KIHC is working with the UCLA Library’s Special Collections to collect, archive, and make available the physical documents that exist throughout the University of California, Los Angeles, due to its involvement with the ARPANET in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. These include papers donated by Larry Roberts, ARPA’s director of the ARPANET; the papers of Leonard Kleinrock of UCLA; and documents from the BBN Corporation, a private company contracted to design the IMP. In addition, through this partnership we have collected some additional materials that relate to the work completed at UCLA during those years.
The papers sheds light, for instance, on ARPA during the Cold War and other computer networks that existed at the time (including SAGE and SABRE). These documents also provide a rationale for the ARPANET through official memos, papers, and Lawrence G. Roberts’ notes and detail the idea of packet switching as told through the letters of some of its pioneers. You can also find maps documenting key steps as ARPANET gained momentum; papers from UCLA’s Network Measurements Center; and exchanges on international alternatives.
Prior to all digitization, this material is identified, arranged with finding guides, and protected forever in facilities that also provide access to scholars and the public through the UCLA University Archives.
Currently, you can access our curated digital collections of these materials. In the near future, the entire physical collection will be available to researchers.
We’ve partnered with the UCLA’s Digital Collections to provide free and unrestricted digital access to our archival collections (under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license). Furthermore, we are working to make these materials available through the Online Archive of California, where they are also available free of charge to all. The digital collections are comprised of various pieces from the physical collections. If digital files are available for collections indicated below, they will be marked so.
Lawrence Roberts Papers
Lawrence Roberts served as program manager of the ARPANET and director of the IPTO. The collection includes professional and research files of Lawrence G. Roberts dating from 1962 to 2009 and includes: publications; notes written by Roberts concerning the development of the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET); notes on the Internet and on networked computing more broadly; selected clippings and publications (1990s to 2000s) containing biographical information about Roberts.
Leonard Kleinrock Faculty Papers
Leonard Kleinrock made seminal contributions to the fields of queueing theory and packet switching, and ran UCLA’s Network Measurement Center, the first ARPANET node. This collection includes general correspondence, personal notes, ARPA reports, and Network Measurement Center documentation.
Michael Wingfield Papers
Michael Wingfield designed the interface linking the SDS Sigma 7 computer at UCLA with an Interface Message Processor (IMP) in 1969 and implemented TCP/IP for Unix in 1979. His papers detail the design specifications of the IMP for ARPANET and the source code for TCP/IP for Unix, and include: handwritten notes, manuals, specifications, computer printouts, and photos.
Martin Thrope BBN Papers
Martin Thrope worked at BBN from 1969-74, on the front lines as part of the team that implemented the ARPANET and kept it running.
Network Measurement Center Collection
The UCLA Network Measurement Center was the first ARPANET node and located at 3420 Boelter Hall at UCLA. It was run by UCLA Professor Leonard Kleinrock, who has donated his collection of Network Measurement Center documents to this collection.
George Eisler began his career in information technology in the early 1950s, working at the University of Michigan / Willow Run manufacturing center and lab, working initially on computerized anti-ballistic missile systems, and on the Michigan Digital Automatic Computer (MIDAC).
ARPANET Project Notes
Documents created at or housed by the Network Measurement Center at UCLA include ARPANET Satellite System (ASS) Notes, notes on packet radio (i.e. Packet Radio Temp Notes), and SPADE admin notes.
William Naylor was a PhD student and researcher with the UCLA Computer Science Department between 1969-1978. During that time he conducted numerous measurement experiments on the then-new ARPANET, determining its traffic patterns (i.e. how it was used) as well as areas for improvement. He did work on packet voice (a very early form of VoIP), as well as on SATNET (Atlantic Packet Satellite Network) and PRNET (Packet Radio Network).
Public Access to the Current Archival Holdings
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