, 1965
    G.4  Financial records, 1919-68
        G.4.1  Account books, 1919-c.1935
        G.4.2  Administrative files, 1962-8
    G.5  Staff records, 1926-c.2000
        G.5.1  Staff handbooks and guidance, 1952-69
        G.5.2  Staff organisations, 1946-c.2000
            G.5.2.a  English Electric Overseas Club, 1949-69
            G.5.2.b  Sir George Nelson Convalescent Home (later Hampsfield House Convalescent Home), 1946-c.2000
        G.5.3  Staff biographical records, c.1940-62
        G.5.4  Staff memorabilia, 1941, c.1950
        G.5.5  Staff photographs, 1950
        G.5.6  Staff magazines, 1926-66
            G.5.6.a  Monthly Bulletin, 1926-32
            G.5.6.b  English Electric and its People, 1946-66
    G.6  Research, development and technical records, 1920-75
        G.6.1  Administrative reports, 1955-68
        G.6.2  Technical literature, 1949-75
            G.6.2.a  Catalogue, 1953
            G.6.2.b  Reports Abstract Bulletins, 1958-66
            G.6.2.c  Information Bulletins, 1954-68
            G.6.2.d  Other technical handbooks and guides, 1949-75
        G.6.3  Professional journals, 1920-68
            G.6.3.a  The English Electric Journal, 1920-68
    G.7  Product records, 1926-2003
        G.7.1  Product manuals and catalogues, 1926-2003
            G.7.1.a  Files of English Electric product manuals and guides, c.1950-c.1970
            G.7.1.b  Other English Electric manuals and guides, 1926-c.1970
        G.7.2  Product photographs, c.1930-c.1970
    G.8  Promotional literature, c.1950-c.1960
    G.9  Sales records, 1948-64
        G.9.1  Sales proposal, 1948
        G.9.2  Sales staff literature, 1951-64
    G.10  Publicity and public relations records, 1948-68
        G.10.1  Press cuttings, 1948-51
        G.10.2  Press digests, 1955-68
        G.10.3  Press releases and cuttings, 1964-7
        G.10.4  English Electric Activities, 1956-67
    G.11  Commemorative records1942-97
        G.11.1  Commemorative literature, 1967
        G.11.2  Commemorative photographs, 1942-97
    G.12  Records relating to the company's history, 1945-2000
        G.12.1  Published and unpublished company histories, 1945-84
        G.12.2  Papers relating to the company's history, 1949-2000
H    Archives of Willans and Robinson Ltd., 1918-98
I    Archives of D. Napier and Son Ltd., 1958-96
J    Archives of the Vulcan Foundry Ltd., 1864-c.1995
    J.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1864-1968
        J.1.1  Memoranda and articles of association, 1864-1957
        J.1.2  Minutes, 1924-61
        J.1.3  Directors and officers, 1900-68
        J.1.4  Annual reports and accounts, 1960
    J.2  Financial records, 1865-1962
        J.2.1  Financial registers and records, 1865-1959
        J.2.2  Account books and records, 1931-62
    J.3  Records relating to the company's history, c.1930, c.1995
K    Archives of Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns Ltd., 1938-62
L    Archives of the English Electric Valve Company Ltd., 1961-2003
M    Archives of Elliott Brothers (London) Ltd., Elliott-Automation Ltd. and related companies, 1897-2000
    M.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1916-71
        M.1.1  Company establishment and regulation, 1916
        M.1.2  Directors and officers, 1916-58
        M.1.3  Annual reports and accounts, 1962-75
        M.1.4  Corporate registers, 1947-57
    M.2  Property records, 1967
    M.3  Financial records, 1911-21 and ?
        M.3.1  Balance books, 1911-21 and ?
    M.4  Staff records, 1946, 1968
        M.4.1  Staff handbooks, 1968
        M.4.2  Staff magazines, 1946, 1977
    M.5  Research, development and technical records, 1950-75
    M.6  Product records, 1897-1975
    M.7  Promotional records, 1962
    M.8  Photographs, c.1910-1979
    M.9  Records relating to the company's history, 1992-2000
N    Archives of the Power and Traction Finance Company Ltd., 1922-50
O    Archives of Switchgear and Cowans Ltd., 1959-79
P    Archives of the Westinghouse Electric Company Ltd., the British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company Ltd. and the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company Ltd., 1889-1998
    P.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1889-1938
        P.1.1  Memoranda and articles of association, 1889-1929
        P.1.2  Minutes, 1889-1938
            P.1.2.a  Westinghouse Electric Co. Ltd., 1889-1921
            P.1.2.b  British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co. Ltd., later Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd., 1899-1938
            P.1.2.c  Metro-Vick Supplies Ltd., 1924-34
            P.1.2.d  Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. (Mediterranean) Ltd., 1924-31
        P.1.3  Directors and officers, 1921-35
        P.1.4  Corporate registers and records, 1899-1938
        P.1.5  Reports, accounts and meeting papers, 1899-1928
        P.1.6  General administrative records, 1901-18
    P.2  Legal and property records, 1889-c.1970
        P.2.1  Contracts and agreements, 1922-30
        P.2.2  Papers relating to the Moscow Trial on allegations of wrecking activities at power stations in the Soviet Union, 1933
            P.2.2.a  Numbered files relating to the trial, 1889-1933
            P.2.2.b  Thornton's private files from Moscow, 1929-33
            P.2.2.c  Other papers, 1889-1933
        P.2.3  Property records, c.1910-c.1990
    P.3  Financial records, 1954-64
    P.4  Staff records, 1900-60
        P.4.1  Staff handbooks and guidance, 1900-17
        P.4.2  Staff training, 1955-7
        P.4.3  Staff organisations, 1949-60
        P.4.4  Staff biographical records, 1957
    P.5  Research, development and technical records, 1939-59
        P.5.1  Administrative records of research, development and engineering departments, 1939-54
        P.5.2  Research reports and records, 1952-9
    P.6  Product manuals and catalogues, 1902-56
    P.7  Production photographs, 1902, c.1950
    P.8  Promotional literature, 1902-56
    P.9  Company periodicals, 1912-58
        P.9.1  British Westinghouse Gazette, 1912-19
        P.9.2  Metropolitan-Vickers Gazette, 1937-58
    P.10  Commemorative records, 1901-49
        P.10.1  Commemorative literature, 1906-10
        P.10.2  Commemorative photographs, 1901-51
    P.11  Records relating to the company's history, 1947-98
        P.11.1  Company histories, 1947, 1949
        P.11.2  Papers relating to company history, 1994-8
Q    Archives of the British Thomson-Houston Company Ltd., 1895-1999
    Q.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1895-1965
        Q.1.1  Memoranda and articles of association, 1920-60
        Q.1.2  Minutes, 1895-1965
            Q.1.2.a  General meetings minutes, 1895-1951
            Q.1.2.b  Board minutes, 1896-1951
            Q.1.2.c  Executive Committee minutes, 1901-17
            Q.1.2.d  Other minutes, 1948-65
        Q.1.3  Directors and officers, 1960
        Q.1.4  Corporate registers and records, 1903-64
        Q.1.5  Annual reports and accounts, 1897-1958
        Q.1.6  Company management, 1903-26
        Q.1.7  Company takeovers and mergers, 1928-9
    Q.2  Legal and property records, 1904-37
        Q.2.1  Patents and trademarks, 1904-37
        Q.2.2  Legal papers, 1922-38
        Q.2.3  Litigation, 1920-c.1924
        Q.2.4  Property photographs, 1905-14
    Q.3  Financial records, 1901-65
        Q.3.1  Financial registers and records, 1902-65
        Q.3.2  Account books and records, 1901
    Q.4  Staff records, 1948-c.1990
        Q.4.1  Staff training, 1948-59
        Q.4.2  Staff biographical records, 1951, 1985, c.1980
        Q.4.3  Staff photographs, 1961-6
    Q.5  Research, development and technical records, 1922-64
        Q.5.1  Research papers on the development of compressors, gas turbines and jet engines, 1922-64
        Q.5.2  Other research and technical records, 1945-59
    Q.6  Product records, 1898-1953
        Q.6.1  Manuals and product literature, 1922c.1953
        Q.6.2  Product photographs, 1898-1941
    Q.7  Promotional records, 1925, 1953
    Q.8  Publicity and public relations records, 1950-8
        Q.8.1  BTH Activities, 1950-8
        Q.8.2  General publications, c.1960
    Q.9  Commemorative records, c.1919-c.1960
        Q.9.1  Commemorative literature, c.1919
        Q.9.2  Commemorative and miscellaneous photographs, c.1940-c.1960
    Q.10  Records relating to the company's history, 1946-99
        Q.10.1  Company histories, 1946
        Q.10.2  Papers relating to company history, 1973-99
R    Archives of Associated Electrical Industries Ltd., 1899-2000
    R.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1899-1970
        R.1.1  Memoranda and articles of association, 1899-1960
        R.1.2  Minutes, 1929-67
            R.1.2.a  General meetings minutes, 1939-63
            R.1.2.b  Directors' minutes, 1930-66
            R.1.2.c  Minutes of the Executive Committee, later [from 1964] the Management Committee of the Board, 1929-67
            R.1.2.d  Other minutes, 1929-66
            R.1.2.e  Confidential minutes, 1939-67
        R.1.3  Directors' attendance books, 1928-62
        R.1.4  Corporate registers and records, 1929-45
        R.1.5  Reports, accounts and other papers for shareholders, 1900-70
            R.1.5.a  Reports and accounts, 1900-70
            R.1.5.b  Document books, 1929-68
            R.1.5.c  Other papers, 1930-67
        R.1.6  Company organisation, management and mergers, 1928-68
    R.2  Legal records, 1925-64
        R.2.1  Contracts and agreements, 1939-64
        R.2.2  Litigation, 1925, 1964
        R.2.3  Files relating to the Moscow Trial of Metropolitan-Vickers staff on allegations of wrecking activities at power stations in the Soviet Union, 1933
    R.3  Accounts, 1959-66
    R.4  Staff records, 1931-67
        R.4.1  Staff handbooks and guidance, 1966-7
        R.4.2  Staff training, 1960
        R.4.3  Staff organisations, 1931-64
        R.4.4  Staff photographs, c.1930-c.1965
        R.4.5  Staff magazines, 1931-56
            R.4.5.a  AEI News, 1931-56
            R.4.5.b  Topic, 1956-67
    R.5  Research, development and technical records, 1951-69
        R.5.1  Administrative records of research, development and engineering departments and laboratories, 1959-69
        R.5.2  Research files, 1957-69
        R.5.3  Technical literature, 1951-68
        R.5.4  Professional journals, 1961-7
            R.5.4.a  AEI Engineering, 1961-7
            R.5.4.b  AEI Journal of Telecommunications, 1966-7
    R.6  Product records, 1952-81
        R.6.1  Product manuals and catalogues, 1952-81
        R.6.2  Product photographs, c.1960
    R.7  Promotional records, 1955-66
        R.7.1  Promotional literature, 1955-66
        R.7.2  Audiovisual material, 1959-66
    R.8  Publicity and public relations records, 1961-8
    R.9  Records of visitors, 1957-97
    R.10  Papers relating to the company's history, 1955-2000
S    Archives of the Edison Swan Electric Company Ltd., 1897-c.1965
T    Archives of Birmingham Electric Furnaces Ltd., later Birlec Ltd., 1928-54
U    Archives of Siemens Brothers and Company Ltd., 1860-1993
    U.1  Personal papers of Sir Charles William Siemens, 1862-1902
    U.2  Corporate and administrative records, 1912-39
    U.3  Legal and property records, 1945
    U.4  Staff records, 1860-1935
    U.5  Research, development and technical records, 1932-40
    U.6  Promotional records, 1962, 1992
    U.7  Publicity and public relations records, 1922-45
    U.8  Records relating to the company's history, 1939-93
V    Archives of W.T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company Ltd., 1919-96
W    Papers of Hugo Hirst, 1st Baron Hirst of Witton, 1850-1967
    W.1  Correspondence and papers, 1882-1937
        W.1.1  Personal and business correspondence, 1882-1916
        W.1.2  Correspondence and papers relating to tariff reform, 1903-32
        W.1.3  Correspondence and papers relating to World War 1, 1910-25
        W.1.4  Correspondence and papers on political affairs, 1925-c.1931
        W.1.5  Correspondence and papers on other subjects, 1903-37
    W.2  Lectures, speeches and articles, 1899-1942
        W.2.1  Drafts, copies and some related papers, 1899-1942
        W.2.2  Correspondence concerning speeches and articles by or about Hirst, 1926-36
    W.3  Personal papers and memorabilia, 1872-1967
    W.4  Printed papers, 1852-1932
    W.5  Press cuttings, 1850-c.1946
    W.6  Photographs, c.1890-c.1940
    W.7  Corporate and administrative papers, 1910-31
    W.8  Legal and property records, 1899-1957
    W.9  Financial records, 1884-1929
    W.10  Personnel records, 1898-1945
    W.11  Research, development and technical records, , 1899-1930
    W.12  Product and promotional literature, 1889-c.1930
    W.13  Commemorative records, 1905-29
    W.14  Papers concerning the history of the company, c.1900-1958
X    Archives of the General Electric Company plc, 1881-2003
    X.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1900-2002
        X.1.1  Memoranda and articles of association, 1900-69
        X.1.2  Minutes, 1901-85
            X.1.2.a  Minutes of shareholders' meetings, 1901-58
            X.1.2.b  Directors' minutes, 1915-64
            X.1.2.c  Committee minutes, 1935-65
            X.1.2.d  Osram Robertson Lamp Works Ltd., 1919-24
            X.1.2.e  Radio and Allied Industries Ltd., 1954-79
            X.1.2.f  Radio and Allied (Holdings) Ltd., 1958-85
        X.1.3  Meeting papers, c.1970-1999
        X.1.4  Annual reports and accounts, 1905-2002
        X.1.5  Directors and officers, 1918-68
        X.1.6  Corporate registers and records, 1959-78
        X.1.7  Company takeovers, mergers and reorganisation, 1928-99
        X.1.8  General administrative records, 1968-99
            X.1.8.a  Internal memoranda, 1968-99
            X.1.8.b  Other administrative records, 1975-91
    X.2  Legal records, 1887-1996
        X.2.1  Patents and trademarks, 1887-1996
            X.2.1.a  UK patent application registers, 1947-94
            X.2.1.b  UK patent progress registers, 1968-94
            X.2.1.c  UK patent registers, 1948-94
            X.2.1.d  Foreign patent application registers, c.1950-c.1975
            X.2.1.e  Foreign patent registers, c.1942-c.1984
            X.2.1.f  Patent registers by subject reference, c.1935-c.1972
            X.2.1.g  Correspondence and papers concerning patents, 1929-96
            X.2.1.h  Registers of trade marks, 1887-1969
            X.2.1.i  Design registration certificates, 1946-90
            X.2.1.j  Correspondence and papers concerning trade marks, 1912-82
        X.2.2  Agreements, 1900-62
            X.2.2.a  General agreements, 1900-15
            X.2.2.b  Lamp agreements, 1907-62
        X.2.3  Other legal papers, 1917-86
    X.3  Property records, c. 1890-c.2000
        X.3.1  Property records, 1909-99
        X.3.2  Photographs of British and Irish premises owned or operated by GEC, c.1890-c.2000
        X.3.3  Photographs of overseas premises owned or operated by GEC, c.1908-c.1960
    X.4  Financial records, 1881-1998
    X.5  Records relating to staff, 1887-2002
        X.5.1  Staff structures, handbooks and guidance, 1935-c.2000
        X.5.2  Staff recruitment, training and awards, 1942-98
        X.5.3  Staff organisations and social events, 1919-c. 2000
            X.5.3.a  The Magnetics Club, 1932-78
            X.5.3.b  Witton Senior Club, 1952-73
            X.5.3.c  GEC Overseas Club, c.1940-c.2000
            X.5.3.d  Other staff organisations and social events, 1919-98
        X.5.4  Staff memorabilia, 1919-45
        X.5.5  Biographical records relating to staff and directors, 1922-2001
            X.5.5.a  Biographical papers relating to Sir Hugo Hirst, 1922-43
            X.5.5.b  Biographical papers and memorabilia relating to Sir Harry Railing, 1947-63
            X.5.5.c  Biographical and personal papers relating to Sir Clifford Paterson, Director of the Research Laboratories, c.1927-1951
            X.5.5.d  Biographical papers on staff and directors, 1948-2001
        X.5.6  Staff photographs, 1887-c.2000
        X.5.7  Staff magazines, 1912-2002
            X.5.7.a  The Magnet Magazine, 1912-39
            X.5.7.b  Topic, 1968-98
            X.5.7.c  Other magazines, 1923-2002
    X.6  Research, development and technical records, 1908-99
        X.6.1  Correspondence files of Sir Clifford Paterson, 1933-46
        X.6.2  Administrative records of research, development and engineering departments and laboratories, 1908-98
        X.6.3  Research Reports, 1983-92
        X.6.4  Technical reports and other papers on research work, 1921-94
        X.6.5  Professional publications and papers of research staff, 1908-98
        X.6.6  Technical literature, 1928-96
        X.6.7  Technical drawings, 1935-74
        X.6.8  Photographs, c.1920-c.1990
        X.6.9  Professional journals, 1930-99
            X.6.9.a  GEC Journal, 1930-83
            X.6.9.b  GEC Telecommunications, 1946-80
            X.6.9.c  Research Review, 1952-61
            X.6.9.d  GEC Atomic Energy Review, 1957-60
            X.6.9.e  Telecoms Topics, 1964, 1966, c.1974
            X.6.9.f  GEC Journal for Industry, 1977-85
            X.6.9.g  GEC Engineering, 1983-4
            X.6.9.h  GEC Journal of Research, 1983-98
            X.6.9.i  GEC Review, 1985-99
            X.6.9.j  Photographs for use as illustrations in GEC journals, 1985-99
    X.7  Production records, c.1963
    X.8  Product records, 1886-c.2000
        X.8.1  Catalogues and product literature, 1886-1995
            X.8.1.a  Catalogues, 1886-93
            X.8.1.b  Complete catalogues, 1894-1911
            X.8.1.c  Catalogues, catalogue sections and product literature, 1898-1967
            X.8.1.d  Filed product literature, 1921-33
            X.8.1.e  Bound catalogue sections and product literature, 1927-54
            X.8.1.f  Product literature and catalogues, 1968-95
        X.8.2  Product technical literature and manuals, 1910-c.1985
        X.8.3  Product photographs, 1896-c.2000
    X.9  Promotional records, 1897-2002
        X.9.1  Promotional literature and papers, 1897-1999
        X.9.2  Advertising, 1912-93
        X.9.3  Promotional material relating to Marconi plc, 1999-2002
    X.10  Sales records, 1905-97
    X.11  Publicity and public relations records, 1902-2003
        X.11.1  Press releases, 1952-2002
        X.11.2  Press cuttings concerning specific topics, 1902-61
        X.11.3  Press cuttings relating to AGMs, 1957-63
        X.11.4  Press cuttings about Lord Weinstock, 1966-90
        X.11.5  Press cuttings and other papers concerning specific topics, 1967-86
        X.11.6  General press cuttings, 1959-2002
        X.11.7  Agency press cuttings, 2001-3
        X.11.8  Other material relating to publicity and public relations, c.1944-2002
        X.11.9  Publicity and public relations photographs, 1946-94
    X.12  Commemorative records, 1922-c.1999
        X.12.1  Visitors' books, 1922-97
        X.12.2  Commemorative photographs, 1905-c.1999
    X.13  Records relating to the company's history, c.1905-c.2000
        X.13.1  Works on the history of the company, c.1905-c.2000
        X.13.2  Miscellaneous papers relating to company history, c.1950-c.2000
        X.13.3  Copies of photographs and slides illustrating the history of GEC, c.2000
        X.13.4  Archive administration records, c.1940-c.2000
Y    Archives of Salford Electrical Instruments Ltd., 1952-67, 1990
Z    Archives of Woods of Colchester Ltd., 1949-99
AA    Archives of GEC Avery Ltd., 1992-9
AB    Archives of GEC Alsthom, 1937-99
    AB.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1989-99
    AB.2  Staff magazines, 1937-98
    AB.3  Research publications, 1985-96
    AB.4  Product and promotional literature, 1984-99
    AB.5  Publicity and public relations records, 1989-99
    AB.6  Records relating to the company's history, 1991-6
AC    Archives of the Plessey Company plc and its successors, c.1950-2001
    AC.1  Records of the Plessey Company, 1985-9
        AC.1.1  Corporate and administrative records, 1985-9
        AC.1.2  Staff records, 1978-89
        AC.1.3  Research reviews and other research centre literature, 1971-89
        AC.1.4  Technical journals, 1964-89
        AC.1.5  Product literature, c.1950-1989
        AC.1.6  Publicity and public relations records, 1968-89
        AC.1.7  Commemorative records, 1975-83
    AC.2  Records of GEC-Plessey Telecommunications Ltd. (GPT), 1988-2000
    AC.3  Records of other GEC-Plessey companies, 1991-6
    AC.4  Records relating to the companies' history, 1986-2001
AD    Archives of constituent companies of the General Domestic Appliance Company Ltd., 1907-c.2000
    AD.1  Simplex and Creda Companies, 1907-c.2000
        AD.1.1  Legal records, 1909-87
        AD.1.2  Staff records, 1985-98
        AD.1.3  Product literature, 1907-c.2000
        AD.1.4  Promotional and publicity records, 1950-c.1990
        AD.1.5  Records concerning company history, 1945-98
    AD.2  Other companies, 1953-c.1999
AE    Archives of Ferranti Ltd. and GEC Ferranti Defence Systems Ltd., 1952-92
AF    Archives of VSEL Ltd., NNC Ltd., Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. and GEC Marine, 1984-98
AG    Archives of U.S. companies acquired by the General Electric Company, 1986-99
AH    Archives of other companies acquired by the General Electric Company, 1971-99
AI    Acquisitions by the companies from external sources, c.1900-1996
    AI.1  Papers of G.A. Isted, c.1900-c.1990
    AI.2  Acquisitions of personal papers, 1912-96
    AI.3  Miscellaneous small acquisitions, c.1916-c.1983
AJ    Non-company papers, 1925-99
    AJ.1  Product literature for various other companies, 1931-91
    AJ.2  Other papers, 1893-1999


The Marconi Archives, 1850-2004

Abstract:
Catalogue of the Marconi Archives, encompassing archives of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd., the Marconi International Marine Communication Company Ltd., the English Electric Company Ltd., the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company Ltd., the British Thomson-Houston Company Ltd., Associated Electrical Industries Ltd., the General Electric Company plc and other associated companies; together with personal papers of Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), electrical engineer, and Hugo Hirst (1863-1943), businessman.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 1-4027; MSS. Photogr. a. 18-37; b. 60-136; c. 234-456; d. 43-157; e. 33-50

Extent: 4480 shelfmarks

Company History

The Marconi Archives encompass records of many of the companies ultimately absorbed into the General Electric Company, latterly known as Marconi plc and the Marconi Corporation plc. An outline of the history of the principal companies concerned is given here; individual histories of constituent companies are given at the start of the relevant series.

Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd. was formed in 1897 as the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company Ltd., its name changing in 1900. It was originally created to enable Guglielmo Marconi to develop and exploit his innovative work on wireless telegraphy. It was taken over by the English Electric Company Ltd. in 1946, but continued in existence as a separate subsidiary, renamed the Marconi Company Ltd. in 1963. It also retained a substantially separate identity following the merger of English Electric with the General Electric Company in 1968, as GEC-Marconi Electronics Ltd. In 1998 it was reorganised as Marconi Electronic Systems Ltd. and was merged with/sold to British Aerospace the following year, becoming BAE Systems.

The English Electric Company was incorporated in 1918, being formed by amalgamations and acquisitions of the Coventry Ordnance Works, the Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Dick, Kerr and Company Ltd., the United Electric Car Company Ltd. and Willans and Robinson Ltd. The Siemens Brothers Dynamo Works at Stafford was acquired in 1920. English Electric took over Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd. in 1946, and was itself merged with the General Electric Company in 1968. While its subsidiary Marconi Company retained its identity following the merger, English Electric was eventually absorbed into both the General Electric Company and its subsidiary GEC-Marconi Electronics.

Associated Electrical Industries Ltd. was formed in 1929 as a holding company for the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company Ltd. and the British Thomson-Houston Company Ltd. Metropolitan-Vickers was originally created in 1899 as the British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co. Ltd., its name being altered in 1919 following a change of ownership, while British Thomson-Houston was established in 1896. Both Metropolitan-Vickers and British Thomson-Houston remained in existence after 1929 and continued a long-established rivalry despite the common ownership. Their distinct identities continued until 1960 when their activities were actively absorbed into the parent Associated Electrical Industries. In 1967 Associated Electrical Industries was merged with the General Electric Company, into which it was quickly absorbed.

The General Electric Company was created as the General Electric Apparatus Company in 1886 by Hugo Hirst and Gustav Byng from a small electrical business established in London by Byng (Gustav Binswanger and Company, using Byng's original name). It became the General Electric Company in 1889, and was made a public company in 1900. It became increasingly successful especially under the influence of Hirst. Initially manufacture was focussed on electric bells and light fittings, but this expanded to a wide range of electrical equipment - resulting in the firm's slogan 'Everything Electrical'. The managing directorship of Arnold Weinstock from 1963 onwards saw GEC's rapid expansion, not least due to mergers with Associated Electrical Industries in 1967 and the English Electric Company in 1968. Further takeovers and mergers made the company one of the largest private employers in the UK. Policy changes following Weinstock's retirement in 1996 saw several elements of the company being sold off, and it was relaunched as Marconi plc in 1999 (following the disposal of its subsidiary Marconi Electronic Systems). A further relaunch as the Marconi Corporation plc in 2002 was ultimately unsuccessful in saving the company from financial difficulties, and a large portion was sold to Ericsson in 2005, with the remainder forming the successor telent plc, now telent Ltd.

Scope and Content

The Marconi Archives comprise A. Papers relating to Marconi and the development of wireless telegraphy, c.1873-1957; B. Archives of the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company Ltd., Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd., the Marconi Company Ltd., GEC-Marconi Electronics Ltd. and Marconi Electronic Systems Ltd., 1880-2004; C. Archives of the Marconi International Marine Communication Company Limited, 1900-98; D. Archives of the M-O Valve Company Ltd., 1919-72; E. Archives of the Radio Communication Company Ltd., 1924-65; F. Archives of Cable and Wireless Ltd., 1929-37; G. Archives of the English Electric Company Ltd., 1871-2000; H. Archives of Willans and Robinson Ltd., 1918-98; I. Archives of D. Napier and Son Ltd., 1958-96; J. Archives of the Vulcan Foundry Ltd., 1864-c.1995; K. Archives of Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns Ltd., 1938-62; L. Archives of the English Electric Valve Company Ltd., 1961-2003; M. Archives of Elliott Brothers (London) Ltd., Elliott-Automation Ltd. and related companies, 1897-2000; N. Archives of the Power and Traction Finance Company Ltd., 1922-50; O. Archives of Switchgear and Cowans Ltd., 1959-79; P. Archives of the Westinghouse Electric Company Ltd., the British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company Ltd. and the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company Ltd., 1889-1998; Q. Archives of the British Thomson-Houston Company Ltd., 1895-1999; R. Archives of Associated Electrical Industries Limited, 1899-2000; S. Archives of the Edison Swan Electric Company Ltd., 1897-c.1965; T. Archives of Birmingham Electric Furnaces Ltd., later Birlec Ltd., 1928-54; U. Archives of Siemens Brothers and Company Ltd., 1860-1993; V. Archives of W.T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company Ltd., 1919-96; W. Papers of Hugo Hirst, 1st. Baron Hirst of Witton, 1850-1967; X. Archives of the General Electric Company plc, 1881-2003; Y. Archives of Salford Electrical Instruments Ltd., 1952-67, 1990; Z. Archives of Woods of Colchester Ltd., 1949-99; AA. Archives of Avery Berkel, 1992-9; AB. Archives of GEC Alsthom, 1937-99; AC. Archives of the Plessey Company and its successors, c.1950-2001; AD. Archives of constituent companies of the General Domestic Appliance Company Ltd., 1907-c.2000; AE. Archives of Ferranti Ltd. and GEC Ferranti Ltd., 1952-92; AF. Archives of VSEL plc, NNC Ltd. and GEC Marine, 1984-98; AG. Archives of U.S. companies acquired by the General Electric Company, 1986-99; AH. Archives of other companies acquired by the General Electric Company, 1971-99; AI. Acquisitions of archives by the companies from external sources, c.1900-1996; AJ. Non-company papers, 1925-99.

Arrangement

The principal series have been arranged in an order reflecting the archival inter-relationships of the companies and individuals represented in the Archives, while also taking into account the dominance of Marconi company records. Papers of Guglielmo Marconi himself, his assistant George Kemp, and significant records relating to the development and applications of wireless telegraphy have been treated as a separate initial series, based on an existing series created by the company. Records of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company (in its various incarnations) form the first series of company archives proper, and are followed by archives of various subsidiary and associated companies, notably the Marconi International Marine Communication Company. The next major series comprises the archives of the English Electric Company which took over Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company in 1946. This is succeeded by archives of other companies acquired by English Electric, together with its subsidiaries. The next three series cover the closely associated Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, British Thomson-Houston, and Associated Electrical Industries (which acquired the first two companies in 1929). Records of other companies acquired by AEI follow, then some papers relating to Siemens Brothers which have a disparate archival history, having connections with both English Electric and Associated Electrical Industries. Both English Electric and Associated Electrical Industries were merged with the General Electric Company in 1967-8, and archives of this company are next in the company sequence, preceded by the closely-related personal papers of Hugo Hirst, GEC's co-founder and managing director. The arrangement concludes with archives of other companies acquired by or associated with the General Electric Company. For each series of company archives, a general scheme of arrangement has been followed (with some minor variations to reflect particular archival arrangements identified). This considers the papers under the following subseries: corporate and administrative records; legal records; property records; financial records; staff records; research and development records; production records; product records; promotional records; publicity and public relations records; commemorative records; and records relating to the company's history. The arrangement of papers within individual series varies according to original record-keeping practices and/or the nature of the series concerned.

Acquisition

The Archives were given by Marconi plc to the University of Oxford in 2004, together with the company's historic equipment which is now housed in the Museum of the History of Science.

Restrictions on Access

Most material is available, but prospective readers should contact Special Collections well in advance of an intended visit as much of the collection is stored offsite. Some material (predominantly personnel records including data on individuals who may be living) is restricted and is identified accordingly.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Marconi 1, fols. 1-2].

Alternative Form Available

Images of many items in the series relating to Marconi and the development of wireless telegraphy are to be found in MarconiCalling, a website exploring the life, science and achievements of Guglielmo Marconi. Selected links to specific sections of MarconiCalling are given below where appropriate. MarconiCalling was developed by Marconi plc and given to the University of Oxford.

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Hirst | Hugo | 1863-1943 | Baron Hirst | businessman
Kemp | George Stephen | 1857-1933 | electrical engineer
Marconi | Guglielmo | 1874-1937 | Marchese Marconi | electrical engineer

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Associated Electrical Industries Ltd
British Thomson-Houston Co Ltd | manufacturers of electrical machinery and equipment
English Electric Co Ltd | electrical, mechanical and hydraulic engineers and aircraft manufacturers
GEC-Marconi Electronics Ltd
General Electric Co plc | manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment
Marconi Company Ltd | manufacturers of wireless, broadcasting and marine communications equipment, avionics, defence systems, etc
Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd
Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co Ltd | manufacturers of electrical goods and equipment

Subjects (LCSH)

Electric engineering
Telegraph, wireless

A   Papers relating to Marconi and the development of wireless telegraphy, c.1873-1957


Scope and Content:

This series is based on a series of 'historical' files created by the company. The various subseries encompass personal papers of Marconi and his assistant, George Kemp; the early development of wireless telegraphy; the formation and early operation of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company; the development of international wireless policy and its influence on world communications; and the further applications of radio communication in significant areas. Additional items of direct relevance to the subjects and time period covered, but not included in the original 'historical' series, have been incorporated into appropriate subseries. Conversely, a few sections (notably those covering research and development, patents and litigation) formerly in the 'historical' series but falling more appropriately into major subseries within the main body of the administrative records of the company (to be found in the series following this), have been incorporated into these. The 'historical' files also contained articles and correspondence concerning the history of the topics in question, and these have been included in the subseries of papers on the history of the company (see MSS. Marconi 1752-1831). .

A.1   Personal papers of Guglielmo Marconi, 1896-1937

Biographical history:

For a biography of Marconi, see the entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

A.1.1   Diaries and notebooks, 1901-26

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 1-16


Pocket diary, 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 1
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1902
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 2
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 3
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1904
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 4
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1914
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 5
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1916
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 6
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 7
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 8
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1921
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 9
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1923
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 10
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1925
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 11
Extent: 1 vol.

Pocket diary, 1926
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 12
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary for 1891, used for notes of references to articles and reports, 1903-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 13
Extent: 1 vol.

Small notebook containing various numerical entries, c.1906
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 14
Extent: 1 vol.

Small notebook with few entries, n.d. [early 20th cent.]
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 15
Extent: 1 vol.

Enclosures from the diaries, 1914, 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 16
Extent: 1 folder

A.1.2   Correspondence, 1897-1937

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 17-19


Family correspondence, 1897-1937
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 17
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with and about members of the Marconi family, including

  • draft letters from Guglielmo Marconi to his parents about the formation of the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company, 1897
  • letter from Guglielmo Marconi's father, Giuseppe Marconi, to Jose Ferro [not sent?], 1904
  • letter from Cuthbert Hall to Guglielmo Marconi about Giuseppe's death, 1904
  • letters from Guglielmo Marconi's mother, Annie Marconi to Mr. Kershaw [Marconi's secretary], 1904-6
  • letters from Annie Marconi to her son Guglielmo, 1911
  • telegram and letter (with enclosed photographs) from Beatrice Marconi to her husband Guglielmo, 1907, 1911
  • letters from Guglielmo Marconi to Maria Cristina Bezzi-Scali, later his second wife, 1923-6
  • letters from Degna Marconi to her father Guglielmo, 1925-9, n.d.
  • letters from Gioia Marconi to her father Guglielmo, 1925, n.d.
  • letters from Alfonso Marconi to his brother Guglielmo, 1900, 1902, 1904
  • letter from Alfonso Marconi to H. Kershaw, 1908
  • letter from Alfonso Marconi to H.W. Allen about his directorships, 1917
  • letter from Lady Inchiquin to her son-in-law Guglielmo Marconi, 1908
  • letters from Lord Inchiquin to his son-in-law Guglielmo Marconi, 1914-17

Personal correspondence, 1897-1937
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 18
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • letters from A Slaby, with a signed photograph, 1898-9
  • letters from Reginald Fessenden, one with draft reply, inviting Marconi to give a lecture at the Academy of Science of Pittsburgh, 1899
  • letters from Josephine Holman, to whom Marconi was briefly engaged, 1900-1, n.d.
  • letter from John Henniker Heaton about a meeting between Austen Chamberlain and the fishermen of Great Britain, 1901
  • letters from and about Righi and Dessau, 1903-11
  • letters from Bernard and Agnes Baden-Powell, 1904, n.d.
  • draft letters to Mr. and Mrs. Clover, the parents of a godchild, 1911
  • letters from Ettore Bellini, 1912, 1926
  • letter from Beerbohm Tree about seats for Pygmalion at His Majesty's Theatre, 1914
  • draft letter from Marconi to Winston Churchill expressing appreciation (on behalf of Italians) of Churchill's remarks on Italy, and commenting on the international situation, c.1915-16
  • letters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1921, n.d.
  • personal correspondence with G.A. Mathieu, who worked with Marconi on microwave experiments in Italy, 1923, 1933
  • personal correspondence with Godfrey Isaacs and his widow Léa Isaacs, 1924-5
  • letter from 'Tuff', 1925
  • letter from J.A. Fleming introducing the sculptor A.B. Sava, 1926
  • letters from individuals suggesting eccentric or unusual uses or effects of electromagnetic waves, 1934-5
  • draft passages of a letter to an unidentified lover, n.d. [early 20th cent.]

Draft personal and business correspondence, research notes and reports, c.1900-c.1937
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 19
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes papers relating to scientific and business matters.

A.1.3   Personal papers, 1896-1936

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 20-27


Personal papers, 1896-c.1920
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 20
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Italian passport, 1896
  • Naval discharge papers, 1901
  • Italian wartime passport, with letter from the Ministero della Marina about passports, 1915, 1917
  • papers about wartime service, 1914-c.1920
  • draft entry for 'Who's Who in Sport', 1914

Papers relating to diplomatic and political appointments and affairs, c.1915-1936
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 21
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • Anonymous typescript memorandum discussing conditions under which Italy might enter the war on the side of the Allies, c.1915
  • speeches in support of Italy, c.1915-c.1920
  • Papers relating to Marconi's service as Italian Delegate Plenipotentiary to the Peace Conference, 1919-20
  • Papers relating to Marconi's membership of the Fascist Party, 1923-36

Miscellaneous personal and family papers, 1904-36
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 22
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • memorial cards for Giuseppe Marconi, 1904
  • will and probate documents of Giuseppe Marconi, 1904-6
  • settlement made on Guglielmo Marconi's marriage to Beatrice, 1905
  • draft wills of Guglielmo Marconi, 1906, 1917 and n.d.
  • correspondence and papers concerning the death of Marconi's new-born first child, Lucia, 1906
  • photographs of the funeral of Annie Marconi, 1920
  • documents relating to the divorce of Marconi and his first wife, Beatrice, the annulment of their marriage, and Beatrice's remarriage to the Marchese di Montecorona, 1922-4
  • correspondence and papers concerning the death of Alfonso Marconi, 1936
  • papers concerning taxes, 1934
  • papers concerning Marconi's legal relationship with Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, 1909-27
  • miscellaneous financial papers, 1905-34

Marconi's cheques and cheque book stubs, 1897-1907
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 23
Extent: 1 box

Papers relating to property owned or leased by Marconi, 1910-22
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 24
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • correspondence, accounts and legal papers relating to Villa Griffone (the Marconi family residence near Bologna), including some more general correspondence with legal advisers on financial and personal matters, 1910-22
  • photographs of Villa Griffone, c.1900
  • correspondence, furnishing accounts and other papers relating to Eaglehurst, Fawley, Southampton (Marconi's residence 1911-16), including letters from Kemp reporting on practical work undertaken and a Post Office Licence to use wireless telegraphy for experimental purposes at the property, 1912-22

Papers relating to the SY Elettra, owned by Marconi, 1919-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 25
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs, plans, correspondence, papers about work to the yacht, papers about its possible sale, and particulars (including plans and photographs) of other yachts available for purchase.


Procès-Verbal for the SY Elettra, 1926-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 26
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises procès-verbal volume covering Aug.-Oct. [1926?] and May-Sept. 1927, with loose procès-verbal sheets (the first headed ' "Chelmsford" ', possibly not for the Elettra) found enclosed in the volume, covering June 1928.


Papers concerning motoring, 1901-12
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 27
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • driving licences, 1910, 1911
  • bills and cheques, 1901-6
  • cuttings about Marconi's serious motor accident, 1912

A.1.4   Appointments, honours and awards, c.1899-1937

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 28-39


Papers concerning British honours and awards, 1900-1932
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 28
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • lists of honours and awards
  • papers concerning conferment of an honorary Knighthood Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, 1912-14
  • correspondence with Oliver Lodge about possible election to the Royal Society, 1925

Papers concerning Italian appointments, honours and awards, c.1899-1925
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 29
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes Italian Royal correspondence [mainly from court officials] about audiences and appointments, including Beatrice Marconi's appointment as a lady-in-waiting to the Queen, c.1899-1916


Certificates for official Italian honours, 1902-25
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 30
Extent: 1 folder

Certificate of honorary membership of Il Collegio degli Ingegneri ed Architetti di Palermo, 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 31
Extent: 1 roll
Medium: Rolled certificate in presentation tube

Presentation volume of signatures of employees of Gl'Impiegati Postali e Telegrafici di Firenze, n.d. [c.1903]
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 32
Extent: 1 vol.
Medium: Parchment volume with illuminated cover, in illuminated folder and green plush case

Presentation volume of signatures of the Unione Generale degli Esercenti Industriali e Commercianti Firenze, in admiration of Marconi, n.d. [c.1903]
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 33
Extent: 1 vol.
Medium: Parchment volume with illuminated cover

Certificate of honour conferred by the Comitato Regionale Veneto, 1904
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 34
Extent: 1 vol.
Medium: Parchment sheets bound in embossed leather cover

Illuminated sheet of signatures of Il Circolo I Italiano, presented to Marconi, 1910
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 35
Extent: 1 sheet

Papers concerning American honours and awards, 1906-36
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 36
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • letters of apology from Thomas Edison and Calvin Coolidge for a dinner held in honour of Marconi by the Radio Corporation of America, 1922
  • letters of congratulation from Thomas Edison and Calvin Coolidge on the award of the John Fritz Medal to Marconi, 1922

Papers concerning other honours and awards, 1901-37
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 37
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • letter from J.A. Fleming about the possibility of nominating Marconi for the Nobel Prize, 1901
  • presentation copy of 'La Telegrafia sin Hilos explicada por su descubridor Guillermo Marconi', in illuminated vellum cover, 1904
  • correspondence and papers relating to the award of the Nobel Prize for Physics, 1909
  • correspondence with Thor Thörnblad, especially with regard to seeking the Nobel Prize for Marconi, 1908-12
  • illuminated address to Marconi signed by various dignitaries at Cadiz, 1924

Certificates for various honours and awards, 1901-25
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 38
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

For British, Italian, American, Spanish and Swedish honours and awards.


Certificates for various honours and awards, 1903-10
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 39
Extent: 1 roll

Scope and Content:

For American and Belgian honours and awards.

A.1.5   Memorabilia, 1902-34

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 40-46


Memorabilia, 1902-22
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 40
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • illuminated poem by F. Cardarelli, to mark the marriage of Marconi to Beatrice O'Brien, 1905
  • 'L'eroe magico', manuscript prose work by Gabriele d'Annunzio in honour of Marconi, 1915
  • letter from Gabriele d'Annunzio to Marconi, on headed paper of Reggenza Italiana del Carnaro, 1920
  • published copy of La Reggenza Italiana del Carnaro: Disegno di un nuovo ordinamento dello stato libero di Fiume, with personal inscription to Marconi from Gabriele d'Annunzio, 1920
  • manuscript and printed Italian poetry written in honour of Marconi, 1903-22
  • musical scores for 'Marconi March' and 'Detector Marcia', composed in honour of Marconi for special occasions, 1902-3

Memorabilia, 1904-34
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 41
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • menu for celebratory dinner in connection with patent 7777/1900, with signatures of attendees next to their photographs on the menu, with related letter, 1911
  • invitations and dinner menus, 1903-34
  • 'Album Marconi': commemorative booklet celebrating Marconi and the development of wireless telegraphy, 1904
  • letters from Lisbetta Beck imploring Marconi to sign and return a fan-leaf already signed by Thomas Edison; with the fan-leaf enclosed in card and envelope addressed for its return [which Marconi never did], 1912
  • flyer for unveiling by Marconi of tablet marking the residence of Sir Humphry Davy in Clifton, 1905
  • papers and congratulatory telegrams to Marconi in Bologna on the 30th anniversary of wireless telegraphy, mostly in Italian, including notes by Marconi for speech[es]; also contains draft of address by Marconi to an extraordinary general meeting of the company, 1926
  • press cutting of humorous verse relating to Marconi's engagement to Josephine Holman, c.1901
  • visiting card of Alfonso Marconi, with an address in Bournemouth on verso, n.d.
  • visiting cards of Guglielmo Marconi, n.d.
  • blank headed writing paper for various addresses, n.d.

Presentation photograph of boys' school/band with illuminated address to Marconi, dated Roma, 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 42
Extent: 1 presentation folder

Sheet of glass originally from Marconi House, on which Marconi's signature has been scratched, c.1930
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 43
Extent: 1 glass sheet, framed

Scope and Content:

With explanatory notes on verso and on separate sheet.


Memorabilia, 1903-27
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 44
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • menus for Savage Club House Dinner, one signed by Marconi and the other by Henniker Heaton, 1903
  • certificate of membership of the Junior Institute of Engineers for W.N. Howitt, signed by Marconi as President, 1912
  • photographs of 'Men of Mark' by Alvin Langdon Coburn, sent to Marconi by the photographer with a letter seeking a sitting for a second volume, 1913
  • Marconi's certificate of membership of Mount Vernon Yacht and Country Club, 1927

Presentation copy of La Nuova Rassegna Tecnics Internazionale: special number in homage to Marconi, 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 45
Extent: 1 vol.

Presentation copy of 25 Jahre Telefunken, 1928
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 46
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

With von Arco's card enclosed.

A.1.6   Lectures, papers, speeches and interviews, 1897-1935

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 47-53


Scope and Content:

Drafts and published copies.


1897-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 47
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • bibliographies of Marconi
  • typescript copy of lecture by Mr. Gavey referring to Marconi's work, c.1897
  • Manuscript and typescript drafts of paper possibly by Marconi, c.1897

c.1899
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 48
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • typescript draft of chapters [by Marconi?] on his work to 1899, c.1899
  • typescript draft account of experiments in wireless telegraphy in 1899 [and before?], mostly by Marconi but including some extracts or sections by others [including Slaby?], c. 1899

1900-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 49
Extent: 1 box

1903-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 50
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • a few pages of an unidentified typescript draft, c.1903
  • typescript draft on 'Wireless Telegraphy' for unidentified occasion, c.1906
  • typescript draft for unidentified occasion, c.1906
  • copy of annual report of the company for 1907 containing copies of lectures given by Marconi, 1908
  • partial draft and copies of Nobel Prize lecture, 1909

1910-14
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 51
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • typescript copy of discussion notes on unidentified paper, c.1911
  • manuscript and typed drafts of speech for meeting of 2nd Congress of Italians Abroad, with typed draft of a further unidentified speech, both in Italian, n.d.

c.1920-1926
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 52
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • typescript draft on 'Wireless Wonders of Tomorrow' for unidentified occasion
  • typescript draft of vote of thanks for lecture by Fleming on 'The Coming of Age of Radiotelegraphy'
  • a few other short drafts for unidentified occasions

1927-35
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 53
Extent: 1 box

A.1.7   Autobiographical writings, 1913, 1922

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 54-55


'The Story of My Life' by Marconi, 1913
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 54
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Originally prepared for a court case.


Typescript of 'Wireless Telegraphy 1895-1919', c.1922
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 55
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Written as if by Marconi, but really [according to a note attached] by Marconi's secretary, Leon de Souza.

A.1.8   Photographs, c.1896-c.1937

Shelfmarks: MSS. Photogr. a. 18-20, b. 60, c. 234-235


Ornate photograph album, c.1900
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 234
Extent: 1 album

Scope and Content:

Brass plate on front inscribed 'G Marconi' and dedication from his mother inside; contains photograph of Marconi and of the King, Queen, Crown Prince and Princess of Italy, otherwise empty.


Photographs, c.1896-c.1937
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. b. 60
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • portrait photographs of Marconi
  • photographs of Marconi in uniform
  • photographs of Marconi with his second wife, Maria Cristina Bezzi-Scali, and of Cristina alone

Photographs, c.1896-c.1937
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 235
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous photos including special occasions, groups, informal snapshots, and a portrait photograph possibly of Alfonso Marconi.


Photographs, c.1896-c.1937
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. a. 18
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Large photographs of Marconi, groups, etc.


Photographs, c.1920-c.1930
Shelfmark: MSS. Photogr. a. 19-20
Extent: 2 photographs

Scope and Content:

Framed portrait photographs.

A.2   Personal papers of George S. Kemp, c.1873-1933


Biographical History:

George S. Kemp (1857-1933) was Marconi's first, closest and most dedicated assistant, who kept an invaluable diary of their working relationship. Before joining Marconi's new company, Kemp served in the Royal Navy as an electrical and torpedo instructor, after which he was employed by the Post Office in the laboratory of its Engineer-in-Chief, William Preece. Kemp was assigned to provide technical support for Marconi's early demonstrations and this led to his appointment as Marconi's 'Chief Assistant'.

A.2.1   Diaries, 1898-1932

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 56-88, MS. Photogr. d. 43


Scope and Content:

Kemp's original diaries, including a photographic copy of the earliest.


Photographic copies of diary, 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. d. 43
Extent: 1 box
Note: Whereabouts of original diary unknown.

Diary, 1900
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 56
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 57
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1902
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 58
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 59
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1904
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 60
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1905
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 61
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1906
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 62
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1907
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 63
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1908
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 64
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1909
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 65
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1910
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 66
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1911
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 67
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1912
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 68
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1913
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 69
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1914
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 70
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1915
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 71
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1916
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 72
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1917
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 73
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 74
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 75
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1920
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 76
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1921
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 77
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 78
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1923
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 79
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1924
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 80
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1925
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 81
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1926
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 82
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1927
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 83
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1928
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 84
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1929
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 85
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1930
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 86
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1931
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 87
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary, 1932
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 88
Extent: 1 vol.

A.2.2   Expanded extracts from diaries, 1897-1920

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 89-111, MS. Photogr. c. 236


Scope and Content:

Kemp's own extracts from his diaries, in many cases expanding and illuminating the original entries, compiled c.1930; some volumes include photographs.


1897-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 89
Extent: 1 file

1899-1900
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 90
Extent: 1 file

1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 91
Extent: 1 file

1902-3
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 92
Extent: 1 file

1904
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 93
Extent: 1 file

1905
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 94
Extent: 1 file

1906
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 95
Extent: 1 file

1907
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 96
Extent: 1 file

1908
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 97
Extent: 1 file

1909
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 98
Extent: 1 file

1910
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 99
Extent: 1 file

1911
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 100
Extent: 1 file

1912
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 101
Extent: 1 file

1913
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 102
Extent: 1 file

1914
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 103
Extent: 1 file

1915
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 104
Extent: 1 file

1916
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 105
Extent: 1 file

1917
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 106
Extent: 1 file

1918
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 107
Extent: 1 file

1919
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 108
Extent: 1 file

1920
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 109
Extent: 1 file

Duplicates of extracts, excluding photographs, 1897-1907
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 110
Extent: 1 box

Duplicates of extracts, excluding photographs, 1908-14
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 111
Extent: 1 box

Copies of photographs for inclusion in the diary extracts, 1897-1920
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 236
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Two sets, one with manuscript captions, the other with typescript captions; with a note requesting the preparation of the photos for the diaries, and a separate caption for one photograph; these photographs appear not to have been included in the final version of the extracts.

A.2.3   Notebooks, 1896-1900

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 112-122, MS. Photogr. d. 44


Scope and Content:

Some are in diary format and were used to compile the earliest diary extracts.


Experimental Room notebook, Mar.-July 1896
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 112
Extent: 1 vol.

Experimenting Room notebook, Aug.-Dec. 1896
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 113
Extent: 1 vol.

Notebook recording experiments undertaken at the General Post Office and Salisbury Plain, July 1896-Mar. 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 114
Extent: 1 vol.

Photographic copies of laboratory notebooks, 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. d. 44
Extent: 1 box
Note: Whereabouts of original volumes unknown.

Scope and Content:

Laboratory notebook dated 1897 and diary for 1895, used for research notes dated 1897.


Notebook of experiments, Sept.-Oct. 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 115
Extent: 1 vol.

Notebook on tests, Apr.-Nov. 1900
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 116
Extent: 1 vol.

Research notebook, 1917
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 117
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary for 1918, used for research notes, 1918-20
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 118
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Includes a few diary entries.


Research notebook, 1920
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 119
Extent: 1 vol.

Diary for 1922, used for research notes, 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 120
Extent: 1 vol.

Research notebook, 1926
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 121
Extent: 1 vol.

Single sheet of notes on directional wireless telegraphy, c.1910
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 122
Extent: 1 leaf

A.2.4   Personal papers and memorabilia, 1895-1933

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 123-126


Miscellaneous personal papers and correspondence, 1895-1933
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 123
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Royal Navy Service Certificate, 1895
  • Pass to all Marconi stations, 1903
  • letter from Beatrice Marconi asking Kemp to look after Guglielmo, as she is worried about his health, n.d.
  • telegram from Guglielmo Marconi announcing the birth of a daughter [Degna], 1908
  • telegram from 'Marconi, Bologna' requesting news of the 'real condition' of Marconi, n.d.
  • telegrams of condolence to Kemp's family from Marconi and the company, on Kemp's death, with other papers concerning his funeral and gravestone, 1933
  • miscellaneous press cuttings and printed papers, 1901-31

Album of press cuttings on the bombardment of Alexandria, 1882
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 124
Extent: 1 album

Album of press cuttings on a Naval Review at New York, 1893
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 125
Extent: 1 album

Scope and Content:

A faded photograph of Kemp and an unidentified man is on the front cover.


Mounted press cuttings relating to the 25th anniversary of the transatlantic signal, many with particular reference to Kemp, and other biographical press cuttings about Kemp 1926-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 126
Extent: 1 folder

A.2.5   Photographs, c.1873-c.1930

Shelfmarks: MSS. Photogr. c. 237-240


Photographs relating to Kemp's Naval career, c.1873-c.1895
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 237
Extent: 1 box

Photographs predominantly relating to wireless telegraphy, c.1900-c.1930
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 238
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs of stations and equipment; Kemp; Marconi; staff and staff groups (one an early group including Marconi and Kemp); and a photograph of Benghazi inscribed to Kemp by Marconi, 1911.


Albums of photographs, c.1900-c.1930
Shelfmark: MSS. Photogr. c. 239-240
Extent: 2 albums

Scope and Content:

Include images of stations and equipment and of Marconi.

A.3   Early demonstrations and tests, 1896-c.1920


Scope and Content:

Papers relating to significant episodes in the early years of wireless telegraphy.

A.3.1   Papers relating to early experiments, 1896-8

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 127-128


Notebook containing draft [in Italian] in Marconi's hand of the specification for his first patent for wireless telegraphy [12039/1896], and draft letters [in English] from Marconi to William Preece and Mr. Wynne, discussing proposed experiments in Cardiff and the results of work in Italy, 1896-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 127
Extent: 1 vol.

Papers relating to Marconi's association with William Preece, 1896-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 128
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • letters from Preece to Marconi (and one from P. Tremain, another official at the General Post Office), discussing experimental work, 1896-8
  • copies and transcripts of letters from Marconi to Preece, 1896-8
  • draft speech of thanks to Preece and other GPO officials, c.1896

A.3.2   1896-7 Salisbury Plain experiments, 1896-1909

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 129


Scope and Content:

Some of Marconi's earliest experiments took place on Salisbury Plain, including demonstrations for the General Post Office and for the Royal Navy. For further information, see MarconiCalling.


Papers relating to Salisbury Plain experiments, 1896-1909
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 129
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:
  • correspondence from Captain Henry B. Jackson to Marconi, discussing arrangements for the Salisbury Plain experiments and referring to other experiments, 1896-8
  • telegram from Preece placing Kemp and Royal Engineers at Marconi's service for the experiments, 1897
  • letter from Sophia W. Henley about the use of her bungalow for accommodation by Marconi and Kemp, 1897
  • letter from Bernard Baden-Powell about the return of apparatus lent for the experiments, 1897
  • manuscript copy of report by H.R. Kempe of the GPO on the experiments in September 1896, with covering letter from the GPO, 1909
  • photocopies of two reports by Kempe on the same (one a further copy of the above), with related letter from Preece to Lamb, 1896

A.3.3   Dover experiments, 1897

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 130


Typescript drafts of 'Report on Recent Experiments with the so called Wireless Telegraphy', relating to experiments at Dover, Oct. 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 130
Extent: 1 folder

A.3.4   Bristol Channel experiments, 1897

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 131-132


Scope and Content:

These were the first experiments of wireless telegraphy conducted by Marconi across water, from Lavernock near Cardiff to Flat Holme in the Channel, and then to Brean Down near Weston-Super-Mare. For further information, see MarconiCalling.


News cutting (with later typescript copy) about proposed tests across the Bristol Channel, 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 131
Extent: 1 folder

Morse tapes of messages sent during Bristol Channel trials, mounted on boards, 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 132
Extent: 2 boards
Medium: Tapes cut and mounted on boards

A.3.5   La Spezia and other Italian experiments, 1897-1901

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 133


Scope and Content:

For background information, see MarconiCalling.


Papers relating to experiments in Italy, 1897-1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 133
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • map showing area of the Gulf of Spezia where the experiments took place, with places of transmission and reception of signals marked [dated 30 Sept. 1897 but the principal experiments took place in July], 1897
  • receipt signed by Marconi for 3000 lire from the Italian Navy, 1897
  • news extract and cutting about the experiments at La Spezia and later work in Italy, 1897, 1901

A.3.6   South Coast and Isle of Wight experiments, 1897-1901

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 134-142


Scope and Content:

The world's first fixed wireless station was set up by Marconi at the Royal Needles Hotel on the Isle of Wight. He conducted experiments from there and in the vicinity, also establishing stations at Madeira House Hotel in Bournemouth, later replaced by the Haven Station at Poole. For further information, see MarconiCalling.


Notes by Kemp on experimental transmissions from a tug in Alum Bay to The Needles Station, Dec. 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 134
Extent: 1 vol. [unbound]

Exercise book containing Morse tapes of experimental transmissions from a tug in Alum Bay to the Needles Station, Dec. 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 135
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

The book was originally used as an exercise book for school compositions, and the tapes have been pasted over the top. Inside the front cover is a sheet of notes in Marconi's hand on the experiments, and inside the back cover is a note by Kemp of a code to indicate the quality of signals received.


Sketches of the Solent illustrating the experimental transmissions, showing the Needles Hotel, Alum Bay and the positions of the tug, Dec. 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 136
Extent: 2 maps on tracing paper

Rolled Morse tape of early wireless signals marked 'Telegram to [Mr. G?] from Alum Bay', in envelope, c.1897
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 137
Extent: 1 rolled tape and envelope

Morse tapes of signals transmitted between the Royal Needles Hotel and Madeira House, Bournemouth, 3 March 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 138
Extent: 2 sheets

Scope and Content:

Tapes pasted onto large sheets, certified by Marconi (for Needles to Madeira House signals) and Kemp (for Madeira House to Needles signals).


Miscellaneous papers, 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 139
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Letter from Kemp at the Royal Needles Hotel to Marconi at Madeira House, discussing their experimental work, May 1898
  • Print of postcard of Bournemouth, with aerial at Madeira House drawn in by Kemp, c.1898
  • Notes of transmitting and receiving equipment used at the Haven Hotel, Poole and Niton Station, Isle of Wight, with further notes on jiggers (nos. 224 and 198), c.1898

Morse tapes of messages between St. Catherine's and Poole, 1900
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 140
Extent: 3 sheets

Morse tapes of experimental messages between Niton and the Lizard, 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 141
Medium: Tapes mounted on board
Extent: 1 board

Demonstrations to Lord Kelvin and Lord Tennyson, with related items, 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 142
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • note, in Lord Kelvin’s hand, of the ‘ether’ or wireless message he sent in June 1898 [the first ever paid wireless telegram] from the Royal Needles Hotel for the information of James Blyth, a colleague in Glasgow, with a further note (on a Post Office Telegraphs form) instructing that the same message be sent to Lord Rayleigh at Downing Street and Preece at the GPO, 1898
  • draft letter from Marconi to Lord Kelvin, thanking him for proposing Marconi for membership of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, and advising of the removal of the Bournemouth Station, 1898
  • note (on Post Office Telegraphs form) of message from Lord Tennyson to Tennyson, Eton College, sent 'by Marconi's aether telegraph Alum Bay to Bournemouth paid commercially thence by wire', 1898
  • record of signals to and from the Alum Bay Station, including Kelvin's and Tennyson's, Apr.-May 1898
  • news cuttings about experiments on the Isle of Wight and South Coast, 1898

A.3.7   Ballycastle-Rathlin Island experiments, 1898

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 143-144


Scope and Content:

For background information, see MarconiCalling.


Map of Rathlin Island and Ballycastle, 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 143
Extent: 1 tracing

Map of Rathlin Island showing possible positions for wireless stations, c.1898
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 144
Extent: 1 tracing, framed

A.3.8   Kingstown Regatta demonstration, 1898

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 145-147


Scope and Content:

This was the first use of wireless telegraphy to report a sporting event, off the Irish coast at Dublin. For background information, see MarconiCalling.


Messages sent during the Kingstown Regatta, 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 145
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Copies of the messages sent, made in pencil presumably at the time of transmission. Each message is on a separate sheet of plain paper.


Press coverage of the Regatta, 21-22 July 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 146
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • two copies of the Dublin Daily Express for 21 July
  • cutting of the Regatta article alone in the Dublin Daily Express for 21 July, annotated as an exhibit for a court case in the US
  • copy of the Dublin Daily Express for 22 July
  • cutting from the Electrical Review for 22 July

Publications about the demonstration, 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 147
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Wireless Telegraphy and Journalism: commemorative booklet published by the Dublin Daily Express,
  • La Telegrafia Marconi e Il Giornalismo: commemorative booklet published in Bologna (largely a translation of the Daily Express booklet)

A.3.9   Osborne House installation, 1898

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 148


Scope and Content:

Full background information on this first Royal use of wireless telegraphy, including images of the messages, is given in MarconiCalling.


Messages sent between Osborne House and the yacht Osborne, with related papers, 1898
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 148
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • messages written in pencil on Naval Telegraphs and Signals message forms
  • draft letter from Marconi to Major Carr, reporting on the results obtained
  • cutting from the Electrical Review reporting on the installation

A.3.10   English Channel experiments and demonstrations, 1899

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 149-153


Scope and Content:

Experiments in cross-channel transmission coincided with meetings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and its French equivalent at Dover and Boulogne, and Marconi was quick to exploit this opportunity to publicise his work. See MarconiCalling.


Visitors Book for Wimereux Station, including copies of messages between Wimereux and Dover for the Associations, 1899
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 149
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Contains

  • list of visitors to the station, March-April 1899
  • transcripts of messages about arrangements for the exchange of messages between the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association Français pour l'Avancement des Sciences, Sept. 1899
  • [at back] transcripts of formal messages sent to Association Français pour l'Avancement des Sciences and to the Electrical Congress in Como, Sept. 1899
  • [at back] notes on experiments [at the Needles?], June [1899?]

Exercise book containing transcripts of messages received [at Wimereux] for further transmission, including the formal message to the Association Français pour l'Avancement des Sciences, July-Nov. 1899
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 150
Extent: 1 vol.

Morse tape of first message across the English Channel, 1899
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 151
Extent: 1 rolled tape and envelope

Morse tape of messages sent between Dover and Wimereux, 1899
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 152
Medium: Tapes cut and mounted on board
Extent: 1 board

Correspondence and papers, 1899
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 153
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • letters from J.A. Fleming to Jameson Davis [typescript copy] and Marconi [original], about experiments in Dover, including arrangements for the demonstration to the British Association meeting there, Aug. 1899
  • letter of congratulations from Agnes Baden-Powell to Marconi on his success in bridging the Channel, 1899
  • copy letter from Arthur Leslie requesting the transmission across the English Channel of a message on behalf of various U.S. newspapers, 1899
  • news cuttings and extracts about the cross-channel messages, 1899

A.3.11   U.S. experiments, 1899-1903

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 154, MS. Photogr. a. 21


Papers relating to early experiments and demonstrations in the United States, 1899-1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 154
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Annual Report of the Chief Signal Officer to the U.S. Secretary of War, including references to wireless telegraphy and experimental work under Marconi's supervision, 1899
  • telegram from Signal Officer Wildman conveying congratulations from Captain Squier on the previous day's work, 1899
  • telegram from Thomas Lipton about possible meeting with Marconi, 1899
  • note of message sent when establishing wireless communication from SS. Ponce to shore during Naval Parade in New York Harbor, with news cutting and extract reporting the event, 1899
  • letter from H. Cuthbert Hall to Marconi, reporting on difficulties encountered in reporting the 1901 Americas Cup Yacht Race owing to interference from rival companies, 1901
  • letter from W.W. Bradfield reporting further on the coverage of the same race, with a chart showing the positions of Marconi and other stations, 1901
  • letter from H. Cuthbert Hall enclosing cuttings about the Americas Cup Yacht Race, 1902-3

Photograph of yacht Shamrock II, with dedication to Marconi from Thomas Lipton, Dec. 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. a. 21
Extent: 1 photograph

A.3.12   First transatlantic signal, 1901-2

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 155-160, MSS. Photogr. c. 241, d. 45


Scope and Content:

A full account of the milestone of achieving the first transatlantic signal is given in MarconiCalling.

Note: For further documents relating to this event, see MSS. Marconi 187-190.

Correspondence concerning preparations for the transatlantic signal attempt, Oct.-Dec. 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 155
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • correspondence about finding a site at Cape Race and obtaining masts for Cape Race and St. John's, Oct.-Nov. 1901
  • correspondence and papers about obtaining balloons and hydrogen to fill them, and shipping these to Newfoundland, including sample of material for the balloons, Nov. 1901
  • letter from Flood-Page advising Marconi of a letter of introduction to Sir Cavendish Boyle, Governor of Newfoundland, Nov. 1901
  • correspondence discussing arrangements for Marconi, Kemp and Paget's travel to Newfoundland, Nov. 1901
  • list, in Marconi's hand, of necessary apparatus for the receiving station, [Nov.] 1901

Correspondence concerning the alleged infringement of the Anglo American Telegraph Company's rights to telegraphic communication in Newfoundland, Dec. 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 156
Extent: 1 folder

Personal correspondence and letters of congratulation, Dec. 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 157
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • draft letter from Marconi ('Markie') to 'Jumbo', giving his impressions of Newfoundland in light-hearted mood, and referring to experimental work; with (on the last page) a draft telegram to the company about not showing the system to the German Navy unless on a firm business proposal
  • correspondence with E.P. Morris about dining
  • draft letter to Mr. Holloway thanking him for a photograph of the site of the experiments
  • congratulatory telegram form the Canadian Minister of Finance on behalf of the Government
  • correspondence with Sir Robert Bond, Governor of Newfoundland, including congratulations and invitations to dine
  • letters from H.G. Burchill, Newfoundland Government Engineer, offering hospitality
  • congratulatory telegram from Flood-Page
  • congratulatory telegram from Alexander Graham Bell, also offering Marconi the use of his estate in Cape Breton for experimental work, with a draft telegram from Marconi to Graham Bell, in response to this or a later message
  • letter of congratulations from the Borough of Helston

Marconi's preliminary report to his company on his experiments in Newfoundland, Dec. 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 158
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Includes a résumé of the experimental work leading up to receipt of signals; possible explanations for the failure to receive signals on the ordinary receiver; copies of correspondence about infringement of the Anglo American Telegraph Company's rights.


Menu for a dinner held in Marconi’s honour by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, following the success of the Transatlantic tests, 13 Jan. 1902
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 159
Extent: 1 menu

Scope and Content:

The ‘three dots’ signal is depicted crossing the ocean between British and American flags, and the menu is signed by noted scientists Alexander Graham Bell, Elihu Thomson and Michael Pupin.


News cuttings relating to the event, 1901-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 160
Extent: 1 folder

Photographs, Dec. 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 241
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Mounted photographs of

  • raising the kite at Signal Hill
  • Cabot Tower with those involved in the experiment standing in front

Glass photographic negatives, Dec. 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. d. 45
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Negatives of

  • Cabot Tower with those involved in the experiment standing in front
  • drawing of raising the kite at Signal Hill

A.3.13   First transatlantic message, 1902

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 161


Scope and Content:

Papers relating to the successful transatlantic transmission of full messages: for further information, see MarconiCalling.


Correspondence and papers, 1902-3
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 161
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • correspondence and papers about arrangements for sending first transatlantic wireless messages, 1902
  • draft letter from Marconi to Lord Minto, Governor-General of Canada, about sending a wireless message from Minto to King Edward VII to mark the occasion, 1902
  • messages about permission to publish the message to the King, 1902
  • drafts, in Marconi's hand, of greetings messages to be sent by transatlantic wireless, 1902
  • cable messages sent to and from Glace Bay, including messages of congratulation and on company business, 1902-3

A.3.14   Morse tapes of signals and messages for various experiments, 1900-4

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 162-165


Miscellaneous tapes, 1900 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 162
Extent: 18 rolled paper tapes

Scope and Content:

Most unidentified but one marked 'Dovercourt May 17 1900', another 'La Panne'.


Tapes of experimental messages, with related telegrams, Mar. 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 163
Medium: tapes and telegrams mounted on sheets

Tape for experiments between the ships Sicilia and Sardegna, between La Spezia and Gaeta, Jan. 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 164
Extent: 1 rolled paper tape in wooden box

Tapes referred to in a Statutory Declaration dated 1904 by G.L. Bullocke, 1903-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 165
Extent: 6 rolled paper tapes

A.3.15   Miscellaneous papers relating to early work on wireless telegraphy, 1896-1914

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 166-167


Correspondence and papers, 1896-1914
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 166
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • letter from the Italian Ambassador, General Annibale Ferrero, about Marconi's work, 1896
  • draft letter from Marconi to Ingeniere Malfati, ordering a coherer and relay, 1897
  • letters from Captain Kennedy discussing experimental work, including references to Salisbury Plain experiments and Marconi's demonstration at Channing School, 1897, 1901
  • letter from Henry Thompson of the Daily Mail, requesting an interview with Marconi about his system, 1897
  • translated extract from Étoile Belge about experiments by Marconi in the presence of the King and other members of the Belgian Royal Family, 1900
  • letter from A. Foster, South Western Railway booking clerk at Dorchester, commenting on Marconi's work, 1900
  • transcript of lecture by [Henry Hozier of Lloyd's?] about 'aetheric signalling' and wireless telegraphy, with particular reference to experiments conducted by Nevil Maskelyne, c.1901
  • correspondence and papers about jamming by Nevil Maskelyne of a demonstration of wireless telegraphy by Fleming at a lecture at the Royal Institution, 1903
  • letter from Andrew Gray to George Kemp about results obtained from Broomfield Road, 1905
  • press cutting about a paper by Lionel James on the value of De Forest system of wireless telegraphy, with comments by Preece and others, including reference to the Marconi system, 1905
  • leaflet about lecture by William Lynd on wireless telegraphy, especially Marconi's system, with news cuttings from Irish newspapers about the lectures and about the use of wireless telegraphy during the Kingstown Regatta, 1898 and n.d.
  • leaflet for lectures by Richard Kerr, including one on wireless telegraphy, 1913-14
  • poster for lecture by Mr. S.I. Willis on wireless telegraphy, 1902
  • advertisement for programme on Wireless Telegraphy given by Inv. Spec. Prof. Ant. Prati, 1912
  • correspondence between Marconi and Clive Wigram about a visit by the King and Queen to SY Elettra, with a letter from Marconi to Isaacs reporting on the occasion, 1922

Sheets of sunrise and sunset curves, for use in experiments, c.1900
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 167
Extent: 1 folder

A.3.16   Photographs, c.1896-c.1920

Shelfmarks: MS. Photogr. b. 61


Photographs of early equipment, c.1896-c.1920
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. b. 61
Extent: 1 box

A.4   The company and its early activities, 1896-1938


Scope and Content:

Papers relating to the establishment of the company and its early operation, including correspondence of some of its principal staff.

A.4.1   Formation, c.1896-1898

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 168


Papers concerning the formation of a wireless telegraph company, c.1896-1898
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 168
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • proposals for the formation of a company, c.1896-7
  • draft prospectuses for the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company Ltd., 1897
  • correspondence between Marconi, H. Jameson Davis, J.C. Graham, William Preece and others, 1897-8

A.4.2   Marconi's company correspondence, 1901-3

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 169-173


Scope and Content:

Duplicating manuscript letter books of Marconi's correspondence on company matters: letters compiled by his secretaries, Wilfrid Blaydes [to 1903] and H. Kershaw [thereafter], for Marconi's personal signature, but include some letters signed by Blades and Kershaw.


May-Oct. 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 169
Extent: 1 vol.

Oct. 1901-Feb. 1902
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 170
Extent: 1 vol., unbound

June 1901-May 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 171
Extent: 1 vol.

Nov. 1902-Jan. 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 172
Extent: 1 vol.

Mar.-Dec. 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 173
Extent: 1 vol.

A.4.3   Fleming's correspondence with Marconi, 1900-27

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 174


Scope and Content:

J.A. Fleming's correspondence as Scientific Adviser to the company, and personal correspondence with Marconi. See elsewhere for further correspondence of Fleming on specific topics.


1900-27
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 174
Extent: 1 box

A.4.4   Correspondence of and relating to H. Cuthbert Hall, 1901-8

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 175-177


Scope and Content:

Hall was Manager and later Managing Director of the company.


Hall's correspondence with Marconi, 1901-3
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 175
Extent: 1 box

Hall's correspondence with Marconi, 1904-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 176
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence concerning Hall's employment with and resignation from the company, 1906-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 177
Extent: 1 box

A.4.5   Papers concerning the company's activities, 1896-1938

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 178-180


Reports and correspondence on general activities, 1899-1908
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 178
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • reports and correspondence from stations, July-Aug. 1899
  • weekly reports to the Directors by Henry Saunders [Manager?], Aug.-Oct. 1899
  • test room reports by C.S. Franklin, 1900
  • reports of orders for equipment, mostly from the company's departments and stations, 1900-1
  • correspondence from H. Jameson Davis, discussing various aspects of early experimental work, 1896-8
  • correspondence of E.A.N. Pochin, Engineer, on various technical matters and about the termination of his contract with the company, 1901-2
  • miscellaneous correspondence, predominantly from staff of the company to Marconi, 1899-1908

Correspondence and papers concerning the Hawaiian Islands contract, 1899-1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 179
Extent: 1 box

Papers concerning other specific demonstrations, contracts and agreements, 1896-1938
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 180
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • correspondence with the War Office about a demonstration, 1896
  • letter from Elliott Brothers enquiring about purchasing wireless apparatus, 1897
  • correspondence and cutting about wireless apparatus installed at Mitcham Lane Fire Station, Streatham, 1900
  • correspondence from W.R. Elliott and A.D. Raine reporting on a contract in Chile, 1899, 1901
  • report by C.E. Rickard on a patent demonstration and possible contract in Malta, 1900
  • papers concerning the promotion of business in the U.S. and setting up the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America, 1899-1901
  • drafts of report on negotiations in progress for contracts, 1901
  • correspondence and agreements with the Government of Canada, 1901-5
  • correspondence and agreements with the Government of Newfoundland, 1903-11
  • first receipts for wireless telegrams on the Chelmsford-Amsterdam service, 1904
  • report on the Marconi Wireless Telegraph System, particular reference to contracts undertaken to date, 1905
  • letter from Bradfield to Round about arrangements from the Engineer to the Chilean Navy, 1908
  • papers relating to the provision of wireless equipment for the League of Nations, for a press service and later a broadcasting station, 1919-38

A.5   Stations and establishments, 1898-1952


Scope and Content:

Documents relating to some of the principal stations and other premises established by the company in the early decades of its existence.

A.5.1   The Haven Station, 1898-1925

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 181-186


Scope and Content:

This station was set up in Poole in 1898: more information is given in MarconiCalling.


Documents relating to the Haven Station, 1898-1925
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 181
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • news cutting about the move of the south coast station from Madeira House Hotel to the Haven Hotel, 1898
  • letter to Marconi from H.W. Allen about equipment for the Haven, 1898
  • letter to Marconi from J. Erskine-Murray about masts for the Haven, 1899
  • procès-verbal of messages to/from/overheard at the Haven, including from Portland Naval Yard, the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse and other ships, 1901
  • Morse tapes of signals received at the Haven Station, 1901
  • Haven Hotel bills, 1901-6
  • report and correspondence concerning a Thornycroft steam 'bus used for wireless telegraphy (and based at the Haven), with a photograph of the vehicle, 1901
  • correspondence between Kemp and Marconi about vacating the Haven Hotel, with list of equipment, 1925

Letter book for the Haven Station, June 1901-Jan. 1902
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 182
Extent: 1 vol.

Letter book for the Haven Station, Jan.-Nov. 1902
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 183
Extent: 1 vol.

Letter book for the Haven Station, Nov. 1902-June 1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 184
Extent: 1 vol.

Letter book for the Haven Station, June 1903-Mar. 1904
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 185
Extent: 1 vol.

Correspondence of George Kemp at the Haven Station, 1903-14
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 186
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Predominantly letters from Kemp to Marconi and H. Kershaw.

A.5.2   Poldhu Station, 1900-34

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 187-190, MS. Photogr. c. 242


Scope and Content:

Established in 1900-1 as a station for the transatlantic experiments. See MarconiCalling.


Correspondence and papers, 1900-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 187
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence and papers on

  • finding a site for a long-distance station and the selection of Poldhu, 1900-1
  • technical matters including equipment for the station and construction of the masts, 1901
  • sending the transatlantic signal, 1901
  • a visit by Lord Kelvin, 1903
  • the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales, 1903
  • other technical and administrative matters, 1902-6

Correspondents include

  • Guglielmo Marconi
  • S. Flood-Page
  • George S. Kemp
  • J.A. Fleming
  • H. Jameson Davis
  • H. Cuthbert Hall
  • R.N. Vyvyan

Reports by W.S. Entwistle, 1901-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 188
Extent: 1 box

Morse tapes of signals received at Poldhu Station, with miscellaneous news cuttings, 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 189
Extent: 1 sheet

Photographs and postcards of the Poldhu Station, early 20th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 242
Extent: 1 folder

Maps and plans of the Poldhu Station, with related papers, 1906-34
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 190
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • tenders and associated plans for galvanized iron shed, 1906
  • plan of arrangement of h.f. primary circuit, 1909
  • [plan?] of reflector, 1922
  • plans and maps of the site, 1911 and n.d.
  • report on the possible sale of the site and buildings, 1934

A.5.3   Cape Cod Station, 1901-16

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 191


Scope and Content:

See MarconiCalling.


Correspondence and reports on the setting up and operation of the Cape Cod Station, 1901-6, 1916
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 191
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • recommendations by J.A. Fleming on selecting the site and equipping the station, 1901
  • reports by Marconi on his selection of the Cape Cod site and other aspects of a visit to America, 1901
  • proceedings of an ordinary meeting of the Anglo-American Telegraph Company, referring to wireless telegraphy and particularly a press visit to the Cape Cod Station, 1903
  • four photographs of the station showing buildings and the original ring of masts, each signed to Mr. G.S. Kemp [from] G. Marconi, c.1901
  • photograph of the Marconi towers, 1916

A.5.4   Glace Bay and Louisberg Stations, 1902-26

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 192, MS. Photogr. b. 62


Scope and Content:

Glace Bay was the site of the transatlantic station in Canada: see MarconiCalling. Later a separate transatlantic receiving station was set up in Louisberg, Glace Bay becoming the transmitting station.


Correspondence and papers concerning Glace Bay and other Canadian stations, 1902-16, 1926
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 192
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • agreements with the Canadian Government relating to wireless telegraph services, 1902, 1911, 1915
  • list and map of Canadian stations, c.1905
  • letters of attorney for Marconi to act for the company in Canada, 1909-10
  • correspondence between Marconi and Sir Edward Morris, Prime Minster of Newfoundland, about a proposed wireless telegraph installation at St. John's, Newfoundland, 1911
  • plan of the Glace Bay Station Estate, 1911
  • correspondence between Marconi and Vyvyan about work at Glace Bay, 1902-3
  • draft letter from Marconi to Moberly Bell at The Times about temporary loss of the news service from Glace Bay because of problems with equipment, 1903
  • diary by Eileen O'Brien of her visit to Glace Bay with Guglielmo and Beatrice Marconi, 1907
  • draft letter from Marconi to Cuthbert Hall about a fire at Glace Bay and a letter of sympathy from Sydney Buxton, the Postmaster General, about the fire, 1909
  • regular reports on the working of the Glace Bay Station and on the construction and working of the Louisberg Station, 1912-16
  • correspondence between Marconi and Isaacs about liaison with the Canadian company, 1914
  • correspondence and reports on interference from the Telefunken station at Nauen, 1914-16
  • news cutting on the obsolescence of the Glace Bay and Louisberg stations, 1926
  • postcards of the short wave transmitter at the Drummondville Station, Quebec, c.1926?

Photographs of Glace Bay Station, 1902-12
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. b. 62
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs of

  • the station, including the towers under construction, 1902
  • Marconi and staff at the station in snow, 1902
  • the interior of Poldhu Station, 1901 and the exterior of the Admiralty Station at St. Mary's, Scilly, n.d., mounted on the same board as Glace Bay photographs
  • Guglielmo and Beatrice Marconi with Barnaby O'Brien at Glace Bay, with copies of first messages transmitted by wireless telegraphy from England to Canada mounted on same boards; also other photographs of the Marconis, Eileen O'Brien, and places they visited in Canada, 1907
  • staff at Glace Bay, with identification key on verso and later copy print with further identification key on card (with some variations from the other), 1908
  • interior and exterior views, including a few of staff, 1908-14

A.5.5   Clifden and Letterfrack Stations, 1904-22

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 193-196, MS. Photogr. d. 46


Scope and Content:

Clifden Station on the west coast of Ireland was set up to deal with commercial transatlantic wireless traffic: see MarconiCalling. As in the Canadian counterpart stations, a separate receiving station was later built at Letterfrack and Clifden became a transmitting station only.


Correspondence and papers, 1904-22
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 193
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises correspondence papers about the identification of sites, construction and operation of the stations at Clifden and Letterfrack, including

  • telegram sent by Marconi to the Dublin Evening Mail on the occasion of the opening of the Transatlantic Wireless Service, 1907
  • analysis of wireless traffic between Clifden and Glace Bay, 1907-8
  • lease of land for the station, 1913
  • letters from Kemp about work at Letterfrack, 1911, 1913
  • news cuttings about the destruction of the station and Marconigram about activity of national troops and irregulars in the area, 1922

Photographs, 1905-19
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. d. 46
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises photographs of

  • Clifden Station, including some of staff, 1905
  • visit to Clifden by the Viceroy, Lord Aberdeen, with his wife and daughter, 1906
  • Clifden Station, including some of staff and one of men observing a total eclipse of the sun, 1911-14
  • Letterfrack Station, c.1911-13
  • Alcock and Brown on the Clifden Station railway, and of their plane including one after crash-landing, 1919
  • Clifden Station during or immediately after the attack upon it, 1922
  • unidentified coastal views, n.d.

Map of the site of Clifden Station, showing the position of the aerial, c.1910
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 194
Extent: 1 map

Map of the site of Clifden Station, 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 195
Extent: 1 map (rolled)

Maps of the layout of Letterfrack Station, 1916
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 196
Extent: 1 roll of maps

A.5.6   Other early stations and installations, 1901-29

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 197


Documents concerning various installations in Britain and overseas, 1901-29
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 197
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • copies of telegrams and original circular letter about successful communication between the Lizard and St. Catherine's, Isle of Wight, 1901
  • letter from Fleming about need for secrecy over Niton-Lizard work, 1901
  • correspondence with Hall and Gray about ships (including the Kaiser Wilhelm) signalling to the Lizard and other shore stations, 1901
  • list of apparatus sent to the Lizard, 1902
  • correspondence from Fleming about experimental simultaneous transmission between more than two stations including the Lizard and Poldhu, 1903
  • correspondence relating to wireless telegraphy in the Isles of Scilly, including the Admiralty Station, a proposed vessel-based station, and a temporary service between the Admiralty Station and Poldhu owing to the breaking down of the Post Office cable, 1901-4
  • correspondence about a proposed station at Goonhilly, 1904
  • draft letter from Marconi to Kemp about his departure for Crookhaven to continue long distance experiments between there and Poldhu, and giving instructions about work required at Poldhu, 1901
  • letters from P.J. Woodward reporting on experimental work at Crookhaven, 1901
  • correspondence from Hall to Marconi about an agreement to receive and transmit messages from HMS Ophir at Crookhaven, 1901
  • correspondence about possible sites for stations at Ennismore and Cashel, 1904-5
  • letters and reports from E.A. Pochin about the Dovercourt Station, 1901
  • report of experiments between Frinton and Withernsea stations, 1902
  • telegrams about arranging accommodation at Frinton for Marconi, 1904
  • papers concerning the Broomfield Station, Chelmsford, including reports on experimental work, plans and details of masts, and discussion (especially with the GPO) of a wireless service to Amsterdam, with later discussion of obstructions by the Post Office of early wireless schemes, 1904-5, 1924
  • reports and correspondence from the station at Waterloo, Liverpool, 1906
  • letter from Kemp at the Waterloo Station, reporting on work there and at the Seaforth Barracks Station, 1910
  • letters from Kemp to Marconi about setting up a station at Fraserburgh, and about a break-in there, 1903, 1906
  • papers relating to wireless stations at Coltano and Bari, 1902-5
  • papers concerning the provision of wireless stations and services in Russia, 1901-22
  • correspondence concerning shares in the Societé Russe de Telegraphes et de Telephones sans Fil, 1925-9
  • correspondence about a concession for the establishment of a wireless station in the Bermudas, for which Fessenden was said to have applied, 1904

A.5.7   Carnarvon and Towyn Stations, 1913-24

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 198, MS. Photogr. c. 243


Scope and Content:

The stations at Carnarvon and Towyn eventually took over the transatlantic wireless service from those at Clifden and Letterfrack.


Correspondence and papers, 1913-23
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 198
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • correspondence from H.J. Round about experimental work at Towyn, 1913
  • papers concerning a banquet to mark completion of the transatlantic station at Carnarvon, including a draft of Marconi's speech, 1914
  • letters to Marconi about the sale of Sir William Preece's house at Carnarvon, 1914
  • correspondence and reports on tests, 1914-17
  • booklets on the Carnarvon High-Power Wireless Station and the transatlantic receiving station at Towyn, c.1923
  • typescripts of articles on the stations, 1921-3
  • wiring diagram of 'GLC' circuit for Carnarvon, 1930

Photographs of Carnarvon and Towyn Stations, 1923-4
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 243
Extent: 1 box

A.5.8   The English-Continental Wireless Telegraph Service, c.1920-1935

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 199, MS. Photogr. c. 244


Documents relating to the English-Continental Wireless Telegraph Service, c.1920-1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 199
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • descriptive leaflets about the service, its control centre at Radio House in London, the receiving centre at Brentwood and transmitting centre at Ongar, c.1920
  • souvenir brochures for the service, c.1920
  • documents relating to a visit to the stations and Radio House by the Industrial Group of the House of Commons, including souvenir, draft speech by Marconi and a printed address by Godfrey Isaacs, 1923
  • souvenir programmes for visits to Ongar and Brentwood by the International Broadcasting Union and the Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1934-5

Photographs of Ongar and Brentwood Stations, 1923
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 244
Extent: 1 folder

A.5.9   Photographs of stations and establishments, c.1897-c.1950

Shelfmarks: MSS. Photogr. b. 63-64, c. 245-250, d. 47


Photographs of stations and establishments, c.1897-c.1920
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. b. 63
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Most mounted on boards, with some images of equipment on the same boards; includes photographs of stations and establishments at

  • Haven Hotel, Poole
  • Niton/St. Catherine's, Isle of Wight
  • Ladywood Cottage, Osborne and the Royal Yacht Osborne, Isle of Wight, 1898
  • Dover Town Hall
  • North Foreland
  • Bar Lightship
  • Mitcham Lane Fire Station, Streatham
  • The Lizard
  • Poldhu
  • Frinton-on-Sea (Training School)
  • Waterloo, near Liverpool (Training School)
  • Mill Hill School, London
  • Broomfield
  • Holyhead
  • Leafield, 1914
  • Devizes, 1914
  • Alderney, Channel Islands
  • Ballybunion, Ireland
  • Crookhaven, Ireland
  • Rosslare, Ireland
  • Wimereux, near Boulogne, France
  • Antibes, France
  • Caloi, Corsica
  • La Panne, Belgium
  • Bari, Italy
  • Coltano, Italy
  • Messina, Italy
  • Villa San Giovanni, Italy
  • Berne, Switzerland
  • Hawaii
  • Ambrizette, Angola
  • Banana, Congo Free State
  • Cape Breton, Canada
  • Cape Cod, USA
  • Long Beach Hotel (for International Yacht Races), 1901.

Album of photographs of installations and establishments of Radiotelegrafica Argentina, Buenos Aires, 1924
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 245
Extent: 1 album

Album of photographs of English Electric Marconi Argentina premises, c.1950
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. b. 64
Extent: 1 album

Album of photographs of the building of the station at Sepitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1925
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 246
Extent: 1 album

Photographs of other stations in South America, 1925-38
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 247
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs of

  • inauguration of Lima Broadcasting Station, Peru, 1925
  • inauguration of Radio Rosario, 1938
  • 'El Progresso' Station near Lima, c.1927
  • Yurimaguas and Hablanaves Stations, Peru, c.1925
  • Puntas Arenas Station, Chile, c.1930

Album of photographs of Stavanger Wireless Station and more generally of Norway and Denmark, 1913-15
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 248
Extent: 1 album

Album of photographs of Stavanger Wireless Station, c.1920
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 249
Extent: 1 album

Album of photographs of premises and equipment of the Finnish Broadcasting Company, c.1945
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 250
Extent: 1 album

Album of photographs of the construction of the wireless station at Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada, 1913-14
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. d. 47
Extent: 1 album

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs of associated stations at Ballybunion, Ireland and Horsea Island, Portsmouth. These stations were not run by Marconi.

A.5.10   Other company premises, 1901-52

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 200-203, MS. Photogr. c. 251


Papers relating to the Marconi Works in Chelmsford and London, 1906-52
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 200
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • reprint of article on the new Marconi Works at Dalston, London, 1906
  • valuation and report on the Dalston Works, 1908
  • brochure on the new Marconi Works in New Street, Chelmsford, 1912
  • miscellaneous papers relating to the New Street Works, 1925-52

Photographs of Hall Street and New Street Works, Chelmsford, c.1900-c.1912
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 251
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs showing the works in production and of staff groups.


Papers relating to the company's offices at Marconi House, Strand and Electra House, Embankment, 1912-37
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 201
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Articles, brochures and other papers.


Correspondence and brochures about training schools, 1901-23
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 202
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • correspondence about the training school at Frinton-on-Sea, 1901-2
  • brochure for the Operating Department Telegraph School in Radio House, Wilson Street, London, 1923
  • brochures for the Marconi School of Wireless [Chelmsford College], c.1920-c.1930

Information sheets and booklets about the Mersea Island Corrosion Testing Station, 1934-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 203
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Articles, brochures and other papers.

A.6   Wireless policy, 1899-1947

A.6.1   Correspondence and papers concerning national and international wireless policy, 1899-1932

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 204-206


Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence with the General Post Office, about various Bills and Acts, and conferences on wireless telegraphy.


1899-1905
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 204
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • correspondence between Marconi and Austen Chamberlain, Postmaster General, about the question of the relations that should exist between the company and the Government, 1903
  • drafts and copies of letters from Marconi to the Italian Minister of Marine, concerning the 1903 Berlin Conference on Radiotelegraphy, 1903-4
  • letters from Cuthbert Hall to the Prime Minister, A.J. Balfour, concerning the value of wireless telegraphy for Imperial defence, 1905

1906-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 205
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • papers relating to the 1906 Berlin Conference on Wireless Telegraphy, 1906
  • letter from the Postmaster General, Sydney Buxton to Marconi, commenting on the improvements and development of wireless telegraphy for international purposes, 1908
  • letter from Sydney Buxton to J. Henniker Heaton, cautioning against the use of wireless for confidential messages, 1908

1912-32
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 206
Extent: 1 folder

A.6.2    UK legislation and licensing, 1904-39

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 207-209


Bills, acts and reports of committees relating to wireless telegraphy, 1904-26
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 207
Extent: 1 folder

GPO licences to the company for wireless telegraphy, 1907-39
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 208
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes handbooks for wireless telegraph operators working installations licensed by the Postmaster General, 1908-9.


Correspondence with the GPO on licensing matters, including for experimental work, 1930-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 209
Extent: 1 box

A.6.3   Reports of international conferences and copies of international conventions, 1903-47

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 210-211


1903-25
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 210
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Procès-verbaux and Protocole Final of the Preliminary Conference at Berlin on Wireless Telegraphy, 1903
  • Report of the Select Committee on the 1906 Radiotelegraphic Convention, 1907
  • International Telegraph Convention of St. Petersburg and the International Telegraph Service Regulations: Lisbon Revision, 1908
  • International Telegraph Convention of St. Petersburg and Service Regulations: Paris Revision, 1925

1927, 1947
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 211
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • International Radiotelegraph Convention of Washington, 1927
  • Final Acts of the International Telecommunications and Radio Conferences at Atlantic City, with extracts and documents, 1947

A.7   World communications, 1897-1952

A.7.1   Various overseas wireless schemes, 1897-1932

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 212-214


Correspondence with the Italian Government regarding agreements for wireless services, 1897-1932
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 212
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence about a possible wireless installation in Iceland, 1905-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 213
Extent: 1 folder

Correspondence about the provision of a wireless installation in the Falkland Islands, 1911-14
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 214
Extent: 1 box

A.7.2   Wireless schemes in Australia and New Zealand, 1902-23

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 215-217


Correspondence and papers concerning wireless schemes in Australia and New Zealand, 1902-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 215
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • correspondence about negotiations with Australian and New Zealand Governments
  • papers of Captain Walker, the company's representative in Australia and New Zealand
  • papers concerning the first wireless demonstration between Queenscliff, Victoria and Devonport, Tasmania, 1906
  • plans of the Marconi station at Port Lonsdale

Other papers concerning wireless in Australia and New Zealand, 1905-23
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 216
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • applications for employment in Australia and New Zealand, 1905-6
  • list of news articles in Australian papers, 1905
  • new cuttings from Australian papers, 1907
  • souvenir poster of the first direct wireless messages from England to Australia, 1918
  • Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd. proposal to establish a direct wireless service between Australia and England, and related papers, 1920-2

Australian Parliamentary debates relating to wireless telegraphy, 1910-12
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 217
Extent: 1 box

A.7.3   The first Transatlantic wireless service, 1900-8

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 218


Correspondence and papers, 1900-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 218
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • report on a Parliamentary debate on Imperial telegraphic communication, 1900
  • press cuttings about transatlantic wireless communication, 1902-4
  • map showing Marconi transatlantic stations and ship and shore stations, organised as a wireless exchange for carrying on a commercial service, 1907
  • petition of right by the Marconi companies regarding the provision of wireless services in Canada, 1907
  • correspondence about the inauguration of the service, including telegrams of congratulation from Lord Kelvin, Earl Grey, Alfonso Marconi, Luigi Solari, J.A. Fleming, Sydney Buxton and the Royal Institution, and communications from newspapers about sending messages via the service, Oct. 1907
  • report on the opening and running of the service, 1907
  • booklet advertising the transatlantic wireless telegraph service, c.1907

A.7.4   The Imperial Wireless Scheme and the Marconi Enquiry, 1911-23

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 219-229


Scope and Content:

For background information, see MarconiCalling.


Documents relating to the Imperial Wireless Scheme, 1911-15
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 219
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • notes on the design of high power wireless stations for the Scheme, c.1911
  • letters from Godfrey Isaacs to Marconi concerning negotiations with the Government about the contract for the Scheme, 1911
  • newspaper advertisement taken out by the company promoting the Scheme following the award of the contract, 1912
  • technical data for high power wireless stations for the Scheme, 1912
  • world maps showing the intended coverage of the Scheme, 1913
  • Canadian Parliamentary debates about radiotelegraphic communication between Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, 1913
  • photographs of masts and anchor blocks at Abu Sueir, constructed for the Scheme, 1915

Government reports relating to the Imperial Wireless Scheme, 1911-14
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 220
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Minutes of Proceedings of the Imperial Conference, 1911
  • Reports of the Postmaster General, 1911-12 and 1913-14

Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Limited (Agreement), Oct. 1912-Feb. 1913
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 221
Extent: 1 box

Minutes of Evidence from the Select Committee on Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Limited, Agreement (1913), Mar.-June 1913
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 222
Extent: 1 box

Official documents and reports relating to the Enquiry and the Advisory Committee's investigations, 1912-14
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 223
Extent: 1 box

Papers relating to Marconi's evidence to the Select and Advisory Committees, 1912-13
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 224
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • correspondence from J.A. Fleming, including a memorandum on the scientific evidence before the Committee, 1912-13
  • drafts, proofs and copies of Marconi's evidence, including French and Spanish translations, 1912-13

Minutes of Evidence taken before and Report of the Select Committee of the House of Lords on the charges against Lord Murray of Elibank, 1914
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 225
Extent: 1 folder

Press cuttings, Aug. 1912-June 1913
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 226-228
Extent: 3 boxes

Miscellaneous items relating to the Enquiry and its aftermath, 1913-23
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 229
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Cartoon in ink and watercolour on silk, relating to the Marconi Enquiry and the Liberal party's involvement, c.1913
  • letter of congratulation from Flood-Page to Marconi on the outcome of the Enquiry, 1913
  • literature about the Marconi Scandal and alleged frauds, compiled by J.W. Hamilton, 1921-3

A.7.5   General correspondence and papers regarding international communications, 1909-34

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 230-231


General correspondence and papers on Imperial and international communications, 1909-11, 1919-23
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 230
Extent: 1 box

General correspondence and papers on Imperial and international communications, 1924-34
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 231
Extent: 1 box

A.7.6   The development of beam radio, 1916-31

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 232-239, MS. Photogr. c. 252


Scope and Content:

For background information, see MarconiCalling.


Papers concerning early experimental work on short wave transmission, 1916-24
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 232
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • correspondence between Guglielmo Marconi and Godfrey Isaacs about experiments being conducted by Marconi in Italy [probably on short wave transmission], 1916
  • reports by C.S. Franklin on short wave experiments at Rome and Carnarvon, 1916-18
  • correspondence between Guglielmo Marconi, C.S. Franklin and Isaacs about short wave experiments, 1922-3
  • messages between Marconi, Franklin, Gray and others about short wave experiments, 1923
  • report by Marconi on the results of the long distance receiving tests carried out on board the SY Elettra with 100 metres continuous waves, transmitted by the experimental station at Poldhu, 1923
  • souvenir copy of message transmitted between Poldhu and Cape Town using the beam system, 1924

Papers of Guglielmo Marconi on long distance short wave experimental work, 1923-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 233
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes reports on strength of reception of signals between various stations.


Correspondence and papers on short wave experimental work, 1922-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 234
Extent: 1 box

Drafts and copies of descriptive leaflets and other descriptive literature on the beam system, 1925-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 235
Extent: 1 box

Agreements and licences relating to experimental work and commercial beam stations, 1916-28
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 236
Extent: 1 folder

Papers relating to beam stations in the UK, 1925-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 237
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • lecture about the wireless telegraphy and the Dorchester beam station, 1925
  • press releases and reports about the Bodmin and Bridgwater beam stations, including detailed descriptions, 1926
  • Agreement for electricity supply to Grimsby Station, 1926
  • press releases and reports on the Central Radio Office and the beam stations at Dorchester and Somerton, in connection with press visits, 1927
  • notes on the Dorchester and Somerton stations, 1930
  • souvenir programme for Imperial Conference delegates' visit to Dorchester and Bridgwater stations, 1930
  • souvenir programme for Empire Press Conference delegates' visit to Dorchester and Somerton stations, 1930

Papers relating to specific overseas beam stations and services and to the general provision of worldwide beam services, 1924-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 238
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers ( including agreements, press releases, and congratulatory messages) relating to the establishment of beam services to

  • South Africa, 1924-7
  • Canada, 1926-7
  • Australia, 1926-8
  • India, 1927-8
  • Egypt, 1927-31
  • Spain and Portugal, 1930
  • general information on beam wireless, lists of stations with dates of opening and operating wavelengths, and maps showing range of services, c.1925-8

Press cuttings, typescript and published articles on world communications, especially the beam system, 1922-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 239
Extent: 1 box

Photographs of beam stations in Britain and worldwide, 1924-8
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 252
Extent: 1 box

A.7.7   The formation of Cable and Wireless, c.1922-1938

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 240-241


Scope and Content:

Background information is given in MarconiCalling.


Papers relating to the formation of Cables and Wireless Ltd (afterwards Cable and Wireless Ltd.) and Imperial and International Communications Ltd., and the early years of their existence, 1925-38
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 240
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • papers relating to the Imperial Wireless and Cable Conference, 1928
  • draft minutes of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Board meetings relating to the formation of the merger company, 1928-9
  • annual reports and AGM papers for Cable(s) and Wireless Ltd., 1929-32
  • articles, reports and press releases, 1925-31
  • news cuttings, 1927-38

Promotional literature for 'Via Marconi' international wireless services and Imperial and International Communications Ltd.'s services, c.1922-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 241
Extent: 1 box

A.7.8   Press releases, 1921-52

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 242


Press releases on world communications, 1921-52
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 242
Extent: 1 box

A.8   Maritime, 1897-1950


Scope and Content:

Papers relating to marine applications and the development of marine wireless services.

A.8.1   The development of maritime wireless services, 1897-1950

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 243-254


Records concerning the establishment and early administration and operation of the Marconi International Marine Communication Company Ltd., c.1898-1924
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 243
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • drafts of agreement for the setting up of MIMC Co. Ltd. by the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company, c.1898
  • draft licence for use of patents of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, 1900
  • notices of share offers, 1900
  • statement of expenditure, 1901
  • MIMC Co. Ltd. General Orders, 1902
  • lists of ship and shore stations controlled by MIMC Co. Ltd., and list of lantern slides of men-of-war, 1902
  • list of proposed sailings of ships fitted with Marconi equipment, 1903
  • auditor's report relating to ships' traffic including details for ship and shore stations operated as at 30 June 1903, 1904
  • correspondence concerning the resignation of Colonel Thys from his directorship of MIMC Co. Ltd., including a summary (in French) of the progress of wireless telegraphy to date and its maritime applications, 1906
  • MIMC Co. Ltd. Circular no. 106, listing worldwide shore and ship stations operated by or in connection with the company, 1907
  • blank agreement forms for installations and operators on ships, c.1910
  • Post Office Licence to establish wireless telegraph ship stations, partly filled out for the Arcadian, c.1910
  • blank forms relating to employment of wireless operators including agreement, permission to act as assistant wireless operator on board ship, Post Office certificate of proficiency in radiotelegraphy, conditions of employment for operators, and declaration of secrecy, c.1910
  • Marconi telegraph communication charts for the North Atlantic, Sept. 1911, Dec. 1913
  • lists of proposed sailings of outward and homeward bound ships fitted with Marconi telegraphs, indicating time up to which telegrams may be accepted, May-July 1913
  • list of trawlers fitted with Marconi apparatus, c.1924

Marconi International Marine Communication Company Ltd. General Orders, 1913
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 244
Extent: 1 vol.

Correspondence and papers regarding negotiations and contracts with the Admiralty, including tests, 1898-1901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 245
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence and papers regarding negotiations and contracts with the Admiralty, including tests, 1902-5, c.1915
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 246
Extent: 1 box

Papers concerning lightship and lighthouse installations, 1899-1933
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 247
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • letter, cutting and Morse tape relating to tests between South Foreland Lighthouse and East Goodwin Lightship, 1899
  • photographs of light vessels at Tongue, Crosby, East Goodwin, South Goodwin and of a pilot vessel, c.1900
  • correspondence concerning the installation at Borkum Lighthouse, Germany, 1900
  • papers concerning the Nantucket Lightship installation, with a photograph, 1901-4
  • agreement with Trinity House for the provision of lighthouse and lightship installations, 1905
  • press cuttings, extracts and releases, 1921-5
  • papers concerning the International Conference on Lighthouses, including visits to Marconi premises, 1929

Papers concerning business with Lloyd's, 1897-1909
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 248
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • letter from Lloyd's about their possible interest in wireless telegraphy for communication with ships, 1897
  • agreement with Lloyd's, with related papers, 1901
  • papers concerning legal disputes between Lloyd's and the Marconi Companies, 1905-7

Papers relating to early trials at sea and wireless telegraphy services for ships, 1900-11
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 249
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • correspondence and papers about trials on the RMSS Princess Clementine, 1900-1
  • correspondence and papers about trials on the Lake Champlain and RMS Lucania, 1901
  • Marconigram to the Lake Champlain, 1901
  • letter from Andrew Gray to Marconi about the wavelength to be used on Marconi's return voyage on the SS Philadelphia, with the track chart of the Philadelphia showing points where Marconi received messages from Poldhu, and an article by Fleming giving the first notice of the 'daylight effect' on wireless transmission, 1902
  • papers about experiments on the Carlo Alberto, incorporating correspondence between Marconi and J.A. Fleming discussing the use of a magnetic detector, 1902
  • correspondence and papers about further trials and provision of services on the RMS Lucania and Campania, 1903-4
  • letter from Lee De Forest to Marconi about claims of distances achieved by wireless apparatus and issuing a challenge, with Marconi's response, 1905
  • reports of working of long distance telegraphs on board various ships, 1907
  • report of communications made on the Caronia, 1909
  • correspondence and report of trials on the Laurentic, 1911

Papers concerning the provision of wireless news services, 1899-1948
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 250
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • passenger list for the sailing of the SS St. Paul on 8 Nov. 1899, including the names of Marconi and his staff, 1899
  • proof and two clean copies of The Transatlantic Times, published on the St. Paul, 15 Nov. 1899
  • letters requesting Marconi's signature on copies of The Transatlantic Times, 1910
  • correspondence about an article to be written by Marconi for the Christmas edition of the Cunard Daily Bulletin, with a copy of the article, 1904
  • typescript copies of news messages to ships, 1909-19
  • guidelines for messages to be supplied from Poldhu, 1919
  • correspondence and papers about ocean news services, 1919-34
  • press cuttings about ocean news services, 1924-48
  • souvenir Marconigrams of messages between passengers on the Mauretania's maiden voyage and the King and Queen on the Empress of Britain, and booklet about the Marconi equipment installed on the ship, 1939

Issues of the ocean newspapers Cunard Bulletin and Cunard Daily Bulletin, 1903-10, 1920-2, 1933-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 251
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes typescript copies of messages for first issue, 1903.


Issues of various other ocean newspapers, 1907-33
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 252
Extent: 1 box

Papers relating to radio beacons, 1924-34
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 253
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • press releases, cuttings and articles on radio beacons, 1924-33
  • report on tests on SS Vestal, a Trinity House vessel, 1927
  • papers, press releases and cuttings about microwave radio beacons developed by Marconi, 1933-4

Press releases, cuttings and articles relating to maritime wireless telegraphy, 1920-50
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 254
Extent: 1 box

A.8.2   Sea Disasters and rescues: the RMS Titanic, 1904-14

Restrictions on Access: Select manuscripts: please contact Special Collections to make arrangements to view these papers.

Scope and Content:

A full account of the Titanic disaster and the role played by wireless telegraphy is given in MarconiCalling, including a wide selection images of Titanic messages.

A.8.2.a   Administrative records of the company relating to the White Star Line and the Titanic, 1904-12

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 255-259


Correspondence concerning agreements with the White Star Line for provision of wireless services, and negotiations about payment for messages sent from the Titanic, 1904, 1909-12
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 255
Extent: 1 folder

Company correspondence in the aftermath of the sinking, 1912
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 256
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • telegrams to and from the American company and North American shore stations about attempts to obtain news of the disaster
  • correspondence with the Newfoundland Governor and the Canadian company about the Governor's inability to obtain news from the Cape Race Station
  • correspondence about the Birma operator being a nuisance during the Titanic emergency
  • correspondence and papers concerning Harold Bride and Jack Phillips, the Titanic's radio operators
  • correspondence with the General Post Office about its investigations into the event

Papers concerning the gathering of documents in preparation for the British Enquiry, 1912
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 257
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • correspondence with the American company about sending documentation for U.S. stations, the progress of the U.S. Enquiry, and sending the proceedings of the U.S. Enquiry
  • correspondence with Canadian company, about sending documentation for Canadian stations
  • correspondence with Brussels company, about sending documentation for their ships
  • correspondence with French company, about sending documentation for their ships
  • correspondence with German 'Debeg' company, about sending documentation for their ships
  • correspondence with French and Belgian companies, and copies of messages sent by these and other companies

Correspondence with the Board of Trade about the British Enquiry, with prepared statement and documents, 1912
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 258
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • correspondence
  • draft statement of George Turnbull, Deputy Manager of the Marconi International Marine Communication Company
  • printed letters from Bradfield, one with extracts from ships' reports and the other [2 copies] with a substitute procès-verbal for the Carpathia
  • substitute procès-verbaux for the Titanic and the Carpathia [2 printed versions]
  • printed copies of Masters' Service Messages received and sent by the Titanic [4 printed copies, 3 annotated]
  • Track and Communication Chart for the North Atlantic, Apr. 1912

Other papers, 1912-13
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 259
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Punch cartoon of Marconi
  • cartoon of Marconi published in the U.S.
  • correspondence about a Titanic benefit performance at the Hippodrome
  • booklet about an Engine Room Heroes' Memorial at Liverpool
  • draft letter from Marconi to William Harrison, proposing an article on the Titanic disaster and wireless telegraphy
  • Review of Reviews: WT Stead Memorial Number [Stead perished on the Titanic]
  • list of wireless stations giving their range in miles
  • company circular reminding operators of the necessity of using the correct forms for all communications
  • letter to the editor of the Globe about a leading article on the Lord Mersey's report, which the company considered to be unfair with regard to the manner of use of Marconi apparatus on board ships
  • note of the times of June sailings of the Amerika, President Lincoln and Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm [probably in connection with obtaining copies of their procès-verbaux]
  • photograph of Sydney Buxton and Llewellyn Smith attending the International Conference on the Safety of Life at Sea, 1913

A.8.2.b   Procès-verbaux of ship and shore stations, 1912

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 260-262


Procès-verbaux for ships in the vicinity of the Titanic at the time of the sinking
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 260
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

comprises procès-verbaux for

  • Amerika (original and typed extract)
  • Antillian (original)
  • Asian (original, with related papers)
  • Athenai (original in various forms)
  • Baltic (original, with related papers)
  • Californian (empty folder only: procès-verbal missing)
  • Canadian (original)
  • Caronia (original)
  • Carpathia (original, with two copies of typescript continuation compiled from other sources)
  • Celtic (original)
  • Cincinnati (original)
  • Empress of Britain (original)

Procès-verbaux for ships in the vicinity of the Titanic at the time of the sinking
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 261
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

comprises procès-verbaux for

  • Franconia (original)
  • Frankfurt (original)
  • Megantic (original, with covering note)
  • Mesaba (original, with related papers)
  • Minnehaha (original)
  • Minnewaska (original, with related papers)
  • Mount Temple (original)
  • Olympic (original, with related paper)
  • Parisian (original)
  • President Lincoln (original)
  • Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm (original)
  • Virginian (original)
  • Ypiranga (original, with covering letter)

Procès-verbaux for shore stations that handled wireless traffic relating to the disaster
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 262
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

comprises procès-verbaux for

  • Camperdown (original, with covering letter)
  • Cape Cod (typescript copy)
  • Cape Race (typescript summary)
  • Cape Sable (original, with covering letter)
  • Sable Island (original and typescript copy)
  • Sagaponack (typescript copies)
  • Seagate (typescript copy)
  • Siasconset (original)

A.8.2.c   Messages handled by ship and shore stations, 1912

A.8.2.c.1   Messages handled by ships

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 263-264


Messages relating to ice in the vicinity of the Titanic
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 263-264
Extent: 2 vols.

Scope and Content:

Two sets of copy messages about ice in the vicinity of the Titanic, distress messages following the collision with an iceberg, and messages from ships about coming to the aid of the stricken vessel.


Messages handled by Olympic and Carpathia stations
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 265
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Three messages only, between Olympic and Carpathia.

A.8.2.c.2   Messages handled by Camperdown Station

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 266-284


Operational messages
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 266-271
Extent: 6 boxes

Scope and Content:

Messages relating to shipping and to radio traffic, including enquiries and reports as to the current situation, and the difficulty of obtaining information.


Personal messages
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 272-278
Extent: 7 boxes

Scope and Content:

Personal messages to/from those on board ships in the vicinity of the Titanic, including survivors on the Carpathia.


Press messages
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 279-284
Extent: 6 boxes

Scope and Content:

Messages from the press seeking news and personal stories about the sinking.

A.8.2.c.3   Messages handled by other stations

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 285-286


Messages handled by Cape Cod, Cape Sable and Sagaponack stations
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 285
Extent: 1 box

Messages handled by Seagate and Siasconset stations
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 286
Extent: 1 box

A.8.2.d   Enquiry proceedings and reports, 1912-14

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 287-295


Typescript transcripts of proceedings of the US Senate Investigation, 1912
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 287-289
Extent: 3 boxes

Scope and Content:

1st, 2nd, 6th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th days only [possibly those days on which evidence pertaining to wireless telegraphy was heard].


US Senate Investigation Report and Proceedings, 1912
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 290
Extent: 1 vol.

Minutes of Evidence of the British Enquiry, 1912
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 291-292
Extent: 2 vols.

Report of the British Enquiry, 1912
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 293-294
Extent: 2 vols.

Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1914
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 295
Extent: 1 vol.

A.8.3   Other sea disasters and rescues, 1909-34

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 296-300


Papers relating to the sinking of the SS Republic, 1909
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 296
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Marconigrams about value of wireless in saving lives of those on board the Republic
  • reports by the wireless operators on the Republic and Baltic (Binns and Tattersall) about the events surrounding the disaster
  • menu and programme for dinner in honour of Binns and Tattersall
  • receipt for watch given to Binns
  • photograph of Binns receiving the watch from Marconi
  • photographs of the Republic, one autographed by Binns

Papers relating to the sinking of the Lusitania, 1915
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 297
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • issue of the Cunard Daily Bulletin for the Lusitania on her last outward voyage, 21 Apr. 1915
  • news messages received by the Lusitania on her last outward voyage
  • telegram from Beatrice Marconi to her husband Guglielmo, expressing relief at his escaping the Lusitania sinking
  • draft and copy of letter from Marconi to the Chairman of Cunard about the failure to refit the wireless aerial on the Lusitania prior to her sailing on her last outward voyage, with a copy of a letter from Godfrey Isaacs advising that he did not deliver the letter
  • Track and communication chart for the Lusitania and other vessels, May 1915, with separate key; made for the Lusitania Inquiry

Track and Communication Charts for the Lusitania and other vessels, May 1915
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 298-299
Extent: 1 folder, 1 roll

Scope and Content:

Compiled for the Lusitania Inquiry.


Other papers on sea disasters and rescues, 1916-34
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 300
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Timely Rescues: list of marine disasters in which wireless figured, 1916
  • press releases relating to sea rescues and wireless involvement, 1921-34
  • reports on the loss of the Vestris, 1929

A.8.4   Photographs, c.1900-1929

Shelfmarks: MSS. Photogr. c. 253-254


Photographs of ships, some showing Marconi equipment, c.1900-1929
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 253
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs of

  • RRS Discovery
  • RMS Empress of Britain
  • SS Kronprinz Wilhelm (view of Marconi cabin)
  • SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse
  • SS Kaiser Wilhelm II
  • RMS Lucania
  • RMS Lusitania
  • SS Minneapolis (exterior and Marconi cabin)
  • SS Minnetonka (Marconi cabin)
  • [SS?] Parisian
  • SS Philadelphia
  • RMSS Princesse Clementine (exterior, Marconi cabin and mast & sprit)
  • SS Samalia (operator G.D. Cowley in wireless cabin), 1929
  • IJN Takasago
  • SS Tunisian
  • lifeboat of [SS?] Montclare with Marconi equipment
  • exhibition version of a Cunard Marconi cabin
  • HMS Aboukir
  • HMS Amphitrite
  • HMS Anson
  • HMS Cressy
  • HMS Duncan
  • HMS Exmouth
  • HMS Galatea
  • HMS Glory
  • HMS Hogue
  • HMS Irresistible
  • HMS Jaseur
  • HMS Juno
  • HMS London
  • HMS Mars
  • HMS Niger
  • HMS Nile
  • HMS Russell
  • HMS Spartan
  • HMS Swiftshire
  • HMS Triumph
  • HMS Vengeance

and of

  • Marconi station at Bari

Album of photos of ships and marine equipments, 1922-4
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 254
Extent: 1 album

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs of

  • ST Nogi
  • ST Miura (receiver)
  • ST Earl Kitchener
  • SS Majestic (equipment)
  • SS Homeric (equipment)
  • SS Clan MacFarlane (equipment)
  • ST Kings Grey (exterior and equipment)
  • SS Montcalm (equipment)
  • SS Tasman (equipment)
  • SS Empress of Scotland (equipment)
  • SS Montrose (exterior and equipment)
  • SS Lampas (equipment)
  • SS Leviathan (radio room)
  • SS Lorina (equipment)
  • SS Olympic (equipment)
  • SS Minnewaska (direction finder aerials)
  • SS Mantua (direction finder aerials)
  • RMS Mongolia (wireless cabin)
  • SS Mooltan (direction finder aerials)
  • SS Eldon (equipment)

A.9   Wireless and the press, 1909-30

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 301-306


General correspondence and papers about wireless press services, 1914-23
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 301
Extent: 1 box

Monthly reports on news services, 1916-21
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 302
Extent: 1 box

Instructions on press censorship issued by the Admiralty, War Office and Press Committee, 1914-16
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 303
Extent: 1 box

Two Marconi news messages intercepted by a German ship, 1917
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 304
Extent: 1 folder

Wireless press bulletins issued on the SS Leicestershire, with two photographs of a ship [presumably the Leicestershire] in harbour in Malta, 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 305
Extent: 1 folder

Papers relating to Imperial Press Conferences, 1909, 1921, 1930
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 306
Extent: 1 box

A.10   Wireless telephony, 1900-36

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 307-310


Papers concerning the development of wireless telephony, 1900-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 307
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • cutting of article by William Preece on Wireless Telephony, 1900
  • letter about Round's intention to conduct wireless telephony experiments at Broomfield, 1908
  • letter from J.A. Fleming about a proposed article on wireless telephony, 1914
  • papers about experiments conducted by Marconi in Sicilian waters, 1914
  • letter from H.J. Round to Guglielmo Marconi about wireless telephone sets being sent to Italy, including technical details, 1914
  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company brochure on wireless communication, including reference to wireless telephony, 1915
  • Company leaflet on the Wireless Telephone, c.1920
  • Souvenir brochure on the first Wireless Telephone News Service, 1920
  • papers, including a souvenir album, concerning the combined wire and wireless telephony service between London and Amsterdam, 1921-2
  • report of the Radio Research Board Sub-Committee on Radio Telephony, 1922
  • booklet of press reports on 'What Wireless Telephony can do for India', 1922-3
  • agreement between the Postmaster General and the American Telephone and Telegraph Company for a telephone service between the UK and the USA, 1927

Papers concerning Government committees on Imperial and international wireless telephony schemes, 1928-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 308
Extent: 1 folder

Press releases, cuttings and articles relating to wireless telephony, 1914-36
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 309
Extent: 1 box

Papers concerning the Imperial Press Conference, 1920
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 310
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises copies of the North Atlantic Times produced on the CPOS Victorian on which many of the delegates travelled, with related correspondence, papers, cuttings and photographs about this and wireless telephony demonstrations on the ship.

A.11   Sound broadcasting, 1919-55

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 311-323, MS. Photogr. d. 48


Correspondence and papers about the development and administration of sound broadcasting by the company, 1919-24 (predominantly 1921-2)
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 311
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Predominantly correspondence of A.R. Burrows, including

  • correspondence with the GPO about applications for and issue of licences for broadcasts
  • correspondence about practical arrangements for broadcasts (including some by the British Broadcasting Company), including the engagement of artistes
  • letters commenting on the quality of reception of programmes

Other papers relating to sound broadcasting by the company, 1920-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 312
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • copies of licences for the station at Marconi House in London (2LO), with related correspondence, 1922
  • circuit diagram of the 2LO transmitter used at Marconi House between 1922 and 1925, c.1925
  • [copy] plan of the 2LO studio of the British Broadcasting Company Ltd. at Marconi House, 1922
  • press releases about the closure of the original 2LO station at Marconi House and the opening of a new one at the BBC, 1925
  • circuit diagram of the 2MT transmitter at Writtle, 1922
  • photographs of Nora Scott singing at Writtle and of the Marconi station there, 1922
  • letter and press release about the closure of the 2MT station at Writtle, 1923
  • press release about wireless telephony demonstration at the first Conference of the League of Nations, Geneva, 1920
  • press releases announcing broadcasts of entertainment and other programmes, 1921-2
  • postcards announcing forthcoming broadcasts, 1922
  • correspondence with the Chappell Piano Company Ltd. and with Cliftophone Ltd. about the use of a Cliftophone in broadcasts, 1922-3
  • papers about the broadcast of an address by the Prince of Wales to the Boy Scouts of Great Britain, including a souvenir booklet, 1922
  • papers and cuttings about the broadcast of the King's speech at the opening of the British Empire Exhibition, 1924
  • draft letter about the possible incorporation of advertisements in sound broadcasts, c.1925
  • miscellaneous press cuttings and articles, 1921-30

Papers relating to the British Broadcasting Company, later the British Broadcasting Corporation, 1922-49
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 313
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • papers about the formation of the company, including memorandum and articles of association, 1922
  • copy of the company's broadcasting licence and agreement, 1923
  • programmes of broadcasts, Apr. 1923
  • reports of the Broadcasting Committee, 1923, 1925
  • printed papers relating to the formation of the British Broadcasting Corporation, 1926
  • BBC reports, 1927-9
  • booklet on the Empire Broadcasting Service, 1935
  • printed reports, 1935, 1949

Papers regarding royalties and fees, 1921-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 314
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers relating to

  • the approval of and royalties payable on wireless sets, especially the amounts due for use of Marconi patents, 1921-9
  • agreements and fees payable for the broadcasting of literary and dramatic works, 1924-5

Technical descriptions and other papers relating to broadcasting stations in Britain, 1925-49
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 315
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes papers on stations at Chelmsford, Daventry, Brookman's Park, Moorside Edge (Huddersfield), Droitwich and Skelton.


Press releases and other papers concerning broadcasting stations and other wireless stations and services worldwide, 1924-34, 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 316
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes papers relating to stations for

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Christmas Island
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican
  • Yugoslavia
  • League of Nations, Geneva
  • multiple locations

Maps and lists of broadcasting stations, 1925-55
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 317
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • BBC 'World-Radio' Broadcasting Map of Europe (2 versions, differing slightly), 1928
  • map of Marconi stations worldwide, 1929
  • map of Marconi stations over 5kW worldwide, 1951
  • lists of Marconi stations, 1925-55

Photographs of broadcasting stations in Britain and worldwide, c.1921-c.1941
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. d. 48
Extent: 1 box

Press cuttings and releases relating to broadcasting stations and broadcasts, 1924-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 318
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence with M.I.8 concerning wireless stations and facilities abroad (predominantly Europe), including technical details of stations in Italy, Greece, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Spain, 1943-4, 1947
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 319
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Also includes a report on wireless in China, 1944, and a note on wireless in Iran, 1947.


Booklet and press releases about the International Broadcasting Union, 1926-38
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 320
Extent: 1 folder

Press cuttings and articles on FM broadcasting, 1940-51
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 321
Extent: 1 box

General press cuttings on sound broadcasting, 1921-38
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 322
Extent: 1 box

Typescript and published articles on sound broadcasting, 1922-37
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 323
Extent: 1 box

A.12   Television, 1929-54

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 324-328


Papers relating to early experimental work on television, 1932-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 324
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • papers about demonstrations to British Association meetings, 1932-3
  • press release and article about the quality of picture definition achievable, 1935

Papers relating to the Marconi-EMI Television Company Ltd., 1934-48
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 325
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • printed copies of correspondence and draft agreements between Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd. and Electric and Musical Industries Ltd. for the formation of a television company, 1934
  • press release announcing the formation of the company, 1934
  • balance sheets and accounts, 1935-45, 1948

Press releases and technical descriptions relating to experimental and regular television broadcasts by the BBC, with press cuttings including programme schedules, 1936-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 326
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes technical descriptions of the Marconi-EMI system.


Booklets and articles on television, c.1936-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 327
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • booklets and articles about the Marconi-EMI system, c.1936-1938
  • booklet and article about the London Television Station, Alexandra Palace, 1937-8
  • brochures about Marconi television, c.1950-1954

Papers relating to the Baird television system, and articles and statements about American systems, 1929-36
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 328
Extent: 1 folder

A.13   Aeronautical use of wireless, 1916-57

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 329-333


Papers relating to the early use of wireless telegraphy in aviation, 1916-57
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 329
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • photographs of the actor/aviator Robert Loraine and Mr. Thorne-Baker of the Daily Mail, taken at the time of air-to-ground experiments on Salisbury Plain, 1910
  • letter from the Italian Ministero della Marina to Guglielmo Marconi, requesting that he proceeds with installing wireless telegraphy on dirigibles, 1916
  • historical notes on the development of aircraft radio, c.1957, including original documents relating to the use of wireless telegraphy in aviation in World War 1, 1917-18

Pamphlets and published articles on the use of wireless telegraphy in aviation, c.1920-c.1939
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 330
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • Programme of demonstration on aircraft position and direction finding by Wireless, c.1920
  • article on 'Wireless Equipment of the Croydon Aerodrome', 1928
  • article on 'Wireless Equipment of the Manchester Air Port', 1933
  • pamphlet on the Marconi Aeradio Training School, c.1939

Press releases, extracts and typescript articles on general aeronautical matters, 1921-35
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 331
Extent: 1 box

Papers relating to pioneer flights involving wireless telegraphy, 1919-36
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 332
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • Wireless Press memoranda about handling news on transatlantic flights (also news on events in Russia), 1919
  • press release about the flight of the airship R.38 across the Atlantic, 1921
  • press releases about the use of wireless direction finding on the airship Norge 1 on its attempted flight across the North Pole, 1926
  • papers about a flight by Major Franco from Spain to South America, and subsequent flights including an attempted world flight during which he was killed, 1926-9
  • correspondence and papers about Captain F.T. Courtney's attempted flight across the Atlantic and rescue using wireless, 1927-32
  • press releases and cuttings about flights by Major Kingsford-Smith, 1928-31
  • correspondence and press cuttings about the attempted transatlantic flight of Majors Idzikowski and Kubala of Poland, ending in a crash in the Azores in which Idzikowski died, 1929
  • correspondence and press cuttings about Lieutenant-Commander Glen Kidston's flight to South Africa accompanied by a Marconi radio operator, T.A. Vallette, and Kidson's subsequent fatal crash, 1929-31
  • press releases about flights by the airship R.100 using direction finding, 1930
  • press cuttings and releases about flights by Mrs. Victor Bruce, 1930-2
  • correspondence and papers about Sir Alan Cobham's survey flight to Africa, 1931
  • booklet and press cuttings about Captain C.D. Barnard's Aerial Circus, 1931
  • telegram and letter from Amy Mollison, née Johnson, in appreciation of the value of her Marconi set during a flight to the Cape and back, 1936

Press cuttings about pioneer flights, 1928-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 333
Extent: 1 box

A.14   War, 1899-1947


Scope and Content:

Papers relating to wartime development and use of wireless telegraphy.

A.14.1   Boer War, 1899-1902

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 334


Papers concerning the use of wireless telegraphy in the Boer War, 1899-1902
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 334
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes lists of equipment used, reports from company staff in the field, and correspondence with the Admiralty.

A.14.2   World War 1: Admiralty wireless stations in Britain, 1912-19

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 335-339


Scope and Content:

At least some of these were used for direction finding.


Correspondence with the Admiralty, 1912-19
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 335
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • general correspondence and papers relating to Admiralty wireless stations in Britain, 1912-19, including particulars of Marconi stations intercepting for the Admiralty Intelligence Division and 'Captain Round's List' of [direction finding] stations and numbers of permanent staff, 1917
  • correspondence with Captain Hope, Captain James and Lieutenant Robb at the Admiralty, on administrative matters regarding direction finding stations, 1916-18, 1917

Correspondence relating to the construction, staffing and administration of Admiralty wireless stations, 1915-18
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 336
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises correspondence relating to

  • Murcar Station, Aberdeen, 1915-18
  • York Station, 1916-18
  • Flamborough Head Station, Yorkshire, 1917-18
  • Kilmuir Station, Isle of Skye, 1917-18

Volume containing notes on Admiralty 'X' and 'B' Type wireless stations, c.1916
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 337
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Comprises notes relating to the selection of sites and the construction, equipping and staffing of stations.


Inventories of Admiralty wireless stations, 1917-18
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 338
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises inventories for

  • North Lowestoft Station, Dec. 1917, Dec. 1918
  • York Station, Dec. 1917, Dec. 1918
  • St. Nicholas-at-Wade (Birchington) Station, near Thanet, Jan. 1918, Dec. 1918
  • Flamborough Head Station, Jan.-Feb. 1918

together with Round's inventory of stock at head office and on loan to Ediswan, Dec. 1917.


Maps and plans, 1915-16
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 339
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • plans of receiving house for Navy 'B' stations, 1915
  • plans of hut for quarters for crew at Sandwich Wireless Telegraph Station, 1916
  • map of NE France and part of Belgium, with Army positions noted, c.1916

A.14.3   World War 1: Admiralty wireless stations overseas, 1914-16

A.14.3.a   General papers, 1914-16

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 340-341


Correspondence with the Admiralty regarding overseas wireless stations, 1914-18
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 340
Extent: 1 box

Volume containing notes on overseas Admiralty wireless stations, c.1915-16
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 341
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Includes technical data on stations and notes relating to their construction and staffing .

A.14.3.b   Descriptions of Naval wireless stations overseas, 1914-15

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 342-354


Scope and Content:

For stations at the following places.


Falkland Islands
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 342
Extent: 1 vol.

Bathurst
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 343
Extent: 1 vol.

Ceylon
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 344
Extent: 1 vol.

Durban
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 345
Extent: 1 vol.

Demerara
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 346
Extent: 1 vol.

Seychelles
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 347
Extent: 1 vol.

Singapore
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 348
Extent: 1 vol.

St. John's
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 349
Extent: 1 vol.

Aden
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 350
Extent: 1 vol.

Hong Kong
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 351
Extent: 1 vol.

Mauritius
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 352
Extent: 1 vol.

Port Nolloth
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 353
Extent: 1 vol.

Ascension Island
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 354
Extent: 1 vol.

A.14.4   World War 1: direction finding, 1914-20

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 355-357


Papers relating to direction finding, 1914-20
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 355
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Marconigram to K.W. Tremellen inviting him to join Round's team, 1914
  • photograph of direction finding equipment and staff at Chelmsford prior to leaving for France, 1914
  • plot of readings recorded at Abbeville, showing the change due to the 'night effect', 1915
  • photographic copy of pages of readings, 1916
  • news cuttings relating to the use of direction finding at the time of the Battle of Jutland, and the identification of H.J. Round as the man behind direction finding, 1920

Maps showing Zeppelin and ship movements plotted using direction finding, 1916-17
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 356
Extent: 5 maps

Scope and Content:

Comprises maps of the North Sea and surrounding coasts, showing

  • ship movements prior to the Battle of Jutland, May 1916
  • Zeppelin raids, Oct.1916
  • Zeppelin raids, 1-2 Oct. 1916 [not contemporary, possibly related to previous item]
  • Zeppelin raids, 27-28 Nov. 1916
  • Zeppelin raids, 24-25 Sept. 1917

Map of Northern France showing the positions of wartime direction finding stations c.1918
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 357
Extent: 1 map

Scope and Content:

May have been compiled at a later date.

A.14.5   World War 1: other papers, 1914-20

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 358-361


Miscellaneous papers relating to wireless in World War 1, 1914-18
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 358
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • note of an intercepted wireless message in German announcing the outbreak of war, copied down by H.J. Round, 1914
  • letter from Godfrey Isaacs to Guglielmo Marconi advising that experiments with America are not possible, reporting on speculation as to the side Italy will take in the war, and referring to the hope of concluding the contract for the Imperial stations, Sept. 1914
  • letter from the Home Office advising it is not possible to grant exemption to Marconi from the Alien Restrictions Order to allow him to travel more freely, Nov. 1914
  • correspondence with the War Office about a visit by Marconi to the headquarters in France, 1915
  • letter from Lord Kitchener to Marconi in appreciation of Marconi's success in organising the manufacture of cartridges for rifles loaned by the Italian Government to Russia, 1915
  • wartime annual report of the U.S. Naval Radio Service, 1915
  • copies of the message announcing the cessation of hostilities, with related papers, Nov. 1918
  • letter from Field Marshal Douglas Haig to the Wireless Press Ltd., expressing thanks for the services performed by wireless telegraphists throughout the war, 1918
  • letter from Admiral David Beatty to Marconi, expressing thanks for the service of wireless ratings, operators and equipment in HM Navy, 1918
  • summary of Roll of Honour for the company, c.1918
  • letter from W.R. Cross, Marconi International Marine Communication Company Traffic Manager, to H.W. Allen giving a history of the work of the department during the war, including details of the recruitment and training of ships' radio officers, 1921

Volume of printed letters to men on service including news of staff in the forces, extracts from correspondence received, and rolls of honour, 1916-19
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 359
Extent: 1 vol.

Administrative correspondence relating to the employment of Isaac Shoenberg, a former employee of the Russian company, in Britain, 1914-17
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 360
Extent: 1 folder

Incomplete typescript draft of 'Wireless in the War' by Harold Begbie, with related correspondence, 1919-20
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 361
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Draft of the book with chapters 4, 10, 11, 12 and 15 missing, possibly removed because of the sensitivity of the content; internal company correspondence directing adverse criticism at the draft overall; correspondence from the Directors of Military and Naval Intelligence with criticism noting material that should not be published in the national interest.

A.14.6   World War 2, 1938-47

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 362-364


Papers relating to the company's work during World War 2, 1938-47
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 362
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • papers relating to the Chelmsford Works ARP Committee, including minutes, plans for the evacuation of staff and training material, 1938
  • description of ARP Organisation, c.1940
  • instructions about the application of the Aliens (Protected Areas) Order to the Chelmsford Works, 1940
  • papers concerning a presentation to Mrs. Grant, wife of the company chairman Admiral Grant, in appreciation of her work, especially following a bombing incident at Chelmsford, 1941
  • administrative papers relating to wartime production, 1941-5
  • notes on valve laboratories during the war, 1945
  • correspondence about war damage repairs at Chelmsford, 1947

Memorabilia of George Lester, a radio officer on SS Franconia which carried personnel to the Yalta Conference, 1945
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 363
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Includes copy of a speech by Churchill to the crew, 'Cypher Office Ode to the W/T Office', and instructions on 'Russian in Five Minutes'.


Album of correspondence and memorabilia relating to the War, 1941-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 364
Extent: 1 album

Scope and Content:

Probably compiled by Admiral H.W. Grant, Chairman of the company.

A.15   Technical papers, 1897-1954

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 365-379


Scope and Content:

Papers relating to wireless equipment and technical developments in wireless telegraphy.


Drawings of early equipment, 1897-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 365
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Some are initialled by Henry Jameson-Davis. The drawings comprise eleven plans and sections of various components of Marconi's wireless equipment, and were probably preparatory to the construction of the instruments shown. Seven drawings are of oscillators (the key component of Marconi's wireless transmitter) or parts thereof, in perhaps two or three alternative arrangements. One shows a plan view of the coherer receiver, the earliest form of wireless receiver used by Marconi. Two more depict designs for boxes and drawers to house the equipment; a final drawing is unidentified but may be a design for part of the coherer receiver.


Papers relating to early equipment, c.1897-1928
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 366
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • papers relating to the coherer, c.1897-1903
  • papers concerning the magnetic detector, 1902-6
  • papers concerning the Poulsen system and the Poulsen and Duddell arcs, 1906-28
  • letter from I. Bowden reporting his satisfactory testing of instruments including coils, keys, receivers, inkers and jiggers, 1900
  • annotated diagrams by Marconi of single and double-disc arrangements for a discharger, 1903
  • correspondence and notes on X-Stoppers (for reducing atmospheric interference), 1903-4
  • note of three tubes removed and sent to Mr. Hicks, c.1905
  • correspondence concerning the Grisson Interruptor, 1906-7
  • letter from Fleming to Marconi discussing a rotating discharger, 1908
  • statement by Fleming about a paper by him on quantitative measurements in connection with radiotelegraphy, 1909
  • correspondence relating to the use of kites for raising aerials, 1901, 1910-12
  • booklet 'Instructions for Assistants and Others using Marconi Apparatus for Wireless Telegraphy', 1901, with correspondence from Capt. C.G. Robinson of HMS Vernon about its drafting, 1900-1
  • technical drawings and wiring diagrams of equipment for stations, some named, 1910

Papers relating to the thermionic valve, 1904-33
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 367
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • letter from J.A. Fleming to Marconi referring to his discovery of a method of rectifying electrical oscillations, which led to his invention of the thermionic valve, 1904
  • correspondence, including from H.J. Round and J.A. Fleming, concerning valves, 1909-20
  • papers relating to dull emitter or low temperature emitting valves, 1922
  • report on the emission of X-rays from valves, 1923
  • letter from J.A. Fleming to Marconi noting the 21st anniversary of the invention of the thermionic valve, 1925
  • articles and press cuttings on valves, 1919-33

Papers for court cases relating to thermionic valve patents, 1918-20
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 368
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • transcripts of proceedings of a (dismissed) petition for prolongation of J.A. Fleming's patent No. 24,850 of 1904, 1918
  • printed copies of papers for Fleming valve case in the United States, 1920

Correspondence and papers of H.J. Round on technical matters, 1908-21
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 369
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • correspondence, 1908-14
  • reports on work done by Round and his staff, 1920-1
  • report by Round on high frequency resistance measurements, n.d.

Papers concerning directional wireless and direction finding, 1901-26
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 370
Extent: 1 box
Note: See also MSS. Marconi 335-339, 355-357 for papers on direction finding during World War 1.

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • letter from Cuthbert Hall to Marconi about the possibility of ascertaining a ship's position, 1901
  • telegrams between Marconi and Kemp about experiments with directional aerials, 1905
  • correspondence with the Admiralty concerning directional transmission and reception, and the possibility of direction finding, 1906
  • correspondence about the use of directional wireless on Belgian ships, 1906
  • paper by Marconi on directional transmission and reception, 1906
  • letter from W.T. Ditcham discussing technical aspects of a direction finder, 1915
  • letter from H.C. Kenworthy to the Chief of the Field and Air Division of the company, reporting the successful location [by direction finding] of an unlicensed transmitter during the General Strike, with an organisation chart prepared (according to a later note) for services during the strike, and copies of newspapers issued at the time, 1926

Descriptive leaflets and articles on direction finding, 1919-54
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 371
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • descriptive leaflets for direction finding equipment, c.1920-c.1949
  • articles, papers and press cuttings on direction finding, 1919-54

Papers concerning facsimile transmission by wireless, 1912, 1921-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 372
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • drafts and copies of relevant patents, 1912, 1921-4
  • report by G.M. Wright on Bartholomew and McFarlane's method of picture telegraphy and its possible application to wireless, 1923
  • draft agreement with the Daily Mirror and Bartholomew and McFarlane for the use of wireless picture telegraphy patents, with related correspondence, 1923
  • reports by D.W. Roe on picture telegraphy, 1924

Papers concerning the Marconi and other systems of facsimile transmission, 1924-35, 1952
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 373
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes press releases and cuttings, articles, draft technical descriptions and brochures.


Specimens of images and documents sent by facsimile transmission, c.1927-c.1929
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 374
Extent: 1 box

Album of specimens of Marconi facsimile transmission and photographs of equipment, 1926-33
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 375
Extent: 1 album

Album of specimens of Marconi facsimile transmission, 1928-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 376
Extent: 1 album

Papers concerning microwave experiments, 1930-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 377
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • letter reporting the opening of the micro-wave radio telephone service for the Vatican, and photographs of the equipment and aerial, 1933
  • reports, papers and photographs of G.A. Mathieu on microwave research, 1933-4
  • text of lecture by Marconi to the Royal Institution on 'Radio Communication by Means of Very Short Waves', 1932
  • text, with translation, of paper given by Marconi to the Royal Academy of Italy on the propagation of micro-waves at a considerable distance, 1933
  • press releases and cuttings, 1930-4

Papers relating to VHF experiments and applications, 1948-50
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 378
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • historical summary of work on VHF (microwave), 1948
  • report and press cuttings on the first use of Marconi VHF equipment for press reporting, 1948
  • report of VHF trials carried out at Battersea Power Station to investigate its practicability on large building sites, 1950.

Miscellaneous technical papers, 1898-1934
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 379
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • correspondence between Marconi and Sir Howard Grubb concerning the use of wireless telegraphy to control clocks, 1898
  • correspondence concerning the Alexanderson Alternator, including a report on the New Brunswick Station which used one, 1915-19
  • press extracts on the optophone, 1921
  • letter concerning the otophone, 1923
  • papers concerning mobile wireless telegraphy applications, 1923-30
  • papers on Marconi public address equipment, 1925-6
  • sheets of unidentified experimental data (written on procès-verbal forms), 1918

A.16   Other companies, 1899-1953


Scope and Content:

Papers relating to other wireless companies, many associated with Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company.

A.16.1   Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America, 1901-c.1918

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 380-381


Annual and other reports, minutes and related correspondence, 1903-17
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 380
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence and papers concerning the American company's business, 1901-c.1918
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 381
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Predominantly correspondence with Guglielmo Marconi, including

  • correspondence regarding a possible high power station for the World's Fair at St. Louis, and an exhibit at the Fair, 1903-4
  • letters from Cuthbert Hall enquiring about Lee De Forest having once applied to Marconi for a situation, with a copy of the application (dated 1899), 1904
  • correspondence about possible business in Alaska, 1913
  • correspondence, including a report by David Sarnoff, on the receiving system developed by a Mr. Armstrong, 1914
  • two copies of agreement by the American company for Guglielmo Marconi to negotiate a contract with the Italian Government, 1903
  • photographs of wireless stations at New Brunswick and Belmar, New Jersey, 1914
  • Manual of the Marconi Institute, c.1917-18

A.16.2   Radio Corporation of America, 1919-53

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 382-384


Correspondence and papers relating to business between RCA and Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, 1919-21, 1927, 1929, c.1950
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 382
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • agreements between the companies, 1919-21
  • press releases and extracts regarding the opening of the Radio Central Station on Long Island, New York, with a draft note of congratulations from Guglielmo Marconi to RCA, 1921

Reports, brochures, publications and other booklets, 1924-49
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 383
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • booklet on 'Why America Leads in Radio', 1924
  • reports to stockholders, 1930, 1934
  • booklet on 'RCA Research and Development', 1937
  • Directory of Directors, Officers, etc., 1940
  • annual reports, 1943, 1945
  • booklets on 'RCA: What it is, what it does', 1943, 1946, 1949
  • booklets by and about David Sarnoff, 1926-46

Press cuttings, 1922-53
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 384
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises cuttings on

  • RCA, 1922-53
  • David Sarnoff, 1927-52

A.16.3   Other companies, 1899-1951

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 385-391


Papers concerning company interests in Australia, and Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd., 1899-c.1945
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 385
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • letter and report by G.P. Stevens, Manager and Electrician at the Australian General Post Office, concerning experiments on the possibility of wireless communication between Rottnest Island and Fremantle, 1899
  • articles on wireless telegraphy with specific reference to Australia and New Zealand, 1906
  • papers relating to a visit by James Swinburne to Australian stations, including Hobart and Melbourne, including letters from Fisk, Denison and Swinburne, and photographs of equipment at Hobart Station, 1913
  • statements of claim, defence and counterclaim in case of J.W. Hamilton v. Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, 1913
  • booklet on the Marconi School of Wireless Telegraphy, Sydney, c.1915
  • correspondence and cuttings about first press messages sent to Australia by wireless, 1921
  • report by Tremellen on the initial results of an Australian signal measurement expedition, with correspondence and news cutting about the full report, 1922-5
  • AWA brochures on wireless in Australia, 1921, 1922, 1925
  • miscellaneous booklets, articles and cuttings, 1927-31
  • Booklet on 'An Australian Factory in an Australian Garden', about the AWA Radio-Electric Works in Sydney, c.1945

Typescript diary of A.H. Ginman, President of the Canadian Marconi Company, 1935-51
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 386
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Contains entries relating to business only, for the duration of Ginman's presidency.


Papers concerning the activities of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, 1928-36
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 387
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Marconi company papers relating to ITT and related companies, especially their potential encroachment on Marconi interests.


Documents relating to Telefunken, 1906, 1936
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 388
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • article on the use of Telefunken apparatus for increasing the safety of railway traffic, 1906
  • booklet on the Telefunken high power station at Nauen, 1906
  • booklet on peculiarities in the mounting and construction of the 'Telefunken' system, c.1906
  • Telefunken Zeitung article on the wireless equipment of the airship Hindenburg, with typescript English translation, 1936

Papers concerning Belgian, French and other continental companies, 1899-1937
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 389
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • correspondence relating to company interests on the Continent, 1900-1
  • papers relating to the formation of La Compagnie de Télégraphie Sans Fil, Belgium, 1899, 1901-2
  • reports relating to the Belgian company, 1903-4
  • correspondence concerning business in Spain, undertaken by M Travailleur of the Belgian company, 1904
  • papers concerning La Compagnie Universelle de Télégraphie et Téléphonie sans Fil and La Compagnie Générale Radiotélégraphique, 1912-13
  • press extracts and cuttings regarding La Compagnie Générale de Télégraphie Sans Fil and other French wireless matters, 1924-9
  • correspondence between Guglielmo Marconi and the company about alleged malpractices by the management of the Belgian company, 1937

Papers relating to the Marconiphone Co. Ltd., 1922-35
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 390
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • short articles on the Marconiphone Department of the company and on the Sterling Telephone & Electrical Co. Ltd. (which manufactured Marconiphones), c.1922
  • letter from A.R. Burrows about collaboration with the Gramophone Company, 1922
  • memorandum announcing the formation of the Marconiphone Company Ltd., 1924
  • papers relating to shares in the company, 1924-7
  • Marconiphone catalogues, brochures and other publications, 1925-34
  • circuit diagrams for Marconiphone receiver Types 272 and 272B/296, 1935

Documents concerning miscellaneous companies, 1910-48
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 391
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • documents concerning the National Electric Signalling Company, including correspondence about a possible amalgamation of the Marconi and Fessenden systems, 1906; a copy letter from Fessenden to The Times about the Berlin Radio-Telegraphic Convention, 1907; and a licence agreement, 1914
  • documents relating to the United Wireless Telegraph Company, including press article about fraud allegations, 1910; indemnity bonds given by United Wireless Telegraph Company to H.W. Nelson Ltd, with related correspondence with Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company (which took over United Wireless), 1912; and a booklet about an alleged Marconi Wireless swindle involving the United Wireless Telegraph Company, published by J. Hugh Bauerlein, 1919
  • document concerning the constitution of the (Spanish) Compania Nacionale de Telegrafia Sin Hilos, with telegram relating to the opening of a service in Spain, including the text of messages sent by the King and Queen of Spain to British and Italian counterparts, 1911-12
  • documents concerning the Radio Communication Company, 1913-21
  • copy agreement for sale of various properties, patents etc. by Det Kontinentale Syndikat for Poulsen Radio-Telegrafi Aktieselskab to the British and Overseas Engineering Syndicate Ltd., 1915
  • press releases and other announcements and notes regarding several companies (mostly Marconi subsidiaries), including the Marconi Scientific Instrument Company, the British Danubian Trading Corporation, the Marconi International Code Company, the Austrian Marconi Company, the Norsk Marconikompani, Universal Postal Frankers, the Relay Automatic Telephone Company, the M-O Valve Company, Marconi-Ekco Instruments, and Marconi (China), 1923-48

B   Archives of the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company Ltd., Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd., the Marconi Company Ltd., GEC-Marconi Electronics Ltd. and Marconi Electronic Systems Ltd., 1880-2004

Company history:

Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd. was formed in 1897 as the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company Ltd., its name changing in 1900. It was originally created to enable Guglielmo Marconi to develop and exploit his innovative work on wireless telegraphy. It was taken over by the English Electric Company Ltd. in 1946, but continued in existence as a separate subsidiary, renamed the Marconi Company Ltd. in 1963. It also retained a substantially separate identity following the merger of English Electric with the General Electric Company in 1968, as GEC-Marconi Electronics Ltd. In 1998 it was reorganised as Marconi Electronic Systems Ltd. and was merged with/sold to British Aerospace the following year, becoming BAE Systems.

To reflect the continuity of Marconi operations throughout these administrative changes, the records of all these companies are considered together rather than being treated as separate entities.

B.1   Corporate and administrative records, 1897-1999

Note: The majority of the minute books and other corporate records of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company are believed to have passed to BAE Systems on its formation in 1999.

B.1.1   Memoranda and articles of association, 1897-1967

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 392


Memoranda and articles of association, 1897-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 392
Extent: 1 box

B.1.2   Minutes and meeting papers, 1897-1984

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 393-399


Photocopies of minutes, 1897-1929
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 393
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises photocopied minutes of

  • shareholders' meetings, 1897-1929
  • directors' meetings, 1897-1906

Photocopies of minutes of directors' meetings, 1906-46
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 394
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Copies of selected extracts only.


Minutes of Suggestions and Inventions Committee, 1917-18
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 395
Extent: 1 vol.

Minutes of Suggestions and Inventions Committee, 1918-23
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 396
Extent: 1 box

Minutes of Suggestions and Inventions Committee, 1959-84
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 397
Extent: 1 box

Minutes of the Meritorious Service Committee, 1914
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 398
Extent: 1 box

Minutes of technical committees, 1945-54
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 399
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises minutes of

  • the Technical Policy Committee (Radar), 1945
  • the Technical Committee, 1948-54

B.1.3   General Meeting papers and reports, 1898-1966

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 400-402


Typescript and manuscript minutes and reports of general meetings, 1898-1903
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 400
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes draft report in Marconi's hand, 1903.


Printed annual reports and accounts, 1899-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 401
Extent: 1 box

Other papers, 1899-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 402
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • chairmen's speeches and typescript proceedings, 1925-66
  • notices and papers for shareholders, 1923-58
  • press reports of meetings, 1899-1958

B.1.4   Directors and officers, 1917-30

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 403


Directors' attendance book for the Marconi International Code Company, 1917-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 403
Extent: 1 vol.

B.1.5   Miscellaneous corporate papers, 1920-99

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 404


Miscellaneous papers, 1920-99
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 404
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • correspondence about the resignation of Samuel Geoghegan as a director, 1920
  • correspondence about the resignations of Sir Charles Steward and Henry Morgan as directors, 1925
  • copy resolution concerning F.G. Kellaway's salary as Managing Director, 1929
  • letter from Kellaway authorising the affixing of his signature to share certificates using a rubber stamp, with the stamp, 1928
  • certificate of incorporation of Coastal Radio (Developments) Ltd., 1956
  • annual return of Marconi Radar Systems Ltd., 1972
  • company information sheet for Marconi Information and Technology Centre Ltd., 1999

B.1.6   Company organisation and management, 1943-99

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 405-410


Policy papers, 1943-86
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 405
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • reports concerning post-war policy, 1943-5
  • policy and management relations document, 1964
  • Management plan and five year forecast, 1966
  • history of the growth of the company, 1986

Miscellaneous papers on organisation and management, 1968-99
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 406
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • correspondence and papers about the formation of International Computers Ltd. (ICL) with Plessey, 1968
  • instructions regarding security considerations for secret work, 1972-86
  • Management information packs, 1995-7
  • miscellaneous papers about company organisation, 1991-9

Business and technology plans and other policy documents, 1996-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 407
Extent: 1 box

General Manager's and Managing Director's notices, 1948-69
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 408
Extent: 1 box

Lifecycle management handbooks, 1995-7
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 409-410
Extent: 2 boxes

B.2   Legal records, 1880-1994

B.2.1   Patents and trademarks, 1880-1994

B.2.1.a   Patents, 1880-1928

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 411-415


Patents granted to Marconi and the company, 1896-1920
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 411
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes patent nos.

  • 12039/1896
  • 7777/1900
  • 10245/1902

Patents, 1897-1928
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 412
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • patents originally granted to Lodge and Muirhead, together with a deed of assignment of patents to the company, 1897-1912
  • patents granted to J.A. Fleming, some jointly with the company, including no. 24850/1904 [for the thermionic valve], 1900-10
  • patents granted to C.S. Franklin, some jointly with the company, 1907-28
  • patents awarded to Bellini and Tosi, 1907-11

Patents, 1896-1920
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 413
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • patents in the names of various parties (some jointly with the company) including Poulsen, G.M. Wright, Entwistle, Andrew Gray, C.S. Franklin, 1903-19
  • patents granted to H.J. Round, some jointly with the company, 1913-20
  • patents granted in Italy, 1896-1909

Printed copies of specifications for company patents, 1896-1915
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 414
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises specifications for

  • transmitters, 1896-1915
  • receivers, 1902-15
  • measuring apparatus, 1908-9

Copies of specifications for various patents relating to wireless telegraphy, 1880-1913
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 415
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes non-company patents.

B.2.1.b   Papers relating to patents, 1896-1994

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 416-423


Papers relating to early patents, 1896-1907
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 416
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • papers relating to patent no. 12039/1896, 1896-1907 including
    • drafts of memorandum in Marconi's hand of a commentary on the unique aspects of his apparatus, and outlining the advantages of his system over others, probably drawn up in connection with this patent, c.1896
    • sheet of diagrams corresponding with those in the specification for this patent, with Italian official stamps, c.1896
    • correspondence from Carpmael & Co. notifying acceptance of the provisional claim (application 5028/1896) and the complete specification (12039/1896), 1896-7
    • draft letter from Marconi to H.B. Kempe, protesting at the attitude of The Electrician towards his patent, c.1896
    • reports by Carpmael & Co., 1900-7
  • papers relating to patent no. 7777/1900, 1900-6 including
    • drafts by Marconi of the specification, 1900
    • correspondence about filing the complete specification and applying for the corresponding U.S. patent, and on other matters, 1900-6
    • notes by Marconi referring to receivers and tuned circuits, mentioning examiners' remarks, c.1900
  • papers relating to Lodge patents and disputes with Lodge, including correspondence between Marconi, Lodge, Jameson Davis and others, encompassing discussion of a possible syntonic demonstration, the question of making an offer for Lodge's patents, and Lodge's views and writings on Marconi which the latter felt did not give him due credit, 1898-1900
  • papers relating to patent no. 10245/1902, 1902-5

Papers relating to disputes and agreements with Slaby, Braun and Telefunken, 1900-13, 1926
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 417
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence with J.A. Fleming and S. Flood-Page.


Miscellaneous correspondence regarding patents, 1900-38
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 418
Extent: 1 box

Miscellaneous papers concerning patents, 1911-94
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 419
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • published notes on Lodge's patent for wireless telegraphy by Silvanus Thompson, 1911
  • abridgements of specifications of patents for phonographs, gramophones and like sound transmitting and reproducing instruments 1896-1925, 1925
  • specifications of patents for inventions by P.M. Wright and P.S. Brandon, 1953-4
  • papers concerning a patent application, 1965
  • miscellaneous patent specifications, 1974-94

Papers relating to a claim by the English Electric Valve Company Ltd. against the U.S. Government in the U.S. Court of Claims, with regard to a cavity magnetron patent, 1957-60
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 420-422
Extent: 3 boxes

Scope and Content:

Includes copies of many earlier documents pertinent to the case.


Papers relating to an agreement with RCA regarding patent no. 1045929, with copies of other RCA patents, 1975-80
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 423
Extent: 1 box

B.2.1.c   Patent registers, 1896-c.1936

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 424-427


1896-c.1931
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 424
Extent: 1 vol.
Arrangement: By country.

1921-c.1930
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 425
Extent: 1 vol.
Arrangement: By country.

1904-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 426
Extent: 1 vol.
Arrangement: By country.

1927-c.1936
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 427
Extent: 1 vol.
Arrangement: By reference number.

B.2.1.d   Patent registers, 1897-1939

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 428-437

Arrangement: By patent number.

1897-1920
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 428
Extent: 1 vol.

1920-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 429
Extent: 1 vol.

1925-43
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 430
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:
  • MWTC patent numbers 260035-319809
  • MSD patent numbers 339662-522929
  • MIMC patent numbers 339662-587257
  • C&W patent numbers 221876-573121

Patent numbers 320022-449915, 1928-35
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 431
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 450413-524992, 1935-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 432
Extent: 1 vol.

Telefunken patent numbers 6424/09-354158, 1909-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 433
Extent: 1 vol.

Telefunken patent numbers 355164-474522, 1931-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 434
Extent: 1 vol.

SFR patent numbers 17349/08-537076, 1908-39
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 435
Extent: 1 vol.

RCC patent numbers 13509/09-315990, 1909-28
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 436
Extent: 1 vol.

Sterling and Poulsen patents, 1902-28
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 437
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:
  • Sterling patent numbers 26709/11-315563
  • Poulsen patent numbers 10452/02-263531

B.2.1.e   Patent ledgers, 1930-67

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 438-441


British and Dutch patents, 1930-64
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 438
Extent: 1 vol.

Associated companies' patents, 1930-67
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 439
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:
  • Telefunken patents, 1930-54
  • SFR patents, 1930-54
  • GEC Semiconductors' patents, 1961-7

RCA Australia and New Zealand patents, 1941-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 440
Extent: 1 vol.

RCA patents relating to other countries and companies, 1930-61
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 441
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.f   Opinion sheets, 1936-49

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 442


Scope and Content:

Staff opinions on the value of maintaining patents.


Patent numbers 425407-499877, 1936-49
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 442
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.g   Patent registers, 1946-76

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 443-449

Arrangement: By patent number.

Patent numbers 665815-769543, 1946-54
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 443
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 770234-899813, 1955-60
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 444
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 890073-1199596, 1960-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 445
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 1200101-1600251, 1967-76
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 446
Extent: 1 vol.

CSF patent numbers 699597-1359634, 1952-74
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 447
Extent: 1 vol.

Telefunken patent numbers 699729-1459316, 1952-76
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 448
Extent: 1 vol.

Loose register sheets of lapsed patent numbers 952897-2170906, 1961-85
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 449
Extent: 1 box

B.2.1.h   Application registers, 1932-85

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 450-455


Applications register for Marconi, BBC and MIMC patents, 1960-81
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 450
Extent: 1 vol.

Applications abandoned register, 1939-85
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 451
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of EEV applications abandoned, lapsed or expired, 1940-83
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 452
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of applications by overseas companies: Telefunken, AEG and Siemens and Halske, 1932-60
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 453
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of applications by overseas companies: Telefunken, 1960-73
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 454
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of applications by overseas companies: SR, Marconi Italiana, GEC, CSF, CMC, AWA, BBC, NRDC, 1932-84
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 455
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.i   Citations registers, 1937-90

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 456-461


Scope and Content:

Citations of existing patents relevant to another patent, application or invention.


Patent numbers 505035-559800, 1937-43
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 456
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 1000438-1299979, 1962-70
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 457
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 1300392-1605142, 1971-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 458
Extent: 1 vol.

Application numbers 23211/59-24136/78, 1959-78
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 459
Extent: 1 vol.

Invention numbers I/6100-I/7139, 1978-85
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 460
Extent: 1 vol.

Invention numbers I/7140-I/7647 and P8001-P55958, 1986-90
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 461
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.j   Classified indexes of patents, c.1940-c.1990

B.2.1.j.1   Classification system used to c.1961

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 462-468


Classes 100-508
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 462
Extent: 1 vol.

Classes 518.20-570, except 526
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 463
Extent: 1 vol.

Classes 526-526.901
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 464
Extent: 1 vol.

Classes 526.962-526.9974, 570.10-595.13
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 465
Extent: 1 vol.

Classes 600-792
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 466
Extent: 1 vol.

Classes 937-1007
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 467
Extent: 1 vol.

All classes, but appears to cover different patent numbers
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 468
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.j.2   Classification system used from c.1961

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 469-471


All classes, Marconi companies
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 469
Extent: 1 vol.

All classes, RCA
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 470
Extent: 1 vol.

All classes, Telefunken and SFR
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 471
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.j.3   Classification system used from 1969

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 472-473


All classes, Marconi and associated companies
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 472
Extent: 1 vol.

All classes, Telefunken and CSF
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 473
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.k   Patent abstracts, to 1968

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 474-484

Arrangement: By patentee.

Patentees A-E
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 474
Extent: 1 vol.

Patentees F-M
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 475
Extent: 1 vol.

Patentees P-W
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 476
Extent: 1 vol.

EMI
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 477
Extent: 1 vol.

GEC, GE, Philips
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 478
Extent: 1 vol.

Patehold, Philco, Philips, Plessey
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 479
Extent: 1 vol.

Pye, RCA, Sperry, SFR/CSF
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 480
Extent: 1 vol.

STC
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 481
Extent: 1 vol.

Marconi Group
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 482
Extent: 1 vol.

RCA, Telefunken, Hasler, CSF, BTH
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 483
Extent: 1 vol.

Telefunken, CSF
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 484
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.l   Registers of inventions and records of inventors, 1934-c.1990

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 485-494


'Inventors Subterfuge' register, c.1960
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 485
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Alphabetical list of names and addresses of inventors.


Register of inventions I/951-I/3658 and index of inventors, 1934-59
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 486
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of inventions I/3659-I/5452 and index of inventors, 1959-72
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 487
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of inventions I/5453-6779, 1972-82
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 488
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of inventions I/6780-I/7771 and P/7772-P/7796, and index of inventors A-L, 1983-c.1989
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 489
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of inventions I/5200-I/5487 , 1970-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 490
Extent: 1 vol.

Index of inventors M-Z, c.1972-c.1989
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 491
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of inventors A-F, c.1945-c.1990
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 492
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of inventors G-N, c.1945-c.1990
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 493
Extent: 1 vol.

Register of inventors O-Z, c.1945-c.1990
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 494
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.m   Opinion sheets, c.1950-c.1980

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 495-503


Scope and Content:

Staff opinions on the value of maintaining patents.


Patent numbers 700000-800000
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 495
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 800000-900000
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 496
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 900000-1000000
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 497
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 1000001-1200000
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 498
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 1200001-1400000
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 499
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 1400001-1605120
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 500
Extent: 1 vol.

EEV patent numbers 703172-1592381
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 501
Extent: 1 vol.

Abstracts 1141/71-I/6699
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 502
Extent: 1 vol.

Abstracts I/6700-I/7175
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 503
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.n   Decision slips, 1922-89

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 504-506


AWA, SBR, CMC, Swedish company, 1922-84
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 504
Extent: 1 vol.

UKAEA, BBC, NRDC, Italian company, 1950-89
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 505
Extent: 1 vol.

Foreign, 1965-72
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 506
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.o   Miscellaneous register, 1945-73

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 507


Register for RCA, Telefunken and CSF: purpose uncertain, 1945-73
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 507
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.p   Correspondence indexes, c.1920-c.1980

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 508-512


Correspondence file list, c.1920-c.1960
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 508
Extent: 1 vol.

Correspondence cross index A-L, c.1920-c.1960
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 509
Extent: 1 vol.

Correspondence cross index M-Z, c.1920-c.1960
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 510
Extent: 1 vol.

Correspondence file list, c.1960-c.1980
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 511
Extent: 1 vol.

Correspondence cross index M-Z, c.1960-c.1980
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 512
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.q   Application registers, 1980-6

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 513-515


Patent numbers 8019991-8211897, 1980-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 513
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 8212127-8415874, 1982-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 514
Extent: 1 vol.

Patent numbers 8416616-8608174, 1984-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 515
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.r   Application abstracts, 1986-90

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 516


Scope and Content:

Sent out to associated companies.


1986-90
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 516
Extent: 1 vol.

B.2.1.s   Trademarks registers and papers, 1922-87

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 517-523


Trademarks register, 1922-80
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 517
Extent: 1 vol.
Arrangement: Chronological.

Trademarks register, 1922-87
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 518
Extent: 1 vol.
Arrangement: by number/country/company.

Scope and Content:

Lists

  • Marconi trademarks by number, 1922-87
  • overseas Marconi trademarks by countries A-O, 1930-80
  • Creda trademarks by number, 1985-7

Trademarks register, 1925-84
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 519
Extent: 1 vol.
Arrangement: by number/country/company.

Scope and Content:

Lists

  • overseas Marconi trademarks by countries P-Z, 1930-80
  • Marconi subsidiaries trademarks, 1925-84

Trademarks register, 1930-71
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 520
Extent: 1 vol.
Arrangement: by number/country/company.

Scope and Content:

Lists Marconiphone trademarks by country.


Index of trademarks, 1922-72
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 521
Extent: 1 vol.
Arrangement: by company/country.

Index of trademarks, 1922-80
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 522
Extent: 1 vol.
Arrangement: by company/number.

Papers concerning trademarks, 1923-c.1980
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 523
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Issues of the Trade Marks Journal containing entries for Marconi trademarks, 1923, 1932, 1933
  • specimen drawings of trademarks, c.1960-c.1980
  • copies of trademark registrations, 1946-72

B.2.2   Legal papers, 1897-1976

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 524-531


Papers concerning Marconi's legal relationship with the company, 1901-52
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 524
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes papers relating to the insurance of Marconi's life, contractual agreements, and correspondence on probate matters after Marconi's death.


Papers concerning Marconi's legal relationship with the company, 1929-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 525
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • copies of correspondence between the company and Marconi, possibly for legal proceedings, 1929-33
  • agreements and related correspondence, 1934-7
  • correspondence about Marconi's estate, 1937-40

Papers and correspondence concerning a loan by the company to the Chinese National Wireless Telegraph Company and its repayment by the Chinese Ministry of Finance, 1919-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 526
Extent: 1 box

Legal papers relating to an order from Polskie Radjo for the supply and erection of and alterations to broadcasting stations in Poland, 1929-33
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 527
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence and papers concerning the licensing of Marconi Instruments products, 1967-76
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 528
Extent: 1 box

Agreement between Stabilovolt GmBH and the company, 1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 529
Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Appoints the company as suppliers of specified equipment.


Legal opinions regarding patents and other legal questions, 1897-1914, 1924
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 530
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Most form an incomplete numbered sequence with an initial list; also includes notes of retainers for legal services.


Miscellaneous legal papers, 1925-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 531
Extent: 1 box

B.2.3   Litigation papers, 1899-1953

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 532-548


Scope and Content:

Correspondence, papers and proceedings for various cases in which the company was involved.


Papers concerning various cases, 1899-1907
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 532
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers relating to

  • the case of Lyman C. Learned v. Guglielmo Marconi, 1899-1900
  • cases involving the company and the De Forest Wireless Telegraph Company, 1903-7
  • a possible libel of Marconi or the company in an article by Fessenden, 1907

Minutes of evidence of an investigation of interference between applications of Marconi, Fessenden and Shoemaker, 1904
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 533
Extent: 1 vol.

Proceedings of the case of Marconi v. Shoemaker v. Fessenden, 1906
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 534
Extent: 1 vol.

Correspondence and papers concerning an action against the British Radio Telegraph and Telephone Company Ltd., 1910-11
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 535
Extent: 1 box

Papers relating to an action against French companies, including an appeal, 1912-14
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 536
Extent: 1 box

Papers concerning litigation between the Lodge-Muirhead Wireless & General Telegraphy Syndicate Ltd. and the company, 1906-13
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 537
Extent: 1 box

Papers concerning cases involving the company, the United Wireless Telegraph Company and the National Electric Signalling Company, 1906-17
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 538
Extent: 1 box

Papers concerning an action against the Helsby Wireless Telegraphs Company Ltd., 1911-14
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 539
Extent: 1 box

Papers and transcripts of proceedings in the case of Isaacs v. Hobhouse, 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 540
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence with and about complaints by J.W. Hamilton against Isaacs.


Transcripts of proceedings in the case of the company v. H.M. Postmaster General, 1918-19
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 541-542
Extent: 2 boxes

Transcripts of proceedings in the case of the company v. the Mullard Radio Valve Company Ltd., 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 543
Extent: 1 box

Published proceedings and judgement for the case of the company v. the Mullard Radio Valve Company Ltd., 1922-3
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 544-545
Extent: 2 vols.

Papers concerning an agreement with the Radio Communication Company Ltd. and subsequent court proceedings, 1924-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 546
Extent: 1 folder

Evidence and judgement in the case of RCA Photophone Ltd. v. Gaumont-British Picture Corporation Ltd. and British Acoustic Films Ltd., 1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 547
Extent: 1 box

Papers and correspondence concerning the case of Crook v. the United States of America, 1930-53
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 548
Extent: 1 box

B.3   Property records, 1890-c.1994

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 549-50, MSS. Photogr. c.255-259


Documents, plans and correspondence relating to property, 1890-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 549
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • copy abstract of title to the Broomfield site, 1890
  • deeds, plans and related papers concerning sites in Chelmsford, Broomfield, Writtle and Galleywood Common, 1929-68
  • proofs of sale particulars for Marconi House, Strand, 1929
  • specification of property for insurance, 1937
  • particulars of property owned and rented, 1948
  • plans of New Street works, Chelmsford, 1928, 1933
  • article about extensions to the Marconi Works and College in Chelmsford, 1937
  • plan of Baddow Research Laboratories, 1965

Plans of proposed Marconi House, Chelmsford, 1938
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 550
Extent: 1 roll

Photographs of works at Chelmsford, 1912-89
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 255
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes external, internal and aerial views.


Photographs of various establishments, c.1990-c.1994
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 256
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs of the Research Laboratories, Great Baddow.


Album of photographs of the Works of Crompton & Co., Chelmsford, c.1925
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 257
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

These works were acquired by the company and used by Marconi Radar.


Albums of photographs of premises of Marconi Italiana, 1952
Shelfmark: MSS. Photogr. c. 258-259
Extent: 2 albums

B.4   Financial records, 1897-1990

B.4.1   Balance sheets and accounts, 1935-71

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 551-572


1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 551
Extent: 1 vol.

1950
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 552
Extent: 1 vol.

1951
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 553
Extent: 1 vol.

1952
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 554
Extent: 1 vol.

1953
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 555
Extent: 1 vol.

1954
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 556
Extent: 1 vol.

1955
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 557
Extent: 1 vol.

1956
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 558
Extent: 1 vol.

1957
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 559
Extent: 1 vol.

1958
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 560
Extent: 1 vol.

1959
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 561
Extent: 1 vol.

1960
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 562
Extent: 1 vol.

1961
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 563
Extent: 1 vol.

1962
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 564
Extent: 1 vol.

1963
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 565
Extent: 1 vol.

1964
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 566
Extent: 1 vol.

1965
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 567
Extent: 1 vol.

1966
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 568
Extent: 1 vol.

1967
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 569
Extent: 1 vol.

1969
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 570
Extent: 1 vol.

1970
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 571
Extent: 1 vol.

Balance sheets and accounts for Marconi (Ireland) Ltd., 1956-71
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 572
Extent: 1 vol.

B.4.2   Account books, 1897-1990

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 573-579


Shares and investments 'R' and private ledger, 1952-90
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 573
Extent: 1 vol.

Ledger for Marconi International Code Company, 1957-64
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 574
Extent: 1 vol.

Ledger for various subsidiary companies, 1949-76
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 575
Extent: 1 vol.

Special journal, 1950-72
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 576
Extent: 1 vol.

Wages book, 1897-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 577
Extent: 1 vol.

Wages book, 1904
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 578
Extent: 1 vol.

Office staff weekly salaries book, 1905-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 579
Extent: 1 vol.

B.4.3   Miscellaneous financial records, 1899-c.1985

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 580-593


Register of applications for and allotments of shares, 1900
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 580
Extent: 1 folder

General correspondence on financial matters, 1899-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 581
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence of Marconi, Isaacs and Jameson Davis.


Share certificates, 1910-46
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 582
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes one for the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America.


Financial documents relating to subsidiaries and other companies in which Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company had an interest, 1912-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 583
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises documents concerning

  • Adaptable Code Condensers Ltd., 1919-23
  • Amalgamated Code Compilers Ltd., 1925
  • Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd., 1928-9
  • Betulander Automatic Telephone Company Ltd. and associated overseas companies, 1913-16
  • the British Danubian Trading Company Ltd., 1920-4
  • the British Klip River Colliery Company Ltd., 1922
  • Burndept Wireless (1928) Ltd., 1929-33
  • the Canadian Marconi Company Ltd., n.d.
  • Canmar Investment Company Ltd., 1928
  • Carreg-y-Llam Quarries Ltd., 1921-7
  • Compagnie Industrielle de Mécanique et d'Électricité, 1920-31
  • Companhia Brazileira de Telegraphia Sem Fio, 1915-16
  • Companhia Marconi Brasileira, n.d.
  • Companhia Portugueza Radio Marconi, 1925-8
  • Companhia Radiotelegraphica Brasileira, 1927-8
  • Compania Nacional de Telegrafia Sin Hilos (Spain), 1912, 1923
  • Compania Nacional de Telegrafia Sin Hilos del Rio de la Plata (Argentina), 1926-7
  • Compania Transradio Chilena, 1929-40
  • Consorzio per l'Alienazione degli Impianti e materiali Elettrici, Telegrafici e Telefonici Residuati dala Guerra SA, 1920-1
  • Cric Construction Company Ltd., 1925

Financial documents relating to subsidiaries and other companies in which Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company had an interest, 1919-33
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 584
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises documents relating to

  • Gauntletts Ltd.(including portions of the first Gauntlett plates produced at the Frodingham Works), 1923-7
  • Hamonite Ltd., 1924-7
  • the Indian Radio Telegraph Company Ltd., 1924-5
  • the International Marine Sounding Device SA, 1933
  • La Prensa SA, 1929
  • Macmunro Ltd., 1920-8
  • the Marconi Companies' Benevolent Fund, 1929-33
  • the Marconi International Code Company Ltd., 1922
  • Marconi (Ireland) Ltd., 1925-7
  • Marconiphone, n.d.
  • the Marconi Radio Telegraph Company of Egypt, 1928-30
  • the Marconi Scientific Instrument Company Ltd., 1919-27
  • 'Marconi' Societate Anonima Romana Pentru Industria si Comerciul de Materiale Telegrafice, Telefonice si Electrice, 1921
  • Martletts Ltd., 1924
  • the M-O Valve Company Ltd., 1920

Financial documents relating to subsidiaries and other companies in which Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company had an interest, 1915-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 585
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises documents relating to

  • Norske Marconikompani, 1927-8
  • Northern Exploration Company Ltd., 1926-33
  • Osterreichische Marconi AG, 1923
  • Peter Curtis Ltd., 1928
  • Polskie Zaklady Marconi SA, 1935
  • Radio AD Belgrad, 1936
  • Radio Austria Ltd., 1927
  • the Radio Communication Company Ltd., 1926-7
  • Radio Intelligence Ltd., 1924-40
  • Radio Suisse de Télégraphie et Téléphony Sans Fil, n.d.
  • the Relay Automatic Telephone Company Ltd. and its Benevolent Fund, 1915-29

Financial documents relating to subsidiaries and other companies in which Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company had an interest, 1912-47
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 586
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises documents relating to

  • Saroidar, 1936
  • Shielton Ltd., 1919-21
  • Sociedad Hispano Radio Maritima, 1927
  • Societa Italiana Marconi, 1929-36
  • Société Anonyme du Restaurant Rizzi, 1921-5
  • Société Anonyme Internationale de Télégraphie Sans Fil, 1927-47
  • Société Belge Radio-Électrique, 1923
  • Société Radiotechnique en Pologne, 1920
  • the Spanish and General Corporation Ltd., 1920-8
  • the Spanish and General Wireless Trust Ltd., 1912-19
  • the Sterling Telephone and Electric Company Ltd., 1919-28
  • Svenska Radioaktiebolaget, 1921
  • Trans-Oceanic Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd., 1926
  • 'Transradio Internacional' Compania Radiotelegrafica Argentina SA, 1936-40
  • Twencen Manufacturing Company Ltd., 1930
  • Universal Radio Syndicate Ltd., n.d.
  • miscellaneous financial business, 1916-35

Miscellaneous correspondence on financial matters, 1903-25
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 587
Extent: 1 box

Report on an investigation into the accounts of the company and proposed capital reduction, 1927
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 588
Extent: 1 box

Legal and other papers relating to the proposed capital reduction, 1926-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 589
Extent: 1 box

Expenses accounts of H.A. White, 1927-39
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 590
Extent: 1 box

Miscellaneous accounts and related correspondence, 1966-73
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 591
Extent: 1 vol.

Sheets summarising financial information about the company, c.1985
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 592
Extent: 1 vol.

Booklet on works accounting system codes, 1925
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 593
Extent: 1 folder

B.4.4   Financial administrative files, 1920-84

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 594-638


Files on internal finances, 1920-65
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 594
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • investments particulars, 1920-65
  • MWT Co. Ltd. report and accounts, 1924-31
  • commercial policy, 1938-60
  • draft balance sheets and accounts, 1939
  • audit notes, 1939
  • MWT Ltd. classification of business, 1939

Files on internal finances, 1948-80
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 595
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • valuation of trade investments 1948-65, 1948-69
  • senior staffs salary review, 1963
  • valuation of trade investments, 1965-73
  • certificates of profits forecasts for the electronics group of the English Electric Company Ltd., 1968
  • Final Foreign/Statutory accounts 1975/6, 1976
  • audit for year to 31 Mar 1980, 1980

Staff financial files, 1937-78
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 596 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • R. Telford, 1937-66
  • Sir Robert Telford's expenses, 1974-8

Staff financial files, 1940-70
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 597 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • H.J. Round, 1940-7
  • K. Brookes, 1951-66
  • J.K. Harlow, 1951-68
  • Peter de Laszlo, 1958-61
  • Sir Gordon Radley, 1960-5
  • Hon. George Nelson, 1950-62
  • G.A. Riddell, 1963
  • R.H.M. Kindersley, 1963-6
  • A.C. Edwards, 1965-8
  • H.N. Cox, 1965-70
  • Sir Humphrey Trevelyan, 1966
  • Dr. T.W. Straker, 1967-70

Files concerning related UK companies, 1951-79
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 598
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • LP Foreman and Sons Ltd. shares, 1951
  • Scanners Ltd., 1956-69
  • LP Foreman and Sons Ltd. [formerly Scanners], 1958-70
  • LP Foreman and Sons Ltd., 1971-4
  • LP Foreman and Sons Ltd. directors' reports, 1975-9

Files concerning related and subsidiary UK companies, 1940-72
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 599
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • report to the Court of Directors of Cable & Wireless (Holding) Ltd., 1940
  • Cable & Wireless (Holding) Ltd., 1940
  • Marconi International Code Company Ltd., 1945-72
  • Marconi Space and Defence Systems (Overseas) Ltd., 1949-72

Files concerning related and subsidiary UK companies, 1963-71
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 600
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Marconi International Marine Communication Co. dividends 1950-67, 1963-71
  • English Electric - Leo - Marconi Computers, 1964-8
  • Eddystone Radio Ltd. [purchase of Stratton & Co.], 1965-9

Files concerning related and subsidiary UK companies, 1967-73
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 601
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Marconi Radar Systems Ltd., 1967-72
  • English Electric debenture trust deed, 1968
  • Marconi Elliott Microelectronics Ltd., 1968-71
  • Marconi Elliott Avionic Systems Ltd., 1969-72
  • GEC-Marconi Electronics Ltd., 1969-72
  • Marconi Space Systems Ltd., 1970-2
  • Marconi Electronics Inc., 1971-3

Files concerning related and subsidiary UK companies, 1975-82
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 602
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • GEC Sunvic Regler, 1975-9
  • the Marconiphone Company Ltd., 1979
  • Hall Automation Ltd., 1979-82
  • Marconi Radar Systems Ltd., 1982

Files relating to East European companies and claims, 1928-62
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 603
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Bulgaria, 1945-62
  • Czech pre-war claims, 1939-54
  • Radioslava, 1941-62
  • Estonian State Broadcasting, 1936
  • Hungarian Marconi shares, 1928-50

Files relating to East European companies and claims, 1929-67
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 604
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Hungarian Marconi Co. Ltd., 1929-48
  • Hungary, 1946-67

Files relating to East European companies and claims, 1939-57
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 605
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Polish Debt, 1946-56
  • Polskie Zaklady Marconi pre-war claim, 1947-50
  • Poland pre-war claims, 1939-57

Files relating to East European companies and claims, 1938-66
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 606
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Polish Marconi, n.d.
  • Romanian clearing, 1938-40
  • Romania: Count O'Kelly war claim, 1946-66

Files relating to East European companies and claims, 1928-80
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 607
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Romanian claims, 1946-80
  • Romania compensation claims, 1966-8
  • Radio AD Belgrade, 1928-53

Files relating to East European companies and claims, 1939-71
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 608
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Radio AD Belgrade, 1939-58
  • Yugoslavia, 1945-52
  • Yugoslavia pre-war claims, 1946-54
  • Yugoslav bonds recovery, 1961-71
  • Trading with the Enemy Act: Custodian of Enemy Property, 1946-7
  • Trading with the Enemy Act, 1939-45

Files relating to Italian companies, 1956-65
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 609
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Marconi Italiana: working papers on acquisition, 1956-9
  • Marconi Italiana, 1959-65

Files relating to Italian companies, 1961-82
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 610
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Marconi Italiana and Italian companies, 1961-80
  • Marconi Italiana, 1969-70
  • Marconi Italiana SPA financing, 1970
  • System SPA Italy, 1978-82

Files relating to SRA Communications AB (Ericsson), 1921-82
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 611
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • SRA Communications AB, 1921-82
  • shares, dividends and tax: SRA Communications AB, 1961-82
  • SRA Communications AB, 1971-82

Files relating to SRA Communications AB (Ericsson), 1974-80
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 612
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • SRA Communications AB, later Ericsson Radio Systems AB, 1974-80
  • SRA Communications AB, 1976-80

File relating to SRA Communications AB (Ericsson), 1976-80
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 613
Extent: 1 box

File relating to SRA Communications AB (Ericsson), 1979-83
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 614
Extent: 1 box

Files relating to Marconi Elektronic (Germany), 1970-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 615
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Marconi Elektronic, 1970-5
  • Marconi Elektronic, 1975-6

File relating to Marconi Espanola, 1953-74
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 616
Extent: 1 box

Files relating to other European companies, 1946-83
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 617
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Belgium Government 3% bonds, 1946-72
  • Marconi Messtechnik, 1963-83
  • Holland, 1967
  • Marconi (Ireland) Ltd., 1961-73
  • Irish 6% land bonds, 1963-80

Files relating to Venezuelan companies, 1957-72
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 618
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Marconi de Venezuela, 1958-73
  • Marconi Venezuela CA, 1957-72

Files relating to Venezuelan companies, 1965-80
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 619
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Marconi de Venezuela, 1974-80
  • English Electric de Venezuela, 1965-73

Files relating to Brazilian companies and business, 1938-84
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 620
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Marconi Aparelhos Eletronics Ltda. [Brazil], 1938-84
  • Brazilian 6% war loan, 1943-71
  • C.M. Brazil technical services agreement, 1967-72

File relating to C.M.Brazil, 1964-81
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 621
Extent: 1 box

Files relating to EAM (Marconi Argentina), 1959-79
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 622
Extent: 1 box

Files relating to North American companies, 1951-72
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 623
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Canadian Marconi Company, 1951-68
  • English Electric Corporation New York, 1963-72

Files relating to African companies, 1949-80
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 624
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Libya - Sahara Bank Tripoli, 1968-70
  • Nigerian Telecommunications Corporation Ltd., 1961-8
  • The Marconi Company (Nigeria) Ltd., 1968-80
  • Marconi (South Africa) Ltd., 1949-80

Files relating to Middle Eastern companies and business, 1969-81
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 625
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Irano British Airports Consortium, 1969-73
  • Marconi Middle East SARL, 1970-81
  • Marconi Middle East SARL, 1973-5

File relating to Middle East organisation, 1976-82
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 626
Extent: 1 box

File relating to Marconi Middle East SARL, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 627
Extent: 1 box

Files relating to Chinese companies, 1935-67
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 628
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Chinese National Wireless Telegraph Company, 1935-9
  • China war damage, 1946-60
  • China incident claims 1937-9, 1958-60
  • Marconi China Ltd., 1963-7

File relating to Marconi (China) Ltd. taxation, 1972-84
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 629
Extent: 1 box

Files relating to Chinese companies, 1976-82
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 630
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Marconi China Ltd., 1976-8
  • Marconi China Ltd., 1978-82

Files relating to other Asian companies, 1946-79
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 631
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Burma war claims, 1946-7
  • Marconi Philippines, 1966-74
  • Taiwan railway electrification, 1978-9

File relating to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd., 1947-71
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 632
Extent: 1 box

Files on miscellaneous topics, 1940-73
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 633
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • report on investigation by S.J. Elliott and A.C. Tate, 1940
  • SBRE correspondence, 1958-73
  • Liquidations, 1963

File on Chelmsford Leisure Exhibition Council, 1965
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 634
Extent: 1 box

Files on miscellaneous topics, 1966-82
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 635
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • Board of Trade Glenrothes, Queensway and Eastfield factories, 1966-7
  • Nadgeco Ltd. [NATO Air Defence Ground Environment Company, Bahamas], 1966-82

Files on miscellaneous topics, 1968-84
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 636
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • MD copy list, 1968
  • plant and machinery grants: Investment Grants Glenrothes, 1968-71
  • investment in associated companies, 1968-77
  • Eutronic Consortium, 1970-84
  • special commissions, 1971-2

Files on miscellaneous topics, 1971-82
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 637
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • SAIT, 1971-4
  • Alcan (UK) Ltd., 1973
  • Decca shares, 1980
  • commissions, 1981-2

Miscellaneous papers, 1932-81
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 638
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Loose papers found with this series of files.

B.5   Staff records, 1897-1999

B.5.1   Personnel registers, 1897-1961

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 639-653


Staff Book for Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd. and the Marconi International Marine Communication Company Ltd., 1897-1902
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 639
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Contains personal details, date of joining and details of stations or work.


Staff Book for Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd. and the Marconi International Marine Communication Company Ltd., 1902-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 640
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Contains personal details, date of joining and details of stations or work.


Register of applicants to Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd. and the Marconi International Marine Communication Company Ltd., 1902-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 641
Extent: 1 vol.

Registers of resignations and dismissals, c.1900-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 642 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

First section covers staff who left before 1919: may not be complete.


Register of employees, 1925-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 643 = Res.
Extent: 1 vol.
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.
Arrangement: By date of joining company.

Register of employees, 1940-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 644 = Res.
Extent: 1 vol.
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.
Arrangement: By date of joining company.

Register of employees, 1947-52
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 645 = Res.
Extent: 1 vol.
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.
Arrangement: By date of joining company.

Register of employees, 1952-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 646 = Res.
Extent: 1 vol.
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.
Arrangement: By date of joining company.

Register of employees, 1956-60
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 647 = Res.
Extent: 1 vol.
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.
Arrangement: By date of joining company.

Register of employees, 1960-1
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 648 = Res.
Extent: 1 vol.
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.
Arrangement: By date of joining company.

Register of employees, 1922-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 649 = Res.
Extent: 1 vol.
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.
Arrangement: By date of leaving company.

Register of employees, 1950-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 650 = Res.
Extent: 1 vol.
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.
Arrangement: By date of leaving company.

Register of employees, 1956-61
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 651 = Res.
Extent: 1 vol.
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.
Arrangement: By date of leaving company.

Time book for listed staff, 1909-19
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 652
Extent: 1 vol.

Job time sheets of H. Harvey, 1947-58
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 653
Extent: 1 vol.

B.5.2   Other personnel records, 1898-1999

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 654-665


Correspondence and circulars on staff matters, 1898-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 654
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • letter from Flood-Page to Marconi about J.A. Fleming's remuneration, 1900
  • J.A. Fleming's service agreement, 1905
  • list of men on wireless staff, 1905
  • papers concerning departmental organisation, 1921-5
  • lists of past and present directors and senior staff of the main and marine companies, 1948-50

Lists and correspondence concerning staff salary increases, 1913-29
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 655
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes lists of staff for

  • 1913
  • 1918
  • 1919
  • 1920
  • 1921
  • 1925
  • 1926
  • 1929

Correspondence concerning salary increases and bonuses, 1912-24
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 656
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Predominantly concerning individual staff, but including

  • scheme of pay and expenses of engineering staff, c.1912
  • roll of honour, 1916

Staff and company organisation charts and notices, 1971-99
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 657
Extent: 1 box

Miscellaneous papers concerning staff, 1928-82
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 658
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • allowances book noting individuals' daily allowances at home and abroad, 1931-3
  • miscellaneous staff lists, 1928-61
  • papers concerning staff service agreements, 1945-6
  • press releases announcing appointments and retirements, 1963-4
  • job guides [descriptions] for engineering staff, 1963-4
  • manpower statistics, 1981-2

Correspondence and papers about long service awards, 1971-94
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 659
Extent: 1 box

Blank and completed long service certificates, c.1940, c.1950, 1956
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 660
Extent: 4 certificates

Staff manuals, handbooks and guidance, 1912-99
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 661
Extent: 1 box

Staff manual, 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 662
Extent: 1 file

Booklets and papers relating to pension schemes and other staff benefits, 1914-98
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 663
Extent: 1 box

Research Centre telephone directories, 1987-95
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 664
Extent: 1 box

Stanmore site telephone directory, c.1995
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 665
Extent: 1 file

B.5.3   Staff training, 1905-97

B.5.3.a   Study notebooks and course papers, 1905-10

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 666-669


Electrical laboratory notebook of W.C. Kennett, vol. 2, 1905-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 666
Extent: 1 vol.

Catalogue of lecture diagrams at Chelmsford works, 1910
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 667
Extent: 1 vol.

Science notebook containing notes on buzzer, switchboard and other electrical systems, 1905-10
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 668
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Stamped 'The Manchester Wireless Telegraph Training College, Callow House, Fallowfield'.


Student's notebook on wireless telegraphy, c.1910
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 669
Extent: 1 vol.

B.5.3.b   Papers relating to training establishments and provision, 1926-97

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 670-678, MS. Photogr. d. 49, e. 33


Correspondence and papers about staff training, c.1912-1992
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 670
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • photographs of the London training school at Marconi House, c.1912
  • correspondence and papers about the status of Chelmsford College, 1926
  • letter from A.W. Ladner about the possible reorganisation of the College, including a brochure for the Radio Institute of America, 1928
  • papers concerning the suggested reorganisation of the Apprentice Training School, 1946
  • College staff lists, c.1961, 1971
  • profiles, reviews and articles concerning Marconi College, c.1980-1992

Brochures for training establishments and other training provision, c.1930-c.1992
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 671
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes brochures for

  • Marconi School of Wireless (Chelmsford College), c.1930
  • student apprentice course, c.1930
  • Marconi School of Wireless Communication, c.1936, c.1940
  • Marconi Training, c.1950
  • Marconi College, c.1950-c.1992
  • Marconi Staff Development Centre, 1983

Marconi College prospectuses and course guides, 1979-95
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 672
Extent: 1 box

Brochures and other papers about recruitment, apprenticeship and careers, 1953-98
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 673
Extent: 1 box

Record about graduate careers, c.1975
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 674
Extent: 2 vinyl LPs

Instruction pamphlets for Marconi School of Wireless Communication and Marconi College, c.1935-c.1950
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 675-676
Extent: 2 boxes

Course literature, c.1964-1996
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 677
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes literature for courses on

  • Network Synthesis and Network Analysis at Marconi College, c.1964
  • commercial lectures for Marconi Communication Systems, c.1980
  • Training and Career Development for Marconi Space Systems, 1985
  • Air Defence Training at Dundridge College for Marconi Simulation and Training, c.1990
  • core training (directory), 1996

Glass slides for staff training course, c.1964
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. e. 33
Extent: 1 box

Papers concerning training schemes, c.1955-c.1960
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 678
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • syllabus and photographs for ITA training scheme at Marconi College, c.1958
  • proposals and report for training schemes for the Nigerian Post and Telegraphs Department, c.1955-c.1960

Photographs of Marconi College buildings, staff and students at work, c.1953-1997
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. d. 49
Extent: 1 box

B.5.3.c   Records of students, 1929-93

B.5.3.c.1   Student reports, 1929-33

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 679


Chelmsford College student reports, 1929-33
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 679
Extent: 1 box

B.5.3.c.2   Photographs of Marconi College course attendees, 1947-93

Shelfmarks: MSS. Photogr. c. 260-279


1947-60
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 260
Extent: 1 box

1961-5
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr c. 261
Extent: 1 box

1965-7
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 262
Extent: 1 box

1967-9
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 263
Extent: 1 box

1969-70
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 264
Extent: 1 box

1970-1
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 265
Extent: 1 box

1971-2
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 266
Extent: 1 box

1972-3
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 267
Extent: 1 box

1973-4
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 268
Extent: 1 box

1974-5
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 269
Extent: 1 box

1975-6
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 270
Extent: 1 box

1977-9
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 271
Extent: 1 box

1979-80
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 272
Extent: 1 box

1980-1
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 273
Extent: 1 box

1981-3
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 274
Extent: 1 box

1983-4
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 275
Extent: 1 box

1985-6
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 276
Extent: 1 box

1986-7
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 277
Extent: 1 box

1988-93
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 278
Extent: 1 box

1953-70
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 279
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

A separate group to the main series.

B.5.4   Staff organisations, 1924-97

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 680


Papers concerning staff organisations, 1924-97
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 680
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Marconi Veterans' registers, 1925, 1980, 1990, 1995
  • [U.S.] Veteran Wireless Operators Association yearbooks, 1932-3
  • Marconi Veterans' dinner menus, 1929-38
  • Marconi Veterans' Association reunion programmes, papers and newsletters, 1986-2003
  • financial papers concerning the Marconi Companies' Benevolent Fund, 1924
  • papers concerning the Marconi Athletic and Social Club, 1930-91

B.5.5   Staff biographical papers, 1918-94

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 681-688


Biographical papers about staff: surnames A-B
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 681 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers about

  • J.G. Adamson
  • G.F.W. Adler
  • J. Aikman
  • S.M. Aisenstein
  • Lord Aldington
  • I.B. Alexander
  • W.H. Alexander
  • H.O. Allen
  • H.W. Allen
  • M. Alvarez
  • C.W. Amos
  • Sir Peter Anson
  • H.S. Arms
  • R.B. Armstrong
  • N. Ashbridge
  • R.C. Ashworth
  • R.L.J. Awcock
  • H.J. Baker
  • P.J. Baker
  • W.J. Baker
  • R.D. Bangay
  • W.V. Barbone
  • C.P. Beanland
  • G.E. Beck
  • H.R. Beckley
  • D.D. Bennett
  • B.S. Benning
  • J.B. Benton
  • P.R. Berkeley
  • R. Bertini
  • A.H. Bindoff
  • B. Binyon
  • D.F. Bishop
  • Sir Basil Blackett
  • L.F. Blandy
  • L.H. Blouet
  • D. Bonney
  • S.H. Bonser
  • V.S. Bottoms
  • J.E.H. Brace
  • W.W. Bradfield
  • P.S. Brandon
  • K. Brokkes
  • Sir Ivor Broom
  • A. van Bruggen
  • Q.H. Bullard
  • R.E. Burnett
  • E.R. Burroughs
  • A.R. Burrows
  • H.M. Burrows
  • N.E. Burtonshaw
  • I.T. Butler
  • D.W.G. Byatt

Biographical papers about staff: surnames C-E
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 682 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers about

  • C. Calthorp
  • J. Cave
  • D.A..H. Chenery
  • A. Chester
  • R.R. Chiodelli
  • K. Chittenden
  • J.P. Clark
  • S.E. Clarke
  • S.L.H. Clarke
  • R.J. Clayton
  • C.S. Cockerell
  • C.D. Colchester
  • R.A. Coldwell
  • A.W.H. Cole
  • F. Cole
  • W.P. Cole
  • W.A. Cook
  • B.O. Cooke
  • G.N. Coop
  • V.J. Cooper
  • S.T. Cope
  • F.R. Cottrell
  • M. Crabtree
  • J.D.B. Craen
  • E.F. Cranston
  • I.G.A. Cressell
  • J.D. Crispin
  • Sir Edward Crowe
  • G.P. Crowe
  • J.E. Daboo
  • E. Davies
  • H. Jameson-Davis
  • N.E. Davis
  • P.R. Davis
  • S.F. Davis
  • W.T. Ditcham
  • S. Dobb
  • P.J. Donnelly
  • A.C. Downing
  • H.M. Dowsett
  • H. Drake-Richmond
  • A.R. Eade
  • C.R. Eastwood
  • Sir Eric Eastwood
  • R.D. Eastwood
  • J.W.M. Eaton
  • P.P. Eckersley
  • T.L. Eckersley
  • E.N. Elford
  • W.R. Elliott
  • J.M.A. Ennion
  • J.R. Erskine-Murray
  • M. Escolano
  • A.H. Evans
  • D. Evans

Biographical papers about staff: surnames F-H
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 683 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers about

  • D. Fairweather
  • G. Farnworth
  • S. Fedida
  • R. Ferguson
  • S.M. Finlayson
  • F.L.C. Firmin
  • W.L. Fitch
  • J.A. Fleming
  • S. Flood-Page
  • J.G. Forbes
  • W.F. Ford
  • S.S. Forte
  • C.S. Franklin
  • R. Franks
  • W.A. Fraser
  • J.A. Fredericks
  • D.P. Furneaux
  • J.M. Furnival
  • C.S. Gaskell
  • R.G. Gayton
  • D. Gill
  • L. Goff
  • S.J. Goodenham
  • H.W. Grant
  • A. Gray
  • E. Green
  • G. Green
  • W. Greening
  • E.B. Greenwood
  • D.M. Griffiths
  • G.L. Grisdale
  • T.H. Gutteridge
  • A.W. Hall
  • D.C. Harper
  • J.F. Hatch
  • L.W. Hayes
  • S.C. Heward
  • E. Heyes
  • E. Hitchen
  • W.E. Hobbs
  • P.L. Hodges
  • D.H. Holder
  • S.M. Holladay
  • W.H. Holloway
  • J.D. Hood
  • L.G.A. Hooke
  • G.G. Hopkins
  • A.D. Horn
  • M.B. Howe
  • R.G. Hulse
  • J.R. Humphreys
  • D.J. Humphries

Biographical papers about staff: surnames I-L
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 684 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers about

  • B.J. Infield
  • Lord Inverforth
  • Godfrey Isaacs
  • G.A. Isted
  • J.F. James
  • M. James
  • L.S. Jefferies
  • L.R. Johnstone
  • W.O.P. Jones
  • B.F. Kane
  • S.R. Kantebet
  • O.E. Keall
  • F.G. Kellaway
  • P.R. Keller
  • G.T. Kelsey
  • G.S. Kemp
  • R.J. Kemp
  • A.A. Kift
  • H. Kindersley
  • L.J. King
  • R.W.P. King
  • H.L. Kirke
  • J.S. Kojan
  • A. Kravis
  • A.W. Ladner
  • D. Law
  • A.R. Laws
  • A.W. Lay
  • M.S. Leak
  • J.C.F. Leao
  • S.J. Leeson
  • C.A. Lewis
  • E.R.L. Lewis
  • H.D. Long
  • S.H. Long
  • P.J. Loweth
  • W.J.R. Lucas
  • A.J. Lund
  • F.C. Lunnon

Biographical papers about staff: surnames M-O
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 685 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers about

  • I.G. MacBean
  • A.A. McKerrell
  • B.N. McLarty
  • D.J. McMillan
  • D.W. Malim
  • F.J.A. Mangeot
  • E.S.D. Marden
  • P.F. Mariner
  • E.L.S. Mathias
  • G.A. Mathieu
  • T. Mayer
  • A.F. Mayhew
  • B.A. Meade
  • P.R. Metheringham
  • G. Millington
  • H. Mirzwinski
  • F.S. Mockford
  • A.T. Monks
  • W.J. Morcom
  • M. Morgan
  • T.W. Morgan
  • L.R. Mullin
  • M.W. Munro
  • D.W. Mynard
  • G.H. Nelson, first Baron
  • H.G. Nelson, second Baron
  • Sir Ronald Nesbitt-Howes
  • J.A. Nicholson
  • J.E.A. Nixon
  • S.U. Nolan
  • T.W.B. Nuttall
  • D. Obersby
  • B.J. O'Kane
  • R.F. O'Neill

Biographical papers about staff: surnames P-R
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 686 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers about

  • P.W. Paget
  • N.N. Parker-Smith
  • D.P. Parkinson
  • G.E. Partington
  • J.E. Paterman
  • B.W. Patrick
  • D.A. Pay
  • E.A. Payne
  • J.C.D. Pender
  • J.A. Penney
  • S.R.B. Pennington
  • A.K. Petersen
  • J.E. Philips
  • R.E. Pipe
  • J.A.F. Plebanski
  • J.St.V. Pletts
  • H. Pocock
  • J. Pool
  • S.E.E. Poplett
  • C.E. Prince
  • W.J. Quill
  • Sir Gordon Radley
  • R.P. Raikes
  • M.J. Rantzen
  • F.H. Reeves
  • R. Rice
  • W.G. Richards
  • W.J. Richards
  • J.W.G. Richardson
  • C.E. Rickard
  • G.A. Riddell
  • J.G. Robb
  • R.K. Robertson
  • A.E. Robinson
  • K.P. Robinson
  • G.K. Rogers
  • D. Roper
  • W.J. Rose
  • J. Rosindale
  • H.J. Round
  • B.G.H. Rowley
  • N.M. Rust

Biographical papers about staff: surnames S-T
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 687 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers about

  • F.W.J. Sainsbury
  • T.C. Salmon
  • C. Sampson
  • G.A. Samson
  • H. Riall Sankey
  • B.H. Saunders
  • V.C. Sayers
  • M.J.B. Scanlan
  • J.L. Scott
  • L. Shelton
  • A.E. Shephard
  • J.C. Shrigley
  • F.J. Sidebotham
  • R.W. Simons
  • A. Simpson
  • C.J.M. Simpson
  • S. Skoumal
  • J.A. Smale
  • D.G. Smee
  • J.G. Smiddy
  • S.B. Smith
  • L. Solari
  • B.M. Sosin
  • G.D. Speake
  • F.S. Stacey
  • A.B. Stapleton
  • J.R. Stapleton
  • D.R.A. Steadman
  • D.J. Steele
  • A.D. Stevens
  • F.G. Stewart
  • R.W. Stiles
  • C.S.M. Stokes
  • W.M. Stothard
  • T.W. Straker
  • R. Stringer
  • K.R. Sturley
  • Sir F. Neil Sutherland
  • I.R. Sutherland
  • J.W. Sutherland
  • L.A. Sweny
  • E. Swinney
  • Sir Robert Telford
  • E.O.P. Thomas
  • C.W. Thurston
  • H.B. Tilley
  • J.K. Todd
  • R.P. Towell
  • K.W. Tremellen
  • Sir Humphrey Trevelyan
  • M. Tricot
  • O. Trost
  • W.E. Turk
  • B.W. Turner
  • P.A.T. Turrall
  • H.C. Tuzo

Biographical papers about staff: surnames U-W
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 688 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
Restrictions on Access: Restricted.

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers about

  • W.T. Underhill
  • H.R.C. Van de Velde
  • A. Van Rood
  • W.H. Venn
  • R.N. Vyvyan
  • L.E.Q. Walker
  • A.S. Walsh
  • I.M.L. Ward
  • H.J.H. Wassell
  • R. Watkins
  • Sir Philip Watson
  • J. Watt
  • P. Way
  • P.J. Webb
  • N. Wells
  • A.J.D. Wheeldon
  • F. Wheeler
  • H.A. White
  • A.L. Whiteley
  • R.G. Williams
  • R.J. Williams
  • B.J. Witt
  • M.J. Wood
  • F. Woods
  • Sir John Woods
  • P.J. Woodward
  • G.M. Wright
  • J.P. Wykes

B.5.6   Staff memorabilia, 1925-7, c.1950

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 689-690


Albums of caricatures of and verses about Marconi staff, 1925-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 689
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Compiled at Christmas each year.


Cartoon of staff, c.1950
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 690
Extent: 1 cartoon

Scope and Content:

Features R.P. Raikes, L.W.B. Miller, L.H. Blouet, P.J. Baker, G.G. Hopkins, V.E. Hughes, R.A. Boekstens and Kay MacDonald.

B.5.7   Staff photographs and pictures, c.1900-1993

Shelfmarks: MSS. Photogr. a. 22-23, b. 65, c. 280-281, d. 50-51


Portrait photographs of staff, c.1900-c.1950
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. d. 50
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes photographs of

  • H.W. Allen
  • H. Jameson-Davis
  • H.M. Dowsett
  • T.L. Eckersley
  • E.T. Fisk
  • J.A. Fleming
  • C.S. Franklin
  • J.M. Furnival
  • H.W. Grant
  • Andrew Gray
  • H. Cuthbert Hall
  • Godfrey Isaacs
  • F.G. Kellaway
  • A.W. Ladner
  • J. Erskine-Murray
  • H. Flood-Page
  • J.M. Poyntz
  • C.E. Rickard
  • H.R. Round
  • W.M. Sampson
  • M. Travailleur
  • H.A. White
  • G.M. Wright

Passport photographs of staff, c.1900-c.1920
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. d. 51
Extent: 1 box
Arrangement: Alphabetical by surname.

Photographs predominantly of senior staff, c.1955-c.1965
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 280
Extent: 1 box
Arrangement: Alphabetical by surname.

Print of portrait of 'Admiral Grant of Marconi', 1946
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. a. 22
Extent: 1 print

Photograph of Sir Neil Sutherland, c.1960
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. a. 23
Extent: 1 photograph

Photographs of staff, c.1900-c.1990
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. b. 65
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Predominantly group photographs, including

  • Marconi football team, c.1900
  • group of staff, c.1901
  • group of women (with later identification key), c.1902-3
  • electrical staff, 1905
  • Marconi Football Club, 1912-13
  • veterans, 1913
  • staff of 4th Army H.Q. at the Somme, including Merritt and Ridley of the company, 1916
  • Inter-works tug-of-war winning team, 1920
  • informal groups including Mathias, Vyvyan, Allen and Franklin, c.1920-c.1930
  • Writtle Experimental Station staff, 1927
  • Test Room staff, 1927
  • reunion dinner for staff with over 25 years service, 1928
  • Marconi Football Club, 1930
  • Marconi Cricket Club 2nd XI, 1934
  • Canadian Marconi veterans' dinner, 1956
  • social occasions, c.1980-c.1990

Photographs of staff at a social event, 1993
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 281
Extent: 1 box

B.5.8   Staff magazines, 1914-98

B.5.8.a   Staff magazines, 1914-50

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 691-700


Marconi Service Magazine [San Francisco], 1914-15
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 691
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

For American company.


Marconi Service News [New York], 1917
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 692
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

For American company.


Marconi Service News [New York], 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 693
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

For American company.


Marconi Service News [New York], 1919
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 694
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

For American company.


The Aerial (Vol. I), 1919-20
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 695
Extent: 1 vol.

The Aerial (Vol. II), 1920-1
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 696
Extent: 1 vol.

The Aerial (loose issues), 1919-21
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 697
Extent: 1 box

Marconi News Bulletin, 1937-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 698
Extent: 1 vol.

Marconi News Bulletin (loose issues), 1937-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 699
Extent: 1 folder

The Marc: organ of the Marconi Shop Stewards AEU, 1949-50
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 700
Extent: 1 folder

B.5.8.b   The Marconi Companies and Their People, 1950-70

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 701-721


Vol. 1, 1950-1
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 701
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 2, 1951-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 702
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 3, 1952-3
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 703
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 4, 1953-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 704
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 5, 1954-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 705
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 6, 1955-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 706
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 7, 1956-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 707
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 8, 1957-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 708
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 9, 1958-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 709
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 10, 1959-60
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 710
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 11, 1960-1
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 711
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 12, 1961-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 712
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 13, 1962-3
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 713
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 14, 1963-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 714
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 15, 1964-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 715
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 16, 1965-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 716
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol.17, 1966-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 717
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 18, 1967-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 718
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 19, 1968-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 719
Extent: 1 vol.

Vol. 20, 1969-70
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 720
Extent: 1 vol.

Contents lists, 1950-70
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 721
Extent: 1 box

B.5.8.c   Staff magazines, 1972-98

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 722-731


Scope and Content:

Some are intended for a wider audience and not just staff.


Marconi News, 1967-71
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 722
Extent: 1 box

Marconi Avionics News, GEC Avionics News, GEC-Marconi Avionics News, GEC-Marconi Avionics Vision and Vision, 1979-99
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 723
Extent: 1 box

Link (for Marconi Communication Systems), 1972, 1974, 1978-80
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 724
Extent: 1 box

Marconi Communication Systems and Marconi Communications magazines, 1981-99
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 725
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Newslink, 1981-92
  • Communicate, 1995-8
  • Marconi Communications News, 1998-9
  • The Undistorted Truth (for Broadcasting Division), 1984-6

Chelmsford News and Views (for Marconi Radar Systems), 1982-95
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 726
Extent: 1 box

Magazines for radar and defence companies and divisions, 1969-98
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 727
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Marconi Radar Systems Echo, later Marconi Radar Echo, 1972-84
  • Radar Systems International (for Marconi Radar Systems), 1969-c.1982
  • Wavelength (for Marconi Defence Systems), 1985, 1993-4
  • 'Name Me' (Radar Division newsletter), 1997
  • Locked On (for GEC-Marconi Radar and Defence Systems), 1997-8

Magazines for Space and Defence companies, 1979-96
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 728
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Insight Stanmore, later Insight (for Marconi Space and Defence Systems, later Marconi Defence Systems), 1979-94
  • SPADEF (for Marconi Space and Defence Systems), c.1979-c.1984
  • Space and Radio News (for Marconi Secure Radio Systems and Marconi Space Systems), 1984
  • Marconi Space News (for Marconi Space Systems), 1986, 1988
  • GEC-Marconi S3I Update, 1996

Probe, 1977-98
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 729
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

For (consecutively) Marconi Research Laboratories, GEC Research Laboratories, GEC Research Ltd., GEC Research Centres, and GEC-Marconi Research Centre.


Magazines for various companies and divisions, 1973-99
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 730
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Airadio News (for Marconi-Elliott Avionic Systems), 1973
  • MEDL News, later Medallion (for Marconi Electronic Devices), 1981-90
  • Intercom (for Marconi Instruments), 1982-3
  • Marconi Digest (for Marconi Management), 1983-5
  • Undercurrent (for Marconi Underwater Systems), 1984, 1989
  • Password (for Marconi Secure Radio Systems), 1985
  • Contact (for Marconi Instruments), 1988
  • Monitor (for GEC Sensors), 1988
  • Reflections, 1990
  • Interface (for EASAMS), c.1990
  • Insite (for GEC Sensors), 1991
  • Talkback (for Marconi Speech and Information Systems), 1993
  • Wavelength (for Marconi Instruments) , 1995
  • Wavelength (for GEC Sensors), 1995
  • Command and Information Systems Newsletter, 1998
  • GEC-Marconi Avionics Engineering and Electronics News, 1998
  • Leading Edge (for Marconi Technology Centres and Product Assurance group), 1998-9
  • People Achieving Together in Action, 1998-9
  • Marconi Express (for Marconi Systems Technologies), 1999
  • Marconi Connections (for Marconi North America), 1999

Site newsletters, 1983-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 731
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Bow Window (Marconi Defence Systems, Broad Oak Works), 1983-4, 1988
  • Marconi-in-Fife Newsletter, 1983-4
  • Browns Lane News, 1983-4
  • Frimley News, 1984-9
  • Marconi Leicester, 1986

B.5.8.d   Other papers relating to staff magazines, 1965-6

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 732


Plan and report on research on attitudes to the Marconi house magazine, 1965-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 732
Extent: 1 folder

B.6   Research, development and technical records, 1901-99

Departmental history:

In the early years of the Company's existence, research was undertaken under the direct charge of Marconi himself, reflecting its central role in the company at that time. In 1912 a Research Department was formed under C.S. Franklin. This was taken over by the Admiralty for the duration of World War 1. In 1921 research was reorganised into a Research Department under H.J. Round and an Independent Research Department under Franklin, both reporting to the Chief Engineer, Andrew Gray. Upon Gray's retirement in 1931 he was replaced by H.M. Dowsett as Research Manager with responsibility for a Research Department under his direct control, and a Development Department under C.E. Rickard. Franklin's Independent Research department continued in existence within the Development Department. In 1935 J.G. Robb replaced Dowsett as Research and Development Manager. Between 1937 and 1939 the Research Laboratories at Great Baddow were built; in 1940-1 they were taken over by the Air Ministry and Admiralty for the duration of World War 2. In 1948 R.J. Kemp was appointed Chief of Research with Eric Eastwood as his deputy; Eastwood was eventually to take over from Kemp. The post-war Directorate of Engineering and Research was split into separate Directorates of Engineering and Research in 1965. After the merger with the General Electric Company, research work was co-ordinated with other GEC research centres, and some papers covering all research centres are to be found in the GEC Archives.


Scope and Content:

Records relating to research were found in numerous groups, some of which formed identifiable series. These series have been retained in the subseries below, interspersed with more artificial groupings of miscellaneous files, which as far as possible have been arranged to reflect the administrative changes described above.

B.6.1   Reports on research and development activities, 1920-95

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 733-752


Research Department reports, 1922
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 733
Extent: 1 box

Research Department reports and monthly summaries, 1922-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 734
Extent: 1 box

Reports, 1920-36
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 735
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Independent Research Department reports and monthly summaries, 1921-3
  • reports on progress/developments in wireless telegraphy [these tend to be broader in scope than departmental reports, and were probably intended for publication], 1920-36
  • Research Department reports, 1931

Research Manager's reports, 1932-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 736
Extent: 1 box

Development Department annual and monthly reports, 1932-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 737
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • annual reports, 1932-3
  • monthly reports, 1934-5

Research and Development Department monthly reports, 1936-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 738
Extent: 1 box

Research and Development Department monthly reports, 1938-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 739
Extent: 1 box

Research and Development Department sectional monthly reports, 1935-41
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 740-741
Extent: 1 box

Research and Development Department sectional monthly reports, 1940
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 742
Extent: 1 box

Research and Development Department sectional monthly reports, 1941-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 743
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Also includes a report on post-war research projects, 1945.


Research Division reports, 1946, 1948-50
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 744
Extent: 1 box

Research Division reports, 1950-1
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 745
Extent: 1 box

Research Division reports, 1952
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 746
Extent: 1 box

Research Division reports, 1953, 1955-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 747
Extent: 1 box

Development Division reports, 1951-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 748
Extent: 1 box

Development Division reports, 1953
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 749
Extent: 1 box

Marconi Research Laboratories/Research Centre research reports and synopses, 1970, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 750
Extent: 1 box

Marconi Research Laboratories/Research Centre research reports and synopses, 1986-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 751
Extent: 1 box

Marconi Research Laboratories/Research Centre research reports and synopses, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 752
Extent: 1 box

B.6.2   Technical reports, 1921-47

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 753-769


Scope and Content:

Reports on specific pieces of research, numbered in a series prefixed TR (incomplete).


Reports TR21-TR57, 1921-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 753
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR58-TR96, 1921-37
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 754
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR98-TR119, 1923-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 755
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR120-TR128, 1925-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 756
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR129-TR153, 1927-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 757
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR157-TR186, 1926-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 758
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR187-TR210, 1929-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 759
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR211-TR228, 1930-3
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 760
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR231-TR270, 1930-1
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 761
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR271-TR303, 1930-3
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 762
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR306-TR324, 1930-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 763
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR325-TR354, 1935-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 764
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR355-TR391, 1937-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 765
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR391-TR412, 1933-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 766
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR413-TR439, 1933-42
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 767
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR440-TR500, 1942-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 768
Extent: 1 box

Reports TR501-TR544, 1924-47
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 769
Extent: 1 box

B.6.3   Research Department files, 1906-39

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 770-806


Scope and Content:

These formed a series of box files and cover specific areas of work, administration and obsolete jobs.


Research files and papers on direction finding, 1919-28
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 770
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers concerning

  • aircraft direction finding, 1919-25
  • experimental direction finding, including short wave direction finding and mobile direction finding, 1920-7
  • design type 12, 1920-5
  • Croydon and 12A direction finding amplifiers, 1927
  • arcs of good bearings (printed report), 1927
  • marine receivers (printed report), 1928

Research files and papers on direction finding, 1920-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 771
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers concerning

  • ship direction finding, 1924-30
  • lifeboat direction finding, 1923
  • shore direction finding, 1920-8
  • radiophare, 1920-8
  • testing of direction finding radio units, 1928

Research files on Marconi-Stille equipment: correspondence regarding Blattnerphone, 1933-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 772
Extent: 1 box

Research files on Marconi-Stille equipment, c.1934-1938
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 773
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • draft operating instructions for Marconi-Stille recorder-reproducer equipment type MSR3, c.1934
  • file for job no. 1556, Marconi-Stille equipment, 1935-8

Research files on portable picture apparatus, 1929-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 774
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • papers regarding portable pictures, 1929
  • file for job no. 1633, portable picture system, 1929-30
  • Marconi portable picture system draft description, 1930
  • mounted pictures of apparatus, c.1930

Research files on facsimile/picture telegraphy apparatus, 1927-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 775
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers for

  • job no. 1585, scheme of gear and disposition, 1927-8
  • job no. 1627, new picture gear, 1927-31
  • job no. 1646/1649, 1930
  • job no. 3511, facsimile gear for American tests, 1928
  • job no. 3511, stock, advice and invoice lists, Rocky Point gear, 1928-9
  • job no. 3512/3532, facsimile gear English tests, 1928-31
  • job no. 3519, South Africa, 1929-30
  • job no. 3527, Canadian facsimile gear, 1930

Research files on picture telegraphy, 1926-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 776
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers on job no. 1535, picture telegraphy, 1926-8.


Research files on picture telegraphy, 1906-28
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 777
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • envelope of photographs [probably relates to job no. 1535], 1928
  • miscellaneous papers, 1906-26

Research files on picture telegraphy, 1927-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 778
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • papers for job no. 1585, six sets facsimile apparatus, 1927-9
  • volume of research notes, 1927
  • papers, negatives and graphs, c.1927-9

Research files on facsimile telegraphy, 1928-39
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 779
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers on

  • Canada and South Africa equipment (technical schedule)
  • job no. 3511, facsimile tests American side, 1928-31
  • job no. 3512/3532, facsimile tests English side, 1928-30
  • job no. 3517, Hong Kong demonstration, 1928-9
  • job no. 1568, facsimile model - stock, 1938-9

Final reports, Chelmsford and General, 1926-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 780
Extent: 1 box

Final reports, Hall Street, 1926-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 781
Extent: 1 box

Final reports, Hall Street, 1930-1
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 782
Extent: 1 box

Final reports, 1926-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 783
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises reports on

  • Marconi House, 1926
  • Writtle, 1926-31
  • Mathematical and Physical, 1927

Final reports, Development, 1932-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 784
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises reports on

  • Development section 1: transmitters, 1932-4
  • Development section 2: traffic receivers, 1932
  • Development section 3: Writtle, 1932-4

Miscellaneous papers, 1929-c.1930
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 785
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • Research and Development job numbers and standing work tickets, 1929
  • blueprints of oscillators and wavemeters (drawing nos. Q4334-Q4337), c.1930

SWR technical reports, 1935-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 786
Extent: 1 box

Obsolete job files, 1925-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 787
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job nos. 1000-1500: miscellaneous, 1925-31
  • job no. 1001: maintenance, 1925
  • job no. 1002: high speed transmitter and recorder, 1925
  • job nos. 1003, 1068, 1607: Burnham receivers, 1925-9
  • job no. 1005: short wave reception, Brentwood, 1925
  • job no. 1006: short wave commercial receivers, 1925-31

Obsolete job files, 1924-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 788
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1011: experimental valve tests for MOV Co., 1925-6
  • job no. 1012: BBC 5GB station, 1925-6
  • job no. 1015: Carnarvon no. 3, 1925-7
  • job nos. 1016, 1516, 1612: Croydon aerodrome; modifications Croydon DF 1928, 1924-8

Obsolete job files, 1925-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 789
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job nos. 1020, 1520: aeroplane DF development, 1925-8
  • job no. 1021: Philips valve tests beam stations, 1926
  • job no. 1022: standard cooled anode valves, 1925-8
  • job no. 1023: investigations for the Patent department, 1926
  • job no. 1024: St. Albans receiver, 1925-6
  • job no. 1025: Daventry maintenance, 1926
  • job nos. 1030, 1606: multiway DF; tests of multiway DF receiver, 1926-9

Obsolete job files, 1926-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 790
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1032: Lausanne transmitter, 1926-7
  • job no. 1033: short wave station Ongar, 1926
  • job no. 1036: short distance short wave interception, 1926
  • job no. 1037: negative positive grid machine tests, 1926
  • job no. 1040: Carnarvon valve troubles, 1926
  • job no. 1041: submarine DF, 1926-7
  • job nos. 1042, 1542: Works - enquiries and consultations, 1929-31
  • job no. 1045: 1 kW broadcast transmitter, 1926-7
  • job no. 1046: RG3 receiver experimental type 121, 1926-7

Obsolete job files, 1926-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 791
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1047: Kenworthy DF, 1926
  • job no. 1048: Australian reception tests, 1926
  • job no. 1052: short wave ship transmitters, 1926-8
  • job no. 1053: water cooled short wave transmitters, 1926
  • job no. 1054: Mogridge's visit to Warsaw, 1926
  • job no. 1056: beam station contract, 1926-9
  • job nos. 1058, 1558: Ongar short wave no. 2, 1926-7
  • job no. 1062: Davis's visit to Continent, 1926
  • job no. 1065: Hungarian enquiry, 1926
  • job no. 1066: fog signalling apparatus Clyde Fog Gun, 1926-7
  • job nos. 1067, 1567, 7022: beam telephony experiments, 1926-7

Obsolete job files, 1926-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 792
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1509: short wave DF, 1926-8
  • job no. 1527: consultations - sales and enquiries, 1929-31
  • job no. 1529: consultations - Field and Air Division, 1930-1
  • job no. 1569: cheap marine type DF (DFM2), 1927-9
  • job no. 1578: model 20-40M self oscillator, 1927
  • job no. 1579: Vanguard 1927 contract, 1927

Obsolete job files, 1926-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 793
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1580: oil cooling plant installation, 1926-7
  • job no. 1581: Berne SW transmitter, 1927
  • job no. 1586: modifications to 6km Q set, 1927-8
  • job no. 1587: development of short wave transmitters commercial, 1927-30
  • job no. 1588: harmonic reducer, 1927-8
  • job no. 1589: cheap recorder for RPH or RG12, 1927-8
  • job no. 1592: duplex working for ships, 1927-31

Obsolete job files, 1927-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 794
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job nos. 1593, 1599: tests on SW transmitters S250; SI transmitter, 1927-9
  • job no. 1594: Naval app. for Argentine, 1927-8
  • job no. 1595: cheap amplifier components, 1927-8
  • job no. 1596: crystal drive for Austria, 1927
  • job no. 1597: Ongar no. 2 retuning, 1927-8
  • job no. 1598: Empire broadcasting 5SW, 1930-1

Obsolete job files, 1927-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 795
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1601: battery eliminators, 1927-9
  • job no. 1602: ignition screening, 1927-8
  • job no. 1604: PA broadcast transmitter, 1928-31
  • job no. 1608: investigation of jamming at St. Just, 1928
  • job no. 1609: broadcast set (10kW) for Bratislava, 1928-30
  • job no. 1611: B-T metal frame DF, 1928-9
  • job no. 1613: single controlled HF amplifier, 1928
  • job no. 1614: improving DF minima, 1928
  • job no. 1615: DFM3 receiver, 1928-9

Obsolete job files, 1928-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 796
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1618: super power testing plant, 1928-31
  • job nos. 1620, DA1238: first model test of DFM4, 1928-9
  • job no. 1621: SPB transmitter, 1928-30
  • job no. 1622: Swedish enquiry for 50kW PA transmitter, 1928-9
  • job no. 1626: redesign broadcast line transmitters, 1929-30
  • job no. 1630: portable picture apparatus, 1929

Obsolete job files, 1929-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 797
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1631: equi signal beacon, 1929-30
  • job no. 1631: equi signal beacon, 1931
  • job no. 1632: 100kW valve tests, 1929-31

Obsolete job files, 1930-1
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 798
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1633: portable picture system, 1931
  • job no. 1635: Adcock aerodrome DF, 1930

Obsolete job files, 1929-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 799
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job nos. 1636, 9151: radio link telephone line, 1929
  • job no. 1637: SP apparatus for Poland, 1930
  • job no. 1639: PA6 transmitter (250-650M), 1930
  • job no. 1641: longitudinal vibration in rods, 1931
  • job no. 1644: harmonic filter development, 1929-30
  • job no. 1645: first model broadcast studio equipment, 1930
  • job no. 1646: PO signal side band receiver, 1929-31
  • job no. 1647: super power broadcast development, 1930-1
  • job no. 1648: test of 120kW Warsaw beacon, 1930
  • job no. 1650: transformer development, 1930-1
  • job no. 1651: portable modulation measuring instrument, 1930
  • job no. 1652: harmonic investigation, 1930
  • job no. 1653: Venezuela demonstration, 1930-1
  • job no. 1655: test of SW Baldock receiver, 1930-1

Obsolete job files, 1930-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 800
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1656: new telephone SW receiver, 1930-1
  • job no. 1657: single side band equipment for Rugby, 1930-1
  • job no. 1658: Bermuda-Halifax radio link, 1930-2
  • job no. 1659: special inversion equipment, 1931
  • job no. 1660: television investigation, 1930-1
  • job no. 1661: rebroadcast receiver (broadcast wave band), 1930-1
  • job no. 1662: Empress of Britain, 1930-1

Obsolete job files, 1929-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 801
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 1663: SW high speed receivers for PO St. Albans, 1929-31
  • job no. 1666: harmonic analyser and ripple measurer, 1929
  • job no. 1668: broadcast equipment studio and portable, 1931
  • job no. 1669: vacuum laboratory, 1929-31
  • job no. 1670: first model tests freq. doubler equipment, 1931
  • job no. 1671: test of DFG8B receiver for Pulham Aerodrome, 1931
  • job no. 1672, IRD7020: BBC ultra shortwave demonstration, 1931
  • job no. 1673: liaison with I&IC Ltd., 1931
  • job no. 1674: special aerial for the 'A' test, 1931
  • job no. 1676: phase modulation of tel. broadcast transmitter, 1931
  • job no. D1677: faulty keying AD18A transmitter, 1931
  • job no. D1678: television transmitters, 1931
  • job no. D1680: check CCT League Nations transmitter, 1931

Obsolete job files, 1928-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 802
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 2076: tuning fork calibration for BBC, 1928-30
  • job no. 2080: tuning fork control, 1929-30
  • job no. 2133: wireless control on light vessels, 1930-1
  • job no. 2500: miscellaneous, 1928-31
  • job no. 2507: SW measuring set, 1928-9
  • job no. 2511: NPL SW wavelength measurements, 1928
  • job no. 2513: signal measurement broadcast range, 1928-9
  • job nos. 2514, 6534: two months watch on PO telephone stations, 1929
  • job no. 2520: frequency measurement of SW ship transmitters, 1930-1
  • job no. 2521: joint signal strength tests with Post Office, 1931

Obsolete job files, 1927-32
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 803
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 3505: Davis' visit to Switzerland, 1927
  • job nos. 3515, 1624: mercury arc rectifier investigation, 1928-32
  • job no. 3516: Rust's visit to Milan, 1928
  • job no. 3521: DFM4 installation on Mendoga, 1929
  • job no. 3522: Swedish broadcast transmitter, 1929
  • job no. 3524: Eckersley's visit to Tokio, 1929
  • job no. 3525: Ditcham's visit to Czechoslovakia and Romania, 1929
  • job no. 3526: Rust's visit to Warsaw, 1929-30
  • job no. 3528: Kindersley's visit to Romania, 1929-30

Obsolete job files, 1930-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 804
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 3529: Wright's visit to Germany, 1930
  • job no. 3530: Price's visit to Spanga, Sweden, 1930
  • job no. 3531: Murphy's visit to America, 1930
  • job no. 3533: Visit to Bratislava, 1931
  • job no. 3534: Ditcham's visit to Warsaw, 1931
  • job no. 3535: Price's visit to Beromunster, 1931
  • job no. 3536: installation Empress of Britain, 1930-2
  • job no. 3537: Ditcham's visit to Spanga, 1931
  • job no. 3538: Davis's visit to Berlin, 1931
  • job no. 3540: installation of SW receiver at Baldock, 1931

Obsolete job files, 1930-1
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 805
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 3541: Wilson's visit to Germany, 1931
  • job no. 3542: acceptance tests Beromunster, 1931
  • job no. 3544: Tweed's visit to Italy, 1931
  • job no. 3545: Tweed's visit to Brussels exhibition, 1931
  • job no. 3546: Murphy's visit to Bermuda, 1931
  • job no. 3547: secret telephony, 1930-1
  • job no. 3548: HMV television, 1931
  • job no. D3549: Andover Marconi Adcock DF, 1931

Obsolete job files, 1928-30
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 806
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Papers for

  • job no. 9113: SW telephony range trials, 1928-30
  • job no. 9137: TN7 and SI telephony range trials, 1928-30
  • job no. 9137: TN7 and SI telephony range trials, 1929

B.6.4   Research files relating to Franklin, the Independent Research Department and the beam system, 1923-31

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 807-813


Research files, 1923-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 807
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers on

  • Franklin's new reflector system, Alexanderson type Poldhu experiments, 1923-4
  • SW feeders [for beam system], 1924-5
  • aerial impedance curves [Poldhu], 1928

Research files, 1921-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 808
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers on

  • polar curves of horizontal aerials, 1921-5
  • polar curves of aerials in plane of aerial [Poldhu], 1928

Research files, c.1930-1931
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 809
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers on

  • polar curves of reception for spaced aerial systems, c.1930
  • beam shaping, c.1930
  • beam shaping (tables and curves), c.1930
  • beam aerial magnification from reception viewpoint, 1931
  • reception on beam aerial, c.1931

[Draft?] descriptive booklets on the beam system, c.1925
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 810
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Parts 1-3.


[Draft?] descriptive booklets on the beam system, c.1925
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 811
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Parts 4-5.


[Draft?] descriptive booklets on the beam system, c.1925
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 812
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Parts 6-8.


Descriptive booklet on the Marconi-Franklin beam aerial, c.1927
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 813
Extent: 1 folder

B.6.5   Miscellaneous research files, 1908-80

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 814-828


Administrative files, 1910-37
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 814
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • papers concerning state provision for research work in wireless telegraphy, 1910-25
  • Technical and Engineering departments' general correspondence, 1910-28
  • copies of reports sent to Marconi, 1924
  • framed memorandum, 1937

Staff disposition records for various departments (including those working at the BBC), 1922-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 815
Extent: 1 box

Staff disposition records for various departments, 1930-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 816
Extent: 1 box

Research files, 1921-3
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 817
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers on

  • wired wireless, 1921-3
  • modulation [for Chelmsford College?], c.1922-3

Files of H.M. Dowsett, 1908-35
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 818
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • typescript copies of lecture by Marconi on 'Telegraphy through space and some of its commercial applications', 1908
  • correspondence and papers about a lecture by Marconi to the Royal Institution, on 'Radio communications by means of very short waves', 1932
  • correspondence and papers relating to Marconi's personal research work, 1933-5
  • file of telegrams relating to programmes carried out with the Elettra, 1920
  • correspondence file with G.A. Mathieu, predominantly relating to microwave experiments, 1932-3

Research files on microwave experiments, 1927-35
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 819
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes papers of Isted and Mathieu.


Miscellaneous research reports, 1929
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 820
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises reports on

  • allocation of short wave radio channels
  • Mr. Rickard's memo re radio channels
  • work of TB, Designs, S&I Committee, Research, Valve Controller's departments and Chelmsford College
  • spaced aerial reception at Terling
  • multiple signals in short wave transmission - Eckersley
  • ultra short waves (Radiowelt article)
  • world wide communications with short wave wireless - Eckersley and Tremellen
  • world wide communications with short wave wireless - summary
  • Canadian transatlantic beam telephony tests
  • short wave transmission

Research files, 1930-3
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 821
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers on

  • the disuse of aerials in wireless telegraphy, c.1930
  • the 'Television' journal (including copies of the journal), 1930-3
  • facsimile transmission, 1931

Research files, 1932-41
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 822
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers on

  • infra-red rays, 1932-41
  • quasi-optical wave telegraph and telephone system, 1932
  • phase aerials, 1933-6
  • filter theory (by E. Glowatzki and E.N.T. Cauer), 1933-4

Research files relating to the Scophony television system, 1930-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 823
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (file 106) reports on visits to Scophony laboratories to witness demonstrations of the Scophony television system, 1934
  • (file T106A) papers on Messrs. Scophony Ltd., 1934-5
  • (file T106A) Scophony patent specifications, 1930-3

Research files on broadcasting, 1934-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 824
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • (file T103) Berlin radio exhibition, 1934
  • (file T107) television mechanical scanning systems, 1934-5

Miscellaneous research files, 1932-45
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 825
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • (job no. 3008) investigations in connection with submarine direction finding, 1936-8
  • Newfoundland Airport tests on DFG12, 1939
  • polar curves of uniform aerials, 1939
  • (report RD187) application of wavelengths in the range 1 micron to 10 centimetres to radio-communication technique, 1939
  • (job no. 5011) HM[V] Television ultra short wave (on the development of ultra short wave transmitter for television, for the Gramophone Company/HMV/EMI), 1932-45
  • (job no. 5013) television with special reference to keying requirements, 1932
  • directional radiators (Schwaiger), 1934

File of circuit diagrams by Isted, c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 826
Extent: 1 file

Miscellaneous research papers, c.1935-1980
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 827
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • report on diversity working, c.1935
  • papers relating to observation of solar eclipse, 1936
  • papers on feeder line termination, transmission lines and transmitters, 1941-80
  • research notebook of G.L. Grisdale, 1938-66

Miscellaneous papers and drawings, c.1925-c.1940
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 828
Extent: 1 box

B.6.6   Working papers on and drafts of descriptive literature and operating instructions for equipment, 1915-44

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 829-879

Arrangement: Alphanumeric by type number of equipment, then numerical type numbers, special groups and equipment having no type number; equipment for particular contracts is included under the appropriate type number except where this is not given.

Type numbers AD25-AD59, 1933-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 829
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • AD25, 1933
  • AD27, 1934
  • AD37C/RG27/RG28, 1935
  • AD41B/AD42A and AD37A/AD38A, 1935-8
  • AD41D/AD50C/U12M, 1941-6
  • AD43A/AD44A, RP16A, AD25A/AD27A, 1933
  • AD43A/AD44A, 1933
  • AD43C/AD44B, 1934
  • AD49/AD50, c.1935
  • AD52/AD42, c.1935
  • AD59, 1939-40

Type numbers B1A and C1A, c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 830
Extent: 1 box

Type numbers CG4-DF12A, 1921-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 831
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • CG4 with AD43A/44A, 1934
  • D1A, c.1935
  • DF12A, 1921

Type numbers DFG3-DFG4A, 1930-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 832
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • DFG3, c.1930
  • DFG4A, 1930-2

Type number DFG5A, 1930-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 833
Extent: 1 box

Type numbers DFG6A-DFG8A&B, 1930-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 834
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • DFG6A, 1930-2
  • DFG8A, c.1930-2
  • DFG8A&B, 1930-2

Type number DFG9A&B, c.1930-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 835
Extent: 1 box

Type numbers DFG10-DFG20/2, 1934-41
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 836
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • DFG10, 1934
  • DFG20/1, 1939-41
  • DFG20/2, c.1940

Type numbers DFM2-E4, 1927-c.1940
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 837
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • DFM2, 1927
  • DFM3, 1931
  • DFP4, c.1940
  • DM1A, 1934-7
  • E2A, 1935
  • E2B, 1934
  • E3A/E2B, 1935
  • E4, c.1935

Type numbers F2-F8, 1915-36
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 838
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • F2, 1915-16
  • F4A, 1934
  • F4C, c.1935
  • F5A, 1935
  • F6B, 1936
  • F8, c.1935

Type numbers G1-G4A, 1934-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 839
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • G1, c.1935
  • G2A, 1934-6
  • G4A, 1935

Type numbers H1A-PS7229, 1929-c.1940
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 840
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • H1A, 1934-5
  • H1B, 1935
  • H1C, 1935
  • H3A, 1935
  • H4, 1933
  • H5, 1933
  • H9, c.1940
  • MB1, 1929
  • MG7A, c.1935
  • MIG8A, c.1935
  • OC5A, 1933
  • PS6225A, 1933
  • PS7229, 1935

Type numbers RC1-RG16, 1923-33
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 841
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • RC1, 1923
  • RC24, 1933
  • RC25, 1932
  • RC39, 1932
  • RC40, 1931-2
  • RC47, 1933
  • RG3*C, 1928
  • RG3R, c.1930
  • RG6, 1925
  • RG11, c.1925
  • RG14, 1929
  • RG16, c.1930

Type numbers RG19-RM3, 1927-c.1940
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 842
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • RG19/RG19A, 1927
  • RG24, c.1930
  • RG25A, 1933
  • RG27, 1931-2
  • RG28, 1930-4
  • RG29A, 1931
  • RG29C, 1931
  • RG31A, 1931
  • RG32A, c.1931
  • RG32D, c.1931
  • RG43, c.1940
  • RM3, c.1930

Type numbers RP10-RS5E, c.1930-c.1940
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 843
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • RP10, c.1930
  • RP16B, 1934-5
  • RP17A/RP24A/RP25A, 1935
  • RP20A/TP5A and associated files on police equipment, 1932-4
  • RP20B/TP4A, 1935
  • RP26, c.1935
  • RP27A, 1936
  • RS5E, c.1940

Type numbers S3A/S3B-S8A, 1931-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 844
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • S3A/S3B, 1931
  • S8A, 1935

Type numbers S10-S100D, 1930-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 845
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • S10, 1935
  • S100A, 1930
  • S100B, 1930
  • S100C, 1930

Type numbers SB1A-SL1, c.1930-1934
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 846
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • SB1A, c.1930
  • SB4A, 1931
  • SL1, 1934

Type numbers SP2, SP2A, 1930-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 847
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • SP2, c.1930
  • SP2A, 1930-4

Type number SP3A, 1931-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 848
Extent: 1 box

Type numbers SP4, SP4B, 1934
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 849
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • SP4, 1934
  • SP4B, c.1934

Type numbers SWB1-SWB8E, 1930-44
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 850
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • SWB1, 1930
  • SWB4, 1941
  • SWB8, 1934-42
  • SWB8E, 1943-4

Type numbers SWB9-SWB14, 1937-44
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 851
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • SWB9, c.1940
  • SWB10, 1944
  • SWB14, 1937-8

Type numbers SWB18-TC3A, 1932-42
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 852
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • SWB18, 1939-42
  • TA2, 1932-3
  • TA4A, 1932-3
  • TC3A, 1932

Type numbers TN7-TN21B, 1929-c.1940
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 853
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • TN7, 1929
  • TN19/AD38A/379T, 1933
  • TN19A/RG28, 1933
  • TN19B/RG28, 1936
  • TN21B, c.1940

Type numbers TW1-TW12, 1935-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 854
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • TW1, 1935-7
  • TW3, 1936
  • TW9, 1936
  • TW12, 1936

Type number U, 1923
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 855
Extent: 1 box

Type numbers U, UG7, 1926-32
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 856
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • U, 1926-32
  • UG7, c.1930

Type number WB2, 1928-35
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 857
Extent: 1 box

Type number WB2B, 1931-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 858
Extent: 1 box

Type numbers WB2C-WB6, 1931-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 859
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • WB2C, 1932
  • WB3, 1937
  • WB4B, 1935
  • WB5, 1936
  • WB6, c.1935

Type numbers WB, 1927-33
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 860
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises general papers relating to WB types.


Type number XMB1A, 1929-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 861
Extent: 1 box

Type numbers XMC1, XMC1A with related files on whaler sets, 1926-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 862
Extent: 1 box

Type numbers XMD1, XMD1A, 1927-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 863
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • XMD1, 1927-8
  • XMD1A, 1929

Type numbers XMD2-YB2, c.1930-1932
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 864
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • XMD2, 1932
  • Y series, c.1930
  • YA1, 1931
  • YB2, c.1930

Type numbers YB6, YB6B, YB6C, 1925-31
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 865-866
Extent: 2 boxes

Type number YB6, 1925
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 867
Extent: 1 box

Type numbers YC2-ZSB2, 1929-36
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 868
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for type numbers

  • YC2, c.1930
  • YFB2A, 1932
  • ZSB2, 1929-36

Type numbers 43-630/631, 1919-35
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 869
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • type 43 receiver, 1922
  • type 68 amplifier and type 66 tuning circuit, 1919
  • type 159 undulator, c.1925
  • type 379L direction finder, c.1930
  • type 476 portable field strength measuring set, 1933
  • type 482A/B/C frequency measuring equipment, c.1930
  • type 487 precision modulated radio frequency generator and attenuator, 1933
  • type 506 telegraph and telephone transmitter with type 394 receiver, 1932
  • type 517 combined telegraph and telephone transmitter with type 518 long wave adapter unit, 1935
  • type 630/631 aircraft ignition screening harness, c.1935

Equipment for Romanian Army projects, 1931-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 870
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • B station
  • C station

Equipment for Romanian Army projects, 1931-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 871
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • D station
  • E station

Equipment for Romanian Army projects, 1931-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 872
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • F station
  • G station
  • miscellaneous equipment

Equipment for special projects, 1932-3
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 873
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Not associated with specific type numbers; comprises files for equipment for

  • Persia, 1932-3
  • Swedish Police, 1933
  • Christmas Island, 1933

Rotating beacon equipment for Rangoon, 1932
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 874
Extent: 1 box

Petrol engine equipment, 1921-36
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 875-876
Extent: 2 boxes

Fog gun equipment, 1934-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 877
Extent: 1 box

Miscellaneous equipment having no type number, 1932-6
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 878-879
Extent: 1 box

B.6.7   Registers of drawings, types and specifications, 1901-c.1950

B.6.7.a   Drawing indexes, 1901-c.1935

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 880-884


No. 1: drawing nos. 1-3999, 1901-c.1910
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 880
Extent: 1 vol.

No. 2: drawing nos. 11000-16000, c.1910-c.1920
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 881
Extent: 1 vol.

No. 4: drawing nos. 33637-34999, 37000-39294, HO30000-30999, c.1920-c.1930
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 882
Extent: 1 vol.

No. 5: drawing nos. 39295-39999, 60000-62644, c.1920-c.1930
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 883
Extent: 1 vol.

No. 6: drawing nos. 63645-66122, c.1930-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 884
Extent: 1 vol.

B.6.7.b   Sketch (SK) registers, 1909-c.1935

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 885-889


Chelmsford and London sketches: nos. 4000-10000, 1909-c.1920
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 885
Extent: 1 vol.

SK register: sketch nos. 40401-43498, c.1925-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 886
Extent: 1 vol.

SK No. 1 register: sketch nos. 43499-53182, c.1925-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 887
Extent: 1 vol.

SK No. 2 register: sketch nos. 53183-57502, c.1925-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 888
Extent: 1 vol.

SK register: sketch nos. 24001-30000 and 40004-40400, c.1925-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 889
Extent: 1 vol.

B.6.7.c   H, P and S drawing registers, 1919-34

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 890-895


Drawing register: drawing nos. S1000-S1853, H101-H157, 1919-28
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 890
Extent: 1 vol.

Drawing register: drawing nos. RP2400-RP4599, 1921-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 891
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

The 'R' prefix has been added at a later date.


Drawing register: drawing nos. P4600-P6999, P11000-P13298, 1924-32
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 892
Extent: 1 vol.

Drawing register no. 2: drawing nos. P9080-9389, S1000-S3133, 1919-34
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 893
Extent: 1 vol.

MIMC drawing register: drawing nos. P13300-P18549, 1930-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 894
Extent: 1 vol.

Drawing register: drawing nos. P/CP1-P/CP12059, P/CP17000-P/CP22851, 1921-34
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 895
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Drawing nos. are prefixed by either P or CP.

B.6.7.d   D/DW drawing registers, 1921-34

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 896-898


Drawing nos. D0001-D0971, 1921-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 896
Extent: 1 vol.

Drawing nos. D10001-D10206, DW0001-DW1753, 1921-c.1932
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 897
Extent: 1 vol.

Drawing nos. DW1754-DW2041, 1932-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 898
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Also contains a copy of part of the previous DW register.

B.6.7.e   Q drawing indexes, 1921-35

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 899-901


Q index No. 1: drawing nos. Q1-Q5780, 1921-34
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 899
Extent: 1 vol.

Q index No. 2: drawing nos. Q5781-Q7343, 1932-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 900
Extent: 1 vol.

Q index, drawing nos. Q5801-Q6244, 1932
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 901
Extent: 1 vol.

B.6.7.f   Head Office (HO) drawing registers, c.1925-c.1935

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 902-904


Drawing nos. HO31001-HO36994, HO70055-HO72954, c.1925-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 902
Extent: 1 vol.

Drawing nos. HO72953-HO74896, c.1932-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 903
Extent: 1 vol.

Drawing nos. HO70000-HO73750, c.1930-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 904
Extent: 1 vol.

B.6.7.g   N series drawing register, 1935-46

Shelfmarks: MS. Marconi 905


N series book 2, 1935-46
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 905
Extent: 1 vol.

B.6.7.h   Samples registers, c.1920

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 906-907


Samples register no. 1: nos. 4000-8811
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 906
Extent: 1 vol.

Samples register no. 2: nos. 8824-13277
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 907
Extent: 1 vol.

B.6.7.i   Miscellaneous registers, c.1920-c.1950

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 908-913


Wiring diagrams register: nos. 100-682, 1921-34
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 908
Extent: 1 vol.

Record of equipments, Transmitter section, c.1920-c.1930
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 909
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Records drawings by equipment type.


Register of types, c.1925-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 910
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Alphanumeric list of equipment types.


Index of type titles, c.1940-c.1950
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 911
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Alphanumeric.


Index of model numbers, 1934-43
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 912
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

by model number.


Index of model numbers, 1934-43
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 913
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

by alphanumeric type number.

B.6.7.j   Performance specification [PS] registers, 1921-c.1950

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 914-919


Portable section PS book no. 1, c.1925-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 914
Extent: 1 vol.

Scope and Content:

Arranged by equipment type but not in order.


Equipment specification register: nos. 1001-2613, 1924-33
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 915
Extent: 1 vol.

PS register: nos. 1-7750, 1921-c.1935
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 916
Extent: 1 file

PS register: nos. 7751-11805, c.1935-c.1950
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 917
Extent: 1 file

PS Index no. 1: nos. 1-5149, 1921-31
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 918
Extent: 1 vol.

PS Index no. 2: nos. 5150-6999, 1931-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 919
Extent: 1 vol.

B.6.8   Development Manager/Technical Manager's project and administrative files, 1936-46

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 920-923


Scope and Content:

Predominantly numbered files of Robb as Development Manager, later Technical Manager.


Files 3/4-19/2A, 1936-46
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 920
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • 3/4: Section II military equipment, 1937-40
  • 13/4: large screen television projector, 1936-9
  • 17/1: research program 1946, 1946
  • 19: television transmitters general, 1936-45
  • 19/2A: paper on AP [tele]vision station, presented to IEE by N.E. Davis and E. Green, 1937-9

Files 19/2B-19/4, 1936-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 921
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • 19/2B: television aerial (II), 1938-9
  • 19/3: mobile [tele]vision transmitter for BBC, 1936-7
  • 19/4: mobile [tele]vision transmitter for BBC, 1937-9

Files 23/5-23/7, 1936-43
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 922
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • 23/5: cathode ray DF, 1936-8
  • 23/5: cathode ray DF, 1938-43
  • 23/7: submarine DF, 1936-9
  • [-]: general purpose receivers, 1939-40

Miscellaneous files, 1942-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 923
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • 1101A: post war policy, 1943-5
  • 1101B: post war civil aviation, 1944
  • R9: H-R-[alpha] tables [relating to radar], 1944
  • TRE Report 4/R.105/PR: The Phantastron [booklet], 1942

B.6.9   Records of the Research Department, later the Research and Development Department, 1932-41

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 924-937


Correspondence, Apr.-July 1939
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 924
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence, Aug.-Oct. 1939
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 925
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence, Nov.-Dec. 1939
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 926
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence, Oct.-Dec. 1939
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 927
Extent: 1 box

Administrative files of F.M.G. Murphy, Assistant Technical Manager, 1939-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 928
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • enquiry register, 1939
  • enquiry register, 1940
  • sections correspondence file, 1939
  • purchasing file, 1940
  • Admiralty correspondence file (RG42), 1939-40

Administrative files of F.M.G. Murphy, Assistant Technical Manager, 1939-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 929
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files of correspondence with

  • Patents Department, 1939
  • Engineering, 1939
  • Installation Designs Division, 1940
  • Information Section, 1939
  • Managing Director, 1940
  • Quantity Receiver, 1940
  • Publicity Department, 1940

Job files, 1932-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 930
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • job no. 1504-1505: miscellaneous small jobs, 1932-9
  • job no. 1521: secret telephony tests England-Germany, 1932

Job files, 1932-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 931
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • job no. 1527: installation LW receiver Baldock, 1932
  • job no. 1531: preparation of inverter equipment for Canada, 1932
  • job no. 1533: first model test privacy equipment, 1932-3
  • job no. 1535: second grade privacy equipment, 1933-6
  • job no. 1536: tests privacy equipment for India, 1933
  • job no. 1537: tests privacy equipment South Africa, 1933
  • job no. 1538: first model test AF measuring apparatus, 1933
  • job no. 1540: tests of Egyptian terminal equipment, 1933-4
  • job no. 1541: single sideband and carrier broadcast, 1933-5
  • job no. 1553: disc recorder, 1937

Job files, 1935-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 932
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • job no. 1554: studio equipment, 1935-9
  • job no. 1555: Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's amplifying equipment, 1935-6
  • job no. 1557: modification and test of two inverters (minor) for Italy, 1935

Job files, 1936-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 933
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • job no. 1558: seismographic equipment, 1936-9
  • job no. 1559: toroidal coil (LF) development, 1936-9
  • job no. 1560: disc recording and reproducer development, 1939
  • job no. 1561: impedance measuring equipment, 1937-9
  • job no. 1563: AF response measurement, 1938
  • job no. 1565: Egyptian test of studio equipment, 1937-8

Job files, 1937-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 934
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • job no. 1566: site noise measurements, 1937
  • job no. 1567: SW transmission line bridge, 1937-8
  • job no. 1570: 6A studio equipment, 1939
  • job no. 1570: type 6A control desk, 1940
  • job no. 1571: direct receding indicators, 1938

Job files, 1938-41
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 935
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • job no. 1900: sales, engineering, works, patents and valve consultations, 1938-41

Job files, 1939-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 936
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • job no. 2000: patent consultations, 1939-40
  • job no. 2000: engineering consultations, 1939

Job files, 1939-40
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 937
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files for

  • job no. 2000: engineering consultations, 1939-40
  • job no. 2000: valve consultations, 1939-40

B.6.10   Air Ministry 'Secret' files, 1939-45

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 938-941


Scope and Content:

Correspondence and job files for Air Ministry work undertaken at the Research Laboratories during World War 2.


Files, 1939-45
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 938
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files of

  • Air Ministry (Section E) general correspondence, 1939-45
  • Section E correspondence, 1940-5
  • Group Captain Blandy correspondence, 1940-1

Files, 1939-45
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 939
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on/of

  • jamming of impulse transmissions, 1940-1
  • DF pulse tests, 1939-41
  • job no. 4527: spaced frame DF, 1939-42
  • shelter and permits, 1940-5
  • the cage aerial, 1942
  • OR numbers, 1940
  • evacuation of apparatus from research laboratories, 1944
  • space frame DF applied to signals of irregular repetition, 1941
  • Ministry of Supply correspondence, 1939-44

Files, 1939-45
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 940
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on/of

  • MAP [Ministry of Aircraft production] correspondence, 1942-5
  • Instrumental section correspondence, 1940-5
  • secret patent applications, 1941
  • Lunnon contract, 1939-41
  • Aircraft (Lunnon), 1939-40
  • detection by reflection, 1941-2
  • report of installation tests carried out at five station HF DF group at Anstruther [RD657], 1944

Files, 1942-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 941
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • monthly notes, 1942-3
  • monthly report R section, 1942
  • report on installation tests carried out at first five station HF DF group at Ford End [RD628], 1944

B.6.11   Research files of Millington and Section E, c.1930-1991

B.6.11.a   Technical reports and research papers, 1933-62

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 942-947


Scope and Content:

Arranged in alphanumeric series.


A1-A31, 1940-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 942
Extent: 1 box

B1-B11, 1938-47
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 943
Extent: 1 box

B12-B28, 1935-58
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 944
Extent: 1 box

B29-B37, 1934-52
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 945
Extent: 1 box

C1-C15, 1933-62
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 946
Extent: 1 box

D4, D6, E4, E8, E12, 1945-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 947
Extent: 1 box

B.6.11.b   Other research files, papers and notebooks, c.1930-1981

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 948-990, MSS. Photogr. c. 282, d. 52-53, e. 34


Miscellaneous un-numbered files, c.1935-c.1950
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 948
Extent: 1 box

Miscellaneous un-numbered files, c.1960-c.1970
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 949-950
Extent: 2 boxes

RD and TR reports by Millington and Isted, 1939-60
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 951
Extent: 1 box

File of TR and RD reports, 1941-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 952
Extent: 1 box

Reports and articles on ground-wave and troposphere (series A), 1937-52
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 953-954
Extent: 2 boxes

Reports and articles on ionosphere (series B) and aerials (series C), 1931-52
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 955
Extent: 1 box

Reports and articles on Air and Supply Ministry visits and reports (series D) and mathematical subjects (series E), with miscellaneous loose drawings, 1940-54
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 956
Extent: 1 box

Wartime research files (series E, differing from last), 1940-2
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 957
Extent: 1 box

Research notebooks, 1938-50
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 958
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises notebooks on

  • long wave propagation, 1938
  • Dirac's theory and Compton Effect, and on suggested research and experiments, c.1940-1950

Millington's lecture notes and research papers on radio propagation and non-linear theory, 1941-65
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 959
Extent: 1 box

Millington's lecture notes, c.1958-c.1968
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 960
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Mostly photocopies.


Contents lists of Millington's log books, c.1980
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 961
Extent: 1 box

Millington's log books, containing his research notes, 1931-81
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 962-987
Extent: 26 vols.

RD/SK drawings, probably Millington's, c.1930-c.1950
Shelfmark: MSS. Marconi 988-989
Extent: 1 box

Slides and prints relating to Millington and Isted's research work, c.1940-c.1970
Shelfmark: MSS. Photogr. c. 282, d. 52-53, e. 34
Extent: 4 boxes

Tapes and cassettes relating to Millington and Isted's research work, c.1940-c.1970
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 990
Extent: 1 box

B.6.12   Engineer-in-Chief's administrative and project files, 1941-55

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 991-996


Files 10-24, 1941-9
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 991
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • 10: miscellaneous, 1941-7
  • 12: correspondence - Waterhouse Lane, 1945-6
  • 24: publicity, 1945-9

Files 36-36/4, 1945-50
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 992
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • 36: television, 1945-7
  • 36/2: Birmingham Television Station - BBC, 1947-9
  • 36/4: television relay transmitters - exchange of TV programmes London-Paris (RIC), 1947-50

Files 36/6-50, 1946-52
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 993
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • 36/6: frequency allocations (television), 1948-9
  • 36/7: Eidophore, 1949-52
  • 36/8: Television Policy Committee, 1949-52
  • 38: reports on special visits, 1946-9
  • 50: correspondence with Technical Manager (MIMC), 1946-7

Files 63-92, 1946-51
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 994
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • 63: BBC, 1946-8
  • 92: Canadian Marconi Company, 1946-51

Files 119-241, 1949-55
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 995
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • 119: H.J. Round, 1949-55
  • 129: T.L. Eckersley Faraday Medal presentation, 1951
  • 241: J.S.V. Watson, 1954-5

General correspondence with Communication Division, 1948-55
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 996
Extent: 1 box

B.6.13   Research files and reports of Development Division, Development and Designs Department and Engineering Department, 1935-57

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 997-1005


Files, 1935-44
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 997
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • [-]: notes on reactance transformers, 1935-41
  • SWB 10: list of installation drawings for equipment for Cable & Wireless Ltd., Ongar, 1941-3
  • SWR 109: full report of experimental work on BA at Hinton in the Hedges [on approach beacons], 1943-4

SW reports, 1935-48
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 998
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises SW report file numbers

  • 10: networks and filters, 1944-8
  • 18: valves and thermionics, 1935-47
  • 19: combination of valves and circuits, 1935-48

SW reports, 1945-8
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 999
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises SW report file numbers

  • 19a/SWR 114: regulation of valves and circuits under variable load conditions, 1945-8
  • 20: wide band amplifiers, 1946

Transmitter Advanced Development group TAD/SW reports, 1948-52
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 1000
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises TAD reports nos. 201-255 and 276-300, 1948-52.


Transmitter Advanced Development Group TAD/SW reports, 1952-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 1001
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises SW reports nos. 301-330 and TAD reports nos. 331 onwards.


Transmitter Advanced Development Group TAD files, 1950-5
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 1002
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • TAD 277: notes on design of band-pass filters producing desired exact amplitude frequency characteristics, 1950
  • TAD 286: limitations on broad band matching of arbitrary impedances, 1951
  • TAD 286a, b, c; 298, 299: broad band matching of arbitrary impedances, 1951
  • TAD 295: improvements to television test waveform generators, 1952
  • TAD 299: design of ladder networks, 1955

Un-numbered files, 1950-7
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 1003
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises files on

  • 30W portable television transmitter [probably connected with TAD files above], 1949-55
  • broad band matching (original notes) i.e. first groupings [probably connected with TAD files above], 1951
  • 'original notes, calculation and check of K's' [probably connected with TAD files above], 1952
  • equipment developed in accordance with Ministry of Supply contract (SE4004), c.1950
  • Holme Moss Television, 1952-3
  • installation of the DN&S Ltd. Deltic Alternator Set, 1952-7

Technical reports RD996-RD1133, 1951-4
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 1004
Extent: 1 box

Technical reports RD1158-RD1225, 1955-6
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 1005
Extent: 1 box

B.6.14   Research files of Partington of the Television Studio Development Group, 1948-58

Shelfmarks: MSS. Marconi 1006-1008


Files 904-904L, 1948-58
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 1006
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises file numbers

  • 904: demonstrations, 1948-58
  • 904J: BIF demonstration, Birmingham, 1948-9
  • 904L: Boat Race, 1949

Files 904N-904TC, 1949-50
Shelfmark: MS. Marconi 1007 = Res.
Extent: 1 box
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