01/AR0897 Guide to the RadioShack and Tandy Corporation Records RadioShack and Tandy Corporation Records Finding Aid Authors: Cody Rone.

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2019-07-08
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Guide to the RadioShack and Tandy Corporation Records 1924/2000 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection RadioShack and Tandy Corporation Records 1924-2000 1960-1990 01/AR0897 9.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Wilis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: http://libiow.library.unt.edu/Archon321
This collection contains the records of the Tandy Corporation and some of its subsidiaries, including RadioShack, Leonard's, and Meacham's. The records are mostly comprised of newsletters, news releases, photographs, memos, and ads pertaining to these various companies.
Administrative History:

Starting as a family owned leather business in the early 1900’s, the Tandy Corporation was created by Dave Tandy. The corporation started trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 1960 and purchased RadioShack in 1963. The Tandy Corporation also purchased Leonard’s department stores in 1967 and Meacham’s fashion stores in 1968. Charles Tandy, the son of Dave Tandy, grew RadioShack and the Tandy Corporation into one of the leading companies in consumer technology. RadioShack found success by taking a vertically integrated approach to the company’s structure, with much of the store’s products being produced by the company itself. The Tandy Corporation became the RadioShack Corporation in 2000. After filing for bankruptcy in 2015, RadioShack was sold to Standard General.

Leonard’s started out as a small, one-room store in Fort Worth. Established in 1918, the store was created by J. M. Leonard, with his brother, Obediah, joining two years later. The store saw regular expansion into the surrounding area over the next 12 years. In 1962, the store took another big step forward in expansion, adding on a 3 ½ story Home Store next to the main Leonard’s store. In addition, the company constructed a 1,400 foot subway underneath Fort Worth to carry passengers from a large parking lot to the Leonard’s complex. This subway is one of the only privately owned subways in the world. Leonard’s was sold to the Tandy Corporation in 1967 and then later sold to Dilliard’s in 1974.

The H. C. Meacham Company was a women’s specialty store founded in 1907, centered mainly in the Southwest. The company was bought by S. J. Amstater and M. B. Amstater in 1937. After the death of S. J. Amstater in 1953, the company was renamed Meacham’s, Inc. and M. B. Amstater became president of the company. M. B. Amstater would go on to sell the company to the Tandy Corporation in 1968.

Sources:

Box 1 Folder 4, Tandy Corporation Company History Booklets, RadioShack and Tandy Corporation Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.

Box 1 Folder 6, Tandy Corporation Scrapbooks, RadioShack and Tandy Corporation Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.

Box 8 Folder 23, Leonard’s 50th Anniversary Booklet, RadioShack and Tandy Corporation Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.

Box 8 Folder 32, Meacham’s News Releases, RadioShack and Tandy Corporation Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.

Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Purchased at the 2017 bankruptcy auction.

Accruals:

2017-061

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Radio Shack and Tandy Corporation Records, University of North Texas Special Collections.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Portions of the collection are digitized and can be accessed through the Portal to Texas History. Materials of this nature include items found in Box 8 Folder 8, Box 8 Folder 18, Box 8 Folder 22, and Box 8 Folder 26.

Arrangement of Materials:

The RadioShack and Tandy Corporation Records are organized into 4 series, reflecting the corporation's subsidiaires: Tandy Corporation, RadioShack, Leonard's, Meacham's. Within each series, the folders are in alphabetical order. Within each folder, the items are ordered chronologically with some exceptions. Any exceptions are noted in the description of the particular folder.

Scope and Contents

The RadioShack and Tandy Corporation Collection contains documents from the Tandy Corporation and some of its divisions, such as RadioShack, Leonard's, and Meacham's. These documents include: magazines, newsletters, correspondence, news releases, ads, artifacts, company booklets, photographs, agreements, employee books, and scrapbooks.

Detailed List of Contents id251536 Tandy Corporation 1924-1989 id251537 1 719506 id251538 1 1 Photographs 1950-1978, Undated Scope and Contents

3 oversized photographs removed to Box 9.

id251539 1 2 RadioShack Slides and Meacham's Stamp Undated id251541 1 3 Tandy Corporation Annual Report 1963 id251542 1 4 Tandy Corporation Company History Booklets 1986-1989 id251543 1 5 Tandy Corporation Press Release 1964 id251544 1 6 Tandy Corporation Scrapbooks [1 of 4] 1924-1967, Undated Scope and Contents

Arranged in original order

id251545 1 7 Tandy Corporation Scrapbooks [2 of 4] 1960-1962, Undated Scope and Contents

Arranged in original order

id251546 1 8 Tandy Corporation Scrapbooks [3 of 4] 1959-1967, Undated Scope and Contents

Arranged in original order

id251547 1 9 Tandy Corporation Scrapbooks [4 of 4] 1964-1965, Undated Scope and Contents

Arranged in original order

id252281 9 719523 Scope and Contents

Box for oversized materials.

id251549 RadioShack 1961-2000 id251550 1 719506 id251551 1 10 Elementary Electronics Magazine Clippings 1978-1979, Undated id251552 1 11 Photographs [1 of 2] 1973, Undated Scope and Contents

Arranged in original order

id251553 1 12 Photographs [2 of 2] 1971, Undated Scope and Contents

Includes negatives Arranged in original order with negatives at the end.

id251554 1 13 RadioShack Ads and Catalogs 1961-1991, Undated id251555 1 14 RadioShack CB Slang and 10-Code Guide Undated id251556 1 15 RadioShack Employee Handbook Undated id251557 1 16 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 1 - Vol. 3 No. 11 1967-1970 id251558 1 17 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 1 - 8 1970-1971 id251559 1 18 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 9 - Vol. 5 No. 3 1971 id251560 1 19 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 5 No. 4 - Vol. 6 No. 9 1972-1973 Scope and Contents

Volume 6 is missing issues 1 and 2

id251561 1 20 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 7 No. 1-7 1973-1974 id251562 1 21 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 7 No. 8 - Vol. 8 No. 2 1974 Scope and Contents

Volume 7 has two different issues numbered 8 but no issue numbered 10

id251563 2 719507 id251564 2 1 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 8 No. 3-12 1974-1975 Scope and Contents

One copy of Vol. 8 No. 10 is missing pages 5-10

id251565 2 2 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 9 No. 1-8 1975-1976 id251566 2 3 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 9 No. 9 - Vol. 10 No. 4 1976 Scope and Contents

Volume 10 issue number 5 missing

id251567 2 4 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 10 No. 6-12 1976-1977 id251568 2 5 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 11 No. 1-8 1977-1978 id251569 2 6 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 11 No. 9 - Vol. 12 No. 2 1978 id251570 2 7 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 12 No. 3-7 1978-1979 id251571 2 8 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 12 No. 8 - Vol. 13 No. 2 1979 id251579 2 9 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 13 No. 3-12 1979-1980 id251580 2 10 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 14 No. 1-4 1980 id251581 2 11 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol 14. No. 5-7 1980-1981 id251582 2 12 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 14 No. 8-11 1981 id251583 2 13 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 14 No. 12 - Vol. 15 No. 2 1981
id251584 3 719508 id251585 3 1 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 15 No. 3-4, Awards Issue 1981 id251586 3 2 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 15 No. 5-7 1981-1982 id251587 3 3 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 15 No. 8-10 1982 id251588 3 4 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 15 No. 11 - Vol. 16 No. 2 1982 id251589 3 5 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 16 No. 3-6 1982 id251590 3 6 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 16 No. 7-10 1983 id251591 3 7 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 16 No. 11 - Vol. 17 No. 2 1983 id251592 3 8 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 17 No. 3-6 1983 id251593 3 9 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 17 Awards Issue, No. 7-9 1983-1984 id251594 3 10 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 17 No. 10 - Vol. 19 No. 2 1984-1985 Scope and Contents

Volume 18 missing

id251595 3 11 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 19 No. 3-9 1985-1986 id251596 3 12 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 19 No. 10 - Vol. 20 No. 4 1986
id251597 4 719509 id251598 4 1 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 20 No. 5 - Vol 21 No. 1 1987 id251599 4 2 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 2-4 1987 id251600 4 3 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 5-9 1987-1988 id251601 4 4 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 10 - Vol. 22 No. 1 1988 id251602 4 5 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 22 No. 2, Awards Issue 1988 id251603 4 6 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 22 No. 4-6 1988-1989 id251604 4 7 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 22 No. 7-9 1989 id251605 4 8 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 22 No. 10 - Vol. 23 No. 1 1989 id251606 4 9 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 23 No. 2-3 1989 id251607 4 10 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 23 No. 4-5 1989 id251608 4 11 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 23 No. 6-8 1990 id251609 4 12 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 23 No. 9-11 1990 id251610 4 13 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 1-3 1990 id251611 5 719510 id251612 5 1 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 4-6 1990-1991 id251613 5 2 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 7-10 1991 id251614 5 3 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 11 - Vol. 25 No. 2 1991 id251615 5 4 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 25 No. 2-3 1991 id251616 5 5 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 25 No. 4-5 1991 id251617 5 6 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 25 No. 6-7 1992 id251618 5 7 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 25 No. 8-9 1992 id251619 5 8 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 26 No. 1-2 1992 id251620 5 9 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 26 No. 3-4 1992 id251621 5 10 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 26 No. 5-6 1992-1993 id251622 5 11 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 26 No. 7-8 1993 id251623 5 12 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 26 No. 9 - Vol. 27 No. 1 1993 id251624 5 13 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 27 No. 2-3 1993-1994 id251625 6 719511 id251626 6 1 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 27 No. 4-5 1994 id251627 6 2 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 27 No. 5-6 1994 id251628 6 3 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 28 No. 1-2 1994 id251629 6 4 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 28 No. 3-4 1994-1995 id251630 6 5 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 28 No. 5-6 1995 id251631 6 6 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 25 No. 5-6 1995 id251632 6 7 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 28 No. 6 - Vol. 29 No. 1 1995 id251633 6 8 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 29 No. 2-3 1995-1996 id251634 6 9 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 29 No. 3-5 1995-1996 id251635 6 10 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 29 No. 5-6 1996 id251636 6 11 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 30 No. 1-2 1996 id251637 6 12 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 30 No. 2-3 1996-1997 id251638 6 13 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 30 No. 4-5 1997 id251639 7 719512 id251640 7 1 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 30 No. 5-7 1997 id251641 7 2 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 30 No. 7 - Vol. 31 No. 1 1997 id251642 7 3 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 31 No. 2-3 1997 id251643 7 4 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 31 No. 4-5 1997 id251644 7 5 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 31 No. 6-7 1997-1998 id251645 7 6 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 31 No. 7-8 1998 id251646 7 7 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 31 No. 9-10 1998 id251647 7 8 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 31 No. 11-12 1998 id251648 7 9 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 32 No. 1-2 1998 id251649 7 10 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 32 No. 3-5 1998 id251650 7 11 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 32 No. 6-8 1998-1999 id251651 7 12 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 32 No. 9-12 1999 id251652 7 13 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 32 No. 12 - Vol. 33 No. 2 1999 id251653 8 719513 id251654 8 1 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 33 No. 3 - Vol. 34 No. 2 1999-2000 id251655 8 2 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 34 No. 3-5 2000 id251656 8 3 RadioShack 'Intercom' Employee Newsletter Vol. 34 Scrapbook 2000 id251658 8 4 RadioShack News Release 1978 id251659 8 5 RadioShack President's Interview Undated id251660 8 6 RadioShack TRS-80 Computer Education Series Student Manual Undated id251661 8 7 RadioShack TRS-80 Documents Scope and Contents

Includes hardware, software, and application lists, as well as a booklet explaining the uses and costs of the computer.

id251662 8 8 RadioShack VHS Tape 1992 id251663 8 9 Technology Company Booklets 1992, Undated id251664 8 10 TRS-80 Microcomputer News Vol. 4 Issue 9 - Vol. 5 Issue 9 1982-1983 id251665 8 11 TRS-80 Microcumputer News Vol. 5 Issue 10 - Vol. 6 Issue 6 1983-1984
id251667 Leonard's 1968-1977 id251668 8 719513 id251669 8 12 Brigadier General James H. Thompson Employment Documents 1968, Undated Scope and Contents

Arranged in original order

id251670 8 13 'Hi Neighbor' Vol. 8 No. 7 1970 Scope and Contents

Leonard's employee newsletter

id251671 8 14 Leonard's Ads 1970 id251672 8 15 Leonard's Arlington-Grand Prairie Store Opening 1969 Scope and Contents

Arranged in original order

id251673 8 16 Leonard's Executives' Publicity Questionaire 1972 id251674 8 17 Leonard's News Releases 1975 id251675 8 18 Leonard's Newspaper Clippings 1968-1976, Undated id251676 8 19 Leonard's Northeast Mall Documents 1968, Undated Scope and Contents

Includes news releases, memos, correspondence, maps, and photographs pertaining to the Leonard's location in the Northeast Mall located in Hurst, Texas.

id251677 8 20 Leonard's Sale to Dillards Note Undated Scope and Contents

Note stating that Leonard's was sold to Dillards on March 4, 1974

id251678 8 21 Leonard's Subway Documents 1970-1977, Undated Scope and Contents

Documents regarding the Leonard's subway, including documents from the Seashore Trolley Museum, correspondence, a paper, and photographs.

id251679 8 22 Leonard's Subway Newspaper Clippings 1972, Undated id251680 8 23 Leonard's 50th Anniversary Booklet 1968 Scope and Contents

Booklet detailing a general history of Leonard's

id251681 8 24 Photographs 1974, Undated Scope and Contents

Includes documents and regarding the printing and costs of the photographs, as well as the photographs themselves. Arranged in original order

id251683 Meacham's 1968-1972 id251684 8 719513 id251685 8 25 Fashion News Information 1968 Scope and Contents

Contact information for various fashion news outlets.

id251686 8 26 Gravure-Printing Newspaper Article 1969 id251687 8 27 Meacham's Analytical Report 1968 id251688 8 28 Meacham's Clubs and Organizations 1968, Undated id251689 8 29 Meacham's Correspondence 1968-1971, Undated id251690 8 30 Meacham's Executives' Publicity Questionaire 1972, Undated id251691 8 31 Meacham's Fashion News 1968-1969 id251692 8 32 Meacham's News Releases 1968 id251693 8 33 Meacham's Publicity 1968 Scope and Contents

Documents detailing instances of Meacham's and its members in the news.

id251694 8 34 Meacham's Store Organization Undated Scope and Contents

Document listing the different floors of a particular Meacham's store and which departments are found on the different floors.

id251695 8 35 Photographs Undated id251696 8 36 Stock Purchase Agreement 1968