TL; DR. I'm trying to find the best possible home for some dead trees.
I have about a foot-high stack of manilla folders containing "early Unix
papers". They have been boxed up for a few decades, but appear to be in perfect
condition. I inherited this collection from Jim Joyce, who taught the first Unix course
at UC Berkeley and went on to run a series of ventures in Unix-related bookselling,
instruction, publishing, etc.
The collection has been boxed up for a few decades, but appears to be in perfect
condition. I don't think it has much financial value, but I suspect that some of the
papers may have historical significance. Indeed, some of them may not be available in any
other form, so they definitely should be scanned in and republished.
I also have a variety of newer materials, including full sets of BSD manuals, SunExpert
and Unix Review issues, along with a lot of books and course handouts and maybe a SUGtape
or two. I'd like to donate these materials to an institution that will take care of
them, make them available to interested parties, etc. Here are some suggested
- The Computer History Museum (Mountain View, CA, USA)
- The Internet Archive (San Francisco, CA, USA)
- The Living Computers Museum (Seattle, WA, USA)
- The UC Berkeley Library (Berkeley, CA, USA)
- The Unix Heritage Association (Australia?)
- The USENIX Association (Berkeley, CA, USA)
According to Warren Toomey, TUHS probably isn't the best possibility. The Good News
about most of the others is that I can get materials to them in the back of my car.
However, I may be overlooking some better possibility, so I am following Warren's
suggestion and asking here. I'm open to any suggestions that have a convincing
Now, open for suggestions (ducks)...
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I received several recommendations for the Living Computers Museum, including some from
folks on this list. Based on this, I contacted Stephen Jones and am now working with him
to tie down the details. Thanks to all who responded; you guys rock!
Because no good deed goes unpunished, I may be asking some of you for autographs on things
you wrote. (I asked Stephen if this would be useful to them; no response as yet). Also,
if you have some detritus that you've been meaning to give away to a good home, this
might be a good way to make it happen. Let me know if you want to get involved...