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CBI's Oral History Collection contains over 300 oral history interviews in both print (only available onsite at CBI) and digital format (accessible through the University of Minnesota’s Digital Conservancy). Learn more about oral histories.

See a subject list of our elecronic transcripts or explore a few popular oral history subjects below.
Women's History/Gender France -- Cyclades ARPANET
General Electric Company International Business Machines Corporation. Control Data Australia

An alphabetical list of interviewees representing our full set of oral histories is below. Most are available online (simply click on the interviewee's name) and some are available onsite at CBI only. If you are interested in an oral history that does not appear electronically, please contact CBI's Archivist to make an appointment.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

A
Adams, Armand E.
Adrion, W. Richards
Alexander, Curt
Allard,Raymond W.
Amarel, Saul
Amdahl, Gene
Amundson, Neal Russell
Anderson, Norma J.
Anderson, Walter L. (Walter Leonard)
Armer, Paul (1973)
Armer, Paul (1981)
Armstrong, Dorothy P.
Armstrong, Lancelot W.
Auerbach, Isaac L. (Isaac Levin) (1978)
Auerbach, Isaac L. (Isaac Levin) (1992)

B
Babcock, Dean Frank
Bace, Rebecca G.
Baker, Eugene L. (1980)
Baker, Eugene L. (1982)
Bament, Richard
Baran, Paul
Barnes, Bruce H.
Bartik, Jean
Barton, Robert S.
Bauer, Friedrich Ludwig
Bauer, Walter F. (1983)
Baxter, John
Bayard-Richard, Tilly
Belady, L. A. (Laszlo A.)
Bell, David Elliott
Berce, Henri
Berg, Norbert R.
Bergmanis, Maris
Bhend, Bill
Bidzos, James
Bird, Ron G.
Birkenstock, James W. (James Warren) (1980)
Birkenstock, James W. (James Warren) (1985)
Bishop, Matt
Bitzer, Donald Lester (1982)
Bitzer, Donald Lester (1988)
Blackmore, Tony
Bloch, Richard M. (Richard Milton)
Blue, Allan
Bowden, Lyle
Bowker, Albert H. (Albert Hosmer), 1919-2008
Brackett, John
Braniff, Ronald W.
Bricklin, Dan
Brown, C. Hammond
Brown, Gordon R.
Buchanan, Bruce G.
Bulver, Paul J. (1980)
Bulver, Paul J. (1982)
Burks, Alice R.
Burks, Arthur W. (Arthur Walter) (1980)
Burks, Arthur W. (Arthur Walter) (1987)
Burroughs B 5000 Conference
Butler, William W.

C
Campbell, Robert V. D.
Canning, Richard G.
Carter, Lee S.
Cavanaugh, Alfred Doughty
Cerf, Vinton G.
Chamberlin, D. D. (Donald Dean)
Chambers, Carl
Chinitz, M. Paul
Clark, Wesley
Cleaver, William
Clover, H. Dick
Cohen, Arnold A. (1983)
Cohen, Arnold A. (1987)
Coleman, Bruce T.
Collins, George A.
Conner, Richard D. (March, 1982)
Conner, Richard D. (May, 1982)
Conte, Samuel Daniel
Control Data Corporation
Cook, Stephen Arthur.
Cooper, Robert S. (Robert Shanklin)
Corbató, F. J.
Crandall, Richard L.
Creech, Bobby A. (1987)
Creech, Bobby A. (1985)
Crichton, Charles F.
Critchfield, Charles L. (Charles Louis)
Crocker, Stephen
Crowther, William
Csuri, Charles (Charles A.)
Cullinane, John J.
Curtis, Kent K. (Kent Krueger), 1927-1987

D
Dahm, David M.
Danehower, George
Daniel, Willis
Danthine, André
Davies, Donald Watts (1986)
Dawe, Franklin R.
Day, John
Dayan, Marcel
Delves, Eugene L.
Denning, Dorothy E.
Denning, Peter J.
Dennis, Jack B. (Jack Bonnell)
Dent, Benjamin A.
Dertouzos, Michael L.
Després, Rémi
Dick, George W.
Dijkstra, Edsger Wybe
Dixon, Donald B.
Downie, Ian
Drake, Willis K.
Dumey, Arnold
Duncan, Hugh
Dunwell, Steve, 1913-1994
Durbin, Gary.
Dyer, Ben

E
Eckert, J. Presper (John Presper), (1977)
Eckert, J. Presper (John Presper), (1980)
Edwards, Daniel J.
Eng, Bjarne R.
Eppert, Ray R.

F
Fano, Robert M.
Feigenbaum, Edward A. (1979)
Feigenbaum, Edward A.(1989)
Fein, Louis
Ford, James
Forrest, Henry S.
Forsythe, Alexandra I.
Fox, Margaret R.
Frank, Howard
Frankston, Bob
Frazier, H. Nix

G
Gaff, Scott
Galler, Bernard A. (1985)
Galler, Bernard A. (1991)
Gallie, Thomas M.
Gentry, Grace
Gien, Michel
Gluck, Simon E.
Goetz, Martin A.
Goldberg, Robert
Goldstein, Bernard
Goldstine, Herman Heine (1980)
Goldstine, Herman Heine (1981)
Golub, Gene H. (Gene Howard) (May, 1979)
Golub, Gene H. (Gene Howard) (June, 1979)
Goodman, Seymour E.
Gould, Laura
Grad, Arthur
Grangé, Jean-Louis
Gray, Jim
Grinna, Dennis
Griswold, Madge T.
Griswold, Ralph E.
Guck, LeRoy R.
Gunderson, Richard C.

H
Hale, John E.
Hammer, Carl, 1914-2004 (1983)
Hammer, Carl, 1914-2004 (1990)
Hanson, Barney L.
Hardy, Norman
Harpst, Gary
Harris, James D.
Hauck, Erwin A.
Hawkins, Robert L.
Hawley, Charles L. (1975)
Hawley, Charles L. (1982)
Heart, Frank
Hedger, Dick
Hedges, Harry George
Heilmeier, George H.
Hellman, Martin
Henry, Glenn
Herr, Robert
Herriot, John George
Herzfeld, Charles
Herzstark, Curt [English]
Herzstark, Curt [German]
Hill, John L. (John Lindsay)
Hillesley, John J.
Hoare, C. A. R. (Charles Antony Richard)
Holberton, Frances E. (1983)
Holberton, Frances E. (1990)
Hootman, Joseph T.
Huff, Morgan W.
Hughes, Thomas Parke
Humphreys, Arthur L. C.
Hurd, Cuthbert Corwin (1981)
Hurd, Cuthbert Corwin (1994)
Hurd, Cuthbert Corwin (1995)
Hutson, Maurice

I
Imlay, John
Infante, E. F.

J
James, Julie
Johnson, Luanne (2004)
Johnson, Luanne (2008)
Johnston, Robert E.

K
Kahn, Robert E. (1989)
Kahn, Robert E. (1990)
Kamp, Thomas G.
Karnowski, Jack J.
Karoly, George
Keane, John F.
Keenan, Thomas A.
Keet, Ernest E.
Keye, William R.
Kilby, Jack S. (Jack St. Clair)
King, Paul D.
Kleinrock, Leonard
Knuth, Donald Ervin
Kolence, Kenneth W.
Koons, Florence K.
Kort, Raymon
Kreuder, Norman L.
Krohn, Howard
Krueger, Larry

L
Laccabue, Fred
LaFrenz, Dale Eugene
Landry, John
Landwehr, Carl E.
Lappen, Chester Irwin
Lareau, Richard G.
Lautenberg, Frank R.
Lazarus, Roger B.
Lehmann, John R.
Le Lann, Gérard
Levilion, Marc E.
Licklider, J. C. R.
Lincoln, Neil R.
Lipner, Steven B.
Lloyd, Richard C.
Loftus, Margaret
Lohn, Gary H.
Lonergan, William D.
Lukasik, Stephen
Lunt, Teresa F.
Lykos, Peter

M
MacDonald, Duncan N.
MacDonald, Ray W.
Machover, Carl
MacKenzie, F. Brad
Maguire, John N. (John Norris)
Maguire, Thomas H. (Tim)
Maples, Mike
Marden, Ethel C.
Markowitz, H (Harry)
Marquardt, Donald W.
Marx, Hans B.
Masterson, Earl (Earl Edgar)
Matter, H. W.
Mauchly, John W. (John William), 1907-1980 (1973)
Mauchly, Kathleen
Maxwell, A. Terence
McCahill, Mark P.
McCarthy, John
McCormack, James
McDonald, Robert Emmett (1982)
McDonald, Robert Emmett (1983)
McGee, William
McKenzie, Alexander A. (Alexander Anderson)
McLean, John D.
McNulty, James
Merzbach, Uta C.
Metropolis, N. (Nicholas)
Miller, Paul G.
Miller, William F. (William Frederick)
Mills, David L.
Minsky, Marvin Lee
Mitchell, William
Moe, Robert
Molnar, Andrew R.
Mooers, Calvin N.
Mooers, Charlotte Davis
Morgan, M. Granger (Millett Granger)
Morris, Robert E.
Mullaney, Frank C.
Mumma, Robert E.
Murphy, Phyliss
Murray, William H.

N
Naffah, Najah
Neumann, Peter G.
Newell, Allen
Nilsson, Nils J.
Norberg, Arthur L. (Arthur Lawrence)
Norris, William C. (1977)
Norris, William C. (1982)
Norris, William C. (1986)
Nycum, Susan H.

O
O'Neil, John P.
Ohlander, Ronald B.
Oliphint, G. Clark
Oliver, Bernard M.
Ornstein, Severo (1990)
Ornstein, Severo (1994)

P
Pagelkopf, Don
Parker, Donn B.
Parker, John E., 1900-1989
Patton, Peter C.
Pearce, Garry
Pearson, Ralph W.
Pelnar, Herb
Pendergrass, James T.
Perkins, Robert L. (1980)
Perkins, Robert L. (1983)
Perkins, Robert L. (1985)
Persons, Ben
Pinkerton, John M. M., (John Maurice McLean) (1988)
Piscopo, Joseph A.
Pouzin, Louis
Price, Robert M. (1982)
Price, Robert M. (1983)
Prince, Warren

R
Rankine, John (L. John)
Reddy, Raj
Rench, Carl F.
Rice, John Rischard
Roberts, Lawrence G.
Robertson, Rob
Robinson, Herbert W. (Herbert William)
Rosin, Robert F.
Ross, Douglas T. (1984)
Ross, Douglas T. (1989)
Ross, Douglas T. (2004)
Rubens, Sidney Michel
Rubinstein, Seymour
Ruina, Jack P.
Ryan, George M.
Ryden, Arnold J. (1983)
Ryden, Arnold J. (1995)

S
Sachs, Jonathan
Sammet, Jean E.
Sampson, Don K.
Sberro, Joseph E.
Schachter, Oscar
Schaefer, Marvin
Schell, Roger R.
Schleicher, David L.
Schmidt, R. D. (Robert D.)
Schoenberg, Lawrence J.
Schrager, Barry
Schumacher, Mike
Schwartz, Jules I.
Schwarzschild, Martin
Sellenraad, Carel
Serrell, Robert
Sheehan, John M.
Shuler, Cecil M.
Simpson, Robert Lee
Slattery, Leo F.
Smith, Ovid M.
Smith, Peggy Noell
Smith, R. Blair
Spafford, Eugene H.
Spielberg, Arnold
Stein, Marvin L.
Strassmann, Paul A. (1987)
Strassmann, Paul A. (1989)
Sutherland, Ivan Edward
Svendsen, Edward C.
Svoboda, Antonín
Swearingen, John K.

T
Tareski, Val
Taylor, R. W. (Robert William)
Thaler, Alvin Isaac
Thompson, Lyle G.
Thompson, Philip Duncan
Thorndyke, Lloyd M. (1980)
Thorndyke, Lloyd M. (1982)
Thornton, J. E. (James E.)
Tomash, Adelle
Tomash, Erwin (1973)
Tomash, Erwin (1983)
Tonik, Albert B.
Townsend, Gregg M.
Traub, J. F. (Joseph Frederick), (April 1984)
Traub, J. F. (Joseph Frederick), (Oct 1984)
Traub, J. F. (Joseph Frederick), (1985)
Travis, Irven A.
Trousdale, Elmer B.
Tucker, Albert W. (Albert William)
Turner, Lloyd

U
Uncapher, Keith W.
UNIVAC Conference

V
Van Vleck, Thomas
Vargon, Edward G.
Vincent, Richard

W
Wakelin, James Henry
Walden, David C.
Walker, Kenneth
Walker, Stephen
Wampler, Stephen
Ware, Willis H. (1981)
Ware, Willis H. (2003)
Warren, S. Reid (Samuel Reid)
Watson, Peter
Watson, Jr., Thomas J.
Waychoff, Richard
Weingarten, Frederick W.
Weissman, Robert E.
Welke, Lawrence
Wendell, Douglas C.
Westbee, Robert Lyle
Wheeler, David J.
Wheeler, Roger G. (Aug 1982)
Wheeler, Roger G. (Oct 1982)
Wigner, Eugene Paul
Williams, T.
Wilson, Bruce
Wilson, Louis D.
Winograd, Terry
Winston, Patrick Henry
Wolf, J. Jay
Woltman, Frances B.
Woltman, Richard D.
Worley, Eldon
Wyly, Sam

Z
Zadeh, Lotfi Asker
Zemanek, Heinz
Zemlin, Richard A. (1983)
Zemlin, Richard A. (1988)
Zraket, Charles A.

About Oral Histories

About CBI's oral history program
CBI holds one of the world's largest collections of research-grade oral history interviews relating to the history of computers, software, and networking. Most of the 300-plus oral histories have been developed in conjunction with grant-funded research projects on topics such as the development of the software industry, the influence of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the early history of computer science departments.

For more information about the CBI oral history program see the CBI Newsletter, volume 24, number 1, Fall 2001, "Oral Histories Online," volume 14, number 2, Winter 1992, "Oral History Collection Update," and volume 24, number 3, Spring 2002, "Use of CBI's Oral Histories."

Why oral history?
Oral history is a unique research tool, and archivists, historians, and other scholars have long debated its finer points. Oral history interviews are by nature wholly subjective -- they reflect only the interviewee's and interviewer's perspectives. Researchers who use oral history try to use them in conjunction with printed sources, which may provide a more balanced view. Yet in some subject areas, where there are relatively few records, oral interviews may well become the principal means of acquiring historical information.

All oral histories are not created equal. The term itself is ambiguous; it has included everything from a professional historian's interviews of research subjects, to group reminiscences, to celebrity questionnaires. The CBI oral history program is undergirded by four principles that help to ensure the development of "research-grade" interviews. First, the potential research value of the interview is the most important factor in determining whether or not to conduct an interview. Second, CBI historians feel that oral history is not justified when reliable information is easily obtained from other sources. Third, oral history should be conducted by thoroughly informed interviewers. Fourth, oral history should be focused: interviews that are too broad in scope will not contain sufficiently detailed information for historical research. As well, interviews must be made available for research. Transcripts should be produced and the interviews should be opened to interested researchers as soon as practically possible.