Series 2 Executive Office Files, 1939-1953 A-Z

Box 2  A-Z, Mainly 1940s, Folders 1-40
Box 3  A-M, Mainly 1943-1955, Folders 1-22 & 2 vols.
Box 4  N-Z, Mainly 1943-1955, Folders 1-26
Box 5  A-I, Mainly 1955-1972, Folders 1-33
Box 6  J-S, Mainly 1955-1972, Folders 1-29
Box 7  S-Z, Mainly 1955-1972, Folders 1-33
Box 8  Acquisition Proposals A-Z, 1958-1968, Folders 1-44
Box 9  Internal Individual Files, 1937-1972, Folders 1-36
Box 10 Divisions A-M, 1955-1966, Folders 1-24
Box 11 Divisions M-Z, 1955-1966; Divisions A-K, 1967-1972,
          Folders 1-27

Box 12 Divisions L-Z, 1967-1972; International Divisions, 1960-1972, Folders 1-29
Box 13 International Divisions, 1960-1972; European Divisions, 1955-1972, Folders 1-37
Box 14 European Divisions, 1955-1972, Folders 1-27


Box 2, Folder l  “A” 1940-50 – [Archivist’s note: selected indexing of letters requesting large orders; also letters from companies wanting new kinds of equipment and companies developing new equipment; shows that DP controlled the communication with major customers and innovative companies]

American Moto Scoot Co., 1947-50

American Cyanamid Co., 1948

Anderson-Fluke Engineering Co., 1948 John M. Fuke

Dr. M. E. El-Said’s electronic watt meter, vacuum tube voltmeter; later letter also

American Laundry Machinery Co.

Atlas Radio Corporation, Toronto, CANADA

Audio Development Co.

Many letters from 1939 and early 1940 on the oscillators, such as DP to James Lamb, Technical Staff, American Radio Relay League, Hartford CT: “I am writing to you at this time because I believe you will be interested in a new development which we are announcing to the communication field this Fall.  This development of which I speak is a new type of Audio Frequency Oscillator which provides a continuously variable frequency over a wide range without the use of inductances or resonant circuits other than an interesting resonance effect of a resistance capacity network.  In fact, the resonant circuit we use is a derivation of the Wein Bridge.  If you will look over the specifications in the enclosed circular you will see that we are able to achieve excellent characteristics with this new Oscillator.  Already it has found considerable use in university laboratories, the motion picture industry, and we believe it will have an exceedingly good market in the commercial field.” [Archivist’s note: letter typed by Lu Packard]

Box 2, Folder 2  Advertising – New catalog

Box 2, Folder 3  Army-Navy Award 1943-45

Correspondence, newspaper articles, lists of employees now in the service, E-lapel pin receivers; handwritten DP speech on 11/20/43 accepting the award: “..Victory and the very lives of these men [on the battlefield] depend on how well we do our job here at home.  Those of us whom fate has chosen to remain here have the solemn duty to provide our fighting men with the best equipment possible and to deliver it to them when they need it.  At this very moment there are also men and women working in factories and laboratories in Germany and Japan producing exactly the same type of equipment we are making.  We are engaged in a battle with them.  The outcome of this battle is just as important in the struggle for victory as is the outcome of any battle on the fighting front.”

Box 2, Folder 4  “B” 1940-44

2-year store lease, 481 Page Mill Road, 3/8/40, $30/month rent; new 2-year lease 1942


2/16/40, Ballantine Lab to HP concerning special testing equipment; DP reply 2/19/40

Box 2, Folder 5  W. J. Brown International Company, Cleveland, 1944-46

Company wants to have an arrangement for the sale of HP equipment in England; HP terminates agreement deciding “to work with one export agent on the entire foreign market”

Box 2, Folder 6  Building Layouts, 1942-45

Box 2, Folder 7  Building, 1951

395 Page Mill Road, one-story factory addition

Box 2, Folder 8  Construction, Remodeling 481 Page Mill Road; repairs & installation at Tinker-Bell Property 1943

Box 2, Folder 9  Construction Plans P-19-h, 1942

Construction of proposed new factory on Olive Ave., South of 1st Street

Box 2, Folder 10  Crocker-Anglo Bank, Cash Forecasts for HP


Box 2, Folder 11  Pre-Termination, submitted to Captain Crotty, a duplicate of what was submitted to Renegotiation Board, 1944

Box 2, Folder 12  Building, 1942-47

Box 2, Folder 13  De Vilbiss Company, Photo Electric Control 1940

Box 2, Folder 14  Paul D. Flehr, attorney at law, 1939-42

Contains assignment of Hewlett Variable Oscillator patent to Partnership, assignment of Var. Osc. patent to International Standard Electric for foreign countries (except Canada & Newfoundland)

Box 2, Folder 15  Paul D. Flehr 11/1/-12/23/42

Radio Corporation of America licenses agreement; also General Radio Company

Box 2, Folder 16  Paul D. Flehr 1-7/1/43

Wage Stabilization Orders in relation to wage increases and bonus pay; agreement with General Radio; Government Radio License

Box 2, Folder 17  Frazar & Hansen (Exporters) 7/1/46 – 12/31/47

Box 2, Folder 18  “G” 1940-50

General Radio Company; General Electric from Assistant Engineer D. E. Chambers to “My dear Dave”:  “Dr. Terman stayed with me for a couple of nights recently and I learned about your activities from him.  You certainly are to be congratulated on the progress…” and goes on to talk about GE products similar to HP; DP answers Dudley Chambers concerning square wave testing at audio-frequencies

Box 2, Folder 19  Geophysical Supply Company 1940-41

Box 2, Folder 20  Wells P. Goodenough (contractor) 1942-44

also letter to Frank Cavier from Hare, Brewer & Kelly, (relators) concerning Braden property at corner of First and Page Mill, 10/2/53

Box 2, Folder 21  Wells P. Goodenough 1943-47


Box 2, Folder 22  International Telephone Development Company           1940

Box 2, Folder 23  H. Kingsley Love, Kingsley Radio Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Australia 1945 re Frazar & Hansen; it is HP sole   export agent for international

Box 2, Folder 24  Newark Transformer Co., Legal Case, 1943-44

Box 2, Folder 25  Palo Alto notification of official address: 2875 First Street 1/11/49 (formerly 1275 First Street)

Box 2, Folder 26  Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 1943-51

Box 2, Folder 27  PAECO,  Financial Statements 1952-55

Box 2, Folder 28  Partnership Agreements 1941-47

Copies of DP and WRH legal agreements

Analysis of agreement, 9/6/46

Box 2, Folder 29  Printed Circuits 1949

Box 2, Folder 30  RCA License Agreement 1942-44

Box 2, Folder 31  Report on Operations and Estimate of Capital Requirements for 1951

Box 2, Folder 32  Signal Corps Order No. 506-NY-41, 12 Special Oscillators 1940

Box 2, Folder 33  Signal Corps, Report to SC Price Adjustment Agency Covering Operations for 1943

Box 2, Folder 34  Transistors – N.P.N. Junction Type 1951

Box 2, Folder 35  35 Tubes – No. 5837, 5876 (formerly SD-1104)

Box 2, Folder 36  36 Sales Tax 1939, 1940

Box 2, Folder 37  Warranty Repair 1946-52

Box 2, Folder 38  Welding Control 1942-43

Correspondence with Noel E. Porter in Berkeley

Photographs of ARC Time Totalizer HP Model 1010

Box 2, Folder 39  Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco; HP financial statements submitted in connection with loan & T-loan 1944-50

Box 2, Folder 40  Willcox, John F., Stanton, Austin 9/45

Paul Flehr legal papers on patent of voltage measuring device


Series 2 Box 3 Executive Office Files  Mainly 1943-1955  A-M

Box 3, Folder 1  American Federation of Labor, Releases, Correspondence, etc. 1950-51

DP memo re labor difficulties at Lynch with unions; DP handwritten comments about unions including:

1) If you want union you can have it. Think you will get a better deal – should join

2) New employees – check with older people – talk to Bill & me about it

3) Good organization – don’t think they will try any rough stuff. Try hard – too much money in dues

4) If you don’t want union we can operate without it – will require little help & cooperation


5) Any evidence of pressure or threats report to foreman or to Bill & me

AFL mimeographed leaflets and pamphlet on “Statement of General Motors Position on Unionization of Foremen,” 2/15/49

Box 3, Folder 2  Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of Government 1954-55

Input on government procurement problems and procedures; questionnaire filled out listing percent of total sales to US government, 1951-53, for task force which is part of the second “Hoover Commission”; report of task force, 1954

Box 3, Folder 3  Burlingame Associates(BA) 1952-54

25th anniversary of BA

Undated memo from J. M. Fluke evaluating BA; also others

Good correspondence on relationship and amplifiers

Box 3, Folder 4  DC Amplifier, Chronologies 1914-45

Patents through the years

Box 3, Folder 5  Deferments, Army and Navy 1951

Memos on individuals called up by Selective Service System; status of top management personnel

Box 3, Folder 6  Digital Instrument Co. Inc. Coral Gables, FL 1953-54

4/1/54 letter concerning competitive (and noncompetitive) products with Digital; photographs and specs

8/3/54 letter concerning Brush Electronics of Cleveland OH purchasing assets of Digital

Box 3, Folder 7  Health Program 1952-54

Letters concerning new health programs for HP employees

Box 3, Folder 8  LaFrentz Audits 1952

Box 3, Folder 9  La Frentz Audit Reports 10/31/51 – 1952

Box 3, Folder 10 LaFrentz Report on Examination 1944-47

Box 3, Folder 11 Financial Statements 1951-53

Box 3, Folder 12 Financial Statements 1954-56

Box 3, Folder 13 HP Report by H. Brian Proctor, Jr. and Carleton T. Vanganess on Time and Motion Study

3/12/48 DP letter of high praise to Stanford Graduate School of Business dean on this report: “glad to arrange further work of this type”

Box 3, Folder 14  International Standard Electric Corp. 1940-47

DP correspondence concerning foreign patent applications on Hewlett’s Oscillator; listing in DP’s handwriting

Box 3, Folder 15  Los Alamos Laboratory 1948-49

Memo on WRH’s visit, 12/17/48

Box 3, Folder 16  MPH Industries, Assignments of to HP 1955

Box 3, Folder 17  MPH Stock, Purchase of 1953

Box 3, Folder 18  MPH, Miscellaneous tax papers 1954-56

Box 3, Folder 19  MPH, Travel advances and insurance 1957-59

Box 3, Folder 20  MPH, Crop Thinner 1957-73 (lettuce picker)


Box 3, Folder 21  MPH Industries 1950-55

Box 3, Folder 22  MPH Industries – By-Laws 1950; Minutes 1950-55

Box 3, Vol. MPH Industries – Common Certificate Book 1950

Box 3, Vol. MPH Industries – Preferred Certificate Book 1950


Series 2 Box 4 Executive Office Files  1943-1955  M-Z

Box 4, Folder 1 Memorandums to various groups 1945-46:

selected items: 10/3/46 memo to production group schedules

7/46 Maintenance program; goals to improve accuracy and preventive maintenance

6/4/46 Supervisors are to allow time for voting

Undated “Explanation of Work Orders”

2/28/46 DP memo on control of maintenance costs

12/13/45 Insurance of tools owned by “the boys”

10/16/45 Procedures to be followed by the production group in doing any work other than required by scheduled production

10/22/45 Maintenance of machines

Termination Procedure (Customer)

8/14/45 Memo on handling mechanical work for lab

7/13/45 DP memo on things to be done in LA

7/9/45 Summary of steps to be taken in completion of “leopard job”

6/26/45 Coffee time and coke time:  “It has been noticed that the rule of ten minutes for coffee time in the morning and ten minutes for coke time in the afternoon has not been strictly observed…It is requested that as our contribution to the war effort we return to work promptly at the end of these rest periods.”

Box 4, Folder 2 National Production Authority (N.P.A.), Dept. of Commerce – Certificate of Necessity  1948-51

6/20/51 DP re Bob McCurdy who is heading up the Electrical Measurements Branch in the Scientific and Technical Equipment Division of the N.P.A.  They now have full authority over our type of manufacture. I knew Bob McCurdy fairly well when he was with the W.P.B. during the last war. He is, I think, a pretty good man and he has always been very helpful to us in the past.”

Listing of government contract numbers

Box 4, Folder 3 National Production Authority (NPA) 1951-52 [see also Certificate of Necessity file]

DP letters to Robert McCurdy, Chief, Electrical Measurements Branch, Scientific & Technical Equipment Division, Dept. of Commerce, NPA

Box 4, Folder 4  Navy Contract Partnership to Corporation 1947-48

Papers changing partnership to HP corporation effective 9/1/47

Box 4, Folder 5 The Newhall Land and Farming Company Financial Statements 1951, 1952

Box 4, Folder 5A Operations in Other states, 1947-55


Box 4, Folder 6 Pension Plan Bank Statements 1951-53

Box 4, Folder 7 Production Report (DP’s copy) 1951-54

Box 4, Folder 8 Production Report 1954

Box 4, Folder 9 Production Report 1/51 – 12/53

Box 4, Folder 10 Production Report 1948-49

Box 4, Folder 11 Production Report 1947-50

Box 4, Folder 12 Priorities, Granted & Miscellaneous Correspondence 1950-52

Mainly requests to Dept. of Navy, Bureau of Aeronautics for priority assistance for production equipment

Box 4, Folder 13 Research & Development Program 1952

3/27/53 DP 3-page memo to WRH “Several things need some special attention in the next two weeks” including TV Monitor Program (Grimm and Hartke), Crystals, FR 38 (Bagley), 512 range extender for the 524, 612 production, building addition (wait till he checks with bank), plant thinner program with beet acreage ready for testing

Box 4, Folder 14 Robleda Hts. Planning Committee

Declaration of conditions, restrictions, covenants and charges affecting Robleda Heights, June 1937; property in County of Santa Clara

Box 4, Folder 15 Ruckelshaus, John G. Laboratories (J.M. Ney Co.) 1953-54

WRH correspondence concerning products Ruckelshaus sent for testing

Box 4, Folder 16 Scientific Apparatus Makers Association (S.A.M.A.) Renegotiation Data 1951-53

Listing of companies represented as well as officers and committees (including HP); DP correspondence concerning  renegotiation experience; copy of “Master Working Guide of Renegotiation Regulations under the Renegotiation Act of 1951”

Box 4, Folder 17 S.A.M.A. 1953-54

Box 4, Folder 18 S.A.M.A. Meeting – Colorado Springs 5/2-7/54

Box 4, Folder 19 Special Jobs 1946-47

Labor on special jobs, description

Box 4, Folder 20 Selective Service 42-A Specials 1943-44

Box 4, Folder 21 Selective Service Information 1945-46

Box 4, Folder 22 Spurious Radiation 1954

Box 4, Folder 23 Tax & Renegotiation Refunds 1945-50

HP correspondence with Franchise Tax Commissioner, Income Tax Division, War Contracts Price Adjustment Board, The Pentagon; Office of the Chief Signal Officer, The Pentagon

Box 4, Folder 24 Summary of Post War Development


Projects: Audio Oscillators, Pulse Generators, Voltmeters, Attenuators and Voltage Dividers, Distortion Measuring Equipment, R.F. Signal Generators, Frequency Measuring Equipment, Bridges, Amplifiers

Box 4, Folder 25 Vinson-Trammel Act 1948

U.S. Congressional Act providing limits on contracts for the construction or manufacture of naval vessels and aircraft. They do not always apply to contracts or subcontracts for scientific equipment used for communication, target detection, navigation and fire control

Box 4, Folder 26 Wilson Engineering 1953-54


Series 2 Box 5  Executive Office Files  1955-1972  A-I

Box 5, Folder 1  American Association for the Advancement of Science 1965

Box 5, Folder 2  American Institute of Physics 1957-64

Box 5, Folder 3  Arkansas Bankers Association 1962

Box 5, Folder 4  Bohemian Club 1957-68 – DP’s recommendations for membership

Box 5, Folder 5  Business Committee for Tax Reduction in 1963

DP telegram to business leaders: 52% corporate tax and confiscatory rates on personal income have shackled business for the past decade.  Advise Ways and Means Committee to reduce corporate rate to 47% and lower top personal brackets to 65% rage.  Support 1963 tax program to push private economy to full potential, minimize unemployment and maximize growth.

Box 5, Folder 6  Cabinet Program, Hewlett-Packard Company 1962

Memos by C. B. Foos for Cabinet Program Meetings

Box 5, Folder 7  California Non-Partisan Voter Registration Committee 1966

DP participated in encouraging voter registration; 1/19/66 letter from Governor (Pat) Brown asking DP to join state committee on this, DP agreed

Box 5, Folder 8  California, State of Misc. 1965-67

8/21/67 Gov. Ronald Reagan to DP thanking him for his contribution through the Governor’s Survey on Efficiency and Cost Control and correspondence leading up to DP’s activities; Anti Litter Campaign; other letters

Box 5, Folder 9  Carrol, John M. – Lausanne Spectrochemical Analysis Devices 1963

WRH pulled out of this project

Box 5, Folder 10  CED associates Center 1962-63 [Discontinued 1/64]

DP was a member of Committee for Economic Development; S. Clark Beise from Bank of America chaired CED

Box 5, Folder 11  Centennial Fund, Inc. 1960

DP and WRH placed HP shares in the Centennial Fund in order to diversify their investments and avoid capital gains tax


Box 5, Folder 12  Hewlett-Packard Company Directors; James L. Jenks, Jr. 1961-69    – Jenks was upset over HP’s willingness to trade with communist countries; [Archivist’s note: may have led to Jenks’ retirement]

Jenks got DP to agree to being an honorary advisor of his magazine, Praying Hands, which stresses morality, ethics, and religion in the business community; he also reports on new medical technology

Listing of his directorships which are mainly medical in Boston

Jenks wrote a long letter concerning the duties of directors, 1/15/63  [Archivist’s note: there is a delicate handling by DP of this former Sanborn leader]

Box 5, Folder 13  HP Directors; Robert L. Garner 1961-69

Active in The Japan Fund and interested in the Yokogawa joint venture

Box 5, Folder 14  Executive Council minutes 1967-68

Box 5, Folder 15  Executive Council minutes 1966

Box 5, Folder 16  Executive Council minutes 1965

Box 5, Folder 17  Executive Council minutes 1964

Box 5, Folder 18  Financial Analysts, Miscellaneous 1966-67

Box 5, Folder 19  Gardner, John W. 1962-68

6/26/68 turned down invitation to be HP director

[Archivist’s note: correspondence reveals a warm relationship with DP] sponsored him for Bohemian Club 1/25/65; letter of recommendation

Box 5, Folder 20  Goldwater for President 1964

Fundraising letters; DP contributed at least $6,000 for TV ads; [no correspondence directly from Barry Goldwater]

Box 5, Folder 21  Grass Valley Group, Inc. 1962

Dr. G. C. Hare runs this company; HP interested in his magnetic tape recorders

Box 5, Folder 22  Industrial Research Institute, Inc. (IRI)


WRH, and Barney Oliver were members

Box 5, Folder 23  I.E.E.E. 1965-67

Various biographies of fellow candidates including John Fluke

WRH wrote: “I first became acquainted with the candidate during World War II, when we both had assignments with the armed services.” [Fluke’s lengthy bio is here] Others recommended: Raymond Davis Egan, Myron H. Swarm, Jack Melchor, Jerre Donald Noe, William Emerson Ayer, Larry Snow Cole, Bruce Stevenson Angwin

Box 5, Folder 24  I.E.E.E. David Packard – Edison Medal Committee 1965-67

DP served on the committee; biographies of Howard Aiken, Josiah Pickard Jollyman, Philo T. Farnsworth, Thomas Ingledow, Charles Francis Avila, Alexander M. Poniatoff, G. O. Wessenauer; listed in order that DP rated them


Box 5, Folder 25  I.E.E.E. General Correspondence 1958-64

Fellow nominations: George Earle Beggs, Jr., James Joseph Halloran, Edward E. Austin, Grant W. Feikert, Mark Shepherd, Jr., George Earle Beggs, Jr., Obed C. Haycock, Willard A. Muir, Clarence Radius, H. Richard Johnson, Brig. General William M. Thames, R. Stuart Mackay

“XB-70 Flight Test Data System” conference paper; also “IEEE’s Endowment in Electronics From AIEE” by Ivan S. Coggeshall

DP to Donald B. Harris, chairman of the Awards Committee, Institute Radio Engineers, concerning Fred Terman being awarded the “Founders Award”:  “…in his way, Terman has done as much for the radio industry as any living individual. I say this because the backbone of any industry comes from the trained people within it. Fred, through his personal teaching and through his text books, has had a major impact upon the training programs that furnished such people. As though that were not enough, he went on to establish a Graduate Training Program from which a second generation of educators is now being drawn.”

Info on the 50th anniversary plans for IRE

Box 5, Folder 26  Institute for Philosophical Research 1958-61

DP seems not to have attended

Box 5, Folder 27  International Telephone & Telegraph 1954-

Box 5, Folder 28  International Management Congress 1963 NYC

Relationship with David Rockefeller, Chase Manhattan Bank

Box 5, Folder 29  Instrument Society of America 1963-66

“The Instrument Makers 1965-1985” DP article in ISA Journal September 1965


Series 2 Box 6  Office Files  1955-1972  J-S

Box 6, Folder 1  Junior Achievement 1954-64

5/22/59 evaluation of program by R.A. Christiansen

Box 6, Folder 2  “M” 1964-69

10/3/69 letter from GA Governor Lester Maddox to WRH concerning survival of private free enterprise system; Dave Kirby’s suggested response considering Maddox’s letter “the height of hypocrisy”; DP’s actual response saying: “We share your views on the importance of the free enterprise system and the importance of preserving it in the U.S.A.”

Many invitations to speak which DP must decline

Obit of Almon F. Manspeaker, Stanford, sec. of the investment committee of the University Trustees, 8/68

DP speaking to the Congregational Church Men’s Group of Sunnyvale 5/68

11/28/67 John L. Merrill concerning Planned Parenthood exhibit with HP computer-counter setup announcing US population having reached the two hundred million mark


5/16/67 DP to Bishop at Denver’s Methodist Church declining to contribute: “I must be frank in saying that I am becoming  quite disillusioned about the role of the churches in this part of the world.  They seem to be degenerating to social activisms, supporting unionization, and other activities which are adverse to my own personal philosophies, and certainly of no benefit to the business community in the country.”

7/6/66 DP to Motorola re integrated circuit situation

Box 6, Folder 3  “Mc” Misc. 1966-67

Box 6, Folder 4  McGraw-Hill Book Company 1962-69

WRH sent copy of Whitney Young’s Beyond Racism to McGraw-Hill; rec by Henry Ford II

DP comments favorably on Dean Wooldridge’s book Mechanical Man: The Physical Basis of Intelligent Life

HP is planning a book on electronic measurements and instrumentation edited by Barney Oliver

Box 6, Folder 5  Minority Summer Job Program 1968

Correspondence with National Alliance of Businessmen

1968 HP hired five minority students for summer

4/15/68 HP hires “Swede” Wild as equal opportunity manager

Box 6, Folder 6  Monsanto Chemical Company 1961-66

DP suggested joint ventures

Box 6, Folder 7  “N” Misc. 1964-69

Many letters requesting contributions, asking DP to join committees or speak to groups

5/21/68 DP’s reply to Nation’s Business Outlook Survey

8/19/66 on HP line of instrumentation for medical diagnostic areas including nuclear scintillation detector

Box 6, Folder 8  National Export Expansion Council 1966-67

DP is member; his view on export promotions is outlined in 1/10/67 letter

Box 6, Folder 9  National Industrial Conference Board 1962-65

8/20/65 DP’s views on joint ventures in foreign activity–he does not favor it; also DP’s views on inflation and other business issues

Box 6, Folder 10  National Industrial Conference Board (NICB) 1966-67

9/12/66 DP’s views on better relations between business and government; he favors informal communications

Box 6, Folder 11  The Newcomen Society 1961-65

DP accepted post of San Francisco membership contact

Box 6, Folder 12  Northrop Corporation 1968

Packet on HP tour 1/9/68

Box 6, Folder 13  Hewlett-Packard Company – Overhead Studies 4/62

DP looks at overhead costs; summary of expenses given

Box 6, Folder 14  “P” Misc. 1963-69


12/5/69 WRH on Barney Oliver’s participation in Palace of Arts and Science under Frank Oppenheimer

12/27/68 DP to Konrad W. Schoebel, Precision Instrument Co., on laser recording/reproducing system

11/68 memo concerning Public Broadcast Labs TV show on how universities react to demands for change; memo lists things DP should avoid in interview; also says info on SDS student went to DP’s home; [signature is illegible]

11/7/68 DP to Peninsula Manufacturers Assoc on “the area of minority problems”

8/27/68 Arthur F. Thomas of Pride Unlimited, Inc. thanking DP: “It was not merely the act of giving us the buildings to service but more so, it was your assistance in aiding us in promoting the idea that a man can better himself by working rather than being a state charity case. A man is a man only when he is self sustaining.”

1/11/68 list of Patents under which HP Company is Licensed

8/8/67 Pacific National Bank unhappy that HP is closing its account

1/8/65 letter concerning widow of Bruce Burlingame, now Mrs. Philip Pearce, who has a complaint

6/15/64 memo from Palo Alto Medical Research Foundation on appraisal of electronarcosis

DP and WRH became involved with a group planning a cultural center in Palo Alto

2/25/63 DP contributes to Presbyterian Medical Center

Box 6, Folder 15  Palo Alto Medical Research Foundation 1968

Plans for new hospital building

Box 6, Folder 16  “O” Misc. 1960-69

Several letters from OR Governor Hatfield on economic growth in his state; also 1961 request of DP on education goals

Box 6, Folder 17  The Oceanic Foundation – Hawaii – Taylor A. Pryor 1961-68

HP sent them an oscilloscope

Box 6, Folder 18  Palo Alto – Citizens for Sound Palo Alto Planning 1959-60

Nathan Finch chairs committee

HP contributed $1,000 on 10/12/60

Yes on Nov. 8 referendum on Foothill development

10/18/60 DP to George Nolte and many others:


DP’s view on the Foothills Referendum: “I believe this Referendum is of great importance to all of the industries located in Palo Alto…Stanford’s position is very simple. The University has spent a great deal of time studying and planning the use of its lands so that they may most effectively enhance the further development of the university.  These studies indicate emphatically that the University must proceed as rapidly as possible with the development of those lands which are not likely to be needed for academic purposes.  The development of University lands for residential purposes is at best marginal and only those which are completely unsuited for other purposes will be developed for single family residence use.  The industrial use of Stanford lands has, as I am sure you know, been of great benefit to the university in many ways, including the corollary benefits that come for participation in University programs, consultantships for Stanford professors and other cooperative activity.”

Folder has minutes and letters on both sides of the issue

Box 6, Folder 19  Purissima 1956-64  (David Packard)

Copy of By-Laws of Purissima Mutual Water Associates

Right-of-way through DP’s property requested by Purissima Hills County Water District, Los Altos

Box 6, Folder 20  Planned Parenthood World Population 1965-67

DP and WRH’s pledges of $150,000 over a 3-year period

Letters describing time and money spent on this cause

Box 6, Folder 21  “R” 1964-69

1969 letters with Ivan E. Robinson concerning Earnie Philips and Walt Friedrich, two exHP field engineers who have started Community Computer Corp. in Philadelphia; also correspondence and spec sheets on Robinson-Halpern products

6/10/69 WRH memo on Visiting Russian Eugene I. Arin, director of Computing Center of the Latvian St. Univ. at Riga; spent two hours in the plant with him

10/25/68 WRH to David Rockefeller concerning establishment of private sector group dealing with social responsibilities of business to urban America, a speech Rockefeller made

3/22/68 HP’s contribution to Radio Free Europe

12/11/67 DP to William L. Rogers; turns down offer to help preserve Fort Point in San Francisco

11/28/67 DP letter to Radiation Incorporated on DOD’s implementation of the Truth-in-Negotiations Act and Nitze’s memo

10/30/67 DP involved in Goodale, Bertman’s oil activities

2/21/67 DP turned down board of Research Analysis Corp.

12/9/66 WRH contributes to right-wing publication Rally

11/23/66 Research Institute of America sent WRH a copy of their study on the attitudes of company presidents which WRH participated in

9/6/66 WRH letter to Andre Renard on need for better memory devices; Dymec not able to take this on

5/11/65 DP wrote Leslie L. Roos that Don Hammond will talk to Robert L. Cranmer about his x-ray device

11/17/64 DP wrote on Clarence Radius who died


“Mr. Hewlett and I were very sorry to learn [of death]. His contribution to the advancement of education, particularly in the electrical engineering profession, was well known and greatly respected by the management of the Hewlett-Packard Company. The fruits of his dedication to his profession as a teacher are obvious to us personally in the more than twenty Cal Poly graduates on our staff.”

Box 6, Folder 22  Radiation Counter Laboratories (RCL) – General 1959-61

Photographs of “HP Digital Recorder,” “RCL 512 Channel Analyzer,”  “RCL Transistorized Recoding Spectrogammeometer,” “RCL Standard Nuclear Instruments”

RCL uses HP printers

Box 6, Folder 23  Rapid Transit 1961

Box 6, Folder 24  Republicans (Donations, Support) 1962-64

Box 6, Folder 25  Rockefeller for President 1968

7/12/68 DP to Sherman Chickering: [after some discussion on California Hunting License] “I suppose you are working hard for Nixon.  I have come to the conclusion he does not have a chance of being elected if he is nominated, and therefore I am putting some effort behind the Rockefeller program.”

J. Irwin Miller works closely with DP for Nelson Rockefeller

Box 6, Folder 26  “S” 1963-69

12/5/68 notification of death of Nathaniel M. (Mike) Symonds

3/27/68 info on Cyril F. Elwell

3/6/68 info on Robert Sarnoff and E.W. Sawyer

1961-66 DP correspondence with Wendell Spear of an engineering company in Colorado Springs; seems to be childhood friend

Copy of HP ad for Stanford Alumni Directory for 1966

2/15/63 DP on changes in government procurement policy

Box 6, Folder 27  San Francisco Airport Bonds – Finance Committee 1967

HP favors airport expansion and contributes toward campaign

Box 6, Folder 28  San Mateo Junior College District – College Readiness Program 1968-69

DP contributes $10,000 to help black and Spanish-American students [minorities]

much documentation on the need for this program

Box 6, Folder 29  Santa Clara Misc. 1968

HP construction of major plant in Santa Clara; estimated costs given


Series 2 Box 7 Executive Office Files  1955-1972  S-Z

Box 7, Folder 1  Scientific Atlanta, Inc. – Bob Strange 1962

Box 7, Folder 2  Scientific Radio Products – General 1958-60

10/20/58 Don Hammond to B. M. Oliver turning down job offer; later change of mind

20-page description of company

Box 7, Folder 3  Security Analysts Meetings 1967-69


DP handwritten notes of his talks at security analysts meetings for 5/14/68, 3/20/68, 10/23/67, 5/15/67

Box 7, Folder 4  same for 1959-65

Box 7, Folder 5  HP Security Analysts Meeting 1966

14-page speech “Due Diligence Meetings & Luncheons”

Box 7, Folder 6  Karl Spangenberg 1956

2/24/56 letter to WRH about his duties in Stanford’s Electronics Research Lab

Box 7, Folder 7  Stanford Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition 1969

WRH was apparently involved

Box 7, Folder 8  Stewart Engineering Co. 1956-62

DP helped steer this committee, maybe with idea that HP would purchase it; [Archivist’s note: apparently eventually bought by Watkins-Johnson although only the folder title indicates this, not the papers]

Box 7, Folder 9  Senate Committee on Commerce, San Francisco hearing 5/23/63

WRH testimony

Box 7, Folder 10  Hewlett-Packard Stock 1960-64

many letters from unhappy stockholders who want higher dividends; informative replies by WRH

Box 7, Folder 11  Hewlett-Packard Stock Listing 1959-63

Box 7, Folder 12  Private Placement of HP Stock 1958-60

Box 7, Folder 13  “T” 1961-69

8/2/68 HP memo on Texas Instruments’ visit

5/4/68 newspaper article on DP from Schenectady Union Star

Bos 7, Folder 14  Robert A. Taft Institute of Government – Bob Garner 1963-67

Box 7, Folder 15  Texas Instruments, Inc. 1958

Mainly listing of equipments, etc.

Box 7, Folder 16  “U” Misc. 1965-69

2/3/69 George P. Schultz to WRH: “Thanks so much for your letter of congratulations [appointed Sec. of Labor].  One of the costs in not spending the balance of my year at Stanford is the chance to get together with you in some place other than the barbershop.  I did see your friend, David Packard, the other day.  You will have to be careful about dropping in on him when you are in Washington for the fear of starting rumors of conflict of interest.  Stop in to see me instead.”

8/20/68 Tom Christiansen memo to DP of special info for Senator Walter Mondale on East/West Trade Bill

1966 DP bought a table to the UN Day dinner in NYC but decided against this in 1967

Box 7, Folder 17  U.S. Government Agencies, Misc. 1963 & prior

11/22/63 DP to Rep. Donald H. Clausen on tax cuts and civil rights


Letters from Robert Kennedy on civil rights and Gerald Ford on Dept. of Defense problems; the latter was a warm personal note inviting him and Betty to visit

3/20/63 DP to Rep. Joseph E. Karth on NASA plans for an Electronics Research Center in the Boston area

Box 7, Folder 18  U.S. Government Agencies, Misc. 1964

DP served on San Francisco Regional Export Expansion Council from 7/9/62 – 8/3/64; suggested Doolittle as replacement

Box 7, Folder 19  U.S. Government Agencies 1965

9/21/65 DP to Dept. of the Air Force on delivery commitments and matters of procurement in terms of brand names

10/1/65 B.M. Oliver to John Foster, Director of Defense Research and Engineering, DOD, Pentagon, refusing to become his deputy

5/18/65 DP to Senator Winston L. Prouty on employee training programs; not happy with his bill

April 1965, correspondence on preserving Taft-Hartley

Box 7, Folder 20  U.S. Government Agencies Misc. 1966-67

Mainly invitations to meetings and copies of speeches; many to DP asking his opinion on trade policy

5/15/66 WRH to Charles S. Gubser and others: “I would like to express my very great concern with the proposed dam constructions in the Grand Canyon region.  It’s hard for me to conceive of any economic reason that would justify an encroachment on one of the most unique and beautiful of nature’s constructions.  I am not given to writing letters like this on conservation because all too often I think that some of the positions taken by conservationists are prejudiced and narrow-minded. But here is where I really joined forces with them on this Grand Canyon issue. Perhaps this was brought home to me personally by my young 15 year old daughter, who when she read of it said, ‘Oh, they’re not going to spoil that beautiful Havasu Canyon region.’ A year ago this Spring, she and a party of other Junior High students made the difficult trip to the Havasu Canyon and had a chance to see this wonderful unspoiled area.  This is simply to say that people do go to these remote regions and do enjoy them, and they should be saved for posterity.” [identical letter sent to many in DC]

6/9/66 Bill Doolittle memo to DP on balance of payments problem; this predates a letter DP sent to Sec. of Commerce John T. Connor on trade balance; see also 2/15/66

Box 7, Folder 21  U.S. Government Agencies, Misc. 1968-69

Correspondence on stringent regulations concerning the acceptance of catalog prices and price analysis

7/3/69 B. M. Oliver to Capt. Gabriel Raimon, Dept. of Air Force, describing how HP decides the number of people needed in R&D [good detail]


7/30/68 Sale of Components memo since competitors are complaining about not being able to buy necessary HP products; see also DP’s so-called “Wiltron Letter” describing HP’s products in relation to competitors

10/4/68 DP receives the Distinguished Service Award from the Treasury Department

7/10/68 DP receives thanks from business leaders for his part “in securing enactment of the tax surcharge-expenditure reduction bill.”  They believe that DP has “helped to shape legislation which should make a substantial contribution to the stability of the national economy…The overall campaign was…a significant demonstration of effective mobilization of the business community in support of vitally necessary legislation.”

6/21/68 DP to Senator Walter Mondale on trade with Eastern Europe which would increase except for the high level of unilaterally imposed U.S. export controls; [good detail]

June 1968 many letters on extension of the Renegotiation Act

This folder is quite thick with letters to both the Congress and Executive Department on subject of business interest

Box 7, Folder 22  Board of Public Works; Comparative Costs of Governmental Costs of Eleven California Selected Cities, 1946-49: Pasadena, Burbank, Santa Barbara, San Marcus, Palo Alto, Burlingame, Whittier, Redwood City, Monterey, San Rafael, Mill Valley

Study by W. S. Wagstaff

Box 7, Folder 23  U.S. War College, 6/9-12/64

DP spent a few days at the Army War College 6/64 attending the Tenth Annual National Strategy Seminar

Box 7, Folder 24  United Technology Corporation, Dedication 4/13/61:  A division of United Aircraft Corp.

Dedication of new Research and Engineering Center and Development Center devoted to rocket propulsion systems and solid and storable liquid propellants

Box 7, Folder 25  University of California, 1956-62

Mainly letters asking DP or WRH to speak; DP usually said no claiming his work as Stanford trustee took all his time; WRH accepted and wrote warmly afterwards

WRH appointed Lecturer in Electrical Engineering without salary, 1956-57

Copies of administrative policies for UC College of Engineering

Box 7, Folder 26  [University] Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

HP donates $5,000 to MIT for its Second Century Fund 11/24/61; also 1,000 shares of HP stock 3/30/61

WRH contributed $250 toward the Vannevar Bush Room; warm correspondence on this 1959

Box 7, Folder 27  University of Santa Clara 1956-62


WRH donates $2500 to Univ. of Santa Clara to further the work of Prof. Wm. F. Sheehan in the field of chemistry of photo conductors (which apparently he began at HP) 1956

In 1959 both DP and WRH turn down requests for HP to be involved in developing the Engineering Center at USC

Box 7, Folder 28  Utah State University 1956-61

HP made a grant of $2,000 to Electrical Engineering Dept.; renewed several years

WRH to Larry S. Cole, Utah State Agricultural College: HP “will be looking for some additional engineers this spring and I wonder if you have any real hot candidates.  Like everyone else, we are looking for a fellow who is right up near the top of his class and who shows every indication of having the ability to keep going once he is out in industry.  If you have a real hot candidate, one of us could come back, or perhaps we could even fly him out here for an interview.”

Box 7, Folder 29  Universities A-Z 1956-61

Mainly invitations to speak; usually turned down although sometimes Oliver was sent to represent

6/23/59 WRH to Prof. Samuel Seely at Case (Cleveland)evaluating the Allen B. Dumont Laboratories: “At one time they were the ranking manufacturer of quality oscilloscopes.  In a sense, they did not capitalize on their position and let Tekteronix get way ahead of them.  However, they still maintained a strong position in the ‘low frequency’ field.”

WRH to Univ. of Chicago Business School saying no to funding request: HP is “very enthusiastic about this type of program. At the present time we are participating in the Informal Committee on Corporate Aid to American Universities, through which we contribute substantially to several universities all over the country. We also have a Funds Matching Program whereby we match any contribution one of our employees makes to his Alma Mater. We feel that with these two programs we are already doing at least out share.”

1953-56 correspondence with Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins; detailed memo from DP on 6/56 visit including their satisfaction with HP test equipment and noting the politics of providing equipment for the Navy and Air Force

1961 WRH gives 200 HP shares to Pamona College

12/17/60 WRH to Principal, Palo Alto High: “I feel that the Dads’ Club recognition dinner is a fine and worth while endeavor. The surest way to kill it is to have it run for five hours.”

12/61 HP gives $5,000 to Princeton

3/14/60 DP writes to governor and others in Sacramento on salary scale for engineering programs such as at San Jose State College where increases are needed in order to keep quality faculty members

Box 7, Folder 30  “V” Misc. 1961-69


Letters from Vernon R. Anderson, 12/19/68; Dorothy Varian, 9/29/68 on conservation project in the Big Basin area; Villa de San Marcos Foundation, 1967; Vitro Labs in Silver Springs, 1/18/67; Varian Associates, 4/6/61 terminating HP-Varian agreements from 1950 “pleasant memories”

Box 7, Folder 31  “W-Z” Misc. 1965-69

8/69 WRH to Rodney Wagner re pack trip in Colorado; 10/14/69 letter from Paul (Tiny) Yewell on his new business and asking about using the name “Tech Topics”; 8/14/68 Weston Instruments on meter calibrator; 3/24/69 Xerox to HP on “fine business relations”; 1968 death of William K. Whiteford, Stanford grad who headed Gulf Oil, friend of DP; Harvey Williams writing about Geneva 1968; 1968 letters from Robert L. Wathen on a job; Harold A. Wheeler, 7/7/65 on R-F Inductance Meter

Box 7, Folder 32  Wescon, August 1963 – David Packard

Box 7, Folder 33  World Affairs Council of Northern California 1958-61

DP serves on the board and helps raise money


Series 2 Box 8  Acquisition Proposal Files  A-Z  1958-1968

Correspondence with businesses requesting mergers or acquisitions; also organizations specializing in finding companies for sale; also law, real estate, and investment firms wanting business.  All of these were sent negative replies from DP or WRH.  John M. Cage, Manager, Advanced Technical Planning, checked out some of them. Companies in individual folders were looked at in enough detail to create documentation.

Box 8, Folder 1  “A” 1959-67

American Investment Corp. 1967; HP not interested in tax free stock exchange merger

ABC Realty 1967

American Mergers, Inc. 1967

American Chain & Cable Company 1967

Arnold, Wilkens & Co. 1966

General Milton W. Arnold, 1966

Amleco Corp. 1966

American Investment Corp. 1966

Analytical Precision Technology Co. 1965

Audio Instrument Co. 1965

American Foto Patrol Corp. 1965

Applied Radiation Corp. 1964

Amerline Corp. 1964

Automation Industries, Sperry Products Division 1964

HP is interested in the medical ultrasonic field and DP sends Harold H. Buttner to speak with George Field

Auchincloss, Parker & Redpath 1964


Aremac Associates 1963

Alvyn Properties 1963

Ammon Instruments 1963

Advance Scientific Instruments 1963

Allen & Company 1962

Ad-Yu Electronics Lab 1962

American Industries Co. 1960

Airborne Instruments Laboratory 1959

Box 8, Folder 2  Ainsworth, Wm. & Sons 1960

Box 8, Folder 3  Briggs Associates, Inc. 1960

Box 8, Folder 4  Alpha Scientific Instruments (Bought by Systron Donner 1965)

Box 8, Folder 5  “B” 1957-67

Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison; DP’s correction of deposition, 11/17/67

Blair Rhoades & Baldwin 1967

Baerwald, Porco & Deboer 1967

benson-lehner 1967

Brevoort Management Co. 1966

D.H. Blair & Company 1966

Business Resale Center 1965

Bessemer Securities Corp. 1964

Robert R. Beffie & Associates 1964

Brown & Davis 1963

Besser & Company 1963

Borg-Warner Plant 1962

Bishop & Babcock Mfg. Co. 1962

Basic Economic Appraisals 1960

Brown, Harris, Stevens, Inc. 1958

Bear, Stearns & Co. 1957

Box 8, Folder 6  “C” 1962-67

Corporate Development Specialists 1965, 1966, 1967

Columbia Technical Corporation 1967

Corplan Associates 1967

Stuart W. Cochran & Co. 1967

Cyclotron Corporation 1967

Corporate Development Specialists 1967

Crescent Technology Corporation 1967

Cahn Instruments Company 1966

Corpex Services Inc. 1966

Computer Usage Company 1965

Cubic DVM Line 1965

Computer Control Company, Inc. 1965

This company stopped the procedure after HP expressed interest.

Chromatography Corporation 1965

Crown Trust Company 1964

California Computer Products 1963


Corporate Growth Consultants 1963

California Industries 1963

Computer Instruments Corporation of Hempstead L.I. 1963

Commercial Carbon Company 1962

John S. Calderwood 1962

Colorado Research Corporation 1959

Compagnie Pour La Fabrication des Compteurs (CRC) 1959

William A. Carlton 1962

Box 8, Folder 7  “D”  1959-67

Alan Daniels 1967

Philip Diamond Enterprises 1966

DeWitt, Sokol & Company 1966

Douglas Aircraft Co. 1966

Dolores Wood Products/Montezuma Plywood 1966

Delta Design, Inc. 1965

Alan Daniels 1965

Datax 1965

Digital Equipment Corporation 1965

Denex Corporation 1965

Dartex Inc. 1965

Donahoe Investment Co. 1963

Dynapower Systems Corporation 1963

Dressen-Barnes Electronics Corporation 1963

Diversified Industries 1962

Datascope Corporation 1961

Allen B. Du Mont Laboratories 1959

Digital Sensors Inc. 1959

Daystrom 1963

Dimensions Inc. 1965

Box 8, Folder 8  Data-Control Systems, Inc. Danbury, CT 1965

Box 8, Folder 9  Delaware Research & Development 1959-62

Box 8, Folder 10 Digital Development Corp. 1966

Box 8, Folder 11 “E” 1960-67

Electrochimica Corp. 1967

Emerald Christmas Tree Co. 1967

Emmett H. Eaton 1967

embree electronics corp. 1964

Electro Nuclear Ceramics 1962

Endevco Corp. 1961

HP tried to buy stock

Bernard Elbinger 1961

Esterline-Angus Co. 1960

Box 8, Folder 12  Electronic Medical Instrument Co. 1964

Photographs of animals being operated on

Box 8, Folder 13  “F” 1961-67

Charles Frost 1967

Fidelity Thrift Corp. 1966

Fairmont Manufacturing C. 1966


Barry Feiner 1966

S.D. Fuller & Co. 1964

Frost Engineering Development Corp. 1963

HP was interested in their digital voltmeter program

Forte-Fairbairn Inc. 1962

Goul W. Frier 1961

Box 8, Folder 14  “H” 1953-67

Hersey-Sparling Meter Company 1967

Hopkins Consultant, Inc. 1967

F.W. Horne & Company 1967

Hammond, Kennedy & Company 1963, 1965, 1967

Hermetic Seal Corporation 1966

Howard Precision, Inc. 1964

Thomas B. Harrington Investments 1964

Huber Tool Works 1953

Hornkohl Laboratories, Inc. 1963

Heinicke Company 1962

Hilbert Horwitz, Investment Counselor 1962

Harvard Industries 1960

Hanson-Gorrill & Brian 1960

Hathaway Division of Hamilton Watch Company 1959

Box 8, Folder 15  Huggins Laboratories 1963

Box 8, Folder 16  “I-J” 1961-66

Industrial Financial Company 1964, 1966

Instrument Systems Corporation 1966

Jarrell-Ash Company 1965, 1966

Winfield C. Jackley & Company 1963

Incra-Magnetics, Inc. 1964

Iselin Legge Stonehill & Co. 1963

J.B.M. Consultants 1966

Wilson M. Jackson 1961

Box 8, Folder 17  “K” 1963-66

W.J. Kassen 1966

Kidder, Peabody & Co. 1966

Paul J. Klein 1965

Kauke & Company 1964

Kleinman Realty Company 1964

Leonard T. King 1963

Box 8, Folder 18  “L”  1957-67

Arthur Lazarus Company 1967

K.G. Loder 1966

Fred Landau & Co. 1966

Herbert R. Leopold, Inc. 1965

Marshall S. Lachner Associates, Inc. 1965

Linear Systems 1964

Leggett-Cockrane Associates 1964

A. M. Lederer and Company 1963

Arthur D. Little, Inc. 1957, 1958, 1961


F. T. Letchfield 1957

Box 8, Folder 19  Litton Engineering Laboratories 1957, 1959, 1960

Correspondence with Charles Litton [revels a strong personal as well as professional relationship with both WRH and DP]

Box 8, Folder 20  “M” 1960-67

Paul McDonald & Co. 1967

Management World Consultants 1967

Ernest A. Marx 1967

Peter Miller 1966

J. Randolph MacLish Associates, Inc. 1966

Maser Optics, Inc. 1966

Magnasonic Systems Co. 1966

Fred Metzger Company 1966

Elmer H. Moos 1966

Thomas McCance (Hammond, Kennedy & Company) 1966

James D. Mooney, Jr. 1965

Miles Instrument Company 1965

Magnion, Inc. 1965

Metals and Chemicals Corp. 1965

Moseley & Company 1965

Macon Smith & Company 1965

McDonald, Taylor, Angert & Co. 1965

Mesur-Matic Electronics Corp. 1964

Northern Scientific, Inc. 1964

Macbeth Corporation 1964

Machtronics Corporation 1964

MacDonald & Company 1963

Merimack 1962

McClellan & Burck, Inc. 1962, 1963

Merchants Credit Corporation 1962

Millard B. Deutsch & Company 1962

Micro-Path 1962

Merchants Credit Company 1961

N.A. Moerman 1961

J. F. Morrison & Co. 1960

Midwestern Instruments 1960

Box 8, Folder 21  Montronics 1963

Box 8, Folder 22  “N” 1961-65

Numerical Control Corp. 1965

Newell Associates 1965

Nuclear Data Corporation 1964

Neff Instrument Corp. 1961

Box 8, Folder 23  Nuclear-Chicago 1958-64

Box 8, Folder 24  Nuclide Corp. 1965-67

Box 8, Folder 25  “O” 1960-65

Ohmart Corp. 1965

Box 8, Folder 26  Omega Instrument Company 1960


Box 8, Folder 27  Owen Laboratories, Inc., Pasadena CA  1963

Box 8, Folder 28  “P” 1964-67

Profiles, Inc. 1967

Ray Polley Associates 1967

Precision Electronics Instrument Company 1967

Potter Real Estate Co. 1965, 1967

Perkin-Elmer 1966

Peter J. Porath 1966

Porter International Co. 1965

Petersen and Postley 1964

Physionic Engineering 1964

Price & Company 1964

Precision Instrument Company 1964

Box 8, Folder 29  Packard Instrument Company 1966

Lyle E. Packard, Downers Grove IL

Box 8, Folder 30  Phaostron Instrument & Electronic 1961

Box 8, Folder 31  George A. Phibrick 1963

Box 8, Folder 32  “Q” 1961-63

Quan-Tech 1963

E. Paul Querl 1961, 1962

Box 8, Folder 33  “R”  1957-67

Arthur H. Richland 1957, 1961, 1966, 1967

Werner A. Rudolph 1966

Red Lake Laboratories 1966  Santa Clara, CA

Radiation Dynamics, Inc. 1965

Radiochemistry, Inc. 1965

Ragland Company, Inc. 1964

Harry Roman Investment Co. 1960, 1963

Rayflex Exploration Co. 1963

Rotek Instrument Corp. 1962

Rinco, Inc. 1960

RS Electronics Corp. 1962

Box 8, Folder 34  Racal Electronics Limited, England 1964

Box 8, Folder 35  ROYCO INSTRUMENTS Inc. 1964

Box 8, Folder 36  “S” 1959-67

Scientific Management Corp. 1967

Jerry Schwartz 1967

SAVI Systems 1966

Systems Engineering Laboratories 1966

Scanivalve 1965

Sentinel Instruments Inc. 1965

Sutro & Co. 1965

Saf-T-Clean, Inc. 1965

M. F. Sullivan & Company 1965

Spectron, Inc. 1964

Spaceonics, an affiliate of Portable Electric Tools 1963

Stevens-Evans, Inc. 1962

Standish Space-Age Consultants 1962


Sherold Crystals Company 1962

Scientific Radio Products 1961

Smith-Florence, Inc. 1960

Stancil-Hoffman Corp. 1959

SKS Die Casting 1959

Box 8, Folder 37  Sensitive Research Instrument, Corp. 1961

Box 8, Folder 38  Susquehanna Corp. (merged with Xebec in 1968) 1968-69

Box 8, Folder 39  “T” 1959-66

The Tanis Company, Inc. 1966

Tayor & Wilkes 1966

The Telex Corporation 1965

Taylor Corporation 1965

Thermatest Laboratories 1965

Tech-Met Corporation 1965

Tech-Systems 1965

Thompson Respiration Products 1964

Thomas Electronix 1964

Technolloyd Export Company 1963

Thermo-Kinetic Corporation 1963

Toroidal Manufacturing 1963

TIC resistors 1961

Tally Register Company 1960

Tracer Labs 1959

Box 8, Folder 40  “U” 1961-66

Ultra-Violet Products, Inc. 1966

U.S. Radium Corporation 1964

United Industrial Syndicate, Inc. 1964

U.S. Transistor Corp. 1962

U.S. Systems Development Laboratory, Inc. 1961

Box 8, Folder 41  “V” 1964-66

C.H. Van Pelt Organization 1964, 1966

Voltron Products 1965

Box 8, Folder 42  “W” 1958-67

Stuart Wetzel Associates, Inc. 1967

Robert A. Weaver, Jr. & Associates 1967

Wanlass Electric Company 1966

Whittaker Corp. 1966

Blanton C. Wiggin 1965

Walco American Corp. 1964

H. R. Wilson Corp. 1963

L. C. Wegard & Co. 1963

E. E. Wyatt & Associates 1963

Wheelock Marden & Co., Ltd. 1962

Williams, Hoeber, Fox & Senderling 1960

Wilrite Products, Inc. 1958

Box 8, Folder 43  Wilkens Instrument & Research 1964

Box 8, Folder 44  “XYZ” 1964-66


York Research Corp. 1964

Richard N. Ziff 1966


Series 2 Box 9  Internal Individual Files 1937-1972

Box 9, Folder 1  Beckett, Jack 1964-67  Memos concerning:

European Military Buying 1967

Private Innovator (Brand-Name Procurement) 1966

Definition of “Directly Pertinent Records” 1966

The Buy American Act 1966

Appointment of U.S. Comptroller General 1965

Federal Unemployment Tax Bill 1965

HP Protests to NASA and Navy on Nonresponsive Awards                           1965

DOD to build new hospitals with modern technology 1964

Long Range Objectives on Govn’t Procurement Policy 1964

Washington D.C. Trip July 1964 5-page memo

Box 9, Folder 2  Cage, John M. (Manager, Advanced Technical Planning) 1959-67

Memos concerning possible acquisitions and other topics:

School Attitudes on Business 1967

University Relations 1967

Bloodless surgery 1967

Oximeter Study on Life Subjects 1966

Transcutaneous Blood Flow measurement 1966

UC Medical School 1966

Spectral Comparison Instruments 1966

Memo to DP on “development of new medical and chemical instrumentation” 1/20/66

Mechrolab 1965 (several letters throughout the folder)

D. S. Spector, Institute of Medical Physics 1965

Guy Inshaw 1965

William Norgren 1965

Dr. Zyetz of C and T/R and D 1965

Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy 1965

Photomation, Inc. 1965

A Proposal for Corporate Structure – Medical and Chemical Areas 1964

Reynolds & Co. 1964

Robbins Aseptic Air 1964

Northwest Consultant Oceanographers, Inc. 1964

Data Processing – Bank Application 1964

Digital Equipment Corporation 1964

Werner Schulz 1964

Applied Physics Corporation 1964

DP’s European Trip 1964

Amerline Corporation/Norman Adams 1964

Thompson Respiration Products 1964


Microwave Spectroscopy 1964

Harry Burke 1964

Physionic Engineering Inc., Longmont 1964

Univ. of Colorado Medical School’s work on ultrasonic                                   diagnosis 1964

Dr. Richard Allen Chase, NIMH 1964 (several letters)

Dr. Travis Winsor, Memorial Heart Research Foundation                              1964

Harris A. Thompson 1964

RICK, Inc. 1964

Dr. J. Robert Close re his patent on emergency heart                                    resuscitators 1964

H. T. Finch/Birtcher Corp. 1964

James J. Phelan, Chase Manhattan Bank:

“I talked with Mr. Packard about your proposal that we give you a written acquisition objective for Hewlett-Packard…I believe I also told you that we are interested in studying the possibility of acquiring outside groups in areas of technology that are peripheral to the electronic instrument industry.”

Nuclear Instrumentation/Solid State Radiations 1964

Electro-Mite Division 1964

National Aeronautical Corp. (NARCO) visit 1964

Summary of Acquisition Activities 5/19/64

Mechrolab, Wilkens Instruments and Research, National Aeronautical Corp., Precision Instrument Co., Technical Products Company (LA), ARCO, Kenneth R. Jackson, Berkeley Medical Instruments

AMA Seminar on mergers and acquisitions 1964

Macbeth Corp. 1964

Oxford Laboratories 1964

Kretztechnik 1964

Manfred Clynes and Sonomedic 1964

Suggested Acquisition Policy 3/18/64 3-page draft

Arthur Furst, Univ. of San Francisco 1964

Monitor-defibrillator-pacemaker, Dr. Close 1964

Bayley Laboratories 1964

Automatic reading of Watt-hour meters 1964

Spectromagnetic Industries (Hayward) 1964

Medical Instruments – Inexpensive 1/28/64

Electro Scientific Industries 1964

Review to DP and WRH 1/27/64

Philbrick, Scientific Data Systems, Berkeley Medical Instruments, Electro Scientific Industries, Mechrolab, GMR, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Dr. Close

George Keinath type of recorder 1964

Frederick A. Fox 1964, 1963

-hpa- and possible Monterey topic 1963

Electro-Nuclear Laboratories, Mountain View 1963


Dean Knapic 1963

Robert Schumann, Nuclear Data Corp. 1963

Lockheed Space Vehicle Project 1963

Meeting to Discuss Magnetic Recorder Program 1963

GMR – Optical Ruler 1963

Flow Meters – Electromagnetic 1963

Thermometer – Dr. Frederick D. Rossini 1963

Harmon Kardon Co. 1963

Solar Systems 1963

Medical Electronics – Dr. Gerbode at Presbyterian                   Medical Center 1963

Tom Corbin/ Farnsworth 1963

Polarad Electronics Corp. 1963

Biomedicine 1963

Recorder Papers 1963

d-c Differential Amplifier – Azonics of San Diego 1963

Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. 1963

Berkeley Medical Instruments 1963

Kidder, Peabody & Co. 1963

Lord & Rodes 1963

George L. Bradshaw 1963

Ted F. Kopaczek 1963

A. E. Jones 1963

E-H plant 1963

Meeting with Dr. Travis Winsor on Medical Thermography                 and Temperature Measurement in Medicine 1963

Status report on:

Digital Thermometer, Power Fault Recorder, Optical Ruler (GMR), Medical Electronics, Polarad Scientific Instruments, DC Differential Amplifier, hearing Aids, AC Power Supplies, etc. 9/6/63

Optical Ruler – GMR Co. 1963 (several letters)

Optical Instruments 1963

KRS Electronics 1963

Adams & Co., ultrasonic equipment 1963

European Projects 8/1/63

D. L. Cronin 1963

LA Trip report 6/24/63

Chopper Amplifiers for PH Meters 1963

Medical Electronics – John Schuder’s Visit 1963

Bell Labs Trip 3/27/59 3-page report on trip made by                                     Jack Petrak, WRH, Oliver, Schrock, Negrete,                             Magleby and Cage

Box 9, Folder 3  Corporate Quality Assurance 1966-68

Box 9, Folder 4  Customer Service – Chuck Ernst 1961-67

8/27/63 DP letter concerning strengthening Customer Service on a corporate-wide basis under Ray Demere; memos from sales divisions concerning this proposal


12/11/61 Bob Grim memo to DP on service operation

Box 9, Folder 5  Electronic Lab – Paul Stoft 1964-67

Correspondence on network tester, 9100A Calculator for the educational market, ultrasonic program, range finder optical system test, gas chromatograph for the special purpose computer, lead metaniobate (from GE), dental and medical application on ultra-sonic techniques, blood pressure recording instrument, access to bank checking accounts, 3500A multichannel recorder, basic counter comprising three shift registers

11/5/64 memo: “in recent years hp has spent considerable effort diversifying itself in non-miliary areas”

Box 9, Folder 6  Engineering – Bob Brunner 1965-66

12/21/66 detailed Product Development Summary

Box 9, Folder 7  Hewlett-Packard Company – Financial Info 1961-67

Mainly press releases and news clippings

Some DP memos and annotations

Box 9, Folder 8  Hewlett-Packard Company – Insurance Program 1959-66

Box 9, Folder 9  HP Journal  1962, 1966-67

4/17/67 DP to Ross Snyder on importance of articles in Journal giving attention to HP’s short-term marketing objectives; also he wants uniformity in appearance of the cover

10/2/62 F.J. Burkhard to DP suggesting DP write an article describing “the present overall group of hp companies and divisions in terms of what this group means to the workaday engineer and to the electronics engineering field.”  DP agrees

6/25/62 F. J. Burhard 4-page memo to DP and B. Oliver on Journal’s state of the art

Box 9, Folder 10  HP Labs (Oliver & Lansdon) – General 1965-67

2/14/66 Tom Perkins to B. Oliver on job description of Lab Administrative Manager

12/1/65 B. Oliver’s memo on formal objectives, policies, and projections for HPL

10/2/67 B. Oliver to top management on calculator which he demonstrated to math department at Palo Alto High; “reaction was one of amazement”

Box 9, Folder 11  Long Range Planning – Cort Van Rensselaer 1965-67

Memos on 5-year economic projection; Austin Marx

Box 9, Folder 12  Dave Packard & Bill Hewlett – Memos to VP’s and General Managers  1959-67

11/67 General Managers meeting agenda

10/9/67 DP to Ed van Bronkhorst on internal audit program and its objectives

10/9/67 DP to van Bronkhorst “on the Chase Manhattan – First National City Bank problem”


10/9/67 DP to Bill Doolittle: “There are cases when we deliver a real ‘dog’ that cannot be fixed.  I suggest you keep the sales boys advised that they should replace such ‘dogs’ with new equipment if the situation warrants.”

7/12/67 DP memo ending the policy of sending Christmas cards from corporate and divisional programs

6/20/67 DP announces the hiring of Emery Rogers, VP of Varian’s Instrument Group, to oversee “corporate-wide, all our chemical instrumentation business”

6/67 General Managers meeting agenda

2/67 DP memo on policy guidelines on control of assets

7/66 DP memo on corporate identity program and sabbatical leaves for further education, writing, public service, etc.

6/28/66 DP to management on community activities

6/15/66 DP on equal employment opportunity: “The problem of providing employment opportunities for minority groups continues to be high on our list of priorities.  While it is possible to find a great many reasons why we are not able to attract many minority group people to our company, this is not a sufficient answer…”

4/12/66 DP to division managers on inventory & capital expenditures

4/26/66 DP on corporate management services

3/8/66 DP on changing division management

11/19/65 announcement of new group hospital and medical insurance program

4/1/65 DP letter to all managers on new guidance on accounting procedures

2/25/65 DP on balance of payments problem for US; a small first step would be that all hp personnel travel on American owned airline companies

10/21/64 DP sending recent annual reports of companies in related fields: “I would particularly like to have you notice what an outstanding job T.M.C. has done.  It looks as though we certainly missed a great area here.  At best we can try to catch up.”

2/21/64 WRH memo on overseas visitors: “We are having an increasing number of visits to Palo Alto from managers and key people of our overseas activities.  As we started out with only an occasional visitor, there was a desire to entertain such people outside the plant each evening, either in a public restaurants or at an individuals’ home.  This was all fine and certainly a good way to establish relationships and understandings with each other.”  Now he is calling for such social affairs to be held to a reasonable minimum that will not overburden anyone.


2/17/64 WRH memo on up-to-date evaluations of key people.  “In a recent instance an individual was advised that his performance over the last few years had not been at all up to par, and he should look elsewhere.  There was absolutely nothing in his file to indicate he had ever received an evaluation by any of his superiors.  This is just not good business.  It is not being fair to either the individual or the company.  Because of our size and the fact that we have to transfer managers around from time to time, it is essential that there be a current evaluation on file of all  management personnel.”

11/29/61 DP to B. Oliver on new products: “I am concerned that we do not have a sufficiently formalized mechanism for getting our forward looking new product ideas on the deck and into the mill.”  He suggests two steps: 1)small round table brain storming sessions, and 2) an official listing of these ideas.  “Any other ideas, of course, would be welcome but I would like to see some action on this matter whatever course it may take.”

11/28/61 DP to Ralph Lee and Noel Porter on taut band meters comparing the competition

11/21/61 DP on necessary reports, especially “Instrument Contribution to Fiscal Year Profit”

10/11/61 DP recommends a good management book

12/29/59 DP on VTM Development at EIMAC; also memos by Bruce Wholey

12/1/59 DP on automatic meter calibrator project

11/4/59 DP on “The Noise Figure Meter Situation”: “I would like to remind you of a little arithmetic. Profit at 18% for the life of Magnetic’s patent would add up to over $1,500,000 before taxes, and this is the basis on which these numbers should be compared.  Our time would therefore be 3 times as valuable if we spent our effort looking for other opportunities to develop new kinds of instruments under a similar license agreement as it would to find ways of avoiding royalties we are morally obligated to pay.”  He goes on saying HP entered into an agreement with Magnetic A.B. in good faith and “we should lean over backward to be fair in whatever we propose.” [Archivist’s note: This is a response to J. C. Chognard’s memo suggesting otherwise.]

Box 9, Folder 13  Hewlett-Packard Company – Marketing Information 1963-66

3/11/66 Dan O’Rourke to DP on Navy QPL

11/15/65 HP Marketing Objectives, 2 pages

4/15/64 Dan O’Rourke NAPCA Meeting on AEC Audit; HP talked AEC into not requiring cost breakdowns for audits.  “The moral of all this is that it pays to get to the top people in Washington with our story, since they are often too isolated to understand a problem.”

5/31/62 Noel Eldred to DP listing projects to be dropped from Advanced R & D Development


10/24/61 DP to Noel Eldred on general observations on recent advertisements: “I am concerned that we are not getting enough imagination into our presentation…” DP wants paste-ups of all the ads from all HP companies on a monthly basis “so we can get some idea as to how the whole effort of our advertising program appears together.”

7/13/61 DP asking all to refrain from using the term “world’s largest manufacturers of electronic measuring instruments” in all advertising, news releases, etc.  “This term came into use as an advertising and publicity gimmick and it is not our desire to have this as one of our goals – or to have people be ready to imply that it is one of our goals.”  DP wants “to stress the aspects of quality, making important technical contributions, etc.”

3/1/63 WRH on military procurement situation; earlier a memo on slow down of government business; two visits to HP by General O’Connell

Box 9, Folder 14  Marx, Austin, Memos 1964-67

3/21/66 source of HP business FY 1965

8/2/65 5-year economic environment (7-page report)

6/28/65 5-year order forecast

6/28/65 5 year consolidated plant forecast

7/22/65 5-year consolidated cash flow projection

7/20/65 DP on long range corporate planning program

5/4/64 growth instrument companies; sample list of 22 such companies: “The common thread running through the most successful companies seems to be sales volume $1-to 10-million, four to six years old, proprietary line of highly technical products, selling to a specialized market, and technical  management.”

Box 9, Folder 15  Hewlett-Packard Company – Organization Charts 1960-66

1/3/63 Noel (Ed) Porter’s thoughts on the “Stanford Division” manager which is a full time job involving coordination of Microwave, F&T, and Materials plus marketing and absorbing of Paeco. “If we put Ralph in this spot he just wouldn’t have time for other corporate duties.  I don’t think we can afford to do this as with the load coming up at Sanborn, Harrison, Boonton and the Moseley problems we’re going to need all the top brass we have, and particularly Ralph.  I think the time may be here where we can put Wholey in this spot and I believe Bags would buy it.  Bruce has the best awareness of all the managers on what’s going on in the company and the overall picture.  He works very closely with Ralph anyway, so would continue to get the benefit of Ralph’s advice.  He would probably not name a successor at this time as manager of the Microwave division as he has this well organized anyway, thus no increase in overhead.”


8/22/62 Frank Cavier’s rough draft of org chart upgrading Al Dossola to head up Administrative Services and Vince Lacoste to head Data Processing

8/16/62 Noel (Ed) Porter’s suggestions on changes in org chart; [Archivist’s note: see also his long memo 8/14/62; may be first time suggestion arises of naming Colorado Springs Division rather than by instrument type and spreading corporate overhead charges across all divisions and subsidiaries]; problems of making parts within company and of moving product production

1/60 Organization Charts for Manufacturing Department

2/8/60 format for hp plant operation

Summer-fall 1962 many memos on reorganization which will establish fully integrated operating divisions

January 1961 memos on changes in organization

Fall 1960 more memos on changes

6/29/60 John Cage to DP and B. Oliver on R&D management

Box 9, Folder 16  Physical Electronics Laboratory – Don Hammond 1964-66

Nomination of Don Hammond for C. B. Sawyer Award 1966

4/5/65 listing of specific objectives of corporate R&D

9/9/64 Don Hammond on length measurement with interference fringe counting

Box 9, Folder 17  Relative Operating Costs – Colorado – Palo Alto 1964

11/9/64 DP evaluates establishing a facility in Colorado

9/10/64 tax effects: Loveland vs. Palo Alto

9/8/64 Ray Wilbur to DP comparing California and other states for facilities, mainly Palo Alto, Colorado Springs, Loveland, and BRC using the issues of pay variations, medical costs, hospital costs, housing costs, minority problems (“you may not want to mention this,” Wilbur writes)

Box 9, Folder 18  Hewlett-Packard Company-Retirement Fund 1960-67

Box 9, Folder 19  Hewlett-Packard Company Misc. Policies 1958-67 [some are duplicates of above]

2/1/66 Frank Cavier on possible necessity of including in HP’s proxy material info on Bill and Dave’s corporate board memberships

6/7/67 Tom Christiansen on product transfer procedure

2/15/67 DP on policy guidelines on control of assets

4/12/66 revisions to intra-corporate pricing policy

11/2/65 European manufacturing policy changes

8/7/64 revised sales commissions

1964 Instrument Donation Educational Assistance Program

3/6/64 DP memo on policy on non-discrimination to be added to employee handbooks and supervisory training programs

8/6/63 Ray Wilbur on conflict of interest policy

9/6/61 Ray Wilbur on policy of hiring relatives


5/19/61 Ray Wilbur on bonus and pay, eliminating production bonus including Christmas bonus; reasons given

4/26/60 Noel Porter on responsibilities of the corporate operations office with org chart; same for manufacturing department

1/24/57 DP on pricing new instruments.  Assignment goes to departments of engineering, accounting, sales and production

1/24/57 DP on approval of clerical employees salary and wage increases

1/24/57 DP on purchase recommendations of new capital equipment

12/15/60 HP policy on conference and seminars

11/1/60 R&D security procedures

6/1/60 pre-employment physical introduced including a list of recent hires with medical problems

5/11/60 Ray Wilbur on extension of HP’s medical program; correspondence with Dr. George A. Wood of Palo Alto Medical Clinic

4/15/58 DP on pricing new instruments

Box 9, Folder 20  Hewlett-Packard Company – Misc. Personnel Info 1963-67

10/15/67 unsigned letter commending DP and WRH on their “superlative job”; he goes on to say: “You’re BIG real Big now–make provisions, please, that management in the years ahead is also as concerned & dedicated as you’ve always been–to the average–the above average etc–the WORKERS–Do your Best to Keep them Proud of H-P and you’ll always be BIG.”

Mainly employees requesting recommendations and/or reconsiderations, thanking HP for gifts, expressing appreciation for the picnics; or personal notes from DP and WRH re family deaths, some notes on personnel matters, etc.

2/66 DP “To all Employees” a letter on “our management philosophy, which is to establish broad objectives for the company and provide as much freedom as possible for each person to do his job in the most effective way toward the achievement of these objectives.  We first wrote down a formal statement of Corporate Objectives in 1957, and as changes have occurred in the economy and in our company, we have made modifications of these objectives.  The last printing was made in 1961, and we have recently reconsidered the statements and have made some further changes.  The original five objectives, although worded in a slightly different manner, remain the same.  In addition, we thought it was important to emphasize the importance of our customers in our objectives, and also we have added a statement directed toward the Management by Objective philosophy under which we operate.”


4/2/65 Ed Porter to top management on need in next five years for sufficient management people and the placement of some overhead people affected by the merging of some of the divisions

Box 9, Folder 21  Hewlett-Packard Company – Public Relations 1953-63

2/20/63 newsclips on new electronic measuring instrument known as a frequency synthesizer

8/27/62 DP to Armil Snow, Wall Street Journal, on an article he is writing on university-business relationship.  Three-page letter with specific facts from Dr. Terman’s career at Stanford:    “Following our conversation of last week here is a summary of some of the advantages we have found in close cooperation between industry and Stanford University.

“During the past three decades Stanford has had one of the strongest engineering departments in the field of electronics of any University in the country.  Because of the broad range of disciplines in the University, and particularly because of the leadership of Dr. Fred Terman, the engineering program has continually been involved in the forefront of the rapidly expanding technology of this field. Before the war the klystron development was one of the great contributions in this field, and although this specific work was done in the Department of Physics, it has had a strong influence in the engineering program.  Immediately after the war it was clear there were some other important new developments on the threshold of commercialization in the vacuum tube field.  Under Dr. Terman’s leadership Stanford inaugurated a strong vacuum tube program in both research and education.  This covered specifically the traveling wave tube activity but other things as well.  This program produced some very important research, attracted a strong faculty, and as a result Stanford University graduated a large number of very capable young men with specialization in the field of vacuum tube technology.

“This circumstance was a primary reason why Sperry, Sylvania, and General Electric located microwave tube research facilities in the vicinity of the University.  This activity was a prime reason why Varian Associates organized and located close to the University and has been an important factor in their success.  A number of new companies were founded on the basis of this technology and the people who came from this program.  Two companies, Huggins Laboratories and Watkins-Johnson, a division of Kern County Land, were built on products and people from the Stanford laboratories.


“When the development of the transistor gave evidence that it would change the whole concept of the electronic technology, Dr. Terman and his faculty in the Engineering Department accurately foresaw the implications of this new field, and as a result built up one of the strongest programs in solid-state electronics of any University in the country.  This solid-state program was started in the early fifties and it again has been the underlying reason for the development of a strong solid-state industry here in the vicinity of Stanford.  Companies which resulted from this phase of the University’s program include Fairchild Semiconductor, Rheem, a company started by Bill Shockley which has now become a division of Clevite, and nearly a dozen smaller companies involved in various aspects of solid-state electronics from magnetic materials to the production of silicon crystals for the semiconductor industry.

“These are examples which amply demonstrate how a strong University program which is ahead or even abreast of the average state of technology can be the foundation of a healthy business-University relationship.

“This relationship between business and industry around Stanford is not limited to electronics, although electronics is a large portion.  A similar relationship in aeronautical engineering influenced Lockheed to locate their missile research and development facility on University property, and more recently there are some examples in the field of chemistry where Stanford has a very strong department.

“The business which has been attracted to the area by Stanford will amount to about three-quarters of a billion dollars in fiscal ’62.

“As to specifics the University has an excellent range of research, some supported by industry, some supported by Government funds, but even in the latter case the results are generally available to the public at large, and it is only natural that those who are close at hand receive the greatest benefit.


“Stanford has developed what is called the ‘Honors Cooperative Program’ for graduate study.  Since tuition covers only about one-half the cost of a student’s education, Stanford conceived the idea the University could afford to expand its graduate program if business and industry were willing to underwrite the half of the cost not covered by tuition.  Some ten years ago Dr. Terman came to our company with such a proposal.  The program works out in this way.  We make a contribution to Stanford in return for which we have available for our employees so many places for students in the graduate engineering program.  This gives us the privilege of selecting the students ourselves, providing they meet stipulated academic requirements, and guarantee them admission to the University.  Each year then we can hire some of the outstanding graduates from the various colleges throughout the country, offer them a full time job at the going rate, with enough time off to attend their classes at Stanford.  This plan of course works only because our laboratories are located within twenty minutes of the Stanford classrooms.

“There are a number of other things which make the University-industry relationship attractive.  The area has a stimulating intellectual atmosphere provided by Stanford with its broad range of disciplines.  On this point I would like to emphasize that it is not only the physical science programs that are attractive in this manner, but the fact that Stanford has an outstanding program in Humanities, Arts and Music, contributes to the attractiveness of the area and makes it easier for us to bring good people to our Palo Alto headquarters for both technical work and management work.”

7/10/62 DP to top management appointing Dave Kirby as Manager of Public Relations

Box 9, Folder 22  HP Scholarship Awards 1965-66

1965 9 high school seniors in the Palo Alto area; 2 Loveland, 1 Colorado Springs, 3 Sanborn, 1 Boonton

1966 14 students from Palo Alto, 2 Colorado Springs, 3 Loveland, 1 Rockaway, 2 Sanborn

These award programs were directed by Ray Wilbur

Box 9, Folder 23 Site Selection – Information 1965-67

Descriptions of sites at Arastradero (Stanford) and

Santa Clara

3/7/66 long memo on “Northern California Space Planning” from Austin Marx

11/8/65 paper on “Site Selection” outlining the subjects of jet airport, graduate education, skilled labor, living conditions, adequate site, operating costs

11/12/65 memo on HP Space Planning with objectives and goals and decisions to be made from two weeks to ten years

11/8/65 chart on commuter distance

Box 9, Folder 24  Solid State Lab – John Atalla 1965-67

3/31/65 report on “Proposed HP Laboratories” by John Atalla

3/13/67 memo from Tom Perkins, Administrative Manager of Corporate Research Laboratories, on “Stanford Research Support” outlining the agreement HP reached with Stanford on a Fellowship-Research Fund.  HP will not be charged Stanford’s 50% overhead fee and the students will not be liable for personal income tax

11/11/66 memo from Bob Archer on SSL Display Presentation

4/9/65 memo from M. M. Atalla on solid state source market and the program at -hpa-; also included is printed brochure on solid state research and development

Box 9, Folder 25  Noel Eldred – Deceased 11/30/70(Executive VP)


11/30/70 news releases on death of Eldred; obit in Palo Alto Times [See bio files for all obits and photos]

FY69 and 70 HP Instrument Donation Program: “While we know that HP benefits in various ways from the Donation Program, our principal objective is to stimulate excellence on the part of universities in the education of students in science, medicine, and engineering.”

9/18/70 memo from Eldred and Bob Boniface on “Distance Measurement Program”: “Bill Hewlett has indicated that he would like the distance measurement program to be considered as a separate business activity, although it will be under the jurisdiction of the Electronic Products Group.”

8/4/70 Eldred to Mitzie Briggs from local foundation about HP’s donation of equipment to the Stanford University Medical Center: “There is a large installation of HP equipment in the Catheter Lab under the supervision of Dr. Harrison. This equipment was not given to the hospital, but is there under a strict business arrangement between the hospital and our Medical Electronics Division in Waltham, Massachusetts. These two groups are developing, on a cooperative basis, a computerized instrumentation system for use in catheter labs. We expect a system, together with the necessary software, to emerge from this work. There is very close correlation between our Waltham group and Dr. Harrison…we expect to announce this system to the medical world sometime late this year.”

Box 9, Folder 26  Eastern Sales Region – Lexington, MA 1955-67

[photographs transferred to HP Photo File]

“Technical Topics” Feb. and May 1963

5/16/67 DP to Paul (Tiny) Yewell in Boston on exporting products to Indonesia. DP notes that the Stanford Research Institute is taking an active interest in Indonesia attending a Pacific-Indonesia Business Assoc. Conference

8/18/66 Yewell’s letter to Yewell Sales Division explaining its new connection with HP as part of the Eastern Sales Region

Correspondence showing the changing relationship of the sales divisions to HP; also shows close personal feelings between Tiny Yewell and DP

Box 9, Folder 27  Eastern Sales Region – Philadelphia Area


3/1/63 letter concerning HP’s efforts “toward uniformity in our accounting procedures”

Through the years this was called Robinson Sales Division or I.E. Robinson Company, 1962-63; early correspondence concerning government procurement situation


3/6/58 DP to Noel Eldred: “After going around again in Philadelphia and considering the problems on this government selling job, I have come to the conclusion that Ivan’s (Robinson) boys are completely useless at both ASO and at the Signal Corps Depot there. Robbie has the idea he is going to change the system. This cannot be done there and he is wasting his time. As I see it, we can work on the problem but I suggest we learn how to live with the system and forget about changing it.”  This memo is attached to Robinson’s report

Box 9, Folder 28  Eastern Sales Region – Rockville Office 1951-67

8/17/67 DP to widow of Frederick L. Horman; 8/3 WRH similar letter “Fred was one of the oldest and most beloved of the HP family.”  Fred started Horman Associates which merged with HP in 1962

11/3/61 long memo from Dick Reynolds to DP on Horman Associates

11/9/54 DP to Fred Horman on status of the V39 tube and HP signal generator

8/54 resume of the Swartzbaugh Case of redetermination of fixed-price contracts; other correspondence and memos from early 1950s concerning products for the Navy, etc.; Walt Thiele is contact who losses favor later on in 1966

7/18/51 DP to Horman [earliest letter to him] asking him to go to N.P.A. on delay in schedule due to delay in lighting in new plant

Box 9, Folder 29  Eastern Sales Region – Syracuse Office 1967

Only one letter, that to Bob MacVeety of Syracuse Sales Division, 3/1/63 – the same letter sent to all sales offices on uniform accounting procedures

Box 9, Folder 30  Midwest Sales Region – Skokie, IL 1958-67

11/22/67 DP to Frank Waterfall on need for sales people who can sell computers: “Our computer program is now to the point where we think we can compete effectively with the other small computer manufacturers…”

Several letters expressing dissatisfaction with Sanborn equipment, 1967

Letters from Crossley Associates, Frank E. Waterfall, concerning  Babcock & Wilcox, 1964

1/18/63 Frank Waterfall to Ray Demere outlining sales region’s needs

9/14/62 Frank Waterfall to “All Crossley Associates Employees” explaining the changing relationship to a HP subsidiary

3/31/61 memo on oscilloscopes and Crossley Associates including a good history of the field of cathode ray oscilloscopes

7/22/59 memo from WRH and DP to Mrs. Alfred Crossley on death of her husband “one of our close friends”

Box 9, Folder 31  Neely Sales Region – North Hollywood 1963-67


12/12/67 Bob Boniface to WRH concerning “statistical data listing relative percentages of market potential for the chemical discipline. Trying to get an accurate fix on our actual chemical potential has been of interest to us for some time, and based on a survey by Gene Bennett some time ago, he came up with a range of 13-17%.”

7/17/67 Ken Kleidon to Al Oliverio concerning “Half Module 5″ Medical Scope”

11/2/66 WRH to Larry Courtney, ERA president, on award for Norm Neely: “I thought I could start by asking Norm if he remembered the occasion when we first met in Lost Angeles through the introduction of George Downes [Downsborough]. Then, assuming that Norm remembers the incident, I thought I could talk briefly when I came out on stage about Norm’s return visit to us at the little cottage behind 367 Addison. The office was so small there were only two desks and two chairs and when Norm came up, one of us had to sit on a desk. I believe at that time we had only one employee outside of Dave and myself. At the time that Norm agreed to represent us, he probably had from three to five times as many people in his organization as we had in ours. Through Norm’s good help, we were introduced to manufacturers’ representative which greatly facilitated our getting manufacturing discounts for our component parts.

“I could also mention the fact that Norm had also represented some of the best companies in the country and was very helpful in introducing us around the circuit. I can particularly remember that he got me a Presto Recorder for some work that we were engaged in for Point Loma.

“On several occasions, we visited customers with Norm and he did a great deal to mold our thinking and give us perspective in the relationship between a manufacturer and his customer, and the very important role that the independent rep played in this relationship. I can remember making visits to such places as Fox and even to the lab that was run by DeForest. On several occasions, we had the opportunity to meet with the Electronics Club which was kind of the elite group in Los Angeles at that time.

“I can also remember the bar that Neely kept in the back of his office to which we would retire at the end of a hard day and over three or four drinks, very often with a potential customer, learn a great deal about the practical side of the electronic industry.” This was a “This Is Your Life” program honoring Norm Neely who was ERA president in 1947

2/15/63 Bob Boniface letter on Bob Brunner’s departure from Neely Enterprises to become sales manager of the oscilloscope division

Box 9, Folder 32  Neely Sales Region – Bob Boniface (N.H.) 1953-62

Memos, press releases, and news clippings on HP’s acquiring Neely Enterprises, 1962


7/30/62 Bob Brunner of Neely to HP’s Noel Eldred concerning sales rep’s relationship with corporate groups, one by one

2/21/62, 4/14/61, 6/23/59 copies of “Neely News Notes”

7/14/58 4-page letter DP to The Renegotiation Board, Los Angeles on Neely Enterprises as “one of the outstanding field engineering organizations in the country” [similar letters from 1953 on]

5/8/59 Neely announces having 100 employees

4/26/58 DP’s poem to Norm Neely for his 25th anniversary surprise party

7/16/53 Bob Boniface to Dean Fred Terman, Stanford, School of Engineering, establishing a scholarship in the name of Neely Enterprises; note from Terman to DP thanking him for “steering this very much needed scholarship in our direction”

Box 9, Folder 33  Southern Sales Region – High Point, N.C. 1967

Only one letter, 11/28/67 from West Virginia Institute of Technology to Jack Petrak of HP saying that Model 6255A DC Power Supplies are being worked on

Box 9, Folder 34  Southern Sales Region – Atlanta Office 1954-67

12/23/63 WRH to John F. Bivins: “We are vibrating on the same frequency. This question of standard test points is something that I have harped on ever since my days in the Signal Corp.  During the latter days of the war, a fairly complicated FM back-pack set, the SCR 300 was brought out – I believe by Motorola. This set was beautifully designed but the real problem was field maintenance. To help solve this problem, standard test points were build in and as a result, the equipment could be quite successfully maintained in the field. I agree that the complexity of our products is also rapidly approaching the point at which we should give greater concern for its maintenance in the field. I have Eddy Morgan all fired up on this subject and I think that maybe we can get something going. I think it is better on a matter of this type to work from the bottom up, i.e., the test and maintenance people rather than from the top down. At best, it will be a long slow process but I am convinced in the long run, it will really pay out. Your letter is further ammunition for me.” [in reply to Bivens’ request for basic change in design of future instruments]


4/22/59 DP for Bivins and Caldwell Journal:  Pleased to say a word or two about this new Journal. “Bivins and Caldwell and Hewlett-Packard Company have been working together to bring you the best in instrumentation and service for the last thirteen years…Our entire effort in the Hewlett-Packard Company is to develop, design and manufacture electronic instrumentation in order you and your people will have the necessary tools to do your job better…In defining our objective for our own people, I have repeatedly stated that our prime objective is to make a contribution to our field of interest.”

10/20/58 DP to New York Renegotiation Board on Bivins & Caldwell

5/16/55 John Bivins to DP on tendency to not fully consider requests for help and assistance to customers; 6/6/55 Cort to Dave describing situation; 6/9/55 DP to Bivins expressing HP’s view: Appreciate comments; HP’s policies have not changed; then DP took each requested piece of equipment and explained why HP did not follow through; expresses need for continuing working together “and we will do our best to steer our people in the direction that will give you as much cooperation as possible”

4/14/54 John F. Bivins to DP on quantity discounts to WECO

Box 9, Folder 35  Southern Sales Region – Dallas Office 1956-66

5/17/66 DP to Earl Lipscomb: “It is always a disturbing event to come to the end of a long and close association…”  [problem with retirement]

10/21/63 announcement of HP, Southwest Sales, formerly Earl Lipscomb Associates

11/4/61 DP to all sales reps on agreement with Lipscomb

2/21/56 Earl Lipscomb to Noel Eldred on overall situation; memo attached from NE to Dave Packard saying “Earl did not do too well last year (73% of quota). He has always been my problem on split comms. There does not seem to be much we can do about it.”

Box 9, Folder 36  Southern Sales Region – Orlando Office 1960-67

2/4/66 Dan O’Rourke to WRH concerning complaint about a lost order. After thorough investigation, “we should be in good shape if we give them some special attention and don’t lose any more…paperwork”

12/16/59 Arthur H. Lynch to Cort Van Rensselaer re complaints

1/1/60 Arthur Lynch resigns

2/17/60 Gene Stiles to WRH: “…we purchased all of Arthur Lynch’s interest in Lynch-Stiles, Inc. as of the first of the year…and changed our corporate name to Stiles Associates, Inc.”


Series 2 Box 10  Divisions  A-M  1955-1966

Box 10, Folder 1  Avondale Division 1966-67


12/11/67 E.E. van Bronkhorst is quoted in unidentified newspaper reporting on a panel on mergers and acquisitions sponsored by the Western Electronic Manufacturers Assoc. meeting in Denver: “When you’re in the scientific industry, you’re buying a bunch of people. If you don’t keep them you might as well have bought an empty sack.”  Also: “You’d better make a good evaluation of the people involved to start with and you’d better make sure that you take care of this asset you have acquired.”  If these people have stock options in the acquired company, you’d better make sure that they are taken care of in the on-going corporation. Usually this means they must do a little better than in the old arrangement. If they don’t, “the asset you have bought has no reason to stay with you at all; it can go start its own company.”  Frank W. Martinez, Jr. sent this to DP who sent it to van Bronkhorst

12/11/67 DP saying “Facts & Methods” should be paid for by Avondale rather than carried on corporate expense

11/8/67 DP turned down Mar-Tech Associates proposal on the Reaction Coulometer

10/17/67 Emery H. Rogers to Professor E. B. Wilson, Chemistry Dept., Harvard: WRH was enthusiastic about Wilson providing HP with advice in chemical instrumentation, especially after the successful process of the gas chromatography where basic physics was converted to wide-spread usage throughout the world of chemistry

10/5/67 David A. Berkowitz of The Mitre Corporation to WRH concerning visit to discuss electron capture and hydrogen flame detectors in order to determine which detector is the optimum one

10/3/67 William R. Sherman, Professor at Washington Univ., making the case that the name F&M is well known and should be retained when HP acquires the company.  DP responds: “The question of whether we continue a name depends upon whether it is well known to our customers…”

8/31/67 DP calling a meeting to help Emery Rogers firm up “an over all strategy for our corporate involvement in the field of chemical instrumentation”

Several 1967 letters re customer problems

6/20/67 DP announces the hiring of Emery Rogers (VP of Varian’s Instrument Group) to oversee corporate-wide HP’s chemical instrumentation business

3/2/67 John Cage to Gene Bennett concerning the applications of HP’s new approaches to colorimetric analysis: “…we will be especially careful not to let less important applications dilute our efforts on big deals like air pollution but I wish to derive all possible serendipity from our oximeter project”

12/13/66 memo on warranty cost estimation fiscal 1967

11/2/66 John Cage to Ed Porter concerning Fritz Baur’s Electromagnetic Balance.  Cage suggests that the remaining funding should come through F&M Division: “It seems to me that we will get a better design and get it faster, if we have the active support of the gang in Avondale.”


10/17/66 Ed Porter to WRH concerning Dow/James Waters Porapak vs PolyPak vs HewPak; good letter describing how Ed Porter worked successfully in bringing advisories together; also shows competition with Dow

10/14/66 Ed Porter to DP/WRH, 5-page detailed report on F&M ending with: “One important aspect of F&M is their fine reputation as a highly competent technical organization, chemically. This is due in large measure to the stature of Aaron Martin, Gene Bennett, and other key scientists they have acquired.”

5/31/66 resignation of Frank Martinez, Jr.; Ed Porter adds F&M to his responsibilities in the East

3/17/66 Bob Kane to Chuck Ernst, a 5-page letter on F&M’s “warranty problem related to quality” but also to “material costs on warranty repairs”

2/11/66 Gene Bennett to Noel Eldred concerning F&M’s chemical instrumentation program: “Competition in gas chromatography and Mechrolab’s instrumentation is getting extremely keen and we will lose our No. 1 position in both fields unless some major steps are taken soon. The basic problem is that insufficient R&E effort is being made in both product areas compared to competition.”

1/6/66 Gene Bennett to WRH concerning Spectrex’s Vreeland Spectroscope

Copy of 1966 Columns & Accessories for Chemical Instrumentation, Hewlett Packard/F&M Scientific Division; other printed material from analytical instruments

Box 10, Folder 2  Boonton Radio Corporation, George Downsbrough Correspondence 1959-62

9/62 letters concerning Downsbrough’s resignation and HP’s decision to make Boonton Radio an HP division

7/17/62 DP to George Downsbrough re his unsatisfactory performance; details noted; see 5/8/62 DP to Downsbrough: “…the problems you have…are more serious and more extensive than I had thought. It is quite clear that the difficulty you are having is not a simple matter of production, it goes right through to the production design of your new instruments, and to the set-up in your entire organization.”

10/13/61 several letters on Boonton Radio’s retirement plan which reflects the thinking in Eastern companies as compared to the West, esp. concerning deferred profit sharing

6/2/61 George Downsbrough to DP concerning Standards and Calibration Service for Customers–different views at Boonton and HP

5/16/61 George Downsbrough to DP concerning annual executive physical examinations; reply to DP’s 5/12/61

several letters at the end of 1960 concerning Downsbrough’s salary which is high in relation to HP’s schedule


2/19/60 Nathan C. Finch to Downsbrough concerning By-laws, stock option plan, and other legal matters; earlier letter (2/10/60) pointed out that HP is doing business in New Jersey and must file its corporate articles and qualify to do so; 9/15/59 Finch to DP concerning mineral rights on the Boonton industrial site

11/4/59 DP to George Downsbrough with evaluation of Boonton Radio: “…impressed with your organization…greatest stress should be placed on your new product program.”  He notes Transistor Test Set and High Frequency Q Meter as important

10/8/59 W. Frank Cavier, referred by DP, to George Downsbrough concerning charitable contributions program: First of all he says that the Boonton program is modest. The IRS allows 5% of taxable income.  HP thinks “in terms of 2% of taxable income being a maximum limitation for donations.” This year HP will be under this “something like $100,000 as compared with our total taxable income of about six million. I note that your program is almost entirely a local one. In the future it might be well for you to think in terms of scholarships to some of the universities so that contact can be made with some of the young people who might turn out to be future employees, and also somewhat of a sales promotion aid.  Here at Hewlett-Packard, while we do take part in the local United Fund etc., the preponderance of our giving is in the educational field, mostly at the university level, with a substantial contribution to a number of universities and some scholarships.”

4/16/59 DP and WRH plan to visit Boonton

4/23/59 rough draft, unidentified author [not DP], evaluation of Boonton Radio Corporation “with the thought in mind that Hewlett-Packard Company may be interested in acquiring BRC. This company is very difficult to value in that its history is not typical of a first-rate electronics manufacturer. Whereas most electronics manufacturers have progressively increased their sales volume and profits, BRC has been fairly static. Specifically, there has been no recent record of growth. Also, directly contrary to the normal capital structure of an electronics manufacturer, BRC has a large net worth and working capital ratio. Actually, BRC has at least $400,000 in current assets that are not even being used in the business.”  More on possible value

Box 10, Folder 3  Boonton Radio Corporation 1959-61


10/20/61 DP’s speech at dedication of Boonton Radio Corporation’s new building: detailed reminisces of his time 25 years ago in northern New York in his first job at General Electric and enjoying hiking and hunting in the woods.  “It was about this time the wages and hours act was passed–and I still recall the resentment I felt at being required to go to the time clock and punch out at the end of an eight hour day, but my enthusiasm for what I was doing always overcame my resentment and I usually worked ten or twelve hours a day and on many Saturdays as well. My pay of $28 a week was enough to live on and there were challenging things to be done. There was very little work on military devices…It was just about this same time …that Mr. Loughlin was thinking that his newly developed device called the Q meter might make an important contribution to this youthful field of radio engineering…” Speaks of dedication to “strengthening and preservation of our free society” and “challenging opportunities of the future.”  [1 drawing and 2 photographs of the new building have been transferred to the HP Photograph Collection]

12/7/60 Downsbrough to John Chognard concerning patents, esp. “the Japanese patent” and sending a letter to Matsushita “on their infringement claim”

11/15/60 1961 Objectives

Fall 1960, correspondence concerning bids on new building

10/4/60 DP to Harold Friis: “I stopped in Boonton for a little while last week and I was pleased to see they are making some progress on the high frequency impedance meter which you suggested.”

September 1959 copy of Q’s and News, Boonton, including an article on Elsie Blackman, Canada’s first woman amateur radio operator, who spoke at BRC Radio Club

8/19/59 newspaper clippings announcing HP buys Boonton

Box 10, Folder 4  Colorado Springs Division – Publicity 1962-66

Printed material on the 180A Oscilloscope

7/28/66 news release concerning major expansion in Colorado Springs

June 1962 copy of Colorado Industrial Newsletter which announces HP’s gift of equipment to colleges and universities: “The company is also donating two assistantships at Colorado State University due to its close proximity to their Loveland Division. The company has enjoyed a close relationship with CSU and now has six or seven engineers taking part-time graduate work at the University.”

Undated, Ed Porter to WRH concerning “our neighbors in Colorado Springs,” Kaman Nuclear, a division of the Kaman Aircraft Corporation. “We are dickering to swap some land with them so that we can square off a good 50 acre site to the West of their site. They want to be most cooperative.”

3/19/65 State Division of Commerce and Development to WRH including the January issue of Industrial Development with several photographs of HP’s assembly operations


Box 10, Folder 5  Colorado Springs Division – Correspondence 1965-66

Invitations concerning the September 1966 meeting of HP’s Board of Directors in Colorado

8/16/66 Wm E. Carraway to DP concerning tragic accident with George F. Fredrick, “‘Mr. Hewlett-Packard’ to us” [see also 4/1/65 news release announcing Fredrick’s promotion and move to Palo Alto]

12/16/66 DP to Norm Schrock, regretting that he and WRH cannot personally give Norm his 25-year service pin. “It is really a sincere pleasure for us to acknowledge that you have been with us in such a close association for a quarter of a century. We have appreciated your many fine contributions to HP…The records show that when you joined us in March, 1942 we were not too sure just where you might best fit it, so we assigned you to Production Test for a trial period…Your initial assignment was to design our first signal generator, which eventually became the Model 610A. Following this you developed the first general purpose distributed amplifiers, the Models 460A and B. These instruments enjoyed a high and profitable sales volume for many years. One thing that contributed tremendously to their sales success was that the AEC made it necessary to replace them by the dozen by installing them on test towers!  From this assignment you took on the development of the HP line of waveguide test instruments, which of course continues to be one of the most important segments of our business even today.

“When we decided to enter the oscilloscope business, you became group leader in that area, and were responsible for coordinating the development of HP’s initial efforts in that area. We recall clearly that the low frequency oscilloscopes your group developed–the Model 130’s, 120’s and 122’s–were so successful that they virtually put Dumont out of business. While the 150A did not have the same impact on Tech Tronix, it did add considerably to HP folklore when we carried it back and forth from the hotel to the Armory in the subway during the Great Snow of 1956.

“Your contributions in the oscilloscope area have continued to this day, one of the most recent being the initial concept leading to the HP storage oscilloscope, which has been enthusiastically received by HP customers…”

Many letters thanking DP and WRH for the dinner; most add that HP has contributed greatly to Colorado


8/3/66 John W. Armstrong, President, Colorado Springs National Bank to DP: “The announcement this morning that Hewlett-Packard will make an immediate and substantial expansion to its local plant is the best news Colorado Springs could have! The high caliber of the people employed by Hewlett-Packard add so much more to our community than the economic base which, of course, is also important. We feel it is even better for the community to have continuing growth of present companies than to have new companies locating here. The town has been growing in an orderly fashion and is in an excellent position to absorb this new addition…”

7/27/66 Stan Selby to DP concerning storage tube and “the Westinghouse situation” and the reversal of the decision to deal with Hughes; more tubes

6/20/66 D.L. Favin, Bell Telephone Labs: “I have spoken to you during my last visit to Colorado Springs about the excellent job that your group has done in turning out the KS-19763 Waveform Monitor…I particularly want to thank Ralph Reiser and point out that he has done a remarkably good job in entering into a completely unfamiliar field, learning it, and finally steering a really tight schedule. His relationship toward us and my Company have been what I might always hope for in future business relations, a type of new standard.”

7/7/66 DP memo to Stan Selby in response to a 10-page memo on “Inventory”: “Good production planning involves scheduling of materials as needed. The easiest way is to buy them all in one batch and be safe, but that is not good management…I want you to put some more effort on your production control system there. It looks as though the boys are using the easy way out instead of using their heads, and I am sure pressure from topside will bring about a better result.”

3/8/66 Ray Wilbur evaluation of Colorado Springs after a visit

12/10/65 Stan Selby to DP and WRH concerning Alfred Electronics who have introduced an oscilloscope to be used with sweepers, a technique “borrowed” from HP “that smacks of thievery”

3/12/65 Colorado State Division of Commerce and Development apologizes for ad using HP; WRH paraphrasing Shakespeare wrote “the unkindest cut of all!”

3/19/65 news release announcing Stan Selby’s move from Loveland to Colorado Springs

Box 10, Folder 6  Colorado Springs – Correspondence 1962-64

Schedule and letters concerning dedication 10/24/64; Cort Van Rensselaer lists people for DP and WRH to thank and also suggests other topics: “I think that everyone would be interested in hearing that the increased manufacturing efficiency which we have been able to achieve at Colorado Springs made possible our successful bid on the large 175 contract.”  Handwritten notes of DP’s remarks at dedication with an emphasis on people

2/10/64 detailed engineering review at Colorado Springs


1/30/64 Ray Wilbur notes on Colorado Springs visit

10/10/63 Nick Broderick’s detailed current project list

4/11/63 DP to Cort Van Rensselaer concerning targets: “…Manufacturing overhead, administrative, and direct labor are all higher than they should be…[HP is] going to underwrite a higher level of product development, significant moving costs, and some other items like this. I am sure, in turn, you can find ways to cut…”

4/5/63 plan for moving the oscilloscope division to Colorado Springs

2/11/63 Cort Van Rensselaer memo to Dick Monnier, Floyd Siegel, Rod Carlson, and John Blokker calling for “critical evaluation of our longer-range engineering program…We need to examine each of our major programs to be sure that we are developing instruments which will give us the maximum return on our engineering investment.”  He notes that Barney Oliver will meet with them

2/6/63 DP to Robert Brunner concerning the pulse generator market around LA

12/18/62 DP to Bruce Wholey, Cort Van Rensselaer, Al Bagley, and Stan Selby concerning ’63 targets: “If we don’t do substantially better than the targets that have been developed it is going to be a pretty sad situation, so lets go to work on this problem.”

11/13/62 Cort Van Rensselaer to DP concerning pulse generator engineering group

7/2/62 Cort Van Rensselaer to engineers, DP, & WRH concerning improving “our competitive position in the high frequency oscilloscope field by making the 175 sync circuitry work better”

5/31/62 Cort Van Rensselaer to engineers concerning management checkpoint meeting model 130C Oscilloscope

Box 10, Folder 7 Colorado Springs – Correspondence 1960-63

7/30/63 Chamber of Commerce letter to Senator Gordon Allott concerning minimum wage legislation and its effects [Cort Van Rensselaer sent to WRH]

8/13/63 certificate from Mayor and City Council commending HP

7/30/63 Red LeMasters’ Janitor Supply Co., Pueblo, writes DP wanting cleaning work in Colorado Springs; old friend wanting to be treated better [see also 12/18/61 DP letter to Red with cc to George Fredrick]

7/23/63 George Fredrick to DP concerning higher education in Colorado, requesting DP to speak with Gov. Love

5/14/63 local Colorado Springs banks willing to loan HP money for new facility


W.R. Armstrong, Colorado Springs National Bank, to DP: “Years after your father had left the diamond at C.C. [Colorado College where DP is on the board], when a catcher would fail to connect with a difficult pop-up foul, someone from the grandstand would call out, ‘Packard would have gotten it.’  When the ball left the bat, your father seemed to sense which way to go in pursuit of it.” [another document describes W.R. Armstrong as the founder of the Colorado Springs National Bank in 1907, graduate of Colorado College in 1899 where he “played football with Sperry Packard”

First Colorado Springs Plant Picnic is 9/9/62 with WRH and Porter attending, day after Loveland picnic

2/22/62 Cort Van Rensselaer’s report on his visit to Colorado Springs including an option to add acreage

printed announcements of Pikes Peak Industrial Park in Rosina Valley, northwest of Colorado Springs including HP’s property and that of Kaman Nuclear

1/16/62 DP to Governor Steve McNicoll expressing appreciation of upgrading the Colorado University extension program in Denver and Colorado Springs; newspaper clip on this

11/20/61 DP to Cort Van Rensselaer asking that no banking connections be made in Colorado Springs until consideration is given to the bank “where one of my father’s associates has been involved for a long time.” [W.R. Armstrong]

Several letters from former friends, classmates, acquaintances of DP’s parents, etc. all interested in HP coming to Colorado

Box 10, Folder 8  DYMEC – Correspondence 1955-64

12/16/64 Robert Grimm to top management at Dymec:  “The -hp- corporate profit objective is 8% net after taxes and profit sharing. Dymec in fiscal 1964 continued its profit performance of the past few years with a net profit of 5.0%.  This is not satisfactory, and it is up to us as the management team at Dymec to initiate and effect a program of profit improvement.”

7/29/64 Bob Grimm to top management on Radiation, Inc. High Speed Electrostatic Printer

7/2/64 Tiny Yewell to Bill Gross and DP: “I am willing to invest $500 of our commission on the first sale of a 2035 plotting system requiring a new software package. If you can convince Grimm to invest some of Dymec’s money and then perhaps raise the overall price a little bit, but include the software in the package, I feel that we will be able to make ourselves felt in this market…and take a fair share of this business away from Calcomp…”

Box 10, Folder 9  DYMEC Division 1956-66

A dozen or so technical data sheets for DYMEC’s work in the microwave field

12/16/66 Austin Marx to Bob Grimm concerning Long Range Plan


8/8/66 DP to Bob Grimm commenting on “your all-plastic instrument.”  He asks for more info such as: “What was the cost of the development, including tooling, and what other instruments have shown interest in using it so far?”

4/26/66 DP to Bob Grimm saying he is pleased that Grimm is projecting “a continuing increase in your profitability, and also the improvement in your manufacturing cost. It looks as though your program is laid out well, except of course, we will have to have some careful attention given to the computer program, which will be hopefully coming close to production before the end of the period.”

5/11/65 Bill Gross to DP concerning “Proposed Schedule for the Hewlett-Packard Electronic Printer System Market Study”

2/65 DYMEC Objectives

2/8/65 DP on “Corporate Systems.”  He says that “One of the reasons for establishing Dymec was with the hope that we could take on these systems utilizing -hp- instruments more effectively, and it is time we put additional emphasis on this objective.”

7/28/64 Bob Grimm to management on “Radiation, Inc. High Speed Electrostatic Printer” which he saw at UC Lawrence Radiation Lab in Livermore

Small packet of Dymec material collected by DP with his annotations including 6/12/64 memo on HP Measurement System Capability

1/9/61 DYMEC Status Report

12/31/56 “Report on Examination” of DYNAC by F.W. Lafrentz, CPA

Box 10, Folder 10  DYMEC – Computer Group July 1965-66

7/12/65 Bob Grimm to DP: “Effective this month, a new computer engineering group is being established at Dymec..will be headed by Kay Magelby…[with] five group leaders…Since this effort is part of our long-range development program, no outside publicity on this is desired and no announcements will be made.”

11/22/65 DYMEC R&D Review

12/15/66 report by R.H. Waters of Software Systems “Read Only Memory Functions”

5/10/66 Bob Grimm to DP concerning talk at fall Joint Computer Conference.  DP replies that he is “very reluctant to make a talk to a group of technical specialists in the computer field.  While I can get away with this to a group of Stanford Business School Graduates, I wouldn’t feel very comfortable in doing it for a group of people who work and live with computers.”

3/30/66 Kay Magleby to DP and others suggesting “a program to give financial assistance to graduate students to improve our relationship with selected universities”

11/24/65 Bob Grimm to management on “Computer Marketing Plan”

11/2/65 Kay Magleby, “Notes on Electronic Calculators”

6/18/65 Austin Marx to DP on Analog Computers


6/8/65 Austin Marx to DP on Digital Computers; see also 2/12/65

Box 10, Folder 11  F&M Scientific – Acquisition 1964-65

Typed copy of “Plans of Reorganization and Agreement” between F&M Scientific and HP, not signed

8/13/65 letter from F&M President Frank W. Martinez, Jr. announcing that F&M Scientific has become a division of the Hewlett-Packard Company…effective Monday, August 9.”

2/23/65 DP to Frank Martinez with copy of Memorandum of Understanding.  “The agreement is prepared on the basis of purchase of assets since I understand both your attorney and ours felt this would be a safer course.  This plan involves setting up an X Corporation, paying to that X Corporation the necessary shares of Hewlett-Packard stock, having that corporation purchase all of the assets including the name of F & M Scientific and F & M Investment.  The two present corporations are then collapsed and the Hewlett-Packard shares are distributed to their stockholders.”  The sale seems to be 332,933 shares of Common Stock of HP for shares and book value of F&M Scientific for $7,990,392.

1/20/65 Frank E. Waterfall, HP Crossley Sales Division Manager, to DP evaluating F&M and Wilkens with F&M having “a slight edge all the way around from a quality standpoint.”  The Wilkens’ side rests of HP knowing well John Amy.

WRH did the on-site visit

Box 10, Folder 12  F&M Scientific –  Financial Reports, 1961-65

Box 10, Folder 13  11/22/65 “Hewlett-Packard’s Role in Chemical Instrumentation,” a Report by C. Eugene Bennett

Also in the same folder, 9/7/65 memo, Dan Lansdon to Cort Van Rensselaer on “Comments on the Process Control Field”

Box 10, Folder 14  F&M Scientific – Correspondence 1965-66

6/16/66 Ed Porter to HP employees of F&M Division announcing Frank Martinez’s resignation as of 8/9; Porter will act as division manager for a while; “We’ve made some real progress in the plant with the addition of new machinery, additional space under construction, and better layout for flow and efficiency…we’re improving the air conditioning and…will repaint the entire plant.”  More budget for R&E, improved instruction books, sales literature, etc.  Plans to build an additional 44,000 foot building in front of the present plant to house the R&E lab, marketing, finance, and administration

3/10/65 Bob Brunner to DP and WRH, Summary of Comments Regarding Pittsburgh Show; from his contacts there are three undisputed leaders: F&M, Wilkens, and Perkin-Elmer; some info on Packard Instruments, Honeywell, etc.; some suggestions for Dymec


12/20/65 DP to Richard Arms, Kennett Square PA: “Bill and I are sorry that your current assignment prevents you from being present in Palo Alto at the time we are presenting our 25 year service pins.  Needless to say, our thoughts are with you, and we are both delighted you are getting along so well at F&M.  We well remember your joining us in November 1940.  It has been a real pleasure to see you rise in responsibility and value to HP, and we deeply appreciate the contributions you have made in so many areas.  Your ingenuity in spotting areas for improvement in our mechanical devices, and your suggestions for better ways, have meant much to the success of the company…”

11/5/65 WRH to Aaron J. Martin of F&M concerning the gas chromatograph for the possibility of “smelling” people, a project of interest to the U.S. Army Limited War Lab at Aberdeen, Maryland

5/26/65 memo on New Products to be Delivered in Next 12 Months including Gas Chromatography

5/4/65 PA Gov. Wm Scranton welcomes HP to PA, ending with “Incidentally I am fortunately a stockholder of your fine company.”  DP writes:  “As a company, we always try to be good corporate citizens of the area in which we operate. We hope that we in a small way contribute to the economic health of Pennsylvania.”

3/24/65 United Steelworkers rep to National Labor Relations Board concerning conduct of HP in trying to influence union certification election by having employees visit Palo Alto; earlier in the folder DP had noted “the labor problem”

3/4/65 Frank W. Martinez, Jr. to F&M personnel announcing that F&M “is in the process of being acquired” by HP; the reason given is that F&M’s “growth has been slowing up” and that a merger is one way to reverse this; he lists the anticipated changes in operation; he finds DP and WRH “down-to-earth people who are sincerely interested in each employee”

3/4/65 DP to all F&M employees; he is pleased with merger; “We have been interested for some time in finding an affiliation which would enable us to participate in the field of chemical instrumentation.” DP invites ten employees to visit plants in Palo Alto and report to personnel and “encourage those of you in the unit to vote ‘no’ on Union representation.”  DP says they should wait on taking on a union; “Should your bargaining unit decide to have a Union represent some of you now, we will be quite willing to bargain with that Union.”

3/4/65 HP news release on making F&M  “a wholly-owned subsidiary of HP through an exchange of stock”; F&M was founded in 1957, has 400 employees, and in 1964 had sales of approximately $7 million.

Box 10, Folder 15  Frequency & Time 1961-66


8/1/66 Victor E. Van Duzer to Dan Lansdon concerning resignation and listing his contributions

5/13/66 Sherman Davis to management on sites for Frequency & Time at Santa Clara and Stanford Lands

5/17/66 DP to GM at Motorola who is contracted to provide special integrated circuits; DP says there have been delays and price escalations which made it difficult for HP to depend on them

4/26/66 DP to Al Bagley (“Dear Bags”) giving F&T Division “an exception …to allow your operating profit level to go up to 35%, so that you won’t feel restricted by the guidelines we put on in Monterey.”  This is in responses to Bagley’s memo of 2/25/65 outlining F&T Division activities

6/15/65 Dave Kirby to large group of managers on HP’s Integrated Circuit Activity concerning inquiries from reporters, etc.; Kirby with help of Bagley has developed a general answer to most questions

12/1/64 Al Bagley to J. T. Henderson at National Research Council, Canada “concerning our forthcoming flying clock experiment.”  The full plan for the flight is given

5/1/64 Al Bagley to DP on Synthesizer Cost (5100A and 5110A) especially reduction of labor cost

9/23/63 DP on Nuclear Instrument Field: “After spending some time reviewing the nuclear instrument field, I am convinced that our decision to get into the field was taken without adequate study or understanding of the problem…if we are to do anything in the field it will have to be with much more effort…”  DP suggests several alternative future paths

7/21/60 President of FMA, Inc. to DP concerning supplying HP with atomic controlled frequency standards; 8/12/60 Al Bagley to WRH re Len Cutler’s proposed visit to FMA:  “We still do not feel that we want to buy the resonant system to our atomic clock, but this might be a good opportunity for us to look at the techniques some other company is using.”

11/2/61 Al Bagley to DP: “Today we are starting a new development group with the purpose of developing photoconductor sealing methods” with people from Ed Hilton’s and Blair Harrison’s groups; main effort will be “involved with the gasket method” and “work…[on] more permanent sealing methods”

Box 10, Folder 16 HP Associates – Correspondence 1964-65

Oversize chart of activity 1965

12/3/65 Nathan C. Finch to Frank Cavier announcing that HP “is now the owner of all of the stock of hp associates”

10/12/65 Nathan Finch to W. W. van Bronkhorst concerning the IRS ruling on the loans from HP to the optionees of hp associates


6/3/65 Jack Melchor to DP, WRH, and Ralph Lee outlining proposed organization for -hpa- “in order to strengthen our product and market orientation….Research and Advanced Development will be financially separated…Approximately 30 people would remain in the Advanced group, with some overlap support from the Process Lab, Packaging, and Characterization.  No clear separation can be provided until the Paeco Building is outfitted for -hpa-.  At that time we’ll probably combine -hpa- Process and Model Lab functions and also Reliability and QA.”

4/30/65 Jack Melchor to DP, WRH, and Ralph Lee on proposal for the separation of advance corporate and military programs from -hpa-.  “Due to previous expenditures of corporate and military funds for Applied Research and Exploratory Development, -hpa- has a substantial new products backlog.”

2/12/65 HP News Releases announcing that the stockholders of HP Associates will become a wholly-owned division of HP; founded in 1961; Jack Melchor who has been president from the beginning will become general manager

Undated DP notes of hpa

2/9/65 report [author not identified] on “Description and Status of Physics R&D Projects”: interferometric fringe counter, laser for the interferometric fringe counter, light deflection with electro-optic effect, cesium beam tube development, cathode ray tube development, beam switched diode, quartz crystal thermometer, precision crystal development

2/3/65 Ray Wilbur to DP concerning announcement of hpa being made a division; Wilbur outlines the process and DP’s role

11/9/64 Jack Melchor to DP, WRH and Ralph Lee suggesting the establishment of a small Government Products Division; 11/17/64 DP answers that the suggestion has been considered “many times in the past…At this time I am especially interested in developing more non-government and non-military markets.”  He does see opportunities for more government supported research and development but “it would be undesirable for us to get into the broad areas…with this special group.”

9/4/64 Proposal for “Hewlett-Packard Research and Development Laboratory for Electronic Measurements”

5/1/64 M. M. Atalla to top management announcing a day long meeting to review -hpa- R&D 5/15

3/16/64 Jack Melchor listing of new commercial product schedule

4/24/64 letter to Richard Gordon concerning proposed R&D agreement between hpa and Central Research Department of Monsanto Company

1/2/64 Jack Melchor to DP, WRH, B. Oliver concerning tentative data sheet for MOS Diodes


Box 10, Folder 17  HP Associates – Publications, Reports 1962-64

1964 Year End Report

1964 Final Report Semiconductor Transducer Development

1963 Year End Report

1963 Mid-Year Report

1962 Report

1962 Mid-Year Report

Box 10, Folder 18  HP Associates – Correspondence 1961-63

10/25/63 listing of company supported R&D programs

10/63 hpa new product review

9/25/[63?] J. H. Payne, Jr. and J. L. Melchor to WRH concerning

-hpa-Monsanto working relationship including “a joint GaAs program”

7/30/63 Frank Wezniak to managers about functional electronic blocks (light coupled amplifiers) to be evaluated by anyone who wants them

3/1/63 DP to Jack Melchor concerning changes in responsibility for the corporate financial department

2/15/63 DP to Photonetics Corp., Walker Valley NY: “We have for some time had an interest in photoconductivity and electro-luminescence” and we should discuss our mutual interest.  Similar letter to Thermo-Kinetic Corp., Tucson

12/10/62 Proposed HP Projects for FY-63

11/7/62 Jack Melchor on IRI Meeting, especially news from Canada

9/14/[62?] HP News Release announcing formation of a new affiliated company, HP Associates, “to engage in solid-state research and development”

3/9/62 list of -hpa- stockholders

2/22/62 Jack Melchor memo on proposed -hpa- PCD merger

Copy of hpa Stock Option Agreement, Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws

7/25/61 DP to hp associates outlining the relationship with HP

undated, DP’s notes of hpa

4/10/61 long memo from Bill Myers to DP and WRH evaluating present situation of analytical equipment in relation to comments made recently by DP and WRH

2/8/61 “Memorandum” for HP’s and Jack Melchor’s desire “to form a company for the research, development and ultimate production of solid state electronic devices, equipment and systems.”  5 pages

6/14/61 Jack Melchor to Egon Loebner in Princeton NJ offering him a job with hpa


2/21/61 WRH to Harold Friis in Rumson NJ: “Several years ago a small company was formed by a group of Scientists in Palo Alto, by the name of Melabs. One of the guiding spirits of this organization was Jack Melchor. For a variety of personal reasons Jack has seen fit to terminate his employment with Melabs and to establish a new research oriented company.  Hewlett-Packard has been very much interested in this proposal of Jack’s and we have worked out an arrangement for lending major support to this endeavor.”  Melchor is looking for high quality scientific staff and he will come to Friis for help

Box 10, Folder 19  Loveland Division 1964-65

9/30/65 DP to Marco Negrete: “Thank you for your careful analysis of the Cubic DVM line. In view of your analysis I think we should not pursue the matter further, and I will so advise the Cubic people. Last week I reviewed the engineering program at F&M and they are very anxious to go ahead with the development of a digital integrator to analyze the output of their gas chromatographs. I suggested that they send you the information directly, and we will arrange to have Gene Bennett stop by and discuss the question with you and your people some time soon. At the present time they do not have the engineering capability to undertake this program, and I think it would be a logical one for you. I had the further thought that this job could conceivably be one for an analog computer, rather than a digital computer, and I suggest you consider that possibility. It looks as though such advice could be an attractive product on its own, and in addition would enhance the sale of chromatographs for us. Therefore, if after considering it you find you cannot fit it into your new product program there, you might suggest some other division undertake the program. To me it looks most logical for Loveland. I would appreciate your views at an early date.”

7/23/65 J. M. Cage to DP on Medical Instruments; detailed memo on assigning “responsibility for each new project to the logical divisions…you wanted Sanborn to be the logical home for medical instruments”

6/23/65 DP to John Chognard: “It looks as though the sampling volt meter project at Loveland should be carefully covered by patent application.  We have something here which could be quite important, so I hope you will give it full attention.”

5/18/65 Charles E. Short to DP pointing out Colorado State Univ.’s “outright rudeness” and “indifference.”  He suggests Duke Medical School for HP’s research program in electroanesthesia

5/21/65 Marco Negrete’s summary of engineering program, including projections through fiscal ’67

4/12/65 Stan Selby’s resignation from Board of Directors of the First National Bank in Loveland


3/30/65 WRH to engineer at GE admitting the 3400A RMS Voltmeter specifications “are misleading.”  WRH sends him a check for $525 for the instrument to be returned:  “It is not that the instrument will not read non-symmetrical wave forms, it is that the instrument will not read the DC component of the signal.  This is perhaps suggested by that part of the specification which states that the frequency response is from 10 cps to 8 mc.”

3/15/65 HP news release announcing appointment of Raymond M. Demere, Jr. as general manager of Loveland Division; he succeeds C. S. (Stan) Selby who has become general manager of Colorado Springs Division

3/11/65 head of Loveland Chamber of Commerce writes Stan Selby “your influence has been felt…Loveland has gained..large part of Loveland is leaving with you.”

10/23/64 Stan Selby’s comments on Loveland Division September statement calling attention to operating profit but also pointing out “our biggest problem now is space planning for our projected growth.”  Many other monthly statements

9/10/64 Tax effects of move from Palo Alto to Loveland

7/22/64 WRH to Governor John A. Love: “Both Dave and I have never regretted for a moment our decision to expand in Colorado, and I think this fact is well known in the Bay Area.”

7/2/64 Stan Selby to WRH about public speech training

3/11/64 Stan Selby to DP and WRH reporting that at the First National Board of Directors meeting he learned that Oak Manufacturing Co. has made an offer for Scientific Electronics at a price based on 12 times earnings for the past 3 years

2/12/64 DP to Stan Selby; good memo on targets and operations.  DP writes about the components work, particularly meters “…now that we have spent some two years on this job, unless we can get the costs so that they are competitive, we should seriously consider dropping the whole program”

1/29/64 Ray Wilbur’s notes on Loveland trip re middle-management pay for which Stan Selby “wants more guide lines” and “expressed some objections and concern over our emphasis on MBA recruiting.”  Some talk on man who “needs recognition and status symbols” and man whose “sports background at Colorado State has been a big help to him in such contacts.”


1/29/64 DP to Stan Selby giving him some guidance:  “I would remind you, first, that we established the facility in Loveland with the desire to have a facility which would enable us to produce some of our products at a lower cost than was possible in some other areas…You now have a full complement of capability in Loveland, including manufacturing, engineering, and sales, and you therefore have the opportunity to manage that division as though it were an independent company. It is extremely important therefore that you direct the affairs of the Loveland division so that they produce a profit in the neighborhood of 20% before taxes for this year, instead of the 17.6% which you have targeted, and the 14.9% which has been your two months performance. To do this is going to take a little more hard nose management than has been necessary in the past. Certainly a tougher attitude towards costs and unnecessary manpower…This may be a tougher year than normal, but that’s even more of a reason why we must do something about these operations right away.”

1/3/64 DP to Stan Selby agreeing that HP Retirement Fund should not get into the land development business by buying land next to HP’s site in Loveland

Box 10, Folder 20  Loveland – Correspondence 1959-63

1963 First Quarter report

4/11/63 DP to Stan Selby: “…I want you to watch every dime for the rest of this year until we see how the new order picture is going to balance out.”

3/1/63 DP to Stan Selby [and probably other divisions] announcing job changes and new accountability for finances allowing for “necessary uniformity”

2/27/63 plans for DP and Lu to visit Loveland and then Aspen; remarks about what “the gals” will be doing

12/26/62 DP to Stan Selby authorizing his salary increase, reminding him of need for keeping down costs.  “The choice of new products and the efficiency of putting them into production is the most important factor in our future success.  We will try and work closely with you ln the product selection matter but you will have to have a strong hand in this area yourself.  We are proposing to increase the engineering expenditure back there and we expect this to show up in profits from new products in a very efficient manner.”

Undate, DP’s handwritten notes for speech at dedication of plant in Loveland

9/26/62 Stan Selby to DP listing hp’s contribution in value of instruments awarded to Colorado state schools and suggesting that DP send letters to the governor and other state officials pointing out that although these gifts are substantial, “the bulk of instrumentation costs could and should be borne by the schools’ budgets”

8/30/62 Stan Selby to DP concerning possible recreation area; Selby has located a park-like area about 23 miles from Loveland which could be used for the picnicking and camping; asking price $80,000


2/15/62 Mayor Ray Paterson to Stan Selby thanking HP for underwriting half of the cost of building a street near the new plant: “In October of 1959, I sat in on a Chamber of Commerce committee meeting which was addressed by both Mr. Packard and Mr. Hewlett. We heard them state definitely that they intended to pay their own way in Loveland, and that they were expecting no handouts from the city. Succeeding events have proven this to be true.”

11/10/61 printed 3-page copy of “Loveland Division Objectives”

12/12/61 DP to top management on “Policy on Transformer Manufacture at Loveland”

2/24/60 memo by John Cage expressing his concerns about Loveland

Many letters on the plant dedication/open house

11/25/59 report to DP by Birge Clark, Architect, after his visit to Loveland

Many letters expressing delight that HP is locating in Loveland; some from old friends of DP’s

10/16/59 letter from U.S. Dept. of Commerce pointing out high number of Colorado high school students who go to MIT and would return if job opportunities increased

10/13/59 University of Denver, Research Institute, summarizing courses and research programs in engineering, etc.; list of current research projects in electronics

Box 10, Folder 21  F&M – Mechrolab Transfer 1965-66

12/22/65 Frank Martinez to DP concerning “Mechrolab Transfer”:  “Just a short note to let you know about the tremendous assistance that the Mountain View Mechrolab group have given us in the transfer of their operations to the East”

10/7/65 John Cage, Mechrolab Division, to Ralph Lee concerning 6-page very detailed summary of Mechrolab activities during the past year

9/12/[65] Bill Doolittle to DP: “Now that the initial shock has worn off, the F&M people here in Amsterdam are doing their best to phase out the manufacturing activities in an orderly manner.”

9/14/65 Ralph Lee to Frank Martinez listing week by week schedule of transfer of Mechrolab to F&M

Box 10, Folder 22 Mechrolab, Inc. – Correspondence 1963-65

6/18/65 John Cage to DP concerning need for engineers for Mechrolab

6/17/65 John Cage to DP and WRH: “After our conversation about a week ago, I took the drastic action that you suggested to improve the quality of Mechrolab products more rapidly. That is, everyone in both R&D and Marketing has put aside nearly everything except our efforts to eliminate troubles in production instruments. I am satisfied with the results of this action.”

6/8/65 John Cage to sales division heads concerning lack of good technical assistance resulting in Cage’s curtailing new product development

6/1/65 John Cage to DP and WRH, confidential memo on personnel changes at Mechrolab especially needing a chief engineer

5/25/65 John Cage to DP on buying out Educational Products, Inc., Mountain View


Several letters concerning the retirement of Harry C. Ehrmantraut who headed Mechrolab and worked on the blood clot timer and was largest stock holder of Mechrolab when HP took over

12/4/64 Nathan Finch to WRH suggesting alternative methods of purchasing Mechrolab stock

11/24/64 John Cage to DP and WRH, confidential report on “the Mechrolab situation” which is “complex” and needs “major revision.”  His evaluation of Harry Ehrmantraut is “Harry is temperamentally unsuited to the job of running that business at present, and yet his pride would suffer if he were to just quit and leave us…”

10/21/64 WRH to DP re Mechrolab: “I have just about run out of gas with Ehrmantraut. Basically, Harry wants his money now, and so far, has tried to hang his hat on two factors which were current at the time of our negotiations with him…What Harry would like now is for us to buy him and the other key employees out at about $50 a share. To me, this makes no sense and is a sheer case of blackmail…I finally got tired of wasting time with Harry and told him I would make him one of three proposals and if he didn’t like these, he could go to you.”  Proposals attached

Some letters on Japanese and European sales

5/7/64 copies of letters sent to stock holders of Mechrolab concerning agreement with HP

3/17/64 news release on HP purchase of Mechrolab, a Mountain View company, manufacturer of medical and scientific instrumentation, founded in 1959

3/2/64 John Cage to top management on his first observations on operations at Mechrolab

9/17/63 John Cage to DP and WRH describing his visit to Mechrolab “at Bill Hewlett’s suggestion.  Mechrolab is four years old, has grown steadily in sales to a present rate of $1,000,000 per year, employs 45 people, and occupies a rented factory having an area of 16,000 square feet.”

Box 10, Folder 23  Microwave Division – Palo Alto (John Young, Manager) 1963-64

12/14/64 John Young to Ed Porter, 13-page summary of FY64 operations

11/2/64 DP to Neil P. Ruzic, President, Industrial Research award for “our Spectrum Analyzer”

7/23/64 DP to John Young: “The SWR-3000 looks as though it might be of interest to you, if you haven’t already seen it.”

4/14/64 Amphenol-Borg Connector agreement

4/13/64 John Minck to WRH reporting that the new Spectrum Analyzer “was shown in a hotel suite at the IEEE Show to customers with specific needs and it received an encouraging response…we are presently trying to identify potential users.”


4/13/64 John Minck to WRH announcing that the Microwave Division has placed the sales engineering “on a full regional basis” and listing the reps

2/1/64 Project Status Report for Microwave and Signal Generator Division

1/13/64 DP to John Young: “I suggest you proceed with your discussions with Walter Selsted to get the tape program transferred, and I think you should talk further with Mr. McMullin and other candidates who have had experience in the magnetic tape market as soon as your plans develop.”

10/10/63 Microwave Product Review

4/11/63 DP to Bruce Wholey agreeing that the proposed targets “seem to be reasonably satisfactory. I think you ought to double-check your shipment projections…”

Box 10, Folder 24 F. L. Moseley & Co – Board of Directors – Agenda 1959-61

Listings of members and meeting agendas with notes on engineering development programs


Series 2 Box 11  Divisions M-Z  1955-1966

Box 11, Folder 1 F. L. Moseley Company – Correspondence 1963-65

10/22/65 [WRH] to Francis Moseley: “Dear Frances, Your arguments are persuasive and I yield. I really hate to see you withdraw from association with the Moseley Division, but I can’t really argue with someone who has thought out the case as carefully as you have. Perhaps the best solution is that which you suggested – that you move for a leave of absence status on November 1 of this year, thus not foreclosing all future association with the F. L. Moseley Company. On one point, however, I will not yield and that is that we keep in touch with each other, that you come up here once in a while and find out what is going on and that when I come down to the LA area, I can still find the latch-strong out.. .”

10/12/65 Francis Moseley to WRH: “By the time this letter reaches you, I suppose you’ll be back in the country with the satisfaction of having helped solve some of the Government’s foreign aid problems….I am proceeding on the assumption that my present connection with, and salary received from, the Moseley Division will terminate at my request on October 31st…”


5/14/65 DP to Ed Austin, F. L. Moseley Division: “When I was back at Sanborn I saw some interesting work they are doing with pressure sensitive paper made by Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company. It looked to me as though it might be as good as the electro-sensitive paper for your XY machines, and for your strip chart machines. One advantage, it is a great deal cheaper; another advantage, you can print through it readily; and I suggest you contact the 3M people in your area right away and see what can be done….I think it would be great if you could come out with both pressure sensitive paper and electro-sensitive at the same time, and give your customers a real choice….Also, the Sanborn boys are using your photo-electric potentiometer with considerable success on some of their recorders. This would be a real scoop for the whole business if we can get photo-electric pots in all of your recorders in the near future. I will look into the program up here to see if I can expedite some action, because we could really scoop the market in a big way with these things that seem to be almost in reach. Hope things are going well.”

10/1/64 WRH to Ed Austin; “I thought you might be interested in some figures that came from Bill Abbott of our Central Quality Assurance group which show the tremendous improvement that has been made during the past twelve months in the warranty failure reports from the F. L. Moseley Co.  Keep up he good work!”

12/20/63 John Cage to DP, WRH, Porter and Oliver reporting on his visit to Moseley: “…The most pressing need I could spot is for two or three first-class, creative engineers (like Van Duzer, Potter, Schulz, etc.)…I take the view that there is little to be gained by just hiring more engineers for Moseley. One or two key engineers must come first, along with some fresh new ideas. Practically all the ideas in process have come from Francis himself, and he probably will not create at a faster rate in the future. Mainly, Moseley’s projects seem to be conceived with the intent of improving the present line gradually, as long as the growth rate and profit situation stays good. However, not all the projects are mundane” and he lists some of the more interesting ones.

11/5/63 WRH to Francis Moseley: “Last month when I was in Peru, I took a most interesting drive from Lima directly over the Andes down into the Amazon Basin. Incidentally, we went over a 16,000 ft. pass….On the way back I caught a picture of the train with some of the background scenery. This is probably taken around 15,000 ft. or so. The gouge looked around 5 feet. Coming up the west side of the Andes, the route is so steep that they use switchbacks rather than turns.  Thought you might like to have this for your collection.”

11/8/63 Francis Moseley to DP: “Things seem to have settled down here pretty well after our management change…my new title is Research Director…[we need to talk about] the minority interest in this company…”

9/30/63 Francis Moseley to WRH about the German recorder program and the good news from Hans Fuchs [enclosed letter from Fuchs]


10/23/63 Bill Doolittle to Ed Austin concerning 7190A Program and its transfer to HPGmbH and the compensation to FLM for development assistance. “It was finally agreed to follow the standard formula incorporated in the international interdivisional pricing policy.”

10/16/63 WRH to Francis Moseley marked “Personal” concerning his new title, compensation, new president, etc.; in reply to Moseley letter of 10/11/63

12/10/62 Francis Moseley to WRH: “…What this place needs is an effective, energetic day by day operating head. I’m no longer the right man for the job and think I should be replaced…”

9/26/63 Francis Moseley to WRH: “Here is effort #5 to answer your letter; the first four versions are in the wastebasket. Please, whatever you do, don’t do much. Remember Boonton? – 10% net, and everybody deploring their plant, product and prospects; forced draft efforts to improve all these things, no earnings, fired President, much agony – finally some hope of ultimate recovery…”

9/25/63 [WRH] to Francis Moseley marked “Personal”: “…My concern centers around two broad areas – the future of the product line and the management structure of the company…”

6/11/63 Francis Moseley to DP thanking him for the assistance HP gave FLM: “…In 1960, when it came time for us to build a new plant, H-P loaned us $300,000.00 on a ten-year note…” paid off yesterday in 3 years

5/29/63 [WRH] to Francis Moseley thanking him and Louisa “for the perfectly beautiful book on ‘Wild Flowers of North America in Full Color.’ The pictures themselves are just magnificent – perhaps I can learn from these pictures the technique of floral photography.” [and indeed he did much of this in later life]

Box 11, Folder 2  F. L. Moseley & Co. – Publications, Reports, etc. 1959-63

“Audio-Acoustic Testing Apparatus” by Francis L. Moseley, 1963

“Moseley Autograf, General Catalog 63A”

“Model 680 Strip Chart Recorder” Preliminary Data 1961 [photographs transferred to HP Photo Collection]

10/8/59 “Manufacturing Engineering Evaluation Report of The Moseley Model 6S Recorder (Serial #22)”

10/9/59 “Manufacturing Engineering Evaluation Report of the Moseley Model Recorder, Serial 799”

10/7/59 “Manufacturing Engineering Evaluation Report of the Moseley Model 80A-3 (Serial #37) Strip Recorder”

“Investigation of Moseley Model 3X-Y Recorder – The Autograf” typed, no date


12/3/58 “A Special Feature from Pasadena” including a letter to DP and WRH: “…the history of our recorder business started in about 1928. At that time, I had left college after one year, and was running an embryonic manufacturing business in the basement of my parents’ home in Washington, D.C. I had a lathe, a drill press, a milling machine, table saw, etc., and was engaged in constructing field equipment for a geophysical prospecting company whose laboratory was located in Washington…I left it to take a job with the geophysical people who had been my best customer, and I went to Texas to work for them for about a year…I will skip over a long period of time…now a resident of Pasadena, I decided to start our present business. When this company began, its objective was stated to be the development and sale of a line of catalog, commercial laboratory and industrial instruments. It was assumed that we would try to do some military R&D work as long as this did not interfere with our primary purpose of manufacturing for commercial customers.”  He goes on to describe the introduction of the Two-Axis Recorder. “The F. L. Moseley Company started, as many companies in California do, in a garage workshop. It was moved from there to some rented quarters in Hollywood, where for about six months a lot of odd-job engineering work was undertaken. On September 1st, the first employee formally joined the organization when I persuaded Mr. Edward Austin to leave the Collins Radio Company, Western Division. He was, and still is, Employee #1, and has provided the qualities of technical ability and good judgment needed to keep us alive since that time.  In order to be fashionable, I engaged in a bit of market research, which consisted of cleaning up the early recorder to a point where it was presentable, and taking it around to show to a number of engineers with whom I was acquainted. The results of this market survey were 100 percent negative…so, I went into the X-Y Recorder business…The business has subsequently grown up to an annual sales volume which is nearing $2,000,000. Our product line has been expanded to include eight or nine different types of X-Y Recorders, including models for airborne use, models to meet military specifications, rack-mounted units and, of course, a variety of special versions to fit particular industrial situations… We had our share of [merger] propositions but the only negotiation we ever got involved in, that seemed to make any sense, was with Hewlett-Packard. As you know, we carried on discussions with -hp- two years or more, always on a rather low pressure basis, and finally arrived at the 80 percent stock transfer arrangement which we finally completed in November of this year….”  This printed hand-out has photographs of Francis Moseley, the plant in Pasadena, X-Y Recorder, and four models of the Autograf. 2 copies


Box 11, Folder 3  F. L. Moseley & Co. – Correspondence 1957-62

[Mosely is often referred to as FLM]

10/8/62 DP to R.C. Buffum concerning purchase of the Librascope X-Y Plotter, negative

9/11/62 suggested price reductions

Printed specs on several models of X-Y Recorders

5/2/62 F. L. Moseley on real estate and plant location; looking for cheaper property around Pasadena, maybe Glendora

3/2/62 F. L. Moseley to WRH: “..we are slowly getting this business on a better basis, but there is so much we ought to do compared to what we are doing that I feel quite shaky about it.  For example, our engineering is really quite weak. Ed [Austin] runs the department in a sincere and conscientious manner, but he is something like me, i.e. a self-educated, blacksmith type…”

6/20/61 Francis Moseley discourages people calling him Fran

7/4/61 the Scottish Council to F. L. Moseley concerning HP establishing a base in Scotland

6/12/61 Noel E. Porter to WRH, etc.: “Moseley seems to be pretty well settled on how he plans to proceed with the design and manufacture of the new 6″ strip chart unit. At present he is still planning to use an open slide wire rather than an enclosed pot which he says he can easily fit into the design. He and Eddie both seem to think the open type is ok. I favor and encourage the closed pot even if only from the sales point of view. I don’t think Mose and some of his key people really get the feed-back from customers that they should. This is partly because they don’t like reps in general and automatically put up a defensive barrier which some reps recognize immediately and therefore tend to clam up. Our own experience with open slide wires indicates they are not all that is desired. Let’s see what we can do to definitely steer this unit in the direction of a closed pot.”


5/8/61 Francis Moseley to WRH:  “I want to thank you again for the wonderful Swiss tour. It is a miraculous place, and you were certainly the perfect guide….I certainly got the impression that we have a lot to do in Europe and that tremendous business awaits us there.  Doolittle has set up a wonderful operation, and I think your judgement and foresight in connecting with the European business possibilities have been borne out most completely by the record to date. We will try to tighten up our engineering as well as our literature and instruction material so that we mesh more closely all details in European requirements. I would like to see us have someone in Europe on a semi-resident basis for some months and if we could just figure out some cute way of getting this man on the HPSA payroll instead of our own, we’d have it made…I would like to be sure that our transfer of digital apparatus and systems to Dymec is given a full dress hearing before the last bell is rung. I think the matter is in good order right now and believe that it will move smoothly toward a jointly beneficial conclusion, but I would like to have a brief Board review of the transaction before it becomes final.”

1/12/61 drawing for the 6″ strip chart recorder

Undated, Francis Moseley to DP: “…I would like to find some way of creating some favorable deal for some of our principal people. Putting aside, for a moment, how it might look to HP, I don’t much favor asking for some stock option setup in HP stock. What appeals to me, and would appeal I think to our people, would be an opportunity in our own Company stock, ie: FLM Co. I have 20% of FLM Co stock, minus the 100 shares owned by EE Austin, and I think a lot of said stock, and would like to have more of it owned by people here, though on a fairly selective basis. We are just now completing a new building which, together with land will cost us about $300,000. We are borrowing this from HP as of course you know, and are very grateful…I think this loan could well be extinguished by issuing some stock, and by extending the amount a bit…”  Three policy alternatives are described. At the end of this, Moseley writes that the letter was “set aside pending Dave’s visit.”

8/17/60 Francis Moseley file notes on “Waveform Transistor TransData Company”

7/30/59 Francis Moseley to Noel Porter and WRH concerning purchasing land for development

Spring 1960; 3 letters dealing with Francis Moseley’s HP stock

1/20/60 Francis Moseley to HP management concerning loss of G. S. Marshall Company for selling FLM’s products

6/25/59 E. E. van Bronkhorst to FLM reporting that the effective date of HP’s acquisition of 80% of FLM was 11/3/58

6/16/59 Francis Moseley to WRH concerning FLM’s representation in Holland, especially as it has always used the Frathom Company and the HP company; C. N. Rood, is upset; Moseley asks for the master plan on this


11/25/58 Francis Moseley to DP, a 3-page letter on many topics including hiring a new financial specialist and stock plans.  He reports that FLM is down from a half-dozen difficult jobs to only one–“this is Hallamore and covers a Mil-Spec recorder for Air Force flight line use.” He concludes: “Barney Oliver and I have a tentative date to get together on the general philosophy of why we design our recorders the way we do. He and I will meet on a somewhat secluded basis for half a day or so, and with a blackboard will dig into some of the fundamentals on which our instruments rest…we have greatly tightened our inspection and quality control in the last few months and I believe we are much closer to shipping a first-class quality product.”

6/6/58 Francis Moseley to DP requesting that HP and FLM begin collaboration at once despite the slowness in negotiating the final document

2/24/58 Dave Bates questions the proposed license agreement between FLM Co. and Minneapolis Honeywell Regulator Company

4/2/57 C. Van Rensselaer to Francis Moseley concerning the new HP Model 207A Sweep Oscillators which Moseley wants to use

9/9/57 DP to Cort van Rensselaer: “F. Moseley called and has developed a motor drive for the 207 oscillator which we sent him. Since our own motor drive programs has not progressed rapidly, I would like to follow this up…”

Box 11, Folder 4  Mt. View Division (formerly Datamec) 1964-67

10/22/64 WRH to DP concerning DATAMEC:  “I talked to Mick Hellman yesterday about Datamec” and recommended that “we exchange 100,000 shares of HP stock for all the stock and options in Datamec, all to be accomplished on a pooling of interest basis…”

Undated, 34-page “Plan of Reorganization and Agreement” between DATAMEC and HP

1/14/65 News release announcing agreement with Datamec to become “a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard through an exchange of stock”

10/20/65 Noel Porter to WRH concerning Datamec: “I like your thought that we might look at the field of business and commercial oriented data processing as a diversification.”  He lists ten considerations

11/5/65 WRH to Jim Bowles concerning Stanford Data Processing Corp.: “Sometime when you are in the SF area, you might like to stop in and talk to Tom Cordry as it might be that this is a group which might be worth working with should you start to develop industrial applications for computers.”

12/9/65 Noel Porter to Division Managers announcing that Gordon Eding will be general manager of the Datamec Division.  Eding is president of ICM subsidiary and will take steps to merge ICM and the Datamec operations. “All these moves are designed to strengthen our position and effort in the peripheral data equipment area.”  Jim Bowles is resigning

6/8/66 7-page report of “The Datamec Image”

3/9/67 News release that HP is consolidating “its magnetic recording products and operations” into the new Mountain View Division to manufacture all the company’s present lines of magnetic tape recorders, including the digital type produced by the Datamec Division and the analog type manufactured by the Microwave Division. “The Datamec name will cease to exit.”


7/27/67 DP to Gordon Eding concerning continuing troubled with excessive warranty problem

Box 11, Folder 5  Palo Alto Division 1962-67

6/13/62 Dave Bates to WRH, 7-page report on “Use of Computer for Engineering Problems” including the following programs: Computing Impedance of 803 A Loads, Dual Arc Tchebycheff Taper Approximation, CAM Design for the 8616A, Multihole Coupler Design and Correction Program, Balanced Three Element Array Stripline Directional Coupler, Solving Simultaneous Linear Equations, Calculation of Standard Deviations, Random Number Generator.  “For the most part, the programs above have been developed by Paul Schmidt who is in charge of this phase of our activity. In addition, Frank Barnett has been working for some time on a very complex program to solve Laplace’s Equation in two dimensions or in three dimensions with axial symmetry…As can be seen from the foregoing, many of our programs are of a general nature, potentially useful in many applications…It is our policy to write them in this fashion whenever possible. Also, we are slowly building up a library of mathematical sub-routines which can be very helpful in the design of engineering programs in general. In fact, the time required to write an engineering program is decreasing continually due to the availability of these routines.”

4/26/67 DP to Bob Grimm on the up-coming computer program review where DP wants Grimm to review the small computer market

5/15/67 Bob Brunner to top management on A-D Converter Status, 5-page report

10/17/67 6-page report on “The Case for Manufacturing DYMEC Commuters at South Queensferry” by Timothy J. Brameld, a summary of the computer situation in Europe

10/30/67 Bill Davidow to DP on data processing market from 1950 to 1970

12/1/67 Bob Boniface to DP on computer marketing

Box 11, Folder 6  Palo Alto Engineering Company – Correspondence 1951-63

10/8/51 Nathan C. Finch to DP with copies of an agreement to form a corporation and proposed corporate articles providing for pre-emptive rights, restrictions on transfer of shares and a method of valuation of the shares

3/14/55 WRH to DP expanding the number of stockholders in PAECO to include van Rensselaer, Oliver, Wholey, Selby

10/28/58 Frank Cavier to top management “Proposed Palo Alto Engineering Company Profit Sharing Plan”


5/21/59 Noel Porter to Edward Helling of Specialty Transformer Department, Westinghouse Electric Corp., expressing Paeco’s interest in acquiring your electronic transformer operations in LA

8/3/59 E. E. van Bronkhorst: The HP Co. acquired all of the Capital Stock of PAECO on July 1, 1959

1/15/60 Crocker-Anglo National Bank outlining PAECO profit sharing plan

7/11/60 News release announcing John C. Beckett as GM and CEO of PAECO

7/21/61 Jack Beckett to John Chognard concerning voltage regulating transformer

11/29/61 Jack Beckett to DP about his possible appointment to the California State Board of Registration for Engineers

9/1/61 Noel Porter to Jack Beckett, confidential memo about PAECO’s future role in the total HP picture including that PAECO become a division rather than a subsidiary, that PAECO’s prime function be to supply transformers and related products, that PAECO’s second function be to continue to do outside business as at present, and its third function be to supply the technical know-how and services for setting up other HP operating units in the transformer business.  Also that HP de-emphasize the development of power supply aspects of PAECO’s business and transfer this effort including some people to the HP Lab.  A reply was written 9/18/61 with detailed explanations of each recommendation and why Beckett didn’t think it would work

6/13/63 DP to Jack Beckett: “I appreciate the copy of your memorandum to Norman Sutherland. I think your points are well taken, and I am pleased that you were able to take time to put some of these ideas down on paper.” [Memo not included in file]

9/9/63 Jack Beckett to WRH saying Farinon Electric has been PAECO’s best customer for more than a year…[and] has done an outstanding job…”

Box 11, Folder 7  Sanborn Company – Reports, Charts, etc. 1964

7/13/64 DP to George Benoit thanking him for The Annuals of the Amer. Academy of Political and Society Science.  “I don’t think the views of these people will be very useful in developing a day-to-day program, but it is useful to see something of their thinking. It is our view, after considerable thought and study, that the defense spending is likely to continue at a high level, and it certainly will be a very important factor in Sanborn’s business for many years to come.  While we will continue to look for non-military products and markets, we can’t afford to overlook the great potential of the military market.”


1963/64 a packet of letters between W. B. Wholey of Sanborn and Robert J. Weismann of Ampex Corporation concerning a purchase order which did not meet specifications; HP claims Ampex is in default

1/10/64 Sanborn Task Force, “A Competitive Comparison of Sanborn Product Line”

3/22/63 Sanborn Company Directors’ Meeting, Agenda

12/26/62 Agreement between North American Aviation, Inc. and Sanborn Company

Box 11, Folder 8  Sanborn Company – Correspondence 1963

10/4/63 Arthur Miller, Director of Research, to DP concerning the YEW Hall Effect device

10/29/63 DP to Ed Porter outlining the steps to follow at Sanborn: “…It is not very desirable for us to work out this kind of an agreement on a single product, and only if we think there is the opportunity of working with Starrett over the next few years on a broader range of problems should we undertake to become involved in this one.”

10/21/63 DP’s discussion of topics for his visit at Sanborn

9/20/63 John Cage to DP concerning present research on special papers for recording

10/1/63 DP to Alfred Lonnberg at Sanborn on Robillard’s work which “is clearly the kind of a program that has substantial potential, not only for Sanborn, but for every other activity in the corporation, and therefore it should have some top level attention from here on…”

10/1/63 DP to Arthur Miller reporting on his recent visit in Japan where he saw “a very interesting technique for applying Servo control to a galvanometer at the YEW labs…will you let me know [if you are interested].”

10/3/63 DP to Frank Gerbode, Presbyterian Medical Center: “I have been concerned for some time that we are not making as much progress at our Sanborn activity as I had hoped. For that reason we are planning to increase our work in the medical electronics field here in Palo Alto.”  DP wants to have John Cage speak with him

9/11/63 DP sent Al Lonnberg deer meat and antlers

7/31/63 Al Lonnberg to DP concerning the Digital Colorimeter at NIH who would like to see the engineering to HP

8/1/63 Proposal for Implementing Sanborn Medical European Sales Program with related developments on the replacement of Carl Cottrell and Dick Reynolds; Reynolds will move to Geneva and go on the HPSA payroll and Cottrell will return to Palo Alto

6/14/64 DP to Al Lonnberg concerning “more imagination [needed] in our advertising program”

5/17/63 Al Lonnberg to “Dear Fellow-Sanbornite” concerning reduction of work week to 32 hours because of extensive inventory backlog and not good order shipments; personal letter to each employee; WRH commended Lonnberg “on a very excellent handling of a very difficult situation”


5/20/63 Barney Oliver’s notes on his recent trip to Sanborn, ending with: “So much time was spent studying the details of various projects that only the briefest discussions were held on the overall development situation…some reduction in the number of projects has already occurred…”

4/17/63 Al Lonnberg to DP concerning the termination letter released to Picker International Corp. which means that Sanborn will have to handle the medical export business with HPSA and International just as the business has increased; he feels “that we can do a better job in handling it directly and keep our discount within the corporate family”

4/11/63 DP to Al Lonnberg concerning the unrealistic target projections and high inventory for second-half 1963

4/10/63 DP to James Jenks, 3-page letter on reasons for dropping John Thompson and for ending contract with Picker international sales program

12/17/62 contract with Stanford Research Institute on study on need within HP for new proprietary recording media

Box 11, Folder 9  Sanborn Company – Bruce Wholey 11/1/63 – 64

4/21/66 “An Evening with Matta Murtha” retirement party with dinner and dancing

11/7/66 DP to Bruce Wholey on inadequate profit targets and appalling condition of the final test calibration department; many product problems

8/17/65 DP to John Young about the continuing trouble with the brakes on the magnetic tape transports

1964 several organizations tried to buy Sanborn

7/1/64 organization chart of management council for Sanborn

4/30/64 Walt Selsted to DP on switchable electronics for tape systems; recommends that Palo Alto and Sanborn people get together to resolve the basic concept of the electronics to be designed

6/16/64 Bruce Wholey “To All Employees” noting the disappointing profit sharing and outlining the causes

4/23/64 letter to WRH describing his son Walter’s fine showing in the Boston Marathon

1/6/64 Bill Nilsson to DP summarizing his observations on the Sanborn Division

12/18/63 DP to Bruce Wholey making suggestions on the Sanborn projects

11/16/63 letter from former Sanborn employee which DP handles deftly

11/12/63 James Jenks to DP on leaving Sanborn


11/6/63 DP to James L. Jenks, Bermuda saying that Al [Lonnberg] has “decided he would prefer to drop out all together” rather than come to Palo Alto so Bruce Wholey will take over as of November 1st, treating Sanborn as a division even though “the legal steps” have not been completed.  Most importantly DP told Jenks he would “make a statement to all of the Sanborn employees that you [Jenks] will have no executive or administrative authority or responsibility at Sanborn in the future,” and also that Jenks will give up his office at the headquarters. “It is my suggestion that we make your office into a Conference Room, name it in your honor, and keep it as nearly as we can in its present state, but of course make it useful for company affairs.”  DP suggests that Jenks be set up in a lab in a few months “so that you can work in such time as you wish on projects which might be of value to the company.”  DP ends his letter with: “Although this affair has moved more rapidly than I thought when I saw you last, I have learned enough more about the situation in the past few weeks to know that the problem has been much more serious than it appeared on the surface. I am afraid we let our sympathies influence good business judgment in evaluating the Sanborn situation. I am sure you will concur that our first responsibility is to do everything we can to make Sanborn the kind of a company you will be proud of in the future, and Dr. Sanborn would be proud of if he were still with us. I assure you this is my only motive in making these changes, which I know are disappointing to you personally.”

10/30/63 DP to Ed Porter and Bruce Wholey with his observations at the Sanborn Exhibit in San Francisco 10/29/63: “Nearly every instrument in the Sanborn booth had a different color of paint…look[ed] like a collection of unrelated junk.”  He noted “Lots of interest shown” in Moseley Recorder and “I have decided Medical Sales Division can sell ‘Package deal’ talk to Ralph Hansen – he is a good boy and interested in promoting this.”  DP ends with “Bedside Monitor – burned up at show–have boys here look at it” and “Are Sanborn putting instrument through careful environmental procedures?”

11/1/63 news release announcing Sanborn changing from subsidiary to division

10/31/63 DP “Message to Sanborn Employees” announcing changes “to help Sanborn live up to its destiny of leadership of which all of you will be rightfully proud”

Box 11, Folder 10  Sanborn Company – Correspondence 1961-62

Box 11, Folder 11  Sanborn Division (Medical) 1961-66

Box 11, Folder 12  New York Area (was RCM) – Milt Lichtenstein, Manager 1954-65


[Archivist’s note: Little detailed indexing here through Box 14]

DIVISIONS  A-Z   1967-1972

New subseries; blue folder labels; had been new box; probably later dates; above folders had red labels

Box 11, Folder 13  Advanced Products Division 1972

Box 11, Folder 14  Automatic Measurement Division 1970-72

Box 11, Folder 15  Avondale Division 1968-70

Box 11, Folder 16  Boonton Radio Corporation – Miscellaneous Reports 1962

Comparative sales figures, Boonton and HP 1935-58

Box 11, Folder 17  Boonton Radio Corporation – Correspondence 1962-67

Box 11, Folder 18  Harrison Laboratories – Correspondence 1961-67

Box 11, Folder 19  New Jersey Division, Rockaway 1968-72

Box 11, Folder 20  New Jersey Division – Berkeley Heights 1968-70

Box 11, Folder 21  Colorado Springs Division 1967-72

Box 11, Folder 22  Cupertino Division 1968-70

Box 11, Folder 23  Data Products Group – Bill Terry 1969-72

Box 11, Folder 24  Data Systems 1971-72

Box 11, Folder 25  Delcon Division 1966-72

Box 11, Folder 26  HPA Division 1966-72

Box 11, Folder 27  HP Systems 1968-70


Series 2 BOX 12  DIVISIONS  L-W  1967 – 1972

Box 12 Folder 1 Loveland Division – General 1967-72

Box 12 Folder 2 Loveland Division – Calculator 1967-70

Includes a copy of HP KEYBOARD (Winter 1970) “for HP9100 calculator owners”

Box 12 Folder 3  Loveland Division – EMI (Electroanesthesia) 1965-67

Box 12 Folder 4  Manufacturing Division 1968-72

Box 12 Folder 5  Microwave Division 1968-72

Box 12 Folder 6  Mt. View Division 1968-71

Box 12 Folder 7  Palo Alto Division 1965-70

Box 12 Folder 8  Palo Alto Electronics Group – John Young 1968-72

Box 12 Folder 9  San Diego Division 1968-72

Box 12 Folder 10 Santa Clara Division 1967-72

Box 12 Folder 11 F & T East (BOMAC – Beverly, Mass.) 1966-67

Box 12 Folder 12 Waltham Division 1969-70

Box 12 Folder 13 Waltham Division 1968

Box 12 Folder 14 Waltham Division – Correspondence 1967

Box 12 Folder 15 Waltham Division – Bedside Monitor Comparison 1966


INTERNATIONAL  1960 – 1972

Box 12, Folder 16  International Group – Tom Christiansen 1970-71

Box 12, Folder 17  International Group – Bill Doolittle

Box 12, Folder 18  HPIA – General 1969-70

Box 12, Folder 19  HP Inter-Americas – Correspondence 1964-67

Box 12, Folder 20  HP (South) Africa 1968

Box 12, Folder 21  HP Argentina 1967-72

Box 12, Folder 22  HP Australia/New Zealand 1965-70

Box 12, Folder 23  HP Brazil 1964-72

Box 12, Folder 24  HP (Canada) LTD. 1961-71

Box 12, Folder 25  Chinese Lunch, Faculty Club 12/12/72

Box 12, Folder 26  Greece 1960-62

[Photographs of HP equipment in HP mobile exhibition van transferred to HP Photo Collection]

Box 12, Folder 27  India – Correspondence 1961-71

Box 12, Folder 28  India – Correspondence 9/56 – 10/61

Box 12, Folder 29  Indian Investment Center, San Francisco, Advisory Board 1964-66


Series 2 BOX 13  INTERNATIONAL  1960 – 1972

1          Iran

2          (Japan)  Y-HP

3          Japan – General

4          HP Japan

5          “Visits to Various Japanese Companies,” April 1961

6          “U.S. Business in Japan – Problems & Opportunities,” 1959

7          “Japan’s Electronic Measuring Instrument Industry and                                 Selected Companies,” 1962

8          Mexico

9          Panama

10       Singapore

11       Thailand

12       Turkey

13       Venezuela



Box 13, Folder 14  Hewlett-Packard Company – European Operation Studies 1955-58

Includes the 8/13/58 Nate Finch letter to WRH re “Foreign Operations” in which Finch recommends that HP establish a Swiss Holding Company to promote the sales of HP products in Western Europe. The Swiss Holding Company would, in turn, establish a wholly owned German Manufacturing Subsidiary to carry out hp’s proposed European Manufacturing program.

Box 13, Folder 15  Europe – Directors’ Visit, trip schedule 5/13-24/69

Box 13, Folder 16  HPSA – Geneva, Switzerland 1966-72

Box 13, Folder 17  HPSA – General Correspondence 1962-65

Box 13, Folder 18  HPSA – General Correspondence 1958-61

Box 13, Folder 19  HPSA – EMC Minutes 1968

Box 13, Folder 20  HPSA – European Advisory Council (EMC Minutes) 1964-67

Also European Executive Council Minutes, 1963-66

Box 13, Folder 21  HPSA – Directors 1858-67

Box 13, Folder 22  HPSA – EMC 1961 [Electronic Marketing Company]

Box 13, Folder 23  HP Benelux 1953-70 [Belgium]

Box 13, Folder 24  Denmark – Tage Olsen 1956-65

Box 13, Folder 25  East Europe

1-page from 8/27/70 “East-West Trade News”

Box 13, Folder 26  England – General 1955-71

Box 13, Folder 27  David Lewes, MD – Bedford, England – Multipoint Electrodes 1965-66

Box 13, Folder 28  HP Finland

2 letters: 1964, 1970

Box 13, Folder 29  HP France – General 1965-70

Box 13, Folder 30  France 1955-65

Box 13, Folder 31  HP-VmbH (Frankfurt) – Correspondence 1960-67

Box 13, Folder 32  Germany – General 1957-67

Box 13, Folder 33  Germany – Seimens & Halske AG 1960-69

Box 13, Folder 34  Italy – General 1953-85

Box 13, Folder 35  Italy – “Telettra” 1958-71

Box 13, Folder 36  Luxembourg

5/23/61 Nathan Finch to WRH on tax rates for HPSA [enclosures no longer included]

Box 13, Folder 37  Netherlands 1955-64


Series 2 Box 14  INTERNATIONAL – EUROPE  1955 – 1972

1          Norway 1955-65

2          Russia 1960-65 mainly printed materials

3          Scotland  1967-68

4          Scotland – Correspondence 1960-65

5          Scotland – Dobbie McInnes (Electronics) Ltd 1959-60

6          Spain and Portugal 1956-65

7          Sweden – General 1952-67

8          Sweden – AB Magnetic 1956-72

9          Switzerland – General 1955-70

10       HP Ltd. – Slough (U.K.) 1968

11       HP GmbH – Germany 1966-72

12       HP GmbH – Correspondence 1962-65

13       HP GmbH – Correspondence 1958-61

14       HP Grenoble 1970 Photograph from air of city

15       HP Limited – Board Meeting Data 1966-72

16       HP LTD (UK) – Board Meeting Data 1961-65

17       HP LTD – South Queensferry 1969-70

18       HP LTD – South Queensferry 1968

19       HP LTD – Scotland – Correspondence 1966-67

20      HP LTD – Correspondence 1965

21       HP LTD (UK) – Correspondence 1963-64

22       HP LTD (UK) – Correspondence 1962

23       HP LTD (UK) – Correspondence 1960-61

24       HP LTD – Directors 1961-68

25       HP LTD (UK) – Management Report 1/8/63

26       HP LTD Survey for possible move, 1963 (WRH’s copy)

27       -hp- Manufacturing in Europe, May 1969