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Stuart D. McIntosh papers

Identifier: MC-0719

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Stuart D. McIntosh papers document the professional life of Stuart D. McIntosh, a software engineer, and founder of ADMINS, Inc., at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The papers date from 1955 to 1976 with the bulk of the papers dating from 1967 to 1975. They include memoranda, reports, drafts of working papers, correspondence, articles authored and coauthored by McIntosh, D.L. Parnas and David Griffel, background materials on computer science, data management and processing, as well as research and supplemental materials. The bulk of the papers consist of information about ADMINS, a language and an interactive data management facility meant to ease and speed up data management and processing, and allow an in-depth analysis of data. Numerous reports discuss different aspects of the project in its various stages and manuals explain its usage and applications. There are papers pertaining to courses taught by McIntosh at MIT including Public Sector Fiscal Management and Model Building. There is also information on symposiums, talks and presentations attended and given by McIntosh.


  • Creation: 1955 - 1976


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This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Biographical / Historical

Stuart D. McIntosh, 1921-2015, was a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He studied chemistry in college and worked in the field until joining the Stanford Research Institute to work on text analysis and early computing. (1) McIntosh joined MIT in the School of Humanities and Social Science to work on his ADMINS system for file management and data analysis. He also worked with Political Science professors on the Joint Center’s Boston Health Information System Project and directed the MIT Bureau of Social Science Information. (2) He sold ADMINS, Inc. in 1987 and retired. (3)

1. “Stuart D. McIntosh Obituary,” The Boston Globe, January 18, 2015. Accessed May 23, 2020.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of the President. “Report of the President 1968,” 1968.

3. “Stuart D. McIntosh Obituary,” The Boston Globe, January 18, 2015. Accessed May 23, 2020.


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Revision Statements

  • 2020 May: Biographical note by Ashlynn August added.

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