The RCA Heritage Program Museum

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The RCA Heritage Program

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The Program

The RCA Heritage Program at Rowan University was established in 2012 by Joseph Pane, a retired RCA executive. Its mission is to preserve RCA’s historical role in the development of science and technology in the southern New Jersey region, while also supporting the future of education and research at Rowan University through scholarship opportunities and oral history projects.

The Museum

Through the creation of The RCA Heritage Program Museum, members of the Rowan community have access to RCA artifacts and company-branded communication technologies in a research room designed for both group study and private learning opportunities. RCA’s partners, predecessors, and successors are well represented, offering a clear progression of technological trends and research over more than 100 years.

Collection Highlights

The museum currently houses more than 2,000 records produced by Victor Talking Machine Company and RCA. Other items of note are a Victrola (manufactured in Camden in 1908), rare technical publications, and more than 200 original corporate planning notes, documents, and surveys from 1943 and on. Several units of RCA-produced WWII radio and communication equipment are also on display, courtesy of the National Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade, Maryland. The total inventory holds over 6,000 unique items.