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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oral History Program, oral history interviews on computers at MIT

 Collection
Identifier: MC-0131

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of supporting documents for and tapes of interviews which discuss Project Whirlwind, Project MAC, and the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, all at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There are transcripts only for the interviews with Hazen, Forrester, Perlis, and Carr (draft). Also includes transcripts and notes of a seminar, "Attitudes Towards Artificial Intelligence," with Philip Morrison, Jerome Lettvin, and Joseph Weisenbaum, and a lecture by Philip Morse of personal reminiscences of computer development.

The five interviewees were John W. Carr, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania; Robert R. Everett, president of the Mitre Corporation; Jay W. Forrester, professor of management at MIT; Harold L. Hazen, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT; and Alan J. Perlis, chair of the department of computer science at Yale University.

Dates

  • 1976 - 1977

Creator

Access note

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.

Historical note

Marc Miller of the Massachusetts Instittue of Technology (MIT) Oral History Program interviewed five people in 1977 to document their participation in Project Whirlwind at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as their subsequent work on computers. Project Whirlwind, sponsored by the United States Office of Naval Research, produced the first high speed electronic digital computer able to operate in real time and that could be used as a practical device for controlling manufacturing processes or directing airplane traffic. The five interviewees were John W. Carr, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania; Robert R. Everett, president of the Mitre Corporation; Jay W. Forrester, professor of management at MIT; Harold L. Hazen, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT; and Alan J. Perlis, chair of the department of computer science at Yale University.

Extent

1.5 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes) : 19 audio cassettes + folders + bound items

Language of Materials

English

Processing Information note

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Creator

Title
Guide to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Oral History Program, Oral History Interviews on Computers at MIT, 1976-1977
Status
Under Revision
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 18 July 2019: Updated access and subject notes.

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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