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ADAPSO records

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 172
The Association of Data Processing Service Organizations (ADAPSO) records document the organization's administration and activities, as well as its involvement in issues affecting member companies, such as antitrust, open network architecture, and software protection and copyright.

Only a small amount of material on ADAPSO's annual Management Conferences (1973, 1992, 1993) and other ADAPSO sponsored events is included. Materials related to issues of interest to ADAPSO members can be found throughout the collection, and include reports, position papers, and transcripts of congressional testimony. Materials on IBM and antitrust issues can be found throughout the collection as well, but are concentrated in the IBM series.
Acronyms used in this finding aid:
  1. ADAPSO = Association of Data Processing Service Organizations
  2. ITAA = Information Technology Association of America

Dates

  • 1960-1999

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

19 boxes (>17.7 cubic feet)

Overview

The Association of Data Processing Service Organizations (ADAPSO) records document the organization's administration and activities, as well as its involvement in issues affecting member companies, such as antitrust, open network architecture, and software protection and copyright.

Historical Note

The Association of DAta Processing Service Organizations (ADAPSO) was founded in 1961 as a non-profit trade association for data processing service bureaus in the United States. Several organizational meetings were held throughout 1960 under the name Data Actuating Technical Association (DATA). ADAPSO was incorporated in 1962.

In 1972, ADAPSO reorganized into three sections: the Data Center Section, the Computer Timesharing Services Section, and the Association of Independent Software Companies (AISC). The AISC section was the result of a merger between AISC and ADAPSO. The AISC section eventually became the Software Industry Association Section.

ADAPSO's first headquarters were located in Pennsylvania. After brief stints in New York City and New Jersey, the organization relocated to metropolitan Washington, D.C. in 1978 to concentrate on its role as an advocate for the computer software and services industry.

ADAPSO changed its name to the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) in 1991.
ADAPSO Presidents
  1. Romuald Slimak (Sperry Corporation) – 1961
  2. Clifford G. Green (Statistical Reporting and Tabulating, Ltd.) – 1962-1963
  3. H.W. Robinson (C-E-I-R, Inc.) – 1963-1964
  4. Ray W. Johnson (Systems Data Processing Company) – 1964-1965
  5. Samuel J. Tesauro (S.J. Tesauro & Company) – 1965-1966
  6. Salvatore Parisi (Tabulating & Data Processing Corporation) – 1966-1967
  7. Frank Lautenberg (Automatic Data Processing, Inc.) – 1967-1968
  8. Leonard J. Palmer (Computer Servicenters, Inc.) – 1968-1969
  9. John L. Roy (United Data Processing Services) – 1969-1970
  10. Bernard Goldstein (United Data Centers) – 1970-1972
  11. Thomas J. O’Rourke (Tymshare) – 1973
  12. Robert W. Olsen (Computer Services Corporation) – 1974-1975
  13. Leon Weisburgh (Anstat) – 1976
  14. Louis E. Pfeiffer (A.O. Smith Corporation) – 1977
  15. Richard L. Crandall (Comshare, Inc.) – 1978
  16. John P. Imlay, Jr. (Management Science America, Inc.) – 1979
  17. A.S. Blankenship (Data Processing of the South, Inc.) – 1980
Chairmen of the Board
  1. Robert Weissman (National CSS, Inc.) – 1981
  2. Lawrence J. Schoenberg (AGS Computers, Inc.) – 1982
  3. Fred S. Lafer (Automatic Data Processing, Inc.) – 1983
  4. Douglas C. Altenbern (Endata, Inc.) – 1984
  5. Arthur M. Kramer (Mobix Partners) – 1985
  6. George Raymond (Automatic Business Centers, Inc.) – 1986
  7. Jay N. Goldberg (Money Management Systems, Inc.) – 1987
  8. John P. Courtney (Computer Task Group, Inc.) – 1988
  9. Lawrence A. Welke (International Computer Programs, Inc.) – 1989
  10. David J. Eskra (Pansophic Systems, Inc.) – 1990
  11. Judith Hamilton (Ernst & Young) – 1991
  12. Robert B. Laurence (PRC, Inc.) – 1992

Arrangement of Collection

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:
  1. Administrative Files, 1960-1994
  2. Conferences, Meetings, and Seminars, 1961-1994 (with gaps)
  3. IBM, circa 1970-1994
  4. "Issues", 1963-1995
  5. Membership Directories & Surveys, 1967-1999 (with gaps)
  6. Microcomputer Software Section, 1973-1993
  7. Photographs and Slides, circa 1962-1991
  8. Processing & Network Services Division, 1992-1993 (David Peyton)
  9. Reports & Publications, 1961-1998 (with gaps)
  10. Serial Publications, 1962-1995
  11. Speeches, circa 1979-1992 (with gaps)
  12. Testimony, 1987-1995
Researchers should note that materials are filed alphabetically under both ADAPSO and ITAA, as appropriate.

Acquisition:

The bulk of the collection was donated by ITAA in October 2002; the remainder of the materials were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by a variety of individuals and corporations in numerous accessions.

Related Material

  1. CBI159, Martin A. Goetz papers, 1956-1991
  2. ADAPSO.25 Years. Arlington, Va.: ADAPSO, 1986.

Creator

Title
ADAPSO Records, 1960-1999. Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Carrie Seib, Maria Plonski, Josh Knatterud-Hubinger, Amanda Schwarze, and Jessica Huffman 2004-2009.
Date
July 2005
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Babbage Institute Archives Repository

Contact:

612-624-5050