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Guide to the Paul R. Pierce collection of IBM materials
X7021.2014  
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Description
The Paul R. Pierce collection of IBM materials ranges in date from 1954 to 1973, with the bulk published between 1955 and 1965. Paul Pierce, a computer collector, gathered this documentation to accompany the physical machines that he also collected. The materials in this collection are related to the SHARE Operating System, the IBM 7090, IBM 7094, IBM 650, and IBM 709. Types of materials include technical summaries, technical newsletters, program libraries, wiring diagrams, reference manuals, parts catalogs, diagnostic test manuals, field engineering manuals, and customer engineering manuals. Additionally, there are six boxes of punched cards from the IBM 650 for programs and diagnostics.
Background
Paul R. Pierce is a computer collector who lives in Portland, Oregon. He began his collection with the Packard Bell PB-250, while attending college in Wisconsin. Initially, Pierce thought that he would collect a few minicomputers for fun and to experiment with keeping them working. Over time, he grew concerned that few large machines were being saved by museums, so he began collecting large machines, such as the IBM 1401. The goal of his collection was to preserve examples of major successful machines, as well as their complete documentation, software, and auxiliary equipment, in hopes that they could someday be restored. In 2014, Pierce donated the IBM 709, IBM 7094, IBM 650, and several other machines from his collection, as well as their accompanying documentation, to the Computer History Museum.
Extent
36.17 Linear feet, 22 record cartons, 1 newspaper box, and 6 punched card boxes
Restrictions
The Computer History Museum (CHM) can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claims of the copyright holder. Requests for copying and permission to publish, quote, or reproduce any portion of the Computer History Museum's collection must be obtained jointly from both the copyright holder (if applicable) and the Computer History Museum.
Availability
The collection is open for research.