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CBS-Hytron Newsletter

Identifier: RH-A-3431

Scope and Contents

The newsletter is dated March 1956 and is called "Special Kalamazoo Issue." It covers the news about the plant which has produced 1 million television picture tubes. On the cover is a photograph of Mayor Glen S. Allen, Jr. shaking hands with Plant Manager Albert J. Harcher. Inside are photographs of employees working with descriptions of what they are doing. The back of the newsletter has a photograph of the plant however with a dotted line going towards a section of the building, possibly illustrating where the plant is located.


  • Creation: 1956


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Biographical / Historical

Very little information can be found about this company. There is no listing in the city directories for this period and no listing in the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. According to a July 7, 1975 article in the Kalamazoo Gazette, which can be found in the donor file, CBS purchased in 1951 a Brooklyn-based radio and television manufacturing complex called Hytron. In 1953, the company announced the construction of a new $4 million plant on Kilgore Road near Portage Road. The plant opened in 1954 and produced black-and-white television tubes. At one time it employed 800 workers but by mid-1955, the plant converted to a warehouse operation and three years later sold to Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company for the company's school equipment division.


0.05 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The collection is composed of one newsletter titled, "Microphone" produced by the CBS-Hytron Company located in Kalamazoo, dated March 1956.

Source of Acquisition

Found in the Vertical File.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of one 8-page newsletter, 8 ½”x11” mostly in black-and-white although there are some pages, including the cover in red and another one in gold. The newsletter is dated March 1956 and has text along with photographs. The newsletter is in fairly good condition although there is a slight tear at the top of the back page and on the side. It also has a label in the bottom left-hand side put on by the Kalamazoo Public Library along with a stamp on the back dated April 10, 1956.

CBS-Hytron Newsletter Finding Aid
Lynn Houghton
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490