Gross, Al, Papers Al Gross Papers, 1909-2000 Ms.2001.011

Al Gross Papers, 1909-2000 Ms.2001.011


Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

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Original 2001 web version of the finding aid funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Clayton McGahee, Archivist

Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Al Gross Papers 1909-2000
10 Cubic Feet, 21 boxes
Gross, Al, d.2000
The materials in the collection are in English.
The Al Gross papers are comprised of the following series: Employment, Publications, Inventions and Patents, Awards and Achievements, Personal Material, Technical Data, Radio Material, Government, Subject Files, and Oversize Materials. The collection also includes Gross' book collection and electronic parts. This collection contains materials relating to the significant contributions Al Gross made in the advancement of wireless technology. The collection provides a detailed look at the evolution of the walkie-talkie from a weapon against the Axis Powers in World War II to its functional and convenient purposes today. Throughout the progression of wireless technology, Al Gross remained an integral part of designing and updating wireless devices such as cellular phones and pagers to its now diminutive form using microminituarization and other scientific methods.

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Biographical Note

Al Gross was born in Toronto, Ontario, but was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Known as the father of wireless communications, Gross invented the walkie-talkie in 1938 at age 20 and by 1941 the Office of Strategic Services (now known as the CIA) was eager to develop a lightweight, portable communications system for air-to-ground contact. The OSS recruited Gross and he devised the "Joan-Eleanor System" using Hertzian radio waves which were virtually impossible to intercept even from behind emeny lines. Gross' invention was a huge success and was praised by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff as being one of the most successful wireless intelligence gathering methods ever employed.

After the war, Gross formed the Citizens Radio Corporation and sold his units to the public, mostly to farmers and the US Coast Guard. In 1949 Gross had another breakthrough invention, the telephone pager. That same year Gross attended a medical conference in Philadelphia to introduce the pager system to doctors. Unfortunately, many of the doctors were apprehensive of the device stating it would interfere with their leisure time or upset their patients. The pager never caught on for Gross, proving he was decades ahead of his time.

Gross continued to invent for his entire lifespan, compiling 12 patents. But Gross' patents expired long before the world was ready for pagers, cell phones, and CB radio. Instead of reaping the monetary benefits of his inventions, Gross is rich in awards and recognitions. Most recently, Gross became the sixth person to be awarded the Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Eight months later on December 28, 2000, Gross died at his Arizona home.

Scope and Content

The Al Gross papers are comprised of the following series: Employment, Publications, Inventions and Patents, Awards and Achievements, Personal Material, Technical Data, Radio Material, Government, Subject Files, and Oversize Materials. The collection also includes Gross' book collection and electronic parts. This collection contains materials relating to the significant contributions Al Gross made in the advancement of wireless technology. The collection provides a detailed look at the evolution of the walkie-talkie from a weapon against the Axis Powers in World War II to its functional and convenient purposes today. Throughout the progression of wireless technology, Al Gross remained an integral part of designing and updating wireless devices such as cellular phones and pagers to its now diminutive form using microminituarization and other scientific methods.

The Employment series (1944-81, n.d.) contains detailed materials from his first companies such as the Citizens Radio Corporation, Gross Communications, and Royalcall - the first telephone pager company ever. With his contributions in the wireless field, Al Gross became well known worldwide in the wireless front and companies such as True Temper and GTE Sylvania hired Gross not only for his engineering skill but for public relations as well. One example is Gross appearing on the popular television show "To Tell the Truth" while he worked for True Temper. Photographs of Gross on "To Tell the Truth" are located in the Personal Material series (1918-2000, n.d.) which also includes material spanning from Gross' Junior High School to notes on retirement. Also included are correspondence letters, resumes, and personal certificates.

The Publications series (1945-2000, n.d.) contains a comprehensive list of articles written about Gross and his work as well as articles written by Gross himself. Other publications used primarily for reference are found in the Technical Data series (1943-99, n.d.). Highlighting the series are technical diagrams, charts, and manuals. More information on the work of Al Gross can be found in the Inventions and Patents series (1909-2000, n.d.). Included in the series is a comprehensive photo collection and early drawings of inventions such as the Antenna, Citizens Transceiver, and the wrist-watch walkie-talkie. Complementing the material are photocopied patents with descriptions.

The Government series (1937-90, n.d.) includes materials from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which recruited Gross and his walkie-talkies in World War II. Also included are five folders from the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) which gave Gross the rights to the first "Citizens Radio Service" after World War II. The FCC also served as the distributor of radio licenses. Original and photocopied licenses of Gross can be found in the Radio Material series (1934-86, n.d.) which also includes material from his amateur radio station W8PAL such as a station log and data book.

Complementing his lifetime of work in the wireless field is a vast collection of recognitions found in the Awards, Achievements series (1959-2000, n.d.). The series includes eighteen different awards and recognitions Al Gross received including awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) of which he was a Fellow member. Other awards of Gross are found in boxes 16, 17, and 21. More information on the IEEE can be found in the Subject Files series (1947-96, n.d.) which includes theses, stock certificates, and material highlighting Gross' visit to Virginia Tech.

The Oversize Materials series consists of items such as his awards, blueprints, and original documents which were pulled from the other series as they were too large for inclusion with other items in the series. Key items highlighting the inventor's career are on permanent exhibit in Torgerson Hall.


This collection is arranged according to subject matter.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Science and Technology

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Container List

1944-81, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 1
    1944-56, nd
  • box-folder 1 folder: 2
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3
    Gross Communications
  • box-folder 1 folder: 4-5
    Citizens Radio Corporation (2 folders)
    1946-57, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 6
    Gould Ocean Systems
  • box-folder 1 folder: 7
    True Temper
  • box-folder 1 folder: 8
    1977-78, n.d.
1945-2000, n.d.
  • box-folder 2 folder: 1
    European Publications on Al Gross
    Scope and Content
    Publications list
    CB Illustrierte (March-April 1980) Germany
    Weekly Hibernia (March 3, 1980) Ireland
    Break-Break (July-August, 1980) The Netherlands
    NEI Bruce Peebles Newsletter (September, 1980) United Kingdom
    The Standard (November 2, 1981) London, England
    Daily Express (November 3, 1981) London, England
    The Daily Telegraph (November 3, 1981) London, England
    Sunday Independent (October 25, 1981) Dublin, Ireland
    Correo C.B. (1993) Spain
  • box-folder 2 folder: 2
    Publications on Al Gross and his Inventions
    Scope and Content
    Publications list
    The Saturday Evening Post (July 28, 1945)
    The "10-2" Copy (March 1977)
    The "10-2" Copy (April, 1977)
    Link/Gross - draft (July 13, 1978)
    Electronic Distributing Magazine (August, 1978)
    CB Magazine (October, 1978)
    CB Times (November, 1978)
    CB Magazine (June, 1979)
    Quarterly Journal - Radio Club of America (May, 1980)
    The Cannon Report (September, 1984)
    ITT Courier Dataline (February 8, 1985)
    Sperry Star (September, 1985)
    Western & Eastern Treasures (September, 1985)
    IEEE Spectrum (September, 1987)
    Mobile Radio Technology (November, 1991)
  • box-folder 2 folder: 3-4
    Newspaper Articles (2 folders)
    1946-2000, n.d.
  • box-folder 2 folder: 5
    Publications written by Al Gross
    1944-84, n.d.
    Scope and Content
    Publications list
    Basic Elements for High Effeciency VHF Oscillator (September 15, 1944)
    "Hints and Kinks of Relic Restoration," North South Trader (March-April, 1979)
    CB Radio and its First Cousins (original draft) (February 22, 1984)
    "Not Quite Flying Machines" (n.d.)
    "Earth Batteries" (n.d.)
  • Collected Publications
    • box-folder 2 folder: 6-8
      General Magazines and Newsletters (3 folders)
      Scope and Content
      Publications list
      "Strange but True Football Stories" (1967)
      Electronics (April, 1946)
      Radio News Magazine (February, 1948)
      Civil War Times Illustrated (October, 1973)
      Civil War Times Illustrated (February, 1975)
      CB Views Newsletter (January, 1977)
      Consumer Electronics Show Daily (January 14, 1977)
      CB Scene (Popular Electronics, May 1977)
      CB Radio (July, 1977)
      Electronic Distributing (April, 1978)
      Electronic Distributing (April, 1979)
      Radio Electronics (October, 1979)
      FIR CB (Italy) (1984)
      Personal Communications (September, 1985)
      Western & Eastern Treasures (September, 1985)
      Popular Communications (June, 1991)
      Mobile Radio Technology (November 1991)
      Communications for Wireless Communications Professionals (September 1995)
      QCWA Journal (Fall 2000)
    • box-folder 2 folder: 8-9
      Electronic Publications (2 folders)
      1944-87, n.d.
      Scope and Content
      Publications list
      "Equivalent Circuits and Discontinuities in Transmission Lines" (February, 1944)
      "Coxial-Line Discontinuities" (November, 1944)
      "A Wide-Band Wattmeter for Wave Guide" Proceedings of the IRE and Wave and Electrons (October, 1946)
      "Printed Inductors and Capacitors" Tele-Tech & Electronic Industries (December, 1955)
      "Some Broad-Band Transformers" Proceedings of the IRE (August, 1959)
      "Let's standardize linear ICs" The Electronic Engineer (January, 1968)
      "A Practical Expanded Scale Milliohmmeter" Popular Electronics (October, 1970)
      "Ferromagnetic Loop Aerials" Wireless Engineer (April 27, 1971)
      "The Operational Amplifier" Popular Electronics (August, 1971)
      "Bill Orr on Antennas" (August, 1976)
      "How to Predict CB Radio Range" Popular Electronics (December 1976)
      "Build Three Low Cost CB Test Meters" Radio-Electronics (October, 1977)
      "Cellular System Design Using the Expansion Cell Layout Method" IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (May, 1984)
      "Small, High Efficiency Loop Antennas" (June, 1986)
      "Modular Design of Passive Components Improves System Performance" MSN & CT (February, 1986)
      "A Coordinate Conversion and SWR Nomogram" RF Design (April, 1986)
      "A High Performance VHF Crystal Oscillator Circuit" RF Design (March, 1987)
      "A Printed Circuit Stub Tuner for Microwave Integrated Circuits" IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (March, 1987)
      "Stable LC Oscillators" RF Design (March, 1987)
      "Analyzer Improvements Make Real-Time Antenna Tests Practical" MSN & CT (May 1987)
      "Gunn Sweepers for U and E Bands" MSN & CT (May, 1987)
      "Microstrip Low Pass Filter Design" (June, 1987)
      Electronic Tube Engineering Bulletin, General Electric (n.d.)
      Inductive and Reactive Effects in Straight Wires *Includes notes (n.d.)
      RC Timing Circuit Considerations (n.d.)
      "The Fusible Link - A Method of Protecting Primary Wiring Under Short Circuit Conditions" (n.d.)
      "Radiation Characteristics of a Triangular Microstrip Antenna" by Inder J. Bahl (n.d.)
      Military Standard - Connectors, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Filter Pin Contact - Department of Defense (n.d.)
  • box-folder 3 folder: 1
    Aerovox Newsletters
    Scope and Content

    51 total.

  • box-folder 3 folder: 2-3
    Alternatives for Future Personal Radio Services, Vols. 1-2
    May 1978
  • box-folder 3 folder: 4
    Scope and Content

    July-August, 1990
    January-February, 1991 *Includes note.

Inventions, Patents
1909-90, n.d.
  • box-folder 3 folder: 5
    Citizens Transceiver
    1946-54, n.d.
    • box-folder 3 folder: 6
      Photos of the Citizens Transceiver
      1948, n.d.
  • box-folder 3 folder: 7
    1946, n.d.
  • box-folder 3 folder: 8
  • box-folder 3 folder: 9
    Wrist-Watch Walkie-Talkie
    1949-90, n.d.
  • box-folder 3 folder: 10
    1948-82, n.d.
  • box-folder 3 folder: 11
    Patent Specifications
    1909-65, n.d.
  • box-folder 4 folder: 1
    Photos of Al Gross' Inventions
    1938-85, n.d.
    Scope and Content
    World War II Joan/Eleanor OSS Walkie-Talkie (1965-81)
    Proximity Fuse (1968-69)
    Battery Operated Walkie-Talkie (1938)
    Al Gross with his Inventions (1984)
    Group Photos of Walkie-Talkies, Pagers, and Proximity Fuses (n.d.)
  • box-folder 4 folder: 2
    Patents with Descriptions (copies)
    Scope and Content
    Radio Tuning Apparatus (August 21, 1956)
    Radio Frequency Oscillator Mounting (August 21, 1956)
    Bracket Means for Joining Printed Circuit Panels - description only (February 24, 1959)
Awards, Achievements
1959-2000, n.d.
  • box-folder 4 folder: 3-4
    Personal Awards, Achievements (2 folders)
    1971-2000, n.d.
    Scope and Content
    Achievements list
    FOPA member, Fraternal Order of Police Associates of Ohio (May 1, 1971)
    Member, Citizens Radio Federation of Virginia, Inc. (November 14, 1978)
    Certificate, Drexel University and IEEE (1979)
    Honorary Chairman, International Convention of CB'ers, Inc. (1979)
    Fellow Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2 pictures (1981)
    Member, Who's Who in Technology Today, 4th edition (May 18, 1984)
    Nomination, National Inventor's Hall of Fame (1984)
    Member, Who's Who in America, 44th edition (1985)
    Member, Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, 2nd edition (1985)
    Recipient, Fred M. Link Award, Radio Club of America, 3 pictures (November 20, 1992)
    Member, Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. (April 13, 1995)
    Permanent Honorary Membership, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), 2 pictures only (May 21, 1995)
    Recipient, Vladimir Karapetoff Eminent Members' Award (1998)
    Lifetime Achievement Award, Lemelson-MIT Program (April 27, 2000)
    Recipient, Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award, IEEE (June 19, 2000)
    Certificate, Federal Communications Commission (n.d.) Citation of Merit, Cuyahoga County Council for Civilian Defense (n.d.)
    Recipient, Avante Garde award, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, article only (n.d.)
    Professional Leadership Award, IEEE United States Activities Board, note only (n.d.)
  • box-folder 4 folder: 5
    General Award Material
    Scope and Content
    Awards list
    Program, National Convention on Military Electronics (1959)
    Privileged Information, Nomination for National Technology Medal (1984)
    Program, IEEE Honors Ceremony (June 28, 1997)
    Program, IEEE Awards Presentation (June 19, 2000)
Personal Material
1918-2000, n.d.
  • box-folder 4 folder: 6
    Scope and Content
    Permit to leave Canada - Nathan Gross (original) (1918)
    Alexander Hamilton Junior High School (certificate, pictures) (1932-33)
    John Adams High School Track Photo (1934)
    Cleveland pictures (1918-1931)
  • box-folder 4 folder: 7
    Miscellaneous pictures of Al Gross
    1939-2000, n.d.
  • box-folder 4 folder: 8
    Correspondence Letters
    1940-2000, n.d.
  • box-folder 4 folder: 9
    Certificates (marriage, death, religious, naturalization)
  • box-folder 4 folder: 10
    University of Idaho: Al Gross Chronology
    1955-64, n.d.
  • box-folder 5 folder: 1
    Photos of Al Gross and his findings with his metal detector
    1970, n.d.
  • box-folder 5 folder: 2
    Letters and forms concerning owning a handgun
    1974-81, n.d.
  • box-folder 5 folder: 3
    George Sterling letter and picture
    July 27, 1977
  • box-folder 5 folder: 4
    Pictures from the show "To Tell the Truth"
  • box-folder 5 folder: 5
    Al Gross in Europe
  • box-folder 5 folder: 6
  • box-folder 5 folder: 7
  • box-folder 5 folder: 8
    Retirement Plans, Notes
Technical Data
1943-99, n.d.
  • box-folder 5 folder: 9
    Technical Diagrams, Drawings, Charts
    1943-87, n.d.
  • box-folder 5 folder: 10
    Wideband Technical Data
    1944-85, n.d.
  • box-folder 5 folder: 11
    Printed Circuits, US Department of Commerce
  • box-folder 6 folder: 1
    Proceedings of Symposium
    May 9-11, 1950
  • box-folder 6 folder: 2
  • box-folder 6 folder: 3-4
    Manuals (2 folders)
    1953-79, n.d.
    Scope and Content
    Publications list
    UHF Antennas, Converters, & Tuners (March, 1953)
    Radio Receiver R390-A/URR (January 16, 1961)
    CB Radio Handbook (1977)
    CB Citizens Band Radio Service Rules (1978)
    Lloyd's Accumatic 999 Microelectronic Slide Rule Calculator (n.d.)
    Fisher M-Scope VLF 440 Series (n.d.)
    RHO-Tector VSWR Detector (n.d.)
    Ultrascan Scanning Electron Microscope (n.d.)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 5
  • box-folder 6 folder: 6
    Reference and Equivalent Charts
    1956-67, n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 7
    MMIC Capacitors and Inductors
  • box-folder 6 folder: 8
    Diamond Fuse Ordnance Laboratories (DOFL)
  • box-folder 6 folder: 9
    Clippings and Manuals for Transistors and Converters
    1959-78, n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 1
    Measurement of Electromagnetic Field Strength
    October, 1963
  • box-folder 7 folder: 2
    Reference Material, Fact Sheets
  • box-folder 7 folder: 3
    Electric Field Meter Data
    July 21, 1967
  • box-folder 7 folder: 4
    Starfish High Altitute Nuclear Explosion on the F2 region
  • box-folder 7 folder: 5
    Solar Energy
    1974, n.d.
    Scope and Content

    "Why has Nation Lagged in Field of Solar Energy?" (May 5, 1974)
    The Sun Motor (nd)

  • box-folder 7 folder: 6
    Flying Machines
    1975, n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 7
    Nuclear Power Material
    1976-82, n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 8
    Proceedings of the IEEE
    March, 1979
  • box-folder 7 folder: 9
    Harry Diamond Laboratories Fiscal Year Review
  • box-folder 7 folder: 10
    Metal Detectors
  • box-folder 7 folder: 11
    Panaramic Adapters
Radio Material
1934-86, n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 12
    1934-39, n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 13
    Radio Amateur Station Log and Data Book for W8PAL
  • box-folder 7 folder: 14
    Radio licenses (original and photocopied)
  • box-folder 7 folder: 15
    Creation of Additional Personal Radio Service (FCC)
    June, 1979
  • box-folder 8 folder: 1
    Radio Club of America (RCA)
1937-90, n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 2
    Security Clearance - Department of Defense
    1942-86, n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 3-4
    Gross vs. Goddard (2 folders)
    1944-55, n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 5
    US Senate and House Hearings
    1954, 1973
  • box-folder 8 folder: 6
    Marconi vs. United States Supreme Court
    October, 1942
  • box-folder 8 folder: 7
    CIA Documents
    1944-79, n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 8
    World War II
  • box-folder 8 folder: 9 box-folder 9 folder: 1
    Titan II rocket (2 folders)
  • box-folder 9 folder: 2-5
    FCC Papers (4 folders)
    1937-83, n.d.
  • box-folder 9 folder: 6
    FCC Letters
  • box-folder 9 folder: 7-9
    Office of Strategic Services (OSS) (3 folders)
    1945-92, n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 1
    United States Coast Guard
    1949, n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 2
    Characteristics of the German V2 Rocket
  • box-folder 10 folder: 3
    B17s, pictures
Subject Files
1947-96, n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 4
    John Mulligan
  • box-folder 10 folder: 5
    Wayne Coy Speech
    March 23, 1948
  • box-folder 10 folder: 6
    1948-91, n.d.
    Scope and Content
    National Archives - 1994-95 Publications
    Souvenir Program - Illinois State Amateur Roller Skating Championships (1950)
    Cleveland Electronics Conference Manual (1961)
    Sun City 79'ers Lions Club Newsletter (1982)
    Identification Cards and Membership Cards (1983-87)
  • box-folder 10 folder: 7
    Gun Catalogs
    1954-85, n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 8
    Business cards, notes
    1959-78, n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 9
    Photos of the first landing on the moon
    July 20, 1969
  • box-folder 10 folder: 10
    "Regulation and Growth of the Citizens Band Radio Service" thesis by Nicholas Retson (includes correspondence letters)
  • box-folder 10 folder: 11
    American Steel Export Company
    April 11, 1979, n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 12
    Stock Certificates
  • box-folder 11 folder: 1-2
    IEEE Material (2 folders)
  • box-folder 11 folder: 3
    IEEE Membership Listing
    1980, 1982
  • box-folder 11 folder: 4
    Revised presentation to the Soceity for the History of Technology, by Jeanne Allen, Temple University
    Scope and Content

    Includes correspondence letters between Jeanne Allen and Al Gross.

  • box-folder 11 folder: 5
    Taurus Space Launch Vehicle
    August 25, 1992
  • box-folder 11 folder: 6
    Al Gross visit to Virginia Tech
  • box-folder 11 folder: 7
    Veteran Wireless Operators Association
  • box-folder 11 folder: 8
    Cleveland Metal Specialties Progress Report
box 12, 13
Book Collection
Scope and Content
Publications list
Sterling, George E. The Radio Manual: For Radio Engineers, Inspectors, Students, Operators, and Radio Fans. 3rd ed. New York: Van Norstrand, 1938.
Henney, Keith. Radio Engineers' Handbook. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw- Hill, 1941.
Cooke, Nelson M. Mathematics for Electricians and Radiomen. 1st ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1942.
Terman, Frederick Emmons. Radio Engineers' Handbook. 1st ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1943.
Dietz, David. Atomic Energy in the Coming Era. New York: Avon, 1945.
Kraus, John D. Antennas. Electrical and Electronic Engineering Series. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1950.
Marconi, Degna. My Father, Marconi. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1962.
Jolly, W.P. Marconi. New York: Stein and Day, 1972.
Box 13
Kahn, David. The Code Breakers: The Story of Secret Writing. New York: Macmillan, 1967.
Brown, Anthony Cave. The Secret War Report of the OSS. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp., 1976.
Price, Alfred. The History of US Electronic Warfare. Vol. I. 1st ed. The Association of Old Crows, n.p., 1984.
Young, Harry E. Wireless Basics. Chicago: Intertec, 1992.
Nebeker, Frederik. Sparks of Genius: Portraits of Electrical Engineering Excellence. New York: IEEE, 1993. Roosevelt, Kermit. The Overseas Targets: War Report of the OSS. Vol. II. New York: Walker, 1976.
Moyer, Albert E. Joseph Henry: The Rise of an American Scientist. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.
Electronical Parts
1978, n.d.
  • box 14, 15
    Electronic Material and Parts
    1978, n.d.
    Scope and Content
    True Temper Fiberglass CB Antenna advertising and sales notebook (1978)
    Metal Detector, blue
    Motorola HT 220 Handie-Talkie FM Radio
    Samsung CDMA Phone
    Motorola Bravo Pager
    Pickett slide rule in leather case
    International Rectifier in small leather case
    Slide Rule in brown plastic case
    Compass (4) in black leather pouch
    Motorola Micro TAC Prototype Cell Phone
    Ledger, I.A. Gross Electronics, Inc.
    Negatives (11 small boxes)
    Tapes - 3 cassette tapes and 2 microcassette tapes
    Videocassettes (5)
    White plastic ruler, labeled "983.5 MHZ .000000001SEC"
    Mile-O-Graph mileage measurer in red box
    Nametag - Al Gross W8PAL
    Cases for walkie-talkies (4). Three green leather cases and one blue felt soft case
    Frequency Spectrum Chart (2)
    Small picture frame, gray
    Antenna, white
    Funnel attached by chain to small scoop, brass
    Box 15
    Several unidentified electronical parts in small black suitcase (n.d.)
Awards (2)
1996, n.d.
  • box 16
    "Personal Communications Industry Association 1996 Industry Award"
    September 18, 1996
    Engraved glass and wood frame.
  • box 17
    Plaque "Office of Strategic Services Veterans"
Oversize Materials
1935-96, n.d.
  • box 18
    Bullets (duds)
    Scope and Content

    2-40 millimeter and 2-20 millimeter bullets.

  • box 19 box 20
    1952-92, n.d.
    Scope and Content
    Awards list
    Election to the Senior Member of the IEEE, framed certificate (November 1952)
    Election to Life Fellow of the IEEE, framed certificate (n.d.)
    IEEE Third Millenium Medal, paper certificate (n.d.)
    "To Al from his good buddies in London" handwritten note in wooden frame (February 11, 1982)
    Commission as Captain in the Navy of the Confederate States of America, framed certificate (November 25, 1964)
    Oversize Box 20
    "Presented In Appreciation to Al Gross on the Occasion of His Centennial Seminar..." commemorative plaque (October 1992)
    Election as a Fellow of the IEEE, laminated paper on wood (January 1, 1982)
    Election to the Board of Directors and a Fellow of the Radio Club of America, certificate on laminated wood (November 1980)
  • box 21
    Awards, Originals, Articles
    1935-96, n.d.
    Scope and Content
    Blueprints (1949-78, n.d.)
    Publications, Awards (1952-80)
    Article "Phone Me by Air" The Saturday Evening Post, original (July 28, 1945)
    Al Gross Patents (4) - original copies (1952-56)
    Montgomery Ward Blanket Order Form - Citizens Radio Corporation (original)(June 9, 1948)
    Amateur Radio Operator License (original) (November 26, 1935)
    Photocopied images from the Virginia Tech Imagebase (n.d.)
    Photo, Symposium Internacional de Electronica (March 1996)
    Cloth sign, "Presented to Mr. A. Gross by Dundalk C.B. Club" (1980)
    Cloth sign, "Europa Burger Band" (n.d.) Drexel University and IEEE, framed certificate (Fall 1979)
    Letter confirming Al Gross as an IEEE Fellow (December 7, 1981)
    The Cleveland Press Victory Edition (WWII) (August 15, 1945)