Guide to the Seymour Rubinstein collection of MicroPro International Corporation records
Finding aid prepared by Adrienne Harling and Sara Chabino Lott
Processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from the Computer History Museum’s Software Industry
Special Interest Group.
Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
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Title: Seymour Rubinstein collection of MicroPro International Corporation records
Identifier/Call Number: X4735.2008
Computer History Museum
Language of Material:
3.75 Linear feet,
3 record cartons
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1981-1986
Date (inclusive): 1978-1986
The Seymour Rubinstein collection of MicroPro International Corporation records consists of records that Rubinstein retained
for his own use from his tenure at MicroPro International Corporation. Rubinstein was the founder and CEO of MicroPro, and
an influential innovator in the software industry. Rubinstein was the lead developer of MicroPro’s flagship product WordStar,
which was one of the first commercially successful software applications for the personal computer (then called a microcomputer).
This collection includes records about MicroPro’s financial, legal, and personnel history as well as the marketing, sales,
and development of MicroPro products, especially WordStar. It also includes a small amount of Rubinstein’s personal papers.
The collection is open for research.
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[Identification of Item], [Date], Seymour Rubinstein collection of MicroPro International Corporation records, Lot X4735.2008,
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Seymour Rubinstein, 2006.
Files were originally stored in groupings of standard file folders within hanging files. During processing, the creator’s
folder label on hanging folders, if any, was included as a prefix to the creator’s folder label on the standard folders. This
was done in an effort to preserve the creator’s original arrangement and context.
Seymour I. Rubinstein, an influential innovator within the software industry, was born in 1934. He grew up in New York, received
a B.S. from City University of New York and an M.B.A. from the Baruch School of Business. Rubinstein ran his first program
on an IBM mainframe 1620 in 1963, which sparked his interest in a career in computing. In 1964, Rubinstein was hired at Sanders
Associates as their Manager of Programming Development for the Data Systems Division. At Sanders he developed a telecommunications
software interface for CRT terminals. He went on to work as a computer programming manager, and as a consultant to a variety
of firms. He designed several telecommunication software systems in the fields of banking, law firm management, and online
credit card authorization. He was also Director of Marketing for IMSAI Manufacturing Corporation, providing leadership on
management and product development strategies.
Rubinstein founded MicroPro International Corporation (MicroPro) in June, 1978. At MicroPro, Rubinstein served as President
and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, and later as Chairman Emeritus. MicroPro released word processing software
WordStar, one of the first commercially successful applications for the personal computer, in 1979. MicroPro had many software
products, but WordStar’s success was a primary driver of MicroPro’s $70 million valuation when the company went public in
Rubinstein led the development of WordStar, working with programmer Rob Barnaby whom he had met at IMSAI. In 1990, Rubinstein
was sued by former CEO of IMSAI, Bill Millard, who accused Rubinstein of stealing trade secrets to create WordStar. However,
Rubinstein was not found guilty.
Rubinstein claims responsibility for creating the end user software licensing agreement, a current industry standard, as well
as for innovating the practice of creating distribution agreements with foreign vendors. Both of these developments contributed
to the accelerated growth of the software industry.
Rubinstein continued to be active in the software industry until the mid 2000s. In 1987 he worked on developing a spreadsheet
called Surpass, which was later sold to Borland International and renamed Quattro Pro. In 1995, he founded a company called
Prompt Software, which specialized in internet and intranet research as well as document management tools. In 2005, Rubinstein
became the director for business development of Avatier Corporation. He also held directorships at large corporations including
IMSI, InterTrust Technologies, and Prompt Software.
Scope and Content of the Collection
The collection includes financial, personnel, and legal records pertaining to MicroPro, documentation of marketing and sales
of MicroPro products, and information about new product development. There is also a small amount of papers more specifically
pertaining to Seymour Rubinstein himself and not MicroPro as a company. This collection does not include content about Rubinstein’s
work with other companies, and contains limited information about MicroPro’s other products besides WordStar.
The collection is arranged into 3 series: Series 1, Administrative records, 1978-1986 Series 2, Sales and product development,
1981-1986 Series 3, Personal papers, 1983-1986
Related Collections at CHM
PC Software Workshop: Word Processing, Lot X4311.2008, Catalog number 102658157.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
MicroPro International Corporation
Word processing -- Software
Administrative records, Series 1,
Series Scope and Content
This series contains records pertaining to financial, personnel, and legal matters having to do with MicroPro International
Corporation. Financial records include financial reports as well as in-house documents for financial planning and analysis.
Personnel records include employee directories, Rubinstein’s folders containing work related to specific MicroPro employees
and colleagues (titled by person), and a substantial amount of content related to a corporate reorganization process. Within
the corporate reorganization folders are planning documents related to reorganization as well as summarized comments from
exit interviews in which recently terminated employees expressed their views about MicroPro’s management. Also in this series
are legal records including documentation about a lawsuit in which MicroPro and Seymour Rubinstein were defendants. This series
is in its original order.
Accounting : FY 86 profit plan
Accounting : financial memoranda and correspondence
Accounting : general
Accounting : memoranda and correspondence
Accounting : presentation to F. Adler and B. Janeway
Accounting : MPI financial reports
Accounting : consolidated statements of income
MPI annual reports
MPI controllers reports
MPI financial planning and analysis reports
Operating plan - financial plan - 2nd quarter forecast
Untitled revenue spreadsheet by software product name
Excess space (10th bldg. & 4th)
Excess space (10th bldg. & 4th) architectural drawing and lease
Corporate director's guidebook
Personnel : resumes
Personnel : general
1982; 1983; 1985
Personnel : alphabetical employee information list and list by employee number
Personnel : MicroPro pixie addresses
Personnel : divisional employee information list
Personnel : compensation committee
Personnel : compensation committee meeting
Corporate reorganization : exit interview comments
Corporate reorganization : MPI guiding principles
Corporate reorganization : general
Corporate reorganization : renewal of Tamsys distribution agreement
Corporate reorganization : MicroPro Ireland Ltd.
Management termination agreements
Applicants for president and CEO
Review with Chip
Bruce Van Natta : review with Bruce
Bruce Van Natta : SynchroSound case #14
Bruce Van Natta : miscellaneous
Adler & Company, Institutional Investor Conference, New York
MicroPro International Corporation debenture purchase agreement
MicroPro International Corporation debenture purchase agreement with associated attachments and
Equity offering documents
MicroPro board of directors resolutions
Adler purchase agreement documents
David Gold, Esq.
Frederick P. Furth (Furth, Fahrner, Bluemle & Mason)
Legal MPI : Heller Ehrman, et. al.
Legal MPI : Parziale vs. MicroPro et. al.
Woodard, Hall & Primm
Sales and product development, Series 2,
Series Scope and Content
This series contains records related to employee travel to conferences, MicroPro product and sales-related literature, press
releases and press coverage, data about sales activities and customers, and new product development as well as already released
products. A considerable amount of documentation about WordStar can be found in this series including information about WordStar
sales, features, releases, and more. This series is in its original order.
National computer convention June 1982 ADTTTS NCC
PC expo & Europe
SICOB - Paris, France
SICOB Paris, France ATTTTS/S
West Coast Computer Faire
West Coast Computer Faire
COMDEX, Las Vegas
COMDEX, Atlantic City ADTTTS/CO
COMDEX, Las Vegas ADTTTS/CO
Computer adventure ADTTTS/CA
Computer faire, inc.
Hanover faire ADTTTS
IBM PC faire San Francisco ADTTTCO/IBM
The international software update II
MicroPro press information
MicroPro promotional packet for OEMs and value added distributors
MicroPro news releases
MicroPro Editorial Coverage
User interface proposals
Sales report actual vs. forecast
Sales & backlog analysis
Cancelled orders domestic & international
Software sales orders & booking status
Value added dealers plan
Sales address list
East coast customer visits
Executive account visits
WordStar 4.0 recommendations
MicroPro vs. Microprose
Company memos - chronological
Unix - chronological
New product plan proposal
New product development
MicroPro strategic planning
Mark Meyer's proposal to develop applications using InfoStar
Weekly reports WS2000
WS 2000 awareness tracking study
InfoCorp report - WS2000 Rel 2 vs competition
Bound reports on WordStar 2000
Project planning overview - WS 2000
WordStar 2000 product development
R & D
WS 2000 publicity
WordStar 2000 Press Packet
WordStar 2000 press announcements
WordStar 2000 general : memorandum
WordStar 2000 general : copy protection
WordStar 2000 general : correspondence
WordStar 2000 general : printer info
WordStar 2000 general : sales
WordStar 2000 general : upgrades
WS2000 prelaunch : IVAN pre-launch PDNP/i
WS2000 prelaunch : WordStar 2000 publicity
Personal papers, Series 3,
Series Scope and Content
This series includes records pertaining more specifically to Seymour Rubinstein rather than MicroPro as a company. There is
some documentation related to conflicts between Rubinstein and venture capitalist and MicroPro shareholder Fred Adler. Public
addresses given by Rubinstein can be found in this series, as well as personal legal matters. In addition, this series contains
records of Rubinstein’s testimony for a court case in which he was a witness, and some material regarding his own lawsuit
in which he was sued for theft of trade secrets (but found not guilty). This series is in its original order.
Notes & memoranda
Thoughts on withdrawl
SIR proposed communications
SIR chairman emeritus professional biography
SIR speaking engagements
Itineraries - SIR
Insurance forms - SIR
Legal - personal : change of name
Legal - personal : Harvey Goldfine
Legal - personal : Seymour Rubinstein deposition : Killian, Van Natta vs. Millard, et. al
Legal - personal : Bancroft, Avery, McAlister, Killian, et. al. vs. Millard et. al.
Legal - personal : SIR testimony - corrected pages, selected exhibits, AJK, BUN vs Millard et. al
Legal - personal : Levi & Jones, Accountants, Inc.
Legal - personal : SIR
Photograph of unidentified woman