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Thomas Kurtz papers

Identifier: MS-1144

  • Staff Only


The papers of Thomas E. Kurtz contain correspondence, project notes, memos, newsletters, software, hardware and procedure manuals, academic papers, curricula, presentation notes, programming calculations, textbooks, IBM punched cards, punched tape with various programs as well as journals and periodicals. The material chronicles Kurtz's development, with John G. Kemeny, of the first user-friendly computer language BASIC and subsequently the Dartmouth Time Sharing System (DTSS), the first successful large-scale computer sharing system. Lecture notes, transparencies, assignments and exams related to his teaching of BASIC and computer science at Dartmouth College are also included. In order to facilitate the teaching of computer science both Kemeny and Kurtz were instrumental in establishing the Kiewit Computation Center at Dartmouth and material related to its evolution can also be found here.


  • 1954 - 2002


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Conditions Governing Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).


28 Linear ft. (20 boxes)

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Additional Description


Thomas Eugene Kurtz (b.1928), computer scientist and programmer. The collection contains correspondence, project notes, memos, manuals, academic papers, class notes, curricula, presentation notes, books, textbooks, IBM punched cards, punched tape with various programs as well as journals and periodicals relating to the creation of BASIC for the DTSS (Dartmouth Time-Sharing System) codeveloped by Kurtz and John G. Kemeny and the Kiewit Computation Center.

Part of the Rauner Library Archives and Manuscripts Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA

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