[SIGCIS-Members] Origins of "archive" in computer science
mkirschenbaum at gmail.com
Fri Jul 27 12:09:35 PDT 2018
I've had a couple of additional backchannel responses to this (thank you)
but nothing terribly decisive. Is the question too diffuse, I wonder? Too
obscure? How would one go about running something like this down? What
would be some good industry publications to check to try to track the
emergence of "archive" as a computer systems term?
OED doesn't offer a usage in relation to computing or data before 1978, but
this seems late to me; certainly Wang was using the language of an
"archive" disk for much of the 1970s.
On Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 2:23 PM, Matthew Kirschenbaum <
mkirschenbaum at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I'm trying to find early exemplars of the use of the word "archive" in
> computer systems contexts, whether as a noun to denote an element of
> computer architecture (i.e., the archive disk or archive tape) or as a
> verb, i.e. "I've archived those files."
> Examples might include the TAR ("Tape ARchive") format, Wang's
> nomenclature of an "archive disk" in its systems, and Gmail's early mantra,
> "Archive, Don't Delete."
> I'd love to run down some early instances of this sort of thing, which I
> assume goes back to the mainframe era.
> Thank you--
> Matthew Kirschenbaum
> Professor of English and Digital Studies
> Director, Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies
> University of Maryland
Professor of English and Digital Studies
Director, Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies
University of Maryland
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