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Ormand J. Birdsong Papers

Identifier: MSS-1061-SC

Scope and Content

Employment papers, identification cards, education and accomplishment certificates, and invention paperwork for “A Tracking Offset Bias Supply for a Constant Current Resistive Gage Element.” document Birdsong’s employment at Sandia National Labs. Other materials include Birdsong’s autobiographical sketch, Collins Radio Company offer of employment, Selective Service Report of Induction, and his obituary.


  • 1941-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1951-1983

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Ormand John Birdsong was born on April 17, 1919 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. During World War II, he worked at Collins Radio, a manufacturer of radio communications equipment for military aircraft. He married Mary Jane Plate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1944. The Birdsongs moved to Cañon City, CO in 1947, where he worked as a chief engineer at broadcast station KRLN. In 1951, he accepted a position as an Electrical Technician at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. While at Sandia, he invented “A Tracking Offset Bias Supply for a Constant Current Resistive Gage Element.” Birdsong retired from Sandia in 1983, and moved back to Cañon City. He died on February 26, 1999.


1 Folder


The collection documents Ormand Birdsong’s employment at Sandia National Laboratory and contains other biographical/autobiographical information.

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to CSWR Pictorial Collections.
Finding Aid of the Ormand J. Birdsong Papers, 1941-1999
B. Silbergleit
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Finding aid is in English

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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131