THE aim of this site is to provide a resource for expanding our current understanding of the development of the pathbreaking ideas connected with the mouse, hypertext, windowing, and networked collaborative workspaces, the individuals who worked with Engelbart in bringing them to light, the computer systems that came to embody them, and the dissemination of these ideas and devices beyond the original group at SRI to the world. The site contains a portion of the archival materials in the Douglas C. Engelbart Papers in Stanford University Library's Special Collections, drawn from the period of Engelbart's work at SRI from 1959 through the first public demonstration of the NLS (oNLine System) in 1968.

To date the history of these important developments has been captured primarily in retrospectives, such as the important ACM conference and subsequent volume on the personal workstation organized by Adele Goldberg in 1988, in which Doug Engelbart has reminisced about the motivations and development of his work. Our goal in this site is to add to our online archive and to multiply the points of view by tapping the community memory of the participants in these events, encouraging them to expand our understanding by contributing their own stories to the archive and commenting upon and adding to the views of other participants in these events. We understand "participants" to include not only the original group of the Augment Research Center, which eventually grew to include 47 members, but also others not directly part of this group, but who were working on other related areas of computer science and communications, and at other sites. Our goal is to include this wider community in the construction of the archive and in the writing of the history. Doug Engelbart has called this style of collective work "bootstrapping." We are engaged in bootstrapping the history of human-computer interaction.

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