Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Virgil Eldon Bottom Collection


Collection ID:
Bottom, Virgil Eldon
Physical Description:
0.33 Cubic feet
1 box

Scope and Contents note

Scope and Contents note
This collection consists of letters from Virgil Bottom requesting information about the early days of the quartz crystal industry in the United States and letters from "Old Timers" in the industry received by Bottom in response to his request of December 10, 1980; print materials, including a "History of the Quartz Crystal Industry in the United States" by Bottom; photographs; clippings; and two audio tapes.


Divided into five series: (1) Correspondence, 1969-1983; (2) Printed materials; (3) Photographs, 1942-1945; (4) Clippings; (5) Audio Tapes.

Biographical/Historical note

Biographical/Historical note
Virgil Eldon Bottom was a leading figure in the use of quartz crystal technology for frequency control in radio communication, particularly for use by the military. In early radio quartz was frequently used to help hold the frequency.


NMAH Staff
Custodial History
Collection transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Electricity (now Division of Work and Industry), 3/26/85
Processing Information
Collection processed by NMAH Staff, undated
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Virgil E. Bottom, 1998, January 20.

Using the Collection

Preferred Citation
Virgil Eldon Bottom Collection, 148, AC NMAH
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.


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