Lot #316
Atari Employee Handbook and Inter-Office Material from the collection of David Sherman

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Estimate: $600+


Rare Atari, Inc. ‘corporate bundle’ given to hardware designer David Sherman during the late 1970s and early 1980s, which contains:

An Atari Employee’s Handbook from 1976, 13 pages, 7 x 8.5, which includes the following sections: Goals (featuring a facsimile signature of Atari founded Nolan Bushnell), Benefits, Industrial Accidents, Leave of Absence, Employment Status, Pay Procedures, Other Services and Programs, Safety, and Company Rules and Regulations. Stapled to the inside of the front cover is a typed Atari personnel memo from February 26, 1976, related to the ‘New Sick Leave Policy.’ The interior bears a few handwritten notations.

A color glossy 8.5 x 11 bi-fold recruiting pamphlet from Atari’s ‘Coin-Operated Games Division,’ with header reading: “The Future Is Here.”

A March 1977 seven-page inter-office memo packet containing the “newly revised phone directory,” and a company organizational chart for “Coin-Op Electronics Engineering," with proposed bonus distributions, which lists Sherman with the “New Pinball Electronics” team; this was Sherman’s first job, where he made cabinets immune from players who tried to get free money from the machines.

A later Atari employee organizational chart and phone list for ‘Coin-Op Engineering’ from August 1978, which contains the names of notable video game figures like Eugene Jarvis, Ed Logg, Owen Rubin, and more. In overall fine condition.

From the Collection of David Sherman

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Science and Technology
  • Dates: #650 - Ended December 15, 2022