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Burroughs Corporation Records. Artifacts, 1954-1966. Finding Aid.

Summary Information
Title: Burroughs Corporation records. Artifacts.
Dates: 1954-1966
Creator: Burroughs Corporation
Extent: 3 boxes (2.5 cubic feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: CBI 90, Series 8
Abstract:
Collection consists of two categories of artifacts: those that were on the Coleman Display Table and Miscellaneous Artifacts. Burroughs had saved a few circuit boards from their computers of the 1950's and 1960's as display pieces that later ended up in the company archives. These are part of this collection along with a few code cards and some miscellaneous pieces.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Unisys Corporation in 1991, accession 991-35.

Access Restrictions:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Copyright:

The Charles Babbage Institute 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).

Preferred Citation:

Burroughs Corporation Records, Artifacts (CBI 90), Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:

  • Colman Table Artifacts
  • Miscellaneous Artifacts

Historical Note

Burroughs saved a few circuit boards from their computers of the 1950's and 1960's as display pieces that later ended up in the company archives. Along with a few code cards and some miscellaneous pieces, this became the "artifacts" that were donated to the Charles Babbage Institute.

The Coleman Table Artifacts have a rather interesting history. The display table was made at the request of Burroughs' President John S. Coleman; many of the items were located inside the table. The next president, Ray Eppert, was not interested in having it in his office, so it was taken by the General Manager of the Burroughs Detroit Division, Lyle Blossom. Edward Schening was its next owner, and upon his retirement, the table was given to Dr. Robert R. Johnson, Vice President-Engineering.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of two categories of artifacts: those that were on the Coleman Display Table; and Miscellaneous Artifacts. There is a short history of the Coleman Display Table in Box 2.

Related Material

This is one series of the Burroughs Corporation Records (CBI 90). Please see the other series finding aids for further information regarding the Burroughs Corporation.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • 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 headings.
  • Burroughs Corporation.
  • Integrated circuits
Box and Folder List
 Location  Title
 
Coleman Table Artifacts  
Box 1
ARLI, 1961 Box 1, Folder 1
 
ARLI, 1962 Box 1, Folder 2
Box 2
ARLI, 1966 Box 2
Box 1
AN/FST-2, 1960, 1965 Box 1, Folder 3
Box 2
ATLAS, 1954 Box 2
Box 1
Batch Fabricated Heads (5N), undated Box 1, Folder 4
 
B80-B800, undated Box 1, Folder 5
 
B101, 1959 Box 1, Folder 6
Box 2
B475, 1965 Box 2
 
B5000, 1961 Box 2
Box 1
B6700, 1969 Box 1, Folder 7
 
B8500, 1986 Box 1, Folder 8
Box 2
BSP, undated Box 2
Box 1
BUIC, 1963 Box 1, Folder 9-10
 
C5205, undated Box 1, Folder 11
 
D84, 1964 Box 1, Folder 12
 
D84 (?), undated Box 1, Folder 13
 
E1166, 1964 Box 1, Folder 14
 
E2100, undated Box 1, Folder 15
 
E2190, 1963 Box 1, Folder 16
Box 2
GAGDT, 1964 Box 2
Box 1
L2000, undated Box 1, Folder 17
 
POLARIS, 1961 Box 1, Folder 18-19
Box 2
Sensimatic rotary switch  Box 2
Box 1
Unidentified circuit board, undated Box 1, Folder 20
Box 2
Miscellaneous, undated Box 2
 
Miscellaneous Artifacts  
Box 2
Burroughs Stock Certificates, 1924-1980 Box 2
Box 3
E101 circuit board, 1955 Box 3
Box 2
Miracle Carbon Roll  Box 2
 
Nixie Tube, large  Box 2
 
Nixie Tube, small  Box 2
 
Object Code Cards for B5500 and B6700 in 3 boxes  Box 2