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Marvin L. Stein Papers, 1950s-1990s

Summary Information
Title: Marvin L. Stein papers
Dates: 1950s-1990s
Creator: Stein, Marvin L.
Extent: 10 boxes (10.0 cubic feet) Extent:
Location: This collection is stored off site and requires 3 days notice for retrieval.
Language: Collection material in English
Collection Number: uarc 1140
Abstract:
Collection contains the papers of professor emeritus Marvin L. Stein, mathematics and computer science professor, head of the University Computer Center, and one of the founders of the department of computer science at the University of Minnesota.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was transferred to University Archives from the Charles Babbage Institute in 2007.

Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Copyright:

Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Processing Information:

The first four boxes and part of box 10 of this collection were originally processed by staff at the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI). The remaining boxes were minimally processed by University Archives staff, in accordance with departmental best practices. No attempt was made to integrate the collection together.

One box of University publications was integrated into the print collection; 13 boxes of materials were returned to CBI and 10 boxes of duplicate publications already held by CBI or University Archives were deaccessioned.

Preferred Citation:

Marvin L. Stein papers, University Archives, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


Arrangement

The materials originally processed by CBI are intellectually arranged first in the contents listing below, followed by a listing of the materials processed by University Archives.


Biographical Sketch of Marvin L. Stein (b. 1924)

Marvin Leonard Stein, B.A. (1947), M.A. (1949), Ph.D. (1951) University of California at Los Angeles. Joined the mathematics faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1956; was director of the University's Computer Center (1958-1970); one of the founding faculty members of the department of computer science at the University of Minnesota.

Marvin L. Stein was born on July 15, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), earning his B.A. in 1947, M.A. in 1949 and Ph.D. in 1951. After working at the UCLA Mathematician Institute of Numerical Analysis (1948-1952) and as a research engineer at Consol.-Vultee Aircraft Corporation (1952-1955), Professor Stein joined the faculty of the mathematics department at the University in Minnesota as an associate professor in 1956 and was promoted to professor in 1961. While he spent his entire academic teaching career at the University of Minnesota, he also was a visiting professor at the Weismann Institute of Science in Israel (1963-1964) and at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1971-1972).

In 1958 Professor Stein became the director of the Institute of Technology's Computer Center, later the Numerical Analysis Center and the University Computer Center. In 1970 he resigned from the positions of director of the University Computer Center and technical director of University Computer Services to return to teaching in the computer science department. Professor Stein served as acting head of the department of computer science from 1970-1971 and director of the graduate school from 1987-1990. He retired from the University in 2000 and was named Professor Emeritus in 2002.

While hired as a professor of mathematics, Professor Stein was interested in the use of computers. He taught the first computer course at the University on high-speed computation on an ERA 1103. Courses on computing continued to be offered within the department of mathematics, but Professor Stein and a few other faculty noted that a new department dedicated to computing would allow for a wider variety of courses. Upon the urging of these faculty members, a graduate program in Computer and Information Sciences was offered beginning in 1967, and in 1970 the department of computer science, now the department of computer science and engineering, was established at the University of Minnesota.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of Marvin Stein's personal files, dating from the 1950s to 1990s, including correspondence, memoranda, notes, meeting minutes, teaching materials, reports, publications, reference materials pertaining to the University of Minnesota computer center, computers, installation plans, computer use and operations, facilities, Minnesota Analysis and Planning System (MAPS), personnel, CO-OP (a user's group for large-scale Control Data computers), time sharing, and university computer services. The collection includes information on computers proposed and installed at the university (the ERA 1103, CDC1604 and 6600), and computer laboratories such as the Numerical Analysis Center, the Hybrid Computing Laboratory, and the Analog Computational Laboratory. Also included are files relating to the establishment of the University's department of computer science (Boxes 7-8).

Related Material

University Computer Services records

The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) at the University of Minnesota has an oral history conducted with Marvin L. Stein in 1984. The transcript is available electronically at http://special.lib.umn.edu/cbi/oh/display.phtml?id=49.

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.
  • Stein, Marvin L.
  • University of Minnesota. Computer Center.
  • University of Minnesota. Computer Science Dept.
  • Electronic data processing -- Study and teaching.
  • Universities and colleges -- Data processing.
  • Education, Higher -- Data processing.
Box and Folder List
 Location  Title
 
Budgets, 1958-1971 
Box 1
Administrative Memos Pertinent to Budgets, 1965-1969. Box 1, Folder 1
 
Amortization of Equipment, 1963-1968. Box 1, Folder 2
 
Anticipated Budgetary Requirements - Documentation (1963-1965, 1965-1967), 1962-1967. Box 1, Folder 3
 
Anticipated Budgetary Requirements - Documentation (1967-1968, 1968-1969), 1966-1969. Box 1, Folder 4
 
Control Data Corporation, 1969-1970. Box 1, Folder 5
 
Graduate School Grant, 1960-1962. Box 1, Folder 6-7
 
Hybrid Computer Laboratory, 1967-1969. Box 1, Folder 8-9
 
Miscellaneous Budget and Operating Statistics on UNIVAC 1103, 1958-1960. Box 1, Folder 10
 
National Science Foundation, 1968-1970. Box 1, Folder 11-12
 
Numerical Analysis Center, 1958-1967. Box 1, Folder 13-21
 
University Computer Center, 1967-1970. Box 1, Folder 22-24
 
University of Minnesota Budget and Building Needs, 1964-1971. Box 1, Folder 25
 
Committees, 1956-1970 
Box 1
Ad hoc Committee on On-line Devices, 1967. Box 1, Folder 26
 
Committee on Building Space for Computer Services, 1970. Box 1, Folder 27
 
Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC), 1965-1969. Box 1, Folder 28-30
 
Computer Grants Committee, 1967. Box 1, Folder 31
 
Computer Selections Committee (1604), 1961-1962. Box 1, Folder 32
 
I. T. Advisory Committee on Computer Operations, 1964-1967. Box 1, Folder 33-34
 
I. T. Computing Committee, 1956-1957. Box 1, Folder 35
 
Library Committee, 1967-1968. Box 1, Folder 36
 
University Advisory Committee on Computers  
Box 1
University Advisory Committee on Computers, 1957-1971. Box 1, Folder 37-41
 
Analog Computer Subcommittee, 1961-1963. Box 1, Folder 42
 
Peripheral and Remote Subcommittee, 1966-1967. Box 1, Folder 43
 
Subcommittee on Computer Graphics, 1969. Box 1, Folder 44
 
Subcommittee on Facilities and Long Range Planning, 1969. Box 1, Folder 45
 
Subcommittee on Future Plans for Central Computer Facilities, 1965-1966. Box 1, Folder 46
 
Subcommittee on Interactive Time-shared Computing, 1969. Box 1, Folder 47
 
Subcommittee on Space and Facilities for Student Use of UCC, 1970. Box 1, Folder 48
 
Subcommittee to Develop Memorandum of Understanding With CDC on 6400-6600 Complex, 1970. Box 1, Folder 49
 
Working Subcommittee, 1958. Box 2, Folder 1
 
Working Subcommittee - Expansion of Computer Facilities, 1967. Box 2, Folder 2
 
Computer Information, 1958-1969 
 
CDC 1604  
Box 2
Computer Floor Installation, 1962. Box 2, Folder 3
 
Deactivation, 1969. Box 2, Folder 4
 
Installation, 1962. Box 2, Folder 5
 
Maintenance Contract, 1962-1965, 1967-1969. Box 2, Folder 6-7
 
Peripherals  
Box 2
Calcomp Digital Plotter, 1963-1965. Box 2, Folder 8
 
CDC Digital Computer (8090), Magnetic Tape System (1607), 1964-1966. Box 2, Folder 9
 
CDC Disc-File (818), 1963. Box 2, Folder 10
 
CDC Plotter (165-1), Card Reader (405), 1965-1969. Box 2, Folder 11
 
CDC Card Reader (405), Controller (177), 1967-1968. Box 2, Folder 12
 
CDC 6400 and 6600  
Box 2
Installation, (Material related to the aborted installation of the 6400 and 6600 in first floor Experimental Engineering space), 1965-1966. Box 2, Folder 13
 
Preliminary Correspondence regarding Acquisition, 1964-1965. Box 2, Folder 14
 
CDC 6600  
Box 2
Installation, 1966-1968. Box 2, Folder 15
 
Maintenance Agreement, 1966-1969. Box 2, Folder 16
 
Peripherals  
Box 2
Card Punch and Controller, 1967. Box 2, Folder 17
 
Magnetic Tape Handlers and Disk Speed Up, 1969. Box 2, Folder 18
 
Miscellaneous  
Box 2
Purchase Agreement, 1965-1968. Box 2, Folder 19
 
CDC 8081, Experimental Engineering Export-Import Station Maintenance Agreement, 1967-1969. Box 2, Folder 20
 
Friden Flexowriter, 1958-1961. Box 2, Folder 21
 
IBM System/360 model 44, Proposal, 1965. Box 2, Folder 22-24
 
IBM 704, 709, 7074, 7090, Proposals, 1959-1961. Box 2, Folder 25-26
 
IBM Maintenance, 1968-1969. Box 2, Folder 27
 
IBM Tabulating Equipment (rented peripherals), 1960-1963, 1966-1967. Box 2, Folder 28
 
Milgo Electronic Corporation Hybrid Proposal, 1966. Box 2, Folder 29-30
 
Reeve's Hybrid Proposal, circa 1966. Box 2, Folder 32
 
REAC (Reeve's Electronic Analogue Computer)  
Box 2
REAC, 1953-1957, 1966. Box 2, Folder 31
 
Univac 1103  
Box 2
Disposal, circa 1962 Box 2, Folder 33
 
Installation Charges, 1959-1960. Box 2, Folder 34
 
Maintenance Contract, 1958-1959. Box 2, Folder 35
 
Sales Contract, 1957. Box 2, Folder 36
 
Univac Scientific Computer (1103A)  
Box 2
Offer, 1960. Box 2, Folder 37
 
Insurance, 1958-1963. Box 2, Folder 38
 
Computer Installation Plans, 1958-1970 
 
Experimental Engineering Building  
Box 2
Drawings and Prints (REAC and 6600), 1910-1964. Box 2, Folder 39
 
1st Floor Space Modifications and Adjustments, 1967. Box 2, Folder 40
 
2nd Floor Space Modifications and Adjustments, 1966-1968. Box 2, Folder 41
 
Rooms 235 and 235A Machine Area Remodeling, 1969. Box 2, Folder 42
 
Mechanical Engineering, Room 225 Computer Set-up, 1958. Box 2, Folder 43
 
MHSA (Blue Cross) Building, 1968. Box 2, Folder 44
 
NSP Building, 1966-1969. Box 2, Folder 45
 
NSP Building, Microwave Antenna System, 1966. Box 2, Folder 46
 
Space Science Building Matters, Hybrid Space, Expert/Import Space, Misc., 1968. Box 2, Folder 47
 
University Computer Center Future Space and Building Requirements, 1968-1970. Box 2, Folder 48
 
Computer Use and Operation, 1955-1969 
Box 3
Cost of Machine Time and Computer Services, 1958-1969. Box 3, Folder 1
 
CDC 1604  
Box 3
Computer Time Purchase, Negotiation with Honeywell, 1962-1964. Box 3, Folder 2
 
Educational Use and Support, 1967. Box 3, Folder 3
 
Linear Programming, 1962. Box 3, Folder 4
 
Operations, 1967-1969. Box 3, Folder 5-6
 
CDC 6000  
Box 3
Prospective Users, 1965-1966. Box 3, Folder 7-8
 
VIM - Users Organization, 1967-1969. Box 3, Folder 9
 
CDC 6600  
Box 3
Honeywell Use, 1966-1967. Box 3, Folder 10
 
Operations, 1967-1970. Box 3, Folder 11-12
 
Permanent User Files, 1969. Box 3, Folder 13
 
Reference, 1967. Box 3, Folder 14
 
REAC (Reeve's Electronic Analogue Computer)  
Box 3
Problem Listing, 1953. Box 3, Folder 15
 
Univac 1103  
Box 3
Factor Analysis, 1960-1961. Box 3, Folder 16
 
Grant Time, Correspondence, 1955-1958. Box 3, Folder 17
 
Grant Time, Utilization, 1955-1962. Box 3, Folder 18-24
 
Correspondence, 1951-1970 
Box 3
Analogue Computing Center, 1951-1956. Box 3, Folder 25-26
 
Computing Center and Numerical Analysis Lab, 1956-1958. Box 3, Folder 27
 
Inactive Requests for Access, 1965-1967. Box 3, Folder 28
 
Institute of Technology Computer Center, 1949-1952. Box 3, Folder 29
 
Numerical Analysis Center Expansion, CDC 6600 funding, 1964-1965. Box 3, Folder 30
 
University Computing Center, 1960-1970. Box 3, Folder 31
 
Facilities Expansion, 1957-1969 
Box 3
Expansion of Computer Facilities, General Materials, 1967-1969. Box 3, Folder 32
 
Life Science Engineering - Special Resource Center Proposal, 1962. Box 3, Folder 33
 
National Science Foundation Proposal for Expansion of Analogue Computation Facilities, 1957. Box 3, Folder 34
 
National Science Foundation Proposal for Expansion of Digital Computing Facilities, 1956-1957. Box 3, Folder 35
 
National Science Foundation Regional Center Proposal, 1959. Box 3, Folder 36
 
Hybrid Computer Laboratory, 1965-1966 
Box 4
Facility Proposal by National Science Foundation, 1965-1966. Box 4, Folder 1
 
Miscellaneous Correspondence and Records.  Box 4, Folder 2-4
 
Minnesota Analysis and Planning System (MAPS), 1967-1970 
Box 4
MAPS I, Quick Query System, 1968-1970. Box 4, Folder 5
 
MAPS II, 1968-1970. Box 4, Folder 6
 
Minnesota Economic Data Bank, 1967-1968. Box 4, Folder 7
 
Minnesota School of Mathematics and Science Center, undated Box 4, Folder 8
 
Miscellaneous, 1958-1970 
Box 4
Addalink, Electronic Associates, 1959-1961. Box 4, Folder 9
 
Business Office Computer Center, 1966-1967. Box 4, Folder 10
 
CO-OP (A User's Organization for Large Scale CDC Computers), 1962-1965, 1968. Box 4, Folder 11
 
Digital Plotter Demonstration for Legislators', Editors' and Broadcasters' Day, 1964. Box 4, Folder 12
 
EDUCOM, 1967-1969. Box 4, Folder 13
 
Educational Equipment Fund -- Keypunch and I/O Room Proposals, 1969-1970. Box 4, Folder 14
 
Experimental Engineering Building, 1968. Box 4, Folder 15
 
Minnesota FORTRAN MNF, 1970. Box 4, Folder 16
 
Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Commission Funding for Special Computer Projects, 1969. Box 4, Folder 17
 
Numerical Analysis Center, Commendations, 1963-1971. Box 4, Folder 18
 
Project THEMIS - Human Learning Center, University Computer Center, 1967. Box 4, Folder 19
 
Stromberg Time Corporation (Time Clock), 1958-1961. Box 4, Folder 20
 
Study Group on All-University Interactive Instructional Computer Facility, 1970. Box 4, Folder 21
 
Study Group on Computerized Data Systems, 1969-1971. Box 4, Folder 22
 
Task Force on Building Space and Campus I/O Facilities, 1970. Box 4, Folder 23
 
Task Force on Departmental Facilities, 1970. Box 4, Folder 24
 
University Computer Center Furnishings, 1967-1968. Box 4, Folder 25
 
Nodes, 1964-1971 
 
Biomedical  
Box 4
Computer Center, 1964-1965. Box 4, Folder 26
 
Faculty, 1968-1969. Box 4, Folder 27
 
KONTACT Newsletter, 1969-1970. Box 4, Folder 28
 
Professor Halberg, Department of Pathology, U of M, 1966-1967. Box 4, Folder 29
 
Remote Terminal I, 1967-1969. Box 4, Folder 30
 
Remote Terminal II, 1969. Box 4, Folder 31
 
Remote Terminal III, 1970. Box 4, Folder 32
 
Duluth, U of M, 1964-1969. Box 4, Folder 33
 
Experimental Engineering (Space Science)  
Box 4
Access Center, 1970-1971. Box 4, Folder 34
 
Educational Equipment Fund, 1969-1970. Box 4, Folder 35
 
Legislative Requests, 1968-1971. Box 4, Folder 36
 
Solid State--80 School of Business, 1959-1967. Box 4, Folder 37
 
Physics  
Box 4
Remote Terminal, 1968-1969. Box 4, Folder 38
 
School of Physics Faculty User's Group, 1968-1969. Box 4, Folder 39
 
Psychology -- Education Remote Terminal, 1967-1969. Box 4, Folder 40
 
St. Paul Campus  
Box 4
Computer Center, 1964. Box 4, Folder 41
 
Computing Facilities, 1968-1969. Box 4, Folder 42
 
West Bank  
Box 4
Computer Station, 1969-1970. Box 4, Folder 43
 
Computer Station Faculty Committee, 1968-1970. Box 4, Folder 44
 
(3200) Operating System, 1969. Box 4, Folder 45
Box 5
Remote Terminal, 1967-1968. Box 5, Folder 1
 
Social Sciences Faculty, 1968-1970. Box 5, Folder 2
 
Reports, 1957-1968 
Box 3
Biennial Report, 1966-1968. Box 3, Folder 37
 
Institute of Technology Computer Center, Report, 1957. Box 3, Folder 38
 
University Advisory Committee on Computer Facilities (Scientific Computing Lab), Report, 1958. Box 3, Folder 39
 
Time Sharing, 1965-1969 
Box 3
Communications Link: Experimental Engineering - NSP, 1966-1969. Box 3, Folder 40
 
Computer Time Sharing, Inc., 1965-1968. Box 3, Folder 41
 
Time Sharing Conference, 1968. Box 3, Folder 42
 
Surveys and Questionnaires, 1960-1970 
Box 10
Advisory Committee computer Usage Survey, 1960. Box 10
 
CIC Inventory Questionnaire, 1968. Box 10
 
Computer and Automation Survey, 1968. Box 10
 
Computer Center Survey, 1960. Box 10
 
Department of Defense Computer Survey, 1960. Box 10
 
National Survey on Utilization of Digital Computers, 1966. Box 10
 
Questionnaire on Minority Group Employees in Minnesota State Government, undated Box 10
 
Southern Regional Education Board Computer Survey, 1968. Box 10
 
University of Washington (Seattle) Questionnaire, 1970. Box 10
 
University Computer Services, 1968-1969 
Box 10
Computer Administration Council, 1968-1969. Box 10
 
General Information, 1968-1969. Box 10
 
Library Affairs, 1968. Box 10
 
Seminar on Computing at the University, 1969. Box 10
 
State of Minnesota, Committee for Management Information and Data Processing Center, 1968-1969. Box 10
 
State of Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Commission, 1969. Box 10
 
Statewide Educational Network, 1969. Box 10
Box 5-7
Teaching Materials, 1950s-1990s. Box 5-7
Note Includes lecture notes, exams, assignments, and course packets for math and computer science courses. Also includes materials from courses taught in Tel Aviv.
Box 7-8
Committees, 1960s-1980s.  Box 7-8
Note Includes folders on the establishment of the department of computer science at the University of Minnesota.
Box 8-9
Grant Files, 1960s-1980.  Box 8-9
Box 9-10
Publications and Writings, 1950s-1960s.  Box 9-10
Box 10
Correspondence, 1960s-1970s.  Box 10
 
Research Notes, undated.  Box 10