The story of Hewlett-Packard is an Global success story.
Considering that most readers of this website will be most conversant in English,
the author of this web site will do his best to write the story in
The native language of the author is French rather than English
so we ask you to bear with him.
A corrective reading is made regularly by Professor Kenneth Kuhn to improve the English writing of our work. We are very honored of this extensive contribution coming from one of the best specialists of the Hewlett Packard history and himself the owner of one of the most complete collections of early HP instruments.
It might be mentioned that Professor Kuhn himself never worked for Hewlett-Packard, yet he has accumulated an extensive museum of hundreds of vintage HP instruments and documents, resulting from his long admiration of HP, its founders and its culture.
The HP Memory Project is, first of all, a collection of vintage Hewlett-Packard hardware, software, documentation and other technical and marketing materials from HP's early years in the instrumentation and computer industry (beginning in 1939).
The HP Memory Project is privately funded and owned by its Curator. The Curator (Resources)
The HP Memory Project is not a commercial enterprise; it is a resource of technical and historical information relative to the Hewlett-Packard Company activities during the 1939 to 1999 period.
An historical show room, or museum, is under construction. Due to space limitations, this first museum will be a very modest exhibition of the overall available collection.
It will look like the animation on the Home Page of this website.
This museum will not be open to the public, but will be viewable by appointment at the end of 2006.
For information about the location, and if you would like to visit the museum, please visit the Contact Us page.
The HP Memory Project's long-term goal is to have working models of test instruments, computers and
peripherals produced by Hewlett-Packard from its birth (1939) to its split into two different companies "Agilent Technologies" and "HP" (1999).
The early stages of museum development have focused on the most significant products in the evolution of measurement and computing technologies during those 60 years. These include test instruments, computers and peripherals that people used in their curriculum as student and during their daily working lives.
An in-depth explanation of the scope and objectives of the project will be found in the Presentation chapter of this website.
we felt grateful to have been lucky enough to live the HP culture in its "golden years," it seemed important to contribute in our turn by helping future innovators gain an insight and capitalize on why and how :
* The number of inventions and innovations made by HP during the last 60 years, and the unique creativity involved.
* The quantity of major contributions to the development of electronic and computation sciences.
* And, on the business and people management side of the venture, the HP radically innovative and rewarding company culture, "The HP Way"...
All together, they definitely shaped the minds of generations of students, managers, engineers, customers, and scientists worldwide.
Without question, Hewlett and Packard set a high standard for others to follow.
The Web Site:
The Memory Project web site is in its very early development stage.
It will be continuously updated as more material is added.
The initial development of the web site has focused on giving the visitor an overview of the various resources available that will be developed step-by-step later to raise the project to an educative and informative level as powerful as possible.
More information about the technical characteristics of this Web Site can be found in the (Resources) The Web Site chapter.
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