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Abramson, Albert. History of Television, 1880-1941. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1987.

Abramson, Albert. The History of Television, 1942 to 2000. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2002.

Abramson, Albert. Zworykin: Pioneer of Television. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995.

Barnouw, Erik. Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television. 2nd Rev. Ed. New York, NY: Oxford, 1990.

Burns, R.W. John Logie Baird: Television Pioneer. London: Institution of Electrical Engineers, 2000.

Burns, R.W. Television: An International History of the Formative Years. London, Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1998.

Burns, R.W. British Television: The Formative Years. London: Peter Peregrinus with Science Museum, 1986.

Crane, Rhona J. The Politics of International Standards: France and the Color TV War. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1979.

Dinsdale, A.A. First Principles of Television. New york: John Wiley, 1932 (reprinted, Arno Press, 1971).

Eckhardt, George H. Electronic Television. Chicago: Goodheart-Willcox Co, 1936 (reprinted by Arno Press, 1974).

Engineering Aspects of Television Allocations-II; Supplement Report, 1960. Ames, Iowa: Television Allocation Study Organization, 1960.

Fink, D.G (editor). Color Television Standards NTSC. Selected Papers and Records of the National television System Committee. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1955.

Fisher, David E. and Fisher, Marshall J. Tube: The Invention of Television. Washington, DC: Counterpoint, 1996.

Godfrey, Donald G. Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Television. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2001.

The History of Television from Early Days to the Present. London: Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1986.

Hutchinson, Thomas H. Here Is Television: Your Window to the World. New York, NY: Hastings House, 1946.

Inglis, Andrew F. Behind the Tube: A History of Broadcasting Technology and Business. Stoneham, MA: Focal Press, 1990.

Jenkins, Charles Francis. Radiomovies, Radiovision, Television. Washington, D.C.: National Capital Press, Inc., 1929.

Jenkins, C.F. Vision by Radio, Radio Photographs, Radio Photograms. Washington, DC: Jenkins Laboratories, 1925.

Kamm, Antony and Malcolm Baird. John Logie Baird: A Life. Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland Publishing, 2002.

Pawley, Edward. BBC Engineering 1922-1972. London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1972.

Shiers, George, ed. Technical Development of Television. New York: Arno Press, 1977.

Shiers, George, and May Sheirs, ed. Early Television: A Bibliographic Guide to 1940. New York: Garland, 1997.

Slotten, Hugh R. Radio and Television Regulation: Broadcast Technology in the United States, 1920-1960. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Sterling, Christopher H. and George Shiers, eds. History Of Telecommunications Technology: An Annotated Bibliography (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2000), chapter 12, “Television,” pp. 233-250.

Tiltman, R.F. Television for the Home: The Wonders of Seeing by Wireless. London: Hutchinson, 1927.

Udelson, Joseph H. The Great Television Race: History of the American Television Industry, 1925-1941. University, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1982.

Waldrop, Frank C. Television: A Struggle for Power. New York, NY: W. Morrow and Company, 1938.

Tyler, Kingdon S. Telecasting and Color. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1946.

Yanczer, Peter F. The Mechanics of Television: The Story of Mechanical Television. St. Louis: the author, 1987.


Arvin, W.B. See with Your Radio. Radio News, 7:278, 384-387 (September 1925).

Ayrton, W.E. and Perry, J.J. Seeing by Electricity. Nature, 21:589 (1880).

Bidwell, G.L. Television Arrives. QST, 9:9-14 (July 1925).

Bidwell, S.Telegraphic Photography and Electric Vision. Nature, 78:105-106 (June 18, 1908).

Carey, G.R. Commenting on “Seeing by Electricity. Scientific American, 42:255 (June, 1880).

Church, A.Recent Developments in Television. Nature, 132:502-505 (September 30, 1933.).

Clarke, Basil. “Perspectives on Television: The Role Played by the Two NTSC’s in Preparing Television Service for the American Public,” Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 64:1322-1331 (September 1976).

“Color Television Issue,” Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers, 39:1123-1360 (October 1951); and “Second Color Television Issue,” Proceedings of the IRE 43:1-348 (January 1954).

Color Television Issue. Proceedings of the IRE, 39:1123-1360 (October 1951).

The Evolution of Television: 1927-1943 – as reported in the Annual Reports of the Federal Radio Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. Journal of Broadcasting, 4:199-240 (Summer 1960).

The Evolution of Television: 1944-1948 – as reported in the Annual Reports of the Federal Radio Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. Journal of Broadcasting, 4:23-27 (Winter 1960-61).

Far-Off Speakers Seen as Well as Heard Here in a Test of Television. New York Times, Page 1 (April 8, 1927).

Fink, D.G. Television Broadcasting in the United States, 1927-1950. Proceedings of the IRE, 39:116-123 (February 1951).

Herndon, C.A. Motion Pictures by Ether Waves. Popular Radio, 8:107-113 (August 1925).

Hills, Raymond C. “Fifty Years of High Definition Television Transmission,” Journal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 56:1-15 (January 1986).

Ives, Herbert E., et al. “Television,” Bell System Technical Journal, 6:551-652 (October 1927).

Jensen, Axel G. “The Evolution of Modern Television,” Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, 63:174-188 (November 1954); reprinted 100:357-371 (May 1991).

O’Brien, Richard S., et al. “101 Years of Television Technology,” Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers 85:457-480 (July 1976); reprinted 100:606-629 (August 1991).

Sawyer, W.E. Seeing by Electricity, Scientific American, 42:372 (June, 1880).

Shiers, George. “Early Schemes for Television,” IEEE Spectrum, 7:24-34 (May 1970).

Shiers, George. “Historical Notes on Television Before 1900,” Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, 86:129-137 (March 1977).

Shiers, George. “The Rise of Mechanical Television,” Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, 90:508-521 (June 1981).

Swinton, A.A.C. Distant Electric Vision. Nature, 78:151 (June 18, 1908).

Zworkin’s Iconoscope. Electronic 6: 188 (July 1933).

On-Line Bibliographies

Extensive bibliography on technical aspects of color television

National Public Broadcasting Archives and Bibliography

Early Years of Television - particularly mechanical television

Media, Technology, and Society

Broadcast Pioneers, Library of American Broadcasting

*The FCC wishes to thank Chris Sterling, George Washington University, for his bibliographic suggestions.

last reviewed/updated on 11/21/05 

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