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Tax Deductible Donations

Tax deductible donations can be made to support this research. The Madison College Foundation hosts the Watkins-Johnson Research Fund. All funds will be used exclusively for research into radio development and history from the WWII to the end of the Cold War.

The WJ Research Fund is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization administered by the Madison College Foundation. All donations are fully tax deductible.WJ research fund donation button

Donations can me made through the link at the right or by postal mail to:

Watkins-Johnson Research Fund
Madison College Foundation
1701 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704

Why Watkins-Johnson?

This fund is named after Watkins-Johnson because they were the pre-eminent company in development of Cold War surveillance radio technologies in the United States. My research to date shows they were the central player commanding almost universal respect among the agencies and military branches whose missions depended on cutting edge radio and related equipment.

Your support is needed

I am a professor at a technical college and ineligible for many of the grants accessible to university faculty. Until now my research has been entirely self-funded. In addition, budget cuts have forced my college to suspend sabbaticals.

I have done hundreds of hours of oral interviews, countless hours in libraries and archives, both public and private. I've traveled to both coasts many times and driven several routes through the eastern half of the US meeting former employees. I have uncovered enough to know the broad outlines and many specific vignettes of how surveillance radios played a vital role in the Cold War. Given adequate time and resources, I will write a book documenting this history.

Direct Donations to support research on Black Radios

Donations to support the research and these web publication of materials may be made directly. Direct donations are not tax deductible, but there are no administrative costs. I'd appreciate any donations to help defray the substantial cost of researching the history of these fascinating Cold War radios and maintaining the web publication of related materials.

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