Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Division of Information and Technology Computer Oral History Collection

Collection ID:
National Museum of American History (U.S.)
Physical Description:
15 Cubic feet
14 boxes
An extensive collection of oral histories dealing with the history of computer science.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of oral history interviews conducted between 1993 and 2006 with individuals in the computing industry.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Monticello Memoirs Program captured for posterity the story of the information technology revolution in the words of the men and women who are leading it. In private conversations and in public discussions at Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello, on the grounds of the University of Virginia and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the leaders of the information revolution reflected on its progress to date and their vision of the future. Captured for the research collections of the National Museum of American History, the dialogues of the Monticello Fellows will encourage others to follow in their footsteps, to learn from their mistakes and to emulate their innovative spirit and achievements.
The 1996 Monticello Memoirs Fellows included: Seymour Cray, founder Cray Research; Gordon Moore, co-founder, Intel Corporation; Gordon Bell, inventor of the minicomputer; Jay Forrester, system dynamics visionary; and Robert Metcalfe, founder, 3Com. The topics were explored in private conversations at Monticello and in public discussions on the grounds of the University of Virginia -- which Mr. Jefferson founded, designed and built.
The 1997 Monticello Memoirs Fellows included Eric Andersen, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; Danny Hillis, a pioneer of parallel processing; F. William Hoffman, Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Anita Jones, Director of Defense Research Engineering, U.S. Department of Defense; Henning Kagermann, Executive Board Member, SAP AG; Robert Kahn, co-creator of the Internet protocol; Roland Moreno, inventor of the smart card; Jacques Stern, an early pioneer in real-time computing; and Paul Wahl, President and Chief Executive Officer, SAP America Inc.

Alison Oswald
Processing Information
Collection partially processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, 2019. Preliminary inventory at box level.
Custodial History
Materials transferred from the Division of Information and Technology through David Allison, Office of Curatorial Affairs to the Archives Center on December 21, 2012.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Division of Information and Technology Computer Oral History Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
In some instances reference (viewing) copies do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement.
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.

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012