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  • Wireless Telegraph Key Operated by Sarnoff During the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

  • David Sarnoff, Albert Einstein, and others at the RCA Wireless Station in New Brunswick, 1921

  • The First Color Television Picture Tube (Shadow Mask CRT), c. 1949

  • David Sarnoff Announcing the Beginning of Television Broadcasting at the 1939 New York World’s Fair

  • Sarnoff consulting scholar and curator Dr. Benjamin Gross with Professor Anita Allyn and digital arts students

  • RCA’s black-and-white television assembly line in Camden, NJ

  • Exhibit designs for Innovations that Changed the World, opening October 2, 2013

Welcome

The Sarnoff Collection is named in honor of David Sarnoff, longtime chairman of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and internationally renowned pioneer in radio and television. The Collection comprises over 6,000 artifacts that document major developments in communication and electronics in the 20th century.

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Princess Elettra Marconi Visits TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection

Princess Elettra Marconi Visits TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection

Princess Elettra Marconi, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi—widely known as the “Father of Radio”—visited TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection on June 15th. Princess Marconi’s trip to Ewing is part of a North American tour commemorating the 140th anniversary of her father’s birth.  The Princess was greeted by TCNJ President Barbara Gitenstein and members of the faculty and staffContinue Reading

Cutting-Edge Interactive Exhibit Designs by TCNJ Students, February 7

Cutting-Edge Interactive Exhibit Designs by TCNJ Students, February 7

TCNJ’s Interactive Multimedia Department and the Sarnoff Collection are pleased to present the “Sarnoff Interactive Exhibit Expo” a showcase of student interactive design projects to be held on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event, which will be held in the Sarnoff Collection in Roscoe West Hall, is free and open toContinue Reading

“Electronic Treasures of The Sarnoff Collection” Featured in IEEE Spectrum Magazine

“Electronic Treasures of The Sarnoff Collection” Featured in IEEE Spectrum Magazine

The IEEE Spectrum magazine and website features an 8-page article on TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection and the new exhibition highlighting the rich history of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). As the article explains, “The history of the Radio Corporation of America is in many ways the history of 20th-century American innovation.” To see the onlineContinue Reading

Sarnoff Collection Opens on October 2

Sarnoff Collection Opens on October 2

On October 2, TCNJ opened a major exhibition that explores the state’s pioneering contributions to the electronics industry.  Innovations That Changed the World traces the history of telecommunications from the invention of radio to the dawn of information age using objects drawn from TCNJ’s David Sarnoff Collection. This world-class assemblage of artifacts, named after theContinue Reading

Mercer Makes: Innovation & Technology in the Capital County–a daylong symposium at TCNJ, October 4

Mercer Makes: Innovation & Technology in the Capital County–a daylong symposium at TCNJ, October 4

TCNJ will be the site of the daylong symposium “Mercer Makes: Innovation and Technology in the Capital County” to be held on Friday, October 4, from 8:300 to 4:30 in the Education Building, Room 212. The program will include presentations by Dr. Benjamin Gross and Dr. Alexander Magoun that will examine the history of RCAContinue Reading

IEEE Foundation Awards Major Grant to Sarnoff Collection at TCNJ

IEEE Foundation Awards Major Grant to Sarnoff Collection at TCNJ

The College of New Jersey is pleased to announce that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Foundation has awarded a grant of $19,800 for the establishment of a new study center in connection with TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection. The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, and the IEEEContinue Reading

Sarnoff Consultant Ben Gross on RCA and LCDs

Sarnoff Consultant Ben Gross on RCA and LCDs

IEEE Spectrum magazine article by Dr. Benjamin Gross, consulting scholar for the Sarnoff Collection, “How RCA Lost the LCD.” RCA owned the early patents but failed to commercialize the liquid crystal display. For the full article click here.  

TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection Featured at International History Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland

The Sarnoff Collection was featured at Artefacts, an international conference of historians of science and technology. The conference, hosted by the National Museums of Scotland, took place October 7 to 9, 2012 and showcased projects that place scientific and technical objects into a global context. Dr. Benjamin Gross, the Sarnoff Collection’s lead historical consultant andContinue Reading

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