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Harvard Business School's Baker Library assumes stewardship of Ken Olsen's Personal Collection from Gordon College - 10/31/19

Harvard Business School DEC Collection


As many of our readers may know, Ken Olsen gifted, through one of his foundations, the monies to build the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College, which was dedicated in 2008. He also donated to Gordon College the many documents developed during his life and career as a computer engineer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation and President of the company from 1957-1992.


In recent years, Gordon College, with the permission of Ken's family, have permanently loaned this material [approximately 85 boxes] to the Baker Library at the Harvard Business School. The contact who has knowledge of the Digital collection is Laura Linard who manages Special Collections at the Library. At this time there is no plan to make these documents digitally available. However, arrangements can be made for researchers to see these documents as well as former Digital employees who are researching this information for their own use. [Laura's email is; phone 617-495-6360] Below is a pointer to the Digital Collection which has an index of all the material.


The original business plan that Ken Olsen developed to start DEC is part of this material, along with addendums and business letters.

DECconnection has acquired a copy of this original business plan from Robert Parsons, who worked closely with Ken during his last few years at Digital and also at Ken's start up, Advanced Modular Solutions. We were able to obtain permission from Gordon College to share the contents with our readers. You shall see this scanned document in its original printed format which is white text on a black background. For the sake of readability, we have also inserted retyped pages behind those pages difficult to read. This 1957 document has 2 proposals about 5 months apart, with the latest listed first. See pointer below.

Ken Olsen's 1957 Business Plan to Start DEC







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