Collection Number: 40492

Collection Title: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. Papers, 1955-1990

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Size 10.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 8000 items)
Abstract Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. Papers consist of personal and professional papers of Fred Brooks, documenting his career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the founding of the Computer Science Department. The collection includes grant proposals for the creation of the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) and for Brooks' work on computer graphics. Also included are a manuscript of Brooks' book The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, speeches, and other writings, as well as audiovisual materials related to Brooks, including early video footage of microprocessors and audio recordings of talks and appearances by Brooks.
Creator Brooks, Frederick P., Jr., 1931-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio or moving image materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. Papers #40492, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Originally received by the Southern Historical Collection in May 2001 from Fred Brooks. Transferred to the University Archives August 2018 (RT 20180821.2).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Fred Brooks was born in Durham, N.C., grew up in Greenville, N.C., and was educated at Duke University and Harvard University. Working at IBM in the 1950s and 1960s, he was an early innovator in software development and computer architecture. In 1964, he came to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he founded the Department of Computer Science. Brooks's book "The Mythical Man-Month" (first published in 1975) is an influential work on software engineering and project management and has been reprinted many times. Brooks received many awards and honors throughout his career, including the prestigious Turing Award in 1999. In 2008, the new computer science building at UNC was named for Brooks. He retired from teaching in 2015.

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This collection consists of personal and professional papers of Fred Brooks, documenting his career at UNC-Chapel Hill and the founding of the Computer Science Department. The collection includes grant proposals for the creation of the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) and for Brooks' work on computer graphics. Also included are a manuscript of Brooks' book The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, speeches, and other writings, as well as audiovisual materials related to Brooks, including early video footage of microprocessors and audio recordings of talks and appearances by Brooks.

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Contents list

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Box 1

National Science Foundation (NSF) --Miscellaneous, 1984-1986 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 1

Working Papers--NSF Equipment Grant, 15 January 1977 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 1

NSF Proposal for a Research Grant in Computer Graphics, 1975-1978 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 1

Proposal to the National Science Foundation for the Establishment of the Triangle Universities Computation Center from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, and Duke University, 1965 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 1

Proposal from UNC and Duke for a Coordinated Experimental Research (CER) Program in VLSA Computing Structures and Design Methods and Computer Graphics, 1982 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 1

Notes, June 1982 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 1

Box 2

Computer Program Printouts, 1977-1979 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 2

Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC), 1965-1968 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 2

TUCC, 1966 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 2

NSF Proposal from UNC and Duke for a Coordinated Experimental Research Program in VLSA Computing Structures and Design Methods and Computer Graphics, 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 2

NSF Proposal for Expanding TUCC Computing Facilities, 1968-1969 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 2

Box 3

NSF Proposal from UNC and Duke for a Coordinated Experimental Research (CER) Program in VLSA Computing Structures and Design Methods and Computer Graphics, Revised 1982 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 3

NSF Proposal from UNC and Duke for an Experimental Computer Science Program in Microelectronic Design, 1980 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 3

NSF--Scientific Equipment, 1981 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 3

NSF Visit, 1981-1982 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 3

NSF, 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 3

CER, 1981-1985 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 3

CER Correspondence, 1983-1986 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 3

NSF CER Proposal, 1981 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 3

NSF Proposal for CISE Institutional Infrastructure Program for Prototyping #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 3

Complete Digital Systems, 1987 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 3

Box 4

NSF Site Visits, 1967-1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 4

NSF Coordinated Experimental Research (CER) Proposal, 1981-1982 (3 folders) #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 4

Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) Support Proposal to IBM and NSF, 1969 (2 folders) #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 4

NSF CISE Proposal, January 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 4

NSF Proposal from UNC and Duke for an Experimental Computer Science Program in Microelectronic Design, 1980, December 1980 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 4

Box 5

Manuscript drafts and correspondence related to the book Computer Architecture: Concepts and Evolution, 1975-1989 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 5

Box 6

Manuscript and notes for the book Mythical Man-Month, 1990 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 6

Computer Architecture book, Chapter 5, 1960s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 6

Box 7

UNC Chapel Hill Department of Computer Science, Faculty Meeting Minutes, 1970-1980 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 7

Box 8

Durham Academy Parents Council, 1979 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 8

Planning and Proposals, 1963-1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 8

Management and Personnel, 1977-1974 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 8

RING Programs--Jones, 1979 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 8

Springer-Verlag, 1979 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 8

Biological Resources Program, 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 8

Campus System, 1972 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 8

Air Traffic Control System, 1967 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 8

Terminals, 1969 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 8

Magnetic Tape, 1968 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 8

Box 9

NDX Concordance Generating System, 1967, 1973-1974 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 9

CMC Payroll System, 1972 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 9

Holon Operating System, 1973 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 9

Speech on Office Systems and IBM Tech Advisory Committee Meetings, 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 9

Grope Manipulator Arms Electronics, 1968-1974 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 9

Graphics, 1960s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 9

Box 10

Biomedical Research Technology Program, 1987 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 10

UNC-ADP Exercises, late 1960s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 10

QTSTs, 1960s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 10

England Trip, 1976 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 10

Software Conference Speech, 1984 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 10

Fragmentation Program (APL) 1969-1970 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 10

Box 11

UNC Department of Computer Science, Lib Moore correspondences, 1960s-1970s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

Information Processing-General Systems and Software, n.d. #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

"Using Computer Graphics" Article, 1969-1970 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

Adage Quotation--Computer Graphics, 1971 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

N.C. Board of Higher Education Report, 1965 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

UNC Department of Computer Science, Outside Evaluation, 1979 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

Microelectronics Center Proposal, 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

Computer Assisted Instruction, circa 1960s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

IDIOM Monitor #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

N.C. Educational Computing Services, ca. 1966 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

Advising Princeton, Harvard #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

Department Management Ideas #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 11

Box 12

Machine Readable Text, 1965-1966 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 12

Machine Readable Text, 1964-1970 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 12

RSV Bible-Supporting Data for Magnetic Tape, 1965 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 12

Eugene O'Neill Plays-Supporting Data for Magnetic Tape, 1965 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 12

New English Bible Version of New Testament-Machine Printout, 1960s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 12

Miscellaneous Expenses, 1980s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 12

QLTSRT, 1966 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 12

Box 13

UCLA Computer Science Department, 1970-1971 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 13

PS300 FRODO, 1986 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 13

Pietrasanto, Alfred M., 1973 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 13

Timesharing, 1970 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 13

Stanford Research Institute, 1970s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 13

Software Engineering, 1967-1972 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 13

AEC Computer Center Meeting, 1970 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 13

Report on Analog Computers, 1955 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 13

Automation-Clippings and Articles, 1960s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 13

Box 14

Computer Tapes, 1970 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 14

Head-motion parallax graphics program-K. Brooks, 1971 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 14

Time-Sharing, 1960s #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 14

Wirth Lecture, 1972 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 14

MCNC TWG-C minutes, January-May 1982 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 14

MCNC TWG-C minutes, February-June 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 14

MCNC TWG-C minutes, June-November 1982 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 14

MCNC TWG-C minutes, July-September 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 14

Box 15

Correspondence, 1967-1979 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

Correspondence, 1980-November 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

Correspondence, June 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

Correspondence, December 1983-1987 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

E-Mail, 1983 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

COMP 145, 1985-1986 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

COMP 265 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

Information Retrieval Course (LS. 211), 1964-1965 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

IS 22, 1969 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

Universities, 1963-1969 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

UNC-Teacher's Manual, 1966-1968 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

Notes Attached to COMP 131 Reports, 1971-1975 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 15

Box 16

ACM Conference, 1970 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

Australian Computer Conference Proceedings, 1966 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

CAI, 1968-1969 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

George 3 and NATO Papers, 1967-1970 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

ICL, 1970 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

K Computer Lesson, 1964-1965 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

Laymen Speech-"Modem Computer Applications," 1966 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

Netherlands, 1970 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

Prime Computer, Inc.-TUCC, 1978 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

Princeton University Computer Center, 1966-1969 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

Senate Testimony, 1985 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

Advanced Air-to-Air Systems, 1981 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 16

Box 17

Mathematics, 1936-1968 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 17

Simulator/Analyzer, 1966-1967 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 17

Soviet Cybernetics, 1967 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 17

Travel, 1974-1977 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 17

UM5-Manchester, 1974-1975 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 17

Vector General Quotation-UNC, 1971 #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 17

Box 18

Miscellaneous, 1960s-1980s. Includes clippings, publications, and reports. #40492, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1990." Box 18

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72 items.

Arrangement: Chronological by format.

Processing information: Titles and descriptions compiled from original containers.

Videotape VT-40492/1

Microprocessors, parts 1 and 2 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." VT-40492/1

1/2" Open Reel Video

Videotape VT-40492/2

Microprocessors, parts 3 and 4 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." VT-40492/2

1/2" Open Reel Video

Audiotape T-40492/1

Frederick P. Brooks, Circuit Rider radio program, speech on Malloy Owens, circa 1968 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." T-40492/1

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Audiotape T-40492/2

Frederick P. Brooks, "Proof of the Pudding" talk given to IBM at Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, N.C., 1 May 1967 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." T-40492/2

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Audiotape T-40492/3

B. Galle and Frederick P. Brooks, "The Time Sharing Debate", Stony Brook Conference, Stony Brook, N.Y., 9 June 1967 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." T-40492/3

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Audiotape T-40492/4

Frederick P. Brooks Jr., "Wisdom and Foolishness" sermon, Enschede, Netherlands, 1970 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." T-40492/4

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Audiotape T-40492/5

Brooks, Twente, part 1, 1970 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." T-40492/5

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Audiotape T-40492/6

Brooks, Twente, part 2, 1970 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." T-40492/6

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Audiotape T-40492/7

Brooks, Twente, part 3, 1970 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." T-40492/7

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Audiotape T-40492/8

Brooks, Twente, part 4, 1970 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." T-40492/8

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Audiotape T-40492/9

H. Aiken at UNC, intro by Brooks, "Computers Past and Future", "Algebraic Operators at UNC", Chapel Hill, N.C., 1971 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." T-40492/9

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Audiotape T-40492/10

10th Alumni Reunion, Fred Brooks Night, 6 December 1974 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." T-40492/10

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Image Box IB-40492/1

J. Craig Mindge dissertation slides, "Research on CAI (computer assisted instruction) teaching PL/I (computer programing language)," circa 1975 #40492, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1967-1975 and undated." IB-40492/1

60 images

Color 35mm Mounted Slides

Brooks served as an advisor for Mindge's dissertation.

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Laura Smith and Anne Wells, September 2018

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