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Alden W. Allen papers

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 26
The collection includes photographs, drawings, specifications, maintenance manuals, correspondence, memoranda, and newspaper clippings largely related to magnetic drum storage devices produced by ERA and Univac. In addition, the collection includes information about fixed and flying head drums, magnetic heads, and specific drum projects. The collection also contains extensive photographs of ERA and Univac drums, a maintenance manual for the Remington Rand model 46 High-Speed Printer, newspaper clippings about the company, correspondence related to Alden's employment, and publications.

Dates

  • 1950-1971

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

1 box (1 cubic foot)

Overview

Collection contains photographs, drawings, specifications, maintenance manuals, correspondence, memoranda, and newspaper clippings largely related to magnetic drum storage devices produced by ERA and Univac during Alden Allen's employment with ERA division of Remington Rand, later the Univac division of Sperry Rand.

Biographical Note

Alden Allen joined the Engineering Research Associates (ERA) division of Remington Rand (later the Univac division of Sperry Rand) in 1955 as a mechanical engineer. He was involved in the development and production of magnetic drum and thin film memory for computer systems.

Arrangement of Collection

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:
  1. Magnetic Storage Drums General Information, undated and 1951-1969
  2. Specific Drum Information, undated and 1958-1963
  3. Magnetic Drum Artifacts, undated
  4. Miscellaneous, 1957-1977

Acquisition:

The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Alden W. Allen in 1986.
Title
Alden W. Allen Papers, 1950-1971. Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Kevin D. Corbitt, March 1991.
Date
March 2004
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Babbage Institute Archives Repository

Contact:

612-624-5050