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Claire K. Schultz Papers, 1950-1980. Finding Aid.

Summary Information
Title: Claire K. Schultz papers
Dates: 1950-1980.
Creator: Schultz, Claire K.
Extent: 64 boxes and 15 card catalog drawers (67 cubic feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: CBI 86
Abstract:
Collection contains the papers and correspondence of Claire K. Schultz, including materials documenting her pioneering work in automated information retrieval, the transition of information retrieval systems from punched cards to computers, and indexing practices for medical and scientific literature.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Claire K. Schultz in 1992.

Access Restrictions:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Copyright:

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:

Claire K. Schultz Papers (CBI 86), Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

The materials in this collection are arranged into the following groups:

  • Reference Collection Documents
  • Correspondence
  • Indexes

Materials in the Reference Collection Documents group are arranged by the document numbers that Schultz supplied while indexing them. Missing and oversized documents are noted parenthetically in the container list that follows at the appropriate place in the numerical sequence.


Biographical Note

Claire K. Schultz was a leading figure in the development of automated information retrieval systems in the mid-to-late twentieth century. She became acquainted with automated information retrieval as librarian for Merck, Sharp and Dome between 1949 and 1957. Later she worked on natural language applications under John W. Mauchly at Sperry Rand's UNIVAC Division. She was involved with the automation of the Armed Services Technical Information Agency (ASTIA) and the development of the National Library of Medicine's MEDLARS/MEDLINE system in the early 1960s.

In addition, Schultz developed the information science curriculum at Drexel Institute of Technology and the Medical College of Pennsylvania, served as president of the American Documentation Institute (now the American Society for Information Science), and has written widely on information science topics including her Thesaurus of Information Science Terminology. Schultz retired in 1980 from her positions as professor of information science and director of libraries at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection documents Claire Schultz's pioneering work in automated information retrieval, the transition of information retrieval systems from punched cards to computers, and indexing practices for medical and scientific literature. The bulk of Schultz's papers served as a reference collection for her professional use and as a resource for her students. These materials include research and progress reports, journal articles, professional presentations, and product literature, including information on Schultz's role in the automation of the Armed Services Technical Information Agency (ASTIA) and the development of the National Library of Medicine's MEDLARS/MEDLINE system in the early 1960s.

Schultz's professional and personal correspondence and the Zatacoded subject and author indexes for the reference collection and the correspondence round out the collection.

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.
  • Schultz, Claire K.
  • Defense Documentation Center (U.S.)
  • Information retrieval.
  • Information storage and retrieval systems.
  • Indexing.
  • MEDLARS.
  • MEDLINE.
  • Information science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Pennsylvania.
Box and Folder List
 Location  Title
 
Reference Collection Documents, undated 
 
Reference Collection Indexed Documents  
Box 1
1-70 (41 missing).  Box 1
Box 2
71-160 (73 and 131 missing).  Box 2
Box 3
161-276 (212 missing).  Box 3
Box 4
277-383.  Box 4
Box 5
384-550 (406, 418, 497 and 549 missing).  Box 5
Box 6
551-678 (600, 606, 614-15, 623 and 664 missing).  Box 6
Box 7
679-750 (729 and 748 missing).  Box 7
Box 8
751-799 (760 and 774 missing; 797-98 oversized).  Box 8
Box 9
799b-808 (804 missing).  Box 9
Box 10
808-884.  Box 10
Box 11
885-930 (926-28 and 930 missing).  Box 11
Box 12
931-972 (932-41, 952 and 969 missing).  Box 12
Box 13
973-1050 (999, 1027, 1033 and 1038 missing).  Box 13
Box 14
1051-1125 (1103-06 and 1124 missing; 1117-19 oversized).  Box 14
Box 15
1126-1225 (1161-62 and 1164-69 missing; 1202-03 oversized).  Box 15
Box 16
1226-1276.  Box 16
Box 17
1277-1298 (1286 missing).  Box 17
Box 18
1299-1383 (1340 and 1373 missing).  Box 18
Box 19
1384-1462 (1441 and 1444 missing).  Box 19
Box 20
1462-1566 (1545 and 1563 missing).  Box 20
Box 21
1567-1638 (1614 and 1634 missing).  Box 21
Box 22
1639-1712 (1650, 1660-62, 1664-70, 1672, 1677-78 and 1703 missing).  Box 22
Box 23
1713-1814 (1813 missing).  Box 23
Box 24
1815-1899 (1824, 1854, 1856, 1859-60 and 1873 missing).  Box 24
Box 25
1900-1949.  Box 25
Box 26
1950-2076 (1951 missing).  Box 26
Box 27
2077-2187.  Box 27
Box 28
2188-2231.  Box 28
Box 29
2232-2299 (2281 and 2296-98 missing).  Box 29
Box 30
2300-2374 (2305 missing; 2315 oversized).  Box 30
Box 31
2375-2464.  Box 31
Box 32
2465-2524.  Box 32
Box 33
2525-2590 (2589 oversized).  Box 33
Box 34
2591-2656 (2604-05 oversized).  Box 34
Box 35
2657-2718 (2710 missing).  Box 35
Box 36
2719-2777.  Box 36
Box 37
2778-2833.  Box 37
Box 38
2834-2912.  Box 38
Box 39
2913-2969.  Box 39
Box 40
2970-3028.  Box 40
Box 41
3029-3085 (3083 oversized).  Box 41
Box 42
3086-3140.  Box 42
Box 43
3141-3199.  Box 43
Box 44
3200-3247 (3240 oversized).  Box 44
Box 45
3248-3321 (3298 missing).  Box 45
Box 46
3322-3361.  Box 46
Box 47
3361-3421 (3420 missing).  Box 47
Box 48
3422-3540 (3466 missing; 3519 oversized).  Box 48
Box 49
3541-3671 (3617, 3656 and 3663 missing; 3547-51, 3660-62 and 3664 oversized).  Box 49
Box 50
3672-3778 (3720 missing).  Box 50
Box 51
3779-3910 (3779 missing; 3808 oversized).  Box 51
Box 52
3911-4257 (3987 and 4201 missing; 4249-50 oversized).  Box 52
Box 53
4258-4345.  Box 53
Box 54
4346-4420.  Box 54
 
Reference Collection Oversized Documents  
Box 60
798.  Box 60
Box 61
1117-19, 1634, 1904, 1908, 2604-05, 3083, 3240, 3519, 3547-51, 3660-64, 3808, 4201, 4249-50, and one unindexed document.  Box 61
Box 62
797, 2315, 2589.  Box 62
Box 54-55
Reference Collection Unindexed Documents  Box 54-55
 
Correspondence, 1950-1980 
Box 55
1950-1957. Box 55
Box 56
1958-1963. Box 56
Box 57
1963-1966 (Jan.-May). Box 57
Box 58
1966 (Jan.-May)-1969 (Jan.-June). Box 58
Box 59
1969 (Jan.-June)-1975. Box 59
Box 60
1976-1980. Box 60
 
Indexes  
 
Reference Collection Document Author Index  
 
Abbott-Budington.  
 
Bulletin-Fussler.  
 
G-I.  
 
J-M.  
 
N-R.  
 
S-T.  
 
U-Z.  
 
Correspondence Author Index  
 
AAAS-Chemstrand Research Center.  
 
Cheshier-Drexel Institute of Technology. School of Library Science.  
 
Drexel Institute of Technology. School of Library Science-I.A.M.C.  
 
I.A.M.C.-Livingston.  
 
Lobron-Procter and Gamble Co.  
 
Professional Activity Study-Schultz, C.K.  
 
Schultz, C.K.-Sharp & Dohme.  
 
Shaw-Z.  
Box 63-68
Reference Collection Document and Correspondence Subject Index on Zatocards  Box 63-68