HOURS: The Warehouse museum is open by appointment. However, we are usually at the Lab Saturdays between 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM and Sundays between 1:30 PM- 4:00 PM. Stop by the lab first and let us know if you want to see the collection in the Warehouse.
April 24, 2021
Emillio picked up a very nice DEC AlphaServer 1200 from Chuck Bradley.
March 13, 2021
John Hayes donated an IBM Powerstation 320, spare boards, a DAT tape drive, 16" monitor, keyboard, mouse, manuals, cables, and a new battery.
December 23, 2020
BMI Surplus in Hanover, Ma donated a Panasonic Toughbook laptop, a Minicom IV terminal, two Fat Shark Dominator HD3 FPV Goggles, two Fat Shark Attitude V4 Goggles, and a selection of miniature cameras
August 13, 2020: Andy and Sue Galt from Dover NH donated two SuperBrain computers today along with other components and manuals. The SuperBrain was a CPM machine build by Intertec Data Systems and was used by the IRS in Andover MA. Thanks guys for the delivery.
In 2019, the Rhode Island Computer Museum is celebrating our 20th anniversary! Come visit us at our new Learning Lab and help us celebrate. WCVB Chronicle visited us recently--check out the video below for a sneak preview of what you'll find when you come see us!
August 12, 2020: David Brewster from Cape Cod MA donated his father's estate collection of computer memorabilia and games. We picked up 26 boxes of various things including this Burroughs B 6700 Face Panel. Thank you David for the interesting collection.
August 4, 2020: Wendy Kaiser donated the following and had it delivered from California, The RICM received a crate full of DEC equipment. An 11/23 with two RL02 drives, two VT-100s, a LA-100, documentation, and lots of RL02 packs for RSX-11M. The system has been well cared for and should be easy to get running again.
August 1, 2020: nVent donated a PACE PPS-85A solder rework station. This will be really useful for repairing and maintaining our vintage computers.
July 24, 2020: We received a second MITS Altair donation this week. It was kit built, but the workmanship is very nice. It came with a Micropolis 5 1/4" floppy drive and controller. This floppy uses 16 hard sectors and 77 tracks at 100TPI and was made before the 96TPI soft sectored diskette became the industry standard.
June 18, 2020: William B. Paradis donated a DEC VAX 11/750, a Wang VS5, A Wang Professional Computer, and lots of software and documentation.
June 14, 2020: Don Koch stopped by today and dropped off a donation today. A beautiful Convergent Technologies (Burroughs B25) and is in great shape for its age. Don also dropped off several other interesting item.
June 13, 2019: Anne Pilvines of Massachusetts donated two KIM-1 systems and a mini-van filled with old equipment such as Grid pads, Osborn, Kaypro, and Compaq portables.
November 18, 2019: Bob Bailey of Dartmouth MA donated this beautiful Apple EMAC. The EMAC was the school version of the IMAC and much more durable for school use.
October 13, 2019: New friends from New York City drove up today to see the collection and talk STEM training, Ivan Hostuik and his parents our museum and even got to see Beavertail Lighthouse to boot.
September 25, 2019: Our friends from Switzerland, Thomas and Andree Riesen visited RICM today! They have a small private museum in Thun and organized the first vintage computer festival in Bernese . We wish them the best of luck and are happy to help them. Keep those Swiss Chocolates coming!
September 7, 2019: Our Danish visitors had a chance to play Spacewar on the PDP-12.
May 14, 2019: The Marie Philip School from Framingham, Massachusetts visited today. The school serves Deaf students who use American Sign Language and they brought two interpreters to help with our spoken tours and demonstrations. Of course, no high school student needs any help when it comes to our Video Game Collection!
April 23, 2019: Anders Sandahl donated a DEC G882 FlipChip to replace the missing one in the TC02 DECtape controller in the PDP-9.
March 30, 2019: John Coccio donated this beautiful Bell System IIRC Model 551 Telephone Switchboard. It appears to have come from a hotel or resort and is in great shape for its age.
February 16, 2019: Victor dropped off 2x DEC DF32s, 3x DEC DS32, a TU55, and 2x DEC 12-bit AD Converters. We are not sure what model the AD Converters are, but probably they are AD08.
December 19, 2018: IBM in Rochester, MN donated a S/390 Integrated Server 3006, and AS/400 and matrix printer, a 3777-3 Communications Terminal and line printer.
December 9, 2018: John Wilson visited again, this time to drop off lots of DEC PDP-8, PDP-10, and PDP-11 equipment. This computer from Belmont, Massachusetts was named “SID”: System Is Down! Visit our Facebook page to view the full tech specs of this computer. On February 16, 2019 John dropped off two Data General Dasher terminals.
November 17, 2018: Today we had a wonderful "Old Bits" get-together of engineers and tech folks at the Rhode Island Computer Museum's Learning Lab. Lots of swapping stories and telling tall tech tales. As we move forward with convening this group, we will explore recording our sessions to preserve and share members' amazing historical stories and tech knowledge. If you'd like to join us, contact Dan (email@example.com).
October 13, 2018: Steve Jensen visited today and donated several interesting items. Steve dropped off an early ECD MicroMind wire wrapped computer. The ECD was made by MIT grads in the early 70's. Come back soon, Steve, with more goodies!
July 14, 2018: Crawford Griffith from Maryland visited. After dropping his wife off in Newport, Crawford was mostly interested in our DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) collection, and he helped organize some in the warehouse. We hope he comes back soon!
June 30, 2018: A generous donor dropped off a Heathkit IGW-47B Sine/Square Wave Signal Generator. We powered it on slowly with a Variac, and it actually worked. Since the Signal Generator is vacuum tube-based we thought it was only right to use a vacuum tube-based oscilloscope to check it out.
June 16, 2018: Jim Fahey, an ex DEC employee who specialized in networking, dropped off some interesting documents and artifacts. The documents include an Ethernet specification from before the IEEE made it the 802 standard, and some marketing comparison documents showing why Ethernet is better than Token Ring. The artifacts include samples of just about every kind of cable that was ever used for networking, and DEC branded DOS diskettes.
May 27, 2018: Al Perlman, Chief Editor for several vintage computer magazines, dropped off six boxes of old magazines. The magazines include Computer Reseller News, Information Systems News (which became InformationWeek), Network Computing, Communications Week, and VarBusiness. Also, a very cool issue from 1988: One Day in the American Computer Industry.
April 21, 2018: Stephen Cullen, ex DEC Shrewsbury employee, dropped off a Poquet PC and a DEC PCMCIA cartridge containing DEC terminal emulator software. Apparently DEC sold these little hand held PCs. He also dropped off a complete set of Microsoft Office distributed by DEC.
March 31, 2018: Ready to rock and roll. We picked up a Hewlett Packard 7933 Disc Drive sitting in a crate in a garage. It was purchased at an auction in 1994 from NASA/GSFC Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. According to the shipping document it weighs 415 lbs. Thank you Bob Turner for picking this up!
March 25-28, 2018: Soleil Lapierre donated A Diablo (Xerox) Model 33, and two Model 30 disk drives and a Diablo power supply. He also donated a very early DEC RX11BA diskette subsystem and a DEC PR11/PC05 paper tape reader.
March 17, 2018: David Bryant dropped off an APL version of the IBM 5100 Portable Computer, including an IBM 5103 printer and all of the original manuals and paperwork. It was originally shipped on May 20, 1977 from IBM Rochester to GEICO in MD. We also received training books and the corresponding tape cartridges.
February 10, 2018: Ed Ionata and his brothers stopped by today and donated an early Apple MAC (1982). The MAC was in a backpack, booted right up, and ran Apple works.
January 13, 2018: Hans Hübner from Berlin visited today. He was mostly interested in our VAXen, and helped consolidate all of our Symbolics systems into one location in the warehouse.
December 1, 2017: Robert Diorio donated an IBM VOM and some IBM mainframe CE handbooks. Both belonged to his father and are from the 1970s.
November 4, 2017: Mattis Lind (right) and Neil Frieband (left) visited the RICM on Saturday. Mattis and his father have their own computer museum in Dalby Sweden, including a PDP-12 like ours, and a PDP-9. When we were working on our PDP-9, Mattis made digital images of his PDP-9 diagnostic paper tapes and emailed them to us. After corresponding with Mattis for many years, is was great to actually meet him. http://www.datormuseum.se/
September 23, 2017: Dan and Mike just got back from Montreal with an interesting load of equipment from Raymond Bruton. The most interesting item is an ECRM OCR document scanner that was made in 1977 and is powered by a DEC PDP-8/m. ECRM is still in business, but has moved from Bedford to Tewksbury, MA. Maybe we can get some help restoring it.
August 10, 2017: Robert Diorio donated an IBM VOM manual, P/N 1747231, and an IBM "THINK" notepad. Both belonged to his father and are from the 1970s.
July 20, 2017: Steve Hort donated a pile of DEC flip-chips, a desktop RX02 floppy drive subsystem, a RL02 disk drive and a bunch of disk packs for it.
July 8, 2017: Vincenzo Moretti dropped off more parts from the DEC PDP-11/40 from Fairfield University.
June 10, 2017: Wayne Durkee donated a replacement typewheel for the ASR-33 Teletype that is the console for the DEC PDP-12.
May 21, 2017: Dan and Mike did a rescue run and came back with four Data General systems; a Nova/3, a Nova/4, an Eclipse S/20, an Eclipse MV/4000, and a large assortment of test equipment and spares.
December 31, 2016: Arthur Post donated TI SR-50, SR-56, and SR-59 calculators and a TI PC 100C dock/printer for the SR-59. We also received all of the manuals, user's group documents, and lots of program for the SR-59 on magnetic cards.
July 30, 2016: We received eight IBM Model 55 Eduquest 9615-003 computers from the Bryant School in Bridgeport, CT. These computers are new and still in the original boxes. Dr. Douglas Lyon of Fairfield University donated diskettes Unibus boards and a DEC PDP-11/40 modified to be a PDP-11/23.
July 23, 2016: We received an IBM 5110 Portable Computer and IBM 5103 printer. This one has the APL language keyboard.
June 20, 2016: Dr. Douglas Lyon of Fairfield University donated a DEC PDP-11/40 modified to be a PDP-11/23.
May 27, 2016: John Mark Thomas donated a DEC PDP-11/23 and a MicroVAX-I, spare Unibus boards.
January 15, 2016: Clyde Hansen donated a DEC PDP-11/05 and diskette subsystem, and lots of spare boards.
December 22, 2015: CompuCom donated a Wang VS18K, a Wang VS6000 Server, a VS Century Server, and a Micro VP 2200.
February 12, 2015: Douglas W. Jones, a professor at THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWADepartment of Computer Science, donated a COI controller for a Data General Nova computer that will control the COI LINC Tape in our collection.
January 3, 2015: We received a Heathkit EC-1 Educational Electronic Analog Computer as a donation. It is in very good cosmetic condition.
BMI Surplus donated a Systron Donner TL8-3 triple output laboratory power supply, and two Lambda Lab power supplies. These will be very useful for testing and repairing flip-chips.
November 7, 2014: We rented a little space in The Meadows Professional Office Park is just off Route 4 in North Kingstown. We will move some of the smaller running systems and two of the PDP-8 restoration projects into this space. We hold classes on the Arduino, Raspberry PI, and introductory programming there too. Details to follow.
September 29, 2014: Dan and Mike picked up an IBM S/390 mainframe and an IBM 3422 tape drive from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.
June 11, 2014--Molly Beep Beep: On June 11th, Citizens Bank donated a Bell and Howell Mail Mobile III, their mail-delivery robot, to the Rhode Island Computer Museum. At Citizens, they called her Molly McMail.
April 10, 2014: Mike was in Germany on a business trip and made arrangements to meet with Philipp Hachtmann (on the left). Philipp supplied an RX8E 8" Floppy Disk controller and a KL8E Asynchronous Interface for the PDP-8E.
March 25, 2014: "Old IBMer" Roy Carlson retired from IBM 25 plus years ago and recently donated his collection to RICM. Roy serviced mainframe computers in the 60's and donated tons of parts/memorabilia for things such as an IBM System 38. If you need a specialized Fuse, RICM can now supply it!
January 26, 2014: There was a very nice article on the museum in today's Providence Journal newspaper.
January 19, 2014: We received a 556 BPI 7-track magnetic tape that was written on an IBM 729 tape transport connected to an IBM 1401 system at the Computer History Museum. We will use the tape to debug the TU20 Tape Transport and TC59 Magnetic Tape Controller connected to the PDP-9.
November 28, 2013: Frank Hajdu dropped off three CDC AN/AYK-14 Airborne computers and a Compaq "suitcase" computer from the 80s.
November 21, 2013: Our friends from Belgium visited RICM today! They are starting a living computer history museum for Belgium. We wish them the best of luck and are happy to help them. They are holding one of RICM's Raspberry Pi's.
October 30, 2013: Jack Rubin donated an R303 Integrating One-Shot Flip-Chip for the PDP-9 restoration effort.
October 7, 2013: The PDP-11/23 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory arrived. It came with lots of extra RL02 disk packs, spare boards, and documentation. It took just a few minutes to remove the transport fasteners in disk drives, and the system booted RT11 and then TSX on the first try.
August 25, 2013: Mary Hopper from the Digital Den computer museum visited today. Mary is an enthusiast for software and games starting up in Cambridge. They were happy to take some extra Apple IIc computers and Apple software.
August 24, 2013: The RICM presented “Make your Own Video Game” workshop at the Warwick library For RI's Home Schoolers! RICM taught MIT’s Scratch Program an innovative and digitally-rich programming language for teens.
August 3, 2013: John Meza donated an NCR System 3300 PS and lots of software to go with it.
July 30, 2013: John W. Rogers donated two B310s, four B213s and a pair of B169 modules to our PDP-9 restoration effort. These spares will be really helpful.
July 13, 2013: My friend from Germany, Joachim Ebel (on the right) came for a visit today, and took home a VIC 20.
July 5, 2013: Evan Koblentz and Jeff B. from the MARCH computer museum visited today. They have more enthusiasts for smaller systems while we like to restore the big iron, especially DEC systems. They were happy to take some extra Apple magazines and an Apple ///+ with them.
March 23, 2013 10:00AM: In recognition of Teen Tech Week, the RICM presented “Make your Own Video Game” workshop at the North Kingstown library. RICM taught MIT’s Scratch Program an innovative and digitally-rich programming language for teens.
March 9, 2013: In recognition of Teen Tech Week, the RICM presented “Make your Own Video Game” workshop at the Somerset library. RICM taught MIT’s Scratch Program an innovative and digitally-rich programming language for teens.
March 2, 2013: Bryan Bentz of Bentz Engineering, LLC Visited the museum. Bentz Engineering does software engineering with an emphasis on artificial intelligence, good user interface design, database systems, data mining/machine learning, and 3D visualization.They will be assisting in restoration of our MicroVax II.
February 16, 2013: RICM is pleased to announce our organization has been entered into the GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program database.
February 2, 2013: John Bartholomew donated a PDP-11 Assembly Language book and a selection of VAX programming manuals.
January 19, 2013: Donation of SGI O2 Computer from Blue Sky Studios.
January 9, 2013: The Rhode Island Computer Museum will present a free exhibit and public presentation on January 9, 2013, 6:30 PM at the North Kingstown Library on the “Business History of Early Computers”. The presentation aims to examine the impact of Wang Computers on Rhode Island in the context of historic preservation. The presentation is part of ongoing cooperation between the Rhode Island Computer Museum and the library. This project is made possible through funding support from the Rhode Island Council for Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the "National Endowment for the Humanities."
January 5, 2013: Stacey Kent of Exeter RI donates a Kaypro Microcomputer.
December 2012: Dan, Mike, and Warren visited the MIT Museum and Warehouse. We got to see the last LINC system that was used in production, a very nice LINC-8, a Librascope LGP-30, parts of the Whirlwind and SAGE systems, and lots of very nice laboratory instruments.