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    Ralph H. Baer Papers, 1943-1953, 1966-1972, 1991, 2000-2006.
     
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    Creator: 
    Baer, Ralph H., 1922- (creator, donor).
    Title: 
    Ralph H. Baer Papers, 1943-1953, 1966-1972, 1991, 2000-2006.
    Phy. Description: 
    3 cu. ft. : 11 boxes and 1 oversize folder.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid Electronic Resource
    Bio / His Notes: 
    German-born inventor, engineer, and ordnance specialist who immigrated to the United States with his family in 1938. He served in the United States Army in World War II and became a specialist in military small arms. After graduating with a B.S. in television engineering, he worked for a series of firms until joining Sanders Associates, a defense industry contractor, in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he became chief engineer for equipment design until his retirement in 1987. Beginning in 1966, Baer began experimenting with ways to use a home television set for interactive games. Sanders eventually licensed Baer’s inventions to Magnavox, which sold them successfully as the game Odyssey, and to Atari. Baer has been a prolific inventor of toys, games, and other consumer electronic products.
    Scope and Content: 
    Notes, papers, photographs, oversize diagrams and engineering blueprints, 1 book, 3 1/2" VHS videotapes, 4 CD-ROMs, 7 audio cassettes. The papers include autobiographical materials and an extended oral history interview. The 2006 addendum, the largest portion of the collection, relates to Baer's work on the development of video games while at Sanders Associates, and consists of notes, drawings, engineering schematics, laboratory notebooks, and administrative materials. Baer retrieved these documents from a Chicago law firm years after they had been assembled for various legal cases involving his television game inventions. Digital surrogates of documents in Series 3, TV Game Documents, 1966-1972, are linked to the container list in the online version of the finding aid. The papers include autobiographical materials and an extended oral history interview; and materials about military small arms created by Baer during his World War II service. Two 2008 addenda include approximately one half of one cubic foot of papers relating to the World War II service of Hans Otto Mauksch, an officer in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service; and approximately one third of one cubic foot of papers relating to Ralph Baer's work in military intelligence during World War II.
    Organization: 
    Divided into four series: (1) Autobiographical Materials, 1991,2000-2006; (2) World War II Small Arms, 1943-1953; (3) Hans otto Mauksch Materials, 1944-1964; and (4) TV Games, 1966-1972.
    Provenance: 
    Collection donated by Ralph H. Baer in 2003 and by Larry Mauksch in 2007. Addendum donated in 2006 and 2007.
    Finding aids: 
    Finding aid available in repository and online (click finding aid hyperlink). Series 2 processed by Alison L. Oswald, 2003. Series 1 and 4 processed by Cory Bernat, March 2006. Series 3 processed by Tiffany Draut.
    Loc. of Assoc. Material: 
    The Division of Information Technology and Communications holds artifacts related to this collection, including early video game prototypes and TV Game products. Accession number 2006.0102.
    Cite as: 
    Ralph H. Baer Papers, 1943-1953, 1966-1972, 1991, 2000-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Restrictions: 
    Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
    Fees for commercial reproduction.
    Copyright transferred to Smithsonian Institution in Deed of Gift.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Television -- History
    Video games
    Weapons
    World War, 1939-1945
    Rifles
    Pistols
    Machine guns
    Military intelligence
    Litigation
    Firearms
    Toys -- 20th century
    Books
    Inventions -- 20th century
    Games
    Form / Genre: 
    CD-ROMs
    Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
    Manuals -- 1940-1950
    Drawings -- 1940-1950
    Notes
    Sketches
    Diagrams
    Photographs -- 20th century
    Correspondence -- 1950-2000
    Oral history -- 2000-2010.
    Interviews -- 2000-2010.
    Audiotapes
    Videotapes
    Audio cassettes
    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: 
    2003.3105 (NMAH Acc.)
    2006.3024 (NMAH Acc.)
    2008.3033 (NMAH Acc.)
    2008.3032 (NMAH Acc.)
    Item Information
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0854Add Copy to MyList

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