Richard J. Nelson rjnelsoncf at
Fri Jun 9 10:13:41 MDT 2017

Thanks David,

I also considered in buying a better scanner.  I only have an HP Photoshop Plus multi device.

Everybody can participate in the research aspect of finding what is missing.  

1).  Take on Calculator Manuals and find what is missing.

2).  Check the solutions books for given model.

3),  Find what models have applications books, etc..

Any interested person may provide/contribute a missing list working "at home."

Shipping documents around is an expensive process as paper is heavy.

X < > Y,


-----Original Message-----
From: hhc-bounces at [mailto:hhc-bounces at] On Behalf Of Ramsey David
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2017 5:56 PM
To: Handheld Computing Conference discussion list <hhc at>
Subject: Re: Collections

I am happy to scan documents as well. More than a decade ago I scanned many boxes of HP and TI calculator programs for a certain Belkin employee who shall remain nameless.

I currently have a Fujitsu SnapScan™ scanner that does a good job on small loads, but would be happy to acquire a larger scanner if needed. It would help to know what kind of documents we need to scan: spiral bound or perfect bound docs will have to be “disassembled”, while individual pages larger than 8.5x11 would require extra work.

— David

> On Jun 8, 2017, at 3:13 PM, John Cadick <jcadick at> wrote:
> I believe that the idea of digitizing everything is a very attractive option. Between Eric, Dave, and Jake, we have excellent” museum capabilities. (Eric, Dave, and Jake – I am not volunteering you. I am simply pointing out that we may have some pretty good resources within our community.)
> I, for one, would be happy to spend some hours scanning documents. I also have some support people that could contribute . 
> So called “niche” groups like ours may be less “niche” than it first appears. Here are a few thoughts:
> 	• I have already mentioned the three data storage sites that the HP aficionados have. 
> 	• Other societies, such as HHC in UK, are also very active. 
> 	• There are several sites that support legacy data for other calculator manufacturers and calculators in general.
> 	• I am a member of the Oughtred Society and the International Slide Rule Group. These are both very active groups that share members. Oughtred has annual meetings a couple of times per year, and produces a twice-a-year scholarly publication. ISRG has a very active yahoo interest group. 
> 	• Some time back, I was an active member of the Horatio Alger Society.  (Society not Association.) The Society made a large contribution of Alger’s works to Northern Illinois University. Since that time, NIU has curated and added to the collection and has established a Horatio Alger Scholarship. 
> While each of the these various organizations are unique in some ways, they are all about the same size, are formed on the same basis (individual interest and nostalgia), and for the most part have been self-supporting through either dues, contributions, or conference fees. Perhaps a either on our own or through joint efforts, we might expand our efforts to include all classical calculation methods and create the necessary resources to preserve and promote the history and technical information involved. 
> We might also approach the MAA, AMS, SIAM, IEEE, ASME or some other professional society to participate in preserving the historical and technical information that the group (especially you Richard) has. 
> I believe that we are on the down side of the calculator culture.  This does not mean that it is gone forever, nor does it necessarily mean that hand-held calculators with disappear. It simply means that it is changing and will have a very different look in the future. I believe that we should work together to preserve the cultural and technical concepts and information that have been the core of technical calculating. 
> John
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