THE GEIGER DATABASE
[TEXT UNDER DEVELOPMENT (5.9.2019)
Geiger adopted a software application called DataEase to develop his database. For the entirety of the time Geiger used the program he operated it in a DOS environment, even though his underlying operating system migrated to different versions of Microsoft Windows. The earliest surviving installation copy of the program (on 5-1/2 inch floppy disks) and documentation is version 4.2, dated 1989. There exist manuals showing upgrades to version 4.5.3 in 1993, and to versions 5.0 and 5.5.1 in September, 1999. In 2002, Geiger purchased DataEase for Windows versions 6.0 and 6.5.2, but the program could not automatically convert his many existing query procedures and introduced other obstacles, so he continued to use the final DOS version, whose last copyright date was 1998.
|There are two forms of the
Geiger database. The oldest version, titled JGDBFULL,
shows the most extensive development of structure.
Encompassing 62 tables with a total of ___records,
Database JGDBFULL contains entries concerning the study
Frank Lloyd Wright commissions, management of Taliesin
Fellows events and publication of the Journal of the
Taliesin Fellows, Geiger library contents, and
personal information such as art inventories and
contacts. When Geiger resigned as President of the
Taliesin Fellows, a copy of the database was given to
the Fellows organization as a basis for a mailing list
in 2000. Afterwards, Geiger deleted 31 Taliesin
Fellows-related tables from the five subsequent versions
of the database that he created. Use of Database
JGDBFULL appears to have finally ceased in 2001.
|Table List, Database JGDBFULL
|Table List, Database JGDB08
|Table List, Database JGDB09
|Table List, Database
|Table List, Database JGDB