Home Study Courses


   Several generations of engineering and service technicians learned "by mail".

From the 1920's until late in the 20th Century, many people found the only way to start a career in electronics was through home study.
Presented here is a sampling of such courses showing how a student could master the subjects in short, individual lessons, each with its own mail-in examination
Home Study
Training & Educational Manuals
Coyne Reference Set
Technical Work for students.
How to use Applied Practical Electricity
Guide for the 7-volume set of electrical training.
Coyne Reference Encyclopedia
Vol. 1
Coyne Reference Encyclopedia
Vol. 2
Coyne Reference Encyclopedia
Vol. 3
Home Study and Training Courses and Related Publications
Your Future in Electronics
Cleveland Institute
Cleveland Institute
Advertising mailing promotional piece
RCA Point to Point training course from 1954 NRI Promotional Booklet: "Rich Rewards in Radio" from 1935 National Schools
Los Angeles
Complete 1946 electronics course: over 1250 pages!
National Radio Institute
Practical Radio course from 1930
Capitol Radio Engineering Institute
1949 home study course. 75 lessons.
DeForest Technical School home study course from late 1940's
National Radio Institute
Electrical / Electronics course
National Radio News
The bulletin of correspondence school NRI from 1928.
National Radio Institute 1937 Practical Electronics home study course.
  RCA Institutes
Home study course
from 1932 
Photofact Television
Home study course
RCA Color Television
Home study course from RCA Institutes
Massey Technical Institute
Several lesson booklets from 1958
2-Way Course
Couse Description
NRI Course
NRI Course
Learn by Doing, a brochure promoting the study of electronic servicing. Radio TV Training School
100 lesson 1949 course
MTI Course of Study
Brochure detailing mobile course
NRI Radio Television Electronics Dictionary
Magazine of the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute. A collection of issues.
Midland Radio
1942 Radio & TV course for home study.
Over 3,000 pages.
The Easy Course in Home Radio
Everyman's guide to using and enjoying radio in 7 lessons
Marconi School of Instruction
"The Open Door to Opportunity"
National Schools
Electronics, Radio and Television course from 1937
Basic Radio Course
from Electronics Australia
1967 "course in a book"
UEL Course
25 lessons from 1967