Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice Institute Computer Project records, 1956-1996 UA 087

creator Rice University
Title: Rice Institute Computer Project records
Dates: 1956-1996
Dates: bulk
Identification: UA 087
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

In 1956, three Rice University faculty members, Zevi Salsburg, John Kilpatrick, and Larry Biedenharn, brought supercomputing to the school for the first time in the form of the R1 computer. While it wasn’t the first computer at Rice, it was the university’s first large computational research computer. At the time, the researchers couldn’t simply go out and purchase a mammoth supercomputer; they literally had to design and build the R1 themselves. The R1 took up a large amount of space on the second floor of the Abercrombie Engineering Building.

Scope and Contents

Records of the first computer developed at Rice University (then Rice Institute) including correspondence, memoranda, manuals, news clippings, photographs, and drawings.


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center.

Index Terms

letters (correspondence)
manuals (instructional materials)
clippings (information artifacts)
drawings (visual works)
Computer programming
Rice University

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice Institute Computer Project records, UA 87, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquistion Information

Department of Computer Science - 2002, 2003, 2008

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: History, notes, and newsclippings 1956-1996

Box Folder
1 1 History of Rice Institute Computer
2 Memoranda 1962-1985
3 Notes on the Genie Compilers for the Rice University Computer April, 1963
4 Research Computation Lab [RCL] Newsletter, Rice University 1970, 1973
5 Notes and Drawings
6 News clippings 1958-1996
7 News clippings, articles, and cartoons 1959-1960

Series II: Photographs

Box Folder
1 8 Joel Cyprus, computer components c. 1959, 1996
9 Group photo, computer components c. 1959-1960
10 Polaroid photographs of staff and computer components c. 1959-1960

Series III: Manuals, articles, and information

Box Folder
1 11 Genie Computer Language Manual, 1/3 1966-1968
12 Genie Computer Language Manual, 2/3 1966-1968
13 Genie Computer Language Manual, 3/3 1966-1968
Box Folder
2 1 "A Byte in Time" descriptive panels
2 Manual: Basic Machine Operation January 1962
3 Manual: Notes on the Computer January 1964
4 Manual: Spirel System, Assembly System April 1964
5 Manual: Spirel 1967
6 "The Use of the Genie System in Numerical Calculation," J.K. Iliffe. Annual Review in Automatic Programming. 1961