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Burroughs Corporation Records. Mechanical Library, 1920-1968. Finding Aid.

Summary Information
Title: Burroughs Corporation records. Mechanical library.
Dates: 1920-1968
Creator: Burroughs Corporation
Extent: 7 boxes (7 cubic feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: CBI 90, Series 56
Abstract:
The mechanical library was essentially a set of service books that described each machine. There were variations like instruction books, symbol lists, shop tool lists, and feature prints (blueprints). These were kept by the patent department. The way Burroughs identified different machines changed over the years, and sometimes included a style #, a class #, a series #, or any combination of these.

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, Mechanical Library (CBI 90), Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

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

  • Instruction Books
  • Symbol Lists and Parts/Tool Catalogs
  • Feature Prints (blueprints)
  • Miscellaneous

Historical Note

The mechanical library was essentially a set of service books that described each machine. There were variations like instruction books, symbol lists, shop tool lists, and feature prints (blueprints). These were kept by the patent department. The way Burroughs identified different machines changed over the years, and sometimes included a style #, a class #, a series #, or any combination of these.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Collection was originally bound in volumes numbering 1-76. The information in each volume was all intermixed, including all of the above listed types of information. These were rearranged into a classification utilizing the series letters. The collection itself now has several subseries.

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
  • Computer industry
  • Office equipment and supplies industry
Box and Folder List
 Location  Title
 
Instruction Books  
 
Instruction Books  
Box 1
Series B&H: Bell & Howell Continuous Printing Endorser, 1952-1954 Box 1, Folder 1
 
Series B&H: Bell & Howell Microfilm Equipment, undated Box 1, Folder 2
 
Series B&H: Bell & Howell Microfilm Equipment, 1953-1959 Box 1, Folder 3
 
Series B&H: Bell & Howell MicroTwin, 1955 Box 1, Folder 4
 
Series B&H: Burroughs Microfilm Equipment, 1949 Box 1, Folder 5
 
Series B&H: Burroughs-Bell & Howell Microfilm Equipment, 1953 Box 1, Folder 6
 
Series B&H: Burroughs-Bell & Howell Microfilm Equipment, 1958 Box 1, Folder 7
 
Series C: 500 Class Machines, undated Box 1, Folder 8
 
Series C: 525 Class Machines, undated Box 1, Folder 9
 
Series C: Class 5, 1925 Box 1, Folder 10
 
Series C: Electronic Calculator, 1928 Box 1, Folder 11
 
Series F: A4000 Automatic Reader, 1960 Box 1, Folder 12
 
Series F: Basic Series F Machines (F25-F500, F700, F5000, F6000), 1961 Box 1, Folder 13
 
Series F: F600, 1959 Box 1, Folder 14
 
Series F: F604M, 1961-1964 Box 1, Folder 15
 
Series F: F1000, 1961 Box 1, Folder 16
 
Series F: F1000 to Tape and Card, 1959 Box 1, Folder 17
 
Series F: F2000, 1959, 1962 Box 1, Folder 18-20
 
Series F: F4000, 1960-1963 Box 1, Folder 21-23
 
Series F: F4000 (Sensitronic), undated Box 1, Folder 24
 
Series F: Sensimatic Direct-to-Card, 1958 Box 2, Folder 1
 
Series F: Sensimatic to Punch Tape, 1959 Box 2, Folder 2
 
Series F: Sensimatic Machines, 1951, 1956 Box 2, Folder 3-4
 
Series F: Series F to Tape, 1960 Box 2, Folder 5
 
Series G: G101 High Speed Printer, undated Box 2, Folder 6
 
Series H: 100 Class Machines, 1923 Box 2, Folder 7
 
Series H: 200 Class Machines, undated Box 2, Folder 8
 
Series H: 600 Class Machines, 1920 Box 2, Folder 9
 
Series H: Class 1 Machines, 1925 Box 2, Folder 10
 
Series H: Class 6 Machines, 1925 Box 2, Folder 11
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, and 20-30, Accumulation, 1941 Box 2, Folder 12
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, and 20-30, Carriages, 1939 Box 2, Folder 13
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, and 20-30, Keyboard, 1940 Box 2, Folder 14
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, and 20-30, Power, 1941 Box 2, Folder 15
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, and 20-30, Printing, 1941 Box 2, Folder 16
 
Series H: Classes 11-16, Inclusive, 1941 Box 2, Folder 17
 
Series J: Ten Key Adding Machine, 1953-1954, 1965 Box 2, Folder 18-20
 
Series K: Ticketeer, 1958 Box 2, Folder 21
 
Series M: Type 70 Machines, Accumulation, 1944 Box 2, Folder 22
 
Series M: Type 70 Machines, Carriages, 1942 Box 2, Folder 23
 
Series M: Type 70 Machines, Keyboard, 1943 Box 2, Folder 24
 
Series M: Type 70 Machines, Power, 1945 Box 2, Folder 25
 
Series M: Type 70 Machines, Printing, 1943 Box 2, Folder 26
 
Series P: P600 to Tape, 1962, 1967 Box 2, Folder 27
 
Series P: P700 Amount and Account Number Printer, 1961, 1968 Box 2, Folder 28
 
Series P: P1100 Tape Punch Adding Machine, 1962 Box 2, Folder 29
 
Series P: Adding and Bookkeeping Machines, 1955, 1957, 1964 Box 2, Folder 30-31
 
Series P: Classes 8 and 9 Machines, 1932 Box 2, Folder 32
 
Series P: Classes 8, 9, 10 Machines, 1952 Box 2, Folder 33
Box 3
Series R: R400 and R500, 1955-1956 Box 3, Folder 1-2
 
Series R: Series R, 1959 Box 3, Folder 3
 
Series T: Burroughs Standard Typewriters, 1932 Box 3, Folder 6
 
Series T: Models T415, T830, T840, T860, T880, T890, 1966-1968 Box 3, Folder 4
 
Series T: Series T Machines: Imprinter and Accessories, 1959-1968 Box 3, Folder 5
 
Series T: Type 50 and Type 60, undated Box 3, Folder 7
 
Series V: 300 Class Machines, 1923 Box 3, Folder 8
 
Series V: Class 4 Machines, undated Box 3, Folder 9
 
Series V: Class 3, 4, 4 Duplex, and 41 Machines, undated Box 3, Folder 11
 
Additional guides/instruction books (Part I)  
Box 3
Assembling Guide: Class 100, undated Box 3, Folder 10
 
Assembling Guide: Carriages, undated Box 3, Folder 12
 
Series C: Training Guide, 1952-1953 Box 3, Folder 13
 
Series F: Training Guide, undated Box 3, Folder 14
 
Series H: Training Guide, 1946, 1953 Box 3, Folder 15
 
Series H, V, C, P: Training Guide ("A" Machines), undated Box 3, Folder 16
 
Series M: Training Guide, undated Box 3, Folder 17
 
Series P: Training Guide, undated Box 3, Folder 18-19
 
Series P: Training Guide (Classes 8, 9, 10), 1945 Box 3, Folder 20
 
Series V: Training Guide, 1948, 1953 Box 3, Folder 21
 
Series V: Training Guide (Classes 4, 4D, and 41), 1945-1947 Box 3, Folder 22
 
Additional guides/instruction books (Part II)  
Box 3
Cash Registers (Type 100, 200, 300), 1933, 1936, 1939 Box 3, Folder 23
 
Class 1 Machines, 1925 Box 3, Folder 24
 
Class 2 Machines, 1926 Box 3, Folder 25
 
Class 4 Machines, 1927 Box 3, Folder 26
 
Class 7 (Billing) Machines, 1922, 1924 Box 3, Folder 27
 
Class 8 (Portable) Machines, 1926 Box 3, Folder 28
 
Class 78 Machines, 1924 Box 3, Folder 29
 
Duplex-Subtractor Machines, 1926 Box 3, Folder 30
 
Electric Drives and Motors, 1920, 1926 Box 3, Folder 31
 
Hammer Block Mechanism, 1923 Box 3, Folder 32
 
Motor Returned Carriage, 1926 Box 3, Folder 33
 
Printing Control Mechanisms, 1926 Box 3, Folder 34
 
Public Utilities Machines, 1926 Box 3, Folder 35
 
Sterling Multiple Register Mechanism, 1928 Box 3, Folder 36
 
Style 6714 Machines, 1923 Box 3, Folder 37
 
Style 7202 Machines, 1927 Box 3, Folder 38
 
Style 7603 (Bookkeeping) Machine, 1928 Box 3, Folder 39
 
Style 720301 (Computing Billing) Machine, 1944 Box 3, Folder 40
 
Type 20 Machine, 1928, 1931 Box 3, Folder 41
 
Type 200 Machine, 1936 Box 3, Folder 42
 
Upfeed Bank Tally Roll, Cross Feed Ribbon, and Double Spring Hammer Sections, 1927 Box 3, Folder 43
 
Symbol Lists and Parts/Tool Catalogs  
Box 5
Series A, C, F: Packing and Unpacking, Parts, Symbol List, 1963 Box 5, Folder 1
 
Series B&H: Bell & Howell Microfilm Equipment, Symbol List, 1951 Box 5, Folder 2
 
Series B&H: Burroughs-Bell & Howell Microfilm Equipment, Parts Catalogue, 1953 Box 5, Folder 3
 
Series C: Class 5, Symbol List, 1937-1964 Box 5, Folder 4
 
Series F: Symbol Book, 1959 Box 5, Folder 6
 
Series F: Basic Series F (F25-F500, F700, F5000, F6000), Parts Catalog/List , 1956, 1965 Box 5, Folder 5
 
Series F: F600, Symbol Book, 1962 Box 5, Folder 7
 
Series F: F2000, Parts Catalog and Symbol Book, 1960, 1964 Box 5, Folder 8
 
Series F: Sensimatic to Punched Tape and Direct to Card, 1957-1962 Box 5, Folder 9
 
Series F: Series F Machines, Symbol Book, 1961 Box 5, Folder 10
 
Series F: Series F Machines, Symbol List, 1954 Box 5, Folder 11
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, 20-30, Symbol Book/Price List, 1961 Box 5, Folder 12
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, 20-30, Symbol List (Accumulation), 1949 Box 5, Folder 13
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, 20-30, Symbol List (Carriages), 1949 Box 5, Folder 14
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, 20-30, Symbol List (Keyboard), 1952 Box 5, Folder 15
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, 20-30, Symbol List (Power), 1957 Box 5, Folder 16
 
Series H: Classes 1, 2, 6, 11-16, 20-30, Symbol List (Printing), 1949 Box 5, Folder 17
 
Series J: Ten Key Adding Machine, Symbol Book and Price List, 1957, 1959 Box 5, Folder 18
 
Series J: Ten Key Adding Machine, Parts Catalog, 1964 Box 5, Folder 19
 
Series K: Ticketeer, Symbol Book and Price List, 1956 Box 5, Folder 20-21
 
Series M: Type 70, Symbol List (Accumulation), 1943 Box 5, Folder 22
 
Series M: Type 70, Symbol List (Carriages), 1949 Box 5, Folder 23
 
Series M: Type 70, Symbol List (Keyboard), 1943 Box 5, Folder 24
 
Series M: Type 70, Symbol List (Power), 1945 Box 5, Folder 25
 
Series M: Type 70, Symbol List (Printing), 1943 Box 5, Folder 26
 
Series P: Adding and Bookkeeping Machines, Symbol List, 1957 Box 5, Folder 27
 
Series P: Adding and Bookkeeping Machines, Symbol List, 1962 Box 5, Folder 28-29
 
Series P: Adding and Bookkeeping Machines (Accumulation), Symbol List, 1956 Box 5, Folder 30
 
Series P: Adding and Bookkeeping Machines (Power), Symbol List, 1958 Box 5, Folder 31
 
Series P: Classes 8, 9, 10, Symbol List, 1926-1949 Box 5, Folder 33
 
Series P: P1100 - Punch Tape, Symbol List, 1962 Box 5, Folder 32
Box 6
Series R: R400, Parts Catalog, 1955 Box 6, Folder 1
 
Series R: R400 and R500, Symbol Book, 1956 Box 6, Folder 2
 
Series R: R400 and R500, Symbol Book and Price List, 1959 Box 6, Folder 3
 
Series T: T-31 (Check Signer), Symbol Book, 1964, 1968 Box 6, Folder 4
 
Series T: T-88 (Disburser), Symbol Book, 1968 Box 6, Folder 5
 
Series T: T-90, T-105, T-110 (Signers, Certifiers) Symbol Book , 1964 Box 6, Folder 6
 
Series T: T-122, T-132 (Automatic Feeder), Symbol Book, 1967 Box 6, Folder 7
 
Series T: T-127 (Imprinter), Symbol Book, 1963 Box 6, Folder 8
 
Series T: T-128 (Imprinter/Encoder), Symbol Book and Price List, 1961 Box 6, Folder 9
 
Series T: T-141 (Controlled Facsimile Signer), Symbol Book and Price List, 1961 Box 6, Folder 10
 
Series T: T-146 (Check Signer), Symbol Book, 1968 Box 6, Folder 11
 
Series T: T-400 (Micriter), Symbol Book, 1963 Box 6, Folder 12
 
Series T: Type 50 and Type 60, Symbol List, 1934 Box 6, Folder 13
 
Series T: Typewriters, Symbol Book and Price List, 1956 Box 6, Folder 14
 
Series V: Classes 3 and 4, Symbol List, 1921, 1929 Box 6, Folder 15
 
Series V: Classes 3, 4, 4 Duplex, and 41, Symbol List, 1935, 1950 Box 6, Folder 16
 
Series V: Class 4, Symbol Book, 1927 Box 6, Folder 17
 
Class 200, Symbol List, undated Box 6, Folder 18
 
Class 500, Symbol List, 1915, 1918 Box 6, Folder 19
 
Class 600, Symbol List, 1915-1916 Box 6, Folder 20
 
Stands, Symbol List, undated Box 6, Folder 21
 
Tool Lists  
Box 6
Service Tool and Operating Supply Catalogue, 1954 Box 6, Folder 22-24
 
Service Tools and Shop Supplies Symbol Book, 1961-1964 Box 6, Folder 25-27
 
Feature Prints (blueprints)  
Box 4
Series H: Feature Prints, #1-58  Box 4, Folder 1
 
Series H: Feature Prints, #59-128  Box 4, Folder 2
 
Series H: Feature Prints, #131-211  Box 4, Folder 3
 
Series H: Feature Prints, #212-297  Box 4, Folder 4
 
Series H: Feature Prints, #303-439  Box 4, Folder 5
 
Series H: Feature Prints, #442-810  Box 4, Folder 6
 
Series H: Feature Prints, #H1-HY76  Box 4, Folder 7
 
Series H: Feature Prints, "H"  Box 4, Folder 8-9
 
Series M: Feature Prints, #1-209  Box 4, Folder 10
 
Series M: Feature Prints, #210-348  Box 4, Folder 11
 
Series M: Feature Prints, #348A-801-1  Box 4, Folder 12
 
Series M: Feature Prints, M28-M1864  Box 4, Folder 13
 
Series P: Feature Prints, #1-214  Box 4, Folder 14
 
Series P: Feature Prints, #215-440  Box 4, Folder 15
 
Series P: Feature Prints, #465-807  Box 4, Folder 16
 
Series T: Feature Prints, #426-472, T1, T1869, T1882, T1900  Box 4, Folder 17
 
Series V: Feature Prints, #V1-V122  Box 4, Folder 18
 
Cash Registers (Type 100, 200, 300), 1936-1940 Box 4, Folder 19
 
Miscellaneous  
Box 7
Mecanogram, 1921-1925 Box 7, Folder 1
 
Mecanogram, 1926-1929 Box 7, Folder 2
 
Mecanogram, 1930-1935 Box 7, Folder 3
 
Mecanogram, 1936-1939 Box 7, Folder 4
 
Mecanogram, 1940-1945 Box 7, Folder 5
 
Mecanogram, 1946-1949 Box 7, Folder 6
 
Mecanogram, 1950-1951 Box 7, Folder 7
 
Mecanogram, 1952-1953 Box 7, Folder 8
 
Mecanogram, 1954-1955 Box 7, Folder 9
 
No-Space Stroke Total Machines (Style 30 17 07), Machine Controls, 1950 Box 7, Folder 10
 
Patent Dept: Company Patent List, undated Box 7, Folder 11-12
 
Patent Dept: Export Service Releases, undated Box 7, Folder 13-15
 
Patent Dept: Foreign Patent Restrictions on Features, undated Box 7, Folder 16
 
Patent Dept: Patent File Records (U.S. and Foreign), undated Box 7, Folder 17
 
Sensimatic Machines (F100-F500), Service Manual, 1950 Box 7, Folder 18
 
Tireman Development and Complaint Reports, 1956-1959 Box 7, Folder 19