Earl R. Larson Papers, 1981-1985. Finding Aid.
Earl R. Larson papers
Larson, Earl R., 1911-
1 box (0.1
Collection contains correspondence and
newspaper clippings relating to the Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand trial and John V.
Atanasoff's recognition as the inventor of the electronic digital computer.
Includes correspondence from historical researchers, awards committees,
Atanasoff, and the patent counsel from Honeywell.
University of Minnesota Libraries.
Charles Babbage Institute.
Access and Use
The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Earl R.
Larson in 1986.
Access to the collection is unrestricted.
CBI holds the copyright to all materials in the collection, except for
items covered by a prior copyright (such as published materials). Researchers
may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright
law (Title 17, U.S. Code).
Earl R. Larson Papers (CBI 31), Charles Babbage Institute, University
of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
As judge of the Fourth Division of the United States District Court in
Minnesota, Earl R. Larson presided over the Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand trial
(1971-1973) and ruled Sperry Rand's patent invalid partly because the patent
was derived from the work of John V. Atanasoff.
For a more detailed description of the Honeywell vs. Sperry case, see
the "History" note in the finding aid for:
Honeywell, Inc., Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand Litigation Records (CBI 1).
Collection Scope and Content Note
The collection consists of a file of 32 pieces of correspondence,
dating 1981 to 1985, relating to the Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand trial and John
V. Atanasoff's recognition as the inventor of the electronic digital computer.
Newspaper clippings are attached to the correspondence. The file includes
correspondence from historical researchers, awards committees, Atanasoff, and
the patent counsel from Honeywell.
- This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog
of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about
related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these
- Atanasoff, John V. (John Vincent)
- Larson, Earl R., 1911-
- Honeywell, Inc.
- Sperry Rand Corporation.
- Computers--Law and
Box and Folder List
From Linda Mihalko to Marconi International Fellowship
Council Box 1, Folder 1
To Cecil A. Johnson (3) from Cecil A. Johnson
(4) Box 1 , Folder 1
To Arthur W. Burks from Arthur W. Burks Box 1, Folder 1
To Dr. John V. Atanasoff (3) from Dr. John V. Atanasoff
(3) Box 1, Folder 1
To Henry L. Hanson (3) from Henry L. Hanson
(3) Box 1, Folder 1
To Allen L. Hammond (3) from Hanson, Lendt,
Atanasoff Box 1, Folder 1
From William Silag (4) to William Silag (2) Box 1, Folder 1