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    Hi,

    I had an email from Jeffery Stein (jeffery@ithistory.org) about the IT History Society,
    We want to introduce you to The IT History Society http://www.ithistory.org. We, as an organization like yours, are dedicated to the preservation of the history of the information industry. The IT History Society unlike your organization is not a collector of archives or a museum of the information industry. The IT History Society is a reference or 'table of contents' of where the history of information technology is located.

    There are 100s of sites around the world that are in some way have collections but there is no one place to show neither where the collections are located nor their contents.

    Some of the reference databases that the IT History Society maintains on our website are-

    A listing of international museums and archives - http://ithistory.org/museums/museums.php

    IT Historical Resource Sites (over 1,600) - http://ithistory.org/resource_sites/resource-sites.php

    IT Companies database - http://ithistory.org/companies/companies-name.php

    IT Hardware Database - http://ithistory.org/hardware/hardware-name.php

    IT Honor Roll - http://ithistory.org/honor_roll/honor-roll.php

    Technology Quotation Database - http://ithistory.org/quotes/quotes.php

    Soon to be coming

    o Software database

    o Stories database

    Some of our members are -

    MIT

    Smithsonian Institution

    Computer History Museum

    Charles Babbage Institute

    Hans Nixdorf Museum

    Deutsches Museum

    Caltech

    British Libraries

    Internet Archive

    Stanford Silicon Valley Archives

    IBM

    Microsoft

    HP

    And many others

    Membership is free for all types of members. We encourage you to join as an institutional member. Joining will further advance the preservation of the history of information industry.
    Any idea why this is a good idea? Looks slightly spam flavoured to me, especially where a load of organisations have been named as members probably without their agreement.

    Regards,
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1980s_john View Post
    Hi,

    I had an email from Jeffery Stein (jeffery@ithistory.org) about the IT History Society,

    Any idea why this is a good idea? Looks slightly spam flavoured to me, especially where a load of organisations have been named as members probably without their agreement.

    Regards,
    John
    I can't speak to how/why Jeffrey selected you as someone to contact, but I can vouch that ITHS is a legitimate organization. Their original plan (a year or two ago) was to match up researchers who need funding for serious history projects (on the academic side) with people/companies that have money available for granting.

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    They do have a lot of name dropping on the site if you're bored enough to find someone you might know listed. The board page is a bit misleading with the majority of the listed founders seemingly being deceased (they bundled founders with donations). Per their page they used to be the "Charles Babbage Foundation". The Board page references the current board in case you know any of them in person or online.

    I find it interesting that they also have the 640K mis-quote from Gates on their quotes page.
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