31 Oct '17, 7am

Loss of Hewlett-Packard Archive a Wake-Up Call for Computer Historians

Some 100 boxes of correspondence, speeches, and other documents created by William Hewlett and David Packard as they built the company considered to be the grandfather of what we think of as Silicon Valley were burned to ash by the recent Sonoma County fires. The collection, stored in a modular building on the Santa Rosa campus of Keysight Technologies , was considered to be the heart of the Hewlett-Packard historical archives. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat , which first reported the destruction on 29 October, indicated that this collection had been valued at $2 million in 2005, part of a total archive worth $3.3 million at the time. Historians were shocked to learn that it had landed in such a vulnerable location. Karen Lewis, the archivist who first assembled the collections in the mid-2000s, told the Press Democrat that it had been irresponsible to put the archives in a...

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