Physical Sciences, Division of (NMAH, Smithsonian Institution)
2.5 cu. ft.: 6 boxes, 1 oversize folder
Hopper received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale (1934); she was associate professor of mathematics at Vassar when she joined the WAVES in 1944 and was assigned to the computing project at Harvard, where she served as a WAVE until 1946 and then as a research fellow until 1949. Subsequently she worked in Remington Rand and UNIVAC and later returned to the Navy from which she retired as Rear Admiral.
Includes technical notes, operating instructions and descriptions of projects which Hopper participated in at Harvard during and after World War II and later in the private sector. The projects involved creation of the Navy's Mark I, II and III "mechanical calculators" (fore-runner of today's computer) and the UNIAC and ENIAC civilian models. Many photographs of equipment and of Hopper and her colleagues; numerous published articles and memoranda by Hopper and others on technical aspects of computers; newspaper and periodical clippings and periodicals and brochures give technical information on computers. A "humor file" contains jokes and anecdotes collected by Hopper.
Grace Murray Hopper Collection, 1944-1965, Archives Center, National Museum of American History