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David A. Studebaker Computer Science papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 296

Scope and Contents

The David A. Studebaker papers document the beginnings of the Computer Science Department at Purdue University.  The collection contains computer program manuals created at Purdue University, computer punch cards with printouts, and a copy of “Elements of Numerical Analysis” by Dr. Sam Conte.


  • 1961-1966
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/05/2015


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

David A. Studebaker, born September 25, 1942, was one of the first students of computer science at Purdue, taking a non-credit Fortran II class in late 1962, around the time the Computer Science department was being established.  He was a student worker in the Purdue Computing Center from 1963 to 1965. As a student teaching assistant, he taught two classes for Professor Donn Novotny. David graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, having taken the CS courses then available at Purdue.  He has worked in software development since graduation.


0.65 Cubic Feet

Source of Acquisition

David A. Studebaker

Method of Acquisition

Gift from David A. Studebaker, May 4, 2014

Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained.  All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.
David A. Studebaker Computer Science papers
Richard R. Bernier and Keertana Marella
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2015-08-10.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-22: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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