Artifact Details


See How They Ran: Sixty Years of Computers on Film, From the Computer Museum Collection

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Computer History Museum






See How They Ran is a compilation video produced by the Computer History Museum. The focus is on early computing devices found in the Museum's collection, showing these machines in the context of work applications and popular culture.

Footage is taken from the following moving images in the Museum's Audiovisual Collection:

102651590 IBM Punched Cards circa 1920 (00:00:00 - 00:03:14)
102651453 The ENIAC Film, Narrated by Arthur W. Burks (00:03:14 - 00:07:53)
102651562 The EDSAC Film, Presented by Professor Maurice Wilkes (00:07:58 - 00:13:09)
102651579 Making Electrons Count (00:13:12 - 00:19:30)
102645727 Fortran (00:19:35 - 00:24:30)
102651571 The Thinking Machine, from the "Tomorrow" documentary series (00:24:40 - 00:30:00)
102651555 Ellis D. Kropotechev and Zeus (00:31:00 - 00:37:00)
101651558 Stretch: The Technological Link Betweek Yesterday and Tomorrow (00:37:00 - 00:41:00)
<> Automated Teaching Project, Systems Development Corporation (00:42:40 - 00:56:00)

Computing devices and technologies shown throughout the various clips include the ENIAC, EDSAC, the IBM 7030 Data Processing System (Stretch), the IBM 7090, The IBM 26 Printing Card Punch, the IBM 650, the IBM 704, the IBM 709, the IBM 705, the Zeus time-sharing system, the Algol/Gogol computer language, the Fortran language, and the TX-0 transistorized computer.

The film also contains footage of computing personalities Arthur W. Burks, J. Pres Eckert, John Mauchly, Jane McNulty, Betty Jean Jennings (Jean Bartik), Herman Goldstein, John Backus, Maurice Wilkes, Arthur Burks, and Cuthbert Hurd.