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    William Dandrige Terrell Papers, 1911-1965.
     
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    Creator: 
    Terrell, William Dandrige (radio communication specialist), 1871-1960s (collector, author).
    Title: 
    William Dandrige Terrell Papers, 1911-1965.
    Phy. Description: 
    0.5 cu. ft.
    1 box: 8 folders.
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Terrell, born in rural Virginia, performed government services for 22 years in the communications field, specific duties unknown. In 1911, after this service, he was appointed to a New York civilian post, to ensure the smooth operation of the freshly pioneered wireless on all Atlantic-based Naval ships. This collection begins with Terrell's appointment. In 1915, he was transferred to Washington, where he was given a trans-national staff of 35 and interdepartmental duties among the armed forces divisions. As Chief of Radio Division in the Commerce Department, he was responsible for monitoring the institution of radio into the nation's defense forces. After 19 years in this field, he was promoted to Chief of Field Operations for the Federal Radio Commission, created 1934. He continued in that post even when the FRC was changed into the FCC. After granting a special FCC request that he serve for a few more years after normal retirement age, he finally retired to Florida in 1943 at 72.
    Scope and Content: 
    Collection documents Terrell's life from his 1911 appointment to the years immediately before his death in the mid-1960s. Includes: a brief, partial autobiography and descendant listing; a large body of correspondence ranging from financial planning to insurance policies to appointment notices; a program from an American Wireless Operators convention held in his honor; several retirement announcements and best wishes; business correspondence concerning Terrell's inspection job, largely covering 1911-1914; and 4 photographs of Terrell, family, and friends.
    Provenance: 
    Donated to the Division of Electricity by Terrell's wife in 1967. Transferred from the Division of Electricity, 3/30/84.
    Finding aids: 
    Preliminary inventory.
    Cite as: 
    William Dandrige Terrell Papers, 1911-1965, 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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