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Guide to the University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Science Records AS.043
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Arrangement
  • Related Collections

  • Title: University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Science records
    Identifier/Call Number: AS.043
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.2 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
    Date: 1965-1984
    Abstract: This collection consists of records documenting the University of California, Irvine's computer systems, facilities, and programs from 1965-1984. It includes information about UCI's early technology efforts and the Physics Computer Development Project, as well as manuals, user guides, and articles by faculty members.
    Creator: Bork, Alfred M.
    Creator: University of California, Irvine. Department of Information and Computer Science.

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where the UC Regents do not hold the copyright. For information on use, copyright, and attribution, please visit: http://special.lib.uci.edu/using/publishing.html

    Preferred Citation

    University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Sciences records. AS-043. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred from unknown source in 1982.

    Processing History

    Processed by Laura Uglean Jackson, 2014.

    Historical Background

    The Department of Information and Computer Science began in 1966 as the Program in Information and Communication Science and was one of the earliest departments of its kind in the country. Since the department's founding, there was an emphasis on using the computer in teaching and instruction. As an example, the Physics Computer Development Project, begun in 1969, was a National Science Foundation supported initiative to identify areas where the computer might yield significant advances in the teaching of physics. The program tested computer programs and strategies in formal courses with students. From the 1960s-1970s, the department was involved with computing for campus-wide administrative and research purposes, although to a lesser degree than instruction. Computers were available for use by students since UCI's founding in 1965. The number of computers and quality of technology grew steadily throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection consists of records documenting the University of California, Irvine's computer systems, facilities, and programs from 1965-1984. It contains information on early uses of the computer in instruction, notably in the field of physics through the Physics Computer Development Project. Information about this project was largely written by Alfred Bork. The collection also includes documents about UCI's early technology efforts through campus-wide technology plans, research and partnership proposals, and guides for using the UCI Computing Facility. The bulk of the collection consists of manuals and user guides for a variety of operating systems, hardware, and computer languages employed at the UCI campus. In addition, there are articles and papers about UCI's computing operations by UCI faculty.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in four series. Series 1 is arranged alphabetically and described at the folder level. All other series are described at the series level.
    • Series 1. Computer Technology History, 1965-1982, 0.4 linear feet
    • Series 2. Physics Computer Development Project, 1968-1977, 0.3 linear feet
    • Series 3. Computer Manuals and User Guides, 1966-1984, 1.2 linear feet
    • Series 4. Articles and Papers by Faculty, 1971-1983, 0.3 linear feet

    Related Collections

    Related materials are found in the following collections:
    University of California, Irvine, Central Records Unit records, AS-004, http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt3r29p4wq/dsc/ 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    University of California, Irvine. Department of Information and Computer Science. -- Archives
    University of California, Irvine. -- Archives
    Computers -- California -- Irvine -- History -- Sources.
    Educational technology -- California -- Irvine
    Physics -- Computer-assisted instruction