AIDC 100 Archives – GS1 US, OCR-B Collection
Transparent direct silver halide photographic reproductions of the master character
2 linear ft.
AIDC 100 Archives Resource Center
"GS1 US, a not-for-profit member-driven organization, administers the U.P.C. and develops
worldwide standards and solutions for identification numbers, data carriers, electronic
commerce, and global data synchronization."
OCR-B is a set of monospace font developed in 1968 by Adrian Frutiger for Monotype
by following the European Computer Manufacturer's Association standard. Its function
was to facilitate the optical character recognition operations by specific electronic
devices. It was accepted as world standard in 1973 and follows the ISO 1073/II-1976
(E), refined in 1979 ("letterpress" design).
The collection was donated by Frank Sharkey in 2006.
Extent, Scope, and Content Note
The collection is comprised of transparent direct silver halide photographic reproductions
of the master character drawings that are held in repository at the National Bureau
of Standards (NBS), U.S. Department of Commerce.
These "Standard Reference Materials" are exact copies of the centerline drawings that
uniquely define each printed character shape and size used in constant stroke with
Style B Optical Character Recognition (OCR-B) applications.
Arrangement and Processing Note
The collection was re-processed in October 2016. Original order was maintained. Items
were rehoused in archival boxes.
Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.
Permissions and Rights
Physical ownership: Stony Brook University Libraries.
Rights: Stony Brook University Libraries' consent as the physical owner of the materials
accessed does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It
is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives
materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain
permission where needed prior to an distribution or publication.
[Item], [Box], AIDC 100 Archives: GS1 US, OCR-B Collection, Special Collections, Stony
Brook University Libraries.
1. letter, from J. Paul Cali, Chief, Office of Standard Reference Materials, U.S.
Department of Commerce, March 1, 1976 (3pp.)
2. Reference Drawing NR. 1-10, 13, 15, 24, 29-30, 34, 36, 64, 79-80, 92; Size III
3. Reference Drawing NR. 1-116, 188; Size I
1. Reference Drawing NR. 1-90, 93-116, 118; Size I (letterpress)