From The Archives

From The Archives Podcast

Get a curated tour of CHM’s extensive media holdings. Hear early lectures and talks given by computing pioneers like Konrad Zuse and Harry Huskey and interviews with some of technology's most influential and creative people like Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull and Cisco cofounder Sandra Lerner. Discover something new From the Archives.

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Grace Hopper: Howard Aiken, the Harvard Mark I & the First Bug
Grace Hopper: Howard Aiken, the Harvard Mark I & the First Bug
Episode 11 Dec 04, 2018
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper discusses her work with Howard Aiken and the Mark-I computer in a 1983 lecture at the Boston Computer Museum.
Seymour Cray: “What's All This about Gallium Arsenide?” (Part 1)
Seymour Cray: “What's All This about Gallium Arsenide?” (Part 1)
Episode 10 Nov 20, 2018
In part one of his 1988 lecture “What's All This about Gallium Arsenide?,” Seymour Cray talks about the use of gallium arsenide in his Cray-3 and Cray-4 supercomputer designs and how the compound could change the course of computer design.
Electronic Music Pioneer Suzanne Ciani
Electronic Music Pioneer Suzanne Ciani
Episode 9 Oct 02, 2018
Grammy-nominated musician, composer, and sound designer Suzanne Ciani discusses her work with the Buchla synthesizers, designing audio logos for various companies, and how she carved a place for herself in the early days of American electronic music.
Atari Cofounder Ted Dabney
Atari Cofounder Ted Dabney
Episode 8 Sep 18, 2018
In his 2012 oral history, engineer and Atari cofounder Samuel F. “Ted” Dabney discusses his work with Nolan Bushnell and the early days of Atari, including the development of the arcade game Pong. Dabney passed away on May 26, 2018.
Designer, Entrepreneur & CEO Evelyn Berezin (Part 2)
Designer, Entrepreneur & CEO Evelyn Berezin (Part 2)
Episode 7 Sep 04, 2018
In part two of two, Berezin discusses the challenges of being a woman systems designer in the male-dominated world of the 1960s, as well as her work designing a digital computer for a horse-racing track.
Roads Not Taken: The iPhone’s Software Stack
Roads Not Taken: The iPhone’s Software Stack
Episode 6 Aug 21, 2018
Curator Hansen Hsu explores the software development kit that almost wasn’t and the choices that enabled Apple’s App Store, with original iPhone engineers Nitin Ganatra, Andy Gringion, and Richard Williamson.
Designer, Entrepreneur & CEO Evelyn Berezin (Part 1)
Designer, Entrepreneur & CEO Evelyn Berezin (Part 1)
Episode 5 Aug 07, 2018
In 1962 Evelyn Berezin built a reservations system for United Airlines, one of the largest computer systems built at the time. In 1969 she founded Redactron, a new maker of word processors. Part one of two focuses on Berezin’s education and early work.
Henry Tropp “The 1940s: The First Personal Computer Era” (Part 2)
Henry Tropp “The 1940s: The First Personal Computer Era” (Part 2)
Episode 4 Jul 24, 2018
This episode captures part two of mathematics professor Henry Tropp’s talk at the first West Coast Computer Faire in 1977 and covers the developments in the late 1940s in the UK and the US and the ties between computer designers.
Henry Tropp “The 1940s: The First Personal Computer Era” (Part 1)
Henry Tropp “The 1940s: The First Personal Computer Era” (Part 1)
Episode 3 Jul 10, 2018
This episode captures part one of mathematics professor Henry Tropp’s talk at the first West Coast Computer Faire in 1977 and covers the origins of digital computing through 1947 and the ways it paralleled the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s.
Richard Shoup & SuperPaint
Richard Shoup & SuperPaint
Episode 2 Jun 26, 2018
Richard Shoup (1943−2015) developed the early graphics system, SuperPaint. The system created graphics for NASA's Pioneer Venus program and children's television programs on San Francisco's KQED. This lecture by Shoup was recorded in January 2000.
Harry Huskey, Early Computers & SWAC
Harry Huskey, Early Computers & SWAC
Episode 1 Jun 12, 2018
In the debut of From the Archives, we hear Computer History Museum Fellow Harry Huskey (1916-2017) in a rare 1976 recording discussing his work on early computers, including designing the Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC).