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M. Eugene Cook Papers, 1941-1972. Finding Aid.

Summary Information
Title: M. Eugene Cook papers
Dates: 1941-1972
Creator: Cook, M. Eugene.
Extent: 3 boxes (1.6 cubic feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: CBI 151
Abstract:
Collection contains the papers of M. Eugene Cook, documenting his professional career with RCA and the Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation, as well as his involvement with the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (CCITT).

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The materials were donated by M. Eugene Cook in 2000 and his daughter, Shirley Cook, in 2005 and 2006.

Access Restrictions:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Copyright:

The Charles Babbage Institute holds the copyright to all materials in the collection, except for items covered by a prior copyright (such as published materials). Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

M. Eugene Cook Papers (CBI 151), Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series:

  • Publications, Newsclippings, Writings and Reprints, 1941-1972
  • Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation, 1947-1950
  • RCA, 1954-1971
  • CCITT, 1960-1972


Biographical Note

M. Eugene Cook earned his BSEE from Bucknell University in 1943. After four years (1943-1947) in the U.S. Naval Research Lab, he was hired as a Field Engineer in the Mobile Radio Department at Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation. From 1950-1957, he worked in various positions at Philco Corporation, having to do with Philco's television development. After one year on a classified government project, Cook began his tenure at RCA Corporation in the Computer Systems Division. From 1958-1972, he pioneered and was a significant contributor in the planning of RCA's data communications equipment, including the RCA 301, 3301 and Spectra 70. He also represented RCA on many national and international data communications standards committees, including BEMA X3S3, BEMA X3S34, TR30, ISO SC6 and CCITT Special A. He left RCA in 1973 to become a certified financial planner and Vice President at Raymond James & Associates, retiring in 1995. M. Eugene Cook died the summer of 2005.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the professional papers of M. Eugene Cook, documenting his tenure at Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation and RCA. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and memos from RCA, as well as RCA publications. The collection also documents his membership in the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (CCITT). Materials include invitations, accreditations, notes, correspondence and reports from meetings held in Brussels, Belgium, Geneva, Switzerland and New York City.

Related Material

Researchers can find additional information on CCITT in the following collections:

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Cook, M. Eugene.
  • Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation.
  • RCA Corporation.
  • International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee.
  • Telecommunication systems.
Box and Folder List
 Location  Title
 
Publications, Newsclippings, Writings and Reprints, 1941-1972 
Box 1
Publications, Newsclippings, Writings and Reprints, 1941-1972.  Box 1, Folder 1-2
Note Contains reprints from computer and business magazines, newsclippings and miscellaneous publications on the topics of telecommunications, computers and RCA. Also contains articles authored by M.E. Cook.
 
Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation, 1947-1950 
Box 1
Correspondence and Memos, 1947-1950.  Box 1, Folder 3
 
RCA, 1954-1971  
Box 1
Correspondence and Memos, 1955-1970.  Box 1, Folder 4-5
 
Publications, 1954-1971.  Box 1, Folder 6-10
Note Contains manuals, product literature, press releases, magazines and marketing reports all produced by RCA.
 
Audiovisual.  Box 1
Note Includes 5 reel to reel tapes on "DASPAN" and presentation slides.
 
CCITT, 1960-1972 
Box 2
Invitations, Accreditations and Photographs.  Box 2, Folder 1
 
AT&T, 1960-1972.  Box 2, Folder 2
 
Brussels, 1965.  Box 2, Folder 3-4
Box 3
General, 1960-1972. Box 3, Folder 1-4
Note Includes memos, meeting reports and handwritten notes on CCITT.