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University Committee on Computer Policy and Utilization (University of Michigan) records, 1964-1979

4 linear feet

Committee files consisting of reports, correspondence, minutes, and subject files; also files relating to Educom, a corporation established to promote collaboration in the development, operation, and use of technology in higher education and research.

The records of the University Committee on Computer Policy and Utilization (4 linear feet) cover the years from 1964 to 1979 and include reports, correspondence, minutes, and subject files. The records are divided into two series, Committee Files and EDUCOM Files. The records in both series are arranged in alphabetical order by topic.


Office of Research (University of Michigan) records, 1911-2013 (majority within 1950-2010)

323.5 linear feet (In 324 boxes) — 1 oversize volume — 157 MB (online) — 4 digital video files

Officially established in 1959, the Office of Research supports and administers large interdisciplinary projects called research centers and administers research institutes. The record group includes individual vice president's files, central office files, staff files, financial records, administrative files, committee and task force documents and reports, special event files, and project and institute files.

The records of the vice-president for research date from 1911 to 2013 and measure 323.5 linear feet, 1 oversize box and 157 MB of digital materials. The records document the activities of the office overseeing grant funded research at the University of Michigan and offer some insight into the range of research undertaken at the university. Records include administrative files of vice-presidents, including correspondence, memoranda, and budgetary material relating to research projects and grants of university units and departments; and photographs.

The organization of the records, particularly the early accessions, reflects the tenure of the successive vice presidents for research. Later accessions included files of associate vice-presidents and senior staff officers as well topically organized files that spanned the tenure of several vice presidents. The records are organized into the following series:

  1. A. Geoffrey Newman -- Boxes 1-15, 70-71
  2. Charles Overberger -- Boxes 15-69
  3. Charles Overberger/Warren Sussman -- Boxes 72-87
  4. Linda S. Wilson,-- Boxes 88-100
  5. William C. Kelly -- Boxes 102-105
  6. Central Files -- Boxes 108-127, 180-210, 266-275, Boxes 277-301, Boxes 311-322
  7. OVPR Staff Files -- Boxes 128-134
  8. Julie Ellison -- Boxes 135-136
  9. Marvin Parnes -- Boxes 137-146
  10. OVPR Financial and Administrative Files -- Boxes 147-148
  11. Administrative Files -- Boxes 149-150, Boxes 323-324
  12. Committees and Task forces -- 151-164
  13. Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project and Ford Nuclear Reactor -- Boxes 165 --166, 218-219
  14. Special Events, Symposiums, and Promotional -- Boxes 167-170, 275
  15. Presidential Initiatives Fund -- Boxes 171-179
  16. Contractual Restrictions Requests (PAF-R's) -- Boxes 213-216
  17. Michigan Life Science's Corridor -- Boxes 216-218
  18. Discretionary Fund -- Boxes 220-264
  19. Indirect Waivers -- Boxes 265
  20. Research Faculty Appointments -- Boxes 276, Box 322
  21. Washington D.C. Office -- Boxes 302-310

Information Technology Division (University of Michigan) records, 1956-1998 (majority within 1985-1997)

69 linear feet — 9.5 GB (online)

The Information Technology Division, formed in 1985, consolidated academic and administrative computing at the University of Michigan. Douglas Van Houweling was named head of the unit and at the same time appointed to the new position of Vice Provost for Information Technology. During the 1980s, the unit oversaw a shift away from Michigan Terminal System (MTS) mainframe computing to a distributed, networked environment. The Information Technology Division record group documents the development of networked computing at the University of Michigan as it evolved from 1979 to 1995, mainly during the tenure of Douglas Van Houweling. The records include historical data, internal and external committee material, correspondence, and topical files and visual material.

The records of the Information Technology Division measure 23.5 linear feet and date from 1976 to 1998; the bulk of the material represents the years 1985 to 1997. The records consist of correspondence, meeting minutes, electronic mail, newspaper clippings, and reports. They document the administration of ITD, the development of computing on campus, UM's role in the development and management of local, regional, and national computer networks, and ITD's participation, largely in the person of Douglas Van Houweling, in a number of computing organizations, most notably EDUCOM and CIESIN (Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network).

The ITD record group is divided into fourteen series including Central Files, Divisions, Networks, University Files, Vendors, Organizations, Deputy Vice-Provost for Information Technology, Vice-Provost for Information Technology, Virginia Rezmerski Files, Computer Sales Program, Computing Sites, Dean's Partnership Program, Software, and Photographs.


Information Technology Division (University of Michigan) publications, 1971-2009 (majority within 1985-1999)

5.5 linear feet

Includes bibliographies, brochures, bulletins, manuals, newsletters, proceedings, and reports from the Information Technology Division. Also contains publications from the Center for Information Technology Integration, Consulting and Support Services, Information Technology General Council, Merit Computer Network, Office of Administrative Systems, Information Systems and Services, Office of Instructional Technology, Telecommunications Systems, University Information Systems and User Services.

The Information Technology Division began publishing many of the Computing Center's manuals and newsletters after 1989 and 1990. Before those dates, they may be found in the publications group Computing Center Publications. After the transfer of Computing Center activities to the Information Technology Division, the researcher may find those publication in Information Technology Division Publications. Notes are made to this effect throughout the container lists. Please consult both finding aids.

The ITD Publications subgroup (5 linear feet) is divided into two series: Unit Publications and Sub-Unit Publications.


Computing Center (University of Michigan) records, 1952-1996 (majority within 1959-1987)

42.5 linear feet — 1 GB (online)

Established in 1959 to operate academic computing facility and provide computing services for faculty and students. Developed Michigan Terminal System (MTS) operating system and other software for mainframe computers. Merged into University of Michigan Information Technology Division in 1985. Administrative records including minutes, correspondence, budget material, and reports, documenting management of the center, purchase and operation of mainframe computers, development of MTS and other software, and computer networks. Also includes paper and digital MTS distribution documentation.

Records of the Computing Center have been received in three major accessions ? 1994, 1996, and 2011. Arrangement of the records in each accession is intended to reflect complimentary series. Each accession is described separately, and there is some overlap between the two.

The 1994 accession of the Computing Center record group primarily documents the founding and operation of the University of Michigan Computing Center from 1959 to 1987. It also includes some information on computing activities at the university prior to the founding of the Computing Center, dating back as far as 1952. Researchers should note that there is overlap between this accession and 1996 accessions. There is also overlap with the Information Technology Division record group, particularly after 1986 when ITD was created to bring together the Data Systems Center and the Computing Center under the purview of the Provost for Academic Affairs.

The records, which were in a very disorganized state when accessioned into the archives, were arranged into eight series: Historical Files, Administrative Records, Topical File, MTS (Michigan Terminal System), Word Processing Project, Vendors, and Photographs.

The 1996 accessions from the Computing Center add 32 feet of additional material to the record group. The records bring (in various formats) both breadth and depth to the earlier accessions, filling in major gaps and adding new documentation. The records are organized into nine series, generally corresponding to the arrangement of the earlier accession: Administrative Records, Computer Files, MTS (Michigan Terminal System), Merit Network, MAD (Michigan Algorithm Decoder), Word Processing Project, Vendors, Software Contracts, and Topical Files. Researchers should note that there is considerable overlap between Computing Center accessions and the Information Technology record group, particularly between 1985 and 1990 and especially for financial material and major committees.


Computing Center (University of Michigan) publications, 1965-1999

18 linear feet

Established in 1959 to operate academic computing facility and provide computing services for faculty and students. Developed Michigan Terminal System (MTS) operating system and other software for mainframe computers. Merged into University of Michigan Information Technology Division in 1985. Publications include technical manuals and reports on U-M developed software and network design, newsletters, and general reports on computing at the university.

The Computing Center Publications include brochures and pamphlets, bulletins and course catalogs including "Non-Credit Computing Courses on Campus," manuals including "Info Tech Guide" and "Welcome to Computing at the University of Michigan", newsletters, technical reports, and general reports, such as "Resources and Plans of the University of Michigan with Regard to the Establishment of Data Processing and Computer Center. The manuals and technical reports include documentation the Michigan Terminal System (MTS, U-M's pioneering time-sharing system for the IBM 360 class of computers, the Michigan Algorithm Decoder (MAD operating system) and the University of Michigan Executive System (UMES.) The Computing Center Publications are divided into three series: Unit Publications, Sub-Unit Publications, and Technical Memos and Technical Reports.


Ed Saunders papers, 1983-1997

1.5 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Ed Saunders served the University of Michigan in many capacities, including as Director of the Microcomputer Education Center (1985-1986) and Director of the Information Technology Division's Office of Instructional Technology (1990-1997). Papers include department materials, department publications, and correspondence regarding the development of instructional technology use at the University of Michigan.

This collection follows Ed Saunders' career at the University of Michigan and includes Saunders' collection of department materials and correspondence. His collections primarily focus on University of Michigan projects aimed at promoting interactive learning with technology.


Bernard A. Galler Papers, 1956-1996 (majority within 1960-1986)

28.5 linear feet

University of Michigan professor of mathematics, charter member of the department of computer and communication sciences; papers include biographical information; correspondence, 1959-1993; files relating to his participation on various boards and professional organizations; and files pertaining to his University of Michigan research activities and to his participation in university affairs and governance.

The papers of Bernard A. Galler measure 28.87 linear feet and date from 1956 to 1994. The bulk of the papers document the years 1960 to 1986 and concern Galler's high level of involvement in the information processing profession at the University of Michigan, nationally, and internationally. The papers are arranged in five series: Biographical, Chronological Correspondence, Professional and Other Activities, University of Michigan and Audiotapes.

The materials acquired in 2006 (boxes 28-29) were from Galler's office located in the Center for Information Technology Integration (CITI). These materials (1.5 linear foot, 1957-1996) focus mainly on the Software Patent Institute. There were a few files from early years acquired with this accession and they are described as part of the previously established series Chronological Correspondence, Professional and Other Activities and University of Michigan. The exception was the addition of an Audiotape series that contains reel-to-reel tapes of lectures Alan J. Perlis gave in 1959.


Aaron Finerman Papers, 1950-1990 (majority within 1962-1989)

5 linear feet

Professor of computer science and director of the Computing Center at the University of Michigan 1978-1986, previously worked at SUNY-Stony Brook and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Professional and personal papers include correspondence, research reports, and material relating to development and administration of the U-M Computing Center.

The Aaron Finerman papers document his career as an information technology professional. Organized into two series, Personal and Career and Professional Activities, the papers span the years 1950-1990 with the bulk of the material documenting the years between 1962 and 1989. The Finerman papers document his contributions to the emerging information technology profession. His papers offer insight into the differences between the worlds of industry and academia, as he worked in both. Finerman's travels and interests as documented in his papers also provide insight into the development of information technology on an international level. Related collections at the Bentley Historical Library include the records of the University of Michigan Information Technology Division, the University of Michigan Computing Center, and the papers of Bernard Galler, who was a close friend of Finerman.


Michael T. Alexander papers, 1968-1994 (majority within 1982-1992)

8 linear feet (in 10 boxes)

Michael T. Alexander was a member of the research staff of the University of Michigan's Computing Center and Information Technology Division Research Systems from 1965 to 1996. Collection contains records of Alexander's duties as well as extensive documentation for the Michigan Terminal System, including manuals and systems reports.

The Michael T. Alexander papers document the work of Alexander and other University of Michigan Computing Center programmers and staff in developing the Michigan Terminal System (MTS) and other software.

The title of this collection acknowledges Michael T. Alexander as the primary collector and donor of the papers. The collection includes a varsity of administrative records relating to MTS with an emphasis on the development of certain aspects of the Michigan Terminal System environment such as email.

Researchers should be aware that these records use the term "MTS" in three different respects:

  1. MTS the UMMPS Job Program with which most end-users interact;
  2. MTS the software system, including UMMPS, the MTS and other Job Programs, Command Language Subsystems (CLSs), public files (programs), and documentation; and
  3. MTS the time-sharing service offered at a particular site, including the MTS software system, the hardware used to run MTS, the staff that supported MTS and assisted end-users, and the associated administrative policies and procedures.

In the first instance, "MTS" would be considered a part of the UM Multiprogramming Supervisor (UMMPS). In the other instances, however, the UMMPS would be considered a part of "MTS." The researcher should, therefore, exercise caution when assuming a particular hierarchical relationship between MTS and UMMPS in these records.

The records of the Michael T. Alexander collection are organized in six series: Administrative Records; Budget Material; Distribution Tapes and Documentation; Software Manuals and Programming; Systems Reports; and Vendors.