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A. B. Amis Papers Edit




  • 1950-2018 (Creation)


  • 1.48 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    7 document boxes
  • 26.41 Gigabytes (Whole)
    24 discs

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  • Abstract

    This collection includes a selection of textual and photographic materials, three-dimensional objects, and digital media collected by A. B. Amis throughout his employment with Radiation, Inc. and Harris Corp. The materials cover topics such as the early space race and engineering developments of the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Some records in this collection may be subject to access restrictions. Some are restricted for privacy concerns and institutional policy. Please contact the repository for further information.

  • Accruals

    Further accruals may be possible.

  • Arrangement

    The folders are arranged by series according to format (Document, Publication, Photo, 3-D Objects, Digital Media). The subseries describes topical content (i.e., administrative, financial, personal, etc.). Within each subseries, folders are arranged chronologically by date. If a range of dates is present in the materials, the first date in the range is used as the arrangement date. Processing notations are given in square brackets ([bracket]) when required for clarity.

    • Series 1. Documents (1950-2014)
        Subseries A: Administrative (1951-1967)
        Subseries B: Financial (1954-1971)
        Subseries C: Personal (1954-1996)
        Subseries D: Historical (1986-2014)

    • Series 2. Publications (1952-2007)
        Subseries A: Administrative (1952-1960)
        Subseries B: Press (1952-2014)
        Subseries C: Historical (1979-2015)
        Subseries D: Technical (1961-1971)

    • Series 3. Photographs and Ephemera (1954-2006)
        Sub-series A: Technical (1958-1970)
        Sub-series B: Social (1954-2006)
        Sub-series C: Ephemera (c.1960-1980)

    • Series 4. 3-D Objects (c.1960-1980)

    • Series 5. Digital Media (c.2005-2015)

  • Biographical / Historical

    A. B. Amis, III (1928-2018) of Meridian, MS, was one of Radiation, Inc.’s primary technical writers, responsible for constructing many contracts, documents, and publication texts.

    Amis graduated from Georgia Tech with Honors (1951) and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, having spent two years in the US Navy studying electronics (1946-1948). Amis was hired at Radiation, Inc. in 1953 as an Associate Principal Engineer, but quickly leveraged his skills as a writer, covering items such as sales presentations, employee evaluations and biographies, and copy for press and media. After retiring from Harris Corp. in 1988, Amis focused on traveling across the country with Frances, his spouse of 60 years. Many of the Radiation Old Timer reunions (1996-2012) were held at Amis’ home in Grant, FL, where he facilitated many of the oral history recordings collected throughout the Radiation, Inc. Archive. After Frances passed in 2009, Amis married fellow Radiator Mel Cox’s widow, Joyce Cox. Amis passed away in 2018 at the age of 90.

    Radiation, Inc. was founded by Homer Denius and George Shaw in 1950. The company was first located in an old Naval building at the Melbourne Airport. Facilities were later added in Palm Bay, FL and Orlando, FL, as well as expanding the facilities in Melbourne, FL. When Radiation, Inc. merged with Harris-Intertype in 1967, the company had over 3,000 employees.

    Radiation, Inc. focused on developing PCM telemetry systems, digital data communications systems, and tracking antennas. They were contracted by entities such as Boeing, Northrop Grumman, RCA, General Electric, and General Motors. Additionally, the company presented their research and products at many conferences and expositions, such as the National Symposium on Telemetering, National Telecommunications Conference, and Space Congress.

  • Preferred Citation

    Creator (if known). “Item title, date.” A. B. Amis Papers, SC-RAD009. Harry P. Weber University Archives & Special Collections, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL.

  • Related Materials

    Similar materials may also be held in other collections within the Radiation, Inc. Archives:

  • Scope and Contents

    These documents, publications, photos, and 3-dimensional objects provide insight to the administrative, financial, and social aspects of Radiation, Inc. and Brevard County, FL, from 1950-1970. Materials included were largely written by Amis but may also have been collected from other sources as reference materials (such as memos, correspondence, and personal artifacts). This collection also includes reflective historical materials from c.1995-2018 regarding Radiation, Inc.’s prime years, largely collected from Radiation Old Timer reunions.

    Some publications included may be reproductions or copies of originals.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright of these materials is held by Florida Tech and others. It is the responsibility of the user to determine and satisfy copyright. Users must seek written permission from both the Harry P. Weber University Archives & Special Collections and the original copyright holder regarding use of the material and to distribute, publish, post, or display in any way either in print or electronically.

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