Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week.
The hyperbole surrounding Texas Instruments' recent donation to the Computer History Museum is almost as staggering as the donation itself. The 1,100 patent notebooks dating from the founding of the Fairchild Semiconductor Company have been compared to the Magna Carta and the Constitution of the United States. In an e-mail, Paula Jabloner, director of collections at the museum, called them the “founding documents” of Silicon Valley.