[SIGCIS-Members] HP Archives Destroyed in Recent California Fires
brianberg at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 23:04:06 PDT 2017
A thread I started on another listserver resulted in this story:
*Loss of Hewlett-Packard Archive a Wake-Up Call for Computer Historians
Note the important comment from HP at the end of this story.
On Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 3:44 PM, Chuck House <housec1839 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I stand corrected, thanks
> *From: *Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> on behalf of Len
> Shustek <len at shustek.com>
> *Date: *Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:33 PM
> *To: *SIGCIS Listserver <members at sigcis.org>
> *Subject: *Re: [SIGCIS-Members] HP Archives Destroyed in Recent
> California Fires
> At 02:32 PM 10/30/2017, Brian Berg wrote:
> Chuck House responded to me re: this sad news with:
> *...5. Ironic, that the Computer History Museum here in town, never tried
> to get this archive*
> That's not true. We had a good relationship over the years with the two
> main HP archivists, and offered many times to get more involved with their
> archive -- ranging from getting a copy of the catalog, to getting copies of
> documents, to taking it over. They declined our participation.
> We weren't as aggressive as perhaps we could have been because HP was one
> of the few companies (unlike many others I could name) who seemed to be
> taking the preservation of their history seriously, and they were putting
> resources into the effort. Clearly that wasn't enough.
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