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Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (University of Michigan) records, 1920-1997, 1970-1997

10 linear feet

Electrical engineering was established as a department in the College of Engineering in 1895. In 1971 it was renamed as the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Department of Computer and Communication Science was transferred from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts in 1984. The faculties and courses were merged under new designation Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Departmental records include administration material relating to policies and budget, annual reports and reviews, topical files, photographs, and personnel files of inactive faculty and research scientists. Records describe the facilities, curriculum, and teaching and research activities within the department.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science records contain correspondence, departmental review reports, committee minutes, faculty and student surveys, personnel records and photographs. The records span the years 1920-1997.

The records are arranged in seven series: Administrative Budget/ Financial, Department Review and Report, Histories, Topical, Photographs, and Personnel.


John H. Holland papers, 1949-2012 (majority within 1950s-1980s)

17 linear feet

Professor of psychology, electrical engineering, and computer science at the University of Michigan beginning in 1959. Holland developed the concept of "genetic algorithms," research specializations in complex adaptive systems and artificial intelligence. First recipient of a computer science PhD at the University of Michigan, and a 1992 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Papers consist of departmental records pertaining to his professorial career and academic career, as well as research, papers and presentations, notes, correspondence.

The papers document the academic and professional aspects of John H. Holland's career as student, professor, and researcher, from 1949-2012.


Juris Upatnieks papers, 1963-1994 (majority within 1965-1979)

7.25 linear feet (in 7 boxes) — 1 oversize folder — 453 MB (online)

Papers of Juris Upatnieks, a University of Michigan scientist who helped to lay the foundations of holography, a photography technique that recreates the recorded objects with all of their three-dimensional optical properties. Collection includes Upatnieks correspondence with American and international scientists and companies, scientific papers, proposals and technical reports, sometimes prepared in collaboration with other scientists, as well as digitized laboratory notebooks and lantern slides illustrating his research on various subjects.

The collection documents Juris Upatnieks' scientific research and output and divided into six series: Correspondence, Subject Files, Proposals, Reports, Lantern Slides, and Laboratory Notebooks.