Guide to the Company Collection of Computing Manuals and Marketing Materials

Sarah Wilson with the aid of Computer History Museum interns and volunteers
Computer History Museum
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Computer History Museum. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Company Collection of Computing Manuals and Marketing Materials

Collection number: X3067.2005

Computer History Museum
Processed by:
Sarah Wilson with the aid of Computer History Museum interns and volunteers
Date Completed:
2007
Encoded by:
Rebekah Y. Kim
© 2007 Computer History Museum. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Guide to the Company Collection of Computing Manuals and Marketing Materials
Dates: 1930-2000
Bulk Dates: 1960-1985
Collection number: X3067.2005
Collection Size: 440 linear feet
Repository: Computer History Museum
Mountain View, CA 94043
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: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], [Item Date], Company Collection of Computing Manuals and Marketing Materials, Lot X3067.2005, Box ID [#], Accession [#], Computer History Museum.

Provenance

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.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Analog computers
Calculators
Computers
Computer Industry
Computer input-output equipment
Computer Software
Computer Storage Devices
Computer systems
Electronic Data Processing
Electronic Digital Computers
Hybrid Computers
Punched card systems
Supercomputer Industry
Tabulating Machines
Teletypewriters

Separated Material

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.

Collection Contents

 

 

Aarhus, University of

 

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

 

Ampex Corporation

 

Apple Computer, Inc.

 

Atari, Inc.

 

Autonetics Division, North American Aviation

 

Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc.

 

Bendix Corporation

 

Borland International

 

Burroughs Corporation

 

Burroughs Corporation. Electrodata Division

 

Computer Control Company

 

Computer Research Corporation

 

Control Data Corporation (CDC)

 

Convex Computer

 

Cray Research, Inc. (CRI)

 

Cromemco, Inc.

 

Data General Corporation (DG)

 

Electronic Associates, Inc. (EAI)

 

Electronic Memories Inc.

 

Epson America, Inc.

 

Evans and Sutherland, Inc.

 

Ferranti Ltd.

 

General Electric Company (GE)

 

Harvard University

 

Heath

 

Hewlett-Packard Company (HP)

 

Illinois, University of (Urbana-Champaign)

 

Intel Corporation

 

Intergraph

 

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

 

Kendall Square Research Corporation (KSR)

 

Lockheed Electronics Company, Inc.

 

Micro Instrumentation Telemetry Systems (MITS)

 

Microsoft Corporation

 

Motorola Semiconductor Products Inc. Microprocessor Operations.

 

National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA). Ames Reseach Center.

 

National Cash Register Company (NCR)

 

National Semiconductor Corporation

 

Osborne Computer Corporation

 

Packard Bell Electronics. Packard Bell Computer

 

Philco Corporation

 

Prime Computer, Inc. (PR1ME)

 

Processor Technology Corporation

 

Radio Corporation of America (RCA)

 

Rand Corporation

 

Raytheon Company

 

Remington Rand Univac

 

Remington Rand, Inc.

 

Royal McBee Corporation

 

Scientific Data Systems (SDS)

 

Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI)

 

Sperry Rand Corporation

 

Sperry Rand Corporation. Remington Rand Univac Division

 

Sperry Rand Corporation. Univac Data Processing Division

 

Sun Microsystems

 

Tandem Computers, Inc.

 

Tektronix, Inc.

 

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI)

 

Wang Laboratories, Inc.

 

Xerox Corporation

 

Xerox Data Systems, Inc.

 

Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center)