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Bar codes, smart cards, radio frequency identification (RFID), biometrics, and magnetic stripe are technologies that encompass the rapidly evolving science and industry of Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC). This field of high technology uses the latest advances in scanning and computer processes to capture information quickly and accurately in an automated manner. AIDC technology is ubiquitous, from driver's licenses to credit cards, and it is revolutionizing the way we live.

But who is recording the history and documenting the work of the scientists, businesses, and organizations that are developing these technologies? That was the concern of George and Teddy Goldberg when they approached Stony Brook University in the late 1990s about establishing an archive. As pioneers in the field of AIDC and publishers ofSCAN Newsletter, the industry's first trade publication, the couple wanted to ensure that the past and the future of AIDC would be documented and preserved.

Stony Brook University Libraries understood the need to collect, catalog, and make this unique history accessible and entered into a partnership with AIDC 100, a nonprofit organization comprised of the top 100 automatic information and data capture professionals. In 2000, Special Collections established an archive of record for Automatic Identification and Data Capture and is one of only a few institutions in the United States that is actively acquiring materials pertaining to this field.

The AIDC 100 Archives now provides the university community and the public with a comprehensive record of the history and current state of AIDC. The collection is comprised of the personal papers of leaders in the industry, trade publications, journals, books, and artifacts. All formats, including print, microform, audio, visual, and digital, are accepted into the archive. Engineers, computer scientists, and visiting scholars have consulted the documents located within the personal papers of George Goldberg, Richard Meyers, Allan Gilligan, and Paul Bergé. 

The AIDC 100 has established an endowment fund for the support of the archive. Membership in the AIDC 100 is by invitation-only; its primary goal is to facilitate the business community's knowledge and understanding of AIDC technologies.

In 2006, Special Collections digitized and published the electronic versions of the national and international editions of SCAN Newsletter, founded in 1977 by George and Teddy Goldberg. Detailed finding aids and related resources can be accessed from this website, which provides researchers with comprehensive information about the collections at Stony Brook University.


The AIDC 100 Archives at Stony Brook University identifies, acquires, preserves and makes available to the public, industry members, educators, and students a comprehensive and diverse library of materials that documents the AIDC (automatic identification and data capture) industry.

Click here to browse all archival collections.

Visit the website for the project
Browse and search issues of SCAN Newsletter and SCAN International Edition

"The History of Automatic Identification," augmented and edited by David Allais, August 2015.

A historical, retrospective exhibition of AIDC History.



In 1998, Gabriele A. Edgell donated funds in memory of her late husband, Douglas Edgell, President and Founder of Edgell Communications, one of the industry’s largest business-to-business publishers.

The Douglas Edgell Reading Room currently houses: periodicals, books, audio/visual material; corporate publications; trade association publications; and exhibit cases.

Click here to visit the organization's official website.


Agere Systems

Avnet, Inc.


Brady Corporation

Bull Run (DataSouth)


3Com Corporation

Cisco Systems, Inc.

CSP Inc.



Lockheed Martin Corporation


Motorola, Inc.

NeoMedia Technologies Inc.



Proxim, Inc.

PSC Inc.

Robotic Vision Systems Inc.



Symbol Technologies, Inc.



Zebra Technologies


Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Auto-ID Laboratory

Ohio University: Center for Automatic Identification

Purdue University: Biometric Standards, Performance, and Assurance Laboratory

Stony Brook University: Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology

(last updated November 2013)

Advanced Medical Technology Association
1200 G Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20005-3814

Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute
4301 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 425
Arlington, VA 22203

Air Transport Association of America, Inc.
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20004-1707

The Aluminum Association
900 19th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20006

American Association of Port Authorities
1010 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3589

American Bankers Association
1120 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

American Bar Association
Service Center
541 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611

American Forest & Paper Association
1111 19th St., NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

American Gas Association
400 N. Capitol Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

American Hardware Manufacturers Association
801 North Plaza Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4977

American Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601-5800

American Hospital Association
One North Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606-3421

American Iron & Steel Institute
1101 17th Street, NW, Suite 1300
Washington, D.C. 20036

American Medical Informatics Association
4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 401
Bethesda, MD 20814

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
11 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

American Petroleum Institute
1220 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005-4070

American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
5301 Shawnee Road
Alexandria, VA 22312-2317

American Society for Industrial Security
1625 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2818

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
100 Barr Harbor Drive
West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959

AIM, Inc.
634 Alpha Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15238 USA

Association of American Railroads
50 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-1564

ARMA International
13725 West 109th Street
Suite 101
Lexena, KS 66215

Association of American Warehouse Control Officials
Illinois Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 19281
Springfield, IL 62794-9281

Association for Information Technology Professionals
315 South Northwest Highway, Suite 200
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4278

1200 G Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005

Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
26200 Lasher Road, Suite 200
Southfield, MI 48034-7100

Book Industry Study Group Inc. (BISG)
750 Route 34, Suite 1
Matawan, NJ 07747

Computing Technology Industry Association
1815 S. Meyers Road, Suite 300
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181-5228

Consumer Products Manufacturers Association

Crop Life America
1156 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005

Data Interchange Standards Association
333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314-5743

Document Management Industries Association
433 East Monroe Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association
245 Riverchase Parkway East, Suite O
Birmingham, AL 35244

Electronic Commerce Council of Canada
GS 1 Canada
885 Don Mills Road, Suite 301
Toronto, ON M3C 1V9

Express Carriers Association
P.O. BOX 4307
Bethlehem, PA 18018-0307

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA)
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107-6302 USA

Fluid Power Distributors Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 1420
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0054

Food Marketing Institute
655 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Healthcare Distribution Management Association
1821 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 400
Reston, VA 20190-5348

Health Industry Distributors Association
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 520
Alexandria, VA 22314-1591

Health Industry Bar Communicatoins Council (HIBCC)
2525 E. Arizona Biltmore Circle, Suite 127
Phoenix, AZ 85016

The Hoisery Association
3623 Latrobe Drive, Suite 130
Charlotte, NC 28211

Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealers Association
301 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA. 22314

Information Systems Security Association
7044 S. 13th Street
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Information Technology Industry Council
1250 Eye Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20005

Institute of Industrial Engineers
25 Technology Park
Norcross, GA 30092

Integrated Business Communications Alliance
139 East Oakland Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901

International Foodservice Distributors Association
1410 Spring Hill Road, Suite #210
McLean, VA 22102

International Safety Equipment Association
1901 N. Moore Street, Suite 808
Arlington, VA 22209

The International Society of Logistics
8100 Professional Place, Suite 211
Hyattsville, MD 20785

121 Chanlon Road
New Providence, NJ 07974

MESA International
303 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Metals Service Center Institute
8550 Bryn Mawr, Suite 550
Chicago, IL 60631

National Association of Electrical Distributors
1100 Corporate Square Drive, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63132

National Association General Merchandise Representatives
401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-4267

National Association of Manufacturers
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-1790

National Association of Sign Supply Distributors
5024-R Campbell Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21236

4216 King Street West
Alexandria, VA 22302

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
1300 North 17th Street, Suite 1847
Rosslyn, Virginia 22209

National Industrial Transportation League
1700 N. Moore Street, Suite 1900
Arlington, VA 22209-1904

National Retail Federation
325 7th Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20004

NASGW National Headquarters
400 East Randolph, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601-7329

National Sporting Goods Association
1601 Feehanville Drive, Suite 300
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056-6035

Organization for Data Exchange by Tele Transmission in Europe (ODETTE)
Odette International Ltd.
Forbes House
Halkin Street
London SW1X7DS

Petroleum Equipment Institute
P.O. Box 2380
Tulsa, OK 74101-2380

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
1100 Fifteenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Power Transmission Distributors Association
250 South Wacker Drive, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60606-5840

Precision Machined Products Association
6700 West Snowville Road
Brecksville, Ohio 44141

Robotic Industries Association
900 Victors Way, P.O. Box 3724
Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Society of Manufacturing Engineers
International Headquarters
One SME Drive
Dearborn, MI 48121

Uniform Code Council, Inc.
7887 Washington Village Drive
Suite 300
Dayton, OH 45459

Marketing Department
Regular Mail Services Division
U.S. Postal Service HQ
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Room 5541
Washington, D.C. 20260-6336

Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange
12020 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 100
Reston,VA. 20191


September 2005

Truth in Technologies 2005: Supply Chain RFID
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2005, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Student Activities Center, Ballrooms A & B, at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

The AIDC 100, Stony Brook University Libraries and the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology will host the 2nd annual "Truth in Technologies" conference on October 27, 2005 (8:30 am - 5:30 pm) in the Student Activities Center (SAC) to provide a clear vision of the issues arising among the technologies of RFID (radio frequency identification) and Supply Chain systems. This international event will include speakers from the "user" community who will clarify the issues dictating the implementation of RFID. The forum will provide understanding about the broad-scale use of RFID in the supply chain. Topics to be addressed will include: where RFID fits; the challenges of making RFID work; and what it takes to use RFID. Attendees will include companies that define, design, develop and deploy RFID-based systems.

Registration: Free to Stony Brook students and faculty (excludes lunch). Space is limited.
Deadline: September 30, 2005

December 9, 2004

The AIDC 100 Archives is pleased and honored to announce the opening to the public of three of its newest acquisitions; the Richard B. Meyers Collection, the Advanstar Communications, Inc. Collection and the Center for AutoID at Ohio University Collection. The collections each present a unique outlook on the AIDC industry and are welcomed additions to the AIDC 100 Archives and Library. The collections will be open to researchers starting in January 1st of 2005. A link to the full finding aid and associated information on each collection may be found under the individual collection links through the AIDC 100 Collections page of this web site.

April 1, 2003

The AIDC 100 Archives is pleased to announce that the processing of the Allan Gilligan Collection, MC 338 has been completed and the collection will be open to researchers starting in the Spring of 2003. A link to the full finding aid is available under the AIDC 100 Collections page of this web site.

March 12, 2003

The AIDC 100 and Stony Brook University Library are proud to announce their participation in 2nd Annual Long Island Technology Hall of Fame Event and Gala which was held at the Wyndham Wind Watch Hotel on Long Island on March 12, 2003. The event and gala consisted of technology seessions during the day and a special banguet hosted over 500 invitees with more attending the technology sessions during the day. For more information on the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame visit

January 1, 2003

The AIDC 100 Archives is very pleased to announce that the Center for AUTOID at Ohio University graciously donated 17 cubic feet of documments, conference proceedings, trade publications and additional assorted material for inclusion in the archive's library holdings which are located within the Douglas Edgell Reading Room. For more information on the Center for AUTOID at Ohio University see the Educational Institutions section of this web site.

November 22, 2002

The AIDC 100 Archives is honored to announce that it has recently acquired the papers of Mr. Richard Meyers, President of Delta Services. One of the most sought after lecturers on the topic of Bar Coding and Automatic Identification technologies, Mr. Meyers has over 30 years experience in the AIDC industry. The majority of his career, 25 years, was spent at NCR where he held various positions, ranging from Systems Analyst to Marketing Director. In addition to his consulting work, Mr. Meyers is also a noted author. His "Ten Commandments of Bar Coding" is required reading for all interested in bar code technology. The collection is expected to open to researchers sometime in the year 2003.

October 23, 2002

The AIDC 100 Archives is pleased to announce that Gabriele Edgell, President of Edgell Communications, Inc. of Randolph, NJ has made another gift to the AIDC 100 Archive. This second donation (the first of which helped establish the archive) consists of back issues of the publications Consumer Goods Technology, Retail Info System News and Retail System Reseller. To supplement the library's holdings in the future, Mrs. Edgell has also kindly provided the library with free subscriptions to the above listed publications.

October 22, 2002

The AIDC 100 Archive is proud to acknowledge receipt of the published writings of Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Dr. Theodosios Pavlidis, of the Computer Science Department, Stony Brook University. The donation containing various publications written by Dr. Pavlidis, Jerome Swartz and Ynjiun P. Wang on bar code and information theory are a welcomed addition to the growing publications list.

September 16, 2002

The AIDC 100 Archives has recently acquired the papers (22 cubic feet) of Mr. Benjamin Nelson, noted author, educator and bar code industry spokesman. Mr. Nelson was active within the bar coding industry for over four decades and is best known for his work as an educator. He was the 1985 Dilling Award winner, the industry's highest award, for his efforts to introduce bar coding at the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. The AIDC 100 Archive would like to thank Mrs. Eunice Nelson, her daughter Leslie and son Doug for their kind donation of Mr. Nelson's papers to the AIDC 100 Archive at Stony Brook. The collection is expected to be open to researchers by the spring of 2003.

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