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October 28, 2008

Hidden History Report and Update

The Minnesota's Hidden History in Computing lecture series has thus far had a diverse group of attendees, including folks from various retiree groups in the area (Lockheed Martin, Control Data Corporation, and Honeywell) as well as some faculty and staff from University of Minnesota departments. Such a varied group has occasioned some interesting dialogue, to go along with the fascinating subject matter. The next talk will be on November 19 from 7-8 pm and will cover "Lives and Legends at Control Data Corporation." Please come!

October 27, 2008

Search Widget on CBI Homepage

I've added a new search widget to the CBI homepage! It will allow you to keyword search our finding aids, our Burroughs photo database, and our cataloged publications, all in one box. I'm hoping that it will be convenient for research.

Note: our search is not Google-like. Rather, it's a phrase-based search system, so that it's best to be minimalistic in your keywords. For instance, a search for "Calvin Mooers" will not result in any hits, because his name is "Calvin N. Mooers" in the finding aid. A search just for "Mooers," however, will give you the correct results.

October 20, 2008

New Finding Aid

We have a new collection available: CBI 202, the R. M. Warner Laboratory Notebooks. The finding aid is available here!

October 2, 2008

Symposium

You may be interested in the following call for papers, for which computing history topics are very relevant.

The Center for Cryptologic History announces a call for papers for its biennial Symposium on Cryptologic History. The Symposium will occur on 15-16 October 2009 in Laurel, Maryland, at the Johns-Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. We will consider all proposals relating to any aspect of cryptologic history, including topics relating to the history of computer technology development. The deadline for submission of proposals, to include a minimum two-page topic prospectus, a brief source list, and a biography, is 10 January 2009. Selected presenters will receive notification by 1 March 2009. For further information, contact Dr. Kent Sieg, Symposium coordinator, at 301-688-2336 or kgsieg@nsa.gov.