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Sperry Corporation photograph collection.

Author: William M Rittase
Publisher: 1920-1977.
Edition/Format:   Image : Photograph : Picture   Archival Material : No Linguistic Content
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The earliest items in this collection are several photographs of the Atanasoff computer which were evidence used in a Honeywell, Inc.-Sperry Rand Corp. lawsuit. The majority of photographs document about thirty years of research and development at Sperry's Univac Division and one of its predecessor companies, Eckert Mauchly Computer Corp. The files are arranged by products and subjects and include images of the
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Named Person: Isaac L Auerbach; John G Brainerd; J Presper Eckert; Herman Heine Goldstine; G P Harnwell; Grace Murray Hopper; John W Mauchly
Material Type: Photograph, Picture
Document Type: Visual material, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: William M Rittase
OCLC Number: 83924464
Notes: See "Computers, Automation and Cybernetics at the Hagley Museum and Library" by Michael Nash (1989) for detailed history of the Sperry Corp., its predecessor companies, and the ENIAC computer.
Description: 470 photographic prints : b&w ; 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in., on sheets 8 x 10 in. 97 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in., on sheets 8 x 10 in. 1896 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 226 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 92 negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 25 negatives : color ; 8 x 10 in. 323 negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller. 28 negatives : color ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller. 13 negatives : b&w ; 35 mm. or smaller. 139 transparencies : color ; 8 x 10 in. 170 transparencies : color ; 4 x 5 in. 323 transparencies : color ; 35 mm. 4 sound recordings : sound tape reels ; 1200 ft. on 1/2 tape.

Abstract:

The earliest items in this collection are several photographs of the Atanasoff computer which were evidence used in a Honeywell, Inc.-Sperry Rand Corp. lawsuit. The majority of photographs document about thirty years of research and development at Sperry's Univac Division and one of its predecessor companies, Eckert Mauchly Computer Corp. The files are arranged by products and subjects and include images of the company's major computer systems. There are pictures of the ENIAC (1945-1946); BINAC, the first programmable computer (1949); UNIVAC I, II, III (1951-1960) which include 19 small, identified photos of UNIVAC I taken by John W. Mauchly himself in 1950; the 1100 series of scientific computers (1953-1962); the LARC (Livermore Automatic Research Calculator) (1960); the 490/491/494 (real time computer systems) and the solid state systems of the 1960s and 1970s. In addition there are over 200 photos of different kinds of punched card equipment (including sorters, tabulators, verifiers, collators including some made by the Powers Accounting Machine Company, computer peripherals (including printers and magnetic and paper tape converters) and computer components (control panels, chassis, magnetic and core memories, circuit boards, ferractors). This collection also includes views of different offices (Birmingham, Ala.; Dallas; Washington, etc.); labs (including the St. Paul, Minn., physics and electronic engineering research groups); and personnel from the Eckert Mauchly Computer Corp.

These images trace the technological history of electronic data processing at Sperry Rand Corp.from the 1950s to the mid 1970s. Most of them, however, appear to come from advertising office files, so there are a lot of photos which include posed photographs with fashion models and female employes interacting with machines or photos of machines taken for use in advertisements. The most modern items are 35 mm slides which were used as AV presentations, but they are without their scripts. One of these is labeled "COBOL Basic Course Univac Marketing Education."

There are also four reel-to-reel audio tapes. Two are identified: "Interviews and Summaries by Attorney for IBM. Interviews of Anderson, Graham, Walker, Fenn, Steele. Re: BINAC at Northrup." One is identified: "Mendelso(h?)n interview, Nov. 2, 1967" and the other "Dr. Pierce interview, Nov. 3, 1967."

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