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Control Data Corporation Records. William C. Norris executive papers

 Collection
Identifier: CBI 80, Series 9
This series documents William C. Norris’ tenure as President and CEO of Control Data Corporation (1957-1986). More information about Norris' work at the company, as well as information about his post-retirement activities and writings, can be found in the files of Albert Eisele in the Executive Papers (Series 8) of the Control Data Corporation Records. Eisele served as an assistant and consultant to Norris. Norris' work at CDC and his professional activities were closely related; researchers should use the William C. Norris Executive Papers in conjunction with the William C. Norris Papers (CBI 164).

The materials are divided into the following groups: correspondence, dayfiles, interviews, newsclippings, subject files, talks and writings, and scrapbooks. The subject files make up the bulk of the collection and contain a variety of materials, including correspondence, speeches, writings, notes, and clippings. Norris' subject files were created as a set of alphabetical files, a set of files organized by folder number, and a separate set of files for each of the following subjects: CBE, PLATO and Technology Education; East-West Trade, Soviet Union; and Jamaica. These sets of files include overlapping coverage for many subjects. For example, materials on Jamaica will be found in the folder number subject files under Jamaica as well as in the separate set of subject files on Jamaica.
<emph render="bold">Acronyms used in this finding aid:</emph>
  1. BTC = Business and Technology Centers
  2. CBE = Computer-Based Education
  3. CDC = Control Data Corporation
  4. MBP = Minnesota Business Partnership
  5. MCC = Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation
  6. MFFI = Minnesota Family Farm Institute
  7. MTDI = Midwest Technology Development Institute
Scope and Contents This is one series of the Control Data Corporation Records (CBI 80). Please see the other series finding aids for further information regarding the Control Data Corporation.

Dates

  • 1946-1995

Creator

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

35 boxes (29.5 cubic feet)

Overview

This series documents William C. Norris’ tenure as President and CEO of Control Data Corporation (1957-1986). Materials include correspondence, dayfiles, interviews, newsclippings, subject files, talks and writings, and scrapbooks.

Historical Note

In June 1957, William C. Norris left his position as vice president and general manager at Sperry Rand-Univac and joined others to form the Control Data Corporation (CDC). Norris served as president of the company from June 1957 until he retired in 1986. Norris retained a position on the Board of Directors of CDC until 1991.

During his time as president of CDC, Norris became interested in a variety of causes and business ventures, such as corporate social responsibility, computer-based education and PLATO, economic development and job creation, and U.S. trade and technology transfer with the Soviet Union and Japan.

Arrangement of Collection

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Dayfiles
  3. News Clippings, Magazine Articles and Reprints
  4. Subject Files
  5. Speeches, Interviews and Writings
  6. Scrapbooks
The Subject Files materials are further subdivided into the following groups:
  1. Alphabetical
  2. Folder Number
  3. CBE, PLATO & Technology Education
  4. East-West Trade, Soviet Union
  5. Jamaica

Acquisition:

The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Ceridian Corporation in 1991 and by William C. Norris in 2001-2002.

Related Material

This is one series of the Control Data Corporation Records (CBI 80). Please see the other series finding aids for further information regarding the Control Data Corporation.

Researchers should also consult the William C. Norris Papers (CBI 164) in conjunction with the William C. Norris Executive Papers.
Title
Control Data Corporation Records. William C. Norris Executive Papers, 1946-1995. Finding Aid.
Author
Prepared by Caroline Gasser and Kevin D. Corbitt, April 1998; Maria Plonski, Josh Knatterud-Hubinger, and Amanda Schwarze, 2003-2004. Updated by Karen Spilman, 2006.
Date
July 2005
Language of description
English

Collecting Area Details

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