Historical Electronics Museum, Inc. - History of the Nation's Defense Electronics

     Special Collections

 In addition to its 10,000 artifacts, the National Electronics Museum collects, preserves, and provides access to documents and photographs in support of the museum's main mission, i.e., to "focus on electronics developed for the defense of our country, the technologies that made them possible, and the commercial products derived from them."  The museum collects and retains documents and photographs related to airborne armament, air defense, air traffic control, as well as material on electronic pioneers, inventors, and inventions.  Because of the Museum's heritage and geographic location, the National Electronics Museum also collects information and photographs on companies and institutions in the Baltimore area that took part in the design, development, or manufacture of electronic products or components.

The documents, technical manuals, photographs, artwork, and manuscript collections described above are collectively referred to as the museum's Special Collections. 

The processed collections listed below are available to qualified researchers:

 Documents and Technical Manuals

Technical Files

Electronic Manuals

Westinghouse Publications

John Bryant Radar Collection

Fifty Years of Radar History

Henry Hilton Pearl Harbor Collection


General Collection

Technical Publications Collection

Westinghouse Special Products Division Photographic Collection


Alvin H. Schwartz Collection


Self Stick Decals Collection


Technical Files  (c 1950-present; approx. 52 L.F.)

These files include articles, publications, brochures, documents and specifications covering all aspects of radio, radar, airborne and ship borne fire control, space borne imaging systems, as well as historic information on the development of radio and radar.  Arranged by subject. Finding Aids: An index and electronic database to this collection is available.

Electronic Manuals  (c. 1940-present; approx.100L.F.)

The bulk of the collection contains operator's manuals, maintenance manuals, and instruction manuals for various military electronic systems.  Many of the manuals are from systems designed and built by Westinghouse.  Approximately 80 percent of the collection has been catalogued. Finding Aids: An index and electronic database to this collection is available.

Westinghouse Publications (c. 1920-1995, approx. 10 L.F.)

Publications, brochures, some specifications, and a few historical documents produced by various Westinghouse divisions.  The bulk of the collection came from divisions in the Baltimore area.  Segregated by division and arranged alphabetically. Finding Aids: An index and electronic database to this collection is available.

John Bryant Radar Collection (c. 1930-1990; approx. 12 L.F.)

This includes copies of articles, notes, and references referring to the history and development of radar accumulated by a former museum board member.  Arranged and indexed by subject.  An index of the collection is available.

Fifty Years of Radar History (c. 1935-1985, 1 box.)

Documents, photographs, notes and miscellaneous materials relating to Westinghouse's exhibit on radar history produced in 1985.

Henry Hilton Pearl Harbor Collection (c. 1941; 1 box)

Maps, correspondence, drawings, ephemera, and archival material related to the placement of radar on Oahu Island, Hawaii, at the time of the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941 as well as the establishment of the Army's Air Warning System at Fort Schafter just prior to that date.  There is also information on the 17 Pursuit Wing stationed in Hawaii at that time.  Arranged by subject.

General Collection of Photographs (c. 1900-present; 8,000+)

This partially catalogued collection contains B&W and color images documenting electronic devices and electronic systems produced by the Westinghouse Baltimore division and its successor, the Northrop-Grumman Corp, from the mid 1930's to the present time.  Many of the images came from the Westinghouse publications department.  The collection includes photographs of many of the company's pioneers in electronic devices.  It also includes numerous photographs of aircraft, as well as photographs of the facilities and some of historic nature. The collection is arranged numerically by serial number.  More than half of the collection has been catalogued and the data has been recorded in an electronic database.  A subject index will be compiled at a future date.

Technical Publications Photographic Collection (c. 1960-2008; 3,000+ images)

The collection consists of 8x10 color photographs of a wide array of subject matter covering all aspects of the products and systems manufactured by Westinghouse Electronic Systems and its successor, Northrop-Grumman.  The bulk of this collection consists of Westinghouse photographs (identified by a 5-6 digit number beginning with the letters CP) that were acquired by Northrop-Grumman when they purchased the Westinghouse Electronic Systems defense business in 1995. The photographs document the products and activities engaged in by the various units of the Westinghouse Electronic Systems defense business and the Northrop-Grumman Corp.  The collection is arranged by serial number. A subject index is in the process of being compiled.

Westinghouse Special Products Division Photographic Collection                  (c. 1947 - 1953; 2 boxes)

Contains 8x10 B&W photographs of the following projects: 50-cal Ballistic Computer, B-29 Sighting Station, B-36 Wing Vibrator, Navy Searchlight, A-26 Sighting System.

Alvin H. Schwartz Collection (c. 1958-1987; 100+ items)

The collection contains over 100 paintings, sketches and drawings created by Alvin H. Schwartz, an illustrator and presentation artist who worked for the Electronics Division of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation from 1958-1982.  The bulk of the collection consists of oversized illustrations of various pieces of electronic equipment produced or proposed by the Electronics Divisions.  These illustrations were painted on 30"x 40" mat board using the quash color medium. The collection also includes a number of sketches and color transparencies that were produced for the company's brochures and advertisements.


Self Stick Decals Collection (c. 1970-1995; 1 box)

These decals relate to the various defense projects conducted by Westinghouse and were used as promotional and moral builders.


The National Electronics Museum is organized into thirteen related exhibit galleries:
1. Fundamentals Gallery
2. Communications Gallery
3. Early Radar Gallery
4. Cold War Radar Gallery
5. Modern Radar Gallery
6. Countermeasures Gallery
7. Under Seas Gallery
8. Electro-optical Gallery
9. Space Sensor Gallery
10. Past Gallery
11. Web Gallery
12. WWII Radar Kiosk
13. Cold War Radar Kiosk

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