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Oscar Reed, Jr. Papers


Oscar Reed, Jr. Papers
Reed, Oscar, Jr.
Collection number:
NPBA 94-112
43.00 linear feet
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Collection Area:
Mass Media and Culture
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Oscar Reed, Jr., was a radio and television engineer for Jansky and Bailey. He was involved in the creation of the third FM radio station in the United States, W3XO, located in Washington, D.C. He was an expert on the topic of frequency allocation and also became involved in planning cable systems. The Papers of Oscar Reed, Jr., cover the years 1928 to 1994. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1960s and 1970s, with a significant amount of materials from the late 1940s through the 1950s. It documents Reed's career with Jansky & Bailey, Inc., and his later work with the Jansky & Bailey Divisions of Atlantic Research Corporation. Also included are materials belonging to Jansky and Bailey that came into Reed's possession after their deaths. Types of documents in the collection include reports for various clients produced by J&B, J&B/ARC, and other firms as well. Prominently represented also are corresepondence, memoranda, notes and rough drafts, charts and graphs, maps, FCC and other government documents, articles, newsletters, minutes, news clippings, photographs, and negatives.

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