The Institute

Floppy Case

Copy of Handwritten Letter - Vikram Sarabhai


(Letter seeking Kasturbhai Lalbhai's advice on Ford Foundation's championing of UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and further discussions with Harvard)

20.8 x 27.6 cm
Vikram Sarabhai
MIT, Massachusetts
May 9, 1961
IIMA Archives

John R. Coleman, Ford Foundation, New Delhi, had written a letter dated April 29, 1961 stating that partnering with UCLA was a 'final' decision, after he realized that Vikram Sarabhai had reached out to Harvard. Sarabhai argued for the Institute's right to determine who its partner should be. Ultimately, IIMA partnered with HBS.

Floppy Case

(Floppy case sample)

17.5 x 28.5 cm (closed), 35 x 28.5 cm (open)
IIMA Archives

This case was designed to hold floppy disks (magnetic storage media) of the 5*1/4 inch type that was popular in the 1980s. The disks were usually of 360 KB capacity, and were quickly superseded by the 3*1/2 inch format by the beginning of the 1990s.