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On March 19, 2018, Andersen Library's new reading room opened in the Maxine Houghton Wallin Special Collections Research Center on the ground floor of Andersen Library. Come check out the new space!


2018 Norberg Travel Grants Awarded!

Congratulations to Jillian Foley a Ph.D. candidate in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at University of Chicago, Gili Vidan a Ph.D. candidate in History of Science at Harvard University, and Avery J. Wiscomb a Ph.D. candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.

We look forward to their upcoming visits to CBI!


Theodora Dryer Named 2018-2019 Tomash Fellow

CBI is pleased to announce Theodora Dryer as the 2018-2019 Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellow!

Theodora is a Ph.D. candidate in History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation is entitled, "Designing Certainty: The Rise of Algorithmic Computing in an Age of Anxiety, 1929-1960." Congratulations Theodora!


2018 Norberg Travel Grants Awarded!

Congratulations to Jillian Foley a Ph.D. candidate in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at University of Chicago, Gili Vidan a Ph.D. candidate in History of Science at Harvard University, and Avery J. Wiscomb a Ph.D. candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.

We look forward to their upcoming visits to CBI!


Yost's new book Making IT Work now available!

Making IT WorkThe computer services industry has worldwide annual revenues of over a trillion dollars and employs millions of workers, but is often overshadowed by the hardware and software products industries (both of which are less than half its size).  In this book, Yost examines how computer services, from consulting, data processing, programming, systems integration, time-sharing, and facilities management to data analytics and cloud computing, have played a crucial role in shaping information technology -- in making IT work (both in the sense of making IT useful, and also extending the ever growing IT labor force).  Based on extensive archival research (many CBI collections, the IBM Corporate Archives, Hagley Museum & Library, MIT Archives, etc.), oral histories, and trade journal research, Yost provides a business, social (gender, labor, professionalization), policy/legal/political economy history of this 65 year old industry. In doing so, this book seeks to contribute to business, social, and technology historiography.

Buy it from MIT Press or Amazon

“Hardware is glitzy, software clever, but as Jeffrey Yost shows, it is the computer services industry that makes it all work for us. Telling the story of an industry, its firms, their cultures, and people in making modern IT, this book has long been needed, and Yost delivers.”
-- Kenneth Lipartito, Professor of History, Florida International University; coauthor of A History of the Kennedy Space Center

“Jeffrey Yost provides an indispensable road map for anyone interested in the rise and evolution of the vast computer services industry. His authoritative study shines bright light on a vital but underappreciated element of the Information Age.”
-- Steven W. Usselman, Professor of History, Georgia Institute of Technology; coeditor of The Challenge of Remaining Innovative: Insights from Twentieth-Century American Business



New CBI Finding Aids available

Several CBI collections newly open to researchers now have finding aids online. Check out the links below.

Alias | Wavefront Records: http://archives.lib.umn.edu/repositories/3/resources/6991

AUTODIN Records: http://archives.lib.umn.edu/repositories/3/resources/7126

Joan Collins Tapes: http://archives.lib.umn.edu/repositories/3/resources/7111

Internet Legacy Institute Records: http://archives.lib.umn.edu/repositories/3/resources/7141

Steve B. Lipner Papers: http://archives.lib.umn.edu/repositories/3/resources/7096

Rick Smith Papers: http://archives.lib.umn.edu/repositories/3/resources/7104

Charles W. Bachman Papers -- Updated -- http://archives.lib.umn.edu/repositories/3/resources/244