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True Family Collection on Charles D. Herrold
2021-23  
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Description
Papers and photographs originally belonging to Charles "Doc" Herrold, documenting his early wireless inventions and pioneer KQW radio broadcasting in San Jose, as well as his later career through the 1930s at stations in Oakland.
Background
Charles David Herrold is best known for broadcasting the first regularly scheduled programming from his radio station in San Jose, California, known originally as FN and later KQW. In 1949 it became KCBS. Herrold was an astronomy and physics student at Stanford University, before leaving to pursue his wireless inventions and founding the Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless in downtown San Jose. Herrold went on to work at Oakland's KTAB and sold advertising for multiple radio stations in the Bay Area. He died in 1948 in Hayward.
Extent
9 linear feet (10 boxes)
Restrictions
Contact History San Jose Research Library for reproduction and publication.
Availability
The collection is open to the public for research by appointment.