My background is in Information Technology so it really brought out my inner geek to work with the KIHC collection. Seeing papers detailing the ARPANET which was the precursor to the internet was very exciting. Imagine being able to read the log from the first ARPANET communication, see the source code for TCP/IP for Unix, and seeing early papers from Roberts and Kelinrock in the 1960′s discussing how networking computers is a good idea. Great stuff!
To aid researchers who wish to discover these collections, I worked on four finding aids for KIHC collections using Archivist Toolkit which will be added to the Online Archive of California:
- Roberts (Lawrence) Papers KIHC.0001
- Kleinrock (Leonard) Faculty Papers KIHC.0002
- Wingfield (Michael) Papers KIHC.0003
- Thrope (Martin) BBN Papers KIHC.0004
The finding aids preserve the knowledge accrued processing the collections by project archivists, Yee May Chua, Gretta S. Treuscorf, and I; and student volunteer Jason Hong. The finding aids are now in the UCLA Special Collections Archivist Toolkit database, allowing for updates as the KIHC collections are further processed and new accessions are added to the collection.
Jason Hong and I scanned and processed materials for the Kleinrock, Wingfield and Thrope collections. Scanned materials have been ingested to the Digital Library to be added to the KIHC digital repository. Scanned materials include Wingfields logic diagrams that take you from sketches to final design for the Interface Message processor which connected UCLA’s SDS Sigma 7 host computer as the first node on the ARPANET. Notes from the SPADE Admin Group donated by Kleinrock detail the running of and development on the SDS Sigma 7 with true life anecdotes such as needing to “catch up on missed meals, sleep and showers”. Thrope’s papers have information on the involvement of Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) in the early days of the ARPANET.
I had a great deal of fun working with these collections and hope my efforts are useful to scholars of the history of the Internet.