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Jerome Garfunkel
Papers, 1977-1989
Charles Babbage Institute
Date of Acquisition
March 1991
 
Acquisition CBI 71
University of Minnesota
Archivist
: Pat Hennessy

Size of Acquisition
7.5 cubic feet, 8 boxes
 
Acquisition: The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Jerome Garfunkel in 1990, accession 991-04.
     
Access The collection is unrestricted.
       
Copyright CBI holds the copyright to all materials in the collection, except for items covered by a prior copyright (such as published materials). Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).    
      
Preferred Citation Please cite the collections as follows: Jerome Garfunkel Papers (CBI 71), Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
     
Biography Garfunkel was a member of many COBOL and programming languages groups, and an observer of the Screen Management Task Group (SMTG), now called Forms Interface Management Systems (FIMS) Committee.
     
Scope & Content

This collection documents the development of COBOL and other programming languages from 1979 through 1989. The COBOL language went through a controversial period between 1980 and 1985 leading to the release of COBOL 85, and this period is well documented particularly through thousands of letters from the public review period.

The collection is divided into four series:

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Records, 1980-1989, contains documents of the American COBOL Committee (X3J4), including a copy of the draft proposal of the revised X3.23 COBOL, 1982, and public review letters, 1983; the Standards Planning and Requirements Committee (SPARC); and the SPARC Programming Languages Study Group (PLSG).

CODASYL Records, 1977-1989, contains correspondence, the 1981 Journal of Development, minutes, and proposals presented to the COBOL committee from 1977-1986, and records of the Screen Management Task Group (SMTG).

International Standards Organization (ISO) Records, 1983-1989, has records from the International COBOL Committee (TC97 SC22 WG4) and the International Committee for the Preparation of Guidelines for Programming Languages (TC97 SC22 WG10), as well as APL standards.

Personal Meeting Notes, 1979-1989, contains notes taken by Garfunkel at various meetings, many of them in calligraphic style.

Related collections are the CODASYL Collection (CBI 11) and Honeywell Inc. X3.2 Standards Subcommittee (CBI 67).

     
Container List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Records

ANSI X3J4 (American COBOL Committee) Records

  • Documents A-H, 1980-1989. (Box 1, folders 1-26)
  • Documents I - W, 1980-1989. (Box 2, folders 1-23)
  • Documents W - X, 1980-1989. (Box 3, folders 1-15)
  • Miscellaneous, 1981-1989. (Box 3, folders 16-27; Box 4, folders 1-5)
  • First Draft Proposed Revised COBOL, 1982. (Box 4, folders 6-8)
  • Public Review, 1983. (Box 4, folders 9-24)
  • ANSI SPARC (Standards Planning and Requirements Committee) records, 1983-1984. (Box 50, folders 1-17)
  • SPARC PLSG (Programming Languages Study Group) records, 1983-1986. (Box 5, folders 18-28)

CODASYL Records

CODASYL COBOL Committee records

  • Correspondence, 1983.. (Box 6, folder 1)
  • Journal of Development, 1979-1981. (Box 6, folders 2-8)
  • Miscellaneous, 1980, 1984-1989. (Box 6, folders 9-15)
  • Procedures, ca. 1983. (Box 6, folder 16)
  • Proposals, 1977-1986. (Box 6, folder 17-28; Box 7, folders 1-16)
  • SMTG (Screen Management Task Group) records, 1980-1984. (Box 7, folders 17-26)
  • SMTG VDT, 1981-1983. (Box 8, folders 1-2)

International Standards Organization (ISO) Records

  • APL dp ANS, 1983. (Box 8, folders 3-4)
  • ISO TC97 SC22 records, 1985. (Box 8, folder 5)
  • ISO TC97 SC22 WG4 (International COBOL Committee) records, 1985. (Box 8, folders 6-7)
  • ISO miscellaneous, 1985-1989. (Box 8, folders 8-10)

Personal Meeting Notes

  • Notes, 1979-1989. (Box 8, folders 11-13)
     
 

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