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Burroughs Corporation records. L. P. Robinson and L. W. Cali papers

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 90, Series 80
The bulk of the collection documents project 2111. The collection is most useful for following the progress of project 2111 from the planning, proposal and development stages. The collection also provides some insight into the relationship between the Paoli and Pasadena facility. Correspondents include J. H. Howard, J. R. Bradburn, Y. J. Lamar, W. R. Lonergan, and E. S. McCollister.

Other materials include information about other technical and administrative issues at the Pasadena facility and wiring diagrams for the wired core storage program.
Scope and Contents This is one series of the Burroughs Corporation Records (CBI 90). Please see the other series finding aids for further information regarding the Burroughs Corporation.

Dates

  • 1956-1960

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access to materials:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Copyright:

The Charles Babbage Institute holds the copyright to all materials in the collection, except for items covered by a prior copyright (such as published materials). Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Extent

2 boxes (0.8 cubic feet)

Overview

Collection documents Project 2111, a solid-state magnetic tape and punched card data processor intended as a replacement for the B 205, contains information about other technical and administrative issues at the Pasadena facility, and includes drawings for the wired core storage program.

Biographical Note

L. P. Robinson was Director of Engineering at Pasadena and Lloyd Cali was Manager of Development Engineering. Both were involved on the 211 project.

Discussion of the 2111 System began in 1958 and a proposal was submitted to J. R. Bradburn, Vice President and General Manager of Pasadena and the Corporate Product Development Committee in Detroit in 1959. The 2111 was a solid-state magnetic tape and punched card data processor. It was designed to be a replacement for the B 205 and complement the B 220. It was intended to compete with the IBM Tape 650, the lower end of the 705, the RCA 502 and 503, the NCR 304, Sperry Rand File Computer and the USS 80 Tape System. The first shipments of 2111 were originally scheduled for early 1962. The project was terminated in 1960 because of cost overruns and disagreement over use of delay line or magnetic core memory.

Arrangement of Collection

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:
  1. Project 2111
  2. ElectroData Administration
  3. Wiring Diagrams

Acquisition:

The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Unisys Corporation in 1991, accession 991-35.

Related Material

This is one series of the Burroughs Corporation Records (CBI 90). Please see the other series finding aids for further information regarding the Burroughs Corporation.

Title
Burroughs Corporation Records. L. P. Robinson and L. W. Cali Papers, 1956-1960. Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Susan A. Stepka, August 1995 .
Date
July 2005
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Babbage Institute Archives Repository

Contact:

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