Sperry Corporation, UNIVAC Division
About this collection
A selection of items from a collection that documents Sperry's UNIVAC Division and predecessor organizations including the Remington Typewriter Company, the Rand Kardex Company, and the Sperry Gyroscope Company. The content of the digital collection primarily includes product images of computers from the 1950s to 1970s. The collection has not been digitized in its entirety. For a detailed description of the entire collection, click here to view the finding aid.
- Image: UNIVAC 9300 system. Click to view.
- Bob Vernon, Vice President of Marketing and Business Planning, addresses camera about the new 1100/60 computer. Features and pricing options are discussed. Second segment includes John Wise, Director of Marketing for UNIVAC's America's Domestic Division, addressing camera . From Systems Definition, George Champine, Bruce Todd and Dewain Hjermstad, explaining the new system. Employees from Technical Operations, Vince Ahart, Ed Sedok, Bill McManus, Vince Donovan, discuss the planning of the new system. Design Engineers, Gary Olson and Ralph Sipple, discuss features of the system. Tom Mallon, Neil Eiden, Marv Thompson from Software Development, explain the new software of the 1100/60 system. Ernie Bock, Director of Worldwide Education, explains the educational organization and its services. Gene Rawles, Customer Support Services, explains the product readiness program and associated name offerings.
- Graphic open "Celebrating 40 years of Computer Science at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania". Program depicting the creation of the ENIAC computer. Interviews with Dr. Herman H. Goldstine, Dr. John W. Mauchly with presentations by John Presper Eckert Jr. (at the Computer Museum, Boston, Mass., February 13, 1986) and Mrs. Kay Mauchly-Antonelli.
- Honoring the 100th Anniversary of one of America's leading men of science. Story of Elmer Sperry and his invention of the gyro compass as well as his son Lawrence and his creation of the first autopilot. Film also depicts World war I and II and the Sperry company's role in basn wars. Guided missiles, gyro controls and associated name equipment produced for World war II are depicted. Possible future inventions are touched upon showing a futuristic control room and operator.
- Includes message from President G.G. Probst for fiscal year 1976 and current year 1977. Discusses new corporate film, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction and community satisfaction. Financial performance and actual bookings reports follow. Reports by Executive Vice President Marketing and Services, Harry A. Steinberg; Paul J. Spellane, Group Vice President of Development and Manufacturing and Ernie D. Hams, Vice President and General Manager of Defense Systems Division. Lastly, an In review report containing Sperry Univac commercials including one highlighting the U.S. Marines Corp.
- An interview with J. Paul Lyet including Sperry Univac employees; Anne Dewees, Associate Editor Sperry Univac News; Don Bruun, Manager of Employee Communications, Sperry Univac Defense Systems Division; Jim Senior, Manager of Employee Communications, Sperry Univac; George Sickler, Supervisor of Employee Communications, Sperry New Holland; Bob Noltenmeier, Manager of Employee Communications, Sperry Division; Bill Hiniker, Editor, Sperry Flight Systems Star; Cam Sciortino, Communications Specialist, Sperry Corporation. Lyet talks about his involvement after retirement and gives advice for Sperry employees.
- An interview with Gerald G. Probst, including Sperry Univac employees; Anne Dewees, Associate Editor Sperry Univac News; Don Bruun, Manager of Employee Communications, Sperry Univac Defense Systems Division; Jim Senior, Manager of Employee Communications, Sperry Univac; George Sickler, Supervisor of EMployee Communications, Sperry New Holland; Bob Noltenmeier, Manager of Employee Communications, Sperry Division; Bill Hiniker, Editor, Sperry Flight Systems Star; Cam Sciortino, Communications Specialist, Sperry Corporation. Probst talks about his plans for the future of Sperry and his goals regarding communication, personal computers, the defense marketplace, the semiconductor industry, working with the government, social responsibility, meeting with shareholders, innovation, women in management, employee compensation and benefits, impressions on the last fiscal year and more.
- Kirk Douglas, on the set of his movie "Tough Guys" with Burt Lancaster, explains how Sperry computers are costars in the film. Then in his home, Douglas gives some of the history of the Sperry company including its creation of the gyro compass. Douglas goes on to discuss Lawrence Sperry and his many inventions.