Organizing the History of Computing

‘Lessons Learned’ at the Charles Babbage Institute
  • Thomas J. Misa
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 303)


This paper tries to distill some of the ‘lessons learned’ from the Charles Babbage Institute’s quarter-century experience (1980-present) in organizing the history of computing. It draws on the author’s (recent) experience as CBI director; conversations with Arthur Norberg, CBI’s long-time founding director; and papers delivered at a special symposium appraising CBI’s role in computing history, which appeared in the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 29 no. 4 (October-December 2007).


Charles Babbage Institute oral history archiving practices electronic documentation history of computing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Misa
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  1. 1.Charles Babbage InstituteUniversity of Minnesota, MinneapolisMinnesotaUSA

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