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Guide to the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) records, 1954-1990 and undated

Abstract

The Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) was incorporated in 1965 as a cooperative venture between Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with the goal of providing main-frame computing services, such as electronic data and batch processing, to the universities, RTI International and others. It dissolved in 1990 due to financial difficulties, the increased use of personal computers, and disagreements among the partners.

Materials in the collection include administrative records, correspondence, meeting minutes, financial and statistical reports, memoranda, proposals, newsletters, photographs, slides, a scrapbook, and other materials from the Triangle Universities Computation Center.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Triangle Universities Computation Center
Title
Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) records 1954-1990 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
18.2 Linear Feet, 11,400 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The TUCC records spans the years 1954-1990. The collection is arranged into two series: Administrative Records, 1954-1990 and Visual Materials, 1966-1989 and undated.

Materials in the collection include administrative records, correspondence, meeting minutes, financial and statistical reports, memoranda, proposals, newsletters, photographs, slides, a scrapbook, and other materials from the Triangle Universities Computation Center.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Collection is open for use by researchers. In off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use excluding scrapbook and photographs which are located at the repository.

warning Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

These files consist of a variety of administrative materials, including reports, financial statements, correspondence, meeting minutes, grant proposals, and news articles documenting the history of TUCC. These materials detail the creation and initial funding of TUCC, its activities over the course of its operations, and its eventual dissolution in September, 1990.

Anniversary Celebration (10th & 20th) Information, 1975, 1986
Box 1
Annual Reports, 1970/71-1973/74
Box 1
Annual Reports, 1974/75-1977/78
Box 1
Annual Reports, 1987/79-1981/82
Box 1
Annual Reports, 1982/83-1986/87
Box 1
Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws, 1965-1989
Box 1
Assistant Directors' Meeting Minutes, 1972-1980
Box 1
Assistant Directors' Meeting Minutes, 1981-1984
Box 1
Assistant Directors' Meeting Minutes, 1985-1988
Box 1
Board of Directors Correspondence, 1967-1969
Box 1
Board of Directors Correspondence, 1975-1978
Box 1
Board of Directors Correspondence, 1983
Box 1
Board of Directors Correspondence, 1984
Box 1
Board of Directors Correspondence, 1985-1990
Box 1
Board of Directors Minutes, 1965
Box 1
Board of Directors Minutes, 1966
Box 1
Board of Directors Minutes, 1967
Box 1
Board of Directors Minutes, 1968
Box 1
Board of Directors Minutes, 1969
Box 1
Board of Directors Minutes, 1970
Box 1
Board of Directors Minutes, 1971 Jan-Jun
Box 1
Board of Directors Minutes, 1971 Jul-Dec
Box 1
Board of Directors Minutes, 1972 Jan-Jun
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1972 Jul-Dec
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1973 Jan-Jul
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1973 Aug-Dec
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1974 Jan-Jun
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1974 Jul-Dec
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1975
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1976
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1977
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1978 Jan-Sep
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1978 Oct-Dec
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1979
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1980 Jan-Jun
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1980 Jul-Dec
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1981 Jan-Jun
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1981 Jul-Dec
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1982 Jan-Jun
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1982 Jul-Dec
Box 2
Board of Directors Minutes, 1983 Jan-Jun
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1983 Jul-Dec
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1984
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1985 Jan-Jun
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1985 Jul-Dec
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1986 Jan-Jun
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1986 Jul-Dec
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1987
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1988
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1989 Jan-Jun
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1989 Jul-Dec
Box 3
Board of Directors Minutes, 1990
Box 3
Campus Center Directors (CCD) Meeting Minutes, 1973-1976
Box 3
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1977
Box 3
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1978
Box 3
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1979
Box 3
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1980
Box 4
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1981
Box 4
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1982 Jan-Jun
Box 4
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1982 Jul-Dec
Box 4
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1983
Box 4
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1984
Box 4
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1985
Box 4
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1986
Box 4
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1987
Box 4
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1988
Box 4
CCD Meeting Minutes, 1989-1990
Box 4
Campus Systems Programmers Meeting Minutes, 1970-1974
Box 4
Campus Systems Programmers (CSP) Meeting Minutes, 1975-1980
Box 4
CSP Meeting Minutes, 1981-1985
Box 4
CSP Meeting Minutes, 1986-1989
Box 4
Committee on Long Range Planning Minutes, 1966
Box 4
Communications, 1965-1966
Box 4
Computation Center Director's Meeting Minutes, 1967-1971
Box 4
Computation Center Director's Meeting Minutes, 1972
Box 5
Computation Center Director's Meeting Minutes, 1973
Box 5
Computation Center Director's Meeting Minutes, 1974 Jan-Jul
Box 5
Computation Center Director's Meeting Minutes, 1974 Sep-1975 Dec
Box 5
Computation Center Director's Meeting Minutes, 1976
Box 5
Computer Planning Committee Minutes and Correspondence, 1967 Jan-Aug
Box 5
Computer Planning Committee Minutes and Correspondence, 1967 Sep-Dec
Box 5
Computer Planning Committee Minutes and Correspondence, 1968
Box 5
Computer Planning Committee Minutes and Correspondence, 1969
Box 5
Correspondence, 1965
Box 5
Correspondence, 1966
Box 5
Correspondence, 1967-1968
Box 5
Document Demand, 1971-1972
Box 5
DoD Auditors, 1966
Box 5
Duke Data Channel Newsletter, 1988 May-Nov
Box 5
Equipment Purchase, 1969
Box 5
FE Status Meeting, 1982-1984
Box 5
Finance Committee Minutes, 1976
Box 5
Finance Committee Minutes, 1977
Box 5
Finance Committee Minutes, 1978
Box 5
Finance Committee Minutes, 1979
Box 5
Finance Committee Minutes, 1980
Box 5
Finance Committee Minutes, 1981
Box 6
Finance Committee Minutes, 1982-1985
Box 6
Finance Committee Minutes, 1986
Box 6
Finance Committee Minutes, 1987
Box 6
Finance Committee Minutes, 1988
Box 6
Finances, 1968-1970
Box 6
Financial Statements, 1966-1969
Box 6
Financial Statements, 1970-1972
Box 6
Financial Statements, 1973-1976
Box 6
Financial Statements, 1977-1981
Box 6
Financial Statements, 1982-1987
Box 6
Financial Statements, 1988-1990
Box 6
Historical Information on TUCC, 1965-1975 and undated
Box 6
History of TUCC, 1966-1985
Box 6
History RTC, 1964-1967
Box 6
IBM Correspondence, 1954-1969
Box 6
Installation Management Documents (IM002 - IM035, including Index), 1975-1987
Box 7
Internal Documents (IA001-IA047), 1984-1987
Box 7
Internal Documents (IM37-IM112), 1975-1988
Box 7
Long Range Technical Planning Committee Minutes, 1967-1968
Box 7
Memorandum (AC-01 through AC-37), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum (AD-01 through AD-23), 1965-1966
Box 7
Memorandum (GI-01 through GI-26), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum (IA-01 through IA-14), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum (IP-01 through IP-09), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum (IS-06 through IS-51), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum (LS-01 through LS-27), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum (NL-01), 1966
Box 7
Memorandum (OP-01 through OP-44), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum (PAD-01 through PAD-23), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum (TAD-01 through TAD-05), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum (TP-01 through TP-19), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum (WP-01 through WP-20), 1966-1967
Box 7
Memorandum - Administrative, 1968-1970
Box 7
Memorandum - Indexes and General, 1966-1967
Box 7
News Articles About TUCC, 1967-1975
Box 7
News Released From TUCC, 1966-1988
Box 7
Newspaper Articles - Supercomputer & TUCC's Demise, 1987-1988
Box 7
North Carolina Computer Orientation Project (NCCOP) Memorandum, 1966-1967
Box 7
North Carolina State University (NCSU) Computing Center Newsletter, 1988-1989
Box 7
Planning and Evaluation Committee Minutes, 1966-1968
Box 7
President's Correspondence, 1983 Jan-Jun
Box 7
President's Correspondence, 1983 Jul-Dec
Box 7
President's Correspondence, 1984 Jan-Jun
Box 8
President's Correspondence, 1984 Jul-Dec
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1981 Jan-Jun
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1981 Jun-Dec
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1982
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1985 Jan-Jun
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1985 Jun-Dec
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1986 Jan-Jun
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1986 Jun-Dec
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1987 Jan-Jun
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1988 Jan-Jun
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1988 Jun-Dec
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1989 Jan-Jun
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1989 Jun-Dec
Box 8
President and Director's Correspondence, 1990 Jan-Oct
Box 8
Purchase of TUCC Computer Correspondence, 1969
Box 8
Proposals - IBM, 1965-1967
Box 9
Proposals - NSF [Duke's proposal for the Modernization of the Computer Facilities], 1965 Feb
Box 9
Proposals - NSF [UNC's proposal for the Modernization of the Computer Facilities plus Amendment], 1965 Feb
Box 9
Proposals - NSF [Duke & NCSU proposal for the Establishment of TUCC], 1965 Jul
Box 9
Proposals - NSF [Duke's proposal for the Expansion of Computation Capacity], 1968 Sep
Box 9
Proposals - NSF [NCSU's proposal for the Expansion of Computation Capacity], 1968 Sep
Box 9
Proposals - NSF [UNC's proposal for the Expansion of Computation Capacity], 1968 Sep
Box 9
Proposals - NSF [Duke's proposal for a Computer Science Laboratory], 1968 Sep
Box 9
Proposals - NSF [Support of NCCOP], 1970 Apr
Box 9
Proposals - NSF [For Triangle Supercomputer Center], 1983 Dec-1984 May
Box 9
Proposals - NSF For Arpanet Access], 1985 Aug
Box 9
Proposals to TUCC - Control Data Corporation, 1965 Mar
Box 9
Proposals to TUCC - General Electric, 1965
Box 9
Proposals to TUCC - IBM, 1965 Mar
Box 9
President and Director's Correspondence, 1990 Jan-Oct
Box 9
Proposals to TUCC - Univac, 1965 Mar
Box 9
Rate Setting, 1965-1971 and undated
Box 10
Reports, 1966-1969
Box 10
Supernews (TUCC newsletter), 1984-1986
Box 10
System Programmers Meeting Minutes, 1971-1977
Box 10
Tax Exempt Status Correspondence, 1966-1969
Box 10
Tax Exempt Status Correspondence, 1971-1975
Box 10
TUCC Newsline, 1969-1973
Box 10
TUCC Output Newsletter, 1983-1988
Box 10
University Computing Center Committee Minutes, 1969-1971
Box 10
UNC Newsbrief, 1988 May-1989 May
Box 10
Utilization Reports, 1968-1970
Box 10
Williams, Leland H., 1961, 1985
Box 10
Wylbur Subcommittee Meeting Minutes, 1981-1983
Box 10

Materials in the collection include photographs (both black and white and color), color slides, microfilm reels, a scrapbook and videotape documenting social functions and operational activities related to the Triangle Universities Computation Center. Of particular interest are the microfilm reels copied by Control Data Corporation (CDC) at TUCC as part of their discovery procedure relative to the anti-trust suit against IBM. Due to the fragile nature of the materials, items in Box 11 are located in off-site storage.

Microfilm Reels, 1972
Box 11
Photograph Negatives, 1975 and undated
Box 11
Videotape - Dr. Williams lecture, 1973
Box 11
Scrapbook, 1965-1990
Box 12
TUCC Photographs, 1966, 1971, 1973-1975
Box 13
TUCC Photographs, 1975-1976, 1979
Box 13
TUCC Photographs, 1981, 1982-1983, 1986, 1989
Box 13
TUCC Photographs (Miscellaneous company events), undated
Box 13
TUCC Photographs (Operations/Employees), undated
Box 13
TUCC Photographs (Picnics), undated
Box 13
TUCC Slides, 1965-1967
Box 14
TUCC Slides (Duke), 1968
Box 14
TUCC Slides (NCSU, UNC), 1968
Box 14
TUCC Slides, 1971
Box 14
TUCC Slides, 1979
Box 14
TUCC Slides, 1982
Box 14
TUCC Slides, undated
Box 14

Historical Note

The Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) was incorporated in 1965 as a cooperative venture between Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Owned by all three universities, its primary goals were to provide each institution with adequate computing facilities as economically as possible, minimizing the number of system programming personnel and fostering greater cooperation between the universities with an exchange of system programs and ideas. Housed in the Science and Technology Research Center in centrally located Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, TUCC eventually expanded its main-frame computer services beyond the three universities, to support the electronic data processing needs of RTI International and other research organization located in RTP.

TUCC's decline began in the mid-1980s with an unsuccessful bid to purchase and operate a supercomputer in RTP, with the goal of transforming RTP into a "Southern Silicon Valley". This failed bid, coupled with increasing financial difficulties, the growing number of clients purchasing their own personal computers and thus needing fewer TUCC services, and escalating disagreements among member institutions about how the center should be run, ultimately lead to the dissolution of TUCC in September, 1990.

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) records were received by the University Archives as a series of transfers from 1974-2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Samouelian, November 2007

Encoded by Mary Samouelian, December 2007

Accessions 74-159, 78-36, 78-37, 78-150, A88-0015, A90-105, A93-1, A2000-15 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.