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Guide to the Paul R. Pierce collection of IBM documentation
X7694.2016  
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Description
The Paul R. Pierce collection of IBM documentation contains manuals, bulletins, diagrams, and parts catalogs ranging in date from 1956 to 1970. Paul Pierce, a computer collector, gathered this documentation to accompany the physical machines that he also collected. The materials are related to the IBM 7094, 7090, 709, and 650 systems and their peripherals. Additionally, there is one publication for the Bendix G15.
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 machines like 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 an 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
9.6 Linear feet, 3 record cartons and 5 newspaper 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.