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Morton M. Astrahan (1924-1988) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 55/35
The Morton M. Astrahan Papers fill two boxes and span the period 1945-1988. The materials are organized into five major categories: biographical materials, personal correspondence, work-related materials, research files, papers and reports, and published articles.

The biographical materials and personal correspondence constitute only a small portion of the collection. The sparse personal correspondence, 1945-1988, includes correspondence not related to the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS).

The work-related folders include primarily materials relating to Astrahan's work with AFIPS. Included with this material is correspondence with the organization, as well as material relating to his contribution to the founding of the organization. Additionally, his work with the National Joint Computer Conference (NJCC) Committee is also reflected. This portion of the files spans the years 1961-1986. The only documentation of Astrahan's work with the IBM Corporation, consisting of Project Memoranda from 1953, is also included in this category.

The research files include Astrahan's research for two primary projects: the SAGE Defense System and the NJCC. Various articles, in some instances annotated by Astrahan, on these two topics may be found in these folders, as well as some hand-written notes made between 1979 and 1984. In addition, datebooks kept by Astrahan between 1976 and 1983 are filed here.

The final two categories of the collection consist of Astrahan's papers and articles. The first category consists of papers and reports, primarily those written (at least in part) by Astrahan during his time with IBM, but also includes some miscellaneous written contributions which were not published. The papers cover the period 1958-1985; the published articles span the period 1956-1983.

Dates

  • 1945-1988

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

2.00 Boxes

Abstract

The papers of Morton M. Astrahan (1924-1988) two boxes and span the period 1945-1988. These papers principally document his involvement with the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, and his work with the IBM corporation. The materials are organized into five major categories: biographical materials, personal correspondence, work-related materials, research files, papers and reports, and published articles.

Arrangement

The materials are organized into five major categories: biographical materials (arranged chronologically by date), personal correspondence, work-related materials (arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within folders), research files (arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within folders), papers and reports (arranged alphabetically by title), and published articles (arranged alphabetically by title).

Method of Acquisition

The Morton M. Astrahan Papers were donated to the University Archives by Mrs. Morton Astrahan on July 11, 1994 as Accession no. 94-97.

Separated Materials

Approximately three inches of extraneous materials and three inches of duplicate materials were returned to Mrs. Astrahan.

Processing Information

Kaia L. Even, Scott C. Maesch; March-June 1995.
Title
Guide to the Morton M. Astrahan (1924-1988) Papers
Author
Kaia L. Even, Scott C. Maesch
Date
01/03/1995
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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