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"Twenty-Five Years of FORTRAN" (Exhibit, 1957-1982) International Business Machines Corporation Collection

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1983-003

Scope and Content

This exhibit was created by IBM for the 25th anniversary of the programming language FORTRAN in 1982. Materials include photographs of FORTRAN pioneers, facsimiles of documents, textual analysis, flow charts, memorabilia, FORTRAN manuals and other publications, and a twelve-minute videotape on the history of FORTRAN starring the members of the original FORTRAN development team: John Backus, Sheldon Best, Richard Goldberg, Lois Mitchell Haibt, Harlan Herrick, Grace Mitchell, Robert Nelson, Roy Nutt, David Sayre, Peter Sheridan, and Irving Ziller.

Dates

  • 1982

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Condition Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Historical Note

Fortran is a programming language developed by John Backus and IBM in 1957. Pioneer Day was celebrated on June 9, 1982, at the National Computer Conference in honor of the 25th anniversary of the delivery of the first FORTRAN compiler. IBM created and displayed this exhibit at the celebration.

Extent

5 Cubic Feet (1 folder; 10 oversize)

Abstract

Pioneer Day was celebrated on June 9, 1982, at the National Computer Conference in honor of the 25th anniversary of the delivery of the first FORTRAN compiler. As part of the celebration IBM created and displayed this exhibit. Materials include photographs of FORTRAN pioneers, facsimiles of documents, textual analysis, flow charts, memorabilia, FORTRAN manuals and other publications, and a twelve-minute videotape on the history of FORTRAN.

Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 1982 and prior to 1984.

Related Archival Materials

See also the John A. N. Lee Papers. Lee was a professor of computer science at Virginia Tech interested in the history of computer programming and involved in the 25th anniversary of Fortran in 1982.

Separated Materials

[ALL ITEMS should be entered using the sub note using an ordered list. ALL ITEMS should be in alphabetical order by title (books and serials should be interfiled)--items can be dropped and dragged, they do not need to be entered in order.

Book titles should be listed as: Title, year (when known)

Serial publications should be listed as: Serial title, number/issue, year (when known)]
  1. Sample book title, 1984
  2. Sample serial title, No. 1, 1984 OR Sample serial title, No. 1, Vol. 3, 1984 OR Sample serial title, Fall 1984 etc. Whatever makes the most sense based on available information

Separated Materials

Several publications have been seperated to the Rare Book Collection.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the "Twenty-Five Years of FORTRAN" (Exhibit, 1957-1982) International Business Machines Corporation Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. Minimal description was completed prior to 2002 with minor additions in 2021.
Title
"Twenty-Five Years of FORTRAN" (Exhibit, 1957-1982) International Business Machines Corporation Collection, 1982
Status
Unprocessed
Author
Special Collections and University Archives Staff
Date
2014 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308