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Gordon D. Goldstein Collection

Creator:
Goldstein, Gordon D.  Search this
Names:
ENIAC.  Search this
Electrical Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC).  Search this
Remington Rand.  Search this
Extent:
2 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Technical manuals
Design drawings
Date:
1948 - 1957
Summary:
Papers relate to Gordon D. Goldstein, a computer engineer and frequent seminar speaker and participant, especially in the fields of linguistics and machine translation.
Scope and Contents:
The Goldstein Collection documents an interesting and important period in the development of the early computer industry. Many of the items in the collection are technical in nature; others, however, provide an interesting perspective on the development of post-war American culture. Items in the collection include design and training materials, operational manuals, professional literature, advertisements and promotional items, photographs, business and office documentation, and conference and seminar materials.

The collection is divided into five series. The first three series correspond to Goldstein's employment history; the fourth series includes notes and minutes from UNIVAC and computer conferences attended by Goldstein; and the fifth series contains general computer publications and computer advertisements. Of particular interest in the last series is a copy of the 1954 Report to the Association for Computing Machinery: First Glossary of Programming Terminology. This item was edited by Grace Murray Hopper.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series.

Series 1, National Bureau of Standards, Electronic Computers Section/Standards Eastern Automatic Computer, 1948-1953

Series 2, U.S. Navy/Applied Mathematics Laboratory, 1950-1957

Series 3, UNIVAC-Remington Rand Corporation/Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation, 1948--956

Series 4, UNIVAC Conferences, 1950-1956

Series 5, Publications and Competitor Materials, 1950-1955
Biographical / Historical:
Born in 1917, Gordon D. Goldstein graduated from Clarkson College of Technology with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. In 1941, Goldstein took a job with the Army Signal Corp as a civilian inspector of radio and navigation equipment. After leaving the Army Signal Corp, Goldstein took a job as development engineer at the Washington Institute of Technology where he was employed until 1950. From 1950 to 1951 he worked as chief engineer with computers for the Census Bureau in Philadelphia.

In 1951, Goldstein left the Census Bureau and took a job with the Navy Department. During his tenure there, Goldstein worked in three offices or divisions: the Naval Ordnance Laboratory (electronics scientist), the David Taylor Model Basin's Applied Mathematics Laboratory, and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Information Systems Program where he was involved with applications of UNIVAC I. Goldstein worked in the Office of Naval Research from 1956 until his retirement in 1980.

Sources

Berkeley, Edmund C., ed. Who's Who in Computers and Data Processing 1971: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Computer Professionals. New York: The New York Times Book and Educational Division, 1971.

Gordon D. Goldstein Papers, 1950-1979. Charles Babbage Institute: Center for the History of Information Processing.

Williams, Michael R. A History of Computing Technology. Los Alamitos, California: IEEE Computer Society Press, 1997.
Related Materials:
Materials in Other Organizations

The Charles Babbage Institute, Center for the History of Information Processing houses the Gordon D. Goldstein Papers, 1950-1979, http://special.lib.umn.edu/findaid/xml/cbi00068.xml

Archives Center, National Museum of American History houses the Computer Oral History Collection, 1969-1973, 1977 http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/fa_comporalhist_index.aspx
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Gordon D. Goldstein on December 13, 1978.
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:
Seac computer  Search this
Systems engineering  Search this
Univac computer  Search this
Computers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Technical manuals -- 20th century
Design drawings
Citation:
Gordon D. Goldstein Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0554
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Gordon D. Goldstein Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0554
Online Media:

Mainframe Computer Component, Magnetic Wire Cartridge for the SEAC Computer

Maker:
National Bureau of Standards  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
tape (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 5 cm x 25.4 cm x 30.5 cm; 1 31/32 in x 10 in x 12 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Place made:
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Date made:
ca 1960
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.0084.02
Accession number:
2013.0084
Catalog number:
2013.0084.02
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Exhibition:
History Highlights: My Computing Device
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-eb8c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1441566
Online Media:

Mainframe Computer Component, VR92 Diode

Physical Description:
glass (overall material)
metal (connectors material)
Measurements:
overall: 1 cm x 4.7 cm x 1 cm; 13/32 in x 1 27/32 in x 13/32 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.01
Catalog number:
2013.3034.01
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9b2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448937
Online Media:

Mainframe Computer Component, Vacuum Tube with Wafers

Physical Description:
glass (tube material)
metal (connectors, interior material)
plastic (wafers, base of tube material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 cm x 2.3 cm x 2.3 cm; 3 5/32 in x 29/32 in x 29/32 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.02
Catalog number:
2013.3034.02
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9b3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448938
Online Media:

Mainframe Computer Component, VR 136 Vacuum Tube

Physical Description:
metal (cover material)
metal (pins material)
metal (protrusion material)
Measurements:
overall: 7.5 cm x 3.2 cm x 3.2 cm; 2 15/16 in x 1 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.03
Catalog number:
2013.3034.03
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9b4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448939
Online Media:

Mainframe Computer Component, Vacuum Tube Socket L6FT

Physical Description:
plastic (case material)
metal (pins material)
Measurements:
overall: 7.5 cm x 3.2 cm x 3.2 cm; 2 15/16 in x 1 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.04
Catalog number:
2013.3034.04
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9b5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448940
Online Media:

Mainframe Computer Component, Vacuum Tube Socket 250:25 P5

Physical Description:
plastic (case material)
metal (pins, screws material)
Measurements:
overall: 3.8 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm; 1 1/2 in x 1 3/16 in x 1 3/16 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.05
Catalog number:
2013.3034.05
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9b6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448942
Online Media:

Mainframe Computer Component, Vacuum Tube Socket Technitrol 180-1

Physical Description:
plastic? (case material)
metal (pins, screws material)
Measurements:
overall: 2 cm x 1.8 cm x 1.8 cm; 25/32 in x 23/32 in x 23/32 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.06
Catalog number:
2013.3034.06
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9b7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448943
Online Media:

Mainframe Computer Component, Vacuum Tube Support with Grounding Legs

Physical Description:
plastic (top cover, cylinder material)
metal (connectors material)
Measurements:
overall: 5.1 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm; 2 in x 1 3/16 in x 1 3/16 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.07
Catalog number:
2013.3034.07
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9b8-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448944
Online Media:

Mainframe Computer Component, Capacitor Bank Delay Line

Physical Description:
plastic (capacitors material)
metal (connectors, frame material)
paper (tag material)
Measurements:
overall: 1.9 cm x 24.6 cm x 3 cm; 3/4 in x 9 11/16 in x 1 3/16 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Date made:
1955
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.08
Catalog number:
2013.3034.08
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9b9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448945
Online Media:

Mainframe Computer Component, Delay Lines

Physical Description:
plastic (core material)
metal (windings, wires material)
Measurements:
part:: 1.5 cm x 12.8 cm x 1.5 cm; 19/32 in x 5 1/32 in x 19/32 in
Object Name:
computer components, mainframe
mainframe computer components
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.09
Catalog number:
2013.3034.09
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9ba-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448947

Mainframe Computer Components, Delay Lines

Physical Description:
plastic (cylinders material)
metal (wires material)
Measurements:
overall: 3.6 cm x 24 cm x 3 cm; 1 13/32 in x 9 7/16 in x 1 3/16 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer components
mainframe computer components
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.10
Catalog number:
2013.3034.10
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9bb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448950

Mainframe Computer Components, Female Socket Sets

Physical Description:
plastic (base material)
metal (screws, wiring material)
Measurements:
part: 2.4 cm x 8.8 cm x 3 cm; 15/16 in x 3 15/32 in x 1 3/16 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer components
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.11
Catalog number:
2013.3034.11
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9bc-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448963

Mainframe Computer Component, Male Connector

Physical Description:
plastic (base material)
wire (pins material)
Measurements:
overall: 2.4 cm x 8.5 cm x 31.3 cm; 15/16 in x 3 11/32 in x 12 5/16 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.12
Catalog number:
2013.3034.12
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e9bd-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448965

Mainframe Computer Component, Connectors

Physical Description:
wood (cylinder material)
metal (endpieces material)
Measurements:
overall: .6 cm x 16.2 cm x 2.5 cm; 1/4 in x 6 3/8 in x 31/32 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.13
Catalog number:
2013.3034.13
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-ea7a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448979

Mainframe Computer Component, Connector

Physical Description:
wood or plastic (cylinder material)
metal (prongs material)
Measurements:
overall: 2 cm x 16.2 cm x .7 cm; 25/32 in x 6 3/8 in x 9/32 in
Object Name:
mainframe computer component
mainframe computer component
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.14
Catalog number:
2013.3034.14
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-ea7b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448984
Online Media:

Dictet Magnetic Tape with Box

Measurements:
overall: 2 cm x 16.2 cm x .7 cm; 25/32 in x 6 3/8 in x 9/32 in
Object Name:
magnetic tape with box
magnetic tape cassette with box
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.15
Catalog number:
2013.3034.15
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-ea7c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1448988
Online Media:

Book, Table of the First Ten Powers of the Integers from 1 to 1,000

Maker:
Lowan, Arnold N.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: .6 cm x 21.6 cm x 35 cm; 1/4 in x 8 1/2 in x 13 25/32 in
Object Name:
Book
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1939
Subject:
Mathematics  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Carl Hammer
ID Number:
1988.3105.15
Nonaccession number:
1988.3105
Catalog number:
1988.3105.15
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Mathematical Charts and Tables
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a7-2b8f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_905154
Online Media:

SEAC Computer

Maker:
National Bureau of Standards  Search this
Physical Description:
plastic (imagel material)
paper (frame material)
Measurements:
overall: .1 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm; 1/32 in x 1 31/32 in x 1 31/32 in
Object Name:
color slide
Date made:
1950s
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.24
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
Catalog number:
2013.3034.24
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-d11c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1449321

Photographs, Staff of the SEAC Computer

Maker:
National Bureau of Standards  Search this
Physical Description:
black and white (photographs popular color)
paper (photographs material)
Measurements:
overall: .1 cm x 12.5 cm x 10 cm; 1/32 in x 4 29/32 in x 3 15/16 in
Object Name:
photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Vicki Stauffacher
ID Number:
2013.3034.25
Nonaccession number:
2013.3034
Catalog number:
2013.3034.25
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Medicine and Science: Computers
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-d11f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1449324

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