Burroughs Class 5 Adding Machine

This full keyboard non-printing manual adding machine is painted black with a green keyboard. It has black and white octagonal plastic keys. The nine columns of keys have nine keys in each column. Odd-numbered keys are concave, even-numbered ones flat. Complementary digits are indicated as well as numbers. Ten windows at the front show the sum of numbers as the numbers are entered. A single key in the upper left corner controls the numeral wheel seen through the tenth window. The machine has two legs at the back which hold it up at an angle. There is a black plastic cover. Compare to Burroughs calculator.
The Burroughs calculator was sold as the Burroughs Class 5 from 1918 into the 1960s.
American Digest of Business Machines, 1924, pp. 70-71.
Currently not on view
Object Name
adding machine
date made
Burroughs Adding Machine Company
Physical Description
rubber (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 17 cm x 24.5 cm x 30.5 cm; 6 11/16 in x 9 21/32 in x 12 in
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
Science & Mathematics
Adding Machines
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Adding Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Western Union Telegraph Company

Visitor Comments

2/23/2015 12:59:01 AM
David Bush
Have a smaller version that has only 5 columns, with a 6 digit readout display. Came from Wertheimer Cattle Co., Montgomery, Ill. Was used for years by two generations of owners. Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Detroit, Mi listed on back as the Mfgr. Ser # stamped into the bottom: 5A121988. Bought at an estate sale. I am a retired 34 year employee of Burroughs/Unisys Corp. Very rare to see a small one like this during my employment there.
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