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Elastic - Opening Credits: Halt & Catch Fire

Creator:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2016-02-10T21:32:16.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Design  Search this
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Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Computer Industries Incorporated

Collection Creator:
Gerber, H. Joseph, 1924-1996  Search this
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company (Hartford, Conn.).  Search this
Container:
Box 54, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records / Series 3: Engineering Department Records / 3.3: Dave Logan's Competitors Files
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0929-ref767

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Collection Creator:
Shaw, J. Clifford (John Clifford), 1922-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 38, Folder 1-2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953
1965 - 1974
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Clifford Shaw papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Clifford Shaw Papers
John Clifford Shaw Papers / Series 3: State of the Computer Industry
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Special Publication

Collection Creator:
Shaw, J. Clifford (John Clifford), 1922-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 59, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Clifford Shaw papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Clifford Shaw Papers
John Clifford Shaw Papers / Series 3: State of the Computer Industry
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Burroughs

Collection Creator:
Shaw, J. Clifford (John Clifford), 1922-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 38, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962
1979
1966
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Clifford Shaw papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Clifford Shaw Papers
John Clifford Shaw Papers / Series 3: State of the Computer Industry
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0580-ref226

California Institute of Technology

Collection Creator:
Shaw, J. Clifford (John Clifford), 1922-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 38, Folder 4-5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963 - 1971
1953
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Clifford Shaw papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Clifford Shaw Papers
John Clifford Shaw Papers / Series 3: State of the Computer Industry
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Dartmouth College

Collection Creator:
Shaw, J. Clifford (John Clifford), 1922-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 39, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955
1959 - 1965
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Clifford Shaw papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Clifford Shaw Papers
John Clifford Shaw Papers / Series 3: State of the Computer Industry
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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University of Pennsylvania

Collection Creator:
Shaw, J. Clifford (John Clifford), 1922-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 41, Folder 3-4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1946
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Clifford Shaw papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Clifford Shaw Papers
John Clifford Shaw Papers / Series 3: State of the Computer Industry
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Time-sharing Supplement from Computer World

Collection Creator:
Shaw, J. Clifford (John Clifford), 1922-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 59, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970 March 25
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
John Clifford Shaw papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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John Clifford Shaw Papers / Series 3: State of the Computer Industry
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Joseph D. Mountain Collection

Creator:
Mountain, Joseph D., 1902-1970  Search this
Names:
Arabian American Oil Company  Search this
Mountain, Joseph D., 1902-1970  Search this
Extent:
1.57 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Correspondence
Maps
Photographs
Publications
Place:
Saudi Arabia
Date:
1916 - 1970
Summary:
This collection follows Mountain's aviation career.
Scope and Contents:
This collection follows Joseph Mountain's aviation career and includes photographic negatives and prints, diaries and flight log books, reports, and maps. Mountain's photographs from his service in Saudi Arabia are of particular interest --taken not long before the great oil discoveries at Dammam in 1938, they capture the desert kingdom at the very edge of the tremendous changes that the oil economy brought to the Gulf. The images are a fascinating record of traditional Saudi Arabian life, crafts and architecture. Highlights include portraits of dancers at Eid al-Fitr celebrations, market scenes in Hufuf and the Old Town of Al Jubail, camel caravans, Saudi hunters with their hawks, and pearl fishermen and their dhows. Mountain also extensively photographed members of the CASOC team at work and interacting with their Saudi workers and acquaintances.

Joseph Mountain's negatives are stored in the Archive Division's cold vault and are not available to researchers. Scans of the negatives may be viewed in the Archives Division reading room, or through the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) web site at http://bit.ly/dL2zDs.
Arrangement:
No series - arranged by materials: Documents, oversize and images
Biographical/Historical note:
Joseph Dunlap Mountain was born on October 24, 1902 in Cherryvale, Kansas. He joined the U.S. Army Air Service in 1919; he was awarded his wings and commissioned a second lieutenant in 1921. Mountain continued to fly after leaving the Air Service and also took up photography.

In 1928, Mountain was employed by the Continental Air Map Company in the aerial mapping of the state of California. In 1934-1935, he served as a pilot, aerial photographer, darkroom technician and mechanic for the California-Arabian Standard Oil Company (CASOC; in 1944 renamed the Arabian American Oil Company --Aramco, now Saudi Aramco) expedition to Saudi Arabia; Mountain logged over 221 hours of reconnaissance and mapping flights for CASOC. In 1936-1937, Mountain contracted with the Saudi Arabia Mining Syndicate to make an aerial survey of the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia.

From 1937-1947, Mountain was a pilot for Trans World Airlines. During World War II, Mountain returned to active duty with the U.S. Army Air Forces as a training officer in the Air Transport Command. He was awarded the Bronze Star while serving in the China-Burma-India Theater and supervising supply missions over "The Hump" --the dangerous air route over the Himalaya Range. In 1945 he was promoted to full Colonel and appointed executive officer of the Committee for Air Navigation and Traffic Control.

In 1947, Mountain entered the computer industry with International Telephone and Telegraph. Later, he founded Mountain Systems, a digital computer manufacturing company, and Mountain Datasystem, a data processing firm. During the Korean War, he served as an Air Force liaison officer with the Bell Telephone Laboratories. After the war, he returned to civilian life and continued to work in the computer industry. Joseph Mountain died on November 25, 1970 at the age of 68.
Provenance:
Isabel Mountain, gift, 1991, 1991-0079, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at http://airandspace.si.edu/permissions
Topic:
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Cartography  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Correspondence
Maps
Photographs
Publications
Citation:
Joseph D. Mountain Collection, Acc. 1991-0079, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1991.0079
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Records

Creator::
National Museum of American History. Department of History of Science  Search this
Extent:
15.5 cu. ft. (31 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1923-1980
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of miscellaneous correspondence, fiscal records, annual reports, incoming and outgoing curatorial correspondence, personnel files, and records pertaining to the Computer History Project. Staff documented include Susan Faye Cannon.
Restrictions:
Box 30 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Science -- History  Search this
Technology -- History  Search this
Computer industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession T90005, National Museum of American History. Department of History of Science, Records
Identifier:
Accession T90005
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Division of Information and Technology Computer Oral History Collection

Sponsor:
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
15 Cubic feet (14 boxes )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1987-2003
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of oral history interviews conducted between 1993 and 2006 with individuals in the computing industry.
Biographical / Historical:
The Monticello Memoirs Program captured for posterity the story of the information technology revolution in the words of the men and women who are leading it. In private conversations and in public discussions at Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello, on the grounds of the University of Virginia and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the leaders of the information revolution reflected on its progress to date and their vision of the future. Captured for the research collections of the National Museum of American History, the dialogues of the Monticello Fellows will encourage others to follow in their footsteps, to learn from their mistakes and to emulate their innovative spirit and achievements.

The 1996 Monticello Memoirs Fellows included: Seymour Cray, founder Cray Research; Gordon Moore, co-founder, Intel Corporation; Gordon Bell, inventor of the minicomputer; Jay Forrester, system dynamics visionary; and Robert Metcalfe, founder, 3Com. The topics were explored in private conversations at Monticello and in public discussions on the grounds of the University of Virginia -- which Mr. Jefferson founded, designed and built.

The 1997 Monticello Memoirs Fellows included Eric Andersen, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; Danny Hillis, a pioneer of parallel processing; F. William Hoffman, Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Anita Jones, Director of Defense Research Engineering, U.S. Department of Defense; Henning Kagermann, Executive Board Member, SAP AG; Robert Kahn, co-creator of the Internet protocol; Roland Moreno, inventor of the smart card; Jacques Stern, an early pioneer in real-time computing; and Paul Wahl, President and Chief Executive Officer, SAP America Inc.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

In some instances reference (viewing) copies do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement.
Rights:
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.
Citation:
Division of Information and Technology Computer Oral History Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1303
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Daniel Henderson Portable Electronic Devices Documentary Collection

Creator:
Henderson, Daniel  Search this
Hashimoto, Kazuo  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet (9 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Press releases
Technical notes
Articles
Patents
Manuals
Photocopies
Date:
1968-2002
Summary:
The collection consists of photocopied American, Japanese, German, and French patents; photocopied articles, advertisements, news releases, user manuals, buyer's guides, company analyses, technical references, and an oversize timeline documenting the history and development of cellular phones and related wireless devices.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of photocopied American, Japanese, German, and French patents; photocopied articles, advertisements, news releases, user manuals, buyer's guides, company analyses, technical references, and an oversize timeline. The collection provides documentation for 79 artifacts—including telephone answering machines, cellular phones, and related wireless devices—which Henderson donated to the museum's Electrical Collections holdings. Compiled by Henderson to accompany the artifacts, the materials document the history and development of cellular phones and related wireless devices. The materials are arranged into twelve series and reflect the original order in which Henderson created them. Henderson assembled books/binders of material with numeric dividers. There is no index nor is there a key to the four-letter alphabetical acronyms used in books four, eight and nine.

Series 1, Book One, 1977-1994; Series 2, Book Two, 1978-1995; and Series 3, Book Three, 1978-1995, contain photocopied American patents.

Series 4, Book Four, 1992-2002, is comprised of photocopied American patents divided into two separate arrangements: numerically from 300 to 363, and by four-letter code from DDTQ-DDUE.

Series 5, Book Five, 1979-2002, is comprised of photocopied American, French, German, and Japanese photocopied patents.

Series 6, Book Six, 1990-1995, consists of photocopied materials that include a Magic Cap catalog, a General Magic information pamphlet, English and Japanese articles, advertisements, press releases, buyer's guides, Telecomworldwire news releases, Telocator Network Paging Protocall (October 20, 1993), and Telocator Data Protocall (June 12, 1993).

Series 7, Book Seven, 1992-1995, includes a Telocator Alphanumeric Protocall (July 21, 1994), several technical references, articles, user's manuals, advertisements, Telecomworldwire news releases, and technical references.

Series 8, Book Eight, 1981-2002, is divided into sections according to four-letter codes. In the attached container listing, the files are arranged and listed according to Henderson's original order. Materials include photocopied articles, news releases, advertisements, and user manuals.

Series 9, Book Nine, 1991-2002, is divided into sections according to four-letter codes. In the attached container listing, the files are arranged and listed according to Henderson's original order, followed by unlabeled materials. The first two folders have coded labels; the last three do not. Records in Book Nine are comprised of photocopied articles, news releases, and buyer's guides, in addition to company analyses for WORLDCOM and Sprint.

Series 10, Book Ten, 1991-2002, is comprised of unlabeled materials including articles, advertisements, and news releases, in addition to a photocopy of US patent # 3,727,003.

Series 11, Book I-II, 1968-2002, is divided into sections according to four-letter codes which are dated and arranged chronologically. In the attached container listing, the files are arranged and listed according to Henderson's original order. Materials are comprised of color computer prints of significant people and devices; and photocopies of patents, articles, and advertisements. CD-ROM 875.3 contains some of the articles in PDF format.

Series 12, Timeline, 1968-2002, consists of the Converged Wireless Communications / Computing Device Development timeline which traces the chronological development of portable electronic devices. The oversized chart measures 90" by 50" and begins with the first answering machine and ends with "Smart Phones." The timeline includes scanned images of inventors, patents, advertisements, devices, and textual information. Copies of the time line in PDF format are available on CD ROMS 875.1-2.

Information from the above historical note came primarily from the PhoneTel Communications website located at http://www.phonetel.com.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into twelve series.

Series 1, Book One, 1977-1994

Series 2, Book Two, 1978-1995

Series 3, Book Three, 1978-1995

Series 4, Book Four, 1992-2002

Series 5, Book Five, 1979-2002

Series 6, Book Six, 1990-1995

Series 7, Book Seven, 1992-1995

Series 8, Book Eight, 1981-2002

Series 9, Book Nine, 1991-2002

Series 10, Book Ten, 1991-2002

Series 11, Book I-II, 1968-2002

Series 12, Timeline materials, 1968-2002
Biographical / Historical:
Dr. Kazuo Hashimoto, widely recognized as the father of the modern answering machine, was an inspired technologist who developed thousands of advancements in the field of telephony. Hashimoto registered over 1000 patents throughout the world, over 800 of which are related to the telephone answering device. In 1993, inventor Daniel Henderson became an apprentice of Hashimoto and worked with him on licensing, management issues, and infringement analysis. After Hashimoto's death in August 1995, Henderson turned his attention to ensuring that Hashimoto's work would be respected in the telecommunications and computer industries. In 1996, Henderson and Hashimoto's widow co-founded PhoneTel Communications, a company dedicated to protecting the patent portfolios of inventors including Hashimoto. By successfully licensing with nearly every telecommunications and computer company, Henderson made sure Hashimoto's work was respected and rewarded.

Henderson has broad experience in the creation, management, and licensing of intellectual property. He also holds numerous patents in telephony and communications. Henderson was formerly with IBM Corporation and received the "Distinguished Alumnus Award" from Southern Oregon University. Henderson worked with Jack Kilby, who received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2000 for the invention of the world's first integrated circuit (IC) chip. At the time this collection was donated, Henderson presided over several companies including PhoneTel Patent Services, PhoneTel Communications, and Pinpoint Incorporated. Henderson's many ties to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) include establishing the PhoneTel IE Inventions and Patents Fund, the PhoneTel Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund, and involvement in creating a new course entitled "Inventions and Patents." He was the commencement speaker when NJIT first presented the Hashimoto Prize in 1998.
Separated Materials:
The Division of Work and Industry (formerly the Division of Information, technology and Society) holds artifacts, such as telephone answering machines, cell phones and related wireless devices related to this collection. See accession # 2003.0095.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History by Daniel Henderson on April 25, 2003.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Telephone answering and recording equipment industry  Search this
telephone -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
telephone -- History  Search this
Cellular telephone equipment industry  Search this
Inventions -- 20th century  Search this
Inventors -- 1950-2000  Search this
Genre/Form:
Press releases
Technical notes
Articles
Patents -- 20th century
Manuals
Photocopies
Citation:
Daniel Henderson Portable Electronic Devices Documentary Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0875
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Data Processing Digest Collection

Source:
Mathematics, Division of (NMAH, Smithsonian Institution).  Search this
Physical Sciences, Division of (NMAH, Smithsonian Institution).  Search this
Creator:
Data Processing Digest, Inc.  Search this
Milligan, Margaret  Search this
Former owner:
Mathematics, Division of (NMAH, Smithsonian Institution).  Search this
Physical Sciences, Division of (NMAH, Smithsonian Institution).  Search this
Names:
Cohen, Michael C.  Search this
Naftaly, Stanley  Search this
Extent:
15.6 Cubic feet (48 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Magazines (periodicals)
Microfilms
Newspapers
Date:
1955-1974
Scope and Contents note:
Magazine and newspaper clippings (1955-1974) from various sources, on the development of the computer industry; six rolls of microfilm (1955-1966); and issues of Data Processing Digest, 1970-1974.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into three series.

Series 1, Clippings, 1955-1966

Series 2, Microfilm, 6 rolls, 1955-1966

Series 3, Data Processing Digest Issues, 1970-1974
Biographical/Historical note:
The Data Processing Digest regularly reviews periodicals and books for quick reference. Monthly publication dealing only with material related to the computer industry.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Data Processing Digest, 1968, 1972, 1976.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Computer peripherals  Search this
Computer science  Search this
Computers  Search this
Mathematical instruments  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings -- 20th century
Magazines (periodicals) -- 1950-1980
Microfilms
Newspapers
Citation:
Data Processing Digest Collection,1955-1974, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0235
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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West Coast Computer Faire Collection

Collector:
Jones, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Advertisements
Handbills
Date:
1980
1977
Summary:
Collection contains product literature, newsletters, and other hand-outs collected from exhibitors by Ernie Jones, a faire attendee. The First West Coast Computer Faire was held in San Francisco, California on April 15-17, 1977, and the Fifth West Coast Computer Faire was held on March 14-16, 1980.
Scope and Contents:
Collection is divided into two series: 1977 Faire Materials and 1980 Faire Materials. In some instances, the dates associated with the materials are recorded. Otherwise, all materials are dated 1977 or 1980. The 1977 and 1980 Faires were held at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium and Brooks Hall. The programs for the faires include the schedule at a glance, list of sessions, advertisements, lists of exhibitors and booth, and the conference proceedings from previous fairs. The materials contain product literature for computer hardware and software, publications, newsletters, journals, advertisements, and other computer-related information. The fairs included papers, talks, demonstrations, and exhibits.
Arrangement:
The collection organized into two series.

Series 1: 1977 Faire Materials

Series 2: 1980 Faire Materials
Biographical / Historical:
The West Coast Computer Faire was an annual computer industry conference and exposition that was often held in San Francisco. The first faire was held in 1977 at the San Francisco Auditorium and Brooks Hall. It was organized by Jim Warren and Bob Reiling. At the time it was the biggest computer show in the world, intended to popularize the personal computer in the home. However, Apple stopped exhibiting at the West Coast Computer Faire, refusing to exhibit at any show other than COMDEX that also had PC based exhibits. In 1983, Warren sold the rights to the Faire for US$3 million to Prentice Hall, who later sold it to Sheldon Adelson, the owner of Interface Group and COMDEX. In total, sixteen shows were held, with the last in 1992. The Fifth West Coast Computer Faire was held from March 14-16, 1980 in San Francisco and its focus was intelligent machines for home, business and industry.
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Ernie Jones on October 20, 2007.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Computers  Search this
Exhibitions -- 1960-1990  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertisements -- 20th century
Handbills
Citation:
West Coast Computer Faire Collection, 1977, 1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1118
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1118
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Curatorial Records

Creator::
National Museum of American History. Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics  Search this
Extent:
12 cu. ft. (24 document boxes) (oversize materials)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Floor plans
Illustrations
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1956-1988 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
These records include administrative files of the Division of Mathematics and its predecessors; Merzbach correspondence with computer industries, university professors, and pioneers or experts in the field of computing science; exhibition scripts, research material, and blueprints for the Hall of Mathematics; Computer History Project research files, correspondence, floor plans, and budgetary information; and photographs of exhibitions, artifacts, and Division staff.
Historical Note:
In 1965, a Section of Mathematics and Antique Instruments was created in the Division of Physical Sciences under Uta C. Merzbach, associate curator. The Section was renamed the Section of Mathematics in 1968, and Merzbach reported to Silvio A. Bedini, assistant director for the Museum. In 1970 the Section of Mathematics became part of the Division of Electricity and Nuclear Energy. Merzbach became involved in the Computer History Project (CHP), which included Henry S. Tropp as principal investigator. CHP was a joint research effort between the Smithsonian Institution and the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) to gather information on the development of computer technology. The project closed in 1974.

From 1974 to 1977, the Section of Mathematics reported to the chairman of the Department of Science and Technology. In 1978 it became the Division of Mathematics in the Department of History of Science; and in 1987, it merged with the Division of Physical Sciences to form the Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics.

The Division of Mathematics and its predecessors were concerned with the history of mathematical calculating instruments, both domestic and foreign, dating back to the eighteenth century. The Division prepared exhibitions for the Hall of Mathematics and collected artifacts such as planimeters, slide rules, mechanical calculators, digital electronic computers, and astrolabes. Curators and staff of the Division and its predecessors included Robert P. Multhauf, curator of Physical Sciences and Measurement, 1955-1957, curator of Physical Sciences, 1957-1964; Uta C. Merzbach, associate curator of Physical Sciences, 1964, associate curator of Mathematics and Antique Instruments, 1965-1968, associate curator of Mathematics, 1968-1970, Curator of Mathematics, 1970-1988; and Henry S. Tropp, principal investigator of the Computer History Project, 1971-1974.
Oversize:
This collection contains oversize material.
Topic:
Museum curators  Search this
Mathematics -- History  Search this
Physical sciences -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Floor plans
Illustrations
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 332, National Museum of American History. Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Curatorial Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 332
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Curatorial Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0332

Folder 4 Burroughs Corporation, 1958-1977, and undated. Pertains to "Pilots for Atlas" films, Borroughs' "Moon-Hopkins" machine, early development of the computer industry, Twentieth Anniversary of the Association for Computing Machinery, and the advan...

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American History. Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 24
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 332, National Museum of American History. Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Curatorial Records
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Curatorial Records / Series 2: UTA C. MERZBACH, CORRESPONDENCE, ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY, 1958-1985, AND UNDATED. / Box 6
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 7 Co-Cz, 1967-1978. Correspondents include Computer Decisions, Computer Industries Incorporated, William R. Hoover of the Computer Sciences Corporation, Computerworld, Control Data Corporation, Jacob T. Schwartz of Courant Institute of Mathemati...

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Box 6 of 24
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 332, National Museum of American History. Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Curatorial Records
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Curatorial Records / Series 2: UTA C. MERZBACH, CORRESPONDENCE, ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY, 1958-1985, AND UNDATED. / Box 6
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 11 Computerworld, 1972. Concerns Smithsonian request for copy of "Computer Industry Profile" brochure.

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Box 20 of 24
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 332, National Museum of American History. Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Curatorial Records
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Curatorial Records / Series 4: DIVISION OF MATHEMATICS, COMPUTER HISTORY RECORDS. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY BY ORGANIZATION AND INDIVIDUAL, CIRCA 1966-1974, AND UNDATED. / Box 20
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 37 Universal Automatic Computer: Division of Sperry Rand Corporation, 1971-1972. Pertains to Computer History Project need for historic documents on the computer industry and Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Dinner of the Association for Computing Machi...

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National Museum of American History. Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics  Search this
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Box 23 of 24
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 332, National Museum of American History. Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Curatorial Records
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Curatorial Records / Series 4: DIVISION OF MATHEMATICS, COMPUTER HISTORY RECORDS. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY BY ORGANIZATION AND INDIVIDUAL, CIRCA 1966-1974, AND UNDATED. / Box 23
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