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Series 1094 - Professor R.B. Potts [Papers]

Date Range1959 - 1986
Quantity20 cm, 18 files
ProvenanceProfessor R.B. Potts
Description

Professor Ren B. Potts, of the Mathematics Department, played a significant role in the University's purchase and use of computing equipment in the 1960s, the establishment of the Computing Centre and the formation of a Department of Computing Science. His papers include articles, committee working papers, files on the Australian Computer Society and library software for the WREDAC computer. They reflect his close involvement in the promotion of computing science. This series also includes papers from Mr Robert Culver and Mr Don Simmons, who were likewise involved in the early years of computing at the University, and whose papers were later passed to the Potts family. Professor Potts' wife, Dr Barbara Kidman, has annotated many of the files - see details in Inventory notes. Finally, 10 Control Data Corporation manuals for the 6000 Series computer, predominantly from the 1960s, are included.

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667  Computing Centre Committee Minutes and Papers 1962 - 1991

635  Computing Centre General Correspondence Files 1974 - 1986

668  Computing Centre Administrative Records 1974 - 1994

Inventory Listing

Chebyshev Polynomals File: WREDAC Computing

BK: "In 1959 RB Potts worked in long vacation at WRE - using SA's first computer, the WREDAC. These are his notes on developing library software for the computer (Chebychev polynomals or xcotx & tanx). Very basic by later standards."
This item contains references to: Computer Science

Date Range 1959    Quantity 1.5 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier 109400001 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Punch Card Users' Committee Chairman's Papers

BK: "This was a subcommittee of the Education Committee set up to make recommendations on the use of punched card equipment by University administration and others - as a result the Computing Centre was formed, staff appointed and the first computer ordered. This is the file kept by the chairman, RB Potts. It was an important committee."
This item contains references to: Computer Centre; Computer Science

Date Range 1960 - 1961    Quantity 2 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier 109400002 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Australian Computer Society and Computer Society of S.A.

BK: RB Potts "was responsible for founding the S.A. Computer Society - the first in Australia."
This item contains references to: Computer Science

Date Range 1960 - 1986    Quantity 1.5 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier 109400003 Box Number 1 Series 1094
John Allen Ovenstone

Ovenstone was the first Professor of Computer Science.
This item contains references to: Computer Science

Date Range 1963 - 1984    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier 109400004 Box Number 1 Series 1094
"Computers and Mathematics" (Article)

This item consists of an article by Professor Potts which was printed in the Science Journal of Prince Alfred College, his alma mater.
This item contains references to: Mathematics; Computer Science

Date Range undated    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier 109400005 Box Number 1 Series 1094
"Computing Facilities at Adelaide University" (Paper)

This paper comprises a history of the establishment of computing facilities at the University.
This item contains references to: Computer Centre; Computer Science

Date Range 1972    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier 109400006 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Computing Centre Newsletters

Newsletters 1-22 are from Barbara Kidman; newsletters from 1967 to 1971 were given to Barbara Kidman by Les Howard from the Barr Smith Library.
This item contains references to: Computer Centre

Date Range 1966 - 1971    Quantity 4 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier 109400007 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Student Protest re 6400 Computer

This item consists firstly of two issues of "Grass Roots", published by the SDA, exhorting students to protest, and if necessary to sabotage, the use of the University Computer for weapons research work. Secondly, a note "to all users of the 6400" decries the threats being made and encourages users to attend student meetings and vote against the actions proposed.

Date Range c. 1970, undated (during the Vietnam War)    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier 109400008 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Miscellaneous Documents

This file includes a proposal for a Diploma in Academic Computing (undated), preliminary notes on the FORTRAN Service Course (1965), a paper by IN Capon entitled "Computing in Secondary Schools" (1969) and a copy of some "Autobiographical Snippets" by John Bennett, discussing the introduction of computers to Australia.
This item contains references to: Computer Science

Date Range c. 1965 - 1987    Quantity 1 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier 109400009 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Letter from Susan Woodburn, Special Collections Librarian

This item consists of a letter to Ren Potts and Barbara Kidman from Susan Woodburn of the Barr Smith Library Special Collections, thanking them for their help in identifying important records of the 1957 WRE conference and the AVCC survey of University computing.

Date Range 1999    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier 109400010 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Fortran Courses (Culver)

This folder represents Robert Culver's file on the Fortran (or "Fortransit") courses run at the University by IBM in 1960. The file has been annotated by Mr Culver with Post-It notes, with reference to the historical interest of its contents.

Date Range 1959 - 1960    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 109400011 Box Number 1 Series 1094
1620 Computer (Culver)

This file contains correspondence and manuals relating to the IBM 1620 Data Processing System. Dr Kidman's annotations indicate that this was the first computer purchased by the University, in 1961.

Date Range 1961    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 109400012 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Miscellaneous Papers and University Correspondence (Simmons)

BK: "Don Simmons was 1st employee in Computing Centre (Later an MP). These papers given to B.K. by Don's widow."
The first folder contains documents relating to Mr Simmons' time at the University. The second folder contains documents from his time as an MP (1971-1975), during which he remained interested in computing and related social and legislative issues.

Date Range 1968 - 1975    Quantity 2.5 cm, 2 folders
Inventory Identifier 109400013 Box Number 1 Series 1094
"Computing", J.A. Ovenstone (Simmons)

Dr JA Ovenstone was Professor of Computing Science and Director of the Computing Centre at the time of writing this paper, which was included in Don Simmons' records.

Date Range undated    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 109400014 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Report to University of Hong Kong (Simmons)

Don Simmons was a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow to the University of Hong Kong in 1966, and subsequently reported to that University, in a consultative capacity, on its application of electronic data processing. This item is a copy of his report, with associated correspondence.

Date Range 1967    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 109400015 Box Number 1 Series 1094
"The Influence of Computers on Employment" (Paper)

This paper was written by Don Simmons.

Date Range c. 1968    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 109400016 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Punch Card Users' Committee and the Early Years of the Computing Centre (Simmons)

This item contains references to: Computer Centre

Date Range 1960 - 1961    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 109400017 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Control Data Booklets for 6000 Series Computer

Instruction manuals for various operating system/programming languages. Booklets entitled:

- \x91Codes/Control Data: 6400/6600 Computer Systems\x92 (1966)
- \x91Control Data: 6000 Series; Instant; Chippewa Operating System: Fortran\x92 (1966)
- \x91Control Data: Instant: 6400/6500/6600: Scope\x92 (1967)
- \x91Control Data: Instant: 6400/6500/6600: Compass\x92 (1967)
- \x91Control Data: Instant: 6400/6500/6600: Fortran\x92 (1967)
- \x91Control Data: Instant: 6400/6500/6600: Cobol\x92 (1967)
- \x91Control Data: Instant: 6400/6500/6600: Simula\x92 (1967)
- \x91Control Data Corporation: Update Instant\x92 (1975)
- \x91Control Data Corporation: Intercom Version 4 Interactive Command Summary\x92 (1980)
- 'Control Data Corporation: Update Version 1 Instant\x92 (1981)

Date Range 1966 - 1981    Quantity 5 cm, 10 booklets
Access Partially closed
Inventory Identifier 109400018 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Ren Potts Articles on University of Adelaide Maths History

Contains a covering note from Barbara Kidman and photocopies of the following articles:

- 'Mathematics at the University of Adelaide, 1874-1944, Part 1'

- 'Mathematics at the University of Adelaide, 1874-1944, Part 2'

- 'Mathematics at the University of Adelaide 1944-1958'

- 'Horace Lamb Rose Bowl' from Graduate's Union Gazette, June 1964.

Date Range 1977 - 1985    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 109400019 Box Number 1 Series 1094
Published by the University of Adelaide Archives on University of Adelaide Archives Web Site, 2003
Listed by University of Adelaide Archives
HTML edition University of Adelaide Archives
Updated 6 November 2013
http://www.adelaide.edu.au/records/archives/guide/1094.htm

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