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Digital State: The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry

Thomas J. Misa


Digital State tells the long overdue history of Minnesota’s world famous computer industry. The book profiles each of the most notable Minnesota companies, beginning with the founding of the Engineering Research Associates (in St. Paul) in 1946. Univac was a local successor to ERA, while Control Data was a spinoff that became a billion dollar a year concern by the 1960s. Honeywell was the state’s largest private sector employer, and IBM Rochester was a prominent outpost of that global company. The book is based on archival records of ERA, Control Data, and Univac and draws extensively on 60-pl ... More

Keywords: Minnesota economy and history, high-technology, industrial district, Control Data Corporation, Engineering Research Associates, Sperry Rand Univac, Remington Rand, International Business Machines, Minnesota Educational Computing, Consortium

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816683314
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816683314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas J. Misa, author
Director, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota