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When was UNIVAC I installed at the U.S. Census Bureau?

A contract for UNIVAC I was signed on March 31, 1951, and a dedication ceremony for the new computer was held in June of that year.

1908 tabulator and employee
A Census Bureau employee using a Hollerith tabulator in 1908 (above) would have been able to compete with UNIVAC I's processing
speed 43 years later.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: March 31, 2015