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Paper Machines: About Cards & Catalogs, 1548-1929

Markus Krajewski

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015899
eISBN:
9780262298216
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015899.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Today on almost every desk in every office sits a computer. Eighty years ago, desktops were equipped with a nonelectronic data processing machine: a card file. This book traces the evolution of this ... More


The First Card Index?

Markus Krajewski and Peter Krapp

in Paper Machines: About Cards & Catalogs, 1548-1929

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015899
eISBN:
9780262298216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015899.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter traces a discontinuity in the application of Gessner’s procedure. When the technique goes from provisional to permanent, an unintended and yet consequential turn takes place, giving rise ... More


From Library Guides to the Bureaucratic Era: An Introduction

Markus Krajewski and Peter Krapp

in Paper Machines: About Cards & Catalogs, 1548-1929

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015899
eISBN:
9780262298216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015899.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s purpose, which is to trace the development of the card catalog into a “universal paper machine” that can do anything. The basic assumption is that the ... More


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