The Center for Cisco Heritage is a groundbreaking collaboration between CHM and Cisco Systems to preserve the company’s three-decade history. The center documents, preserves, and reveals Cisco’s significant role in shaping the internet and its journey to becoming the worldwide leader in networking. The collaboration taps into CHM’s extensive experience in computing history and archives management.
This network engineer cap from 1989 inspired the Cisco cultural tradition of unique hats as give-away items at their yearly users symposium, previously Networkers—now Cisco Live! Catalog Record
The Scalable Tale, a playful illustrated book, recasts the rhyme of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with a set of crazy internetworking cats. Read the the complete text, written in 1997 by Cisco engineers enamored with the growing Catalyst line of switches. Catalog Record
Cisco’s first ad campaign was a tongue-in-cheek take on communication in the most difficult of situations. It ran in Network World in July 1993. Catalog Record
This Cisco router was able to map one network protocol into another. The software was originally developed by Bill Yeager at Stanford, then licensed and enhanced by Cisco (from “San Francisco”) founders Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner. Catalog Record
The Golden 7960 Series VoIP Phone was created in commemoration of the sale of 2,000,000 Cisco IP Phones in 2003. Catalog Record
Photocopy of original Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Napkin as sketched out by Kirk Lougheed of Cisco and Yakov Rekhter of IBM at an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) conference. Catalog Record
Cisco buffs and hoarders of historical materials, we depend on your contributions to preserve Cisco’s tangible legacy. If you have an item that tells a part of the Cisco story, we want to hear from you.
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