Replica of Douglas Engelbart's First Computer Mouse Prototype

Replica of Douglas Engelbart's First Computer Mouse Prototype

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
In 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart and researchers at the the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA introduced the first design of the computer mouse. Previously, manipulation of on-screen environments had required light pens or keyboard strokes. Although this mouse, an exact replica of the original (including the scuffs and dents), looks unweildy, it would soon become the preferred method of non-keyboard based input.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Associated Name
SRI International
SRI International
overall: 5.8 cm x 7.9 cm x 10.2 cm; 2 9/32 in x 3 1/8 in x 4 1/32 in
overall, maximum (exhibit or expanded): 5.8 cm x 7.9 cm x 31 cm; 2 5/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 12 3/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
SRI International
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Computers
Computers & Business Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object