Archives Of Data-processing History: A Guide To Major U.s. Collections by James W. Cortada

Archives Of Data-processing History: A Guide To Major U.s. Collections

byJames W. Cortada

Hardcover | April 1, 1990

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The history of the computer, and of the industry it spawned, is the latest entrant into the field of historical studies. Scholars beginning to turn their attention to the subject of computing need James Cortada's Archives of Data Procesing History as a brief introduction to sources immediately available for investigation. Each essay provides an overview of a major government, academic, or industrial archival collection dealing with the history of computing, the industry, and its leaders and is written by the archivist/historian who has worked with or is responsible for the collection. The archives give practical information on hours, organization, contacts, telephone numbers, survey of contents, and assessments of the historical significance of the collections and their institutions. Reference and business librarians will definitely want to add this volume to their collections. Those interested in the history of technology, the business history of the industry, and the history of major institutions will want to consult it.

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Title:Archives Of Data-processing History: A Guide To Major U.s. CollectionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:195 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 1990Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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?Some people call it information processing and some call it data processing (sort of like 'you say tomato, I say tomato'?). Whatever one's perspective, there is no disputing the fact that computers have revolutionized society. The collecting of this revolution's history is the subject of Archives of Data-Processing History: A Guide to Major U.S. Collections. Editied by James W. Cortada, the book provides overviews of major archival collections dealing with the history of computing. Twelve collections, including those of the University of Minnesota's Charles Babbage Institute, the Library of Congress, and the IBM Archives, are described in separate essays. (I wonder who is vying for the rights to document NREN's developing history?) Each essay gives basic information on the institution (hours, telephone numbers, etc.), surveys the collection's contents, and assesses its historical significance.?-American Libraries