Guide to the Papers of Thomas E. Kurtz , circa 1950 - 2008Manuscript MS-1144

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Thomas E. Kurtz , circa 1950 - 2008

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1144

Collection Dates:

circa 1950 - 2008

Size of Collection:

24 boxes (34.5 Linear feet)

Abstract:

Thomas Eugene Kurtz, computer scientist and programmer. Born in 1928. Codeveloped BASIC programming language in 1963/64 for the Dartmouth College DTSS (Dartmouth Time Sharing System.) The papers consist of correspondence, project notes, memos, drafts, manuals, academic papers, class notes, curriculum, presentation notes, books, textbooks, IBM punch cards, punch tape with various programs as well as journals and periodicals relating to the creation of BASIC for the DTSS.

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Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Thomas E. Kurtz chronicle his work in, and teaching of the first computer language BASIC. They include correspondence, project notes, memos, drafts, manuals, academic papers, class notes, curriculum, presentation notes, books, textbooks, IBM punch cards, punch tape with various programs as well as journals and periodicals relating to the creation of BASIC for the DTSS (Dartmouth Time Sharing System.)

Biography

Thomas Eugene Kurtz was born February 22, 1928. He graduated from Knox College in 1950, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1956. He joined the faculty at Dartmouth College as professor of mathematics the same year. In 1963, he co-designed with G. Kemeny the first computer language known as BASIC (Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) for Dartmouth's experimental time-sharing system (DTSS). From 1966-1975, he served as Director of Kiewit Computation Center at Dartmouth and from 1975-1978 ,he was the Director of Academic Computing. In 1980,he became the Director of Computer and Information Systems program at Dartmouth, a groundbreaking multidisciplinary graduate program. He held this position until 1988, after which he returned to teaching full-time as a professor of mathematics with an emphasis on statistics and computer science. He also served as the Council Chairman and Trustee to EDUCOM and NERComP, as well as on the Pierce Panel of the Presidents' Scientific Advisory Committee. In 1991, he received the Computer Pioneer Award and in 1994, was inducted as a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery.

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Series 1, Professional Papers, circa 1950-2008

Contains correspondence, manuals, notes, papers, agendas, proposals, user guides, newsletters, journals, periodicals, reports, computer punch tapes and cards, relating to the creation of the computer language BASIC for the Dartmouth time-sharing System (DTSS), as well as student papers, lecture notes and curricula related to Kurtz's teaching of mathematics and computer languages at Dartmouth College.

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Box: 1, Dates: 1962-1963

Reference manuals, system manuals, programing manuals from GE, General Electric's relating to the proposal of introducing computers to the Engineering and Mathematics department at Dartmouth College.

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Box: 2, Dates: 1973

Proposal for an American Standards Project Under Committee X3-The Basic Programming Language (Feb.12, 1973); correspondence; notes; official reports from the National Bureau of Science and reference manuals relating to this program; non US Standards documents and book "Specification for Standard BASIC" by G.M. Bull et. al.

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Box: 3, Dates: 1959-1963

Newsletters "The Royal Precision Electronic Computer" from Royal McBee, (1958-1961); newsletter "Poole News" (1959-1964); LPG-30 manuals (1959-1960); Dartmouth College Computation Center Memos (1959-1962); papers on programming from the DCCC (1962-1963); procedure manuals; DOPE- Dartmouth Oversimplified Programming Experiment paper.

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Box: 4, Dates: 1956-1965

Computer hole punch cards; notes for programing course 704 (1956-1957); FORTAN reference manual; IBM reference manuals; general information manuals.

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Box: 5, Dates: 1960-1963

16 Punch tapes for various programs (1960-1962); bulletins; course descriptions; SCALP coding sheets; primers.

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Box: 6, Dates: 1968-1982

Student thesis; DTSS catalogue; ,Kiewit Computation Center pamphlets; overhead projection sheets; Kiewit newsletters (1968-1979); user guide and manuals to Dartmouth College time-sharing system (1975,1977,1978,1981-1982).

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Box: 7, Dates: 1965-1975

Dartmouth ALGOL reference manuals; DTSS Background reference manuals; DTSS LISP manuals; DTSS Library programs manuals; system programmer reference manual;, DTSS FORTRAN manuals; DTSS COBOL Introduction textbook; DTSS COBOL reference manual; DTSS Operator's manual; DTSS APL manual; DTSS User Interface reference manual; user guide to DTSS; BASIC programmed instruction course book; GE program manuals.

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Box: 8, Dates: 1966-1979

Course notes for course 704; academic papers, graded exam sheets and term papers and other course materials for Math 16.

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Box: 9, Dates: 1973-1979

Project IMPRESS primer and related materials (1971;, Secondary School Publications on computer programing; academic papers; student manual; instructor manuals.

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Box: 10, Dates: 1956-1964

LPG-30 manuals and related materials; project reports; SCALP report; DARSIMCO, ALGOL related materials; some correspondence; Kaltman's project punch hole tapes; ALGOL, SCALP, POOL punch hole tapes.

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Box: 11, Dates: 1964-1991

Second Conference on Computer in the Undergraduate Curricula program (1971); Regional College Consortium Grant program (1968-1970); Dartmouth Computing Project Teaching Supplement 1-5 (1967); applications to the National Science Foundation; DTSS final report, 1967; BASIC II reference manuals; technical reports; FORTRAN 77 reference guide; ALGOL programming guide and translator; Ada 9X Requirement and Rationale (1990-1991); miscellaneous computing materials; some correspondence; lecture notes and overhead projector sheets (1964).

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Box: 12, Dates: 1971-1984

Project papers, lecture notes, and homework assignments and related materials to Math 28, Math 58, Math 26.

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Box: 13, Dates: 1970-1990

BASIC texts from around the world; "Programacao Em BASIC" by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz (Spanish,1987); Japanese text book "Full Basic" (1990); "Using BASIC" by Rich Didday and Rex Page (1981); "Introduction to BASIC Programming" by Gary Shelley and Thomas Cashman (1982); "BASIC" by M. Boillot and W. Horn (1976); "BASICO" by Jorge da Cunha Pereira Filho (Spanish,1981); "Entering BASIC" by John Sack and Judith Meadows Gabriel (1980), "BASIC" in Japanese (1982); "BASIC with Business Application" by Richard W. Lott (1977); "BASIC" by William F. Sharpe (1967); "Elementary BASIC" by John H. Watson (1982); "The BASIC Handbook" by David A. Lien (1978); "Elementary BASIC with Applications" by Mario V. Farina (1970); "BASIC "by C. Carl Pegels and Robert C. Verkler (1978); "Elementary BASIC" by Henry Ledgard and Andrew Singer (1982); "Simplified BASIC Programming:With Companion Problems" by Lisa and Judah Rosenblatt (1973); "Problem Solving and Structured Programming in" BASIC by Eliot B. Koffman and Frank L. Friedman (1979); Russian Book; "Fifty Basic Exercises" by Jean-Pierre Lamoiter in Japanese (1980); "Computer Literacy" by Arthur Luerhman and Herbert Peckham (1982); "Computers, BASIC and Physics" by Herbert D, Peckham (1971); "Programing with BASIC" by Byron Gottfried (1975); "Applied Structured BASIC" by Ageloff and Mojena (1985); "BASIC Programming" by John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz (1967;, "BASIC Programming" by Van Court Hare Jr. (1970); "Programmeertaal Elementair BASIC" in Dutch (1975); "Prime Computer-The BASIC/VM Programmer's Guide" by Laura Douros (1979); Using BASIC on the Cyber by Norman Sondak (1982); Computer Programming in BASIC by Joseph Pavlovich (1971); "BASIC Language Manual" by C William Gear (1978); "BASIC for Everyone" by Thomas Worth (1976); "BASIC for Beginners" by William Gateley (1970); "BASIC Computer Programming" by Thomas C. Bartee (1981); 2 Japanese books on BASIC.

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Box: 14, Dates: circa 1960-1978

Text and Metafont by Donald E. Knuth; correspondence and reports on formatting, networking and related, computer issues; bulletins; clippings; journal articles; IBM 704 manuals (1960s); user manuals created for DTSS by Kurtz and associates; program lists (1960's); notes and computations; two hardcover notebooks with computations; computer printouts.

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Box: 15, Dates: circa 1950 -1983

Periodical "Fortune" (8/1967); "Dartmouth Structured User Guide TM 128" (1983); "Basic" by Waite and Mather 6th edition (1971); "Basic" 5th edition (1970); Basic Manual (1969); Basic Manuals (1964); computer magazines; Dartmouth Alumni Journal; reports on mathematical education and professional opportunities in mathematics (1950's to 1960's); overhead projector sheets; academic papers on computing and related issues; notes, journals, newspaper articles.

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Box: 16, Dates: 1990-1991

Correspondence with ISO (International Standards Organization); X3 subgroup letter ballot; mailings; meeting notes with annotations related to X3 and other standards issues.

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Box: 17, Dates: 1973-1978

Manuals related to standards ANSI, ECMA, ISO and a Japanese one; set up, minutes and documents for X3 J2(1973-1975); AMS committee correspondence; computer printouts; proposals.

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Box: 18, Dates: 1964-1983

Draft and ballots related to X3J2 (1964-1980); correspondence related to X3J2 (1978-1983).

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Box: 19, Dates: 1981-1982

Reports, academic papers, correspondence, mailings and other documents related to X3J2.

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Box: 20, Dates: 1984-1986

Kurtz resignation as Chair of Technical Committee X3J2 letter dated 1/24/1984, and other drafts and documents related to X3J2.

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Box: 21, Dates: 1974-1990

Correspondence with ECMA (European Computer Manufacturers Association) as well as drafts, reports, meeting notes, proposals, memos related to ISO, ECMA and the X3J2 program.

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Box: 22, Dates: 1990-1993

Notes, memos, ballots, e-mails, correspondence, BASIC computer programs with keys and other documents related to ISO and X3J2

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Box: 23, Dates: 1978-1991

Correspondence, notes, memos, specs, proposals and drafts related to ISO, ANSI and X3J2.

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Box: 24, Dates: 1977-2008

Correspondence, meeting notes, agendas related to ISO, X3J2, minimal BASIC features and ECMA Graphics Module.

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