Hey kid, I’m a computer.

UNIVAC 1105 in the Carolina Computation Center, Phillips Hall in the Academic Technology and Networks of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40224, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A new University Archives collection is available as of last week. Academic Technology and Networks (ATN), a predecessor of  Information Technology Services (ITS), includes many of the files of Judith Hallman, who worked for the university in a number of technological capacities before her retirement and whose contributions to the development of computing on campus will be felt for years to come.

The present records include a lot of material relating to early computing efforts of the university: images of campus’s early computer systems (including the above UNIVAC 1105), the development of the Carolina Computation Center, and the evolution of the Internet on campus. Catalogs of programs and operating manuals from the 1970s offer a glimpse of the complexity of systems today’s computer users often take for granted.

Communicating With System 360/370, the Carolina Computation Center's manual regarding the IBM System/360 and System/370, 1974 in the Academic Technology and Networks of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40224, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Since retiring, Hallman has been no slouch. She digitized many of the photographs from the records before transferring them to the University Archives. You can check them out here (the images gracing this post were digitized as part of her effort).

This week also marks the 52nd anniversary of the UNIVAC 1105’s dedication. After its purchase by the university, the floors of Phillips Hall had to be reinforced with steel beams before the machine could be installed. Perhaps fitting, the most recent items in the ATN records include fleeting mention of the Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI), at the time a new plan. While CCI moved the university away from its room-sized computing past, the infrastructure and legacy left by the UNIVAC and its mainframe successors are important milestones in the development of our information-rich campus.

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2 Responses to Hey kid, I’m a computer.

  1. Michael Hughes says:

    Stop all the downloading!

  2. Pingback: New collections available! Science Fiction! Recreation! Acronyms! |

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