First EditionElectronic Data-Processing Systems 1946-1956 : A report to the Department of the Army Prepared for Frankford Arsenal. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Remington Rand Univac November 1956. First Edition. ,13, [1-blank] pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Printed blue/green wrappers, stapled. Rusty staples replaced, with archival tissue paper reinforcement in those areas. Significant soiling, old cellotape marks, and insect damage to covers. Internally mostly marginal dampstaining, heaviest to the bottom margins. No loss of text or meaning. Fair. Wraps.
Though termed a report it is really a military marketing piece for Remington Rand. It highlights the significant advantages from 1946 tech to 1956 tech in terms of size and performance, reliability, components, and construction - all keys to military purchasing. It even surmises the use of Atomic-Target analysis as one use. "During the ten years that have elapsed since the Ordnance Department of the Army sponsored the development of the first electronic digital computer, Eniac, a revolution has taken place in the design and application of computers of this type. This report covers the brief but intense history of this revolution and describes the significant contributions that a modern, mobile, fast computer can make to the effectiveness of the modern army." A very scarce report with no copies in any institution or library as per OCLC/Worldcat.
Provenance: The collection of Armand E Adams, manager for community relations for Sperry Rand Corp, Univac Division, Blue Bell PA. Adams was one of 25 people interviewed at the UNIVAC Conference in May 1990 (Charles Babbage Institute) who was "fundamentally involved with the development and use of the UNIVAC." (Yost, A Bibliographic Guide to Resources in Scientific Computing, 1945-1975).