Acc.#1990.0505 NCR Collection SCSI

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NCR CORPORATION Peripheral Products Division - Wichita NCR November 28, 1989 Mr. David Allison, Chief Curator Information Age: People, Information & Technology National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560 Dear Mr. Allison: As part of our continuing support for Information Age: People, Information & Technology, we at NCR Corporation would like to donate the computer industry's first Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) protocol chip -- an innovation which changed the face of computing -- for the exhibit and the Smithsonian collection. The SCSI standard, developed by NCR and Shugart Associates between 1981 and 1982, helped propel the computer industry into a new era of intelligent peripheral communications. The SCSI standard enabled such diverse devices as disks, tapes, printers, and scanners to share a common interface to one or more computer systems in a way that was never before possible. Last year while visiting the Smithsonian, I discussed the SCSI chip with Marie Mattson, she indicated that the chip would be a welcome addition to Information Age. Alan Buddendeck and Shawne Buckley, who are coordinating other NCR assistance for the exhibit, suggested that I contact you regarding the chip donation. The SCSI chip is significant in its own right, and I believe NCR's SCSI chip development effort would add a unique, human-interest chapter to the Information Age story. I have enclosed the first SCSI chip and materials that more fully tell the tale of the researchers, the process, and the final product. Please review these materials and let me know what you think, I can be reached at (316) 636-8818. Thank you very much for your consideration. Sincerely, [signed] C.J. Morey Communications Program Manager 3718 N. Rock Road Wichita, Kansas 67226-1397 Telephone 316636-8000

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