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Finding Aid for the Andrew J. and Erna Viterbi Family Archives, 1905-2007 0335
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Separated Materials note
  • Arrangement note
  • Accruals note

  • Title: Andrew J. and Erna Viterbi Family Archives
    Date (inclusive): 1905-2007
    Collection number: 0335
    creator: Viterbi, Erna Finci
    creator: Viterbi, Andrew J.
    Physical Description: 20.0 Linear feet 47 document cases, 1 small box, 1 oversize box 35000 digital objects
    Location: University Archives row A
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Doheny Memorial Library 206
    3550 Trousdale Parkway
    Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
    Language of Material: English
    Language of Material: The bulk of the materials are written in English, however other languages are represented as well. These additional languages include Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, and Japanese.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    There are materials within the archives that are marked confidential or proprietary, or that contain information that is obviously confidential. Examples of the latter include letters of references and recommendations for employment, promotions, and awards; nominations for awards and honors; resumes of colleagues of Dr. Viterbi; and grade reports of students in Dr. Viterbi's classes at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Diego.
    These restricted items were not scanned and, therefore, are not included in the USC Digital Archive.
    Researchers wishing to see any of the restricted materials should consult with the USC Libraries Special Collections staff.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    The archives contains published articles and book chapters authored or co-authored by Dr. Viterbi and others. Researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and chapters. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Identification of item], Andrew J. and Erna Viterbi Family Archives, Collection 335, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The Andrew J. and Erna Viterbi Family Archives was primarily obtained through gifts from Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi. Additional donations were made by Dr. William C. Lindsey, and Dr. Solomon Golomb, both of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). Other materials were collected and by the Viterbi Family Archivist, Dr. Michael Hooks, who obtained them from the JPL Archives, Dr. Viterbi's professional colleagues, and Web sources.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Andrew James Viterbi was born on March 9, 1935 in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy, the only child of Dr. Achille and Maria Viterbi. In 1939, the Viterbi family immigrated to the United States due to the anti-Semitic laws passed in fascist Italy. They lived first in New York City, and then moved to Boston, Massachusetts, when Andrew was six years old. Andrew attended the public schools in Boston, and graduated from Boston Latin School in 1952. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1957, and the Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1962.
    Andrew Viterbi currently serves as President of the Viterbi Group, LLC, founded in 2000 in San Diego, California. The Viterbi Group advises and invests in startup companies, predominantly in wireless communications, network infrastructure and imaging.
    In July 1985, Dr. Viterbi co-founded QUALCOMM Incorporated, a developer and manufacturer of mobile satellite communications and digital wireless telephony, where he served as Vice Chairman until 2000 and as Chief Technical Officer until 1996. Under his leadership, QUALCOMM received international recognition for innovative technology in the areas of digital wireless communication systems and products based on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technologies. Previously in 1968, Dr. Viterbi co-founded LINKABIT Corporation, a digital communications company, where he served as Executive Vice President and later as President in the early 1980s.
    From 1963 to 1973, Dr. Viterbi served as a Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he did fundamental work in digital communication theory and wrote numerous research papers and two books, for which he has received international recognition. He continued teaching on a part-time basis at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), until 1994, where he is currently Professor Emeritus. Also in 2001 he was invited by Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, to become a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering and in 2004 he was named to the President's Chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering Systems at USC.
    From 1957 to 1963, Dr. Viterbi was a member of the Communications Research Section of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), an operting division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. While at JPL, he was one of the first communication engineers to recognize the potential of and propose digital transmission techniques for space and satellite telecommunication systems.
    Dr. Viterbi has received numerous awards and recognition for his leadership and substantial contributions to communications theory and its industrial applications over the years. He has received honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, Canada, Italy and Israel, and has been otherwise honored in Japan, Germany, Italy and the United States. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Marconi Fellow, and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 1997 until 2001, he served as a member of the U.S. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. He is currently a trustee of the University of Southern California, a Board Member of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, a trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California, and a member of the California Council on Science and Technology.
    All four international standards for digital cellular telephony utilize the Viterbi algorithm for interference suppression, as do most digital satellite communication systems, both for business applications and for direct satellite broadcast to the home.
    Erna Finci Viterbi was born on January 20, 1934, in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Her parents were Joseph and Lenka Finci. Andrew and Erna married on June 15, 1958, in Los Angeles, California. They have 3 adult children: one daughter, Audrey M., and two sons, Alan R., and Alex.

    Scope and Contents note

    The Andrew J. and Erna Viterbi Family Archives documents the career and professional activities of Dr. Andrew Viterbi, noted researcher, scholar, innovator, and businessman, as well as provide information about the Viterbi and Finci families. The professional papers consist of audio materials, awards, certificates, clippings, correspondence, memoranda, manusciprt materials, patents, photographs, presentations, publications and reprints, research materials, and reports that are useful in following Dr. Viterbi's career and provide insight into his constributions to the field of digital communication.
    The family materials provide information about the Viterbi and Finci families. The materials include certificates, clippings, correspondence, diplomas, drawings, photographs, publications, and research materials.

    Separated Materials note

    Oversize materials, such as newspaper pages, manuscript galleys, and drawings, were separated and rehoused in an oversize box. DVDs and an audio tape were separated and rehoused in a small box. Duplicate materials were removed and retained for returning to Dr. Viterbi.

    Arrangement note

    The archives is organized into 18 series, arranged alphabetically: Series 1. Academic Affiliations; Series 2. Academic Files; Series 3. Biographical Information; Series 4. Business Plan; Series 5. Committees and Boards/Professional Affiliations; Series 6. Correspondence; Series 7. Honors, with 3 subseries: Academies, Awards, and Honorary Degrees; Series 8. Mementos; Series 9. News Items; Series 10. Oral History; Series 11. Papers Authored; Series 12. Patents; Series 13. Philanthropic Activities; Series 14. Presentations; Series 15. Prior Art; Series 16. Publications; Series 17. Technical Information; and Series 18. Viterbi Family Materials

    Accruals note

    The initial accession consists of 17 banker's boxes packed and brought to the Special Collections Department by Michael Hooks, Viterbi Family Archivist, and Jackie Morin, Processing Archivist, on November 28, 2006. Dr. Viterbi delivered an additional box of materials on February 26, 2007. An additional envelope of materias was received from Dr. Viterbi on June 8, 2007. Lastly, colleagues of Dr. Viterbi donated items at the request of Michael Hooks.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego.
    United Jewish Federation of San Diego County.
    National Academy of Engineering. NAE.
    PITAC. President's Information Technology Advisory C.
    University of California, Los Angeles . UCLA.
    Jacobs, Irwin Mark
    Viterbi, Olga
    LINKABIT, Inc..
    Marconi Fellowship.
    Viterbi, Eugenio
    Luria, Amalia
    Deep Space Network.
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA). NASA. California Institute of Technology.
    Alexander Graham Bell Medal. IEEE.
    NEC Corporation. C&C Award.
    Information Theory Society. IEEE.
    The Green Foundation.
    Boston Latin School (Mass.).
    National Academy of Sciences. NAS.
    Lusignan, Bruce
    Golomb, Solomon W. (Solomon Wolf)
    University of California, San Diego. UCSD.
    Finci, Erna
    Lawrence Family Jewish Community Centers (San Diego, CA).
    Viterbi, Maria
    Viterbi, Alan
    Marconi Institute (New York, N.Y.).
    University of Notre Dame.
    Cristoforo Colombo Award.
    University of Rome "Tor Vergata".
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT.
    Harvey Prize. Technion - Israel Institute of Technoloby.
    QUALCOMM, Inc..
    Finci, Laura
    San Diego Jewish Academy.
    Viterbi, Achille
    Finci, Kalmi
    Scripps Research Institute.
    Eduard Rhein Foundation Award.
    Viterbi, Alex
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration.. NASA.
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.. IEEE.
    Viterbi , Audrey M.
    Omura, Jim K.
    Eta Kappa Nu.
    Albert Einstein Award.
    Claude E. Shannon Award. Information Theory Society. IEEE.
    Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory. Department of Energy. University of California.
    Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.).
    OmniTRACS Corporation.
    Luria, Giacomo
    UCLA Center for Jewish Studies.
    University of Southern California .
    Lindsey, William C.
    Finci, Atifa
    Padovani, Roberto
    KPBS (Television station : San Diego, Calif.).
    C&C Prize.
    Shannon, Claude E.
    Guglielmo Marconi Foundation.
    Levi, Primo, 1854-1988
    Rechtin, Eberhardt
    Space Communications
    Magnetic Recording
    Gaussian channel
    GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications)
    Coding theory
    Phase-locked loops
    Viterbi algorithm
    Concatenated Codes
    TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access)
    Personal Communication Network
    Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum
    Cellular telephones
    Digital communications
    Trellis-coded modulation
    CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access)
    OmniTRACS® mobile communications system
    Cellular Networks
    Telemetry, Aerospace
    3G System
    Memoryless channels
    Shannon Limit
    Wireless communications
    Digital modulation
    Digital Signal Processing
    Personal Communications Services
    Convolutional codes
    Information theory
    Turbo Codes
    Soft handoff
    Low-Earth Orbit Satellites
    Signal Processing
    Spread spectrum
    Viterbi Decoder