Burroughs Class 16 Adding Machine Section

This model of an adding machine section has a metal frame, mechanism, paper guide, and motor cover. There is a single column of nine black plastic keys, with mechanism, motor, and stand below, and section of carriage and printing mechanism at the back. The keyboard is covered with green felt. To the right of the digit keys is a red “ERROR” key, with an operating bar to its right. The red clearance key is at the top of the column of keys, and a second clearance key is left of it. The dash pot in the mechanism has a clear glass cylinder. The right side is glass and the left side is open. The hole in the glass for an operating handle is empty. Two number dials are at the front of the machine.
The Burroughs Class 16 was introduced in 1926. The catalog card and a photograph sent with the object indicate that this is Burroughs Patent Department model 267.
Currently not on view
Object Name
adding machine section
date made
ca 1920
Burroughs Adding Machine Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
felt (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 59 cm x 35 cm x 55 cm; 23 7/32 in x 13 25/32 in x 21 21/32 in
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Mathematics
Adding Machines
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Adding Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Burroughs Corporation
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