Osborne 1 Microcomputer, c.1982 Osborne 1 Microcomputer Artifact-004

Osborne 1 Microcomputer, c.1982

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Artifact-004


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2018 CC0.

Processed by: Anthony Wright de Hernandez, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech
Identification
Artifact.004
Title
Osborne 1 Microcomputerc.1982
Quantity
1.3 Cubic Feet 1 item
Language
English
Abstract
Osborne 1 microcomputer, c.1982, with boot disk for CP/M operating system, WordStar word processing software, Boardroom Graphics (Ver. 3.0) analytical software, and additional 5.25" floppy disks.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material found on the floppy disks must be obtained from the original software publishers or their agents.

Access Restrictions

Artifact is available for use. Researchers wishing to use the Osborne 1 should schedule an appointment in advance with the University Libraries' Data Transformation Studio. Contact information for the studio is available on their website: https://spaces.lib.vt.edu/dtstudio/.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this item should include the following information: Osborne 1 Microcomputer, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The item was donated to Special Collections in 2018.

Processing Information

The processing of the Osborne 1 Microcomputer commenced in August 2018 and was completed in September 2018.


Historical Note

The Osborne 1 portable microcomputer was first released in 1981. It was the first computer produced by the Osborne Computer Corporation and is generally regarded as the first commercially viable portable microcomputer.

Scope and Content

Osborne 1 microcomputer, c.1982, with boot disk for CP/M operating system, WordStar word processing software, Boardroom Graphics (Ver. 3.0) analytical software, and additional 5.25" floppy disks.

The computer includes the loop side of velcro fasteners where a magnifying device was previously affixed and a 3-prong to 2-prong electrical grounding adapter. There is a silver date label affixed near the handle with August 9, 1982 circled.

A repair tag from ComputerLand dated February 23, 1983 is affixed to the handle with a corresponding stub affixed to the computer casing. The stated work to be done is "Double Density 80+ Upgrade" for a price of US$480.00.


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Osborne 1 (Computer)
  • Science and Technology
  • Sweeny, Bob

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