Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - 5:00 PM Museum Club General Membership Meeting
Building 124 Board Room (1st floor).
We are thrilled to have four students from Franklin Middle Schoolís íTalented and Gifted Programí perform a skit entitled "Arthur Collins: Advancing Communication". These students researched and wrote the entire skit themselves which they performed at the Regional Competition in Iowa City on March 20th and have now advanced to the State National History Day Competition on May 5th.
Monday, May 18th, 2015 - 12:00 PM Rockwell Collins History CoP
Building 106-205 Auditorium
Topic: Our Manager of Branding will give a 5-10 minute talk on the importance of our legacy and branding and will then introduce the video of Kelly Ortberg speaking at the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce about our heritage.
Indexing Collins Column
by: Rod Blocksome
posted: September 23, 2014
The Rockwell Collins Museum Volunteers have been scanning and posting to the museum web site all of the Collins Column Magazines.
The pages are filled with articles concerning the people, products, and activities of the Collins Radio Company - often accompanied by photographs. Frequently people today are interested in a friend, relative, or ancestor who worked at Collins Radio. But finding a particular person in these issues was extremely time consuming if not impractical - until now.
With the upcoming end of the fiscal year, it is now time to renew your Rockwell Collins Museum Club Membership Dues. We are passionate about preserving the legacy of Art Collins, maintaining the artifacts that already exist in our Museum and working to restore these important innovations for generations in the future (such as the teamís work on the 233D Transmitter Restoration). Our membership dues remain at $15 so please renew your membership by sending your check to Dick Siefers, Treasurer, Rockwell Collins, 400 Collins Road N.E., Mail-Stop 124-318 or plan to attend our next regular membership meeting on October 16th.
Please watch for an invite and hope to see you there. Please help us grow our membership by bringing some friends that may be interested in joining in our journey!
Rockwell Collins Museum Club Secretary
We have begun an effort to capture all of those interesting company-related stories that youíve been telling each other - but havenít written down yet.
Terry Lamb has stepped up and entered the first one. Thanks Terry!
Click the link at the bottom of this story to find the stories page. If you wish, you can get started on your story by selecting "0n-line" or "Down-load a Form".
If you choose on-line, you will be able to review and re-edit your input.
Remember, your story will be reviewed by our editor before it will appear in the collection. Read Stories
Send mail-in contributions to:
Rockwell Collins, Inc.
400 Collins Road NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52498
Museum Open to Public
by: Lawrence Robinson
posted: March 12, 2012
In an experiment, the company is opening the museum to limited public tours.
The tours will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, and will leave promptly from the south entrance of building 120. Arrangements can be made by calling Lawrence Robinson at 295-1698.
Because of security requirements a passport or driverís license is needed to provide identification.
by: Larry Tjaden
posted: January 28, 2012
The Rockwell Collins Museum is always looking for interesting artifacts to add to its collection.
Is your basement presently harboring a mysterious piece of electronics, perhaps an engineering model of an early product? Did a family member ask you to store a black box saying, "Keep this - someday it may be of interest to a Museum?" If so, contact our Museum Curator, Lawrence Robinson with a description of your treasure. Send an email here.
Collins Radio Company Records
by: Ghis Devlaminck
posted: November 10, 2011
Many of the early Collins Radio Company records are stored at the University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives.
April 2nd, 1943 Arthurís Father and Company Vice-president, Merle Hunter Collins died.
1971 Film, Narrated by Rod Sterling
by: Larry Tjaden
posted: April 7, 2015
Recently posted by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI), this 20-minute film contributed by Don Stokes, is an interesting reminder of the breadth of diversification the Collins Radio Co. and Collins under Rockwell International had achieved by 1971.
Rockwell Collins employees of today will be interested in the number of products our fore-bearers built this company upon.
Don Stokes is a Dallas area film producer and member of the Dallas Film Society.
We have completed the upload of all seventy issues of Collins Signal to our web site.
These publications represent a wealth of information about the history of our companyís growth and the products we were producing - starting from the 1930ís.
take a look
Vintage Collins ART-13 on the B-29
FIFI gets Radios
by: Larry Tjaden
posted: March 7, 2014
Read all about the restored radio operatorís station on the only flying B-29 bomber. Museum Club members and Amateur Radio Club members, both in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas, contributed their expertise and time towards a fully-operational, historically-accurate, war time communications station.
You might find this 1957 "Eurovision" film about "Small Town, U.S.A. - Anamosa, Iowa" interesting.
There is a short segment about the Collins facility in Anamosa - about ten minutes into the film. The film was produced by the United States Information Service.
Hi all, in case you missed the November 14th meeting, attached is a summary.
Thank you, for supporting the museum, our Club, and providing funding for our important projects.
Our next meeting is tentatively planned for Thursday, January 23. We hope to see you then and bring a friend!
Happy Holidays from your FY14 Museum Club officers,
Cheryl Tillman, president
Juan Segal, vice-president
Becky Woodward, Secretary
Dick Siefers, Treasurer
Lawrence and Rod have uncovered a couple of marketing photo collections used by Bill Barkley back in the 30ís. They were transferred from Ben Stearns before he passed away last August.
Included is an album by cartoonist Tom Mullin and a collection of íPersons of the Monthí from the 40ís.
History CoP Presentation for February
by: Larry Tjaden
posted: February 11, 2013
Echo Hill and Feather Ridge, presented by: Dave Hodgin, Jim Shanklin, and Rod Blocksome.
Presented by Jim Shanklin - who was there to witness the day-to-day management of this huge Collins Radio Co. project.
Jimís presentation is loaded with detail about almost every box, test rack, and antenna we produced for the programs. Even today, we are proud to say, "Every voice from space was transmitted through a Collins Radio."
The last flying Boeing B-29 WWII bomber was welcomed back to Cedar Rapids for several days in July. Many tours were flown over the city - much to the enjoyment to those who heard and spotted this magnificent aircraft overhead.
This historic flight was in unison with the restoration of the entire operational ART-13 Collins vintage radio suite provided by Rockwell Collins Amateur Radio Clubs and other volunteers.
Many thanks to the Commemorative Air Force for bringing "FIFI" to Cedar Rapids.
The First Ten Years
A YouTube Video by: Gary Halverson
by: Larry Tjaden
posted: July 10, 2012
A 22-minute overview of the first ten years of Collins Radio. Introduces Art Collins, the radio landscape of the late 1920ís and early 1930?ís, then overviews 5 pre-war Collins transmitters.
Produced by WA9MZU (now K6GLH) in 1998 for the Collins Collectors Association Convention in Dallas as part of J.B. Jenkinsí, W5EU, presentation on the early history of Collins Radio.
Rockwell Collins Museum Curator, Lawrence Robinson presented part one of his slide show on the "Fabulous Fifties". In this installment, he introduced to the CoPís 135+ attendees, a dozen or so of the companyís most innovative employees and several of their ground-breaking creations. He brought with him a number of artifacts from the Museum.
Retired employee, James Shanklin, made an excellent presentation on his fatherís carrier here at Rockwell Collins as the Lead Antenna Engineer. John Pack Shanklin joined the Collins Radio Co. in 1947 and worked here until his untimely death in 1956.
We have uploaded all of the Collins Column and Collins Signal Issues and now we are starting on the next publication... Collins Pulse.
If our count is correct, there should be approximately 180 issues (1961-1975 @ 12 per year).
So far, we have found 39 and we are busy scanning and uploading them to the Museum web site.
take a look If any of you have a PULSE issue that is not on our list, drop us a line - we would be happy to scan and return it to you.
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Friends of the Beechcraft StarShip
by: Larry Tjaden
posted: October 27, 2012
One of our Museum Clubís artifact restoration projects is the Beechcraft StarShip Avionics Hot Mock-up.
We have recovered, and have in our back room, the original StarShip Avionics - Laboratory Hot Mock-up.
Anyone interested in helping get this worthy project rolling, please contact our Museum Curator, Lawrence Robinson.
Contact him by email.
ART-13 Autototuneģ Demo
by: Larry Tjaden
posted: July 1, 2012
Rockwell Collins Museum Club member, Julius Yoder, has recently donated an ART-13 Autotuneģ demonstration unit to the Museum. This unit is a fully operational lower section of the famous ART-13 transmitter. The WWII-era product, built by the Collins Radio Co., featured a state-of-the-art (at the time) 10-channel five-station automatic re-tuning system.
This wonderful addition to the Museum will make it very easy for us Tour Guides to describe the operation of the ART-13. Thanks Julius!
While serving in the Air Force, Julius performed maintenance on the ART-13, including the mechanisms in the demonstration unit. As an Amateur Radio Operator, he has been collecting ART-13 spare parts and notes that, "Someday he wishes to put one of these little babes back on the air."
Julius was also responsible for rebuilding, among other components, the fully functional radio operator?s station for "FIFI" - the last flying B-29 bomber.