Guide to the Department of Computer Science records, 1961-1978


The Department of Computer Science originally formed as the Computer Science Program in 1971. It became a department in 1973. The files in this collection concern the origin and formation of the Department and include much information about the Duke University Computation Center (DUCC) and the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC). Materials range in date from 1961-1978.

Collection Details

Record Group
Department of Computer Science records
Duke University. Department of Computer Science
1.5 Linear Feet, 1500 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains materials regarding the origin and formation of the Department of Computer Science and includes reports, budgetary information, faculty biosketches, memos, minutes and miscellaneous items. Dates range from 1961-1978.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Department of Computer Science Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Undergraduate Programs1972-1978
Box 1
Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC)
Box 1
Council Meeting Agendas1966
Box 1
Long Range Computer Planning Committee Minutes1966-1967
Box 1
LRP Committee - Technical Alternatives Subcommittee
Box 1
T.U.C.C. Board of Directors, Minutes1966-1967
Box 1
Hoyler and Rate-Setting1964-1966
Box 1
Chaddock et al - NSF Proposal 1969-1972
Box 2
NSF Proposals and Department Budgets 1969
Box 2
T.U.C.C. - Fiscal Summaries 1961-1966
Box 2
Patrick - NSF Proposal 1967-1970
Box 2
Volpp Subcommittee Hearings 1968
Box 2
Presentation to Provost Regarding T.U.C.C. 1968
Box 2
Letters from T.U.C.C. 1966-1967
Box 2
Letters from UNC 1966
Box 2
Letters from NC State 1966-1967
Box 2
Institutional Data Processing - Correspondence, Budgets, Reports 1966-1968
Box 2
Department Progress Reports 1975-1976
Box 3
Department Program Information 1967-1977
Box 3
School of Business Administration - MBA Degree 1968
Box 3
Department of Business Administration - Proposed Courses 1969
Box 3
Computer Science Program Information and Budget 1969-1970
Box 3
Biographical Sketches of Computer Science Faculty
Box 3
Computers Committees 1964-1966
Box 3
Digital Computing Laboratory - Financial Summary Sheets 1966-1967
Box 3
Computer Advisory Committee Memos 1967-1969
Box 3
Review of Requirements and Resources for Computing at Duke 1969
Box 3
Computer Planning Committee Memos 1968-1969
Box 3

Historical Note

The Computer Science Program was initiated in January 1971. It was conceived to provide courses on the theory of computer design, capabilities and use. Although students could not major in computer science at the undergraduate level, graduate courses were taught, especially in conjunction with the Engineering and Mathematics programs. By the 1973-1974 academic year, the Computer Science Program had become the Department of Computer Science, which allowed students to major in computer science and obtain a B. S.

Department of Computer Science Chairs

Date Event(s)
1971-1973 Thomas Muir Gallie, Jr., Director of the CSP
1973-1974 Merrill Lee Patrick
1974-1979 Donald W. Loveland
1979-1983 Merrill Lee Patrick
1983-1985 Thomas Muir Gallie, Jr.
1985-1992 Donald J. Rose
1992-1994 Donald W. Loveland
1994-2002 Jeffrey Vitter
2002-2005 Alan Biermann
2005- Pankaj Agarwal

Related Material

  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • Thomas M. Gallie Papers, 1955-1972 (Duke University Archives)
  • Biographical Reference Collection, 1972-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • Terry Sanford Records and Papers, 1945-1998 (Duke University Archives)

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The Department of Computer Science records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1974, 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, July 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, July 2006

Accessions A74-135, A78-138 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.