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Cuthbert C. Hurd papers

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 95

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, and reports relating to Cuthbert Hurd's work with the Applied Science Department at IBM and minutes, memoranda, reports, and notes related to his chairmanship of Quintus Computer Systems. The IBM records concern the Card- Programmed Electronic Calculator (CPC) and the Defense Calculator (which became the IBM 701 computer), and include reports from field representatives relating customers, potential customers, scientific applications of computers, and IBM's strategy for selling computers of that period. Among the records is correspondence with IBM executives. The Quintus records include business plans, agreements, stock and financial records, news releases, papers on the Prolog language, product planning and specifications memoranda, and board minutes.

Dates

  • 1946-1992
  • (bulk, 1946-1955, 1984-1989)

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).

Biographical Note

Cuthbert Corwin Hurd joined IBM in 1949 after teaching and serving as a technical research head at the atomic energy facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. At IBM, he formed the Applied Science Department and pushed reluctant management into the world of computing. After leaving IBM in 1962, he served as chairman of the Computer Usage Company until 1974 when he formed Cuthbert C. Hurd Associates. From 1978 to 1986, Hurd served as chairman for Picodyne Corporation. Hurd was a founder, president, and chairman of Quintus Computer Systems from 1984 until October 1989 when Quintus was acquired by Intergraph.

Biographical information from: Cuthbert C. Hurd,in J.A.N. Lee, Computer Pioneers(Los Altimos, CA: IEEE Computer Society Press, 1995), 389.

Extent

10 boxes (2.75 cubic feet)

Overview

Collection contains correspondence, memoranda, and reports relating to Cuthbert C. Hurd's work with the Applied Science Department at IBM and minutes, memoranda, reports, and notes related to his chairmanship of Quintus Computer Systems.

Arrangement of Collection

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:
  1. Applied Science Department Staff Files, 1950-1952
  2. International Business Machines (IBM), 1954-1977
  3. Quintus Computer Systems, Inc., 1983-1989

Acquisition:

The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Cuthbert C. Hurd in 1995 and 1996.
Title
Cuthbert C. Hurd Papers, 1946-1992. Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Peter Stramoski, Kevin D. Corbitt, and Bruce H. Bruemmer, August 1995.
Date
2004
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Collecting Area Details

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