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Charles Babbage Institute

The CBI Archives collects, preserves and provides access to rich archival collections and rare publications documenting the history of information technology, from the era of tabulators and electromechanical calculators in the period prior to World War II, through the development of the electronic digital computer, mainframes, mini and microcomputers, software and networking. Oral histories, photographs, journal and serial publications and a reference library complement the archival and special collections holdings.

Collections currently in the UMedia Archive:

  • Association for Computing Machinery
    Selected images and materials of this educational and scientific computing society founded in 1947 as the Eastern Association for Computing Machinery, documenting its administration, operations, projects and its Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which represent virtually every major area of computing.
  • Burroughs Corporation
    The collection contains the records of the Burroughs Corporation, and its predecessors the American Arithmometer Company and Burroughs Adding Machine Company. Materials include corporate records, photographs, films and video tapes, scrapbooks, papers of employees and records of companies acquired by Burroughs.
  • Control Data Corporation
    The Control Data Corporation Records documents the company's operations, goals, plans, and products from its inception in 1957 to 1992.
  • The COOK Report on Internet
    The COOK Report on Internet Protocol is a journal focused on Internet related technology and policy. It was started in the spring of 1992 by Gordon Cook, the journal’s sole editor and publisher, following an 18-month tenure at the United States Congress Office of Technology Assessment.
  • Fragile Publications
  • Oral History Collections
    CBI holds one of the world's largest collections of research-grade oral history interviews relating to the history of computers, software, and networking. Most of the oral histories have been developed in conjunction with grant-funded research projects on topics such as the development of the software industry, the influence of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the early history of computer science departments.