Series 8 Miscellaneous Files, Mainly 1990s

Box 29 Miscellaneous Correspondence 1990-1993, Folders 1-52
Box 30 Internal Communications 1972-1992, Mainly 1990s, Folders 1-8

Series 8 Box 29, Folder 1  A  1991

11/25/91 DP thanking for 1992 AMVETS National Convention program which includes his picture as recipient of the Silver Helmet Defrense Award in 1973.  “I enjoyed the memories”

11/19/91 DP to Charles A. Anderson on death of his wife Betty and reminding him of their week at Tetachuck

7/29/92 DP to American Museum of Natural History, NY, expressing the view that he has “no respect” for the Environmental Defense Fund, sponsors of an exhibit on global warming.  “They are a sponsor of the ‘Cattle Free by ‘93′ movement in Idaho which proposes to overturn the historical tradition of multiple use of BLM land”

2/22/91 DP to Mary Ahlgren pleased she has donated many items of her husband’s collection to the Foothill College Perham Foundation.  “…I wanted you to know we have encouraged keeping the Museum at their present location”

Box 29, Folder 2  A  1992

11/25/92 article in USA Today where DP’s contribution to Pentagon procurement was praised by Norman Augustine

Box 29, Folder 3  A  1993


12/16/93 DP to Charlotte Asen on the death on her husband Robert Asen who “was a great member of our team and made a great contribution.”  He was principal of RMC, HP’s former rep company for NY and New Jersey

5/20/93 DP to American Jewish Congress saying that the US “should not become involved in Bosnia in any way.  It is now quite clear that they do not want us…It is a sad situation but we have to face the facts of life about what we can do”

4/6/93 Jack Brigham to Joseph M. Alioto concerning antitrust laws and the UNIX announcement

3/4/93 Thomas J. Perkins on Acuson case

Box 29, Folder 4  B  1991

10/7/91 DP to Robert H. Brunner concerning HP’s purchase of stock on the market; Brunner letter attached

6/12/91 DP to Bill Terry suggesting he stop while in Europe at Bruel & Kjaer who may wish to sell sometime

5/6/91 DP to Lydell Boyer, Yuba City, who wants a statement about HP’s expansion plans.  DP remembers her father, Dick Ponting, as “a very good friend and very helpful in the early years of our company.”  Ponting was chairman of the executive committee at Blyth and Co.

3/22/91 DP to Mrs. Paul Bradley, Redwood City, on the death of her husband who “will be remembered for the excellent graphics services he provided our various departments over some thirty years…”

2/20/91 DP to Mrs. R. William Bias who wrote reminding them of their purchases from her father Bert Mellen’s hardware store on California Avenue.  “In response to your letter…[we] did not start our company activities until 1939.  In 1934 we were both seniors at Stanford.  We did some repair work on radio equipment at that time, and may have bought some things from your father that year, but it was only a very small activity.  We did not have a repair shop on El Camino”

Box 29, Folder 5  B  1992

Box 29, Folder 6  B  1993

Box 29, Folder 7  C  1991

11/20/91 Gov. John B. Connally to DP reporting that he and his wife are doing well after the Kennedy tragedy

9/17/91 Shirley Gilbert and Mike Galane request DP to speak to Cupertino Chamber of Commerce at a time when HP is completing its 20-year plan for a site there. “We need the visibility of a David Packard to underscore our company’s history of commitment to the community to offset the various anti-growth elements in the City….Talking about it first-hand would make about the strongest statement we can imagine that our company has a history of enduring community commitment, responsibility and concern.”  At first DP asked about time schedule and then advised no.


5/13/91 DP agrees to serve as honorary chair of the 75th anniversary of Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers Assoc.(CBEMA) and to introduce President Bush as the speaker.  A few weeks later, CBEMA donates $5,000 to the Lucile Salter Packard’s Children’s Hospital

1/10/91 WRH to Barbara Cummins, Neely Customer Education Center, Mt. View, thanking her for “your recent heartwarming message…[from which] we are able to learn that the programs which were instituted in the early years are still working (in your case, the Educational Assistance Program).”  He congratulates her on earning the MBA degree.  “We gave you the opportunity to further your education, but only your dedication and hard work made it happen”

Box 29, Folder 8  C  1992

12/8/92 on stationery for Coalition for International Security, Gen. Alexander Haig requests DP to sign a resolution urging action in Bosnia, in particular a meaningful peace.  He does

Box 29, Folder 9  C  1993

7/12/93 DP to Dick Anderson agreeing with his plans for the Page Mill fabrication shops.  In a 6/25/93 memo Anderson points out the options for these as changes in the Company’s business do not make this operation viable. Anderson’s best option is to sell the business to an outside firm who will employ the workers; he signed an agreement with Computer Cabinet Corporation(C3)to do this

Box 29, Folder 10  Carter, Jimmy 1990-92

Mainly reports from the Carter foreign trips; nothing between Carter and DP

Box 29, Folder 11  D  1986-91

6/8/90 HP turns down Digital Design’s “Secure Systems” product

9/6/89 DP receives James H. Doolittle Award

Box 29, Folder 12  D  1992-93

12/12/93 DP response to John Diebold: “There is a fundamental change that will have a major impact on the 21st Century that was not mentioned in your report on 21st Century enterprise.  The 20th Century technology was based on science that was generally in place by the middle of the 19th Century.  Its major feature was that the atom was the smallest particle in the universe and its nucleus was made of protons and neutrons.  The huge expenditures for high energy physics were made to keep ahead of the Soviets.  The work of these high energy machines demonstrated that an atom was made of ten different particles and it involved weak forces and strong forces.  This is what has made genetic engineering possible.  This new knowledge about the structure of the atom was made possible by the high energy accelerations on which billions of dollars were spent to keep ahead of the Soviets.  This is, in fact, the most important fall out of the Cold War.  We never would have spent anywhere that much just for science”


12/3/93 DP again to John Diebold: “I think there are some basic changes under way.  First, the oceans of the World are the most important frontier left.  My family foundation is operating a state of the art study using unmanned underwater operated vehicles, ROV, and with limited depth we have already seen some important activity that has never been seen before.  We have an ROV that will go to a depth of 12,000 feet with a SWATH mother vessel which can go from Monterey to the Hawaiian Islands without refueling.  That means we will have the capability to operate anywhere in the world.

“I do not think we need a manned space station.  It is not possible for man to survive a trip to Mars and essentially we are wasting a lot of money for nothing.  Our space program should be limited to unmanned remote operated vehicles.

“Our leadership in technology will be highly dependent on attracting the brightest young men and women to commit to a career in research and teaching at our major universities.  Our foundation also has a program directed to this problem and it is working better than I hoped.

“Finally I don’t believe it will be as important in the future as in the past to have a technical lead.  We are part of a world wide system and we can benefit from what other nations do”

11/9/93 DP to Scotland Manager of Digital Equipment noting that he has “known Ken Olsen since the early 1960s and he has done an outstanding job of leadership of Digital [as founder]…The world is going through a watershed change…exciting challenges and opportunities for your younger people…”

10/16/92 DP to Chairman, Diversified Financial Management, Coconut Grove FL: “…I thought you would be interested to know our Hewlett-Packard employees in Miami were quick to offer aid [after Hurricane Andrew in Miami] in the form of needed supplies and money, such items as diapers, food, bottled water, cleaning supplies and roofing materials.  Their help took other forms as well: taking people into their own homes, picking up a prescription, giving youngsters an outing, or spending the weekend helping cover the gaping hole where a roof had been ripped off.  In addition to providing such personal support they have set up a bank account to collect and dispense funds for their fellow workers who suffered the greatest property loss”

Box 29, Folder 13  E  1991


3/15/91 E. J. Epp, Kenora Ontario, offers HP an old audio oscillator “originally used at one of the long established radio stations in Winnipeg.”  DP writes: “We already have several early models for our Company museum.  While we are not actively looking for more, if you do not want to keep the oscillator we will pay for the transportation to have it shipped to us here in Palo Alto”

12/27/90 Morton Goldman, Chairman, ELEK-TEK, INC.: “…The first order we wrote [founded in 1979] was for the HEWLETT-PACKARD calculators and little did we know then what a magnificent business relationship began with that order”

11/80 – 10/84 chart of DP donations to Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship

Box 29, Folder 14  E  1992

12/10/92 press release announcing joint venture of HP and Ericsson, the Sweden-based telecommunications company

4/8/92 DP to Clyde V. Prestowitz, Jr., President, Economic Strategy Institute: “I have discussed the position of ESI with John Young and with other people here at HP.  They all recommend against supporting ESI.  I would not want to indicate in any way that I am not fully supporting John Young and the Council on Competitiveness…”

Box 29, Folder 15  E  1993

12/6/93 correspondence about HP and Varian’s legal case concerning property and business damage to animal hospital in Palo Alto brought on by Drs. Robert Agramonte and Cecil D. Behunin

Box 29, Folder 16  F  1990-91

7/24/91 Colburn S. Wilbur letter describing the Packard Humanities Institute which is working with the Founding Fathers Project

2/20/91 DP in response to someone writing about HP doing business with Iraq, a perpetrator of violence.  “All business of the Hewlett-Packard Company with Iraq was in strict accordance with U.S. Government policy.  Our company has no way of knowing enough about situations like this to be able to make a rational decision, and we must and do rely on our governments [sic] policy”

11/13/90 obits for Nathan C. Finch from Peninsula Times Tribune and Stanford Lawyer

1/9/89 correspondence concerning Paul Freedenberg’s position with Commerce Dept.

11/22/88 Marius Furst, Siltek, on South Africa, noting “business is a major catalyst in this reform process” of making “an equal and just society for all South Africans.”  Furst left HP a year ago but hopes to stay in touch with DP

11/17/88 DP is pleased with the progress of the Electronic Museum at Foothill College but is not contributing financially.  Attached items on Museum

Box 29, Folder 17  F  1992-93


8/7/93 DP to Mrs. W. Parmer Fuller III on her husband’s death at age 80: “I want you to know my thoughts are with you.  Parmer was a good friend since I enrolled at Stanford in 1930.  He was helpful to me in many ways…”  Obit of former Stanford trustee president 1967-71, graduated in 1934

7/7/93 rejection of acquisition of John Fluke Manufacturing

3/4/92 John B. Farrow to DP: “…I used to work for Mrs. Packard cutting apricots some 30 years ago.  I have very fond memories of growing up in the house we rented from you at the other end of the orchard.  My parents are retired and living in Oregon.”  He is looking for help in changing work

Box 29, Folder 18  G  1990-91

9/20/92 Ann Getty’s request for an HP Faxitron system for archaeology at site of Lucy.  DP sends letter on to Rod Carlson with note “I think this is something we should do”

Box 29, Folder 19  G  1992-94

1/7/94 DP to man wanting entree to Ronald Reagon: “I think you have an interesting plan but I cannot help you.  When I supported President Ford a few years ago Nancy Reagan put me on her forbidden list and I am not able to even get a message to President Reagon”

1/19/94 Jeff Greenberg writes Margaret Paull about a proposed biography of Bill and Dave as “new employees coming into the company will not have the same feeling about the company and its significance despite our best efforts to keep the HP Way alive.  One thing that could go a long way to resolving that issue would be a biography of Bill and Dave and the company…”  He wants help in approaching DP

1/6/94 Adolph Gross, Showcase of Success, asks to paint a portrait of DP (among other HP leaders); DP agreed and purchased it; an exact copy is for the Showcase of Success

5/8/92 DP, Walter H. Shorenstein and George P. Schulz chair an event for President and Mrs. Mikhail Gorbachev at the Ritz Carlton; DP did not follow up with contribution

Box 29, Folder 20  H  1987-91

8/14/91 retired (1983)HP employee Glenn Herreman: “Many thanks for the stock option program for employees and the generous retirement program with health benefits.  Before I joined HP and even after I had been with HP for many years, never in my wildest imagination did I ever dream that I could retire with the security, comfort and peace-of-mind that Clara and I are enjoying…”  Good description of work making a progressive die for the Pacific Press, etc.


3/3/89 Harry Hall: “From 1965 to 1977 I owned and operated the Mobil Service Station on Page Mill Road and El Camino Real.  Hewlett-Packard was one of my first regular customers.  My station serviced all Hewlett-Packard company cars and some gasoline until you put in your own service facilities.  Remember 1973?  The gasoline crisis? …special hours were set for Hewlett-Packard cars to be fueled without waiting in the long lines…”

7/27/90 Santa Clara Division sends DP and WRH a numbered lithograph by artist Steve Voita

5/30/90 Kenneth Krohncke to DP with copies of the only known photographs of Harold Helwig of Helwig Iron Works

1/4/90 Maynard L. Hill, H-Cubed Corporation, Columbia, MD, in response to the enthusiastic letter DP wrote about using RPV’s in ocean research. “I’d like you to know that I was quite aware of your [DP] interest in RPV’s during your tenure at the Pentagon.  It was because of Johnny Foster and Dave Heebner that I first started working on RPV’s at APL…”

11/27/89 Frank Carrubba to DP on Len Cutler’s newly created position at HP Labs

11/21/89 Ned Barnholt to DP on death on 11/17 of Bill Harrison who headed HP’s former Harrison Division which began as Harrison Laboratories, Inc. which he co-founded and headed as president; became part of HP in 1961; after retirement he became professor at UC, Santa Barbara, etc.

2/25/88 DP to John A. Hooper, Woodside: “I am in complete sympathy with your note of February 8 about the President’s position on abortion.  I think it is terrible and I do not support it in any way.  I hope this policy can be changed by the leadership of the Republican Party in the near future.” Attached is a letter by George Bush on his views.

Box 29, Folder 21  H  1992-93

8/2/93 Shirley M. Hufstedler to DP thanking him for the delicious gift of dried apricots

12/18/92 DP correspondence with G. Mackson Hemphill, a teacher who lived in China

8/31/92 Dorcas Higashiuchi writes that she is celebrating the start of her 30th year with HP.  She is a second generation employee, her family having served HP for 59 years

Box 29, Folder 22  I  1990-92

8/22/91 The IJ Company, Foodservice Distributors

Problem of equipment redundancy; DP passed this on to John Young

7/31/91 Institute for International Economics requesting financial support for the study of US-Canada-Mexico trade issue; DP decided not to provide support

12/1/89 Insystems writes to DP with new semiconductor wafer inspection equipment

Box 29, Folder 23  I 1993


3/29/93 DP to Pres. George E. Mueller, International Academy of Astronautics: “…I would not be interested in participating [in your Academy] because I believe the oceans of the world are a much more important frontier and I am supporting a number of actions in that area..”

Box 29, Folder 24  J 1990-93

7/14/93 DP to Belton K. Johnson concerning the Southwest Foundation who are interested in partnership program

9/2/92 DP to Roger K. Jarvis who had sent a proposal about improving California’s education system: “Until we can find a way to get teachers who understand the subject they are teaching there is little hope for improvement”

2/21/92 DP to Gwen Justis of Just Strategies who have a new concept for a TV show: “I have always had a negative view about the value of institutional advertising, so perhaps you have asked the wrong person to advise you on your proposed project”

1/10/92 G. Johnson to DP complaining about the loud music,  run-down look, and mal-functioning burglar alarm of the HP building off Portage Ave., San Carlos

Box 29, Folder 25  K 1990-91

4/15/91 Howard S. Klotz, Echo Group, to DP concerning a new inexpensive compact mobile data radio

4/29/91 former employee Brenda Kovacevic to DP concerning the Optoelectronics Division where the workforce has been demoralized through the handling of the excess program and the policies of the new leadership; reply 6/4/91 from Mary Inman, OED Personnel Operations  Manager, responding to each point in Kovacevic’s letter

4/22/91 Doug Carnahan to Kimberly-Clark Corp. who had complained about HP’s product packaging: “We share your concern for the environment and have already been taking action to improve the packaging…It will take some time for the entire industry to move to recyclable or biodegradable packaging, but we believe it is an appropriate direction…”

2/14/91 DP to Donald M. Kendall, Pepsi Company, who is being honored at Stanford when DP has to be in Wash DC

10/26/90 DP to James A. Kenyon II who wanted him to invest in Pueblo Bank and Trust

7/19/90 William R. Kimball to DP: “I want to thank you for a favor you did for me when we were on the Galapagos Stanford Alumni trip.  I’m sure you don’t remember, but one day we were talking about the strange evolution of the Ford Foundation and how far the Trustees had drifted from the Ford Family objectives.  You indicated that this was influencing you to give more while you were alive not only to direct the giving, but also to enjoy it…”


4/23/90 Jack Petrak to Margaret Paull informing her of the death of Malcolm Kerr in Melbourne at age 49 of cancer: “Malcolm was a true international pioneer at HP, joining the company from the Sample organization in Australia in 1964 as a T&M sales rep.  He later became the first Computer Systems sales manager at Intercon.  Continuing his Intercon career, he became Singapore general manager, and in 1981 was named the first general manager of the newly-formed Far East Region.  In 1985 he returned to his native country as Australasia Region general manager, where he served until March of this year…”

2/14/90 Ed Karrer to DP on Instruments for Biotechnology with a detailed summary of activities in HP Labs: “Four years ago in the analytical portion of our lab we decided to change our research emphasis from classical analytical instruments to instruments for the emerging biotechnology industry. This change required a complete turnover of personnel…”

2/5/90 Dr. Erwin Klingsberg, formerly a research chemist at American Cyanamid, to DP describing his age discrimination legal case.  DP’s reply: “I cannot understand what has happened to business management over the last decade or so.  I am semi-retired from the Hewlett-Packard Company and our managers here are doing some of the same stupid things that you have experienced at American Cyanamid. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology will want to consider problems like this…”

1/8/89 Richard B. Katz, Colorado Springs, to DP describing a fellow-worker taking credit for his ideas and his supervisor saying this “was common practice at HP and was a sign of aggressiveness and competitiveness.”   DP’s reply: “…[this] is just plain dishonest and it is not the HP Way…”

Box 29, Folder 26  K 1992-93

12/6/93 Sherrill Kushner to DP wanting to write a book on partners and include DP and WRH.  Dave Kirby replied, 12/20/93, that he was working with DP on “his own project of writing a brief history of the early days of Hewlett-Packard and a description of his management philosophies and principles”

Box 29, Folder 27  L 1990-91

12/20/90 Carol Galvan memo to HP management on new Lotus product, a database of CDROM of 120M US households

12/19/89 Egon Loebner’s two-page letter “To My Friends at HP,” written a year before his death; sent to DP 12/12/90: “…It was my great fortune to be selected by Dave and Bill twenty-eight years ago to become part of what was then and to a large extent continues to be one of the world’s extraordinary social innovations, the Hewlett-Packard Company…If I wish for a legacy…it is to have somebody at HP pick up my torch of a loyal critic and occasional dissident to slow down the slide by which HP is turning into a company like most other companies…”


7/5/90 Sidney C. Hubbard to DP asking for help with the up-coming bond issue to raise funds for expanding the Los Altos library.  DP’s statement of support is attached: “A well-equipped library is a good investment–in ourselves, in our children, and in our community.  It pays off in expanded knowledge, available information, aroused curiosity, and shared wisdom for all segments of our population…”

4/7/88 Egon Loebner to DP enclosing letter from Japanese friend who works at Sony’s Research Center in Yokohama concerning  US/Japan relations in the R&D community where young Japanese researchers are no longer welcome in US universities; Loebner’s obit is attached; he died 12/30/89; see also in same folder invitation to HP Labs’ celebration of The Selected Papers of Egon Loebner, published 1991

7/28/88 Kun-Hee Lee, chairman of the Board, Samsung, to DP thanking him for sending “Mr. Platt over to Seoul just to convey your words of strong willingness for future cooperation between our respective companies…” and hopes for closer relations

11/23/87 DP to family of Roger Lewis, former assistant Air Force secretary, president of Amtrak, trustee of Stanford, etc. on his death on 11/12/87 with Washington Post obit: “I had the good fortune to know Roger and to work closely with him on many occasions since we both attended Stanford in the 1930s.  He undertook many challenging assignments during his long and fruitful career.  He always addressed a challenge, no matter how difficult, with an unusual sense of enthusiasm and confidence.  It was good fun to be with him…His contributions in business, in government, and in private life added a substantial measure of quality to whatever involved him….”

Box 29, Folder 28  L 1992-93

3/17/93 DP to Julia Justus, Governor’s Appointment Secretary, recommending Ted Laliotis for appointment to State Public Utilities Commission

8/5/92 DP to Jim Rundle, Spokane Division, concerning the Liberty Lake Sewer District

Box 29, Folder 29  M 1990-92

11/8/91 DP to Dean Morton concerning a request from James Clerk Maxwell Foundation.  “I think it might be appropriate for HP to do this.  Maxwell’s work was certainly important to us and our presence in Edinburgh, Scotland…”

8/8/91 DP to W. Robert Morgan concerning the Pacific Rim Cultural Center at Gavilan College: “I do not think there is any logic whatsoever in this proposal.  There is no need for such a program…”


7/10/89 John Minck to DP concerning his January Manager Talk.  Minck thought the “timing couldn’t have been better”; also DP’s comments on Golden Rule were “very appropriate.”  He pointed to problem for people at lower end of the pay scale when there was the payroll changeover to giving pay 6 days after the first of the month; he suggested a better plan might have been to give an advance to help people get through the first week.  “I believe that part of the problem may be a growing elitism in the management ranks.  People tend to forget their roots…Your comment about using some of the $800 million profit to help our HP people struck me as 100% Bill and Dave thinking…comments like your ‘growth of bureaucracy’ really do have an impact.  You and Bill always had the greatest knack for coming out with those statements at the right time.  Please keep it up.”  DP sent Minck’s letter to John Young (and cc to Executive Committee): “Dear John, You questioned my remarks about the growth of bureaucracy at the General Managers meeting. I think we all should take John Minck’s remarks seriously”

5/2/90 request that HP again present calculators to the

winners of the USA Mathematical Olympiad

8/1/89 memo on retirement of Charlie Marshall after 21 years; has served as Personnel Manager for the Manufacturing Division and later for the Southeast Asia Region, based in Singapore

12/27/88 George F. Metcalf, Portland OR: “I am sure you remember your time working in the Vacuum Tube Engineering Department of General Electric Company’s Research Laboratory.  I am not sure you will remember my working there or our climb up Mt. Marcy and our stay at Adirondack Lodge, or our mutual friend, Jack Hutchins, whom I have seen frequently over the years.  Last week at a meeting of the Directors of the Good Samaritan Foundation, Mr. W. Calder McCall told me of your visits to his camp in British Columbia and your subsequent purchase of it…” goes on to ask about medical research [see also folder 30, 9/23/92]

Box 29, Folder 30  M 1992

11/17/92 DP to President James D. Ebert, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole MA, declining his invitation to become a member of the Council of Visitors of the Lab but asking to be informed of their activities

9/23/92 book announcement from George F. Metcalf, Making Waves in the Information and Space Age: Creativity and Management in the Electronic Era, with note: “Dave: If you don’t remember G.E.  This will help.”  Metcalf is a former GE Vice-President [see also folder 29 for 12/27/88 letter from Metcalf]


11/18/91 James C. Miller III, Council on Paperwork and Regulatory Responsibilities, letter to DP asking for help in supporting amendments to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980; DP sent the letter to John Young suggesting HP endorse and send money; JY sent to Bob Kirkwood who wrote DP outlining why HP should not get involved.  DP wrote Miller that HP cannot help right now “but keep me posted on what you are doing.  We might be able to provide some support at a later date”

2/24/92 DP to friends Deane and Eleanor Malott about the hearing aids he uses; adds “I am thinking of you both for another reason. I am to receive an award from the Garden Club of America for some work I have been doing in restoring the original native grasses, plants and trees in the area around the Monterey Bay.  I recall that you two were among the leaders of the Garden Club for many years and I feel very flattered to be honored by such a fine organization”

3/2/92 DP letter to Ruben F. Mettler who had written to congratulate the Packard Foundation for selecting another Packard Fellow at Caltech; Mettler added a handwritten note hoping DP had some influence with President Bush “as regards defense and economic policy.”  DP replied: “I assume you heard the President’s State of the Union speech.  I found it very discouraging, particular when it is simply a continuation of what Reagan started in 1980.  Since then the federal debt has gone up fourfold despite a two or one improvement in the GNP.  Bush’s program has a deficit that is over 6% GNP, whereas it is around 1% in most other countries.  The answer is that we did not have any influence whatever on President Bush’s economic policy”

7/2/92 Roger Myers to DP noting that his late father, Lewis R. Myers, Employee # 244, had worked in Electronic Maintenance for Frequency and Time, Santa Clara Division.  “I was looking at some of the old HP picnic pictures he had…He used to tell me stories of you and Mr. Hewlett saying ‘Hello’ and ‘How is everything going?’ on a daily basis”

Box 29, Folder 31  M 1993

7/19/92 DP to Rod Carlson and Cole Wilbur recommending that HP support the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation which recently purchased the Maxwell House in Edinburgh, Scotland, a project DP has supported

3/17/93 DP to Ray S. Morton: “I do not have any useful access to the administration in Washington because I did not support Governor Clinton. Also, they have not been able to establish their final policy in areas like this and are trying to do so by the end of this month.”  Morton has developed a proprietary process, etc. which he thinks the US government would support but is not getting through

1/6/93 DP memo to Mark Kanefsky about dealer authorization for Microland of Rockville

Box 29, Folder 32  Mc 1988-91


3/4/91 DP to Prof. Paul W. McGracken, U. of MI: “The outcome of Desert Storm could not have been better in any way.  I believe there is now a real possibility that the next century can be what people everywhere in the world have been hoping for for many thousands of years”

10/22/90 DP to student working at HP-Colorado Telecommunications Division responding to her request of what it has taken to be a successful leader: “I have often been asked the question you asked…I find it hard to give you an answer except to say do the best you can in everything you do and always follow the golden rule…”

11/23/91 Neal K. McNaughten to DP reminding him “years ago, I asked you what basic policies you followed in developing your successful company–the one policy I recall clearly was that you never bought anything you didn’t need. The Pentagon boys who sign-off purchase orders might well use this policy as a test before signing anything”

12/21/87 DP to HP employee in England who is concerned that HP medical equipment was used to verify the execution by the state of Miss. of a convicted murderer: “…You asked whether our company has a policy which precludes our providing equipment to law enforcement agencies (in this particular case), or to other organizations which could conceivably use the equipment for purposes considered by some to be inhumane or otherwise undesirable…we do not have such a policy…our company has never felt it appropriate to try to regulate, or to dictate to our customers, the end use of our products.  Such a policy would be impractical, if not impossible, to implement.  More importantly, it would require us to engage in moral judgments, and impose them on our customers, when such judgments are appropriately left to society as a whole” [Dave Kirby wrote first draft of this letter on HP policy]

10/7/87 Peter McBean to DP on death of Lucile: “…such a very fine lady. I remember her great humor when the Academy of Science board came down to Monterey for preopening of the aquarium.  Her modesty when we wanted her to become a board member of the Fine Arts Museums was convincing and stopped all further persuading on my part. Finally when ill she worked so hard for the Childrens Hospital at Stanford and what a very great place it is, due a lot to her”

2/14/91 obit for John Alex McCone, former head of CIA, with a collection of correspondence between McCone and DP, mainly his asking for support of the Monterey Institute of International Studies

1987-92 packet of correspondence with Robert “Bud” C. McFarlane, a long-time friend of DP, mainly on defense topics and in later years on his business interest in South Asia

Box 29, Folder 33  Mc 1992-93


11/12/92 DP to Scott McClendon who had retired after working 32 years at HP.  McClendon wrote DP, 10/28/92, about his letter printed in the newspaper “and subsequent responses about John Young and other executives supporting Bill Clinton. I totally agree with your position and have one more reason to admire and respect you.  I am sickened each time Bill Clinton makes reference on National TV to his support from Silicon Valley….As much as I still love and admire HP, it has become a company of too many people worried primarily about themselves and their careers rather than what is best for the company.  There is too much travel among HP entities, too many meetings jockeying for product charter and too many difficult decisions left unmade.  I fell out of favor with Dick Hackborn triggered by a letter I wrote disagreeing with a major decision he made about four years ago.  Dick is very bright and effective, but he operates with a small select group who do not question him”

4/8/92 John S. McLucas to DP on the Trimble Navigation Technical Advisory Council

Box 29, Folder 34  N 1991

12/11/91 newsgram on HP and Novell announcing strategic relationship; also newspaper clip

11/6/90 Norman B. Neely to DP encouraged “that you will be more active in management.  Hewlett-Packard stock is our major asset and we have been sorry to see the low market prices, more importantly however, is my interest in the continued success in the company I was fortunate enough to join at the beginning”

7/16/90 DP to Erich Bloch, National Science Foundation: “…I do not think the problem can be solved by giving preferential treatment to minority scientists and engineers.  One action that should be taken is to give more support to the traditional ‘Black’ colleges and universities…We can also get much more leverage by doing what we can to encourage more minority students to study math and the sciences at the high school and even grade school level…”

3/1/89 DP to Richard F. Neblett, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, reporting why he is not donating to them.  “…NACME is at best only applying a few band-aids to the problem….Our family foundation has been giving extensive consideration as to how a better job might be done to help the young men and women in these minority groups obtain the education and motivation to become the scientists and engineers our country needs…Toward this end, our foundation is committing $1,000,000 to 10 of the so-called Black colleges; $100,000 to each to be continued for several years…”  Frank Roberts thought this two-page letter “was perfect”


Correspondence concerning company and DP personal donations to National Bureau of Economic Research, National Strategy Information Center, and the New England Aquarium

Box 29, Folder 35  N 1992

1/14/92 quotes by DP and WRH on women at HP for the New England Technical Women’s Committee Conference, Waltham Lab, 9/17-18/92; see also folder 46, 3/6/91

Box 29, Folder 36  N 1993

12/15/93 Lew Platt on National Information Infrastructure Testbed, an industry-led consortium, founded 10/15/93; several pages by Bill Murphy updating info

Box 29, Folder 37  O 1992-93

4/21/92 DP to Michigan State Univ. in support of Bill Onsted for Distinguished Alumni Award; Onsted founded The Private Sector Council

Box 29, Folder 38  P 1991

8/20/91 DP to Foothill Electronics Museum: “The proposal to acquire the railroad station in Los Altos does not strike me as a very good idea for the Perham Foundation museum…”

5/6/91 DP to Henry L. McIntyre, Population Resource Center:  “…I am pleased to let you know the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology already has population control high on the agenda to prepare a position paper for President Bush…”

2/16/90 Helena Wager, Pueblo CO, who claims to have worked with DP’s father; also news clip on DP attending Pueblo reunion of Centennial High School in Pueblo

3/26/90 DP to Carol Parcels in HP Communications: “I do not want to proceed with the advertisement suggested by Fred Pinkham…In the future I do not want any photographs taken of me unless HP has all rights for use of the photographs”

9/11/90 Bartholomew Lee to DP concerning housing of Perham Foundation at Foothill College

chart of DP/HP financial donations to Pacific Institute for Public Policy Research, San Francisco, 1980-87

Box 29, Folder 39  P 1992-93

3/12/93 DP to Lew Platt: “Here are the books I mentioned to you and Alan [Bickell].  I suggest you go through the Microcosmos book first.  You do not have to read all the detail, but just get the general idea.  Then you should read the Dragons of Eden and the Medusa and the Snail…”

3/18/92 Norman E. Brown, formerly from Pueblo CO, to DP informing him that Lloyd Penrose had died: “…I remember vividly one thing Pen told us (a group of fellow Ham’s) about you and your mother.  He said that your mother gave you the greatest gift anyone could receive.  She taught you how to study…”


12/17/91 letter speaking of Karel Vavruska, an HP employee in Czechoslovakia who began a relationship with HP twenty years ago when he received the first HP 9100A calculator in Zilina.  Being the only one in the office to read English, he followed the manual and found it was “true, not in principle but literally…this fascination made me stay with HP…”

Box 29, Folder 40  R 1990

1/4/90 Jean Ritzenthaler, Geneva, to DP reminding him that twenty years ago he had sent a paper on business problems in Switzerland to twenty top executives at HP.  “You, Dave, were the only one who dropped me a note.  In appearance, not worthy to be mentioned, but my experience has shown, that just such little things decide between success and unsuccess…”

2 letters in 8/90 to DP describing unhappy HP 3000 user community over HP dropping its IMAGE Database Management System; DP asks John Young for explanation

Box 29, Folder 41  R 1991

6/12/91 DP to President Roland W. Schmitt, Rensselaer Polytch, on academic overhead charged to grants: “…I have been involved in this issue actively since about 1985 when we began the work of the committee with Dr. Bromley.  Actually I was involved when Fred Terman returned to Stanford in 1945, and his program started here with support by ONR…The sub-committee on Science has prepared legislation close to my recommendations…I have also discussed the situation with Chuck Bowsher, head of GAO, who is an old friend who I hold in high regard…”

2/14/91 DP to Lila Ruiz: “In your Good Morning [HP employee news sheet] desk message dated 2/11/91 you mention our sale of audio oscillators to be used in the sound system of Fantasia.  Our oscillators made no technical contribution whatever to Fantasia.  Bud Hawkins, the sound engineer for Disney, was planning to buy audio oscillators from General Radio for about $400 each.  We sold him our oscillators for less than $100 each.  Our only contribution was a saving of something over $2,000 to the Disney Company.  We should stop propagating the myth that we made a technical contribution to the production of Fantasia by that early sale”

Box 29, Folder 42  R 1992-93


12/6/93 Tala Ritucci, aged 80, to DP: “…I was hired by Frank Cavier on March 15, 1951 and had to discontinue in March 1953 because of illness.  For a short while I did some secretarial work for both you and Mr. Hewlett.  I often recall, with fond memories, being there at the time of Noel Eldred, Noel Porter, Bruce Wholey, “Cookie” Carol Pierce, etc.  Those were the days our beloved Mrs. Packard selected gifts for the newborn of our H-P employees, and I delivered them.  When I left, there were about 200 employees (a close and devoted group) at the old Page Mill plant…”

1/7/92 Franco Mariotti to DP concerning visitors from Romania

Box 29, Folder 43  S 1991

6/10/91 DP to David DeLazzer, an HP employee: “…I would not recommend that Hewlett-Packard, or anyone else, should support the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund”

Box 29, Folder 44  S 1992

11/3/92 San Francisco Symphony writes DP to inform him of the new location of his special plaque [for donating to building of Davies Symphony Hall]; plaque moved because of acoustical renovations requiring the addition of two central aisles.  New location is in orchestra level, row X, seat 106

11/4/92 DP to Frank Drake, President of SETI Institute, thanking him for copy of Is Anyone Out There?, a gift suggested by Barney Oliver

3/24/92 retiring employee Grant Summers thanking DP and WRH for promoting the HP Way

Box 29, Folder 45  S 1993

11/15/93 DP to Spalding Sports Worldwide who has sent him a basketball in celebration of HP’s ads featuring their products: “…Today I received a package…It makes me wish I were able to play basketball again…”

8/5/93 Bob Kirkwood to HP management on Ron Gonzales’ opposition to the recently proposed Santa Clara County Transit District

3/9/93 Margaret Paull to Charles Staley: “Enclosed is a booklet on Model 5246L Electronic Counter.  We could not find one on Model 5248L but one of the engineers tells me this book should be helpful to you”

Box 29, Folder 46  T 1988-91

5/21/91, DP to Emeritus Professor Robert Tannenbaum, Carmel: “I worked for a lone, hard rock miner on the road to Cripple Creek [CO] one summer vacation, while I was attending Stanford in 1932.  Other than that short experience I had no involvement in Cripple Creek activities”

10/26/89 letter informing DP of health problems of Stella and John Terry; an early HP employee, John died in early 1990

2/16/89 DP correspondence in support of a Presidential pardon for W. Paul Thayer, whom DP worked with on issues relating to National Defense as well as having a business relationship

2/25/88 DP to Under Sec. of the Army James R. Ambrose recommending a Global Positioning Satellite that was started here at the HP Labs and has been taken over by Trimble Navigation, Ltd. and suggesting Ambrose meet with Charles R. Trimble

Box 29, Folder 47  T 1992-93

3/19/92 DP receives invitation to lunch with Governor Pete Wilson; calls in regrets


3/9/92 President of U.S.S. Yorktown CV-10 Association thanks DP for contribution which helped establish The National Memorial to Carrier Aviation; enclosed book The Unknown Memorial

Box 29, Folder 48  U 1987-91

8/30/88 DP to Greg Bishop, HP Sales Rep, who updated him on his work with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service

chart on DP/HP donations to United Negro College Fund, 1980-87

Box 29, Folder 49  U 1992-93

7/13/92 Eugene V. Rostow to DP on U.S. Institute of Peace

Box 29, Folder 50  V 1992-93

Box 29, Folder 51                                                    W  1988-91

11/26/91 DP condolences to Ray Wilbur on death of his wife Martha R. Wilbur; obit attached

5/14/91 John Carl Warnecke to DP commenting on the good design of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital: “Sometime in the near future, I would like to spend a few moments with you as we did on that Lincoln’s birthday in the mid-1950s when we set the course for Stanford’s architecture for over 30 years with the post office and bookstore.  Time has proven we were pioneers in contextural design, an environmental approach to design that protects historic and natural environments, which is developing into a major design trend in architecture as was Modern and Post-modern design…”

5/31/91 DP sent Katharine Graham an article for the Washington Post’s Outlook, “The Health of U.S. Research Colleges and Universities.”  In her rejection note she suggested that everyone agrees that government support is reasonable but the question is how much overhead costs should government pay.  She added this personal note: “Please forgive me.  I’m such a big fan.  I’d run anything and everything you say.”  Proposed article attached

Box 29, Folder 52  W  1992-93

9/23/91 Carl Bowin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, correcting caption in Measure, Sept.-Oct. 1991 article on the history of HP’s first computer customer.  He notes that “the shore-side leased computer operations referred to were actually for further data analysis (not processing of unprocessed shipboard measurements)…”  Request for funds for Woods Hole

12/21/91 DP to Dick Warmington congratulating him on new assignment within Geographic Operations; he’s returned from Korea after four years as GM of Samsung HP


Series 8 Box 30  INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS 1972-1992, mainly 1990s

Box 30, Folder 1  Advanced Products Division (APD), Cupertino, Ray King


7/11/77 WRH to Bob Olson on “doing an excellent job of managing APD during the Cupertino close-down”; also complimented him “on a most effective performance in placing 569 employees”

1/11/77 HP employee Mike Gilbert to WRH suggesting he begin a program at HP on drug and alcohol abuse; WRH responded 1/26/77 saying HP is “taking an interest in this.  John Doyle and I have discussed it and we will probably be taking some preliminary steps in this area”

11/18/76 WRH receives full report on dismissal of HP employee, engineer Razmik Gharakhanian

8/17/76 Ray King to management on new product review meeting

and Chung Tung’s presentation

6/2/76 Ray King’s list of handheld calculator reviews in print including Home Furnishing Daily and Gnostic Concepts; also R. Kestnbaum [sic] and APD Market Analysis

5/7/76 Ray King announced Chung Tung as R&D Manager

4/2/76 Ray King announced Jay Mellies’ appointment as Division Controller

3/29/76 Ray King announced Ed Shideler as Components Operations Manager in Corvallis

3/29/76 small claims settlement with customer Craig Halverson; see also Folder 2 for Iowa court record on this case

3/26/76 and 1/13/76 disgruntled customers wrote WRH

2/26/76 discussion of changing reject letter to unsolicited dealer inquiries

Box 30, Folder 2  HP Calculators, Correspondence 1976: 21,22,25,45,55,65,80,81

9/1978 cover of Keypoint, A Publication of Corvallis Division, with excited people around HP Calculator

6/1976 pamphlet “Getting the Most from Continuous Memory”

announcement brochure for HP-91, Scientific Printing Calculator

9/11/76 Mike Ward to WRH telling him of the “torture test” APD performs on the HP-91s: “Thanks for visiting APD. I certainly enjoyed chatting with you”

series of complaint letters from customers; answered by Ralph E. Lee, HP Executive Vice President

5/3/76 Carol D. Mortimer, Equity Service Corp., to WRH applauding the HP-45, including her poem written about it, “My Best Pal”

4/30/76 HP offer to employees for buying calculators at special price

series of customer complaints answered by Charles T. Comiso, HP Marketing Manager

1/13/76 arrangements for WRH to meet Oregon Governor Robert Straub; WRH in East so DP met

1/12/76 WRH to Harold A. Wheeler, Hazeltine Corp., concerning his integral solution of J n(x)

Box 30, Folder 3  CALCULATORS 1988-92 (mainly early 1990s)


correspondence with customers

1/8/92 newsgram from HP Communications Dept. announcing that HP is marking the 20th anniversary of the HP 35, the company’s first handheld calculator, with a reception on Jan. 9 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas…Bill Hewlett has had just about every model of HP’s pocket calculators, and admits they are his favorites among the company’s many products…”

more letters of complaint from customers; and some of praise

9/6/91 HP news release announcing HP donation of calculators to 14 schools in Bay Area “as part of a program to increase support for K-12 education in communities where HP is located”

5/31/91 Carmen West, HP Corvallis Division Marketing Manager, explains that a trade-in program was analyzed and rejected; “Market tests in Spain and the U.S. indicated such a program would not be successful”

Box 30, Folder 4  CRICKET HP MODEL 01 WATCH 1977

3/77 “The Incredible HP-01 from Hewlett-Packard; A Great New Adventure in Time”

5/31/77 Chuck Camas to DP (and others) outlining HP-01’s six major functional capabilities

news release on HP-01

organization chart for Corvallis Division, N.D., with Ray King at top

1/11/77 Ernest C. Arbuckle to DP with his comments on HP-01, mainly problems such as the watch is not readable in sunlight:  “This is really a fantastic product, and it might just catch the public fancy–but I still think market would be small and not sustained–and very risky…”

12/1/77 HP Authorized Jeweler List [printed]

9/26/77 DP personal order of watches

11/18/77 Juan Jose Rovira, Spanish Embassy, thank you for watch, a personal gift from DP: “The watch has been received in Madrid and the King was so pleased with this interesting new development that he has requested another exactly the same…”

12/20/77 DP to Boys’ Club of America who requested discount on HP-01: “…our marketing policy on these watches is to distribute them exclusively through jewelry outlets…”

Box 30, Folder 5  HP BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING 9/20/91, Boise ID

schedule and agenda

Box 30, Folder 6  HP BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MINUTES 1990-91

11/16/90, 1/18/91, 3/15/91, 5/17/91, 7/18/91, 9/20/91


  4/14/91 Jack Brigham to Committee on Succession: Harold J. Haynes, WRH, DP, Donald E. Petersen, T. A. Wilson, John A. Young; nine-page written report of HP Labs sent out over signatures of Barney Oliver, Al Bagley, Zvonko Fazarinc, Bob Brunner, Don Hammond; report gives history of HP Labs; the following recommendations were suggested [full report]

1. HP Labs’ funding should be stabilized…

2. Simplify top level reporting mechanism…

3. Increase HP Labs autonomy in program selection…

4. Increase longer term advanced research activity…

5. Better define HP Labs’ role in computer research…

6. Plan and manage a timely and smooth entry of the Superworkstation…

7. Start planning research on computer architectures…

8. Streamline the reporting processes within -hp- Labs and between -hp- Labs and the rest of HP…

9. Conduct a critical review of the University “science centers”…

10. Re-establish HP Labs as a rich source of division R&D and other managerial positions.  The need to go outside for computer leadership has passed

8/27/90 Newsgram “HP Board to Develop Management-Succession Plan”

7/19/90 Rosemarie Thomas to DP: “…could you please let me know who the Chairman of this Committee [on Succession] will be”; DP’s handwriting: “I will be chairman”

8/24/90 DP to Jack Brigham who had sent him the 7/19 Board meeting minutes: “Shouldn’t the minutes report that a committee on succession was established…”

Box 30, Folder 8  DOYLE, JOHN 1991

1/21/91 John Doyle to WRH and DP: “Since our discussions started I have been trying to think of a more persuasive measurement system that would guide our many entities with more precision.  Your remarks about the HP Way being gone gave me an idea about starting with the attributes that are actually mentioned in the corporate objectives in the hope that this would provide the smallest set that would encompass successful HP behavior…”; two-page listing of objectives and how to measure them


10/22/90 DP to John Doyle, cc to John Young: “I want to schedule some meetings with you and the various people who report to you to decide how to reduce some of the bureaucracy which has been built up over the last several years.  I want to begin with a review of all of the activities that report to you.  I want to know the budgets, the numbers of people involved, and a list of consultants your people have hired…I want also to have a list of all of the reports that you have requested…I want to know what the tape entitled ‘1992′ sponsored by the Engineering Applications Group cost…From these discussions, I will make some decisions about what should be done.  We will discuss this with John Young for his advice and counsel, but I intend to oversee the implementation for him”

5/1990, “1992″ video background

slides made to explain John Doyle’s reports

Series 7 Subject Files, 1972-1989

Box 22 Subject Files A-Bo, 1972-1989, Folders 1-21
Box 23 Subject Files Br-Com, 1972-1989, Folders 1-19
Box 24 Subject Files Con-E, 1972-1989, Folders 1-17
Box 25 Subject Files F-H, 1972-1989, Folders 1-17
Box 26 Subject Files I-P, 1972-1989, Folders 1-24
Box 27 Subject Files S-U, 1972-1989, Folders 1-14
Box 28 Subject Files U-Z, 1972-1989, Folders 1-13


Series 7 Box 22  SUBJECT FILES 1972 – 1989 A-Bo (some folders go beyond 1989 but only when there is a small amount of material; likewise some folders begin earlier but again only when there is a small amount of material) Next series is 1990 to DP’s death

[DP returned from DOD and was elected Chairman of the HP Board 1/21/72;      resigned 9/93]

Box 22 Folder 1  DP’s Monthly Calendars/Reminders 1976-82

Box 22 Folder 2                                                       “           ”           “           ” 1983-89

Box 22 Folder 3  The Advertising Council, Inc. 1989-91

Box 22 Folder 4  The Advertising Council, Inc., Industries Advisory Council 1973-79

Box 22 Folder 5  Africa Safaris – Misc. 1967-68

Box 22 Folder 6  Africa Safaris 1968-69

Box 22 Folder 7  American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1988-91

Box 22 Folder 8  American Association of Engineering Societies – Steering Committee 1984-85

Box 22 Folder 9  American Philosophical Society 1989-91

Box 22 Folder 10  The American Spectator Educational Foundation, Inc. 1987-93

Box 22 Folder 11  Americans for an Effective Presidency 1980 – Part 1

Box 22 Folder 12  “                                                                         ”           “           ”           “           ”           “  1980 – Part 2

Box 22 Folder 13  Athletes for Kids 1988-93

Box 22 Folder 14  Atlantic Council 1985-91

Box 22 Folder 15  Arts & Humanities Task Force 1981

Presidential Task Force on Arts & Humanities

Box 22 Folder 16  Biographies/Resumes for DP 1978-92

Box 22 Folder 16A Biographies 1993-96

Box 22 Folder 17  Big Thompson Disaster Relief Fund 1977

Box 22 Folder 18  Bipartisan Budget Appeal – Peter G. Peterson 1982-87

Box 22 Folder 19  Boards of Directors – Declined 1981-93

Box 22 Folder 20  The Boeing Company – Security Papers 1978, 1986

Box 22 Folder 21  The Boeing Company 1986-92

Oral history with Paul Thayer, interviewed by Historians from the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) 9/19/90; Thayer was Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1/83 -1/84 and CEO of LTV Corporation; see page 35 on DP: “I don’t think many of the Packard recommendations were really followed.  They got a lot of conversation and a lot of talk about what to do about them, not only in the DoD, but in Congress as well.  But I can’t see that a lot of them have been implemented, not in the true sense of the word.”  This interview was sent to DP by T. A. Wilson, Chairman Emeritus, The Boeing Company

Series 7 Box 23 SUBJECT FILES 1972 – 1989 Br-Com

Box 23 Folder 1  Bremen (Germany) Tobacco Colloquium 1976

[Photographs transferred to HP Photo Coll]

Box 23 Folder 2  Brookings Institute 1987-91

Box 23 Folder 3  California Business Roundtable 1988-92

Box 23 Folder 4  California Institute of Technology (Associates of) 1988-91

8/3/88 DP to Prof. Gregg Herken: “I have had a chance to glance through your draft about The President’s Science Advisers from Roosevelt to Reagan.  I am sorry I do not have time to comment in detail, but frankly, I think it is merely a myth that PSAC was better than the more recent arrangements for providing scientific information to the President.  The issues are more complex today, the political situation is different, and I don’t think trying to turn back the clock is a realistic approach to this problem”

Box 23 Folder 5  California Leadership – John Vasconncellos 1988-92

Box 23 Folder 6  Campbell, Tom 1987-90

Box 23 Folder 7  “                            ”           1991

Box 23 Folder 8  Center for Excellence in Education 1986

Formerly The Rickover Foundation

Box 23 Folder 9  Center for Excellence in Education 1989-91

Box 23 Folder 10 Center for Excellence in Education 1989-92

Box 23 Folder 11 Christmas Card Lists 1970-93

Box 23 Folder 12 Citizens for America 1984-88

Box 23 Folder 13 Citizens for a Strong Energy Program 1975-76

Box 23 Folder 14 Civilian/Military Institute 1976-78

DP’s speech to 1st symposium, Colorado Springs 2/10-12/77; speech in longhand and typed

Box 23 Folder 15 Civilian/Military Institute – Board of Trustees 1979-80

Box 23 Folder 16 Clinic for Special Children (Amish) 1989

Box 23 Folder 17 Colorado St. Univ., Presidential Advisory Board 1981-84

Box 23 Folder 18 Committee on the Present Danger – Board of Directors 1982-89

Box 23 Folder 19 Committee to Support Free Elections in Chile 1988


Series 7 Box 24  SUBJECT FILES 1972 – 1989 Con-E

Box 24 Folder 1  Conference Board 1988-90

Box 24 Folder 2  Contributions – Misc. 1977-79

Box 24 Folder 3  Contributions 1986-87

Box 24 Folder 4  Contributions 1988

Box 24 Folder 5  Contributions 1989


Box 24 Folder 6  Dept. of Defense, “Commercial by Design” Workshop 1978

Box 24 Folder 7  Dept. of Defense, Sec. Harold Brown 1974-80

Box 24 Folder 8  Dept. Of Defense, Defense Systems Management School, Fort Belvoir VA 1981-89

Box 24 Folder 8A Dept. Of Defense, Richard Godwin 1986-88

New position of Under Sec. of Defense for Acquisition; to follow DP’s recommendations

Box 24 Folder 9  Dept. of State – Misc. 1972-78

Box 24 Folder 10  Dinners, Luncheons – Honoring Friends and Awards 1983

Box 24 Folder 11  Dinners, Luncheons – Honoring Friends and Awards 1981

Box 24 Folder 12  Eisenhower Silver Jubilee Dinner 4/6/78

Box 24 Folder 13  Eitel, Bill 1972-76

Box 24 Folder 14  Election, mainly 1980

Box 24 Folder 15  Ethics & Public Policy Center 1986-92

Box 24 Folder 16  Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats 1984-1990

Box 24 Folder 17  Exploratorium, San Francisco 1981-91


Series 7 Box 25  SUBJECT FILES 1972 – 1989 F-H

Box 25 Folder 1  Fishing 1966-86

Box 25 Folder 2  Fish – Outline of Contents of San Francisquito Creek, San Mateo County 1987-88

Box 25 Folder 3  Fisk University 1978-86

Box 25 Folder 4  Foreign Policy Association 1979-87

Box 25 Folder 5  Fort Mason Foundation 1978-79

Box 15 Folder 6  Foundation for Teaching Economics 1981-91

Box 25 Folder 7  Gun Control 1989-92

[DP’s standard reply to inquires about NRA, etc.]

“In response to your recent letter, our company does not take positions on issues like gun control.  Individuals in our company can take any position they wish, and sometimes this can be interpreted as a company position.  I would like to advise you that I have six rifles and eight shotguns.  Also, I have given all of my children, including my daughters, guns for their sixteenth birthdays and I have also given two of my grandchildren guns for their twelfth birthdays.  I want to confirm the Hewlett-Packard Company has not and will not take a position on this issue.”

Box 25 Folder 8  Harvard University 1985-88

Box 25 Folder 9  Harvard University 1989-91

Box 25 Folder 10 High Frontier – Lt. Gen. Daniel O. Graham 1985-89

Box 25 Folder 11 The Hitachi Foundation 1985-91

Box 25 Folder 12 Hoover Institute 1987-88


Box 25 Folder 13 Hoover Institution – Board of Overseers 1977-79

Box 25 Folder 14 Howard University 1978

Box 25 Folder 15                                         “           ”           “  1977

Box 25 Folder 16 Hunting 1977-79

Box 25 Folder 17  “  1973-76 [good exhibit item]

DP’s California Hunting Licence 1971-72


Series 7 Box 26  SUBJECT FILES 1972 – 1989 I-P

Box 26 Folder 1  Institute for Contemporary Studies 1980-88

Box 26 Folder 2  Israel Trip 3/7-15/81

Box 26 Folder 3  Itineraries 1977

Box 26 Folder 4   “                 1978

Box 26 Folder 5   “                 1979

Box 26 Folder 6   “                 1980

Box 26 Folder 7   “   1981

Box 26 Folder 8   “                 1982

Box 26 Folder 9   “   1983

Box 26 Folder 10  “               1984

Box 26 Folder 11  “               1985

Box 26 Folder 12  “               1986-87

Box 26 Folder 13  Itineraries 1988-89

Box 26 Folder 14  Itineraries 1990

Box 26 Folder 15  Itineraries 1991

Box 26 Folder 16  Itineraries 1992-93

Box 26 Folder 17  Money Requests Jan. – June 1989

Box 26 Folder 18   “                                                ”    July – Dec. 1989

Box 26 Folder 19  National Academy of Engineering 1989-90

Box 26 Folder 20                                                                             “           ”           “           ”           “           ”    1987-89

Box 26 Folder 21                                                                             “           ”           “           ”           “           ”    1987-88

Box 26 Folder 22  National Academy of Engineering

Industrial Advisory Board 1986-86

Box 26 Folder 23  President’s Council of Advisors on Science and       Technology 1992

Box 26 Folder 24  President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control 1982-86


Series 7 Box 27 SUBJECT FILES 1972 – 1989 S-U

Box 27 Folder 1  Santa Clara County Manufacturing Group 1980

Box 27, Folder 2 Santa Clara County Manufacturers Group 1981

Box 27, Folder 3                                                                                                      “           ”           “           ”           “           ”           “           1982

Box 27, Folder 4                                                                                                      “           ”           “           ”           “           ”           “           1983-88

Box 27, Folder 5 South Africa Foundation, Trip 6/1980

Box 27, Folder 6 Stanford University/Prof. Wm. Bark 1968-77

Reinstating of ROTC and other conservative issues

Box 27, Folder 7 Sullivan, Rev. Leon – International Foundation for Education 1985-93


Box 27, Folder 8 Tetachuck Lodge 1992-93

Box 27, Folder 9                                          “           ”           – Fishing Trips 1988-91

Box 27, Folder 10 Trilateral Commission – Draft Reports and Articles 1980-81

Box 27, Folder 11 Trilateral Commission 1980-81

Box 27, Folder 12                                                    “           ”           “           ”    1974-79

Box 27, Folder 13 U.S. Congress – House Wednesday Group 9/21-22/91

Box 27, Folder 14 U.S. Senate, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs 1978; DP’s Testimony 10/10/78


Series 7 Box 28 SUBJECT FILES 1972 – 1989 U-Z

Box 28, Folder 1 U.S. Representatives, Committee on Science & Technology 1985-86

Box 28, Folder 2 U.S. Representatives, House Ways & Means Committee, DP’s Testimony 9/17/85

Box 28, Folder 3 U.S. Senate 1987-89

Box 28, Folder 4 U.S. Senate, Committee on Budget 1987

Box 28, Folder 5 US-USSR Trade & Economic Council, Inc. – Moscow Trip 12/78 [name tag included – nice exhibit item]

Box 28, Folder 6 US-USSR Trade & Economic Council – Board of Directors 1982

Box 28, Folder 6 Universities/Colleges 1987-90

Many invitations to join boards, donate funds, give speeches, read books/articles, accept awards, etc.

11/2/90 DP response to George A. Downsbrough who wrote pointing out the good work being done at Penn State encouraging students along science career tracks: “I am most pleased to hear from you…I am over my head in supporting worthy projects, many in science and engineering…Bill and I are still raising cattle, hunting and fishing, but age is taking its toll, as might be expected.  Your letter recalled the many enjoyable and productive days we spent together”

10/16/90 Downsbrough had written: “We have a small farm outside of State College where we have been raising Dorset sheep very successfully, and have sold some to breeders on the west coast”

12/29/89 DP to Robert F. Froehlke, President of IDS Mutual Fund Group, requesting funds to match a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: “I hear that the University of Wisconsin has decided to eliminate the ROTC there for what appears to me to be a very stupid reason [discrimination against homosexuals].  If they do so I will take the University of Wisconsin off of my list for any contribution of any kind in the future.”  Froehlke explains the situation

Box 28, Folder 8 University of California, Various Locations 1983-91


2/1/91 DP to UC Trustee Arthur C. Oppenheimer, II on meeting with Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien and Dean Hodges about financing a new computer science building.  DP says no and adds: “I am committed to a program of fellowship for young university professors that will build up to a level of $10 million…”

8/27/86 DP to Ken Norris, Academic Manager, Big Creek Reserve, Environmental Field Program, UC, Santa Cruz: “I was down to the site where we talked about locating the facilities for your Big Creek project.  Paul Kephart has made a road across the canyon and cleaned enough brush to enable the site to be evaluated.  It looks good to me and I suggest you have someone look it over and develop a plan for the area.  Paul can clean out brush for you if you want more area to evaluate.  We can build a good road, the site can not be seen by anyone, and it looks very attractive to me.  I will be here off and on in September and could go down with you, but I suggest you have your people make a layout for planning and for the necessary permits”

6/4/86 UC President David Pierpont Gardner to DP clarifying UC, Berkeley’s role in “the Buck Trust matter in Marin County”

4/22/86 UCLA, Univ. Extension, Continuing Education in Business and Management, Director Warren J. Pelton who is writing a book on managerial decision-making with Robert Boguslaw and Sonja Sackman and wants to include DP who agrees to be interviewed in July.  Others interviewed are Walt Wriston, Arjay Miller, Roger Smith

Correspondence about DP’s financial gifts for the Lawrence Hall of Science, Professor Charles Susskind’s Hertz biography project, BRIE publication having to do with the U.S.-Japan Advisory Commission papers, etc.

Box 28, Folder 9 The Wilson Center 1986-89; full title is “Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars”; DP contributed $1 million to the endowment campaign

DP was not able to make the 4/2/87 celebration held at the Smithsonian.  Director James H. Billington’s handwritten note 2/5/87: “I hope you may have heard by now from Jack Welch & some of the others what a stimulating and successful evening we had…What I wanted to say was what was on everyone’s mind: that the sense of importance of the evening and everything good about it was a tribute to you–your leadership, your patriotism and your concern.  It was because of you that such an extraordinary group could be assembled.  Your presence was felt throughout–and our small Center was proud to be a part of it”


Billington was nominated Librarian of Congress on 6/22/87; he wrote DP 6/29/87 “to thank you for all you have done for me and for The Wilson Center during my nearly 14 years as director.”  Apparently he was a close friend of DP’s and at the bottom of the letter added by hand: “I continue to mourn for your tragic loss & to hope that you yourself are feeling better & that your family are finding strength to cope with this sad time.” [Lucile Packard’s death]

Box 28, Folder 10 White House – Pres. Carter, Misc. Letters 1977-80

Box 28, Folder 11 White House – President’s Commission on White House Fellows 1973-76

Box 28, Folder 12 White House – Pres. Reagon Misc. Letters 1981-82

Box 28, Folder 13 White House – Pres. Ford Misc. Letters 1974-77


[Speeches – Declined 1979-83 – 3 FOLDERS WERE DISCARDED 9/98]

Series 6 Chronological Files, 1978-1995 [Earlier chronological files destroyed by secretary]

Box 19 Chronological Files, 1978-1984, Folders 1-29
Box 20 Chronological Files, 1985-1991, Folders 1-27
Box 21 Chronological Files, 1992-1995, Folders 1-16


Series 6 Box 19  CHRONOLOGY FILES 1978 – 1984

These folders are mainly copies of thank you notes, correspondence about boards on which DP serves, responses to people looking for work, fund-raising solicitations for many causes (especially treated favorably were those dealing with minorities, Republican Party, and local groups), DP’s trip schedules, arrangements for duck and deer hunting, regrets to invitations, letters to government officials, etc.  Selected letters have been indexed.

Box 19, Folder 1  1978 January, February, March

3/28/78 letter on 30-year retirement party of Paul Powell from shipping and receiving


n.d. resolution at retirement of Ray Lyman Wilbur, Jr. in personnel since 1957

3/15/78 letter of recommendation for Bohemian Club membership for Allen Puckett [a few similar letters in file]

3/7/78 DP to Gov. Brown concerning unemployment in California

3/1/78 list of political files stored at the Packard house

1/13/78 DP to CEO of Northern Telcom Limited, R. C. Scrivener with whom he serves on the Caterpillar board.  “We have some good work going on in our optical fibre transmission, bubble memories, microwave transistors, for example, which I think could be of interest to your people…”

Box 19, Folder 2  1978 April, May, June

4/21/78 letter on retirement after 32 years of HP service to Rose M. Carson as graphic designer beginning 2/1946

4/19/78 letter of recommendation for Alva H. Giffin to Pacific Union Club

4/19/78 polite refusal to evaluate Robert McNamara for HEW Inspector General Thomas D. Morris: “As I am sure you know, I heard a great deal of criticism about him during the time I was at the Pentagon, but it is my personal view that he did make some very worthwhile contributions to the organization and managerial problems of the Defense Department during the 1960s.”

4/19/78 DP to President Richard Lyman, Stanford, about plans for the proposed Monterey Bay Aquarium including negotiations to acquire the Hovden property [letters on the aquarium throughout the files]

4/12/78 DP to several HP employees about their concern about doing business with communist countries

4/12/78 DP’s personal pledge of $30,000 for President Ford’s Library/Museum

4/6/78 DP’s retirement letter to Charles M. Anderson for ten years in Test Equipment Engineering, Zenith Corp.

4/25/78 list of people invited to the Keenan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Pacific Union Club

Box 19, Folder 3  1978 July, August, September

9/21/78 DP to Ralph Heintz on “the early days of our industry” and Heintz’s “great contributions to radio and electronics”

8/25/78 DP to Jack Goodwin on his retirement after 36 years; appreciation for his commitment to those ideals now called “the HP Way”

8/3/78 DP’s letter of congratulations to Ginny and Bob Brunner on their 30th wedding anniversary

7/11/78 list of people solicited by DP for Committee on the Present Danger


7/7/78 DP to John Doyle on 30-year retirees who require special help; DP suggests that their contribution to “the HP Way” puts them in a special category which could be recognized with increased benefits

7/7/78 DP to Charls [sic] E. Walker: “I have never seen any justification for us to use Fortune, and we use Business Week to advertise specific projects directed to specific customers.”

Box 19, Folder 4  1978 October, November, December

12/3-9/78 DP in Moscow

11/22/78 DP to Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III on DP’s testimony before the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

11/8/78 list of members of The Atlantic Council, Pacific-East Asian Security Study

11/1/78 DP participated in the Boeing Special Review Committee, August; see 10/26/78 for description of the review of foreign sales

10/25/78 DP to Dick Stone regretting that he missed Stone’s farewell luncheon, extends personal thanks for valued service of 28 years; appreciates his performance of the analytical tasks, especially the development of the I.O. System which “made an important contribution to the start-up phase of our international divisions. Your commitment to the ideals in those early years has been of immeasurable help in maintaining ‘the H-P way’ through the tremendous expansion both here and aboard.”

Box 19, Folder 5  1979 January, February, March

3/27/79 DP to Dr. Philip Handler, National Academy of Science, on the Einstein Memorial [see also 1/16/79 and 1/15/79]

4/2/79 DP to Thomas L. Chrystie, Chairman Merrill Lynch White Weld: “I understand your concern about losing Bob Greeley. We will do our best to provide a good opportunity for him…”

4/2/79 DP to Elmer B. Staats, U.S. Comptroller General: “I would be pleased to comment on your report in relation to weapons systems costs.  Having spent three years working on that subject with very little discernible success, I don’t know that my comments will be worth very much…”

4/2/79 DP to Shearon Harris, Chairman, Carolina Power and Light Company: “I was sorry to learn today about your heart attack…My partner, Bill Hewlett, has recently been through this experience, and I realize how serious the situation like this can be. At the same time, I have learned that they are able to do an amazing job of care that will result in virtually complete recovery…”


4/2/79 DP to Len Cutler saying no to involvement in the Radio Club of America: “I have been giving some consideration to whether or not I want to become involved in new activities at this time. I finally concluded the answer is no.  I am at the point where I am trying to get out of some old commitments and not take on any new ones.”  [many letters by DP expressing similar wishes to cut back]

4/2/79 DP to Dorothy Emmet: “I am sorry for the delay in sending this reply, but I am rarely in the office these days…I am curtailing my business commitments to allow time for things I have had to put off for a long time.”

4/2/79 DP’s trip schedule to San Diego and SEA WORLD, to LA (dinner and overnight with David and Pam), to New Orleans for Jr. Achievement Western Region Council meeting with chairman John Fluke

3/27/79 DP to Edward E. David, Jr. of Exxon concerning hosting the scientists from the People’s Republic of China

3/27/79 DP to Incentive Awards Committee, Naval Research Lab in support of Robert R. Stone for the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award

3/21/79 DP to D. Z. Liu of Shanghai, China about his working for HP, cc to M. H. Shen of Peking

3/21/79 DP to Lok Lin of Taiwan concerning a visit by a friend; similar letter to Kenzo Sasaoka of Japan; friend is Dennis Doolin

3/21/79 DP to S. M. Dabney of Caterpillar Tractor Company: “…I think it would be a good idea for you to send to the members of the Nominating Committee a list of the female candidates together with a biographical sheet on each.” [Archivist’s note: This is a sign that DP recognizes the importance of women on boards.]

3/15/79 DP to Paul Ely about upcoming visit by Arthur Norberg from National Science Foundation “to discuss the general concern about the future of the computer industry”

2/7/79 DP to John Kaar including a check for $1,000 for the Foothill College Museum.  “Lu and I have just remodeled a house down on the coast at Big Sur, and I am in the process of building myself a shop down there.”

2/6/79 DP to Edgar Buttner: “Our Board of Directors adopted a Resolution at its January 19th meeting in memory of Harold…Both Bill and I valued Harold’s friendship, as well as his wise counsel, for many years. You may not know that he was very helpful to me, personally, in the very early days of the company, about 1940.”

2/6/79 DP to Chairman of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame recommending Justin Dart as a candidate for the Gold Medal Award [see also 2/26/80]

1/19/79 DP as chair of the Boeing Company Board of Directors’ Special Review Committee sends out report [not included]


1/15/79 DP to Lok Lin on Taiwan Situation: “I am well aware of the problems the recognition of China may cause for Taiwan, and I intend to do everything I can to be helpful. The U.S. trade with Taiwan has been very important for our country, and it has also been very important for the Hewlett-Packard Company. Please assure your friends in the government there that I will do everything I can to make sure our friendship and cooperation continues in spite of this recent development.”

1/10/79 DP’s schedule for the year; busy almost every day with board of director meetings for Standard Oil, Boeing, Caterpillar, etc.

1/4/79 DP to Clyde Moss on his retirement from the Air Force: He “appreciates having had the opportunity to work with you on the many meteorological and test equipment needs of the Air Force and thanks you for your assistance over the years.”

1/2/79 DP to John S. Reuyl, Palo Alto: “I have had a limited interest in solar energy for some period of time, and, frankly, I don’t see it has any great hope of contributing in a major way to our energy problem in the foreseeable future.”

Box 19, Folder 6  1979 April, May, June

6/79 HP letter to Henry A. Kissinger on relations with China

5/11/79 list of people DP solicited for the National Fund for Minority Engineering Students

4/11/79 DP to City Council of Monterey concerning the building of an aquarium; 2-page letter outlines the steps taken so far; also letter to City Council of Pacific Grove

Box 19, Folder 7  1979 July, August, September

9/19/79 termination letter by DP to Norman O. Williams who had worked for HP for 19 years [only such letter in files]

9/6/79 DP to Donald and Kathy Duffany on the subject of the importance of Planned Parenthood

8/16/79 DP suggests that HP support the Sino-American Committee on Scientific Cooperation “in view of our rather substantial involvement in Taiwan”

8/16/79 list of people invited to the dinner for the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research [AEI which DP waxed and waned over]

8/13/79 DP to Thanh Huy Nguyen on taking care of his family when he arrives [presumably from China]

7/79 DP trip to Iceland [for fishing], Japan and China with Lu and Chi-ning Liu; China visit is planned for 8/21-9/4/79

7/10/79 DP to Russel Van Arsdale Lee, M.D. of Palo Alto: “We dedicated the building [at Westminster Gardens at Duarte] in honor of my Uncle Harry this last weekend and had his four sons and one daughter all together with their families and other relatives.” [family reunion of some 45 people]

Box 19, Folder 8  1979 October, November, December

11/15/79 DP to Professor Song Jian, People’s Republic of China, saying HP would be pleased to host a group from his company and “would be most happy to show and discuss with you any of our equipment that would be of interest”


11/7/79 DP to Ye Zhen-hua, People’s Republic of China, on visit to HP: “We would be most pleased to have you send a number of people for a training period of up to one year with our company…”

10/16/79 DP to Prof. Charles Susskind, College of Engineering, UC, Berkeley: “I am attaching a list of people you should talk to about the hand-held calculator development.” [no list attached]; see 10/3/79 DP to Barney Oliver on this project on the history of the hand-held calculator; see 9/14/79 for DP’s giving Prof. Susskind a check “to help with your good work at the University”

10/5/79 DP to Ye Zhen-Jua, People’s Republic of China, on DP’s recent visit to China and outlining plans for several people from China to work with HP

Box 19, Folder 9  1980 January, February, March

3/26/80 DP to Emery Rogers on Howard University: “We hire a few people from Howard, but their [electrical engineering] program is a large one, and we should probably find a way to work a little more closely with them in the future.” [his interest in Howard is revealed in 3/26/80 letters]

3/26/80 DP to Justin Dart: “I don’t think there is a chance in the world that [Paul] Gann can beat Cranston, and I do not want to get involved.”

3/25/80 DP to many corporate heads thanking them for hosting the delegation from the People’s Republic of China including Bell Lab, IBM, Hughes Aircraft, Intel, Raytheon, GE, Watkins Johnson, Varian

3/19/80 DP to Betty S. Davis, Friends of the Sea Otter, on delays in use permits for the Monterey Bay Aquarium

3/19/80 DP to Wells Fargo asking that 5,000 shares of HP common stock be transferred for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation

3/19/80 DP to Mayor Gerald T. Fry thanking him and the Monterey City Council for action on the Aquarium

3/19/80 DP to Charles L. Brown, AT&T: “To be honest I have not been very enthusiastic about the UN and we have not participated in the UN Day Program.”

3/14/80 DP to Vice Premier Wang Zhen of PR China: “Excellency: The delegation led by Mr. Zhou is finishing their visit today. I believe we have had very positive discussions which will develop into several active programs in the near future.  Mrs. Packard and I thank you very much for the beautiful tea set, and we are asking Mr. Zhou to deliver to you on his return a small token of our esteemed appreciation.”

3/14/80 DP to Gerry Nelson at San Felipe Ranch thanking him and the staff “for the great show you put on for our Chinese visitors”


3/13/80 DP to Gerald Ford, Rancho Mirage CA: “…I urge you not to enter the [presidential] race at this time.  In my opinion, your entry would split the Republican Party so badly that the re-election of Carter would be assured.”

3/13/80 DP to Crocker National Bank asking that $900,000 be transferred from his and Lu’s personal account to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation to purchase “the property from Stanford University to build an aquarium.” [agreement in file a few pages down]

3/12/80 DP to George S. Franklin of The Trilateral Commission: “There is one problem in proposing such a meeting, however, and that is the potential Soviet reaction. At this time it is not clear at all how Afghanistan is going to turn out, and whether or not there may be a renewal of so-called detente. I would think it wise, therefore, not to make any firm commitments or grandiose plans for a meeting with the Chinese until our relationships with the Soviets are clarified.”

3/12/80 DP to John W. Fondahl, Professor of Civil Engineering, Stanford, thanking him for info about hydrogen to which DP can add something. “If you do run across a student interested in researching a project like this, I could give him some suggestions, and I think, in fact, it would be a good exercise.”  [see also 2/7/80; DP planning a small hydro development on his Big Sur property]

3/4/80 DP’s recommendation of Thomas J. Watson, Jr. for membership in the Bohemian Club

3/4/80 DP to Amory Houghton, Jr.: “…we have already helped George Bush, and although I think we have several good candidates, clearly George is at the head of the list. The set-back in New Hampshire was a little discouraging, but I think it will take several more primaries before we know how things will sort themselves out.”

3/3/80 DP to Thomas I. Paganelli, GE, suggesting how to conduct the visit for the delegation from PR China [other similar letters]

3/3/80 DP to Senator Russell B. Long: “…I consider it very important for the welfare of our country that you remain in the Senate.”  He sent $1,000.

2/28/80 DP to Clint Simon on his retirement after 26 years at HP. “You have been a wise counselor and provided valuable leadership in our shops these many years.”

2/15/80 DP to Provost Donald Kennedy concerning Aquarium land purchased from Stanford

2/8/80 DP to Ernest C. Arbuckle concerning unacceptable conditions on use permit including restaurant clientele and operating hours of Aquarium


2/6/80 DP to George Bush: “I was pleased to hear of the great progress you made in Iowa. Keep up the good work now that you have things rolling…”

1/25/80 DP to Zhou Jia-Hua inviting a delegation from China to visit HP

1/22/80 DP to Ye Zhen-hua of PR China on upcoming visit and hoping for increased cooperation; DP supports extensive training and service and would consider licensing to manufacture some HP products in China

1/21/80 DP sends $1,000 check to help Mardi Gualtieri’s campaign, $500 to support Robert C. Cline in 19th Senate District, $500 to Gloria S. Hom (and hopes Dan O’Keefe will withdraw).  All were told “I do not want to get actively involved, but if I can be helpful informally from time to time, I will be pleased to do so.”

1/16/80 DP sends $1,000 for John Anderson’s campaign to Gaylor Freeman in Chicago

1/16/80 DP sends $250 “to help Senator Marz Garcia’s political requirements”

1/16/80 DP to Charles J. Dirksen agreeing to serve on the Task Force to help the City of San Jose

1/8/80 DP sends $1,000 for Steve Symms’s campaign for the Idaho Senate seat

Box 19, Folder 10  1980 April, May, June

6/12/80 DP to William S. Brewster inviting him to the annual deer hunt at San Felipe Ranch in August; thanks him for showing Julia [Packard] around the aquarium and hopes to catch up on the details of “our program”

6/12/80 DP and WRH invite the following to the annual hunt: John S. Parker of GE; Louis W. Cabot of Boston; Bill Brewster of Plymouth MA; Richard M. Helms of Safer Company; Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr.; Benjamin F. Biaggini of Southern Pacific; Sherman Chickering of San Francisco; Morris M. Doyle of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen; Richard Guggenhime of San Francisco; Norman Livermore of San Rafael; Otto N. Miller of San Francisco; Kendric B. Morrish of Walnut Creek; Ernest C. Arbuckle of Menlo Park; Robert M. Brown of Hillsborough, Edmund W. Litterfield of Utah International; Bruce G. Elliott of Monterey; Tom Killefer of U.S. Trust Co. of NY; A. Starker Leopold of Berkeley; H.J. Haynes of Standard Oil; Dean A. Watkins of Watkins-Johnson; L. W. Lane, Jr. of Menlo Park; Arjay Miller of Woodside


6/11/80 DP to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. enclosing a copy of Governor Dixy Lee Ray’s speech to the Business Council in May “that puts some of the energy problems in the proper perspective. Our California energy policy would greatly benefit from some of Governor Ray’s observations.” [later he writes Ray and tells her how much he admires her speech and sends her $500 for her campaign]

6/9/80 DP to American Enterprise Institute arranging to give them 3,500 shares of HP common stock

6/9/80 DP gives $15,000 to CLOSE UP Foundation in Washington

6/6/80 DP to William C. Coker of MCM Industries, Ahaheim: “The purpose of my comments about semiconductor components quality was to stir up our industry a bit. I think, as a matter of fact, they are already stirred up and probably the situation is improving.”

5/21/80 DP transfers 10,000 shares of HP common stock to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation from himself and Lu

5/20/80 DP transfers $59,000 to Monterey Bay Aquarium

5/21/80 DP recommending Arwin Dougal for appointment at Univ. of Texas Dept. of Electrical Engineering

5/21/80 DP to John H. Chettle, Director, North and South American, South Africa Foundation, Washington DC: “I have reviewed carefully your letter of March 6th about the pressures for anti-investment in South Africa. My    evaluation of the situation is no where nearly as pessimistic as yours.  I would, however, like to have a copy of the study you have made…On my trip there I met with the Mayor of Soweto and a number of other people who expressed the strong view that the presence of American business was constructive in terms of progress on the human rights matter. I think anything you could do to get some letters from black leaders in your country supporting that position would be helpful.  The boycott against American business in supplying equipment to your military is quite counter productive to what our government is interested in, and I intend to see if I can get this story over to the right people in Washington.  What has happened is that American companies are losing business to Japan and European companies, and the Japanese companies, in particular, have no interest in, or experience in, dealing with racial matters. I think the current policies of our government are misguided and actually counter productive.  If we can achieve a change in administration in our country this fall, I believe there will be a chance to get this matter back on a much more sensible basis…I hope I can find some way to be helpful.”

5/21/80 DP to Dick Arey saying “there is very little likelihood of your winning against Al Alquist this fall, and since Senator Alquist has been helpful to us on a number of matters, I do not want to get out in front in any way in this campaign.”


5/21/80 DP to Dean Jay D. Pinson, School of Engineering, San Jose St. Univ., being honored to receive the 1980 Engineering Award of Distinction and being sorry that he can’t accept the award in person. “My interest in the School of Engineering at San Jose goes back to the early days of our company when we had several people who were good contributors from your school. Your award thus brought nostalgic memories for me.”

5/20/80 DP to IEEE Awards Board endorsing the nomination of Nathan Cohn for IEEE Edison Medal with a lengthy description of Cohn’s contributions

5/20/80 DP to Mrs. A. R. Curreri, arranging to have 1,000 shares of HP stock delivered to Univ. of Wis. for the Anthony R. Curreri Professorship of Surgery

5/9/80 DP’s schedule for May 12-22 including on May 12th a two- hour meeting with “Chinese Visitors”

Undated 1-page account of visit by “a delegation from the Hua Feng Corp. and the Micro Electronic Institute from the Peoples Republic of China during the past week. The delegation has visited a number of HP facilities engaged in integrated circuit work, computers and microwave measurements.  As a result of this visit both parties have agreed to establish a continuing relationship for consulting and exchange of information in areas of common interest.  Hewlett Packard has agreed to send a delegation to China to visit and consult with [them]”  Also mentions having technical people from China come to HP for training subject to U.S. governmental approval

5/2/80 many DP letters to people in South Africa thanking them for helping make his visit in April with Lu a success

4/14/80 Margaret Paull for DP to Dr. Frederick E. Terman: “While Mr. Packard was attending the annual meeting of the Caterpillar Tractor Company in San Francisco last week, Mrs. Ruth Mullen Graham, who graduated from Palo Alto High School with you, gave him the enclosed material which she was anxious to have delivered to you.  Mr. Packard has departed on a trip to Africa and asked that we pass this on to you.”

4/9/80 Mr. and Mrs. DP’s schedule for trip to Africa April 13-22 with list of people to see

4/2/80 DP to Wells Fargo Bank transferring $230,000 to the Monterey Bay Aquarium commercial account

Box 19, Folder 11  1980 July, August, September

Undated communication to Paul Fagan at Boeing V-TOL Co. in Philadelphia asking permission for a group of technical people from the Chinese Aerodynamic Research and Development Center to visit on Oct. 6; Chinese men listed by name and title [also sent to Ed Frieman, U.S. Dept. of Energy]

9/25/80 DP to Norman Orr Williams concerning his termination from HP and help in getting other employment; very patient but firm letter


A bit of correspondence concerning support for Ronald Reagan including letters about United for California, a nonpartisan group supporting mainly Republicans

Undated DP 2-page introduction at dinner, probably September 1980, describing Vice Premier Bo’s career going back to the 1930s; he is now co-chairman with Treasury Secretary William Miller for the first meeting of the China-US Joint Economic Committee

9/10/80 DP to Pacific Union club describing how the deer that he sent to the club should be dressed

8/27/80 DP to Dr. A. R. Miedema of Philips Research Labs and Prof. O. K. Anderson of Max-Planck Inst. on his being awarded the 1980 Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize

8/26/80 DP to John R. Cahill concerning meeting of the Americans for an Effective Presidency Committee.  “Our candidate did not do very well last week on the China issue, but I am confident he will run a good race, and it is important for us to give him all the help we can.”

8/25/80 DP endorsing the candidacy of Edward E. David, Jr. for an award by the Franklin Institute; lengthy description of his career

Undated list of men invited to the deer hunt at the San Felipe Ranch, Aug. 22-24

7/23/80 DP to Hsu Ming-Chen, Deputy Secretary General, Chinese Society of Astronautics, Beijing, agreeing to make arrangements for a group specializing in wind tunnel measurement techniques

7/17/80 DP’s description of follow-up meeting with Mexican President Lopez Portillo, July 12

7/17/80 DP to Wells Fargo Bank transferring 20,000 shares to Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation; also $200,000

7/17/80 DP’s recommendation of John Young for Pacific-Union Club membership

7/2/80 DP to Leo Roon of La Jolla, CA describing the good work of the Committee on the Present Danger and the poor work of the Tri-lateral Commission

Box 19, Folder 12  1980 October, November, December

12/22/80 3-page letter, DP to Federal Elections Commission detailing the disposition of surplus campaign funds from 1972 forward for committees DP worked with

12/9/80 DP to the Nature Conservancy: “…I would not be able to help…this year, but I will put your request on the schedule with the hope I can give you some help for the California Critical Areas Program in 1981.”

12/10/80 DP to Mrs. Harriet Mosely on her retirement after 30 years with HP

11/25/80 DP to Zhou Jia-Hua, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, concerning delays in obtaining export licenses


11/24/80 DP to Wells Fargo Bank to transfer $150,000 to Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation

11/13/80 DP to Yong-Shi Wu, Dept. of Electronic Engineering, Tianjin University, China, agreeing to arrange a visit of HP facilities for him  [many similar letters from Chinese visitors in file]

11/6/80 DP to June Wohlfeil on her HP retirement after 26 years

10/28/80 DP to Bob Townsend on his HP retirement after 26 years

10/28/89 DP to Lok Lin: “I was very saddened to hear you were leaving the company. I suppose there is nothing I could say to make you change your mind, although I wish you would. In any case, Mrs. Packard and I send you our best wishes in your new endeavor.”

10/27/80 DP to Jack K. Horton of Southern Calif. Edison Co.: “At my age duck hunting takes priority over football…”

10/16/80 DP to Peter Zimmerman, Harvard, reviewing the Trident Program going back to 1971 including his remembrance of meeting with President Nixon who was worried about funding after a SALT agreement had been signed.  “Looking back, I think that was probably a good judgment because the SALT agreement did tend to put further downward pressure on the Defense budget, and the Trident program was actually stretched out beyond what had been our original plan.”

10/16/80 DP to Dr. Mary L. Good nominating Patrick Eugene Haggerty for the National Medal of Science with a lengthy description of his career [Pat Haggerty passed away last month]

10/14/80 DP to June Hall on her retirement after 25 years at HP

10/15/80 DP’s support of Robert C. Kirkwood III’s application to the Bohemian Club

10/14/80 DP to William J. Perry, Director of Defense Research and Engineering, DOD, concerning delay in export licensing for equipment to the People’s Republic of China


Box 19, Folder 13  1981 January, February, March

3/25/81 DP to Univ. of Colorado President Arnold R. Weber refusing the honorary degree:  “I decided several years ago that I would not accept any additional honorary degrees.”

3/25/81 DP allows the San Felipe Ranch to be used for a proposed study of deer by the Biological faculty at San Jose State Univ.; also provides $5,000 in financial support       [See also 2/17/81 on tule elk study; 1/14/81 on mountain lion study–report sent to his hunting partners; also 1/8/81, 1/12/81]


3/25/81 DP to Bank of America President A. W. Clausen refusing to join the Japan Society of Northern California: “We don’t seem to have any one in our organization who has much interest in participating, and I have concluded that we should not join unless we have one of our corporate people who would find some interest…”

3/18/81 DP to Paul Ely: “I am enclosing a copy of a letter from the American Management Systems, Inc.  For your information Ivan Selin and Charles Rossotti worked for me in the Pentagon and I helped them get this company started. So, I want you to be sure to take good care of their requirements.”

3/5/81 DP to Caspar Weinberger concerning his term on the Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which is to expire the first of May.  He suggests being reappointed along with the others whose terms are expiring, Francis D. Moore and Leonard D. Heaton, since the remaining Board has all been recently appointed.  He also agrees to chair for one more year but would be fine if he were not re-appointed but would help in the transition.

3/4/81 DP to Boyd A. Martin of the Institute of Human Behavior, Univ. of Idaho, appraising the Committee on the Present Danger which “has done a very important job in re-emphasizing some critical areas of national security and we believe the Reagan Administration is proceeding very closely along the lines of its recommendations.”

3/4/81 DP replying to Representative Marilyn F. Schultz of Indiana about “the problems in our technological education system.”  He notes that “We have continued to have a very successful college recruiting program and currently hire about 1500 mostly technical degree college students annually.”  He cites several problems facing the country including “a shortage of technical faculty, adequate university facilities and state-of-the-art teaching equipment…The associated problem of more tenured non-technical faculty than the future demands.  Increasing problem of non-citizens in graduate education…Alarming drop in U.S. citizens who formerly continued their technical education through PhD…Demographics of reduced 18 year olds in U.S. population by 1990.  Increasing percentage of students who are not qualified to enter technical majors through lack of prerequisite education. Bottom Line: Increased gap between demand for technical hires and graduates available.”

3/3/81 DP to Chairman of ARMCO, C. William Verity, about the status of US-USSR Trade Council. “I have talked to several people in the government about the question of trade both with the USSR and the People’s Republic of China, and they apparently have not yet firmed up their policy. I do think it will be very important to keep the line of communication open as you have done.”


3/3/81 DP to Don Hammond about his son-in-law Lynn Orr’s need for “a devise to measure viscosities at high temperatures and pressures.”  He has “come across a method of doing so using a crystal resonator” and DP thinks that “an instrument to do this job could have commercial potential.”    [See also DP memo 4/8/81 on quartz viscosity measurement]


[Archivist’s note: Packard seems to concentrate mainly on three interests: China, Howard University and education programs for Blacks, and Monterey Bay Aquarium; also the corporations on whose board he sits.]


2/26/81 DP to Sec. of State Alexander M. Haig, Jr. and Sec. of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge asking that the appropriate person meet with HP VP-International Bill Doolittle: “We have been developing a program for marketing our products in the Peoples Republic of China and we need policy guidance from the State Department…”

2/23/81 DP to Julie Packard on $435,000 check for Aquarium

2/20/81 DP memo on phone conversation with Dr. Ed David on the subject of President Reagan not appointing a science advisory at Cabinet level.  David wants DP to talk with Marty Anderson or Ed Meese and to meet to discuss.

2/5/81 DP to Senator William Campbell on the legislative program, 2-page detailed critique

2/4/81 DP is pleased to accept the Thomas D. White National Defense Award for 1981

2/4/81 DP’s recommendation of McKenzie Moss for membership in the Pacific-Union Club

1/23/81 DP’s recommendation of Robert S. McNamara for membership in the Pacific Union Club

1/20/81 DP to HP leadership on South African potential sales

1/6/81 DP to Sec. of State Designate Alexander M. Haig, Jr.: “If you think I can be helpful in any way along the line, (short of moving back to Washington), I hope you will let me know.”


Box 19, Folder 14  1981 April, May, June

Undated, DP 2-page report on the MX strategic nuclear missile system on which he has been advising Defense Sec. Weinberger; [see DP’s travel schedule where he will be on MX Panel June 11 and 12; see also 6/5 schedule]

6/8/81 DP congratulates a man who earned the Eagle Award: “As my father used to say to me, ‘Good work deserves still more good work.'”

6/4/81 DP commits to $30,000 for Education Voucher Institute, a cause of Dr. Milton Friedman’s


6/4/81 DP cannot attend the Golden Jubilee Dinner for Vic Zack: “Vic made an important contribution to the development of our industry in the early days…I think it is noteworthy also that the pattern of distributorship which he established has expanded greatly and thus he provided an important foundation for the future of this industry.”

6/4/81 DP’s recommendation of Kenneth T. Derr for membership in the Pacific-Union Club

6/2/81 DP agrees to renew his appointment for another three-year term to the board of directors of US-USSR Trade and Economic Council

6/2/81 DP to Major General John E. Kupla, Jr (USAF): “I enjoyed your letter of May 26th expressing your appreciation for the help of Hewlett-Packard Company personnel in connection with your development of a key national security program…”

6/1/81 DP inviting Deputy Sec. of Transportation Darrell M. Trent to a BBQ at his ranch focusing on transportation issues in Santa Clara County

5/19/81 DP to Bill Girdner suggesting he help with the Aquarium; in a note to Julie Packard DP wrote: “Bill Girdner is one of our first employees with Hewlett-Packard Company. He is now retired and living in Carmel Valley, and I thought he might have some interest in helping with our project.  He is a good mechanical engineer, a good mechanic and has a lot of ingenuity.”

5/14/81 DP transfers $50,000 to Aquarium Foundation

5/13/81 DP recommends Lewis Lowry Fenton for Pacific-Union Club membership

4/24/81 DP gives 12000 shares of HP stock to Aquarium

4/24/81 DP congratulates Peter Kroeker on his retirement after 28 years with HP

4/23/81 DP’s recommendation of Thomas James Perkins for membership in the Pacific-Union Club

4/22/81 DP agreeing that he and Lu will be present for the special award being presented to Fred Terman by the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute in San Francisco on May 20

4/22/81 DP to CEO of Allis-Chalmers: “You were thoughtful to send me the information about Allis-Chalmers hydroelectric generating units. Our location is such that we plan to use an impulse turbine of about 25 KW. Furthermore, I am planning to build the turbine myself so I am not much of a potential customer at this time.”

4/22/81 DP to Senator Alan Cranston outlining why he doesn’t favor an “Academy for National Policy.”  He favors the private sector helping in a wide range of activities, such as he has with the Uniformed Univ. of the Health Sciences and as an advisor on the MX Missile.  Also he doesn’t think it is good for people who have served to look over the activities of their successors.

4/8/81 DP’s recommendation of George Mathew Keller for membership in the Pacific-Union Club


[in recent weeks, DP solicited for the United Nations Association]

Box 19, Folder 15  1981 July, August, September

9/22/81 DP to Margaret Richter on her retirement after 30 years with HP: “I recall the early days when our company was very small and Alfred Crossley and his associates were very important representatives for our company there is Chicago. I also recall visiting your office many times in those early years.”

9/9/81 DP agrees to be on the board of Genentech but wants them to carry liability insurance for their directors

9/9/81 DP 2-page letter on need for raising private funds for the two national endowments [see also 9/2/81]

9/2/81 DP to Crocker National Bank concerning the paper work for the Trust Agreement for the David and Lucile Packard Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

9/1/81 DP to San Jose Chief of Police Joseph D. McNamara agreeing to accept the San Jose Police Activities League’s award of “Citizen of the Year”


[Archivist’s note: Letters relating to moneys being transferred to the Monterey Bay Aquarium will no longer be indexed]


8/19/81 DP agrees to accept the Data Processing Management Association’s Science Award for 1981

7/17/81 DP’s recommendation of John Frank Leach for membership in the Pacific-Union Club

7/17/81 DP to John Doyle concerning Scitex Corporation Ltd. in Israel

7/10/81 DP accepts the John Fritz Medal and wants it given at the IEEE meeting “since that is my profession”

7/7/81 DP to Sec. of State Alexander M. Haig on the Reagan administration’s policy toward South Africa exports

12/23/81 DP to Senator Ken Maddy saying he is supporting Mike Curb “although I think well of Deukmejian.”  He is supporting Pete McCloskey. “Maureen Reagan is a very attractive person, but I don’t think she is the best choice for the senate race”

12/16/81 DP to Edwin Meese on procurement policy matters

Box 19, Folder 16  1981  October, November, December

12/15/81 DP sympathy note on the death of Edgar F. Kaiser, Oakland CA

12/15/81 DP sympathy note on the death of Charles B. (Tex) Thornton, Los Angeles CA

12/15/81 DP to Norm Schrock, HP, Colorado Springs, on the celebration of 40 years with HP


12/11/81 DP to John Riggen in Colorado Springs thanking him “for the pencil sketch of Bill and me. Jim Beaman in your Graphic Arts Department did a neat job on two difficulty subjects!”

12/4/81 DP to Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. requesting funds for The Nature Conservancy’s plans to protect “native grasslands, fresh water marshes, riparian forests and coastal dunes.”  He appeals to him “as an avid outdoorsman”  [see also 3/8/82 to Frank Boren about Santa Cruz Island; 2/23/82 letter to Fred Hartley, Union Oil, and Robert O. Anderson, ARCO]

11/16/81 DP confirms that he will be named Vice President of the Hoover Presidential Library Assoc.

11/12/81 DP to Sec. of Defense Caspar Weinberger: “Thank you very much for taking a few minutes to visit with me the other day. I hope your people will be able to have a decision on the Caterpillar pipe layer license request. I hope, of course, you decision will be favorable, but in any case it would be helpful to have a decision within the next month…We are also very anxious to get the approval to provide a year’s training for the engineers from the People’s Republic of China. They are years behind in their electronic and computer technology, and I do not believe the program we are proposing will have any risk whatsoever in terms of national security.”

11/11/81 DP to Director of Committee on the Present Danger resigning as co-chairman and suggesting that the committee not continue: “I believe the Committee has made a very important contribution during a critical period for our national security. I believe the administration is now on the right track…”

11/10/81 DP to National Council of the Churches of Christ about their plan to present a resolution at the shareholders meeting in regard to South Africa

11/3/81 DP memo on “Wedding and Baby Gifts” with a plan to continue the tradition through division manager’s signing a card with the gift

11/3/81 DP to Senator Charles Mathias about the proposed bill on Voluntary Contributions for the Arts and Humanities; “a useful step” after several paragraphs criticizing it

11/3/81 DP to W. J. Tonkin at UC College of Engineering donating $15,000 to support Professor Charles Susskind’s research in the history of science and technology  [see also 10/20/81 DP to Susskind about his “proposed Hertz biography project”]

10/27/81 DP to Ed Hilton, Santa Clara Division, thanking him for over 35 years “you have been part of our team. I enjoyed very much the opportunity to work with you personally on many projects during your early years with the company.”


10/20/81 DP to Pete Wilson giving him a contribution for his campaign. “I must say I was very disappointed in your position on the AWACS planes and the other Middle East issues. It would be helpful if you took a little time to learn about foreign policy before you made such damaging statements on the subject.”

Box 19, Folder 17  1982 January, February, March

[Archivist’s note: There is an increasing number of letters asking for contributions, followed usually by DP’s regrets.  Only if the letters show some statement of policy have they been excerpted here.]


3/25/82 DP to President Ronald Reagan recommending Dr. Bruno O. Weinschel for an appointment to the National Science Board: “I have know Dr. Weinschel for over thirty years and I believe he would bring an important viewpoint to the Board. He founded his own company in 1952 and has developed a fine line of electronic instruments. I know of the high quality of his products and the outstanding technical contributions he has made because his products are competitive with those made by my company…”

3/15/82 DP to Kenneth Rush of The Atlantic Council: “I don’t know that I can be of much help with the Hewlett Foundation since Mr. Hewlett and I try to keep our contributions programs reasonably independent of each other.”

3/15/82 DP has been issued a “Q” clearance in connection with his work at The Boeing Company

3/15/82 DP to Charles J. Wieck: “I have your note of March 9th about the possibility of jobs for some of our retirees. With the problem we have with the tight economy, it is not likely that we will be able to work out plans along these lines at this time.”

3/12/82 DP to Sec. of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger recommending his approval of Dr. Jay P. Sanford to receive the DoD Pubic Service Award [see also 3/15/82]

3/5/82 DP’s recommendation of James Bond Stockdale to the Bohemian Club

3/5/82 DP to receive the John Fritz Medal for 1982 at the WESCON luncheon on Sept. 13 at Anaheim CA

Undated listing by organization of shares owned by DP

3/4/82 DP invites John Young to dinner for Shozo Yokogawa at his home

2/11/82 DP to Raymond V. E. Edmonds, The Palo Alto EMI Trust Group: “Our company has maintained a firm policy over many years of not participating in joint ventures.”

2/8/82 DP to Francis M. Wheat: “I have had a chance to look over the handgun limitation initiative and I will be pleased to join with my endorsement. It looks like it’s a well thought out plan and it is certainly a step in the right direction.”


3/5/82 DP and WRH to Walt Paliwoda on his 25th anniversary with HP “…You’ve played an important role in the Midwest in the development of our medical sales program…”

2/1/82 DP to Shozo Yokogawa, President, Yokogawa Electric Works, Tokyo, Japan, concerning “a change in our relationship…A stock exchange as suggested by Bill Doolittle would give YEW a larger annual income and YEW would be one of HP’s largest shareholders…” [see also 5/17/82 letter which indicates that HP wants to purchase full ownership in YHP]

1/25/82 DP on Bert Jackson’s 40 years with HP: “We tried to do a great deal of our own manufacturing work from the very beginning. Bert Jackson had a real dedication to good craftsmanship in every job he tackled. He was never satisfied until he got it right. We had a goal in the early days to build “inexpensive quality” into all of our products, and Bert Jackson helped us achieve that goal in many ways over many years…”

Box 19, Folder 18  1982 April, May, June

6/29/82 DP to HP management setting up luncheon and visit of French Minister of State to HP

6/28/82 DP to Dr. James Ling, Office of Science and Technology Policy, suggesting that Federal labs deal with industrial companies for their opinions of the Labs

6/28/82 DP to receive the Sylvanus Thayer award from DoD

6/28/82 DP to Health and Human Services Secretary recommending Dr. Arthur Jampolsky for membership on The National Eye Institute Advisory Council

6/14/82 DP to Sol Shatz: “After visiting with you the other day I found that we already have a project at our company in which we have built robots to assemble components and printed circuits.”

6/14/82 DP to The Archeological Conservancy, Santa Fe, NM: “I have read with interest your letter of May 21st, particularly because I am a native of Colorado and Mr. Hewlett and I spent a few days exploring the Yellowjacket area in the summer of 1934, several years before we started our company.”

6/14/82 DP to Professor Leland Brown: “I was very pleased to hear from you through the son of one of our employees. He gave me occasion to recall my days at Stanford and to take time to drop you a note to send you my good wishes and thank you very much for the help you gave me many, many years ago in getting started in my professional career.”


6/11/82 DP’s personal data statement in connection with his prospective appointment to the President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control; survey says HP’s sales to US Government amounted to 9% in 1981; DP was co-chairman of The Committee for the Present Danger, 1975-81, and Trilateral Commission 1975-81; DP notes that Senator Proxmire might be against the appointment because of the large volume of HP business with the government; “Because of my company’s participation in defense business, I think it would be potentially risky for me to be involved in Defense Department activity.” A listing of his stocks is attached

5/20/82 schedule of trip to Paris, meeting with DeGaulle

5/12/82 DP drops out of the US-USSR Trade and Economic Council: “…the Administration is taking a very hard line on the export of high technology products and I don’t see any prospect for change for the next several years.”

4/29/82 DP to Sales Engineer, General Electric: “Thank you for the quotation on a 25 KW synchronous generator…I was able to obtain a generator from Federal at less than one half the price you quoted. It may not be of equal quality, but is adequate for my purpose. My company’s sales people are always interested in why they did not get the order…”

4/29/82 DP to Winton M. (Red) Blount, Montgomery AL: “I have your note about Haley Barbour and I suppose Senator Stennis is due for retirement. He has, however, been such a good friend during my stint in Washington and ever since that I am breaking party lines to support him.”

4/29/82 DP to Senator Howard Baker saying why he does not participate in the Republican Senate-House Dinner: “It is for the simple reason that I prefer to give my contribution directly to the candidates for office.  Last year I contributed my full $25,000 to Federal candidates and was unable to help several candidates whom I wanted to help. I assure you and all of your friends in Washington I am fully supportive of what the Republican Party is doing, but I prefer to handle my support on a direct to the candidate basis.”

4/28/82 DP to The White House endorsing Parker Gilbert Montgomery for the Presidential Task Force on International Private Investment: “Mr. Montgomery founded the Cooper Laboratories, Inc. in 1958 and this has been a very successful enterprise which has its headquarters here in Palo Alto. I have worked with Parker Montgomery on a number of projects mainly involved in local and state business/government relationships. He has been an active member of the Republican Party here in California and he has recently been involved in a study Group on International Trade and Economics.”


4/28/82 DP to Russell Train and Robert McNamara of The Year 2000 Committee: “While the Year 2000 Committee has very worthy objectives, I think there are already more than enough people studying these issues, but no where enough people doing something about them…Our Foundation already has high on its list of priorities population control and environmental activities…Perhaps my views on this matter have been unduly affected due to the fact that I receive about ten times as many publications from various organizations as I can possibly read. I see no merit in adding one more layer to this activity.”

4/27/82 DP to Vivian Phillips on her retirement after 35 years: “I remember the early days when you had a number of different jobs around the shop, and the great thing about it was that everything you undertook you did well…”

4/27/82 DP to Milton Harris at the National Academy of Engineering supporting John S. Foster, Jr. for the 1982 Founders Award. Foster was Director of Defense Research and Engineering when DP was in Washington: “We worked together on almost a daily basis on the vast range of responsibilities of the Defense Department, and Johnny provided outstanding leadership…”

4/21/82 DP to Donald S. Watson, Illinois State Univ. noting his association with the Trilateral Commission from the founding days when it provided a chance for people in the public and private sector of the countries involved to become acquainted. DP submitted his resignation some time ago.  “I don’t consider that the Commission has any benefits of importance to my organization.”

4/21/82 DP to Northern Californians for a Bilateral Nuclear Weapons Freeze explaining why he didn’t attend their luncheon “because I consider this issue an unnecessary exercise in futility…It could even be dangerous in sending a bad signal to the Kremlin.”

4/14/82 DP to David K. Storrs, Investments Office, Yale University, correcting him on HP’s views toward South Africa; 2-page letter [see also 4/6/82 saying that corporate contributions committee should take into account Yale’s position in connection with future requests for financial support]

4/7/82 DP to Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. concerning the tragic fire at Wolf Trap; the Packards are hosting a dinner at the Barns of the Wolf Trap Foundation on May 5th to help restore the facilities; “The two 18th century barns were moved intact from New England to Wolf Trap. Since they escaped the fire, they provide an appropriate and attractive location for our dinner.”

Box 19, Folder 19  1982 July, August, September

9/21/82 DP to Gen. E. W. Rawlings about trying to reverse the negative attitude of the media toward the conservative philosophy in the U.S.

9/2/82 DP to Paul Wattis on the importance on The Nature Conservancy


9/2/82 DP to R.P. Gregorian, California International Trade Corporation: “I agree with you that our current policy in regard to the Soviet Union and trade is very non-productive. In fact, the restrictions are now so tight on our products that we have decided to minimize our efforts there until, and unless, the current U.S. policies change. For that reason I will not be in Moscow in November.”

8/27/82 DP to Chairman David L. Lewis, General Dynamics Corporation, concerning Federal Laboratories which are being reviewed by the White House Science Council where DP serves [this letter went to many company presidents]

8/26/82 DP to Robert L. Turner: “Your July 30th letter prompted me to personally review our decision regarding retroactive qualification of former employees’ stock options. I found that approximately twenty-two people who left HP after January 1, 1981 were affected by this decision.  All exercised their options under the knowledge that future retroactive qualification was uncertain.  HP stock options are granted with some recognition for past performance, but with primary emphasis on compensation for expected future performance and as an incentive to continue employment with our company.  Therefore, I believe the Executive Committee’s decision to offer retroactive qualification only to current and retired employees was proper since it is consistent with the objective of our option plan.”

8/25/82 DP to Thomas J. Watson, Jr. thanking him for his “thoughtful letter” about the possibility of providing U.S. monitoring capability in the Soviet Union. “I agree that this is a difficult issue and that it would certainly be desirable to find some way to reduce the level of nuclear weapons, but, on the other hand, there are some promising defensive capabilities which, if they work out, could significantly improve the situation…if there is anything any of us could do to reduce the probability of a nuclear war, it must have a very high priority.”

8/13/82 DP to WRH on their scheduling of ranching in Idaho and hunting [Archivist’s note: This is one of very few communications between DP and WRH in these files from the 1980s]

8/13/82 DP to Bill Nilsson: “I think some of Rickover’s philosophy would be useful to fit into your management training courses since it parallels my management philosophy quite well.”


8/12/82 DP to Shozo Yokogawa, Yokogawa Electric Works, concerning “a fundamental change in the Yokogawa-Hewlett-Packard relationship” which DP thought SY had agreed to; 2½-page letter supporting this change with HP acquiring full ownership of YHP; DP says Shozo Yokogawa’s new disagreement “has caused me much personal embarrassment, as I reported my understanding of our Palo Alto meeting at the HP Board of Directors’ meeting on March 28, 1981…In view of the now somewhat strained relations between the United States and Japan on commercial affairs, I strongly believe that a friendly separation of YEW and HP in respect to YHP would be helpful…”

8/12/82 DP to Robert Dueltgen, Beaverton OR, expressing sorrow that they can’t be at the 50th wedding anniversary of Frank and Darthea: “I remember meeting Frank first when he and his brothers met my uncle Harry at our home in Pueblo. It was in the 1930s. I came to know and admire all the brothers, but from the very beginning Frank appeared to be more serious and more thoughtful than the others…”

8/10/81 DP to members of the WHSC Federal Laboratory Review Panel on final report

8/4/82 DP to E. Allison Thomas, CA Commission on Industrial Innovation, Office of the California Governor, concerning draft of the final report for the Commission; 3-page letter with specific suggestions

7/20/82 DP to George M. Keller saying he can’t come to the Standard Oil directors’ meeting because “I’ve gotten involved in some additional work for the Defense Department on the MX Missile issue…”

Box 19, Folder 20  1982 October, November, December

12/15/82 Mr. and Mrs. DP’s pledge to give twenty million dollars to Stanford for Children’s Hospital; guidelines of gift  [see also 11/4/82]

12/6/82 DP sends many letters trying to raise funds for Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts; DP pledges one million dollars

12/1/82 DP to Lew Allen, Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA Inst. of Tech., concerning the synthetic aperture radar project which he thinks the Navy would be interested in

Undated, DP letter promoting the efforts of Californians for Better Transportation

10/28/82 DP to Stanley W. Wight expressing appreciation for 22 years of HP service:  “During that time, we have seen your many contributions in the area of machining and fabrication management both here in Palo Alto and in Corvallis. You not only exemplified what we expect from a skilled craftsman, but have demonstrated your ability as a manager in the true ‘HP Way.’  Your leaving HP to form your own enterprise leaves us with mixed emotions. We are sorry to lose you, but take pride in the fact that we have very possibly helped prepare you to meet this new exciting challenge.”


10/21/82 DP to Sam McLaughlin after 31 years of HP service: “I recall you were the very first die caster HP had when you joined us on April 7, 1951 in the Quonset Building, working for Ralph Lee.  Another event, which you may recall vividly, was the start of the first HP Safety Shoe Program.”

10/20/82 DP to Colorado College concerning the appointment to the David and Lucile Packard professorship

10/20/82 DP to Nelson Bunker Hunt: “While I am completely in accord with maintaining a conservative constituency in Washington, I prefer to give my support to individuals I select personally. For example, I would not want to support an anti-abortion candidate.”

10/19/82 DP to the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy pledging $100,000 for the Barney Oliver Observing Station

10/5/82 DP to James R. Cochran: “…I think Wilson Riles is a fine man, but he has utterly failed in his leadership of our educational system and it is time for a new broom.”

September trip to Indonesia for directors’ meeting for Standard Oil Company of California

Box 19, Folder 21  1983 January, February, March

3/31/83 DP to John Young concerning the Japan-California Association which HP has been involved in for a long time; George Schultz has asked DP to be the U.S. Chairman of the new “Wisemen’s Group”

3/30/83 DP’s recommendation for Michael K. Deaver for Bohemian Club membership

3/30/83 DP memo to John Young on Dept. of Commerce, Project on Productivity, asking that JAY take on this

3/29/83 DP to Queen Elizabeth II thanking her for coming to HP; “I understand our Model 250 computer, which was briefly demonstrated to you at Cupertino, will soon be installed in Buckingham Palace…”

3/22/83 DP to R. D. Bradley at Sperry Corporation: “…we have, as a matter of fact, used our own engineers extensively over the years in evaluating our new product projects. We call this the ‘next bench syndrome.’ If the fellow at the next bench thinks it is a good idea, most of our engineering customers will probably agree.”

3/21/83 DP to Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford CT, affirming their donation as a match to support the Hugh Packard Faculty Chair  [see also 3/15/83, 3/4/83, 4/24/83]

3/16/83 DP to Harold E. Pearson in Mill Valley: “The Bay Model sounds as though it would be very interesting. I am going to be indisposed for a week or two because of a bad burn I gave myself in my shop at Big Sur doing some lost wax casting.”

3/15/83 DP to H. (Herb) G. Palmberg: “Your reminiscence of basketball in the early 1930s seems a long time ago now, but it certainly was good fun at the time.”


3/15/83 DP to John P. Renshaw: “…I think the article about Maj. Gen. George F. Keegan’s assessments of the US-USSR military balance is much too pessimistic and he is wrong on a number of specific points…the balance is not favorable for the United States, but there are some positive things on our side that General Keegan completely overlooks.”

3/10/83 DP resigns from The Atlantic Council where he was Vice President “in order to leave time for some personal affairs”

3/8/83 DP to Martin Patrick Lasick thanking him for “the portrait you have drawn of me”

2/28/83 DP to Ronald W. Evans, publisher of Computer Design, thanking him for the special edition of December 1982 announcing DP’s selection to the computer industry Hall of Fame

2/28/83 DP cancels loan by Porter Angel whom he worked with before his death

2/25/83 DP to Milton Ausman: “Your comments brought back nostalgic memories of our early days in this business”

2/25/83 DP to Glenn Herreman on his retirement after 32 years at HP: “Work in the standards area has been especially important in establishing a reputation for quality and accuracy in our electronic instruments.”

2/18/83 DP to Robert R. Barry thanking him for arranging “the wonderful party with the Alpha Delta Brothers in Los Angeles. It was good fun to see some of my old friends…”

2/28/82 DP recommends Alan Hammond Nichols for The Pacific Union Club

2/18/83 DP endorses George Nicholson for an appointment to the federal bench in Sacramento

2/17/83 DP recommends Paul Thayer for Bohemian Club preferential admission

2/16/83 DP to Edward E. David, Jr., President, Exxon Research and Engineering Company, about the report on Federal funding for labs recommending guidelines for funding decisions and spending a larger amount on research at universities

2/8/83 DP sent the president of GenRad an article he wrote for their employee publication Common Ground

2/15/83 to Philip C. Jackson, Jr. thanking him for sending a collection of papers, “Speculations in System Sciences” although DP says he will not sponsor the publication. “It is interesting to me to see that HP employees carry their scientific interests far beyond their daily activities and you are to be congratulated for your efforts.”

2/2/83 DP to Robert M. Shuffler on his retirement from HP after 34 years “since you started with the company as a Field Sales Engineer in Dallas, Texas”

1/27/83 DP to Wallace Sterling thanking him for the photographs of Fred Terman which brings him “memories of a truly great friend”

1/26/83 DP sent to Paul W. Klipsch a copy of “my remarks at the service in the Stanford chapel for Fred [Terman]”


1/25/83 DP to HP personnel who worked with the Four Corners Sheltered Workshops.  “Mrs. Packard and I provided substantial financial funds for the Ignacio facility which was dedicated in September 1981”


[Archivist’s note:  Retirement letters will no longer be noted unless something important is included about HP or DP’s history.]


1/14/83 DP’s form letter suggesting ways to increase the number of quality engineers as currently 2500 engineering faculty jobs in the US are unfilled

1/12/83 DP to Governor Deukmejian recommending Robert Augsburger’s appointment as chair of the SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission

1/12/83 DP agrees to be Honorary Co-Chair of the Distinguished Service Award Banquet to honor Henry A. Kissinger

1/12/83 DP to Zhao Jinglun, Cambridge MA, saying he will make an exception to his policy not to make gifts to individuals.  He sends $1,000 to help with his wife’s education expenses

1/11/83 DP to Governor Deukmejian recommending the appointment of George S. Nolte, Jr. to the California State Water Commission


[Archivist’s note: Letters of recommendation will not be noted unless something important is included about HP or DP history.]


1/11/83 DP to Charles H. Percy of the Alliance to Save Energy outlining HP’s experience in vanpooling

1/5/83 to Conroy Gee, Lodi who is starting a small computer business.  DP suggests that “the first thing he would have to do is design a better computer, a better way to use computers, or to design better software for computers that are already being sold…I am a strong advocate of the theory, ‘If you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door.'”

1/5/83 DP suggests to Dr. G.A. Keyworth, Science Advisor to the US President, that a Presidential Commission on High Technology be appointed “to increase the long-term competitiveness of the high technology sector in our economy”

1/5/83 DP to General Brent Snowcroft about the MX problem with the suggestions that “the small missile is the only viable option available”

Box 19, Folder 22  1983  April, May June

6/30/83 DP donates $250,000 to Beverly Sills, NY City Opera, over the next five years


6/17/83 DP to Capital Legal Foundation including a check of $1,000 “to help with the suit of General Westmoreland against CBS.  I am concerned not only because of my friendship for General Westmoreland, but I think this is a matter that does raise broader concerns”

6/17/83 DP to President, Hoover Presidential Library Association:  “Emery Rogers has advised me that our people have carefully considered your request for a contribution of computer equipment, and that because of the very many requests we have from worthy organizations we are not in a position to be helpful…since I am not taking an active part in company affairs, I am leaving it up to our people to be as fair as possible in making these decisions and I would not want to interfere.”

6/16/83 DP to Senator Pete Wilson urging adding the lower McCloud River to the California Wilderness Bill  [see also 8/22/83]

6/10/83 DP to Tomohisa Dohmen thanking him for his comments on YHP sent to Wallace Sterling: “We are making some major changes in our YHP relationship which I hope will improve the opportunity for YHP to become competitive in the computer business in Japan.”

6/3/83 DP memo to John Young and Paul Ely: “At the computer show in New York yesterday I saw at least 10 HP personal computer models and today I found this note in the Wall Street Journal.  I want a report from you to Bill Hewlett and me within the next two weeks about when and how you are going to get our act together.”


[Archivist’s note: There is quite a bit of correspondence concerning the U.S.-Japan Advisory Committee which DP chairs.]


5/20/83 DP’s cover letter to Dr. Solomon J. Buchsbaum, Chair, White House Science Council, outlining recommendations from the Federal Laboratory Review Panel’s report [first draft dated 5/12/83]

4/19/83 DP to Senator Pete Wilson urging that Wooley Creek be added to the Marbel Mountain Wilderness area.  “Wooley Creek is one of the most untouched and beautiful streams in the State and the area should not be opened to timber cutting and roads.  Our [fishing] camp is located eight miles from the road and I have hiked over the area many times over the last 30 years.”

4/18/83 DP to Catholic Church in South Carolina:  “I am, as a matter of fact, giving away substantially more than my entire annual income to various worthy causes.”

4/18/83 DP to Monterey City Manager over the loan he is making for acquiring the Saunders property for parking; also note to his legal advisors  [see also 7/29/83 on details according to Nate Finch’s advice]

Box 19, Folder 23  1983  July, August, September


9/14/83 DP to Ernest Solomon of Wahler Associates: “This will authorize you to proceed with the fault study [on his property] as outlined in your letter of August 30.  I would like to observe the trenching and will be available after September 29.  Please check with my secretary…to schedule the back hoe work on a day I can be present.”

9/13/83 DP’s recommendation for Bohemian Club membership of Barney Oliver, “a close personal friend…for fifty years” and “brilliant scientist”

9/13/83 DP’s condolences on the death of Leonard D. Heaton whom he worked with closely during the establishment of the USUHS

9/13/83 DP’s condolences on the death of Starker Leopold, a conservationist whose cause was “the preservation of all those native animals and plants that he loved”

9/9/83 DP to William R. Hambrecht: “I did support Alan Cranston in his Senate races, but supporting him for President is a little further than I would want to go. I do, of course, consider him to be one of my friends.”

9/8/83 DP authorized Crocker National Bank to purchase the Burroughs property, 9451 Telstar and 3374 Rio Hondo, El Monte, for the Foundation; $2,700,000

9/8/83 DP to Search Committee for Vice President for State University of NY, Stony Brook recommending Garvey E. Clarke whom he knew from National Fund for Minority Engineering Students

9/8/83 DP to Daniel A. Packard, Jr., Arden, NC, thanking him for the booklet on the Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel Packard. “I have not been very interested in genealogy, although my father did have a good record of his side of the Packard family.”

8/31/83 DP to Sharon Butterfield of Corvallis Division: “As you are aware I have heard from a number of your concerned fellow workers regarding the present situation at the Corvallis Division…I very much appreciate hearing from you personally. I can assure you that every attempt is being made to find a fair and equitable way to move from this rather discouraging period to one which will restore confidence in the HP Way in the near future…”  [see also 8/23/83, 8/22/83 with greater detail, 8/8/83 (3 different letters)]

8/30/83 DP in response to an unsatisfied customer told several employees “your jobs are not going to last very long unless you can do a better job in taking care of our customers”


8/29/83 DP to Dr. Michael M. May, Lawrence Livermore Lab, UC, Berkeley, thanking him for comments on the Federal Lab Review panel report which was presented to the President and his full Cabinet on July 12.  “The President gave me a full hour to discuss this issue and has promised to give us complete support in putting the recommendations into effect.”

8/22/83 DP’s condolences on the death of James L. Jenks, Jr.: “He was an outstanding individual and true friend of all who became closely associated with him, and I know he truly enjoyed all his efforts to make the medical products business the success that it is.”

8/22/83 DP to Charo Roig who wants advice on how to make money.  In summary he says study hard and study hard, etc.  “It was lucky I studied electronics because it has become a field of great opportunity. Luck has a great influence on making money…If you can do a good enough job to become indispensable to your employer, you will have security and enough money to get along well.”

8/22/83 two DP letters on the Wilson Council on US-Japanese relations

8/19/83 DP’s orders the new biography of Herbert Hoover for WRH  [Archivist note: there is very little mention of WRH in this box]

8/12/83 DP memo to John Young on Pete Wilson’s High Technology Advisory Committee.  DP cannot attend the working luncheon.  “I hope that you or someone will get the story on the export Administration Act Amendments so I can get back to Pete later if necessary.”

7/29/83 DP to Francis L. Moseley on his 75th birthday: “I have often thought that your first version of an XY plotter was a very major contribution.  As you know, HP has done very well in the plotter business and it all started with our admiration of your personal contribution in this field…”

7/29/83 DP to J.C. Hodges agreeing he “did have Grace Cunningham for senior English [in Pueblo], but English was not my favorite subject.”

7/29/83 DP to Lester Hogan of Fairchild Camera who is organizing a Computer Museum.  DP is not interested and doubts that HP would be

7/29/83 DP to investment manager over “Mrs. Salter’s Trust portfolio”  [personal]

7/26/83 DP to China Minister of Electronics Industry Jiang ZeMin thanking him for the gift and visit

7/5/83 DP to Shozo Yokogawa on new arrangement with YHP

Box 19, Folder 24  1983  October, November, December

12/80/83 DP to Clinton W. Peek of El Cajon CA: “You were most thoughtful to send me a note about connecting electrical power to our beginning shop on Page Mill Road.  You did a good job for the lights are still burning brightly for our company.”

12/22/83 DP sends $1,000 to Regional Oral History Office, UC, Berkeley, for oral history of Easton Rothwell


12/22/83 DP turns down William S. Brewster being on the board of The Nature Conservancy–says no for Lu Packard too

12/22/83 DP to Sec. of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge concerning US-Japanese relations; in his view until the Federal deficit is brought under control, the situation cannot be helped  [see 11/28/83 DP to John H. Gibbons and 11/17/83 to Peter Peterson]; planning next HP board meeting with the Japanese in Tokyo in January; asks for a meeting

12/22/83 DP to chair of the Alliance to Save Energy; “…the marketplace has now become much more effective in encouraging conservation of energy and I think it might be appropriate to scale back the activity of the Alliance to some extent.”

12/21/83 DP to David Rockefeller saying he can’t support the Trilateral Commission this year as “I have had the unusual additional requirement this year of having to personally provide substantial funding for the U.S.-Japan Advisory Commission. I thought of asking some of my friends for help but I decided it was easier to do it myself.”

12/21/83 DP agreeing to the cause of the Single Six-year Presidential Term

12/21/83 DP to Tom Hesseldenz of McCloud River Preserve who sent him a plan for a water heater: “The plan looks fine. You should have as good thermo connection as possible between the stack and the pipes, and it would be a good idea to put some insulation around the pipe and the stack.”

12/19/83 DP to VP George Bush about Pres. Reagan’s visit to Japan and offering him assistance by the U.S.-Japan Advisory Commission

12/8/83 DP donates $100,000 to Planned Parenthood of Santa Clara County from him and Mrs. Packard

12/8/83 DP sends $100,000 to Castilleja Foundation, Palo Alto

12/8/83 DP to John M. Fluke, Jr.: “It was good fun to see your father at the party on November 30th…”

12/8/83 DP donates $25,000 for Jimmy Carter Library

11/22/83 DP to Mrs. A. Starker Leopold sending 4,000 shares of HP stock “to support the Starker Leopold Visiting Professorship in Wildlife Management which has been established at the suggestion of Bill Hewlett. Starker was a good friend and I admired his many important contributions to the world of wildlife management.”

11/22/83 DP to Raymond W. Todd: “…[our] family foundation…is not devoted only to the arts…and at the present time we are limiting our support to activities in the local area.”

11/16/83 DP to Kathleen Teague, American Legislative Exchange Council, Washington DC, in response to her letter on the South Africa situation which he sent to Dave Kirby: “I think with this disinvestment movement going too far it could have a negative impact on our company.”


11/16/83 DP to Professor Dwight Bolinger saying he shares concerns: “Unfortunately, I don’t have very much influence with this Administration except I am very friendly with George Shultz. I think he is inclined to want to steer things in a better direction and I am going to encourage him to do so when I have a chance. There are a great many hardliners at work in Washington these days, and I agree with you there may be some real danger in the situation.”

11/9/83 DP to top management about “HP Arrogance” [Archivist’s note: It is unclear if this is a joke or not.]

11/8/83 DP participated in a one-day seminar in Santa Monica “to discuss defense and security issues and cooperation in the area of science and technology”; [letter sent to about ten people]

11/8/83 DP to Dr. James Bradshaw: “I was very pleased to been reminded of your father…I enjoyed the opportunity to have him as a coach when I was a freshman, and although I was never very proud of my record as an athlete, I did learn a great deal from athletics that was useful to my career in the years that followed.”

11/4/83 DP to Ambassador Nobuhiko Ushiba, Chairman, US-Japan Advisory Committee, asking for support for the Wilson Center

11/4/83 DP to Zhou Jia Hua, Xin Shidai Company, Beijing, concerning HP’s board visit to China: “We would like to move into a product manufacturing operation through the formation of a joint venture company as soon as possible…HP is willing to take the full responsibility in building a modern facility for the jointly owned operation…[we could develop] a scientific and industry park with our joint venture building as a part of the plan.”

11/3/83 DP listing of “Talking Points on Meeting with President Reagan”

11/2/83 DP to President Reagan outlining four points in preparation for the upcoming meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone [letter signed by DP and Lee L. Morgan]

11/1/83 DP to Dr. Oliver H. Beahrs, Mayo Clinic, reporting that “Mrs. Packard’s mother and her mother’s sister both passed away that week [that you were here and we couldn’t see you] and we were preparing for two funeral services to be held on October 31.”

11/1/83 DP to Louis W. Cabot, Boston: “It was great to be included in the Colorado elk hunt again this year.  The fact that we did not catch up with an elk is not that important.  The event is always most enjoyable for two reasons.  One is the opportunity to be with some great people.  The other is to enjoy again the beauty of the Colorado mountains.”

11/1/83 DP pledges $45,000 for the Hertz biography project


10/21/83 DP to Mrs. Willametta Day, Reno, requesting that she become acquainted with The Nature Conservancy, on whose board he sits; “Mrs. Packard and I and our family are enjoying very much the Big Sur property. Your sons have stopped by from time to time and I have invited them to come in whenever they are in the area…Mrs. Packard and I would be most pleased to have you come in and see your fine old property.”

10/20/83 DP to members of the US-Japan Advisory Commission concerning the trade imbalance which DP thinks should be defined in terms of the number of jobs lost

10/17/83 DP to President Reagan on upcoming visit to Japan

10/14/83 DP to US-Japan Advisory Commission members sending them “The Misalignment of the United States Dollar and the Japanese Yen: The Problem and Its Solution” by Murchison and Solomon, 9/19/83 [see 10/10/83 DP to George Packard, John Hopkins Univ., on DP’s check for research on agricultural policy for the commission]

10/6/83 DP to James Roosevelt: “…because of all the recent publicity through Forbes [an article telling of DP’s worth], etc., I am taking a very hard line on charitable contributions, and I will not be in a position to help with the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library at Chapman College…but I wish you success.”

Box 19, Folder 25  1984  January, February, March

3/23/84 DP to Senator John Heinz giving specific suggestions to “make the Export Administration Act liveable for our industry…The whole issue has been badly overstated by the administration…The way to beat this problem is for the United States to stay ahead.  The net effect of the Senate bill will be to hamstring the U.S. industry, give the Japanese and Europeans a significant boost, and have little effect on the Soviets.” [see 3/19/84]

Undated DP to Albert L. Seligmann, Exec. Director, US-Japan Advisory Commission, correcting draft on security which DP  has “some serious problems with,” ignoring the fact that China has “moved into our camp” and that the Treaty of Mutual Security of Cooperation needs to be reoriented “to the realism of the present situation, as painful as this might be for Japan.”

3/22/84 DP’s schedule on trip to Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, March 22 – April 2

3/19/84 DP to Alwin Schmid, Lansing: “I am sorry to hear of the difficulty you have had with your hearing.  I am having some trouble myself, so I am sympathetic.  Our company would not be interested in research on hearing aides along the lines you have suggested…”


3/19/84 DP to John D. McPherson, Rallston Investment Corp., “…the date of September 7th happens to be my birthday, and I will not be available on that date for the 25th anniversary celebration of our visit to the USSR”

3/15/84 DP to Nathan Finch: “Enclosed…are my checks for the total amount of $2,790,527.99 made out to Safeco Title Insurance Company for the Runyan property”

3/15/84 DP to Nathan Finch authorizing him “to increase my bid on the Harlan estate property to a maximum of $600,000”

3/13/84 DP to US members of the US-Japan Advisory Commission:  “My Meeting with the Vice President, March 7, 1984”; two-page detailed memo; memo suggests increased US exports in forest products, tobacco, among others

3/5/84 DP to Nathan Finch requesting he distribute the Salter Trust [personal]

3/1/84 DP to Dr. G.A. Keyworth, Science Advisor to the President: “…I do think the idea of a program of R&D on ‘leapfrog’ steelmaking technologies certainly should be considered…[you should] get an appropriate group of people from the steel industry and the appropriate Federal laboratories to spend a little time [looking at this]…I think it is exactly the kind of thing that could help the steel industry and perhaps some of the other smoke-stack industries”

3/1/84 DP to Douglas Martin about the “road work on the Gamboa property” as “we would like… to open the old road that goes from the Gamboa property to our property and install some security gates…”

2/29/84 DP to Arthur L. Norberg about his “1978 interview draft”

2/28/84 DP to Delwyn C. Rasmussen on the “survey of the Runyan Associates property on Cannery Row”

2/28/84 DP to Roger B. Smith, General Motors: “Lu and I enjoyed very much the dinner with you and Barbara in San Francisco last week…I hope your project with Toyota continues to go well and if there is anything we can do out here to help…”

2/23/84 DP to Senator Pete Wilson concerning the McCloud River Wilderness where “five timber sales have already been planned”

2/23/84 many letters trying to raise money for The Nature Conservancy

2/16/84 DP to John Doyle suggesting that William L. Sweet might be leaving GTE to do some consulting

2/16/84 DP thank you notes to people he met in Japan last month

2/6/84 DP letters announcing the second open meeting for the US-Japan Advisory Commission on Feb. 14 in Washington

2/2/85 DP to Modesto Maidique, Stanford, responding to his letter regarding the article in Sloan Management Review:  HP “is now expanding its market to office equipment and business management, but the equipment is essentially the same.”


2/2/84 DP to George M. Keller, Standard Oil, saying he cannot attend the board meeting as he was “invited to go on a special trip to China from March 22nd to April 1st with General Scowcroft and two other people to discuss matters of national security”

Undated, three-page paper titled “Schwem Instruments; Subscription Agreement”

2/1/84 DP to Choate Rosemary Hall on the Hugh Packard Chair

1/27/84 DP memo to WRH concerning San Felipe Ranch; [Archivist note: nothing of importance but one of the few communications between the founders]

1/27/84 DP to Thomas J. Perkins in which he agrees to stand for election to the Genentech Board this year

1/16/84 DP to Elliot L. Richardson: “I have been in touch with General Scowcroft and I think things are underway to join his trip to China in March.  I just wanted to give you a word of appreciation for making this trip available for me.”

1/16/84 DP to President Reagan: “For many years I have been concerned about the population crisis of the world and I firmly believe that if the population is not controlled, many other serious problems worldwide will be impossible to overcome.”  He supports William Draper, Jr. to chair the US delegation to the second world population conference in Mexico City in August 1984

1/12/83[4] DP’s schedule for trip to Japan, 1/13-18/84, for meeting of the US-Japan Advisory Commission

1/11/84 DP to Sec. of Defense Casper Weinberger expressing concern with “the broad language as to include technical data rights developed entirely at private expense”

1/6/84 DP to Daryl Arnold, president of the Western Growers Association:  “…I think the Chinese/Japanese Vegetable Trade Agreement is certainly an appropriate subject for discussion at our meeting in Japan. It seems to me the approach should be to use this as an argument to encourage them to further open the agricultural trade with the U.S.”

1/6/84 DP to Raymond S. Moore, president, Hewitt Research Foundation, Washougal WA: “I was aware that Fred Terman had some health problems during his school years, but I did not know he was a home schooler.”

1/6/84 DP to Benjamin F. Biaggini, Chairman, Southern Pacific Company, asking for support for the trolley system from Monterey to the aquarium

1/6/84 DP to John Doyle: “Here is the data on the solid state camera that might have application with our ink jet printer technology”

1/6/84 DP to Mayor Dianne Feinstein regretting that he is leaving for Japan on the day that Zhao Aiyang is visiting San Francisco but DP encloses check for $1,000 to help with reception


1/5/84 DP to Turk Murphy: “Lu and I were very pleased to have your Christmas morning message and we have enjoyed the tapes you enclosed…”

1/5/84 DP to Mrs. Willametta K. Day, Los Angeles, describing The Nature Conservancy in California:  “Again, let me tell you how much my family has enjoyed Rancho Grande.”

Box 19, Folder 26  1984  April, May, June

6/26/84 DP to Awards Board of IEEE supporting William C. Norris for the IEEE Founders Medal: “Mr. Norris is one of the outstanding leaders in the development of the computer industry. He recognized the great potential of electronic computers very early in the game and has been personally responsible for a great deal of the progress that has been made since the early 1950s.  He became Vice President and General Manager of the Univac Division of Sperry Rand and provided the wisdom and leadership to develop one of the best computer program in the country at that time. In 1957 he founded the Control Data Corporation and his record there speaks for itself, for Control Data has been one of the leaders in this highly competitive field from its founding until the present day.  Bill Norris has also been an industrial statesman in every sense of the word.  He established outstanding corporate policies at Control Data, emphasizing the highest level of integrity and public responsibility, as well as technical and business leadership.”

6/26/84 DP to David Rockefeller: “While I hope to do something for the University in the future, I am not in a position to make a commitment this year.  We are completing the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is a family project, this fall and as usual, it is substantially above our original budget. It will open in October of this year…”

6/19/84 DP to Hicks B. Waldron, Jr., President and CEO, Avon Products, asking him to be on the HP Board, describing the job as thus: “The Board meets six times a year, generally in Palo Alto, California.  The meetings are held in the morning so directors from the East Coast can take the late afternoon flight from New York to San Francisco, stay overnight and return to New York on the afternoon flight.  We usually have one meeting a year at one of our facilities away from Palo Alto, and try to visit our operations in Europe or the Orient about every two years.  Our Directors are compensated with an annual fee of $18,000 paid on a quarterly basis, $700 for each Board meeting and $600 for each committee meeting attended.”

6/19/84 DP to Peter Moseley on the death of his father Francis, remembered “with many fond memories”


6/12/84 DP to Roger B. Smith, General Motors, about the Admiral H. G. Rickover Foundation [sent to many others]

6/12/84 DP to local business leaders on the luncheon for Elliot Richardson: “I am particularly pleased to hear his emphasis on industrial competitiveness and the need to cut the deficit down to achieve a balanced budget.  Elliot also pointed out the opportunity he has in the coming election to help extend Republican control of the Senate.  It seems unlikely any better friend of business, or any more ardent conservative, could be elected from the State of Massachusetts.  Considering the liberal alternatives, it makes good sense for all of us to contribute generously to Elliot’s campaign.”

6/7/84 DP to John Young and Bill Terry: “Will you have our legal people look into this situation and see if we have any basis to bring suit against these people [not identified] who are copying our instruments in Japan”

5/31/84 DP to Ambassador Nobuhiko Ushiba, Tokyo, summarizing DP’s visit with Sec. Schultz on May 17; three-page letter emphasizing the importance of a well working relationship between US and Japan

5/31/84 DP to Senator William V. Roth, Jr. about his “proposal to have major weapons programs taken over by a civilian acquisition agency,” a proposal DP thinks he can support as he had “suggested a separate military procurement role for officers in each of the services”; above all he feels “that some significant structural change has to be made before there can be any improvement in the procurement situation”

5/31/84 DP telegram to Sec. of the Treasury Donald T. Regan congratulating him “on the successful conclusion of the agreement with Japan to internationalize the yen and liberalize capital markets”

5/30/84 DP to Wallace Stegner inviting him to speak at the annual meeting of the California Nature Conservancy

5/1/84 DP to President of Sunchoke International whose proposal DP is not interested in although he has “grown both Jerusalem artichokes and sunflowers in my garden”


4/24/84 DP to Dr. James R. Killian endorsing the nomination of Dr. Edward E. David for the NAE Bueche Award:  “I became acquainted with Dr. David when he became Science Advisor to the President in September 1970.  I worked very closely with him on a number of important national science projects in 1970 and 1971…He clearly had a major impact on science and technology public policy during the time he was the President’s Science Advisor.  I have served with Dr. David on the White House Science Council during the past two years and he has been a strong contributor…In his professional career he has provided outstanding leadership of major technical programs; they include the Bell Laboratories, Gould, Inc. and Exxon.  Particularly in his work at Exxon he has contributed to the improvement of private sector, governmental relationship.  Again, his work has had a strong positive impact on public policy.”

4/23/84 DP’s remarks “Du Pont Context” on trade problems with Japan [3 paragraphs]:  “I believe the single issue which will most affect our relationship is that of equity and market access in trade issues.”

Undated, listing of DP’s organizations “without compensation” and “with compensation”; about 35 without; 4 with including HP, Boeing, Genentech, and Standard Oil; also gives the address, type of organization, dates involved, and office held

Undated, one-page listing of organizations in which DP holds shares and the # of shares he owns

4/12/84 DP to Davis Skaggs & Co. authorizing them to sell stock certificates held in the Alfred W. Salter Trust which is to be terminated [personal]

4/17/84 DP to Exec. Director, US-Japan Advisory Commission, outlining his comments on “our final report”; subjects include the Y/$ issue, standards and certification and custom clearance, agricultural policy, forest products area, automobile imports, computer software and VAN.  The main point is “we are asking Japan for equity and market access in trade issues.”  Commission members are: Daryl Arnold, James F. Bere, Douglas Fraser, James Hodgson, Donald Rumsfeld, William Timmons and DP

4/13/84 DP to Douglas Martin on road work on the Gamboa property

4/13/84 DP to Vice Chancellor, UC, Berkeley:  “…it is satisfactory to me that Starker Leopold’s Chair be made a permanent chair”

4/13/84 DP to Marty Pozzi recommending Steve Hoffman highly

4/13/84 DP to Eberhard Knoblauch, General Manager, Germany, asking that he “put together some thoughts…about why Germany is not keeping up” with US and Japan in the advancing field of high technology industry for the upcoming Bonn meeting

4/13/84 DP to Dudley E. Chambers of Schnectady thanking him for the nice picture of Prof. Terman and hoping to see him soon.  “I see some of my old friends from General Electric from time to time, and it was a special treat to hear from you.”

4/13/84 DP to George M. Keller, Chairman of the Board, Standard Oil, concerning Shozo Yokogawa’s new ship autopilot from the Yokogawa Electric Company which DP thought Standard Oil’s ship people “might find…worthwhile”

4/12/84 DP to Walt Wallin, Rolling Meadows, IL, on the occasion of his retirement having begun in 1948 with Crossley Associates


4/12/84 DP to Representative Newt Gingrich agreeing to meet with him.  At the bottom of the office copy DP writes: “I met with Newt Gingrich a couple of times.  He is a very bright young fellow and thinks they can put together some kind of new coalition of the young blood representatives.  He is also making a pitch for some money for the space program…”

4/5/84 DP to Lenore Randall Frank, Doug Smith, and Dennis Gere about their work on supercritical fluid technology which DP says “made an extremely important contribution to analytical chemistry technology.”  DP is sending their report to his son-in-law, Lynn Orr, who is working at the New Mexico Technology Institute in Socorro on the use of carbon dioxide for oil recovery.  “It is very gratifying to me that you have been able to make this very important innovative contribution in the environment of the Hewlett-Packard Company.  I hope you will do whatever you can to keep in our company an environment which will nurture innovation in the future of the kind you have demonstrated by your work on this problem.”

Box 19, Folder 27  1984  July, August, September

9/28/84 DP to James H. Billington, Director of The Wilson Center, agreeing to contribute $1 million to the Endowment of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

9/28/84 DP to President of Howard University noting he would help match the $2 million should Congress designate it

9/27/84 DP to Julie Packard sending a list [not attached] of HP Bay Area employees with 30 years service for which he would like her to arrange a one-year family free pass to the Aquarium

9/27/84 DP to Margaret Richter on her retirement after 32 years. “I have been reminded that you were the first employee, the ‘Girl Friday,’ for Crossley Associates in 1952.”

9/24/84 DP to Robert A. Hanson, Chairman, Deere & Company: “You were most thoughtful to send me ‘John Deere’s Company.’  Accordingly, I have just bought another John Deere tractor.”

9/20/84 DP to Chief of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade who invited him to their community barbecue: “Unfortunately, I am going to be fishing in the Siskiyous on that day and can’t be with you…”

9/17/84 DP to The President in the White House submitting the report of the US-Japan Advisory Committee which he and Prime Minister Nakasone appointed last year [see also 8/20/84]

8/16/84 DP to Benjamin M. Page, Stanford Dept. of Geology, concerning the Monterey Canyon which the Aquarium will depict in model form from the info Professor Page has provided

8/16/84 DP to George S. Myers, Scotts Valley, suggesting he speak at the opening ceremony of the Aquarium


8/24/84 DP to Rube Leamons on his retirement having started at HP in 1960 in the Tool Shop of the Microwave Division.  “Your reputation for excellence in rebuilding machines, adding innovative ideas of your own, is well known throughout the entire company – ‘If Rube does it, it’s tops’”

Undated DP to business leaders inviting them to a luncheon to raise funds for the Japan-America Student Conference

8/10/84 DP to Albert L. Seligmann, Exec. Dir. of US-Japan Advisory Commission, putting in words DP’s ideas on the importance of trade balance which he wants in the report  [see also 7/24/84]

8/8/84 DP to Patrick J. Joice, Morgan Hill: “…we do not want to allow additional people to come through the San Felipe Ranch.  I understand the road, however, will be open shortly so you can get in.”

7/31/84 DP to Yugo Fujita, President, Anritsu Denki, Tokyo, about Anritsu’s selling several products that “give the impression they are merely copies of Hewlett-Packard products.” 2-page letter discussing the implications of this, “not in relation to legal remedies that may be available to us,” but the appearance to Americans that this is “an unfair way of doing business…From the work I have done, I believe the relationship of Japan and the United States has become one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world…”  [see also 7/24/84 memo to John Young and Bill Terry]

7/25/84 DP to Turk Murphy asking him to play at the opening of the Aquarium

7/25/84 DP to “Cousin Dwight” Packard, Sioux City, Iowa who wants help for private colleges and universities

7/24/84 DP to Governor Deukmejian requesting he attend the opening of the Aquarium and “cut the ribbon with me”

7/18/84 DP to Julie Packard on changes he suggests on the Saga contract for food at the Aquarium

7/17/84 DP to Sec. of State George Shultz on the event to present the publication “Private Initiatives in American Foreign Policy” by the Overseers of the Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats to the President

7/12/84 DP to the president of the Public Agenda Foundation clarifying his views on the nuclear defense issue:  “I happen to think it would be a much better world if both the U.S. and Soviets had a defense that was 80% effective with the present level of offensive weapons than no defense and only half the present level of weapons”

7/2/84 DP to Eleanor S. Metcalf, president, Faculty Senate, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences where the David Packard Lecture has been announced

Box 19, Folder 28  1984  October, November, December

Undated, “Talking Points for Meeting between President Reagan and Prime Minister Nakasone”; ten points listed


12/19/84 DP to Sharon Jameson, Deloite, Haskins & Sells, Prince George, BC Canada, concerning taking over the interest in the Tetachuck Lodges and the Redfern Rapids facilities from W. Calder McCall as of 11/1/84; DP is president, WRH is VP, and Ernest Arbuckle is Sec. and Treas.  [see also same day letter to Harold Edes, caretaker, and to G.W. Baldwin of Wilson, King & Company; also 10/29/84 and 11/7/84 to McCall; 3/25/85 DP calls this “a fishing camp” located “about 150 miles south-west of Prince George at a place called Redfern Rapids”]

12/14/84 DP to Paul D. Wolfowitz, East Asian and Pacific Affairs in State Department, concerning compulsory licensing, Japanese imports, and reducing the trade imbalance.  DP feels the Japanese should focus more on economic growth and less on exports; 4-page letter

12/13/84 DP to John R. Pierce of Stanford Dept. of Music suggesting that he and David Woodley Packard meet to talk about computer music, etc.

11/30/84 DP orders a Wood-Mizer Sawmill for $8,710 and a Mighty Mite Sawmill for $25,280; both from Portland OR to be picked up by Richard Hacker [see also 11/13/84, 11/7/84, 10/30/84]

11/30/84 DP to Bill Craven on the subject of J. Finney letter:  “This is a serious charge – especially for one who is supposed to support the ‘HP Way.’  Will you give me a personal report on this situation?”

11/13/84 DP to Industry & Public Affairs Manager of John Fluke Mfg. Co., regretting that he cannot attend the dedication of the Memorial Museum at the corporate headquarters for John [Fluke, an old friend]

11/13/84 DP to Louis W. Cabot thanking him for the last weekend.  “It was great to be back in the beautiful Colorado mountains and the affair was thoroughly enjoyable, even though we didn’t do very well on the hunting.”

11/13/84 DP to John Doyle about NEOTEK’s president’s request:  “It seems to me we have been really impolite in dealing with this young man…we are getting a little arrogant in some of these matters.”

11/8/84 DP to Rep. Ed Zschau:  “If you waste money on junk like this, there won’t be any kilobucks from me next time.”  [“junk” not identified]

11/8/84 DP to John Young and John Doyle on Ogura Jewel Industry Co. suggesting that “we should look into [this company] as a possible joint venture or association.  This technology could be very important.”  [several letters this month suggest this kind of association with different companies]

11/1/84 DP to President Yogo Fujita of Anritsu Electric Company arranging for meeting of both staffs “in discussing the matters between our two companies” [see also 10/1/84]


11/1/84 DP telegram to Shozo Yokogawa “Congratulations on your receiving the second order of the sacred treasure from the Emperor…this is a well deserved honor.”

10/31/84 DP to HP “Koala-T” members, Loveland Instrument Division: “Dear Fellow Employees,” congratulating them on “working on some quality problems in the production of the 9100-4266…While savings you have been able to make with your work on this project are important, it is even more important that your work should improve the reliability and the quality of our products…”

10/26/84 DP to Stanford Univ. sending $20,000 “an additional payment towards our pledge to the Arbuckle Chair at the Stanford Graduate School of Business”

10/9/84 DP to Tiny Yewell expressing pleasure at hearing from him again.  “When you are out here at David’s please give me a buzz…”

10/1/84 DP to Bruce Elliott, Dept. of Fish and Game: “We plan to put turkeys on the Gamboa Point property.  This is about 2000 feet above sea level and habitat very much like San Felipe”; invites him down to see if it would be suitable for turkeys

10/1/84 DP to Andy Sackman of Pueblo CO: “I don’t feel that our family needs any special recognition in Pueblo…I have no objection to having the [Boy Scout] camp named the Sperry S. Packard Camping Center”

Box 19, Folder 29    1985 January, February, March

3/27/85 Barney Oliver to DP and WRH suggesting that Jerry O’Neill come to California to meet with them and Luis Alvarez about “the satellite based navigation system which he thinks is great. I think it is too. It represents an unusual investment opportunity…”

3/27/85 DP invites people to a luncheon in Wash DC given by the Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats with a speech by George Shultz on the Council’s 23 years of service to the country

3/25/85 DP to Jaquelin Hume, San Francisco: “While I am fully supportive of President Reagan and believe he is doing an outstanding job, it does not follow that I agree with all of his policies…For that reason I would prefer to speak for myself on issues that Citizens for America plan to address, and I would not want to support an organization that is likely to end up espousing positions with which I disagree…”

3/25/85 DP to President Richard M. Nixon: “You were most thoughtful to send me a copy of your recent book, ‘No More Vietnams’…I am quite sure it will become a major contribution to future United States foreign policy.”


3/25/85 DP to Chris Nelson, San Felipe Ranch:  “…I think you should go ahead and get the 100 hp John Deere tractor…I would suggest that you get the 4-wheel drive model…[good for] working in hilly country. I have one down at the Elkhorn Slough property and the 4-wheel drive is a great improvement. I would like to look at the possibility of using the engine from the wrecked tractor to operate a pump at the Elkhorn Slough property.  I told Bill Hewlett he might be contributing his one-half interest in the wreck for this purpose…”

3/22/85 DP to Emery Rogers concerning HP funding for the National Academy of Engineering

3/15/85 DP letters to editors of the Washington Post and New York Times concerning publication of his views on US-Japan relations [his views are not expressed]

3/15/85 DP to Wei Ming-Yi, Chairman, China HP, Beijing, offering congratulations “for the official initiation of our joint-venture company…This is the first significant step in the establishment of a closer partnership following our cooperation which began more than three years ago…”

3/11/85 DP to Thomas G. McMillan, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a long letter on the purpose of the Foundation and the use of private and public funds.  “I strongly believe the foundation should only consider projects for which the Federal government is willing to match on a dollar for dollar basis.  Otherwise, I would much prefer an independent private organization, such as The Nature Conservancy.”  [see also 1/8/85 DP to Sec. of the Interior William Clark agreeing to serve on the board of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for a four-year term ending Nov. 1988]

3/11/85 DP to Nicholas F. Brady, a long letter on government employee salaries; also allowances for congressional staff and office expenses; relates to his work on government laboratory personnel

3/5/85 DP to Mrs. Carolyn S. Young, Bellaire TX:  “I am sorry to hear about the difficulty you have had with the HP-33E.  I don’t think that was a very good product.  Accordingly, I am arranging to send you one of our new HP-11C calculators which I think will do a very good job for you.”

3/6/85 DP to John Minck: “I appreciate your note about the 367 Addison place and the Polly & Jake Tinkerbell building. You are right in saying that I am not very sentimental about these places and I guess it is because I’ve heard so much about them over the years I am quite tired of the whole thing.  I would have no objection if someone in the company wants to do something about these buildings, but I would not want to take any initiative in the matter.”


3/6/85 DP to H. H. Harrison on utilizing the power of waves and tides in the ocean; the power is thinly dispersed and therefore not useful [see also 2/20/85]

[Many personal letters asking for help which DP usually refuses in a letter often gracefully worded]

2/27/85 DP to Shozo Yokogawa expressing regret that his wife Mariko cannot be on the California visit because her dog is ill [see also 1/28/85 memo DP to WRH]

2/26/85 DP to Stanford president and board of trustees expressing displeasure with their action “in respect to Motorola’s involvement in South Africa” and ending with: “I am withholding any further…contributions to Stanford until this matter has been finally settled…”

2/20/85 DP to Mrs. Patricia Walker Burke, Pueblo CO: “You were very thoughtful to send me your note about your father and Neal McNaughton. I remember your father very well because I was involved in amateur radio at the time. I suppose in the very real sense your father had something to do with getting me started in radio and then electronics…”

2/20/85 DP pledges to Jack Melchor and Neilson Buchanan one million dollars for the El Camino Hospital Foundation from himself and Lu

2/20/85 DP to Lt. Gen. Daniel O. Graham donating $5,000 to High Frontier: “I am convinced we should move ahead with the non-nuclear position of the SDI as soon as possible…”

2/20/85 DP to Bruce A. Brege, Genentech Clinical Partners, sending $18,182 “as next installment payment on my promissory note…”

2/14/85 DP to George A. Carver, Jr. supporting the study on the Joint Chiefs structure

2/14/85 DP to Ambassador Yoshio Okawara wishing him well

2/8/85 DP to Sony CEO Akio Morita about The Nature Conservancy

1/28/85 DP to Vince Yaras: “I am sorry to hear of your health problems…I often recall the many good times we had working together over the years, and you may be sure all the gang here are praying for your speedy recovery…”

1/25/85 DP to Japanese Embassy with a quote for publication on the death of Ambassador Nobuhiko Ushiba [see also 2/1/85]

1/25/85 DP to Paul D. Wolfowitz, Assistant Sec. for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Dept. of State, concerning setting trade targets with Japan [see also 1/25/85 to W.J. Sanders, Advanced Micro Devices]

1/17/85 DP memo to Pete Peterson: “Thanks for your note about ‘HP Way at Components.’ I think you have handled it well.”


1/17/85 DP to Mae Stephen:  “I was not in favor of President Reagan’s decision to have the Pentagon more thoroughly involved in High Tech exports. I think, indeed, it may hurt Silicon Valley’s overseas sales. I didn’t, however, subscribe to the theory described in the Armageddon network.”

1/17/85 DP to John Young: “A fellow named Bill Fenchuk sent us some material from the early 40’s to go to the Hewlett-Packard Museum.  In the course of that, he brought to my attention a new organization they are putting together in the telecommunications area, and I asked him to send me some information about it.  The name is Orbitron Communications, Inc.  I have looked it over and I doubt that we would have any interest in following up…”  [see later note saying no to a financial request from Orbitron]

1/14/85 Margaret Paull to Corporate Communications of Chevron returning corrected manuscript of interview with DP for the winter edition of Chevron World

1/8/85 DP to Edward G. Jefferson, Chairman, duPont, thanking him for agreeing to serve on the Executive Committee of the Private Sector Council

1/8/85 DP to Vernon Cash Zimmerman: “The Cunningham Ranch is a personal project of Mr. Hewlett’s and mine and does not involve the Hewlett-Packard Company.”  They are not interested in purchasing near-by property

1/8/85 DP to Roy Anderson, Lockheed: “Our foundation has decided to confine its efforts in performing arts to the Santa Clara and Monterey counties. These areas in the past have received very little financial support and we have decided to help them rather than San Francisco or Los Angeles, both of which have a strong record of support for the performing arts.”

[Several requests for money from organizations in the Pueblo CO area; DP has assigned a local committee to handle such requests; about $100,000 is assigned annually to the area]

1/8/85 DP to Edson W. Spencer, Honeywell, concerning the use of the US-Japan Advisory Commission report at the press conference with Pres. Reagan and Prime Minister Nakasone; DP says “the next step is to help Secretary Shultz prepare a specific agenda for action”

1/7/85 DP’s public statement for the 21st Annual Marketing Conference in Tokyo


Series 6 Box 20  CHRONOLOGY FILES   1985 – 1991

Folder 1  1985 April, May, June

6/24/85 DP’s personal data statement for members of the Commission on Defense Management

6/21/85 DP to Global Committee of Parliamentarians on Population and Development saying he will not join the Committee’s activities


6/21/85 DP to Harvey Zieber, Paducah TX: “I often think back on the good fun we had getting the company started.  We certainly didn’t have any idea how it was going to turn out when we started out in that garage in Palo Alto.”

6/21/85 DP to Mrs. John M. Cage, Yuba City CA: “I was very saddened to learn that John passed away last week.  We became acquainted in Schnectady, New York, in 1935 and we have been good friends all these years since.  John was a wonderful man with lots of ability and lots of enthusiasm.  He will be missed by his many friends.”

6/14/85 DP to Fred Fielding, Counsel to the President, White House, with a chart of government sales and contractors for HP; 80% of government sales are to DOD

[Several letters on renovations and equipment purchases at Tetachuck; see 5/24/85 for purchase of Twin Otter Aircraft for $510,000]

5/31/85 DP to Daniel Robinson, Fort Collins CO:  “My own writing skills were not very good in my early career but I learned a great deal from reading a book entitled ‘The Art of Readable Writing’ by Rudolph Flesch.  Management Accounting and Business Law were two very important courses for me outside of my major.  You have my permission to publish my remarks.”

5/28/85 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC to meet with President 5/30

5/24/85 DP to James F. Boccardo: “Mrs. Packard went to Mexico City to see some of his [Ricardo Legoretta, architect] work last week.  She is on the committee to select the architect for the new technology center…”

5/13/85 DP to Dr. James Corum, West VA Univ. about the

proposed Nikola Tesla Memorial Laboratory at Colorado Springs.  DP is not impressed with his work and he “is certainly not the recognized inventor of the radio.”

[Several letters in this past year about hunting and fishing trips, some with “Bill and Rosie”]

5/6/85 DP to Harold O. Dugan, Menlo Park, on his retirement after 34 years at HP.  “Throughout the entire company you are known as the father of HP’s manufacturing specs activities, as the responsible author of our documentation standards, and have personally trained employees in this important assignment throughout all of our divisions.”

4/29/85 DP to Stanford President Donald Kennedy thanking him “for the stand you have taken on the South Africa issue”

4/29/85 DP to UCB President David Gardner, 3-page letter trying to educate him on HP’s South Africa policy

4/26/85 DP to Times Books giving an endorsement of Brotherhood of Arms: General Dynamics and the Business of Defending America by J. B. Goodwin.  “…book is a clarion call to get on with a complete overhaul of Defense’s procurement policies, which are wasting billions of taxpayers’ dollars”


4/24/85 DP letters explaining HP policy on South Africa: “…I want to explain…that Hewlett-Packard is involved in South Africa because we think it is a socially responsible thing to do.  Clearly, the apartheid policy is evil in every aspect and the black population in that country is having a very difficult time….Even complete divestiture of all American companies from South Africa would have no effect on the Government in terms of changing its policy.  I have been in that country, met with the Prime Minister and many people on both sides of the issue, and I am firmly convinced that withdrawing American business would probably harden the attitude of the South African government and accomplish nothing.  The involvement of the Hewlett-Packard Company and most other American businesses brings an opportunity for at least a limited number of black people in that country to enjoy the economic rights they deserve.  In our operation there we treated our black employees in the same way we treat our other employees all over the world.  They have a chance to advance and some of them have professional positions.  In addition to that we are supporting a number of educational opportunities for black people in that country, and above all I feel the Hewlett-Packard Company establishes in South Africa a worthy example of how the black population there should be dealt with.  As far as I am concerned, we intend to continue our activities in South Africa precisely as they are because we think we can be a positive factor in dealing with the unfortunate situation in that country…”

4/17/85 DP to John Fluke, Jr.: “…it is definitely not the policy of the Hewlett-Packard Company to refuse to do business with companies that compete with us.  I will bring your letter to the attention of the appropriate people…if you encounter further experiences of this kind, please let me know.”  DP sends letter on to John Young with note:  “Will you please do your best to see that this kind of a problem does not come up again?”

4/17/85 DP to State Senator Jim Nielsen about mountain lions on his ranch in the Mt. Hamilton Range

4/16/85 DP to Judge Charles R. Richey deploring the resignation of Paul Thayer from DOD and urging a sentence of community service rather than prison term

4/15/85 DP to Yugo Fujita, Anritsu Electric Co., thanking him on “the successful conclusion of these negotiations…basis for a long term, constructive relationship between our two companies”

4/1/85 DP to Biologist Michael Houser:  “I have been personally involved in a private hatchery near Santa Cruz raising and releasing salmon and steelhead.  To date they have had practically no success and I would not want to support another such venture.”


4/1/85 DP to Arnold O. Beckman congratulating him on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Beckman Instruments.  “It took a great deal of courage for you to found a new company in 1935…It has been an honor for me to have known you and worked with you over many of these last fifty years.”

Box 20 Folder 2                   1985 July, August, September

9/30/95 DP to Dr. Miachel von Clemm, Credit Suisse First Boston Limited, London: “It was a great experience to be with you and your friends at the White Wing dove hunt.  Not only was the shooting the best I have ever seen, but there were many enjoyable conversations to add to the pleasure of being with you.”

9/30/85 DP donates “100,000 shares of HP common stock against our pledge of $20 million for the New Children’s Hospital” at Stanford

9/27/85 DP’s trip schedule to Japan 9/30-10/5

9/23/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC

9/23/85 DP to Professor Hugh Patrick, Columbia Univ., inviting him to make the trip to Japan with the members of the US-Japan Advisory Commission as only DP and Jim Hodgson from US can go.  “Because we will be meeting with a number of important people in Japan, including the Prime Minister, we would like…to have you join us…Your knowledge and understanding about the U.S.-Japan relationship would be very helpful to Jim Hodgson and me and Secretary Shultz agrees.  I believe this private mission can be very important at this particular time…”

9/17/85 DP to Representative Don Fuqua saying he “will have a detailed written statement prepared for distribution to the subcommittee” on “Science in the Mission Agencies and Federal Laboratories”

9/16/85 DP to Frederick B. Ziesenheim, Selection Committee, National Inventors Hall of Fame, supporting WRH’s nomination: “His patent, No. 2,268,827, for a variable frequency oscillator generator was in a sense on a rather simple straight-forward idea.  For that reason it was a clearly defined invention and an innovative contribution that made an audio oscillator using resistance and capacitance elements a practical and very useful device.


“Probably the most important aspect of this invention was that it assured the commercial success of my partnership with Mr. Hewlett from the very beginning, and convinced us that we should concentrate our company’s involvement in electronic instruments from the very beginning.  This success of this audio oscillator based on Mr. Hewlett’s invention encouraged us to develop several related instruments for audio frequency measurement.  During the first two or three years of our company (from 1939 until 1942) the audio frequency oscillator and its related instruments provided the foundation on which the Hewlett-Packard Company has been able to grow into the largest manufacturer of electronic instruments in the world.  In other words, Mr. Hewlett’s invention was the keystone to a major contribution over four and one half decades of major contributions to electronic measurement technology and equipment.”

9/16/85 DP to Jack A. Drown, Drown News Agency: “I apologize for not finding time to see you before now.  This new assignment on defense management I have taken on is very important but the President wants some answers on a very tight schedule and I have hardly a day for myself for the rest of the year. I want to talk to President Nixon about this defense matter when he returns from his overseas trip and I will be pleased to include a discussion of the Nixon library when I see him.”

9/14/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 9/16-20

9/13/85 DP to Kendric B. Morrish, Walnut Creek: “We missed you at the hunt this year and I was pleased to hear that you have had a good report from your doctor.  Actually, the hunt was very poor.  We only got seven (7) deer all together.  I was fortunate to get a couple and I will have at least 1 or possibly 2 for the Bohemian luncheon next year.  I am having these cut up in the next few days, and if you will let me know where, I will have them delivered for you.”

9/13/85 DP letter to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sieppert on their work at the Tetachuck Lodges with salary details

9/13/85 DP memo to WRH on “Dengue Fever Research”: “I don’t see how I could do anything for this project at this time. I thought you ought to look at it.  You can respond for both of us.”

9/13/85 DP to Representative Leon L. Panetta: “In response to your letter…I am already involved in encouraging the Navy to keep the facilities you have referred to at the Navy Post Graduate School.  There is, as you know, a lot of pressure from Senator Stennis to get part of these activities down to the Bay Saint Louis area.”

9/6/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 9/8-11

9/5/85 DP to Steve Duer on 35 years at HP: “Your 35 years represent 20 issues of the HP catalog, 12,000 pages of copy, and millions of customers around the world who have looked at those pages.  In those 20 issues of catalog, HP’s most important selling tool, you have put in hundreds of hours of over-time and also have become an expert in printing and the art of buying the best paper for the lowest cost. Steve, as one HP veteran to another, I hope we can count on your valuable and dedicated talents for a long time to come.”


9/5/85 DP to GM Doug Carnahan, HP Boise, suggesting he give some thought to “upgrading the quality of education in Idaho”

9/4/85 DP to Ralph Osterling on planting and watering systems for Elkhorn Slough

8/30-9/1 DP and WRH list of invited hunters to the San Felipe Ranch Deer Hunt

8/23/85 DP thank you note to Benjamin F. Biaggini and “Associated Fishermen” [listed] for “Steuben trout complete with fly” [see also 8/7/85 to William Calder McCall]

8/19/85 DP to Dr. Henry M. Gunn on his retirement as a trustee of the HP Scholarship Fund after 33 years.  “I often look back to the time we worked together on the Palo Alto School Board…”

8/12/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 8/13-16

8/12/85 DP to Charles A. Anderson: “I have not been satisfied with the direction of the negotiations on the New Children’s Hospital at Stanford and I have prepared a paper which outlines the conditions under which Mrs. Packard and I would be willing to increase our commitment from $20 million to $60 million.  I am circulating this draft for comments before I send it as an official response to the proposal dated December 18, 1984.  I will be out of the office the rest of the week but I hope we can have this matter settled by August 19 and either get on with the job or call the whole thing off.”

8/9/85 DP to Adrian Garsia thanking her for her undergraduate thesis on the history of the Gamboa Point properties

8/8/85 DP to W. Tompie Hall, Government Contract Systems, Dallas: HP “does only limited business with the Department of Defense and this is done strictly on commercial products, so we are not involved in the current acquisition environment to any extent.”

7/19/85 DP to Representative Tom Lantos thanking him “for the more than gracious words in the Congressional Record on June 27”

7/18/85 DP to Ernest Arbuckle who has agreed to serve on the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management; chief of staff for the Commission is Rhett Dawson, 736 Jackson Place, NW, Washington DC

7/12/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 7/14-17

7/8/85 DP to Richard M. Nixon thanking him for his note: “I, myself, have doubts about whether anything very useful can be done about the Department of Defenses management, but I think the climate may be better than it has been for some time, and in any case I am going to make a run for it.  I would like to have some of your ‘revolutionary ideas’ to consider and I hope you will send them on to me in the near future…”


7/3/85 untitled draft of one-page essay on Japanese industry in competing in US domestic market noting good research done by Berkeley Roundtable on International Economy [is an endorsement of BRIE; see 7/8 to John Zysman, BRIE Director]

7/1/85 DP to Rudolph J. Sgro, President Sgro Enterprises: “I recall very well the work of the ‘Fluke Task Force’ and the recommendations made to the Defense Department, and enjoyed a very long time friendship with John Fluke beginning in the early days when we both worked at General Electric.  He was a good and true friend.”

Box 20, Folder 3  1985 October, November, December

12/20/85 DP to John A. Young informing/inviting him to the luncheon on January 13 he is hosting at the Pacific Union Club in honor of Congressman Bob Michel

12/18/85 DP to President David G. Thornton, YMCA Palo Alto Center, enclosing personal check for $246,125, the balance of his original pledge to contribute $500,000 for the joint building project with El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.  “The accepted practice on gifts is that they are evaluated on the date of transfer.  I am, therefore, using $253,875 as the value of the stock gift.  It is unfortunate you sold it too soon for $243,000.  If you held it until now you would have received $288,000.”

12/18/85 DP to Policy Analyst Mary Gant, Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, Washington DC: “…Allan Bromley asked me to let you know what the specific rules are for tax credits for equipment given to universities.  The credit is for the manufacturing cost plus one-half the difference between the cost and the selling price…It applies only to gifts of equipment to departments involved in Physical and Biological Sciences.  This includes engineering: equipment for teaching, as well as research.”

12/18/85 DP to Dr. George A. Keyworth II expressing regret at his leaving his “job in Washington because you have made an immensely important contribution to our country…”

12/18/85 DP to Don Sebastiani, Sonoma, saying he has “decided that I do not want to become involved at this time in the Lt. Governor race…I will try and be helpful” to the winner of the primary

12/17/85 DP to Charles H. Townes, Dept. of Physics, UC Berkeley, responding his request to use the Big Creek property.  He notes that “the fire did go right through the entire property, destroyed every old building on the place.  We have been trying to get some re-seeding done and some of the roads cleaned up.  I hope this may provide an opportunity for me to build a better access road…”


12/17/85 DP to Richard Helms: “…I think the issue raised in your letter of October 8th should be considered simply in terms of the fact that Boeing thinks they have enough consultants at this time…”

12/16/85 DP to Stanford sending a personal check for $10,000 for his final payment on the pledge of $50,000 “for the acquisition of the Scofield Collection”

12/16/85 DP to Stanford enclosing his personal check for $20,000 for his 1985 payment toward his pledge “to the Arbuckle Chair at the Stanford Graduate School of Business”

12/16/85 DP sends $75,000 to The Salvation Army Santa Clara County Building Campaign

12/16/85 DP sends $25,000 representing his second payment on his pledge to the Foundation for Management Education in Central America

12/16/85 DP sends $25,000 toward his pledge for the chair in National Security Studies at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

12/16/85 DP sends $100,000 as his third payment on his pledge made to Castilleja School, Palo Alto

12/16/85 DP sends $25,000 to the Bob Hope Village, Fort Walton Beach FL

12/16/85 DP sends $30,000 to complete his pledge to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ building fund

12/16/85 DP sends $10,000 to complete his pledge to the United Nations Association, chaired by Elliot L. Richardson

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to the United Negro College Fund

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to the National Urban League

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to the National Strategy Information

Center, New York

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to the Lincoln University Foundation, San Francisco

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to The Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to Charls [sic] E. Walker, Committee on THE PRESENT DANGER.  “I am glad to know you are continuing your active participation with this group and admire your efforts.”

12/6/85 DP to L. A. (Pat) Byland, Chairman Emeritus, Hughes Aircraft Company, thanking him for the letter concerning his days as Deputy Secretary of Defense when Byland was on the Industry Advisory Committee. “Unfortunately, the situation is worse than it was in 1970 and some of the things we tried to do at that time failed to take root.  The environment is better today because of the greatly increased concern about the Defense Department, and I hope we have a little better luck in making some recommendations that will actually improve the situation.  At the same time, I realize the chances are not very good.”


12/6/85 DP letters thanking correspondents for suggestions for the President’s committee on defense procurement procedures [actually named Defense Management Commission]

12/6/85 DP schedule of trip to Washington DC 12/8-12

12/2/85 DP sends $1,000 to the American Camping Association

11/22/85 DP to William F. Buckley, Jr.: “It was very thoughtful of you to send me a copy of your new book, Right Reason, and I intend to take it along with me on Thanksgiving holidays for my recreation.  I really was pleased to know of your enthusiasm for the HP Laserjet.”

Undated DP affidavit for Lester Crown for security clearance

11/21/85 DP detailed response to Representative Don Fugua’s questions from the House Committee on Science and Technology including his support for a personnel management program for federal laboratories, and his belief in federal support for research and the establishment of new federal labs especially when new important missions are identified.  “Basic research in industry is being done extensively in some industries, although the universities and the government do a much larger share.  In the electronic industry the research laboratories of the General Electric Company and the Bell Telephone Laboratories did a great deal of basic research in the early days before World War II.  Other large organizations such as IBM also support basic research.  Du Pont and other companies in the chemical industry have had strong programs in basic research over the years, but at the same time it is true that some industries do very little basic research.”  DP supports the tax credit for research and development “even though the larger part of industry research is directed toward specific new product development.  I do not believe the compartmentalization of research by government and academia and development by industry is necessarily bad.”  DP believes in closer communication among the participating parties and thinks there are a number of programs by federal labs which enable industry to learn what they are doing and to receive help.  Also, he points out that industry is supporting research at the universities across the country and thereby is increasing communications.  “The only basic recommendation I could make would be to modify the tax credit for research to allow it to extend to basic research supported by industry at universities and other independent research organizations.”


11/21/85 DP to J. Gvishiani, State Committee for Science and Technology, Moscow, USSR, in response to his letter: “I hope the Summit Meeting which is going on this week will provide an opportunity for the United States and the Soviet Union to restore a more productive working relationship. Congratulations on your new assignment, and I hope I will have the opportunity of seeing you again some time in the near future.”

11/21/85 DP to the President sending regrets on not being able to attend the Founders Dinner of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation although he is pleased to join the Trustees of the Foundation; see 11/11/85 for DP to Foundation Chairman W. Glenn Campbell saying that he cannot attend the meeting of the Board of Governors of the Foundation on Dec. 14th

11/21/85 DP to Winton M. (Red) Blount sends $5,000 for the Endowment Fund for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival

11/20/85 DP sends $10,000 to the Hoover Presidential Library Association

11/20/85 DP sends $1,000 to the Foundation for Teaching Economics, mainly to junior high students

11/20/85 DP sends $5,000 to Fisk University

11/20/85 DP sends $1,000 to the Fellowship of Christian

Athletes, Fresno

11/20/85 DP sends $5,000 to the American-Arab Affairs Council, Washington DC

11/20/85 DP sends $5,000 to the Alternative Educational Foundation, Bloomington IN

11/20/85 DP sends $5,000 to the Alliance to Save Energy, Washington DC

11/19/85 DP sends $5,000 Accuracy in Media, Washington DC

11/19/85 DP to Den Norris, Academic Manager, Big Creek Reserve, UC, Environmental Field Program, concerning the property at the Gamboa Point Flat. “Perhaps the difficulty was that your people seemed to have assumed that our property would go to the University of California some time in the near future.  We have, in fact, not yet decided how we want to handle the property.  Three hundred acres are reserved for our children and I cannot get them to decide what three hundred acres they might like and there are other uncertainties…”

11/19/85 DP sends $2500 to the World Affairs Council, San Francisco

11/19/85 DP to David C. Foust, Worthington OH, thanking him for the pictures and correspondence between their mothers.  “I remember your mother very well from the several times I visited, particularly the trip in 1935 on my way to General Electric.  If you have any other notes that might involve my mother, I would be pleased to have them, although I am not particularly interested in genealogy.” [personal]

11/19/85 DP to Holmes Tuttle, Los Angeles, pleased he would meet with Ed Zschau.  “I frankly think he has the best chance of beating Cranston, although I realize he did not support the President on several important issues.”


11/19/85 DP to B.(Ben) F. Biaggini, San Francisco: “…I do not want to support the March 4 dinner for the Governor.  He has not been at all helpful to our industry and he should not expect support from the AEA and other Silicon Valley industries if he is not even willing to meet with them to discuss areas where agreement might be possible.”

11/19/85 DP sends $5,000 to the Museum of Flight, Seattle, in memory of William M. Allen; see letter the same day to Mrs. Allen. “I was terribly saddened to learn that Bill had passed away.  He was a great man and has been a good friend to me in many ways over the years.”

11/19/85 DP to President J. Richard Sajbel, Manitou Corporation, Manitou Springs CO: “…It is difficult for me to intercede with the Secretary of Commerce when I am not familiar with the details of the problem.  Generally speaking I have  learned over the years that lack of sufficient working capital is seldom the real problem.  It is usually lack of good management.  I am sorry, therefore, I can not be helpful.”

11/19/85 DP to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Lunt outlining the problems he and WRH had with their work at the ranch and the San Jose headquarters.  He explains why they were asked to resign including their poor handling of firing Gary Martinez.  “In the entire history of our ranching operation this is the first time a supervisor has handled a personnel problem so poorly that it has caused a lawsuit.”

11/11/85 DP to President Tadashi Yamamoto, Japan Center for International Exchange, Tokyo: “…please express my appreciation to Mr. Takeshi Yasukawa for his comments about our joint statement…There is clearly a need for U.S. industry to do a better job in adapting their products and services to the Japanese market.  I probably should have included something more on this subject in our statement.  I was able to give our statement to Secretary Shultz who also discussed it with the President before his meeting with the Prime Minister last month.  All in all, I think our visit was very worthwhile and you were most helpful to make the visit not only worthwhile but enjoyable.”

11/11/85 DP to Douglas Martin, Pasadena, about the possibility of a right of way for Dr. Gamboa through the George Harlan property.  George’s son Don has agreed to this for Dr. Gamboa’s personal use, but he would not make it permanent.  “I checked again and there is no other access from our property to the highway except the two jeep trails, one through the property formerly owned by George Harlan and the other through the property formerly owned by Marion Harlan.  I am looking at the possibility of another place where a road to the highway might be constructed…”

11/11/85 DP to Elliot L. Richardson agreeing to serve on the Advisory Council of the Hitachi Foundation “with the understanding I may be unable to attend very many meetings…”


11/11/85 DP to President Shozo Yokogawa, Yokagawa Hokushin Electric Corporation, expressing regrets that Shozo cannot attend the HP Board meeting.  “I am pleased to hear about the plans for YEW’s 70th anniversary scheduled for November 1986 and will mark this date on my calendar and try to arrange to join you…”

11/11/85 DP to John Zysman, Director BRIE, UCB, sending $15,000 to help with BRIE publications having to do with the US-Japan Advisory Commission papers

11/11/85 DP sends $10,000 to the Capital Legal Foundation to help reduce the debt of the Westmoreland case

11/8/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 11/11-15

11/7/85 DP to Sanford N. McDonnell, Chairman and CEO, McDonnell Douglas Corp., thanking him for his note: “It certainly sounds as though the Navy is getting away off base.  I will pass this information on to the member of our commission.”

11/7/85 DP to Senator Jeff Bingaman regarding the poor job the US semi-conductor companies are doing “in responding to the requirements of the Japanese market…”

Many letters from unknown individuals requesting financial aid; DP has a firm policy not to provide help on a personal basis

11/6/85 DP memo to Kaz Latven, SID, thanking him for the instrumentation program for the Aquarium which is at a standstill because there is not a specific project to work on: “I am, however, exploring an area with Dr. Carl Djerassi at Stanford that may involve going ahead with the instrumentation…”

10/31/85 DP transfers 1200 shares of Chevron common stock to the Colorado College

10/31/85 DP transfers 6000 shares of Seagram common stock to the El Camino Hospital Foundation

10/31/85 DP transfers 5000 shares of J.P. Morgan common stock to The Wolf Trap Foundation

10/31/85 DP to Secretary of the Interior Donald P. Hodel: “I strongly support the Coordinated Operation Agreement (COA) between the Federal Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources…a major positive step toward a cooperative approach…”; see also same letter to Senator James A. McClure

10/31/85 DP pledges $250,000 to the University of Chicago for an endowed chair to honor George Shultz, if the plan goes ahead to create such a chair

10/25/85 DP’s scheduled trip to Seattle, 10/27-28

10/23/85 DP to Toby Trister Gati, VP for Policy Studies, UN Assoc. of the USA, expressing regrets he couldn’t attend joint meeting between UNA and the Beijing Institute; will host a dinner in San Francisco with the Asia Foundation for General Xu Xin and a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium


10/18/85 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 10/21-22 to testify before the House Committee on Science & Technology

10/17/85 DP memo to Ernie Brioza on the Merced Wetland Proposal:  “We should go ahead with all the plans suggested including the development of all of Section 26 and our part of 28 for wildfowl…optimize the development for wildlife.”

10/16/85 DP to President Reagan conveying to him a letter by Bernard Oliver on hijacking and “lack of moral courage displayed by certain Mediterranean nations,” suggesting embargo on US air flights or warning to US tourists that they forfeit their US protection when visiting these countries; DP praises Oliver but said nothing on the issue

10/15/85 DP to Amos A. Jordan, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Georgetown University, raising questions, especially about the steering group, but agreeing to send $50,000

10/3/85 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 10/7-12

Box 20, Folder 4  1986 January, February, March

3/21/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 3/23-26

3/19/86 DP to Dina Rasor, Director, Project on Military Procurement: “I finally had a chance to read your ‘Pentagon Underground.’  I was particularly interested in the description of the M-1 tank because when I was at the Pentagon 16 years ago we had started working on the tank and I concluded that a turbine engine was a mistake and directed the tank be designed with a diesel engine, which I knew would be much more reliable.  After I left my decision was reversed, and I am not surprised they are having trouble with reliability.  Our recommendations on Defense Management are directed towards taking these important decisions away from the Services and giving the new under Secretary for Acquisitions full authority to get questions like this straightened out before full scale development…”

3/18/86 DP to Dorothy Varian, Cupertino saying “Lu and I would be pleased to join as a member of a ‘Committee of 100′ for continuing support of the development of county parks and trails

3/18/86 DP to Hugh G. Fassett: “…I frankly do not have any trouble about the proposed association of the Crocker Bank with the Wells Fargo Bank…I think it would be very difficult to raise enough money to acquire the bank and I would prefer to let things go ahead as they are now planned.”

3/12/86 DP to Ivan Selvin, Chairman, National Aquarium Society, Washington DC, sending $5,000 to help with the National Aquarium


3/12/86 DP to Clifton Garvin, Jr., Chairman, Exxon Corp., recommending Frank Shrontz for membership in the Business Council: “He served several years in the Defense Department  and this background together with the important responsibility as CEO of The Boeing Company makes him uniquely qualified”

3/12/86 DP to Chris Nelson, Manager, San Felipe Ranch, telling him “to fit in any projects to improve the buildings on the San Jose and Los Huecos ranches…”

3/7/86 DP to Richard Nixon coordinating times to visit during Nixon’s time in San Francisco when DP is co-hosting a reception for the former President

3/7/86 DP donates $10,000 for Taxpayers for Fair Responsibility

3/3/86 DP to Innotech Aviation, Vancouver, authorizing the overhaul of the Pratt & Whitney engine for his Twin Otter [see 2/4/86 for info on bill of sale for the DeHavilland Twin Otter aircraft and the spare parts and pontoons for $510,000 US dollars on 6/7/85]

3/3/86 DP to Donald Kennedy, President, Stanford University: “I am pleased to hear that the contracts between the boards of Stanford University, Stanford Hospital, the Medical School and New Children’s and Old Children’s Hospitals are almost completed…I have prepared a draft of a new pledge agreement…”

3/3/86 DP to Jimmy Carter responding to his “excellent comments” on Defense Management

3/3/86 DP to Walter B. Gerken, Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Co., Newport Beach, sending $10,000 for Californians to Limit Campaign Spending

3/3/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 3/4-6

3/3/86 DP to Wesley Petit, Crocker National Bank, with orders to sell stocks from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation [listed]

3/3/86 DP to President of Stanford transferring 100,000 shares of HP common stock for the new Children’s Hospital

3/3/86 DP to Noboru Takagi, President, Tokyo Engineering University, congratulating him on the inauguration of Tokyo Engineering University on April 15.  “…I could not let this event pass without taking the opportunity to tell you how I feel about its importance.  As you may know, no single element in the long road of success experienced by Hewlett-Packard has had more influence than our association with universities….”

2/27/886 DP to Warren Berl, Sutro & Co., asking for contributions to the Republican Leader’s Fund to keep Republican seats in the House [same letter to John B. Bates, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro]

2/15/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 2/25-28

2/25/86 DP to Genentech Clinical Partners, enclosing $18,182 as final payment on promissory note


2/25/86 DP to Empire Tractor and Equipment Co. for John Deer 750 bulldozer with accessories

Undated speech to those involved with the development of the Spectrum program, emphasizing the teamwork involved.  He says “the Spectrum program has been the largest new product development in the history of the company”

2/24/86 DP to Carl Djerassi, Dept. of Chemistry, Stanford, suggesting a research proposal at the Aquarium. “We have decided to undertake a major research program to fully explore the Monterey Bay Canyon with remotely operated underwater vehicles. Frank Press is helping me organize a one day seminar…in April…We plan to investigate all aspects of the Canyon, oceanographic, marine life, and geological, etc.  This will include collecting samples of all kinds…”  cc to Julie Packard and Dr. Watanabe

2/24/86 DP to Michael von Clemm agreeing to the White Wing Dove shooting party in Mexico in October

2/20/86 DP to Arthur Fong regretting that he cannot attend the party but “want to tell you how much all of us, and I personally, appreciate your friendship and your many outstanding contributions to the company over the years. Immediately after you joined us in 1946 it became apparent that you were a first-class engineer and designer, and products such as the first spectrum analyzer attested to that.  Even more important was your ability to teach others and to help bring along a whole generation of technical people who benefitted immensely from your coaching and product development…”

2/18/86 DP to Estherick Homsey Dodge and Charles Davis congratulating them on receiving the AIA 1986 Firm Award, “well deserved recognition and we are particularly pleased that Charles Davis’s contribution to the Monterey Bay Aquarium design was a factor in determining the award”

2/18/86 DP to Laurence Kirshbaum, President, Warner Books, who sent him “On the Line.”  DP writes: “MCI, who took on AT&T, can take credit for destroying what was a good communications system in this country.  Now that tele-communications has been opened to competition, telephones don’t work, service costs more, and the whole thing is an absolute disaster.”

2/14/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington and Atlanta GA 2/16-20

2/14/86 DP sends $10,000 for The Private Sector Council

2/14/86 DP pledges $100,000 for the Ushiba Memorial Foundation through Tadashi Yamamoto, Japan Center for International Exchange; DP postpones any gift to the Center


2/14/86 DP to Norm Schrock on his retirement: “I remember very well the very important work we did together during the 1940s.  There is no doubt that our work with the Naval Research Laboratory on microwave signal generators was what really got the company started in microwave measurements, which has been one of our most important areas of contribution ever since.  We really did not have the tools or equipment suitable for that kind of work.  I remember bringing back some ideas from NRL.  You were not only willing to try but you did such a good job that it impressed the experts at NRL and provided the foundation for their strong support of HP for many years after.  It was the great confidence Bill and I had in your ability that encouraged us to give you the responsibility to design and develop our first oscilloscope.  It turned out to be an impossible job to immediately catch up with Tektronics.  Nevertheless, the fine work and leadership you provided over the years that followed made it possible to make continuing contributions of great importance in the field of oscilloscopes.  You can take great pride in the fact that your many technical contributions over the years have been a very important factor in the success of our company in the field of electronic measurement.  We all owe a debt of gratitude…”

2/14/86 DP to Arthur Norberg, Director, Charles Babbage Institute, Univ. Of Minnesota: “I have quickly looked over the oral history interview and it will take quite a bit of editing before I would want to have it released.  I am also concerned about your copyright request.  I have said many of the things in this interview to other people and I may wish to use the same comments in some way myself in the future.  Accordingly, I would not be willing to give UC either legal title or copyrights [sic] to the manuscript.”

2/5/86 DP to Donald B. Rice, President, Rand Corporation, thanking him for the working draft on the military acquisition process and questioning the comment that they do not believe warranties will be useful in improving the acquisition process.  “I think that is true if warranties are required to cover the performance of the equipment in a combat environment…warranties could be very useful for certain types of equipment, such as aircraft engines, which could be warranted for performance over a certain number of years after delivery and purchased by the same procedures used in the commercial business.  This would reduce the number of military specifications required, keep people from spending too much time at a manufacturer’s plant, and be generally constructive in this way.  I am sure there are a number of products which could be produced with warranties of this kind and I think the industry would welcome this approach.”


2/4/86 DP to Dean John Hart Ely, Stanford Law School, telling him his nephew, Edwin Packard Aro, is applying for admission.  “He is an outstanding young man…” [see letter 4/29/86 to “Dear Ed,” Denver CO, expressing regret that he didn’t get into Stanford but thinks Boston University a fine place; see also 4/28/86 to Stanford agreeing that only the best applicants are accepted and he wouldn’t want it any other way]

2/4/86 DP to Richard Nixon thanking him for his letter about the Commission on Defense Management.  “We are making good progress on our first report which will be given to President Reagan on February 28.  I will call your office to see if I can find a convenient date to visit with you sometime around the middle of February.”

2/4/86 DP to Roberta M. Darnall, Univ. of Wyoming, in support of the nomination of Thomas Osborne for Distinguished Alumni Award:  “Tom Osborne brought an interesting idea to the attention of our research and development people at the Hewlett-Packard Company about how to design an electronic calculator.  Our research people were so intrigued with the idea that we engaged Tom to come and work with us on the development of such a device.  His ideas and concepts were developed into the first scientific desktop calculator.  This development was followed by the design of the Hewlett-Packard Model 35 handheld calculator which provided impressive mathematical capabilities.  In my opinion Tom Osborne’s contribution ranks very high among the very exciting developments in electronics that have occurred over the last five decades.”

2/3/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 2/4-11

2/3/86 DP donates to Stanford 42,900 shares of Cetus corporation stock valued in the range of $1 million; $100,000 for Hoover Institution in support of the National Fellows Program and the balance for the new Children’s Hospital

1/30/86 DP letter to Roy E. Criswell on his retirement after 30 years; also letter to Morris Graves, Santa Clara Division, after 30 years; also letter to Walter Moy after 30 years beginning in 1956 in the Tab Dept.: “I am reminded of the fact when working with Matt Schmutz you eliminated the need to use the IBM tab card in key punching…and were responsible for the design and company-wide installation of the Entity Records Management System…” [Archivist’s note: Walter Moy is known in the archival-records management field as the man who established records management at HP.]

1/24/86 DP’s speech at the memorial service of Kitty and Ernie Arbuckle including note from President Reagan

1/24/86 DP to Paul H. Nitze, Special Advisory to the President and Secretary of State on Arms Control Matters, thanking him for copies of his speeches.  “Our country is fortunate to have some one with your experience and wisdom willing to provide a guiding hand on this important subject.”  Lu joins him in sending best wishes to him and his family

1/24/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Seattle and Washington DC 1/26-30


1/24/86 DP to T. A. Wilson, Chairman of the Board, The Boeing Company, accepting invitation to make a keynote address at the AIAA May 1st in Arlington; good opportunity to “pitch” recommendations from the commission

1/24/86 DP draft of memories of Ernest and Katherine Arbuckle,  including note from Ronald and Nancy Reagan from The White House [This may be remarks at memorial service.]

1/24/86 DP to Michael J. Malone thanking him for a copy of “The Big Score” and saying he thought Malone had “done an outstanding job depicting Silicon Valley.  I also feel good about Hewlett-Packard Company’s role in the exciting era that you have covered.”

1/22/86 DP sends $5,000 to the Pacific Institute, San Francisco

1/20/86 DP to Lionel A. Rosenblatt, Quebec City, Canada:  “I talked with our people who are managing our ranch in Merced and suggested they consider some of the Laos refugees when they have job openings in the future…”

1/20/86 DP to Dean George R. Packard, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins, sending $10,000, first of three-year pledge

1/20/86 DP sends $1,000 to George Fox College, Newberg, OR

1/20/86 DP sends $10,000 to Palo Alto Medical Foundation

1/20/86 DP sends $1,000 to George Romney for VOLUNTEER

1/16/86 DP to Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, Prince George, BC, Canada, concerning the mobile channel for fixed communications station at Redfern Rapids; he had been using the Siepperts equipment

1/16/86 DP sends John A. McCone $10,000 for the Monterey Institute of International Studies

1/15/86 DP to Martin Feldstein, National Bureau of Economic Research, sending $5,000

1/15/86 DP to Neil Weston, Carmel, saying he owns ”the property called Rancho Grande just south of Nepenthe Restaurant” and would be pleased to look at Weston’s property soon although he is “not actively looking for more property in that area.”

1/15/86 DP sends $50,000 to Center for Strategic & International Studies, Georgetown University in support of the CSIS Defense Weapons Acquisition Study

1/14/86 DP sends $25,000 for the Dawn Redwood Fund, Bohemian Club

1/14/86 DP to David Rockefeller endorsing the idea of a plenary meeting of the Trilateral Commission in San Francisco in 1987; alternatively he suggests Monterey

1/14/86 DP to Ross J. Turner, chairman, Energy Task Force, agreeing “to be a member of the Energy Task force with the understanding my deputy will have to do most of the work”

1/14/86 DP sends $10,000 to the Admiral H. G. Rickover Foundation, McLean VA


1/13/86 DP to Ing. Virgilio Floriani, president, Center Ricerche Economiche Applicate, Milano, Italy, sending $10,000 after HP in Italy denied funds

1/13/86 DP to Red Withers, Pueblo CO, saying he doesn’t get to Pueblo often but has “a nostalgic interest in my old hometown.  Our foundation is supporting some worthy things in Pueblo on a continuing basis and we have a local Advisory Committee to help us decide what we should support….I remember the old Baker Steamer building.  As a matter of fact, I used to go down there and find a few things in the junk yard from time to time that I would use for my hobby when I was a youngster.”

1/10/86 DP to Douglas P. Beighle, VP-Contracts, General Counsel and Secretary, The Boeing Company: “Enclosed is our Proxy Statement for the Hewlett-Packard Company Annual Meeting to be held on February 28th.  The anti-takeover proposals will be of interest to you.”

1/13/86 list of guests for the luncheon honoring Congressman Bob Michel on January 13 at the Pacific-Union Club; about 50 men

Box 20, Folder 5  1986 April, May, June

6/30/86 DP sends $25,000 for the Center for Excellence in Education, McLean VA

6/30/86 DP sends $2,000 to Edgar A. G. Shaw to help with travel expenses for Professor Tamas Tarnoczy to attend the National Research Council of Canada [see also 6/17/86]

6/27/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 6/30-7/2

6/27/86 DP to Edmund B. Fitzgerald, Chairman, Committee for Economic Development, pleased to hear of CED’s interest in the defense management issue.  “The biggest hurdle to the recommendations our panel has made is going to be the Congress.  I am exploring with some other people ways by which we could try to convince the Congress that they should get out of the micromanagement business and look at the major defense issues.  During the past several years the legislation that they have passed on defense management has been very counterproductive.  Our panel’s recommendations point out a much more effective way for them to participate in our national security program.  To get this message across will require a fairly broad based effort…”

6/27/86 DP agrees to address The Commonwealth Club on the report on Defense Management

6/27/86 DP to Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada saying he was planning to be in Toronto with the Board of Directors of Boeing and could come to Ottawa on August 26 or 27 to give the Prime Minister a report on the Commission on Defense Management


6/20/86 DP inviting Ernest C. (Buck) Arbuckle, Jr. to join hunt at the ranch.  “We usually get there in mid-afternoon, sight in our rifles and if the season is already open, go out for a couple of hours around 5 pm.  Friday dinner will probably be around 8 pm…We will hunt Sunday morning and come back to Los Altos mid-afternoon…” [similar invitation to Benjamin Biaggini, 6/2/86; dates of hunt are 8/9-10]

6/20/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC and Boston 6/23-26

6/20/86 DP to Gerd Hellmann, Coarsegold CA saying he doubts that “the new plan” can be retroactive.  “We are picking apricots today at our Los Altos orchard.  The crop is very light this year and the job will be finished tomorrow.”

6/20/86 DP to William R. Thurston, President, GenRad, commending him for his recommendations and questioning “how to get it done.  The system is so tied up with regulations that a contracting officer has virtually no ability to use common sense in his work.  Furthermore, the system does not have the capability of evaluating a quality producer and giving that producer a preference.  Furthermore, the whole system is working like a police state rather than a cooperative partnership.  I hope we can find some way to get the DoD, the Congress and the industry to get together and recognize they are supposed to be working together for the common interest of our nation instead of fighting each other.  The cost of what is going on today is horrendous in dollars, at least five to ten billions of dollars wasted every year to produce nothing but paper.  More important, we are losing our lead in technology which is the most important advantage we have…Keep getting your ideas in front of the public.  It will help.”

6/19/86 DP to Senator Ted Stevens urging that Senate Armed Services Committee reform the Federal personnel system, one of the Commission on Defense Management’s highest priorities

6/18/86 DP praises Allen Drury’s new novel Pentagon to Doubleday

6/18/86 DP to President Reagan urging him to accept the AEA’s invitation to speak at their annual meeting, being combined with a rally for Ed Zschau.  DP notes that the high-technology industry has become the largest manufacturer in the economy and “is one of this nation’s chief hopes for economic prosperity and a secure national defense in the future.”  DP supports Ed Zschau as the best hope for beating Senator Cranston.  Zschau has his roots in the electronics industry.

6/18/86 DP to John F. Welch, Jr., Chairman, General Electric Company, Fairfield CT, agreeing to serve as a supporter for his “Defense Industry Initiative on Business, Ethics and Conduct,” noting that HP “has very little direct defense business”


6/18/86 DP to Karl G. Harr, Jr. President, Aerospace Industries Assoc. of American, pleased that the Association has adapted a code of conduct as a condition of AIA membership.  DP describes the poor response to this idea in the Defense industry and in the Defense Department which “has responded to the problems by unleashing a horde of inspectors and accountants,” which is a logical reaction but “the wrong way to deal with the problem in the long term.”  DP is urging the Defense Department to instigate “a proper code of ethics” and implement “a program to provide appropriate guidance for the conduct of the people in the entire acquisition program.”

6/17/86 DP to John A. McCone, sending $10,000 for the Monterey Institute of International Studies

6/17/86 DP to George Bourne saying he and Mrs. Packard “have not been up to Fallen Leaf frequently in recent years but our children and grandchildren use our place quite often.”  He will discuss with them the offer to purchase Bourne’s property.

6/17/86 DP agrees to give the Francis Boyer Lecture on 12/4 in Washington in order to present again the Commission’s views on defense management, and maybe his own views

6/17/86 DP to Sherman Chickering, San Francisco, concluding with:  “The wildflowers at our property down at Lucia were especially good this year.  The big fire that went through there last year brought out fields of flowers much better than any I have seen in recent years….[referring to the upcoming hunt] I was over to the ranch yesterday and saw a herd of ten Tule elk among which were several calves.”

6/17/86 DP to Harold Brown, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins, responding to Brown’s plan of having former Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries of Defense write a proposal on Strategic Nuclear Policy and programs.  DP thinks the various items should be listed for discussion rather than having the conclusions prescribed

6/16/86 DP to Joe Spinozzi in the HP Santa Clara Division assuring him of the importance of craftsmanship and continuation of “traditional machining and fabrication activities” although HP must look to new ways in the future [Archivist note: sounds like a letter written by HP internal communications not DP]

6/16/86 DP to W. Dale Compton of the National Academy of Engineering pointing out the new report by the sub-committee of the White House Science Council (chaired by DP and Allan Bromley of Yale) which made recommendations to the Federal government on universities research and urging him and the National Academy of Sciences to make this matter a high priority


6/16/86 DP to Dr. Walter H. Munk, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, expressing interest in his idea of a museum of oceanographic measurements.  DP would consider providing funding, although he may want it at the Aquarium rather than at Scripps

6/16/86 DP to Governor George Deukmejian asking support of SB805, providing $85 million bond issue “for acquisition of sites supporting examples of California’s unique natural heritage”

6/10/86 DP to Mrs. Iva J. Henson, Newport OR, thanking her for the letter her late sister Lillian wrote in 1977 but never sent.  “The many thoughts she expressed about my parents, and her employment in my father’s law office brought back many fond memories.” [personal]

6/6/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 6/9-12

6/5/86 DP to president of the Devil’s Creek Flat Association saying he is discussing the possibility of some additional space for the UC program “but it will not be on the flat directly below your place.”

6/7/86 DP to Anthony Oettinger, Program for Information Resources Policy, Harvard: “…[I] am not surprised about the trouble you are having with the DoD.  The whole place is in a state of chaos right now because they have so many auditors and inspector generals running around that no one will do anything that might not meet every rule in the book…”

6/3/86 DP to May Anderson, Pueblo CO, thanking her for her letter.  “It gave me an opportunity to recall the wonderful years at Centennial.  Please don’t worry a bit about the comments in the Enquirer.  It is difficult not to be misquoted in any of the news media”

6/3/86 DP to R.A.O. Overacker offering to have him “make a wooden boat,” providing $1650 per month and up to $5000 for tools and payment of materials; apparently this is a gift and will help Overacker “become a master boatbuilder” [see 5/20/86 letter saying Overacker’s father “was a very good friend of Bill Hewlett and me”]

6/2/86 DP to Polaroid Corporation thanking them for the new Spectra System camera they sent him and congratulating the design teams who “have made an unusual contribution to the field of personal photography”

6/2/86 DP to Publisher of Miller Freeman Publications saying he is pleased to receive recognition at the John Fluke, Sr. Memorial Award Ceremony June 24

6/2/86 DP to Jacqie Cantando sending his and Mrs. Packard’s wishes for a speedy recover to her mother.  “She was a wonderful employee in the early years of Hewlett-Packard and I always considered her to be a good personal friend.”

7/2/86 DP to John McCain sending him $1,000 to help in his campaign for the US Senate. “Your father was a good friend of mine when I was at the Defense Department and we were all pleased to have you back from Hanoi.”


6/2/86 DP to Rhett B. Dawson and Paul Stevens, Commission on Defense Management, sending them several books which “will help to get a hard hitting final report.”  Books are World Class Manufacturing and Rules for Leadership; DP has marked pages with important ideas

5/24/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 5/27-29

5/21/86 DP memo to Emery Rogers: “…I have been very cool on the idea of the Technology Center of Silicon Valley in San Jose…Tony Ridder was a big sponsor and Mrs. Packard was involved to a degree in selecting an architect…but frankly, I am very cool on the whole idea”

5/21/86 DP to the Rev. Leon H. Sullivan expressing pleasure that things are going well with the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help

5/21/86 DP to Bill Honig urging him to help provide better training for school educators in California and support EXEL

5/20/86 DP sends $50,000 for the National Humanities Center

5/20/86 DP sends $5,000 for the National Academy of Science for the 40th birthday of ONR

5/20/86 DP to Demian Duggan, Santa Barbara, who wrote for ideas for “building an empire.”  DP wrote: “Actually I never had any thoughts about building an empire.  I simply decided to learn as much as I could about electronics and I did my very best to do good job at whatever the task at hand.  One bit of very important advice I received from the writings of David Starr Jordan, the first president of Stanford University…that the most important obligation young men and women starting at Stanford had was to the person they would be twenty or thirty years later.” [Archivist’s note:  This became a form letter, responding to any question about the formula for success.]

5/20/86 DP to Raph Osterling expressing disappointment in the job they did on his drip system and wanting a break-down of expenses before paying the rest of the bill

5/13/86 DP to Senator Pete Wilson urging support for the Coordinated Operating Agreement and the consensus reached between most water interests in the state

5/13/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 5/14-15

5/12/86 DP to Robert Stephens: “Mother and I are pleased to send you the enclosed check for $20,000.  As you can see our gift is a little early this year, but we thought it might be helpful.”  Julie and Robert Stephens each received $20,000 for Sarah and Louise; same to Julie Packard; Robin Burnett; Nancy Burnett; Jason, Sierra, and Christopher Burnett; David Woodley Packard; Pam Packard; Adriana and Woodley Packard; Franklin Orr; Susan Orr; David and Katie Orr

5/12/86 DP sends $61,966.48 to the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara

5/12/86 DP sends $5,000 to Lincoln Club of Northern California

5/2/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 5/4-12

4/29/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 4/30-5/2


4/29/86 DP memo to Joel Birnbaum: “I had a very interesting visit with Bill Gates, who is the founder and head of Microsoft Corporation.  He is a young man, 28 years old, and has certainly done an outstanding job developing his company.  I think some of your people might enjoy visiting with him and I have suggested that he get in touch with you…he would be particularly interested in talking with Ira Goldstein about artificial intelligence, and I think you might find it of interest to hear how his company is organized to handle the softwear [sic] development.  It seems to me if would be very worthwhile to get them interested in developing softwear for our Spectrum program.  I did not discuss that subject with  him because I did not know whether or not you would think it appropriate”

4/29/86 DP to “Mr. William H. Gates, III” saying: “I enjoyed the opportunity to visit with you about your fine company.  You have certainly done an outstanding job and should be very proud of the progress you have made.  I would be very pleased to arrange a visit for you with some of our people here in the company.  I think it would be best for Joel Birnbaum, who is head of HP Laboratories, to arrange your visit.  He would know who to have you talk to here.”

4/28/86 DP to AirBC thanking them for help in selecting a pilot for his Twin Otter and for help in refresher training for Wendell E. Bell [other letters on this subject]

4/28/86 DP to Simon Mitchell hiring him for the summer at Tetachuck fishing camp, mainly as flight assistant on the Twin Otter

4/28/86 DP to Joel Birnbaum on Shaw Computer Company [see also memo 4/21 to John Young]

4/28/86 DP sends $50,000 to Howard [see memo, same date, approving of Howard University faculty loan program]

4/28/86 DP to Bay Area Coordinator of Concern sending $1,000

4/28/86 DP to Dean John Hart Ely, Stanford Law School: “You were thoughtful to report on my nephew’s application…I understand that you have an obligation to accept the best applicants and I do not want it to be otherwise” [see also 2/4/86]

4/28/86 DP to Michael B. Suessman, Assistant General Counsel, DoD: “In view of DoD Directive 5405.2 I have concluded it would be desirable to have DoD counsel if I am asked to testify”

4/25/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 4/27-28

4/24/86 DP pledges $250,000 to Concord Academy, Concord MA, over 5 years

4/24/86 DP sends $1,000 to Japan-American Student Conference, Washington DC


4/24/86 DP to California Academy of Science: “Thank you for your note of March 27th suggesting an endowed chair in honor of Ernie and Kitty Arbuckle at [CAS].  We are considering other alternatives and we have not yet made a decision…”

4/24/86 DP to George C. Gamboa concerning the sale of his coast  property at $500/acre for 320 acres [see also 9/9/86 for higher offer for Gamboa’s land, identified as being at “French Camp”]

4/24/86 DP to Professor Margaret A. Strom, George Washington University, who asked him to write an essay: “As a matter of fact, writing has never been one of my strong forts [sic] and accordingly I don’t think I would contribute anything worthy of your collection”

4/22/86 DP to Charles E. Luckhard, Jr.: “I have often thought of the many good times we had at Divide Springs.  As a matter of fact, as I ride around the ranch these days it brings back many nostalgic memories, particularly some of those related to your father and his friends.  I don’t think the files you send me are of any particular value at this time but we’ll keep them on hand in case”

4/22/86 DP to Julie Packard: “For the record: This is in response to your letter of April 15th.  I think you should proceed with the restoration of the Old Coast House as you have outlined in your letter”

4/21/86 DP to President of Polytechnic University, Brooklyn NY, saying he would support an event to honor Dr. Ernst Weber

4/21/86 DP sends $5,000 to Committee for a Single Six-Year Presidential Term

4/17/86 DP to William G. Onsted, Private Sector Council, thanking them for the event on March 24th: “While I appreciate the recognition, I thoroughly enjoyed the social opportunity to be able to see many of my fellow Bohemians and longtime business acquaintances from around the country.  It was a fun and special evening.”

4/14/86 DP summary of his evaluation of the Monterey Bay Aquarium with specifics and criticism [may have been a talk but probably was for use by his family]

4/11/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 4/13-17

4/10/86 DP to Kenneth R. Alford in response to his letters “regarding what you consider an over representation of a group at Stanford University Hospital”; DP wrote he would destroy the letters

4/4/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 4/6-17 with side trip to NY for meeting with President Nixon and attending the Trilateral Commission Dinner

4/4/86 DP sends $1,000 for the Konnyu Election Committee in Saratoga

4/2/86 DP to Univ. of Texas at Austin sending $1,000 for the Walter Cronkite Chair

Box 20, Folder 6  1886 July, August, September


9/29/86 DP to Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane saying his letter “raises some questions about your judgement” and then outlines the need for the White House to grant a 5-year budget and force “the systems to plan within that limit.” Also thanks him for his “strong support”

9/29/86 DP to Barber B. Conable, President of The World Bank, suggesting that “you consider cooperating with The Nature Conservancy in building Conservation Data Centers on a country by country basis so that continuously updated information on wildlife and wildlands is available…”

9/23/86 DP to John B. Rutherford saying he is “already working on Proposition 64. It would be very bad for the state if it were to pass.”

9/29/86 DP to Joe Ferraro saying he has “decided I should not get involved in Pueblo politics”

9/29/86 DP to Peter J. Coniglio: “I was sorry to have your letter…We may get the Aquarium problem resolved…I would like to hold your letter in confidence or ask you to withdraw it for now with the hope I will not have to accept your resignation from the Board”

Letters about the John Fluke Sr. Memorial Award

9/25/86 DP grants permission to Charles W. Kyd to quote from his speech “Growth from Performance”

9/24/86 DP thanks Ernest C. “Buck” Arbuckle, Jr. for photo album of the August fishing group

9/22/86 DP memo to Don Hammond: “Medical NMR is one of the great break-throughs of the century…I think we have a great opportunity to make a great contribution in this field”

9/19/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 9/21-25

9/18/86 DP to Torrey Everett, III, supporting Bob Gwinn’s application for the Bohemian Club

9/18/86 DP to Al Alquist, Chair, Senate Budget Committee, thanking him for his leadership in reforming unitary in the State of CA: “You had the courage.”  He writes that HP supported Senate Bill 85 and was pleased to have it passed and signed by the Governor [similar letter to Jim Nielsen and John Vasconcellos]

9/9/86 DP signed file G1559 for Tetachuck Lodges Inc. sent by George W. Baldwin, Wilson King, Prince George, BC, Canada

9/8/86 DP to The Harvard College fund saying “I would prefer to be recorded as an anonymous donor when you publish a report”

Undated recommendation for Ernest C. Arbuckle, Jr. for membership in the Bohemian Club

9/8/86 DP to David Gardner, President UC: “In view of the Governor’s [Deukmejian] position on disinvestment and because of corporate involvement in South Africa, I would not want to be a member of your Citizens Committee to Support Proposition 56″


9/5/86 DP to Roger Heyns, Hewlett Foundation, enclosing a copy of his “Lakeside Talk” which was “on an impromptu basis” so “this draft will not track precisely what I said, but all of the important points are covered”

9/5/86 DP to W. Glenn Campbell, Chairman, Reagan Presidential Foundation, pledging $2.5 million to be paid in annual amounts.  “…this gift should be held absolutely anonymous while the President is in office” [letter also sent to Michael K. Deaver]

Many letters on the federal government trying to establish an alternative personnel system for scientists, engineers, and acquisition personnel in the DoD; was dropped from the Defense Authorization Bill

8/27/86 DP to Thomas H. Skillicorn concerning the Avila property

8/27/86 DP to Ken Norris, Big Creek Reserve, UC, Environmental Field Program, Santa Cruz, suggesting that a plan be developed for locating the facilities for his Big Creek property; a good road can be built

8/26/86 DP to Lt. Gen. Brent Scrowcroft regretting that he can’t join him in another trip to China.  “I enjoyed our last trip…”

8/26/86 DP to F. H. Billips, Jr., VP, Grenmede Trust Co., Philadelphia, urging continual support for the American Enterprise Institute where DP has been a trustee since 1978

8/25/86 DP sends sympathy to Agnes Burke on the death of her husband Jack; “admired his great contribution to the work of the Business Council over many years”

8/25/86 DP to John E. Swearingen: “Bill Hewlett and I were up there [Redfern Rapids] last week and had some excellent fishing”

8/22/86 DP arranges for a firm to do some surveying at Tetachuck for a new lease agreement

Various stock gifts to The Wilson Center, University of Santa Clara, and El Camino Hospital Foundation

8/21/86 DP to Jack Althausen: “…the instability in the purchasing of military weapons caused by the lack of stable long range plans in both congressional and administration action, costs the country tens of billions of dollars every year”

8/21/86 to Del Rasmussen concerning surveying of the property of the Avila family along Elkhorn Slough; wants accurate description of his property

8/11/86 DP to William Bentley recommending Marquis Childs for membership in the Pacific Union Club

8/8/86 DP to James G. Ling, Arlington VA, hiring him to help in planning next step for the President’s Commission on Defense Management


8/8/86 DP sends $5,000 to help the campaign of Dave Leroy, agreeing that Cecil Andrus “is not the man to be Governor of Idaho”

8/8/86 DP sends $5,000 for the Walt Gamage Scholarship Fund

8/8/86 DP sends $50,000 for the American Enterprise Institute

8/8/86 DP sends $1,000 to help with the dinner dance honoring Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr.

8/6/86 DP, on San Felipe Ranch stationery, writes to Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors urging the retention of the Wildlife Conservation Ranger/County Game Warden position

8/4/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 8/5-6

8/1/86 DP sends $500 to help with the campaign for Nick Mavroules

8/8-10/86 list of hunters, staff, and hosts attending the San Felipe Ranch Deer Hunt

7/28/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 7/19-31

7/24/86 DP sends $1,000 for the campaign of Bob Kirscht in Colorado

7/23/86 DP sends $10,000 to National Academy of Public Administration

7/23/86 DP to The White House recommending John Busterud for appointment as Ambassador to Denmark

7/23/86 DP sends $25,000 to Pacific Legal Foundation

7/23/86 DP sends $10,000 to the Herman Kahn Memorial Center

7/23/86 DP pledges $100,000 to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

7/18/86 DP recommends Parker Gilbert Montgomery for membership in the Pacific Union Club

7/18/86 DP asks that his name not be included on a Patron’s tank at the National Aquarium

7/17/86 DP to Berry Arras of the California Monitor of Education: “…I have no interest whatever in your opinion about what our foundation should do”

7/17/86 DP to William L. Lloyd, Pueblo, CO, thanking him for “the pictures of the Colorado College Football Champions of 1900.”  He didn’t “think my father is properly identified in the picture on the field”

7/17/86 DP sends $500 to help with the campaign of Bill Duplissea for State Assembly

7/16/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Los Angeles 7/17-18, Bohemian Grove

7/14/86 DP agrees to serve on the advisory committee for the National Congress on Engineering Education

7/14/86 DP to Sharon Jameson in Prince George, enclosing a sketch of the planned bedroom addition and a check for expenses

7/11/86 DP to Stephanie Ashurst: “In response to your letter…I could not disagree with you more”


7/7/86 DP to Jennifer Carrico, age 10, in response to her letter about enjoying computers. “Your mother and father are important members of our company.  They have helped our company become successful.  If you learn as much as you can and work hard, you could be the president of Hewlett-Packard someday.”

7/7/86 DP to Addison-Wesley providing his quote for use in connection with the publication of Lessons: an Autobiography of Dr. An Want

Box 20, Folder 7  1986 October, November, December

12/22/86 DP gives Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Brioza $40,000 “for the fine help you have given us over the years”

12/17/86 DP to OSD Historian Alfred Goldberg: “I am not planning to come to Washington very often in 1987, but when I do I will try to find some time to meet with you”

12/17/86 DP to George S. Kachajian, chairman, Silicon Technology Corporation, sharing his frustration “about the Administration’s position on decontrol on the COCOM list.  I have spent a year trying to get the DoD to use some common sense on this and many other issues.  I have come to the conclusion that the only way we can get a sensible policy on this matter is to get a new Secretary of Defense.”

12/17/86 DP to Representative Claudine Schneider who asks for support of her literacy project.  “To be frank with you, I do not think illiteracy has much of anything to do with our continuing problem with competitiveness.  Furthermore, my experience in Washington last year has raised serious doubts about whether I should waste any more time on public policy issues…”

12/17/86 DP to Sydney Finkelstein, Strategy Research Center, Columbia University: “I am not in a position to answer your questions sent with your letter of December 8 except in this way.  Neither Mr. Hewlett nor I have [sic] been involved in any day-to-day decisions of the company for the past three or four years.  We consult with Mr. Young when he asks for our advice.  The other executives are in positions of leadership because they have extensive knowledge about their assigned activity and a long record of good judgement.  I have always considered special expertise or knowledge combined with proven good judgement as the only legitimate sources of influence in the decision making process of our company”

12/17/86 DP donates $5,000 to the Alliance to Save Energy

12/17/86 DP gives HP stock to people who work with him and Lucile

12/16/86 DP to Bruce Elliott, Dept. of Fish and Game concerning the trail and parking lot use of DP’s property which DP says will eventually go to the Aquarium Foundation or some other conservation organization


12/16/86 DP to David A. Hamburg, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York, thanking him for his kind note about the interview in the Christian Science Monitor and agreeing that cooperation “between our modest family foundation and Carnegie” is possible.  “Lucile is as busy as ever and has a big agenda of things she would like to do.”

12/16/86 DP to Howard R. Swearer, President, Brown University, turning down his offer to join Swearer’s national advisory council.  “Frankly, I have become very disillusioned about all of the activities involved in trying to influence public policy.  I have concluded it is a futile business and accordingly, I am going to spend the next year or two on some projects of personal interest”

12/16/86 DP to James Ling, Ling Technologies, Washington DC, outlining a consulting arrangement where Ling will visit federal laboratories and identify those “of interest to Hewlett-Packard.”  Acting director of HP labs, Don Hammond, is to supervise.

12/16/85 DP donates 200,000 shares of HP common stock to Children’s Hospital at Stanford

12/16/86 DP and Lu are to sign escrow papers on the Avila Ranch property [see also 12/9/86 letter on property]

12/15/86 DP turns down again the invitation to join Brent Scowcroft on the UN delegation trip to China

12/15/86 DP outlines terms contract for Clarence E. Tighe and his wife “to take on the management job for me at Elkhorn Slough,” with benefits similar to San Felipe Ranch

12/15/86 DP to Brad Erickson firing him from work at San Felipe and Elkhorn and outlining the reasons why

12/15/86 DP to Marshall M. Lee thanking him for the book on Tektronix, “having known Howard Vollum over the past several years, I know it will be most interesting…”

12/15/86 DP to John R. Silber, President, Boston University, thanking him for a copy of the address by Mangosuthu G. Buthelezi which DP will quote at the shareholders meeting next year “where we would, undoubtedly, have some people present urging us to disassociate our company from South Africa”

12/15/86 DP to businessman in Korea who wanted funds to develop vocational training.  DP turns him down:  “The reason for this decision is that our corporate officers have set a firm policy that all international donations are to be funded and managed locally, and not in the U.S…”

12/11/86 DP donates his $10,000 stipend from the Francis Boyer Lecture/Award, on Dec. 4, to the American Enterprise Institute [see also 12/9/86 letters on funding of AEI]

12/4/86 DP turns down the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award to devote time to his personal interests [one of many requests to honor him, to have him speak, to join causes, etc. which he refused]


12/4/86 DP gives Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Peale, Pismo Beach, access to his beach property at Gamboa Point for “limited use on specific dates”

12/3/86 DP agrees to introduce MIT Associate Provost, Samuel Jay Keyser, to Turk Murphy; wrote a letter to David Woodley suggesting he contact Keyser

12/3/86 DP to Jim Barmeier suggesting that “the best venture capital firm in this area is Hambrecht & Quist,” Menlo Park

12/3/86 DP to An Wang requesting the leather bound edition of his            Lessons

12/3/86 DP sends $5,000 to Lincoln University Foundation, San Francisco; pleased to learn that students from 39 countries are enrolled

12/1/86 DP congratulates “each of the companies that have signed the Defenses Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct”; pleased that the first Best Practices Forum went well; hopes Congress will recognize the importance “of this undertaking”

12/3/86 DP to Senator John Heinz thanking him for the report of his delegation’s visit to Peoples Republic of China where HP has a very successful joint venture.  “Our business there in 1986 had an increase of 36% over 1985. Part of that increase came from more rapid processing of licenses in Washington but that continues to be a problem needing attention.”  DP sees business leveling off in 1987 but HP is planning “additional investments because we believe there will continue to be an increasing demand for our products in the years ahead.”  DP hopes Congress will improve the opportunities for U.S. trade and business relationships with the PRC”

12/3/86 DP to UCB Professor Richard Holton saying he did not see “any urgent need” for Holton’s program on human resources and product innovation in high tech business

12/3/86 DP to Mrs. Cordelia S. May, Ligonier PA, reporting on his recent conversation with Mel Laird about the American Enterprise Institute on whose board DP sits.  “Mel has made me aware of your interest in population and immigration policy.  Mrs. Packard and I have a strong interest in population control, all other problems of the future are insignificant by comparison”

12/2/86 DP to John Clavel, Geneva: “I have been troubled for some time about the ability of our company to keep creative people and benefit as much as we should from their work.  We have been discussing this issue here in Palo Alto recently but have not yet arrived at a solution”

12/2/86 DP endorses nomination of Charles M. Davis to be a fellow in the American Institute of Architects.  Davis worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and DP “spent a great deal of time working with him on this project…”


12/1/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 12/2-5

11/25/86 DP regrets missing the dedication of the new student center at Stanford honoring Ernie and Kitty Arbuckle

11/18/86 DP to J. Roger Samuelson concerning the use of DP’s equipment (list attached) to maintain the roads on the UC property near DP’s Gamboa properties; this is an insurance problem

11/18/86 DP to Bill Morel, HP Lab, Bristol, who wrote in support of an organization called FREEZE: “…the issues of nuclear defense policy are very complex and can not be solved by the expedient of a simple freeze at present levels.  While I do not agree with every aspect of President Reagan’s defense policies I support them in general, including SDI.  Many aspects of this program are, in fact, technically feasible.” [see letter 11/12/86: “I plan to continue my support for nuclear power and a strong defense establishment”]

11/14/86 DP donates $1,000 to help send Union City All Stars to Disneyland as a reward for achievement

11/13/86 DP to Greg Kegel, Northern Montana College, sending regrets that he cannot make the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Hewlett-Packard CAD facility, a lab with up-to-date state of the art equipment, mostly HP

11/12/86 DP to Christopher Forbes, Forbes Magazine: “I do not think the Japanese are completely fair competitors in the U.S. marketplace.  They use part-time workers in their production and these people receive about one-half of the union wage in Japan.  Furthermore, their market is no where near as open to American companies as the U.S. market is to Japanese companies…I think Japanese investment in the U.S. is good for the U.S. economy.  It provides jobs…also provides competition which helps to keep American companies on their toes”

12/12/86 DP to Jacques Gansler saying that the Justice Department is completely off base in the Jim Beggs case; offers help

12/12/86 DP is not surprised that there were increases in the assessment at the Tetachuck Lake property

11/7/86 DP lists gifts of HP stock to employees at the San Felipe Ranches

11/7/86 DP “Open Letter to Readers of China Hewlett-Packard Advances,” one-page: “…it became clear in the early 1970’s to leaders in education, science and industry that China was on the threshold of great advancement…those of us associated with the Hewlett-Packard Company take great pride in the fact that we were among the first organizations outside of China to make a positive and continuous commitment…”


11/5/86 DP to Julian Levine, TRW Inc., thanking him for “help with the anti-nuclear initiative in Sonoma county” with a $5,000 commitment from TRW.  DP tells Levine that he has “seen many of our mutual friends and colleagues in Washington and many fond memories of our DoD years were brought to mind.”

11/4/86 DP’s scheduled trip to New York, 11/5-6

10/13/86 DP memo to Don Hammond telling him of his friend Jim Ling who is starting a business of helping private sector companies make better use of the R&D done at federal labs.  DP wants Hammond to meet with Ling and discuss a continuing relationship [DP seems to be paying Ling’s salary from his personal account]

10/19/86 DP donates $56,601.74 as part of his pledge to the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara

10/29/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Boston 10/30-31 for the Research Laboratory of Electronics, 40th Anniversary Symposium where DP is speaking

10/29/86 DP donates $10,000 to School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

10/27/86 DP pledges $100,000 to the University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo

10/27/86 DP pledges $100,000 to the Pueblo Family YMCA

10/27/86 DP donates $100,000 to Morehouse College

10/27/86 DP pledges $100,000 to Junior Achievement

10/27/86 DP donates $250,000 to Home Equity Loan Program for Seniors, Palo Alto

10/27/86 DP donates $25,000 to Museum of Flight, The Boeing Company

10/24/86 DP donates $50,000 to The Wilson Center, Smithsonian

10/24/86 DP donates $150,000 to Howard University

10/24/86 DP donates $25,000 to the University of Santa Clara

10/24/86 DP donates $220,000 to York School, Monterey

10/24/86 DP donates $50,000 to the George P. Shultz Professorship, University of Chicago

10/24/86 DP donates $20,000 for the Arbuckle Chair, Stanford Graduate School of Business

10/23/86 DP donates $25,000 to the Foundation for Management Education in Central America

10/23/86 DP donates $10,000 to the Hoover Presidential Library Association

10/23/86 DP donates $25,000 for the chair in national security and military affairs at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard

10/23/86 DP donates $50,000 of a $150,000 pledge for the Concord Academy where his daughter Susan is on the Board of Trustees

10/23/86 DP donates $100,000 to the Colorado College

10/23/86 DP donates $100,000 to Castilleja School, Palo Alto

10/23/86 DP donates $25,000 to the Bob Hope Village, Fort Walton Beach, FL

10/23/86 DP donates $10,000 to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for their Medical Institute


10/23/86 DP donates $25,000 to the Golden Gate Challenge Foundation with wishes for their “bringing the America’s Cup back to America”

10/23/86 DP donates $50,000 to Fisk University

10/23/86 DP donates $10,000 to Linfield College, McMinnville OR as promised to Lyle Nelson

10/23/86 DP donates $10,000 to the Japan Center for International Exchange, Tokyo

10/23/86 DP donates $5,000 to the Japan Society of Northern California

10/23/86 DP donates $50,000 to the Community Hospital, Monterey

10/23/86 DP pledges $1,000,000 to the “Wild California” program of The Nature Conservancy

10/20/86 DP agrees to be co-sponsor of the award dinner for John Brodie

10/17/86 DP’s contract with Ling Technologies, Inc. in which he receives 200 shares [see also 10/8/86 letter to Nathan Finch: “I am doing this to help Jim Ling get started and I don’t expect to get rich on the deal.”]

10/16/86 DP regrets that he cannot participate in the Naval Research Laboratory colloquia in early 1987, especially since he has had “some interest in and involvement with NRL since 1942″

10/16/86 DP to Victor Bartell from McWilliam, Whyte, Goble & Associates, Prince George BC who has completed the surveying work at the Tetachuck Lodge

10/16/86 DP to President Ronald Reagan inviting him to speak at the NASA Symposium on Productivity and Quality in Washington Dec. 2-3: “A few words from you at this conference will give a big boost to Jim Fletcher and his team in their commitment to revitalizing the U.S. space program”

10/16/86 DP to Richard P. Godwin, Under Secretary for Acquisitions, DoD, suggesting he put on his agenda the problem of spare parts and replacement items and he meet with the Logistics Management Institute who provide advice in this area under the chairmanship of Roger Lewis: “When you have had a chance to size up this problem, I will have some suggestions for your consideration”

10/16/86 DP to Nathan C. Finch on drawing up the papers for the Gamboa property with the UC right-of-way and the right-of-way first refusal [see also 10/8/86, noted below]

10/16/86 DP donates $5,000 to the “Donald R. Fortier Children’s Fund” responding to a request from Robert C. McFarlane

10/16/86 DP endorses the reappointment of Jesse H. Oppenheimer to the board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center

10/16/86 DP donates $100 to help with the distribution of “They Dare to Speak Out”


10/8/86 DP to George Gamboa outlining the steps to be taken to finalize the purchase of the 320 acre parcel for $275,000 and requesting photographs of the houses, barns and dance floor which were destroyed by fire.  “I do not know when I can get to it but I would like to rebuild some of the buildings.”

10/8/86 DP to Maurice H. Stans pledging $1,000,000 to the President Nixon Library

10/8/86 DP donates $25,000 for the William L. Everitt Chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Undated endorsement of Secretary Fowler for Bohemian Club

10/6/86 DP to Rhett Dawson suggesting the Public Oversight Board, which was set up to oversee the activities of public accounting firms in their work relating to the SEC, take on some of the defense industry problems; call Mel Laird

10/6/86 DP to Michael von Clemm, London, thanking him for the El Tejon hunt: “You had a wonderful group of people and more doves than I have seen anywhere”

10/6/86 DP to James G. Ling donating $6,000 in addition to check sent on August 8 “in appreciation of your ‘beyond the call of duty’ help to us [Lucile and himself] on various matters during the past year”

10/1/86 DP’s scheduled trip to San Antonio and Mexico 10/2-5

Box 20, Folder 8  1987 January, February, March

3/20/87 DP requests photographs of Bob Rishell paintings from Troy’s Galleries, Scottsdale AZ

3/27/87 DP to Alan R. Yuspeh about the upcoming meeting of industry leaders and the Armed Services Committee

3/27/87 DP to William G. Onsted resigning as Chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Private Sector Council effective 4/1/87 “in view of these personal [health] developments”

8/23/87 DP to Kenneth L. Schroeder, Los Altos Hills: “Our company established two important policies in the early 1940s that have been strongly supported wherever our plants and facilities are located.  One is to provide for special recreational facilities for the use of our employees, and the other is to be a good citizen in the communities where our employees live…”; Schroeder wants HP to stop financing the project to expand the athletic field at Foothill College

3/20/87 DP to Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Goss donating $500 each from Mrs. Packard and himself for Governor duPont’s campaign

3/18/87 DP to Christopher C. DeMuth, American Enterprise Institute, expressing concern over the appointment of Richard N. Perle, whom he thinks “is one of the worst people DoD has ever had…it is absolutely essential that the scholars of AEI present an unbiased, objective analysis of the critical issues of U.S. public policy for the benefit of the Congress, the administration and the public at large”


3/18/87 DP to the president of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation pledging $1,000,000 to be used to honor Dr. Marcus Krupp for his “long and distinguished contribution to the art and science of medical practice in our community…tell Marc…it is simply delayed compensation for having had to live with such a difficult roommate during his freshman year at Stanford 57 years ago”

3/18/87 DP to Julie Packard concerning the Monterey Bay Canyon Research effort.  DP has “second thoughts about whether this should be all done under the Aquarium Foundation or whether we should set up a separate foundation for the research project…”

3/18/87 DP sends sympathy to Richard Guggenhime on the death of his wife Charlotte

3/18/87 DP to Hitachi Foundation encouraging their support for the Chemical Education for Public Understanding Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science

3/18/87 DP’s endorsement of Ed Meese to the Bohemian Club

3/18/87 DP to Peninsula Open Space Trust, providing $250,000 toward the purchase of the Cowell Foundation property

3/17/87 DP to Louis W. Cabot, The Brookings Institution, expressing interest in “the crisis in federal career service” and adding: “Unfortunately, your timing was not very good.  I have been confined to the hospital and home for the past two weeks.  This has given me too much time to watch the TV reports on the current Washington scene and also to look into the practical results of our National Management Commission.  I see the DoD working hard to make it appear as though they are putting our recommendations in place when, in fact, it appears to me they are working hard to be sure nothing is changed in the way they operate.  The federal career problem is so strongly influenced by the issues of political image and emotional bias that I do not think a commission can have any real influence on this problem even with the distinguished people you can enlist to help.”  He agrees to donate $150,000 if Cabot can’t raise the money and wants to go ahead with establishing a national commission.

3/17/87 DP donates $1,000,000 to the University of Southern California, School of Engineering

3/10/87 DP to Gary Greene of Moss Landing Marine Labs: “I have talked to Clarence Tighe about the old D4 tractor at Elkhorn.  You can take it and use it in return for keeping it in operating shape.  If we need it for a day or two now and then, we will arrange to pick it up…”


3/10/87 DP memo to John Young on subject of Wood Associates, S.P.: “I am not interested in this.  If you are, let them know and if not, I will turn it off.” [Archivist’s note: This is one of the few DP communications to Young in these months.]

3/10/87 DP to Frank Carlucci, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, informing him of “a flare-up problems with my back” and being placed in a fiber-glass cast and being “grounded” for thirty days. “I am pleased to see that the situation at the White House is improving from the work of the Tower Commission.”

3/10/87 DP to Roland W. Schmitt, Chairman, National Science Board, expressing pleasure at being selected to receive the Vannevar Bush Award.  “I am sure there are many others more deserving of this award than I, but I also believe that Dr. Bush had a more positive influence on the relationship of science and the federal government than any of the other great scientists of this era.  For that reason I consider this to be a very special recognition for me.”

3/6/87 DP to Raymond E. (Red) LeMasters, Pueblo CO, inviting him and others for a week at Tetachuck Lodge in June.  Others are Dale Rea, Bud Damman, Andy Sackman

3/6/87 DP to Rodney Perkins, Resound Corp., Palo Alto, agreeing to invest $100,000 in the corporation and hoping Barney Oliver and Don Hammond will also participate

3/4/87 DP memo to Mike Lee, Larry Thompson, and Dan Bihn on the “Remotely Operated Vehicle System for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Program”

2/23/87 DP to California Museum of Science and Industry endorsing the nomination of Dr. Alejandro Zaffaroni, founder and chairman of the Alza Corporation as the California Industrialist of the Year

2/13/87 DP to Bruce Stewart, Education Program Curator, Monterey Bay Aquarium, approving field trips on the Elkhorn Slough property with “concern about people wandering off of the natural trails on the rest of the property”

2/13/87 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 2/13-17

2/11/87 DP donates $1,000 to Responsible Gun Owners

2/11/87 DP lists for the Under Secretary for Acquisitions DoD men whom he think could be helpful in evaluating the Strategic Defense Initiative, giving retired HP Exec. Vice President Ralph Lee high praise

2/10/87 DP to Miss Mary Packard, 1445 Bernal Avenue, Burlingame: “I apologize for the long delay in responding to your note of December 31st.  We were saddened by the loss of your father.  Although I had not seen him recently, I was a great admirer of him for many years.  Lu and I hope to have a chance to see you and say hello some time in the near future.”


2/10/87 DP to Dede Bent, Pacific Grove: “…I do not believe it would be practical for us to set up an aquaculture effort in the fresh water ponds on our Moss Landing property.  This property is being developed primarily to restore it to its original state and to attract wildlife”

2/10/87 DP to Walter H. Munk, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, UC, San Diego, agreeing to grant $30,000 “to prepare an inventory of existing instruments and documentation to determine what might be required for a special collection”

2/10/87 DP to Denny Smith of the Foundation: Americans for Strength through Efficiency, saying he would not provide financial support for the foundation as “there are already too many foundations.”  He adds “I also question whether it is appropriate for member of the Congress to establish foundations focusing on the military establishment…One clear conclusion…is that the people in the Congress were spending far too much time discussing detail defense issues, line items in the budget and the like…”

2/9/87 DP endorses the nomination of Dr. Arnold O. Beckman for the Founders Award of the National Academy of Engineering.  “I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. Beckman on many occasions since Mr. Hewlett and I started our company in 1939.  Dr. Beckman had started his company in Southern California a few years before and we benefitted from his wisdom in…the field of scientific instrumentation…”

2/9/87 DP to Ernst Weber, Tryhon NC, saying he would be “pleased to visit…about the early days of radio and electronics…”

2/9/87 DP donates $2,000 to the Japan-American Student Conference

2/9/87 DP to Donald Rumsfeld, Chicago, saying he has not decided what “I am going to do about the upcoming Presidential election except to make a contribution to several of the candidates at this time.”  He donates $2,000

2/9/87 DP to Leslie A. Brunt, HP Employees Federal Credit Union, saying “I do not think it would be appropriate for me as Chairman…to write to employee groups to encourage them to support the Republican Party.”  He says he is “a Republican [although] I believe all the people in the company should feel completely free to join the party of their choice”

2/5/87 DP to Mrs. E.S. Pashley, sending $20,000 as “a gift from Lu and me.  We thought it might be helpful for you to have some extra funds available while you work out the details of Bud’s estate”

2/5/87 DP donates $200,000 to the San Jose Museum of Art

1/80/87 DP to Junior Achievement of Santa Clara County refusing to have a video or exhibit on his life.  “Unfortunately, we are living in a changed world and in consideration of the safety of my family it is important for me to minimize my personal exposure.”


1/30/87 DP buys a band saw from Mighty Mite Industries, Portland OR for just over $10,000 [see also 1/12 and 21/87 for additional purchases, apparently for the Aquarium]

1/30/87 DP memo to Dave Kirby saying “I do not want to be involved in any Bicentennial activity”

1/30/87 DP to James W. Abellera, American Enterprise Institute, expressing his view that “the utility of most think tanks is marginal at best”

1/23/87 DP to Richard A. Overacker suggesting he go up to the Northwest School at Port Townsend and not to worry “about the boat for me at this time”

1/22/87 DP donates $150 for the Eagle Scout Dinner, San Francisco

1/13/87 DP to Mrs. Jean-Paul Gimon inviting her to her father’s retirement dinner from the Board of Directors on 1/22

1/12/87 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 1/13-17

1/9/87 DP to Ralph Osterling: “…We will make a special plot of the tall fescue and let you know how it turns out”

1/9/87 DP donates $5,000 to George Fox College for Symposium VI

Box 20, Folder 9  1987 April May, June

6/25/87 DP to Akio Morita, Sony, regretting he can’t tour the Aquarium with him. “We are undertaking a major research program to explore the waters of the Monterey Canyon down to the depth of 6,000 feet with remotely operated vehicles.  We are planning to use your cameras which will be controlled by fiber optic links to the surface.  I have a group of people from the Hewlett-Packard Company that are working on the design of these underwater vehicles which will be at the state of the art…This program I am funding on a family basis and we would have no restrictions on the use of any new technology we develop because it will be done by a public interest organization”

6/18/87 DP donates $1,000 to the George Bush campaign, still not sure who he will support on a public basis

6/11/87 DP to Bruno Weinschel suggesting that the best way to coordinate science and technology in the government is through the Science Advisory Committee.  DP finds strong support in the Congress, but not in the White House

6/11/87 DP to Beverly Sills with donation of $50,000 for the NY City Opera

6/11/87 DP to Mrs. M. E. Murphy: “Dear Harriett: I write you during this sad time in our lives to tell you I was greatly saddened to learn of Turk’s death.  My deepest sympathy goes out to you with the assurance that Turk and his music will live on in the memories of his thousands of friends everywhere”

6/9/87 Margaret Paull to Rick Weaver on accepting for DP the 1987 Technology Transfer Society Jefferson Award

6/4/87 DP donates $1,000 to Senator Terry Sanford


5/28/87 DP to George W. Baldwin, Prince George, BC:  “It is too bad the Lands people won’t go along with the original suggestion of one consolidation, but I think the other plan is entirely adequate.  As a practical matter I don’t see any likelihood that we will want to keep the leases for more than a few years ahead…”

5/28/87 DP to Jay Sanford, Dean, University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD, suggesting that his research on possible medical applications of the Free-Electron Laser might interest the HP medical people and something of mutual interest might be worked out

5/27/87 DP donates $10,000 for the Delta Waterfowl & Wetlands Research Station research program

5/26/87 DP to Aristotle Scoledes, Palo Alto: “I am sorry to tell you that Mrs. Packard is in the terminal stages of cancer.  She is under heavy sedation and only her children are allowed to see her”

5/22/87 DP to Dr. Solomon J. Buchsbaum: “Thank you for accepting the Vannevar Bush Award for me at the presentation dinner of the National Science Board…this award means a great deal to me.  The programs that were supported by ONR and NSF at Stanford, Brooklyn Polytechnic and other universities encouraged our company to develop a line of instruments in the period from 1946 to the early 1950s that enabled us to participate in a big way in the electronic boom of the 1950s and 1960s.  Thus I always felt that we benefited [sic] in a very significant way from Vannevar Bush’s vision.”

5/20/87 DP to Ms. R. Ross, Oakland CA, one of very few DP donations to a private individual

5/18/87 DP to George Baldwin, Prince George, BC, listing the cost of the work that was done at Tetachuck Lodge to winterize the Club House and add a bedroom; total cost $34,306.39

[Archivist’s note: DP had a major back operation on 4/7]

5/14/87 DP memo to Don Hammond outlining the work of HP employees on the Submersible Vehicle Project for the Monterey Aquarium; DP will pay the bills

5/14/87 DP to Dr. Dennis A. Powers concerning the establishment of MBARI

5/12/87 DP to Donald Kennedy, Stanford, about the Hopkins Marine Station property

5/1/87 DP to NASA thanking them for the videotape of his presentation at the Second NASA Symposium on Quality and Productivity on 12/1/86; tape sent to HP Public Relations

[Gift books sent to DP by Joe Alsop and Richard Nixon]

4/29/87 DP to Dr. Allan Bromley, Yale, on implementation of their report’s recommendations on the health of US colleges and universities; warm letter and encourages him to visit.  “I can sit up, walk around and talk.  Whether I can think straight is another question…”


4/29/87 DP to Dan Mirich, Altus Corporation: “Bill Hewlett has given me a copy of your letter of April 14th about your work on high energy batteries…it will probably be toward the end of this year or early next year before we have our designs worked out…” at the Monterey Aquarium

4/29/87 DP to Roger B. Smith, General Motors, thanking him for annual report.  “I think we will begin to pick up steam all across the industrial sectors which remain at the forefront of technology…”

4/28/87 DP memo to John Young and Rod Carlson about HP contributing to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, a project of T. Wilson and Boeing, “one of our best customers”

4/28/87 DP to National Academy of Engineering endorsing Dr. John Stuart Foster, Jr. for the 1987 Founders Award, “one of the really outstanding scientists of the country”

4/28/87 DP to Nicholas F. Brady: “…Jim Ling and John Douglas are in the process of canvassing the members and setting up an agenda, hopefully to have our final meeting and make our report to the President sometime during the last week in June or the first two weeks in July.  Frankly, I do not think things are going very well with our recommendations, but we will have one last chance at bat and I think we should make a very tough report to the President.”

4/28/87 DP to Robert M. White, President, National Academy of Engineering, pleased that Len Cutler and Don Hammond were elected as member of the Academy: “both well qualified”

4/27/87 DP memo to Ben Holmes about “Free-Electron Laser” which he believes “may have some very important medical applications.  As you may know, I was involved in founding the Uniformed Services University.  You will note they have been given $1.5 million for research in this field.  You should assign one of your top technical people to get acquainted with what they are doing…”

4/27/87 DP to Robert A. Swanson, CEO, Genetech, saying “you and some of your people might be interested in the story of how E.coli got its name.  Ernst Weber, who headed up the electrical engineering program at Polytechnic University for many years, is an old friend of mine.  He was out here a few weeks ago reminiscing about the early days of radio and electronics” and apparently he sent DP some papers on the subject [no further details]


4/23/87 DP to Arthur l. Norberg, Babbage Institute, Univ. of MN:   “…I have decided that I will not give the Institute a copyright of any kind for the oral history we did.  It is not a very good job in the first place, I was too busy with other things.  I may want to have an autobiography done or some other work about my life and I should be free to repeat or have repeated anything I said without paying a royalty to the Institute.  The Institute can decide whether or not it wants to make the material available to third parties.  I supposes you could charge a fee for access as long as it is not for something I am doing or having done for me.  I see no other possibilities of handling this situation”

4/23/87 DP to Julie Packard, Robin Burnett, and Mark Shelley outlining the work Sea Studios will do on the ROV project since there has been “a gross misunderstanding about their role in the Monterey Bay Research Institute.”  He outlines how the Institute will operate in detail

4/23/87 DP memo to Larry Thompson, Daniel Bihn and Mike Lee on their work for the Monterey Bay Research Project

4/23/87 copy of letter DP sent to be read at the National Science Board dinner where he was to receive the Vannevar Bush award

4/23/87 DP to Professor Tjeerd van Andel, Cambridge, England, with a detailed response of the research committee of the Aquarium board to the report prepared by the search committee.  “…some thought the recommendations were too strongly biased toward Stanford” who appear to be unwilling to strengthen their Hopkins Marine Station program.  Also, DP favors proceeding with improving the facilities and equipment so that when the new director is on board, he can plan his program.  DP does “not want this program to be directed or controlled by Stanford in any way…” [two-page letter]

4/22/87 DP memo to Bob Kirkwood on political contributions: “I have decided that as of now I…will make no personal political contributions to any candidates for corporate purposes.”  In the past, he made “contributions to candidates in areas where HP is involved”

4/6/87 DP to Bill Packard, Santa Ana, saying he “was pleased to hear from you again” and is sorry not to help in the re-establishment of the Packard Motor Vehicle Company

4/6/87 DP to Raymond E. LeMasters of Pueblo planning a fishing trip in June

4/6/87 DP to Benjamin Biaggini about use of Tetachuck Lodge in July

4/6/87 DP resigns from board of directors of the Alliance to Save Energy

4/6/87 DP to Dave Nelson, San Felipe Ranch, confirming reservations for his family at Tetachuck

4/6/87 DP to William Calder McCall confirming reservations for Tetachuck [see also 7/6/87 firming up details for trip]

4/6/87 DP donates 10,000 HP shares to Dr. Alexander R. Margulis, Dept. of Radiology, UCSF and the magnetic resonance facility  [see also 8/20/87 where Alexander Margulis offers to help with research work at the Aquarium]


4/6/87 to Vincent Puritano, VP, Unisys Corp about the report from their committee on government procurement.  DP can’t decide if DoD is the full problem or if the Congress is part of the problem too.  “…I want to be sure we are correct in our evaluation”

4/6/87 DP resigns from the board of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

4/2/87 DP to Edward B. Ayres, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford CT, on the 93rd birthday of his mother who Lu and DP honor

4/2/87 DP to Frank Boren, President The Nature Conservancy: “In view of the recent development in respect to the international program of The Nature Conservancy” he will give no further support “beyond honoring the commitment I have made to the Wild California program” [see also letter, same date, to Charles J. Hedlund, Conservation International]

4/1/87 DP to Amos A. Jordan, President, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Georgetown University: “…my plan is to get out of ‘public policy’ projects as fast as I can and undertake no new ones, beyond those where scientific knowledge can be expanded to the future benefit of the world”

Box 20, Folder 10  1987 July, August, September

9/24/87 DP to William F. Dailey, Principal Gifts Director, Stanford Centennial, Stanford University: “…I would be pleased to join Bill Hewlett to discuss the proposed ‘Silicon Valley Exhibit’ planned for 1991…At the present time I would not be interested in having my papers eventually come to the University, except possibly the Hoover Institution…”

9/24/87 DP to the National Academy of Public Administration saying he would be pleased to be an Honorary Sponsor of the Elmer B. Staats Fund for Public Service but would not attend the event

9/21/87 DP to Marilyn J. Niksa, ELTECH Systems, Fairport Harbor OH, thanking her for informing him about AQUANAUTICS CORP.: “We are proceeding with an unmanned submersible as the first step in our research project for the Monterey Bay, but I am very much interested in the possibility of a battery powered vehicle”

9/21/87 DP to Kenneth S. Norris, Institute of Marine Sciences, about his Monterey Bay Aquarium activities, so he can concentrate on MBARI.  Also some talk on Norris’ students using French Camp

9/15/87 DP to Supervisors of Santa Clara County requesting again that the Wildlife Ranger position be kept

9/4/87 DP to Richard G. Johnson, Los Altos, to hire him to provide advice on the Packard Science and Engineering Fellowships

9/4/87 DP donates $200,000 to the Triton Museum program


9/3/87 DP to Dr. Jay P. Sanford, Uniformed Services University, saying he now realizes that there is not “very much activity on free electron laser technology…[although he thinks it] “has significant potential in the medical field…”

9/3/87 DP donates $500 to the Stanford Cheerleading squad

9/3/87 DP to Anthony Zeiss, Pueblo Community College, thanking him for the invitation to participate in the program to dedicate the “Sperry S. Packard High Adventure Base”

9/3/87 DP to Katherine E. Boyd saying he had already contributed $1,000 to the George Bush campaign but had “not decided yet to support him publicly”

9/2/87 DP to California Chinese American Republican Association agreeing with the need to increase U.S. exports to Japan but not sure how to accomplish this.  He does donate $10,000

9/2/87 DP to J. Willard Marriott, Jr, saying he knew his father “through many pleasant business and political associations.”  DP writes to ask Marriott to learn more about the Children’s Hospital at the Stanford Medical Center.  He notes that Marriott had a favorable experience with the newborn medical services at Stanford and that he and Lu “too had the pleasure of positive outcomes involving twin grandchildren who were born prematurely…we know first-hand the value of superb medical capabilities in this field” [additional letters to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital were written around the same time, pointing out that he and Lu made a substantial contribution but “also left a funding gap of $20 million as a vehicle to engage members of the community in the formation of a permanent family of supporters for the new hospital”]

8/28/87 DP to U.S. Business and Industrial Council noting that HP’s Government/Public Affairs area is now sufficient “to adequately cover the programs in Congress that are of interest to our welfare” so HP no longer will participate in the USBIC

8/20/87 DP to John F. Welch, General Electric: “I am disappointed that we did not accomplish more with the Commission’s work on Defense management.  It now looks as though we will have to wait for a new administration to get some of the serious problems corrected although the Congress may be willing to help in some areas before then”

8/18/87 DP to Frederick C. Crawford, TRW, Inc. who writes about the Michelson-Morley centennial celebration.  “That experiment was certainly a milestone in scientific progress.  It was a real example of ingenuity prevailing over instrumentation, machinery and equipment that happens once in a while.”  DP donates $5,000


8/17/87 DP to Marius Furst: “I am sorry to get the news that you were leaving the company to pursue another opportunity with a major South Africa public company.  The successes you have achieved in developing HP-South Africa, during most difficult and challenging times, resulted not only in many satisfied customers, but a dedicated group of employees who added strength and character to the company.  For all this  I send you my appreciation and sincere thanks”

8/17/87 DP to Senator John W. Warner thanking him “for putting our last report to the President into the record with your endorsement.  I think we have done all we can on this matter for, as you know better than I, the Congress is all for doing a better management job in DoD…[but] the individual members are not interested when it involves a DoD spending reduction in their district or state, and of course that means practically everyone in the Congress.  Frankly, I have already wasted too much of my time on this problem and I am going to devote my efforts in the future to some personal interests where I can accomplish something myself”

8/17/87 DP sends $20,000 to York School

8/17//87 DP donates to University of Chicago $50,000 on his pledge for the George P. Shultz Professorship

8/17/87 DP donates $20,000 towards the Arbuckle Chair at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

8/17/87 DP donates $50,000 to the Pueblo Family YMCA

8/17/87 DP donates $50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

8/17/87 DP to John W. Gardner: “My back is getting better week by week.  It was a problem at the Grove and you are thoughtful to have mentioned it”

8/17/87 DP donates $10,000 to the Hoover Presidential Library Association for the Hoover Library/Museum

8/17/87 DP donates $50,000 to the Junior Achievement

8/17/87 DP donates $10,000 to the School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

8/17/87 DP donates $50,000 to the Concord Academy, Concord MA

8/17/87 DP donates $25,000 to the Bob Hope Village

8/10/87 DP to John Young: “In future I think someone from your office should approve Jack Beckett’s consulting work so it is coordinated with other HP activities in Washington D.C.  I plan to be involved in other activities this fall and I don’t expect to spend any more time trying to reform the DoD”

8/10/87 DP to Richard A. Overacker, Port Townsend WA, agreeing he should get a job.  “My thought about building a boat was really only a tentative idea…If you cannot find a satisfactory job, let me know and I will do what I can to help.”

8/7/87 DP donates $10,000 to the American Friends of the University of Edinburgh in Philadelphia


7/27/87 DP donates $100,000 for the purchase of additional 200 shares of Ling Technologies, which he says are his last purchases in this company

7/13/87 several letters changing ownership title in investments from David Packard to David Packard as Trustee U/D of Revocable Trust and other personal finance changes [personal]

Box 20, Folder 11  1987 October, November, December

12/31/87 DP donates $150,000 to Wolf Trap Foundation

12/30/87 DP agrees to accept the Henry M. Jackson award

12/30/87 DP donates $2,000 to the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute

12/30/87 DP completes his pledge of $1 million to the Triton Museum

12/30/87 DP donates $250,000 for The Wilson Center, Smithsonian

12/30/87 DP donates $25,000 to the Ushiba Memorial Foundation

12/30/87 DP donates $50,000 to the University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo

12/30/87 DP donates $250,000 to the Home Equity Loan Program for Seniors, Palo Alto

12/30/87 DP to Paul Nitze inviting him to spend the weekend.  “I have plenty of room at home but we could go down and spend the weekend at Big Sur if you would like”

12/30/87 DP to Rev. Leon H. Sullivan sending $250,000 for his International Foundation for Education and Self-Help

12/30/87 DP donates $250,000 to KQED

Many letters requesting money and speaking opportunities

12/21/87 DP to Secretary of Defense Frank C. Carlucci suggesting a meeting in Washington where DP is going in January to talk with George Bush “about some of our Commission’s recommendations”

12/18/87 DP to John F. Welch, General Electric, asking his people to look over his draft of Code of Ethics [see also same date, letter to US General Accounting Office: “utilizing the Code of Ethics and self discipline could make a significant contribution to improvement in defense management.”  See also 11/23/87 letters to Dr. Rueben F. Mettler, TRW Inc., Stephen Altman of US General Accounting Office, a second letter to John F. Welch]

12/18/87 DP donates $50,000 to the Private Sector Council

12/18/87 DP to Roger B. Smith, Business Roundtable, suggesting they help with the registration of 18-year old men with the Selective Service

12/14/87 DP donates $1,000 for the Pacific Legal Foundation

12/14/87 DP pledges $50,000 to the proposed Edward Teller endowment at Hoover Institution


12/11/87 DP memo to Art Dauer suggesting that Tim Walker, Ed Porter’s son-in-law, be given a job “and let it be determined by his performance from there on”

12/8/87 DP donates $5,000 to Quentin L. Kopp for the Johnson-Kopp-Montoya Campaign Reform Initiative [see 11/17/87 letter to William M. Thomas saying DP would not support his Public Financing Initiative]

11/23/87 DP donates $1,000 to the John W. Macy, Jr. Internship in Public Administration, Wesleyan University

11/23/87 DP donates $1,000 to the “NO WAY DAY” in Morgan Hill

11/23/87 DP sends condolences to the family of Roger Lewis whom he knew from Stanford in the 1930s.  “It was good fun to be with him.  He always had a new story to tell or something interesting to report, or a new plan to solve a problem he had confronted…”

11/23/87 DP condolences to K. H. Lee of the Samsung Group on the death of Mr. Byung Chull Lee, Seoul, Korea

11/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to Peter G. Peterson of The Blackston Group

11/19/87 DP memo to Genie Bachert, Medical Products Group, Andover: “…both Bill Hewlett and I were interested in ultrasound in the 1960s because it appeared to us that this was clearly the immerging [sic] technique in the field of medicine, and for that matter in some other fields as well.  At that time ultrasound technology was rather primitive in comparison to that done today, and we simply hoped the Hewlett-Packard company would be in the forefront in medical science work.  I am pleased, of course, that we have done so well with ultrasound in the cardiology application.  I am a little disappointed, however, that we have not done as well…in other areas of medicine…”

11/16/87 DP donates $170,000 to the Children’s Discovery Museum  in San Jose

11/16/87 DP to John Young saying Jim Billington would be pleased to meet with HP people “to discuss computer needs of the Library of Congress”; he also wants David Woodley “to meet with Jim to consider whether his specialized computers for the classics might be of any interest”

11/6/87 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 11/8-11

11/6/87 DP to Professor Walter E. Hecox, Colorado College: “…it did not surprise me at all that Ken Sasaoka did a good job and created some real excitement and interest among the student” [also letter to KS at Yokogawa-HP, Japan]

11/6/87 DP to Virginia and Tom Cabot, Weston MA, thanking them for the “wonderful weekend” in Colorado.  “I am especially pleased to know you have arranged to preserve the ranch for the enjoyment of your children and to forestall the commercial development in the future”


11/6/87 DP to Roger D. Estep, VP, Howard University, who suggested an endowed scholarship fund in the name if Lucile Packard.  DP wrote he was not “in a position to make a commitment for a large enough gift to justify this recognition” but was appreciative for the thoughtfulness

11/6/87 DP memo to Dean Morton on computer graphics developed at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

11/6/87 DP to Representative Les Aspin concerning legislation on data rights which DoD claims is not necessary but DP knows is needed as DoD “is still taking advantage of the leverage in an unfair way”

11/6/87 DP agrees to be a member of the Honorary Advisory Board for the CIOS XXI World Management Congress

10/29/87 DP donates $500 to the SFSU wrestling team

10/29/87 DP donates $1,000 to the Committee to Re-elect Tom Foley

10/28/87 DP donates $5000 to The Ethics Resource Center, responding to a letter from Edward L. Hennessy, Jr., Allied-Signal, Inc.

10/28/87 DP donates $5000 to help with the continuing educational efforts of the Japan Society of Northern California

[DP receives many individual requests which he almost always refuses with words similar to this: ”Although I am sympathetic to your problems, due to the large number of request I receive, I have made a firm rule not to give such help on an individual basis.”  However on 10/22/87 DP sent $500 to a woman in the Philippines trying to complete her nursing education.  According to a letter dated 3/15/88, nurse Joan Bolanos had her capping ceremony [and sent a  photograph] and DP sent another $500; see also 5/17/88 when this woman asked for more help but DP said no and returned the photograph as requested.  Archivist’s note: It seems that whenever DP does send a small contribution to help an individual, usually with education, the person requests additional funds within a few months]

10/22/87 DP to Allen E. Puckett who has taken over the job of Chairman of the Private Sector Council [see also letters on the same date urging board members “to stay on for a year or so to at least give Allen your moral support”]

DP sends his speech given October 14th at the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington to senators and others

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the United Negro College Fund

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Pacific Institute for Public Policy Research

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Lincoln University Foundation

10/19/87 DP donates $1,000 to the National Society for Children and Adults with Autism

10/19/87 DP donates $10,000 for the National Academy of Public Administration


10/19/87 DP donates $500 to George Washington High School Speech/Debate Team

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Ethics Resources Center

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to The American Spectator

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Paul H. Nitze endowment fund

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to The Committee for a Single Six-Year

Presidential Term

10/19/87 DP donates $1,000 to UCB, Friends of the Bancroft Library for the Kurt Herbert Adler Oral History Project

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to Accuracy in Media

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Alliance to Save Energy

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Atlantic Council, Washington DC

10/19/87 DP donates $10,000 to the Friends of the American Institute of Physics for History of Physics

10/19/87 DP donates $1,000 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fresno

10/13/87 DP memo on MBARI to Larry Thompson and Daniel Bihn informing them that with Mike Lee taking over in Monterey, DP will not provide the $1,000 per month for extracurricular work [letter to Michael Lee saying same thing]

10/12/87 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington and Ohio 10/13-18; DP is to be enshrined in the Engineering & Science Hall of Fame in Dayton OH; trip ends with a day or two hunting at San Felipe Ranch [flies to Challis, Idaho] with WRH

10/9/87 DP gives Richard A. Overacker $3,300 for tools; see also 10/7/87

10/5/87 DP to Dr. Halbert B. Dodd of the Cardiology Clinic of Union City, TN: “Your letter of September 22 causes me to wonder what your reaction would be should a prospective patient ask you about your personal and political beliefs before entrusting himself to your care.  I’m sure you would find such a question irrelevant and insulting.  Actually, I think the choices available to you are quite clear.  Should you be seeking top quality equipment for your clinic that is backed by effective service and support, then you should consider Hewlett-Packard.  If, however, your purchasing decisions are based on emotion rather than professional judgment, then perhaps you should seek another supplier.”

10/5/87 DP to OICW, Menlo Park, sending matching funds of $2,714

Box 20, Folder 12  1988 January, February, March

3/31/88 DP to the Bush Campaign headquarters enclosing “a copy of the speech on Ethics…I hope it will be helpful to George’s campaign”

3/28/88 DP endorses William J. Perry for the 1988 Arthur M. Bueche Award

3/28/88 DP supports the Johnson/Kopp/Montoya initiative on the Campaign Spending Limits Act for California


3/28/88 DP to R. L. Hartung, Vice President, Chevron, thanking him and Ken Derr for “the information on the donation of water rights on the Gunnison.  I started fishing in that country 60 years ago and I am delighted to hear what Chevron has done.”

3/23/88 DP to Susan M. Henderson who must have written about the deer fencing at DP’s home: “There were two problems [with the double fence idea].  First, I would lose one row of apricot tress and second, it is difficult to cultivate and keep neat between the fences.  I have the fence completed, all the neighbors are happy and the city officials have inspected it and approved it.”

3/21/88 DP to Paul M. Cook, Raychem Corp., confirming his commitment of $120,000 to support the OICW matching grant [Archivist’s note: several letters indicate that DP seems to match the monthly total raised]

3/18/88 DP donates $25,000 to the Denver Symphony

3/15/88 DP to Alan B. Simpkins agreeing to purchase the property adjacent to the State Marine Lab in Moss Landing for $183,816

3/15/88 DP donates $1,000 for the Rotary PolioPlus Program of the Palo Alto Rotary Club

3/15/88 DP to E. E. E. (Gene) Trefethen, Jr. saying that he would not contribute to the Oakland Museum. “To be perfectly frank, I have been supporting many activities in San Francisco and Oakland for a number of years and there has been no reciprocation in this area to support the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, which as you know is one of my important personal projects  [see also 8/2/88 to Willard F. Rockwell, Jr. where DP says he has contributed to other people’s causes and has “experienced virtually no reciprocity”]

3/14/88 DP to Governor Booth Gardner, donating $5,000 for the Western Governors’ Association annual meeting

3/11/88 DP to Professor Phil Griffiths, Duke University, suggesting an advisory board meeting to outline the plans for the David and Lucile Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering which DP hopes to award to 20 students this year

3/8/88 DP to T. Kong Lee, President, Chinese Times Publishing Co., San Francisco, enclosing a short “Foreword” for his new book; “I have been a great admirer of Dr. T. Kong Lee for many years….His life story is living testimony to the fact that the United States is indeed a land of opportunity, where anyone who is willing to work hard can get ahead”

3/8/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 3/9-11

3/7/88 DP donates $2,500 for the reception with Gov. Deukmejian


3/7/88 DP to US Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco, saying he is the owner of the Packard Ranch and fully supports “the planned development by the Wildlife Management Division of the California Dept. of Fish and Game for the 4,700 foot-levee the Corps of Engineers is considering”

3/7/88 DP to Harriet Moseley (Mrs. Andrew B. Moseley), Mountain View, who is in ill health.  “I always think of you as one of our best and most responsible, as well as most thoughtful employees…”

3/7/88 DP agrees to be the keynote speaker at the April 15th event for the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center

3/7/88 DP thanks The Wilson Center for their necktie.  “I don’t like to look a gift horse in the mouth, but frankly I think neckties are a waste of money in these endeavors.  I must have twenty or thirty of them by now and there is seldom an occasion to wear any of them”

3/7/88 DP donates $1,500 for a table at the dinner honoring Secretary of State George F. Shultz

3/7/88 DP donates $2,000 to the Audubon Birdathon

3/7/88 DP to James B. Angell thanking him “for sending me my Stanford E. E. file from 1939. I am not very nostalgic about such things but I have no objections to having you keep them at an appropriate place”

3/2/88 DP to Melvin R. Laird, Washington: “Thanks for sending the articles about the INF treaty. I hope it gets ratified without too much delay.  It looks as though George Bush is having a hard time to get off the ground and I am having some doubts about him”

3/1/88 DP to Wells Fargo instructing them on his stocks, which are listed

2/29/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Los Angeles, 3/1-2

2/25/88 DP to John Sculley, Apple Computer, inviting him to a dinner at Ann and Gordon Getty’s to honor John Heinz, Senator from Pennsylvania who is the next Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, “a champion of tax credits and depreciation for capital-intensive industries…a champion for the free enterprise system”

2/25/88 DP to John A. Hooper: “I am in complete sympathy with your note of February 8 about the President’s position on abortion.  I think it is terrible and I do not support it in any way.  I hope this policy can be changed by the leadership of the Republican part in the near future.”

2/25/88 DP asks Colburn Wilbur to let him know if the AIDS Hospice program in Santa Clara County is something that he or the foundation should consider

2/25/88 DP donates $1,000 for the Sadat Peace Foundation, NY

2/25/88 DP donates $250 for the Pueblo County 4-H Livestock Sale

2/25/88 DP donates $250 for the fashion show to benefit Feed the Homeless


2/25/88 DP to James R. Ambrose, Under Secretary of the Army, DoD, bringing to his attention the program of the Global Positioning Satellite under Charles R. Trimble, a program that was started at HP but no longer is connected to the company

2/25/88 DP donates $1,000 for the Milton Educational Resource in Milton WV

2/22/88 DP to Electronics Publishing refusing to be interviewed on defense procurement reform. “I have spent so much time ‘tilting windmills’ on this subject over the past few years that I have decided to devote all of my time from here on to my personal affairs and let other people carry the ball on defense procurement reform.”

2/22/88 DP donates $5,000 for Athletics for Kids, Washington

2/11/88 DP to Vice President George Bush: “A number of prominent California Republicans are concerned that none of our Republican candidates for President have made conservation of America’s natural resources and the protection of the environment a major component of their campaigns…Republicans have not and should not give the conservation platform to the liberal democrats.  Yet that is what the public’s perception appears to be especially in the media’s reporting of these issues…Part of being a conservative means caring about our country’s natural resources and being wise stewards of those resources for future Americans.  I feel sure this would be a good issue for you to get ahead of the crowd.”

2/9/88 DP to Mrs. Albert B. Griggs: “I really should have addressed you as Dear Virginia for I do remember you and your family very well.  I was most pleased to have your note about our early years in Pueblo.  I remember the Christmas carols you speak about.  My mother was a remarkable person in many ways and deserves a great deal of credit for whatever success I have had, though it was largely a matter of good luck…” [personal]

2/9/88 DP to Carolyn Cavolt who sent him a clipping about the pelicans.  “I am already helping the pelicans.  I have a reserve on Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, where we are preserving and enhancing the environment for all kinds of birds, including pelicans.”

2/12/88 DP memo to “HP General Managers,” suggesting that they review the INF Treaty.  “For those of you based in the U.S., the vote on the treaty could be close and it would be good for your Senators to know your personal views.”

2/5/88 DP donates $1,000 to the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Monterey

2/5/88 DP donates $10,000 to Richard G. Johnson to help continue his work


2/5/88 DP endorsed Dr. Reuben F. Mettler for the Bohemian Club outlining his work with TRW and other cultural and educational activities.  “During the past several years I have worked closely with Rube Mettler to help establish a program of self-government for companies in the defense industry…to examine and enforce Codes of Ethics…”

2/5/88 DP to Arthur W. Wang with a quote praising Simon Ramo’s new book, The Business of Science

2/3/88 DP to Hoover Institution pledging $50,000 to an endowment to establish the Edward Teller Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Science, Technology and Public Policy

2/2/88 DP to Richard Barber on the plans for a new building at Hopkins Marine Station to be shared with MBARI

1/29/88 DP donates $500 to Bill Duplissea campaign

1/29/88 DP donates $150 for the Eagle Scout Dinner, San Francisco

1/21/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Seattle 1/24-25

1/19/88 DP to Howard Baker in The White House requesting that the President include in his State of the Union speech a statement about the importance of science and technology [several suggestions of the wording are given]

Box 20 Folder 13  1988 April, May, June

6/29/88 DP invites friends to the annual deer hunt at the San Felipe Ranch

6/28/88 DP endorses Akio Morita for the Founders Medal of IEEE

6/23/88 DP to Kun Hee Lee, Chairman of the Board, The Samsung Group, thanking him for their gracious reception during the HP Board visit in Korea.  DP lists the potential cooperative efforts between HP and Samsung: “the manufacture by Samsung of a state-of-the-art 386-based portable computer/workstation, the transfer from HP to Samsung of PCB design and fabrication technology, increased support by HP to Samsung for design automation (CAD/CAM) and a long-term semiconductor purchase and technical cooperation agreement.”

6/24/88 DP to Acquisitions Editor, Tempus Books of Microsoft Press, refusing to endorse the book The New Wizard War which “presents a highly distorted assessment of the problem” of encouraging Soviet access to US advanced technology

6/27/88 DP to Industrial Drillers, Inc. on drilling wells at Tetachuck

6/23/88 DP to President of Colorado College informing him that the family foundation is now handling all of DP’s charitable contributions; he points out that if Colorado College trustees vote to divest “do not request any further funds from me.”


6/10/88 DP to Milton Friedman, Hoover Institution, on the relationship between Hoover and Stanford: “I am strongly opposed to a separation of the Hoover Institution from Stanford because I have always considered Hoover as a counterbalance to the left wing faculty influence.  When I was on the Board of Trustees in the years from 1958 until 1963 or so I did my best to warn President Sterling that Stanford was being taken over by a dangerous group of left wing radicals.  He refused to consider my advice and it was for that reason I used what influence I had to get the trustees to establish the Hoover Institution on a basis which eliminated any faculty influence or control…The recent furor was caused by the high visibility of Hoover Fellows in the Reagan administration…I recommend very strongly that the selection process [of a new director] proceed…”

6/9/88 DP to R. A. Schoellhorn, sending $2,000 to the American Nobel Committee

6/6/88 DP to Zhang Yu-Ji, Suzhou, China, thanking him for the microcarving on ivory of the HP Corporate Objectives

Several friends have written asking for advice on hearing aids; finally 6/1/88 DP to Arnold O. Beckman saying he found a good one in Tokyo and is sending it to him

6/2/88 DP to S. D. Bechtel, Jr.: “…I understand very well how badly you feel about the book Friends in High Places.  As a bit of advice to a good friend there is absolutely nothing you could do in a situation like this except to grit your teeth and ignore it.  It will blow over very shortly and no one of any importance will remember it in any case.”

6/2/88 DP to Walter B. Gerken saying he supported Proposition 73 “because our people made a careful analysis of that in comparison with Proposition 68, and we thought 73 was preferable.  There is no point in getting into a big argument at this time.  We will know the results in a week or so.”

5/20/88 DP to George M. Keller, Chevron, concerning Geostar which will provide commercial worldwide petroleum service with a satellite program

5/20/88 DP to Brigadier J. J. Packard, England, requesting a family genealogy although he has no “serious interest” in it

5/19/88 DP to California Governor’s Office thanking them for the letter outlining their program for the support of new technology activities.  “I am sure that program will have enthusiastic support from the industry.  If there is anything I can do as an individual to be helpful I hope you will not hesitate to let me know.”

5/19/88 DP sent $1,000 to Joan McConnell, Santa Rosa, so she can convert her van to hold her wheelchair

5/19/88 DP donates $2,000 for the National Defense University, Santa Ana

Summer 1988 plans for use of Tetachuck by Ben Biaggini and William McCall

5/18/88 DP to Prince George Regional Director of Parks acknowledging the plan about motor vehicle access to Eutsuk and Little Lakes from the Tetachuck Lodge and saying he is “a strong supporter of conservation and I believe the draft plans for Tweedsmuir Provincial Park are excellent.”


5/13/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Seattle, 5/15-17

5/13/88 DP to Jack Brauntuch, J. M. Foundation: “…The reason I am doing the detailed planning for the future of our foundation is precisely because I do not want its work to be dominated by academicians and funding professionals when I am no longer here.  We do not plan to support much medical research other than that at the Children’s Hospital at Stanford, which was a major interest of my wife…simply because I believe medicine already receives more than its share of charitable support.”

5/13/88 DP to William W. Thayer, Santa Monica: “It was great to hear from you again through your letter of May 3rd and have a copy of the 1938 ‘A’ Class.  The years I spent at General Electric were a great experience.  A great many things I learned during those early years were helpful in charting a course for our company.”

5/12/88 DP agrees to accept the 1988 Roback Award on Nov. 3 at the ceremony of National Contract Management Association

5/6/88 DP to the Grover Hermann Foundation thanking them for their gift of $150,000 to the Children’s Hospital at Stanford.  “Only three weeks ago, we broke ground at the site…”

5/4/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/5-6

5/4/88 DP letter to Philip T. Webb at Wells Fargo outlining problems with the Bank’s management of his accounts

5/4/88 DP letter to Security Pacific National Bank where Foundation accounts have been moved

[There have been several letters trying to correct Dun & Bradstreet who have mixed up the Monterey Bay Aquarium with MBARI]

5/4/88 DP to Senator Mark O. Hatfield regretting that he cannot meet but recommending “very strongly that the Congress give more support to the basic areas [faculty research and teaching] rather than the super colliders and other high visibility projects.  These programs have great glamor but contribute very little to the strength of the U.S. economy.”

5/3/88 DP thanks Morris Doyle for his contribution of Bethlehem Steel Corp. stock “to Lucile’s hospital.”

5/23/88 DP letter to the guests at the 25th anniversary celebration of the establishment of our joint venture company in Japan, Yokogawa Hewlett-Packard: “In recognition of this important occasion, we have chosen to list Hewlett-Packard Company stock on the Tokyo stock exchange, thus further acknowledging the importance of Japan to our company’s activities, and as a symbol of the greater role we hope to play in your country in the future…We trust that we can count on your continuing guidance.”


5/3/88 DP memo to Bill Horst who requested support for his participation in the “Soviet-American Peace Conference”: “People in our company have had a long involvement with the Soviet Union.  My first visit there was 29 years ago.  We had an extensive marketing program there during the ‘detente’ era.  Also one of our scientist, Egon Loebner, was scientific advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow 1974-75…[favors personal contacts but] I do not believe such discussions will alter the Soviet commitment to Communism…you will be disappointed if you expect a major change in the US-USSR relationship in the foreseeable future…such a trip will be a good education for you but of very little value for the company.”

5/2/88 DP to Professor John F. Coales, Cambridge, England, sending $20,000 to support his “work on the history of the development of radar for the Royal Navy.”  Check made out to Churchill College “because I cannot give the money to you personally without incurring a gift tax.”

4/25/88 DP to Allen E. Puckett, Private Sector Council: “Literally billions of dollars of Federal funds have been saved by the outstanding work of the Council and the people who have served to show the way of good business management to Federal agencies and departments.”

4/25/88 DP donates $500 for Luis Acle’s campaign but does not want to be listed as a supporter “simply because I do not know him personally.”

4/12/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Orange County 4/15-16

4/4/88 DP agrees to be an honorary member in the National Academy of Public Administration

4/4/88 Packard Foundation makes a grant of $50,000 to the California State Summer School for the Arts

[DP has a serious problem with his left shoulder and cannot hunt or shoot birds]

4/4/88 DP donates $1,000 to help Senator Terry Sanford’s campaign

Box 20, Folder 14 1988 July, August, September

9/20/88 DP’s scheduled trip to NY 9/21-22

9/15/88 DP agrees to participate in the National Symposium on Frontiers of Science 3/2-4 at the Beckman Center

9/12/88 DP agrees to accept election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

9/12/88 DP grants permission to reprint his testimony in July before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Across the Board Magazine

8/30/88 DP to Glenn Campbell telling him to accept the Trustees’ retirement plan and outlining DP’s help to date [see also 7/5/88 DP to Dean Watkins and 10/10/88 DP to Campbell]

8/26/88 DP to Shirley Hufstedler agreeing to meet with the

MacArthur Foundation


8/26/88 DP to Christopher C. DeMuth, President, American Enterprise Institute: “I have contributed over two million dollars to American Enterprise Institute to keep the organization from going under, during Bill Baroody’s fateful regime.  I think I have done my share for the time being.”

8/23/88 DP to Robert M. White, President, National Academy of Engineering, enclosing a check for $15,000 towards a five-year pledge “from Motorola Foundation of $75,000.”

8/12/88 DP to Tom Flemmer, HP, Neely, thanking him for the Second Edition Centennial Historical book by Robert Collyer.  “Now it seems like many moons ago (1930) when I was President of the Sophomore Class, but fond memories returned when I glanced through the book.”

8/3/88 DP to Professor Gregg Herken, California Institute of Technology, saying he had glanced through the draft about The President’s Science Advisers from Roosevelt to Reagan and doesn’t have time to respond in detail but “I think it is merely a myth that PSAC was better than the more recent arrangements for providing scientific information to the President.  The issues are more complex today, the political situation is different, and I don’t think trying to turn back the clock is a realistic approach to this problem.”

8/3/88 DP to John Rollins, Westminster Gardens: “It has been brought to my attention (my secretary reads your bulletin) that the Packard Hall is in need of a few accessories.” He sends $1,000

Many letters of request for funds from individuals

7/25/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 7/26-28

7/21/88 DP to John Vasconcellos on his program on the Latino Child.  DP sends him Michael Novak’s book “The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism” which discusses “ideas that are relevant to your California Leadership program…I am still with you on your program even though I have not had the opportunity to visit with you personally for some time.”

7/20/88 DP to Barry Goldwater agreeing to help the Navajo Tribe to increase their economic base without continued subsidy; DP agrees to co-chair the Forum Goldwater plans [see also, letter same date to Peter MacDonald, Chairman, Navajo Tribal Council]

7/20/88 DP donates $250,000 to The Wilson Center, Smithsonian

7/20/88 DP donates $10,000 to the Louisiana Nature Conservancy

7/19/88 DP to Brent Scowscroft and James Woolsey sending them a draft of what he propose to say at the DoD hearing and suggesting that they coordinate their statements

7/12/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 7/13-15


7/12/88 DP to Vice President George Bush recommending Ann Boren for work on major environmental issues.  “…I feel that the environment is a bipartisan issue which has been coopted by the Democrats in recent years and that it is essential that the Republican party and particularly you, as the presidential candidate, take responsible positions…”  Also requests that Bush speak to The Nature Conservancy at its annual meeting in Vermont in September

7/12/88 DP to Paul W. Crapuchettes suggesting he be in touch with the engineering part of MBARI.  To Mike Lee he writes at the bottom of the letter being forwarded: “This is an old friend of mine who worked at Litton Labs…what he is doing would certainly have some potential with our work”

7/6/88 DP to Sec. of Defense Frank Carlucci enclosing a rough draft of what he proposes to say at the Defense Systems Management College, Leadership Conference on July 14th, and checking “on whether you think I am taking too hard a line on the Congress.”

7/5/88 DP to Dr. Eric O. Hartwig concerning his possible resignation from MBARI over conflict of interest; DP writes that he had not intended that MBARI would apply for support from Defense Dept. and hopes Hartwig will put resignation in abeyance until things can be worked out

7/5/88 DP to Professor Dennis Willows, Univ. of Wash., Friday Harbor Laboratories, writing that he cannot contribute to their Lab but would like to hear from them “in case we can consider something that might be helpful” [similar letter same date to Dr. Douglas D. Smith, Environmental Dynamics, Santa Barbara]

7/5/88 DP to area facilitator of business education in high school:  “When I first entered Stanford University some fifty-eight years ago I found a note from David Starr Jordan in my fraternity room which read ‘The person to whom you are most responsible is the person you will be some twenty or thirty years from now.’  I have often thought about that quote and I think it would be very useful for young people to know it and think about it in respect to their own lives.”

7/5/88 DP to President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce:  “Our company would not want to become involved in the issues you have raised in your letter of June 8th.  We do not have any significant activities in the City of San Francisco.  I have also considered it to be a poor business climate…”

7/5/88 DP to Bill Moyers considering a TV interview

Box 20, Folder 15 1988 October, November, December

12/22/88 DP donates $1,000 to the Pacific Legal Foundation, Sacramento

12/22/88 DP donates $5,000 to Lincoln University, San Francisco

12/22/88 DP donates $5,000 to Accuracy in Media, Washington

12/21/88 DP to William Carbine Green, Bohemian Club, suggesting that the application of David Sloan Lewis, Jr. be withdrawn


12/21/88 DP to NR Motors, Prince George, noting the boat repair had not been done right and that DP “had to reinstall the waterline myself in water up to my waist [therefore] I do not really believe I should pay this bill” [see also 10/28/88 to same business; 2/28/89 DP finally pays the bill as “our caretaker might be partly at fault for this fiasco”]

12/20/88 DP to William French Smith, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, reducing his pledge to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library since it is not to be built on Stanford campus; pledge reduced from 2½ million to $1 million

12/20/88 DP donates $5,000 to The American Spectator, Virginia

12/20/88 DP to Tom Christiansen on his retirement

12/19/88 DP donates $20,000 to complete his pledge to the Arbuckle Chair at the Stanford School of Business

12/19/88 DP donates $198,500 to complete his pledge to the Packard Engineering Fellowship Fund, Santa Clara University

12/29/88 DP donates $50,000 on his pledge to the George Shultz Professorship, University of Chicago

12/29/88 DP donates $250,000 on his pledge to the San Francisco Symphony

12/19/88 DP donates $200,000 on his pledge to the San Jose’s Museum building program

12/19/88 DP donates $150,000 on his pledge to the University of Southern California School of Engineering

12/19/88 DP donates $25,000 on his pledge to the Philip H. Rhinelander Fund, Stanford Canterbury Foundation

12/19/88 DP donates $20,000 on his pledge to York School, Monterey

12/19/88 DP donates $25,000 on his pledge to the Ushiba Memorial Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

12/16/88 DP donates $200,000 to complete his pledge to The Nature Conservancy

12/16/88 DP donates $250,000 to complete his pledge to KQED [see 10/28 to John Minck: “I think KQED is doing a good job particularly their programs about nature”]

12/16/88 DP donates $250,000 on his pledge to Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, International Foundation for Education and Self-Help, Philadelphia

12/16/88 DP donates $250,000 on his pledge to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

12/16/88 DP donates $220,000 on his pledge to the Richard Nixon Presidential Archives Foundation

12/15/88 DP to Audrey Young, Pueblo, donating $1,000 for her daughter’s education “for old times sake”

12/15/88 DP and WRH donate HP shares to employees of San Felipe

Ranches [probably holiday gifts]

12/14/88 DP donates $25,000 toward the endowment to establish the Edward Teller Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Stanford

12/14/88 DP donates $10,000 to the Hoover Library/Museum

12/14/88 DP donates $10,000 to complete his pledge to the George C. Marshall Foundation, Lexington VA


12/14/88 DP donates $50,000 on his pledge to the Concord Academy, Concord MA

12/14/88 DP donates $450,925 to complete his pledge to The Colorado College, Colorado Springs CO

12/14/88 DP donates $165,000 on his pledge to the Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose

12/12/88 DP donates $4,427.50 to match funds collected for OICW

12/2/88 DP to Brian James Walton, Predatory Bird Research Group, UC, Santa Cruz, giving permission “to exercise your falcons on our Elkhorn Ranch property”

11/22/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 11/27-29

11/18/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 11/20-21

11/17/88 DP memo to Art Dauer with cc to Dean Morton: “There have been an increasing number of letters to me about our treatment of people throughout the company. I don’t think it is useful to ask you or any of your people to look into specific letters that come to my attention, but I do think it would be very useful to look these letters over and see if we could put together a program for the General Manager’s Meeting in January that would get the emphasis of the HP Way focused back on ground rules, instead of the bottom line.”

11/17/88 DP to Ann Miller, SF Landscape Garden Show: “I have decided to take most of the worthy programs in San Francisco off my list because, frankly, the people up there have not been very helpful with some of my favorite programs, such as Lu’s Children’s Hospital.  I am making a special exception, only because of you, so my check for $500 is enclosed.” [see also DP to Kirk Robb, Genentech, further explaining his decision to deny support to San Francisco charities; also 10/24/88 letter to Tom Clausen, Bank of America; DP writes that from now on he will limit personal and foundation support “for the areas south of Palo Alto where the need is just as large or larger and the resources much less”]

11/27/88 DP to David Kennedy, Recruiting Coordinator, Stanford:  “Frankly, I have never been very proud of my athletic experiences at Stanford and for this reason I decided not to provide a letter for this recruiting year as you have requested”

11/15/88 DP’s schedule for Paul Nitze’s visit, 11/15-17

11/14/88 DP to John B. Ford, Stanford, saying he has “a serious personal problem” with arranging meetings with the Haas family and others for “all that does is allow them to ask me for financial support for their favorite charities.”  DP asks that they find someone else associated with Children’s Hospital to make arrangements

11/10/88 DP to California State Coastal Conservancy endorsing The Nature Conservancy proposal to purchase Silversword Property – Elkhorn Slough

11/1/88 DP’s trip schedule to Washington 11/2-4


10/28/88 Margaret Paull notifying “Who’s Who in Technology” that DP has chosen to limit his participation to “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology”

[DP begins to respond to requests with the excuse that he will turn down all public appearances beginning 1/1/89]

10/28/88 DP questions the high cost of barging equipment, etc. to Tetachuck Lodge

10/28/88 DP to Barry Taylor, HP, Signal Analysis Division: “I am sure that the people now in the company from top to bottom do appreciate and understand the policies Bill and I have established…the whole business environment has been changing…It would not be appropriate for me to travel around the company and meet with people…this would not be fair to John Young and his team, who I think are doing an outstanding job”

10/19/88 DP’s trip schedule to NY 10/20-21

10/18/88 DP to Lodwrick M. Cook, ARCO, inviting him to join The Nature Conservancy Committee for CEOs, former and present; ARCO is the top corporate cash giver to the Conservancy “and you should be proud of the fact that you have saved unique habitat all over the country including our show-case preserve Santa Cruz Island”

10/17/88 DP donates $5,000 to the Coalition for SMUD Stability

10/15/88 DP’s trip schedule to Flagstaff and Washington 10/15-17 [DP receives Presidential Medal of Freedom at The White House with all his children and some grandchildren present]

10/13/88 DP to John V. Diepenbrock, lawyer, reminding him that “the State Board of Equalization has decided to levy a property tax on the Monterey Bay Aquarium…I have found a bias against private charity developing in the State Legislature…I have decided to begin to reduce our foundation support for worthy endeavors in the State…”

10/7/88 DP to John Young: “Congratulations on making the list of the top ten CEO’s in the U.S.”

10/7/88 DP to Barber B. Conable, Jr., President, World Bank, suggesting he meet with a man from Germany (Frieder Jung) concerned about the destruction of the Amazon’s rain forest

10/6/88 DP memo to Colburn Wilbur advising that the Foundation will commit $1 million for the Ford Center for Sports and Recreation, payment over five years

10/5/88 DP to Miguel A. Arrufat, Canada, about his termination as an HP employee; cc to Alan Bickell

10/5/88 DP matches $10,117 collected by OICW

Box 20, Folder 16  1989 January, February, March


3/30/89 DP to John Scully, Apple, with cc to John Young and WRH, informing him of his decision to not provide funding for the International Foundation for the Survival and Development of Humanity; “not going to result in an efficient use of funds. I do not believe the Soviet contribution of technology would add depth significant to what could be done from the United States, Japan, or the European community”

Letters to his children planning to have “the whole family together” at Tetachuck the last week in July

3/22/89 DP to “Bill, I am trying to arrange the first two weeks in July at Tetachuck when the fishing will be best for some of our friends.  It would be great if you and Rosie could join us either the first or second week of July” [Other friends invited are Jack and Elaine Parker (Carefree AZ), Harold and Rita Haynes (Chevron), Paul and wife Warren Miller (Bala-Cyndyd PA), George and Polly Keyworth (Indianapolis IN), Morris and Jean Doyle (San Francisco), Peter Greenough (New York)

3/16/89 DP donates $500 for the Berkeley College Republicans

3/14/89 DP to Michael H. Jordan, Frito-Lay, explaining why he no longer can support the Center for Excellence in Education since DP has made a major change in his charitable work.  “I decided last year to concentrate all of my charitable activity in developing the long range plans for our family foundation.  To do this we have undertaken a number of major projects.  One is a fellowship program for young university professors in science and engineering, which we began last year at a $2,000,000. per year commitment and which will build up over the next four years to $10,000,000. per year.  Another is a new foundation for ocean science called the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).  I am supporting this at a $5,000,000. per year level and have provided substantial up front money for facilities and equipment.  Another is a $1,000,000. per year commitment to support ten of the black colleges over several years ahead.  These commitments added to those things we have been doing for many years in the local communities will require all of the cash flow I will have for the next few years.  For several reasons I do not want to sell any more HP stock at this time”

3/13/89 DP donates $1,000 to Senator Dave Durenberger for Americans for Generational Equity

3/7/89 DP to Robert J. Kohler, ESL Inc.: “Having served on three commissions that made recommendations on Executive and Judicial salaries that were not implemented over the past 20 years…I do not think congress is ready to fix this problem.  They had their best chance ever this year and they flunked out”

3/7/89 DP to Jim and Roe Boswell, Ketchum ID, thanking them for $1 million donation to the Children’s Hospital


3/6/89 DP to Robert J. Swain, Tulsa OK: “I was greatly saddened to hear that your father has left us.  I was a great admirer of him long before I had the pleasure of knowing him personally, and I considered him to be among the few of my very best friends”

3/3/89 DP to Dr. Helmut Schmidt, Germany: “I was most pleased to hear that you have accepted our invitation to give the dinner speech on the occasion of Hewlett-Packard Company’s 50th Anniversary, which is coupled with the listing of our stock on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange…no one better qualified to address the issues of international economy and competitiveness…I am sorry I cannot attend…”

3/1/89 DP’s trip schedule to Orange County 1/1-3

3/1/89 DP donates $500 for the reception for the 10th Anniversary of Votes for Choice; he will be glad to send out invitations

3/1/89 DP donates $10,000 to the Procurement Round Table

3/1/89 DP to Rep. Jerry Lewis introducing Barney Oliver who will call on him to discuss his NASA SETI project; same letter to Senator Jake Garn

2/28/89 DP to Joel S. Birnbaum: “Congratulations on your recent election to the National Academy of Engineering.  This distinction is highly deserved”

2/23/89 DP to John McColl, donating $5,000 for the special banquet for his father receiving the Award of Excellence

2/22/89 DP to Colburn S. Wilbur of family foundation, sending him a copy of “Supply and Demand for Science and Engineering PhDs: A National Crisis in the Making” which he labels “important report in terms of our Fellowship Program”

2/21/89 DP memo to Pat Maupin: “…pleased to learn the Midwest Sales Region is enjoying participating in the company’s 50th Anniversary celebration.  Thanks for sending the cassette of the song”

2/21/89 DP to Dennis J. White saying that the steelhead run on San Francisquito and Los Trancos Creeks “is probably a losing cause” but he will talk to Pres. Don Kennedy about it in case there is a scientist at Stanford who would be interested

2/17/89 DP to Melvin R. Laid, Chairman, The Citizens Network: “I hope you are enjoying the three ring circus starring John Tower”

2/17/89 DP to Edson W. Spencer, Minneapolis, suggesting he “cut down the agenda” of the new Commission on U.S.-Japan Relations; “I think the political policies listed are largely national security issues, and the Commission’s work in this area could be left to others…I do not see any sense in discussing aging population, affordable housing or health care costs.  These are primarily national problems…” He ends with “I have become very cynical about advisory commissions and I would not be interested in assisting with the funding”


2/17/89 DP to David MacEachron, President, Japan Society: “…I am not keeping in touch with very many people any more and I have no suggestions for you.”

2/16/89 DP sympathy note to Mary Frances Pearson on “Jed’s untimely death”

2/14/89 DP donates $78,022 to match funds collected by OICW; “this winds-up the match from me, as well as Bill Hewlett”

2/14/89 DP donates $1,000 to the Friends of General Singlaub

2/13/89 DP to Governor George Deukmejian suggesting Robert A. Grimm be appointed as a representative for Santa Clara County to the California Transportation Commission. “Mr. Grimm is a former Hewlett-Packard executive, who also served as Mayor and Council member of Los Altos.  He has served on the Board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Santa Clara County Intergovernmental Council”

2/10/89 DP to Pam Dunn, President, Compatible Business Systems:  “It was a real pleasure to be with you for a week of fishing on Christmas Island.  I admired your fishing ability and enjoyed hearing about your work.  I hope your Wang Compatibles include more Hewlett-Packard products in the future”

1/27/89 DP to John Young: “The organization I mentioned on the phone today is the Global Fund for Women.  Anne Firth Murray is president and I thought Rosemary might be interested in hearing about the program.  It might be worth considering for HP support”

1/26/89 DP to Rep. Tom J. Campbell introducing Barney Oliver

1/26/89 DP to John M. Fluke, Jr. planning a tour of the Aquarium

1/24/89 DP submits his resignation from the Board of Directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation

1/20/89 DP to Jack S. Parker, Fairfield CT: “I share your concern about Stanford and I don’t see any possibility about anything being done about Don Kennedy at the present time. The problem now is to see that follow-up on the Hoover Institution is done satisfactorily, and if not we might have to take some drastic steps”

1/20/89 DP to Anne Keatley, President, Carnegie Institution of Washington, acknowledging her letter “about encouraging President Reagan to take an active role in supporting scientific research and education.  I think it is too early to approach him on a subject like this, but I think you have a good idea and perhaps we can follow up on it a little later, after he has had a chance to recover from eight years of hard work. I don’t know that I am the right person to raise the subject with him…”

1/19/89 DP donates $1,000 to the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Monterey


1/13/89 DP memo to Dave Kirby on “The Quality Review.”  He writes: “I am not enthusiastic about this, but it might be helpful to HP.  Have someone put together a draft. I have always felt quality is a very high priority item:

1. Electronic instruments should be more accurate than the equipment they measured. 2. Electronic instruments had a high leverage factor – if one failed a whole production line might have to be closed down.

Quality was always an important item on the agenda for virtually every management review over the past 50 years.  We learned something from the Japanese.  We have made progress in our drive to produce only products of highest quality, but we are confident we will continue to improve the quality of our products”

1/13/89 DP to Richard Katz, Colorado Springs; cc to John Young, Art Dauer, Tom Vos: “In response to your letter of January 8, taking credit for ideas that are not your own is just plain dishonest and it is not the HP Way.  Such bad ethical behavior is not acceptable at our company or anywhere else”

1/11/89 DP to Mary K. Naqao, Mountain View, thanking her for her contribution of $100 to the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital “and I want you to know I appreciate it very much”

1/10/89 DP nominating Franklin Offner for the Charles Stark Draper Prize: “I became acquainted with Franklin Offner in the late 1930’s, when he made a very important contribution to medical electronics, with the development of a direct-writing oscillograph and a differential amplifier.  The Hewlett-Packard Company has been involved in the design and manufacture of electrocardiograph equipment and I can assure you that Mr. Offner’s contribution was the foundation on which all subsequent work has been done.  I, also, have known about his work during World War I.  He made many contributions to jet engine fuel control and to infra-red homing devices and he also proposed the first Sonabuoy.  Because these important contributions have not received as much public notice as they deserved it is very appropriate, in my opinion, to give this recognition to Dr. Franklin Offner at this time.”

1/5/89 DP donates $1,000 to The Library Fund, UC, Berkeley

1/4/89 DP to General John A. Wickham, Jr.: “I appreciate your thoughtfulness in sending me a copy of your commentary on Defense Reform.  I think John Tower will be able to make some progress on these issues with good support from

President Bush”

Box 20 Folder 17 April, May, June


6/29/89 DP to Dave Kirby on his retirement after 27 years: “…I want to extend a profound ‘thank you’ for the tremendous contribution you have made to all of us in HP.  Your sound judgement [sic], your steady hand and your complete devotion to the well being of Hewlett-Packard Company has been an indispensable factor in our success over the years.  You fully understood the importance of developing a public relations program that was strong and consistent over the years, yet with a low profile of visibility.  Your good work has enabled our company to maintain extraordinary credibility over many years with our employees, our customers and suppliers, and with the general public as well.  Your shoes will be hard to fill, but your influence will be felt at HP for many years after your retirement…”

Several letters to Deputy Sec. of Defense recommending candidates for positions

6/28/89 DP to Governor George Deukmejian urging him “to reconsider your position regarding the Williamson Act subvention program.  As you must be aware, the Williamson Act subventions have not been increased since 1976, and some counties have been adversely affected by the erosion in purchasing power of the subvention revenue.  I strongly support the proposed $4,000,000 increase in the 1989-90 Budget Act to help stabilize this program that has been so important to our state’s agricultural and ranching communities.”  He then went on with four specific benefits that the Williamson Act provides.

6/27/89 DP to trustees of the David and Lucile Packard: “Our foundation should never provide any support of any kind for Worldwatch [Institution]”

6/26/89 DP to Wells Fargo Bank officially terminating their management agreement with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and transferring the assets to the Security Pacific National Bank [same date, letter to Security Pacific National Bank]

6/26/89 DP agrees to be the first recipient of the Doolittle Award and will be at the luncheon in Washington DC, 9/13

6/26/89 DP sends $30,000 check for new boat for Tetachuck

6/26/89 DP to CA Assemblyman Ted Lempert thanking him for “support for the legislation to help the Monterey Bay become an important center for ocean science…You gave me more credit than I deserve in your speech about education.  A good education is the most valuable possession any person can ever have and we should all do everything we can to make the schools in California the best”

6/22/89 DP to Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee, nominating Senator Becky Morgan for selection as one of the Legislators of the Year to be honored by the National Republican Legislators Association.  “Throughout her public career she has developed creative, business oriented solutions to public problems…”

6/22/89 DP to Drew Lewis, CEO, Union Pacific Corporation, asking for $10,000 to help pay for a mailing for Californians for Political Reform’s support of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Initiative


6/14/89 DP to John Riggen, HP, Colorado Springs Division, commenting on the 50th Celebration at the Air Force Stadium on 6/10.  DP notes that he will pay for the dinner at the Garden of the Gods “for my cousin, Mrs. Margaret Aro, her son Ed, Bill and Rosemary Hewlett, and Bill and Jan Terry

6/14/89 DP to Barbara Wright at Finch, Montgomery & Wright, enclosing a copy of the Second Amendment of Declaration of Revocable Trust which he executed; same letter to Frank Roberts of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro

6/14/89 DP donates $1,000 to The Nature Conservancy, California Chapter.  This was the honorarium awarded him as the recipient of a Conservation Award from Chevron which he was unable to accept in person

6/14/89 DP letters to some of the “Ambassadors” to HP’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Marlene Chamorot from Evry Cedex, Carmela T. Dureault from Grenoble, and Ellen Japiot from Lyon

6/12/89 DP plans fishing trip at Tetachuck second week of July with Jack and Elaine Parker, Bob and Helen Glaser, Jay and Polly Keyworth, Sid and Jean Mitchell, and Sherm and Jean Chickering

6/9/89 DP to Nick Kotz thanking him for autographed copy of Wild   Blue Yonder which he will read while on vacation fishing

6/9/89 DP plans fishing trip to Tetachuck the first week of July with Bill and Rosemary Hewlett, Morrie and Jean Doyle, Ben Biaggini, John and Bonnie Swearingen, Ray Dahl, Jim Edmund, and Jim and Maria Hodgson

6/9/89 DP to Deputy Sec. of Defense Donald J. Atwood: “I judge you probably will not get as much support for defense management reform from the White House as I had hoped, but do not give up, you will get some help and also some ‘unhelp’ from the Congress”

6/8/89 DP’s trip schedule to Colorado Springs 6/9-12

6/8/89 DP to John Stauffer Charitable Trust thanking them for a grant of $100,000 to the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital

6/8/89 DP to Kenneth W. Ehlers, Almo CA, thanking him for the HP 200-C Audio Oscillator.  “It will have a good home…” [see also 5/14/89]

6/8/89 DP to Arnold O. Beckman whose wife Mabel just died.  “I know there is nothing I can do that will help relieve the sorrow of losing a lifetime partner, but my thoughts are with you”

6/7/89 DP to Bob Podesta, Sacramento, loaning him $38,000 for financing his booklets; note due 11/1/89; interest rate 8%


6/5/89 DP to Japanese Consul General Yanai, San Francisco, agreeing with his position and assuring him that Carla Hills “understands this problem very well and will do what she can to keep the US-Japan talks on a quiet basis as you have suggested.”  He felt it was a mistake for the Congress to have passed the legislation requiring this action. (cc Carla Hills)

6/1/89 DP to Mrs. Jewell Scharfen, Mt. View, who wrote “about our early days together. I remember your husband very well, particularly that he was helpful to a couple of young fellows trying to get started in business”

6/1/89 DP to Colburn Wilbur: “Put this M.I.T./Hansen proposal on the foundation agenda.”  Suggests $50,000/year for five years

5/11/89 DP to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: “While I admire the tireless energy you expend on your vocation, it is my policy not to give financial assistance to religious endeavors”

5/31/89 DP to Ruri Kawashima recommending Paul Schott Stevens for the U.S. Japan Leadership Program…

5/9/89 DP to “Dear Bill: I hope they take care of your recent health problem properly.  I will be away for a couple of days and probably won’t see you until next week.  I am enclosing material on the Macon which I thought you might find interesting.  We can arrange for the video display transmitted to our place at Rancho Grande…”

5/8/89 Margaret M. Paull to Rod Carlson saying that DP wants to renew the company’s support of the Business Committee of the National Center for State Courts

5/2/89 DP donates $1,000 to the Sadat Peace Foundation for help in financing the proposed Congressional delegation visit to Israel

5/1/89 DP to Edward L. Gaylord, president-publisher, The Oklahoma Publishing Co., declining the Libertas Award.  “My father was a great friend and admirer of your father”

4/24/89 DP to James R. Balanesi on his retirement after 36 years at HP beginning with the Redwood Building and concentrating on the color lab

4/21/89 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 4/23-25; accepting the 1989 National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal

4/17/89 DP’s trip schedule to Sacramento 4/17-18

4/20/89 DP donates $280,625 completing his pledge to University of Southern California, School of Engineering

4/20/89 Margaret M. Paull to Director of White House Photographic Office, requesting photographs from the 10/17/88 presentation by Pres. Reagan of the Medal of Freedom to DP

4/17/89 DP donates $1,000 to Mrs. Maria de Penha Luz Teixeira, Brazil, “as a gift to you and your family. I hope this might enable you to refrain from selling all of your HP stock at this time.”  She had offered him her stock worth about $4,000 but DP cannot buy it “for certain legal reasons”


4/17/89 DP to Axel O. Adler: “I appreciate your thoughtful letter…I share your concern about allowing public access to this area.  We have provided loans to the Big Sur Land Trust to acquire property, which will be acquired by the Forest Service.  I would much prefer to have it held privately so the public can be kept out and I will reasses our policy…” [cc to Julie Packard and Nancy Burnett]

4/17/89 DP to Governor George Deukmejian, expressing appreciation for his “support of the legislation on the property tax issue last year.  We now have two bills in process to deal with the issues…Senate Bill 550 …[and] Assembly Bill 1727…These bills will improve the capability of both the Aquarium and MBARI in their work in research and education in the important and expanding field of Ocean Science…It is very poor public policy for the State of California to have property tax hurdles in place to discourage the charitable research and educational work…”  DP invites him to visit Monterey. [similar letter to Willie Brown, Speaker of the Assembly]

4/12/89 DP establishes trust agreements for his grandchildren

4/11/89 DP to Elayne Christiansen on the death of her husband.   “Tom represented the best in everything he did, he helped make this a better world for which we can all be thankful.”  He “was a very good personal friend as well as an outstanding employee of Hewlett-Packard, and a real professional in his field”

4/11/89 DP to Melvin R. Laird, Reader’s Digest Assoc.: “I enjoyed the opportunity to visit with you last week. Paul Stevens, who was a major contributor to our Commission, has been working on a game plan to get the Pentagon reorganized.  I think there is an opportunity, as never before, to really make a difference…”

4/11/89 DP to George A. Carver, Jr., President, C&S Associates, saying he read the DARPA proposal on protecting defense related technologies. “I think this whole issue has been over stated…I am not going to spend any more time on all these serious problems, except to make one last try at implementing our Commissions [sic] recommendations.  We will probably know within the next thirty days whether or not something can be done.”

4/4/89 DP donates $10,000 to Robert C. (Bud) McFarlane “to help with your financial problems”

4/3/89 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 4/4-6

Box 20, Folder 18  1989 July, August, September

9/13/89 DP to L. W. Lane, Jr., Menlo Park: “I am enclosing some material about BIOSYS. As you can see, Bill Hewlett and I provided some start-up funding for the program which was conceived by Barney Oliver.” He asks Lane to join in the endeavor [same letter to Melvin B. Lane]


9/12/89 DP to Ellis Pines, Creative Services, McLean VA, saying he would be willing to do an ad if he could veto the final copy

9/11/89 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 9/12-13

9/11/89 DP to Security Pacific National Bank saying he and Bill Hewlett have agreed to each take one-half Unit of additional financing for Geostar; terms specified [cc to Barney Oliver]

9/11/89 DP donates $150.00 to the Ocean Knoll School, Encinitas, for help in their field trip to the Aquarium

9/11/89 DP to William Calder McCall who had written to complain about the poor fishing and high price of the aircraft for visiting his old lodge at Tetachuck

8/23/89 DP to John B. Fery appointing him to the HP board committee on long-range strategic planning [the committee: T. Wilson, Bill Haynes, Paul Miller, Jay Keyworth, Walter Hewlett, David W. Packard, John Fery]

8/18/89 DP to Donald J. Garnett, Pueblo, thanking him for telling him about Margaret Paige’s death.  “Your aunt, Aunt Maud and Margaret Paige were two dear friends of my mother.  I visited with both of them many times over the years.”

8/16/89 DP to John Doyle recommending the VR Motor which DP used at MBARI and became convinced of its large potential market.  “I have discussed this briefly with John Young who thought you should be involved in deciding what HP should do.”

8/15/89 DP memo to Frank Carrubba suggesting he choose several students from the program DP has been involved with (founded by Admiral Rickover) called the Center for Excellence in Education to work at HP

8/7/89 Margaret M. Paull to Mrs. Margaret Arno, Colorado Springs: “One of the HP employees took this photo of you and that sweet old fellow that I have worked with for 29 years.” [see above; she is DP’s cousin]

8/2/89 DP memo to Bob Parrish on “The HP Way”: “I am sorry to learn that you did not respect my request to be helpful to Mr. Beane.  You should have been more thoughtful.  Your action was no credit to our company.” cc to Art Dauer with enclosure

8/2/89 DP to Dr. Douglas D. Smith “about the progress of the Aquarius habitat program…”  He says that his “personal bias is toward exploring the oceans with unmaned, remote operated vehicles, which is …the charter for MBARI” because they “can actually do much more than maned activities, although I admit they lack some of the glamour…”

8/1/89 DP to William Calder McCall outlining his plans for using Tetachuck including costs.  “The water has been high and the fishing has been quite good.  One of my grandsons caught a 27 inch, nearly 6 pound Rainbow in the rapids last week”

7/19/89 DP donates $1,000 to the Stanford Review


7/18/89 DP to Mrs. Pauline Anderson thanking her for her “extremely generous donations to the work of The Nature Conservancy in California. The Sacramento River project and the Dye Creek Ranch, both of which you visited, are two outstanding examples of the Conservancy’s ability to formulate and carry out unique solutions to threatened lands…”

7/18/89 DP donates $1000 to the Council on Foreign Relations for the Middle East Forum

7/18/89 DP to Senator Jeff Bingaman: “I am very concerned about the so-called ‘quiet crisis’ in the federal government: our increasingly inability to recruit and retain top-quality personnel, both civilian and military, in Federal jobs.”  He notes that salaries “have not kept up with the private sector, confusion about revolving door policies, inflexible hiring and promotion practices, and media attention on bureaucrat-bashing have contributed [to the problem]…”  DP is supporting the Senator’s “recent attempts in the Fiscal Year 1990 Defense Authorization Act…”

7/18/89 DP memo to John Young and Executive Committee on ”General Managers January Meeting” in which he thinks “we all should take John Minck’s remarks seriously”

7/7/89 DP’s trip schedule to Washington 7/13-14

7/7/89 DP and WRW invite Louis W. Cabot to the San Felipe Ranch for the annual deer hunt on 9/15-17; also Alexander Wilson

Box 20, Folder 19  October, November, December

12/29/89 DP to Robert F. Froehlke, IDS Mutual Fund Group, saying he will take the Univ. of Wisconsin off his list if they eliminate the ROTC there

12/29/89 DP donates $212,500 to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

12/29/89 DP donates $250,000 to the San Francisco Symphony

12/29/89 DP donates $25,000 as the final payment on his pledge to the Philip H. Rhinelander Endowment Fund

12/29/89 DP donates $50,000 on his pledge to the University of Chicago for the George P. Shultz Professorship

12/29/89 DP donates $25,000 to complete his pledge to the Ushiba Memorial Foundation

12/29/89 DP donates $20,000 to complete his pledge to The York School

12/29/89 DP donates $150,000 as part of his pledge to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

12/29/89 DP donates $220,032 to complete his pledge to the Richard Nixon Presidential Archives Foundation

12/29/89 DP donates $280,937.50 as final payment to the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help with the Rev. Leon H. Sullivan as president


12/29/89 DP donates $25,000 to complete his pledge to the Hoover Institution’s Edward Teller Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Science, Technology and Public Policy

12/29/89 DP donates $50,000 on his pledge to the Concord Academy

12/29/89 DP donates $165,000 to complete his pledge to the Children’s Discovery Museum

12/22/89 DP donates $2,000 for the Lincoln University Foundation

12/20/89 DP to Arun Kumar Ramteke, India, saying he is “pleased to report that Hewlett-Packard Company fortunately received very little damage from the October earthquake.”  He enclosed a photograph and added “under no circumstances do I send photographs of my family”

12/19/89 DP to Ben F. Biaggini: “As I think you know I am developing a key parcel of land on the Elkhorn Slough to enhance the wild-life population there, and restore the ecology and keep it protected for the future.  There is a heavy population of imported Red Foxes in the area and they have been very destructive of young duck families on the property.  Legislation to enable the Department of Fish and Game to control these varmants [sic] was prepared several years ago, but has not been initiated.  I am writing to encourage you to initiate the introduction of the necessary legislation early next year…”

12/19/89 DP gives shares of HP stock to a list of people who work on his properties

12/19/89 DP to Darlene A. Martin who is retiring after 16 years:  “I am also troubled about what is happening at Hewlett-Packard, but we may have reached a level of maturity that does not offer the opportunity for continuing growth, and the kind of spirit we enjoyed over the past fifty years…We will do what we can to get back on a better track, but I am not sure it is possible.”

12/19/89 DP memo to Rod Carlson asking him to look over the material on MBARI’s research project with Dr. Carl Djerassi “that could result in important new medical drugs”

12/19/89 DP to The President, the White House, recommending Jerry Jennings for a senior position in the administration

12/19/89 DP to Bob Greeley sending material about Affymax for him to consider for his venture capital fund

12/19/89 DP memo to Ken Poulton: “I did make the comment at the management meeting last January that I thought HP was becoming too bureaucratic, but I do not want to distribute any kind of a general statement.  Why don’t you and your associates provide me with examples of what is troubling you on this issue.  I might be able to help more on specific problems rather than general impressions”


12/15/89 DP to Professor Roger P. Webb complimenting Georgia Institute of Technology whose students “stand high” on his list.  In 1988 and 1989 HP hired 252 graduates of Georgia Technology, many had been students of Dr. David R. Hertling whom they speak very highly of as “they have benefited [sic] from an outstanding education at Georgia Technology”

12/15/89 DP memo to Sid Liebes on hearing aids for which there is no good solution although he would be delighted to have HP “play a wild card with one man year or so of top technical talent”

12/1/89 DP’s trip schedule to Orange County 12/3-5

12/1/89 DP to John B. Farley thanking him for the book “The Most Historic Mile in the United States.”  He wrote “I always enjoy reading history of Pueblo”

11/29/89 DP to Maynard L. Hill inviting him to come to Monterey to discuss “research in Ocean Science that could be done with cheap, airborne RPV’s”

11/29/89 DP writes a letter of recommendation to the Bohemian Club for Robert Arthur Swanson of Genentech

11/22/89 DP to Daniel E. Lungren (Dear Dan): “…I am not supporting any candidates from now on that are not willing to come out strong for ‘Pro Choice’ on the abortion issue.  I well understand if you are not willing to do so, but I will not support your campaign.  Please advise me where you stand on this important issue”

11/22/89 DP to Nick Aman, Beaverton OR: “I started a business of mowing lawns when I was very young.  I learned that if I did a better job than the other kids I got all of the business.  (I only made 25c per hour.)  Individual enterprise means that you are all on your own and to succeed you have to build a better product or do a better job.  Good luck…”

11/15/89 DP donates $1,000 to the Republican Party of Santa Clara County

11/13/89 DP to Bierce Riley: “It was interesting to me that so many people took time to write about Dr. Holmes Morton’s work with the Amish families of Pennsylvania, as was related in the September 20th issue of the Wall Street Journal.  Our Corporate Grants Department has sent Dr. Morton at the Clinic for Special Children a formal notification of our gift of the gas chromatograph equipment valued at $81,571.00.  We welcome this opportunity to be helpful to a deserving cause, and appreciated, as well, the public interest in both our philosophy and our products” [a similar letter went to anyone who wrote DP on this subject]

11/2/89 DP to Mary Di Marco about Geostar corporation common shares which DP is buying [see also 10/10/89 to Martin A. Rothblatt putting off until next spring the possibility of installation of the System 2.C from Geostar]; also 8/26/90 letter to Martin R. Snoey enclosing signed agreement between DP, lender, and Donald E. Brown of Geostar dated 3/26/90]


11/2/89 DP memo to Frank Carrubba suggesting that his people get in touch with the Univ. of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory where “the bioengineering work would be of interest to our medical people” and other work on instrumentation; DP spent the preceding day there

10/27/89 DP’s scheduled trip to Seattle 10/21-11/1

10/23/89 DP agrees to serve another three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation [this is the only favorable reply to many requests around this time]

10/13/89 DP to Willard C. Butcher, The Chase Manhattan Bank, thanking him for the hospitality during the 1989 International Industrial Conference and the dinner at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor which was “a perfect occasion to catch up with old friends”

10/10/89 DP to Michael K. Hatam, Software Development Engineer, HP, who is committed to the San Jose program “Youth at Risk.”  DP writes that “our foundation has been supporting programs to help the young people in our community for over twenty-five years…I have come to the conclusion that more progress can be made with more help…during the first six or eight years of their [children’s] lives…”  He donates $25,000 to “Youth at Risk”

Box 20, Folder 20  1990 January, February, March

3/26/90 DP memo to Carol Parcels: “…In the future I do not want any photographs taken of me unless HP has all rights for use of the photographs.”  DP sent back those by Fred Pinkham

3/23/90 DP donates $1000 to Alan Nichols for his campaign

3/22/90 DP to David E. Hoobler, Jr., Friendswood TX, confirming that “neither Hewlett-Packard nor I support [gun] control…” [several similar letters responding to people who found DP listed in “Who’s Who of Gun Control”]

3/22/90 DP to Bruce Elliott, State of CA, Dept. of Fish and Game, “pleased to know you are continuing to work for red fox suppression at the Elkhorn Ranch.” DP grants “permission to include the Elkhorn Ranch in your proposal” [see 12/19/89 to Ben Biaggini on the same subject]

3/22/90 DP to UC Chancellor Julius R. Krevans endorsing Robert C. Taylor for the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service; DP knew Taylor “years ago when he was working on the magnetic Resonance Science Center”

3/21/90 DP donates $2,000 to the Blackwater-Ootsa Community Association, BC

3/20/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 3/21-23

3/15/90 DP to The President, The White House: “Your tempered comments on Chairman Rostenkowski’s deficit elimination proposal were right on target…Its balance of defense spending reductions, civilian savings and revenue increases is very close to the kind of package I hope the Congress will pass and you will sign.  The deficit is a serious impediment to rebuilding our manufacturing industries…”


2/28/90 DP memo to John Doyle on “Paul Vella ‘Open Door’: There are two issues here.  1. Was it appropriate to have competitive approaches?  2. How was the decision made, eg under what constraints?  I would like to have this issue presented to the committee by Dick Anderson and Bill Terry.  I do not think it would be necessary to have Vella or the other group involved.”

2/20/90 DP memo to Ed Karrer, with cc Frank Carrubba and Peter Will, thanking him “for the report on instruments for Biotechnology.  I am pleased to know we are moving ahead on a number of fronts in this area”

2/20/90 DP memo to John Kelly, cc Dean Morton: “I finally reached Mr. Billat of Insystems on the phone…” He wants to set up a meeting

2/15/90 DP memo to Bradford Kirley thanking him for the book “Hollywood’s Golden Year.”  He wrote “it is especially enjoyable since David Woodley has been rejuvenating the movies of yesterday years at the theatre here in Palo Alto”

2/13/90 DP to Dennis A. Powers, Hopkins Marine Station and Leroy Hood, California Institute of Technology, concerning new instrumentation for joint projects.  DP is encouraging HP along these lines, but Ed Karrer and Paul Greene “have not decided what the company should do” [see also 2/6/90 to Dennis A. Powers setting up meeting]

2/13/90 DP memo to Paul Vella, cc John Doyle, reporting that he has “appointed a special committee of the Board of Directors to provide our team with guidance on our overall strategy…”

2/12/90 DP to Assemblyman Pat Nolan saying he “did not get any help from the Governor or the Republicans in Sacramento for the legislation to help with the property tax problems for our Monterey Bay Aquarium or its associated research institute, MBARI. For this reason I am not planning to provide much, if any, financial support this year.”  Cc Bob Kirkwood

2/12/90 DP to Phillip A. Griffiths, Provost, Duke University, about Dick Barber leaving MBARI and returning to Duke to assume the Oceanography Chair

2/6/90 Bernie McKay to DP, a letter typed apparently from a hand-written note given to DP on an airline.  The author is the U.S. Procurement Policy Manager in the HP Government Affairs Office in Washington.  He outlines some discouraging information about the implementation of the Packard Commission recommendations

1/31/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 2/1-3 [these last few trips to Washington have been for meetings of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST)]


1/31/90 DP to The President, The White House, urging him to receive at The White House The Advertising Council and their Industries Advisory Committee where DP is a member.  This group supports federal agencies and their public service needs through such campaigns as “Loose Lips Sink Ships” and more recently “Drinking and Driving Can Kill a Friendship”

1/29/90 DP memo to Frank Carrubba telling him of an article in the Nov. 1989 MIT Report on new microchip lasers.  HP should have someone visit the author Dr. Aram Mooradian

1/18/90 DP to Charles T. Staley, Rawlins WY, sending him an HP Scope to replace the one he lost in an automobile accident. It took some time to locate this obsolete scope and he sent it at no charge

1/18/90 DP donates $175 to the Eagle Scout Banquet in San Francisco

1/12/90 DP recommends Jack Shad for the Bohemian Club

1/3/90 to President Richard Nixon thanking him for the Della Robbia Christmas wreath

Box 20, Folder 21  1990 April, May, June

6/28/90 DP to Richard L. Barkley: “Thanks for your note about Prop 119.  I have decided to stop wasting my money on political causes and candidates so I will leave this job to you”

6/26/90 DP memo to John Young and Dean Morton: “Here is a set of rules used by the Lockheed’s ‘Skunk Works’.  Some of these should be applied to our own development programs.”  He attaches a list of 14 rules which begin with “1. The Skunk Works manager must be delegated practically complete control of his program in all aspects.  He should report to a division president or higher.  2. Strong but small project offices must be provided both by the military and industry.  3. The number of people having any connection with the project must be restricted in an almost vicious manner.  Use a small number of good people…”

6/22/90 DP to Governor George Deukmejian recommending Barbara Green for the vacancy on the State Parks Commission

6/22/90 DP to Robert C. Wright, CEO, National Broadcasting Company, saying he was pleased to have the good report on the Industries Advisory Committee meeting.  “I am reducing my involvement in National affairs particularly when it involves travel to the East Coast.  I will be pleased to continue on the Council…”

6/22/90 DP to Frank D. Boren thanking him for his letter “about the conservation buffer areas here in California…I already have a major project I am developing at Elkhorn Slough…involves a personal commitment of $100,000 per year and with no tax deduction…”


6/20/90 DP to Senator Quentin Kopp saying he is reducing his contributions to candidates but is making an exemption for Kopp; encloses check for $1,000

6/12/90 DP to Elmer b. Staats, Chairman, Procurement Round Table, saying that “the rapid change in the world wide military situation” suggests “we are now in the middle of a watershed change…What if anything, the PRT might do in the future should be considered after there has been a better definition of the nature of our future plans…there will be tremendous pressure to reduce our military budget and I think this will force the DOD to do some of the things the PRT has advocated…”

5/30/90 DP to Ralph Eheler who had taken enhanced early retirement which has not worked out well.  HP “has just completed the 1990 EER program at which time over 750 employees chose to retire.  The plan has some benefits and some disadvantages, as you have learned.  Since our industry is rather depressed at this time, the EER program helped to reduce personnel, rather than considering any possible lay offs.  This means, as well, new hirings are frozen at the present time”

5/30/90 DP to David A. Hamburg, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York, agreeing to be “a member of the ad hoc Task Force supporting the Carnegie Commission’s report on new thinking and American Defense Technology.  There are some of the details I do not agree with, but altogether it is a good report”

5/22/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/23-25 for Council of Environmental Quality and closed session at The White House

5/22/90 DP to Roy E. McAlister who invited him to the World Hydrogen Energy Conference in July.  “While I have had interest in hydrogen as a useful fuel I don’t really know much about the subject.  Furthermore, I plan to be fishing in British Columbia in July which, at my age, is much more important than any conference to solve the problems of the world”

5/18/90 DP to BC Ministry of Parks thanking him for “authorizing the use of a vehicle on the roads from the Tetachuck Lodge to Eutsuk and Little Lakes, within Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.  I accept the conditions you have outlined with this qualification.  I will have our caretaker record the number of boats he observes, but I cannot assure you how accurate his record will be…I will apply for a renewal next year if I think it is justified…”


5/7/90 DP to Senator Jeff Bingaman concerning the proposed Critical Technologies Institute.  He agrees it is desirable “to prepare a general list of National Critical Technologies” but that it is not possible “to establish a very useful list of objectives for America’s research…” 3-page letter on this with cc to Dr. D. Allan Bromley

5/2/90 DP to Dick Hackborn: “I understand John Young discussed with you the proposed High Performance Computing and Communications Panel [which]…will be under the Chairmanship of Sol Buchsbaum, Executive Director of Bell Laboratories, and Ralph Gomory, formerly Senior Vice President of IBM…Professor Wong from UC Berkeley will be the staff director.  He suggested you…I assume you will be advised through official channels of your appointment…I will be pleased to discuss [any questions] with you.  I am sorry I missed your presentation to our Board committee on long term strategies. I heard that you made a very good impression as I had expected.”

5/1/90 DP donates $1,000 to the Alcoholism Council of California

5/1/90 DP sends $2,000 to John H. Dressendorfer “for all the help you have given me in Washington”

4/24/90 DP to Charlotte Gooden replying to her request for info:  “Dr. Egon Loebner of our company was scientific advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.  He did some work while there about high energy radiation at the embassy.  This work was highly classified and I have no specific information about it, and if any publications exit they are probably not available.  Dr. Loebner died in December 1989.  He was also involved in an investigation of high energy radiation from radar on an Air Force base near Marysville.  I think he testified at a public meeting there but I do not have any record of this meeting.  I do not know of anything else that might help you and you will simply have to do what you can yourself”

4/23/90 DP donates $500 to Kathleen Shea who was selected to compete in the astronomy section of the Soviet Youth Science Olympics.  “Have a wonderful, successful trip, full of much enjoyment”

4/20/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 4/23-27 for PCAST

4/18/90 DP to Joseph Ehrlich, Principal, Ehrlich-Rominger, Los Altos: “Dear Joe: Thank you for bringing the letter dated April 2 and signed by Frank Pedraza to my attention.  Please ignore it.  This is a gross violation of the basic principles on which Bill Hewlett and I have built this company over the past fifty years.”  Cc: John Young, Jack Brigham, Doug Austin, Dennis Raney, Chris DeVos, Don Peterson, and Miller, Starr & Regalia


4/17/90 DP to Larry E. Tise, The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, The Franklin Institute, enthusiastically endorsing Arnold Beckman for the Bower Award.  “I have known Arnold Beckman for nearly fifty years…His first major contribution was the PH meter which was a pioneer accomplishment in applying electronic technology to instrumentation for chemical analysis.  His first involvement in business was in the National Technical Laboratory and the Helipot Corporation, but he is best known as the founder and entrepreneur of Beckman Instruments Inc…[also note] his dynamic influence on science and education with Cal Tech, U.C. Irvine and the University of Illinois.  He was a dynamic leader in his community as president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.  He was a friends of and counsel to every governor of the state of California for over twenty years…”

4/17/90 DP donates $1,000 to Athletes for Kids, Washington

4/11/90 DP informs Charlotte Mailliard Swig of his decision to resign from the Host Committee

4/10/90 DP to Judge Lowell A. Reed, Jr. who is about to determine the appropriate sentence for GE in the GE/MATSCO case, pointing out “the key role GE has been playing since 1985 in trying to assure integrity throughout the defense industry.” 3-page letter on GE’s importance in “deterring illegal activity.”  This letter had been suggested by Zoe Baird, Counsellor to GE

4/3/90 DP to Stella Terry sending sympathy on the death of her husband John.  “Many fond memories remain of our early days at the company and you and John enthusiastically participating both at work and social functions.”

Box 20, Folder 22  1990 July, August, September

9/18/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Boston 9/19-21 for Board of Directors meeting; also Medical Products Group Review and meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee

9/13/90 DP memo to Mary Anne Easley: “I have no judgement [sic] about whether the proposed book on The Dynamics of Silicon Valley will be worth anything except that I doubt it will.  If John Young thinks it would be useful for HP to support this book you could put together a statement from my speech at Aviemore”

9/13/90 DP memo to HP top management with no subject indicated:  “There is absolutely no excuse for such a stupid thing to happen.”  Cc to WRH [The next letter in the file is to Richard Klein, Computerland of New York/New Jersey thanking him for his letter of September 6 “about the useless printed material you received from our company.  You can be sure this will receive my personal attention”; there are two dozen letters to which DP responded with cc to John Young: “Bill Hewlett and I thank you for your thoughtful desk message of September 7th (and thereabout) about the company. We appreciate your concern and interest.  Your thoughts will not go without attention”]


9/11/90 DP to Dean Brungart thanking him for the Wildhack Award which Bill Bruce picked up in DP’s place: “I am honored to receive this award from your organization, since you represent the measurement professionals in our customer companies around the world”

8/24/90 DP memo to Jack Brigham suggesting that the Board minutes of 7/19 should report that a Committee of Succession was established consisting of WRH, DP, John Young, T. A. Wilson, Harold J. Haynes, and Donald E. Peterson

7/16/90 DP to Erich Bloch, Director, National Science Foundation, agreeing that there is a problem but not one that “can be solved by giving preferential treatment to minority scientists and engineers.”  Instead DP suggests that “we would get a far better return by strengthening the science and engineering programs at these traditional black schools” and encouraging “more minority students to study math and the sciences at the high school and even grade school level”

undated paragraph on the “Rep’s Reunion” who provided “the real foundation on which our company has grown and prospered…”

7/16/90 DP to Peter McBean raving about his new hearing aid; also to Morrie Doyle and Jim North

12/17/90 DP to Assemblyman John Vasconcellos: “I think ‘Self Esteem’ is very important, but individuals have to have something to be esteemed about”

12/11/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 12/12-14

11/30/90 DP donates $2,000 to the Lincoln University Foundation

11/28/90 DP to HP Personnel Director, Pete Peterson, with correspondence from Greg Smestad who wrote DP for a job: “This is the kind of person we need to keep.  Find him a job and let some MBA go”

another bunch of letters expressing concern about something and DP answers appreciating “your expression of support and your thoughts will not go without attention.”  DP sends these to WRH and John Young; they are usually HP employees whom DP addressed by their first name

11/7/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 11/7-9

11/5/90 DP to Mary M. Anderson, Exec. Director, California Business Roundtable, San Francisco, saying he was pleased about the work the Roundtable has done.  “Unfortunately, we are having some problems at HP and I have several meeting scheduled here [at the same time as the next Roundtable]”

11/5/90 DP to Dick Hackborn suggesting he meet with Richard (Dick) Capen, Vice Chairman of Knight-Ridder who owns Dialog and plans to use HP printers for an on line service

another bunch of letters from HP employees expressing support

10/31/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Orange County 10/31-11/2


10/31/90 DP memo to John Young commenting on possible HP directors and saying T. Wilson would like to stay on the board so have Jack Brigham “advise us how to do this.”  Nine possible candidates are listed: Atwater (General Mills), Norm Augustine, Beal, Calloway (Pepsico), Clendenin, Everhart, Gomery, Jacobsen (3M), Vagelos (Merck).

10/30/90 DP memo to John Young on Tape 1992: “John, this tape cost over $100,000!  I do not think it is much more than a fairy tale and money down the drain”

10/22/90 DP memo to John Doyle, cc John Young: “I want to schedule some meetings with you and the various people who report to you to decide how to reduce some of the bureaucracy which has been built up over the last several years…begin with a review of all of the activities that report to you…budgets, the numbers of people..and a list of consultants…From these discussions, I will make some decisions…I intent to oversee the implementation for [John Yong]”

10/22/90 DP donates $1,000 to Supervisor Susanne Wilson, San Jose: “The new federal tax proposals are going to be a real problem for me.  I have been giving most of my after tax income to the work of our charitable foundation.  I have no basic reason to object to asking people like me with high income to pay more taxes.  It will mean that our foundation will have to reduce its support of many worthy causes in California by at lest $2,000,000 next year and I personally will also have to reduce my financial support for political candidates and political causes”

10/16/90 DP’s scheduled trip to New York 10/17-19

10/16/90 DP to Richard T. Thieriot, Editor and Publisher, San Francisco Chronicle, urging the Chronicle to endorse Alan Nichols for the 5th Congressional District

Box 20, Folder 24  1991 January, February, March

3/22/91 DP to Robert E. Greeley: “…I have made it as clear as I can that the investigation of the matters you are involved in be as fair and as objective as possible.  It would not be appropriate for me to become involved until the reports from Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher are complete and the reports from your Attorney are complete.  You may assume that no action will be taken by the Hewlett Packard Company until and unless I am convinced that the proposed action is fair, unbiased, and equitable.” [this is followed by a memo to Jack Brigham: “…Make sure that everyone in the company knows that no decision is to be made until it has my approval”] see below 4/17/99

3/22/91 DP to Mrs. Paul Bradley on Paul’s death: “He will be remembered for the excellent graphics services he provided our various departments over some thirty years.  But more than that he will be remembered for his thorough professionalism, his solid integrity, and his gentle manner”

3/18/91 DP donates $500 to the American Friends Service Committee


3/18/91 DP donates $500 to the SF Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America

3/5/91 DP memo to Dean Morton: “In view of the water problem I think we should make drastic reductions in our water usage in the Bay Area facilities.  All lawn should be eliminated, and only plants that require little or no water should be used for landscaping.  I can help with some recommendations, including native grasses that need no irrigation”

3/5/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 3/6-9

2/27/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 2/28-29

2/20/91 DP to Gary Falk (who wrote in a similar vein as several others): “All business of the Hewlett-Packard Company with Iraq was in strict accordance with U.S. Government policy.  Our company has no way of knowing enough about situations like this to be able to make a rational decision, and we must and do rely on our government’s policy.  I can assure you that any possible profit our company had from transactions in Iraq are of no importance to us whatever.  I understand and share your feeling about this situation” [see also 1/24/91 memo DP sent to Vicki Tindel, Santa Clara Div.]

2/4/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 2/5-8

1/31/91 DP memo to Jack Brigham asking his approval of a letter regarding proxies which DP is sending out

1/8/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 1/9-11

1/7/91 DP memo to Marv Patterson, cc John Doyle, concerning Software Development: “I would like first some indication from General Mangers about how much of your program they really want and how they intend to use it.  I think it would be desirable to provide an outline of what you are proposing and get their generation reaction.  I would not have time or need to get into any detail, either slide presentation or white papers.  I do not think this is a matter of great urgency because there will be substantial cost and not much payoff in 1991…”

1/7/91 DP to General Andrew J. Goodpasture inviting him and his wife to visit DP at Big Sur.  “…the Mid-East problem will still be a big issue whether we go to war or accept compromise”

1/7/91 DP memo to Pete Peterson: “Here is a paper by Thomas Sowell that should be required reading for any course HP has on ‘Managing Diversity.’”

1/4/91 DP to US Rep. Les Aspin: “…You and the Armed Services Committee can take satisfaction in the fact that we have reasonably adequate military capability to deal with the Iraq situation.  That is the only reason a peaceful settlement is possible”


1/2/91 DP to Alexci Haeff who was requesting financial help which DP would not provide although “Your brother Andrew was a very good friend for many years beginning in the early 1940’s.  I knew he had some mental problems in recent years and was sorry to hear that he died last month”

Box 20, Folder 25  1991 April, May June

6/18/91 Margaret Paull to ASM International sending info on DP as he is to receive the ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award on Oct. 22 in Cincinnati.  WRH will also attend; Richard Hackborn cannot attend and has asked Bill Terry to accept for him

6/18/91 DP memo to John Young and Dean Morton on EPA’s Industrial Toxics Project: “While I think we should plan to cooperate with the EPA program which you outlined in your 6/13/91 message, there is another development that could change the situation.  Fortunately a great many environmentalists, including some who have been with the EPA, now believe the health risks of these toxic substances have been overstated.  I am sure myself this is the case, and it now appears that something better might be done.  Let’s watch this closely for it is highly probable that the 2.34 million pounds HP produces has much less effect on health or the environment than the EPA has been estimating.”  Cc to Hal Edmondson and Carol Pinard

6/17/91 DP donates $1,000 to the National Audubon Society

6/13/91 Margaret Paull to Pueblo Community College sending the approved biography for DP which will be placed below his portrait

6/12/91 DP to Roland Schmitt, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, commenting on the issue of university overhead which DP thinks Rensselaer has handled well.  “As you know, I have been involved in this issue actively since about 1985 when we began the work of the committee with Dr. Bromley.  Actually I was involved when Fred Terman returned to Stanford in 1945, and his program started here with support by the ONR…The sub-committee on Science has prepared legislation close to my recommendations…”

6/12/91 DP donates $2,000 for the Council on Foreign Relations

6/10/91 DP donates $25,000 for The President’s Dinner requesting that this “contribution be used for direct candidate support, limited strictly to candidates that are pro-choice”

6/10/91 DP to David Abshire, Center for Strategic and International Studies, reporting that HP “would not be interested in becoming involved in the U.S.-Korea Task Force.” [see 5/20/91 for letter sent to Dean Morton to see if HP should be involved “because of our substantial involvement in Korea”]

6/10/91 DP to David DeLazzer, HP Fort Collins, reporting that he would not recommend that HP, or anyone else, support the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund


1991 invitations for DP and WRH’s annual deer hunt at San Felipe Ranch to: Ben Biaggini, Louis W. Cabot, William S. Brewster, Robert M. Brown, James S. Hewlett, Tom Killefer, Edmund W. Littlefield, Norman Livermore, Arjay Miller, Kendric B. Morrish, Franklin M. Orr, David Woodley Packard, Jack S. Parker, Robert Stephens, Walter B. Hewlett, Howard Chickering, Henry and Martha Colleto, Kennedith L. Ladd, Jr., Alexander Wilson, Simon Rich, Alexander Wilson, Sherm Chickering, Morris H. Doyle, Bruce G. Elliott, Jean-Paul Gimon, H.J. Haynes, Richard M. Helms

5/24/91 DP sends request for funds for the Hoover Presidential Library to William E. Simon, William B. Coberly, Jr., Richard M. Scaife

5/23/91 DP memo to Glen Shirey: “I am pleased to read that your division is taking the employee survey process seriously and is forming focus groups to examine problem areas.  Surveys are of little value unless we dig deeper for answers and solutions.

“You specifically mention concern about the ‘open door’ within HP.  Let me assure you, this is a practice we’ve valued in the past and will continue to value in the future.  Employees need to feel free to discuss openly what is going well and what is not going well.  It’s been my experience that this process works best if questions or concerns are addressed at the lowest levels first.  It’s at this level where appropriate actions can be taken most effectively.  We’re all part of the same team and managers and employees need to keep talking to each other.

“I’m going to forward your message to Pete Peterson, Director of Personnel and ask him to call you.  Thanks for your help in improving the ‘HP Way’”

5/21/91 DP memo to Gil Alvarez: “In response to your note, we are considering the possibility of pre-employment drug testing.  We will have recommendations for consideration by the Board of Directors at the July meeting.  This is a difficult issue and your opinion is helpful”

5/21/91 DP to Professor Robert Tannenbaum, Emeritus: “…I worked for a lone, hard rock miner on the road to Cripple Creek one summer vacation, while I was attending Stanford in 1932.  Other than that short experience I had no involvement in Cripple Creek activities”

5/20/91 DP one-page memo to Bernadette Jacobson who apparently wrote about the deficiencies of the HP health plan in relation to mental health; short explanation of mental health benefits at HP

5/20/91 DP to Governor Pete Wilson opposing cutting funds from the subvention as the Williamson Act has been important to the state’s agricultural and ranching communities


5/20/91 DP to John C. Warnecke, FAIA: “…I am trying to reduce my involvement in as many issues as possible, but I would be pleased to visit with you about architecture at Stanford”

5/16/91 DP to Jiahua Zou on his promotion to Vice Premier of the State Council for the Peoples Republic of China.  DP hopes “that President Bush will once again grant…the most favored nation trade status…Regretfully, there are serious pressures…opposing extension…supported by an antagonistic press media here in the U.S…I will do my best to maintain the friendly, productive relationship we established together…”

5/10/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/12-14 to meet with Congressman Frank Horton and George Brown and to attend the 75th anniversary dinner of the Computer & Business Equipment Mfgs. Assn.

Several letters asking about population control as an item of importance to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.  DP responds that the Council “already has population control high on the agenda to prepare a position paper for President Bush”

5/6/91 DP to Ms. Lydell Boyer saying that her father Dick Ponting “was a very good friend and very helpful in the early years of our company.”  He explains that HP only takes “a position on ballot measures or elections that have a direct impact on our business or the communities where we have a presence…”

4/30/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/1-3 to attend the Council on Environmental Quality among other things

about a dozen letters from DP to HP personnel world-wide thanking them for giving him information “about the experiences and benefits of university research, product development and education”

4/29/91 DP to Paul E. Lego, Westinghouses Electric Corporation, expressing regrets about missing his board’s dinner: “I had some minor surgery a few days before, which turned out to be a bit more than I expected, and I was just not back in shape in time.  I have known a good deal about Westinghouse ever since I went to work for G.E. in 1935, and I am very pleased to know things are still going well”

4/23/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington for subcommittee meeting on Science House of Representatives

4/19/91 DP to Mrs.[Barbara] Bush thanking her “for joining us for the inaugural events” for the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital

4/17/91 DP to Robert Greeley saying “my decision is that we are unable to continue any association with you either as an employee of HP or as a principal in an outside venture…”


4/12/91 DP memo to Dean Morton asking for information “to give Mr. Curtis.  Mrs. Cordelia May is a personal friend of Mel Laird’s. She is a member of the Mellon family, and will be my guest at the Children’s Hospital dinner Saturday night”

4/10/91 DP to Paul R. Vogt: “You are quite right in your concern about the political misdirection of our universities and colleges.  I have been concerned about this trend at Stanford for the past twenty years or more…alumnus should not make an unrestricted gift to Stanford…any specific gifts should be carefully directed…”

4/4/91 DP memo to Mark Tolliver, Workstation Group, Sunnyvale; Denny Georg, Snakes Workstations Project Leader, Fort Collins; and Fred Schwettman, Semiconductor Systems, Santa Clara on “Snakes Workstation.”  DP knows that Apollo contributed to this effort, but “it is clear that most of the snakes design was in place before the HP-Apollo merger…”

4/4/91 DP to Ms. Barb Vandeventer, Villa Grove IL: “If I distributed my yearly income to the 25 million or so people like you, who have overspent, it would amount to about $1 per year.  I am, therefore, enclosing your share” [at end of letter: “Enclosure $1″]

4/1/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 4/3/5

Box 20, Folder 26  1991 July, August, September

9/30/91 DP to Dr. Tom Welch, PCAST, Washington DC, concerning “Draft Issue Paper from Tom Lovejoy.”  DP adds these two sentences to the report: “Population control is a very important determinant in developing the future of our national security and for a new world order” and “Rational means of family planning include education, the development and use of contraceptives, and raising the status of women”

9/30/91 DP to Richard Helms: “…I went out on the last Wednesday of the deer season and got two of the biggest bucks I have seen at the San Felipe for a long time…”

9/27/91 DP to Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Jr. who wrote requesting funds for the National Marrow Donor Program.  DP writes: “…Just last night we had a retirement ceremony honoring Dr. Larry Schulman who had a major role in working with Lucile to develop the Lucile Salter Packard Childrens Hospital at Stanford.  Dr. Schulman was a pioneer in bone marrow transplant and our hospital is one of the few in the country with extensive experience in this important medical technology…”

9/10/01 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 9/11-13

8/28/91 DP to Dave Kirby: “I have read this transcript and there are a number of differences in our recollections about our years at Stanford.  I think it would be desirable for Bill and me to go over our recollections together for we both probably do not remember things quite the way they were.  I will have a transcript of my tapes for you in a day or so”


8/28/91 DP to Stanford President Donald Kennedy concerning the problem of retiring the HMP bonds.  He wants the matter resolved as it is “a serious breech of the spirit if not the letter of our agreement.  If it cannot be resolved promptly and finally it will cast a shadow on all of my commitments to Stanford including those for the Hopkins Marine Station”

8/26/91 DP to Mrs. Margaret M. Brock: “…Despite differences on some details among the Republicans in California, I am particularly impressed with the national prestige of our Party.  The Democrats are finally ending up where they belong.  We are witnessing a tremendous worldwide event, comparable to the fall of the Roman Empire.  We can be proud of our party for providing the leadership which has shaped the future course of the world”

8/26/91 DP donates $5,000 to the Citizens Committee to Confirm Clarence Thomas

8/22/91 DP to Representative Frank Horton with whom he recently met concerning how civilian agency contracting could benefit from implementation of some of the Packard Commission recommendations.  DP also was pleased that Reps. Horton and Conyers introduced a bill which will implement meaningful reforms in federal procurement.  He points out the importance of a single federal procurement system which could be achieved by raising the civilian threshold to the current DoD threshold and of rectifying the powers of the General Services Board of Contract appeals

8/21/91 DP to Howard Wolpe, Chairman, Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight, with corrected copy of the transcript of the hearing on August 1 and with comments on the testimony that followed: “The auditor of NASA reported that his inspectors found a number of contractors people loafing on the job…From my experience I believe very strongly that every one wants to do a good job, whether they work for NASA, DOD, or private contractors.  If they do not have adequate support, or are required to do a lot of things that do not make any sense, it would not be surprising that they appear to be loafing on the job”

8/29/91 DP to Donald F. Koijane, President, Foothill Electronics Museum, suggesting that they reject the railroad station in Los Altos as a home for the Perham Foundation museum but instead put their artifacts in storage and apply all effort “to acquiring a permanent location”

8/20/91 DP to Larry Boehm agreeing to be given the Outstanding Citizen Award by the Palo Alto Jaycees

8/16/91 DP’s scheduled trip to San Diego 8/18-20


7/30/91 DP form letter to the members of the Special Advisory Panel to Stanford on Standards of Accountability – Federal Research Costs: “I do not think you understand the problem.  Stanford has been accepting depreciation allowances in their research contracts when in fact they have no depreciation costs. They have put these depreciation allowances into the general fund accounts and spent them for current operation purposes. This situation should be corrected by a requirement that all depreciation allowances on Federal Contracts be put in a capital account fund and used only to upgrade or replace the research facilities and equipment for which the depreciation allowances were made…I do not think this is an accounting problem but rather a serious lapse in integrity by the leaders of Stanford”

7/31/91 DP to the Institute for International Economics saying he has decided to provide no financial support for the study of the US-Canada-Mexico trade issues.  He did enclose a check for $5,000 to cover the cost of the visit by John Whalley

7/30/91 DP to Stanford Professor William C. Reynolds thanking him for the 1938-39 “Bawlcut” and his thoughts on the old “Annex.”  DP writes: “I was not involved in the Annex in 1938 and 1939.  During that year I took two courses in the Business School, Management Accounts and Business Law.  I did the work for my thesis at Charlie Litton’s lab in Redwood City.  I would go there after dinner and work until one or two AM which was Charlie Litton’s regular schedule.  All this is to say that I was not involved in the Terman Laboratory Annex and have no particular interest in its restoration”

7/30/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 7/31-8/6 to testify on NASA, to meet with Senator Terry Sanford, to join the Panel on Science, Technology & National Security, and to meet with Secretary Dick Cheney and Allan Bromley

7/24/91 DP endorses the nomination of Akio Morita for the IEEE Founders Medal.  DP has known Morita for more than twenty-five years as co-founder and CEO of the Sony Corporation and in 1983 and 1984 they worked closely on the U.S.-Japan Advisory Committee.  “In my view, Mr. Morita’s leadership of Sony has been most outstanding.  This achievement alone should qualify him for the Founders Medal.  His unique abilities have extended far beyond his business leadership.  His creativity as an engineer and designer have generated scores of Sony products that are recognized throughout the world for their quality and usefulness.  While Sony is a Japanese Company, it has been a major contributor to progress in electronics engineering in the United States and Europe…”


7/19/91 DP to Stanford President Donald Kennedy thanking him for his note of July 17 “about the actions proposed related to federally sponsored research.  It seems to me that you and your people do not really understand the problem.  I am enclosing a statement that outlines my opinion of the real issue.  I have discussed this with Chuck Bowsher of the GAO and also Allan Bromley, Chairman of PCAST at the White House.  I anticipate that something very close to my analysis will be supported by both the Congress and the Administration.  I think you should give the people working on the issue for Stanford a copy of my statement.  With best wishes”

7/17/91 DP to A.M. Zarem endorsing his nomination of Dr. Malcolm R. Currie to receive the IEEE Founders Medal.  “I have known Mel for several decades…He has been an outstanding proponent and contributor to an enormous group of activities that have brought expanded acceptance and dignity to our profession”

7/2/91 DP to an employee, Greig Nakamoto,, who wrote about age discrimination; DP asks Bill Terry to look into this and let him know

7/1/91 DP accepts honorary membership in the Pueblo Country Club

7/1/91 DP resigns from the Pacific Sector Council Advisory Committee: “The time has come for me to withdraw from any further involvement with PSC”

7/1/91 DP to C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Institute for International Economics: “I have done some further work on the paper you asked me to fund.  Bill Reilly, head of US EPA, assured me that environmental issues are not going to be coupled with the trade negotiations between US, Canada and Mexico.  Environmental issues will be taken up in separate negotiations.  I am having dinner with Bill Reilly [soon]…I have not talked to Carla Hills about this…I note that you stated that one of her deputies recommended the study.  I want to know what our trade policy is going to be from the horses mouth, not the other end where the deputy sometimes is found…I will be in Canada fishing from June 30 until July 14…”

Box 20, Folder 27  1991 October, November, December

12/19/91 DP donates $7,000 “to help with the expenses incurred when President Reagan participated in the Speaker Series.”  This was sent to Darwin Patnode and Tom Clements at Foothill-DeAnza Colleges Foundation

12/16/91 Margaret Paull to Mrs. Mackson Hemphill in the English Department, Xiangan Techer’s College, Xiangtan, Hunan Province, China.  DP donates $300 to her project [see also 3/13/92 DP sends cashier check]

12/10/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 12/11-13


12/9/91 DP to Jane Z. Dumsha, Cheltenham PA: “Thank you for your letter of November 26th about the advertisement of our inkjet printers.  I can assure you we do not knowingly support sexist bias of any kind.  Your letter will be useful in helping us emphasize to all of our people the importance of avoiding a situation like this in the future.”  DP sends a note 12/9/91 to Dean Morton saying “this should be considered by Dick Hackborn and our advertising people”

12/9/91 DP to Stanford Professor Jerry I. Porras on the evolution of the HP objectives which have experienced “relatively few changes”

12/2 and 4/91 DP memos to John Young asking his opinion about things such as Jim Miller’s proposal, Jim Billington’s reports, and opportunities in Romania (cc to Franco Mariotti)

11/26/91 DP to Ray Wilbur, Jr. expressing regrets that he couldn’t attend “the service for Martha” as he had agreed to meet with a group of Stanford students at that time

11/26/91 DP to Beth Jarman and George Land of Leadership 2000: “…Frankly I have not found anything in your book that relates to my personal career or that would help anyone else do what I have done in building the Hewlett Packard Company”

11/25/91 DP to John Young with several articles by Jim Billington: “He thinks it would be much more effective to bring some people from Russia to spend time here.  What we did with the Chinese would be the pattern.  I told him I thought this was a good idea.  I think you should have someone meet with him to explore it”

11/22/91 DP to Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Stanford University: “Dear Condoleezaa, I am enclosing some material about a directorship at Hewlett-Packard together with financial reports on our 1991 year…You might like to join me for lunch here on Monday December 2nd or Tuesday, December 3rd.  I will have some of our top management people join us and we could visit one of our operations within the area”

11/18/91 DP memo to Bob Wayman and George Neuman asking for their comments and suggestions on the guideline for the repurchase of HP Stock.  “I would like to have this adopted by the board on recommendation of the Investments Committee.  This does not have to be done at the meeting this week if anyone wants to take more time to consider it”

11/18/91 DP to Dr. James H. Billington, The Librarian of Congress, thanking him for the reports on his experience during the critical days at the “White House” in Moscow.  “Hewlett Packard could act as a host for a dozen or so people from Russia to learn about how our company works and include appropriate exposure to other activities in the area.  If you are interested I can have someone from HP meet with you to work out a specific plan”


11/15/91 DP to Art Darbie, Loveland CO: “I want to extend a profound ‘thank you’ for all the tremendous contributions you have made to all of us in Hewlett Packard over your 36 years with our company.  It is very clear to me that those of us who worked together when the company was small, Noel Eldred and Ed Porter to name just two, made a strong contribution to our company’s philosophy, and in that way deserve special recognition for the success we have had” [Similar letters to all HP employees who are retiring after more than twenty-five years; this one seems more personal than the others]

11/14/91 DP to Zheng Wanzhen, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, thanking him for the dinner “you honored us with last Friday night…”

11/13/91 DP to Ruth A. Wooden, President, The Advertising Council, expressing pleasure at her plans to support early childhood programs which is a high priority in “our family foundation…we have established a ‘Center for the Future of Children’ which we are funding at a $5 million per year level”

11/11/91 DP to Senator Becky Morgan agreeing to a reception at his home on November 26th: “I should warn you that by today’s standards my home is not very elegant”

11/8/91 DP to John A. Moore, President IEHR: “Elizabeth Dole would be interested in having IEHR look at their program.  I told her I thought this would be very helpful because it is likely that some of the criteria they plan to use are overly soft…”

11/8/91 DP to John B. Connally: “I will have our people give consideration to ANR Freight Systems, Inc. as you have suggested.  I was so pleased to hear from you and I hope things continue to go well.”  In a memo to Dean Morton on the same day: “John Connally was Governor of Texas.  He was in the car with Jack Kennedy when he was shot.  He has had a difficult time in the last few years and I would like to help him to the extent it makes sense of [sic] HP.”

11/8/91 DP to Governor Pete Wilson supporting the appointment of Katherine Strehl, manager of Public Affairs at Lockheed, to the California Transportation Commission

11/8/91 DP to Barbara P. Wright of Finch, Montgomery & Wright: “I am planning to write an autobiography and the files you have might be useful.  I will have Earl pick them up at your convenience”

11/8/91 DP memo to Dean Morton suggesting that the HP foundation review a request from the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation.  “I think it might be appropriate for HP to do this.  Maxwell’s work was certainly important to us and our presence in Edinburgh, Scotland had also been important”

11/6/91 DP to Paul H. Nitze saying he will not provide financial support for the global climate change issue.  “Our research program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is directly involved in this important matter…”


11/5/91 DP to Elizabeth Dole about safety of the Red Cross Blood Banks.  DP recommends her talking to Jack Moore of IEHR.  “I think it is great that you have taken on this important assignment for our country.  I will do whatever I can to help you”

10/31/91 DP to President Richard M. Nixon: “I am sorry I will not be able to join you when you are at your library on November 4. I am undergoing some medical treatments that will prevent any travel that week.  They are not anything critical but may have to be continued over the next several months.  I would be most honored to be a member of your board, but I will have to delay that decision for now”

10/28/91 DP to Senator Alfred E. Alquist allowing his name to be used as Honorary Chairman of his State Senate Campaign

10/21/91 DP’s scheduled trip 10/21/24 to Cincinnati and New York; Genentech board meeting

10/11/91 DP’s three-page letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal comparing the governors of Massachusetts and California, making Pete Wilson look good

10/4/91 DP expresses his support for Tom Campbell by letter to many prominent California people in business

10/4/91 DP sends personal letters of thanks to those involved in the recent luncheon for President Salinas



Series 6 Box 21 Chronology File 1992-1995

Box 21, Folder 1  1992 January, February, March

3/30/92 DP to Arndt Bergh, Los Altos Hills, concerning Cameron Bilger’s project in Moscow.  “We are working on a program to hire a number of Russian scientists and bring them to the United States…this project [Bilger’s] may fit in to our overall plans to develop a closer relationship with some Russian scientists”

3/23/92 DP agrees to be a Vice Chair of the 17th Bay Area Annual Awards Dinner for the Mexican Legal Defense and Education Fund on April 28th and sends a check for $2,000; request by James D. Shiffer of PG&E

3/10/92 DP accepts Arnold O. Beckman’s invitation to join the Board of the Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic in Irvine, CA

3/19/92 DP to John Raisian: “I understand you have cleared the Membership Committee of the Bohemian Club.  The $10,000 entrance fee is substantial and I would like to help with a personal gift to you of $1,000″


3/12/92 DP supports Masaru Ibuka for the 1992 Founders Award of the National Academy of Engineering. “I have known Mr. Ibuka for nearly twenty years.  Our Company established a joint venture in Japan with the Yokogawa Electric Works in 1962.  In the intervening years I have been to Japan quite often.  I became acquainted with Mr. Ibuka and Mr. Akio Morita in the 1960’s and I observed at first hand the important work they both did in building the Sony Corporation from a small beginning to a company of world leadership…”

3/12/92 DP writes to Harold A. Poling, Chairman of the Board, Ford Motor Company: “…I was never a 4-H Club member.  I have, however, sponsored many 4-H Clubs in our Ranch in California and I think these clubs provide great educational opportunities for many young men and young women”

3/11/92 DP to General Winfield W. Scott, Jr. who wrote requesting funds for the US Air Force Academy.  DP writes that “with the pressure on the economy, we have had to cut back on many good programs and cannot make an exception in this case”

3/10/92 DP to Mrs.[Barbara] Bush, The White House requesting her to receive and celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Advertising Council. “The Advertising council represents the spirit of volunteerism you hold dearly.  They enable many important non-profit groups to leverage their scarce resources and get out valuable messages for the public well being.  It is a group that we can be proud of”

3/3/92 DP’s scheduled trip 3/4-6 to Washington

3/2/92 DP to Rep. John Conyers and Frank Horton expressing appreciation for their “leadership and efforts to enact H.P. 3161, the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1991.” DP finds this legislation “a significant opportunity to meaningfully implement Packard Commission recommendations involving commercial products, increased competition, reducing unnecessary burdens in the procurement process, and maintaining a single, uniform set of federal procurement laws”


3/2/92 DP to Donald J. Atwood, Deputy Secretary of Defense, about his bill S.2057, which “was considered in some detail by our commission in 1986″ and was found “to violate the basic principles of the Nichols-Goldwater legislation…to have the Secretary of Defense and his staff, the OSD, directly involved in military procurement.”  In a two-page letter DP reviews the basic principles of management of the military establishment.  “The first principle is that the Secretary of Defense and the OSD should establish policy; not implement it.  The most important part of their responsibility is to provide the mechanism that assures civilian control of military operations.  It is essential that no military person can commit U.S. military forces to action without the personal approval of the President…the Secretary of Defense and his staff provide this channel of control for the President.  The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was designated as the only military advisory to the President….The role of the military services is to acquire the weapons and recruit and train the forces needed to support the Joint and Specific Commands.  IT IS OBVIOUS TO ME THAT THERE IS NO NEED WHATEVER FOR AN OSD ACQUISITION CORPS…”

2/27/92 DP’s scheduled trip 2/27-29 to San Diego for a meeting of the Scripps Oceanography Director’s Council

2/26/92 DP donates $1,000 to the Pilius family, Rockville MD

2/21/92 DP to the President of JustStrategies, Inc. saying neither he nor the Company is interested in “‘Concept for a New Television Show’…I have always had a negative view about the value of institutional advertising…”

2/18/92 DP to Zhou Jiahua, Vice Premier, State Planning Commission, Beijing, China, reporting on the recent visit by Dean Morton and Alan Bickell.  “I personally believe that the success that CHP has enjoyed to date, and the important contribution that it continues to make to China’s development, are the direct result of the meetings between us and the guiding principles which were agreed upon at that time”

2/18/92 DP invites the following for a week of fishing at Tetachuck Lodge: Ben Biaggini, James K. Edmund, Ray Dahl, Bonnie and John Swearingen, Charles A. Anderson, Maria and Jim Hodgson, Mary Lou and Bill Corbus, Helen and Bob Glaser, Rosemary and Bill Hewlett, Reta and Bill Haynes, Jean and Morey Doyle, Elaine and Jack Parker, Jay and Polly Keyworth, Jim and Roz Boswell

2/11/92 DP to Richard Nixon: “Thank you for the copy of Seize the Moment.  I have read enough to realize your book is an important contribution to how we should think about the uncertain future.  Sincerely”

2/19/92 DP’s scheduled trip 2/12-16 to Mexico City for inauguration of President Salinas

2/3/92 DP to Ruben F. Mettler, TRW, Inc., Los Angeles: “I assume you heard the President’s State of the Union speech.  I found it very discouraging, particularly when it is simply a continuation of what Reagan started in 1980.  Since then the federal debt has gone up fourfold despite a two to one improvement in the GNP.  Bush’s program has a deficit that is over 6% GNP, whereas it is around 1% in most other countries.  The answer is that we did not have any influence whatever on President Bush’s economic policy”

2/3/92 DP’s scheduled trip 2/4-7 to Washington DC

2/3/92 DP to Senator William V. Roth, Jr. thanking him for sending a draft of his proposed defense acquisition reform legislation.  “Something along the lines of your proposal is badly needed, but I would like to discuss some of the details of your plan with you or your staff before it is set in concrete”

2/28/92 DP donates $5,000 to the Jackson County [NC] Hospice in memory of Barbara Laird


2/28/92 DP to Melvin R. Laird: “I was saddened to hear about Barbara.  I know there is not much that anyone can do to relieve the anguish on the loss of a loved one.  I do want you to know my thoughts have been with you”

1/24/92 DP donates $5,000 to the Nature Conservancy

1/8/92 DP to Dr. Jose Sarukhan agreeing to attend the international meeting in February in Mexico City on Biodiversity.  “Instead of reporting on the population and conservation program of the Packard foundation I would propose to discuss these issues in a broader context of biological diversity to include the importance of considering economic problems and population control and their relationship with biodiversity”

1/7/92 DP donates $2,000 to the Lincoln University Foundation

1/6/92 DP memo to John Young on General Managers Meeting: “Dear John: I have a few observations for you to keep in mind at the January Managers Meeting.  Because defining what we should do is more restrictive than defining what we should not do, it is important under (2), HP directions for the 1990s, to emphasize:

We don’t intent to try and identify all the kinds of ‘information appliances’ that HP should plan to make in the 1990s.

Technology is changing very rapidly and it is impossible to foresee all the opportunities we choose to seize.

Furthermore, the decisions about what to design, build and market are best made by the operating entities, which are closer to the technology and markets involved.

On the last page of your memo you point out that ‘we’re investing in the technologies that will competitively differentiate us – PA-RISC, IC Technology, objects and roles of the HP Labs.’  This statement should be expanded to point out the great advantage we obtain from new proprietary technology such as LED Material and Ink Jet technology.  Such projects are long term; ten years or more but they give us some real leverage.  It should probably be one of the main roles of HP Labs to do the basic work, but ideas for such projects should be encouraged from the operating entities as well.  I think this is a good statement and I do not think it would be desirable for Bill or me to participate in the meeting”

Box 21, Folder 2                              1992   April, May, June

6/22/92 DP to Alan Simpkins of Plantronics, Santa Cruz, about chips from hearing aids being used in telephone sets; DP works with Dr. Rodney Perkins on this

6/22/92 DP’s scheduled trip to Boston 6/22-25


6/19/92 DP donates $500 to the Merle Ferguson Medical Fund, Felton CA

6/16/92 DP and WRH’s invitation for the Hunt at San Felipe Ranch, August 28-30 sent to: William A. Hewlett, Alexander Wilson, Howard Chickering, Kenneth Ladd, Jr., Jean-Paul Gimon, Simon Rich, Jack S. Parker, Louis W. Cabot, William S. Brewster, Benjamin Biaggini, Robert M. Brown, Sherm Chickering, Henry Colleto, Morris M. Doyle, Bruce G. Elliott, James S. Hewlett, H. J. Haynes, Tom Killefer, Edmund W. Litterfield,  Norman Livermore, Arjay Miller, Franklin (and David) M. Orr, David Woodley Packard, Robert Stephens

6/9/92 DP donates $500 to the Engineers Club of San Francisco’s cycling trip to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society

6/2/92 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 6/3-5

5/21/92 DP to Alger B. Chapman, Chairman and CEO, The Chicago Board Options Exchange with cc to John Young, Bob Wayman, Roy Verley: “I appreciate your letter of May 15th bringing to my attention the timing of news announcements which could affect the price of stock and options.  In the past we have issued instructions to carefully adhere to the procedure you have pointed out, and will send copies of your letter to the appropriate people in the company to reinforce these instructions”

5/15/92 DP donates $1,000 to the Re-election Committee for John McCain, Phoenix AZ

5/12/92 DP to Barbara Franklin, Secretary of Commerce, urging her to reconsider the decision to deny sending NIST members to the Conference on Precision Electronic Measurements in Paris in June.  “It is hard to understand how the United States can provide worldwide leadership in technology when our people who have leadership in this field are not allowed to participate in such an international meeting”

5/12/92 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/13-14

5/11/92 DP donates $1,000 to the Los Altos High School Grad Nite ‘92

5/5/92 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/6-8

4/28/92 DP to Richard G. Nichols, President and CEO, National Invention Center: “The contribution Bill Hewlett made with his audio oscillator did not contribute to Disney’s produce of Fantasia, it merely saved Disney some money.  Bill should be cited for the hand held calculators, the Model 35 and 45, which were introduced in 1972 and which revolutionized the electronic calculator business”

4/28/92 DP endorses Kirk Raab for Pacific-Union Club membership

4/21/92 DP to Michigan State University endorsing Bill Onsted for their alumni award


4/14/92 DP to president of American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research offering an endowment spread over several years which would not be given in years when the AEI does not have an operating deficit the previous year

4/13/92 DP to Ms. E. Packard-Baxter, Bombay, India: “I do not know of any possible relationship between our families.  My grandfather, Sidney Malcom Packard, came to Pueblo, Colorado from Illinois around 1890.  He was a repairman for the Sante Fe Railroad.  He had three sons and a daughter.  The oldest, my Uncle Harry spent his life as a Presbyterian medical missionary in Kermanshah, Persia.  Uncle George had a grocery store in Walsenburg, Colorado.  My Aunt Dora spent her life in Chula Vista, California operating a lemon grove and my father, Sperry Sidney spent his life as an attorney in Pueblo, Colorado.”

4/9/92 DP to Gary Geiger offering the following endorsement for his book Among the Cypress: “An interest book that recalls the lore about Monterey and the ‘big South’ of the Santa Lucia range along the Pacific Coast” [see 8/4/92 when DP thanks Gary Geiger and Douglas Long for a copy of their book]

4/8/92 DP donates $100 to support Robert T. Conway, Bay Area delegate to the People to People Youth Science Exchange

4/8/92 DP endorses again the nomination of Dr. Arnold O. Beckman for the Bower Award for Business Leadership, The Franklin Institute

Box 21, Folder 3                  1992 July, August, September

9/30/92 DP donates $500 for the Holly Le Roy candidacy for San Jose/Evergreen Community College Board, District 5

9/29/92 DP donates $25,000 in support of the Legal Defense Fund for CIA Employees Charitable Trust

9/24/92 DP memo to Lew Platt on President Carter Atlanta Project: “This is a request from President Carter for support for what he calls the ‘Atlanta Project.’  I do not think the whole idea makes any sense, but I hesitate to turn it down.  Our Foundation could help, but HP would have the responsibility to get the computers installed and keep them operating.  That being the case, HP should make the commitment, rather than my Foundation. I could provide some funding ($100K-$200K), if that would help.  Let me know what you think.”

9/17/92 DP to Paul Guercio: “I certainly do remember you and the many times we worked together in the years past…”

9/17/92 DP memo to Lew Platt concerning Tribute to Leon Sullivan:  “I do not think we need to do anything about this.  I have given Reverend Sullivan considerable help over the years.  We led in the establishment of OIC West and I gave him $1M to get IFESH started.  HP might sponsor 2 B&W Page for $1,000.”


9/16/92 DP letter to the Editor, San Jose Mercury News with “Permission to print verbatim”: “I am very disappointed that John Young, John Scully and many of my other good friends in the Silicon Valley industry have been caught in the updraft of Clinton’s hot air balloon.  I share their concern about the platform of the Republican party, and the influence of the right-wing deviates centered in Orange County.  My friends have overlooked the fact that the Democratic Party has been the party of socialism since President Roosevelt’s term in the great Depression of the 1930’s.  I was there and I recall vividly the NRA, which was referred to as ‘nuts, raspberries and applesauce.’  The great contribution of free enterprise, including scientists and engineers under the leadership of Vannevar Bush during World War II made America the strongest nation in the world.  President Roosevelt’s disastrous agreement with Stalin at Yalta was a clear signal that he fundamentally supported socialism rather than freedom.  Governor Clinton’s military experience is limited to calling up the National Guard in one of our smaller, less important states.  If Pat Schroeder, Barbara Boxer and many other leading Democrats had their way during the past 20 years, the United States, under President Bush’s leadership could not have undertaken Desert Storm, which was the greatest military victory in the history of the world.  The Democratic Party is indentured to union labor and has expressed opposition to the North American Trade Union, which will generate millions of jobs in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in the years ahead.  The Democratic Party is also indentured to the Teachers’ Union.  As long as the Teachers’ Union places survival ahead of the need to have knowledge about the subject being taught, there is no hope of improving America’s educational system.  These, and other similar evaluations of well established Democratic Party positions convince me that my friends, who have defected to support Clinton, are making a serious strategic mistake.  David Packard, Chair of the Board, Hewlett-Packard Company”


9/15/92 DP memo to Lew Platt concerning Russia initiative with Vivek Penderharkar.  “I was disappointed to find it has a very short term focus.  You are asking the HP entity to provide $20K of the total cost of a person.  This may help on a few projects, but I think we are missing the point.  The program could generate some new ideas for us.  I think we should commit possibly as much as $10M per year most of which would be from HP Labs for people from Russia, who might have some new and fresh thinking that could provide a real break through in the long term. $10M would pay for 200 people.  That might be too much but it would be reduced by the short range program you are proposing, and might be brought down to $5M, which should support 100 people.  I think we could attract some of the best people from Russia and I think it is an opportunity, not a gamble”

9/14/92 DP to President George Bush: “I would like to express my concerns over recent developments at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that, in my view, threaten the primary source of medical innovation in the United States – the medical device and diagnostics industry.”  Two-page letter urging Bush’s personal attention and reverse the anti-technology drift of the FDA led by Commissioner David Kessler who “has unleashed a barrage of excessive new regulatory demands upon the industry…”

9/2/92 DP to Michael Grace, Acting President of Colorado College,

encouraging the establishment of a Japan House on campus.

9/2/92 DP to Kenzo Sasaoka, President, Yokogawa-Hewlett-Packard,

encouraging his help in establishing a Japan House at Colorado College

8/11/92 DP donates $1,000 to Free Enterprise for American to help with new political organization; letter addressed to Tom J. Campbell

8/10/92 DP to Dean Morton inviting him and LaVon to a special dinner in Dean’s honor on Sept. 17 at the Los Altos Golf & Country Club; same letter to John Young (and Rosemary).  Others invited: Jim and Marie Hodgson, George and Helen Burnett, Robert Minge Brown, Walter and Esther Hewlett, William Hewlett

7/23/92 DP donates $1,000 World Affairs Council to aid in the creation of an endowed scholarship fund for the Asilomar Conference in honor of Phil Habib

7/21/92 DP donates $1,000 to the Westminister Gardens, Duarte CA

7/21/92 DP to Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President of Mexico, congratulating him on receiving the American Enterprise Institutes Boyer Award.  “The timing of the speech would be excellent for promoting your reforms and the trade agreement.”

7/14/92 DP to Elizabeth Dole, President, The American Red Cross, giving her an update on what HP and The Red Cross have accomplished.  Mainly there is an interest for HP computer equipment for The Red Cross.  DP is concerned this might be a conflict of interest if he stays on her advisory board. “Whether or not HP equipment is chosen I feel quite sure that commercial equipment and software would be a much better choice than a new design by a government agency” [there was an earlier DP memo asking for an outline of what to say to Mrs. Dole]

there are many letters by individuals and educational institutions asking for money which DP usually regretfully declines

7/13/92 DP donates $250 to The Pueblo County 4-H Livestock Sale


Box 21, Folder 4                  1992 October, November, December

12/22/92 DP to Zhou Jiahua, Vice Premier, China: “With the new administration taking office in 1993 there is a distinct possibility they will attempt to withdraw the Most Favored Nation status for your country.  I want to reassure you that our Company will do whatever we can to maintain the present relationship.”  He reports that the new CEO Lew Platt will be in China in April and he hopes they can meet

12/21/92 DP to Jimmy Carter advising him that HP will provide both equipment and support for the Atlanta Project [see 10/8/92 when DP advises Carter that a Contributions Advisory Board member has been assigned to research their equipment needs and will report to the December meeting]

12/18/92 DP donates $1,000 to the Center for Excellence in Education

the usual response to people inquiring about HP’s policy on gun control – about fifty inquires

12/7/92 DP accepts the invitation to join the New York Public Library advisory committee [he has declined all other invitations to speak, to be honored, or to join committees]

12/7/92 DP memo to Dave Kirby: “I have given more thought to the proposed book.  First, it is presumptuous to suggest that we discovered any new principles of management in developing the HP Way, and I want to make this point very clear at the beginning.  We can then make the point that we need, from time to time, to make a new commitment to those principles and that is what I want this book to do.”

12/3/92 DP to Senator John Chafee congratulating him on receiving the Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society

12/3/92 DP agrees to attend the Exploratorium Awards Dinner.  “This acceptance is subject to my health and I want it understood that should you find a more worthy candidate I will have no problem with stepping back”

12/1/92 DP to Rene F. Guerra, Sunnyvale: “I’m not sure I share all your opinions about the San Jose Mercury News, but in any event developing a competing newspaper in the South Bay would be a monumental venture indeed, and not one in which I would wish to participate”

12/1/92 DP donates $2,000 to Lincoln University Foundation

11/12/92 DP to Scott McClendon, President, Overland Data, San Diego: “It was good to hear from you again since your retirement last year after 32 years with the company.  I can easily appreciate your desire to establish a small electronics firm of your own….The recent election was indeed a disappointment and I am sorry President Bush is leaving.  We can only hope for the best”

11/6/92 DP accepts an appointment to The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for another three years


11/2/92 DP donates $10,000 to Free Enterprises for America, headed by Tom J. Campbell

10/26/92 DP donates $20,000 to the Bush Campaign

10/23/92 DP donates $500 to support Bruce Herschensohn’s campaign for Senator

10/22/92 DP to Kay Whitmore, Chairman, President, CEO, Eastman Kodak Co., requesting that Kodak renew its sponsorship of the Monterey Bay Aquarium at the level of $50,000 a year for five years

10/21/92 DP donates $250 to the Dale Jeanne Brown campaign for Board of Directors, El Camino Hospital District

Box 21, Folder 5                  1993 January, February, March

3/30/93 DP memo to Pete Peterson on The Samaritan Institute’s needs for a computer system

3/30/93 DP to William L. Wise, President, Wise Instrumentation & Controls, Mountain View:  HP ”has had an operation in China for about 15 years and we have delivered a substantial amount of equipment under our agreement with China, all on the U.S. approved list of equipment that can be sold to China.  Alan Bickell is managing this business and I will ask him to meet with you.”  DP identifies Wise to Peterson as ”a former Hewlett Packard person and I would like to have you meet with him.”

3/30/93 DP to Michael R. Deland, Chairman, American Flywheel Systems, Washington DC.  DP thinks the flywheel storage of energy as a concept “has merit, but at my age I do not want to get involved in any new ventures”

3/29/93 DP to Martin Feldstein, President and CEO, National Bureau of Economic Research, thanking him for information on taxes and income.  “I have already taken steps to reduce my income.  The only bad effect is that I will have to reduce my charitable contributions by several million dollars”

3/24/93 DP memo to Lew Platt concerning Iraq: “I think we supplied a computer but we should check the records for any sale to Iraq.  I think John Young visited there.  In any case we must get the facts and answer John McCain.”

3/24/93 DP’s scheduled trip to San Diego 3/25-27

3/22/93 DP to William T. Golden and Joshua Lederberg, Carnegie Commission: “For what it’s worth I fully support your December 14th letter to Clinton”

3/22/93 DP to John Leonti, Chair, Central Coast Chapter, The Mule Deer Foundation: “Mr. Hewlett’s and my children are the owners of the San Felipe Ranch which borders on the Henry W. Coe State Park.  Between Mr. Hewlett, myself and our families we have supported research on the California Black Tail deer for some twenty years.”  He donates $100 to the Foundation.


3/22/93 memo to Brian Evarts concerning HP Health Care System 5000: “…I think we could contribute to a national medical information system.  I do not think much of your idea for automatic weighing, but you should discuss this with potential users”

3/17/93 DP to William D. Ruckelshaus, Chairman, Browning-Ferris Industries: “…I have been involved with a small organization working on risk management known as the Institute for the Evaluation of Health Risk (IEHR).  It is now headed by Dr. William F. Ballhaus who was President of Beckman Instruments for a number of years.”  DP suggests Dr. Ballhaus be invited to Ruckelshaus’ meeting on risk management

3/18/93 DP to Governor Pete Wilson recommending Ted Laliotis from HP Labs to the vacancy on the California Public Utilities Commission.  “Hewlett-Packard Company is in full support of your efforts to establish the necessary policies that would facilitate the creation of a state of the art public telecommunications network…”

3/12/93 DP to Senator John H. Chafee, after seeing him on the McNeil/Lehrer program, saying it is not possible “to reduce the Federal debt.  The three trillion dollar figure is the result of the Reagan and Bush administrations pumping an average of $250 billion into the economy for 12 years. It is obviously not possible to take $250 billion out of the economy for 12 years, and the token amount proposed by President Clinton of $250 billion over five or six years would require 60 years to reduce the Federal debt to zero.  What is likely to happen during the first term of Clinton’s administration is that the Federal debt will be increased…the only option we have is to increase the GNP.  If we could return to the secular rate of 3-3.5% per year, the Federal deficit would become small enough as percent of GNP in a relatively short time, less than 5 years.  I encourage you and your associates to make this the centerpiece of the Republican proposal…share this message with your Republican friends and also with Sam Nunn, Les Aspin and other responsible Democrats.”

3/12/93 DP memo to Lew Platt wanting him and Alan Bickell to read the Microcosmos book, Dragon of Eden, and Medusa and the Snail

3/11/93 DP’s scheduled trip to Orange County 3/12

2/26/93 DP donates $1,000 to The Stanford Review

2/19/93 DP to Kenzo Sasaoka on his being “chosen to be Chairman of Yokogawa.  They could not have made a better decision”

2/19/93 DP donates $1,000 to Polytechnic University for the dinner honoring Joseph F. Alibrandi


2/19/93 DP memo to Betty Gerard concerning Clinton Deficit-Reduction Package: “I do not think we should say we approve of the tax increases.  It will definitely reduce our ability to create new jobs…I am sure we will be better off without it.  Also, it is very likely that many of Clinton’s proposals will not be enacted and I do not think we will do any good by supporting them”

1/29/92 [sic] DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 2/1-4

1/29/93 DP to Paul F. Miller, Jr.: “At the suggestion from you and several other Directors we have established an ad-hoc committee which we will call the ‘Board Review Committee’…I agree there are a number of issues that should be reviewed” [list of Committee attached with T. A. Wilson as Chairman]

1/21/93 DP to HP Board of Directors: “Ladies & Gentlemen: After listening to the Old Time Baptist Revival Meeting in Washington yesterday I am enclosing what I believe is a more likely course of World Affairs in the years ahead.  It is ‘The Clash of Civilizations?’ by Samuel Huntington”

1/19/93 DP to Crecentia Anna Uram: “Your daughter Andrea has written to me recently to explain the difficulty you are experiencing with your hearing.  In order to help you to pay for the necessary hearing aids I am sending you the enclosed check for $1,800.00.  Thank you very much for your hard work and loyalty to our company.”

1/19/93 DP donates $1,000 to Tom Huening, Belmont CA, to help with his “recent campaign expenses”

1/14/93 DP donates $1,000 to SE2

many letters asking about HP’s position on gun control

1/5/93 DP to President Clinton recommending that he not support the proposals from the Secretary of the Interior “which would hurt the very conservation organizations which have helped to advance your Administration’s conservation agenda – The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land and the Conservation Fund…”

Box 21, Folder 6                  1993 April, May, June

6/30/93 DP and WRH invite the following to the opening date for the Hunting Season, August 14th, at San Felipe Ranch for our Annual Deer Hunt: Ben Biaggini, Bill Brewster, Robert M. Brown, Louis W. Cabot, Howard Chickering, Henry Colleto and Martha Schauss, Morris Doyle, Bruce G. Elliott, Jean-Paul Gimon, H. J. Haynes, James Hewlett, Walter B. Hewlett, William A. Hewlett, Tom Killefer, Kenneth L. Ladd, Jr., Edmund W. Littlefield, Norman Livermore, Arjay Miller, Franklin and David Orr, David Woodley Packard, Jack S. Parker, Robert Stephens, Alexander Wilson,

6/22/93 DP’s invitation for a week of fishing beginning July 1 at Tetachuck sent to the following: Polly & Jay Keyworth, Sherry & Rodney Perkins, Sonia & Jack Shepard, James Edmund, John Swearingen, Ray Dahl


6/17/93 DP to John H. Gibbons, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, urging that the President’s Council have “direct access to the President. We got off to a good start with a full half day spent with President Bush, but our direct contact was very limited after that…we made some recommendations to him that would have helped him.  He was constrained by the chaos of the Republican Party, and I think President Clinton will have less constraints even though he does not enjoy the full and enthusiastic support of the Democratic Party…”

6/16/93 DP memo to Lew Platt, cc to Joel Birnbaum, saying there are two issues they should discuss before the next HP Board meeting: “1.  Does Joel have an adequate program of basic research?  Barney Oliver thinks not…  2. As a result of the many visits I have made to the Stanford Hospital and doctors at the Stanford Medical Clinic I think HP is in an excellent position to put a computerized program into place at Stanford…”

6/16/93 DP donates $1,500 to The Role Model Program with Ron Gonzales as Honorary Chair

5/21/93 DP donates $5,000 to the Good Samaritan Fund to help with the medical problems of Becky Shields

5/20/93 DP to Henry Siegman, American Jewish Congress: “I have concluded that the United States should not become involved in Bosnia in any way.  It is now quite clear that they do not want us to be involved.  I am sure General Merrill McPeak is wrong in his estimate of what air attacks would do…”

5/19/93 DP to Gerhard Casper, Stanford President, congratulating him on appointing Dr. Condoleezza Rice as Provost of the University.  “There simply could not be a better choice”

5/19/93 DP to Gayle Wilson [Mrs. Pete Wilson]: “I am sure our family foundation can do something for this project [Leland Stanford Museum in Sacramento]

5/19/93 DP donates $2,500 to Athletes & Business for Kids

5/6/93 DP memo to Lew Platt suggesting he read the article on China, “The Dragon Stairs” from Wilson Quarterly, Spring 1993


4/30/93 DP to the Iowa State University, Development Office, on his recollections about T. A. Wilson who will be honored with a doctorate degree on May 15: “It has been great to have T. A. Wilson as a member of the Hewlett-Packard board, but we had questions about him.  I could never understand why he would enroll in Caltech after graduating from Iowa State in aeronautical engineering.  Perhaps he thought it would improve his chances for a letter in football.  Since I can’t remember our Stanford team playing Caltech I’m not sure how that worked out.  I don’t know exactly what he got out of Caltech, but what he got out of Iowa was obvious to us on a regular basis.  He was full of corn.”

4/27/93 DP donates $5,000 towards the Vassar College tuition of Melissa Noelle Edmon who is graduating from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco

4/23/93 DP to Paul H. O’Neill saying he will make a gift of at least $250,000 toward the plans for President Ford’s birthday

4/23/93 DP to John F. Welch, Jr. supporting Lew Platt’s membership in The Business Council

4/19/93 DP to Dr. Frances Stubbs, Howard University, saying his “health has become so unpredictable that I am not able to accept a kind invitation such as yours…We have had a long time interest in Howard University and the Hewlett-Packard Company will maintain that relationship, whether or not I am personally involved”

4/16/93 DP to Steve Wozniak, Los Gatos, saying his recommendation would serve no useful purpose as Stanford only accepts recommendations from people who know the candidate first-hand; Wozniak asked him to help his stepson Adam who wants to attend Stanford

4/16/93 DP memo to John Young: “I was interested in learning about your new endeavor, Smart Valley Inc.  It sounds as though it could be a very worthwhile project.  I want you to know your old friends at Hewlett-Packard will be glad to help in any way they can.”

4/12/93 DP to Zhou Jiahua, Vice Premier, China, sending his personal greetings with Lewis Platt, HP’s new president who is traveling in China.  “I was pleased to learn that you two were to become acquainted on this trip to your country.  I have fond memories of my two visits to China, and the time we spent together here in California…”

Box 21, Folder 7                  1993 July, August, September

9/16/93 DP donates $3,000 to the U.S.-Asian Council for a dinner for Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.  “The Hewlett-Packard Company has a very successful operation in Penang, Malaysia for a number of years.  We have excellent support from the Malaysian government…You can use the tickets in any way that will help to convey the message that we enthusiastically recommend Malaysia as an attractive location for U.S. companies interested in establishing a position in the Western Pacific area.”

9/14/93 DP to Jim Raftery, Chairman, Weyerhaeuser Company: “…I can understand your problem and I am sorry we didn’t give you the help you needed.  You have a job with a fine company.  I know George and Wendy very well.  They have created an environment at the Weyerhaeuser Company very similar to ours at HP…”


9/2/93 DP and WRH to Gerhard Casper, Stanford President: “We wish to establish a Professorship in honor of Dr. Frederick E. Terman.  We are enclosing our checks in the amount of $1,000,000 to fund the professorship.  We would recommend, but not require, that 10% or more of the annual income be set aside for the recipient to use at his discretion”

8/30/93 Margaret Paull to Kevin Gillespie, T&M Department, HP, enclosing David Packard’s check for $500 towards an HP Company contribution for equipment to Drexel Univ.

8/17/93 DP to Katherine Pike on the death of her husband, Thomas P. Pike: “…Tom was a wonderful friend over many years and all his contributions to make this a better world extended over most of this Century”

8/17/93 DP to Esther Fuller on the death of her husband, W. Parmer Fuller III: “…Parmer was a good friend since I enrolled at Stanford in 1930.  He was helpful to me in many ways.  He has contributed to the betterment of Stanford over a large part of this Century.  He has helped to make this a better world”

8/16/93 DP to “Dear Friends” who through their organization, Friends of Tetachuck, “will be a benefactor of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.”  Friends include Jim Edmund, Ray Dahl, John Swearingen, Rodney & Sherry Perkins, Jay & Polly Keyworth, and Jack & Sonia Shepard

8/11/93 DP donates $1,000 to Tom Campbell for his campaign for the State Senate position held by Becky Morgan

8/9/93 DP to Ruben Mettler and Tom Everhart: “I appreciate the invitation to join the trip next year to the Galapagos Islands.   I was there a few years ago and that experience was responsible for my establishing the Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute (MBARI).  Much as I would enjoy going there again the state of my health prevents me from doing so”

7/26/93 DP’s scheduled trip to Vancouver and Tetachuck 7/27-29

7/15/93 DP to William L. Rutherford: “…President Casper is making a major change in Stanford, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who recently became Provost, is a real breath of fresh air.  I predict that the atmosphere at Stanford will undergo a complete change.  There is nothing I would want to do until we see what this new Administration will do”

7/9/93 DP to Dr. Condoleezza Rice: “Your meeting on June 8th with the Hewlett-Packard Sonoma County employees was great!”

Box 21, Folder 8                  1993 October, November, December

12/22/93 DP donates $1,000 to The American Spectator

12/17/93 DP donates $1,000 to Senator Slade Gorton’s re-election campaign


12/16/93 DP to Bruce Becker, Salinas, “…I suggest you advise your students that few, if any, of the major companies in Silicon Valley inherited their position of power.  Most, including Hewlett-Packard, had little initial capital.  In the case of HP it was about $500 in 1939 which would be about $5000 today.  Everyone who has venture capital looks for a company that has people who know what they want to do, not for people who have money.  There is a saying I used to hear from my father many times when I was growing up.  He said, “knowledge is power.”  That is just as true today as it was then…[to be a leader of the 21st Century] it will take…good education, hard work, and creativity”

12/16/93 DP to George Newman, Mountain View, on his retirement from HP having joined in 1957.  “At that time it was a very small company, but one of the best.  You helped the company grow until it covered the globe with total sales in 1993 of 20 Billion Dollars!  You not only helped HP to grow to be the second largest computer company in the world, and by any measure the best one of all”

12/16/93 DP donates $10,000 to support the RAND California Fund; addressed to James A. Thomson with cc to George P. Shultz

12/16/93 DP donates $500,000 for the Stanford Review

12/3/93 DP to Senator Slade Gorton: “…I cannot do anything until I get a problem with the Republican National Committee straightened out.  They did not allocate a gift that I made in 1992 back to the State, and as a result I am in violation of the $25,000 maximum ceiling.  They have agreed to straighten this out but I have to wait until they do” [similar replies to other Republicans asking for money, such as Dan Lungren, 12/2/93]

12/3/93 DP to John Diebold, The Diebold Institute for Public Policy Studies, saying he thinks “the oceans of the world are the most important frontier left.  My family foundation is operating a state of the art study using unmanned underwater operated vehicles, ROV, and with limited depth we have already seen some important activity that has never been seen before….I do not think we need a manned space station.  It is not possible for man to survive a trip to Mars and essentially we are wasting a lot of money for nothing.  Our space program should be limited to unmanned remote operated vehicles.  Our leadership in technology will be highly dependent on attracting the brightest young men and women to commit to a career in research and teaching at our major universities…Finally I don’t believe it will be as important in the future as in the past to have a technical lead.  We are part of a world wide system and we can benefit from what other nations do”

11/17/93 DP donates $2,000 for Lincoln University Foundation


11/16/93 DP to Representative Sam Farr urging him to vote for NAFTA which “is vital for this country’s exports, jobs and leadership in the trade and environmental areas.”  He notes that Norm Mineta and Anna Eshoo have already agreed. [later letter thanking Farr for voting for NAFTA]

11/12/93 DP to John Diebold, Bedford Hills, NY: “There is a fundamental change that will have a major impact on the 21st Century that was not mentioned in your report on 21st Century enterprise.  The 20th Century technology was based on science that was generally in place by the middle of the 19th Century.  Its major feature was that the atom was the smallest particle in the universe and its nucleus was made of protons and neutrons…The work of these high energy machines demonstrated that an atom was made of ten different particles and it involved weak forces and strong forces.  This is what has made genetic engineering possible.  This new knowledge about the structure of the atom was made possible by the high energy accelerations on which billions of dollars were spent to keep ahead of the Soviets.  This is, in fact, the most important fall out of the Cold War.  We never would have spent anywhere that much just for science”

11/8/93 DP to Rod Carlson on his retirement: “…When electronic instrumentation was our main business your area of responsibility contributed more than its fair share to our success.  In your most recent assignment you did a masterful job in deciding where our charitable contributions should go, and you were responsible for making this area important to HP”

10/22/93 DP to Nathan J. Winograd, Stanford Cat Network, c/o Palo Alto Humane Society:  “…I do not have much interest in preserving cats myself, but my son, David Woodley Packard and his wife Pam, are interested in cats and they may want to help with your problem”

10/19/93 DP donates $1,000 to the National Society of Fundraising Executives

10/11/93 DP to David P. Yewell: “…Your departure from HP was unfortunate, but with your plans for the start up company, Network Automation, it may prove to be a move in the right direction.  At this time I have some major commitments pending and I regret I am unable to join in your plans with a $500,000 investment”

Box 21, Folder 9                  1994 January, February, March

3/23/94 DP to Barney Oliver, SETI Institute: “We will take the SETI request to our foundation.  While it appears to be a good project we are already supporting some programs in this area and I doubt that we can justify one more”


3/9/94 DP to Arnold O. Beckman in response to his recent letter:  “I can understand why you want to become ‘Chairman Emeritus,’ but I am sure you will keep informed on everything…we will always welcome your advice.  I think Michael Berns will be a fine chairman.  I know he is always very loyal to you”

3/2/94 DP to John H. Lau, HP Product Process Organization, congratulating him on election as a Fellow in the IEEE [same to Rory Van Tuyl, HP Solid State Technology Lab]

2/9/94 DP to Dick Hughes: “The National Geographic Magazine was grossly in error.  Since Mr. Hewlett and I have used the BLM range: 1) the game has increased fivefold…  2) The long dry spell was responsible for the poor condition of the range…  3) We have offered to fence these few critical areas…We have provided funds for many activities in Mackey for the benefit of the community”

2/7/94 DP memo to Lew Platt concerning Alice Tinker’s call asking for help in getting a computer system for the Defense system in Washington.  He suggests Tom Ulhman call her.

1/31/94 DP sends a letter of sympathy to the family of T. Kong Lee who passed away.  “I considered him to be one of my best friends.” [DP contributed often to the Lincoln University Foundation which T. Kong Lee headed]

1/18/94 DP donates $2,500 to the 47th anniversary dinner of the World Affairs Council of Northern California through Charlotte Mailliard Swig

1/14/94 DP to Russell Mosey, Cibolo TX: “…We have a Parts Direct Ordering Department that specializes in obsolete parts…Continued success with your vintage instrument collection”

1/11/94 DP to Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown: “…I have a fundamental disagreement with most of the conclusions [of the proceedings of the 1993 Technology Summit held in Burlingame].  I am sure much more will be accomplished in a much shorter time if these issues are dealt with by the private sector without direct involvement of the Government….I do not think that a close relationship forged by industry and government together is the answer.  The Federal Government does have an important role in reducing the regulatory requirements, in clarifying the matter of intellectual property among many others….[HP] provides intensive care equipment for a majority of hospitals in the country, and this was done without any input from NASA.  I know there are many people in industry who do not agree with me but under our policies the Hewlett-Packard Company is the second largest computer company in the world and probably the best”

1/11/94 DP to Bill Johnson, Office of Protocal for the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon, congratulating him on his retirement after 52 years of government service.  “I remember the excellent job you did as my driver when I was with the Department of Defense”


Box 21, Folder 10                1994 April, May, June

4/18/94 DP to Menno Harms, HP GmbH, congratulating him “on HP GmbH being ranked first for our ‘image’ in the computer industry in Manager magazine, Germany’s most important monthly business magazine”

Box 21, Folder 11                1994 July, August, September

7/1/94 DP and WRH send invitations to their Annual Deer Hunt on Sept. 3-4 to: Ben Biaggini, William Brewster, Robert M. Brown, Louis W. Cabot, Howard Chickering, Henry and Martha Colleto, Morris M. Doyle, Bruce G. Elliott, Jean-Paul Gimon, Richard M. Helms, H. J. Haynes, Walter B. Hewlett, William A. Hewlett, Tom Killefer, Kenneth L. Ladd, Jr., Edmund W. Littlefield, Norman Livermore, Arjay Miller, Franklin and David Orr, David Woodley Packard, Jack S. Parker, Simon Rich, Robert Stephens, Alexander Wilson

Box 21, Folder 12                1994 October, November, December

11/16/94 DP to Charles A. (Bud) Eldon, Sierra Vista AZ, congratulating him on receiving “the 1994 IEEE United States Activities Board Award for Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism,” well deserved after his long-time work with IEEE

Box 21, Folder 13                1995 January, February, March

1/17/95 DP donates $10,000 to Bill’s Theater at the Museum of Flight

Box 21, Folder 14                1995 April, May, June


Box 21, Folder 15                1995 July, August, September

7/25/95 DP memo to Barbara Waugh thanking her for sending him a copy of her talk, “Diversity Journies” delivered at the recent HP Technical/Professional Women’s Conference.  “It is comforting to know so many HP women had the opportunity to participate in such an interesting event”

7/25/95 DP to Irene Rachton, Sleepy Eye MN, who requested a million dollars for the Vatican so the Pope could give food and money to the poor and homeless.  “My wife, Lucile, died on May 30, 1987.  The years go by and the entire family as well as many, many friends truly miss her.  The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was established several years ago in her memory, along with the Lucile Salter Packard Childrens Hospital in Palo Alto.”  He regrets he can’t furnish financial assistance

7/6/95 DP and WRH invite the following to the 1995 hunting Season opening, August 12th: Alexander (Bud) Wilson, H. J. (Bill) Haynes, William Brewster, Louis Cabot, Howard Chickering, Jean-Paul Gimon, Richard M. Helms, William Hewlett, Kenneth Ladd, Jack S. Parker, Simon Rich, David Woodley Packard, James Hewlett, Morris Doyle, Franklin and David Orr

Box 21, Folder 16                1995 October, November, December


[nothing of interest]

Series 5 Research Files and Patents, 1930s and 1940s

Box 18 Research Files and Patents 1930s and 1940s,
          Folders 1-12 & 3 vols.


Series 5 Box 18  RESEARCH FILES AND PATENTS 1930s, 1940s

Box 18, Folder 1  General Electric – DP’s handwritten course notes; class photograph of members of the advanced course in engineering, 1936, J.F. Wilcox included [transferred to HP Archives Photo Collection]

Box 18, Folder 2  General Electric 1936-37 DP’s notes on Radio Projects

Box 18, Folder 3  DP’s research notes 1930s

Box 18, Folder 4  Stanford Course of Industrial Management 1939, Prof. Holden

Short questionnaire filled out by DP; mainly cases to be discussed involving management-labor relations with DP’s notes

Box 18, Folder 5  1939 Stanford course notes by DP for EE 220 Radio Engineering and Business 304 Contracts and Agency

Box 18, Folder 6  DP’s Index to Technical Information, ca. 1939

Box 18, Folder 7  Copies of Factory Management and Maintenance, Plant Operation Library, ca. 1940

Box 18, Folder 8  Arthur Deming 1948, 1949

Box 18, Folder 9  Research notes 1940s – Scheuch

Box 18, Folder 10  Research notes, Don R. Scheuch

Box 18, Folder 11  Research materials 1940s – Clelland Scheuch

Box 18, Folder 12  Research notes 1940s – Clelland

3 volumes listing patents, number, inventor, and company:

Book 172-A Patents on Frequency Meters Class 175 Sub-Class 368, Hewlett-Packard Co., 1923 to Nov. 1943

[There is a note to see P.D. Flehr’s 22/29/43 letter]

Book 172-B

Book 252 Patents on Electronic Counters for Hewlett-Packard Company, Flehr and Swain

Series 4 General Electric, 1935-1938

Box 17 DP at General Electric Company 1935-1938


Series 4 Box 17   GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY 1935 – 1938

From 1935-38 David Packard worked in the vacuum tube engineering department at General Electric Company in Schenectady NY.  This box seems to be research material and class exercises he collected at that time and through the next ten years.

Publications by the GE Lab, 1927-35

Engineering Mathematics for the Advanced Course in Engineering, [Vol. 1] 1933, Vol. 2, 1934

General Course materials

Reference Sheets by Electronics

Advanced Course in Engineering: Problems, 1935-36; DP’s handwritten solutions

Series 3 U.S. Department of Defense, Mainly 1969-1971

Box 15 DP at U.S. Dept. of Defense, 1969-1974, Folders 1-18 & 2 vols.
Box 16 DP at U.S. Dept. of Defense, 1968-1975, Folders 1-16



[Many of these records come from the period after DP’s resignation from DOD, 12/13/71, although they concern his years there which began 1/24/69.]

Box 15, Folder 1  Congratulations on appointment, 14-page list of names and addresses of letters written

Box 15, Folder 2  DP personal earning statements 1968-71

Box 15, Folder 3  Hearings on nominations 1/14-15/69; printedBox 15, Folder 4  Resignation letters to President and Secretary of Defense, 12/13/71; responses from President Richard Nixon and Secretary of Defense Mel Laird; also transcript of news conference with Laird and Packard at Pentagon, 12/13/71

Box 15, Folder 5  Senate confirmation

Resignation letters from boards; military prime contract awards of $10,000 or more each to HP, fiscal year ended 6/30/68; listing of stocks held by DP 1/2/69; tax ruling on DP and Lucile S. Packard; trust agreement between DP and Lucile S. Packard as Trustors, and WRH, Robert Minge Brown, and Ernest C. Arbuckel as Trustees

Box 15, Folder 6  DOD Directory of personnel and advisors 9/1/71

Box 15, Folder 7  Industrial Advisory Council 1971-74

Box 15, Folder 8  Air Force 1972-75

Mainly congratulatory letters on various promotions of men DP worked with; also review in Business Week (10/28/72) of “High Priests of Waste” by A. Ernest Fitzgerald; letters praising the review

Box 15, Folder 9  Trips 1969-71

[Two photographs of DP, 11/8/71, transferred to HP Photo Collection; itinerary lists Nov 8 as date depart from Andrews AFB and arrive at Hickam AFB, Hawaii]

Box 15, Folder 10  Defense Research and Engineering(DDR&E)1971-74

Several letters after returning from the DOD suggesting possible projects HP could adopt

Several letters concerning Defense Science Board

Box 15, Folder 11  Dept. of State – General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament 1972

DP apparently became a member in February 1972


Box 15, Folder 12  Misc. Letters 1972-76 [It is clear that DP was asked for advice on defense many times after he left Washington; also unhappy government employees wrote DP for help.]

12/2/75 DOD letter saying no gratuity can be accepted and DP writes back: “It has been a long standing policy of the Hewlett-Packard Company not to offer any gratuities to personnel in the Department of Defense, or for that matter any other government department.”

12/31/73 Chicago Daily News article: “If [DOD William] Clements wants to continue his holdings in Sedco and his Defense job, he should decide now to do as Packard did [by placing his holdings in a blind trust and dispensing to charity the profits].”

DP attends a meeting at the Pentagon 11/6/75 called by Deputy Sec. of Defense Bill Clements, Jr.

12/4/72 DP to Lyman Sessen, New Jersey: “…it is my general feeling that the most important step we can take to improve the reliability in Defense equipment is to upgrade the training and experience of people actually doing the job.”

Box 15, Folder 13  U.S. Government – General Accounting Office 1973-74

Mainly correspondence on saving money at DoD

Box 15, Folder 14  Personal Letters, written while in Washington 1969-71

[Many thank you letters and replies to requests for help]

11/29/71 William Eitel to DP on his retirement from Varian

7-8/71 letters concerning DP’s stand on Lockheed bail-out

6/8/71 E. J. Donnelly to DP remembering their work together in the Vacuum Tube Dept. in Schenectady

1/16/71 Charles V. Litton to DP requesting help with the glassblowing program for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony at the Univ. of Nevada

2/3/71 DP’s recommendation for Senator Charles Percy’s daughter’s college application; apparently Lucile and he are quite friendly with Gail Percy through their daughter Julie, roommates at Concord Academy

1/8/71 General E. G. Wheeler to DP concerning the Strike Command which apparently DP is considering ending and Wheeler thinks is essential

12/1/70 Ernest C. Arbuckel to DP marked “personal”; a list of major companies that would be seriously affected by Lockheed’s failure to deliver the 10-11’s

Box 15, Folder 15  U.S. Navy – Adm. E. R. Zumwalt, Jr., Operational Test and Evaluation Program 3/11/74

DP prepared “Report on Operational Test and Evaluation Status and Effectiveness in US Navy 1973” which was widely distributed to senators and defense personnel [copy in folder]; some written comments

Box 15, Folder 16  DOD – Congratulations on Job Done 1972 A – K


Letters from government officials as well as private citizens including: Assistant Sec. of State David M. Abshire, Republican State Central Committee of Calif. Frank P. Adams, Senator George D. Aiken (“California and the apricots are calling”), Chairman of the Board of Boeing Company William M. Allen, Senator Gordon Allott, Mrs. Brunton Bauer, Rep. Charles E. Bennett, Rep. John R. Blandford, Senator Edward W. Brooke, Special Assistant to the President Robert J. Brown, Chairman of the Board of Governors Federal Reserve System Arthur F. Burns, UN Rep George Bush (“I read with regret the N.Y. Times today. I never much like to read the editorials in the Times, but today it was the news columns that made me upset–for I see that you are leaving.  Your service will be sorely missed by the administration, by the country.  With respect for the job you’ve done and warm personal regards”), Senator Robert C. Byrd, Vice President General Dynamics J. T. Cosby, Science Adviser to the President, Edward E. David, Jr., Defenses Advisor to NATO Ralph Earle II, Johns Hopkins Univ. President Milton S. Eisenhower, Robert Ellsworth from Lazard Freres, John M. Fluke, Rep. Gerald R. Ford, Sec. of the Army Robert F. Froehlke, Rand Corporation Richard Fryklund, Assistant Sec. of the Navy Robert A. Frosch, John W. Gardner, Richard L. Garwin, President Washington Post Kay Graham, Rep. Charles S. Gubser, and many people from military, business, universities, as well as private citizens

Box 15, Folder 17  DOD – Congratulations L – Z


Rep. Robert L. Leggett, Office of Emergency Preparedness G.A. Lincoln, Stanford Electrical Engineering Dept. Chair John G. Linvill, Utah International Chair E. W. Littlefield, Retired Brigadier General B. R. Luczak (“You were like a breath of fresh air”), Senator Mike Mansfield, Vice Commander in Chief of Air Force Glen W. Martin (“I’ve had the opportunity to observe the methods and results of just about every Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense from Mr. Forrestal on. I would like to tell you that in my opinion none has made more of a contribution than yours, and particularly during the period of our history when such contribution is critically important”), Council of Economic Advisers Chair Paul W. McCracken, Senator Thomas J. McIntyre, Deputy Assistant Sec. of Defense John H. Morse, Francis L. Moseley, Norman B. Neely, Lyle M. Nelson (to whom DP relies: “…as to apricots, you can have all you will pick. You have been a tower of strength at Stanford during these troubled years…”), Vice President General Electric Gerhard Neumann (“The best man DoD ever had, quit…”), Assistant Sec. of Defense G. Warren Nutter, President Menlo School and College Richard F. O’Brien (thank you to DP for his generous donation from blind trust), Rep. Wright Patman (who placed in the Congressional Record his evaluation of DP), Senator Charles H. Percy, Staff Director Office of Ocean Affairs Leigh S. Ratiner, Rep. John J. Rhodes (with his comments in the Congressional Record), Brigadier General W. S. Scott (info on Defense Systems Management School which DP had supported), Lawrence Radiation Lab head Glenn T. Seaborg, Rep. Robert L. F. Sikes (with his comments in the Congressional Record), Director of US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Gerard C. Smith (DP wrote: “…I have a strong sense of satisfaction from that part of the job that involved working with you on the SALT negotiations. I believe these negotiations may well be the single most important issue facing our government, and certainly the future of the country will be determined in a significant degree by the outcome of your efforts”), Senator John C. Stennis (who put a statement into the Congressional Record), Senator Strom Thurmond, E. Berkeley Tompkins, Ambassador of Japan Nobuhiko Ishiba, (“…appreciation for your enduring cooperation and effort for strengthening the friendly ties between Japan and the United States, in particular, for the successful agreement of the reversion of the Okinawa Islands”), Vice President (signed Ted), Thomas J. Watson, Jr., Caspar W. Weinberger, General W.C. Westmoreland, Office of Telecommunications Policy Clay T. Whitehead (“I am sure it is a source of personal satisfaction to know that your distinguished and successful service is valued so highly by the President”), Boeing Company President T. A. Wilson (“Being able to communicate with you and get answers was always enjoyable, even on those occasions when the answers were not the ones we wanted”), Gould President William T. Ylvisaker (“It is my belief that you gave the office of the Defense system an added strength and rapport with their suppliers.  There was a recognition on the part of suppliers that from your office emanated a new understanding of the problems of being a defense contractor and that the procedures you established were eminently fair in all respects, particularly so from a technical evaluation standpoint”), Senator Milton R. Young (“You have won the respect and admiration of the entire Congress.  Whenever we in Congress had a difficult defense problem to deal with most everyone would ask ‘What is Dave Packard’s position?'”), Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo (Bud) Zumwalt, Jr.

Box 15, Folder 18  White House – Misc. Letters 1972-74

[Mainly requests for dinners and meetings; nothing on Nixon’s impeachment except for one White House staff member sending DP info from SEIU encouraging impeachment]


Report of The Special Study Group on Federal Contract Research Centers, 8/30/71

Selected Statements by DOD and other Administration Officials, 7/1 – 12/31/71 (includes excerpts from speeches, press conferences, Congressional statements, and magazine articles)

7/23/74 meeting at San Clemente where DP and others talked with the US President about “the outlook for the economy, the actions necessary to curb our present inflation, and what we can do to encourage new investment in production capacity in the U.S.”  Also, DP’s handwritten notes “Nixon meeting, 7/23/74”

12/18/72 White House staff summary of accomplishments of the first four Nixon years put together for news editors

One topic the White House often asked DP about involved minority groups; 7/7/72 DP answered requesting that support be given to the American Indian Development Services in Sunnyvale which would be “in line with the president’s objectives to encourage and support viable business endeavors for minority groups…[and] it could be helpful to our cause.” [loan to Small Business Administration attached]

2 bound volumes at the end of Box 15:

“Report of the Special Study Group on Federal Contract Research Centers 30 August 1971”

“Selected Statements by DoD and Other Administrative Officials July 1 – December 31, 1971,” includes excerpts from speeches, press conferences, Congressional statements, and magazine articles, prepared by Air Force for DoD



Box 16, Folder 1  Many letters of congratulations, Jan. 1968-69

3/3/69 Caroline Charles to DP and Lu Packard: “Al and I just want to say how grateful and happy we are.  You know if was Dave who first proposed that a woman might be a Committee Chairman! That’s a favor? Anyway I have enjoyed it.” DP replies: “You may be sure I’ll keep in touch with my friends at Stanford.” [Archivist’s note: this letter was indexed because it helps define DP’s view on women]

Box 16, Folder 2  same

Box 16, Folder 3  same

Box 16, Folder 4  same

Box 16, Folder 5  same

Box 16, Folder 6  same

Box 16, Folder 7  same

Box 16, Folder 88 Stanford University faculty petition to DP to resign from DOD, April 1971; DP’s reply; letters from DP supporters


5/5/71 DP to Stanford President Richard Lyman: “I am enclosing a copy of my response to the petition I received from some members of the Stanford faculty.  I want you to know my response in no way reflects on you.  I believe you are doing a good job, even though this recent development may bring an end to my support for Stanford.”

5/21/71 faculty reply to DP, signed by Eleanor E. Maccoby, Robert McAfee Brown, Bob Moulton, Jr., and N.D. Napier

Box 16, Folder 9  “Highlights of the Visit of the Honorable David Packard Deputy Secretary of Defense and Rear Admiral T. D. Davies, USN Deputy Chief of Naval Material for Development and Chief of Naval Development,” Naval Weapons Center, 2 April 1971 [this volume was transferred to HP Archives Photo Collection, because it has several good pictures of DP]

“National Security Strategy of Realistic Deterrence,” Sec. of Defense Melvin R. Laird’s Annual Defense Department Report for FY 1973,” 2/8/72

Box 16, Folder 10  Lockheed Shipbuilding – claims settlement with the Navy 1970-74

DP was involved in settlement; correspondence with government officials as well as Lockheed personnel

Box 16, Folder 11  Lockheed Shipbuilding case

Box 16, Folder 12  DoD Miscellaneous Information

Report on “Increased Centralization Within DoD (A Dangerous Trend),” 1971

6/16/76 HP memo from Eb Rechtin to DP on DoD’s Design to Cost Program; final draft of history of the Blue Ribbon Defense Panel by Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, Analyst in National Defense, Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service; 6/11/76 letter to Lowenthal from DP:” I think it [the history] is a good presentation of the situation and I don’t think the apparent contradiction between Mr. Fitzhugh and myself is any particular problem. It is my view that the Blue Ribbon Panel report was constructive, but it was certainly too much to expect the Department to be completely reorganized as a result of the study.”

1/30/76 DP to Brig. Gen. James W. Stransberry, USAF, Director, Profit ’76, DoD: “We are enclosing the Defense Industrial Base Survey report which you have requested. I would like to point out that our entire Company’s operations are managed on policies specifically designed for dealing with commercial work and most of our defense business consists of products developed and designed for the commercial market and sold to the Government. We do very little work under ASPR regulations. In fact, we try to avoid doing business with the Defense Department under ASPR regulations because to do so we would have to change most of our policies and procedures.”


Palo Alto Times, ca.5/17/73 “Packard calls it built-in disaster” about the defense procurement process

List of deputy secretaries of defense from 1949 – 1972, given the length of service of each, mainly under two years each

5/10/73 Jerry W. Friedheim, Public Affairs, Assistant Sec. of Defense, suggests answers to press questions particularly about his support for Jim Schlesinger; included is a statement by DP also dated 5/10/73: “Last week I discussed with President Nixon the possibility of returning to Washington as Secretary of Defense. After the most careful consideration of all the many factors involved, I have advised the President with deep regret that I would not be able to accept such a nomination.”

6/15/70 DP handwritten note on Don Bennett’s briefing on president’s committee chaired by J. Edgar Hoover

Box 16, Folder 13  DoD 5000.X 1970-76

10/25/76 article in “Aviation Week & Space Technology” on NATO Milestone listing competitive prototyping: “David Packard, former undersecretary of Defense, who introduced this concept and made it stick, should be remembered for this contribution that has proved out so well in practice.”

6/13/70 “Armed Forces Journal” article “Packard Guidelines on Major Weapon System Acquisitions” includes the full text of DP’s landmark policy memo

Box 16, Folder 14 United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Mainly concerning DP gift of $20,000 to the Naval Academy Memorial Fund, 1971-73, and his help in raising other funds

Box 16, Folder 15  6/1/70 “Deputy Secretary’s Song & Coloring Book, DoD Manual”


Box 16, Folder 16  US Miliary Posture for FY 1975 by Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer

Box 16, Folder 17  8/3/71 Aircraft Collision Avoidance Systems, Hearing before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations

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

Series 1 Earliest HP Files, 1937-1953

Some personal David Packard files; chronological, folders 1-14; then alphabetical A-Z, folders 15-31

Series 1 Earliest HP Files, 1937-1953
              Box 1  1937-1953, Folders 1-31
              Folders 1-14, Chronological; Folders 15-31 A-Z

Box 1A DP Lab Notebook, 2 vol. 2/25/39 – 4/21/41, 1941; DP Notebook on Stanford course “Partnerships & Corporations”


Series 1  Box 1  1937-1953  Folders 1-31

These early files are a combination of DP’s business and personal files.  Some of the personal files relate to family affairs.

Box 1, Folder 1  Correspondence 1937-1938

Several letters to DP from “Ed” [Noel Porter] at General Air Conditioning, Sacramento, concerning relays, amplifier and radio; mentions getting married and other friendly comments; acts as if WRH, DP, and he are to be in business together

DP replies to above describing his research “winding a variac,” vacuum tube voltmeter, etc.; announces that Lucile is coming here in April; “The way things have gone this winter it looks as if we would be much better off not trying to break away and start until we have something definite to go to. I do not want you to feel that this move on my part precludes that I am no longer interested in the proposition for I am more interested than ever now.” More on his fears and expectations

DP to WRH and Ed on the equipment he is gathering;  “I think the way to get things going is to have Bill and I go ahead and build some things for Ed to sell”  [More of same 12/7/37]

8/12/37 DP memo on interview with Terman who “felt with me that we might do fairly well with merchandising radios if we located somewhere on the peninsula”

8/23/37 memo on discussion between WRH, DP, and Porter on business venture including specific products

Letters mention working with Lytton, Frank Varney, John Kaar; talk on prices, product distribution, business space, sending WRH to IRE

6/8/37 DP to WRH and Porter discussing business prospects but also planning a fishing trip including prospecting

5/8/37 WRH on “equipment that is in construction or that is already made, I have built up a Hay’s bridge for the measurement of incremental inductance…Spring skiing has started in earnest with fine snow and better weather.  I could not get a bed when I got up to Norden (the Sierra Club lodge) so I spent the two nights in a cave in the snow. It was quite warm and comfortable in my new two-pound eider-down bag–my pride and joy.”

Box 1, Folder 2  Correspondence 1938-July 1943

5/17/41 J.S. Lamson, accountant, drew up proposed partnership agreement; also 10/19/44 letter trying to equalize capital accounts for DP and WRH

Undated, “confidential” letter, John Tomlinson (Shell) concerning ignition oscillator which DP and HP employees helped produce

12/4/[?] John Fluke [DP friend from Schenectady days] to DP concerning his job in DC with Bureau of Ships [Navy]; also asks about welding control he and DP worked with; sees hp ads in “electronics”; writes “I just happened to get acquainted with the Admiral when he was inspector of Naval Machinery in Schenectady.” [Archivist’s note: seems the engineers from GE were well known by the military service officers who were able to bring them into research jobs in DC]

7/16/43 “Norm” to DP concerning Army Air Service Command:  “I’m really learning a great deal on this job.  Fortunately the circuit chasing practice I’m getting plus the teaching of army personnel which is part of our job is really getting me well set up on many items that are basic in your equipment so I’ll be in a good position to really understand and explain H-P units when the war is over.”

2/22/43 DP in NY to Glenn Zieber concerning meter deliveries, etc.  “We have the possibility of doing some restricted work for the Navy, and I want you to make sure the gates are hung in the back of the building and provided with locks right away…make sure that you have at least one gun on the premises.” [DP on a trip to Wash DC and NYC; great letters concerning business in Palo Alto]

10/6/42 Chancellor at Stanford reappointing DP as “Lecturer in Electrical Engineering,” without salary

5/10/42 WRH to DP concerning his war work in the office of the Chief Signal Officer:  “I have an entree into most of the laboratories of the country and have an excellent opportunity to meet on better than equal ground, as I am a representative of the War Department, the men engaged in research as well as those directing it. Furthermore, it is my business to know of all research that is being carried on in the country as it applies to the Signal Corps excluding RADAR (aircraft warning) and airborne radio communication. I feel that this is a wonderful opportunity to make these contacts and that they will be of great benefit to us after the war. I find that I can no longer take a detailed interest in projects and have to deal with them in their broader aspects alone. This is quite new as at the Company so much of our work was detail.”  [letter includes personal details such as Flora pregnant]

6/26/42 DP to “Dear Mother,” in Pueblo, enclosing a check for $1517.10 “in payment of the three notes that are outstanding together with the interest…This money has been of great assistance to us in our struggle to get things going on a good basis, and we thank you for it.” [See also 7/16/41, 2/18/41, 2/15/41 (great letter from his father), 9/18/40, 7/16/40, 7/10/40, 3/20/40, 3/7/40]

4/25/42 DP to L.H. Lynn, GE concerning lack of delivery of voltmeters, also “the lack of engineers and the problem of trying to work 50 people in a space designed for 15, all confronting us at once, it is rather difficult to promise anything definite.”

4/29/42 WRH in Arlington VA to DP: “I have just learned that Bendix is in a bad way and has recently gone through two reorganizations.  They are requesting an advance payment from the Signal Corps on several million dollars worth of orders and it looks as though they may not get it. In view of our recent order from them for 100 205A’s, I would deem it advisable to check up on them at once. If anything looks fishy I see no reason why we shouldn’t be hard-boiled about it and send the stuff C.O.D. or at least if possible on sight draft.”  He adds:  “I do not know how wise it would be for you to keep this letter in the file.”

5/21/[?] WRH in CA to DP at GE concerning “heartiest congratulations to both you and Lucille [sic]. Everybody knows that it is an idea[l] match. I saw Lucille just before she went east, and was she excited.” He tells Dave that he has his name on a paper with Terman as one of the collaborators on feedback as applied to laboratory equipment referring to linear amplifiers, etc.  7-page letter mainly on “a new type of oscillator that have no inductances. I am going to give a paper on this at the Pacific Coast convention of the IRE.”

Undated, WRH to DP saying he rented a place with a cabin for himself.  He will pay $15 for the small house and part of the shop (garage) which “is concrete floored and has a work table in it already.”

“Friday” DP in Chicago to WRH: “Crossley has done a wonderful job as we have suspected…The gang out at Motorola is really swell. Norn Underlich who is acting as Galvin’s right hand man took us down to the lab where Prof. Noble is in charge…the group at the Engineer’s Club was quite small last night but they were the fellows who count.” [Much more]

“Sunday night,” DP in Pueblo to WRH in PA: “The talks in Chicago went over quite well judging by the response we had and I think it will do us a lot of good. Crossley is quite fired up about the square wave proposition and the 320 analyzer as well as the 300A and so we should have some more results from his district…I am very encouraged about the whole outlook for us in the east. We seem to have done a good job in putting over our story and with the exception of a few minor details here and there our equipment is well accepted. I am convinced that this trip was well worth while for the information we received to indicate what to do as the next step and how to do it.”

1/14/40 DP in NY to WRH in PA concerning his visits in DC “where we saw the CAA group and the Navy.”  Much info on people he saw and what they were interested in from HP.  “The IRE show was quite a flop as far as attendance but I think it was really swell for us because everyone was interested in our line.”

Undated, DP to WRH: “I called on Federal today and they are getting hot for their oscillator–I sure hope we can get that done shortly and do a good job.  If we don’t it is going to do us a lot of harm here in the east because nearly everyone knows we are doing the job.”

1/17/41 WRH in PA to DP in East concerning HP production orders, etc.  [Good detail]

1/10/40 DP in NY to WRH in PA concerning good response from people he is meeting.  “Things are going in very swell shape here and I am sure the trip is going to be worth a great deal to us…Our stuff is having a very excellent reception and we have had as much or more interest at our booth as anyone even including the big boys. Burlingame is a swell fellow and I believe he will do an excellent job for us here in the long run. I sure wish you could be with me and hear some of the fine things that are being said about your oscillator.”  DP writes about visiting the National Research Council and asks for info the Navy wants to know. “I have seen a lot of the boys from G.E. and they are very enthusiastic about the oscillators…we have a very good chance of getting in at R.C.A.!! I have met a lot of that group including some of the big shots and they all seem to think they could use some of our stuff over there.  In general if everything turns out the way it appears to be going we will be completely swamped with business this year.  In general the whole affair reminds me very much of that IRE convention we attended in SF the first summer.  Everyone has heard something good about us and are very interested in knowing more about our activities. As I said, I certainly wish you could be here.”

1/7/41 WRH in PA to DP in East concerning HP business.  Bauer is working out quite well, and since the cost of sending the lit and instruments to the IRE was $79.37, “you had better bring them back in the upper berth!!”

8/2/40 John Fluke to DP (Gussywussy)–full of wisecracks showing the friendship of the men who worked at GE

6/27/40 “Vorras” [from “house of Gus” in Schenectady] at Kearny Generating Station to DP; much info on war industries [other personal letters with work stories from this group and good newsy responses from DP, especially concerning the problem of patents, and the move to larger quarters in Feb. 1940. These letters begin around March 1940]

6/29/39 DP to his father re patents, selling foreign rights to WRH’s oscillator, etc.  “During the last week Bill and I have been up at the I.R.E. and A.I.E.E. conventions in San Francisco…very profitable week…things look very promising. Last week we filled the order for the Walt Disney people.”  [Father responds that DP needs a local attorney, 7/4/39; he calls WRH “your pard”; also a very personal note on his mother’s “hopelessly suffering heart”]

Box 1, Folder 3  Correspondence 7/43-12/31/44 [some earlier]

10/19/44 J.S. Lamson to DP, draft of partnership agreement

Undated, listing of “Value of Equipment Contributed by D Packard” which comes to $152.00

Undated, Ed [Porter] to DP: “as far as our hopeful business is concerned, I’ll really give all the help I can.  The control panel business has developed into something which I really feel will be a steady source of income. Of course Kaar has been doing all the work on this in the past and it will be a little difficult to break away but that can be handled. As far as I’m concerned you can count on it. The volume of this business for next year should at least be 2000.00.” [Ed and WRH have spent a weekend at Tahoe]

12/11/38 “Fluke” [John] from Bridgeport CT to DP, teasing personal note with remarks on relay circuits and DP’s return to Stanford

11/28/44 DP’s membership in Engineers’ Club of SF approved

10/24/44 Ed Porter in Arlington VA to DP: “Took Bill down to our test station last week to witness tests under actual fire conditions.  He enjoyed it and particularly the Navy meals on the ship.”  Note on Hewlett’s children being christened

20/28/44 DP reappointed as Lecturer in Electrical Engineering for 1944/45, without salary

1943-44 DP notes with figures on business loads, etc.

9-10/44 half dozen telegrams to and from DP on trip to DC; also letter from Frank Cavier concerning quotes “on prices for Navy 200B specials”

8/14/44 HP quotes on oscillators for Chief of the Bureau of Ships, Radio Division

Undated, employee Fredric Stanton to DP complaining about treatment on job

8/21/44 Myron Smith in Concord MA to DP concerning Herman Scott who is leaving General Radio

8/44 several letters from former employees thanking DP for help including 8/15/44 from Cort Van Rensselaer whom DP helped in college and in securing a commission in the Navy

4/3/44 WRH to DP re life in unidentified place near the equator. “My trip over here has I believe been a success and I have in part achieved the objectives I discussed with you when you were in Washington. There is much to be learned here about conditions that we have little information on and local problems for which we have already worked out the solution.” Censorship of letters mentioned

4/9/44 Bruce Burlingame to DP describing his life in India as an American officer; several letters from Stanford classmates who are now in the military; one from Wesley Shellhammer: “Thanks to you & Bauer for the things you taught me, they come in dam [sic] handy.”

3/13/44 Ed Porter to DP: “Good going on the 1300 totalizers for Alabama Ship.  That is a good sale as we shouldn’t have any trouble with the simple totalizers. How are relays available for same?  Could we use up any of the old ones, etc.”

3/4/44 WRH to DP, detailed letter about his travels and hopes to spend some time in Palo Alto soon: “I am inclosing a letter for WATT’S CURRENT that you might look over, and if you see nothing contrary to the policies you have set or the situation as it actually is at the Company, I suggest that you pass it on. I want the employees to feel that I am interested in the company and in them.  In the past I am afraid that I have neglected them as badly as I have you. Give my best to all the old gang, Al, Tom, Terry, Glenn, Harvey, Bill, Pete, Brunton and all the rest.”

20 women in the Attenuator Department signed letter of appreciation for “$5 War Savings Stamp. It not only provided an extra incentive in the bond drive; but it gives us somewhat the feeling of a bit of unexpected wealth which is quite delightful. So we say ‘Three Cheers for Mr. Packard'”

2/5/44 Ed Porter to DP: “Heard Admiral Land on the radio the other night and noted his remark about Shipbuilding Program falling very short of expected production in January. This should be a sign that USMC better get off the dime and provide for arc time totalizers. I surely do hope we sell some soon.” [other letters 2/14, 2/12, 2/1, 1/14; apparently Ed met with the HP gang at the IRE meeting as well as some of DP’s old buddies from Schenectady]

Some thank you notes from employees who received gifts from Lu and DP

12/13/43 Norm Neely to DP: “The experiences I’m having [in the army] and the people I’m meeting will be life long assets, I’m sure, in addition to the educational and financial benefits.”  Also, 11/13/43, 8/22/43; Mel is carrying on the business in LA

Undated, WRH to DP; he’s about to be sent to Australia; “I certainly want to thank you for all the dope on the ‘E’ presentation. It must have been a wonderful show.  The company deserves all the credit in the world, and by the company I mean you and the employees.”  He encloses an analysis on the capacitive commutator

11/9/43 telegram from W.F. Cavier to DP in Arlington VA concerning government’s decision about increased salary allotments

Undated, WRH to DP concerning estimated income for 1943

9/23/43 DP’s nomination to be in the national inventory prepared by the Signal Corps Cost Analysis Agency, qualified as a scientific and technical worker of a professional grade and engaged in full-time research and development work on instruments of war and associated activities

Box 1, Folder 4  Correspondence 1945

12/8/45 to DP from his mother in Pueblo concerning Christmas presents; DP to her, 11/30/45; Lu not well

11/7/[45] Noel Porter to DP: “I would like to know if you have had time to give any further thought to my situation. I still want to join the HP gang. A little more dope from your end would be helpful as it would assist somewhat in my planning.”

11/26/45 Anglo California National Bank to DP concerning real estate loan

11/16/45 WRH to DP recommending Capt. Charles Vollum for HP  engineering group

11/19/45 DP to join advisory board for Palo Alto office of the Anglo California National Bank

Several letters from Noel Porter concerning getting out of the navy and his thoughts on the redesigned starter

8/3/45 DP to Thomas D. Church concerning landscaping plans and retainer walls for property in Los Altos; see also letter to San Jose Steel 11/30/45

8/21/45 Clark Cahill to DP concerning job offer made by DP 8/11/45

Undated, grading and resurfacing for DP’s property by Orvill V. Freeman

7/17/45 DP request for telephone service at new property

6/28/45 Dean H.H. Skilling of Stanford School of Engineering thanking DP for generous gift; complements him on home in Robleda Heights district “where the best people live”

Box 1, Folder 5  Correspondence 1/46-6/30/47

12/46 “Proposed Professional Engineers’ Registration Act for the State of California,” a printed pamphlet

Annotated by DP, “Report on Conditions of Hewlett-Packard Company as of November 1946” 6-page report; very satisfactory progress has been made during 1946, finishing up war production activity, settling outstanding war contracts, increasing development program made possible 1) by obtaining additional engineers with a great deal of experience in design and development of electronic measuring instruments, and 2) considerable design and research activity for the armed service has been continued.  These contracts are outlined. Problems with material shortages and rising cost in labor and material are difficulties faced.  A price increase of about 15% was necessary

Undated organization chart [early]

3/12/47 DP memo on Bureau of Ships visit

DP memo on visit to RCA Camden

DP memo on visit to Federal

DP memo on visit to Westinghouse, Lansdown Plant, Baltimore MD

4/1/46 Neely Enterprises, No. 2-B Regrettor Specifications

Undated, “Responsibilities and Duties of Production Manager”

annotated by DP, 3 pages

6/10/47 memo on conversation between DP and Parker, Bureau of Ships

5/7/47 Bruce Burlingame to DP concerning Tiny Yewell and “my organizational headaches”; see also DP’s letter on Charlie Sargeant; [Archivist’s note: good example of problems with sales]

5/1/47 “Employment Policy for Hourly Production Employees” by WRH and DP

3/25/47 DP describes HP’s decision to drop membership in N.A.M. “because we felt we could not subscribe to the politics and methods of the organization, particularly as exemplified under the leadership last year”

2/25/47 DP wrote to Palo Alto City Council concerning safety at the railroad crossings at Page Mill Road, signed by many employees; later letter agrees to safety arms

12/26/46 Bruce Burlingame outlines problem of the 18 model 400-As sold to Western Electric Company. He outlines the complicated system of approval of quotes which needs improvement [2-page detailed letter showing problems of sales reps]

12/23/46 telegram from DP’s mother concerning her arrival date from Mayfield; also 8/14/46 her arrival in Denver

3/22/46 form letter from Donald K. Lippincott to DP re meeting of some 45 representative members of the electronic industry held in NY on 3/8/46 “to discuss the desirability of forming a cooperative, non-profit agency for licensing manufacture under electronic patents and collecting and distributing the royalties thereon to the respective patent owners.” [2 pages with survey form, not filled out]

10/14/46 DP missed 4 consecutive Rotary luncheons and was dropped from membership; he apologized and gave excuses

10/8/46 DP’s father to “Harry and Dwight” concerning Aunt Dora’s health and assets [family matter with DP receiving a carbon copy of this 4-page letter]; earlier letters from DP’s mother and between Dora and DP

10/2/56 DP to his parents concerning Aunt Dora, also Lu’s recovery from the new baby named Susan. “Mrs. Salter doesn’t think very much of that name.”

8/12/46 John H. Hutchings of Continental Electric Company to DP concerning products and friendly exchange of family “dope”

5/17/[46?] The Stevens Chicago to DP: “the show was very worth while; the interest was high in the 330B and in the 410A. So far there has been very little response here on the 610 Signal Generator” and other info on Crossley

5/46 form letters from Duck Hunters Assoc. of CA

2/15/46 “Fluke” to DP concerning voltmeter; 8/5/46 memo, Porter to DP saying Fluke “is out of monkey suit since 28 June”

1/22/46 DP to Glenn Zieber [carbon copy]: “I appreciate receiving the production data. It indicates that your production tests and shipments are fairly well in line. I am a little concerned, however, about the amount of material that is getting to Production Test because the figures you have shown will not come close to supporting your intended production schedule for this month.”  DP asks for update to be sent to NY and careful consideration of “better deliveries…The situation still seems to hold throughout the Industry that deliveries are very, very important, and we are probably losing some business by not being able to make better deliveries on these various items.”

1/22/46 DP to Brunton Bauer giving interim report on the results of the trip “to give you some guidance on your laboratory program…It appears at this time that the Diode Voltmeter is one of the most urgent items as far as the sales program is concerned…If you are having some particular troubles, get as much data as possible on them, so we can decide what to do when we return.”  [More info included]

3/8/46 E. R. Lovett concerning water meter for DP’s home

2/1/46 “Fluke” to DP concerning proposed venture

1/25/46 DP from NY to Glenn [Zieber]:  “In view of the steel strike & the strike at Peerless I suggest you get either the group at Oakland or Gardner or someone else started on 200B transformers and especially try to see that some lamination steel is reserved for these requirements. I do not like to go through the problems with another new group but I do know that something must be done.  Will you see if arrangements can be under way for some action by the time I return?”

1/25/46 [Glenn Zieber] to DP in Wash DC asking him to pick up ordinary enamel magnet wire and Litsz wire; production coming off the assembly line is not very high; all new designs; [Archivist’s note: calls DP’s trip “one of your shopping tours”; more detail on production]

1/18/46 John Cage to DP: “I was made manager of the Industrial Electronics Division here at Raytheon. As you may know, Raytheon expanded enormously during the war and is now trying to expand its lines accordingly. I find beautiful talent here–and a terrific problem in organization”

1/6/46 Fluke and Porter to DP concerning plans to meet at IRE Convention [Archivist’s note: very friendly teasing letter and response from DP]

1/46 friendly letters from old friends concerning new jobs with DP’s responses

Box 1, Folder 6  Correspondence 7/47-12/47

Undated, “An Electronic Patent Program,” 14-page document

4/8/47 Donald Lippincott to DP concerning plan for cooperative administration of electronic patents

12/47 Karl Spangenberg to DP, personal note thanking DP for his participation in IRE Convention; specific details

12/6/47 Edward J. Demson to DP concerning his move to Palo Alto

11/6/47 thank you to DP for speaking at Purdue Univ., IRE Student Branch; invitation came earlier from John Cage; DP’s reply said he helped Stanford students with thesis subjects

12/8/47 DP told Michigan State student “the best preparation for work in an organization such as ours is provided in the general college courses which cover the more fundamental aspects of engineering training”; suggests they avoid too much specialization

10/7/47 DP to Alfred Crossley concerning set up of booth at the National Electronics Conference in Chicago where DP gave a paper, “A Pulse-Counter Type FM Station Monitor”

9-10/47 letters from Crossley and Burlingame concerning change from partnership to corporation

6/25/47 Jim Wilcox replying to DP’s job offer

7/7/47 California Manufacturers Assoc.’s president’s plea for freedom from government

1947 HP Proposed Annual Budget for Advertising [Archivist’s note: misfiled in folder 3; moved here]

Box 1, Folder 7  Correspondence 1948

12/27/48 F. E. Terman to Members of the Regional Committee, Region #7; Terman’s term as regional director expires and he suggests rotating position

12/28/48 W. P. F. Brawner, president, SF Chamber of Commerce, invites DP and WRH to the first Northern California Research Conference emphasizing “the increased need for applied and basic research in industry to keep pace with the rapid growth and expansion of northern California’s industrial economy.”  Both accept

12/27/48 DP to Anglo California National Bank on his personal financial statement; his net capital, representing the current value of his stock, is $733,561.38

11/21/47 C. V. Litton sends DP an 11-page anti-communist document

12/15/48 DP sends Magnavox Radio Phonograph to his parents in Pueblo for Christmas [cost $298]

12/13/48 DP agrees to serve on the Exceptional Student Committee of the Stanford Associates

12/9/48 DP resigns from exec board of Stanford Area Council of Boy Scouts of America

12/6/48 Warren G. Watwood, Editor of PTM (Past Test Men), GE to DP asking for contributions to revive PTM

DP recommendations for John M. Kaar, W. W. Eitel, Jack Arlington McCullough, Arthur F. Deming for State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers

9/24/48 DP’s handwritten entry for Who’s Who on the Pacific Coast

9/4/48 auto accident insurance form; DP driving 48 Buick Sedan in Placer

7/13/48 Wagon Wheel Ranch in Wagon Wheel Gap, Colorado reservation for seven for fishing trip in August; visiting his parents; two-bedroom addition to his house [La Paloma Rd., Los Altos] being built at this time

8/31/48 telegram from Eldred: “Pappy please return hunting application or shall we forge your signature”

8/20/48 registration of DP as a Professional Engineer in the branch of Electrical Engineering in state of CA; copy of WRH’s listing of his experience; later in the folder are more documents on this

5/21/48 nine-page essay by DP on “Measuring Equipment and Techniques for FM and AM Broadcast Transmitters”; a more complete copy later on in the folder

3/17/48 copy of DP’s will; Nathan Finch witness

7/30/48 approval of roofing for the addition to DP’s home

6/28/48 DP agrees to serve again on the Committee on Electronics of the Amer. Institute of Electrical Engineers

5/7/48 Donn B. Tatum, President of Stanford class ’34, appoints DP as class rep at upcoming reunion; also suggests 15 year reunion since they missed the 10 year because of the war; additional correspondence in 1949 re class reunions

5/7/48 DP missed five meetings in a row of The Rotary Club of Palo Alto and writes to explain

4/30/48 DP expresses interest in Cal St Poly College’s new engineering major

4/15/48 DP and WRH purchase Winchester Model 70 rifles, 270 caliber through Marshall Field & Co.

3/16/48 DP and WRH and Lucile and Flora are going to New York for IRE convention; plan to see J. M. Fluke; great letter from Fluke 12/30/47 describing work at Anderson-Fluke Engineering Co., Springdale, CT; [see also 2/19/47]

2/11/48 DP elected Board of Directors of the Institute of Radio Engineers

Christmas present to friends from HP is wine

8/17/48 photo post card from DP to WRH and Noel of summit of Pikes Peak: “We made it to the top with the dynaflow–only needed three tow cars to help [signed] DP”

G-E Ignitron blueprints and photographs; studies with notes

Box 1, Folder 8  Correspondence, Misc. 1947-1949

10/18/49 legal agreement between HP and M.P.H. Industries concerning development of machinery for thinning row crops, commonly known as “Marihart Crop Thinner”

4/16/48 DP memo to WRH concerning meeting with R.S. Baldwin, Navy Dept., Bureau of Ships, Code 934 on the progress of the development contract 30101; HP has not been as specific as the Bureau wished; DP agrees; 3/17/48 letter to Bureau on this

4/14/48 DP memo on talk with Bureau of Ships concerning their radiation program

4/48 DP memo on conference with W.J. Polydoroff, consulting Engineer concerning his proposal to develop magnetic amplifiers

4/48 DP memos on visit to Wright Field concerning the result of the humidity test and also reviewing their test equipment

4/16/48 DP memo on his visit at the Sperry Gyroscope Co. concerning their microwave development program

7/21/48 DP memo to Ray Demere concerning his upcoming visit to Wright field and Philadelphia and what he should see

3/6/47 WRH to DP in New York; two-page report on the FM monitor situation, etc.; “Things here are going pretty well and I suggest you take as much time as necessary to clear things up in the East.  It certainly is great, however, to have some one to heckle back there.”

Box 1, Folder 9  Appointment Book 1949 [In DP’s handwriting]

“Things To Remember” book; notes letters received and sent, calls made, checks sent and arrived

Box 1, Folder 10  Correspondence 1949

10/19/49 Louis Johnson, U.S. Sec. of Defense, to Sperry S. Packard in Pueblo refusing speaking engagement but showing a warm acquaintance with DP’s father; original letter sent to DP by Pueblo Savings and Trust Co. man who thought DP might want it as a souvenir: “The work your father did for us as Chairman of our Advisory Council was greatly appreciated by all the members of our [Naval] Reserve Unit and his death was a great loss to us.”

12/14/49 DP’s correspondence concerning sale of Pueblo home at 2909 High St.; it sold for $9500

11/29/49 C. V. Litton to DP concerning jeep policy in national forests

6/12/49 auto accident insurance claim; DP driving 48 Buick Sedan

5/12/49 carbon copy of warm letter, Sperry S. Packard [DP’s father], Pueblo, to U.S. Sec. of Defense, Louis A. Johnson, close friend: “Ever since the Portland, Ore., National Convention, where I first met you and gave you my vote for National Commander…”  Detailed letter concerning his contribution to World War II representing “the Quick-Way Truck Shovel Co., which manufactured the portable truck shovel which did such good work on the Alcan highway and in loading ships and on airfields including those in China.”  Also, his brother, Dr. Harry P. Packard, who was sent by Sec. Hull “with the diplomatic mission to Iran, where he was in charge of health matters.”  Also short bio of DP’s war contributions [according to his father, the author of this letter]: “My son, David Packard, a Graduate of Stanford, was engaged in Electronic Precision instrument work at Palo Alto.  He was on the WPB, and furnished many precision instruments for the Armed forces, including the Leopard device used by the Battleships in defense against the Japanese Kamakatze suicide plans.  Their Oscilating device helped jam the radios of both the Germans and the Japs.  He also did much radar work.  Captain Taylor, U.S.N. who was inspector stationed at S.F., said to me that his work was so outstanding that he was doing more good than if he had been in uniform.”  Purpose of letter is to suggest that he and Pres. Truman come to Colorado this summer.  “Our good Mountain air might give you both a new lease on life.”  This copy has a handwritten note at the top: “Dear David; I thought you might like to know of this. As ever, Your Partner”

4/22/49 DP chairs lecture for Stanford Alumni Conference on “America’s Policy in East Asia”

3/9/49 Fred W. Terman to DP concerning Tau Beta Pi

1/14/49 John Fluke to DP, fun letter concerning DP [Gus] and WRH

Box 1, Folder 11  Correspondence 1950  [Mainly marked personal]

Copy of Palo Alto Times, 11/20/43, with article on “Army-Navy ‘E’ flag flies over local warplant”

10/12/50 DP to A.E. Jurs of Berkeley [last folder had a letter from him after a hunting trip] concerning a loan of a couple of milliammeter and a personal matter concerning Earl Schafer, a former HP employee who is in jail.  [Marked Personal]

8/28/50 form letter concerning GM’s contract with its workers giving them a cost of living index; Philip Cortney says this is destructive of the competitive market

5/2/50 abstract of DP’s speech at the IRE on “New Instruments for VHF Antenna Measurement”

2/6/50 excerpts from Warren Atherton’s letter to Harold Buttner concerning Jackson Lake as a recreation area

1/9/50 Rotary Club of Palo Alto accepts DP’s resignation

Box 1, Folder 12  Correspondence 1951 [Marked Personal]

9/10/51 DP to Fred Smith of Wooley Camp, Siskiyou County concerning water installation at camp; several letters for the next years on Wooley Creek Assoc.

11/24/51 Morey Bernstein from Pueblo to DP; funny letter about ex-Puebloans

8/16/51 DP to David Woodley Packard, Kennolyn Camp, Soquel

7/24/51 DP to Vorras Elliott, friend he invites to stay with him and Lu; VE is working on a new wind tunnel drive for Moffett Field

6/22/51 San Francisco State College sponsors conference of the National Education Association; DP spoke on “The Mathematical Needs of Industry”; outline of his speech is here

2/28/51 real estate correspondence on the former Louis Oneal Ranch, located on the Northerly side of the Skyline Boulevard and Westerly of Page Mill Road, especially water rights; original ranch was 1200 acres

3/16/51 DP reappointed Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Stanford Univ., without salary

3/7/51 Robert Littler to Ludwig Teller, Attorney in New York, introducing DP; Littler and DP are on the Palo Alto Board of Education together, trying to put over a four million dollar bond issue; RL didn’t get to meet with LT because of trying to represent a client accused of associating with a Communist in 1940; “hysteria on the subject” is great; also says he had dinner with Clark Kerr and John Dunlop “before the revolt of labor broke out into the open”

Undated, DP memo on grass/hay/alfalfa planting on permanent pasture

Box 1, Folder 13  Correspondence 1952

12/18/53 news to “the Lonesome Mallard Duck Club”; [several letters throughout this and the next folder]

1/25/52 Bohemian Club membership request for DP; request went in 11/15/46

A half dozen or so letters describing ranches in California for sale

8/18/[no year] Tiny Yewell of Burlingame Associates on party at DP’s where trick “steak” was served to Tiny; boys’ talk; see also 8/14/53 DP to Tiny

July 1952 trip to La Paz with Albert Jurs and family; DP thanks them for good fishing

Box 1, Folder 14  Correspondence 1953 [Archivist’s note: DP secretary through these years seems to be Mrs. Mickie Ayres]

10/10/53 R.F. Wilson, Coolidge Lab, GE, Milwaukee concerning L-2 Crystal in a glass cell; also death of his young son

8/6/53 DP to Nathan Finch on water agreement covering property DP is purchasing in Los Altos; two-page detailed letter

7/16/53 DP to son David Woodley Packard at camp

2/19/53 DP reappointed Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Stanford, without salary

Several letters from people in Pueblo who have borrowed money from DP; late in payments but do pay

3/2/53 update of DP’s entry in Who’s Who in Engineering

Box 1, Folder 15  Bohemian Club, Grove Play (Personnel Committee)

Copy of 1957 Grove Play, “Devil’s Mountain”

Box 1, Folder 16  Downtown Club (Mt. Hamilton Deer Club) 1952-54

Membership lists and expenses

Box 1, Folder 17  Security Analysts Society, San Francisco, July 1952

DP speech stressing growth of small businesses and HP has no plans to sell stocks

Lletters of appreciation

Box 1, Folder 18  DP Speech “Management Problems of a Growing Enterprise,” Stanford Business Conference, 7/20/53 [similar speech given 4/14/52, Society for Advancement of Management, SF Bay Chapter]

Box 1, Folder 19  U.S. Dept. of Defense, Munitions Board (Transmitting Tube Subcommittee of MB Electronics Equip.Ind.A.C.) 9/25/51

Box 1, Folder 20  U.S. Dept. of Defense, Munitions Board, Electronics Equip. Industry Advisory Bd. 1951-53

HP Company Government Contract Numbers, 1950, 1951;

3-page discussion of problems, esp. suppliers

Box 1, Folder 21  National Assoc. of Broadcasters (NAB) 1948

DP presents on “Measuring Equipment and Techniques for FM and AM Broadcast Transmitters”

Box 1, Folder 22  Ella G. & Sperry S. Packard Estate [personal]

Bios of each, info on their Pueblo house; estate inventories; insurance records for:

DP’s mother: Ella L. Graber Packard, 9/13/1880 – 8/31/1950

DP’s father: Sperry S. Packard, 2/26/1880 – 11/18/1949

Box 1, Folder 23  Palo Alto Public Utility Dept. (Bond Fund Requirements) 3/14/51

Box 1, Folder 24  Varian, Board of Directors, Minutes 1952-56

Box 1, Folder 25  American Institute of Electrical Engineers (A.I.E.E.), Committee on Electronics 1947-48

Box 1, Folder 26  A.I.E.E., Committee on Electronics 1949-50

Box 1, Folder 27  A.I.E.E., Committee on Instruments and Measurements 1946-48

Box 1, Folder 28  A.I.E.E., Committee on Instruments and Measurements 1949-51

Box 1, Folder 29  A.I.E.E., Committee on Television and Aural Broadcasting Systems 1949-51

Box 1, Folder 30  A.I.E.E., Joint Subcommittee on Telemetering 1951

Box 1, Folder 31  A.I.E.E., Publicity Committee, Conference on High Frequency Measurements 1950

Box 1A

DP Lab Notebook, 2/25/39 – 4/21/41

DP Lab Notebook, 1941

DP Notebook from Stanford course on “Partnerships & Corporations”


1996 – Packard Speeches

Box 5, Folder 47 – General Speeches


January, 1996, Reading ‘The Wonderful ‘One Hoss Shay’


1/96, Copy of typewritten text of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ poem, ‘The Deacon’s Masterpiece’, or ‘The Wonderful One Hoss Shay’


Packard attended the 1996 HP General Managers meeting and, concluded a discussion of quality control  by  reading this poem to the managers.



Box 5, Folder 48 – General Speeches


January 18, 1996, HP Board Retirement for Bill Haynes and Shirley Hufstedler, no location stated


1/18/96, Copy of the typed text of his speech


“I was fortunate to be asked to join the board of Chevron in 1972. Otto Miller was the chairman, and upon his retirement in 1974, Bill Haynes was designated to follow him.


“For the next nine years or so, I had the opportunity to visit many of the Chevron activities around the world. I learned that Chevron had contributed to the welfare of those foreign cities and countries where they were involved. I also learned that Chevron was far more complicated than I thought before I joined their board! They had to be closely involved with many countries where they drilled and produced their oil. I also learned that there was a radical change developing and their foreign activity was going to be much more complicated in the future.


“The Hewlett-Packard Company was not very large at the time I joined the Chevron board. We had just introduced our hand-held calculators in 1972 and HP sales that year were $483 million with profits of $38 million. We thought that our business would grow very rapidly in the next few years and that our foreign business would become a much larger part of the total.


“It was very interesting to learn about the world-wide involvement of Chevron and Bill Haynes had a broad role in the major activities of the company. I didn’t think that HP was large enough at that time to ask Bill to join our board after he became chairman of Chevron. I also realized that he would be very busy during his first few years as chairman at Chevron.


“HP grew very rapidly during the next few years and in 1981 our sales were $3.528 billion and we asked Bill to join our board. He was elected at our shareholder’s meeting, February 24, 1981.


“Bill Haynes made a great contribution to our company during his term on the board of HP. His world-wide involvement in Chevron helped us in the expansion of our world-wide involvement.


“In 1990 we had some problems at HP. Bill took the lead on a board committee to help us get these problems solved. They did so, and HP has continued its expansion through this last year. Our sales in 1995 grew to $31.519 billion with a profit of $2.433 billion, and we expect our growth to continue at about the same rate in the future.


“Bill, we thank you for the excellent advice and counsel you have given us. We will miss you and we hope that we will see you often in the future.


“Bill and Rita, we all wish you many, many happy years ahead.


David Packard

Chairman Emeritus

Hewlett-Packard Company



Box 5, Folder 49 – General speeches


February 24, 1996 Monterey Bay Aquarium, New Wing Opening


“Ladies and Gentlemen:


“I am very pleased that you could join us at this historic event – the opening of the New Wing of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


“The first wing of the Aquarium was opened just twelve years ago. My family had never been involved in an aquarium before, but I was optimistic and thought it would be successful because we had excellent people helping us in every aspect of the design and construction.


“Our plan was based on the concept that the Aquarium should be designed to depict the habitats of the Monterey Bay. We also thought it should be educational as well as enjoyable and we hoped that the people who live in this area would come to think of it as ‘their’ Aquarium.


“Many of you here tonight have given us outstanding support in building this New Wing. I hope all of you will think of this as ‘your’ Aquarium. We want you all to enjoy it and we want you to feel free to give us your advice and counsel on things that will improve your Aquarium,


“There are, of course, some aspects we could have done better, but there were not very many. I think it is fair to say that many people think the Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best in the world. We want to keep it that way.


“We do have one of the best sites for an Aquarium. We have access to raw seawater from the Bay, and many of the exhibits could not have been done as well, in fact some could not have been done at all without that resource.


“There were two aspects of the Monterey Bay that were not included in the original plan. One was the outer boundary of the Bay where the habitats result from the interaction of the waters of the outer bay, and the waters of the Great Pacific Ocean which extends beyond the horizon to the west. That is the focus of the new Outer Bay exhibits you see here tonight.


“The Outer Bay and Open Sea are vast habitats which are home to large numbers of fast-swimming open sea fish such as tunas. We recognized early on that depicting these animals and habitats was going to be a challenging undertaking. We also realized that it would take a large building, large tanks and very advanced water systems. We decided that in order to do it right we needed to ask for some support from our friends and colleagues in the community, and established a goal to raise $20 million to complete these exhibits. The Aquarium had never before undertaken a major capital fund drive, and we were uncertain whether we would be successful. I am extremely pleased to say that, thanks to all of you here tonight, we were successful in meeting our goal. I am peronally very grateful to you – the response has been overwhelming to me and I really appreciate your support.


“The other habitat which was not adequately included in the first wing was the deep waters in the vast canyons of the Bay. Until now, technology was not available to fully explore these areas. This has been the focus of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (or MBARI).


“With the opening of this New Wing this year, we have a new deep water research system. This includes a new ocean research ship. The Western Flyer, and a new unmanned remote operating vehicle (ROV) which will go down to 12,000 feet below the surface of the Bay. This will go down to the deep waters of the canyons for exploration and research for the next few years.


“From the work of the highly skilled people at the Aquarium and MBARI and at other ocean research organizations around the Bay, we will add new exhibits, and real time views of the vast marine life which lives in these deep waters.


“The Western Flyer can go from here to Hawaii without refueling, and that is the longest span in a trip around the world.


“We hope to have some trips in the Bay from Moss Landing scheduled in the future and we will endeavor to have an opportunity for each of you to enjoy a ride out into the ocean on this fabulous ship.


“As you can see, the people involved in the Aquarium and MBARI have their focus on the future. We will be continuing to work on bringing new information to the public about the oceans and their importance. The new Outer Bay Wing is a major step toward this goal, and I offer my thanks to each one of you for your support of our capital campaign which made this new wing of the Aquarium possible. I hope you are as proud of our accomplishemnt as I am, and I hope you enjoy this evening of celebration.”



Box 5, Folder 50 – General Speeches


March 7, 1996, Remarks at Sigma Xi Forum on Science, Technology, and The Global society, San Diego, CA


3/7/96, Copy of typed transcript from tape made of Packard’s remarks at this Forum


“Ladies and Gentlemen,


“I am pleased to be part of this Sigma Xi forum and find that what I’ve heard thus far has been very stimulating. There are several things I want to talk about. The first thing I want to show you is a copy of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol, which was taken entirely off the Internet and reproduced with ink jet printers. Look at the quality of the color on that. These books are made one at a time, and the cost is about fourteen dollars a book, mostly in the binding. So in the future, if you don’t happen to have a library, you can still get whatever you want. We’re working with the Library of Congress to make more books available on the Internet. This is something we hope will make a contribution to the future.


“The next thing I want to talk about is high-intensity, light-emitting diodes. We have been producing these for some time. It turns out that if the tail lights, brake lights and turn signals on an automobile – if the incandescent lights are replaced with light emitting-diodes  – it will give you one extra mile per gallon of gasoline. It will save that much energy. We just announced a very large program devoted to this, and the plant that we’re building down here is part of it. This is going to be a very important activity.


“The next thing I want to talk about has to do with a basic change in our concept of science.

All the technology we put into place right after World War II was based on a theory that the atom was the smallest particle in the world. It had neutrons and protons. From that you start the periodic table, and you design an atom bomb, and it met all the requirements of that time. Shortly after World War II, we and our allies undertook a massive program in high-energy physics. We did that because we thought we might find something that would give us a decisive advantage over our adversaries. That did not happen.


“What did happen is that we discovered the atom is not the smallest particle in the world. It consists of ten smaller particles, with various forces – I don’t completely understand them myself. But the fundamental difference is this: With the science we had at the end of World War II, you could reproduce things that occurred in nature. You could make artificial diamonds, for example. With the science we now have, we can make things that do not occur in nature. We can make articles that are harder than diamonds. We’ve already done that. And the range of things that have come out of this is just astounding. I think that’s going to be a tremendously importat contribution in the years ahead.


“Now, the other thing I want to talk about is the basic level of research and development that’s being conducted in this country. Our company, on a worldwide basis, does about three billion dollars worth of research per year, and with the growth we’re generating, we’re adding two billion dollars a year of new research and development. The reason we’re not adding more than that is because we simply cannot find enough people to do that much fundamental research every year.


“We would spend three billion if we could, but there are just not enough people available. We simply cannot hire good people rapidly enough. I don’t know what that suggests in terms of our worldwide situation, but I think it really says that basically there is a lot more support for research and development from the industrial world than some of the members [of Sigma Xi] have talked about. But too many companies today are entirely focused on the next quarter. What counts is the long run, but they’ve completely distorted the emphasis on what you do, and if that could be corrected, it would be a tremendous improvement. We can’t operate this world on a quarter-to-quarter basis.


“That concludes what I wanted to talk about today, and thank you Mr. Chairman for allowing me to be here to make this presentation.


5/6/96, Copy of letter to Gretchen Dennis, Packard’s secretary, from J. Renee Keever, Director of Development, Sigma Xi Society enclosing a dopy of the transcript made of Packard’s remarks.”


David Packard passed away March 26, 1996