Explore Collections Search the Collection Fellow Awards Core Magazine Special Projects

DEC PDP-1 Collection


The PDP-1 archive contains documents, photos, movies and music relating to Digital Equipment Corporation's groundbreaking PDP-1 computer. The launch of the PDP-1 (Programmed Data Processor-1) computer in 1959 marked a radical shift in the philosophy of computer design: it was the first commercial computer that focused on interaction with the user rather than the efficient use of computer cycles. It was also Digital Equipment Corporation's first computer.


Search DEC PDP-1 Collection

  • Keyword search: enter the term(s), e.g. computer.
  • Exact search: enclose the term(s) in quotation marks, e.g. "computer history"
  • To exclude terms, prefix the term with a dash, e.g. -museum
  • Phrases and exclusions can be combined, e.g. "computer history" -museum
  • Phrases and exclusions cannot be nested, e.g. -"computer history" and "computer -museum" are both invalid.
  • Stop words like a and the may be omitted.
  • Result 161-175 of about 175
    Crystal Ball from the MIT Electronic Systems Laboratory display console
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Electronic Systems Laboratory
    Still Image, 1963 ca.
    Spacewar! scorer display 4.8
    Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)
    Text, 1963 ca.
    DECUS symbol and PDP-1
    Still Image, 1963 ca.
    TX-0 computer
    Still Image, 1956 ca.
    DEC biweekly report - September 16, 1960
    Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)
    Text, 1960-09-16
    Ken Olsen announcing the PDP-1 computer at the 1959 Eastern Joint Computer Conference.
    Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)
    Still Image, 1959
    Stephen Russell discusses PDP-1 restoration project and his personal history with the PDP-1
    Computer History Museum. PDP-1 restoration team
    Moving Image, 2005-08-03
    PDP-1 final checkout at DEC Mill plant
    Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)
    Still Image, 1961 ca.
    Digital: From the Beginning
    Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Communication Services
    Moving Image, 1989-06-28
    LGP-30 with operators
    General Precision Systems Inc. Librascope Group
    Still Image, 1960 ca.
    People working in TX-0 computer room
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Lincoln Laboratory
    Still Image, 1962 ca.
    Ed Fredkin working on PDP-1
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Still Image, 1960 ca.
    MIT TX-0 computer
    Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)
    Still Image, 1956
    People working on PDP-1 before shipment
    Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)
    Still Image, 1961 ca.