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Dennis R. Allison collection

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Allison, Dennis


12.79 linear feet in 8 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, and 1 flat box


The Dennis R. Allison collection consists of technical reports, publications, manuals, program listings, promotional material, software, and A/V materials ranging in date from 1967 to 2000. As Allison was a lecturer and a consultant who worked on a variety of projects, his collection reflects the wide-ranging nature of his work. About half of the collection consists of technical reports, course materials, dissertations, research materials, and program listings from various universities. A significant portion of this material is from Stanford University and contains technical reports published by the Computer Science department that range in date from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. There are also materials from events like the Stanford Computer Forum. In addition, the collection contains technical reports and dissertations from the computer science departments of other institutions, such as the University of Toronto, Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Delaware, and the University of Karlsruhe. This part of the collection also includes program listings dated from 1967 to 1976. The listings relate to topics like ALGOL and LISP, and several come from Stanford University. There is also a small box of about thirty microfiche sheets from the 1970s, most of which came from the Stanford University Libraries.

The other half of the collection consists of mixed printed materials, including manuals, promotional materials, technical reports, conference proceedings, and data sheets. Much of this part of this collection is made up of technical reports from the research arms of companies such as Tandem Computing, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Sony Computer Science Laboratory, International Business Machines, NASA, Bell Laboratories, and Digital Equipment Corporation. There are also internal reports and presentations pertaining to the Alliance VHDL CMOS System, LSI Logic’s Serial Link Megacell, and the Unidot Language System. Manuals for a range of systems and software, such as the DEC System-20, InterTools, Framework, and PassKey can be found in this portion of the collection. There are also reports, bulletins, and correspondence related to ALGOL, MARY, and machine oriented languages. Finally, there are materials from conferences and professional groups, such as COOL Chips, IEEE, ACM, the IFIP/TC-2 conference, and Microprocessor Forum.

Finally, there is a small amount of software, slides, and moving images. Items of note include a 1983 presentation distributed by the ACM about computers and careers in computing and packaged software from Ashton Tate, Ansa, and Prentice Hall.


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Carnegie-Mellon University. Computer Science Department; Stanford University. Computer Science Department; University of Toronto. Computer Systems Research Institute

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Dennis R. Allison collection


Gift of Dennis Allison

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