Austin History Center

Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation Recruitment Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Texas. Governor's Office of Economic Development
Title: Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation Recruitment Records
Dates: 1982-1991
Abstract: Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) was a pioneering research consortium of technology companies located in Austin, TX. The pre- and post-site section materials in the collection document the Texas Governor's Office recruitment efforts to bring MCC to Austin, Texas. The collection also contains publicity materials, photographs, newspaper clippings, and research and development materials that document the activities of the corporation from 1983-1991.
Accession number: AR.1991.006
Quantity: 1.2 linear feet (4 document boxes and 1 artifacts box)
Location: Archives stacks, Artifacts
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) was a pioneering research consortium of technology companies located in Austin, TX. Created by the Department of Defense and the Justice Department in 1983, MCC was a response to Japan’s Fifth Generation Computer Systems project which was announced in 1982. The goal of MCC was to form a research and development consortium that would combine the resources of the leading high-tech U.S. companies to produce breakthrough technologies. Admiral Bobby Inman, former head of the National Security Agency under President Carter, was chosen to lead the effort.

In July 1983, Austin was selected as the home for MCC. Governor Mark White and San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros were considered influential and effective lobbyists for the project. The Austin incentive package to MCC included a subsidized lease at the Balcones Research Center, low-cost loans, and reduced mortgage rates for personnel moving to Austin. In addition, The University of Texas and Texas A&M agreed to substantially upgrade their computer science and electrical engineering departments.

During its peak in the mid-1980s, MCC employed almost 400 workers. In June of 2000, the MCC board voted to dissolve the consortium. At that time, it had fifty-eight employees. Formal papers seeking to dissolve MCC were filed in 2004.

Scope and Contents

The MCC records document the extensive site selection proposal process spearheaded by Texas Governor Mark White and the Governor's Office of Economic Development from 1982-1983. Research, impact analysis, fundraising efforts, correspondence, and a proposal book make up the majority of the collection. Related newspaper clippings are photocopied, the bulk of which are dated 1983. In addition, the collection holds photographs, press releases, publicity videos, informational booklets, as well as technical reports and physical artifacts from MCC’s QTAI Design Kit. The collections provides insight into the early efforts to promote Austin as a technology hub with the University of Texas, the State and the City of Austin working together to provide incentives to attract high technology firms.


The organization of the records within the original folders was largely maintained, but the processor created the overall arrangement.


Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Advance notice is required for any audiovisual materials that do not have an access copy already created. Turnaround time for requested access copies will be no less than one week and is determined by the number of items requested and their duration.

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
White, Mark, 1940-2017.
Inman, Bobby Ray, 1931-.
Wiedemann, Harden H.
Wilson, Meg.
Subjects (Organizations)
Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation.
Balcones Research Center.
Texas Economic Development Commission.
Texas. Office of the Governor.
Texas. Planning and Intergovernmental Relations.
Business enterprises--Texas--Austin.
Business and education--Texas--Austin.
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Knowledge economy--Texas--Austin.
Microelectronics industry.
Fifth generation computers.
Austin (Tex.)--Commerce.
Document Types
Administrative records.
Sound cassettes.
Videocassettes (VHS).

Related Material

General Collection

  • A 338.926 ST Gary Hutchinson Stewart, Large Corporations, the Research University, and Factors of Technology Transfer: The Austin, Texas Study. 1992
  • A 621.381 AU Austin Technology-based Industry Report. 1991.
  • A 621.381025 HI High Tech Austin. 1998.
  • 976.431 BU City in a Garden: Environmental Transformations and Racial Justice in Twentieth-century Austin, Texas. 2017.
  • 307.7609 TR Shadows of a Sunbelt City: The Environment, Racism, and the Knowledge Economy in Austin. 2016.

Austin Files

  • AF Subject - Computer Industry C6100
  • AF Subject - Electronics - MCC E1095(21)
  • AF Subject - University of Texas - Colleges and Departments - Computer Science U3515(18)
  • AF Subject - University of Texas - J.J. Pickle Research Campus - U3300
  • AF Biography - Bobby Ray Inman

Archives & Manuscripts


  • MCC - Austin Update (2 issues 1984-1985)

Other Repositories

  • Governor Mark White Records - Texas State Library and Archives
  • Bledsoe Papers - University of Texas Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Separated Material

Newspaper clippings were photocopied and then discarded.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Collection was transferred to the Austin History Center by a staff member of the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

Preferred Citation

MCC Records (AR.1991.006). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1990/038

Donation Date: 1990

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Whitaker, March 2019

Detailed Description of the Collection

Site Selection, 1982-1985

1 Proposal presentation (leather bound book), 1983
1 Texas proposal to MCC, 1983
2 Data and statistics, 1982-1983
3-4 Chicago MCC trip, 1983
5 MCC site visit, 1983
6 Follow-up, 1983
7 MCC relocation offers, 1983
Box Folder
2 1 State team lists and thank you notes, 1983
2 Impact analysis, 1983-1984
3 Impact analysis, 1984-1986
4 Fundraising, 1984-1985

Publicity/Press/Marketing, 1983-1991

Box Folder
2 5 Press information and press releases, 1983-1985
6 MCC press conference audio recording, 1983 May 18
1 sound cassette
7 Photographs and information packets, 1987-1991
4 MCC General Information Video, 1986, 1988
2 videocassettes (VHS)
Neil Spelce Profiles MCC, 1987 November
1 videocassettes (VHS)
"Losing the War with Japan" PBS Frontline, 1991 November 19
1 videocassettes (VHS)
Box Folder
2 8 Newspaper clippings, March-April 1983
Box Folder
3 1 Newspaper clippings, May 1-18, 1983
2 Newspaper clippings, May 19-30, 1983
3 Newspaper clippings, June-December, 1983
4 Newspaper clippings, 1984-1988, undated

Research and Development, 1983-1991

Box Folder
3 5 Fifth generation computing, 1983
6 C-Version Module Editor, User’s Manual, 2nd Edition, 1987
7 Technical reports, 1987-April 1988
Box Folder
4 1 Technical reports, May 1988- November 1988
2 Technical reports, 1989
3 Technical reports, 1990-1991
Location BoxItem
Artifacts 129/001-007 QTAI Design Kit, undated