Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
This series contains images that document the activities of both the St. Paul and Philadelphia plants of the UNIVAC Division of the Sperry Rand Corporation. This includes the UNIVAC File Computers; Solid State computers; Scientific computers; Real-Time Computer Systems; UNIVAC 1100 series; 9000 series; 80 and 90 System families; and workstations. This series also contains images of the various computers that were developed for the United States Armed Forces, such as the Athena missile guidance system, the Naval Tactical Data System, the 418 Field Army Ballistic Missile Defense System, and the UNIVAC 1206, 1218, 1230 and 1240 computers.
Like the other series in this collection, this series is comprised of numerous accretions deposited over time to this repository. Each accretion has a unique origin and contains images that were collected for a specific purpose. The accretions in this series include Industrial Design images and Public Relations images from both St. Paul and Philadelphia/Blue Bell. They document the design work performed at the Univac Engineering Center (UEC) in Blue Bell, the Sperry Research Center in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and the manufacturing work that went on at various plants throughout the United States, with a special emphasis on the work done by the Sperry Federal Systems Division in St. Paul, Minnesota.
This series also contains images used in the endeavors of the Sperry UNIVAC marketing department. This includes images that were selected to appear in various product literature publications, as well as those images that were not selected.
The Sperry Corporation was an electronics company and the UNIVAC Division manufactured the first commercial digital computer. The Sperry UNIVAC division has its origins in the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation (EMCC), founded in 1946 by J. Presper Eckert (1919-1995) and John W. Mauchly (1907-1980), the developers of ENIAC, the first electronic digital computer. THis collection consists of the administrative, financial, marketing, personnel, and legal records of Sperry UNIVAC and its predecessor companies. Also included are manuals, reports, and publications on hardware and software developed by Sperry UNIVAC; task force reports and studies for developing new products; printed materials from the Systems Programming Library Service; and biographical and historical data.
UNITE, Inc. stands for Unisys Information Technology Exchange, a not-for-profit corporation, where members share information about Unisys and the use and development of information technology. The predescessor, UNIVAC Scientific Exchange (USE) was formed in 1955, consisting of UNIVAC 1103A computer users (Boeing Airplane Company, Holloman Air Force Base, Lockheed Missile Systems Division and Ramo-Woolridge Corporation) and Sperry-UNIVAC representatives. Their records document the evolving relationship between USE, Inc. and Sperry-UNIVAC including the history of software development through problem issues reported and improvements, response to user demands, and customer expectations.