Archives and Special Collections
Computing and Information Systems , Records 1974-
Record Group Number: RG 7.6
Historical Sketch: In 1963, a data processing study was commissioned at the College and computer cooperation and organization committees began to form. A Data Processing Steering Committee started in 1970 and in 1972, an Electronic Resources Center was in place. In 1974, thoughts of a central records unit began with William Bellows serving as Procedures Analyst. Other computing groups on campus emerged during 1978 such as the Alumnae/Development/ Career Services Computer Project and the Three College Computer Center. From 1975-1979, Alex Devillier of Administrative Services directed campus computer needs. From 1979-1981, William Bellows became Acting Director of the Computing Services Office during its two-year existence. College computing services continued with James Glover directing the new office, Information Systems, from 1982-1984 and the same office under its new name, Administrative Data Processing, during 1984-1985. Robert Jurczyk became director in 1986. By 1989 there were three campus computing offices managed by different directors: Information Services (Paul Dobosh); and Distributed Computing (Michael Crowley); and Administrative Computing (Robert Jurczyk). In 1990, four campus computer offices emerged: Information Services evolved into Computing and Information Services (Paul Dobosh); Academic Computing, (Kim Florek); Administrative Computing, (Robert Jurczyk); and Networking and Technical Services (Michael Crowley). By 1991, campus computer concerns were placed under one office, Computing and Information Systems (CIS), managed by Paul Dobosh and were composed of four divisions, each with its own Director: Academic Computing Center (ACC), (V.M.S. Kumar); Administrative Computing, (Robert Jurczyk); Network and Technical Services, (Michael Crowley); and User Services, (Madeline Carnevale). In 1994, another division was added, the Network Project, (Wayne Ball and Roozbeh Tavakoli, Project Managers). In 1996, Computer Information Services became part of Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS), formed to combine library, computing, language, media resources, and electronic services into one unit with Susan Perry serving as College Librarian and Director of LITS.
Description of Records: The records of Computing and Information Systems (CIS) include annual reports, committee minutes, memoranda, newsletters, announcements, mission statements, conference material, and grant information. The records also include material collected by the Archives relating to CIS and its predecessor organizations such as the Central Records Unit, WANG word processing, the Three College Computer Center, Academic Computing and User Services. The grant material pertains primarily to two grants obtained by the College from PEW Charitable Trust and the Sloan Foundation. Included as well are files from one of the CIS divisions, the Academic Computing Center, which contain College faculty and staff computer requests, budget information, and meeting notes. These records document the variety of services offered by CIS and also illustrate departmental activities and procedures used to enlarge and update equipment and services.
Restrictions: Records restricted to use by office/department of origin for 25 years from date of record creation
Citation Information: Computing and Information Systems Records, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.
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