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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
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Material
  • Related Collections at Other Repositories

  • Title: Jim Armstrong collection of Apple material
    Identifier/Call Number: X2768.2004
    Contributing Institution: Computer History Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 12.92 Linear feet, 10 record cartons and 1 manuscript box
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1983-1997
    Date (inclusive): 1976-1997
    Abstract: The Jim Armstrong collection of Apple materials is made up of items Armstrong collected related to Apple Computer, Inc., where he worked in a variety of roles from 1983 to 1997. Included are manuals, internal Apple documents, periodicals and books, materials related to conferences, technical notes and reports, promotional items, product catalogs, directories, price lists, and specifications, all dating from 1976 to 1997. While the majority of items in the collection are related to Apple, a small amount of material from other companies can be found throughout the collection.
    creator: Armstrong, Jim, 1948-

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Bo Doub and Kim Hayden, August 2015.

    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], Jim Armstrong collection of Apple material, Lot X2768.2004, Box [#], Folder [#], Catalog [#], Computer History Museum.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Jim Armstrong, 2003.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Jim Armstrong was born December 14, 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended college at Madison Area Technical College and received a BS in physics in 1968. After graduating, Armstrong worked for various companies, including Aurora Systems, Inc. as Vice President of sales. Starting in 1983, Armstrong started working for Apple as a Sales Support Engineer. In 1984 he was promoted to Competitive Analyst, and then in 1986 to Technology Evangelist. Finally, in 1994 Armstrong began his last position at Apple as Senior Support Engineer, which continued until 1997. Since leaving Apple, Armstrong has worked at Cisco Systems, Inc., Redstone Software, CompUSA, and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in different sales and information technology-related roles.
    Apple Inc., formerly Apple Computer, Inc., was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976. Apple is now a multinational technology company that has designed, developed, and sold highly popular consumer electronics products, including the Macintosh line of computers, iPod media player, iPhone, and iPad tablet computer. Apple has also developed online services and consumer software, which include iCloud, the iTunes Store, Safari web browser, and OS X and iOS operating systems. In 2014, Apple became the first U.S. company to be valued at over $700 billion.

    Scope and Content of the Collection

    The Jim Armstrong collection of Apple materials consists of records relating to Apple Computer, Inc. from 1976 to 1997, with the bulk of the collection being from 1983 to 1997 when Armstrong was an employee of Apple. The collection contains manuals, Apple administrative records, publications, conference proceedings, and promotional material that document Apple's early products and reception by the public. The Apple II, Lisa, Apple III, and the original 1984 Macintosh are all featured in the collection in various versions and stages of development. Armstrong worked for Apple primarily in sales and marketing and the collection reflects these roles.


    The collection is arranged into 6 series:
    Series 1, Manuals, 1978-1996
    Series 2, Apple administrative records, 1979-1995
    Series 3, Books, periodicals, and reports, 1978-1995
    Series 4, Conference and workshop material, 1983-1997
    Series 5, Catalogs and directories, 1976-1995
    Series 6, Promotional material, 1976-1997

    Separated Material

    Hardware, software, ephemera, and media items were separated from the main collection. The hardware includes a PhoneNET Connector model PN-209, Apple model A9M0050 mouse, Apple Macintosh board with MacMEGABYTES memory card, Apple Talk interface, and Apple MIDI adaptor. The software includes Apple-related packaged items and close to 400 loose CD-ROMs, 3.5” disks, and 5.25” disks. The ephemera and media include Apple calendars, buttons, ticket stubs, invitations, stickers, business cards, notepads, zipper pouches, trivia cards, and an abacus. The media includes 16 instructional and informational audiotapes related to Apple and general computing, 7 audiotapes of the spring 1986 COMDEX conference, and close to 200 videotapes related to Apple and general computing. To view catalog records for the separated items please search CHM's online catalog at www.computerhistory.org/collections/search. 

    Related Collections at Other Repositories

    Apple corporate history collections, Stanford University, library.stanford.edu/areas/apple-computer-collections/apple-corporate-history-collections. 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Apple II (Computer)
    Apple III (Computer)
    Apple Computer, Inc.
    Armstrong, Jim, 1948-
    Lisa computer
    Macintosh (Computer)