Remington Rand Tabulating Machine, Model 3, Type 3200

This machine is roughly the size and shape of a corner mailbox but much denser. It has a gray metal exterior. Its purpose was to translate and print statements from the numerical and alphabetical information fed in on punched cards. The printing mechanism is on top and the hopper for cards, at the center. Controls for determining what is printed are in front of the print mechanism and on the right side.
A mark on the front reads: Remington (/) Rand. A mark on a metal tag on the left front reads: Model 3 (/) Type Number 3200. A mark on another tag reads: A.F.L.-C.I.O (/) HEADQUARTERS (/) 37.
This machine is part of a Remington Rand accounting system owned by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, an important American labor union formed by the merger of the A.F.L. and the C.I.O. in 1955. According to Diebold & Associates, in 1956 the model 3200 alone cost $19,900 to $26,000. It also could be rented for $305 to $455 a month.
John Diebold & Associates, "Remington Rand Model 3 Alphabetic Tabulator," Automatic Data Processing Equipment, Chicago: Cudahy Publishing Company, 1957. The report, dated June 29, 1956, is in section 4B 660.1, pp. 1–6.
Remington Rand Univac, Manual of Instructions for Operation the Remington Rand Alphabetical Tabulator Model 3, New York: Remington Rand Univac, no date. Remington Rand purchased Eckert-Mauchly Computer Company, developers of the UNIVAC computer, in 1950.
Sperry Rand Corporation, Remington Rand Univac Model 3 Tabulator, Sperry Rand Corporation, 1960. This is part of 1997.3012.04, and it did not come with the object. Sperry merged with Remington Rand in 1955.
Accession file.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tabulating machine
date made
ca 1955
Remington Rand
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 134 cm x 87 cm x 80 cm; 52 3/4 in x 34 1/4 in x 31 1/2 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Labor Unions
Science & Mathematics
Tabulating Equipment
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Tabulating Equipment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

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