George Romney Papers  1939-1973
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CONFER Sessions [subseries]:

The CONFER Sessions subseries is comprised of paper printouts from a subset of computer-based conferences that ran on the University of Michigan mainframe computing system (Michigan Terminal System) from 1975 to 1994. These were printed by Zinn, and are indicative of his involvement and interests. This subseries provides an informative view of the introduction, evolution and use of a new technology designed specifically to support computer-based communications. The subseries includes RP.CONFER the original conference that utilized the CONFER I application program; student administered conferences; conferences used to supplement class discussion; and a series of conferences designed for the International Science and Technology Assessment Congress held in Ann Arbor in 1976. The CONFER Sessions subseries is dividded into Public Conferences and University of Michigan Class Conferences. Access to the latter is resctricted in accord withthe Faamily edu

The CONFER paper printouts are essentially a static snapshot of an asynchronous communications system. The term "snapshot" is used as the original functionality of the CONFER II system are features that could not be replicated in the paper printouts. In addition, not all entries, once posted within the system, could be captured in the paper printout as some entries were time-dependent and were deleted on a specific schedule. Lastly, the interactive nature of CONFER can not be adequately captured in a static document. As Zinn describes in a welcome message, literally "hundreds of participants passed by this electronic bulletin board from day to day."7 A sense of the features and the evolution of the use and functionality of the system can be gained by consulting the User Reference Documentation series and Robert Parnes' dissertation. The features and use of the technology can also be realized through some of the CONFERS themselves. Robert Parnes used CONFER as a testbed and one will often see Parnes "step" into a particular session to query users about the functionality of specific features and to announce changes to the system.8

CONFER printouts are available in two sizes. For the most part, conferences dating from 1975 to about 1980 were printed on 15" x 11" paper, and conferences dating after 1980 were printed on standard 8 1/2" x 11" paper. For the larger sized conferences, the cover sheet of the printout includes the job number that produced the conference report, the system source, and the date and time the report was generated. Later printouts do not include all of this information but do include the date the session was printed to paper.

Entries within conferences generally include the item number, date and time, number of lines for a particular entry, author, subject line and a calculation of the number of related items on this topic within the conference. Many of the conferences include an index of topics discussed and a directory of participants. The index is generally found at the start of the conference and the directory of participants at the end. In addition, many conferences also include as one of the first entries a welcome message from the conference organizer that includes a brief description of the purpose of the conference. CONFER II and later CONFER U were in use at the University of Michigan from 1975 until September 1, 1999. A summary of the CONFER sessions located in this collection appears below.

[Sources: CRLT:MICROS, Volume IV, A snapshot of dialogue on microcomputers in education, ca. October 1983 and USER:FORUM, Recent changes to Confer, Item 6, 05:09 Sep08/82, posted by Bob Parnes. ]

 
Public Conferences,  1975-ca. 1980
Box   1  
Activity Report,  1977
Box   1  
CAP: SHARE,  August 1976-June 1977 (2 folders)
Box   1  
CAP: WAR,  1976-1977
Box   1  
CAP: SUMMER,  June-July 1978
Box   1  
CONFER, List of Conferences at the University of Michigan,  1976-1977
Box   1  
CONFER II, User's Guide, August 31,1977
Box   1  
CRLT: G804,  January-April 1979 (oversized printout)
Box   1  
CRLT: Conference, Listing of Descriptors and Items,  ca. 1975 (oversized printout)
Box   1  
CRLT: Conference,  September 1976-April 1977     (oversized printout) 
Box   2  
2G2B: Staff,  January-April 1993
Box   2  
AIGP: Forum (Artificial Intelligence),  March 1983-1987 (3 folders)
Box   2  
ARCH: Forum,  November 1986-April 1987
Box   2  
CABA: Micro-Ed,  February 1984 (2 folders)
Box   2  
CAUCUS,  January-April 1976
Box   2  
CPS: Word (CONFER Problems and Suggestions),  February 1983-January 1984 (2 folders)
Box   2  
GRAF: Graphics,  November 1977-March 1989
Box   2  
IEAR: Advisors, (Advisory services for computers in education),  December 1982-April 1983
Box   2  
LINK: ART,  April 1987-June 1988
Box   2  
LISA-MAC,  April-April 1984 (2 folders)
Box   2  
LOGO: Forum,  May 1985-April 1987
Box   2  
MICH: EIC, (Michigan Effective Instruction Consortium),  December 1988-June 1989
Box   2  
MICH: GIFTEd,  August-August 1989
Box   2  
MICH: SPEDTEC,  November 1985
Box   2  
MCUL: CURE,  September-December 1986
Box   2  
MCUL: Forum,  January 1988-May 1989
Box   2  
MCUL: SIGCC,  April 1986-May 1989
 
MSTA: Forum (Michigan Science Teachers Association)
Box   2  
 February 1985-April 1987
Box   2  
 January-August 1989
Box   2  
NETI: Forum,  August 1984
Box   2  
NETI: Staff,  August 1984
Box   2  
PC2:!Conf,  June 1986-April 1987
Box   2  
RC: FoodSupply (Residential College)  January-March 1987
Box   2  
Religion,  September-November 1987
Box   2  
RP.CONFER (Robert Parnes),  June-July 1975
Box   2  
Span: MS (MicroSpan),  March-July 1982
Box   2  
Span: Vision,  April-May 1990
Box   3  
K556: OLDMAGNA,  March 1977-March 1978
Box   3  
CRLT: CON.Ed,  February-May 1979
Box   3  
CRLT: CONF,  July 1975-July 1976 (2 folders)
Box   3  
CRLT: Conduit,  February-April 1976
Box   3  
CRLT: Planning,  September-March 1979
Box   3  
MICROS,  February-May 1978
 
MNET: CAUCUS
Box   3  
 August-October 1978
Box   3  
 August 1978-January 1980 (2 folders)
Box   3  
RP CONFER,  April-September 1975
 
STST:Con.CENSUS
Box   3  
 February-April 1976
Box   3  
 May 1976-June 1977
Box   3  
SPSS: Talk,  June 1976-June 1977
Box   3  
Untitled,  May 1975
Box   3  
Untitled, possibly Micros,  May 1978-May 1980
Box   3  
Untitled,  February-December 1979 (2 folders)
Box   4  
CRLT: Advisors,  December 1982-October 1983 (2 folders)
Box   4  
CRLT: AUC,  July-August 1984
Box   4  
CRLT: CBE (Computer Based Education),  October 1975-March 1976
 
CRLT: EdMicro
Box   4  
Volume I,  August 1984-September 1985
Box   4  
Volume II,  October 1985-January 1989
Box   4  
CRLT: Expos,  September-December 1986
Box   4  
CRLT: HC,  March-May 1988
Box   4  
CRLT: Hypercard,  April 1988-November 1991
Box   4  
CRLT: Learning,  September-November 1986
Box   4  
CRLT: LT,  January-March 1986
Box   5  
CRLT: MAC.NOTES
Box   5  
 March-June 1984
Box   5  
 August 1984-September 1985 (2 folders)
Box   5  
 October 1985-March 1987 (3 folders)
Box   5  
 March 1987-November 1989 (3 folders)
Box   5  
CRLT: MERRA,  November 1976
 
CRLT: MICROS
Box   5 (cont.)  
Volume III,  June 1980-June 1981 (3 folders)
Box   5 (cont.)  
Volume IV,  January-September 1983 (2 folders)
Box   5 (cont.)  
Volume V,  September 1983-July 1984 (3 folders)
Box   5 (cont.)  
Volume VI,  August 1984-June 1985 (3 folders)
Box   6  
Volume VII,  July-March 1986 (10 folders)
Box   6  
Volume VIII,  March 1986-June 1987 (6 folders)
Box   7  
Volume IX,  July 1987-December 1989 (8 folders)
Box   7  
CRLT: Musiccomp,  October-November 1986
Box   7  
CRLT: OldMicros,  October 1981-December 1982 (2 folders)
Box   8  
CRLT: Peace,  January-April 1986
Box   8  
CRLT: Organizer,  September 1978-April 1987 (3 folders)
Box   8  
CRLT: RELIGION,  January-April 1988 (2 folders)
Box   8  
CRLT: Staff,  July 1981-June 1983 (4 folders)
 
CRLT: TA
Box   8  
 April 1988-April 1989
Box   8  
 February-July 1991
Box   8  
CRLT: Teachers,  April-June 1983
Box   8  
CRLT: QUEST,  February 1986
Box   8  
CRLT: UBMAC,  October 1985-September 1988
 
CRLT: USE.CONFER
Box   8  
 March 1986-February 1987
Box   8  
 February 1988-April 1990
Box   8  
CRLT: Use.CONFER1, December 1985-Feburary  1986
 
CRLT: WS351
Box   8  
 January-March 1987 (2 folders)
Box   8  
CRLT: WORDP, March 1,  1979-June 1981 (2 folders)
Box   9  
Second International Congress on Technology Assessment, sponsored by International Society for Technology Assessment (ISTA) Conference,  October 24-28, 1976     (oversized printout) 
Box   9  
ISTA: AGRICULTURE,  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: ASPECTS,  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: DEVELOPMENT,  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: EDUCATION,  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: GLOSSARY,  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: MICRO,  February-March 1977
Box   9  
ISTA: PARADIGMS,  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: PERSPECTIVES,  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: PLANNING (background staff communications),  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: PROJECTS,  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: SCHEDULE,  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: SOLAR, October 1976-Feburary  1977
Box   9  
ISTA: STAFF,  October 1976
Box   9  
ISTA: WRITINGS,  October 1976
Box   10  
MEET: OURSELVES,  May-December 1986 (3 folders)
Box   10  
MEET: PLANNERS,  April 1985-December 1986 (3 folders)     (originally started as LBFM: SAMPLE) 
 
MEET: STUDENTS
Box   10  
Volume I,  September 1985 (index)
Box   10  
Volume II,  September-November 1986 (3 folders)
 
MEET: UM
Box   10  
 August-November 1986 (2 folders)
Box   10  
 January-September 1988
Box   10  
MNET: CAUCUS, Volume IV,  August 1980-June 1981
Box   10  
NOW: CONSIDER,  March-September 1989
Box   10  
STAT: Con.Census, (background materials only),  ca. 1976
Box   11  
UMED: MEDNET, (index only),  November 1987
Box   11  
User: UB,  April-September 1985
 
USER: FORUM
Box   11  
Volume I, started  May 1979
Box   11  
Volume II,  July 1980-September 1981 (3 folders)
Box   11  
Volume III,  September 1982-June 1983 (2 folders)
Box   11  
Volume IV,  September 1985-September 1988 (2 folders)
Box   11  
User: OldForum, Volume 3,  September 1981-April 1992 (2 folders)
Box   11  
USER Planning,  January 1980-March 1981 (2 folders)
 
University of Michigan Class Conferences,  ca. 1978-1992
Box   12  
1CVA: Wonderland,  September-October 1987 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2062]
Box   12  
1GDB: CS181,  September-December 1992 (2 folders)  [SR Restricted until July 1, 2067]
Box   12  
1GHA: Writing,  September-December 1986 (2 folders)  [SR Restricted until July 1, 2061]
Box   12  
1JYA: 503,  September-December 1986-1987  [SR Restricted until July 1, 2052]
Box   12  
1J3A: PEACE,  September-October 1985 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2060]
Box   12  
2GDA: Comp74,  January-April 1987 (2 folders)  [SR Restricted until July 1, 2053]
Box   12  
2G2B: 181 CONFER,  January-April 1992 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2067]
Box   12  
2KSB: 181 CONFER,  January-April 1992 (2 folders)  [SR Restricted until July 1, 2067]
Box   12  
2Q1A: Argue,  February-April 1986 (2 folders)  [SR Restricted until July 1, 2062]
Box   12  
BAD: IDEA,  March-September 1986 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2061]
Box   12  
GULF: FORUM,  March-May 1991 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2066]
Box   12  
K9JK: UTEPSEM,  September-December 1986 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2051]
Box   12  
Linguistics and Computers,  December 1986 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2061]
Box   12  
MAYA: PEACE,  September-December 1985 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2061]
Box   12  
Professional Composer,  ca. 1987 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2062}
 
RC.Community
Box   12  
October -- November 1986  [SR Restricted until July 1, 2061]
Box   12  
 September-November 1988 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2063]
Box   12  
RC: WIN 86H445,  January-May 1986 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2061]
Box   13  
5B2A:N830, School of Nursing,  January-July 1979 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2054]
 
LAW 814
Box   13  
 September-December 1978 (2 folders)  [SR Restricted until July 1, 2053]
Box   13  
 September-December 1979 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2054]
Box   13  
N630, School of Nursing,  January-March 1976 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2051]
Box   13  
SSHD, School of Nursing,  January-May 1976 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2051]