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Biographical / Historical

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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

Series II: Photographs

Series III: Manuals, articles, and information

Series IV: R1 panel

Series V: Technical drawings

Series VI: Addendum of reports and technical drawings, 1958-1973

Series VII: Components

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): 1956-1974
Identification: UA 087
Identification: 697
Quantity: 4 Linear Feet5 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.

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Scope and Contents

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

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

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.

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Index Terms

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Series IV: R1 panel

object
WRC reading room display area R1 computer panel

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map-drawer map-drawer
38 39 Series V: Technical drawings
Scope and Contents
See item-level description of drawings in map drawers 38 and 39, by viewing the descriptive guide to "Architectural drawings, oversize manuscript materials, maps and photographs" available at http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/1111.

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Series VI: Addendum of reports and technical drawings, 1958-1973

Box Folder
3 1 Preliminary Manual for the Rice Institute Computer, March 18, 1958
2 Manual for the Rice Institute Computer, Sept.1, 1958
3 Technical drawings, 1959-1960
4 Rice Institute Computer Project programming Memoranda, 1959-1960
5 Sigsby Rusk notes, April 13, 1966
6 A Direct Technique for Improving a Matrix Inverse, by Sitton, August 1966
7 Tags for Description and Control, by Jodeit and Sitton, February 1967
8 Notes on Tag Systems, by Iliffe, 1967
9 A Machine-Oriented Logic Incorporating the Equality Relation, by Sibert, May 1967
10 Hardware Aids to Classification of Data in Storage, by Overdahl, Iliffe, Rusk, Sibert, ca. 1969
11 Programming R 1 1/2, by Iliffe, May 1969
12 A proposed Language for Systems Programming on R2, by Warren, circa 1969
13 Advanced Focal - Technical Specs and R2 notes, 1969
14 Some Remarks on the Addressing Rule, by Mutschler, June 27, 1969
15 Leaking Mode Computation on the Rice Computer, by DeBremaecker, Jodeit, Iliffe, Rusk, June 1967
16 Operating Routines for the R2
17 RRC Log and PDP Log (user / date / time in - out / comments)
18 Storage Control and Addressing for Complicated Data Structures, 1970
19 "R1 is Finished" printouts of last 200 pages, May 24, 1971
20 Appendix B: The R2 Instruction Set, May 1972
21 R2 Software Newsletter file, 1972-1973
22 Experience with the Implementation Language New \ 1, by Feustel, Warren, Donegan, Shields, Feb. 1973
23 Report, 1973
24 Doerr Window Mapping Interface log, 1973-1974
25 R2 Architecture Description
26 R2 Hardware Change Request Forms and Log Sheets, 1973
27 Use of Dynamically Allocatable Labelled Memory Blocks in Programming Systems, undated
28 Appendix 1: Electronics of the Computer
29 Report and fragments, undated

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Series VII: Components

Box Folder
3 - Small part marked 1302-0339-A2
- Part with green plastic and red, green, yellow, blue wires
Box
4 Core memory stack by RCA, built circa 1953-1955. Stacks like these were used in the R1 and R2.
Box
5 Gene Mutschler donation of 1.) Master oscillator card (main heartbeat of the R1), transistorized, with a toggle switch 2.) Circuit board (smaller piece, with no switch) 3.) access key, which would fit into the slot in the console and served to identify the user 4.) console user manual known as the "console poop pack"
General
Donated in December 2019 by Gene Mutschler, BA '69, MA '70, PhD '73, who was a grad student at the time he worked with the R1. He wrote the program which shut down the R1 for the last time before it was disassembled.

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