Joseph Weizenbaum personal archives
Scope and Contents
The Joseph Weizenbaum personal archives span the approximate years of 1960 to 1999.
Materials include: theses, publications, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and administrative files.
The only known born-digital material (non-printouts) are files from a 5.25 inch floppy disk in box 16. It is a Pascal computer program, SONIA, written by Thomas Broome III and sent to Weizenbaum. It includes DOS executable files and Pascal source code in plain text.
- circa 1960s-1990s
- Weizenbaum, Joseph (Person)
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Joseph Weizenbaum was appointed professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) July 1, 1970.
19 Cubic Feet (19 record cartons)
.546 Megabytes (9 digital files, including one disk image)
Language of Materials
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
The born-digital files in the collection are executible program files are meant to run on a computer running the operating system, DOS 2.0, which you may need an emulator to use on a present-day computer. The source code is plain text and can be inspected in a text editor.
Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Digital files originally on 5.25 floppy disk in collection. Extracted by digital archivist, Joe Carrano, in May 2022
Processing Information note
Unprocessed until Deed of Gift is completed.
Processing Information note
Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.
Digital archivist, Joe Carrano copied the digital files on 5.25 inch floppy disk using the Kryoflux software. The files were extracted using the tsk_recover program.
- Personal Archives of Joseph Weizenbaum
- Transfer List of Material
- Ready For Review
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2021 August 13: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.
- 2022 May 31: Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, updated the extent, collection-level notes, and listing to reflect digital media transfer accession 2022-069
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