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Paul Armer Collection, 1949-1970

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Collector:
Armer, Paul 1924- (computer technician)
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Author:
SHARE (Association)
Subject:
Rand Corporation
Physical description:
5.0 cu. ft.: 15 document boxes
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Memorandums
Minutes
Date:
1949
1949-1970
1930-1950
Notes:
SHARE (Society to Help Avoid Redundant Effort) was formed in 1955 when users of International Business Machines (IBM) 701 computers in Los Angeles were anticipating the delivery of the IBM 704 computer. At this time, IBM relied on its computer customers to program the machines they purchased. The only software that came with the hardware were copies of the user's manual, a crude assembler, a loader (non-linking), and a few utility routines" (Armer, 122). Both the manufacturer and the customers needed a library of mathematical programs called subroutines for the computers to perform their intended tasks. To produce them individually was prohibitively expensive; the cost of developing a system to use a machine, "and a set of routines to go with that system, was usually in excess of a year's rental for the equipment" (Armer, 124). SHARE's organizers felt that this could be accomplished most efficiently through cooperation between IBM users.
Summary:
Files of organizations in which Armer was active, including meeting minutes, correspondence and memoranda; published papers and rough drafts of articles on wide range of computer-related subjects as well as summaries of meetings and symposia, labelled by subject and chronologically arranged.
Cite as:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Computers
Information processing, human
Human information processing
Local number:
No NMAH Acc. No
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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