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Academic Computer Center Records, 1970-1998 (Bulk: 1972-1985)
1 archives box, 1 records storage box (1.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Newsletters, manuals, grant proposals, minutes, correspondence and other documents related to the operations of the Amherst College Academic Computer Center, under the direction of Betty Romer. Includes files on the planning, design and construction of the Seeley-Mudd Building, 1980-1984, which has housed many of the offices of the department of Information Technology.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Access to portions of the records, as indicated in this finding aid, is restricted to the office of origin for a period of 50 years.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the records should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Historical Note

The Academic Computer Center (later known as Academic Computing under the department of Information Technology) served the computational needs of faculty and students of Amherst College to support teaching and research. In 1977 it was located in Converse Hall under the direction of Paul J. Plourde, with Betty Steele acting as Academic Coordinator. Its operations were led by these administrators under the guidance of a Faculty Computer Committee, which in 1977 consisted of Peter Czap, Stephen George, Robert Grose, Charles Staelin and Alan Waggoner. The Center was staffed completely by student supervisors during its operating hours. These students were qualified to consult with users, write programs and maintain the operation of the system. The academic computer in use in 1977 was an IBM 1130 (16K), with a card reader, printer, plotter and two disk drives. Programming languages supported at that time were FORTRAN IV and 1130 Assembler. Faculty and students could also do timesharing with the CYPBER 74 mainframe computer located at the University of Massachusetts, connecting through a number of terminals on the Amherst campus. The college acquired a Digital VAX 11/780 computer in 1979. From that point on, academic computing at Amherst, as elsewhere, increasingly expanded into the curriculum of the college. The Academic Computer Center moved to the Seeley Mudd building in 1984.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Newsletters, manuals, grant proposals, minutes, correspondence and other documents related to the operations of the Amherst College Academic Computer Center, under the direction of Betty Romer. Includes files on the planning, design and construction of the Seeley-Mudd Building, 1980-1984, which housed many of the offices of the department of Information Technology.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Access to portions of the records, as indicated in this finding aid, is restricted to the office of origin for a period of 50 years.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the records should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: [Identification of item], in Amherst College Academic Computer Center Records [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Transferred to Archives and Special Collections, September 2012.

Processing Information

Prodessed 2012 Sep by Peter A. Nelson


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English

Contents List
SERIES 1: Newsletters,
1977-1999


Newsletters
1977, 1980-1994

Box 1
Academic Computer Center Bulletin
1984-1987

Box 1
Information Technology Newsletters
1998-1999

Box 1
SERIES 2: Manuals



Introduction to APL
1970

Box 1
Anybody's Guide to Runoff
1981 Sep

Box 1
Graphics on the VAX
1982 Jan

Box 1
Introduction to EDT (VAX editor)
1983 Sep

Box 1
Introduction to FinalWord on the IBM PC Version
1984 Sep

Box 1
Introduction to FinalWord on the IBM PC/XT Version, Revision
1985 Jun

Box 1
Miscellaneous handouts
n.d.

Box 1
SERIES 3: Seeley-Mudd Building Project



Seeley-Mudd Building Project (3 folders)
1980-1984

Box 1
SERIES 4: Grant Proposals,
1982-1987


Computing Literacy in Sciences
1980 Jul

Box 1
IBM Computing Literacy
1981 Aug

Box 1
VAX - Digital Equipment Corporation
1982 Oct

Box 1
VAX - Digital Equipment Corporation
1987 Jan

Box 1
SERIES 5: Faculty Computer Committee,
1978-1982


Minutes, reports, etc. (2 folders)
1978-1982

Box 1
SERIES 6: General Administrative Records (ACCESS RESTRICTED)



Restrictions on access:

Access restricted to office of origin for a period of 50 years from date of creation.

Budget and operations (2 folders)
1982-1988

Box 1
Correspondence - Dean of Faculty
1981-1986

Box 1
General correspondence (6 folders)
1973-1984

Box 1
General correspondence (8 folders)
1984-1994

Box 2

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Subjects
  • Amherst College -- Computer networks.
  • Universities and colleges -- Computer networks.

Contributors
  • Romer, Betty.


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