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AIDC 100 Archive – GS1 US, OCR-B Collection

Collection Number
SC 434


The collection was donated by Frank Sharkey in 2006. 

Extent, Scope, and Content Note 
The collection is comprised of 2 linear ft. of transparent, direct silver halide photographic reproductions of the master character drawings created in 1976 maintained at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), United States 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 have been rehoused in archival boxes. 
Finding aid revised and updated in April 2019 by Kristen J. Nyitray.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection 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 publication.  

[Item], [Box], GS1 US, OCR-B Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
GS1 US , a member of   GS1 , is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. GS1 Standards are the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world.  

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).

Special Note 1: This collection has been digitized and can be accessed at:

Automatic identification and data capture
Bar coding.
Bar coding -- Equipment and supplies.
System identification.  
Automatic data collection systems.


Box 1
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

Box 2
1. Reference Drawing NR. 1-90, 93-116, 118; Size I (letterpress)