James P. Cordes Collection of Sperry Univac Photographs and Publications, 1971-1987.
James P. Cordes collection of Sperry Univac photographs and publications.
Cordes, James P.
box (0.33 cubic feet)
Collection contains photographs of Sperry Univac computing equipment and installation along with an assortment of Sperry Unisys publications.
Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute.
Access and Use
The collection was donated by James P. Cordes in 1994.
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).
James P. Cordes Collection of Sperry Univac Photographs and Publications (CBI 218), Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Sperry Gyroscope Company was incorporated in 1929, and in 1933, SperryCorporation was incorporated as a holding company of other small firms, including SperryGyroscope, Ford Instrument Company, and Intercontinental Aviation, Inc. In 1955 it acquired Remington Rand. Sperry Gyroscope was interested in Remington Rand because of the UNIVAC, the first commerically available computer, which Remington Rand produced and delivered to the United States Census Bureau in 1951. At the time, Remington Rand was known mostly for its typewriters, although with the 1955 takeover by Sperry, Remington was dropped from the name, and the newcompany was known as Sperry Rand. Sperry Rand continued to produce UNIVACs and expand its computer product line. By the time of the merger with Burroughs Corporation in 1986, SperryRand had dropped the Rand part of its name, and was simply known as the Sperry Corporation.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The collection contains photographs of Sperry Unisys computing equipment and installation along with an assortment of Sperry Univac publications. The majority of materials are from the Sperry Univac facility in St. Paul, Minnesota. Photographs contain no identification. Publications mainly relate to quality control and assurance.
- 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
- Cordes, James P.
- Sperry Univac.