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Jack Gutzeit amateur radio operator records

Call Number

PR 418


1940s-2001 (bulk, 1970s-1990s), inclusive


Gutzeit, Jack, -2003


5.21 Linear feet in 5 record cartons + 1 document box

Language of Materials

The documents in the collection are perhaps mostly in English, but much of the collection consists of QSL cards from around the world and therefore have text in many languages.


The collection includes records compiled during much of Jack Gutzeit's (1921-2003) lifelong avocation as an amateur radio operator, operating primarily under the call sign W2LZX. The bulk of the collection includes about 12,000 QSL cards sent to Gutzeit from operators around the world, along with many of his transmission logs and some other documents related to ham radio operator activities.

Biographical / Historical

Jacob M. "Jack" Gutzeit (1921-2003) was, in the context of this collection, an amateur radio operator, known by the call sign W2LZX. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and as a married man in the 1940s, moved to Flushing, Queens, where he lived for 60 years. He died in Delray Beach, Florida.

Gutzeit became interested in electronics as a teenager and built his own radio tubes. He became a licensed amateur, or "ham," radio operator in 1939. During World War II, Gutzeit enlisted with the Army in 1943 and was assigned to the 897th Signal Company in the Pacific theater. After the 897th was assigned to the Air Force's 81st Air Depot group, he served as a radioman on B-17s. He was discharged from the military at the end of the war at the rank of sergeant.

Gutzeit was engaged with electronics throughout his life, as a teacher at Brooklyn Technical School, as a salesman of electronic devices and components, and as senior advertising manager for QSL Magazine. He obtained a private pilot's license in the 1950s, flying a Cessna 172 along the East Coast. He was an award-winning radio operator and a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Gutzeit married Ruth Rakoff in 1942, shortly before heading to war. They had two children, Sande and Howard; Sande arranged the donation of this collection to N-YHS.

(The above note is based on a biographical note included by the donor with the collection.)


The bulk of the collection consists of QSL cards and these remain in the order as received by N-YHS. These are generally sorted between cards received from United States and non-United States operators, then by prefix. A small addition to the collection was received later in 2021 and is appended as box 6 content.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes records compiled during much of Jack Gutzeit's career as an amateur radio operator. These primarily include QSL cards sent to Gutzeit from around the world, acknowledging his transmissions. By the donor's count, there are 12,034 cards. The bulk of the cards were directed to Gutzeit's call sign of W2LZX; about 1200 were directed to four other call signs Gutzeit used when operating under other licenses at offshore locations in the Caribbean. The cards were skimmed during processing for date range; the bulk appears to be from the 1970s-1990s, with a few extending back to the 1940s. Beyond the essential facts of the acknowledged transmission, the cards portray a variety of artwork, photographs, and text that center variously on the originating locale and/or radio operator/team of operators.

The collection also holds Gutzeit's logs of transmissions from 1974-2001, with earlier logs for a brief period in 1955 and in 1960-65. There are also a few documents related to ham operator organizations, Gutzeit's personal QSL cards, a collage compiled by his niece of images of some of his cards, and photographs of operators.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only. Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Jack Gutzeit amateur radio operator records, PR 418, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Location of Materials

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sande Gutzeit Levine, 2021

Collection processed by

Larry Weimer

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 15:47:46 -0400.
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Language: Finding aid written in English

Processing Information

Processed by archivist Larry Weimer, May 2021. A small addition to the collection was received in November 2021 and was added then by Weimer, found in box 6.


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