"doing History" in the Olden Days, 1970s-1990s

James W Cortada

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Academically trained as a historian and then hired as an IBM salesperson in the 1970s, James Cortada spent many years working to define the scope of the emerging history of computing field. As an IBM employee, Cortada began his writing career with almost exclusive access to the IBM Archives. This article describes his experiences with the IBM Archives, the archives of other major industry leaders (such as Burroughs and NCR), and the still active pioneers in the computer industry during this period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7116431
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • IBM archives
  • Robert E. Pokorak
  • Thomas J. Watson Jr.
  • history of computing


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