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The Smithsonian announces that it is is officially connected to the Internet, described as "the largest research and educational computer network in the world." Access is through several platforms: the IBM 4381 mainframe computer, several VAX computers, or several LANs. The project was coordinated through the Office of Information Resource Management. Staff programmers established the connection in early July 1992, and after policies were formulated for use of this new tool, it was made more broadly available in late September 1992.


  • Moreci, John L
  • Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM) 1982


Chronology of Smithsonian History


John Moreci email to SI Email Users, 09/28/1992

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


September 28, 1992


  • Computers
  • Wide area networks (Computer networks)
  • New Programs
  • Information storage and retrieval systems
  • Data processing
  • World Wide Web
  • Internet
  • Electronic data processing

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