Texas Instruments Citation Handheld Electronic Calculator

This is one of a series of handheld electronic calculators manufactured by Texas Instruments and distributed by Western Auto. It has a black plastic case, a wood-textured plastic keyboard, and an array of twenty-four rectangular black keys. In addition to ten digit keys and four arithmetic function keys, there are clear entry/clear/ON, decimal point, total, OFF, change sign, percentage, and four memory keys. Behind these is an eight-digit fluorescent display. A mark between the display and the keyboard reads: W (/) A Citation. A socket for a battery adapter is on the right edge.
The back has a compartment for a battery at the center. Text above this reads: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS (/) electronic calculator (/) A DIM OR ERRATIC DISPLAY INDICATES (/) A DISCHARGED BATTERY. A mark below the compartment reads in part: SERIAL NO. 3378 (/) ASSEMBLED IN EL SALVADOR. Twelve patent numbers are listed, ranging from 3819921 to 4014013
U.S. patent 3819921 was granted to J. Kilby, J. Merryman and T. J. Van on January 25, 1974 and assigned to Texas Instruments. U.S. patent 4014013 was granted to David J. McElroy on March 22, 1977.
Compare to 1987.0435.17 and 1986.0988.194. This calculator closely resembles the Texas Instruments 1025 in general appearance and the selection of keys. The keyboard finish is different.
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Object Name
electronic calculator
date made
ca 1977
Western Auto Supply Company
Texas Instruments
Physical Description
plastic (case; display; keys material)
metal (circuitry material)
rubber (feet material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 3.175 cm x 6.985 cm x 13.97 cm
place made
El Salvador
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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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