Guide to the West Coast Computer Faire Collection
NMAH.AC.1118

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 2007

P.O. Box 37012
 Suite 1100, MRC 601
 Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
 Phone: 202-633-3270
 archivescenter@si.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated by Ernie Jones on October 20, 2007.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert Ageton (volunteer), November, 2007; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.

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Summary Information

Repository
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Creator - (collector,
Jones, Ernie
Title
West Coast Computer Faire Collection
ID
NMAH.AC.1118
Date
1980
Date
1977
Extent
1 Cubic feet; 1 box
Language
English
Language of Materials note
Some materials in Japanese.
Abstract
Collection contains product literature, newsletters, and other hand-outs collected from exhibitors by Ernie Jones, a faire attendee. The First West Coast Computer Faire was held in San Francisco, California on April 15-17, 1977, and the Fifth West Coast Computer Faire was held on March 14-16, 1980.

Preferred Citation note

West Coast Computer Faire Collection, 1977, 1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

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Biographical/Historical note

The West Coast Computer Faire was an annual computer industry conference and exposition that was often held in San Francisco. The first faire was held in 1977 at the San Francisco Auditorium and Brooks Hall. It was organized by Jim Warren and Bob Reiling. At the time it was the biggest computer show in the world, intended to popularize the personal computer in the home. However, Apple stopped exhibiting at the West Coast Computer Faire, refusing to exhibit at any show other than COMDEX that also had PC based exhibits. In 1983, Warren sold the rights to the Faire for US$3 million to Prentice Hall, who later sold it to Sheldon Adelson, the owner of Interface Group and COMDEX. In total, sixteen shows were held, with the last in 1992. The Fifth West Coast Computer Faire was held from March 14-16, 1980 in San Francisco and its focus was intelligent machines for home, business and industry.

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Scope and Contents note

Collection is divided into two series: 1977 Faire Materials and 1980 Faire Materials. In some instances, the dates associated with the materials are recorded. Otherwise, all materials are dated 1977 or 1980. The 1977 and 1980 Faires were held at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium and Brooks Hall. The programs for the faires include the schedule at a glance, list of sessions, advertisements, lists of exhibitors and booth, and the conference proceedings from previous fairs. The materials contain product literature for computer hardware and software, publications, newsletters, journals, advertisements, and other computer-related information. The fairs included papers, talks, demonstrations, and exhibits.

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Arrangement note

The collection organized into two series.

Series 1: 1977 Faire Materials

Series 2: 1980 Faire Materials

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Advertisements--20th century.
  • Handbills

Subject(s)

  • Computers
  • Exhibitions--1960-1990.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1: 1977 Faire Materials

Box Folder

Program, 1977 April

1 1

Alpha Micros Systems, 1977

1 2

Altair Software Distribution Company, 1977

1 3

Associated Electronics Company, 1977

1 4

Advanced Microcomputer Products, 1977

1 5

ALF Products, Incorporated, 1977

1 6

Alpha Microsystems, 1977

1 7

Association For Computing Machinery, 1977

1 8

Billings Computer Corporation, 1977

1 9

Board Byters 1976, 1977

1 10

Byte Shop, 1977

1 11

California Business Machines, 1977

1 12

Center for the Study of the Future, 1977

1 13

Comptex, 1977

1 14

Computer Corporation, 1977

1 15

Computalker Consultants, 1977

1 16

Computer Kits, Incorporated, 1977

1 17

Computer Music Journal, 1977

1 18

Compu/Time Price List, 1977

1

Creative Micro Systems, 1977

1 20

Cromemco Corporation, 1977

1 21

Custom Computer Systems, 1977

1 22

DAJEN Electronics, 1977

1 23

Data Terminal and Communications, 1976

1 24

Davis Laboratories, 1977

1 25

Digital Components Group, 1977

1 26

Digital Electronics Corporation, 1977

1 27

Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

1 28

The Digital Group, 1977

1 29

Digital Projects, 1977

1 30

Digital Systems, 1977

1 31

Dilithium Press, 1977

1 32

E. Berg Publications, 1977

1 33

Electron Tool Company, 1977

1 34

E and L Instruments, Incorporated, 1977

1 35

E and L Pfeiffer Computer Products, 1977

1 36

Eidetic Designs, undated

1 37

Electronic Control Technology, 1977

1 38

Electronic Music Productions, 1977

1 39

Escon (Impact Printer), 1977

1 40

Extensys Corporation, 1977

1 41

Forethought Products, 1977

1 42

Galaxy Systems, 1977

1 43

GNAT Computers, Incorporated, 1977

1 44

Hal Communications Corporation, 1977

1 45

Hayden Book Company, Incorporated, 1977

1 46

Heuristics, Incorporated, 1977

1 47

Hot Line, Incorporated, 1977

1 48

Ibex Company, 1977

1 49

ICS Computer Equipment Sales, 1977

1 50

Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society, 1977

1 51

Information Terminals Corporation, 1977

1 52

Integrated Computer Systems, 1977

1 53

Integrated Research Corporation, 1977

1 54

Intel Corporation, 1975

1 55

Ithaca Audio, 1977

1 56

Kathryn Atwood Enterprises, 1977

1 57

Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, 1977

1 58

Logical Services, Incorporated, 1977

1 59

Logistics, 1977

1 60

Meca, 1977

1 61

M and M Enterprises, 1977

1 62

Microcomputer Associates, Incorporated, 1977

1 63

Micro Designs, Incorporated, 1977

1 64

1976 Mini/Micro Computer Conference and Exposition, 1977

1 65

Micro-Term, Incorporated, 1977

1 66

Midwest Scientific Instruments, 1977

1 67

Mikkuiya Data Systems, 1977

1 68

Mini Term Associates, Incorporated, 1977

1 69

Mountain Hardware, 1977

1 70

Mr. Calculator, 1977

1 71

MUG (programming language), 1977

1 72

Mullen Computer Boards, 1977

1 73

National Multiplex Corporation, 1977

1 74

National Semiconductor Corporation, 1977

1 75

North Star Computers, Incorporated, 1977

1 76

Ohio Scientific Instruments, 1977

1 77

Pacific Office Systems, 1977

1 78

PAIA Electronics, Incorporated, 1977

1 79

Parasitic Engineering, 1977

1 80

PARSEC, 1977

1 81

Peoples Computer Company, 1977

1 82

Peripheral Vision, Incorporated, 1977

1 83

PerSci, Incorporated, 1977

1 84

Perteck Computer Corporation, 1977

1 85

Poly Paks, 1977

1 86

Prentice-Hall, Incorporated, 1977

1 87

Prime Radix, Incorporated, 1977

1 88

Processor Technology, 1977

1 89

Promedics Data Corporation, 1977

1 90

PSR, Incorporated, 1977

1 91

Realistic Controls Corporation, 1977

1 92

Recreational Computer Centers, 1977

1 93

Rigel Four, 1977

1 94

RMQ Systems, 1977

1 95

ROM Publications Corporation, 1977

1 96

S100 Computer Products, 1977

1 97

Sargent's Distributing, 1977

1 98

Smoke Signal Broadcasting, 1977

1 99

Software Technology Corporation, 1977

1 100

Southern California Computer Society, 1977

1 101

Southwest Technical Products Corporation, 1977

1 102

Sunrise Electronics, 1977

1 103

Sylvan Hills Laboratory, Incorporated, 1977

1 104

Symbiotic Systems, 1977

1 105

Tab Books, 1977

1 106

Technical Design Labs, 1977

1 107

T and H Engineering, 1977

1 108

Ultra-Violet Products, Incorporated, 1977

1 109

Department of Computer Science, University of California, 1977

1 110

Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, 1977

1 111

Vector Graphic, Incorporated, 1977

1 112

Video Terminal Technology, 1977

1 113

Western Data System, 1977

1 114

Wave Mate, 1977

1 115

Zybek, 1977

1 116

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 Series 2: 1980 Faire Materials

Box Folder

Program, 1980 March

1 117

Ad Tech Power, Incorporated, 1980

1 118

Advanced Computer Products, 1980

1 119

Allen Gelder and Company, 1980

1 120

American Terminal Leasing Company, 1980

1 121

Apple Computer, Incorporated, 1980

1 122

Apple Orchard, 1980

1 123

Applied Digital Data Systems, Incorporated, 1978

1 124

Arkenstone, Incorporated, undated

1 125

Business Microproducts-Division of The Ready Corporation, 1980

1 126

California Pacific Computer Company, 1980

1 127

Cameo Data Systems, 1980

1 128

Casheab, 1980

1 129

CMC Marketing Corporation, 1980

1 130

Commodore Business Machines, 1980

1 131

Commline, 1979 September-October

1 132

CompuMax Associates, Incorporated, 1980

1 133

Complete Business Services Corporation, 1980

1 134

Computer Connection, 1980

1 135

Computer Information Exchange, Incorporated, 1980

1 136

Computer Pathways Unlimited, Incorporated, 1980

1 137

Computer Shopper, 1980 March 15

1 138

Compumart, 1980 March 15

1 139

CompuServe, 1980 March 15

1 140

Computalker Consultants, 1980 March 15

1 141

Computronics, 1980 March 15

1 142

Creative Computing Press, 1980 March 15

1 143

Creative Computing Software, 1980 March 15

1 144

Cromenco, Incorporated, 1980 March 15

1 145

Datametrics Corporation, 1980 March 15

1 146

Digital Design, 1980 March 15

1 147

Digital Graphic Systems, 1980 March 15

1 148

Dynabyte, 1980

1 149

EXO Electronics Company, 1980

1 150

Dilithium Press, 1980

1 152

Edu-Ware Services, Incorporated, 1980 March

1 152

Electrolabs, 1980

1 153

Electronic Data Systems Corporation, 1980

1 154

Enerpac, 1979

1 155

Exatron, 1980

1 156

General Eclectics, 1980

1 157

General Electric Company, 1980

1 158

Graham-Dorian Software Systems, Incorporated, 1980 Spring

1 159

Grass Valley Computer Systems, 1980

1 160

Guidance to Japan Micro Computer Club, 1980

1 161

Heathkit Computer, 1980

1 162

Hewlett Packard Journal, 1980 June

1 163

Information Unlimited Software, Incorporated, 1980

1 164

Intelligent Business Machines (IBM), 1980

1 165

Intertec Data Systems, 1980

1 166

JADE Computer Products, 1980

1 167

John Bell Engineering, 1980

1 168

Johnson Associates Software, 1980

1 169

Level IV Products, Incorporated, 1980

1 170

Lobo Drives International, 1980

1 171

Magnolia Microsystems, 1980

1 172

M and R Enterprises, 1980

1 173

Marinchip Systems, 1980

1 174

MicroAge, 1980

1 175

Micro-AP, 1980

1 176

Microcomputer Consultants, 1980

1 177

MicroDaSys, 1980

1 178

Micromation, 1979 December 31

1 179

Micromation, 1980

1 180

Micro Matrix, 1980

1 181

Micro Peripheral, 1980

1 182

Microsoft, 1980

1 183

MicroSun, Incorporated, 1980

1 184

Micro Technology Unlimited, 1980

1 185

Microwave General, 1980

1 186

MQI (computer products), 1980

1 187

Newman Computer Exchange, 1980

1 188

Osborne Library of Microcomputer Books and Software, 1980 February

1 189

Personal Software, Incorporated (catalog), 1980 Spring

1 190

Phase One Systems, Incorporated, 1980

1 191

PMS Pacific Mountain States Corporation, 1980

1 192

Priority Electronics, 1980

1 193

Processor Technology Corporation, 1980

1 194

Programma Computer Products, 1980

1 195

Programma International, Incorporated, 1980

1 196

Quasar Data Products, 1980

1 197

Radio Corporation of America (RCA), 1980

1 198

Radio Corporation of America (RCA) Micro Computer Products, 1980

1 199

R-Factor Computer Concerns, 1980

1 200

Racet Computes, 1980

1 201

Retail Services, Incorporated, 1980

1 202

Small Business Applications, Incorporated, 1980

1 203

Southwest Technical Products Corporation, 1980

1 204

Strobe, Incorporated, 1980

1 205

Structured Systems Group, Incorporated, 1980

1 206

Synergistic Software, 1980

1 207

Systems Formulate Corporation, 1980

1 208

Vandata, 1980

1 209

Videx, 1980

1 210

Western Union Data Services, 1980

1 211

XYMEC, 1980

1 212

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