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History of the Museum

The Computer Museum of America was established in 1983 by Jim and Marie Petroff, founders of the San Diego Chapter of Independent Computer Consultants Association (ICCA).

While without a display space in its early years, through the efforts of a tireless band of volunteers the Museum continued to collect and preserve historic computer equipment, as well as display portions of its collection every year at the California Computer Expo (formerly the San Diego Computer Fair).

The Petroffs' generous underwriting during those early years allowed the Museum to obtain and maintain storage facilities throughout San Diego County as it accumulated one of the world's largest collections of historic computing equipment.

In 1992, Coleman College invited the Museum to exhibit a portion of its collection on the grounds of the school's La Mesa campus, beginning a fruitful partnership between the College and the Museum that culminated in the Coleman Foundation taking over operation of the Museum.


The award-winning museum is looking for a new home. A dedicated group of volunteers, advisors and the former director/curator have formed a new nonprofit organization under the banner of the San Diego Computer Museum. We look forward, with the help of our community and those who support our mission, to carrying on the important work of the Museum.

Equipment donations

Due to the overwhelming generosity of the community, we no longer have the room to accept donations of common computer-related equipment. However, we do still seek older (pre-1975) computer-related artifacts. Please call the Museum for more details.

Archives and Research

The Museum has a large collection of computer-related magazines, manuals, books and other related materials in its archive. It makes available these materials and information to students, authors, researchers and others for historical research.


Museum founders Jim and Marie Petroff.



2006 San Diego Computer Museum
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