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Burroughs Corporation Records. HOBO Group Reports, 1951-1952. Finding Aid.

Summary Information
Title: Burroughs Corporation records. HOBO group reports
Dates: 1951-1952
Creator: Burroughs Adding Machine Company and British Tabulating Machine Company
Extent: 1 box (0.2 cubic feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: CBI 90, Series 49
Collection contains the first and second reports of the HOBO Group.

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.


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, HOBO Group Reports (CBI 90), Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Historical Note

A series of meetings were held between the British Tabulating Machine Company Limited and the Burroughs Adding Machine Company in January and February of 1952. The "HOBO Group" consisted of a select number of members from each company. The self-imposed objectives of the HOBO group were "to develop specifications for equipment to satisfy all of the major economic levels of the world market for business machines; to make recommendations covering current short range and medium range programs, and to make further recommendations suggesting areas of long range research that might prove fruitful."

Collection Scope and Content Note

Collection contains the first and second reports of the HOBO Group for the period 1951-1952.

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.
  • British Tabulating Machine Company.
  • Burroughs Adding Machine Company.
  • Office equipment and supplies industry.
  • Joint ventures.
Box and Folder List
 Location  Title
Box 1
HOBO Group Reports, 1951-1952.  Box 1, Folder 1
HOBO Group Reports, 1952.  Box 1, Folder 2