As archivists in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky began to automate in the early 1980s, most found microcomputers much more to their liking than main-frame computer systems or book-oriented network systems. Few archivists in the region were using computers before microcomputers were developed in the mid-1970s. The smaller computers that were marketed during this period allowed users in the region to adapt programs easily to their individual needs at minimum cost. However, the limited capacities of the first microcomputers have pushed archivists, as they move into the 1980s, to buy larger microcomputers or small minicomputers.



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