Burroughs Adding Machine

Description
This full-keyboard printing electric adding machine has a tan metal case and plastic keys. The keyboard includes (going from left to right):
1. A column of 12 keys labeled with three-letter abbreviations for the months of the year.
2. Two columns of digit keys, each having the digits from 1 to 9.
3. One column of nine keys with abbreviations for various financial transactions such as BAL, J/E, C/R, and P/J.
4. Nine columns of digit keys, each having the digits from 1 to 9.
5. Two columns of function keys and bars.
The printing mechanisms are at the back of the machine. Nine of the fifteen type bars print the result. The other six indicate dates and special characters.
The machine is marked on the back: Burroughs. A red paper tag attached to it reads: PATENT DEPT. (/) 338. A small metal tag attached to the back reads: SERIES P (/) BURROUGHS CORPORATION. . . . The machine is marked on the front in pencil: Transfer totals. A metal tag attached to the object reads: DONATED TO (/) The Smithsonian Institution (/) by (/) Burroughs Corporation.
The Burroughs Series P was introduced in 1950.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
adding machine
date made
ca 1950
maker
Burroughs Adding Machine Company
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22.1 cm x 32 cm x 47.5 cm; 8 11/16 in x 12 19/32 in x 18 11/16 in
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
ID Number
1982.0794.86
catalog number
1982.0794.86
accession number
1982.0794
subject
Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Adding Machines
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Adding Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Burroughs Corporation
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.