Douglas M. Perham Clippings on Early Radio History
Title: Douglas M. Perham Clippings on Early Radio History
Collection Number: 2003-46
Extent: 616 clippings
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History San Jose Research Library
Abstract: Clippings compiled by electronics collector Douglas M. Perham on the history of wireless telegraphy and radio, particularly
in the Pacific Region.
Language of Material: English
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Douglas M. Perham Clippings on Early Radio History. History San Jose Research Library
Acquired in 2003 by History San Jose from the Perham Foundation as part of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics.
Douglas M. Perham (1887-1967) was an early wireless experimenter and broadcaster, and a talented technician. His career spanned
the first fifty years of commercial electronics in the West — from his first youthful experiment with a Marconi coherer in
1898 to his retirement from Varian Associates in 1953. In March 1953, Doug, a lifelong collector, joined forces with Connie
Kambish, an avid collector in her own right and creator and curator of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum south of
San Jose, California.
Scope and Content of Collection
Clippings compiled by electronics collector Douglas M. Perham on the history of wireless telegraphy and radio, particularly
in the Pacific Region. They are organized alphabetically by subject, with an emphasis on amateur radio stations, wireless
stations, and early radio broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also included are multiple clippings on patent suits
involving Radio Corporation of America; labor strikes against the Marconi Company; and early radio equipment manufacturers
in the Bay Area, including Moorhead Laboratories, Elmer Cunningham, and National Radio Company.