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Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Apple 1

December 16, 2014 Archive Insight


There are only 64 known Apple 1 computers in the world, and only about a quarter of these are operational.  One of the latter is now in the collections, both digital and physical, of The Henry Ford.  It is not only significant in the early history of one of the most well-known technology companies in the modern world, but also speaks to human-computer interaction, design, and miniaturization of technology.  As Curator of Communication & Information Technology Kristen Gallerneaux notes in an upcoming post on our blog: “The acquisition of an Apple 1 represents The Henry Ford’s commitment to documenting the material nature of technology. It is an observable artifact with visual appeal. It has a clear sense of purpose and an honesty expressed through its exposure of internal workings. It could even be considered as a piece of ‘electronic folk art.’”  We are very excited to have this incredibly significant artifact in our collections.  Visit our collections website to view multiple images of the Apple 1, along with photos documenting its arrival and unpacking at The Henry Ford, or to browse all of our digitized collections relating to computers, and check back soon for Kristen’s blog post to learn more about the history and significance of this artifact.

Ellice Engdahl is Digital Collections & Content Manager at The Henry Ford.

20th century, 1970s, technology, digital collections, computers, by Ellice Engdahl

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