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November 24, 2014

Mtg: Perspective from Stanford’s Silicon Valley Archives

by @ 10:58 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Semiconductors

TUESDAY December 2, 2014
SCV Technology History Committee
– panel: history, life and times, preservation, archives …
Panelists: Leslie Berlin, Project Historian, Stanford University & Author of Bob Noyce biography; Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections, Stanford University
Time: Networking and refreshments at 6:00 PM; Panel at 6:30 PM
Cost: $5 donation for food
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr. Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

In 1984, the Stanford University Libraries started a project that was unique at the time — capturing and preserving documentation about the regional development of science, technology, and industry.  This project became the Silicon Valley Archives, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary.  The Silicon Valley Archives originated with Stanford collections, such as the papers of Frederick Terman, related to the development of Silicon Valley.  It soon expanded to include corporate and individual records, such as the papers of the Varian Brothers and Douglas Engelbart.  In this panel session, Henry Lowood and Leslie Berlin will introduce their work as historians and archivists of the Silicon Valley, both how they have gathered documentation and how they have written about topics such as the life and times of Bob Noyce (Leslie) and digital games (Henry).  Our two distinguished panelists will engage in conversation with the moderator about Stanfordâ??s role in preserving Silicon Valley history.  In particular, questions about their work, writing, and projects will be addressed.  Hereâ??s a sample of what weâ??ll cover in Stanfordâ??s efforts to research and record the history of Silicon Valley:
– What is the process, method and procedure for doing authentic, historical technology research?
– Why did Stanford University start and continue a Silicon Valley archives collection?
– What is the Silicon Genesis Project and what videos are available?
– What is it like to research a book on Bob Noyce or other key figures and moments in the history of the Valley?
– What is the history of Stanfordâ??s work in this area?
– What is Stanfordâ??s objective in maintaining this archive?
– How to decide what to collect in the archives?
– What is currently in the archive and how often are artifacts added and/or deleted?
– Who uses the archives?
– How does the archiving of born-digital materials work?
– How is the staff documenting the big trends today: social, mobile, cloud, etc.
– How might IEEE SV Tech History Committee co-operate with Stanfordâ??s Silicon Valley Archives in the future?
Come to the December 2nd IEEE SV Tech History Committee meeting to get answers to the above questions and much, much more. There will be ample time for audience Q & A after conclusion of the panel discussion.


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