Finding Aid

Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing Records

UPB 501

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Summary Information

Prepared by
Kaiyi Chen
Date [inclusive]
1982-1992
Extent
6.0 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

Transferred to the University Archives in 1997.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection has been arranged alphabetically.

AGENCY HISTORY

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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.

Inventory

 

Inventory 

Box

Folder

Academic Computer Policy Committee, 1988-1989 

1

1

Academic Computing Committee, Correspondence, 1982-1984 

1

2

Academic Computing Committee, Member and contact lists, n.d. 

1

3

Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, 1983 May-June 

1

4

Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, Computer graphic facilities for the School of Fine Arts 

1

5

Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, Faculty computer literacy in the GSE 

1

6

Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, Penn’s proposal to Apple Computer, 1983 July 

1

7

Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, Request for funds to establish a Microcomputer laboratory, 1983 May 

1

8

Academic Computing Committee, Proposals, Wharton computer proposal, 1983 Nov. 

1

9

Academic Computing Committee, Report, 1984 June 

1

10

Academic Computing Committee, Subcommittees, 1984 

1

11

Academic Computing Services, 1991 

1

12

Academic Information Environment Committee, 1987-1989 

1

13

Administrative Computing Advisory Board, report, 1984 August 

1

14

Administrative Information Program and Policy Committee, 1988 

1

15

All-in-1 program, 1990 

1

16

All-in-1 program, Microvax machine, 1988 

1

17

All-in-1 proposal, 1987 

1

18

All-in-1 service, 1989 

1

19

All-in-1 training, 1988 

1

20

Analysts International Corporation, 1991 

1

21

Annenberg School of Communications, 1984-1988 

1

22

Annenberg School of Communications, 1987 

1

23

Annenberg School of Communications, Prime User’s Guide, 1988 

1

24

Apple Computer, University Consortium, product list and contacts, 1984 

1

25

Apple Consortium statement, 1984 

1

26

Apple corporate visits, 1988 

1

27

Apple Programmer’s and Developer’s Association, 1987 

1

28

Apple promotional material, 1988 

1

29

Apple University Consortium (AUC), 1984-1986 

1

30

Apple University Consortium (AUC), Agreement, 1983 

1

31

Apple University Consortium (AUC), Agreement, 1987 

1

32

Apple University Consortium (AUC), Policy Task Group, 1984 

1

33

Apple, correspondence, 1983-1986 

1

34

Apple, correspondence, 1987-1990 

1

35

Apple-Penn partnership, 1988 

1

36

Architecture Technology Corporation, “University of Pennsylvania Network System Requirements and Design,” 1984 Feb. 

1

37

AT and T Credit Corporation, 1988 

1

38

AT and T donation program, 1987 

1

39

AT and T information systems, Penn’s client proposal, 1984-1985 

1

40

AT and T invoice and Penn purchase orders, 1986-1989 

1

41

AT and T ISN product direction, 1987 

1

42

AT and T Medical Information Systems Symposium, 1986 

1

43

AT and T Nondisclosure Agreement, 1985 

1

44

AT and T presentation, 1985 April 

1

45

AT and T research affiliates program, 1985-1987 

1

46

AT and T research agreement, 1985 

2

1

AT and T seminar, 1987 

2

2

AT and T seminars, 1987 fall, transparencies for projector show 

2

3

AT and T University Computer Donation Program, Proposal call, 1986 March 

2

4

AT and T University Computer Donation Program, Proposal from School of Medicine, [1986] 

2

5

AT and T University Computer Donation Program, Proposal from School of Nursing, 1986 

2

6

AT and T University Computer Donation Program, Proposal from the School of Arts and Sciences, 1986 April 

2

7

AT and T, contract for construction of Data Communication Network, 1985-1987 

2

8

AT and T, correspondence, 1985 (I) 

2

9

AT and T, correspondence, 1985 (II) 

2

10

AT and T, correspondence, 1986 

2

11

AT and T, correspondence, 1987-1990 

2

12

AT and T-NUGATT(Network Users Group-AT and T), 1989-1990 

2

13

AT and T-Penn agreement for services, 1989 

2

14

AT and T-Penn Master research agreement, 1987 

2

15

AT and T-Penn Partnership Reception, 1986 Dec. 9 

2

16

AT and T-Penn Partnership, 1986-1987 

2

17

Attachment of host computers to the network, 1986-1987 

2

18

Bell Atlantic Gateway Services, offering and public data Network information, 1988 

2

19

Bell-Penn network partnership,1985-1988 

2

20

BRS/SEARCH program, 1987-1988 

2

21

CAUSE (Association for the management of information technology in higher education), publications, 1983-1990 

2

22

Chemistry Computer Facility Network Needs, 1986 

2

23

Client-Server Conference, 1991 

2

24

Communications Committee (University Council), 1985-1988 

2

25

Communications Committee (University Council), 1988-1989 

2

26

Computer and Information Science (department, Moore School), 1983-1989 

2

27

Computer Connection, 1990-1991 

2

28

Computer Fair, 1987 Oct. , Survey, and “Computing in Penn’s College Houses” 

2

29

Computer Hardware Maintenance Company maintenance agreement, 1986-1987 

2

30

Computer Resource Center, Computer Security Conference, 1991 

2

31

Computer Resource Center, Planning and budget questionnaire, 1985 August 

2

32

Computer Resource Center, Report, 1985 (?) 

2

33

Computer Resource Center, Report, 1987 Oct. 22 

2

34

Computer Resource Center, Status Report, 1984 Dec. 18 

2

35

Computer Resource Center, Status Report, First draft, 1988 Nov. 2 

2

36

Computer Resource Center, User Interface Needs Statement, 1990-1991 

2

37

Computer Resource Center, Wiring services, 1989 

2

38

Computer Training Task Force, 1988 

2

39

Computing Resource Center, Activities from 1984 November to 1985 June and Goals for the fiscal year of 1986 

2

40

Computing Resource Center, Position description of the CRC director, 1985 

3

1

Computing Resource Center, Report, 1986 February 

3

2

Control Data Corporation, 1985-1988 

3

3

Convex Computer Corporation, 1987 

3

4

Corporate and Foundation Relations, 1985-1988 

3

5

Corporate and Foundation Relations, 1986-1988 

3

6

Council of Deans, 1984-1985 

3

7

Council of Deans, 1985 

3

8

Council of Deans, 1986 

3

9

Council of Deans, 1987 

3

10

Council of Deans, 1988 

3

11

Data Administrator, 1988-1989 

3

12

Data Communications and Computing Services, 1986 

3

13

Data Communications and Computing Services, 1987-1988 

3

14

Data Communications and Computing Services, Cable Placement Problem Locations and Solutions, n.d. 

3

15

Data Communications and Computing Services, Correspondence, 1985-1986 

3

16

Data Communications and Computing Services, Correspondence, 1986-1987 

3

17

Data Communications and Computing Services, Correspondence, 1987-1988 (1) 

3

18

Data Communications and Computing Services, Correspondence, 1987-1988 (2) 

3

19

Data Communications and Computing Services, Correspondence, 1988-1989 

3

20

Data Communications and Computing Services, ISN-Communication ducts, 1983 

3

21

Data Communications Network Standards for the University of Pennsylvania, 1987 

3

22

Digital Equipment Corporation, Invoice, 1985-1986 

3

23

Digital Equipment Corporation, Campus-wide network program, 1984-1987 

3

24

Digital Equipment Corporation, Campus-wide Seminar, 1986 

3

25

Digital Equipment Corporation, Campus-wide Software License Grant Agreement, 1990 

3

26

Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1983 

3

27

Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1984 

3

28

Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1985 (I) 

4

1

Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1985 (II) 

4

2

Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1986 

4

3

Digital Equipment Corporation, Correspondence, 1987-1988 

4

4

Digital Equipment Corporation, Distributing Academic Software, a resource manual, 1987 

4

5

Digital Equipment Corporation, Education Initiative, 1990 

4

6

Digital Equipment Corporation, Educational Initiative, 1989 

4

7

Digital Equipment Corporation, Master maintenance agreement, 1985 

4

8

Digital Equipment Corporation, Preliminary Service and Support Plan for the University of Pennsylvania, 1985 

4

9

Digital Equipment Corporation, Promotional material, 1988-1991 

4

10

Digital Equipment Corporation, Proposal for large scale computer, 1986 

4

11

Digital Equipment Corporation, Sponsored research agreement with Penn, 1986-1987 

4

12

Digital Equipment Corporation, World Conference, 1990 July 

4

13

Digital Maintenance Agreement, Section 6.5, 1990 

4

14

Digital Reference Service, 1990 

4

15

Doelz Networks, Presentation, 1985 Sept. 

4

16

Economics, Department of, Correspondence, 1987 

4

17

EDUCOM, 1985-1989 

4

18

EDUCOM Networking and Telecommunications Task Force, Campus Networking Strategies, draft, 1988 

4

19

Electronic Mail Planning Session, 1988 

4

20

Guiding Principles for Computer Resources Center operations, 1986 

4

21

Information Resource Management retreat, 1988 December 

4

22

ISN Product Direction, 1987 

4

23

Linguistics, Department of, 1985-1988 

4

24

Market assessment (university-wide networking market assessment), Consulting for AT and T, 1987 

4

25

Market assessment (university-wide networking market assessment), With a presentation to AT and T Product Management, 1987-1988 

4

26

Master Maintenance Agreement with Digital Equipment Corporation, 1985 

4

27

Network interface research, a proposal to AT and T, 1983 

4

28

Networking study–BBN Communications Corporation report, 1987 

4

29

Networks Navigator Files, Planning file, 1992 (1) 

4

30

Networks Navigator Files, Planning file, 1992 (2) 

4

31

Networks Navigator Files, Senior staff Meeting, 1992 June 5 

4

32

Networks Navigator Files, Supporting documentation, 1991-1992 

5

1

Penn- Digital Equipment Corporation Cooperative Agreement, 1984 

5

2

Penn Printout, 1985 December 

5

3

PennNet brochure, n.d. 

5

4

Proposal for the support of Computational Chemistry at Penn, 1987 

5

5

“Proven EP Strategies: University of Pennsylvania Computing Resource Center,” 1986 Oct. 2 

5

6

Reading Strategy proposal, 1986 

5

7

Report of Corporate and Foundation Development Activity, 1986 April 15 

5

8

Resolution authorization to construct a university-wide communications network, [1985] 

5

9

Review of Penn’s Networking approach, 1986 

5

10

School of Arts and Sciences, Correspondence, 1984-1987 

5

11

School of Arts and Sciences, Correspondence, 1987-1988 

5

12

School of Arts and Sciences, Correspondence, 1988-1989 

5

13

School of Arts and Sciences, Correspondence, 1989-1990 

5

14

School of Arts and Sciences, capital expenditure proposals, 1987 

5

15

School of Arts and Sciences, computing facilities report, 1991 

5

16

Secretary Office, regarding Trustees and Executive Committee meetings, 1987-1989 

5

17

Subcommittee on Computer Resource Center, 1984 

5

18

Subcommittee on Microcomputer Evaluation, 1984 

5

19

Subcommittee on Networking, 1984 

5

20

Subcommittee on the Provision of Microcomputers to Students, 1984 

5

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 

5

22

University Affiliates Project Summaries, 1987 

5

23

University Council meeting, 1987 April 29, meeting material 

5

24

University Council meeting, 1987 April 8, meeting material 

5

25

University-wide Networking Market assessments, 1987-1988 

5

26

VAX workstation program, agreement with Digital Equipment Corporation, 1988 

5

27

VAX-based software, 1986-1987 

5

28

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1984 (1) 

5

29

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1984 (2) 

5

30

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1984-1985 (1) 

5

31

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1984-1985 (2) 

5

32

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1984-1985 (3) 

5

33

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1985 (1) 

5

34

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1985 (2) 

5

35

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1985-1986 

6

1

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1986 

6

2

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1986-1987 

6

3

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1986-1987 (with clippings) 

6

4

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1986-1989 

6

5

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1987 

6

6

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1988 

6

7

Vice Provost for Computing, Office of, Correspondence, 1989 

6

8

Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing, Correspondence, 1989-1990 

6

9

Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing, Plan and feedback, 1989 

6

10

Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing, Revised plan and feedback, 1990 January 

6

11

Wharton/VAX, 1985 

6

12

Working Group on Academic Information Environment, 1988-1989 

6

13