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An evolving web resource based on the exhibit curated by R. Arvid Nelsen and designed by Darren Terpstra

The following pages show images of the physical exhibit that was presented in the Andersen Gallery of the Elmer L. Andersen Library, May 28 - June 23, 2008. Text from the exhibit and scans of some of the materials exhibited can be found from links on pages reached via the thumbnails below. Please explore! New content will be added regularly.

Charles Babbage Institute: Resources on Scholarship: Women, Men and Gender in Computing
The Charles Babbage Institute is dedicated to the history of computing and information technology. Resources pertaining to women's history can be found in collections that deal explicitly with women in computing, such as the collections of prominent women computer programmers or those of organizations dedicated to advancing the opportunities of women in computing. Other collections not explicitly focused on women in computing, nevertheless, also contain rich materials demonstrating gendered roles in the profession, commentary on job training and employment opportunities over the years, challenging or hostile work environments and women's actions to create change. Materials from many of these collections were featured in the exhibit.
Case 10

Collections Specific to Individuals and Women's Organizations:

 

Other Collections Featured in the Exhibit:

  • Burroughs Corporation Records (CBI 90) FINDING AID
  • Control Data Corporation Records (CBI 80) FINDING AID
  • Edmund C. Berkeley Papers (CBI 50) In addition to the Brainiac toy featured in the exhibit, the collection contains many materials pertaining to social activism, including women's peace groups: Voice of Women, 1961-1966, Women for Peace, 1961-1963, Women Strike for Peace, 1961-1967, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1958-1965) FINDING AID
  • Uncataloged Serials, 1948-1999 (CBI 152): Includes: Electronics Women and Women Computing FINDING AID
 

Oral Histories (many available online at http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/index.phtml

  • Margaret R. Fox (OH 49) ONLINE
  • Grace Hopper (OH 81) Only available on-site
  • Margaret Loftus (OH 316) ONLINE
  • Ethel C. Marden(OH51) ONLINE
  • UNIVAC Conference - Panel discussion including Florence K. Koons, Frances E. Holberton, Dorothy P. Armstrong, Jean E. Sammet (OH 200) ONLINE
 

Books Displayed in Case 10

Bolter, J. David. Turing’s Man: Western Culture in the Computer Age. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1984.

Cohoon, J. McGrath and William Aspray, eds. Women and Information Technology: Research on Underrepresentation. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2006.

Women and Information Technology
Grier, David Alan. When Computers Were Human. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.
Grier, David Alan. When Computers Were Human. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.
Herz, J.C. Joystick Nation: How Videogames Ate Our Quarters, Won Our Hearts, and Rewired Our Minds. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1997.
Hodges, Andrew. Alan Turing: The Enigma. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983.
Alan Turing: The Enigma
Leger, James R., ed. A History of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering 1888-2006. Minneapolis: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2006.
Lundstrom, David E. A Few Good Men from Univac. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1987.
Murray, Charles J. The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind  the Supercomputer. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997.
Oechtering, Veronika. www.frauen-informatik-geschichte.de: Frauen in der Geschichte der Informationstechnik. Bremen : Universität Bremen, [2001]
www.frauen-informatik-geschichte.de: Frauen in der Geschichte der Informationstechnik.
Oldenziel, Ruth. Making Technology Masculine: Men, Women and Modern Machines in America, 1870-1945. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1999.
Making Technology Masculine: Men, Women and Modern Machines in America, 1870-1945.
Stein, Dorothy. Ada: a Life and a Legacy. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1985.
Turkle, Sherry. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet. New York: Touchstone, 1995.

Period Books and Reports Featured in the Exhibit Reflecting Varying Views on Job Opportunities:

Cox, David W. Computer Programmer. Boston, Mass.: Research Publishing Company, Inc., 1965.
Computer Programmer
Fischer, George. Your Career in Computers. New York: Meredith Press, 1968.
Your Career in Computers
Seligsohn, I.J., Your Career in Computer Programming. New York: Julian Messner, 1967.
Your Career in Computer Programming
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics in cooperation with Veterans Administration. Automation and Employment Opportunities for Officeworkers: A Report on the Effect of Electronic Computers on Employment of Clerical Workers, with a Special Report on Programmers. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1958.
Automation and Employment Opportunities for Officeworkers: A Report on the Effect of Electronic Computers on Employment of Clerical Workers, with a Special Report on Programmers.
Women and Office Automation: Issues for the Decade Ahead. U.S. Department of Labor, William E. Brock, Secretary. Women's Bureau, Lenora Cole Alexander, Director. 1985.
Women and Office Automation: Issues for the Decade Ahead

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