Web Resources

There is a vast amount of material on the Web of potential use to scholars, writers, teachers, and students interested in the history of Silicon Valley, and the history of computing more generally. It would be impractical to review and maintain links to all of them; instead, this page contains selected links to a few of the more interesting resources in the history of computing (with an emphasis on sites that are currently maintained), computers and society, and course syllabi on the history of computers.

If you would like to recommend a site, please send e-mail.

A separate pages list other research groups in the Bay Area; venues presenting lectures and symposia on Silicon Valley; and research resources at Stanford.

Current events

Fast Company: Not specifically a Silicon Valley magazine, but its coverage of "the new world of work"-- a workplace shaped by information technology, postindustrial notions of career advancement and reward, and rapid economic and social change-- never fails to be interesting.

Industry Standard: Specializing in e-commerce and Internet companies.

Information Week: News on information technology's use in business, new products, and electronics and Internet companies.

Red Herring: Notable for its coverage of finance and venture capital.

Salon: In addition to coverage of current events, Salon's technology sections features ongoing coverage of the Microsoft antitrust trial, open source movement, and the Internet's impact on politics and culture.

San Francisco Chronicle Tech: (San Francisco Chronicle): Silicon Valley's other local paper; stronger coverage of SOMA events and multimedia.

Siliconvalley.com (San Jose Mercury News): Silicon Valley's local paper. Includes links to wire service technology news articles.

Slashdot.com: Articles tending to the more technical and detailed. Sometimes confusing for first-time visitors, but contains interesting material.

Upside: Interesting long-lead features and columnists.

Wired News: General coverage of computing, telecommunications, and Internet; new articles added or updated throughout the day. Also has links to other interesting technology articles on the Web.


Dan Bricklin: Personal Web site of the co-inventor of VisiCalc, one of the first "killer apps" in personal computing. The site includes a history of VisiCalc.

Computers and Information Processing: An extensive annotated collections of links to sites related to the history of computing, maintained by the WWW Virtual Library for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine. Links to other organizations and Web sites devoted to the history of computing and information processing can be found in its pages on archives and libraries in HSTM, Museums, and Societies and Associations.

Virtual Museum of Computing. Part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library, the site is especially valuable for its links to virtual exhibits and computer simulators.

History of Computers: Reviews of Web sites on the history of computing maintained by the Encyclopaedia Britannica's Web directory Britannica.com.

Web Sites Related to the History of Information Processing: List of sites maintained by the Charles Babbage Institute.

Computing and Law

Law-Related Links: A page of links to sites on copyright, intellectual property, and online law journals, maintained by the Stanford Law and Technology Association.

Courses on computers and STS

Online course syllabi on cyberculture: A large and well-maintained collection of links to courses on "cyberculture" (e.g. the history of computing, hypertext and literature, HCI, online legal issues, Web design, etc.) maintained by the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies (at the University of Maryland).

Courses in the history of computing: Managed by Martin Campbell-Kelly (University of Warwick).

Archival Research

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections: A very user-friendly online version of the venerable catalog.

Document created on 9 September 1999;