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Bruce Gilchrist Papers, 1960-1973. Finding Aid.

Summary Information
Title: Bruce Gilchrist papers
Dates: 1960-1973
Creator: Gilchrist, Bruce
Extent: 4 boxes (1.6 cubic feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: CBI 76
Collection contains chronological files which contain outgoing correspondence relating to Bruce Gilchrist's duties as an officer of the ACM and AFIPS. Most of the records prior to 1965 concern ACM and those records created in 1965 or later relate to AFIPS.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Bruce Gilchrist in 1990.

Access Restrictions:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.


CBI holds the copyright to all materials in the collection, except for items covered by a prior copyright (such as published materials). Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Bruce Gilchrist Papers, (CBI 76), Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


The materials in this collection are arranged chronologically.

Biographical Note

Bruce Gilchrist received his doctorate in meteorology at the University of London, and then joined the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1952. He became director of the computer center at the University of Syracuse, then joined IBM in 1959 where he became director of planning with the Service Bureau Corporation (1963-1965) and manager in the Data Processing Division (1965-1968). He served as secretary (1960-1962) and vice president (1962-1964) for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). In 1966 he was elected president of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) and was the organization's executive director from 1968 to 1973, after which he became director of computing activities at Columbia University.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains outgoing correspondence relating to Gilchrist's duties as an officer of AFIPS and the ACM. The correspondence consists largely of carbon copies. Most of the records prior to 1965 concern ACM and those after relate to AFIPS.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Gilchrist, Bruce
  • American Federation of Information Processing Societies.
  • Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Computer industry--Societies, etc.
  • Electronic data processing--Societies, etc.
Box and Folder List
 Location  Title
Box 1
Correspondence, 1960-1967. Box 1, Folder 1-9
Box 2
Correspondence, 1968-July 1970. Box 2 , Folder 1-8
Box 3
Correspondence, August 1970-June 1972. Box 3 , Folder 1-7
Box 4
Correspondence, July 1972-July 1973. Box 4 , Folder 1-4