Finding Aid for the

John M. Anderson Papers,

1911-1993, 2001-2006

 

6.6 linear ft.

 

Finding Aid Compiled by

Joshua Hauck-Whealton

April 2010

 

Schenectady Museum Archives

15 Nott Terrace Heights

Schenectady, NY 12308

(518) 382-7890, ext. 241

archives@schenectadymuseum.org

 

Creation of this finding aid was supported by a grant from the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics

 

 

 

Biographical Note

 

John M. Anderson was born in Kansas City, Missouri on October 9, 1924.  He joined the Army in 1943 where he was trained in the theory and operations of radio equipment.  He left the Army in 1946 and attended the University of Illinois, earning his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1955.  That same year he began working in the Research Laboratory at GE in Schenectady.

 

Most of his work focused on gaseous electronics and electric discharge lamps. He is remembered for his work on the solenoidal electric field (SEF) lamp, presenting a paper on the topic at the 3rd International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Light Sources in 1983.  The SEF lamp was later marketed under the name Genura.

 

Anderson retired in 1987 and began volunteering at the Hall of Electrical History.  When the HoEH merged with the Schenectady Museum, Anderson followed.

 

John Anderson died on November 18, 2007.

 

Scope and Content Note

 

The collection contains materials collected by John Anderson during his career at General Electric, as an engineer in the Research Laboratory and as a volunteer in the GE Hall of Electrical History and the Schenectady Museum Archives.  The working papers found here largely consist of correspondence, which makes up the first series.  There is also a series of articles and reports written by Dr. Anderson during his time in the Laboratory.

 

The rest of the collection consists of materials collected by Dr. Anderson during his historical research with the Hall of History and the Archives.  These mostly consist of articles, clippings, correspondence and notes, as well as transcripts of oral histories, essays and scrapbooks.

 

Of particular interest to Dr. Anderson was the Schenectady radio station WGY, the materials for which form their own series.  Anderson was also interested in the work of the engineers William C. White and A. Van Dyck, and the Research Materials series contains copies of their lab notebooks.

 

 

Series #1: Correspondence, 1952-1988. 3 linear ft.

Organized Chronologically

 

This collection contains correspondence that was collected and stored chronologically in three-ring binders.  These have been broken up and filed by year.

 

Series #2: WGY, 1921-1938, 1940-1948, 1951, 1957, 1959-1963, 1972, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1992, 2001-2006, undated.  1 linear ft.

Organized Alphabetically

 

This series contains a variety of materials pertaining to the radio station WGY, one of America’s oldest stations and the oldest in the capital region.  Most of this material seems to have been collected and complied by Anderson, including a large number of clippings and several short biographies.

 

Series #3: Research Material, 1911-1952, 1954-1958, 1972-1978, 1990-1993, 2004-2005, undated.  1.6 linear ft.

Organized Alphabetically

 

John Anderson was heavily involved in the collections of GE’s Hall of Electrical History and their transfer to the Schenectady Museum.  During his time volunteering at both organizations he acted as an amateur historian, doing historical research and compiling notes and photocopies of historical materials. 

 

This series contains the material that Anderson collected.  It includes oral history transcripts, reports, notes, correspondence and lab notebooks. 

 

Series #4: Publications 1946, 1951-1958, 1960-1964, 1967, 1969-1971, 1973-1986, 1987-1988, undated. 1 linear ft.

Organized Alphabetically

 

This series contains articles and internal reports collected by John Anderson.  Most of the GE internal reports were written by Anderson himself.

 

 

Box and Folder List

 

Series #1: Correspondence

 

Box #1

Folder:

 

  1. Correspondence, Before General Electric, 1952-1954, 1961
  2. Job Search Correspondence, 1955-1956
  3. Received Correspondence, 1956
  4. Sent Correspondence, 1956
  5. Received Correspondence, 1957
  6. Sent Correspondence, 1957
  7. Received Correspondence, 1958
  8. Sent Correspondence, 1958
  9. Received Correspondence, 1959
  10. Sent Correspondence, 1959
  11. Received Correspondence, 1960
  12. Sent Correspondence, 1960
  13. Received Correspondence, 1961
  14. Sent Correspondence, 1961
  15. Received Correspondence, 1962
  16. Sent Correspondence, 1962
  17. Received Correspondence, 1963
  18. Sent Correspondence, 1963
  19. Received Correspondence, 1964
  20. Sent Correspondence, 1964
  21. Received Correspondence, 1965
  22. Sent Correspondence, 1965
  23. Received Correspondence, 1966
  24. Sent Correspondence, 1966
  25. Received Correspondence, 1967
  26. Sent Correspondence, 1967
  27. Received Correspondence, 1968
  28. Sent Correspondence, 1968
  29. Received Correspondence, 1969
  30. Sent Correspondence, 1969
  31. Received Correspondence, 1970
  32. Sent Correspondence, 1970
  33. Received Correspondence, 1971

 

 

Box #2

Folder:

 

  1. Sent Correspondence, 1971
  2. Received Correspondence, 1972
  3. Sent Correspondence, 1972
  4. Received Correspondence, 1973
  5. Sent Correspondence, 1973
  6. Received Correspondence, 1974
  7. Sent Correspondence, 1974
  8. Received Correspondence, January 1975 – May 1975
  9. Received Correspondence, June 1975 – December 1975
  10. Sent Correspondence, 1975
  11. Received Correspondence, 1976
  12. Sent Correspondence, 1976
  13. Received Correspondence, 1977
  14. Sent Correspondence,1977
  15. Received Correspondence, January 1978 – May 1978
  16. Received Correspondence, June 1978 – December 1978
  17. Sent Correspondence, 1978
  18. Received Correspondence, January 1979 – April 1979
  19. Received Correspondence, May 1979 – December 1979
  20. Sent Correspondence, 1979
  21. Received Correspondence, January 1980 – June 1980
  22. Received Correspondence, July 1980 – December 1980
  23. Sent Correspondence, 1980
  24. Received Correspondence, January 1981 – April 1981
  25. Received Correspondence, May 1981 – December 1981
  26. Sent Correspondence, 1981

 

Box #3

Folder:

 

  1. Received Correspondence, January 1982 – April 1982
  2. Received Correspondence. May 1982 – December 1982
  3. Sent Correspondence, 1982
  4. Received Correspondence, January 1983 – May 1983
  5. Received Correspondence, June 1983 – December 1983
  6. Sent Correspondence, 1983
  7. Received Correspondence, January 1984 – August 1984
  8. Received Correspondence, September 1984 – December 1984
  9. Sent Correspondence, 1984
  10. Received Correspondence, January 1985 – July 1985
  11. Received Correspondence, August  1985 – December 1985
  12. Sent Correspondence, 1985
  13. Received Correspondence, January 1986 – May 1986
  14. Received Correspondence, June 1986 – December 1986
  15. Sent Correspondence, 1987
  16. Received Correspondence, 1987-1988

 

 

Series #2: WGY

 

Box #4

Folder:

 

  1. Advertising, Articles, Clippings, 1924-1932, 1938, 1940, 1945, 1951, undated
  2. Biographies, Correspondence, Notes, Clippings, Alexanderson-Lennox, undated
  3. Biographies, Correspondence, Notes, Clippings, Markham-White, undated
  4. Clippings, 2001-2002, 2006-2007, undated
  5. Excellence in Programming, Articles, Clippings, Notes, 1922-1928, 1930-1934, 1941, 1977, 1989, 1992, 2001, undated
  6. Farm Forum, Articles, Clippings, Notes, 1927, 1930-1937, 1940-1948, 1952-1953, 1957, 2005, undated
  7. Frequency Modulations, Articles, Notes, Folder #1, 1941-1950
  8. Frequency Modulations, Articles, Notes, Folder #2, 1941-1950
  9. House of Magic, Articles, Notes, 1931, 1935, 2005, undated
  10. “Networking,” 2003, undated
  11. Oral History, Chester H. Long, Transcript, 1950
  12. Oral History, Clippings, Correspondence, 2001, 2006
  13. Oral History, Clyde Wagoner, Transcript, undated
  14. Oral History, Lloyd Epenshied, Transcript, 1963
  15. Oral History, Rosaline Greene, Transcript, 1959
  16. Oral History, Kolin Hager, Transcript, 1960
  17. Personalities, Articles, Notes, Clippings, 1922-1924, 1941, 1957, 1962, 1972, 1975, 1979, 1997, 2003-2006, undated
  18. Radio History Prior to 1920. Articles, Clippings, Notes, 1908, 1925, 1931, 1954, 2003, undated
  19. Radio History, 1921, Articles, Notes, 1921, 1950, undated
  20. Radio History, 1922, Articles, Notes, 1922, 2001, 2003, undated
  21. Radio History, 1923, Articles, Notes, 1923, undated
  22. Radio History, 1924, Articles, Notes, 1924, undated
  23. Radio History, 1925, Articles, 1925
  24. Radio History, 1926, Articles, Clippings, Notes, 1926, undated
  25. Radio History, 1927, Articles, Notes, 1927, undated
  26. Radio History, 1928, Articles, 1928
  27. Radio History, 1929, Articles, 1929, undated
  28. Radio History, 1930, Articles, Notes, 1930, undated
  29. Radio History, 1931, Articles, Notes, 1931, undated
  30. Radio History, 1932, Articles, Notes, 1932, undated
  31. Radio History, 1934, Articles, 1934, undated
  32. Radio History, 1936, Articles, 1936
  33. Radio History, 1937, Articles, 1937
  34. Radio History, 1938, Articles, 1938
  35. Radio History, 1939, Clipping, 1939
  36. Radio History, 1940-1942, Clippings, 1940-1942
  37. Radio History, 1944-1945, Articles, Clipping, 1944-1945
  38. Radio History, 1947, Article, 1947
  39. Radio History, After 1950, Articles, Clippings, 1965, 1978, 1980, 2001, undated
  40. Radio KOA Denver, Notes, Articles, 1924-1926, 1934, 2005-2006
  41. Science Forum, Articles, Clippings, Notes, 1932, 1937, 1941, 1952, 1982, undated
  42. Short Wave, Articles, Clippings, Notes, 1924-1942, 1953, 1956, 2001, 2003, undated
  43. Television, Articles, Clippings, Notes, 1928, 1933, 1939, 1945, 1956, 2003, undated
  44. Thomas White, Articles, 1998, 2004
  45. Verner Alexanderson Kidnapping Case, Clippings, 1923, 1993, undated
  46. WGY, Clippings, Notes, 1936, 1938, 1947, 1954, 1981-1983, 1992-2003
  47. WGY Scrapbook, Sections 1-9, undated
  48. WGY Scrapbook, Sections 10-20, undated
  49. WGY Timeline 1922-1959, undated

 

 

Series #3: Research Materials

 

Box #5

Folder:

 

  1. “Arnold vs. Langmuir” Patent Priority Case, Court Documents, Folder #1, 1916
  2. “Arnold vs. Langmuir” Patent Priority Case, Court Documents, Folder #2, 1916
  3. “Arnold vs. Langmuir” Patent Priority Case, Court Documents, Folder #3, 1916
  4. August Hund, Notes, undated
  5. A. Van Dyck Lab Notebook #1, Marconi Wireless, 1919
  6. A. Van Dyck Lab Notebook #2, Marconi Wireless, 1919
  7. A. Van Dyck Lab Notebook #3, Marconi Wireless, 1919
  8. A. Van Dyck Lab Notebook #4, Marconi Wireless, 1919-1921
  9. A. Van Dyck Lab Notebook #5, GE Engineering, 1921
  10. A. Van Dyck Lab Notebook #6, GE Engineering, 1921-1922
  11. “Biography of William C. Young,” Photocopy of 1889 Publication, undated
  12. Bob Paquette, Correspondence, 1990, undated
  13. Cathode Region Calculations, Articles, Notes, Diagrams, Graphs, 1972-1975, undated
  14. Cathode Region Calculations, Print Outs, 1984-1985, undated
  15. Dushman, Notes, undated
  16. “Early Tube Development of GE,” Pamphlet, Correspondence, 2005
  17. “Genealogy of the White Family,” Transcript of 1885 Speech by William M. White, 2004
  18. George Metcalf Material, Clipping, Article, Notes, 1939, 1941
  19. Hall of History, Correspondence, 1990-1991, undated
  20. J.C. Warner, Notes, 1922-1923, undated
  21. John Whinnery Oral History, Transcript, 1993
  22. Lab Notebook, Photocopies, Original 1927, undated
  23. Mahlon Loomis, Clippings, Articles, 1977, 1993, undated
  24. Patent Reports, 1915-1916, 1918, 1921-1929
  25. “Pioneering in Industrial Research: The Story of the GE Research Laboratory,” Kendall Birr, 1957
  26. “Radiotron Receiving Tube Development of the General Electric Company,” W.C. White, Folder #1, 1930
  27. “Radiotron Receiving Tube Development of the General Electric Company,” W.C. White, Folder #2, 1930
  28. Radiotron Tubes, Articles, Correspondence, Patents, 1921, 1955, 1979, 2004, undated
  29. Railroad History, Correspondence, Web Materials, 2004
  30. “The Reminiscences of Clyde D. Wagoner,” Oral History Project, Transcript, 1950
  31. “Report of the Federal Trade Commission on the Radio Industry,” Report, 1923
  32. Rogers, Notes, undated
  33. SAF Lamp, Articles, Patents, 1973-1976, undated
  34. Wartime Tubes, Notes, undated
  35. W.C. White Notebook, Photocopies of Biographical Material, Correspondence, Clippings, Notes, Reports, Folder #1, Original 1890, 1911-1914, 1920-1923, 1929, 1932, 1947-1951, 1954-1957, undated, Photocopy 1991
  36. W.C. White Notebook, Photocopies of Biographical Material, Correspondence, Clippings, Notes, Reports, Folder #1, Original 1920, 1925, 1932-1942, 1954, 1958, undated. Photocopy 1991
  37. W.C. White Progress Summary Book #1, Folder #1, 1920-1940
  38. W.C. White Progress Summary Book #1, Folder #2, 1920-1940

 

 

Box #6

Folder

 

  1. W.C. White Progress Summary Book #2, 1920-1940
  2. W.C. White Progress Summary Book #3, 1920-1940
  3. W.C. White Progress Summary Book #4, Folder #1, 1941-1949
  4. W.C. White Progress Summary Book #4, Folder #2, 1941-1949
  5. W.C. White Progress Summary Book #5, Folder #1, 1942-1952
  6. W.C. White Progress Summary Book #5, Folder #2, 1942-1952
  7. W.C. White Progress Summary Book #6, 1941-1952
  8. W.C. White Timeline, Notes, undated

 

 

Box #OV1

Folder:

 

  1. License for Land Radio Station, GE, undated
  2. William C. White, Lab Notebook, 1927
  3. William C. White, Lab Notebook, 1929
  4. William C. White, Lab Notebook, undated
  5. William C. White, Lab Notebook, undated
  6. William C. White, Lab Notebook, undated

 

 

 

Series #4: Publications

 

Box #7

Folder:

 

  1. “Applicability of the Lagmuir Metallic Probe For the Study of the Ultimate Electrons of the Negative Glow Plasma,” John Anderson, Report 58-RL-2010, 1958
  2. “An Approximate Analytic Thermal Model for the 1800 Lumen SEF Lamp,” John Anderson, Report 82-CRD-063, 1982
  3. “An Approximate Solution For the Negative Solution For the Negative Glow Region in Fluorescent Lamps.” John Anderson. Report 87-CRD-187, 1987
  4. Article Drafts, Notes, 1953-1955, undated
  5. “Characteristics of SEF Lamps Made with Small Size, High Curie Temperature Ferrite Cores,” John Anderson. Report 79-CRD-227, 1979
  6. “Cold Cathode Discharge Tubes As Ambient Light Sensors in Photocontrollers,”  M.M. Osteen, John Anderson, Report MO-67-1403, 1967
  7. “Collisional-Radiative Recombination and Net Ionization in Mercury Vapor,” John Anderson, Report 85-CRD-220, 1985
  8. “Color Separation in Multi-Vapor HID Lamps Operating On “dc” Switching Type Ballasts,” John Anderson, Report MOR-73-171, 1973
  9. “Compact Fluorescent Lamps Excited By Solenodial Electric Fields,” John Anderson, Report 71-C-287, 1971
  10. “Compact, Screw in Fluorescent Lamp (SEF Lamp) For Incandescent Lamp Replacement,” John Anderson. Report 75-CRD-242, 1975
  11. “Comparison of Input Impedance to Ferrite Rod Core And Aire Core 13.56 MHZ Electrodeless Fluorescent Lamps,” John Anderson, Report 83-CRD-063, 1983
  12. “Efficacy of SEF Lamps As A Function Of Krypton or Argon Fill Pressure,” John Anderson, Report 82-CRD-050, 1982
  13. “Electrodeless Fluorescent Lamps Excited By Solenodial Radio–Frequency Fields,” John Anderson. Report 67-C-357, 1967
  14. “Electrodeless High Pressure Nal Lamps Having Efficacies Near 200 Lumens/Watt.” T.C. Andersen, John Anderson, J.T. Dakin, P.D. Johnson, T.H. Rautenberg Jr. & J.R.Young, Report 85-CRD044, 1985
  15. “Electron Drift Velocity And Hall Effect in the Low Pressure Mercury Column,” John Anderson, Report 64-RL-3675G, 1964
  16. “Electron-Ion Recombination in Low Temperature Gaseous Plasmas - A Survey of Experimental Work,” John Anderson, Report 61-RL-2817G, 1961
  17. “Elements of Optimum Coil Design For Excitation of Electrodeless Lamps,” John Anderson, Report 87-CRD-045, 1987
  18. “EMI Reduction From SEF Lamps By Use or Auxiliary Windings on the Ferrite Core,” John Anderson, Report MOR-77-047, 1977
  19. “Energy Dissipation and Potential Variation Near the Electrodes of Fluorescent Lamps,” John Anderson & J.C. Borowiec, Report 87-CRD-178, 1988
  20. “Excitation of Low Pressure, High Current Discharges in the Hg-Kr Mixtures By Solenoidal Electric Fields at 150 KHZ,” John Anderson, Report MO-71-1135, 1971
  21. Experimental set-up used by John Anderson for his thesis work, Photographs, 1955
  22. “The Extent and Nature of Fertile Loss Degradation in SEF Lamps,” John Anderson, Report MOR-79-047, 1979
  23. “Feasibility Study of a Current Limiting Circuit Breaker Using a Vacuum Interrupter and Current Commutation,” John Anderson, Report 74-CRD-076, 1974
  24. “Gaseous Electronics,” L. Goldstein, G.L. Clark, John Anderson, Progress Reports, undated
  25. “Gaseous Electronics,” L. Goldstein, G.L. Clark, John Anderson, Progress Reports, undated
  26. “General Electric’s Century: A History of the GE Company from its Origins to 1986,” George Wise, p. 1 – 140, undated
  27. “General Electric’s Century,” George Wise, p. 141-291, undated
  28. “General Electric’s Century,” George Wise, p. 292-430, undated
  29. “General Electric’s Century,” George Wise, p. 431-542, undated
  30. “General Electric’s Century,” George Wise, index, undated
  31. “The Hall Effect and Electron Drift Velocities in the Plasma of the Positive Column,” John Anderson, Report 63-RL-3433, 1963
  32. “The Hall Effect in Fluorescent Lamps,” John Anderson, Report 63-RL-3517G, 1963
  33. “Interaction of Microwaves in Gaseous Discharge Plasmas: Application to the Study of Fundamental Processes in Gases.” John Anderson, PhD. Thesis, 1955.
  34. “Interaction of Microwaves in Gaseous Discharge Plasmas: Application to the Study of Fundamental Processes in Gases,” John Anderson, L. Goldstein, Report, 1955
  35. “Long Range Navigation,” John Anderson, The Illinois Telegraph, Article,  Nov. 1946
  36. “Lumen Maintenance Experience with Compact SEF Fluorescent Lamps and the Effect of a Starting Pad on Maintenance,” John Anderson, Report 81-CRD-098, 1981
  37. “Lumen Maintenance Experience with SEF Lamps in the 3.5 Inch (8.9 cm) Diameter Conical Shape,” John Anderson, Report 79-CRD-226, 1979
  38. “Luminous Efficacy of the Litek Lamp Plasma – Phosphor System,” John Anderson, Report MOR-76-064, 1976
  39. “Matching High Frequency Cables for Total Phase Shift,” E.C. Hayden, C.T. Johnk, J.M. Anderson, Memorandum, 1951
  40. “Maximum Input Power on Efficacy of Spherical 8.9 cm (3.5 inch) Diameter SEF Lamps,” John Anderson, Report MOR-78-041, 1978
  41. “Measurement of A.C. Resistance For Selected Wire Compositions in the Range 100 KHZ to 2 MHZ,” John Anderson, Report MOR-78-032, 1978
  42. “Measurement of Zero Field Electron Thermal Emission With Application to Fluorescent Lamps,” John Anderson, Report 84-CRD-006, 1984
  43. “Performance of the Newly Developed Lithium Ferrites in Compact SEF Lamp,” John Anderson, Report 81-CRD-097, 1981
  44. “Performance Statistics of Newly Developed SEF Lamps in the 3.5 inch (8.9 cm) Conical Shape,” John Anderson, Report 80-CRD-013, 1980
  45. “A Preliminary Evaluation of Compact Electrodeless Fluorescent Lamps Operated At 13 MHZ With Air-Core Coupling,” John Anderson, Report 83-CRD-059, 1983
  46. “Primary Electron Energy Loss in the Negative Glow of A Low Pressure Arc,” John Anderson, Report 85-CRD-149, 1985
  47. “Progress Report on a Spherical Model of Low Pressure Electrode/Negative Glow Interaction with Application to the Fluorescent Lamp,” John Anderson, Report 85-CRD-055, 1985
  48. “Progress Report Summarizing Work During 1983 to Develop A Model For Electrode Operation in Fluorescent Lamps,” John Anderson, Report 84-CRD-048, 1984
  49. “Progress Report Summarizing Work to Understand and Improve F Lamp Cathodes,” John Anderson, Report 83-CRD-078, 1983
  50. “Pulse Receiver,” Memorandum, Photographs, 1952
  51. “Quenching of the Negative Glow of a D.C. Gaseous Discharge By Microwaves,” John Anderson, Memo EE-40, 1957
  52. “Radio Communications Through the Plasma Sheath Surrounding Re-Entry Vehicles,” John Anderson, Report P-264, 1961
  53. “Radio Frequency Power Loss Measurements on Certain of the New High Temperature Fertile Materials,” John Anderson, Report 76-CRD-134, 1976
  54. “Rapid Evaluation of the Fertile Materials According to R.F. Power Loss As A Function of Frequency,” John Anderson, Report MOR-75-O64, 1975
  55. Reprints of Articles, John Anderson, 1953, 1955-1957, 1960-1962, 1964, 1969-1970, 1980, 1985
  56. “Restricted Activation of Indicator Glow Lamps,” John Anderson, Report 64-MO-0899, 1964
  57. “The SEF Lamp: A Compact, Energy Efficient Replacement For the Incandescent Lamp,” John Anderson, Report 83-CRD-039, 1983
  58. “The SEF Lamp – A High Efficacy Incandescent Replacement,” GE Electronic Power Conditioning and Control Laboratory, 1978
  59. “SEF Fluorescent Lamps Operating At Frequencies Above the Broadcast Band,” John Anderson, Report 77-CRD-021, 1977
  60. “Solenodial Electric Field Operation of High Intensity Discharges,” John Anderson, C.L. Chalek, & P.D. Johnson, Report 80-CRD-076, 1980
  61. “Survey of Available Ferrites and SEF Lamp Operation in the G24 Size at 250 KHZ,” John Anderson, Report MOR-77-053, 1977
  62. “Temperature Determination in High Pressure Sodium Discharges By Detection of RF Thermal Noise,” John Anderson, Report 74-CRD-296, 1974
  63. “Visits to European Laboratories During the Period August 28 – Sept. 20, 1961,” John Anderson, Memorandum, 1961
  64. “Volt Ampere Characteristics For Neon, Argon, Krypton Plus Mercury Discharges At 50KHZ in a T-20 Envelope,” John Anderson, Report MOR-75-046, 1975
  65. “Volt Ampere Characteristics of the Positive Column in Rare Gas/Mercury Mixtures At the Low Discharge Currents And Consequences For Ease of Starting,” John Anderson, Report MOR-75-022, 1975