A Computer Glossary

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1968

A Computer Glossary was shown in 1968 in the IBM Corporation’s pavilion at Hemisfair, the World’s Fair in San Antonio, Texas. The film, another project in a series of Eames Office endeavors to promote understanding of the electronic computer, begins with a live-action, close-up sequence depicting the path that data travels in the computer. It is accompanied by a soundtrack of professional jargon spoken by the computer-room staff.

The film goes on to introduce various terms specific to electronic data processing, thereby creating a computer glossary. The Eameses employed animated sequences to define and illustrate the glossary (according to definitions that were valid in the mid-1960s).

A Computer Glossary was written by Charles and Eames Office staff member Glen Fleck, with the assistance of Lynn Stoller of IBM. The film won a bronze medal at the Atlanta International Film Festival in 1969.

In the gallery below, you can see two images of the IBM Pavilion at Hemisfair, including one which shows A Computer Glossary on the big screen.

Music by Elmer Bernstein.

10 minutes, 47 seconds.  Color.