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Telezonia and Teletrainers

Check out the newly added 1964 Teacher's Guide for Telezonia -- the Bell System's program to educate elementary school students in how to use the telephone.  The program started in 1950 and used several generations of Teletrainer hardware.  Paul Fassbender and John Novack have collected BSPs for many of them.  Find them with a simple search for "teletrainer"


Bell Laboratories Record Cumulative Index

Chuck Hensley has compiled a complete index covering material in all BLR issues!  (September 1925 - December 1978)

This monumental 422 page work was completed by scanning individual index documents, appending them into a single file and sorting them by keyword.  It is fully searchable by keyword, making research a lot more effective.  Thanks Chuck!

Find it by searching for BLR Complete Index


Bell Laboratories Record articles

There are a lot of scans from Chuck Hensley's collection of BLR magazines in the Library.

You can easily navigate to the BLR folder by starting at "Browse the Library" in the menu bar and selecting Document Repository / Catalogs, Manuals... / Western Electric / Bell Labs Record.

HINT:  A neat way to see articles on a topic in chronological order is to go to Search / Basic Search and enter a BLR subject query using a keyword or keywords describing a topic of interest.  This is great for researching the evolution of products or services. For example:

  • BLR Dialer
  • BLR Picturephone
  • BLR PBX
  • BLR Payphone
  • BLR Speakerphone

Experiment with other subject keywords.

(If you enter these queries in the search box in the upper right corner of the window, the results will be sorted with Newest additions first.  You can change ordering to alphabetical to sort the results in chronological order.)


 

 

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Thanks for new documents from Chuck Hensley, John Gilbert, Chuck Batson, Alan David, Steve Flocke, Paul Wills, Dave Gruger, Jim Prather, John Stancliff, Sam Etler, John Novack, Clint Gilliland, Steve Cichorsky and Paul Fassbender.

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"Menu Bar" for site navigation.
Many menu choices are hidden until you mouse over the menu.  If you want help getting started, see the links under the word "Introduction" in the Menu Bar.
 
The user interface is oriented toward the user’s choice to either Browse or Search for information.  The Browse the Library menu entry offers many quick links to move around the Library quickly.  Try it!

Three search options.
The Library’s keyword-based searches, called Basic Search and Advanced Search, accept keywords as short as 2 characters (WE, AE, etc.) and search strings up to 255 characters.  If you get more than 1,000 items, refine your search or try the Google Search option.
 
Library INBOX.
The INBOX may hold some files that have been submitted but not fully processed into the Library.  These are often topics of current discussion on the TCI Listserv.
 
Finding BSPs.
Many BSPs are currently only identified by BSP number. If a text search doesn’t produce a BSP, try looking in one of the many BSP index documents to find a BSP number for the product you are researching just as you would do if referencing a paper library of the BSPs. Then enter the BSP number in the search box.

 

 

Telephone Collectors International was incorporated under the laws of the state of Kansas on May 13, 1986. The goal of the organization is "to educate the public, as well as the members of the Corporation, regarding the history of telephony, the value of old telephones and related items, their collectability and preservation; to research telephone history and publish and provide literature thereon; to promote the public exhibition of old telephones and related items; and to promote common courtesies and guidelines for use by the public." Telephone Collectors International is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization, to which U.S. tax deductible contributions can be made.