Artifact Details

Title

Univac Film

Catalog Number

102651812

Type

Moving Image

Date

ca. 1950

Credits

Zweibel, Seymour

Publisher

United States Government

Place of Publication

US

Identifying Numbers

Deprecated CHM identification number VT 10.81
Deprecated CHM identification number VT 370

Duration

00:17:00

Format

VHS

Description

This film, intended for a popular audience, describes the government, business and military applications of the UNIVAC computer from Remington Rand. It presents a brief history of the development of "electronic computing systems" and then focuses entirely on the UNIVAC, including many closeup shots and descriptions of the hardware components. View online at http://www.youtube.com/computerhistory#p/u/96/j2fURxbdIZs

Slightly upcut introduction to the UNIVAC system "practically immune to error," applications (census, defense, business) components: tape units, card-to-tape and tape-to-card converters, UNITYPER, and high-speed printer. Shows steps involved in programming ("accuracy is assured") and uses a payroll calculation as an automation example (four hours for 15,000 employees). Refers to the "Eckert-Mauchly Division" of Remington Rand.