John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection 1891-1987 (bulk 1940-1965)

Creator
Ptak, John F.
Size
7 linear feet
Location

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

Call number
RBC 00006

The John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection contains pamphlets, reports, journal articles, correspondence, software and hardware documentation, and other written material as well as more than 500 monographs and serials which are individually cataloged. The individually cataloged items are identified in the NCSU Libraries catalog as part of the John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection; they are not included in this description. The collection dates range from 1891 to 1987, but the bullk of the material is from 1940-1965. Notable authors and organizations represented include Carlo Arcelli, the Association for Computing Machines (ACM), Yehoshua Bar-Hillel, Robert J. Baron, Gordon Becker, Harry Blum, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Walter M. Elsasser, George E. Forsythe, General Electric, J. K. Hawkins, Hewlett-Packard, Alston S. Householder, International Business Machines (IBM), William Karush, Felix Klein, Clifford J. Maloney, Jacob Marschak, Franco Modigliani, Frederick Mosteller, Ulric Neisser, W. V. Parker, Hans Reissner, Remington Rand, Inc., and Heinz Von Foerster. Topics covered include aeronautics, artificial intelligence, biology, biometrics, communications, computer science, electrical engineering, immunology, information retrieval, linguistics, logic, machine translation, mathematics, statistics, and technocracy. The majority of the material is written in English, though German, French, and Russian are also represented.

John Ptak was the proprietor of J. F. Ptak Books, Maps, and Prints in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The store specialized in used, rare, and antiquarian manuscripts, reprints, journals, maps, and prints in mathematics and the sciences.

Biographical/historical note

John Ptak was the proprietor of J. F. Ptak Books, Maps, and Prints in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The store specialized in used, rare, and antiquarian manuscripts, reprints, journals, maps, and prints in mathematics and the sciences.

Scope/content

The John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection contains pamphlets, reports, journal articles, correspondence, software and hardware documentation, and other written material as well as more than 500 monographs and serials which are individually cataloged. The individually cataloged items are identified in the NCSU Libraries catalog as part of the John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection; they are not included in this description. The collection dates range from 1891 to 1987, but the bullk of the material is from 1940-1965. Notable authors and organizations represented include the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Carlo Arcelli, Yehoshua Bar-Hillel, Robert J. Baron, Gordon Becker, Harry Blum, the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Walter M. Elsasser, George E. Forsythe, General Electric, J. K. Hawkins, Hewlett-Packard, Alston S. Householder, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), William Karush, Felix Klein, Clifford J. Maloney, Jacob Marschak, Franco Modigliani, Frederick Mosteller, Ulric Neisser, W. V. Parker, Hans Reissner, Remington Rand, Inc., and Heinz Von Foerster. Topics covered include aeronautics, artificial intelligence, biology, biometrics, communications, computer science, electrical engineering, the history of computing, history of science, immunology, information retrieval, linguistics, logic, machine translation, mathematics, physics, statistics, and technocracy. The majority of the material is written in English, though German, French, and Russian are also represented.

Physical description

14 archival boxes

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series: Articles, Reports, Journals, and Pamphlets; Correspondence; Commercial Pamphlets and Instruction Manuals; Other Papers; and Oversize Diagrams.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection, RBC 00006, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of John F. Ptak, 2002 (Accession no. 2002-0025).

Separated material

The John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection also includes more than 500 monographs and serials which are cataloged individually. They are identified in the NCSU Libraries catalog as part of the John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection. To find these materials, please search the catalog.

Processing information

Processed by Anna R. Craft, 2006 November 1

Encoded by Anna R. Craft, 2006 November 1

Articles, Reports, Journals, and Pamphlets 1891-1987 (RBC 00006 Series 1)
Size: 6.5 linear feet

The John Ptak Computer Science articles, reports, journals,and pamphlets series contains printed material focusing on computers, mathematics, and the sciences, dating from 1891 to 1987. It is primarily made up of articles and reports written and published between 1940 and 1965.

13 archival boxes

A-Ande 1944-1971
Box 1, Folder 1
Andf-Az 1941-1987
Box 1, Folder 2
Association for Computing Machines (ACM) 1963-1967
Box 1, Folder 3
Baer-Becker 1950-1975
Box 1, Folder 4
Benson-Bookstein 1950-1975
Box 1, Folder 5
Borko-Butler 1946-1967
Box 2, Folder 1
Bibliographies 1947-1964
Box 2, Folder 2
Ca-Che 1924-1966
Box 2, Folder 3
Chr-Cz 1948-1978
Box 2, Folder 4
Conference, Meeting, and Symposium programs 1938-1963
Box 3, Folder 1
D 1914-1973
Box 3, Folder 2
E 1958-1981
Box 3, Folder 3
Elsasser, Walter 1964-1977 and undated
Box 3, Folder 4
F 1914-1977
Box 4, Folder 1
Foerster, Heinz von 1960-1969 and undated
Box 4, Folder 2
Ga-Gi 1920-1967 and undated
Box 4, Folder 3
Go-Greer 1950-1964
Box 4, Folder 4
Greg-Gu 1950-1961
Box 4, Folder 5
Ha-Hawes 1949-1966
Box 5, Folder 1
Hawkins-Hays 1939-1965
Box 5, Folder 2
He-Ho 1930-1968
Box 5, Folder 3
Hu-Hy 1949-1963 and undated
Box 5, Folder 4
Householder, Alston S. 1955-1958
Box 5, Folder 5
I 1893-1954 and undated
Box 5, Folder 6
Iowa State University Statistical Lab Annual Report 1944-1950
Box 6, Folder 1
Iowa State University Statistical Lab Annual Report 1950-1962
Box 6, Folder 2
Iowa State University Statistical Lab Statlab Review 1951-1957
Box 6, Folder 3
J 1958-1960 and undated
Box 6, Folder 4
Ka-Ke 1949-1967
Box 6, Folder 5
Kl-Koc 1897-1962
Box 6, Folder 6
Kon-Ku 1936-1961
Box 7, Folder 1
L 1929-1961
Box 7, Folder 2
Ma-Mar 1891-1972
Box 7, Folder 3
May-Mil 1929-1969 and undated
Box 7, Folder 4
Mit-Mor 1900-1964
Box 7, Folder 5
Mos-Mu 1950-1966
Box 8, Folder 1
Maloney, Dr. Clifford J. - published material 1957-1958
Box 8, Folder 2
Maloney, Dr. Clifford J. - "A Remington Rand Punched Card Data Retrieval System" - presented at the annual meeting of the American Documentation Institute, held at the Governor Clinton Hotel in New York on December 28 and 29, 1956 1956
Box 8, Folder 3
Marschak, Jacob 1962-1976
Box 8, Folder 4
Na 1955-1981
Box 8, Folder 5
Ne-Ni 1942-1966
Box 8, Folder 6
No-Nu 1942-1955
Box 8, Folder 7
Neisser, Ulric 1958-1963
Box 9, Folder 1
New York State College of Agriculture - Biometrics Unit Annual Reports 1950-1957
Box 9, Folder 2
O 1950-1959
Box 9, Folder 3
Pa-Pe 1896-1972
Box 9, Folder 4
Ph-Pu 1899-1979
Box 9, Folder 5
Popular Science volume 148, number 1 January, 1946
Box 9, Folder 6
Ra-Rob 1921-1971
Box 9, Folder 7
Rog-Ru 1953-1962 and undated
Box 10, Folder 1
Sa-Sc 1923-1966 and undated
Box 10, Folder 2
Se-Si 1949-1964 and undated
Box 10, Folder 3
So-St 1929-1969
Box 10, Folder 4
Ta-To 1932-1963 and undated
Box 11, Folder 1
Tu 1955-1961 and undated
Box 11, Folder 2
"Technocracy" pamphlets 1919-1933 and undated
Box 11, Folder 3
U 1955-1963
Box 11, Folder 4
University of Pennsylvania, "Transformations and Discourse Analysis Projects" 1960 and undated
Box 11, Folder 5
University of Wisconsin-Madison meeting, "The Computing Lab in the University" 1955
Box 11, Folder 6
V 1952-1958 and undated
Box 11, Folder 7
Wa-Wo 1911-1962 and undated
Box 11, Folder 8
Wr-Wu 1955-1964 and undated
Box 12, Folder 1
Y-Z 1953-1964
Box 12, Folder 2
Arcelli, Carlo and Gabriella Sanniti di Baja, "A Technique for Shape Analysis" 1987
Box 14, Folder 1
Foerster, Heinz Von, "ARTORGA (Artificial Organisms)" letter 1963
Box 14, Folder 2
George, F.H., "ARTORGA - Semantic Machines" 1962
Box 14, Folder 3
Hilditch, Judith and Denis Rutovitz, "Algorithms for Chromosome Recognition" undated
Box 14, Folder 4
Correspondence 1900-1966 (RBC 00006 Series 2)
Size: 0.5 linear feet

The John Ptak Computer Science correspondence series contains letters written between 1900 and 1966. Writers include Curtis J. Maloney and Hans Reissner.

1 archival box

Various correspondence 1900-1966
Box 12, Folder 3
Maloney, Curtis J. - correspondence 1952-1962
Box 12, Folder 4
Reissner, Hans - correspondence 1943-1945
Box 12, Folder 5
Commercial Pamphlets and Instruction Manuals 1936-1972 (RBC 00006 Series 3)
Size: 0.5 linear feet

The John Ptak Computer Science commercial pamphlets and instruction manuals series contains software and hardware documentation and sales lists from various companies dating from 1936 to 1972. The bulk of the material is from IBM, though material from companies such as General Electric and Hewlett-Packard is also represented.

1 archival box

A-H 1936-1972 and undated
Box 12, Folder 6
IBM manuals 1936-1963
Box 12, Folder 7
IBM manuals 1965-1968 and undated
Box 12, Folder 8
K-U 1965 and undated
Box 13, Folder 1
Other Papers 1913-1962 (RBC 00006 Series 4)
Size: 0.5 linear feet

The John Ptak Computer Science other papers series contains printed and handwritten material. Dated material ranges from 1913 to 1962; many papers are undated.

1 archival box

Historical Material 1947-1954 and undated
Box 13, Folder 2
Reports and papers with no titles or authors 1952-1962 and undated
Box 13, Folder 3
Handwritten notes 1949-1954 and undated
Box 13, Folder 4
Maps, diagrams, and other material 1913-1962 and undated
Box 13, Folder 5
Oversize Diagrams undated (RBC 00006 Series 5)
Size: 0.5 linear feet

The John Ptak Computer Science oversize diagrams series contains approximately 60 diagrams depicting computer circuits and processes. These documents are undated and arranged in the order in which they were received.

1 archival box

Computer diagrams, folder 1 undated
Box 14, Folder 5
Computer diagrams, folder 2 undated
Box 14, Folder 6
Computer diagrams, folder 3 undated
Box 14, Folder 7
Computer diagrams, folder 4 undated
Box 14, Folder 8
Computer diagrams, folder 5 undated
Box 14, Folder 9
Computer diagrams, folder 5 undated
Box 14, Folder 9
Computer diagrams, folder 6 undated
Box 14, Folder 10
Computer diagrams, folder 7 undated
Box 14, Folder 11
Computer diagrams, folder 8 undated
Box 14, Folder 12
Computer diagrams, folder 9 undated
Box 14, Folder 13
Computer diagrams, folder 10 undated
Box 14, Folder 14
Computer diagrams, folder 11 undated
Box 14, Folder 15
Computer diagrams, folder 12 undated
Box 14, Folder 16
Computer diagrams, folder 13 undated
Box 14, Folder 17
Computer diagrams, folder 14 undated
Box 14, Folder 18

Access to the collection

This collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

For more information contact us via mail, phone, or our web form.

Mailing address:
Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Phone: (919) 515-2273

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection, RBC 00006, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.