The collection consists of reports, correspondence, notes, bibliographies, articles and other reference material largely relating to the Office of Naval Research's Computing Surveys. Among the reports are: Comparison of RCA's BIZMAC Computer to IBM's 702(1954), Proposed Programming for the EDVACby Sam Lubkin (1947), a report on the Zurich Conference on Algorithmic Language (1958), a Naval Research Laboratory meeting on storage tubes (1946), Reaction to the Initial Use of COBOLby M.H. Schwartz, and several reports on computing in Europe. The collection also includes sample printouts from the Remington Rand High-Speed printer.
CBI holds the copyright to all materials in the collection, except for items covered by a prior copyright (such as published materials). Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).
Collection contains correspondence, reports, notes, bibliographies, computer printouts, newsletters, publications, and other reference material largely relating to the Office of Naval Research's computing surveys.
In 1948 Albert E. Smith joined the Office of Naval Research as a mathematician, and later became head of the Computer Systems and Applications Branch of the Naval Ship Systems Command. He edited the Digital Computer Newsletter from 1949 to 1954, and served on the Conference on Data System Languages executive committee from 1959-1960. He was involved in producing a number of early surveys of computer equipment for the Navy.
The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by the Association for Computing Machinery.