ILLIAC I-IV Research and Development Administrative Files, 1954-1975
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Brief Description:

ILLIAC I-IV Research and Development Administrative files include correspondence, reports, memoranda, publications, contracts, meeting minutes, manuals, and newsletters concerning the UNIVAC computer development; the ILLIAC I readouts and workbooks; MURA reports; ILLIAC II development, design, consoles, memory, publicity, project coordination, programming, and management; ILLIAC III personnel, AEC contracts, publicity, development, design, and interdepartmental collaboration. and management; and ILLIAC IV design, development, AEC contracts, publicity, controversy, funding, and management.

Significant correspondents and contributors include Bruce McCormick, James N. Snyder, and John R. Pasta.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 11/15/12
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Computer Science
Volume: 2.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 03/14/2017.
Arrangement: By ILLIAC project and chronological thereunder.
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 Design
Computer Science
Computer Science Department
Digital Computer Laboratory
Illiac Computers
Languages of Materials
English [eng]