Departmental Personnel Files, 1949-57, 1972, 1998
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Brief Description: Departmental Personnel Files (1949-57, 1972) containing correspondence and memoranda, appointment papers, and biographical information sheets regarding the appointment of Computer Science Faculty including, F. P. Nash; major correspondent is Ralph E. Meagher, chief engineer of the Electrical Engineering Research Laboratory.
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University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 11/15/6
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Computer Science
Volume: 0.1 cubic feet
Acquired: 6/99
Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Computer Science :

On January 8, 1948, the Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of an EDVAC electronic digital computer for research program use.1 On November 19, 1948, the Board approved space for the computer project.2 On January 13, 1949, the Board reallocated funds to university staff for construction of the computer.3 By July 16, 1952, the Digital Computer Laboratory was listed in the university budget.4 In 1954, the laboratory offered "instruction in courses and supervision of theses for individuals specializing in the design and use of the digital computing machinery."5 In 1964, the name was changed from the Digital Computer Laboratory to the Department of Computer Science.6 The department teaches courses in circuit design, computer applications, computer organization, digital computer arithmetic, information retrieval, languages, numerical analysis, patters recognition, software systems, and switching an automata theory.7

1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 44th Report, January 8, 1948, p. 954.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 45th Report, November 19, 1948, p. 172.

3. Board of Trustees Transactions, 45th Report, January 13, 1949, p. 204.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 47th Report, July 16, 1952, p. 145.

5. Graduate College Catalog, 1954-56, p. 29.

6. Board of Trustees Transactions, 53rd Report, November 24, 1964, p. 240.

7. Graduate Programs, 1972-1974, p. 59.

Subject Index
Computer Science
Engineering
Illiac Computers
Mathematics Department
Genres/Forms of Material
Papers
Languages of Materials
English [eng]