The University of Waterloo Computing Museum is university-based museum, whose purpose is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of computing at the University of Waterloo (UW) and related organizations of the geographic region. The time period it focuses on is primarily from 1957 (the year UW was established) to the present. However, artifacts from before this date may still be relevant, and the mission explicitly includes non-modern (i.e.: non-electronic) computing machinery and methods. The museum collects various computing related artifacts: hardware, software, documents, books, manuals, and other related cultural artifacts. As appropriate, it collaborates and cooperates with other UW units that hold overlapping interests, such as the University Archives and Records Management or various Alumni offices. The museum interprets and presents the history of computing at UW via physical and online exhibits, research, teaching, public events and publications. It exists to encourage the UW community to recognize, reflect and interpret its own history.
Do you have an old computer taking up space in your office (or your garage)? Are there old manuals on your
bookshelf for software you haven't touched in decades? Don't just send it off to be recycled quite yet!
In particular, we're interested in artifacts of direct or slightly indirect relevance to the history of computing here at Waterloo.
Then just email our curators (make
sure you include your name and email or phone number!) and we'll arrange a visit to assess your treasures
and hopefully add them to our collection!
Scott Campbell is the Director of the Centre for Society, Technology and Values. His research interests include the history of computing in Canada.
Lawrence Folland is manager of Research Support for the School of Computer Science.
We'd like to thank the following people and organizations for contributing to the development of the museum
through their hard work or financial and material assistance.
Artifact donors are listed on the "Donors" page.