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Guide to the David C. Faloon papers
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  • Processing Information
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of the Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Material

  • Title: David C. Faloon papers
    Identifier/Call Number: X3947.2007
    Contributing Institution: Computer History Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.92 Linear feet, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1940-1956
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1976
    Abstract: The David C. Faloon papers consist of promotional and sales materials, product information, punched card designs, training materials, personal notes, and photographs pertaining to his work for Remington Rand's UNIVAC division, and later, Sperry Rand Corporation's UNIVAC division.
    creator: Faloon, David C.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Dale Jenne, 2007.

    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], David C. Faloon papers, X3947.2007, Box [#], Folder [#], Catalog [#], Computer History Museum.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The David C. Faloon papers were donated to the Computer History Museum by his daughter, Priscilla A. Hare, in 1998.

    Biographical Note

    David Carl Faloon was born on June 30, 1924, in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Pennsylvania State University and was a graduate of Remington Rand's first installation engineer's class in December 1946. He first worked for Remington Rand as a methods technician, designing punched cards for their tabulating machines and training customer personnel. In May 1954, Faloon become a systems analyst in Remington Rand's UNIVAC division. He retired after twenty-seven and a half years.
    During this time, Faloon also became licensed by the State of Pennsylvania as an emergency medical technician and worked as an emergency medical care instructor in Washington County, PA. He volunteered with the Peters Township VFW Ambulance Service, where he trained volunteers, acted as crew chief, and even delivered three babies.
    Faloon died on September 1, 2005.

    Scope and Content of the Collection

    The David C. Faloon's papers, spanning from 1928 to 1976, consist primarily of promotional materials and product information related to Remington Rand and Sperry UNIVAC. This includes items such as marketing brochures and in-house confidential materials to assist sales and operation staff from Remington Rand and Sperry Rand Corporation. There are also two brochure series, including The Field Glass and Tabulating Tips, as well as periodicals such as Ink and Sales Whys that were published for Remington Rand employees. The collection also contains manuals for and papers about punched card tabulating machines and UNIVAC systems programming, as well as sample punched cards, card design notes, card design proofs, and contracts.
    A smaller portion of the collection pertains to Faloon's training and experience as a Remington Rand employee. Included are a class directory and schedule of the 1946 installation engineer's class, training class notes, a class book from his 1954 TM-2 course, and an article about his emergency medical technician experience in the UNIVAC Sphere.
    The collection also includes both professional publicity and marketing photographs as well as personal photographs related to Faloon's work at Remington Rand and Sperry UNIVAC.


    The collection is arranged into 2 series:
    Series 1, Papers, 1928-1976
    Series 2, Photographs, 1946-1969

    Separated Material

    Sperry Univac ephemera – including patches, pins, a tie, a name tag, a message pad, a coaster, and equipment programming templates – were separated from the main collection. To view catalog records for the separated items, please search the CHM catalog at www.computerhistory.org/collections/search. 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Punched card systems
    Remington Rand Univac
    Sperry Rand Corporation. Univac Division
    Tabulating machines
    Univac computer