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James W. Cortada papers

Identifier: CBI 185

Scope and Content Note

The James W. Cortada Papers include research materials for The Digital Hand(Cortada's three-volume history of computing in American industries), IBM documents and publications collected by Cortada while working for the company, and publications authored or edited by James W. Cortada on the history of business and computing.

Box numbering starts over with the 2009 donation.


  • 1890-2007

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Access to materials:

Access to Box 53, folders 7 and 8 is restricted until further notice. All other documents are unrestricted.


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

James W. Cortada has held a variety of sales, consulting, management and executive positions at IBM in the United States (1974-present). Beginning in the late 1970s he began writing on the management and use of computers and then in the 1980s also turned his attention to the history of the business uses of computers. He is the author or editor of over two dozen books on the business uses of information technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Florida State University and is also the author of a number of books dealing with European diplomatic history.


260 boxes (260 cubic feet)


Papers include research materials for The Digital Hand, IBM publications, and books authored or edited by James W. Cortada on the history of business and computing.


The papers were donated by James W. Cortada in 2007.

James W. Cortada Papers, circa 1890-2007.
Finding Aid.
Prepared by Stephanie Horowitz, 2007-2010.
2007, 2010
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Collecting Area Details

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Elmer L. Andersen Library
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Minneapolis MN 55455