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International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 2.1 ALGOL Bulletin records

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 29
The collection contains an incomplete run of the ALGOL Bulletin, numbers 1-39. Numbers 9, 17, and 18 were not included in the collection. In addition, an ALGOL mailing list, a technical report, and a report on ALGOL 60 are also included in the collection.

Dates

  • 1959-1976

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access to materials:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Copyright:

The Charles Babbage Institute 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).

Extent

2 boxes (0.6 cubic feet)

Overview

Collection includes an incomplete run of the ALGOL Bulletin, numbers 1-39 (numbers 9, 17, and 18 were not included in the collection), an ALGOL mailing list, a technical report, and a report on ALGOL 60.

Historical Note

The ALGOL (Algorithmic Language) programming language was developed by committees of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Gesellsch aft fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik for the task for specifying computational processes on digital computers. The first version of ALGOL was published by Perlis and Samuelson in 1959 and is now known as ALGOL 58. The ALGOL Bulletin was an outgrowth of an ALGOL implementation conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark in February 1959. The Regnecentralen in Copenhagen served as the production and distribution center for the irregularly published ALGOL Bulletin which was initially edited by Peter Naur.

Initially, the ALGOL Bulletin served a largely European audience since suggested changes in ALGOL in the United States were sent to ACM Communications. The last issue of the ALGOL Bulletin published by this group was number 15 in 1962. In 1962, the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) created Working Group 2.1 (Working Group on ALGOL) which displaced the original group and the ALGOL Bulletin became an IFIP publication.

Arrangement

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:
  1. ALGOL Bulletin
  2. Miscellaneous

Acquisition:

Materials were given to CBI by Mrs. Alan J. Perlis in 1990, the Association for Computing Machinery in 1990, and various individuals.

Related Material

The Alan J. Perlis Papers (CBI 64)
Title
International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 2.1 ALGOL Bulletin Records, 1959-1976. Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Kevin D. Corbitt, March 1991.
Date
2004
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Babbage Institute Archives Repository

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