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Robert N. Noyce Papers, 1948-1990View items in SearchWorks
Robert Noyce was a Silicon Valley pioneer who participated in the invention of the microchip. He was part of the first successful semiconductor corporation, Fairchild Semiconductor, and went on to be one of the founders of Intel. After his death in 1990, the Noyce Foundation was named by his estate.
Ira Nowinski photograph collection, ca. 1965-2017View items in SearchWorks
Ira Nowinski is an American photographer of Polish and Hungarian Jewish descent. Born around 1942 and raised in New York, he was the first person in his family born in the United States. At the age of 42, he was prodded by opera singer Regina Resnick to do a photo essay around the Jewish milieu. He had previously done photo essays of the North Beach, San Francisco area, of the evacuation of elderly citizens from hotels in the South of Market area of San Francisco, and of the Southeast Asian Community in the same city. In addition, he had been the staff photographer of the San Francisco Opera since 1978.
Richard William Weiland papers, 1969-2006View items in SearchWorks
The collection includes personal correspondence, 1969-2002; materials pertaining to Microsoft, both his career there and the company, 1976-99; his research materials and notebooks on computers, the software industry, investments, and other interests, 1988-2006; papers, yearbooks, notebooks, and other items from his student career, 1971-80; materials pertaining to his philanthropic interests; and photographs and other audio-visual materials.