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Name of Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Division of Academic Computing.
Title:Northeastern University Division of Academic Computing records
Date:1959–1990
Reference Code:A98
Location Code:22/1, 26/2
Extent:0.55 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Abstract:The Division of Academic Computing records document the growth and activities of computing resources at Northeastern University from 1959 to 1990. The collection includes materials produced by the Division of Academic Computing, John Stuckey, Kenneth G. Ryder, Richard Carter, John Curry, and Glenn Pierce. The materials include floor plans, correspondence, manuals and user guides, committee minutes and motions, personnel information, progress reports and grant proposals, flyers, information packets, and newsletters. Sets of newsletters are incomplete and include gaps between 1980 and 1984, and 1985 and 1988. The collection also includes an audio reel of a panel discussion from Tufts University entitled, “Systems, Services, and Procedures.”
Historical Abstract:The Division of Academic Computing began in 1987 as a continuation of the academic computer services initiated by Dr. Knowles in 1959 with the purchase of the University's first computer and the establishment of the Computation Center, a support service for the research and teaching needs of faculty, research personnel, graduate students and some undergraduates. In 1981, the Computation Center was reorganized to reflect its growing importance. Its name changed to Academic Computer Services Department, and Paul Kalaghan, who would later become dean of the College of Computer Science, assumed responsibility for it. In 1987, in recognition of the changing character of academic computing, the Academic Computer Services department was reorganized into a new Division of Academic Computing, a planning, coordinating, and policy–making office directed by John Stuckey. Within this structure, the service group continued as the Computing Resource Center. In 1999, the Division of Academic Computing was reorganized into Information Services with services distributed into three departments: Academic Technology Services, Information Services Customer Service, and Network and Production Services.
Language and Scripts:Materials are entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Carter, Richard I.
  • Kalaghan, Paul

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). -- Division of Academic Computing

  • Computing and data processing service centers
  • Education, Higher -- Data processing -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Electronic data processing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Information Technology

Conditions Governing Access:The records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Technical Access:The panel discussion from Tufts University entitled, “Systems, Services, and Procedures” is recorded on reel–to–reel magnetic tape. Special arrangements need to be made to use this recording. Please contact the University Archivist for more information.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Marietta Carr, April 2008.