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Edward F. Somers papers

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 65

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of subject files that contain reports, memoranda, and correspondence related to Somers' work in the automatic programming with Sperry Rand and GE's Computer Dept. Topics include: a Sperry Rand project for the Carborundum Company, computer programming, magnetic tapes, programming for the Pennsylvania state government's UNIVAC installation, the TS-1 input language, COBOL courses for General Electric computers, correspondence with U.S. Steel's Methods Planning Division on COBOL programming, and information relating to Somers administrative responsibilities at GE.

Dates

  • 1954-1966

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access to materials:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Copyright:

The Charles Babbage Institute does not hold copyright to the collection. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Note

Edward F. Somers directed the Automatic Programming Development Division of Sperry Rand in Philadelphia in the late 1950s. He later became manager of Business Automatic Programming for General Electric's (GE) Computer Department.

Extent

2 boxes (0.8 cubic feet)

Abstract

Collection consists of subject files that contain reports, memoranda, and correspondence related to Edward Somers' work in automatic programming with Sperry Rand and GE's Computer Department.

Arrangement of Collection

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:
  1. Sperry Rand Automatic Programming Development, 1954-1961
  2. General Electric, 1959-1966

Acquisition:

The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by R. M. Petersen in 1979.
Title
Edward F. Somers Papers, 1954-1966. Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Kevin D. Corbitt, July 1991.
Date
2004
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Collecting Area Details

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