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Guide to the Don Maslin CP/M collection
X6817.2013  
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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
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Don Maslin CP/M collection
    Identifier/Call Number: X6817.2013
    Contributing Institution: Computer History Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 29.5 Linear feet, 19 record carts, 6 software boxes, and 1 periodical box
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1977-1984
    Date (inclusive): 1973-1996
    Abstract: The Don Maslin CP/M collection consists of software and published documentation ranging from 1973 to 1996, with the bulk being from 1977 to 1984. About half of the collection consists of software in floppy disk and cassette formats. Most of this portion of the collection pertains to CP/M and applications that were written for the CP/M operating system. The other half of the collection contains text documentation such as reference manuals and user guides for a variety of software and hardware. A significant portion of the text is related to hardware, some of which was donated with this collection and is cataloged separately. Notable companies in this collection include Advanced Computer Design, Advanced Digital Corporation, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, MicroPro, and Tektronix.
    Language of Materials note: Collection is in English.
    creator: Maslin, Donald A., 1924-2004

    Processing Information

    Collection was surveyed by Rita Wang in 2016. Jack Doran, Sara Chabino Lott, Elena Colón-Marrero, and Pennington Ahlstrand processed the collection in Spring 2020.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    The Computer History Museum (CHM) can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Copyright restrictions may apply and 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 as owner of the material.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], [Date], Don Maslin CP/M collection, Lot X6817.2013, Box [#], Computer History Museum.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Deborah Sharpe, 2013.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Donald Albert Maslin was born November 2, 1927 in Whitneyville, Connecticut. Son of Albert J. and Margaret L. Maslin, Don was the younger brother of Robert and older brother of Margaret Anne. The family soon moved to Pennsylvania, where his first job was working for the Pennsylvania Railroad during WWII, tamping gravel and carrying ties and sections of rail. He got his driver’s license shortly after his 16th birthday, and then bought a 1931 Ford Model A California Coupe for $120. It was to be just the first of 23 cars he would own.
    Maslin graduated from high school in 1945 and enlisted in the Coast Guard. After completing his service, he went into pilot training, where he got his license and bought a Fairchild PT-19 trainer. He attended the University of Michigan for two years and then transferred for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University. He moved to San Diego in 1954 to work for CONVAIR in the Engineering Flight Test Department, where he worked on the F102 and F106. Additionally, he pioneered the use of water ballast instead of sand bags for flight testing the CONVAIR 880 transport plane. In 1958, Maslin purchased a Lotus-11 racing car and raced on the amateur circuit, where he met a woman named Winnie, and they married in 1959. Maslin left CONVAIR in 1960.
    He subsequently worked for Electro Instruments, where in close cooperation with Robert Mason & Associates, they achieved a WESCON Award of Excellence in Industrial Engineering for the company's Model 300 X-Y Plotter. Later, he was employed by Cohu Electronics and Dolphin Engineering, where he worked for Robert “Bud” Hull, who also had a race car. Maslin and Hull reportedly did some stunt driving for the TV show “Route 66,” as well as Ronald Reagan’s last movie, “The Killers.”
    In 1964 Maslin went to work for the Naval Support Center, Pacific, where he was the combat systems department head. The majority of his naval service was spent in the Department of Defense.
    After retiring, Maslin was heavily involved in the CP/M community in San Diego and was one of the main archivists of CP/M floppy disk distributions. He was active in the comp.sys.cpm newsgroup and would make copies of the diskettes when people needed them to get their vintage computers going. Maslin was admired in these niche communities, as is evidenced by testimonies about his generosity: “the quiet, no-nonsense support he gave, doing something that desperately needed doing if these old systems were going to be kept running, but with no fanfare, no business angle, no glory.” “Don helped a lot of people with his services, and he had the respect of his peers.” “He will be missed by all who want to keep the efforts of… many pioneers alive.”
    Maslin frequently submitted letters to the editor of the local newspaper. His hobbies included travel, fine wines and cheese. Don Maslin passed away August 28, 2004 in La Jolla, California.

    Scope and Content of the Collection

    The Don Maslin CP/M collection consists of software and published documentation spanning from 1973 to 1996, with the bulk being from 1977 to 1984. About half of the collection consists of software in floppy disk and cassette tape formats. Most of the software in the collection pertains to CP/M and applications that were written for the CP/M operating system. The other half of the collection contains text documentation such as reference manuals and user guides for various software and hardware. A significant portion of the text is related to computer hardware, some of which was donated with this text and software collection, but is cataloged separately.
    Notable companies in this collection include: Advanced Computer Design, Advanced Digital Corporation, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, MicroPro, and Tektronix.

    Separated Material

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

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    The collection contains media that has not been read by CHM staff. Contact the CHM archives staff for more information.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into 2 series:
    Series 1, Manuals, product descriptions, and newsletters, 1973-1994
    Series 2, Software, 1978-1996

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Abrams Creative Services
    Advanced Computer Design
    Advanced Digital Corporation
    C. Itoh & Company (America)
    Computer hardware
    CP/M
    Digital Research (Firm)
    Epson (Firm)
    Hewlett-Packard Company
    International Business Machines Corporation
    Intertec Data Systems Corporation
    MicroPro International Corporation
    Osborne Computer Corporation
    Shugart Associates
    Tektronix, Inc