Artifact Details

Title

Redactron Data Secretary word processing system

Catalog Number

102728582

Type

Physical object

Date

1970 ca.

Manufacturer

Business Data Products

Place Manufactured

U.S.A.

Identifying Numbers

Serial number 206

Dimensions

overall: 40 3/4 in x 22 1/2 in x 21 in

Category

Fixed-application digital computer/word processor

Curator Notes

This donation comprises a word processor and typewriter that were used primarily in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a means of storing press contacts for Headley Plachta Rolfe, a book and theatre publicity company in the UK. It gave a clear advantage to its owners over their competitors in a field where quality and number of personal contacts were everything --- the Redactron system could facilitate automatic composition and printing of over 300 semi-personalized letters a day, whereas publicity companies without one may have only managed to produce a fraction of that number of letters.

Founded by Evelyn Berezin, the Redactron Company was later sold to Burroughs. Among other projects, Berezin became involved in venture capital, served on several high-profile Boards, and is a 2015 Computer History Museum Fellow.

Credit

Gift of Gwyn Headley

Lot Number

X7189.2014