Learn about Minnesota’s rich computing history through online collections and by visiting local archives.
The University of Minnesota Libraries’ Department of Archives and Special Collections (ASC) houses a wide array of materials – including documents related to the history of computing – that support interdisciplinary research.
Located in the Elmer Andersen Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the ASC reading room is open to anyone interested in learning more about history.
Center for the History of Information Technology
The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) is a research center at the University of Minnesota dedicated to preserving the history of information technology, particularly the history of digital computing, programming/software, and computer networking since. CBI also conducts and publishes historical and archival research that promotes the study of the history of information technology internationally.
Lawshe Memorial Museum houses a permanent collection of artifacts related to both Dakota County’s history and also to computing in the state. The museum features rotating exhibits on various themes throughout the year, and their historical records research center offers extensive resources on topics from genealogy to local city and township histories to Minnesota-based computing companies.
The Lawshe Museum and the office for the Dakota County Historical Society are located in downtown South St. Paul, Minnesota. The collections, which include books, magazines, census data, photographs, city planning data and more, are open to the public.
The Minnesota History Center (MNHS) is part of the Minnesota Historical Society’s network of historic sites and museums. Collections include photographs, artifacts, maps and atlases, oral histories, works of art, sound recordings and much more telling the story of Minnesota’s rich history.
Browse MNHS’s online archives, or search the wealth of records in the Gale Family Library, located inside the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The VIP Club – a group of retirees and former employees of Minnesota-based Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Sperry UNIVAC, and other predecessor companies – works to preserve and maintain Minnesota’s computing history. Their online collections contain a wealth of materials related to computing including photographs, documents, and first-hand accounts of developing and working with innovative computing technologies.
Explore the history of computing, from museums located throughout the United States to international libraries.
The British Library
Computer History Museum
Mountain View, California
Hagley Museum and Library
Science Museum Group
Locations throughout the United Kingdom
Stanford University’s Special Collections and University Archives
The Strong: National Museum of Play
Rochester, New York