The Institute

Recording Tapes

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.

Recording Tapes

(Tape samples)

18 cm (outer) and 9.4 cm (inner) diameter
IIMA Archives

This is a sample of the half-inch magnetic tape that IIMA used for data storage. Magnetic tapes allowed multiple read/writes and replaced punch cards that could be used only once.