Museum when it resided in Boston - photos from TCM
photo from his website (link below)
update on The Computer Museum - Alive and Well
- is from Gordon Bell on 2/24/2015.
Dear DECconnection Members and
As a founder (with Ken Olsen and Gwen Bell) of The Computer Museum, that started
in Marlborough, and moved to Boston, TCM is alive, well and growing at:
An article on the history of TCM
is at http://tcm.computerhistory.org/outoftheclosetV2.3.pdf and
An overview of the galleries aka rooms as a guide on how to visit TCM is at
http://TCM.ComputerHistory.org is a
cybermuseum providing accessibility to all aspects of The Computer Museum in
A visitor can walk along the timeline as a guide to:
· View and attend a lecture e.g.
the first ones by JV Atanasoff, the inventor of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer
Or hear what the first useful stored program computer was and how it was
programmed by Prof. Maurice V. Wilkes, of Cambridge U.
Or listen to Bob Noyce explain the first integrated circuit invention at the
opening of TCM, Boston in 1984
Or a talk by me on The Computer
Pioneers in the Videos room
· Replay or recall the East-West
Computer Bowls over their 10 year history.
all the book of questions from this 1988-98 era when the web was born at
· Visit the physical exhibits that were at TCM
The large scale walk-through
computer can be revisited with a guide:
Computer Chronicles toured TCM, Marlboro, MA in 1983
· The Museum Catalog (namely what are the museum’s holdings) as a publication.
Ed Thelen scanned the
A Museum Catalog is itself
an artifact of 20th century museums before search. The catalog was eventually
published in the Reports (see 400 page compendium of all the reports)
· View all the documents that
described the Museum in roughly 350 scanned files: Reports, Annual Reports with
Posters announcing the lectures and pioneers, store catalogs, Timeline Posters
and Product Trees, flyers, awards, PR releases, and more.
· Pioneer Computers Room holds all the computers that were at TCM including
documents, photos, stories, etc.
· Backroom look at artifacts
· Back Office working files used for design etc. All the available scanned files
including deliberation and sounds of gnashing of the teeth especially all the
correspondence of Gordon Bell asking for support
Note some of the 30+ year ago,
1984 Asks (Begs (include Brook Byers, Ed DeCastro, Bill Gates, Bernie Gordon,
Regis McKenna, Heinz Nixdorf, Max Palevsky, Tom Perkins, Bill Perry, John
Pierce, Ben Rosen, Al Shughart and many more).
· Governance files of BOD, etc. especially later ones from Gardner Hendrie’s
period as Chairman that he had retained.
· A BLOG (TBD) Participate in a blog e.g. comments by former board members,
comments re. particular artifacts, talks, etc.
The Computer Museum Archive website is a place to view all the extent material
of The Computer Museum whereby one can go immediately to an exhibit, event, etc.
and 350+ files that is part of CHM:
For the historian, downloading the Museum Reports, 1979-1988 and Annual Reports
1988-1998 describe the events from the opening in 1975 at Digital and in
Marlborough MA, though the museum’s move to Boston and eventually to Mountain
View’s Moffett Field, CA.
It is a work in progress that will continue to evolve and hopefully attract more
content. However with all the files and publications, there is value for history
The timeline is the best way to visit TCM
Note the 1000 x 15,000 pixels timeline on the site chronicling events and
The goal is to be able to traverse it and to see and hear content of those days.
You have to look at the items and then use some imagination but eventually all
will be hot linked to something interesting to see/hear! We will be
experimenting with wider, deeper, and different timelines this one was events
that were rendered from XLSX.
CHM has a few links to enable the TCM part of the museum to be found
The Computer Museum, Boston on Wikipedia has a nice story of TCM.
Oliver Strimpel used archived
items and made a really complete and compelling story of TCM on Wikipedia.
The site is beginning to fulfill a view of a Cyber Museums being a dusty place
that you might want (some else) to visit.
The particular joy of this site is
that it is an experiment… so if you have something that you believe someone else
associated with TCM will want, we’ll host it.
Researcher Emeritus, Microsoft Research
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visit to The Computer Museum in cyberspace