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Edward Julian Nally Papers

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Nally, Edward Julian, 1859-1953

Nally was a communications executive, a pioneeer in telegraph, telephone, and radio. He started as a messenger boy (1875) in St. Louis with the Western Union Telegraph Company and became president of RCA in 1919.

The collection contains personal papers of Nally which trace the development of his career in the communications industry. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, and printed matter from Nally's earliest days with the Western Union Telegraph Co. (1875-1890), through his tenure with the Postal Telegraph Cable Co. (1890-1913), to his years with the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. of America (1913-1919); the bulk of the collection, however, covers his years with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), for which he served as first president (1919-1923) and director, providing insight into the growth of the company, from its nascent development to its world-wide communications empire. Technological developments in radio and television (color and "ultrafax") are described, and material about the company's radio show, "The Magic Key of R.C.A.," with a script for its 1939 New Year's gala, are included.

The collection also includes correspondence, photographs, memorials, and a scrapbook of Samuel Finley Breese Morse, inventor and painter, whose great-grandfather, Samuel Finley, was the fifth president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton). Among the papers are a daguerreotype of Morse likely made by Matthew Brady about 1850 and a genealogy of the Finley and Breese families written by Morse in 1841.

Gift of Mrs. F.H. Nahn and her brother Julian Nally '27.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2002
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of biographical material of Edward Julian Nally, including correspondence regarding Catholic Builders of the Nation, press releases, passports, and visas.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Addresses- Correspondence re: Catholic Builders of the Nation, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Press Releases, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Passports, Visas, etc., dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Book Collection (Elbert Hubbard), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers related to Edward Julian Nally's career with telegraphs, including companies such as Western Union Telegraph, Postal Telegraph Cable Co., and Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into five subseries: Telegraph--Early Days, Western Union Telegraph, Postal Telegraph Cable Co., Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America, and Radio Corporations of America (R.C.A.).

Physical Description

8 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers related to the early days of telegraph.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Telegraph—Early Days, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence while at Western Union Telegraph.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of correspondence.

Physical Description

1 box

Correspondence, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence (on leaving Western Union to enter service of Postal Telegraph Cable Co.), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence while at Postal Telegraph Cable Co. as well as Saturday Evening Post articles.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Correspondence (on the occasion of appointment to assistant to General Superintendent, 1901. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Saturday Evening Post article, 1899. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Saturday Evening Post article, 1902. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence while at Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

2 boxes

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2 boxes

Cummings, Homer S, 1918-1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1919, 1919. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1918, 1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1917, 1917. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1916, 1916. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1915, 1915. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1914, 1914. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1913, 1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Congratulations on entering the service of American Marconi, 1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous and printed matter, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co., Ltd. (British Marconi), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

re: Lee DeForest, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

The Life of Roy A. Weagant: by George H. Clark, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scrapbook, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous pages, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Radio: technical aspects, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

re: Early Beginnings of R.C.A., dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence and papers regarding labor relations, the United States Navy, and technical developments in Radio, Television, and Ultrafax.

Arrangement

Arranged by subject of correspondence.

Physical Description

5 boxes

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1 box

Correspondence, 1919-1920: Election to the Presidency of R.C.A.- congratulations, 1919-1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence, 1919: Formative Days of the New Corporation, 1919. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Miscellaneous, 1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Conferences with Godfrey Isaacs and other Europeans, 1920-1921. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1921, 1921. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1922: Europe and other subjects, 1922. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1923, 1923. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1924: Europe and South America, 1924. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1924: Federal Trades Commission, 1924. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1925: Europe and Other Subjects, 1925. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Labor Relations, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Committee on Incentive Compensation, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

Laboratories, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Communications and Others, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

Personal and Semi-Official Communications, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Politics, Policies, and Politicians (Admiral Bullard), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Alexanderson Alternator, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

History of Radio, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

South American records and reports, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Pan-American Wireless Telegram and Telephone Co., dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

All American Cables Inc., dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

French Traffic Agreement, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

C.R.I.C. (Commercial Radio International Committee), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

International Communications Conference, 1929. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

Miscellaneous Correspondence, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Testimony before Congress, re: "know North America", dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Program Standards, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Policy re: Political Party Conventions, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Excerpt from official report of proceedings before the F.C.C., dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from President Harding, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

re: Histrory of Radio to 1926: Dean Gleason Archer, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

re: General Electric's station WGY, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"The Magic Key of RCA": script, correspondence, press release, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Television (black and white), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Television (color), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Ultrafax, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Papers of Historical Signifigance, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

Correspondence, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photographs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Press Releases, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Printed matter by or about David Snarnoff, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous material, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of photographs of Edward Julian Nally.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Photographs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of miscellaneous correspondence, legal suits, financial matters, and technical developments.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Correspondence, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"Daddy Nally", dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Legal Suits, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Financial matters, 1945-1947. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Technical Developments, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of television and promotional material.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Miscellaneous, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Television, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Promotional Material, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of some papers and clippings of Samuel Finley Breese Morse.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

McNicol, D., dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Morse, Charles W. and Manetta, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Morse, Jedediah, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Morse, Lucretia Pickering (and journal), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Morse, Samuel F. B. (grandson), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photographs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Daguerretype, circa 1850. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Likely by Matthew Brady. Original removed to high security vault, patrons are asked to reference the surrogate image provided.

Physical Description

1 folder

Memorials, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Genealogy, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous Matterial, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Printed Matter, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Morse, Samuel Finley Breese: bound volume of clippings, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Print, Suggest