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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collection of SDS 930 material
X3872.2007  
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  • Processing Information
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of the Collection
  • Separated Material

  • Title: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collection of SDS 930 material
    Identifier/Call Number: X3872.2007
    Contributing Institution: Computer History Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 17.68 Linear feet, 5 record cartons, 4 newspaper boxes, 4 periodical boxes, and 5 other boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1961-1972
    Date (inclusive): 1961-1994
    Abstract: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collection of SDS 930 documentation and tapes consists of printed materials, data stored on magnetic tapes, and software on paper tapes. The collection ranges in date from 1961 to 1994. About half of the collection is made up of documentation related to the SDS 930 and other contemporary machines, including manuals, design drawings, logic diagrams, program libraries, and wire lists. The rest of the collection consists of paper tapes, which are mainly diagnostic programs, and magnetic tapes, which hold satellite cloud and weather pattern data.
    creator: United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Processing Information

    Collection surveyed by Sydney Gulbronson Olson, 2018.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], [Date], National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collection of SDS 930 material, Lot X3872.2007, Box [#], Computer History Museum.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2006.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce that studies and reports information about oceans, climate, atmosphere, and related ecosystems. NOAA provides a variety of services, such as climate predictions and projections, weather and water reports, nautical charts and navigational information, fisheries management, and coastal restoration. NOAA also collects data on a range of environmental topics and publishes scientific data sets for use by public, private, and academic sectors.
    This collection specifically came from NOAA's Space Environment Center (SEC), now known as the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). This department monitors the sun and solar system to provide space weather forecasts, including issuing watches, warnings, and alerts for hazardous space weather events. Because of the nature of the department's data collection and research, powerful computers, such as the SDS 930, were a requirement.
    The SDS 930 was a powerful scientific mainframe computer manufactured by Scientific Data Systems. It was first announced in 1963, with the first installations and configurations beginning in 1964. The SEC used the SDS 930 to collect and analyze data from satellites about cloud and weather patterns.

    Scope and Content of the Collection

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collection of SDS 930 documentation and tapes ranges in date from 1961 to 1994 and consists of printed materials, data stored on magnetic tapes, and software on paper tapes. About half of the collection is made up of documentation related to the SDS 930 and its peripherals, published between 1961 and 1972. Types of materials include reference and technical manuals, reference and design drawings, logic diagrams, program libraries, maintenance training documentation, and wire lists. While the majority of the text materials are published by Scientific Data Systems (SDS), there is a small amount of material published by other companies, including Tally, Rheem Electronics Corporation, Ex-Cell-O Corporation, IBM, Control Data Corporation, Ampex Corporation, Teletype Corporation, and Xerox Data Systems.
    The rest of the collection consists of paper tapes and magnetic tapes with handwritten labels, which range in date from the mid-1960s to mid-1990s. There are 41 individually boxed magnetic tapes, 21 10.5-inch magnetic tape reels, 1 9-inch magnetic tape reel, 10 7-inch magnetic tape reels, 3 paper tapes on reels, and 4 small boxes of rolled paper tapes. The paper tapes are mainly diagnostic programs, while the magnetic tapes hold satellite cloud and weather pattern data.

    Separated Material

    Physical objects were separated from the main collection. To view catalog records for separated material, search the CHM catalog at http://www.computerhistory.org/collections/search/ .

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Scientific Data Systems.
    SDS 930 (Computer)