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S. Joseph Begun Papers,
1888 - 2000 (bulk 1927-1995)

Extent and Forms of Material: 21 cubic feet: (46 boxes)
Creator: Semi Joseph Begun
Abstract: Semi Joseph Begun was a pioneer in magnetic recording. The papers document Begun’s professional career in the field of magnetic recording.
Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; archivescenter@si.edu; 202-633-3270; www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives
Collection Number: AC0535
Processing Note: Processed by Bob Vietrogoski (intern), August 1996; revised by Alison Oswald (archivist), 2002.
© 2007 by the Smithsonian Institution. All rights reserved.

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Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.
Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an “as needed” basis, as resources allow.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Preferred Citation: [Title and date of item], S. Joseph Begun Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

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In-depth information about the collection

Administrative/biographical history
Scope and content
System of arrangement
Languages
Acquisition information
Accruals
Access points
Container listing

Administrative/biographical history

Semi Joseph Begun, a pioneer in magnetic recording, was born in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland) on December 2, 1905. He earned an M.S. in Engineering in 1929 and a doctorate in 1933 from the Institute of Technology in Berlin for work related to magnetic recording. In 1929, he began working for Schuchhardt A.G., where he designed the first commercially successful magnetic recorder. Later, he worked for Echophon A.G. and C. Lorenz A.G., where he designed the first magnetic tape recorder for use by the German Broadcasting System. Begun emigrated to America in 1935 and worked in New York City both for the Guided Radio Corporation and independently. He and Sidney Wolf formed two companies Acoustic Consultants and Magnetone, a holding company for Begun’s patents. In 1938, he joined the Brush Development Company in Cleveland, Ohio. During World War II, Begun served as a member of the National Defense Research Committee. After the war, he wrote Magnetic Recording (1949), the first textbook on the subject. In 1952, the Brush Development Company merged with the Cleveland Graphite Bronze Company to form the Clevite Corporation. Begun held several executive positions at Clevite, including Director of Advanced Development and Vice President for International Operations. He was a member of Clevite’s Board of Directors and assisted in the merger between Clevite and Gould National Battery in 1968. In 1969, Begun formed Science Management, Inc., (SMI) to serve investment groups and other interested clients with the evaluation of new and existing products and to appraise management ability of new ventures with high technology products. In 1971, Begun founded Auctor Associates, Inc., a consulting firm focused on high technology markets. In 1983, he founded the Society for Prevention of Violence, a non-profit educational organization. Begun held over 50 patents and was the recipient of numerous professional awards. He died in Cleveland on January 5, 1995.


Scope and content

The S. Joseph Begun Papers contain correspondence, memoranda, patents, printed matter, reports, speeches and writings, awards, biographical materials, and autobiographical and historical material documenting the life and career of S. Joseph Begun.

The first series, Personal Papers, is arranged alphabetically by general subject and contains materials related to Begun’s education, biographical files and obituaries, and awards.

The second and largest series, Professional Files, is organized in general chronological order. Following broad subdivisions covering his early activities in Germany and America, these materials are grouped by corporate affiliation: Brush, the National Defense Research Committee, Clevite, Gould, Science and Management, Inc., and Auctor Associates, Inc. It should be noted that Begun’s involvement with various organizations often overlaps; his continuous employment with Brush, Clevite, and Gould means that similar letterheads may be found under different corporate bodies.

The third series, Writings and Speeches, documents Begun’s publications and presentations, and includes drafts, correspondence, programs, printed matter, magazines, and reprints. It should be stressed that this series is not a bibliography. The series is arranged chronologically.

The fourth and final series, Autobiographical and Historical Materials, reflects Begun’s efforts in his last years to write his autobiography. He wrote drafts, interviewed former co-workers such as Al Dank and Otto Kornei from the Brush Development Company, and accumulated a considerable number of articles and other materials on the history of magnetic recording. Additional materials include a copy of Begun’s autobiography, My Years in Magnetic Recording: Dr. Semi Joseph Begun, as edited by Dr. Mark Clark.


System of arrangement

The papers are arranged into four series.
Series 1: Personal Papers, 1927-1998
Subseries 1, Academic Records, 1927-1933
Subseries 2, Awards, 1929-1994, undated
Subseries 3, Biographical files, circa1935-1994; 1998
Subseries 4, Correspondence, 1946-1992
Subseries 5, Diary fragments, 1969-1970
Subseries 6, Wire Recorder, 1983-1994
Subseries 7, Financial Records, 1960
Subseries 8, Obituaries, 1995
Subseries 9, Photographs, circa 1940s-1987
Series 2: Personal Papers, 1927-1998
Subseries 1, Early Career in Germany, 1929-1949
Subseries 2, Early Career in America, 1935-1948
Subseries 3, Brush Development Company, 1936-1960s
Subseries 4, National Defense Research Committee, 1942-1948
Subseries 5, Electro-Sonic Laboratories, Inc., circa, 1924, 1938, 1953-1962
Subseries 6, Clevite, 1952-1979
Subseries 7, Gould, Inc., 1968-1989
Subseries 8, Science and Management, Inc., circa, 1969-1970
Subseries 9, Auctor Associates, Inc., circa, 1968-1992
Series 3: Writings and Speeches, 1930-1988
Series 4: Autobiographical and Historical Materials, 1888 (bulk 1930-2000)

Languages

Some materials in German and Russian.


Acquisition information

The bulk of Begun’s papers were donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History by his widow, Ruth Begun, in July 1995.


Accruals

Ruth Begun donated additional materials in October 1996 and in November 2001.


Access points

Subjects/Topical:
Magnetic recorders and recording

Form/Genre:
Awards
Biography files
Business records—20th century
Correspondence—20th century
Memoranda
Patents
Photographs—1900-2000
Personal papers—20th century
Professional papers
Reports
Speeches


Container listing

Box Folder  
    SERIES 1: PERSONAL PAPERS, 1927-1998
    Subseries 1, Academic Records, 1927-1933
1 1-2 "Comprehensive Examination," 1929
1A 1 Thesis, 1932
  2-3 Dissertation, 1933
  4-7 Notebook #1, circa 1927-1933
2 1-2 Notebook #2, circa 1927-1933
  3-5 Notebook #3, circa 1927-1933
  6-7 Subseries 2, Awards, 1929-1994, undated
42   Diplomas and other awards, 1929-1994
3 1-2 Subseries 3, Biographical files, circa 1935-1994; 1998
  3 Subseries 4, Correspondence, 1946-1992
  4 Subseries 5, Diary fragments, 1969-1970
  4A Subseries 6, Wire Recorder, 1983-1994
  5 Subseries 7, Financial Records, 1960
  6 Subseries 8, Obituaries, 1995
  7 Subseries 9, Photographs, circa 1940s-1987
    SERIES 2: PROFESSIONAL FILES, 1924-1992
    Subseries 1, Early Career in Germany, 1929-1949
  8 CIRCA Lorenz, printed matter, 1936, 1949
  9 Dailygraph instruction booklet, circa 1931
  10 Echophon, 1929-1932
  11 Patents, 1932-1943 (German)
    Subseries 2, Early Career in America, 1935-1948
  12 Correspondence--Acoustic Consultants, 1938-1940
  13 Correspondence--C. Lorenz A.G., 1935-1936
  14 Correspondence--Federal Telegraph Company, 1936, undated
  15-16 Correspondence--General, 1935-1937, undated
  17 Correspondence--Kallman, Heinz E., 1936-1941
  18 Correspondence--Kosters, Heinrich
  19-20 Correspondence--Pineles, S. Michael, 1936-1944
  21 Correspondence--Saraga, W., 1936-1937
  22 Correspondence--Steudel, H.A., 1936-1937
4 1-2 Wolf, Sidney K., 1936-1948, undated
  3 Correspondence--Guided Radio Corporation, 1935-1937
  4 Magnetone--Correspondence, Linguaphone, 1937
  5 Magnetone--License agreements, 1937, 1944-1945
  6 Magnetone--Miscellany, 1935-1940
  7-8 Magnetone--Patents, 1936-1940, undated
  9 Magnetone--"Some Historic Data," undated
  10 Magnetone--Clippings, 1930s-1940s
    Subseries 3, Brush Development Company, 1936-1960s; 1990
  10A History of Brush Development, 1946; 1990
  11 Annual report (typescript), 1947
  12-15 Correspondence--Magnetic Recording Industries, 1948-1954
  16 Correspondence--"R," 1947
  17 Correspondence--New employment, 1952-1953
  18 Correspondence--Sonotone Corporation, 1936-1937, 1941-1942, 1952
5 1-6 Correspondence and memoranda, 1940-1952
  7 Demonstration of stereo sound for television, 1954
  8 Export matters, 1947
  8A Legal Case, Armour Research vs. Brush Development, 1949
  9 Lists of visitors and travel, 1951
  10 Merger agreement, 1952
  11 Play House Theater Committee, 1950
  12 Printed matter, circa 1940s-1960s
  13 Product Files--BK-201 Railroad Wire Recorder, 1946-1948
  14 Product Files--BK-303 Wire Recorder, 1947
  15 Product Files--BK-312 Drum Recorder, 1950-1952
  16-20 Product Files--BK-401 Soundmirror, 1946-1949 (includes photographs)
6 1 Product Files--BK-403/413 Portable Tape Recorder, 1947, 1949
  2-3 Product Files--BK-411/414/424 Soundmirror, 1948-1950 (2)
  4 Product Files--BK-415 Soundmirror, 1949
  5 Product Files--BK-416 Chassis, 1948-1949
  6 Product Files--BK430 Airport Recorder, 1949-1950
  7 Product Files--BK-443 Soundmirror, 1951-1952
  8-11 Product Files--BK-501 "Mail-A-Voice," 1947-1950, undated (includes Mail-A-Voice disk and photographs)
  12 Product Files--BK-602 Tape, 1949
  13-14 Magnetic recording accessories, 1947-1950
7 1-2 Magnetic recording accessories, 1951-1952
  3-6 Magnetic recording media, 1947-1952
  7-8 Magnetic storage devices (computer memory), 1949
  9 RC-20 Cutter, 1940
  10 TA-2 Transient Analyzer, 1941
  11 Soundmirror--Promotional materials, printed matter, 1939-1950
  12 Soundmirror--Survey of Soundmirror outlets, 1949
  13 Soundmirror--Telephone conference recorder, 1949
  14 Soundmirror--Transcription recorder, 1949
  15 Soundmirror--Promotional literature and photographs, circa 1945-1950
8 1 Reports--"Development of Improved Magnetic Recording Media," 1947
  2 Reports--"Electron Beam Reproducing Head for Magnetic Tape Recording," 1953
  3 Reports--Engineering Division reports, miscellaneous, 1948-1952
  4 Reports--Magnetic Components Division, 1952
  4A Reports--List of firms & labs working with electronic computers, 1952
45   Reports--"Non-Linear Systems, Incirca, undated
8 5 Reports--"Organization Chart and Manual for the Manufacturing, Division of the Brush Development Company," The Trundle Engineering Company, 1947
  6 Reports--"Plated Magnetic Sound Carriers," 1944-1945
  7-8 Reports--"Report on the Magnetophone"/ reports on European tape development, 1944-1945
  9 Seismic Recording--Correspondence, The Texas Company (Texaco) 1953
  10 Seismic Recording--General Correspondence, 1955
  11 Travel Files, Europe, 1950
  12 International Magnetic Sound Meeting, 1952
  13 Clippings, undated
    Subseries 4, National Defense Research Committee, 1942-1948
9 1-3 Correspondence and memoranda, 1942-1948
  4 Minutes, 1943-1945
  5 Miscellaneous, 1943-1945
  6 Reports--"Magnetic Disk Recording . . .," 1943
  7 Reports--"Investigations on New Magnetic Recording Media," 1945
  8 Reports--"Investigations on New Magnetic Recording Media," 1945
    Subseries 5, Electro-Sonic Laboratories, Incirca, 1924, 1938, 1953-1962
  9 Certificate of Incorporation, 1952-1956
  10-13 Correspondence, January 1953-October 1953
10 1-13 Correspondence, November 1953-April 1958
11 1-10 Correspondence, May 1958-1962
12 1 Drawings, blueprints, plans, 1924, 1938, circa 1950s
  2-3 Financial statements, 1953-1959
  4 Financial statements, 1953-1959
  5 Minutes, Board of Directors meetings, 1953-1955
  6 Miscellaneous, circa 1953-1961
  7 Otis Elevator Company, 1955-1958, undated
  8 Printed matter, miscellaneous, circa 1953-1959
  9 Promotional literature, circa 1953-1959
  10 Stock prospecti, 1959
13 1 Stockholder reports, 1953-59
  2 Stock-related records, 1953-1961
    Subseries 6, Clevite, 1952-1979
  2A Agreement with ITT Corp., 1964
  3 Annual and Quarterly reports, 1965-1968
  4-6 Corporate announcements, 1963-1969
  7 Corporate publications--Clevite Ordnance, undated
  8 Corporate publications--General, 1967-1969
  9-14 Correspondence, memoranda, statements--1952-1967
14 1-4 Correspondence, memoranda, statements--1968-1979
  5-8 Director's statements, meeting minutes, 1959-1962, 1967-1968
15 1 Industrial Research Institute, 1967-1970
  2 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., 1969-1970
  3 Japan files--Correspondence, miscellaneous, 1959-1961; undated
  4-5 Japan files--Report of Begun trips, 1959, 1961
  6 Japan files--Clippings, 1959-1963; undated
  7 Japan files--General, 1953-1963; undated
  8 Japan files--NKB Research, 1959-1963
  9 Legal records, Erie Resistor Corp. & Clevite Corp. vs. United States, 1960
16 1-6 Merger files--1968 April-1969 April
17 1-4 Merger files--1969 May-1969 August
  5 Clippings, 1968-1969
  6 Correspondence and notes, 1968-1969
  6A Publication--"Cleviter," 1960
  6B Publication--Clevite Journal, 1958
  7 Product Index, 1961
18 1 Reports--Military specifications, Sound Recorder-Reproducer, 1952-1957
  2 Reports--"Magnetic Printing," 1955
  3 Reports--"Magnetic Inking as Related to the Graphic Arts, Magnetographic Recording, and High Speed Printing," 1955-1956
  4 Reports--"Study of High Packing Density Magnetic Tape Storage Devices," 1956
  5 Reports--"A Survey of Promising Areas in the Field of Nuclear Energy," 1956
19 1-4 Reports--"Tape Packing Factor Study," 1956-1957
  5 Reports--"Market Survey Report: Cast and Sintered Bronze Bars and Bushings," 1957
  6 Reports--"Proposal: Investigation into Methods of Increasing the Information Packing Factor on Magnetic Tape, 1957
  7-8 Reports--"Status Report on an Advanced Magnetic Development," 1958
20 1 Reports--"Report on Operations Electronic Research Division," 1961
  2 Reports--Reports on other countries, miscellaneous, 1961
  3 Reports--"Experimental Study of Application of Magnetic Recording to Digital Transducers," 1963
  4 Reports--"Top Management Classification Manual," Employee Handbook, 1966, undated
  5-6 Reports--"Clevite Research Center Proposed 1968 Operations," 1967 (2 copies)
  7 Reports--Clevite Technical Center Discussions and Mid-Year Reviews, 1968-1969
  8 Reports--"Technical Management Information Summary," 1969
21 1 Reports--"Outlook for Major Military Equipment Programs: 1970-1974," 1969
  2 Reports--"Clevite Canada Ltd. Mechanical Products Division 1970 Annual Plan," 1969
  3 Reports--"Clevite de Mexico Annual Report and Long Range Plan, 1969
  3A Reports--Theory of Magnetography, undated
43   Clevite Bearing Division Long Range Plan & Annual Program, 1969
Clevite Electronic Components, Division of Clevite
21 4 Rosters of annual corporate management meeting, 1960-1966
  5 Roster of Executive & Administrative & Professional Personnel, 1957
  6 Roster of Executive & Administrative & Professional Personnel, [1968?]
  7 Directory of Executive, Administrative & Professional Personnel of [Cleveland Graphite Bronze Co.], 1946
22 1-3 Stock prospecti, options, disclosure statements, 1960-1969
    Subseries 7, Gould, Inc., 1968-1989
  4-11 Correspondence, memoranda, announcements, 1969 August-1970 March
23 1-7 Correspondence, memoranda, announcements, 1970 April-1988
  8-9 Facsimile systems, 1970
24 1 Minutes, 1970
  2-3 Reports--Annual reports, 1968, 1970, 1986-1987
  4 Reports--"Gould's Replacement Parts Business," 1970
  5 Reports--"Extending the Management Incentive Plan," 1970
  6 Reports--"Market Evaluation, Piezoelectric Division," 1970
  7 Reports--Miscellaneous, circa 1980s
  8 Reports--"Independent Research and Development," 1981
25 1 Reports--"GLMR Resources Review," 1981
  2 Reports--Minisupercomputers: An In-Depth Analysis," 1987
44-45   "Product Plans," 1989
25 3 "Test and Measurement Instruments and Systems," 1989
  4-5 Stock prospecti, options, 1969-1971, 1982
    Subseries 8, Science and Management, Inc., 1969-1970
  6-10 General files--1969 June-1970 August
26 1 General files, circa 1969-1970
    Subseries 9, Auctor Associates, Inc., 1968-1992
  2 Bally--Correspondence and memoranda, 1977-1984; undated
  3 Bally--Disclosure form, 1981
  4 Bally--Gunter Wulff printed matter, 1975; undated
  5 Bally--Patents, 1968-1979
  6 Promotional materials, circa 1970s-1980s
  7 Reports--"The Coin Operated and Home Electronic Games Market," 1976
27 1 Reports--"Strategic Profile," 1978 & Annual Report, 1982
46   Reports--"Year End Review--Executive Summary Report," 1992
27 2 Interlake--Acme Packaging, 1981
  3 Interlake--Annual reports, 1981-1987
  4 Interlake--Arwood Corp., 1984; undated
  5-7 Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS)--General, circa 1981-1985
28 1 "IK Review 1988," 1987-1988
  2-5 Product literature, circa 1981-1985
  6 "Report on the European Market for Automated Guided Vehicles," 1981
46   "Chem-Tronics, Inc., Annual Report," 1984
    "Troubleshooting Flow Diagram Index, 1984-1985"
29 1-5 Correspondence and memoranda, 1983-1989
  6-9 Hoeganes Corp., 1983-1987
  10 InterViews, 1981-1986
30 1 Miscellaneous, circa 1981-1985
  2 Nilsen (U.S.A.) Inc., 1984
  3 Reports--"Investment / Die Casting Group 1985 Plan Critique," 1984
  4 Reports--"Material Handling & Storage Products Division 1985 Profit Plan Critique, " 1984
  5 Reports--Other companies, 1985-1986
  6 Reports--Re: Plastics, 1983
  7 Reports--Strategic Plan, 1984
  8 Contracts, 1971
31 1-9 Correspondence, 1978
  10 Financial Records, 1971-1972
  11 General Files, 1970-1973
  12 List of Personnel, 1970
  13 Miscellaneous, circa 1970-73
  14 Partnership agreement, 1994-1995
32 1 Printed matter, 1971
  2 Promotional literature, 1970-1971; undated
  3 Solicitation letters, 1970-1974
  4 Telephone lists, circa 1971-1986
    SERIES 3: WRITINGS & SPEECHES, 1930-1988
  5 Talk re: the Dailygraph (in German), circa 1930
  6 "Die Verwendung von Telephon-Aufnahme-Maschinen Zum Empfang von Schnell-Telegraphie," Sonderdruck, v. 5, 1931
  7 Die Diktiermaschine im Grossbetrieb," Elektrotechnische Zeitschrift, v. 9, 3 Marz 1932
  8 "The New Steel Tone Tape Machine," Electrical Communication, 15:1, July 1936
  9 "Recent Developments in Magnetic Sound Recording," Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, 28:5, May 1937
  10 "Magnetic Recording-Reproducing Machine for Objective Study," Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, 29:2, August 1937
  11 "On Synthetic Reverberation," (with S.K. Wolf), Communications, August 1938
  12 "Magnetic Recording," Electronics, 11:9, September 1938
  13 "A New Magnetic Recorder and Its Adaptations," Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, v. 33, November 1939
  14 "Some Problems of Disk Recording," Proceedings of the I.R.E., 28:9, September 1940
  15 "New Recording Machine Combining Disk Recording and Magnetic Recording, with Short Reference to the Present Status of Each," Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, v. 35, November 1940
  16 "General Considerations of the Crystal Cutter," (with T.E. Lynch), Communications, December 1940
  17 "General Considerations Regarding Disc Recording and Playback," circa 1940
  18 "Temperature Controlled Disk Recording Cutter," Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, v. 36, June 1941
  19 "Magnetic Recording and Some of Its Applications in the Broadcast Field," Proceedings of the I.R.E., 29:8, August 1941
  19A "A New Instrument for Recording Transient Phenomena," AIEE, December 1941
  20 "The Correlation Between Elastic Deformation and Vertical Forces in Lateral Recording," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 13:3, January 1942
33 1 "A New Instrument for Recording Transient Phenomena," Electrical Engineering, 61:4, April 1942
  2 "Recent Developments in the Field of Magnetic Recording," Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, 48:1, January 1947
  3 "Schematic Ringhead & Equipment Circuit," 1948
  4 Magnetic Recording--Book, (New York: Murray Hill Books, 1949)
  5 Magnetic Recording--Correspondence, 1947-1949, 1958
  6-8 Magnetic Recording--Illustrations, 1949
34 1 "Magnetic Recording: Performance Characteristics and Standards for Magnetic Equipment," FM-TV, 9:5, May 1949
  2 "The Limitations of Sound Recording," Communications, August 1949
  3 "Magnetic Recording," Scientific Monthly, 59:3, September 1949
  4 "The Future of Magnetic Recording," Brush National Sales Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, October 31- November 1, 1949
  5 "Some Comments on Standardization and Magnetic Recording Equipment," Brush National, 1949
  6 Brush National Sales Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, November 2, 1949 (MISSING)
  7 Talk re: recording, Watson Laboratories, Red Bank, New Jersey, November 30, 1949
  8 "The Brush Multi-Channel Airport Recorder," Airways Communication Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, January 26, 1950
  9 Talk to students, Case Institute of Technology, February 22, 1950
  10 "Introduction to I.R.E. Symposium on Sound Recording," I.R.E. Convention, New York, New York, March 9, 1950
  11 Talk re: memory devices, Cleveland I.R.E. section, September 29, 1950
  12 "Europe As I Saw It," Men's Discussion Group of the Council on World Affairs, November 15, 1950
  13 Talk re: Brush Development Company, Cleveland Audio Engineering Society, February 21, 1951
  14 Talk re: magnetic recording, Boston I.R.E. section meeting, May 3, 1951
  15 Speaker introductions, Engineering Lecture Series, Brush Development Company, Cleveland, Ohio, October 18 and November 13, 1951
  16 Talk to students, Fenn College, March 1, 1952
  17 Talk to students, Case Institute of Technology, May 14, 1952
  18 "A Few Thoughts on Some Important Electronic Developments," Gilbert MacKay Associates Executive Forum dinner, New York, New York, June 12, 1952.
  19 Talk re: trends in electronic instrumentation, I.R.E. Symposium at Instrument Society of America Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, September 8-12, 1952
  20 "Memory Methods for Magnetic Recording," Rochester Section of the Photographic Society of America, Rochester, New York, February 12, 1953
  21 Talk re: European trip, I.R.E. Cleveland section, September 24, 1953
  22 Welcoming remarks, Department of Defense Symposium on Magnetic Recording, Washington, D.C., October 12, 1953
  23 Talk re: automation, Acme Steel Company, Chicago, Illinois, February 19, 1954
  24 "A Survey of Magnetic Recording," presented at AIEE Fall General Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, October 11-15, 1954, published in Communication and Electronics, January 1955
  24A Paper delivered at SEG program in Dallas re: geophysical exploration, November 1954
  24B A New Recorder for Geophysical Exploration Work, 1954
  25 "Magnetic Tape Improves Geophysical Recordings," Electronics, January 1955
35 1 "A New Magnetic Memory Device for Business Machines," A.I.E.E. Committee on Computing Devices, A.I.E.E. Winter General Meeting, New York, New York, January 31- February 4, 1955
  2 "The Application of Magnetic Recording for Geophysical Instrumentation," 10th Annual Instrument Conference of the Instrument Society of America, Los Angeles, California, September 12-16, 1955
  3 "Production of Electronic Circuits by Mechanized Wiring," (with Felix Rosenthal), Radio-Electronics-Television Manufacturers Association Symposium on Automation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 27, 1955
  4 Speaker introductions to "High Fidelity, Good or Bad," Audio Engineering Society Convention, New York, New York, October 15, 1955
  5 "Introductory Remarks to the Film Showing the Machine for Mechanized Wiring," November 10, 1955
  6 "Survey of Magnetic Recording," Pittsburgh Section of the
  7 "Measurement of Research Results," National Industrial Research Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 18, 1956
  7A Marketing Activities for Semi-Annual Meeting of Clevite Corp., June 25, 1956
  8 "Wrapped Electrical Connections Made Automatically," (with F. Rosenthal, R. F. Krejci, V. J. Galati), Electrical Manufacturing, December 1956
  9 "Theory of Magnetography," I.R.E. Convention, New York, New York, March 27, 1958
  10 "Economic and Political Implications of Electronic Development Abroad," Cleveland I.R.E. Section, September 8, 1960
  11 "The Application of True Direct Writing," Cleveland Electronics Conference, January 31- February 2, 1961
  12 "Experiments on Magnetic Tape Readout With an Electron Beam," (with M. M. Freundlich, D. I. Breitzer, J. B. Gehman, J. K. Lewis), Proceedings of the I.R.E., 49:2, February 1961
  13 "The Economic Consequences of the Development and Application of Semiconductors," Aachen Institute of Technology, Aachen, Germany, October 13, 1970.
  14 "Energy, Technology, and the Environment," Carroll Business Bulletin, 15:2, September 1, 1975
  15 "Impact Upon R & D," circa 1975-1976
  16 "The Energy Picture--A Call for Action," February 1976
  17 "The Energy Crisis and Rationalization," [Festschrift in honor of Dr. Kurt Pentzlin(?), 1977(?)]
  18 "Approaches to Violence Prevention and Control by the Begun Institute for Studies of Violence and Aggression," October 1982
  19 Talk with students, Case Western Reserve University, December 16, 1982
  20 "Lecture on Economy and Technology," November 15, 1988
  21 "Challenges and Opportunities for Engineers in Time of Rapid Change," circa 1988(?)
  22-23 Miscellaneous programs of other events at which Begun spoke, 1938-1954, 1976, undated
  24 Speech given in [California?], undated
    SERIES 4: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL & HISTORICAL, 1888 (bulk 1930-2000)
36 1-3 Articles about magnetic recording--In English, 1888-1993
  4 Articles about magnetic recording--Translated from German, 1988
  5-7 Articles about magnetic recording--In German, 1930-1987
  8 Articles about magnetic recording--In Russian, 1959
37 1 Articles about magnetic recording--General, 1958-1991
  2 Articles about magnetic recording--By Robert Angus, 1973 March
  3 Articles about magnetic recording--By Mark Mooney, undated
  4 Background Research--Bibliographies about magnetic recording, undated
  5 Background Research--List of Companies, undated
  6 Background Research--Patents, Others
    #3,577,191 Magnetic Head Assembly, 1971 May 4
    #3,579,213 Magnetic Head Accessing Mechanism Utilizing Spring Bias, 1971 May 18
    #3,610,837 Glass Bonded Ceramic Body for Magnetic Head, 1971 October 5
    Background Research--Patents, Semi Joseph Begun
    #5,474,090 Exercise Monitoring System Capable of Simultaneous Transmission of Voice & Physiological Data, 1995 December 12
  7 Background Research--Patent Records (National Archives photocopies), 1899
  8-9 Background Research--Miscellaneous, 1935-1988
  10-11 Correspondence--General, 1933-1944, 1989
38 1 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Acoustic Consultants, undated
  2 Correspondence--Alphabetical, AT & T, 1989
  3 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Beasley, David, 1984-1986
  4 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Carr, Jean, 1988
  5 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Cawley, Terrence, 1983
  6 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Clark, Mark, 1992
  7 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Cox, Arthur, 1988-1989
  8 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Delson, Max, 1988
  9 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Engel, Friedrich Karl, 1986-1989
  10 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Finkelstein, Jimmy, 1989
  11 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Gandy, James W., 1988-1990
  12 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., 1988-1991
  13 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Kornei, Otto, 1989
  14 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Leitmeyer, 1987
  15 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Lutz, Hans, 1988
  16 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Massa, Frank, 1988
  17 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Morton, David, 1989
  18 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Page, Harry, 1988
  19 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Roys, H.E., 1978-1979
  20 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Ruch, Paul, 1987
  21 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Shomer, John, 1987-1988
  22 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Sobel, Nat, 1988
  23 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Stachura, Don, 1983
  24 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Sunier, John, 1988
  25 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Temmer, Stephen, 1988
39 1-8 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Thiele, Heinz, 1982-1994
  9 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Weber Furniture Service, Inc., 1984
  10 Correspondence--Alphabetical, Museums, 1984, 1986
  11 Correspondence--Miscellaneous, 1983-1984
40 1-6 Photographs--General, circa 1950s-1984, undated
  7 Photographs--Magnetic Recording/German Magnetone, undated
  8 Photographs--National Sales Conference, 1949
  9 Photographs--Howard W. Sams & Co., Inc., Photofact, 1983
41 1 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Draft History of Magnetic Recording, 1988
  2 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Draft, Outline & Introduction, 1992
  3 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Draft, Preface, undated
  4 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Draft, Introduction to book, undated
  5 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Draft, Chapter 1, undated
  6 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Draft, Chapter 5, undated
  7 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Draft, [Chapter 6? Who Invented High Frequency Biasing?], undated
  8 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Draft, Brush Years, 1992
  9 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Draft, Profile of an Entrepreneur, undated
  10 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Draft, Fragment 1989-1994
  11 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Background, 1988
  12 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Background, Oberlin Smith, 1949-1990
  13 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Interviews (general), 1986-1988
  14 Drafts of Book & Chapters--Interviews with Semi Joseph Begun, 1986; 1988
  15 Book--My Years With Magnetic Recording: Dr. Semi Joseph Begun, 1995
Book--Magnetic Recording: The Ups and Downs of a Pioneer, The Memoirs of Semi Joseph Begun, 2000

 

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