[SIGCIS-Members] HP Archives Destroyed in Recent California Fires

Brian Berg brianberg at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 14:32:23 PDT 2017


A very sad story here:
 http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/7559762-181/hewlett-
packard-archives-at-keysight-destroyed

Chuck House responded to me re: this sad news with:

*Sad on many fronts*

*1.       Ironic, since HP was almost alone in Silicon Valley for hiring a
curator thirty years ago to preserve its history*

*2.       Ironic, that the curator (and subsequent ones) would not let
historians or others have access to this tremendous history*

*3.       Ironic, that HP is one of the digital electronics pioneers which
offered a way to digitize this collection at any point in the last twenty
years*

*4.       Ironic, that a company so big, with such history, would have no
sense of the value of what had been accumulated*

*5.       Ironic, that the Computer History Museum here in town, never
tried to get this archive*

*Great lessons here*

I knew that Chuck had been involved with helping to scan and archive
Cisco's history.  When I pinged him about that, he wrote me re: his small
treatise on this topic:
 *Preserving our Digital Revolution Heritage: If not you, who?  If not now,
when?
<http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/charles-house/digital-revolution-heritage/paperback/product-22378873.html>*

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