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Association for Computing Machinery Records

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 205
The records of the ACM document this organization's administration and operations from 1947 to 2006. The documentation is strongest for the years 1960s-1990s with only a scattering of materials from the time of the founding in 1947 until the headquarters office and staff were established in 1960. There are records of the major governing bodies of the ACM in both membership governance and organizational administration including president, executive committee and council. There are also records of headquarters operations including executive director, offices of administration, policy and procedures, membership, publications and SIG services. The four major governing boards, membership, publications, SIG and education, are documented in the files of ACM staff who served on them. There is a smaller group of historical and reference materials which include directories, annual reports, programs, photographs, copies of incorporation records and the ACM Information Center files, a subject classified set of reference files from the 1960s. The ACM records throughout consist mainly of meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, memos, reports, budgets, policies, news releases, membership and marketing samples and project and committee files. The ACM press books for the years 1984 to 1998 are included. The records document the administration, policies and procedures, operations, activities and projects of the ACM, in particular membership and professional services and publication efforts. The SIGs are somewhat documented in the area of support and administration from the headquarters office, with little documentation on their conferences and other activities. Files on dechartered student chapters and dechartered SIGs document the range of these local and subject-specific entities that existed worldwide at different times.

Dates

  • 1947-2009

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

59 boxes (58 cubic feet)

Overview

Records of this educational and scientific computing society founded in 1947 as the Eastern Association for Computing Machinery, documenting its administration, operations, projects and its Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which represent virtually every major area of computing. The bulk of the records date from the 1960s through the 1990s, although some older materials, dating back to 1947, are present. Records are from the major governing bodies of the ACM including president, executive committee, council and the membership, publications, SIG and education boards. There are also records of headquarters operations including executive director, offices of administration, policy and procedures, membership, publications and SIG services. The records throughout include mainly meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, memos, reports, budgets, policies, news releases, membership and marketing samples and project and committee files. The ACM press books for the years 1984 to 1998 are included. A smaller amount of historical and reference materials include directories, annual reports, programs, photographs, copies of incorporation records and the ACM Information Center files, a subject classified set of reference files from the 1960s. The records also include a group of oral history audio recordings collected by ACM's History Committee.

Historical Note

The Association for Computing Machinery was founded in 1947 and has grown to become the oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society. It maintains the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves a membership in more than one hundred countries with publications, conferences and career resources. The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the ACM are technical communities representing virtually every major area of computing. There are also hundreds of professional and student chapters on a local level. The ACM and the SIGs sponsor more than a hundred and twenty technical meetings annually. The ACM began as the Eastern Association for Computing Machinery at a meeting at Columbia University in New York on September 15, 1947. A headquarters office was established in New York and the first employee was hired in 1960. Prior to that time, it was administered entirely by the membership. It now has a staff of over seventy five people under the executive officer. The ACM is governed by a Council consisting of sixteen members and is the highest governing authority in ACM. The headquarters staff provides organization support in membership and subscription functions, coordinates the activities of chapters and committees, acts as a liaison for meetings sponsored by the organization and produces ACM publications. Four boards, Membership, Publications, SIG and Education, are comprised of membership volunteers and headquarters staff and manage ACM's products and services.

Arrangement of Collection

Records are arranged into three record groups:

Historical and Reference Materials, 1947-2007

Organization Governance, 1947-2003

Organization Administration, 1956-2006

Oral history interviews, 2007-2009

Files are organized by office of origin, with the exception of the Historical and Reference Materials, which have been segregated into a separate record group for reference and ease of use.

Acquisition:

The records were received from the Association for Computing Machinery headquarters office in New York in 2008; the oral histories were received from the ACM History Committee in 2010.

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Title
Association for Computing Machinery Records, 1947-2009.
Subtitle
Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Loralee J. Bloom, 2009.
Date
2009, updated 2011
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Babbage Institute Archives Repository

Contact:

612-624-5050