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Northeastern University Division of Academic Computing records

 Collection
Identifier: A098

Overview

The Division of Academic Computing began in 1987 as a continuation of the academic computer services initiated by Dr. Knowles in 1959 with the purchase of the University's first computer and the establishment of the Computation Center, a support service for the research and teaching needs of faculty, research personnel, graduate students and some undergraduates. In 1981, the Computation Center was reorganized to reflect its growing importance. Its name changed to Academic Computer Services Department, and Paul Kalaghan, who would later become dean of the College of Computer Science, assumed responsibility for it. In 1987, in recognition of the changing character of academic computing, the Academic Computer Services department was reorganized into a new Division of Academic Computing, a planning, coordinating, and policy-making office directed by John Stuckey. Within this structure, the service group continued as the Computing Resource Center. In 1999, the Division of Academic Computing was reorganized into Information Services with services distributed into three departments: Academic Technology Services, Information Services Customer Service, and Network and Production Services.

Dates

  • 1959-1990

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

The records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.

Historical Note

The Division of Academic Computing began in 1987 as a continuation of the academic computer services initiated by Dr. Knowles in 1959 with the purchase of the University's first computer and the establishment of the Computation Center, a support service for the research and teaching needs of faculty, research personnel, graduate students and some undergraduates. In 1981, the Computation Center was reorganized to reflect its growing importance. Its name changed to Academic Computer Services Department, and Paul Kalaghan, who would later become dean of the College of Computer Science, assumed responsibility for it. In 1987, in recognition of the changing character of academic computing, the Academic Computer Services department was reorganized into a new Division of Academic Computing, a planning, coordinating, and policy-making office directed by John Stuckey. Within this structure, the service group continued as the Computing Resource Center. In 1999, the Division of Academic Computing was reorganized into Information Services with services distributed into three departments: Academic Technology Services, Information Services Customer Service, and Network and Production Services.

Chronology

  • 1959 Dr. Asa S. Knowles authorizes purchase of Northeastern University's first computer and establishes the Computation Center.
  • Richard I. Carter is appointed Director of the Computation Center.
  • 1981 Computation Center is reorganized into the Academic Computer Services Department.
  • Paul Kalaghan is appointed Director of Academic Computer Services Department.
  • 1987 Academic Computer Services Department is reorganized into the Division of Academic Computing.
  • John Stuckey is appointed Director of the Division of Academic Computing.
  • 1990 Glenn Pierce replaces John Stuckey as Director of the Division of Academic Computing.
  • 1999 Division of Academic Computing is reorganized as part of Information Services.
1959
Dr. Asa S. Knowles authorizes purchase of Northeastern University's first computer and establishes the Computation Center.
Richard I. Carter is appointed Director of the Computation Center.
1981
Computation Center is reorganized into the Academic Computer Services Department.
Paul Kalaghan is appointed Director of Academic Computer Services Department.
1987
Academic Computer Services Department is reorganized into the Division of Academic Computing.
John Stuckey is appointed Director of the Division of Academic Computing.
1990
Glenn Pierce replaces John Stuckey as Director of the Division of Academic Computing.
1999
Division of Academic Computing is reorganized as part of Information Services.

Extent

0.55 cubic feet (2 containers)

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.

Technical Access:

The panel discussion from Tufts University entitled, "Systems, Services, and Procedures" is recorded on reel-to-reel magnetic tape. Special arrangements need to be made to use this recording. Please contact the University Archivist for more information.

Physical Location

22/1, 26/2

Bibliography

  • Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University- Coming of Age: The Ryder Years, 1975-1989. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995. (LD4011.N22F732 1995).
  • Division of Academic Computing. "Home." http://www.dac.neu.edu/dac/ (accessed on Dec. 3, 2007).
Title
Finding aid for the Division of Academic Computing Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Marietta Carr
Date
April 2008
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US