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History of Programming Languages Conference, 1978, Los Angeles, California records

Identifier: CBI 19

Scope and Content Note

Conference Management materials document the organization and the administration of the History of Programming Languages Conference. Materials include correspondence, planning notes and material, memoranda, mailing lists, National Science Foundation grant records, and administrative policies. Correspondents include Herbert R. J. Grosch, John A. N. Lee, Jean E. Sammet, and Richard L. Wexelblat.

Conference Program materials include drafts of session papers, transcripts of presentations, material related to the production of audio tapes and video tapes of the conference, and audio tapes and video tapes of conference sessions.

Publication records include biographies of presenters, copies of some of the presentations included in the published volume, proofs and drafts, and administrative material related to the publication of the proceedings.


  • Creation: 1959, 1972-1993


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Access to the collection is unrestricted.


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).

Historical Note

The History of Programming Languages Conference was organized by the Special Interest Group in Programming Languages of the Association for Computing Machinery, and took place in Los Angeles on June 1-3, 1978. The purpose of the conference was to provide a written record for programming languages that were created by 1967, remained in use by 1977, and influence the field of computing. Speakers included those who had played a major part in the development and use of ALGOL, APL, APT, BASIC, COBOL, FORTRAN, GPSS, JOSS, JOVIAL, LISP, PL/I, SIMULA, and SNOBOL. Jean E. Sammet served as general and program committee chairman, and John A. N. Lee was the administrative chairman. Proceedings of the conference were edited by Richard L. Wexelblat and published in 1981 as History of Programming Languages.


10 boxes (8 cubic feet)


Collection contains correspondence, reports, draft presentations, newspaper clippings, notes, memoranda, National Science Foundation grant records, publicity materials, and mailing lists relating to the planning and organization of the conference. Also includes conference proceedings in the form of black-and-white video cassettes, reel-to-reel and cassette audio recordings, black-and-white photographs, slides, transcripts of presentations, preprints of papers, and book drafts.

Arrangement of Collection

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

  1. Conference Management, 1972-1993
  2. Conference Program, 1977-1982
  3. Publication, 1977-1982


The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by the Association for Computing Machinery.

History of Programming Languages Conference Records, 1959, 1972-1993. Finding Aid.
Prepared by Bruce H. Bruemmer, March 1991; Stephanie Horowitz, March 2008.
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