Systems and Computing, Office of, Records, 1967-1977

Overview of the Collection

Systems and Computing, Office of, Records
1967-1977 (inclusive)
approximate 1465 items, ( 2.5 linear feet), ( 3 containers)
Collection Number
Archives 58
Records include daily correspondence from the office, such as interoffice memoranda, minutes of meetings, office planning information, reports, capital improvement projects and blueprints, research project information, faculty service reports, information on new data processing equipment, etc.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

The Collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

As early as 1953 a computing laboratory was operating on the campus of Washington State University. The Computing Center was established at the University in 1956; at that time, data-processing projects functioned under the auspices of the Department of Mathematics. The University offered two courses on the subject of computers, taught in the Department of Mathematics, beginning with the 1956-1957 academic year.

In 1966, a "Program in Information Science" was initiated which included vastly expanded course offerings and faculty members. By 1970, the Department of Computer Sciences, with 15 faculty members, had been formed; this program offered M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. During the same time period, the Office of Systems and Computing began operations as a part of the Washington State University administrative body. This office directs all data-processing operations performed for University business, many officials of the office hold joint appointments in the Department of Computer Sciences and the WSU Computing Center.

Currently, the Office of Systems and Computing consists of Computer Engineering Services, Mathematical/Statistical Faculty Consultants, University Computing Services, and the Computing Service Center. The Office, in addition to administering these sub-units, allocates computing funds to the colleges, approves all acquisitions of computer-related equipment, performs long-range planning for WSU computing, and represents WSU to the State Data Processing Authority.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The records of the WSU Office of Systems and Computing are divided into three major series: (1) on-campus correspondence with specific university administrative officers, (2) on-campus correspondence with university administrative offices, and (3) off-campus correspondence. The three correspondence series have been arranged alphabetically by subject: material within each subject is then arranged chronologically. This arrangement is consistent ith the original order as received from the office of Systems and Computing. The records range in date from 1967 to 1977.

The records contain the daily correspondence of the office, which is affiliated with the WSU Computer Sciences Department and reflects all aspects of its operation. The Office of Systems and Computing records contain the following: interoffice and interdepartmental memoranda, office planning information, capital improvement planning and blueprints, reports, technical data, research project information, requests for information from various agencies, minutes of meetings, faculty service reports, departmental and faculty correspondence, information on new data-processing equipment, and other business.

Principal correspondents include William Walden, Wallis Beasley, Warren Bishop, K. Abbey, V. L. Shelton, Allan H. Smith, Glen Terrell, Barry Whelchel, James Quann, and officials of IBM Corporation.

Acquisition Information

The records of the office of Systems and Computing were transferred to the University Archives, Washington State University, in December 1979 (UA 79-28) by the office in accordance with the approved records schedule.

Processing Note

The records were processed in October 1980 by Michael Sampson.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1:  On-Campus Correspondence--Administrative officers , 1968-1977Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-5
Beasley, Wallis
244 items
1 6
Bishop, Warren and K. Abbey
50 items
1 7
Bishop, Warren
27 items
1 8-9
Shelton, V. L.
98 items
1 10-12
Smith, Allan H.
162 items

2:  On-Campus Correspondence--Administrative Offices , 1967-1977Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 13
Facilities Planning
82 items
2 14
34 items
2 15
President's Office
78 items
2 16
62 items
2 17-18
Staff Personnel
132 items
2 19-20
165 items

3:  Off-Campus Correspondence , 1968-1977Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 21-28
263 items
3 29-30
89 items

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Corporate Names

  • International Business Machines Corporation--Records and correspondence
  • Washington State University--Information resources management--History--Archives
  • Washington State University--Information technology--History--Archives
  • Washington State University. Office of Systems and Computing--Archives (creator)
  • Washington State University. Office of Systems and Computing--Records and correspondence

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Abbey, Kenneth--Archives (creator)
    • Beasley, Wallis--Archives (creator)
    • Bishop, Warren A.--Archives (creator)
    • Quann, C. James--Archives (creator)
    • Shelton, Vessie Lauren, 1911---Archives (creator)
    • Smith, Allan H.--Archives (creator)
    • Terrell, William Glenn, 1920---Archives (creator)
    • Walden, William E.--Archives (creator)
    • Whelchel, Barry--Archives (creator)
    Corporate Names
    • International Business Machines Corporation--Archives (creator)