The Minnesota Computing History Project

The Minnesota Computing History Project (MCHP) investigates important technologies, companies, and peoples that contributed to the creation and growth of the computing industry in the state. The website makes use of archival materials such as photographs, company documents, and oral history interviews related to this history as it developed both in and outside of Minnesota. In so doing, the MCHP hopes not only to make more visible Minnesota’s hidden computing history, but also to make more accessible the wide variety of materials related to this history that are open and available for the public to explore.

Importantly, MCHP also seeks to capture the stories of people who were involved in the development and evolution of computing technologies and companies in the state through filmed interviews. Excerpts of some video interviews are available on our Videos page, while full interviews will be housed and available for viewing at the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota.

The website is a partnership between the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota, the Dakota County Historical SocietyTwin Cities Public Television, the Minnesota High Tech Association, and was funded by a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Partnership Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.