ARTICLES IN Behind the Scenes (14)

Restoring the IBM 1401

Restoring the IBM 1401

 Robert Garner  11 months ago
Is anyone willing to lead a project to restore an IBM 1401?” Mike Cheponis enthusiastically asked with a glint in his eye. I knew...   Read More
Volunteers, start your laptops!

Volunteers, start your laptops!

The race is on! The Computer History Museum was recently awarded a prestigious two-year federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services...   Read More
The Artifact Doctor Will See You Now

The Artifact Doctor Will See You Now

 Karen Kroslowitz  2 years ago
Q: What do a lame fox, loose disk drive reels and J.M. Jacquard’s dirty face have in common?   A: They all need health...   Read More
William Shockley’s Fortune “Found” in Archive

William Shockley’s Fortune “Found” in Archive

 Sara Lott  2 years ago
Every now and then we hear of a document being “found” or “discovered” in an archive. Several months ago there was a lively exchange...   Read More
The Other Internet, Part II: Cambridge to Kenya

The Other Internet, Part II: Cambridge to Kenya

 Marc Weber  2 years ago
With his clipped red hair, freckled ruddy skin, and open yet no-nonsense manner, Nick Hughes could play a British army officer in the movies....   Read More
Collecting Oral Histories: It Takes a Village (or a Museum)

Collecting Oral Histories: It Takes a Village (or a Museum)

Oral histories have the capability of breathing life into inanimate objects. They can bridge gaps by providing introductions to otherwise unknown people, remote places,...   Read More
The Other Internet Part 1: Masai Mara

The Other Internet Part 1: Masai Mara

 Marc Weber  2 years ago
“Yes, we buy cattle with M-Pesa on our mobile phones. It is far more secure than carrying cash.” George is sitting on a folding...   Read More
My Gamer Soul Wept With Epic Joy

My Gamer Soul Wept With Epic Joy

 William Harnack  2 years ago
If you have ever played games on a computer or a console system, you have probably played at least one Blizzard game. In fact,...   Read More
Preservation, Conservation, Restoration: What’s the Difference?

Preservation, Conservation, Restoration: What’s the Difference?

 Karen Kroslowitz  2 years ago
No doubt, my dad’s interest in old stuff is one of the reasons I’m so passionate about museums. My dad was a tinkerer. Buying,...   Read More
Bit by Bit: Software Collecting

Bit by Bit: Software Collecting

 Al Kossow  2 years ago
The collection, preservation and presentation of software artifacts at CHM has been actively pursued during my time as the software curator here, though most...   Read More