Artifact Details

Title

Guide to the Jon L. White collection on Common Lisp

Catalog Number

102733968

Type

Text

Date

1963-2012; bulk 1978-1995

Author

Doub, Bo; Hayden, Kim; Lott, Sara Chabino

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Extent

8.75 linear feet in 7 record cartons

Description

The Jon L. White collection on Common Lisp contains material relating to the development and standardization of the programming language Common Lisp and, more generally, the Lisp family of programming languages. Records date from 1963 to 2012, with the bulk of the material ranging from 1978 to 1995, when White was working at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), Lucid, and Harlequin Group. Throughout many of these positions, White was serving on the X3J13 Committee to formalize a Common Lisp standard, which aimed to combine and standardize many previous dialects of Lisp. This collection consists of conference proceedings, manuals, X3J13 Committee correspondence and meeting minutes, notebooks, technical papers, and periodicals documenting White’s work in all of these roles. Other dialects of Lisp--especially MAClisp--are also major focuses of the collection. White also collected significant amounts of material on object-oriented programming, artificial intelligence, garbage collection memory management, and floating-point arithmetic in his various computer programming roles.

Category

Finding Aid

Subject

COMMON LISP (Computer program language); Computer programming; Garbage collection (Computer science); LISP (Computer program language); Object-oriented programming (Computer science); White, Jon L.

Collection Title

Jon L. White collection on Common Lisp

Credit

Gift of Jon L. White

Lot Number

X6823.2013