[SIGCIS-Members] Active institutional or individual oral historyefforts in history of computing *outside* US

Jaroslav Švelch jaroslav at svelch.com
Wed Feb 7 02:47:31 PST 2018

Dear David, list members,

I’ve researched the history of hobby computing and computer games in Soviet era Czechoslovakia and interviewed 42 people, most of whom were active amateur programmers in the 1980s, a couple of them also computing professionals from 1950s onwards. The interviews were conducted in Czech or Slovak and are currently not publicly available – but the results of the research will be published in my book Gaming the Iron Curtain, upcoming with MIT Press this Fall.


Jaroslav Švelch, Ph.D.
New media and digital games scholar (http://svelch.com)
Postdoctoral fellow, University of Bergen
Games and Transgressive Aesthetics project: http://gta.b.uib.no/
Assistant professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague (on leave)

Phone: +420 773 988 425

From: Troy Astarte (PGR)
Sent: středa 7. února 2018 11:28
To: David C. Brock
Cc: members
Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Active institutional or individual oral historyefforts in history of computing *outside* US

Dear David, 

I am into the final year of my PhD research on the history of programming language semantics. As a part of this I have conducted, recorded, and transcribed interviews with a number of people (6) who worked in this field or a related field. 


Troy Astarte

On 6 Feb 2018, at 15:58, David C. Brock <dbrock at computerhistory.org> wrote:

I would like to get a better sense of which institutions or individuals are actively creating oral histories in the history of computing, broadly conceived, *outside* of the US.

I’m posting the question here because I’d bet others would like to know as well.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best wishes,


David C. Brock
Center for Software History [http://www.computerhistory.org/softwarehistory/]
Computer History Museum [http://www.computerhistory.org/]

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