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Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing Records

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In 1982, the then Provost Thomas Ehrlich formed an Academic Computing Committee charged with the responsibility of making policy recommendations regarding academic computing at the University. It was to report to the Provost via the Vice Provost for Research. In November 1983, the Committee published its study result--"A Strategic Plan for Academic Computing at the University of Pennsylvania." In June 1984, a new position, the Vice Provost for Computing, was created to coordinate the acquisition, planning and operation of computer services at Penn. With the establishment of the new office, the Committee became a consulting and advisory body to assist the Vice Provost on policy issues related to computing. Initially, the office of the Vice Provost for Computing consisted of three sections--the Computer Resource Center (CRC), the Data Communications and Computing Services, and the section in charge of telecommunications network. The title of the office was changed to Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing in 1989.

The collection documents the birth and growth of a campus-wide unified management of computing services and information systems at Penn from early 1980s to early 1990s. It includes records of the Academic Computer Committee and other committees or agencies that have been involved in the formation and implementation of University policy for the application of computing technology, files of various schools and departments requesting computing services, general correspondence of the office of the Vice Provost for Computing, files of the three major sections under the office--Computer Resource Center, the Data Communications and Computing Services and the Network, files of various programs and services sponsored by the office, and files related to corporations that provided the University with equipment or services, among them IBM, AT&T, Apple, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

The collection has been arranged alphabetically.

Transferred to the University Archives in 1997.

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Kaiyi Chen
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Academic Computer Policy Committee, 1988-1989.
Box 1 Folder 1
Academic Computing Committee, Correspondence, 1982-1984.
Box 1 Folder 2
Academic Computing Committee, Member and contact lists, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 3
Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, 1983 May-June.
Box 1 Folder 4
Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, Computer graphic facilities for the School of Fine Arts.
Box 1 Folder 5
Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, Faculty computer literacy in the GSE.
Box 1 Folder 6
Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, Penn's proposal to Apple Computer, 1983 July.
Box 1 Folder 7
Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, Request for funds to establish a Microcomputer laboratory, 1983 May.
Box 1 Folder 8
Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, Wharton computer proposal, 1983 Nov.
Box 1 Folder 9
Academic Computing Committee, Report, 1984 June.
Box 1 Folder 10
Academic Computing Committee, Subcommittees, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 11
Academic Computing Services, 1991.
Box 1 Folder 12
Academic Information Environment Committee, 1987-1989.
Box 1 Folder 13
Administrative Computing Advisory Board, report, 1984 August.
Box 1 Folder 14
Administrative Information Program and Policy Committee, 1988.
Box 1 Folder 15
All-in-1 program, 1990.
Box 1 Folder 16
All-in-1 program, Microvax machine, 1988.
Box 1 Folder 17
All-in-1 proposal, 1987.
Box 1 Folder 18
All-in-1 service, 1989.
Box 1 Folder 19
All-in-1 training, 1988.
Box 1 Folder 20
Analysts International Corporation, 1991.
Box 1 Folder 21
Annenberg School of Communications, 1984-1988.
Box 1 Folder 22
Annenberg School of Communications, 1987.
Box 1 Folder 23
Annenberg School of Communications, Prime User's Guide, 1988.
Box 1 Folder 24
Apple Computer, University Consortium, product list and contacts, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 25
Apple Consortium statement, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 26
Apple corporate visits, 1988.
Box 1 Folder 27
Apple Programmer's and Developer's Association, 1987.
Box 1 Folder 28
Apple promotional material, 1988.
Box 1 Folder 29
Apple University Consortium (AUC), 1984-1986.
Box 1 Folder 30
Apple University Consortium (AUC), Agreement, 1983.
Box 1 Folder 31
Apple University Consortium (AUC), Agreement, 1987.
Box 1 Folder 32
Apple University Consortium (AUC), Policy Task Group, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 33
Apple, correspondence, 1983-1986.
Box 1 Folder 34
Apple, correspondence, 1987-1990.
Box 1 Folder 35
Apple-Penn partnership, 1988.
Box 1 Folder 36
Architecture Technology Corporation, "University of Pennsylvania Network System Requirements and Design," 1984 Feb.
Box 1 Folder 37
AT and T Credit Corporation, 1988.
Box 1 Folder 38
AT and T donation program, 1987.
Box 1 Folder 39
AT and T information systems, Penn's client proposal, 1984-1985.
Box 1 Folder 40
AT and T invoice and Penn purchase orders, 1986-1989.
Box 1 Folder 41
AT and T ISN product direction, 1987.
Box 1 Folder 42
AT and T Medical Information Systems Symposium, 1986.
Box 1 Folder 43
AT and T Nondisclosure Agreement, 1985.
Box 1 Folder 44
AT and T presentation, 1985 April.
Box 1 Folder 45
AT and T research affiliates program, 1985-1987.
Box 1 Folder 46
AT and T research agreement, 1985.
Box 2 Folder 1
AT and T seminar, 1987.
Box 2 Folder 2
AT and T seminars, 1987 fall, transparencies for projector show.
Box 2 Folder 3
AT and T University Computer Donation Program, Proposal call, 1986 March.
Box 2 Folder 4
AT and T University Computer Donation Program, Proposal from School of Medicine, [1986].
Box 2 Folder 5
AT and T University Computer Donation Program, Proposal from School of Nursing, 1986.
Box 2 Folder 6
AT and T University Computer Donation Program, Proposal from the School of Arts and Sciences, 1986 April.
Box 2 Folder 7
AT and T, contract for construction of Data Communication Network, 1985-1987.
Box 2 Folder 8
AT and T, correspondence, 1985 (I).
Box 2 Folder 9
AT and T, correspondence, 1985 (II).
Box 2 Folder 10
AT and T, correspondence, 1986.
Box 2 Folder 11
AT and T, correspondence, 1987-1990.
Box 2 Folder 12
AT and T-NUGATT(Network Users Group-AT and T), 1989-1990.
Box 2 Folder 13
AT and T-Penn agreement for services, 1989.
Box 2 Folder 14
AT and T-Penn Master research agreement, 1987.
Box 2 Folder 15
AT and T-Penn Partnership Reception, 1986 Dec. 9.
Box 2 Folder 16
AT and T-Penn Partnership, 1986-1987.
Box 2 Folder 17
Attachment of host computers to the network, 1986-1987.
Box 2 Folder 18
Bell Atlantic Gateway Services, offering and public data Network information, 1988.
Box 2 Folder 19
Bell-Penn network partnership,1985-1988.
Box 2 Folder 20
BRS/SEARCH program, 1987-1988.
Box 2 Folder 21
CAUSE (Association for the management of information technology in higher education), publications, 1983-1990.
Box 2 Folder 22
Chemistry Computer Facility Network Needs, 1986.
Box 2 Folder 23
Client-Server Conference, 1991.
Box 2 Folder 24
Communications Committee (University Council), 1985-1988.
Box 2 Folder 25
Communications Committee (University Council), 1988-1989.
Box 2 Folder 26
Computer and Information Science (department, Moore School), 1983-1989.
Box 2 Folder 27
Computer Connection, 1990-1991.
Box 2 Folder 28
Computer Fair, 1987 Oct. , Survey, and "Computing in Penn's College Houses".
Box 2 Folder 29
Computer Hardware Maintenance Company maintenance agreement, 1986-1987.
Box 2 Folder 30
Computer Resource Center, Computer Security Conference, 1991.
Box 2 Folder 31
Computer Resource Center, Planning and budget questionnaire, 1985 August.
Box 2 Folder 32
Computer Resource Center, Report, 1985 (?).
Box 2 Folder 33
Computer Resource Center, Report, 1987 Oct. 22.
Box 2 Folder 34
Computer Resource Center, Status Report, 1984 Dec. 18.
Box 2 Folder 35
Computer Resource Center, Status Report, First draft, 1988 Nov. 2.
Box 2 Folder 36
Computer Resource Center, User Interface Needs Statement, 1990-1991.
Box 2 Folder 37
Computer Resource Center, Wiring services, 1989.
Box 2 Folder 38
Computer Training Task Force, 1988.
Box 2 Folder 39
Computing Resource Center, Activities from 1984 November to 1985 June and Goals for the fiscal year of 1986.
Box 2 Folder 40
Computing Resource Center, Position description of the CRC director, 1985.
Box 3 Folder 1
Computing Resource Center, Report, 1986 February.
Box 3 Folder 2
Control Data Corporation, 1985-1988.
Box 3 Folder 3
Convex Computer Corporation, 1987.
Box 3 Folder 4
Corporate and Foundation Relations, 1985-1988.
Box 3 Folder 5
Corporate and Foundation Relations, 1986-1988.
Box 3 Folder 6
Council of Deans, 1984-1985.
Box 3 Folder 7
Council of Deans, 1985.
Box 3 Folder 8
Council of Deans, 1986.
Box 3 Folder 9
Council of Deans, 1987.
Box 3 Folder 10
Council of Deans, 1988.
Box 3 Folder 11
Data Administrator, 1988-1989.
Box 3 Folder 12
Data Communications and Computing Services, 1986.
Box 3 Folder 13
Data Communications and Computing Services, 1987-1988.
Box 3 Folder 14
Data Communications and Computing Services, Cable Placement Problem Locations and Solutions, n.d.
Box 3 Folder 15
Data Communications and Computing Services, Correspondence, 1985-1986.
Box 3 Folder 16
Data Communications and Computing Services, Correspondence, 1986-1987.
Box 3 Folder 17
Data Communications and Computing Services, Correspondence, 1987-1988 (1).
Box 3 Folder 18
Data Communications and Computing Services, Correspondence, 1987-1988 (2).
Box 3 Folder 19
Data Communications and Computing Services, Correspondence, 1988-1989.
Box 3 Folder 20
Data Communications and Computing Services, ISN-Communication ducts, 1983.
Box 3 Folder 21
Data Communications Network Standards for the University of Pennsylvania, 1987.
Box 3 Folder 22
Digital Equipment Corporation, Invoice, 1985-1986.
Box 3 Folder 23
Digital Equipment Corporation, Campus-wide network program, 1984-1987.
Box 3 Folder 24
Digital Equipment Corporation, Campus-wide Seminar, 1986.
Box 3 Folder 25
Digital Equipment Corporation, Campus-wide Software License Grant Agreement, 1990.
Box 3 Folder 26
Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1983.
Box 3 Folder 27
Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1984.
Box 3 Folder 28
Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1985 (I).
Box 4 Folder 1
Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1985 (II).
Box 4 Folder 2
Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1986.
Box 4 Folder 3
Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1987-1988.
Box 4 Folder 4
Digital Equipment Corporation, Distributing Academic Software, a resource manual, 1987.
Box 4 Folder 5
Digital Equipment Corporation, Education Initiative, 1990.
Box 4 Folder 6
Digital Equipment Corporation, Educational Initiative, 1989.
Box 4 Folder 7
Digital Equipment Corporation, Master maintenance agreement, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 8
Digital Equipment Corporation, Preliminary Service and Support Plan for the University of Pennsylvania, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 9
Digital Equipment Corporation, Promotional material, 1988-1991.
Box 4 Folder 10
Digital Equipment Corporation, Proposal for large scale computer, 1986.
Box 4 Folder 11
Digital Equipment Corporation, Sponsored research agreement with Penn, 1986-1987.
Box 4 Folder 12
Digital Equipment Corporation, World Conference, 1990 July.
Box 4 Folder 13
Digital Maintenance Agreement, Section 6.5, 1990.
Box 4 Folder 14
Digital Reference Service, 1990.
Box 4 Folder 15
Doelz Networks, Presentation, 1985 Sept.
Box 4 Folder 16
Economics, Department of, Correspondence, 1987.
Box 4 Folder 17
EDUCOM, 1985-1989.
Box 4 Folder 18
EDUCOM Networking and Telecommunications Task Force, Campus Networking Strategies, draft, 1988.
Box 4 Folder 19
Electronic Mail Planning Session, 1988.
Box 4 Folder 20
Guiding Principles for Computer Resources Center operations, 1986.
Box 4 Folder 21
Information Resource Management retreat, 1988 December.
Box 4 Folder 22
ISN Product Direction, 1987.
Box 4 Folder 23
Linguistics, Department of, 1985-1988.
Box 4 Folder 24
Market assessment (university-wide networking market assessment), Consulting for AT and T, 1987.
Box 4 Folder 25
Market assessment (university-wide networking market assessment), With a presentation to AT and T Product Management, 1987-1988.
Box 4 Folder 26
Master Maintenance Agreement with Digital Equipment Corporation, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 27
Network interface research, a proposal to AT and T, 1983.
Box 4 Folder 28
Networking study--BBN Communications Corporation report, 1987.
Box 4 Folder 29
Networks Navigator Files, Planning file, 1992 (1).
Box 4 Folder 30
Networks Navigator Files, Planning file, 1992 (2).
Box 4 Folder 31
Networks Navigator Files, Senior staff Meeting, 1992 June 5.
Box 4 Folder 32
Networks Navigator Files, Supporting documentation, 1991-1992.
Box 5 Folder 1
Penn- Digital Equipment Corporation Cooperative Agreement, 1984.
Box 5 Folder 2
Penn Printout, 1985 December.
Box 5 Folder 3
PennNet brochure, n.d.
Box 5 Folder 4
Proposal for the support of Computational Chemistry at Penn, 1987.
Box 5 Folder 5
"Proven EP Strategies: University of Pennsylvania Computing Resource Center," 1986 Oct. 2.
Box 5 Folder 6
Reading Strategy proposal, 1986.
Box 5 Folder 7
Report of Corporate and Foundation Development Activity, 1986 April 15.
Box 5 Folder 8
Resolution authorization to construct a university-wide communications network, [1985].
Box 5 Folder 9
Review of Penn's Networking approach, 1986.
Box 5 Folder 10
School of Arts and Sciences, Correspondence, 1984-1987.
Box 5 Folder 11
School of Arts and Sciences, Correspondence, 1987-1988.
Box 5 Folder 12
School of Arts and Sciences, Correspondence, 1988-1989.
Box 5 Folder 13
School of Arts and Sciences, Correspondence, 1989-1990.
Box 5 Folder 14
School of Arts and Sciences, capital expenditure proposals, 1987.
Box 5 Folder 15
School of Arts and Sciences, computing facilities report, 1991.
Box 5 Folder 16
Secretary Office, regarding Trustees and Executive Committee meetings, 1987-1989.
Box 5 Folder 17
Subcommittee on Computer Resource Center, 1984.
Box 5 Folder 18
Subcommittee on Microcomputer Evaluation, 1984.
Box 5 Folder 19
Subcommittee on Networking, 1984.
Box 5 Folder 20
Subcommittee on the Provision of Microcomputers to Students, 1984.
Box 5 Folder 21
Trustees Executive Committee, Resolution : authorization to construct a University-wide communications network, attached to the agenda for the Committee meeting of 1985 April 4.
Box 5 Folder 22
University Affiliates Project Summaries, 1987.
Box 5 Folder 23
University Council meeting, 1987 April 29, meeting material.
Box 5 Folder 24
University Council meeting, 1987 April 8, meeting material.
Box 5 Folder 25
University-wide Networking Market assessments, 1987-1988.
Box 5 Folder 26
VAX workstation program, agreement with Digital Equipment Corporation, 1988.
Box 5 Folder 27
VAX-based software, 1986-1987.
Box 5 Folder 28
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1984 (1).
Box 5 Folder 29
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1984 (2).
Box 5 Folder 30
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1984-1985 (1).
Box 5 Folder 31
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1984-1985 (2).
Box 5 Folder 32
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1984-1985 (3).
Box 5 Folder 33
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1985 (1).
Box 5 Folder 34
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1985 (2).
Box 5 Folder 35
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1985-1986.
Box 6 Folder 1
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1986.
Box 6 Folder 2
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1986-1987.
Box 6 Folder 3
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1986-1987 (with clippings).
Box 6 Folder 4
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1986-1989.
Box 6 Folder 5
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1987.
Box 6 Folder 6
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1988.
Box 6 Folder 7
Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1989.
Box 6 Folder 8
Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing, Correspondence, 1989-1990.
Box 6 Folder 9
Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing, Plan and feedback, 1989.
Box 6 Folder 10
Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing, Revised plan and feedback, 1990 January.
Box 6 Folder 11
Wharton/VAX, 1985.
Box 6 Folder 12
Working Group on Academic Information Environment, 1988-1989.
Box 6 Folder 13

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