The ANSI X3H2 Records consist entirely of materials accumulated by Michael M. Gorman in his role as secretary to the committee, beginning with the first meeting in May 1978. The collection, which documents the H2 committee’s development of the NDL and SQL standards, includes three interrelated sets of documents: “Base Documents,” “Papers,” and meeting minutes.
“Base Documents” reflect the working status of a prospective standard as of a given date. The H2 committee maintained “Base Documents” for each standard under development.
“Papers” consist of the documents distributed to committee members at each meeting, including proposals to modify the prospective standard, called “Change Proposals,” and other documents regarding development of the standard submitted to the committee for their consideration, called “Working Papers.” “Papers” also include correspondence, meeting minutes of other ANSI committees, procedural memos, and other administrative documents.
Meeting minutes begin with the H2 committee’s first meeting on May 23, 1978, designated meeting zero, and continue through meeting 50, held on December 11-14, 1995. The minutes for each meeting include a list of the “Papers” distributed to committee members at that meeting. All “Papers” were assigned a three-part identifier, which through 1982 included the committee designation, the meeting number, and a document number (e.g. X3H2 – 10 – 1), with the exception of the “Papers” for meeting zero, which do not include a meeting number (e.g. X3H2 – 1). Document numbers restarted for each meeting. Identifiers for the “Papers” for meetings from 1983-1995 included a two-digit year designation (e.g. X3H2 – 92 – 1) instead of a meeting number, and document numbers restarted for each year, instead of for each meeting.
Acronyms Used in this Finding Aid:
- ANSI = American National Standards Institute
- NCITS = National Committee for Information Technology Standards
- INCITS = InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards
- CODASYL = Conference on Data Systems and Languages