At present, CBF provides support to the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) at the University of Minnesota and to the Software History Center (SHC), a California nonprofit organization.
The Charles Babbage Institute is an internationally recognized research center dedicated to promoting the history of information technology and its impact on society. It preserves relevant historical documentation, engages in and encourages scholarly research, conducts oral histories, sponsors symposia, awards dissertation fellowships, and serves as a clearinghouse for information on available resources of interest to its research colleagues and to the general public.
CBI was co-founded with CBF and became a separate entity within the University of Minnesota (UMN) in 1980. In 1989, CBI was incorporated as a Research Center into UMN’s Institute of Technology. In January 2000, CBI moved into a new, $47 million state-of-the-art Archives and Book Storage Center at the UMN’s Elmer L. Andersen Library. CBI now has some of the best-designed long-term storage space of any archive in the world.
CBF has endeavored to help provide long-term financial security for CBI. In the mid-1980s, CBF conducted a successful capital campaign and used a portion of the funds raised to help create a $1 million endowed Chair for the Director of CBI. The Chair endowment has grown to over $2.5 million today.
The Software History Center is dedicated to preserving the history of the software and services industry, one of the largest and most influential industries in the world. SHC is working to preserve for future generations information about the companies, people, products, and events that shaped the industry’s evolution.
SHC was co-founded in 2000 by Burton Grad and Luanne Johnson, two software industry veterans.
Its key initiatives currently include the following:Identify where materials that document the software and service industry’s early years still exist and encourage their preservation.Identify people who have personal knowledge of events that shaped the industry and support the preservation of their recollections.Disseminate information about the industry’s history to historians, researchers, students, and the general public through print and electronic media.Encourage and support research on the history of the industry.