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Texas Instruments records

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Texas Instruments Incorporated
Title: Texas Instruments records
Dates: 1900-2005
Dates (Bulk): 1930-2000
Abstract: The Texas Instruments archives consist of over 1500 cubic feet of corporate records, photographs, and artifacts. The Texas Instruments Historical Archives includes records of TI’s predecessor company, Geophysical Services Inc.; papers of key executives; documents from key projects; early inventions; prototype products; and samples of consumer and business products. The collection documents the company’s extraordinary history, breadth of technological expertise, and role in the technological revolution. It is an especially rich source for students of business history, technology, and engineering.
Accession No: A2005.0025
Extent: 1500 linear feet
Language: Material is in English
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

[GSI founders (left to right) J. Erik Jonsson, Cecil H. Green, Eugene McDermott and J.C. Karcher], 1957

[GSI founders (left to right) J. Erik Jonsson, Cecil H. Green, Eugene McDermott and J.C. Karcher]

Organized in 1930 as Geophysical Service, the company was formed to provide oil exploration services using the reflection seismograph. This technology used sound waves to look deep into the earth to search for oil deposits. By decade’s end, the company’s seismic crews were engaged by the world’s largest oil companies in virtually every major oil field.

Through reorganization, the oil exploration unit became a subsidiary named Geophysical Service Inc. (GSI). In 1941, the GSI subsidiary was sold to Eugene McDermott (cofounder of Geophysical Service) and key employees J. Erik Jonsson, Cecil H. Green, and H. Bates Peacock. In 1951, the company name was changed to Texas Instruments Incorporated, and in 1953, TI obtained its listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

The history of Texas Instruments is a history of meeting challenges: where the company has seen a customer need or an application where the power of technology could provide a positive solution, innovative technologies have been applied. For more than seven decades, Texas Instruments has been pioneering the technologies, systems, and products that are shaping our world.

Early developments include submarine-detection equipment (1941), the first commercial production of silicon transistors (1954), side-looking radar (1955), the integrated circuit (IC) (1958), thermal printing (1965), the electronic hand-held calculator (1967), thermocompression wire-bonding for IC assembly (1969), laser-guidance systems for missiles (1969), and the computer-on-a-chip (1971).

More recent developments include three-dimensional (3D) seismic data processing technology (1975), speech synthesis chips (1978), digital signal processors (1982), quantum-effect ICs that operate at room temperature (1993), and Digital Light Processing™ (DLP™) (1995).

The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with sales or manufacturing operations in more than 25 countries worldwide. Current businesses include semiconductors and technology. More information about TI is available on the World Wide Web at in the History of Innovation section.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Types of records collected include:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Minutes of meetings of directors and officers
  • Organizational charts
  • Papers of founders and key executives
  • Executive correspondence
  • Speeches of executives and key personnel
  • Annual and quarterly reports
  • Minutes of stockholders’ meetings and stockholder reports
  • Management reports
  • Policy and procedure manuals
  • Merger and acquisition records
  • Research and development records
  • Patent and trademark material
  • Audit reports
  • Press releases
  • Audio-visual materials including photographs, films, slides, and videotapes
  • Records of predecessor companies, subsidiaries, and merger partners
  • Company publications
  • Artifacts

Individual inventories are available for most record groups.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is physically organized in Accession Number order. Each parcel of records is identified by Record Group, which follows the organization of the company at the time the Archives Project began in 1984. Record Groups for the collection are:
RG-1 Executive Office Chairman, President, Secretary; Legal
RG-2 Corporate Finance, Control
RG-3 Corporate Personnel/Human Resources
RG-4 Strategic Development, Corporate Communications, Corporate Marketing, Corporate Research Development & Engineering, Strategic Synthesis (Planning), Licensing
RG-5 Corporate Services, People & Asset Effectiveness, Facilities, Material
RG-6 Semiconductor Group
RG-7 Data Systems Group
RG-8 Defense Systems and Electronics Group (Equipment Group)
RG-9 Materials and Controls Group
RG-10 Geophysical Services Inc.
RG-11 Industrial Systems Division
RG-12 Information Systems and Services
RG-13 Geophysical Systems Division
RG-14 Consumer Products Division
RG-15 TI Marketing Division
RG-16 Latin American Division
RG-17 TI International Systems Division
RG-18 International Records
RG-19 Audio Visual
RG-20 Publications


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Texas Instruments Incorporated
Electronics --History
Microelectronics industry--Texas--History
Semiconductor industry – History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Instruments records, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 2005.

Processing Information

Processing of the TI collection occurred from 1984-1998, with additional processing performed after the collection was donated to SMU in 2005.

Several people made significant contributions to the volume of processed records, including Nancy Merz, Sally Simon-Merryman, and Elizabeth Hokanson-Hinton. Ann Westerlin-Howell, C.A., and former director of the TI Archives processed a significant portion of the collection at TI and transitioned the collection at SMU.

Encoded by

Cynthia Franco, 2008.