KIHC is working with the UCLA Library’s Special Collections to collect, archive, and make available the physical documents that exist throughout the University of California, Los Angeles, due to its involvement with the ARPANET in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. These include papers donated by Larry Roberts, ARPA’s director of the ARPANET; the papers of Leonard Kleinrock of UCLA; and documents from the BBN Corporation, a private company contracted to design the IMP. In addition, through this partnership we have collected some additional materials that relate to the work completed at UCLA during those years.
The papers sheds light, for instance, on ARPA during the Cold War and other computer networks that existed at the time (including SAGE and SABRE). These documents also provide a rationale for the ARPANET through official memos, papers, and Lawrence G. Roberts’ notes and detail the idea of packet switching as told through the letters of some of its pioneers. You can also find maps documenting key steps as ARPANET gained momentum; papers from UCLA’s Network Measurements Center; designs of the birth of the email, and exchanges on international alternatives.
Prior to all digitization, this material is identified, arranged with finding guides, and protected forever in facilities that also provide access to scholars and the public through the UCLA University Archives.
Public Access to the Current Archival Holdings
21560 Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575 (second floor)
- Weekdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. during the academic year. By appointment only, please call the University Archivist at (310) 825-7265.