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Atanasoff Berry Computer replica project records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 17/4/1

Scope and Content

This collection (1949-1999, bulk 1995-1999) includes photographs, correspondence, budget information, and news clippings related to the ABC replica project. Photographs and correspondence document the construction of the machine, promotional events surrounding the project, and individuals who worked on the project.

Dates

  • 1949-1999

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The Atanasoff Berry Computer (ABC) replica project was conceived by scientists and engineers of the Research and Development Engineering Services Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. The goal of the project was to build a replica of the ABC, the world’s first automatic electronic digital computer, constructed at Iowa State University from 1938 to 1939. The project was supported by the Iowa State University Computation Center and the Department of Computer Science and was approved in 1995.

The objective of the project was to build a full-scale, working replica that would resemble the original Atanasoff Berry Computer in appearance and function. It would also use as many identical parts as possible. It was decided early in the project that the use of modem technology or hardware in concealed spaces would not be allowed, which was challenging considering the limited amount of documentation and the fact that the original computer no longer existed.

The project was completed on schedule in 1997.

Extent

0.84 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)

Abstract

The Atanasoff Berry Computer (ABC) replica project was conceived by scientists and engineers of U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. The goal of the project was to build a full-scale, working replica that would resemble the original ABC in appearance and function. Funding was approved in 1995 and the project was completed in 1997. This collection includes photographs, correspondence, budget information, and news clippings that document the construction of the machine, promotional events surrounding the project, and individuals who constructed it.

Arrangement

This collection is organized alphabetically.

Items in related collections

RS 13/20/51. John Vincent Atanasoff papers, 1925-2011, undated RS 5/2/1/1. Iowa State University. Office of University Relations records. - John V. Atanasoff Collection, 1941-2002

Title
RS 17/4/1. Atanasoff Berry Computer replica project records, 1949-1999
Date
July 23, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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