02/U0548 Guide to the Computing Center Records Computing Center Finding Aid Authors: Perri Hamilton.

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Guide to the Computing Center Records 1969/2001 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Computing Center Records 1969-2001 02/U0548 University of North Texas. University Information Technology 3.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
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Publications and documents that track the development of the Computing System on the UNT campus.
Historical Note:

Computing at the University of North Texas started in 1962 with the purchase of an IBM 1620 which was used to support academic users.  Gene Milner was the first director of Academic Computing, which was housed in the Business Administration Building (now Sage Hall). The department consisted of a computer, the director, and three employees: Richard Harris, Charlie Ellis, and Jerry Walden.  In 1963, Gene Milner left to work for IBM and Richard Harris was appointed Acting Director.  Harris would be named Director of Computer Systems in 1964. In 1969 an IBM 1440 was purchased to provide computer processing for the administration. 

The 1970s saw the upgrading of the computers which would include: sixteen Apple microcomputers that were installed in the Computer Science Department (1978) and a remote job entry station was installed in the Business Administration Building (1979).  Computer Systems published their first newsletter in 1971, the NTSU Computing Center Newsletter. NTSU stood for North Texas State University, which is now the University of North Texas. The first issue of Benchmarks, the Computer Center newsletter, was published in 1980.  Claudia Lynch was the editor, Sandy Burke typed it, and Lynne Rutherford designed the logo.

Multi-User System for Interactive Computing / System Product (MUSIC/SP), which offered file access control and data compression, was installed in 1980. It would be used until 1993.  The campus also saw the creation of Computer Centers in the College of Business and Computer Science. By 1982, the campus saw the development of a local network. It would become operational in 1983.  The General Academic Building’s (GAB) fifth floor became the site of computer rooms in 1983.  In that same year, Sixty-four terminals were installed in the GAB and the Business Administration Building.  The development of Student Information Management System (SIMS) initiated.  The first help desk was established in the Information Science Building (now known as Sycamore Hall) in 1984. In 1985 the university became a BITNET site–part of a cooperative U. S. university computer network. UNT’s membership in BITNET would cease in 1994. The University would also become part of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) in 1988. ARPANET developed protocols, such as packet switching, later used on the internet.  1989 saw progress when the last keypunch machine used by the public was removed from the Information Science Building. The academic and administrative support groups were combined to create the Microcomputer Support Group in that same year. 

The 1990s saw changes in computer access for students and improvements in communication. In 1991 General Access Computer Labs opened in Willis Library, Information Science Building, the Business Administration Building, and the General Academic Building (GAB).  1991 also saw a task force formed to develop a university wide e-mail system. Windows 3.0. was in use across the university in 1992. By 1994 the first World Wide Web server was installed.  1994 marked the installation of the Financial Aid voice response system. Printing Services began accepting files from the campus network in that same year. By 1995 the Visual Arts General Access Lab had joined the General Access Lab system and was offering fourteen Apple Power Mac 7100 computers for faculty and student use. With computers now a part of daily life on campus an “Appropriate Use Policy” for campus computers was drafted in 1996. In 1998 the UNT Telecommunications department merged with the Computing Center.  This was the same year UNT was named as one of America’s 100 most wired colleges by Yahoo! Internet Life. Benchmarks was first published as a digital newsletter in 1998.  In 1999 was the year in which UNT joined two organizations: Internet 2 (University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development) and Internet 2 “gigaPOP” (gigabit Point of Presence) with the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Christian University, and UT Southwestern Medical School. UNT also signed a campus licensing agreement for Microsoft Office and Desktop software.

The year 2000 is remarkable for the steps taken to improve communication with students and develop products to ease registration and access to financial aid.  The university adopted a new policy that established email as an official means of communication between the university and the students.  Academic Computing Service also developed a bulk email process to communicate with all, or a select group, of students and automated activation of student e-mail accounts. A self-service web application for financial aid was introduced. This year also witnessed the start of EagleMail. By 2002 EagleMail username and password (Enterprise User Identifications [EUID]) were introduced for web based student registration, which was accompanied by an online password reset utility.

During 2002 PeopleSoft was selected to replace the mainframe administrative applications.  This product went into effect under the name “Enterprise Information System” (EIS). In 2003 the following services were discontinued: dialup networking service, Academic mainframe service, and USENET news service. 2003 was also about new starts. A new account management system to support activation and password changes for EUIDs was implemented. The Eaglenet wireless network was launched in several campus buildings. The Computing Center received a new name, the Computing and Information Technology Center (CITC). The “my.unt.edu” was made available to campus in 2004 and PeopleSoft was fully operational in the fall. In 2006 the majority of CITC staff moved to offices at Research Park (now Discovery Park).  Academic Computing and User Services were the two units that continued to be housed in Sycamore Hall.  By 2007 Microsoft Exchange and Outlook replaced Groupwise as the campus-wide email service. In 2008 Discovery Park became the site of four general use computer classrooms. 2011 saw the creation of University Information Technology (UIT) and Information Technology Shared Services (ITSS). In 2012 the university saw the celebration of fifty years of computing and information technology at UNT.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name: Advanced Research Projects Agency (U.S.) University of North Texas. University Information Technology Genre/Form of Material: Clippings (information artifacts) Handbooks Newsletters Topical Term: Computers--United States Information technology.
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:




Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Computing Center Records, University of North Texas Special Collections

Related Materials:

Boxes 83, 84, and 85 of the Ready Reference Collection (RR437) contain additional materials related to the Computing Center.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

The material is arranged by subject and then by date.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials from the various iterations of the UNT University Information Technology (UIT) Department throughout the years, focusing on the evolution of the computing system on campus. Content includes copies of Benchmarks--the campus computing newsletter--keypunch cards, memos, informational handbooks, reports, article copies, newspaper clippings, coding sheets, and computing printouts.

Detailed List of Contents id168890 1 Newsletters 1971-1992 707994 id196194 1 1 Computing Center Newsletters/Memos 1971-1977 id196195 1 2 to 20 Benchmarks 1980-1998 id196196 1 21 NUT Works 1985-1989 id196197 1 22 to 23 CCNEWS 1989-1992 id168891 2 Computing Documents and Instructions 1969-2001 707995 Scope and Contents

Includes items like internet services instructions, reference cards, memos, interviews, email list services, and articles

id196202 2 1 Historic Documents - Internet Services 1992-2001 id196203 2 2 HTML Circa 1994 id196204 2 3 Miscellaneous articles 1981-undated id196205 2 4 Historic Interviews 1983-1995 id196206 2 5 Internet and Computer Basics 1995-1997 id196207 2 6 Internet Services at UNT 1999-2000 id196208 2 7 LISTSERV/Emailing List Services 1994 id196209 2 8 Macintosh - Intro 1993 id196210 2 9 Microcomputers - Intro 1989 id196211 2 10 IBM Manuals and Reference Cards (1 of 2) 1980-1988 id196212 2 11 IBM Manuals and Reference Cards (2 of 2) 1980-1988 id196213 2 12 Miscellaneous Reference Cards (1 of 2) 1969-1994 id196214 2 13 Miscellaneous Reference Cards (2 of 2) 1969-1994 id196215 2 14 Large Reference Cards/Guides undated id196216 2 15 Help Center Memos/Correspondence 1981-1990 id196217 2 16 Reports/Plans 1990-1992 id196218 2 17 Keypunch Card Sample undated id196219 2 18 Laser Printer Printouts undated id196220 2 19 Recycling Guide and Related Documents 1992-1993 id196221 2 20 TWU - Dec 10 circa 1981 id196222 2 21 Foreign Employees undated id196223 2 22 SAS R 79.5 Installation Instructions 1981-1982 id196224 2 23 Memos 1977-1982 id196225 2 24 Miscellaneous - Various
id168892 3 Printer Printouts and Related Documents 1979-1992 707996 Scope and Contents

Various printed logs, worksheets, forms, samples, etc.

id196246 3 1 Miscellaneous - HP circa 1979 id196247 3 2 Layout Worksheets undated id196248 3 3 ID Code Assignment 1979 id196249 3 4 Class Printouts 1978-1979 id196250 3 5 NTSU Project Administration 1978-1980 id196251 3 6 TWU/NTSU "BORGOANKER" 1979-1980 id196252 3 7 Users 1976-1978 id196253 3 8 STAT/SPSS/Misc. Samples Undated id196254 3 9 "Hamilton - Class B" Log 1979 id196255 3 10 Miscellaneous - Keypunch worksheets, memos, etc. (1 of 2) id196256 3 11 Miscellaneous - Form printouts, personal papers, etc. (2 of 2) id196257 3 12 Worksheet Pads undated id196258 3 13 North Texas Daily copies 1988-1992