Research

Research

Thank you for contacting the Computer History Museum with a research request.

Currently, the Museum is engaged in moving portions of its text and software archives to a new research center in Fremont, CA. With increased demand on staff time, archivists are unable to accommodate your request before April 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience at this busy time. Audiovisual requests may still be made; visit Audiovisual Requests for details.

In the meantime, consider preparing your formal request by searching our Online Catalog to identify the specific material(s) of interest. Including the title(s) and accession number(s) of the items of interest enables staff to respond more efficiently to your request once we return to normal operations. Please email all requests to research@computerhistory.org.

Please note that access to physical artifacts is always limited to onsite inspections. Operation of computers and devices is strictly prohibited.

Using the Collection for Research

To begin, we suggest searching the museum's collections database to find applicable materials. Audiovisual materials may be requested by sending us an . For all other research requests, please email us at to:

  • Discuss a research project in general
  • Seek access to the collection
  • Request a complimentary search of our collections to determine if we have materials relating to your needs

Research Policies & Fees

Museum membership is required for access to research materials. Your membership fees help support our mission to preserve the history of computing for future generations. Membership rates vary based on use of the collection.

RESEARCH TYPE MEMBERSHIP LEVEL HOURLY RATES PHOTOCOPIES
Student Student ($60/year) FREE (3 Hours Max) $0.50/page
General General ($75/year) $50/hour $0.50/page
Professional Professional Researcher ($1000/year) $150/hour $0.50/page

General & Student Researcher

Individuals writing scholarly papers, dissertations, pursuing other academic projects, or having a keen interest in computing history are asked to join the Museum at the General level. Students may join the Museum at the Student level. We will gladly consider waiving fees for graduate or undergraduate students with a valid university ID. These students may email us at Research for further assistance.

General Membership Level entitles members to:

  • 1 free hour of research assistance per year
  • Additional hours are billed at $50 an hour
  • CHM Digital Quarterly Newsletter
  • CHM Digital Core Magazine
  • Unlimited Admission for Member
  • 10% Store & Cafe Discount
  • Priority Access & Free Admission to CHM Lectures

Student Membership Level entitles members to:

  • 3 free hours of research assistance per year
  • CHM Digital Quarterly Newsletter
  • CHM Digital Core Magazine
  • Unlimited Admission for Member
  • 10% Store & Cafe Discount
  • Priority Access & Free Admission to CHM Lectures

Professional Researcher

Individuals representing professional or corporate entities for which the research outcome is financial (for example: lawyers, consultants, corporations, the motion picture industry) must become members at the Professional Researcher level ($1,000) before accessing the collection.

Professional Researcher Membership entitles members to:

  • 1 free hour of research assistance per year
  • Additional hours are billed at $150 an hour
  • CHM Digital Quarterly Newsletter
  • CHM Digital Core Magazine
  • Unlimited Admission for Member
  • 10% Store & Cafe Discount
  • Priority Access & Free Admission to CHM Lectures
  • Exclusive Invitation Only Events
  • CHM Printed Core Magazine

On-Site Research

For on-site research, the Computer History Museum is located in Mountain View, California. A staff member is required to be present, and research appointments must be scheduled in advance. Appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Specialized research projects that necessitate a substantial investment of staff time, whether undertaken by individuals or on behalf of professional entities, may require special arrangements with Museum staff.

We appreciate your help in preserving computer history!