Artifact Details

Title

Cromemco drawings and blueprints

Catalog Number

102776171

Type

Text

Date

ca. 1980

Extent

65 rolled drawings in 3 boxes

Description

These boxes contain approximately 65 rolled original documentation blueprints and drawings used by the donor for debugging the boards he designed for Cromemco in the late 1970s.

Curator Dag Spicer writes, "One of the key companies in the early personal computing era of the late 1970s and early 1980s was Cromemco, a two-man startup based in Mountain View, California. As a maker of add-on circuit boards for the popular hobbyist microcomputer the Altair 8800, at its peak in 1983 the company had over 500 employees and $55 million in sales. Cromemco was founded by Roger Melen and Harry Garland, two Stanford University PhD students, with Terry Walker as their lead engineer and designer. These drawings represent the engineering legacy of Cromemco as embodied in schematics, printed circuit board artwork, and mechanical drawings. Using these drawings, one could recreate all key Cromemco products."

Category

Design Drawing; Blueprint

Collection Title

Terry Walker collection of Cromemco documentation

Credit

Gift of Terry Walker

Lot Number

X8227.2017