Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Guide to the Company Collection of Computing Manuals and Marketing Materials
Bulk Dates: 1960-1985
Collection number: X3067.2005
440 linear feet
Computer History Museum
Abstract: The Company Collection of Computing Manuals and Marketing Materials at the Computer History Museum is comprised of catalogs,
correspondence, design drawings, manuals, program listings, promotional materials, specifications, technical notes and technical
reports from a wide variety of computer-related companies and institutions. The Collection covers 1930 through 2000, encompassing
440 linear feet of materials.
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research.
The Computer History Museum can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any
claims of the copyright holder. Permission to copy or publish any portion of the Computer History Museum's collection must
be given by the Computer History Museum.
[Identification of Item], [Item Date], Company Collection of Computing Manuals and Marketing Materials, Lot X3067.2005, Box
ID [#], Accession [#], Computer History Museum.
The provenance is unknown for the Company Collection of Computing Manuals and Marketing Materials. The material came from
a variety of different sources most likely as documentation for physical objects that were added to the museum's collection.
The collection thus began in the 1970s when The Computer Museum was founded in Massachusetts. At that time, Gwen Bell, the
museum's first curator, arranged documents alphabetically by originating institution or company. This system of arrangement
has been maintained.
When processing began in 2005, a found in collection lot number of X3067.2005 was assigned to the materials known as The Company
Collection. The collection was processed by Computer History Museum staff, interns and volunteers from 2005 to 2007.
Scope and Content of Collection
The scope of the Company Collection of Computing Manuals and Marketing Materials spans the rise of the information age in
the twentieth century. This includes, among other areas, documents representing pre-computing technologies, mainframe computers,
minicomputers, personal computers, computer input and output (I/O) devices, computer storage and memory devices, software
development, supercomputing and networking materials. The Collection covers 1,400 individual companies or institutions.
The Collection consists of over 10,000 documents including marketing brochures, manuals, design drawings, catalogs, program
listings, promotional materials, specifications, technical notes and technical reports from 1930 to 2000. The bulk of the
materials span the dates 1960 to 1985. The Collection is organized alphabetically by the name of the originating institution
or company and then loosely by document creation date.
Some companies are represented by hundreds of documents while others may have only one document represented. Due to the large
size of the collection, we have not included a listing of every folder in the collection but a list of the fifty-eight computer
companies that have twenty-five or more documents represented. To search for a particular computer company or product, please
use the Computer History Museum's online catalog at: http://archive.computerhistory.org/search/.
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is the most represented company spanning 1936 to 2002 and encompassing over
1,700 documents and 75 linear feet of shelf space. The second most-represented materials relate to the producers of the UNIVAC
line of computers (under the names Remington-Rand and Sperry Rand Corporation) and comprising over 440 documents spanning
from 1940 through 1986. Control Data Corporation (CDC) and Cray Research, Inc. are also well represented in the collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Computer input-output equipment
Computer Storage Devices
Electronic Data Processing
Electronic Digital Computers
Punched card systems
Since the Computer History Museum is also the repository for the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) corporate records, documents
from DEC have not been processed as part of the Company Collection.