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Peter Wolcott papers, 1960s-1990s

The Russian, Soviet and Eastern Bloc Computing Collection consist of materials that provide a picture of the development of Soviet computing and record Soviet impressions of computer development within the United States. While the bulk of the materials are from the former Soviet Union and Russia, other countries are represented, including China, Korea, Poland and Czechoslovakia.

Materials include reports, journal articles, equipment reviews, manuals, equipment catalogs, photographs, trip reports, dictionaries, foreign language serials and books, dissertations and a small collection of microfiche. Serials in English were removed from the collection and cataloged.

Grey literature contains a compilation of foreign language publications and papers, newsletters, miscellaneous reports and reprints, abstracts, papers, correspondence, conference materials, newspaper articles and pamphlets. Of note is a timeline/machine comparison and equivalencies for Soviet and United States computers. (Box 46)

Languages represented in the collection include English, Russian, German and Italian. A smattering of other languages, such as Polish and Spanish can also be found.


  • Majority of material found in 1960s-1990s

Language of Materials

English, Russian, German, Italian, and others

Access to materials:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.


From the Collection: 53 boxes (52 cubic feet)


Collecting Area

Part of the Charles Babbage Institute Archives Collecting Area