AIDC 100 Archives - Paul Bergé Collection
Special thanks are extended to the following individuals for all their
support during the planning and processing of this collection: Teddy and
George Goldberg, without whose vision this collection would not have found
its way to the Archives; Kristen J. Nyitray, Acting Head of Special Collections
and University Archives for her continued guidance and assistance. Additional
thanks are extended to the following administration members for their
support and encouragement: E. Christian Filstrup, Dean and Director of
Libraries; Daniel Kinney, Assistant Director of Library for Collections
and Technical Services.
The collection provides researchers with a slice of Mr. Berge's years within the AIDC (automatic identification and data capture) industry, primarily focusing on his involvement within the industry as a lecturer and a major proponent of the European trade show Scan Tech Europe as well as his early work with AIM Europe and Symbol Technologies, Inc.
The collection is open to research without restrictions in accordance with general access principles, and under the discretion of the Special Collections Department Staff. The collection's creator (Mr. Paul Bergé) holds all copyrights to his personal papers and publications. All requests to use or reproduce any of Mr. Berge's papers or publications should be addressed to the Special Collections Department Staff; copyrights to all remaining items within the collection (not created by Mr. Bergé) must be obtained from the owner prior to use.
In citing the collection, please credit it as follows: Paul Bergé Collection, Special Collections Department, University Libraries, Stony Brook University.
Materials within this collection may be located with the use of the collection's finding aid available in hardcopy and online through the University's Library web page.
Paul Bergé, one of the first contributors to the AIDC 100 Archive at Stony Brook University, received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Nijenrode Business School in the Netherlands. A versatile and well-spoken man (Mr. Bergé speaks six languages), Mr. Bergé did not come to the AIDC industry straight away. Prior to starting work in the automatic identification field, Mr. Bergé worked in the computer industry at industry notables such as Phillips Data Systems, Nixdorff Computer and ITT Europe. In 1975, Mr. Bergé began working for the Plessey Company, a recognized pioneer in the European bar coding business, European Headquarters in Brussels. He stayed with the company for five years before moving to Symbol Technologies in 1980.
Symbol Technologies brought Mr. Bergé on in 1980 to set up its European operations in Brussels. He was made Managing Director of that organization and remained in that position until 1988 when he was promoted to Vice President of International Marketing, becoming Symbol's first non-American Vice President, and transferred to the company's headquarters in Bohemia, New York.
During this period of his career, Mr. Bergé found time to focus his attention outside his company's business on the evolving world of bar coding. Recognizing the need for a European equivalent to the popular North American Scan Tech trade shows, in 1984 Mr. Berge` became founding Chairman of Scan Tech Europe, the industry's European automatic identification industry trade show. Soon after, he became founding chairman of the industry trade organization AIM Europe, eventually serving as Chairman of AIM International. Already recognized for his excellence in the automatic identification field Mr. Bergé became a major lecturer on the subject throughout the world. In July 1988, this recognition paid off as he was requested by the United Nations working in cooperation with the China Institute of Packaging and EAN to speak at various venues in China. These lectures are largely credited with China joining the worldwide International Article Numbering organization. Impressed with his hard work and dedication to the developing AIDC industry, Mr. Bergé was made Executive Vice President of Olympus Symbol, Inc., a joint venture company which combined portions of Olympus Optical Limited, of Tokyo, Japan and Symbol Technologies, Inc., of Bohemia, New York, U.S.A.
In addition to the corporate recognition he has received, Mr. Bergé has received the Scan Newsletter International Award and in 1989 was the first non-American recipient of the American Auto ID industry's Dick Dilling Award for his work in developing international bar coding markets. Mr. Bergé currently lives in the United States where he is still an active lecturer on the AIDC industry at conferences and seminars.
The Paul Bergé Collection consists of ten series: subject files, conference proceedings, standards & specifications, white papers, corporate publications, periodicals, books, video recordings, audio recordings, artifacts/equipment.
The series original order has been maintained where applicable and re-created in others to assist researchers more easily. Items housed in acidic or metal housings have been removed from these housings for preservation reasons and have been placed in acid free folders and containers. All metal fasteners have been removed and replaced in accordance with accepted archival standards of preservation.
The information contained within the collection provides researchers with a comprehensive look at the progression of the AIDC industry abroad (Europe) as well as at home in America. All of the series would be of great assistance to researchers, however, the artifacts/equipment series stand out as being of great value to researchers interested in scanning equipment and tags.
Series I: Subject Files, 1981-1997, 1.8 linear feet. The series contains material kept in an alphabetical subject file on various topics referred to or collected throughout the course of business.
Series II: Conference Proceedings, 1982-1998, 2.6 linear feet. The series contains conference proceedings from some of the industry's first conferences, including Scan-Tech Europe.
Series III: Standards & Specifications, 1981-1995, 2 linear inches. The series contains various standards used in the course of business.
Series IV: White Papers, 1982-1996, 3 linear inches. The series contains technical papers collected during the course of business and those distributed during conferences, seminars and workshops.
Series V: Corporate Publications, 1980-1993, 1.3 linear feet. The series contains various corporate publications created as in-house and out-house training and informational tools; the majority are from Symbol Technologies, Inc.
Series VI: Periodicals, 1988-1997, 4 linear inches. The series contains significant issues of major trade magazines collected over the years; the majority of the magazines deal with trade shows.
Series VII: Books, 1979-1993, 6 linear inches. The series contains trade and corporate published volumes on various bar coding topics.
Series VIII: Video Recordings, 1987-1990, 1 linear foot. The series contains video recordings of various AIDC related topics some of which are in the European PAL recording format. The recording are of use to researchers interested in early trade applications of AIDC technology.
Series IX: Audio Recordings, 1990, 1 Audio Cassette Recording Tape. The series contains a audio recording of a speech given by the Symbol Technologies founder and CEO. In addition, audio backups are included within this series.
Series X: Artifacts/Equipment, 1977-1986, 1.3 linear feet. The series contains artifacts, equipment and clothing related to the bar code industry, including an extensive collection of ID tags.
SERIES I: SUBJECT FILES
AECOC (Contents in Spanish), 1996
Corporate Brochures, N.D.
Hong Kong Article Numbering Association (HKANA), 1989-1996
QUAD II, N.D.
SERIES II: CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
1st Annual European IGC Bar Code Printing Conference, March 12-14,
Bar Code Marketing Conference, January 31-February 1, 1991
Scanning Technology '91 Expos & Seminars (sessions 1-3), 1991
Scan-Tech U.K. '88 (Book 2 & 4), 1988
Scan-Tech '90 (sessions 1-2c), October 2-4, 1990
Scan-Tech '92 (sessions 1a-4a), October 5-8, 1992
SERIES III: STANDARDS & SPECIFICATIONS
Floral Industry Bar Code Standard, April 1990
SERIES IV: WHITE PAPERS
Box 11 Continued
A White Paper on Two Dimensional Symbols, 1996
SERIES V: CORPORATE PUBLICATIONS
Series Note: Papers listed as being part of the Symbol Tech. Papers were contained as a single file within a three ring binder. No mention or notation has been made as to whether or not this was an actual publication issued to Symbol employees, although certain indication point towards this being the case.
Bar Code 101, Section 1-5 (Symbol Tech. Continuing Education Series),
Choosing and Using Bar Codes, 1992
Symbol Monograph Series, Monograph 1, 1989
SERIES VI: PERIODICALS
Series Note: Th e following series contains special editions or issues released by the publishers. They do not reflect the entirety of the publication runs.
Automatic ID News Europe, September 1992, Volume 1, No. 2
SERIES VII: BOOKS
Separation Note: The following titles comprise series of the Paul Berge` Collection. They have been removed from the collection and cataloged in accordance with general special collections policy. For further information on these titles and other related titles, please refer to the library's online catalog system.
Borger, John. Bar Coding for Control: Bar Code Basics. Milwaukee, WI: Industrial Control Group, 1989.
ID Systems. Auto ID in Manufacturing. Helmers Publishing, Inc.: New Hampshire. 1991
Jenkins, John. (Ed.) Machine Readable Labels in the Blood Transfusion Service: Proceedings of a Symposium Held on June 13th, 1979. Lancaster, England: MTP Press Limited, 1979.
Lunde, Ken. Understanding Japanese Information Processing. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1993.
SERIES VIII: VIDEO RECORDINGS
Series Note: Certain videotapes within this series are in the European
Video format, PAL. These productions may be viewed on NTSC format upon
request. As with all requests, please provide Special Collections staff
with a list of titles prior to visiting the archives. Also, all recording
are in the English language unless otherwise noted.
AMECOP. VHS format. N.D. Language: Spanish. Total Running Time: Unknown.
Australia Post Office: Bar Coded Container Tracking System. VHS format. Caulfield, Australia: Atlantis Video Productions, N.D. PAL recording format. Total Running Time: 10 Min. 4 Sec. (2 copies).
Auto ID in Action. VHS format. N.D. PAL recording format. Total Running Time: Unknown.
Auto ID Today: A Basic Introduction to Automatic Identification. Halifax, England: AIM Europe, N.D. PAL recording format. Total Running Time: Unknown.
Bar Codes. VHS format. VOLVO/ODETTE, N.D. PAL recording format. Total Running Time: 8 Min.
Bar Coding in Hospitals. VHS format. Philadelphia, PA: Hewlet Packard, 1987. Produced by: The American Hospital Association. Total Running Time: 33 Min.
Bars. VHS format. Panasonic, Corporation, 1988. PAL recording format. Total Running Time: 1 Min. 40 Sec.
EAN Odyssey. VHS Format. Brussels, Belgium: EAN International, 1989.
Produced by: Y-Tec Productions. Total Running Time: 14 Min. (2 copies).
The Magic Light. VHS format. Brussels, Belgium: Video Promotion, N.D. PAL recording format. Total Running Time: 10 Min.
Minding Your Business October. VHS format. New York, NY: Gramercy Broadcast Center, 1990. Total Running Time: 40 Min.
Scan Hungary '88. VHS format. Brussels, Belgium: Video Promotion, 1988. Language: English. PAL recording format. Total Running Time: 35 Min. (2 copies).
Symbol Corporate Video. (Repeater Dubs.)VHS format. Hicksville, NY: Industrial Communications Associates, Inc., 1989. Total Running Time: 60 Min.
Symbol Technologies News Video. VHS format. Bohemia, NY: Symbol Technologies, Inc., 1989. Total Running Time: 41 Min.
T. N. O LS 8000. VHS format. N.D. PAL recording format. Total Running Time: Unknown.
VICS Quick Response-EDI. VHS format. PAL recording format. N.D. Total Running Time: 28 Min.
SERIES IX: AUDIO RECORDING
Swartz, Jerry. Bar Code Data Capture in the 90's Speech. Audio Cassette. Original Air Date: June, 1990. Milan, Italy. Total Running Time: Original Master.
Swartz, Jerry. Bar Code Data Capture in the 90's Speech. Compact Disk. Original Air Date: June, 1990. Milan, Italy. Total Running Time: 1 Hour. Primary Master.
Swartz, Jerry. Bar Code Data Capture in the 90's Speech. Compact Disk. Original Air Date: June, 1990. Milan, Italy. Total Running Time: 1 Hour. Listening Copy.
SERIES X: ARTIFACTS/EQUIPMENT
Container Item Name: 3-in-1 Bar Code Calculator. Manufacturer: Computype, Inc. Date of Manufacture: 1986. Description: Double-sided, slide calculator with adhesive chart on reverse side, measuring 4 x 91/4 inches.
Container Item Name: Bar Code Ping-pong Ball. Manufacturer: Halex, Inc. Date of Manufacture: N.D. Description: 1 1/2 inch diameter, white plastic ball with the number '18' printed within a bull's eye bar code on all sides, and stamped "Made in England."
Container Item Name: Bar Code Wand. Manufacturer: The Plessey Company. Date of Manufacture: 1977. Description: Ergonomically designed, black polymer plastic wand with contractible tip and optical fiber cord, measuring 5 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/4 inches.
Container Item Name: LS 3000 Hand-held Scanner. Manufacturer: Symbol Technologies, Inc. Date of Manufacture: February 1993. Description: Clear, polymer plastic, hand-held Laser light scanner with 1.0mW Maximum power capacity and a Laser diode-680 nM Wavelength class II product.
Container Item Name: LS 9100 Stationary Scanner. Manufacturer: Symbol Technologies, Inc. Date of Manufacture: N.D. Description: Clear, polymer plastic, stationary base laser light scanner.
Item Name: AEDEX Bar Code Apron. Manufacturer: AEDEX Corporation. Date of Manufacture: N.D. Description: White cotton, chef's style apron stamped with a linear bar code on the front of the apron. Used as a publicity give away.
Box Note: The artifacts contained within this box were originally housed in plastic, zip lock bags, manilla folders and plastic folders. Items have been removed from these housing for preservation reasons. No original order existed at the time of processing so the items have been arranged alphabetically by name or company. The Bar Code Scrapbook folders were the only samples where original order was maintained. The samples were removed from a plastic sleeve binder which was out gassing at the time of processing. Page numbers have been assigned to individual pages and the original order maintained; the scrapbook was arranged by subject.