MC 00400 Guide to the Alan L. Tharp Papers, 1962-2000 (Bulk, 1962-1984)

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[Box 3, Folder 10]
[Box 1, Folder 1]
These manuals bound together in unlabeled 3-ring binder.
[Box 3, Folder 13]
[Box 1, Folder 2]
Memos and notes regarding redesign of Teaching Evaluation Form.
[Box 4, Folder 2]
[Box 4, Folder 3]
[Box 4, Folder 4]
[Box 4, Folder 5]
[Box 4, Folder 6]
[Box 4, Folder 7]
[Box 4, Folder 8]
[Half Box 2, Folder 1]
Originally bound together in binder.


Tharp, Alan L.


2.25 Linear feet 3 archival boxes, 2 halfboxes

General Physical Description

3 archival boxes, 2 half boxes.


For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.



Acquisition Information

Gift of Alan L. Tharp, 2010 (Accession no. 2010-0209), 2012 (Accession no. 2012-0159)


Prepared by Judy Allen Dodson; updated by Babi Hammond, December 2011, and Vivian Phinizy June 2012


2011 December, Finding aid updated because of processing by Babi Hammond in December 2011, and Vivian Phinizy June 2012

Scope and Content Note

The Alan L. Tharp Papers, 1962-2000, contains IBM and other computer manuals, a data printout, memos and notes relating a teaching evaluation form, the proposal for the ePartners Initiative, and materials documenting the history of the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University.

Biographical Note

Dr. Alan L. Tharp, is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. His primary research interest is in the area of developing new and improved file structures. Of particular interest are structures which improve system performance and ones which allow new applications--tasks which were previously not doable because of a lack of appropriate data structures. He is also interested in database architectures, in improving the usability of software systems, and in computer science education.

Dr. Tharp received his B.S. degree in Science Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University. He has worked for Monsanto Company, Texas Instruments and Aerospace Corporation. He served as the Head of Computer Science at N.C. State University from July 1992 to June 2004. As Department Head, he recruited 29 tenure-track faculty. He also established a Strategic Advisory Board, Senior Design Center, Corporate Education Program, and ePartners Program.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alan L. Tharp Papers, MC 00400, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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