Computing and Information Systems Heritage Collection

Dr Richard Gillespie, an honorary fellow in the University of Melbourne's School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, has been cataloguing, rehousing and adding further material to the Computing and Information Systems Heritage Collection, which captures many aspects of the history of computing at the University. This builds on the work undertaken by the Computing and Information Systems History Team over the past twenty years.

Additions to the collection include Apple computers, servers and laptops used in teaching labs and by academic staff from the 1980s to 2000s, in the engineering, science and medicine faculties. The archives, comprising department records, computing manuals, research papers and commercial innovations, have been rehoused and fully catalogued. The records include rare operational and programming manuals for early computers in Great Britain and the United States, as University of Melbourne Computation Laboratory staff established close ties with overseas colleagues.

Parts of the collection are on display on levels 7 and 8 of the Doug McDonell Building, and further items will be displayed in the new School of Engineering offices in the South Wing of the Engineering Building later in 2018, and subsequently in Carlton Connect Initiative precinct. Richard welcomes expressions of interest for projects and other potential uses of the collection.

Richard will be undertaking additional work on the other collections in the School of Engineering in the coming months, including the Electrical Engineering and Surveying and Geomatics Engineering collections.

Image: A 1984 Macintosh computer used in Computer Science student labs. Computing and Information Systems Heritage Collection, University of Melbourne