This mixed collection of manuals and brochures provides details of some of the earliest computing machines used in the UK from the 1940s to the 1980s. The collection offers an insight on the development of analogue and digital computing between the 1940s and the 1980s by showing the technical details of machines as described in computer manuals, as well as in technical and promotional brochures produced by computer companies. US companies make a substantial proportion of the collection, with material dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Computer manufacturers represented include: Powers-Samas, Ferranti (Argus, Pegasus, mercury, Atlas), English Electric (Deuce), ICT/ICL (1300 to 1900 series), Elliot Automation, LEO Computers Ltd. GEC, EMI, Data Recording Equipment Ltd., Business Information technology, RCA, Motorola, Semiconductors Ltd., Control Data Corporation, Electronic associates Inc., Nova computers, Mullard Ltd., Data General Corporation and IBM. There are programming guides and technical descriptions to mainframe computers, and also computer-related equipment including semiconductors, transistors, photocells, diodes, rectifiers and amplifiers.
The collection assists those who want to know more about technical publications or promote a comparative analysis between the progress of computing technologies in Britain and the US. It can also supply additional information for historical research on other HHC collections such as EEC, Ferranti and ICT/ICL.
Former reference: NAHC/MUC/4