Archives & Special Collections

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About the CBI Archives 

The Charles Babbage Institute Archives (CBIA) collects, preserves and provides access to rich archival collections and rare publications documenting the history of technology, from the era of electromechanical calculators, through the development of the digital computer, mainframes, mini and microcomputers, software, the Internet, and computer graphics. Oral histories, photographs, journal and serial publications complement the archival and special collections holdings. 

CBIA is partnered with the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) Research Center, part of the College of Science and Engineering's History of Science, Technology, and Medicine program. The CBI Research Center historians design and administer research projects in the history of information technology and engage in original research that is disseminated through scholarly publications, conference presentations, and the CBI web site.

Interested in visiting or donating to the archives?


COVID-19 update

Due to the pandemic, we will not be holding tours of the CBI collections or archives. For the latest updates, head to the Andersen Library's Visit page for more information. 

For additional questions, researchers should contact the archivist directly.

Donations of materials to CBI

To make a donation of materials related to the history of computing to CBI, please visit our Collecting Scope page or contact Amanda Wick.