National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 601/Room 1100
Washington, DC 20013-7012
20.5 cu. ft.: 54 boxes
SHARE, the first organized user group in the computer industry, was originated by a group of IBM 704 users in the Los Angeles area in 1955. The spark for the creation of SHARE was a seminar conducted by the IBM Applied Science on the new IBM 704. At the seminar, many users realized that they were more informed about IBM hardware than the IBM seminar instructors. After the seminar, Jack Strong, Frank Wagner, and Paul Armer placed telephone calls to all known users. The meeting was to bring together all 704 users for the purpose of cooperative planning for 704 installations. During the week of August 22, 1955, the first SHARE meeting (SHARE 1) was held at the RAND Corporation.