Sarnoff Library Project

About the David Sarnoff Library Project

The David Sarnoff Library collection was being processed for research, thanks to support through a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Work on the collection, which totals nearly 3,000 linear feet and encompasses papers, publications, and audiovisual materials, began in May 2014 and concluded in early 2017.

The collection includes the research records, the papers of individual scientists, photographs, films and sound recordings that document the pioneering research and development conducted at the David Sarnoff Research Center and other RCA facilities from the early days of the Radio Corporation of America to the David Sarnoff Research Center’s operations under SRI International in the 1980s and 1990s. In adding these documents to its other Radio Corporation of America (RCA) content, Hagley has the most comprehensive collection documenting a major American technology company available anywhere.

It also includes the original David Sarnoff Collection, assembled by Sarnoff and his staff to document his remarkable career that included leading RCA for nearly forty years. These formed the core of the David Sarnoff Library when it opened at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton in 1967. When the library closed in 2009, the archival collections were donated to Hagley and the museum objects went to The College of New Jersey.

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