Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Museum of American History. Department of the History of Science and Technology
Exhibition Records, circa 1979-1990, and undated
|General Information About This Collection|
|Repository:||Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at email@example.com.|
|Creator:||National Museum of American History. Department of the History of Science and Technology|
|Dates:||circa 1979-1990, and undated|
|Quantity:||23.69 cu. ft. (23 record storage boxes) (1 16x20 box)|
|Language of Materials:||English|
This accession consists of records that document the planning, development, and installation of "Information Age: People, Information, and Technology," a major exhibition at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), which traces the evolution of information-processing and communications technologies from the 1830s to the present. The exhibition opened on May 9, 1990. The bulk of the records include the correspondence, memoranda, and research files of two NMAH staff members involved in the project: Jon B. Eklund, Assistant Curator, 1968-1969, Associate Curator, 1970-1982, and Curator, 1983-1994; and David K. Allison, Curator, 1987-1994; as well as files of Marie Mattson, Special Assistant to the Secretary, 1989-1990. Records also include graphic notebooks of photographic prints or photostatic copies of all the artifacts and graphics that appeared in the exhibition; installation photographs and slides; and exhibition blueprints.
This accession consists of records that document the planning, development, and installation of Information Age: People, Information, and Technology, a major exhibition at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), which traces the evolution of information-processing and communications technologies from the 1830s to the present. The exhibition opened on May 9, 1990. The bulk of the records include the correspondence, memoranda, and research files of two NMAH staff members involved in the project: Jon B. Eklund, Assistant Curator, 1968-1969, Associate Curator, 1970-1982, and Curator, 1983-1994; and David K. Allison, Curator, 1987-1994; as well as files of Marie Mattson, Special Assistant to the Secretary, 1989-1990. Records also include graphic notebooks of photographic prints or photostatic copies of all the artifacts and graphics that appeared in the exhibition; installation photographs and slides; and exhibition blueprints.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Eklund, Jon B.
- Allison, David K., 1950-
- Mattson, Marie
- Information Age: People, Information and Technology (Exhibition) (1990-2006: Washington, D.C.)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
- Exhibition catalogs
- Floor plans
- Architectural drawings
- Black-and-white photographs
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 00-001, National Museum of American History. Department of the History of Science and Technology, Exhibition Records
Jon B. Eklund's Records
9/25/1987 - Paul Edwards, University of California, Santa Cruz , "Closed Worlds ... 11 MS
10/1987 - Pfaffenberger, University of Virginia, "The Social Construction of the PC: Why the PC Revolution was no Revolution" (SCOT, Levy, Turkle)
Miscellaneous stills and artifacts: Early calculators, Government Data processing, Jeff Sturchio [of Bell Labs] to David Allison: Bell Labs' role in innovation
6/1984 - Stevens Institute of Technology: Every student has a computer
1979 - Don Ihde, Techne & Praxis: Ch 5. The Existential import of computer technology
Cathart and Gumpert: "The person-computer interaction" from Information & Behavior, Ruben ed.
Kobayashi, "Computers and Communication"
Magda Cordell McHale, Facts & Trends: The Changing Information Environment: An Information Chartbook
1982 - Fortune & Business Week, etc. on power of future computer
11/1985 - High Technology Magazine "Microls at work"
10/1985 - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Spectrum Magazine "Inside the PARC: the information architects"
1988 - Computer and Information Security Conference
1982 - Fortune Magazine: series on "Thinking Machines"
7/18/1988 - Newsweek: Iranian Jetliner shot down. (see Finn's idea in "Memos to 1985")
1988 - Information Industry Association: prospectus
4/16/1984 - Time Magazine: "Software: the Wizard Inside the Machine"
6/11/1984 - Information World Magazine: Alan Kay
1987 - Kirsch and Kirsch: "Syntactic and Structural Pattern Recognitions" (AI 'understanding' art)
Office Automation technology
5/1983 - Paul Trachtman, "Mircroprocessors of the 3rd world" [American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meetings]
1987 - William Greider, Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the County
Office of Technology Assessment "Intellectual Property Rights in an age of electronics and information
12/28/1987 - Rogow and Bernstien to Allison: Transmitted: Set of approximately 250 unbound photocopies, pictorial research, 3-hole punched and divided into general sections.
1/17/1987 - Los Angeles Times, Part VI: Cyberpunk Phenomenon
11/27/1988 - Rogow & Bernstein to Allison "re epidemiology and dangers of information"
Making Data crunching personal: Huntington's patients who learn of genetic disease become suicidal CBS new broadcast transcripts on microfilm catalog.
1978 - Fortune Magazine:"The Computer Stores have arrived"
2/1984 - Robert a Vitro, "Managing International Development" journal: "The Information Engine" "The information sector can propel development"
Miscellaneous technical imagery in advertising: IBM products
Miscellaneous New York Time clips: computers in politics, computer "love letters"
Computers and financial markets
4/1987 - Technology Review Magazine, "Computers in the classroom', about Seymour Paper
1/1986 - Technology Review Magazine, the Dreyfus brothers,, "Why Computers may never think like people"
Eklund to Allison: 1980 US census on CD ROM
10/23/1987 IBM Canada to Allison: IBM system to "age" missing children
1987 - Machine Mediated Learning (journal vol. 2 #1-2) "This issue explores how computers can improve the ways in which undergraduates in various disciplines 'design.'" - Writing, science, genetics, algorithms, art
5/1988 Smithsonian Magazine TV phone ad
Life Magazine: "In Tiny Devices a Revolution" (3/10/1961)
12/6-23/1988 Doonesbury strips showing computer shopping hazards
Miscellaneous electronics advertisements
Csikszemtmihalyi and Rochberg-Halton, The Meaning of Things: Domestic Symbols and the Self: "TV" written: "David: a little 'social perspective' for you on TV-Jackie [McGage]"
Speed of Time
6/1982 - Boston Review, Daniel Dennett "Notes on Prosthetic Imagination"
1980 - Gassman, ed., Information, Computer and communication policies for the 80's. North-Holland Publishing Co.
5/1987 - US Information Agency World magazine "Information USA to Open in Moscow"
9/3/1980 - Chartrane, et al, "Computer graphics: applications and technology"
Congressional Research Office
MS's by Howard M. Bloom, National Bureau of Standards, Factory automation systems division chief (about factory automation in US)
Allison to EDS re auto assembly segment
Kennedy Nixon Debates
3/22/1988 - Keith Meldner: comments on Information Exhibition presentation of 3/7/1988
Richard Nixon essays on the debates (c. 1968-1970)
Role of UNIVAC and the census (c. 1968)
Unsigned script 1st page: "Information Age Beginnings [Morse]: "The first telegraph line -;" was this a revolution"
6/13/1989 - Invite to "preliminary exhibition review"
Miscellaneous undated newsletter copy, design drawings of mannequins, etc.
4/3/1989 - Unsigned Information Age "Levels of exhibition experience" (types of interaction expected for the visitor. Both social and technical levels intended to be addressed)
12/29/1988 - Information Age Status of Exhibit Sections (division of labor, progress report)
11/9/1989 - Draft Script Sections
11/17/1989 - Script, incl. graphics, objects, and labels
Legal-length plan views and elevations of logotypes undated object list
4/11/1990 - Final Script Sections (comments and credits for donations, etc.)
Forty Film Ideas
4/21/1989 - "Visions and Realities: a preliminary treatment for film" Jonathan Company, California
Script fragment, including feminization of office work typography for text rails
10/27/1989 - Radio script fragment (edited in pencil])
1/21/1988 - Press packet from Doron D. Swade, head of Modern Technology, The Science Museum, South Kensington, to Finn: regarding The Science Museum's "Information Age Project."
1974 - James L. Adams, Conceptual Block Busting, the Portable Stanford
4/29/1988 - "A Software Script by Martin Campbell Kelly" (with Eklund cover memo)
Object list, undated
6/3/1987 - "Agenda: info rev. group meeting" (includes Rogow and Berstien item)
5/23/1987 - Paul Ceruzzi (National Air and Space Museum Curator of Computers) to Information Revolution Group regarding guidelines for interactives in the gallery
"FYI: The emerging info age 4.7 Information systems 1946? 60" [messages: social and technical factors]
3/1988 Script outline
Mike Williams' Script for section 2.5 information processing technology before digital computer, calculators, sorters, etc.
7/20/1988 - 3.5 the ENIAC walkway 1890 census questions
Script for artifact portion of section 4 [Williams], undated
10/22/1987 Eklund "Postwar Technology Core Draft" [messages are "crucial"]
[Hilke?] "What should the visitor say after leaving the exhibition?" undated/unsigned
7/27/1988 Hilke: "Thoughts on convergence of communication and processing streams"
"Social themes for Information age: Visions and realities," undated
7/14/1989 Interactive Inventory
12/1988 Storyline: "Information Age: People, Information, and Technology"
6/1988 Script outline [includes We are the world section]
3/1988 Script outline
4/21 Handwritten on typescript Bijou Theater Outline, unsigned
Draft section 4. Needs revision by Jon.
Information Age Newsletter, final copy
3/3/87 Allison to team on Part II of exhibits
1/21/1987 Time node 1--Information before the computer [approx. 1858]
1/11/1988 Script outline
11/22/89 draft script sections, edited in pencil
"Master" [Finn?] Instantaneous communication telephone, undated
"Visitor's experience in 'online: the Information Age in America' summary outline," undated
12/2/1987 Finn: "Online" Part 1 period settings
12/4/1987 Eklund: Postwar Technology core update
8/1988 Draft script
4/6/1988 Draft Introduction film text
11/12/1988 Script Fragments
Comments on Information Age script sections 103, 1990
SAGE system images and documents from Air Force
Letters to Pentagon from Louis Hutchins, Div. Computers, Information, and Society, NMAH re use of video clip from vintage film for use with SAGE command center model [from IBM]
Color prints of SAGE command center model
Naval research: "Programming Whirlwind I" (6/11/1965)
7/1985 Annals of the History of Computing, vol 17 #3 on SAGE
8/28/1988 Jackie McGlade to Allison re Kennedy-Nixon Debate [Washburn reprint, "The Great Autumnal Madness" Quarterly Journal of Speech]
Newsreel Construction (12/1963)
NMAH's archival holdings on 1940 NYC World's Fair undated unsigned "The Middletons explore the Information Age: an idealized family experience (February 1991) [fictive date]
World's Fair 1940 background
New York Street Scene
Archival background. photos showing actual street scene, including actual AutoLux movie theater.
ENIAC materials, SI video History Program - Setting up the interview, transcript
Original ENIAC brochure from University of Pennsylvania
Theodore White: The Making of the President: "The TV debates" (1960)
Datamation Mag. "Analyzing election computing 1960" (1/1961)
"Election data processing for the political executive" Republican National Committee, undated
"Notes on Electronic Politics," undated
Miscellaneous reprints on computers and political outcome [contemporaneous analysis], (c. 1965-1975)
10/24/1988 Time Magazine comparing 60's & 80's presidential races
9/23/1988 Michael O'Malley: "Polls, computers, and TV in 1960"
Life Magazine "The Machines are Taking Over" (3/3/1961)
Ken Olson Interview
163 pp transcript, undated
2 Polaroids showing TX-0 computer and Whirlwind core
Miscellaneous correspondence surrounding Digital Equipment Corporation's (DEC) donation of PDP class computers.
9/12/1988 Information Week Mag: "Olson on DEC"
DEC Historical Collection event: Eichhorn and Olson speeches, undated
VDT brochures: health hazards, etc.
Prodigy on-line service press kit
Interactive Prototypes [bar coder hardware information]
Showscan Replies [queries to sites with Showscan; exhibition projection system installed]
Showscan press kit
Allison portrait proof sheet
Computer World xerox copies
Computer World originals [Black and White prints of IBM, Boston Computer Museum]
IBM materials, including films
12/l/1988 Marie M. to Claudine Close [budget is tight]
Misc IA Memos
Part IV - Online
Memo, JE to DD, 1/6/1990, re script
Memo, A. Molella to dist., 12/28/1989, re revised script
IC's (including graphics)
4.6.2 PC Phil.
Computers in Business
Business of Computers
MNW - Memory
Information Age Outlines: DKA
Tel & Computers
Script - BF
Loose - Working drafts, etc.
Script - BF
Post-War Socio-Tech Core
Misc. loose memos; Personal Computing, October 1989; miscellaneous memos; "A Software Script" by Martin Campbell-Kelly, 4/29/1988
Postwar Tech Core Background
Postwar Tech Core update, etc., 12/4/1987
Miscellaneous loose memos
Information Revolution (IR) Drafts I
IR Drafts II
Information Age (IA) Facts
4.6.2 - Messages
II: Section 1
II: Section 2
II: Section 3
Plan of IA exhibit
Data Ads Computers
The Information Revolution: An Exhibition Proposal, NMAH, 1985
Polaroids, prints, and slides. Some have been removed from other files (as marked).
Polaroids: most undated, some dated.
Models of design, Part II layout from plan drawings (March 1989), street scene, movie theater "Autolux"
Objects In Situ/ site ambience: auto assembly robot, vintage radio shop with signs, early PC's, IBM calculators, tabulating machines
Other exhibit spaces (Where - L Period setups elsewhere SAGE command center model Front Carousel in progress)
Sample layout of "panel 311" (computer memorabilia)
"Bill Anderson Studio Examples" including Ewoks tree scene posters.
Slides: Blueprints, models of show, computers.
Computers, mushroom cloud, "Privacy in America" book cover, Mad Magazine UPC cover, Telstar, Radio mannequins preliminary sketch
Blueprints, mannequin sketches, computers, graphic output from computers
David's slides from Japan: gardens, etc.
Cassette Tape: "Gordon Move of Intel re microprocessor," one 30-minute side
Proposal Copies; IBM Proposal: Additional Copies; Proposal (General) & Appendices (Masters); Proposal & Appendices (prospective Donors): Copies; and Scope Memo & Outline: Masters.
Proposal; Proposal Copies: June 20, 1985 version; Proposal: Original: June 20, 1985; Chart: Original & Copies; IBM Proposal: Masters; Proposal: Original & Copies, November 9, 1984; IBM Proposal, I; IBM Proposal, II; IBM: Alternate Proposals; IBM Proposal, III; IBM Proposal, IV; IBM Proposal Versions: Ideas; and IBM Axioms
Prospectus/Working Script; Information Revolution: Structure Chart; Prospectus, Version 4: Master; Prospectus, June 30 Version; Prospectus, Version 4; Prospectus, Version 1: Master & Copies; Information Revolution Exhibit Outline
The Information Revolution; IBM: Travel; Computer Project Historian; Contracts; Administrative: General; IBM: Correspondence; IBM: Organization; IBM: To do; IBM: Miscellaneous; I. B. Cohen; Marie Makurath; DP Industry Leaders; Outside Suggestions; Resources; IBM: Meeting Notes; IBM: Tentative Script; Loans & Registration; Media & Public Affairs; IBM Exhibit: Schedule; Designs
Brochure; Photos Returned from NCC - Subject: Computers; Memos, etc., re: Brochure; IBM: Work Plan Schedule; Brochure, Version 4, August 23, 1985; Brochure, Version 4: Copies; Brochure, Version 3; Brochure, Version 3: Originals; Brochure, Version 2: Copies; Brochure; Version 2: Original & Original Cover sheet; Brochure Review; IBM Brochure, July 3, 1985; Version; IBM Brochure
Pamphlets and Brochures
"Seminars," May 16, 1986 and June 27, 1986; May 16 Conference: Ex Post Facto Papers; Seminar: June 27; Dennett, Daniel; Linden, Eugene; Lucky, Robert; Weizenbaum, Joseph; York, Carl
Script: FYI: EIA
Marie Mattson's Records
Mattson, Marie: Education and Computer Background Information
Japan: The trip and after NEC PR mat's
6/8/1988 Marie Mattson for the record: Japan Trip report: toured Nissan, Tokyo National Museum, National Science Museum, ICOT, Tokyo Electric, EDS Japan, Preservation Hall of research instruments.
5/19/1988 Robert McC Adams for the record: Japan Trip
Nissan's Public relations materials
List of Participants at Tokyo Museum presentation
4/28/1988 Robert McC Adams :"Science, Technology, and 'Progress: Reflections on the historical relationship."
5/18/1988 Marie Mattson: "Techniques for exhibiting the Information Age at the Smithsonian
Typescript Arthur P. Molella: "Nationalism, Technology and Technology Musuems," undated
5/6/1988 Marie Mattson to Henry Leonard, GM: arrainging tour of SI delegation in GM's plant in Japan
Preservation Hall Of research instruments brochure mechanical Engineering
Laboratory brochure A Guide to the National Science Museum misc. correspondence
Japan: First File
Miscellaneous correspondence arranging trips 3/1983 Datamation Magazine "Computing at Tokyo University"
Correspondence rationalizing cross cultural perspectives/contributions to information technology in justifying conference in Japan
Japan Trip 5/13-23/1988 [Allison, Molella, Mattson] expenditures, etc
Computer Museum Information and other related exhibits
2/2/1987 unsigned Discussion on cooperation with computer museum [draft memo of understanding]
4/1987 Travel & Leisure Magazine "Signing on at the computer musuem"
3/18/1987 Boston Globe Business page "Computer musuem Hurting"
Spring 1986 The Computer Museum Report, vol. 15
2/4/1987 Allison to Gwen Bell of computer museum: draft memo of understanding for areas of cooperation
1987 Exhibit prospectus: The Age of Intelligent Machines Computer Museum brochure Eklund notebook, small brown cover, undated
Eklund notes on brown paper "Notes from visit to computer museum (things we should avoid!) Files, please, JE" [to Mattson], undated
10/1985 Computerworld Magazine "A walk through the computer musuem with Gordon Bell
5/28/1984 Ray Hutt to Molella Comments on trip to Franklin Institute [with Finn and Eklund 5/25/1984]
6/4/1984 Finn to Doug Evelyn thru Molella: Computers at Franklin Institute [they are both impressed, but not quick to imitate]
Eklund notes on Chicago Musuem of Science & Industry computer exhibit
Eklund: Souveneir semiconductor samples from Scince Museum, London. Undated.
Winter 1987/1988 The computer museum report
FYI exhibit sections packet
Exhibit sections: FYI: The emerging information age (1 page summary)
Communications artifacts in the collections of the NMAH fact sheet
10/1986 Smithsonian Magazine McC Adams:"The Information Revolution will probe such complex, unresolved questions as the boundaries of "life and consciousness"
"Connected:the emerging information age" [profiles of project team]
5/12/1988 Information age Update Session
3/10/1988 Allison to project group: exhibition level [progress report, deadlines, reminder of Hilke's importance etc.].
1/9/1988 Mattson to dist. Invite for "FYI review"
1/29/1987 Mattson to Paul Johnson [video about show ready]
M from Jon [Eklund] to me, me to Jon [Mattson, now Makurath]
Memos, mostly on mundane internal affairs
2/l/1987 Allison to Eklund [asks E. to take over accession and deaccession of digital computers for duration of show]
10/23/1987 Makurath to Eklund [concerning change in Eklund's status from project manager to special exhibit projects manager]
1987 Eklund to Molella: Staffing needs for the Division of Computers, Information, and Society
1987 Makurath to Eklund: [fundraising success] remainder are about fundraising as well]
Collections correspondence and contacts
Unlabeled Folder: Eklund?
10/26/1987 Discussion with Claudine Close and Jeff Howard Folder: Professional Associations
11/l/1985 Nanni, of Information Industry Association to Robert McC Adams [endorsing information rev. show]
3/3/1986 Armed Forces communications and electronics association prospectus
1986 Computer & Business Equipment Manufacturers Assoc to Cerozzi [Air and Space]
1/29/1988 Carrigan: Bid Letter to open bids for design of Info age
9/23/1986 Michael Sand Inc to Makurath: The Information Revolution, new hands-on exhibits [credential package for Sand's firm interior architectural design, some exhibits]
4/11/1985 Rogow & Bernstein to Roger Kennedy: [R&B's exhibit background]
National Computer Conference (NCC), 1987
6/17/1987 Mattson talk outline/overheads (no MS): "Incorporating the Technology" [using computer interactives in an exhibit about computers]
NCC 187 preview program
Mattson talk abstract
National Computer Graphics Association (NCGA)
March 1987 conference registration materials
1989 registration brochure
The computer software industries association
1986 annual report: "Fulfilling the promises of the information age
1988 newsletters [to Mattson]
1986 Economic report
Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) Conference
1988 Information Industry Association Annual Convention and Exhibition participation
August 1988 Information Times magazine [AIIM publication] "Smithsonian Exhibit to focus on Information Age"
4/1987 Inform Magazine [AIIM publication]
4/1987 AIIM show
2/1987 Information Management
File Net press kit
5/1987 Information Management
6/1987 Information management
7/14/1987 AIIM to Allison
Mailing list of AIIM board of directors
4/8/1987 from Makurath
List of ASTC attendees and their institutions at Information Revolution session (any further involvement?)
International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)
8/1989 IFIP congress 1989; 11th World Computer Congress
9/1986 IFIP congress 1986; "Informatics-A New Awareness"
1986 IFIP prospectus and pubs misc. promo mat'l
1986 program [attended by Molella, Eklund, Makurath]
1986 R. M., Aiken, "Micropower: The use of computers in pre-college education" in Information Processing, 86 (Elsevier) IPIF
1986 program [preliminary and final]
"Information Revolution" video
Contracts and correspondence for the production of promo video by Peter Vogt
2/18/1987 Eklund to Kennedy [recommending Vogt in creating interactives (what are interactives at this point? cross-check)]
1985 SI "Information Revolution" Exhibit prospectus [glossy]
1/7/1987 Makurath to Robert McC Adams and Kennedy: Video script/interview protocol [written to create impression that McC Adams and Kennedy are guiding forces presenting their vision of the show]
"The Information Revolution" - Script for the video
Vogt : "The Information Revolution" Structural OutlineVogt brochure, 1987
2/18/1987 Shot sheet transcript from Kennedy-McC Adams shoot for video
Rough contents of the great metallic photographic storage scainet in NMAH 5206
10/14/1986 Eklund, Finn, Mertzbach, Williams to Collections Committee: Acquisition of a collection of hand held electronic calculators [justification of why museum should have them, etc.]
References (e.g., Book titles)
Paper scrap: Dennet (Mind's Eye), Papert (Mindstorms), Turkle (Second self)
Mimeo "Computer literacy bookshop"
Library of Congress headings (computer and information systems)
American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS)
1988 ASIS conference prospectus
1986 memos about receptions, posters, etc. at conference for Information Revolution
1/1986 AFIPS "Washington Report" includes writeup on Information Revolution
11/1985 AFIPS Federal and State legislative update
10/1988 ASIS meeting prospectus
8/22/1988 Mattson, Allison: Promotion for information age for ASIS
6/1988 ASIS Bulletin. Includes Information rev, article by Mattson
5/10/1987 McC Adams: ASIS keynote address: "Information Technology and the transformation of out time" (Transcript)
10/1987 ASIS conference program: "Information: The Transformation of Society" [50th annual conference]
1986 ASIS handbook and directory
8/10/1987 Mattson to Robert McC. Adams [coaching on plugs for show in speech to ASIS]
11/13/1986 Kennedy McC Adams [NMAH will provide speech if he goes to give it]
Memoranda indicating early SI involvement in helping to plan ASIS conference, especially Advisory Committee participation
Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers Association (CBEMA)
Correspondence related to fundraising, etc.
Contacts/Contract re: Temp Work Assignments
Letters of inquiry, etc., of folk interested in working on Information Age project, mostly intern-level
12/28/1985 David Shayt, Division of Engineering and Industry to Earl Via [concerning operation of an old NIC drill. Eklund wants it possibly for Information Age.
10/29/1985 The Burdick Group to Eklund: Interactive exhibit prospectus
12/12/1985 Gary O. Larson to Carrigan: computer music (What other follow-ups were done with this other than the keyboard display seen on the floor?)
Contacts/Full employment re: Information Age
2/21/1986 Eklund to Sherry Turkle, MIT: Setting up time to meet, enthusiasm for T's work
Prospectus for Education and Computing: The International Journal
Computer Art Show
1941 John Anderson Miller: Fares Please! From horse-cars to streamliners
"Draft Proposal to support the Smithsonian in developing an Information and Society Exposition," undated
Written page unsigned undated: "Computers &.... Media, Design, Medicine, etc.
Hyatt Stationery "Bit By Bit" chronology of calculating equipment, undated
5/12/1986 Invite to conference on supercomputing
Comments on Content (from other than team members)
1/7/1985 Chris Evans (research scholar in 'precision manufacturing,' National Bureau of Standards) to David Shayt): The information revolution [based on prospectus]
11/29 I Bernard Cohen to Molella: Plans for Advisory Board and choosing members thereof.
11/8/1985 Withuhn to Makurath: Online access to interactives via modem from remote sites
Computer Information re: Information Revolution
Information Revolution: Thank you and Acceptance Letters
Relevant Articles: but not about Information Revolution
Clips on computers, AI, US competitive decline, ENIAC MS
History of memory devices, factory automation
10/14/1985 USA Today Money page: Mertzbach profile
Technology Center of silicon valley prospectus, undated
Applicants with background in computers, including military
Miscellaneous correspondence to outside NMAH people
3/17/1986 Eklund to Joseph Wiezenbaum of MIT [admires his work, wants further perspective on exhibit as it develops]
"Thought" contribution to show
12/12/1986 From Shayt to Eklund: Collection related thoughts on your recent presentation [recommending various Numerical Control machine tools for Information Revolution]
University Relation Information
Center for instructional development and evaluation: The University of Maryland, brochure; innovative solutions to your educational challenge
Educational Thoughts (Hilke, et al)
1986 DD Hilke "Museums as resources for family learning: turning the question around" presented to the 1986 MAAM conference
10/1986 DD Hilke "Do I want a computer in my exhibit hall? Assessing the impact of interactive computer software on visitor's museum experience/preliminary findings "The laser at 25" evaluation study
MS DD Hilke and John D. Balling: "The family as a learning system: an observational study of Families in Museums" undated
7/25/1985 DD Hilke Families in Museums: an overview" address to the families in museums workshop, SI Office of Museum Programs
2/20/1987 Hilke to Information Revolution: Let the medium match the message [thoughts on the development process]
6/1987 Hilke, Elizabeth Hennings, Myriam Springuel: "The impact of interactive
Computer software on visitor's exhibition experiences: A case study" [pre-pub MS for laser stuff]
"When educators complain about exhibit design," undated
"Eduction at NMAH: some basic assumptions and rules of thumb," undated
"Visitor Overview," undated
WETA - "SI World"
11/12/1987 Michele Bertrand, WETA [D.C.] to Jackie McGlade [proposal to do segment on Information Revolution for program episode "From Cuneiform to Computer." Attached is the "Proposal for Underwriting" for the "SI World" series.
7/17/1987 Mattson to Kennedy [Doing a full-length show on Information Review with Peter Vogt (nothing else in file, so unlikely much came of it)]
Audio Cassette tapes
3/16/1988 Peter Vogt on Bijou film [90 min tape. conversation with Jeff Bernstein about goals for "audience experience" in creating the newsreel footage]
6 tapes 11911 Emergency calls - Originals
2 tapes 11911 Audio master 1 of 2, 2 of 2
1 tape "rough edit 91111
4 snapshots of telephone switcher transferred to photos box
11/25/1987 Lubar to Pam [Rogow?]: [pictures of offices and references for "clerical ed.11.]
Also excerpt from Samuel Cohn, "The process of occupational sex-typing"
undated computer-generated graphs of phone co.'s, etc.
Miscellaneous reprints of contemporary technical literature on office machines, etc., c. 1900-1920
6/8/1959 US post office "Mail by missile" press release
4/23/1987 Merzbach to Seeger: airline "Reservisor" reservation automation system references
3/15/1988 unsigned "Exhibit Item Forms" listing computer equipment currently on display at NMAH - UNIVAC, whirlwind, etc.
Reprint: Robert William Fogel: "Railroads and American Economic Growth: Essays in Econometric History" (typescript note: railroad not the sole instigator of US economic development)
Spring 1986 Cathcart and Gumpert "I am a Camera: The Mediated Self" Communication Quarterly vol 34, no. 2 "This paper argues that an individuals self image is in large part media dependent."
Miscellaneous reprints on early history of development of TV hardware
1900 "The history and growth of the US census prepared for the Senate Committee on the census," Carroll D. Wright, Commissioner of Labor.
4/1988 Lubar to Allison: "Preliminary labels for "Information Processing and the Rise of Modern Business," nee "Pre-War Processing"" [change in approach from before undated corporate archive list - More comprehensive than above; dotmatrix printout. Begins with "A. G. Edwards and Sons"]
12/1985 Priscilla Murolo, American Studies, Yale, "Gender, Skill, & the Rationalization of clerical work: The Aetna Life Insurance Company in the 1920's" (American History Association meeting)
11/24/1987 Lubar and Carlene Stephens to Allison and Rogow: 1914 Office period room" [dramatizing a moment]
Office equipment (c. 1890-1920)
Commissioner of labor
1890 sample census form
Miscellaneous radio history reprints
List of corporate archival contacts, undated. "Search for Order""
Miscellaneous handwritten notes
11/14/1988 unsigned [Lubar?] "Draft outline of sections 2.7 and 2.7
Information Revolution exhibit - Undated, unsigned note from 11/7 meeting: subsections 2.6 and 2.7: What is information processing?"
Miscellaneous images of Babbage equipment, sorting desks
Print of Hollerith tabulator in use 1890
Information on Solomon G. Brown [Brown was assistant to Joseph Henry and SFB Morse]
Miscellaneous Biographical information, photos, historical letters, pamphlets, essays on Black American scientists
"FYI Social environments: Propose exhibit format, undated
Yellow legal page: Ideas for people to represent periods, undated
Written page "Black Male Adolescent" - Possible sources of info on blacks and communications, undated
Typescript: "Social vignettes"
Miscellaneous written notes
Reprints from American Headlines Year by Year, Calvin Linton, ed, years 1874-1876
1983 Arthur Schlesenger ed, Almanac of American History: Forging a Nation 1866-1900
5/1988 Life Magazine recap of all Life covers
World War I propaganda poster reprints
Bibilography for Personal vignettes female
Miscellaneous images of women in offices
Excerpt, "Away from the Factories" [women in clerical work]
Excerpt, "Six Decades of Change" [women in sales, telephone operators]
Time line of periods in information revolution, undated
4/l/1987 Finn & Merzbach: Comments on period settings [what to emphasize in each period]
5/29/1987 Finn to team "Themes for the Matrix, or What the Visitor Should Get from the exhibit version 211 [using historical examples to illustrate the themes]
6/8/1987 Finn "Process for justifying what goes into the exhibit" [evidence, concepts, and design]
Written notes 111858 Node 311 [comments by Finn, Williams, Merzbach], undated
8/l/1986 Merzbach to Eklund, Finn, Makurath, Williams: [outline for exhibit on information]
10/11/1986 Miscellaneous Finn outlines of nodes, etc.
11/10/1986 unsigned [Finn/Eklund?] Concept Script draft 11/7/1989 Morse script fragments
Data tabulation for Visitor behavior study in; undated
"Engines of Change" and "Life in America"
Miscellaneous node writeups, earlier draft of Merzbach 8/l/1986 outline
[Merzbach?] Major Additions to the Collections, undated
2/4/1987 Finn "Note 3 (1917?)"
1/21/1987 Allison to team "Conceptualization and Structuring of the Exhibit"
Outline of chronology, some reprints of chronologies. Suggests altering Eklund's original scheme, especially adding more events to the list
2/11/1987 Finn "Comments about nodes" [defending idea of node as discrete time point]
2/22/1987 Finn "Node 1 (1858)"
Allison: "Immediate reactions to node 1, version of 2/22/1987 [point by point responses to Finns scheme] undated
1/23/1987 Eklund to team [applauding the debate, contesting Allison's 1/21/1987 positions in some spots]
1/14/1987 Finn "Node 3 (1917)"
7/12/1986 Eklund MS for "Annals [of the history of computing]: "The Information Rovolution: A New Smithsonian Exhibition"
3/23/1987 Finn to David [Allison] and Marie, Uta: Themes and revolutions (talk given in Jersey)
Script fragment: wireless, undated
"Computer World Contacts" [innovative use of communication tech. in education, business, etc.] undated
Script fragment: Instantaneous communication: telephone [mannequin script, label], undated
12/1988 Storyline "The Information Age: People Information, and technology"
9/13/1988 Storyline "Connected: information, technology, and society 1835-1990"
1/11/1988 NMAH Emergence of the Information age Draft script outline: Manifestoll
11/7/1989 draft script [Part I] edited 12/27/1989
Miscellaneous script fragments
10/31/1989 Script, including designs of layout of gallery at end misc. script [fragments] from 8 - 12/1989, includes listing of interactive videos, etc.
9/2/1988 Thomas Nemcik of Community Memory Project, Berkeley, California to Mattson [bundle of information on Community Memory: User guides, newsletters, a sociology study on computers as a social network tool]
8/19/1988 Press kit on Iris corps. interactive health "link"
3/21/1988 Heritage Projects [UK] "Report for a computer museum/archive, March 1985
Research Notebooks, 1979-1982
University of Chicago Medical Center, 1983-1985
Burroughs Hospital Information System, 1979
Center for Naval Analyses, 1984
Research Notebook, 1980-1981
Work Diary (Computer Printouts), c. 1980s
Information Revolution Project/Brochure, 1985
Information Revolution Project: List Development, 1985
Information Revolution Project: Luncheons, 1985 (2 folders)
RMA Brief, 1988
Memoranda: Allison, David, 1987
CIS: Administrative Notes, 1986
Lorch, Stephen, 1986
Computer Events, 1986
Introduction to VAX/VMS and EDT Editor
IDA Work, 1985
Computing Services Newsletters, 1980-1981
Information Revolution Project: Press Conferences, 1985
Information Revolution Project: Follow-ups, 1985
Sloan Foundation: Videohistory Proposal, 1985-1986
Stevens Institute, 1986-1987
Babbage Institute, 1986
Press Conference, 1985
Pentagon Contacts, 1986
Vogt, Peter, 1987
Exhibition Support: U.S. Western Attendee List, 1985
Exhibition Support: U.S. Eastern Attendee List, 1985
Information Revolution Project: NMAH Reinstallation Plan
Japanese Interment Exhibition Information
Seminar 1: Information History Problems, 1986
Seminar 2: Computers and Brain, 1986
Seminar 3: Information Revolution, 1986
Seminar 4: Economic Issues, 1986-1987
Press Releases, 1985
Seminar: Information, 1987
Internal Advisory Group, 1987
Planning for Information History Seminar, 1987
Early Exhibition Planning
Ideas for Interactives
Ideas for Interactives
West End Issues, 1983-1987
20th Century Collecting, 1987
Music Exhibition, 1988
Life in America Project, 1988
Elaine Gurain's Game, 1988
Weatherium Proposal, 1988
ACS Project, 1988
CIS Division, 1988
National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Progress Reports/Minutes, 1986-1988
News Releases, 1986
NASM Aerospace Computing Gallery, 1985 (2 folders)
NASM DEC Hardware, 1986
TIES Authoring System, 1986
Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM) Issues, 1985
Finn's Laser Program
PC System Work/Hints, 1985-1987
NMAH Fund Management System, 1987
General Networking Information, 1987
Apple/MAC II Information, 1988
LCIS, and Museum Functional Analysis, 1988
Apple Computer Users Group, 1988
Laser Jet II/Xerox Publishing Software
Networking Articles and Write Ups
Local Area Networking
OIRM Information Architecture Project
Inventory Program/Configuration Management, 1985
David K. Allison's Records
Miscellaneous images of computer, "speed mail," installations (c. 1950-1970)
Miscellaneous reprints on the media and satellite telecommunications
"Statistical report value of shipments data by product class for the 1000 largest manufacturing companies of 1950. FTC" (1972)
Images, reprints, cartoons, technical reports on early period of television, pre-1960, also telephones in 1940-1960
6/1987 Rogow and Bernstein: "The Info Revolution: Notions" - Clips, images, etc. of R&B's ideas. Include conceptualizations of entrance (kinetic sculpture), Native Americans, Turing Test, "Disembodiment," and "What is real?" Three bound copies - 1 marked "David" [unannotated, marked M3 [Mattson; some annotation, one unnamed, annotated in black pen]
4/15/1988 Mattson to group: interactives and A/V pieces
Aviation Film Libraries (Bijou Theater)
Library of Congress Info Services and Systems
8/28/1986 Automation and computers: an alphabetical microthesaurus of terms selected from the legislative indexing vocabulary
Vickils LC Photos
Lists of images of calculating machines, etc.
Within the bldg (NMAH) non-archives
Movie Posters: Division of Community Life, undated
7/31/1987 Division of holitical history audiovisual collections
Table of contents from American Broadcasting: A Source Book on the History of Radio and Television, Lichty and Topping, eds. ["Elliot Sivowitch personal copy"] (1975)
Miscellaneous images of consumer electronics (c. 1960-1980)
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Brochures for: Marlboro Advertising history, Arab American, Pepsi Advertising History, Alka-seltzer advertising history collections, and overview of all SI archives collections
UCLA film archives
Catalog entries of newsreel footage (c. 1940-1965)
Rick Prelinger Archives
Film and photography of American material culture
1986 Lexis Nexis printout of review of Beniger's Control Revolution by Langdon Winner in 10/5/1986, New York Times, section 7, p 43
1986 Lexis Nexis Printout of story by Beniger "Information society and the Control Revolution" in Computerworld Magazine, 11/3/1986
Bibliography of museums of science and technology
3/17/1986 Finn MS "The Museum of Science and Technolgy" for The Museum: A Refernce Guide
12/1985 Basic musuem Bibliography compiled by Philip D. Spiess II, office of museum programs, SI
Local production and post-production facility (1986)
In Motion Magazine: "The 1986 Production and Post production facility survey" [DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, undated]
Historical Society of Delaware
11/1977 H. L. Mason, "Catalog of artifacts on display in the NBS museum" NBS
National Cash Registrar
4/15/1988 unsigned (WHO) Trip report - Visit to Dayton Ohio [tour of collections of National Cash Register]
"Xerox PARC blue and white serires reports 1973 [written: "digest recent research"] c. 1984
10/1987 ASIS 50th anniversary conference: "Information Science on Tape" [film clips available]
Library of Congress SCORPIO retrieval system
6/1986 Congressional research service office of automated infromation services information systems section "scorpio self-teaching workbook"
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) bibliography
Nancy McGovern "The early involvement if the US Government in data processing 1880's to 1950's" [archivist, machine readable branch special archives division, National Archives and Records Administration], c. 1985
Photos for Information Revolution
Photo of NMAH, Constitution Ave
"Information USA in BACK of this folder"
Script "Information USA special publications exhibits service, U.S. Information agency," undated (2 copies)
"Information USA Exhibit text? English" [blue covers]
New England Technology Group press kit on their interactive exhibitry, article on Information USA
4/20/1987 Brian [?] to David [Allison] [mentions exhibit brochure not in the file] attached is "Suggested computer software for Information USA exhibit 8/21/1986 [commercial programs from games to word processors]
3/15/1988 Allison to Bob Geldof [requesting Live AID materials, etc. for "We Are the World" segment]
11/18/1987 DIALOG search service printout of newspaper search on LIVE AID (no sign of reply from Geldof or representatives)
Silver Hill: Naval History
List of objects at Silver Hill in Naval History section
6/13/1988 Newsweek Magazine: Stephen Hawking spread
8/18/1988 . Newsweek Magazine Iranian Airliner shot down
1988 IIA prospectus
2/4/1988 Jeff Sturchio, Bell Labs to Allison: reprints of Bell Labs innovation [contemporary and historical]
Originals - Articles (newspaper magazine)
Cathcart and Gumpert "I am a Camera" reprint
1/1988 "On the Line: Essays in the history of auto work" Lichtnestein and Meyer, advertisement (photo shows anti-robot labor protest in 1950's)
Reference: Field to Factory Exhibit Script
12/3/1986 Bob Selim to Finn: Field to Factory Script [script enclosed. nearly final version - Production to start "immediately"]
Reference: NASM Aerospace Computer Gallery
10 & 11/1986 Ceruzzi: Aerospace computing Gallery monthly report
Ceruzzi "Walk through of Aerospace computing gallery," c. 1986
Ceruzzi "Aerospce computing: a new gallery at the NASM, Gallery prospectus," undated
Reference: Outside Agencies Exhibits/Concepts 1/27/1988 Mattson to Arizona State University Professor Kyrala: [thank you for outline of mathematics exhibit done by Kyrala (attatched)]
Reference: NMAH Academic Programs
2/l/1984 Molella and Withuhn to East and West End Planning groups, Department of History of Science and Technlogy: Major Reinstallation (East and West ends) [new exhibits include: "materials show, science in american life, observational sciences in america, the experimental sciences, science and tech in the atomic age, information society, medical sciences, connections"]
2/9/1987 American music exhibit proposal
1987 exhibit review meetings schedules
1/21/1987 Kennedy to Museum Advisory Committe: [info on Claudia Kidwell's "Dressing the Part" attached: ""Men and Women" Exhibit review" and Extended exhibit scenario)
10/8/1985 Deborah Warner: "Science Power and Conflict" synopsis
11/7/1986 Carlene Stephens: Draft Preliminary Exhibit Proposal: Clocks Capitalism, and Culture" [2 copies]
Frank Lloyd Wright Show, undated
Reference: Project Database
1986 reprints about PC database programs
Reference: Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)/History of Science Society (HSS) 1987 Meeting
Miscellaneous correspondence to Allison concerning business, etc. of History of Science Society and Society of History of Technology
HSS/SHOT joint meeting 1987 brochure
Reference: USIA exhibit on Information to Russia
Information USA symposium program "Benefits and Costs of an Information Society" 6/1987, Moscow
Exhibit opening press release (good summary of intent, scope of show)
Smithsonian Facilities: Museum of American History
Smithsonian history overview
3/21/1983 Scholarly Studies Program
3/1986 SI's "resources for research" handbook, NMAH section
4/1986 "General Useful information" for interns/fellows/new staff, etc
Smithsonian staff: Biography
Robert McC Adams, Kennedy, Eklund, c. 1986
1/2/1987 correspondence on division reorganization
3/18/1987 "Agenda: Meetins on "information Revolution" exhibit"
Financial management procedures
Smith Horizons Magazine
10/1986 Smithsonian Magazine - McC Adams on Information Revolution
"News of the Information Revolution Exhbit A quarterly bulletin," Spring 1987
Team biographies: Molella, Eklund, Finn, Merzback, Mattson, Hilke, Allison, Mcglade
7/22/1987 Finn: Part II list of objects
1/29/1985 Ceruzzi to Sperry Corp re CIC computer donation
6/11/1987 Mike Williams: Items from the UNIVAC 9400 salvaged
3/19/1987 Lubar to Scientific American, re aquiring 1950's robots by W. Grey Walter
10/17/1986 Eklund to one Harry Wood: [declining offer of UNIVAC 1050]
IBM sorter, Bro. Fitt
August/Sept 1986 correspondence concerning St Johns University Donation of IBM punchcard equipment
Radio Shack TRS-80 (J. Collazo)
7/19/1991 S. Allison inventory continued
Apple-1 P H Morrison
9/12/1986 Mike Williams to one Dr. Morrison [concerning donation of Apple 1board]
Letter from Morrison offering board for tax write-off
IBM optical scanner, c. 1960's
2/4/1977 Merzbach to one Katharine Marks [reciept of Honeywell computer as gift]
Lee, Dave (Venko Valancic) Computer Circuit Boards
12/28/1979 Merzbach to one Dave Lee [concerning donation of moon shot computer circuit boards]
5/12/1979 Dave Lee to SI [offering boards]
Konder, Robert LPG-30
6/6/1978 correspondence between Konderl and Merzbach
5/24/1978 MAH Collections Committee approval of acquisition.
5/3/1978 Konders Photo of computer
Potential UNIVAC 1104 acquisition [Merzbach]
Hagopian, Jacob J.
Correspondence concerning dontation of early [first?] hard disk drive invented by Hagopian in 1955 (1972-1974)
Great Lakes Steel
1974 miscellaneous notes [Merzbach]
3/18/1974 GE to Finn regarding A/C network analyzer
Coker, Charles (Scanner Prototype)
3/16/1979 correspondence and collections committee action on magnetic
Strip scanner prototypes offered by Coker of IBM to Merzbach. Includes Coker's photos and inventory
Life's collector edition 2000 covers
May 1988 Life Magazine all Life covers (reduced xerox)
9/4/1858 Harper's Weekly "Telegraph Supplement"
Miscellaneous photo records of telegraphy
Miscellaneous images of telephones, c. 1940-1965
Two images of adding machines, c. 1959, 1964
Miscellaneous images of radio [includes page from WJZ "Milestones with Marconi" radio script, c. 1917-1940
Miscellaneous Exhibit Item Forms: Images of radio advertisments, radio programs/announcers and broadcasts, hardware (tubes, full sets, etc.)
Social Environment World War II
Miscellaneous images of wartime advertising, Dept. of War photographs of stateside events - rationing, scrap salvage, electronics production (especially radio)
ATHENA Computer, at Silver Hill 10/22/1987 Eklund to team "Postwar Technological Core Draft," undated
Miscellaneous images of World War II naval radar, anti-submarine warfare, etc. Original captions typed on back of xeroxes
Miscellaneous images of early television (c. 1950-1965) technical specifications, set, transmitters, programming
Yellow Folders: Computer World: Awards for innovative use of information technology in association wtih the Smithsonian institution [1989 winners]
Business: Bell & Howell
Manufacturing: University of Iowa National Advance Driving Simulator
Environment: Sierra/Misco; flood control
Media: Uplinger enterprises: Live AID
Medicine: Eyegaze Computer System (for disabled)
Retail: Inovis interactive technology
Finance: Fidelity Investors
Education: Orangeburg School District 5 (computers in school)
Government: National Research Center for the Identification of Missing Children
Transportation: American Airlines
Miscellaneous correspondence setting up award program
1989 correspondence between Allison, Roger Kennedy, and Clark Mollenhoff of Washington and Lee University concerning priority dispute between Mauchley and Atanasoff over invention of the digital computer (Kennedy wants to turn debate over to the historians (Allsion, et al), but Mollenhoff doesn't trust them and passionately wants to see Atanasoff vindicated)
August 15, 1989 Kennedy to congressman Fred ["Gopher"] Grandy
7/26/1989 Eklund to Allison [stipulating the version of the story Eklund stands by]
7/28/1989 Kennedy to Senator Grassley [avoiding pressure]
7/24/1989 Eklund "The Atansasoff Matter"
12/1988 Jacob Hagopian inquiry on nature of Information Age
Miscellaneous - 7/31/1990 Visitor Comment form "This is the best exhibit I have ever seen anywhere." 13 year-old
Miscellaneous correspondence from team members in and out of museum: Pioneer videodisk players, recruitment of EDS
11/22/1989 Allison to Kennedy [requesting Kennedy as voice talent for Bishop Doane giving Atlantic Cable blessing in opening street scene recording]
1989 Kidwell miscellaneous for Chron file
9/15/1989 SI press release on opening of "Costume, Gender, & Power"
ISYS Forum promo materials
10/2/1989 Eklund to Allison: Comments on Allison's script for section 3.5
Louis to David, Barney, Claudine,, Vogt: choices of clips for Newtwork TV loop, undated
9/5/1989 Allison to designer Bill Anderson: comments on parade/church scene
9/l/1989 Yoko Nonaka [Xerox PARC] to Allison: re making Alto "alive" without running
6/12/1990 Allison to Molella: [draft charter to establish "SI Multimedia interactive program office"]
Robert Friedells review of Information Age "A Brief Dramatic Prelude," undated
Fax copies of the following concerning conflict of interest at Air and Space following United Technologies Sponsorship of Sikorsky exhibition
12/23/1989 Washington post op-ed Harwit rebutting charges
11/24/1989 Washington Post Weekend/Friday, Hank Burchard criticizes Sikorsky show
Robert McC Adams to Burchard, undated
4/28/1989 Burchard to McC Adams re Reuters and Information Age - "press puffs" [Reuter's letter enclosed]
4/28/1989 Burchard to Hardesty [of NASM] re allegations of conflict of interest
4/21/1990 Hardesty to Burchard: "private" explanation of how museum/exhibitions work, response to B's "Power and the Story" below
4/13/1990 Washinton Post, Weekend: Hank Burchard "The Power and the Story" conflict of interest with Library of Congress and Gannett Foundation exhibit on the press.
May/June 1990 Computerland Magazine flood control network [awardwinner]
7/25/1990 Finn to Bob Norton thru Allison: Revised plans for period TV set cluster
1/24/1990 SI Collections management policy
4/4/1990 SI Info age video wall post-production schedule
3/15/1990 Allison to Lavendel, Xerox PARC re script review
3/14/1990 New York Times - Interactive computers in museums for virtual reality
Hilke: The exhibition preview area opening March 1990
5/15/1984 PC magazine "Supercomputer poer and the PC's future"
3/15/1990 Allison to High of Intel: script review [letters to others for same purpose also on this date], undated
2/26/1990 Maureen Braden/ Barbara Mallow: Smithsonian Information age exhibit systems integration video-focus. Theme: System integration in the information age. Message: how does it all work?
101st congress 2s session, Senator Kennedy: "Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Act of 1990, undated
5/12/1989 Allison to team: "Information Wizard Interactive," undated "David - You continue to work miracles with the Information Age. Thank You, Roger"
2/6/1990 I. B. Cohen to Allison: Script review
3/18/1990 Allison thank-yous to I. B. Cohen, James Martin, Shoshana Zuboff, J. David Bolter & Sherry Turkle for filmed interviews for Information Age
2/9/1990 Allison to Zuboff [Harvatd Business School] interview schedule
3/18/1990 Allison to Amy Warner [National Associate Program] on Information Age Seminar
1/23/1990 Hutsko [of Information Services and Tech] to Allison: "Certainly you and your team are in on of he neatest sandboxes ever constructed... 'Where is the Life we have lost in living?/ Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?/ Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?' T. S. Eliot" [also enclosed is Calvin and Hobbes]
(12/30/1989) complaining about lack of futuro technology, Hobbes says"I'm not sure people have the brains to manage the technology they've got"
2/8/1990 unsigned "Draft pattern and world list for fast talker" [techno-babble stuff]
2/8/1990 unsigned quesiton for on-the-street interviews
1/9/1989 Finn on the John Sheetz re Pulse Code Modulation demonstration
1/9/1989 Allison to Stan Williams: MS by Allison "Planned Coverage of Telephone Technology and its Social Effects in Information Age: People, Information, and Technology"
12/7/1989 Kennedy to C. Dianne Martin, George Washington University: receipt of Martin MS: "American and Soviet Attitudes About Computers" [1988 poll in US and USSR, the latter taken at the USIA Info USA show]
1/26/1990 Peter Vogt treatment for video wall, undated
Information Age related events, April-June 1990
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1989
7/25/1989 Kennedy to To Whom it may concern: Requests for 911 tapes [presumably from local law enforcement agencies]
1989 miscellaaneous correspondence relating to in-kind equipment donations from IBM, HP, etc.
8/22/1989 Allison to Team: "Plans for "software Section" in area 4 of the exhibition" [Eklund is to develop this; notions of what's to be in the section]
8/21/1989 unsigned written note 114.4 south side" [2nd page: "Pac Man, Pong", also sketch of layout]
8/7/1989 Klose to Gewrt Niers, Aufbau newspaper: [Gathering information/materials for Jewish family in street scene (what was actually collected/provided?)]
8/11/1989 Klose to Kennedy: "documenting design decisions" [two letters from Bernstein indicating descisions on reader rails]
7/1/1989 Allison [turns down offer of director of Computer Museum] undated Info-Age Film and Video List [written: "Film Festival"]
Correspondence and Memos, 4/18/1989-7/1/1989
5/5/1989 Klose to Peter Vogt: [adjustments to rough cut of "Bijou Theater" film.] "the group seemed to feel that you should strive to clarify the topical and chronological flow more for our visiotrs, increase the intensity of the build-up to the presentation of the CIC and then tighten that presentation and expand a bit othe message that the story has larger implications related to the coming information age."
5/12/1988 Klose to Kennedy: Design decision documentation: type for labels, revised floorplan
6/13/1989 Information Age update session
Miscellaneous letters to McC Adams from potential sponsors: Citicorp, Aetna, 3M,
6/20/1989 Diana Robinson to various, re computer gear for interactive gallery
5/30/1989 Unisys corporate Archives to Allison: Univac I oral history symposium on 6/16/1989
6/19/1989 Allison to Jack Humphreis, C&P Telephon: 911 tape request, description of exhibit layout and function
6/9/1989 Allison to Kennedy: [priming K. for 6/13 sponsor review]
Miscellaneous letters to McC Adams from potential sponsors: Dow Jones, Co., GTE, Cray
Miscellaneous offers of computers and calculators for donation to SI by private citizens
5/10/1989 Allison to collections committee: aquisition of DEC PDP 1 and PDP 8.
4/24/1989 Allison to Dr. Sybil Milton, US Holocaust Museum: IBM/Hollerith machine for Holocaust Musuem [in reply to Milton 4/13]
4/24/1989 Allison to Kurzweil Computer products (miscellaneous technical information, Kurtzveil specs, etc.)
Correspondence and Memoranda, 2/24/1989-4/18/1989
4/10/1989 Karen Lee to Claudine Klose: "Summary of suggesting for improving the Hansen Carousel"
3/9/1989 McC Adams to IBP pres. Akers: Updated proposal and equipment request
12/7/1988 David Lendt Iowa State University Information Office to Allison: [further salvo of support for Atanasoff-Berry computer priority-vindication etc.]
3/29/1989 CNN VP marketing to Allison: [outlining form and content of CNN interactive station]
3/2/1989 Tepper to Allison [concerning dispute with R+B]
2/27/1989 Bernstein to Tepper [the dispute]
Correspondence and Memoranda, 8/20/1988-11/25/1988
11/23/1988 miscellaneous repsonses to public offers of objects by Peggy Kidwell
11/22/1988 Allison to Peter McWilliams [requestion memorabilia related to early PC's "anything humorous?"]
11/21/1988 Allison to Lendt [Atanasoff]
10/13/1988 Lendt to Mattson [problems with SI's portrayal of Atanasoff]
6/15/1988 Lendt to Mattson [Atanasoff: cites court case as deciding arbiter in history]
11/16/1988 Mattson becomes Special Assistant to the Secretary
11/14/1988 Allison to Molella : Accomplishments in 1988 "I believe we have been successful in developing the exhibition into amore balances technical and social presentation and in making it a more interesting and engaging story that it was a year ago. With your help, we have kept the exhibition team together and working well."
11/5/1988 Arthure Burks, EE at University of Michigan to Allison
11/11/1988 Mattson to Gene Autrey [sic] of Flying A Pictures: Requesting material for Autolox theater
10/25/1988 Allsion to Burks (Atanasoff: explanation of historiography of innovation)
9/9/1988 Mattson to Ken Leonardo: "re: 25 words or less. Here it is... In March, 1990 the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution will open a new permament exhibition that will examine the mergence of information technologies and their effect on society."
9/16/1988 Allison to Anita Watkins, EDS public affairs [discussing idea of and image for "information utility" to link entrance and exit of show]
9/8/1988 McGlade to Mutual of Omaha: visit to corporate archives, object list
Correspondence and Memoranda, 6/6/1988-8/19/1988
8/8/1988 Allison to Robert Crooke, Reuters North America [content of news monitors in final interactive area]
8/16/1988 Allison to Mike O'Malley: Statement of work for research contract [to research impact of TV and computers on American politics, describes methods and structure of background research project]
8/15/1988 Allison to Michael Williams [summary of exhibit goals and content]
8/9/1988 Allison to NMAH Office of Personnel Administration: Creation of a new historian position ... "The individual sought must particularly have knowledge and expertise in social history related to infromation technology in order to balance the expertise of the Division's two curators, who are specialists in the history and of science and technology." [Position Description attached]
8/9/1988 Allison to McGlade: Research tasks [phone in white house, life insurance, street scene, intro. carousel, post-war period]
8/9/1988 Allison to Nat Pendelton: Research tasks
8/9/1988 Draft Script: The Information Age: Visions and Realities
8/4/1988 Allison to Ed Ezell [supervisor, Armed Forces History, NMAH: Script material - Flaws in current conception: "The two most serious are that it is not visual enough and the mix of social and technical content is still weighted too much to the technical side."]
7/8/1988 Allison to Distribution: Information Exhibition meeting [current state of project, "iterative" development, emphasizing social aspects]
7/7/1988 Allison to Watkins, EDS public affairs [wish list for robotic car assembly station]
6/20/1988 Nat Pendleton [Division of Electricity] to Allison: [selection of film clips for Bijou Theater. Those listed here are cartoons]
6/21/1988 Mattson to Zahava Doering: re notes on 6/13/1988 meeting [beefing up social aspect, talk about the title]
Miscellaneous letters to artifact donors from Peggy Kidwell
Correspondence and Memoranda, 11/25/1988-2/23/1989
2/16/1989 preliminary screen design for IBM's gesture interface for visitor comments
2/17/1989 Allison to Watkins [of EDS]: Artist's concept of automated car production
2/7/1989 Dorfman Museum Figures to Nicastro, NMAH: Bid on figures for The
Information Age (insight into speicfication and creation of mannequins)
2/8/1989 Allison to John Korty [Jonathan COmpany] [Concerning final film: Clarifying goals of film]
2/3/1989 Schloss to Ed Hackley: Revision of Style book [new headlines for show]
2/l/1989 Allison to FInn, Eklund: Plans for interactive stations [galvanometer, wireless, early TV tube, FM radio, color TV, software emulation]
1/6/1988 Specifications for life-sized figures
12/21/1988 Dorfman Museum figures to Klose: [Early specs on figures]
1/24/1989 Schloss to Showscan: [not going to use Showscan]
1/17/1989 Allison to Catherine Wolf, IBM [using gestural interface for visitor feedback, using the hardware to make a point]
12/20/1988 Hilke to Bernstein and Tepper: potential bottlenecks in the information center area [discussion floor plan for traffic flow]
11/28/1988 Mattson :Information age interactives [what they are and who will do them]
11/25/1988 Allison to Finn: Communications interactives and suggestions for information center [responses to Finn's proposed interactives]
Miscellaneous correspondence from Peggy Kidwell to object donors
Correspondence and Memoranda, 3/l/1988-6/5/1988
6/l/1988 Mattson to Hilke: Comments on 5/16/1988 memo [role of audience advocate: clarify, be sure included in development team from start]
3/29/1988 I. B. Cohen to Allison [comments on Script outline of 3/1988 quite favorable, effusive]
3/25/1988 Hugh Aitken to Finn [comments on script, lack of focus in telling story of innovation]
4/15/1988 Mattson to team: Interactives and A/V pieces
4/12/1988 Kennedy to Allison: "Your letter from I. Bernard Cohen is a triumph. You have obviously earned his confidence and that's not easy to do..."
Miscellaneous correspondence by Peggy Kidwell to object donors
Correspondence and Memoranda, 2/l/1988-3/18/1988
3/18/1988 Allison to Greene [Kidwell promotion]
3/15/1988 Eklund to team: Distribution of Functions for Information Systems [who will do what]
3/16/1988 Allison to Nancy Linde, NOVA, WGBH [collaboration on episode, reply to Linde of 2/24/1988]
3/15/1988 Allison to Bob Geldof: Live AID [We are the world segment of show]
3/14/1988 Allison to Douglas Trumbull. Berkshire Films [closing film ideas/goals]
3/14/1988 Allison to Eklund: Exhibit section on 4.12, Integrated Systems Control Technology [comments on ways of talking about hardware and software]
3/11/1988 Allison to I. B. Cohen, Laberis of Computerworld, Watkins of EDS concerning script reviews
3/11/1988 Allison to team: Numbering exhibt sections
3/10/1988 Allison to team: "Exhibition development" (overview of progress, milestones ahead
3/7/1988 Mattson to Kennedy [fate of advisory board, script readers, internal academic review
3/1/1988 Eklund to Computer, Information, and Society Division: Collections policy draft [originally developed by Peggy Kidwell]
Correspondence and Memoranda, 12/l/1987-1/31/1988
2/12/1988 Eklund to Allison: Potential artifact donations
1/25/1988 Allison to Presper Eckert: (ENIAC interview schedule)
1/21/1988 Allison and Mattson to Roger Kenndey [Rogow and Bernstein problems]
1/13/1988 Mattson, Allison, Kondratas, Hutt to Molella [Molella to Doug Evelyn, same date, recaps this info: Closing of exhibition space on lst floor, maintaining a science exhibit presence at NMAH]
1/7/1988 Mattson to Tom Wolf: SI/MIT-Athena project [possible collaboration with MIT for info age interactives, demonstrations]
1/5/1988 Allison to Sokal of WPI [declining to write paper for HSS newletter]
12/11/1987 Carrigan to Rogow and Bernstein: [review of design and award of stage II and III contract, not hint of problems here]
12/9/1987 Eklund to Friedl, Xerox PARC [can not guarantee exhibition of object in return for its donation]
12/8/1987 Eklund to one Gerald Wright [SI doesn't accept long-term loans]
12/4/1987 Molella to Distribution [absorption of Section of Mathematics in to CIS division]
12/3/1987 Allison [Merzbach retirement]
12/l/1987 Allison to Eklund [Eklund to have control of accession/deaccession of computer holdings]
Correspondence and Memoranda, 10/l/1987-11/30/1987
11/30/1987 Allison to team [screening of "Middletons" 1939 World's Fair film (connected to the "Info age Middletons" scenario)]
11/4/1987 Lubar and Stephens to Rogow and Allison: 1941 office period room (also to be found in Mattson files above)
10/30/1987 Mattson to Kennedy and Carrigan [agenda for R+B visit of 11/3-11/6]
10/23/1987 Mattson to team: Minutes from 10/22/1987 meeting [proposed Gallery Study Part II organization]
10/26/1987 Mattson to team: Minutes form 10/9/1987 meeting [person in show, humans to bring tech. alive, physical considerations]
10/23/1987 Eklund to various Boston Children's museum staff [praising "Estimating" show there]
10/13/1987 Allison to Charles Gillispie [Allison was Gillispie's student at Princeton. Allison comments on Gillispie's teaching and mentor ship]
7/21/1987 CompuServe to Hilke (describing the Science Museum Computer Network)
Correspondence and Memoranda, 8/l/1987-9/30/1987
9/15/1987 Mattson to team: Minutes from 9/10/1987 meeting ["The use of the word "labels" was discussed. We should not be writing actual labels, as we think of them for use in the finished show. Instead, we should be writing content descriptions of the artifacts or graphics."]
Draft script assignments
9/15/1987 Allison to one Mr. K. Tang [fellowship application]
9/13/1987 Hilke to team: Have we pushed the personea idea too far?
9/4/1987 Allison to Molella: Performance appraisal for period 1/5/1987 through 8/31/1987 [upon arriving at SI]
8/12/1987 Allison to team: Notes on meetings with R+B, 7/29-31, etc. [period settings to tell story, breakdown of sections]
8/13/1987 Allison to Mattson: Entry for exhibit title of the week contest "Online: The Emergence of the Electronic Information Age"
Correspondence and Memoranda, 5/1/1987-7/31/1987
7/31/1987 McC Adams to Japanese Shipbuilding Industry Foundation [includes proposal to above for Information Age]
7/24/1987 Mattson to McC Adams: Talking points for ASIS talk
7/23/1987 Allison to team: Notes on meeting of 7/23/1987 [postwar section, name of show]
7/22/1987 Finn: Part II after 1945 preliminary list of objects and other material [includes diagram of organization]
5/1987 Tom Freudenheim Travel report [Trip to Germany - Information on many German museums]
4/28/1986 J. A. N. Lee (computer science, Virginia Tech] "Proposals for funding: the excavation of the Harvard Mark III Calculator [6/18/1987 Lee to Allison claims this was distributed to a variety of funding agencies]
7/21/1987 Allison to team: Mones on meeting of 7/16/1987 (technological core, discussion of chronological versus subject-related approaches)
7/17/1987 Ceruzzi to Allison: Present status of exhibit script [arguing centrality of World War II in story, exploring meaning of ENIAC]
7/14/1987 Allison to team: Minutes for meeting - 7/9/1987 [replacement of node approach accepted]
6/24/1987 McGlade to team: Intern guidelines [narrative of what to do vis a vis collections. Artifact-based research plan]
6/23/1987 McGlade to team: Minutes of meeting Friday, June 20, 1987 [external advisory committee]
6/4/1987 Allison to team: Plans for external advisory groups: [composition and role of advisory groups]
6/17/1987 Allison to R+B [things to be thinking about]
6/19/1987 Finn: Node 1 from differnt perspectives rough comments [how visitors with different backgrounds might see different objects]
6/16/1987 McGlade to team: Notes on meeting of 6/11-12/1987 [debates over title, story-line/design alignment. includes: 6/8/1987 Finn: Process for justifying what goes into the exhibit]
6/8/1987 Allison to team: Notes on meeting of 6/4/1987 [plans for nodes, package for describing show to funders et al. agenda for 6/11 meeting (McGlade 6/16 above) mentions Turkle, but T. not in McGlade 6/16]
6/3/1987 Mattson to distribution: Apple fundraising meeting [Apple notorious for not giving cash]
Correspondence and Memoranda, 4/l/1987-5/30/1987
5/29/1987 Mattson to team: Notes on meeting of 5/28/1987 [discussion of Finn's "Themes for the Matrix"]
5/28/1987 Finn "Themes for the matrix or what the visitor should get from the exhibit"
5/22/1987 Allison to team: Notes on the meeting of 5/21/1987 [includes letter to R+B, 5/22/1987, Allison preliminary thoughts on exhibit introduction, and Hilke's thematic analysis]
5/11/1987 Allison to Doug Evelyn, Deputy Director, NMAH: Proposal for Smithson Society support of a Symposium on "New Directions in the History of Information Technology" 9/18/1987
5/6/1987 unsigned Plans for the "Information Revolution" Exhibit: "This narrative plus the enclosed diagram are the current working overview of the "Information Revolution" exhibition."
5/14/1987 Allison to File: Highlights of Princeton Conference
5/l/1987 Allison to Carrigan [tabulation of communications with R+B]
5/l/1987 Allison to team: notes on meeting of 4/30/1987
4/27/1987 Rogow to Eklund and Allison [need for chronological development as stipulated by curators, "ideas" to represent "messages"]
4/29/1987 Finn & Merzbach: Node 2 (1897) (Outline)
4/22/1987 Allison & Eklund to R+B [concerns that there be "a much closer linkage between your design ideas and our concepts in the Statement."]
4/16/1987 Allison to team: Notes on meeting of 4/9/1987
4/21/1987 Allison to Thomas DeFanti, Director Electronics Visualization Lab, University of Chicago: [Thanks for materials on exhibit to be done at Chicago Science & Industry]
Spring 1987: News of the information revolution exhibit
4/16/1987 unsigned Plans for the Information Revolution Exhibit ["concept outline"]
4/7/1987 Allison to team: notes on meeting of 4/2/1987 [period settings, interactives]
4/7/1987 Allison to File: Reflections on preliminary Eckert interview
Correspondence and Memornada, 1/5/1987-3/31/1987
3/31/1987 Allison to team: Notes on meeting of 3/26/1987 [USIA Information USA, R+B, developing exhibit overview]
3/27/1987 Allison to R+B [clarifying design principles, treatment of concepts of show]
3/27/1987 Allison to various: Internal review committee
3/26/1987 Allison to team: Notes on meeting of 3/12/1987, R+B meeting 3/18-20/1987 [R+B: explanations to them of thrust of show - Difference between history and science-center type show]
3/6/1987 Allison to team: Notes on meeting of 3/5/1987 [transition to World War II, then World War II itself and post-war]
3/3/1987 Allison to team: Notes on meeting of 2/26/1987 [advisory committees, TI artifacts, node 1]
2/26/1987 handwritten notes of 3/3 above
3/3/1987 Allison to team: Thoughts on second part of the Exhibit [World War II transition, postwar]
Kennedy to Gwen Bell, Director, Computer Musuem: Official version of memorandum of understanding, undated
Allison: Immediate reaction to node 1 version of 2/22/1987, undated
2/25/1987 Allison to Terry Sharrer: Script for "The Search for Life" [topics include growth of biological sciences, genetics, social issues]
2/20/1987 Allison to team: Notes on infofrmation review meeting of 2/19/1987: [advisory committees, part II of show]
Allison to team: Trip to Computer Museum February 6, 1987 [idea of a software archives also "redefinitions for field of computer history], undated
2/18/1987 Allison to John Fleckner, Public Life Group: Planning for NMAH 20th Century collections
2/17/1987 Allison to team: Notes on information revolution meeting of 2/12/1987 [Finn's node 1 plan]
[Allison?] dot-matrix typescript "The information revolution: a developing exhibit" [objective, approach), undated
2/12/1987 Eklund to Allison: Experimental video history tape of the NRL Radiation Astronomy and Geophysics group [what things are useful in an interview schedule, how to use artifacts on video]
8/20/1986 [Yes] Information revolution update [project outline]
1/29/1987 Allison to team [Eklund, Makurath, Finn, Merzbach ' Hilke] (consensus on node treatment with period settings]
1/21/1987 Allison to "Planning group": Conceptualization and Structuring of the Exhibit [nodes in Part I, Periods in Part II, including reprints of various chronologies]
Charles Babbage Institute
History of Science Society
4.5 FBI NCIC
Photos of FBI identification division
Prints of Osbourne computer, fiber optic test bench, American Express card reader, Xerox copier
Portable Computers/Various Photographs, etc.
4.7 Information Utility
Print of Intel 1972 microchip photolith mask
Photo: German narrow band station
Color prints of CPC Wilmington operation: computer center
Contact sheet, negatives, of B&W shots CPC Wilmington, including NMAH tour group
Possible Software Graphics: Images not shot for videowall (keep together)
Color snapshots of HP Bicycle company color prints of auto factory, color and B&W slides from IBM, HP, and EDS miscellaneous images of computers in contemporary business settings
Correspondence re: Exhibition preparation and prospective donors, 1987
Correspondence re: Advisory Committee, Contribution Estimates, and Exhibits Plan, 1986
Correspondence re: Automation/Computers, 1986-1987
Correspondence re: Text labels, 1990
Financial Reports, 1986-1987
ATM/DCLC Terminals, 1989
"The Software Challenge," 1988
Mark I Coding
Tools of the Programmer
The Hopper Connection
Operation and Management, 1986-1987
Exhibition Planning, 1984-1987 (2 folders)
Trade Literature, 1985
IBM Exhibition of Information Technology, undated
Casio Computer Company, LTD., 1987
Presentation: The Information Revolution
Fiscal: Reviews and Surveys (6 folders)
Postwar Socio-Technological Core: Object List (2 folders)
Label Scripts, June and August 1989
Minutes and Correspondence, 1987-1988 (2 folders)
EDS Corporation: Trade Literature and Meeting, 1987
National Computer Conference, 1987
Administrative Files, 1986-1990
Washington, Diana: "The Computer as a Significant Component of Society's Information System," 1985
Advisory Committee Progress Reports, 1991
Washington, Diana: "Information Age Exhibit - Outline Proposal for Contemporary Issues' Section," 1985
Draft Copies: Information Revolution Prospectus, 1985
Early Exhibition Files, 1984
de Sota Pool, Jean, 1987-1988
McGlade, Jackie, 1987
Dennett, George E.
Memoranda, 1985-1988 (2 folders)
Williams, Michael, 1986-1988
Campbell-Kelly, Martin, 1987
Allison, David K., 1987
Materials Labels, 1988
Information Revolution Concepts
Imaging Reality Files, 1986-1988
Laser Disc Information,
Fiber Optics Transmission, 1979-1987
Division of Computers, Information, and Society, 1987-1988
Manchester Calculating Machine (1949)
Stevens Institute of Technology, 1984-1987
Information Revolution Preliminary Intent Review, May 1987
Administrative File, 1989-1990
Software: General, 1985-1988
Software: Sequence Control (c. 1800s-1940s)
Software: Algorithms (BC to present)
Software: The First Computer Programs (1948-1951)
Software: Early Computer Languages (1952-1960)
Software: Languages, Operating Systems & Applications (1960s)
Software: Time Sharing (1959-1965)
Administrative Files, 1985
Whole Scripts #1/Beginning February 1988 [Contains a number of stapled or gathered documents with various titles, e.g. "Script," "Conceptual Outling", etc. Dates of composition actually begin in 1986.]
1.1: SG (26 pp.): "Script Outline/FYI: The Emerging Information Age, February 1988"
1.2: SG (14 pp.): "Script Outline/For/Mind Machines:/Emergence of the Information Age/February 1988.
1.3: SG (19 pp): With covering memo date February 12, 1988: "To: Roger, Mike, Art/From: Marie" and entitled "Script Outline/Emergence of the Information Age, February 12, 1988.
1.4: SG (17 pp.): "Conceptual Outline/For/NMAH Information Exhibit/ February 3, 1988.
1.5: SG (3 pp.): "The Emergence of the Information Age Concept Script" [Dated: January 29, 1988.]
1.6: SG (22 pp.): "National Museum of American History/Emergence of the Information Age/Draft Script Outline/As of January 11, 1988."
1.7: SG (12 pp.): "National Museum of American History/Emergence of the Information Age/Draft Script Outline/As of January 11, 1988.
1.8: SG (12 pp.): "Emergence of the Information Age/Draft Script/As of January 7, 1988.
1.9: SG (27 pp.): With covering memo dated December 29, 1987; To: Pam Rogow/From: David K. Allison): "Emergence of the Information Age/Draft Script/As of December 29, 1987
1.10: SG (li pp.): "Materials for Pam Rogow /December 21, 1987.
1.11: SG (5 pp.): "Online: Exploring the Emerging Information Age/Summary of Sections/AS of November 27, 1987
1.12: SG (4 pp.): "Online: Exploring the Emerging Information Age/Summary of Sections/As of November 19, 1987
1.13: SG (13 pp.): "Online: Exploring the Emerging Information Age/Summary of Sections/As of September 16, 1987.
1.14: DUPLICATE of 1.13.
1.15: SG (pp.): "Memo/ To: Information Revolution Planning Group/From: David K Allison/ Subject: Conceptualization and Structuring of the Exhibit." Dated January 21, 1987.
1.16: SG (36 pp.): Fragment from Script Draft of 11/10/1986. Consists of 3 page "Outline", 33 pages of Draft Script. On 4th page is the title: "The Information Revolution/Part II, Section IV: Information and Computers for Everyone/The Micro-Chip and the Micro-Computer (1972-the present)"
1.17: SG (130 pp. ): 11 Information Revolution/The Script/M. R. Williams/November 10, 1986
1.18: SG (30 pp.): Draft of Paper, "The Information Revolution/A New Smithsonian Exhibition." Written by Jon Eklund. Version of May, 1987.
1.19: Graphic (1 p.): Box Diagram. Outline of exhibit units.
1.20: SG (22 pp.) : "Section 1: Introduction: Our Af f air with Mind Machines."
Whole Scripts #2/March 1988
I. 2. 1: SG (16 pp.; unpunched.): "Storyline/The Information Age/People and Technology/1835-1990/September 21, 1988".
I.2.2: SG (13 pp.): "Storyline/Connected/Information Technology and Society/1835-1990/September 13, 1988".
I.2.3: SG (10 pp.): Hand labeled: "Draft - 3/31/1988/Gene". [A 3-column list of artifacts, labels and comments. Appears to be by Barney Finn.]
I.2.4: SG (25 pp.): "Overview of Information Exhibition/National Museum of American History/ May 12, 1988".
I.2.5: SG (33 pp.): "Script Outline/FYI: The Emerging Information Age/April 15, 1988.
I.2.6: SG (c. + ii + 29 pp.): "Script Outline/FYI: The Emerging Information Age/March 1988".
I. 2.7: SG (29 pp.): 11 Script Outline/FYI: The Emerging Information Age/mid-March 1988"
I.2.8: SG (30 pp.): "Script Outline/FYI: The Emerging Information Age/March 1988.
I.2.9: SG (27 pp.): "Script Outline/FYI: The Emerging Information Age/early March 1988".
I.2.10: SG (18 pp.): "11 ... Apt8-Change-Bks/First Diablo Line Count: 423. Needs 409 3/2/1988/ Chapter 8 - Computers and Chips/By T.R. Reid".
I.2.11: Xerox of 16 hand-written cards with titles of computer topics.
"Background #2/Including Processing continued/1927 node-/Post World War l Computing/Auto Car"
Tab Label "Node 3 - 1915"
I.3.0: SG (13 pp.; Unpunched): "Components (1946-1960)" [B. Finn]
I.3.1: (29 pp.): "Node 3 (1912, 1915) B. Finn 10 September 1986 [16 + 12 + 1 pp.]
I.3.2: Gathering (16 pp.): "Node 3. 1912 (& World War I)"
I.3.3: Gathering (12 pp.): "Node 3. 1914: Selling Efficiency."
I.3.4: Gathering (1 pp.; Xerox): "Node 3 (1917)/(additions 1/1987 by BF)
I.3.5: (75 pp.): "Mike Williams' Script for Section 2.511" [74 pp + illustrations]
I.3.6: (3 pp.): "The 1850's and its era". (3 pp.)
Tab Label "Node 4-1927"
I.3.7: (2 pp.): "Period Vignette, 1914" [2 pp. signed "SL 11/18/1871"].
I.3.8: (12 pp.): "Node 4 (1927)/draft 12/15/1986" [11 pp. and "Suggested Modifications and Miscellaneous Remarks Node 4 (Computing)" initialed Ilucm/1/1987"]
I.3.9: (12 pp.): "Node 4 B. Finn 18 September 1986" (11 pp. "Suggested Modifications and Miscellaneous Remarks Node 4 (Computing)" initialed Ilucm/1/1987". Identical with 'lb," above.]
Tab Label "Node 5-1939". By B. FINN, dated 12/15/1986.
I.3.10: G (2 pp.): "Period Setting E. 193911" [2 pp. no attribution]
I.3.11: (7 pp.): "Node 5 (1939)/(draft 12/15/1986)" [6 pp. + Suggested Modifications and Miscellaneous Remarks Node 5 (Computing)", initialed Ilucm/1/1987"]
I.3.12: (2 pp.): "Information in 193911 [2.pp. initialed IIBF-11/1986]
I.3.13: (7 pp.): "Node 5 (1939)/(draft 12/15/1986)" [6 pp. + "Suggested Modifications and Miscellaneous Remarks Node 5 (Computing).", initialed Ilucm/1/1987]
I.3.14: Two notes to "Jackie" from "David" n.d.
I3.16: Gathering (12 pp.): "FYI: The Emerging Information Age/3. World War II: The Information War." (n.d.; Pages marked 111711 to 112811]
I.3.17: Sheaf (L pp.): Sheet with notes.
I.3.18: Gathering (6 pp): "To: Peter Vogt/From: David K Allison/Subject: Conceptual Agenda for CIC Movie"
I.3.19: [Identical to item 18, but with some misc. notations]
I.3.20: Miscellaneous hand notes: [3 pp. ungathered] "Victory at Sea"
I.3.21: Miscellaneous hand notes
I.3.22: Miscellaneous hand notes: "Psychological Training"
I.3.23: Miscellaneous hand notes: "Battle of Atlantic"
I.3.24: Gathering (2 pp.): "Object Outline for World War II Section". [Annotated, n.d.]
I.3.25: Phone Message: "Dean Allard"
I.3.26: Note (l pp.): IIDCA Contact"
Miscellaneous Handwritten notes [8 pp. ungathered, 5 pp. gathered]
I.3.27 through I.3.32
I.3.33: SG (5 pp.): "Materials at Silver Hill"
I.3.34.: Gathering (2 pp.): NSA memo dated October 2, 1987 agreeing to let SI borrow the Cryptoanalytic Bombe.
I.3.35: Miscellaneous typed and hand notes on various aspects of the exhibit [13 pp. ungathered, 6 pp. gathered. Appear to be largely from 1988].
I.3.36: Miscellaneous sketches on various aspects of the exhibit [13 pp. ungathered, 6 pp. gathered. Appear to be largely from 1988].
I.3.37: SG (2 pp.): "Notes on Meeting with Ex-OSG Personnel/September 4, 1987"
I.3.38: Gathering (2 pp.) "Information and the Invention of the Computer (1942-1950) ". Appears to be notes by Mike Williams on the first section of the original Part II.
I.3.39: Gathering (10 pp.) "Section 3.5 The ENIAC Walkway (Final version - July 20, 1988)."
I.3.40: Gathering (7 pp.) "Biographical Notes". Notes by Mike Williams made in late 1986 on major figures in the first decade of computing.
I.3.41: Gathering (5 pp.): "Information Revolution Node 6, Sect. 1/ I. Information and the Invention of the Computer (1942-1950) Outline by John Eklund.
I.3.42: Identical to "I.3.3811" above.
I.3.43: Identical to "I.3.3811" above.
"Communications/ Post War"
I.3.44: Gathering (5 pp. + cover memo dated April 22, 1988): No title. Appears to be script for section on development of color television.
"Post WWII Computing/ Section 411
I-3.45: Gathering (3 pp. Memo "To: David/From: Jon/Subject: Periodization of the Postwar Socio-Technological Core" dated July 24, 1988.)
I.3.46: Gathering (51 pp.) "Script for Artifact Portion of Section 411. Later page headers labeled: "Mike Williams' Script for Section 4.6, .7, 9.,.ll-.14.
I.3.47: Gathering (50 pp. with cover memo dated December 4, 1987) "Postwar Technological Core." Concept script and object list for postwar period. Object list had been converted into a full database (RBASE System V).
I.3.48: Gathering (2 pp. Memo "To: David/From: Jon/ Subject: More on themes and messages for the PSTC" Dated July 11, 1988. Commentary on possible organization for the post war section.
I.3.49: Gathering (2 pp.) Handwritten notes on paper labeled "software AG".
I.3.50: Gathering (5 pp.) "The Software Challenge" Concept for treating software in the exhibition by Jon Eklund.
I.3.51: Gathering (31 pp.) "A Software Script/By/Martin Campbell-Kelly/April 29, 1988". [Concept script proposal for section on software.]
I.3.52: Gathering ( 5 pp.) "Comments on 'Software Script' by Martin Campbell-Kelly dated April 29, 1988./ Jean E. Sammet/June 21, 1988". [E-Mail sent to and distributed by Mike Williams.]
I.3.53: Gathering ( 43 pp. including cover memo) "FYI: The Emerging Information Age" (Preliminary draft of label script for "postwar technical core". Lists both "social factors" and "technological factors".]
I.3.54: Gathering (14 pp. n.d. Post-it label: "To: David A./ From: Barney") "Components (1946-1960)." [Concept script for various communications devices.]
I.3.55: Gathering (8 pp.): 114. 12 Information Components, 1946-1960/ BF 7/6/1988.-I
I.3.56: Gathering (5 pp. with covering memo "To: FYI Group/From: Marie Mattson/RE: Interactives and A/V pieces (so far)".
I.3.57: Gathering (12 pp.) [Outline (handout) for presentation at Thursday meeting on postwar section by Jon Eklund. n.d. (probably Spring, 1989).]
I.3.58: Gathering (5 pp.): "FYI: The Emerging Information Age/A Concept for Information systems in society/Automated Automobile
Production 1985/ June 22, 1988 [Concept outline for elaborate exhibit section on GE automated plants. Includes graphics.]
I.3. 59: Gathering (2. pp) : Memo "To: David, DD, Jon Marie/From: Barney/Subject: Notes on Buying a Car". [Cautionary memo on automobile automation exhibit unit.] Dated "May 14, 1988".
Background #3/Including Processing continued/1927 node-/ Post World War I Coiftputing/Auto Car
"Sect 1 1944-1954"
I.4.1: Gathering (37 pp. Starts with p. 3): "Section 1: (1944-52) The Electronic Revolution". [From original script of late 1986. It is a section of Part II and was written by Mike Williams.]
I.4. 2: Gathering (4 pp. ): "Components (1946-1960) ". [By Barney Finn. Label script including fm stereo, color TV, touch-tone phone etc.]
I.4.3: Gathering (6 pp.): "Components (1946-1960)". [By Barney Finn. Label script including color TV, speakers, Stereo headphones etc.]
I.4.4: Gathering (14 pp.) : "Microelectronics (1946-1950) 11: [By Barney Finn. Label script listing objects and including transistors, integrated circuits etc.]
"Sect 2 1954-1964"
I.4.5: Gathering (38 pp. Starts with p. 40): "Section 2: (1954-64): The Development of the Computer." [Mixed concept and label script by Mike Williams from the script of late 1986].
I.4. 6: Gathering (4 pp.) "Decade 3: The 1960s" (Outline of computer development during this period by Mike Williams. Dates from 1986.]
I.4.8. Gathering (21 pp.) "Note to Eklund, Finn, Makurath, Williams/From ucm". [Hand dated July 1986. Outline by Uta Merzbach dealing with mathematical themes and calculators.]
I.4.9: Gathering (2 pp.) "Decade 3-the 1960". [Overview by Mike Williams of computer development in this period.]
I.4.10: Gathering (2 pp.) "Decade 2 (1950-1960) "Computers become Established". [Overview by Mike Williams of computer development in this period.]
I.4.11: Gathering (4 pp.): [Sketches, with dimensions, of major computers in the collections. Probably done for Gene sometime in the summer of 1989]
I.4.12: (1 pp.): [no. attr., n.d., handwritten header 114.12.1. cont. 2.11 List of graphics and interactive items for the section on color television, presumably by Barney Finn."
I.4.13: Gathering (8 pp.) "FYI: Postwar Socio-Technological Core: Object List/Elements: 1945-1959/ Version of 05/11/1988/ Section: Decoding"
I.4.14: Gathering (102 pp.) [First draft of a label script which was intended to include 4 social factors (Access, Content, Control, Cost) and 5 Technological Functions (Encode, Process, Store, Transmit, Decode) for each object. Done by Jon Eklund, probably in the late summer of 1988.]
I.4.15: Gathering (3 pp.) "April 10, 1988/ Thoughts on the Social Environments" [Appears to be a report to David for a 4 day contract. Signed by Joan Krammmer.]
I.4.16: Gathering (2 pp.) "FYI Social Environments/Proposed Exhibit Format" [indicates that it proposed titles and short descriptions of "vignettes proposed to serve as the social environments for visitors at several stations in the FYI exhibit."]
I.4.17: Gathering (2 pp.) "FYI Social Environments/Proposed Exhibit Format." Identical to I.4.2 above, but has hand notation Summer 1988.
I.4.18: Gathering (42 pp.): "Bibliography/For Personal Vignettes/Female" [Actually only 1 p. of bibliography followed by 41 pp. of xeroxed illustrations & text about women and information technology.]
I.4.19: SG (6 pp.; n.d.): "Connected Over Time/Individual Social History Presentations."
I.4.20: Clipping (1 pp.): "Doers Profile."
I.4.21: SG (4 pp.): "April 8, 1988 /For the Social Environment/Notes on the 6 Periods."
I.4.22: G (5 pp.): [Miscellaneous Handwritten notes.]
I.4.23: SG (3 pp.) "Social Themes in the Information Exhibit (BF 7/6/1988).
I.4.24: SG (7 pp.; n.d.): [Xeroxes of Text and Graphics re Solomon G. Brown.]
I.4.25: SG (2 pp.) "April 8, 1988 / For the Social Environments/Notes on the 6 Periods." [Appears to be identical to the first 2 pages of item I.4.21 above.]
I.4. 2 6: SG (2 pp. ): Memo: "To: Information Exhibit Group/From: Jon/Subject: Gallery Study." (Dated "June 3, 1988.11]
Memoranda, 1985-1986 (2 folders)
Science in American Life: Feasibility Study, 1989
Research Resources, 1989
Memoranda, 1985-1987 (2 folders)
Introduction to Node I
Inaccurate Script, Summer 1990, Copy 1
Inaccurate Script, Summer 1990, Copy 2
Inaccurate Script, Summer 1990, Copy 3
Complete Script, Early Version
Part of final film script
"Brochures": various versions
Info Rev Video Script [Fundraising Video]
4.4.1 Phase II Intro
Research & Script Tasks
4.2.1 Phase I Intro
Section IV Graphics
"Breaking the Code" script
Contact prints from Olson interview
Code breaking 3.03
Prodigy - Presentation Folder
XCIS Xerox System
4.7 Info Utilities
Information Age: Operations and Management, May 1990-February 1991
Script Labels for Interactive Gallery
Script & Elevations
Misc. proof sheets, film material
Script Material [Mostly 1990 final or late rewrites]
Miscellaneous lists and script, 1989
Baseball Hall of Fame
Comment Station #1
Siggraph # 11
General Stuff - Interactive Gallery
Miscellaneous 1990 material on interactive gallery
Bicycle Factory #14
Photos from xerox for Alto
Unisys Oral History
Possible Material for Future Rotating Exhibits
Fiber to the Home
Miscellaneous collection of 1989-1990 material
4.1 Establishment of Info Age
Miscellaneous late 1989, early 1990 material
Policies and Procedures
Reference: COMPAQ Equipment
Rogow & Bernstein Contract
Rogow & Bernstein Contract II
20th Century Collecting
IA Exhibit: Interactive/Media
IA Exhibit: Node I Background
IA Exhibit: Concepts and Narratives, 1985-1987
Projects: Sloan Video History
Outside Agencies: Computer Museum
Outside Agencies: Computer Museum of America
Rogow & Bernstein Meetings 3/18-20/1987
Reference: Info Rev Seminar Position Papers
Projects: Info Rev Seminar 9/11/1987
WETA Presendation Folder: Smithsonian World
Presentation Folder: Carbons to Computers
Info Age Exhibit Ideas
3.5 Birth of the Computer
ERMA (2 folders)
"Design, Management, Early Proposals, R&B, Hilke"
G (l P.): "Social Themes/bf 7/28/1988"
SG (6 pp.): "Section I: Information Processing Prior to World War II" [MRW]
G (4 pp.): "Comments/2/29/1988/B Finn"
SG (2 pp.): "February 22, 1988/To: David, Marie, ion/From: Barney"
SG (4 pp.): "Steven Lubar 1/28/1988"
SG (2 pp.): "14 January 1988/To: Information Group/From: Barney"
SG (6iT ): "Some Thoughts on Exhibit Material/M. R. Williams 5/27/1986"
SG (3i:): "Some Thoughts on Exhibit Material/M. R. Williams 6/1986"
SG (9 pp.): "Tentative Outline and Comments/Bernard Finn June 6, 1986
SG (5,TT:): "Some Thoughts on Exhibit Material/M. R. Williams, 6/2/1986"
SG (2 pp.): "Node 0 (Comments about nodes)/BF, 2/4/1987"
SG (16 pp.): "March 23, 1987/To: David, DD, Jon, Marie,Uta/From: Barney"
SG (2 pp.): "November 9, 1987/Group/From: Jon"
SG (9 pp.): "October 21, 1987/Deborah Bretzfelder/Barney Finn's outline and on
"Scripts/Miscellaneous Notes on show"
"1946-1990/Info Systs in Soc./4.11/Information Systems 1975-1990"
G (XX pp.) Information Age Graphics Style Book"
Info Rev Briefing
Budget & Schedule
Exhibit Educational Plan
Current Exhibit Plans
IBM Research, Yorktown
SG (ll pp.): Proposal to Ford Motor Company (2 copies, loose)
Audience Research Issues
VJ Day Mural
Life Picture Service
Graphics, other art for Street etc.
Drawing by Hansen
Visions and Realities
G (7 pp.): Cardinal Sound & Motion Picture Systems
Steve Hansen Intro
Miscellaneous notes to Exhibits Department
Information Age Meetings
George Mason University
Registrar's Office Move
139 Street Scene
Information Story Lines/Script
SG (16): "Storyline/The Information Age/October 27,1988"
G (l): [Memo: November 21, 1989-Allison to Molella re Lubar assignment]
SG (2): [Memo: August 22, 1989: from Allison re so tware section]
SG (4): Information Exhibition meeting/March 17, 1988 (four folders)
G (5) [Memos: JE - Claudine re ENIAC progress]
SG (ll): "Status of Exhibit Sections, December 29, 1988"
[Memo: Molella - Distribution re Script Review/December 15, 1989]
SG (24): "Alternative 'summaries' for Part 2 ... /BF 9/7/1988"
SG (13): "Storyline/Connected/Information/Technology and Society (9/13/1988)
SG (12): "Storyline/The Information Age: Visions and Realities" (9/6/1988)
Drawing: "Social Security, NMAH/Information (6/19/1989)
Memo: Allison - Information Exhibition Group/March 11, 1988 (2 folders)
Memo: Allison - Information Exhibition Group/March 10, 1988
Committee for Wider Audience
Early documents re Bernstein/Tepper Disagreement."
Script - Section IV
Elevation Drawing, Sheet # 17
Elevation Drawing, Radio Wall Case
R & B Design Work
No Tab Label: Material on Interactives (large file)
"1946-1990/Information Systems in Society (165B46-X)"
Information Age Clippings
Cable & telegraph
2.3 to 2.7
2.3 to 2.7 (continued)
Island - Stock Ticker
Island - Radio Broadcasting
Island - Titanic
Sheutz & Corliss
Combat Information Center (CIC)
3.1 to 3.3
Birth of the Computer
3.4 to 4.1
Software, Business, Knowledge, Miniaturization
4.2 to 4.6
5/1987 - Rogow & Bernstein: "The Information Revolution; preliminary intent review" [subjects: objectives, traffic flow, entry, introduction, emergence, establishment, development, conclusion, gallery plan options, project schedule]. 2 copies: 1 has pp 1-28 (color cover), one has pp 1-15 (plain cover)
10/1987 - Rogow & Bernstein: "Online: the Emerging Information Age" [technical and social channels. 2 copies, each pp 1-27] undated Rogow and Bernstein "Key Plan" [shows extant space and planned demolition/modification; quite ambitious--more holes thru ceiling, redo of entryway, etc. 2 copies, each pp. 1-16]
Outline: Emerging Information Age, 1987
The Information Age: Graphics Style Book
15 installation blueprints and layouts. Also includes 1 sample of Information Age sign for the exhibition