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Alexander Mathew Poniatoff papers, 1948-1980.
BANC MSS 81/95 c Box 1; BANC MSS 81/95 c Box 2; BANC MSS 81/95 c Carton 1; BANC MSS 81/95 c; ...
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Alexander Mathew Poniatoff papers, 1948-1980


Poniatoff, A. M. (Alexander Mathew), 1892-1980, creator


Havstad, Gordon.


Havstad, James.


Pogodin, Nikolań≠, 1900-1962


Contains a small amount of personal and business correspondence from Poniatoff's years at Ampex, chiefly concerning company business, research, and personnel matters. Correspondents include Dr. Gordon Havstad, James W. Havstad (of the Sanborn Company in Mass.), Harrison Johnson (of the Production Research Corporation in N.J.), and Dr. Russell Lee, president of the Palo Alto Clinic. Attached to a letter in the correspondence files (under N: New York Times) is a photoprint of Moscow playwright, Nikolai Pogodin, standing next to his Ampex sound equipment. Also includes brochures, letters to manufacturers, and newsclippings relating to tape and film standards, mylar, reels, playing time, and tape tests.
The bulk of the collection consists of Poniatoff's working files of photocopies of abstracts prepared by him and the staff of his Foundation for Nutrition and Stress Research, and the A.M.P. Bio-Research Institute of the California College of Podiatric Medicine, for publication in their Bulletins. The abstracts chiefly relate to nutrition and health, and summarize selected articles, gathered from international scientific, medical, and paramedical journals, which present biomedical findings not widely known or easily accessible. Most of the abstracts have been arranged chronologically by date of publication in the bulletin, but many have also been gathered by subjects, such as cancer, herbs, oxygen therapy, and relaxation, and often include background materials from which the abstracts were prepared.


1948 (issued)


Ampex Corporation.
Foundation for Nutrition and Stress Research.
California College of Podiatric Medicine. A.M.P. Bio-Research Institute.
Alternative medicine -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Nutrition -- Research
Magnetic tape industry
Russian Americans -- California


In 1944, mechanical engineer, Alexander M. Poniatoff, founded and served as chairman of the board of Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, Calif., producers of magnetic tape. Born in Russia, he had studied engineering at University of Kazan, Imperial College of Moscow, and at Karlsruhe, Germany. Poniatoff was a pilot of the Russian Imperial Navy in World War I, and in 1920, escaped into China. In 1927, he entered the U.S. as an immigrant and became a citizen in 1932. In his later years, Poniatoff served as director of the Foundation for Nutrition and Stress Research, and technical director of the A.M.P. Bio-Research Institute of the California College of Podiatric Medicine.
Some letters in Russian.

Physical Description:

2 boxes, 1 carton (2.05 linear ft.)




BANC MSS 81/95 c Box 1
BANC MSS 81/95 c Box 2
BANC MSS 81/95 c Carton 1
BANC MSS 81/95 c
BANC MSS 81/95 c