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Preliminary Guide to the Thomas M. Gallie Papers, 1955 - 1972

Abstract

Thomas M. Gallie served as Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Computer Science Program at Duke University, and as leader of Triangle Universities Computation Center and the N.C. Educational Computing Services initiatives. The Gallie papers include correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, financial records, and grant proposals. Major subjects include the Duke University Department of Mathematics, the Department of Computer Science, N.C. Educational Computing Services, Triangle Universities Computation Center, computing at Duke University, computing in medical services, and computerized phonetic transcriptions. Materials range in date from 1955-1972.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Thomas M. Gallie papers, 1955 - 1972
Creator
Gallie, Thomas M.
Extent
9.0 Linear Feet , 6,000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The Gallie papers include correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, financial records, and grant proposals pertaining to the career of Thomas M. Gallie, the Triangle Universities Computation Center, and computing at Duke University. Materials range in date from 1955-1972.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1955-1969, undated

Personal and professional correspondence regarding North Carolina Computer Education Center, IBM, computers, accounting machines, Duke University Digital Computing Laboratory, North Carolina Computer Orientation Projects. Also includes a large amount of correspondence from Louis Parker of North Carolina Computer Orientation Projects on general curriculum development.

Box 1
Triangle Universities Computing Center correspondence, 1963-1970, undated
Box 2
National Science Foundation (NSF)-ALGOL Grant, 1961-1963
Box 2
Calculations
Box 2
Character Set 149, 1962-1974
Box 2
ESSO, 1964
Box 2
Myocardial Infarction Research Unit (MIRU), 1967-1968
Box 2
Conference on Computer Education in North Carolina, 1964-1966
Box 2
Math Building, construction proposal, background research, grant notes, 1960-1963
Box 2
National Science Foundation proposals, 1958-1961
Box 2
Association for Computing Machinery (includes U.S. Army Audit Agency), 1957-1964
Box 2
Photograph, "IBM Customer Executive Class No. 6090," 1960
Box 2
Committee on Digital Computers, 1958-1963
Box 2
Publicity letters from user groups
Box 2
Guidance for Users of Integrated Data Processing
Box 3
Budget, 1958-1960
Box 3
National Science Foundation proposal for a Summer Institute at Duke University
Box 3
North Carolina Computer Orientation Project (contains various proposals from N.C. colleges and universities), 1966-1970
Box 3
Miscellaneous, 1958-1970
Box 3
Diary of Thomas Gallie, 1959
Box 3
Financial materials relating to grants
Box 3
Computer Planning Committee, 1968-1969
Box 3
Air Force AFSOR 62-164
Box 3
Financial, 1962-1963
Box 3
Duke University Data Acquisition System, proposal
Box 3
IBM proposal, Duke University
Box 3
Triangle Universities
Box 3
National Science Foundation proposal, amendment
Box 3
Budgets, 1958-1960
Box 3
National Science Foundation, Triangle Universities
Box 3
National Science Foundation, Control Data Corporation
Box 3
National Science Foundation, Modernization of the Duke University Digital Computing Laboratory
Box 3
Duke University Computing Laboratory, annual summaries, 1956-1967

Include correspondence, receipts, reports, instructional manuals, financial materials, and clippings

6 bound volumes
Box 4
Instruction Totals, 1962-1964
Box 4
Maintenance Totals, 1962-1964
Box 4
Supported Totals, 1962-1964
Box 4
Unsupported Totals, 1962-1964
Box 4
Annual Summaries, 1963-1964
Box 4
Memos, 1946-1947
Box 5
Systems, Share, 1967
Box 5
Minutes, 1967-1969
Box 5
1970-1971
Box 5
Teleprocessing, 1967
Box 5
Duke University vs. IBM, 1965-1967
Box 5
National Science Foundation proposal, Duke University and Triangle Universities Computation Center, 1968
Box 5
Long Range Computer Planning Committee
Box 5
National Science Foundation grant proposals
Box 5
Computing Laboratories summaries, 1964-1966
Box 5
IBM proposal, background materials, June 1963
Box 5
Control Data proposal to Duke University, 1965
Box 5
Research notes for a presentation made to Greek doctors

Some materials in Greek. Includes rules for using a computer to phonetically transcribe Greek.

Box 5
Duke University Computer Science Program, ca. 1970
Box 6
Triangle Universities Computing Center materials, miscellaneous, 1970-1972
Box 6
Data processing and hospital administration
Box 6
Statistical processing of sociological data
Box 6
Judy Gabor files [relating to the Duke University Computing Center]
Box 6

Historical Note

Thomas M. Gallie was born in 1925 in New York City. He was educated at Harvard University (A.B., 1947), University of Texas (M.A., 1949), and Rice University (M.A., 1952, Ph.D., 1954). Gallie came to Duke University in 1954, where he served as a Research Instructor, Assistant Professor, and Professor of Mathematics and Biomathematics (1967-1971). He also held a variety of positions within Duke University's Computer Science Program, including Director of Undergraduate Studies (1974 and 1980), Director of Graduate Studies (1977-1978), and Acting Chair of the department (1982-1984).

In 1965, Gallie became the chair of the Board of Directors of the new Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC), established at Duke University. He served for several years, authoring proposals and implementing new computer systems in Triangle-area universities. The TUCC was a cooperative venture of Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to provide main-frame computing services to the universities, the Research Triangle Institute, and others. The TUCC shut down in 1990 due to financial difficulties, citing the increased use of personal computers, and disagreements among the partners. Although TUCC dissolved, Duke University Computation Center continued. In 1995, the Computation Center became part of the Office of Information Technology.

In addition to his computing work at Duke University, Gallie also held leadership positions with the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina and the North Carolina Educational Computing Service. He was a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the Association for Computing Machinery, Sigma Xi, the Society for International and Applied Mathematics, and the American Association of University Professors. He also served on the Technical Advisory Board of the Durham (N.C.) City Schools. Gallie conducted research in Switzerland and Venezuela, and was a consultant to the Office of Naval Research Committee on Underseas Warfare and the National Science Foundation.

Gallie's major research interests have included pure and numerical mathematics, computer compiler and processor construction, syntax recognition, surface mapping cardiology and electrophysiology, triangulation, hospital and medical functions of computers, computerized phonetic transcription, computer graphics, computer and mathematics education, complex variable theory, numerical analysis, and real-time computing. Gallie is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Duke University.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Computation Center records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Computer Center records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Department of Computer Science records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Triangle University Computation Center records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Vice Chancellor for Data Processing records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas M. Gallie Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Thomas M. Gallie Papers was received by the University Archives as a gift in 1972-1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn

Completed March 2003

This collection is partially processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Encoded by Jill Katte, September 2003

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.