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Viterbi Museum

Viterbi Museum

 
Welcome to the Viterbi Museum, a small hidden jewel at the University of Southern California Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering
 
The Viterbi Museum is normally open from 10:30am to noon on Fridays, but special tours can be arranged by contacting Antoine Rose antoinmr@usc.edu  (213)740-4175). The museum is on the second floor of Ronald Tutor Hall, next to the Baum Student Lounge on the southwest side of the building, adjacent to the elevators.
 
Designed by A.C. Martin and Associates, the same firm that designed Tutor Hall, it consists of three rooms of display cases, artifacts, photographs, papers, mementos and a video presentation of Andrew Viterbi’s illustrious career. Two of the rooms are graced by stunning original murals covering portions of the walls and ceilings.
 
Tour the Museum:
Another part of the Viterbi Museum experience is a video “Andrew & Erna Viterbi: The Journey and the Legacy.” The video plays on a screen at the entrance of the museum. It describes the journeys of both the Viterbi and Finci families from World War II Europe as well as the impact of their gift on the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
 
If you would like to see the video, please click here.
 

Andrew J. and Erna Viterbi Family Archives

The digital version of the Viterbi Archive can be accessed from the Viterbi Museum or at: http://viterbi.usc.edu/viterbiarchive and in hard copy in the USC Libraries Special Collections Department.
 
The Andrew J. and Erna Viterbi Family Archives documents the career and professional activities of Dr. Andrew Viterbi, noted researcher, scholar, innovator, and businessman, as well as provides information about the Viterbi and Finci families. The professional papers consist of audio materials, awards, certificates, clippings, correspondence, memoranda, manuscript materials, patents, photographs, presentations, publications and reports that are useful in following Dr. Viterbi's career and provide insight into his contributions to the field of digital communication. The family materials include certificates, clippings, correspondence, diplomas, drawings, photographs, publications, and research materials from the Viterbi and Finci families.


Erna and Andrew Viterbi at the opening of the Viterbi Museum.
Opening Day
 
Approximately 200 engineers, close colleagues, students, family and friends joined the Viterbis for the museum’s on March 9, 2005, approximately one year after Andrew and Erna Viterbi named the Viterbi School. It was also Andrew Viterbi’s 70th birthday.
 
“The museum is not a tribute. The Viterbis don’t need a shrine, nor have they ever asked for one,” said C. L. Max Nikias, who was dean of the Viterbi School at the time of the dedication but has since become USC Provost. “The Viterbi Museum is a symbol of our unending gratitude to Andrew and Erna. And it’s a symbol of their enduring commitment to education. Education is the great equalizer of society.”
 
”Today the USC Viterbi School begins drumming a rich new source of inspiration, a sparkling spring to refresh our spirit,” he said on the steps of Tutor Hall, referring to the museum that will showcase Viterbi’s pioneering contributions to the field of digital communications. “The story is about the American dream, and the blessings of freedom. It’s about innovations in technology and teamwork, and how they have become the key to the future of civilization. And it shows our students how their work can change the world.”
 
Nikias called the museum a valuable resource for scholars and immediately began an international search for documents of historical value to the Viterbi Museum.
 
“We intend to make the Viterbi Museum an authoritative resource for scholars, so we are beginning an international search to secure an archive that will contain everything we know or we can learn about Andy Viterbi, stories, papers, pictures, technical contributions, anything and everything,” he said.
 
 
To learn more about Andrew Viterbi or his gift to the Viterbi School Click Here