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Morton M. Astrahan (1924-1988) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 55/35

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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 non-AFIPS-related correspondence. Material in both folders is arranged chronologically by date.

The work-related folders include primarily materials relating to Astrahan's work with the 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 JCC 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. These folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within folders.

The research files include Astrahan's research for two primary projects: the SAGE Defense System and the JCC. 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. These files are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within folders.

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 and are arranged alphabetically by title. Astrahan's published articles are also arranged alphabetically by title and 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 archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

2.00 Boxes

Abstract

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 non-AFIPS-related correspondence. Material in both folders is arranged chronologically by date.
The work-related folders include primarily materials relating to Astrahan's work with the 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 JCC 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. These folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within folders.

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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