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October 29, 2009

Birth of the Internet

A quick interview from CNN on what is possibly the first message transmitted via the Internet, forty years ago on October 29, 1969 (thanks to Minnesota HST student Jonathan for the link!).

October 6, 2009

New Finding Aids

I'm trying a new experiment by creating quick, collection-level finding aids for our unprocessed collections so that you have at least a minimal level of access to as many of our collections as possible (eventually, to all of them). Here are links to the first batch - please let me know if you think it's a worthwhile thing to do, or if you'd prefer to remain unaware of those that are unprocessed but have more detailed finding aids for those that are. (Note: some of these have minimal-level box lists, while some have no lists at all.)

Boole & Babbage Users Group Conference Proceedings, 1972-1975 (CBI 137)
Total Information for Educational Systems Records, 1966-1978 (CBI 138)
Charles W. Bradley Collection on the ENIAC Trial, 1930-1966 (CBI 140)
Earl Masterson Papers (CBI 143)
Center for Y2K and Society Records (CBI 155)
Computer Associates International Records, 1982-2001 (CBI 156)
Gordon B. Davis Collection of Photographs, 1966-1976 (CBI 214)
Keith W. Uncapher Papers (CBI 87)
Arthur L. Norberg and William Aspray DARPA Project Research Files, 1960-1989 (CBI 136)

October 5, 2009

Organizing the History of Computing

CBI director Tom Misa presented "Organizing the History of Computing: 'Lessons Learned' at the Charles Babbage Institute" at the History of Nordic Computing conference in Turku, two summers ago. It is now published in a Springer conference volume and available electronically at: http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-03756-6.