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Claude A. R. Kagan papers

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 16

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence, conference proceedings, meeting minutes, memoranda, sketches, newsletters, and policy manuals largely relating to the origin and organization of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) and allied professional groups. The collection includes information about the AFIPS education committee, early Joint Computer Conferences, the Harry Goode Memorial Award, the AFIPS constitution and logo, and the computer-related activities of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Institute of Radio Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Correspondents of note include: Ruben A. Imm, Keith W. Uncapher, and Willis H. Ware.

Dates

  • 1951-1981

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access:

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).

Biographical Note

Claude A. R. Kagan received a B.M.E., B.E.E. (1949) and M.S. (1950) from Cornell University, after which he was employed by Ebasco Services. In 1953 he joined the Western Electric Company in Lawrence, Massachusetts. At Western's Engineering Research Center in Princeton he worked on a computer system technology and high-level language development.

Long interested in the use of computers in engineering and communication, he was active in the American Institute of Electrical Engineers' computing devices and data communications committees. He became vice-chairman of the American Institute of Electrical Engineer's (AIEE) Computing Devices Committee in 1959 and chairman in 1960. He held that position throughout the formation of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) in 1962. He also chaired several AFIPS committees and served on the board of the National Joint Computer Conference (NJCC).

Extent

4 boxes (1 cubic foot)

Abstract

Collection contains correspondence, conference proceedings, meeting minutes, memoranda, sketches, newsletters, and policy manuals largely relating to the origin and organization of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) and allied professional groups.

Arrangement of Collection

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:

  1. American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS), 1959-1965, 1981
  2. American Institute of Electrical Engineering (AIEE) Computing Devices Committee, 1958-1964
  3. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 1976
  4. National Joint Computer Conference (NJCC), 1951-1963
  5. Other Professional Activities, 1962-1966

Acquisition:

The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Claude A. R. Kagan in 1986.

Title
Claude A. R. Kagan Papers, 1951-1981. Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Bruce H. Bruemmer, March 1991.
Date
2004
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Collecting Area Details

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