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Paul R. Pierce collection of IBM materials

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The Paul R. Pierce collection of IBM materials contains technical summaries, technical newsletters, program libraries, wiring diagrams, reference manuals, parts catalogs, diagnostic test manuals, field engineering manuals, and customer engineering manuals published between 1954 and 1973. There are approximately eleven linear feet of materials related to the SHARE Operating System (SOS). Most of the items are SHARE programs distributions from the IBM Applied Science Special Programs Group ranging in date from 1955 to 1967. There are also several manuals for SHARE on the IBM systems 704 and 709, as well as additional SHARE general program library publications. The collection also holds about nine linear feet of materials pertaining to the IBM 7090/7094, including programmer’s guides, memos about IBSYS and IBJOB, customer engineering manuals, diagrams, student guides, and installation manuals. The majority of the IBM 7090/7094 materials are diagnostic engineering program releases. About four linear feet of the collection is made up of IBM 650 materials, such as parts catalogs, program libraries, and technical summaries of programs. In this section of the collection, there is also a small amount of Pierce’s personal files and notes, which are mostly made up of technical reports filed by topic. IBM 709 materials make up the remainder of the text in the collection. The five linear feet of IBM 709 materials consist of diagnostic tests, customer engineering memoranda and manuals, and parts catalogs. There are also a number of wiring diagrams and pluggable unit diagrams for IBM 709 units, such as the 755, 738, 759, and 729. Finally, there are six boxes of punched cards from the IBM 650 for programs and diagnostics.


1954-1973; bulk 1955-1965


Pierce, Paul


36.17 linear feet in 22 record cartons, 1 newspaper box, and 6 punched card boxes


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Computer programming--Handbooks, manuals, etc; IBM 650 (Computer); IBM 709 (Computer); IBM 7094 (Computer); SHARE Operating System

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Paul R. Pierce collection of IBM materials


Gift of Paul Pierce

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