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Oral history interview with James W. Birkenstock, 1980 Aug. 12.

Author: James W Birkenstock; Roger H Stuewer; Erwin Tomash
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Birkenstock discusses the metamorphosis of International Business Machines (IBM) from leader in the tabulating machine industry to leader in the data processing industry. He describes his involvement with magnetic tape development in 1947, the involvement of IBM in the Korean War, the development of the Defense Calculator and the 701 computer, and the emergence of magnetic core memory from the SAGE project. He
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
History
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: James W Birkenstock; Roger H Stuewer; Erwin Tomash
OCLC Number: 63276348
Description: audiocassettes : 3 (90 min. each) : analog, mono Transcript : 67 pages Computer data (1 file : 113K)

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Birkenstock discusses the metamorphosis of International Business Machines (IBM) from leader in the tabulating machine industry to leader in the data processing industry. He describes his involvement with magnetic tape development in 1947, the involvement of IBM in the Korean War, the development of the Defense Calculator and the 701 computer, and the emergence of magnetic core memory from the SAGE project. He recounts the entry of IBM into the commercial computer market with the 702.

The end of the interview concerns IBM's relationship with other early entrants in the international computer industry, including litigation with Sperry Rand, and its cross-licensing agreements, and cooperation with Japanese electronics firms.

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