Joseph T. Tykociner Papers, 1900-69
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Papers of Joseph T. Tykociner (1877-1969), professor of electrical engineering (1921-49); professor emeritus (1949-69), including awards; photographs of relatives and research experiments; newspaper clippings; autobiographical and biographical data; bibliography cards; personal and research diaries (1926-63); technical letters concerning engineering research at Illinois (1926-46); student theses; abstracts, reprints and Experiment Station Bulletins; research and family slides; charts; tape recordings on zetetics and research; lectures; sound on film demonstration (1921-32); financial records and sound on film patent cases. Research material includes sound on film (1921-22), antennae models (1922-26), cable investigations (1926-33), velocity selector (1927-36), photoelectric research (1922-25, 1935-41), ultra-high frequencies and millimeter wave research (1941-51), striations (1952-59) and zetetics (1949-69). Correspondence with relatives, colleagues, students, publishing companies and industrial firms, regarding Jews living in Europe and Palestine and immigration before and after World War II, personal matters, research information, preparation of doctoral theses, recommendations, and purchasing of supplies and publications.

The series includes a negative 35mm motion picture film of Prof. Tykociner's 1921-22 sound on film demonstration, as well as an audio recording of a 1967 interview.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 11/6/20
Created by: Tykociner, Joseph T. (Joseph Tykocinski) (1877-1969)
Volume: 23.41 cubic feet
Acquired: 5/3/65; 1/17/68; 8/69-3/70; 7/17/79
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Arrangement: by type of material and chronologically thereunder
Biographical Note for Tykociner, Joseph T. (Joseph Tykocinski) (1877-1969) : Born in Poland in 1877, Tykociner was the first research professor at Department of Electrical Engineering (now the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) at the University of Illinois, and the first to successfully incorporate sound in motion picture. Originally interested in Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph as well as in wireless radio transmission, Tykociner came to the University in 1921 after having worked for radio communication companies in Europe and briefly in Pennsylvania. He quickly resumed his research on recording sound on film using the photoelectric cell developed by his colleague, Jakob Kunz. By March 1922 he had finally created his first "talkie", which he successfully demonstrated on the 9th of June at the request of President David Kinley and the Board of Trustees. Patent disputes with the University and skeptics extinguished his hopes of patenting and commercializing the invention. However, the talking motion picture certainly served as an exclamation point of his career, and Tykociner's research has had a considerable impact on the College of Engineering, the history of electrical engineering, and the possibilities of scientific research.
Subject Index
American Institute of Electrical Engineers
American Physical Society
Antenna Design
Cable Investigation
Corona Discharge
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Research
Faculty Papers
Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE)
Jewish Refugees
Millimeter Wave Research
Motion Pictures
Music -- Israel - History and Geography
Palestine - History and Geography
Poland - History and Geography
Poland - Science and Technology
Polish Refugees
Radio Engineering
Siemans and Halske Company
Sound on Film
University Friends of Poland
Velocity Selector
World War II - Intelligence, Morale and Propaganda
World War II - Scientific Research and Development
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]