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American Federation of Information Processing Societies

Collection Creator:
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
SHARE (Association)  Search this
Collection Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The series documents the American federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) activities during the late sixties, when the donor, Paul Armer, served as Chairman of the AFIPS Committee on the Social Implications of Information Processing Technology, as Vice President, and as President of AFIPS. AFIPS (the American Federation of Information Processing Societies) was organized on 10 May 1961. The founding societies were the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Institute of Radio Engineers (later combined to form the IEEE), and the Association for Computing Machinery. Prior to the founding of AFIPS, members of its founding societies began in 1951 to sponsor the Eastern and Western Joint Computer Conferences through the National Joint Computer Committee. The founding of AFIPS was a response to the perceived need of expanding the functions of that Committee.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0323, Series 4
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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American Federation of Information Processing Societies, 1967

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American History. Department of History of Science  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 31
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Box 30 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession T90005, National Museum of American History. Department of History of Science, Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc., 1981

Collection Creator::
National Museum of American History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 61 of 108
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 334, National Museum of American History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Computer History agreement - American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) and Smithsonian Institution, 1973-1974

Collection Creator::
National Museum of History and Technology. Section of Mathematics  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-068, National Museum of History and Technology. Section of Mathematics, Research Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS), Computer History Project, 1969

Collection Creator::
Multhauf, Robert P.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7467, Robert P. Multhauf Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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TR 32-1490. Reliability Analysis and Architecture of a Hybrid-Redundant System: Generalized Triple Modular Redundancy with Self-Repair (Mathur and AviĹžienis; Proceedings of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies Conference, Atlanti...

Collection Creator:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory. University of California.  Search this
Container:
Box 49, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
5-7 May 1970
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Citation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Publications Collection, Acc. XXXX.0612, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Paul Armer Collection

Creator:
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
SHARE (Association)  Search this
Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Former owner:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Names:
Rand Corporation  Search this
Extent:
5 Cubic feet (15 document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Memorandums
Correspondence
Minutes
Date:
1949-1970
Summary:
The collection documents computing organizations in which Paul Armer was active.
Scope and Contents:
The collection represents files of the organizations noted above in which Armer was active. It includes minutes of meetings, correspondence (of Armer and others) and memoranda relating to the organizations and their committees. Published papers and rough drafts of articles on a wide range of subjects related to computer uses and applications are also included. Reports and summaries of meetings and symposia cover a variety of issues relating to computers and information processing. All of the material is carefully grouped in folders labeled by subject and in chronological order. Additional material relating to Paul Armer's career is contained in oral histories in NMAH Archives Center Collections.
Arrangement:
The Collection is divided into four series.

Series 1: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Series 2: National Joint Computer Committee (NJCC)

Series 3: SHARE

Series 4: American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS)
Biographical / Historical:
Paul Armer, an employee of the Rand Corporation, was a pioneer in computer development on the West Coast in the 1950s and 1960s. He was an officer of the Los Angeles chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in the 1950s and served on its National Council in 1958-1960 and 1964-1968. He participated in the ACM National Lectureship Series in 1966 67. He also represented the ACM on the National Joint Computer Committee, (NJCC) in 1958 61 and was vice chair of NJCC during 1959-1960. Armer was president of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) in 1968-1969.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Paul Armer, 1989.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Information processing, human  Search this
Human information processing  Search this
Computers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Memorandums
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Minutes
Citation:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0323
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Research Records

Creator::
National Museum of History and Technology. Section of Mathematics  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Picture postcards
Floor plans
Date:
1968-1974, 1980
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document projects and exhibitions managed or created by the Section of Mathematics. Topics covered include the Computer History Project (CHP), the Technological Augmentation of Cognition conferences, and the exhibitions: 1876: A Centennial Exhibition and Theorems in Color.

The Computer History Project was a joint research effort between the Smithsonian Institution and the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) to gather information on the development of computer technology. The project closed in 1974. 1876: A Centennial Exhibition was a recreation of the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876 at the Arts and Industries Building. Theorems in Color consisted of an exhibition of 32 paintings based on mathematical theorems by Crockett Johnson, author of Harold and the Purple Crayon and the Barnaby comic strip. People documented in the collection include Uta C. Merzbach, Curator of Mathematics and Henry S. Tropp, CHP Principal Investigator.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, agreements, contracts, floor plans, conference proceedings, object lists, exhibition scripts, press releases, postcards, and notes.
Topic:
Computers -- History  Search this
Mathematics  Search this
Painting  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Picture postcards
Floor plans
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-068, National Museum of History and Technology. Section of Mathematics, Research Records
Identifier:
Accession 17-068
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Special Projects Records

Creator:
National Museum of History and Technology, Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
0.8 linear meter.
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1953-1978
Descriptive Entry:
These records of special projects in the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT), as well as throughout the Smithsonian, focus on several major activities, including the Computer History Project in cooperation with the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS), the bicentennial celebration of James Smithson's birth, acquisition of a flag from each of the fifty states, and a proposed historic studies center. Records include press releases; audit reports; minutes of the Advisory Committee for the Computer History Project; memoranda and correspondence relating to the computer history exhibit, an oral history project on computer history; the role of the principal investigators in the AFIPS project; newspaper and magazine articles; photographs; correspondence with speakers, foreign and domestic invitees, charitable foundations, and the International Council of Museums for the Smithson bicentennial; correspondence with governors and other state executive officials concerning the states' flag project; proposed budgets, correspondence, copies of federal legislation, and proposal for a historic studies center in NMHT; correspondence and memoranda concerning the "Atoms for Peace" exhibit by the Atomic Energy Commission; correspondence, memoranda, magazine articles, and photographs relating to a McGraw-Hill publication editorial advocating a proposed national museum of engineering and industry; speech by Leonard Carmichael, news releases, correspondence, and memoranda concerning a National Conference of Business Paper Editors; and correspondence and teachers' guidebooks to various Smithsonian exhibit halls for the Washington Area School Study Council.
Topic:
Science museums.  Search this
Historical museums.  Search this
Museums -- Administration.  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 279, National Museum of History and Technology, Office of the Director, Special Projects Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 279
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Robert P. Multhauf Papers

Topic:
Isis (Serial)
Creator::
Multhauf, Robert P.  Search this
Extent:
7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
circa 1957-1987
Descriptive Entry:
These papers consist largely of correspondence documenting Multhauf's participation in various national and international organizations, most notably the American Council of Learned Societies, History of Science Society, International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, National Air and Space Administration Historical Committee, Society for the History of Technology, and American Federation of Information Processing Societies. In addition there are manuscripts of published and unpublished articles; copies of major publications including The Origins of Chemistry and A History of Common Salt; research notes; photographs of Multhauf at symposiums; and records pertaining to Isis, for which Multhauf was Editor.
Historical Note:
Robert P. Multhauf (1919-2004), historian of science, was born in Sioux City, South Dakota. He graduated from Iowa State University, B.S., 1941, and received his M.A., 1950, and Ph.D., 1953, from the University of California at Berkeley. Multhauf was employed by the Smithsonian Institution as Associate Curator for the Division of Engineering, United States National Museum (USNM), in 1954. The following year he became Curator of the Division and in 1957 was appointed Head Curator of the Department of Engineering and Industries at USNM. When USNM was reorganized and the Museum of History and Technology (MHT) was established in 1957, Multhauf became Head Curator for the Department of Science and Technology under MHT. He also served as Acting Curator of the Division of Physical Sciences within the Department.

In 1966, Multhauf was appointed Director of MHT and served in this capacity until 1969, the year MHT was renamed the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT). Afterwards he became Senior Scientific Scholar of the Department of Science and Technology, 1970-1977, and for the Department of the History of Science, 1978-1979, at NMHT. Multhauf joined the staff of the Office of Senior Historians in 1980, when NMHT was renamed the National Museum of American History, and retired from the Smithsonian Institution in 1987.
Topic:
Chemistry  Search this
Science -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7467, Robert P. Multhauf Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7467
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folders 5-6 Computer History Project (AFIPS), 1967-1970. Includes background information on the joint project between the Smithsonian and the American Federation of Information Processing Societies

Collection Creator:
National Museum of History and Technology, Office of the Director  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 279, National Museum of History and Technology, Office of the Director, Special Projects Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Contract Number n/a, Fund 8229 and 5664; "Computer History Project," National Museum of History and Technology, Silvio L. Bedini and Daniel Boorstin. Contracting Agency: American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. 1971-1975 (2 folders).

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, Contracts Office  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 295, Smithsonian Institution, Contracts Office, Grants and Contracts
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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West Indies Project. Date Range: 7 August 1968 to 15 November 1968

Collection Creator:
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
SHARE (Association)  Search this
Collection Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 13
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
This appears to be a MISCELLANEOUS file; it is possible that only one memorandum (4 September 1968) pertains to the West Indies Project
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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JCC Board/AFIPS Executive Committee Meeting 4/22 23/69

Collection Creator:
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
SHARE (Association)  Search this
Collection Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 14
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Note: Attached documents include materials of earlier date.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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AFIPS chron file 1968-1970,

Collection Creator:
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
SHARE (Association)  Search this
Collection Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 8
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Copies of outgoing correspondence of Paul Armer as Vice President, President (1968 69), and Past President of AFIPS, 2 February 1968 to 4 May 1970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Social Implications Committee. Correspondence pertaining to the AFIPS Social Implications Committee, and related materials. Date Range: 9 April 1964 to 16 June 1969

Collection Creator:
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
SHARE (Association)  Search this
Collection Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Task Force on AFIPS Proceedings Committee Memorandum pertaining to the Task Force on AFIPS Proceedings. Date: 10 July 1966

Collection Creator:
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
SHARE (Association)  Search this
Collection Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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AFIPS Press, Date Range: 25 April 1967 to April 21, 1969

Collection Creator:
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
SHARE (Association)  Search this
Collection Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Asmus, H. G. Date: 14 May 1968

Collection Creator:
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
SHARE (Association)  Search this
Collection Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Cruzen, D.R. Date: 14 May 1968

Collection Creator:
Armer, Paul, 1924- (computer technician)  Search this
SHARE (Association)  Search this
Collection Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paul Armer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paul Armer Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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