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The Trailblazers Collection includes source material related to computing pioneers who made intellectual and technical contributions to the development of the information services and interfaces that we have today.

MIT/Brown Vannevar Bush Symposium

The Trailblazers Collection includes a much cherished, authorized and complete copy of the original video tapes from the 1995 MIT/Brown Vannevar Bush Symposium are just one example of what the treasures that the collection contains. 1

There are also legal, digitized copies of most (but not all) of the tapes available online at the Doug Engelbart Institute.
The MIT/Brown Vannevar Bush Symposium

On the Web
As We May Think (Vannevar Bush, Atlantic Monthly)
Memex and Beyond Web Site (Brown University)
Vannevar Bush – The Man Who Didn’t Invent The Computer (I-Programmer)

Hypertext in Historical Context

Some of the material in this collection was also acquired during preparation for a presentation that Mary Hopper and Mark Bernstein gave at the MIT Communications Forum that featured clips from the MIT/Brown Vannevar Bush Symposium tapes. The transcript of that event is available online.
Hypertext in historical context: Vannevar Bush and Ted Nelson revisited (Mary Hopper & Mark Bernstein, MIT Communications Forum/Media in Transition, October 1, 1998)



The New Media Museum holds extensive resources related to Douglas Engelbart and his work. Highlights of the collection include a large poster of an image from his “Mother of all demos” and a complete set of videotapes of the event Engelbart’s Unfinished Revolution (Doug Engelbart Institute).
On the Web
Engelbart’s Unfinished Revolution (Doug Engelbart Institute)
Engelbart’s Unfinished Revolution: A Symposium at Stanford University (December 9, 1998)

Doug Engelbart (Doug Engelbart Institute)
Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework (Douglas C. Englebart, Stanford Research Institute)
Douglas Engelbart’s NLS Demo (YouTube)

Douglas Engelbart – The Man Who Invented The Future (I-Programmer)
Douglas Engelbart (Encyclopædia Britannica)


The New Media Museum also holds extensive resources related to Ted Nelson and his work. Highlights of the collection include a signed copy of Literary Machines anda video of the movie Son of Kong 🙂

On the Web
Ted Nelson@Xanadu
Ted Nelson@Hyperland
Xanadu Project
Where the Trail Leads (Ted Nelson, Doug Engelbart Institute)

Collection Notes
1 This event was one of the first to be broadcast over the MBone, which was accomplished in conjunction with MIT’s NMIS Project which was documented by Mary E. Hopper while serving as a Visiting Scientist at the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives at MIT.

© New Media Museum created by M. E. Hopper