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Catalog search is a powerful resource for researchers, students and history enthusiasts. The museum's collection holds more than 100,000 items including hardware, ephemera, photographs, moving images, documents and software artifacts.

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  • 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.
  • Catalog contains over 82,150 records.


    Explore the Museum Collection

    Oral Histories This archive contains transcripts and videos of oral history interviews and panel discussions with key pioneers and contributors to the Information Age collected by the Computer History Museum.
    Archival Finding Aids The Computer History museum collection contains many unique documents and other primary source materials. You can access these primary sources through finding aids.
    Computer Chess The Computer Chess archive contains documents, photos, movies and oral histories relating to the history of computer chess from 1945 to 1997.
    DEC PDP-1 The PDP-1 archive contains documents, photos, movies and music relating to Digital Equipment Corporation's groundbreaking PDP-1 computer.
    Fortran Archive The Fortran archive is a collection of materials, primarily documents, relating to the early years of the development of the programming language Fortran, 1954 to 1964.
    IBM Stretch The IBM Stretch archive is a collection of items, primarily documents, relating to the development of the IBM 7030 ("Stretch") computer project from 1955 to 1961.
    Marketing Brochures A selection of marketing brochures from the museum's collection, dating from 1948 to 1988.
    Fairchild Patent Notebooks The Fairchild Patent Notebooks revolutionized microelectronics and drove the explosive growth of the Silicon Valley.