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    William Dandridge Terrell Papers, 1911-1964.
     
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    Creator: 
    Terrell, William Dandridge (radio communication specialist), 1871-1960s (collector, author).
    Title: 
    William Dandridge Terrell Papers, 1911-1964.
    Phy. Description: 
    0.5 cu. ft.
    1 box: 8 folders.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid
    Bio / His Notes: 
    William Dandridge Terrell (1871-1965) was born in rural Virginia and worked in government service for twenty-two years in the communications field. His specific duties are unknown, but in 1911, after his government service, he was appointed to a New York civilian post. His new duty was to insure the efficient operation of the freshly pioneered wireless apparatus on all Atlantic based Naval ships. In 1915, Terrell was transferred to Washington, D.C. where he supervised a staff of thirty-five. As Chief of Radio Division in the Commerce Department, Terrell was responsible for monitoring the [the use of?] radio nation's defense forces. Terrell was promoted to Chief of Field Operations for the Federal Radio Commission (FRC), which was created in 1934. Terrell continued in that post even when the FRC was changed to Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Terrell retired to Florida in 1943 at the age of 72. He died on March 23, 1965.
    Scope and Content: 
    Collection documents William Dandridge Terrell's life from his 1911 appointment to the Commerce Department to the his death in the 1960s. The collection consists of a brief and partially completed autobiography and descendant listing; a large body of correspondence related to financial planning, insurance policies, and appointment notices; a program from an American Wireless Operators Convention held in his honor; several retirement announcements; business correpsondence concerning Terrell's inspection job from 1911-1914; and four photographs of Terrell, his family, and his friends. .
    Provenance: 
    Donated to the Division of Electricity by Terrell's wife in 1967. Transferred from the Division of Electricity, 3/30/84.
    Cite as: 
    William Dandridge Terrell Papers, 1911-1964, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Radio communication specialists
    Communications
    Radio -- History
    Radio -- Defense.
    National defense
    Wireless communication system
    Subject-Name: 
    United States. Commerce Department
    United States. Federal Radio Commission
    Form / Genre: 
    Personal papers -- 20th century.
    Photographs -- 20th century
    Correspondence -- 1930-1950
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Local Number: 
    1997.3094 (NMAH Acc.)
    Co-Creator: 
    Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI collector.
    Item Information
    RepositoryCall No. 
    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0097Add Copy to MyList

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