Out of a Closet: The Early Years of The Computer Museum

  • Gordon Bell
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6875)


The 2011 opening at the Computer History Museum of the world’s largest and most complete physical and cyber exhibit of computing history marks the sixth stage of a public museum’s evolution, which began in 1975 with a closet-sized exhibit in a Digital Equipment Corporation building, migrating to The Computer Museum, Boston. It now lives in an 119,000 square foot public home in Silicon Valley. This chance/luck driven evolution of an institution is due to the dedication and leadership of a few people who persuaded hundreds of others that the endeavor was worthwhile and needed their support. Gwen Bell, The Computer Museum’s founding director, and Len Shustek, the founding chairman of the Computer History Museum were committed to its success! Behind nearly every artifact, exhibit, and pioneering effort is a story that the museum is dedicated to understand and tell. This is the story leading to the Computer History Museum.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon Bell
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  1. 1.Silicon Valley LaboratoryMicrosoft ResearchMountain ViewUSA

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