I went on a (small) rescue mission today.
Stephen Gray, as some of you may know, published the "Amateur Computer Society" which was a snail-mailed newsletter from 1966 to 1976. The newsletters are already online:
In the 1990s, Stephen donated 95% of his archive to the Charles Babbage Institute.
Today I met with his adult daughter Elizabeth. She gave MARCH the rest. It includes:
- Copies of his correspondence to/from various companies and granting organization, in search of funding to form ACS (including an original IBM letter hand-signed by Thomas J. Watson Jr.)
- Copies of Stephen's correspondence to/from various technical magazines, in preparation for advertising ACS
- An audio cassette of his lecture from the 1976 National Computer Conference
- Printouts of every article he wrote for Creative Computing
- Misc. articles and notes, etc.
- A shrink-wrapped (new in box) Psion Series 5 plus another Series 5 by itself
- Some kind of portable music synthesizer
I have Elizabeth's permission to use these artifacts as we see fit. Most of it will go into our library. We'll make an MP3 of the lecture cassette.
I will see how much the sealed Psion Series 5 is worth. We might sell that if it could buy us another shelving unit, etc.
Elizabeth also said that she has her father's detailed diaries at her home in Massachusetts. I will have a chance to look through them.