Summit SE 88M Handheld Electronic Calculator

This is one of Summit’s scientific handheld electronic calculators, advertised in the Chicago Tribune in September 1973 as an “electronic slide rule with memory.” It has a tan plastic case with metal trim and twenty rectangular plastic keys. These keys include ten digit keys, a decimal point key, a total key, four arithmetic function keys, a memory key, a % key, a clear key and a clear entry key. Behind the keyboard is an eight-digit red LED display. The on/off switch is right of this. The back edge of the calculator has a power jack as well as buttons for reciprocals, squares, and square roots. A mark on the front edge reads: Summit.
A sticker on the back of the calculator gives operating instructions. It reads toward the bottom: SUMMIT INTERNATIONAL CORP. (/) Serial No. EF 16427 Model SE 88M (/) Salt Lake City, Utah (/) MANUFACTURED BY NCE NUCLEAR (/) made in U.S.A.
The SE 88M Instruction Manual accompanies the calculator.
Compare 1986.0988.284 and 1986.0988.279, two examples of the Summit SRM.
[Advertisement], Chicago Tribune, September 11, 1973, p. C5. Calculator described (although model number not given) as having a list price of $129.95 and a sale price of $109.88.
John Donnex, “Student Government rents calculators today,” Technician, 54, no. 5, September 7, 1973, p. 1. North Carolina State University is leasing 200 Summit SE 88m calculators for students to rent for $1 a day, $5 a week or $15 a month.
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Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
Summit International Corporation
Physical Description
plastic (case; keys; display cover material)
metal (circuitry; trim material)
paper (stickers material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 4 in; 3.175 cm x 6.985 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
United States: Utah, Salt Lake City
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Computers & Business Machines
Handheld Electronic Calculators
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Handheld Electronic Calculators
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John B. Priser
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