Michigan Daily records: 1950-2006
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Container / Location Title
 
Personal [series]

The Personal series measures .5 feet and includes biographical information, Finerman's notes from classes he took as a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and one folder of correspondence, some of which overlaps with his professional career and work. There are four journals within this series documenting Finerman's travels to other countries on professional matters. He recorded logistical details and thoughts on other issues such as computer installations and meetings he had with others.

Box   1  
Biographical Data
 
Class Notes
Box   1  
Concrete Design 1950
Box   1  
Indeterminate Structures undated
Box   1  
Polygonal Rings and Complementary Energy undated
Box   1  
Soil Mechanics 1950
Box   1  
Structural Design 1951
Box   1  
Structural Mechanics 1950
Box   1  
Miscellaneous Notes 1953, undated
Box   1  
Correspondence 1958-1988

(scattered dates)

 
Journals
Box   1  
Latin America 1968
Box   1  
Latin America 1975
Box   1  
Japan 1976
Box   1  
Taiwan 1978
Box   1  
Israel
 
Career and Professional Activities [series]

The Career and Professional Activities series comprises the remainder of the collection (4.5 ft.) and documents his work in educational institutions and industry as well as his professional contributions.

 
Career [subseries]

The subseries Career is the largest, measuring 2.5 feet. It includes files on Finerman's work at republic Aviation corporation, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, University of Michigan and South Florida University.

 
Republic Aviation Corporation

There is one folder of material on Finerman's first professional position at Republic Aviation Corporation which includes a report he coauthored, correspondence, brochures, and photographs of Finerman and others with computing equipment at Republic.

Box   1  
Reports, Correspondence, and Photographs 1958-1961
 
State University of New York at Stony Brook

The one foot of material documenting Finerman's activities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook includes correspondence, reports, and teaching materials. This material provides insight into the issues associated with the rapid growth of a university computing center and the emergence of an academic program in computer science.

 
Committees
Box   1  
Computing Center Advisory 1965-1967
Box   1  
Computing Sciences 1963-1966
 
Computing Center
Box   1  
Correspondence 1962-1967
Box   1  
Equipment 1962-1967
Box   1  
Report 1965
 
Conference
Box   1  
"Advances in Computing," 1966-1971
Box   1  
"University Education in Computing Science," 1967-1968
Box   1  
Correspondence 1961-1975 (3 folders)
Box   2  
Curriculum 1962-1965
Box   2  
Israel 1967-1968
 
Proposals and Grants
Box   2  
IBM Grant 1969-1970
Box   2  
National Science Foundation 1962-1965
Box   2  
New York State Science and Technology Foundation 1966
Box   2  
State University of New York 1966
 
Teaching
 
ESG 162 "Introduction to Digital Computers," 1966-1970
Box   2  
Exams and Assignments
Box   2  
Lecture Notes (2 folders)
 
Jet Propulsion Laboratories

Finerman's activities at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) are documented through correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and other documents. The year Finerman spent at JPL in 1968-1969 when he was on sabbatical from SUNY Stony Brook on a NASA Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship is documented here. The minutes of the Scientific Computing Facility Advisory Committee reflect the effort to establish policy and service issues relating to a central computing facility. Less well documented is Finerman's involvement in JPL's Mission Control work. Photographs are part of the documentation of two tours of the central computing facility that Finerman gave in 1972. From 1985 to 1989, Finerman was on the Management and Administrative Support System review board at JPL and this activity is documented through reports and correspondence.

Box   2  
Correspondence 1965-1972 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Computing Facility Report 1965
 
Scientific Computing Facility Advisory Committee
Box   2  
Meeting Minutes and Agendas 1969 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Report 1969
Box   2  
European and Latin American Professors Tours 1972 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Computing and Information Services System Project Review 1984
Box   3  
Management and Administrative Support Systems Program Review 1985-1989 (6 folders)
 
University of Michigan

The bulk of the material documenting Finerman's career at the University of Michigan in his papers consists of coursepacks for an introductory class he taught on computer systems.

Box   3  
Correspondence 1979-1990

(scattered dates)

 
Introduction to Computer Systems EECS 181/CS 181
Box   3  
Coursepacks 1987-1989 (4 folders)
Box   3  
Exams 1987-1989
Box   3  
Research Personnel Committee 1988
 
Florida Atlantic University
Box   3  
"Computing for the Liberal Arts" Course Materials 1990
Box   3  
Correspondence 1988-1989
 
Other Teaching Materials
Box   4  
"Structured Methodologies, COBOL, and Databases," 1981 (2 folders)
Box   4  
"Seminar on Computers, Communications, Information Impact of Computing Technology on Research," 1982
Box   4  
"Structured Methodologies and Fortran," 1983
Box   4  
"Structured Methodologies and COBOL," 1984
Box   4  
"Data Processing with COBOL," undated
 
Photographs [subseries]
Box   4  
Formal and Informal Portraits
Box   4  
A. Finerman With Others
Box   4  
Others
 
Papers and Talks [subseries]

Finerman's papers and talks, arranged chronologically, are a useful source for following his professional interests and for his perspective on the information technology industry. In some folders, there is correspondence documenting where the talk was given or its publication status.

Box   4  
1967
Box   4  
"University Education in Computing Science"
 
1968
Box   4  
"The United States University Computing Center"
Box   4  
Computing
 
1969
Box   4  
"Computing Capabilities at United States Universities"
Box   4  
"Computing Capabilities at Argentine and Chilean Universities"
Box   4  
"Curricula in Computing Science"
 
1970
Box   4  
"Undergraduate Programs in Computing Science"
 
1971
Box   4  
"Education for Computing"
 
1972
Box   4  
"Computing Capabilities at the Institute of Higher Education"
Box   4  
"Corporate Policies for Computing Installations"
Box   4  
"Education of Computer Managers"
Box   4  
"University Computing Center"
 
1973
Box   4  
"Education in Computing Science"
Box   4  
"Philosophy and Contents of Training for Computing"
 
1974
Box   4  
"Professionalism in the Computing Field"
Box   4  
"Proposed Training Program for Systems Analysts"
 
1977
Box   4  
Ethics Book
 
1987
Box   4  
ACM 40th Anniversary
 
1989
Box   4  
"Computers in the Space Program"
 
undated
Box   4  
"Managing the Computing Operation"
Box   4  
"Structured Programming"
Box   4  
"Software Engineering"
 
Professional Activities [subseries]

The last subseries, Professional Activities, includes material documenting Finerman's involvement with the Jerusalem Conference on Information Technology. His correspondence with colleagues reflects his personality and provides the researcher with an idea of who Finerman's contacts were, on an international level, in the information processing profession. There is a large amount of correspondence from Dov Chevion, the individual in Israel with whom Finerman corresponded regarding the conference. The second activity documented in the subseries Professional Activities does not reflect Finerman's contributions as much as the products and business activities of TB Computing, an Ann Arbor company owned by Townsend and Bottum, Inc., a construction company. TB Computing offered computer products and services to the consulting, engineering, and publishing industries.

 
Jerusalem Conference on Information Technology
Box   4  
1971 Conference
Box   4  
Correspondence 1970-1971
Box   4  
Jerusalem Economic Conference Computer Committee Reports 1971
Box   4  
Proceedings 1971
Box   4  
Summary Records and Reports 1972
Box   4  
Summary Report 1971
Box   5  
1974 Conference
Box   5  
Correspondence 1972-1973
 
1978 Conference
Box   5  
Correspondence 1976-1978 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Chess Tournament 1977-1978
Box   5  
Panel Sessions 1978
Box   5  
Program Planning 1977-1978 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Publicity and Fundraising 1977-1978
Box   5  
Solicited Sessions 1977-1978
Box   5  
Steering Committee 1977-1978
Box   5  
Student Competition 1977-1978
 
1984 Conference
Box   5  
Correspondence 1983-1984
Box   5  
Letters of Invitation 1983-1984
Box   5  
NSF Travel Grant 1983-1984
Box   5  
Publicity and Fundraising
 
T and B Computing Inc
 
Board of Directors Meetings
Box   5  
1980-1981
Box   5  
1982-1983
Box   5  
1985-1987
Box   5  
Business Plan 1982
Box   5  
Prime Authorized Remarketer Plan 1982