Special Collections & Univ Archives news: History of computers & computer science resources

Sep 09, 2015 · Kimberly Anderson

The Special Collections and University Archives Department provides access to original research and primary sources for the study of computing, computers, and computer science. Iowa State University is the birthplace of the world's first electronic computer, built by John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry. Special Collections and University Archives holds Atansoff's papers (RS 13/20/51) as well as others who have contributed to the history of computing at Iowa State. Among them are Robert Stewart (RS 13/7/11), who worked on the Cyclone Computer, and Charles T. Wright (RS 11/6/54), who worked on the Symbol Computer.

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The Clair George Maple Papers (RS 6/2/12) is the newest computer science collection available in the Department. Maple was Director of the Iowa State University's Computation Center for over 20 years (1963-1985), after which he joined the Ames Lab as Division Chief of the Mathematical Sciences Division.

To use these collections, or any of the other materials available in Special Collections and University archives, start a search by checking University Archives Collections, Manuscripts, and technology and history of computers subject guides. Once something of interest is located, write down the collection number and the box number and stop by the Department on the fourth floor of the Parks Library (room 403), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. To view at a lot of material, please?email or telephone (515-594-6672) us in advance to ensure the materials are waiting when you arrive. We can extend our hours by request and depending?on staff availability.

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