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About the CBI Archives

The CBI Archives collects, preserves and provides access to rich archival collections and rare publications documenting the history of technology, from the era of tabulators and electromechanical calculators in the period prior to World War II, through the development of the electronic digital computer, mainframes, mini and microcomputers, software and networking. Oral histories, photographs, journal and serial publications and a reference library complement the archival and special collections holdings.

Collecting Scope, Acquisition Policy, Information for Donors


Archives services and how to use the collections

  • Archives & Manuscripts
  • CBI archival collections include the papers of prominent companies, individuals, professional associations as well as key government agencies.

  • Oral Histories
  • CBI's Oral History Collection contains over 300 research-grade oral history interviews, in both print and digital format, relating to the history of computing.

  • Photographs/Videos/Digital Collections
  • A portion of CBI's archival and published collections is available online in digital format. Some of these materials were originally in print and have been digitized; others originated digitally. Photographs and a few videos from our Burroughs Corporation Records, Control Data Corporation Records, and Association for Computing Machinery collections have been digitized. Another way to locate photographs is by searching through the finding aids for our archival collections. The Burroughs Corporation Records and the Control Data Corporation Records are both collections that have a large number of photographs.

  • Print Materials in MNCAT
  • CBI has a number of non-circulating books and journals that can be searched in MNCAT®, the University of Minnesota's on-line library catalog.

  • CBI-Hosted Publications
  • The Charles Babbage Institute is proud to provide access to researchers materials produced by CBI staff and other writers who have entrusted their materials to CBI for web hosting.