John Whitman Christmas Diskette Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0091
Creators:
Whitman, John (President of Oakland Group, Inc.)
Dates:
1983 December 8
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.15 Cubic feet
1 folder
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of one 5 ½" x 5 ½" floppy diskette from John Whitman of Micromedia Software in Wellesley, MA, which purports to portray the first Christmas card. It is believed that J. C. Horsley designed the card in England in 1843. When displayed on computer screen the card reads. "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year you." Along with the card the diskette asks a variety of visual questions like, "What do you want for Christmas?" and then displays a personalized Christmas story. The diskette also includes two Christmas computer games, one called Christmas Tree; the other Multiple Joys.and in 1843. When displayed on computer screen the card reads. "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year you." Along with the card the diskette asks a variety of visual questions like, "What do you want for Christmas?" and then displays a personalized Christmas story. The diskette also includes two Christmas computer games, one called Christmas Tree; the other Multiple Joys.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
In 1983 John Whitman donated a computer diskette with a copy of the first Christmas card created by J.C. Horsley in 1843. The diskette runs on an Apple II or IIe. The diskette also includes two Christmas computer games.

Administration
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Robert Harding, archivist.
Author
Robert Harding
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Oakland Group, 1983, December.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
John Whitman Christmas Diskette Collection, 1983, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Inventory available; contact the Archives Center for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
England Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Diskettes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Games Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Christmas Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Floppy disks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oakland Group, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Horsley, J.C. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives