Burroughs Adding Machine

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
adding machine
date made
ca 1950
Burroughs Adding Machine Company
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
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
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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