Charles W. Bachman papers
Scope and Content Note
The collection is comprised of correspondence, calendars, internal reports, interoffice memoranda, publications, presentation materials, articles (in both published and unpublished format), notes, schematics, flow charts and other papers detailing software development, specifically database software. The collection includes documentation on: Dow Chemical (1951-1960); General Electric (1960-1970); Honeywell Information Systems (1970-1981); Cullinane Database Systems/Cullinet (1972-1986); Bachman Information Systems, Inc. (1982-1996); Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (1971-1982); American National Standards Institute (ANSI) (1978-1983); International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) (1974-1975); International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (CCITT) (1977-1980); and the International Standards Organization (ISO) (1977-1982).
- Bachman, Charles W. (Person)
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Access to materials:
Access to the collection is unrestricted, with exception of photos of Charles Bachman and President Obama. The high-resolution digital images were provided to Mr. Bachman on the condition that they be used, “for personal use only and should not be republished without the written consent of the White House.” To obtain that written permission before the end of the Obama Administration, please feel free to reach out to White House photo office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the curator with questions.
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).
Charles William Bachman spent over forty-four years in the software development industry. He specialized in database systems and analyzed the concept and execution of pair relationships extensively. Bachman joined Dow Chemical in 1950 and held several positions with the firm before becoming Data Processing Research Manager in 1955. He left Dow in 1960 to work for General Electric (GE) in New York where he developed the Integrated Data Store (IDS), one of the first database management systems. He later transferred as Manager of Software Product Planning to the GE Computer Department in Phoenix, Arizona (1964-1970) where he further refined database management techniques.
When Honeywell Information Systems (HIS) acquired GE's computer operations in 1970, Bachman was the first employee to move from Phoenix to the HIS facility in Waltham, Massachusetts to continue his work with database management. While he was senior staff scientist at HIS, Bachman received the Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for his pioneering efforts in database management systems. Believing that database management research needed to proceed in a different direction than HIS took, Bachman joined Cullinane Database Systems (later Cullinet) as Vice President for Applied Research in 1980. He founded his own firm, Bachman Information Systems, in 1983 and consulted for Cullinet until 1986. Bachman Information Systems, specialized in reverse engineering obsolete mainframe database systems, developed and marketed Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) products for the Information Systems (IS) market, and developed the
enterprisemodels for database management in its business partnership with IBM.
63 boxes (63 cubic feet)
Collection contains correspondence, calendars, internal reports, interoffice memoranda, publications, presentation materials, articles, notes, schematics, and flow charts detailing database software development. Includes documentation on Dow Chemical (1951-1960), General Electric (1960-1970), Honeywell Information Systems (1970-1981), Cullinane Database Systems/Cullinet (1972-1986), Bachman Information Systems, Inc. (1982-1996), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (1971-1982), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) (1978-1983), International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) (1974-1975), International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (CCITT) (1977-1980), and International Standards Organization (ISO) (1977-1982).
Arrangement of Collection
The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:
- Biographical Information, 1962-1989
- Corporate Records, 1951-1996
- Patent Information and Applications, undated and 1974-1994
- Professional Publications and Presentations, 1968-1996
- Professional Organizations, 1971-1983
- Non-textual Materials (audio and video tapes), undated and 1974-1991
2007 donations were not added to these series, but rather added to the end of the finding aid.
The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Charles W. Bachman in 1996 and 2007.
- Bachman Information Systems.
- Bachman, Charles W.
- Computer industry Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Computer software -- Development. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Cullinane Database Systems.
- Databases. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Dow Chemical Company.
- General Electric Company
- Honeywell Inc.
- Charles W. Bachman Papers, 1951-2007. Finding Aid.
- Prepared by Lynn Leitte, April 1997; Stephanie Horowitz, March 2008.
- 2004, 2008
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