Skip to main content

Bruce Gilchrist papers

Identifier: CBI 76

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains outgoing correspondence relating to Gilchrist's duties as an officer of AFIPS and the ACM. The correspondence consists largely of carbon copies. Most of the records prior to 1965 concern ACM and those after relate to AFIPS.


  • 1960-1973


Language of Materials


Access to materials:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.


CBI 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

Bruce Gilchrist received his doctorate in meteorology at the University of London, and then joined the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1952. He became director of the computer center at the University of Syracuse, then joined IBM in 1959 where he became director of planning with the Service Bureau Corporation (1963-1965) and manager in the Data Processing Division (1965-1968). He served as secretary (1960-1962) and vice president (1962-1964) for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). In 1966 he was elected president of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) and was the organization's executive director from 1968 to 1973, after which he became director of computing activities at Columbia University.


4 boxes (1.6 cubic feet)


Collection contains chronological files which contain outgoing correspondence relating to Bruce Gilchrist's duties as an officer of the ACM and AFIPS. Most of the records prior to 1965 concern ACM and those records created in 1965 or later relate to AFIPS.


The materials in this collection are arranged chronologically.


The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Bruce Gilchrist in 1990.

Bruce Gilchrist Papers, 1960-1973. Finding Aid.
Prepared by Pat Hennessy, March 1991.
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Charles Babbage Institute Archives Collecting Area

Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 - 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55455