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Blanch, Gertrude  Search this
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Bradburn, James  Search this
Brainerd, John G.  Search this
Brown, George W.  Search this
Brown, Gordon S.  Search this
Buchholz, Werner  Search this
Burns, Robert  Search this
Atanasoff, John V.  Search this
Atchison, William  Search this
Auerbach, Issac  Search this
Bartik, Jean  Search this
Bauer, William  Search this
Beek, Allan  Search this
Bernstein, Mort  Search this
Bigelow, Julian  Search this
Coleman, [Ichel?]  Search this
Cohen, I. Bernhard  Search this
Computer History Forum.  Search this
COT Meeting.  Search this
Coombs, John  Search this
Crawford, Perry O.  Search this
Couret, Lynn  Search this
Campbell, Robert V.  Search this
Campaigne, Howard  Search this
Cannon, Edward  Search this
Canning, R.G.  Search this
Clem, Mary  Search this
Cass, James  Search this
CODASYL Meeting.  Search this
Clippinger, Richard F.  Search this
MIT Club Talks (Brown & Wiener).  Search this
Andrews, Ernest G.  Search this
American Federation of Information Processing Societies  Search this
Alt, Franz  Search this
Alrich, John  Search this
Association for Computing Machinery.  Search this
Association for Computing Machinery, 8/14/72  Search this
Argonne National Laboratories R.  Search this
Allard, Gerry  Search this
Aiken, Howard  Search this
Adams, Charles  Search this
Acton, Forman  Search this
Halstead, Maurice H.  Search this
Harmon, Leon  Search this
Harvey, Samuel  Search this
Hazen, Dean Harold  Search this
Gruenberger, Fred  Search this
Gunning, William  Search this
Hagen, Glenn E.  Search this
Hall, W.  Search this
Greenwald, Irwin  Search this
Greenwarld, Sidney  Search this
Griswold, Ralph E.  Search this
Grosch, Herbert R. J.  Search this
Goheen, Harry E.  Search this
Good, I.J.  Search this
Goteib, C.C.  Search this
Granholm, Jackson  Search this
Israel, David R.  Search this
Huskey, Harry D.  Search this
Kates, Josef  Search this
Juncosa, Mario  Search this
Householder, Alston S.  Search this
Horwitz, Bernhard R.  Search this
Hurd, Cuthbert R.  Search this
Howard, Bernard  Search this
Hopper, Grace Murray, 1906- (mathematician)  Search this
Holbrook, Bernard  Search this
Horner, Joseph  Search this
Horn, Robert J.  Search this
Herold, Henry  Search this
Herget, Paul  Search this
Holberton, Betty  Search this
Hertz, Ted  Search this
Elkins, Harold  Search this
Estrin, Gerald  Search this
Edwards, Walt  Search this
Elbourn, Robert  Search this
Eckert, J. Presper (John Presper), 1919-1995  Search this
Eddy, Robert Philip  Search this
Downey, William  Search this
Eckdahl, Donald  Search this
Dodd, Stephen  Search this
Dotts, Richard D.  Search this
Dietzhold, Robert  Search this
Dimsdale, Bernard  Search this
Desch, Joseph  Search this
Dickinson, Arthur H.  Search this
Curtiss, John H.  Search this
Dederick, [Louis?] S.  Search this
Glazer? T.  Search this
Givens, Wallace  Search this
Gill, Stanley  Search this
Geisler, Murray  Search this
Garrison, Ken  Search this
Frankel, Stanley  Search this
Forrester, Jay W.  Search this
Forrest, Cameron B.  Search this
Forbes, George  Search this
Fenaughty, Alfred L.  Search this
Fein, Louis  Search this
Feign, David  Search this
Farrand, William R.  Search this
Fall Joint Computer Conference, 12/6/72.  Search this
Fall Joint Computer Conference, 11/17/71.  Search this
Everett, Robert  Search this
Nelson, Eldred  Search this
Neisius, Vincent  Search this
Northrop, John  Search this
Neovius, G.  Search this
Parker, R.D.  Search this
Palevsky, Max  Search this
Phelps, Byron R.  Search this
Patrick, Robert  Search this
Pickrell, D.  Search this
Phister, Montgomery  Search this
Pollmyer, R.  Search this
Polachek, Harry  Search this
Quady, Emmett  Search this
Postley, John A. R.  Search this
Rajchman, Jan  Search this
Ream, Norman  Search this
Reed, Irving S.  Search this
Rees, Mina  Search this
Rhodes, Ida  Search this
Rice, Rex  Search this
Rochester, Nathaniel  Search this
Rogers, Jim  Search this
Rogers, Stanley  Search this
Rosenberg, Milton  Search this
Rosenthal, Paul R.  Search this
Rubinoff, Morris R.  Search this
Salzer, John M.  Search this
Samuel, Arthur L. R.  Search this
Sarkissian, Harold  Search this
Schuette, Roger  Search this
Serrell, Robert R.  Search this
King, Paul  Search this
Kilpatrick, Lester  Search this
Killian, James  Search this
Kaufold, Leroy R.  Search this
Lanzarotta, Sandy R.  Search this
Kreuder, Norman L.  Search this
Korn, Irving  Search this
Kirsch, Russell  Search this
Lovell, Clarence A.  Search this
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Legvold, Sam  Search this
Larson, Harry  Search this
Martin, Richard R.  Search this
Marden, Ethel  Search this
Madden, Don R.  Search this
Lowe, John  Search this
McPherson, John C.  Search this
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Mason, Daniel R.  Search this
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Michel, J.G.L. R.  Search this
Miller, Frederick G.  Search this
Menzel, Donald H.  Search this
Metropolis, Nicholas C.  Search this
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MITRE Meeting.  Search this
Mills, Roger L.  Search this
Morton, Paul  Search this
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Morse, Philip B.  Search this
Wilkinson, James H. R.  Search this
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Slutz, Ralph R.  Search this
Skramstad, Harold R.  Search this
Skillman, Sherwood R.  Search this
SIAM/SIGNUM Meeting.  Search this
SIAM-72.  Search this
SHARE XXXVIII.  Search this
SHARE Meeting for Pioneers.  Search this
Taylor, Norman  Search this
Tanaka, David  Search this
Strong, Jack  Search this
Stibitz, George  Search this
Steele, Floyd G. R.  Search this
Sprague, Richard E.  Search this
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TV Program KQED.  Search this
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Wheeler, R.J.  Search this
Whirlwind Discussion.  Search this
Ware, Willis H.  Search this
Wegstein, Joseph Henry  Search this
Wagner, Frank  Search this
Wang, An R.  Search this
von Hippel, Arthur  Search this
von Neumann, John  Search this
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
Rabinow, Jacob, 1910-  Search this
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
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43.5 Cubic feet (158 boxes)
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Oral history
1969-1973, 1977
The Computer Oral History Collection (1969-1973, 1977), was a cooperative project of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) and the Smithsonian Institution. This project began in 1967 with the main objective to collect, document, house, and make available for research source material surrounding the development of the computer.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 43.5 cubic feet of material documenting the development of the computer.
ABC -- Atanasoff-Berry Computer ACE -- Automatic Computing Engine ACM -- Association for Computing Machinery ALGOL -- ALGOLrithmic Language ALWAC -- Axel Wenner-Gren Automatic Computer ARPA -- Advanced Research Projects Agency BACAIC -- Boeing Airplane Company Algebraic Interpretative Computing System BARK -- Binar Automatisk Rela Kalkylator BINAC -- Binary Automatic Computer BIZMAC -- Business Machine BMEW -- Ballistic Missile Early Warning (System) BUIC -- Back-up Interceptor Control CADAC -- Cambridge Digital Automatic Computer CALDIC -- California Digital Computer CEC -- Consolidated Electrodynamics Corporation CEIR -- Council for Economic and Industry Research COBOL -- Common Business-Oriented Language CODASYL -- Conference on Data Systems Languages CONAC -- Continental Automatic Command COMTRAN -- Commercial Translator CPC -- Card Programmed Calculator CRC -- Computer Response Corporation DARPA -- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DINA -- Digital Network Analyzer DDA -- Digital Differential Analyzer EDSAC -- Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator EDVAC -- Electronic Discrete Variable Automatic Computer EAM -- Electric [or Electronic] Accounting Machines [or Methods] ENIAC -- Electronic Numerical Integrator and Automatic Computer ERA -- Engineering Research Associates ERMA -- Electronic Recording and Machine Accounting FADAC -- Field Artillery Data Computer FSQ -- Fixed Special eQuipment IAS -- Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton University) ICBM -- Intercontinental Ballistic Missile ILLIAC -- Illinois Automatic Computer INTERCOM -- Intercommunication System (Programming Language) JOHNNIAC -- John [von Neumann's ] Integrator and Automatic Computer JOSS -- Johnniac [John's Integrator and Automatic Computer] Open Shop System LARK -- Livermore Atomic Research Computer LAS -- Laboratories of Applied Science LGP -- Librascope MAC -- Magnetic Automatic Calculator/Multiple Access Computer MADDIDA -- Magnetic Drum Digital Differential Analyzer MAGIC -- Machine for Automatic Graphics Interface to a Computer MANIAC -- Mathematical Analyzer, Numerical Integrator, and Computer MIDAC -- Michigan [University of] Digital Automatic Computer MIDSAC -- Michigan [University of} Digital Special Automatic Computer MINAC -- Minimal Automatic Computer MIT -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology MITRE -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Establishment MX -- Missile, Experimental NATDAN -- North American Digital Anaylzer NATPAC -- North American Programmed Automatic Computer NDRC -- National Defense Research Committee [of Office of Scientific Research and Development, World War II] NELIAC -- Naval Electronics Laboratory International Algebraic Compiler NORC -- Naval Ordnance Research Calculator [or computer] [Naval Ordnance Proving Ground] NTDS -- Naval Tactical Data Systems ONR -- Office of Naval Research ORACLE -- Oak Ridge Automatic Computer and Logical Engine ORDVAC -- Ordnance Discrete Variable Automatic Computer [AEC] OSRD -- Office of Standard Reference Data [National Bureau of Standards] PACT -- Project for the Advancement of Coding Techniques QUAC -- Quadratic Arc Computer RAMAC -- Random Access Memory Accounting Machine RAYDAC -- Raytheon Digital Automatic Computer REAC -- Reeves Electronic Analog Computer RECOMP -- Reliable COMPuter RESISTOR -- Reusable Surface Insulation Stresses [NASA computer program] SCERT -- Systems and Computer Evaluation Review Technique SCM -- Smith Corona Merchant SEAC -- U.S. Bureau of Standards Eastern Automatic Computer SHARE -- Society to Help Avoid Redundant Effort SHOT -- Society for the History of Technology SIAM -- Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics SILLIAC -- Sydney [version of the ] Illiac SIMSCRIPT -- Simulation Script SNOBOL -- String-Oriented Symbolic Language SSEC -- Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator SUBROC -- Submarine Rocket SWAC -- U.S. Bureau of Standards Western Automatic Computer TPM -- Tape Processing Machine UDEC -- United Digital Electronic Computer UNIVAC -- Universal Automatic Computer WEIZAC -- Weizmann Automatic Computer [at Weizmann Institute] WISC -- Wisconsin Integrally Synchronized Computer
NT=No Transcript R=Restricted
The collection is divided into six series. Series 1: Transcripts, 1967-1973, 1977 Series 2: Supplemental Documentation, 1922-1974 Series 3: Patents, 1940-1973 Series 4: John Vincent Atanasoff's Materials, 1927-1968 Series 5: Audio Tapes, 1967-1974, 1977 Series 6: Video Tapes, 1968-1972
Biographical / Historical:
The Computer Oral History Collection (1969-1973, 1977), was a cooperative project of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) and the Smithsonian Institution. This project began in 1967 with the main objective to collect, document, house, and make available for research source material surrounding the development of the computer. The project collected taped oral interviews with individuals who figured prominently in developing or advancing the computer field and supplemental written documentation--working papers, reports, drawings, and photographs. The AFIPS provided the "seed" money to support the project and to aid the Smithsonian with its expenditures. Interviews were conducted by I.B. Cohen, A. Dettinger, Bonnie Kaplan, Elizabeth Luebbert, William Luebbert, Robina Mapstone, Richard Mertz, Uta Merzbach, and Henry Tropp. In some instances, the audio tapes and/or transcripts are not "formal" interviews, but rather moderated panel discussions/meetings, or lectures delivered by interviewees.
Related Materials:
The Archives Center contains several "computer" related collections: American National Standards Institute, 1969-1979 Association for Computing Machinery Collection, 1958-1978 (Washington, D.C., Chapter) N.W. Ayer Advertsing Agency Records, 1889-1972 Paul Armer Collection, 1949-1970 Robert G. Chamberlain Numerical Control Collection, 1954-1984 J. Childs Numerical Control Collection, 1952-1970 Computer Standards Collection, 1958-1978 Computer World Smithsonian Awards Collection, 1989-2001 Data Processing Digest Collection, 1955-1974 Max Holland Machine Tool Industry Collection, c. 1941-1990 Grace Murray Hopper Collection, 1944-1965 Information Age Exhibition Records, 1979-1990 Institute for Advanced Study Computer Project Records, 1950-1957 Instrument Society of America Collection, 1911-1969 Odex I Walking Robot Collection, 1973-1986 Jacob Rabinow Papers, 1910-1917; 1947-1990 Terry M. Sachs Collection, 1965-1969 Scientists and Inventors Portrait File, c. 1950-1980 Share Numerical Analysis Project Records, 1964-1970 SHARE Records, c. 1954-1984 Cliff Shaw papers, c. 1954-1985 Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Records, 1956-1992 Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, c. 1754-1965 Whirlwind I Computer Collection, 1945-1959 B.H. Worsley, 1946-1959 Within the National Museum of American History there are other related collections that may be found in the Division of Medicine and Science. These collections contain both artifacts and documents. Artifacts include: digital computing machines, automatic digital computers and electronic calculators, logic devices, card and tape processors, slide rules, integrators and integraphs, harmonic analyzers and synthesizers, differential analyzers, other analog computing devices, space measurement and representation, time measurement, and combination space and time measurement. Documentation includes the Electronic Computers History Collection and the Mathematical Devices History Collection. Photographs and video materials can also be found. The Smithsonian Institution Archives contains administrative documentation regarding the Computer History Project.
The Computer Oral History Collection was a cooperative project of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) and the Smithsonian Institution. This project began in 1967 and was concluded in 1973. This collection was transferred to the Archives Center in approximately 1986 from the Division of Information, Technology & Society, formerly known as the Division of Electricity.
The collection is open for research use. Reference copies do not exist for all of the audio. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with Archives Center staff. Original audio tapes are stored offsite. Contact repository for details.
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
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Oral history
Interviews -- 1950-2000
Computer Oral History Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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