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Neufeld, Harry B  Search this
Brooks, Robert A  Search this
Goff, Allen 'Al'  Search this
Ault, Richard L  Search this
Kovy, Stanley A 1931-1998  Search this
Creighton, Reginald A  Search this
Laverty, Keith  Search this
Bradley, James C. 1910-1984  Search this
Mello, James F. 1936-  Search this
Shreve, Raymond  Search this
Bennett, Frank  Search this
Gins, Mildred  Search this
Robinson, Edwin  Search this
Arts and Industries Building  Search this
Honeywell Inc  Search this
Information Systems Division  Search this
Office of Computer Services 1975-1982  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Group; Medium: 35mm negative
Group, candid
November 5, 1971
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
See negatives 71-2785-02 through 71-2785-15 from photos of the installation and dedication of the Honeywell 2015 mainframe computer. Photos 71-2785-05 through 71-2785-08 are of a large group of people, taken within a few minutes of each other.
Before 1975, the Smithsonian's central data processing organization was named the Information Systems Division (ISD), under the leadership of Nicholas J. Suszynski, Jr. From May 29, 1975 to April 3, 1982, it was called the Office of Computer Services (OCS). On April 4, 1982, it was renamed the Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM). Stanley A. Kovy (January 4, 1931 - April 15, 1998) was the only Director of OCS. The central data processing organization had several others names at different time in its history.
The Smithsonian operated several different mainframe computers, manufactured by both Honeywell and IBM. The mainframe computers were all located on the third floor of the SW quadrant of the Arts & Industries Building, in the Computer Center room 3335. This space was used from 1967 to c. 2006, when operations were moved to the Herndon Data Center.
Photo taken in the Computer Center, Arts & Industries Building, on November 5, 1971 at the installation and dedication of the "new" Honeywell 2015 mainframe computer. In Sept-Nov. 1967, the Smithsonian ordered and installed a Honeywell 1200; the 2015 was a replacement and an upgrade to the 1200. Both mainframe computers were members of the H-200 family or model line. At least seven Honeywell employees are represented in these images, many wearing Honeywell name tags.
James C. Bradley, Under Secretary, and Stanley A. Kovy, ISD Director, stand with their backs to the camera at the operator console of the "new" Honeywell 2015 mainframe computer, following its installation and dedication. Standing around the console listening to them speak are, from left to right: unknown; unknown; Honeywell man; Frank Bennett, ISD; Mildred Gins, ISD; Edwin Robinson, ISD; Reginald Creighton, ISD Manager Information Storage & Retrieval; Honeywell lady; Raymond Shreve, ISD; unknown; Allen Goff, Assistant Treasurer for Accounting and Financial Services; Keith R. Laverty, Accountant; James F. Mello, NMNH; Robert A. Brooks, Deputy Under Secretary; and Richard L. Ault, Director of Support Activities.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-009
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
Computers  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Electronic data processing  Search this
Office practice--Automation  Search this
Electronic information resources  Search this
Electronic apparatus and appliances  Search this
Electronic instruments  Search this
Office equipment and supplies  Search this
Computer input-output equipment  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div