Computer Oral History Collection


Computer Oral History Collection

1969-1973, 1977

The Computer Oral History Collection (1969-1973, 1977), was a cooperative project of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) and the Smithsonian Institution. This project began in 1967 with the main objective to collect, document, house, and make available for research source material surrounding the development of the computer.

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Yowell, E.C. R. (person)

Youtz, Pat (person)

Wrench, John W. R. (person)

Woodger, Michael (person)

Woodbury, William R. (person)

Woo, Way Dong (person)

Wolfe, Philip (person)

Wizenbaum, Joe (person)

Williams, Charles (person)

Wilkinson, James H. R. (person)

Wilkes, Maurice R. (person)

Wild, Arthur (person)

Wieser, C. Robert (person)

Wiener, Robert (person)

Whirlwind Discussion. (corporateBody)

Wheeler, R.J. (person)

Wegstein, Joseph Henry (person)

Wagner, Frank (person)

von Hippel, Arthur (person)

TV Program KQED. (corporateBody)

Torfeh, Mark (person)

Todd, John (person)

Toben, Gregory (person)

Taylor, Norman (person)

Tanaka, David (person)

Strong, Jack (person)

Steele, Floyd G. R. (person)

Smagorinsky, Joseph (person)

Slutz, Ralph R. (person)

Skramstad, Harold R. (person)

Skillman, Sherwood R. (person)

SIAM-72. (corporateBody)

SIAM/SIGNUM Meeting. (corporateBody)

SHARE XXXVIII. (corporateBody)

Schuette, Roger (person)

Sarkissian, Harold (person)

Salzer, John M. (person)

Rubinoff, Morris R. (person)

Rosenthal, Paul R. (person)

Rosenberg, Milton (person)

Rogers, Stanley (person)

Rogers, Jim (person)

Reed, Irving S. (person)

Ream, Norman (person)

Rabinow, Jacob, 1910- (person)

Quady, Emmett (person)

Postley, John A. R. (person)

Pollmyer, R. (person)

Polachek, Harry (person)

Pickrell, D. (person)

Phelps, Byron R. (person)

Patrick, Robert (person)

Parker, R.D. (person)

Palevsky, Max (person)

Northrop, John (person)

Neovius, G. (person)

Nelson, Eldred (person)

Neisius, Vincent (person)

Mumford, Louis (person)

Morton, Paul (person)

Morse, Philip B. (person)

Mock, Owen (person)

MITRE Meeting. (corporateBody)

Mitchell, Joel (person)

MIT Club Talks (Brown & Wiener). (corporateBody)

Miller, Frederick G. (person)

Michel, J.G.L. R. (person)

Menzel, Donald H. (person)

Mendelson, Jerry (person)

McPherson, John C. (person)

Mauchly, John R. (person)

Mason, Daniel R. (person)

Martin, Richard R. (person)

Madden, Don R. (person)

Lowe, John (person)

Lovell, Clarence A. (person)

Legvold, Sam (person)

Larson, Harry (person)

Lanzarotta, Sandy R. (person)

Korn, Irving (person)

Kirsch, Russell (person)

King, Paul (person)

Kilpatrick, Lester (person)

Killian, James (person)

Kaufold, Leroy R. (person)

Kates, Josef (person)

Juncosa, Mario (person)

Israel, David R. (person)

Hurd, Cuthbert R. (person)

Howard, Bernard (person)

Horwitz, Bernhard R. (person)

Horner, Joseph (person)

Horn, Robert J. (person)

Holbrook, Bernard (person)

Holberton, Betty (person)

Hertz, Ted (person)

Herold, Henry (person)

Herget, Paul (person)

Hazen, Dean Harold (person)

Harvey, Samuel (person)

Harmon, Leon (person)

Hall, W. (person)

Hagen, Glenn E. (person)

Gunning, William (person)

Greenwarld, Sidney (person)

Greenwald, Irwin (person)

Granholm, Jackson (person)

Goteib, C.C. (person)

Good, I.J. (person)

Goheen, Harry E. (person)

Glazer? T. (person)

Givens, Wallace (person)

Geisler, Murray (person)

Garrison, Ken (person)

Frankel, Stanley (person)

Forrest, Cameron B. (person)

Forbes, George (person)

Fenaughty, Alfred L. (person)

Feign, David (person)

Farrand, William R. (person)

Everett, Robert (person)

Elkins, Harold (person)

Elbourn, Robert (person)

Edwards, Walt (person)

Eddy, Robert Philip (person)

Eckdahl, Donald (person)

Downey, William (person)

Dotts, Richard D. (person)

Dodd, Stephen (person)

Dimsdale, Bernard (person)

Dietzhold, Robert (person)

Dickinson, Arthur H. (person)

Desch, Joseph (person)

Dederick, [Louis?] S. (person)

Curtiss, John H. (person)

Crawford, Perry O. (person)

Couret, Lynn (person)

COT Meeting. (corporateBody)

Coombs, John (person)

Computer History Forum. (corporateBody)

Coleman, [Ichel?] (person)

Cohen, I. Bernhard (person)

CODASYL Meeting. (corporateBody)

Clippinger, Richard F. (person)

Clem, Mary (person)

Cass, James (person)

Cannon, Edward (person)

Canning, R.G. (person)

Campbell, Robert V. (person)

Campaigne, Howard (person)

Burns, Robert (person)

Buchholz, Werner (person)

Brown, Gordon S. (person)

Brown, George W. (person)

Bradburn, James (person)

Blanch, Gertrude (person)

Beek, Allan (person)

Bauer, William (person)

Auerbach, Issac (person)

Atchison, William (person)

Andrews, Ernest G. (person)

Alt, Franz (person)

Alrich, John (person)

Allard, Gerry (person)

Aiken, Howard (person)

Adams, Charles (person)

Acton, Forman (person)

Zuse, Konrad (person)

German computer scientist and calculator inventor. From the description of Oral history interview with Konrad Zuse, 1975. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63276452 ...

American federation of information processing societies (corporateBody)

The American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) was established on May 10, 1961 to advance and disseminate knowledge in the field of information science, and to represent member societies on an international level. The federation was an outgrowth of the National Joint Computer Committee, which was established in 1951 to sponsor the Joint Computer Conferences. One of the main contributions of AFIPS was its sponsorship of the Joint Computer Conference, renamed the National Comp...

Argonne National Laboratories. (corporateBody)

Armer, Paul. (person)

Head of the Computer Science Dept. of RAND Corporation and later computer industry analyst. From the description of Oral history interview with Paul Armer, 1973 Apr. 16. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63306975 Paul Armer (1924-), an employee of the Rand Corporation, was a pioneer in computer development on the West Coast in the 1950s and 1960s. He was an officer of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for Computing Machines (ACM) in the 195...

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (corporateBody)

Atanasoff, John V. (John Vincent) (person)

Inventor of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer. From the description of Oral history interview with John V. Atanasoff, 1985 March 19. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685206 Inventor of the first electronic digital computer. J.V. Atanasoff was born in Hamilton, New York in 1903, and graduated from the University of Florida in 1925 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He began graduate studies in mathematics at Iowa State College in 1925....

Bartik, Jean (person)

Bernstein, Mort. (person)

Bigelow, Julian Himely, 1913- (person)

A pioneer in the field of computer design, Bigelow was involved with Princeton University's Institute for Advanced Study's Electronic Computer Project. From the description of Institute for Advanced Study Electronic Computer Project Drawings, 1949-1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154305924 ...

Bloch, Richard M. (Richard Milton) (person)

Computer industry executive. From the description of Oral history interview with Richard M. Bloch, 1984 Feb. 22. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63282980 ...

Brainerd, John G. (John Grist), 1904-1988 (person)

There are two epochs in the history of computing: before the completion of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (known as the ENIAC), and after. While there are several controversies about the development of the ENIAC and its immediate successors, there is nearly universal agreement on three points: the ENIAC was the watershed project which convinced the world that electronic computing was not merely possible, but practicable; it was a masterpiece of electrical engineeri...

Eckert, J. Presper (John Presper), 1919-1995 (person)

Moore School of Electrical Engineering personnel in the 1940s. From the description of Oral history interview with J. Presper Eckert, Kathleen Mauchly, James McNulty, and William Cleaver, 1980 Jan. 23. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63297207 Co-designer of the ENIAC, EDVAC, BINAC, and UNIVAC computers. From the description of Oral history interview with J. Presper Eckert, 1975. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record i...

Estrin, Gerald (person)

Joint Computer Conference (corporateBody)

Fein, Louis (person)

Computer science professor. From the description of Oral history interview with Louis Fein, 1979 May 9. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63282972 ...

Forrester, Jay W. (person)

The development of Whirlwind I, one of the first large-scale high-speed computers, began during World War II as part of a research project to develop a universal flight trainer that would simulate flight (the Aircraft Stability and Control Analyzer project). It was initiated by the Office of Naval Research and began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Servomechanisms Laboratory in 1944. Eventually the focus of the grant, a flight simulator (using an analog computer), change...

Gill, Stanley, 1926- (person)

Born, 1926; educated, Worthing High School, 1935-1943; St John's College, Cambridge, 1943-1945, 1948-1949; Assistant Experimental Officer, National Physics Laboratory, 1946-1948; Research student, University Mathematical Laboratory, Cambridge, 1949-1953; Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, 1952-1955; Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, USA; Computer Department of Ferranti Ltd, 1955-1964; part-time Professor of Automatic Data Processing, University of Manchester and ICT Ltd,...

Griswold, Ralph E., 1934-2006 (person)

Computer scientist and president of The Bright Forest Company, respectively. From the description of Ralph and Madge Griswold Papers, 1950-1993. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62423386 From the description of Oral history interview with Ralph E. and Madge T. Griswold, 1993 Sept. 29. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63278243 Computer scientists. From the description of Oral history interview with Ral...

Grosch, Herbert R. J. (person)

Gruenberger, Fred, 1918-1998 (person)

Halstead, Maurice H. (Maurice Howard), 1918- (person)

Hopper, Grace Murray, 1906-1992 (person)

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first linkers. Hopper was the first to devise the theory of machine-independent programming languages, and the FLOW-MATIC programming language she created using this theory was later extended to create COBOL, an early high-l...

Householder, Alston Scott, 1904- (person)

Huskey, Harry D. (person)

Computer scientist and mathematician. From the description of Oral history interview with Harry D. Huskey, ca. 1976. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63295599 ...

Kreuder, Norman L. (person)

Development engineer at ElectroData. From the description of Norman L. Kreuder papers, 1956-1962. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402751 ...

Marden, Ethel C. (person)

Computer programmer. From the description of Oral history interview with Ethel C. Marden, 1983 Oct. 20. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63282469 ...

Metropolis, N. (Nicholas), 1915- (person)

First director of computing services at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. From the description of Oral history interview with Nicholas Metropolis, 1987 May 29. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63276390 ...

Mills, Roger (person)

Phister, Montgomery, 1926-.... (person)

Rajchman, Jan A. (Jan Aleksander), 1911- (person)

Rees, Mina Spiegel, 1902- (person)

Rhodes, Ida, 1900-1986. (person)

Rice, Rex (person)

Rochester, Nathaniel (person)

Electrical engineer and computer designer. Born 1919; died 2001. From the description of Nathaniel Rochester papers, 1935-1999 (bulk 1943-1977). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984533 ...

Samuel, Arthur L (person)

Serrell, Robert, (person)

Computer system designer for Educational Testing Service (ETS). From the description of Oral history interview with Robert Serrell, 1982 Apr. 5. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63295532 ...

Smith, Charles V.L. (person)

Snyder, Samuel S., 1911- (person)

Snyder was Assistant Director of Launch Operations. From the description of Agena Management Agreement : cover letter to K.N. Debus, Director of NASA Launch Operations Directorate, Marshall Space Flight Center, 1960 Nov 18. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733096867 ...

Sprague, Richard E. (person)

Stibitz, George R. (George Robert), 1904-1995 (person)

Stibitz was born in York, Pa. in 1904. He received his Ph.D from Denison University and his M.S. from Union College. Completing his post-graduate studies at Cornell University, he received his Ph.D in Mathematical Physics in 1930. He worked as a Research Mathematician at Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1930-1941. While at Bell, he began to experiment with an "automated calculator" and the "Complex Computer". During World War II he worked as a Technical Aid in Section 7 of the National ...

Olga Taussky-Todd (person)

Tomash, Erwin (person)

Founder and president of Dataproducts Corporation. From the description of Oral history interview with Erwin Tomash, 1973 Mar. 14, 1973 Apr. 5. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63288484 Erwin Tomash founded Data Products Corporation in 1962. The firm's name changed to Dataproducts Corporation in 1974. From the description of Erwin Tomash Collection of Dataproducts Corporation Records 1962-1982. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). Wo...

Travis, Irven A., 1904- (person)

Dr. Irven Travis was the Director of Research at the Philadelphia branch at Burroughs, and later at the Paoli Research Center in Paoli, Pennsylvania. From the guide to the Burroughs Corporation records. Irven Travis papers, 1948-1968, (University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]) Director of Research at Burrough's Paoli Research Center. From the description of Irven A. Travis Papers, 1948-1968. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). World...

Uncapher, Keith W. (person)

Computer scientist. From the description of Keith W. Uncapher papers, 1964-1975. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489008 From the description of Oral history interview with Keith W. Uncapher, 1989 July 10. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63288518 ...

Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957 (person)

John (Johann) Louis von Neumann (1903-1957) was born in Budapest and showed early signs of being a child prodigy. He entered the University of Budapest in 1921, but also attended the University of Berlin and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology before obtaining a degree in chemical engineering in 1925. He earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Budapest in 1927. After graduation, he worked at the University of Berlin before becoming a visiting professor to Princeton from ...

Wang, An, 1920-1990 (person)

Ware, Willis H. (person)

Ware was a member of the research staff of the Institute for Advanced Study (1946-1951), and later joined the corporate research staff of the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, CA. He was interested in the effect of computers on privacy, and served as chairman of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Automated Personal Data Systems for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (1972-1973), as well as vice chairman of the Privacy Protection Study Commission (1975-1977). Created by the Priva...

Wieselman, Irving L. (person)

Computer printer technology expert. From the description of Irving L. Wieselman papers, 1950-1991. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62684917 ...

Wood, Ben D. (Ben DeKalbe), 1894-1986 (person)

American educator; director, Educational Records Bureau, 1933-1965. From the description of Benjamin de Kalbe Wood interview transcripts, 1977-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754872063 Educator, author. From the description of Reminiscences of Benjamin DeKalbe Wood : oral history, 1967. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122481233 Biographical/Historical Note Ameri...

Zemanek, Heinz (person)

Austrian computer scientist. From the description of Oral history interview with Heinz Zemanek, 1987 Feb. 14, 1987 Feb 16. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63288478 ...