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Eckert and Mauchly: Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer (ENIAC), 1949

Contents of CSA #3168

Case File of Mr. J. Presper Eckert and Dr. John W. Mauchly
Committee on Science and the Arts
1949 Potts Medal

  • Report [More Information]
    • Cover sheet for Case File number 3168 (383k)
    • Final Report
    • CSA Sub-Committee report investigating the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) 11/10/1948
    • Handwritten note that suggests editions to the CSA report. 12/10/1948
    • Handwritten page that suggests changes to report; subcommittee report attached with handwritten editions. 12/6/1948
    • Copy of Subcommittee report, written at top: "P.1 of officer copy 10-25-48).10/25/1948
    • Draft of Subcommittee report, written at top: "Read at First Reading" "Revised & retyped for Final Reading Dec. 7, 1948." Handwritten note attached with slide captions.12/7/1948
    • Draft of Subcommittee report, missing first page. Handwritten at top, "Page 1 transferred to revised (final) copy 5-23-48" "Officer Copy 10-25-48". 10/25/01948
    • First draft of Subcommittee #3168 on ENIAC 10/1/1948
  • Correspondence
    • Memorandum to Dr. J. Frazer from Dr. H. B. Allen. Suggests that ENIAC be looked into by the CSA. 2/25/1946.
    • Letter from Dr. John Frazer to Dr. James Barnes. Informs Barnes he has been appointed to the subcommittee. 5/16/1946.
    • Letter to Comdr. William G. Ellis from Dr. J. Frazer. Informs Ellis he has been appointed to the subcommittee. 5/16/1946.
    • Envelope. Returned postal envelope. Dr. Hiram S. Lukens "Not at U. of P. Hospital. Handwritten note, "We are glad of it!" with initials JF. 5/17/1946.
    • Appointment card on which George Crampton accepts appointment to the subcommittee. 5/17/1946.
    • Appointment card on which Richard Sutton accepts appointment to the subcommittee (written: appointed chairman 11/13/1946). 5/17/1946.
    • Appointment card on which William Ellis accepts appointment to the subcommittee. 5/19/1946.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Hiram S. Lukens. Coveys thoughts fo Dr. Barnes that an electrical engineer should be on the standinb sub-committee with Mr. Wagner as being most suitable. 5/21/1946.
    • Phone message. Notes Dr. Lukens is in accord with placing Mr. Wagner on the sub-committee. 5/23/1946.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Mr. Walter C. Wagner. Informs Wagner he was appointed to the sub-committee. 5/24/1946.
    • Appointment card on which Walter Cloaguer accepts appointment to the subcommittee. 5/25/1946.
    • Appointment card on which W. R. Wright accepts appointment to the subcommittee. 5/25/1946.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Commander William G. Ellis. Notifies Ellis that staffing of the sub-committee is complete. 5/29/1946.
    • Letter from Dr. Sutton to Dr. Frazer. Notifies Frazer that Sutton would be on sabattical leave until next September but will attend occasional meetings and receivie meeting minutes at his usual address. 1/27/1947.
    • Letter from Dr. Sutton to Dr. Frazer. Suggests research be commenced on the ENIAC. 3/2/1948.
    • Letter from T. Kite Sharpless to Dr. Sutton. Responds to request for references. 5/11/1948. (763k). Page 2 of 2, (569k). [More Information]
    • Note by Dr. Sutton. Lists suggested contacts from whom information about the ENIAC could be solicited. 5/11/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Sutton to T. K. Sharpless. Requests information, c/o Dr. Frazer consisting of reprints or information regarding technical references and patent numbers relative to the ENIAC. 5/12/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr.s Sutton, Crampton and Wright and Mr. Wagner. Notifies sub-committee members of meeting on Wednesday, May 26, 1948 at 4:00 p.m.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Irven Travis. Asks for opinion with particular reference to the ENIAC's importance in computation work, and any comments he would care to make in connection with the particular problems dealt with by the machine. 5/18/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. John von Neumann. Asks for opinion with particular reference to the ENIAC's importance in computation work, and any comments he would care to make in connection with the particular problems dealt with by the machine. 5/18/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Colonol P. N. Gillon. Asks for opinion with particular reference to the ENIAC's importance in computation work, and any comments he would care to make in connection with the particular problems dealt with by the machine. 5/18/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to General G. M. Barnes. Asks for opinion with particular reference to the ENIAC's importance in computation work, and any comments he would care to make in connection with the particular problems dealt with by the machine. 5/18/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. John von Neumann to Mr. Frazer. Responds to request for opinion and comments about the ENIAC. 5/19/1948. (909k). [More Information]
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Lt. Comdr. Wakelin. Asks for opinion with particular reference to the ENIAC's importance in computation work, and any comments he would care to make in connection with the particular problems dealt with by the machine. 5/19/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Dietrich. Asks for opinion with particular reference to the ENIAC's importance in computation work, and any comments he would care to make in connection with the particular problems dealt with by the machine. 5/19/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Sutton. Responds to Dr. Sutton's desire for a meeting, suggesting preferrable meeting dates and copntacts from whom information could be requested about the ENIAC. 5/19/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Sutton to Dr. Frazer. Acknowledges May 26 sub-committee meeting and makes suggestions for members. 5/20/1948.
    • Letter from John C. Sims, Jr. to Dr. Frazer. Accompanied an original enclosure of a brief paper covering the history of electronic computer development. References original enclosure of a book loaned to Dr. Frazer. (684k). 5/21/1948. Page 2 of 2, (719k). [More Information]
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. John von Neumann. Thanks for the letter of 5/19/1948. 5/21/1948.
    • Letter from Lt. Col. P. N. Gillon to Mr. John Frazer. Responds to request for opinion and comments about the ENIAC. (940k). 5/24/1948. Page 2 of 2, (677k). [More Information]
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Mr. Sims. Thanks for the May 21 letter. 5/24/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Irven Travis to Dr. John Thayer, Secretary (presumably a mispelling of Frazer?). Responds to request for opinion and comments about the ENIAC. (1.1 MB). 5/25/1948. [More Information]
    • Letter from G. M. Barnes to Mr. John Frazer. Responds to request for opinion and comments about the ENIAC. (494k). 5/25/1948. [More Information]
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. John G. Brainerd. Requests a copy of a letter sent from Dr. Brainerd to Dr. Thomas D. Cope in spring of 1946. (790k). 5/25/1948. [More Information]
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Lt. Col. P. N. Gillon. Thanks for the letter of 5/24/1948. 5/26/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to General G. M. Barnes. Thanks for the letter of 5/25/1948. 5/26/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Irven Travis. Thanks for the letter of 5/24/1948. 6/1/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr.s Sutton, Crampton and Wright and Mr. Wagner. Notifies subcommittee members of meeting Friday, October 1, 1948 at 4:00 P.M. 9/24/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Sutton to Dr. Frazer. States intention to attend Oct 1 subcommittee meeting. 9/24/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Sutton to Dr. Frazer. Accompanies the return of a corrected copy of the report. 11/12/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Sutton. Requests modifications to the report read at a 11/11/1948 meeting by Dr. Sutton. 11/12/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Sutton. Notifies Sutton that concerns regarding report will be attended to; mentions plan to secure diagram of the flip-flop type circuit. 11/26/1948.
    • Phone message. States Mr. Chapline of Eckert & Mauchly Editorial Dept. will begin work on getting a slide to the CSA. 12/2/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Sutton to Dr. Frazer. Thanks Dr. Frazer for a letter regarding the passage of the ENIAC case; comments on CSA meeting. 12/13/1948.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Mr. Joseph D. Chapline. Thanks Mr. Chapline for supplying a statement as to the oepration of the flip-flop cuircuit and illustrative slide. 12/13/1948.
    • Memorandum from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Allen. States if the board approves the award in its 12/15 meeting it will be in order to inform Dr. Mauchly and Mr. Eckert. File contains duplicate of this memorandum. 12/14/1948.
    • Memorandum from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Allen. States if the board approves the award in its 12/15 meeting it will be in order to inform Dr. Mauchly and Mr. Eckert. Noted at top and bottom as a copy. 12/17/1948.
    • Letter from Henry B. Allen to J. Presper Eckert, Jr. Informs Eckert that Board of Managers at The Franklin Institute, on 12/15/1948, on CSA recommendation awarded Mauchly and Eckert with the Potts Medal. (687k). 12/17/1948. [More Information]
    • Letter from Henry B. Allen to Dr. John W. Mauchly. Informs Mauchly that Board of Managers at The Franklin Institute, on 12/15/1948, on CSA recommendation awarded Mauchly and Eckert with the Potts Medal. (696k). 12/22/1948. [More Information]
    • Letter from John W. Mauchly to Henry B. Allen. Confirms receipt of 12/22/1948 letter in which Mauchly was informed of his award. (471k). 1/5/1949. [More Information]
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Mr. John C. Sims, Jr. Thanks for the lending of a book relevent to ENIAC to the CSA. 1/5/1949.
    • Letter from J. Presper Eckert, Jr. to Henry B. Allen. Expresses appreciation for the award. (454k). 2/17/1949. [More Information]
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Sutton. Requests presentation remarks. 2/23/1949.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Sutton. Requests cooperation in receiving presentation remarks by July 1. 6/22/1949.
    • Letter from Dr. Sutton to Dr. Frazer. Submits presentation remarks. 6/28/1949.
    • Memorandum from Dr. Frazer to Mr. J. H. Jackson. Requests Potts Medal be engraved. 2 copies total. 6/29/1949.
    • Memorandum from Dr. Frazer to Mr. J. H. Jackson. Requests Potts Medal be engraved. 2 copies total. 6/29/1949.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Sutton. Thanks Dr. Sutton for sending presentation remarks. 6/30/1949.
    • Letter from Henry B. Allen to Dr. Mauchly. Inquires as to Mauchly's title and marital status. (750k). 7/11/1949. [More Information]
    • Letter from Henry B. Allen to Mr. Eckert. Inquires as to Eckert's title and marital status. (875k). 7/11/1949. [More Information]
    • Telephone message. States Mrs. Eckert called and asked if invitations could be sent to three parties; "All 3 were sent free." Unknown date.
    • Letter from Dr. Sutton to Dr. Frazer. Thanks Dr. Frazer for remarks. 7/13/1949.
    • Letter from Dr. Mauchly to Henry B. Allen. Response to inquire about title and marital status. (706k). 7/14/1949. [More Information]
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Sutton. Requests a visit from Dr. Sutton to clear up a question regarding presentation remarks. 9/2/1949.
    • Letter from Henry . Allen to Dr. Sutton. Confirms Dr. Sutton as Sponsor for Medal Day exercises. Outlines details of Medal Day proceedings. 9/26/1949.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Sutton. Requests a call regarding presentation remarks. 9/27/1949.
    • Letter from Dr. Frazer to Dr. Sutton. Notifies of modification to sponsor remarks. 9/29/1949.
    • Letter from Henry B. Allen to Dr. Mauchly. Confirms Medal Day and invites Dr. Mauchly to various activities on that day. (650k). 9/30/1949. [More Information]
    • Letter from Henry B. Allen to Mr. Eckert. Confirms Medal Day and invites Mr. Eckert to various activities on that day. (682k). 9/30/1949. [More Information]
  • Evidential Information
  • Miscellaneous