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Rotron Filter, CDC 3800

Manufacturer:
Control Data Corporation  Search this
Materials:
plastic
non-magnetic white metal
adhesive sticker
glue
Dimensions:
3-D (Rotron Filter): 12.1 × 12.1 × 2.5cm (4 3/4 × 4 3/4 × 1 in.)
3-D (Metal Filter): 11.7 × 11.4 × 1.4cm (4 5/8 × 4 1/2 × 9/16 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-Miscellaneous
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
Inventory Number:
A19930081003
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv94da2a92c-8a68-42f7-b3b3-a9147e6c2e90
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19930081003

Grille, CDC 3800

Manufacturer:
Control Data Corporation  Search this
Materials:
plastic
Dimensions:
3-D (Grille 1 of 2): 15.7 × 13 × 1.3cm (6 3/16 × 5 1/8 × 1/2 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-Miscellaneous
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
Inventory Number:
A19930081004
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9e043d410-a407-40be-9afb-d5388055ecfa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19930081004

Hardware, CDC 3800

Manufacturer:
Control Data Corporation  Search this
Materials:
ferrous alloy
Dimensions:
3-D (Storage Dimensions): 17.8 × 15.2 × 3.2cm (7 × 6 × 1 1/4 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-Miscellaneous
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
Inventory Number:
A19930081005
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv94b3ecde3-4e71-45ab-9b9b-392d35fcc10e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19930081005

Plate, CDC 3800

Manufacturer:
Control Data Corporation  Search this
Materials:
steel
ferrous alloy
paint
Dimensions:
3-D (Large Plate): 45.4 × 9.5 × 1.9cm (1 ft. 5 7/8 in. × 3 3/4 in. × 3/4 in.)
3-D (Angled Plate): 40.3 × 7 × 4.9cm (1 ft. 3 7/8 in. × 2 3/4 in. × 1 15/16 in.)
3-D (Notched Plate 1): 45.4 × 5.1 × 1.9cm (1 ft. 5 7/8 in. × 2 in. × 3/4 in.)
3-D (Notched Plate 2): 45.4 × 4.6 × 2.1cm (1 ft. 5 7/8 in. × 1 13/16 in. × 13/16 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-Miscellaneous
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
Inventory Number:
A19930081002
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv989794792-c864-4b5a-b0ba-7024913dced0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19930081002

Processor Unit, Computer, CDC 3800

Manufacturer:
Control Data Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Backplane: many short, thin insulated wires
Circuit cards: epoxy boards with metal connectors
Components: transistors, resistors with approximately 4 transistors per card
Doors: hinged Plexiglas and aluminum
Frame: steel chassis
Dimensions:
3-D: 208.3 x 61 x 190.5cm (82 x 24 x 75 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
Inventory Number:
A19930082000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9a562f53c-202d-40f1-9d2b-a4b17620d6d6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19930082000
Online Media:

Computer Console, CDC 3800, Left Side

Manufacturer:
Control Data Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Base: beige-painted steel
Console: beige-painted partical board
Control panel: gray steel; plastic buttons; blue Plexiglas
Dimensions:
3-D: 182.9 x 81.3 x 111.8cm (72 x 32 x 44 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
Inventory Number:
A19930081001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9d869e5d2-b968-4f9f-bcb7-c4895acbdc94
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19930081001

Rails and Feet, Processor Unit, Computer, CDC 3800

Manufacturer:
Control Data Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Steel
Paint
Cadmium Plating
Plastic
Dimensions:
3-D (One Bar): 190.5 × 7.3 × 5.2cm (75 in. × 2 7/8 in. × 2 1/16 in.)
3-D (Overall): 202.6 × 9.8 × 7.9cm (79 3/4 × 3 7/8 × 3 1/8 in.)
Storage: 210.2 × 20.3 × 17.8cm (82 3/4 in. × 8 in. × 7 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Miscellaneous
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transfer from the U.S. Air Force.
Inventory Number:
A19930082001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9e647521e-fe8b-42dd-be7f-da68cbd1d226
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19930082001

Plaque, Commemorative, CDC-3800 Computer System

Manufacturer:
Control Data Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Award: computer disk, photo, metal plaque, cloth
Frame: wood, glass
Dimensions:
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 53.3 x 43.2cm (21 x 17 in.)
Type:
MEMORABILIA-People
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
Inventory Number:
A19930084000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9d50e262b-b9dc-4297-8795-c264e55456d8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19930084000

Computer Console, CDC 3800, Right Side

Manufacturer:
Control Data Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Base: beige-painted steel
Console: beige-painted particle board
Control Panel: gray steel, plastice buttons, blue Plexiglas
Dimensions:
3-D: 182.9 x 81.3 x 94cm (72 x 32 x 37 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
Inventory Number:
A19930081000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9a578813d-5dd4-4e06-98cf-8902c5405377
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19930081000
Online Media:

John Vincent Atanasoff's Materials

Collection Creator:
Blanch, Gertrude  Search this
Bloch, Richard M.  Search this
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.  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, 1906-1992  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
Lehmer, Derrick H.  Search this
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
Mendelson, Jerry  Search this
Mason, Daniel R.  Search this
Mauchly, John R.  Search this
Michel, J.G.L. R.  Search this
Miller, Frederick G.  Search this
Menzel, Donald H.  Search this
Metropolis, Nicholas C.  Search this
Mitchell, Joel  Search this
MITRE Meeting.  Search this
Mills, Roger L.  Search this
Morton, Paul  Search this
Mumford, Louis  Search this
Mock, Owen  Search this
Morse, Philip B.  Search this
Wilkinson, James H. R.  Search this
Wilkes, Maurice R.  Search this
Wizenbaum, Joe  Search this
Williams, Charles  Search this
Wieselman, Irving  Search this
Wiener, Robert  Search this
Wild, Arthur  Search this
Wieser, C. Robert  Search this
Wrench, John W. R.  Search this
Woodger, Michael  Search this
Yowell, E.C. R.  Search this
Youtz, Pat  Search this
Woo, Way Dong  Search this
Wolfe, Philip  Search this
Woodbury, William R.  Search this
Wood, Ben D.  Search this
Zemanek, Heinz  Search this
Zuse, Konrad  Search this
Smagorinsky, Joseph  Search this
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
Snyder, Samuel  Search this
Smith, Charles V.L.  Search this
TV Program KQED.  Search this
Uncapher, Keith  Search this
Torfeh, Mark  Search this
Travis, Irven  Search this
Todd-Tausskky, Olga  Search this
Tomash, Erwin  Search this
Toben, Gregory  Search this
Todd, John  Search this
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
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1927-1968
Scope and Contents:
These materials were assembled by John V. Atanasoff--a subject of this oral history collection--and subsequently given to Uta Merzbach via Mrs. Atsiknoudas in 1972. Spanning the years 1927 to 1968, these materials consist of approximately one cubic foot. Atanasoff assembled these materials in response to the litigation of the Sperry-Rand Corporation vs. Honeywell and Sperry-Rand vs. CDC/Control Data Corporation, which began in 1967 regarding the rights to the patent for the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Automatic Computer (ENIAC). Primarily photocopies, these materials document the process by which Atanasoff and his colleague, Cliff Berry, created the first automatic electronic digital computer. J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly claimed to have invented it first. These files are arranged according to an outline--Index A to Index C-- developed by Atanasoff. Researchers should consult this guide to the documents. Some documents in this series bear numbers. This indicates that the document was introduced into the U.S. District Court case of Atanasoff in 1968 involving the Honeywell Inc. vs. Sperry-Rand Corp. and Illinois Scientific Developments Inc. Copies of Atanasoff's depositions, volumes 1-9, are also available.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but original audio tapes and videotapes are stored off-site. Reference copies do not exist for all of the audiovisual materials. 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 copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Computer Oral History Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0196, Series 4
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Computer Oral History Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8ba20c2c7-914a-486d-a05f-2f97dba897fa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0196-ref976

Control Data Corporation

Subseries Creator:
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Container:
Box 202
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970 January 16
Scope and Contents note:
Job Number: 7172
Subseries Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Series 8: Business Records, Subseries 8.1: Studio Session Registers are restricted. Digital copies available for research. See repository for details.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Subseries Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Subseries Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
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Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.5: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by job number
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.5: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by job number / Scurlock client negatives: C - Czerwenka
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep838787e11-3c84-454d-9df0-6c97aefa5483
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s04-05-ref14712

Herb Grosch Papers

Creator:
Grosch, Herbert R. J.  Search this
Names:
General Electric Company  Search this
International business machines corporation  Search this
Extent:
5 Cubic feet (15 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Personal papers
Passports
Lantern slides
Drawings
Correspondence
Clippings
Audiotapes
Diaries
Date:
1938-1998
Summary:
The Herb Grosch Papers, 1948-1998, cover the life and career of an early computer professional. It consists of correspondence, clippings, photographs, computer disks, reports, and other printed materials.
Scope and Contents:
The Herb Grosch Papers, 1948-1998, cover the life and career of an early computer professional. It consists of correspondence, clippings, photographs, computer disks, reports, and other printed materials. The collection is approximately 5 cubic feet and is divided into six series: Series 1, Personal Materials, 1938-1998; Series 2, General Electric (GE), 1955-1968, 1993-1995; Series 3, Control Data Corporation, 1961-1966; Series 4, Other Employment, 1945-1997; Series 5, Professional Interests, 1954-1993; and Series 6, Computer History, 1945-1996. The largest and most comprehensive series within the collection focuses on Grosch's employment, in various capacities, by General Electric. The Control Data material is of special interest due to its in-depth studies of the European computer market in the early 1960s.

Series 1, Personal Materials, 1938-1998, illustrates Grosch's personal life and consists of biographical sketches, identification and business cards, vaccination certificates, daily planners/diaries, flight logs, diplomas, a dissertation, correspondence, articles by and about him, photographs, and the manuscript of his autobiography, Computer,Bit Slices of a Life. The manuscript is of special interest, in that it is a description of Grosch's life up to the 1960s. Also providing personal descriptions of Grosch's life is an extensive chronology of employment written by Grosch. The bulk of the materials date from the mid 1950s through the mid 1960s, with another smaller concentration of correspondence in the early 1990s.

Series 2, General Electric (GE), 1953-1968, 1993-1995, contains correspondence, clippings, photographs and printed materials related to Grosch's two tenures at GE. The series is divided into four subseries: General GE Materials, GE's Evandale plant, GE's Computer Department at Arizona State University, and GE's TEMPO think tank in Santa Barbara. The subseries about the Evandale plant and the Arizona Computer Department are most comprehensive, describing the projects from their inception until Grosch's departure. Also of interest to those studying GE history is the collection of letters between Grosch and his Arizona boss, H.R. Oldfield, discussing Oldfield's book about GE and its failure in the computer business.

Series 3, Control Data Corporation, 1961-1966, contains correspondence, reports and printed materials covering Grosch's consulting work with Control Data. The bulk of the material has to do with a survey of the European computer industry and market, undertaken by Grosch for Control Data. Included are over forty reports that Grosch composed from plant visits he made to various European computer companies. Also included is the overall summary of these individual reports.

Series 4, Other Employment, 1945-1994, contains correspondence, printed materials, clippings and photographs related to other employment pursued by Grosch. The series covers Grosch's work at IBM, the Corporation for Economic and Industrial Research (CEIR), and his editorial reign at Computerworld magazine. Of interest to IBM researchers are the photos of early IBM gatherings at Endicott, New York and early IBM machines at the Watson Scientific Computer Laboratory.

Series 5, Professional Interests, 1954-1996, consists of articles and other printed materials related to Grosch's scientific and technical interests. The majority of the series deals with Grosch's interest in computers, their applications and their effects upon society. A smaller set of material relates to other Grosch interests, notably astronomy and scientific standards.

Series 6, Computer History, 1949-1996, consists of clippings, reports, and correspondence illustrating Grosch's interest in the history of computing. Of special interest is a report from U.S. Department of Commerce that lists the technical specifications of a number of old computers. Also, in addition to many more famous computing pioneers, Grosch collected information on English mathematician, L.J. Comrie, including a biographical sketch, photographs and correspondence carried on with Comrie's widow and son.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1, Personal Materials, 1938-1998

Subseries 1.1, Biographical Materials, 1938-1996

Subseries 1.2, Correspondence, 1948-1998

Subseries 1.3, Travel and Chronology, 1959-1985

Subseries 1.4, Assorted Materials, 1947-1995, undated

Series 2, General Electric (GE), 1953-1968, 1993-1995

Subseries 2.1, General GE Materials, 1953-1966

Subseries 2.2, GE Evandale Plant, 1952, 1955-1956

Subseries 2.3, GE Computer Department, 1954-1958, 1993-1995

Subseries 2.4, GE TEMPO, 1963-1968

Series 3, Control Data Corporation, 1961-1966

Subseries 3.1, General Materials, 1961-1962, 1964, 1966

Subseries 3.2, European Computer Industry Survey, 1961-1963

Series 4, Other Employment, 1945-1997

Series 5, Professional Interests, 1954-1996

Series 6, Computer History, 1945-1996
Biographical / Historical:
Herb Grosch (1918-2010) was born in Saskatoon, Canada and became a United States citizen with his father's naturalization. He attended grade school in Ontario and Ohio and high school in Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan from 1934 to 1941, receiving his B.S. in 1938 and his PhD in 1942, both in astronomy. An outspoken and controversial figure, Grosch's professional career was marked with numerous jobs. In 1941-1942 he was an astronomer for the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. and later during World War II worked on fire control and optical engineering. Grosch's astronomical work required many calculations to be done by hand, thus he was well qualified to deal with the computational issues involved in early computer work. In 1945 he was hired by IBM for the Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory in New York, first to do backup calculations for the Manhattan Project and then to help run the Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC), an early computer. Grosch was fired in 1951 and moved on to MIT where he worked as a part of the design group for the WHIRLWIND II computer. In 1952 he joined General Electric (GE) and set up and oversaw computer operations in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Arizona. In 1958 he returned to IBM and was the manager of their space program, before being fired again in 1959. Following IBM he moved to Europe and began consulting, notably a survey of the European computer industry for Control Data in 1962-1963. He returned to the United States to work again for GE in 1965, heading the DEACON project at GE's TEMPO think tank. Grosch left GE again in 1967. From 1967 through 1970 he directed the Center for Computer Sciences and Technology for the National Bureau of Standards. From 1973 to 1976 he was the editor of Computerworld magazine. Since then Grosch has lived in both Europe and America and done both consulting work and writing. He wrote and published a autobiography, Computer: Bit Slices of a Life, that describes his rather tempestuous relationships with GE and IBM. Grosch is perhaps best known for Grosch's Law which says the computing power increases as a square of the cost, or more concretely, in order to perform a computation twice as cheaply you must do it four times as fast.
Related Materials:
Grosch was interviewed as a part of the Smithsonian computer oral history project and the taped interviews exist in Collection AC0196, the Computer Oral History Collection, in the Archives Center.
Provenance:
The materials in the collection were donated by Herb Grosch on October 13, 1999.

The Archives Center received an addendum of .50 cubic feet in March 2010 from Ella Doyle.
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:
Computers  Search this
Computer industry  Search this
Computation laboratories  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 20th century
Personal papers -- 1950-2000
Passports
Lantern slides
Drawings -- 20th century
Correspondence -- 20th century
Clippings -- 20th century
Audiotapes
Diaries -- 20th century
Citation:
Herb Grosch Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0703
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Herb Grosch Papers
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep804182831-cd76-4bfa-8fc7-04b947f7727c
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ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0703
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Annual Reports, 1961-1962, 1964, 1966

Collection Creator:
Grosch, Herbert R. J.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Herb Grosch Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Herb Grosch Papers
Herb Grosch Papers / Series 3: Control Data Corporation / 3.1: General Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep871139571-97c6-42d5-8e68-0ec2ec8a4733
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0703-ref100

European Computer Industry Survey

Collection Creator:
Grosch, Herbert R. J.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1963
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Herb Grosch Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0703, Subseries 3.2
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Herb Grosch Papers
Herb Grosch Papers / Series 3: Control Data Corporation
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep867bfd423-7396-4b10-9af0-3fc33373e8f0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0703-ref101

Correspondence and Consulting Agreement, 1961-1962

Collection Creator:
Grosch, Herbert R. J.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Herb Grosch Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Herb Grosch Papers
Herb Grosch Papers / Series 3: Control Data Corporation / 3.2: European Computer Industry Survey
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89f152159-8639-4cb6-a465-b25d928c8428
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0703-ref102

Reimbursement Issues, 1962-1963

Collection Creator:
Grosch, Herbert R. J.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Herb Grosch Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Herb Grosch Papers
Herb Grosch Papers / Series 3: Control Data Corporation / 3.2: European Computer Industry Survey
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep826d27387-caab-493a-8cdc-b78ffcf6a234
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0703-ref103

Grosch's Report on State of European Computer Industry, 1962

Collection Creator:
Grosch, Herbert R. J.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Herb Grosch Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Herb Grosch Papers
Herb Grosch Papers / Series 3: Control Data Corporation / 3.2: European Computer Industry Survey
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88cbf344a-0cf7-494b-9017-9f831d3d8f62
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0703-ref104

Grosch Plant Visit Reports, 1962, 1993

Collection Creator:
Grosch, Herbert R. J.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Herb Grosch Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Herb Grosch Papers
Herb Grosch Papers / Series 3: Control Data Corporation / 3.2: European Computer Industry Survey
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8bc1ce1a6-3887-4424-bdb7-e20c1a82ad48
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0703-ref105

Independent Survey of European Industry, 1962

Collection Creator:
Grosch, Herbert R. J.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Herb Grosch Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Herb Grosch Papers
Herb Grosch Papers / Series 3: Control Data Corporation / 3.2: European Computer Industry Survey
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82cb61b79-5db6-4c34-935d-e56748b490a4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0703-ref106

Printed Materials, 1961, undated

Collection Creator:
Grosch, Herbert R. J.  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Herb Grosch Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Herb Grosch Papers
Herb Grosch Papers / Series 3: Control Data Corporation / 3.2: European Computer Industry Survey
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep83d89649e-757f-4097-bf18-afeb976dc24a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0703-ref107

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