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Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of CHRISTOPHER STRACHEY (1916 - 1975)


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Reference NCUACS 71.1.80
Covering dates 1930 - 1983
Held by Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Extent c 55 boxes
Conditions of access NOT ALL THE MATERIAL IN THE COLLECTION IS YET AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION. ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE TO
THE KEEPER OF WESTERN MANUSCRIPTS
BODLEIAN LIBRARY
OXFORD.



Folder icon  SECTION C WORKING PAPERS, NOTES AND CALCULATIONS  CSAC 71.1.80/C.1 - C.274  [n.d.]


Contents:
The papers are presented chronologically as far as possible, in sub-sections devoted to various stages in Strachey's career (see list of contents overleaf). Strachey's own autobiographical notes make plain that many of his ideas developed from work in progress and flowed into later projects, and the separation here adopted is acknowledged to be an artificial one and is far from implying any break in the work.
These notes and papers were kept by Strachey separate from correspondence and committee files, but should nevertheless be read in conjunction with Sections D and E, and the N.R.D.C. correspondence in Section J, to which cross-references are given where possible. Strachey's own folders, titles and descriptions are retained, and bundles of notes clipped together by him have been left in his order. The early material was rarely dated, and was often written on the back of used papers dated several years previously, or on class exercises from school-mastering days. In these cases, approximate dates and descriptions have been suggested. Very bulky folders have been split for ease of handling, and a note made of their original grouping. Strachey's titles and descriptions are given in inverted commas.
During his employment at N.R.D.C. (1952 - 59), Strachey was principally concerned with the Ferranti computers for Manchester University, designed in conjunction with the Firm, the University and N.R.D.C. Most of these notes are simply headed 'M.U.C.' or appear on worksheets similarly headed, and it has not always been possible to assign them with certainty to a specific task or routine related to the project. See note to CSAC 71.1.80/C.27 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.115.
STANDARD TELEPHONE & CABLES LTD. (S.T.C.), 1939-45 CSAC 71.1.80/C.1 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.19
AUTOMATIC COMPUTING ENGINE (ACE), 1950-51 CSAC 71.1.80/C.20 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.26
Draughts-playing program
NATIONAL RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (N.R.D.C.), 1951-59 CSAC 71.1.80/C.27 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.115
CSAC 71.1.80/C.27 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.33 Completion of draughts-playing program
CSAC 71.1.80/C.34 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.36 Love-letters program, miscellaneous notes
CSAC 71.1.80/C.37, CSAC 71.1.80/C.38 St. Lawrence River Power Project
CSAC 71.1.80/C.39 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.64 Manchester University Computing Machine Laboratory
CSAC 71.1.80/C.65 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.94 Ferranti Pegasus Computer. Design and projects
CSAC 71.1.80/C.95 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.102 Very High Speed Computers
CSAC 71.1.80/C.103 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.115 Miscellaneous notes and drafts
PRIVATE CONSULTANCY, 1959-64 CSAC 71.1.80/C.116 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.135
CSAC 71.1.80/C.116 Royal Radar Establishment
CSAC 71.1.80/C.117 Ship Fairings
CSAC 71.1.80/C.118, CSAC 71.1.80/C.119 Traffic Control
CSAC 71.1.80/C.120 ALGOL
CSAC 71.1.80/C.121 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.135 LISP/EMIDEC
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY MATHEMATICAL LABORATORY, 1962-65 CSAC 71.1.80/C.136 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.201
CSAC 71.1.80/C.136 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.184 CPL
CSAC 71.1.80/C.185 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.196 BCPL
CSAC 71.1.80/C.197 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.201 General Purpose Macrogenerator
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMING RESEARCH GROUP (P.R.G.) 1966-75 CSAC 71.1.80/C.202 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.274
CSAC 71.1.80/C.202 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.207 Visits and work at Project MAC
CSAC 71.1.80/C.208 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.212 KDF 9
CSAC 71.1.80/C.213 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.223 Modular One (Mod 1)
CSAC 71.1.80/C.224 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.241 Formal Semantics
CSAC 71.1.80/C.242 - CSAC 71.1.80/C.274 Miscellaneous notes and drafts




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