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Title: A. P. Jensen Papers
Identification: MS451
Date: ca. 1952-ca. 1989
Size/Quantity: 5.4 linear feet (11 document cases, 1 half-size document case, 1 oversize box)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Jensen, A. P., (Alton Peter), 1925-
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:A. P. Jensen was a student and professor at Georgia Tech who helped create the College of Computing. This collection contains documents, correspondence, and reports on computing at Georgia Tech and developing computer systems. Series 1 contains materials from Jensen's personal files, including computer studies, papers, and research; Series 2 contains printed materials including manuals, proposals, reports, publications, and student papers and theses; and Series 3 consists of two untitled, undated films.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alton Peter Jensen (1925-2005), known as "Pete," was a student and professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is recognized for his contributions in the computing world and for his work in establishing and growing Tech’s computer system and its College of Computing.

Jensen was born on July 25, 1925 in East Point, Georgia, to Peter Roosevelt Jensen and Emma Brown Jensen. He had three brothers: Edward Norman Jensen, Joseph John Jensen, and James Russell Jensen. Pete Jensen enlisted in the army during World War II and served as a Private First Class in companies I and L of the 94th Infantry Division.

Jensen graduated from the Southern Technical Institute in 1952 with an A.S. in Industrial Technology and an A.S. in Mechanical Technology. He then went on to study at the Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1956. He pursued graduate work in Mechanical Engineering at Tech after finishing his undergraduate degree.

Jensen joined Tech’s research faculty in about 1954. Ten years later, in 1964, the School of Information Science was formed at Tech, the first of its kind in the world. Jensen founded Tech’s first computer laboratory and installed the university’s first email system in 1965. He formally joined the Information Science faculty in 1968. Two years later the School changed its name to the School of Information and Computer Science (ICS). In 1972, ICS began offering an undergraduate degree.

Jensen was granted tenure and promoted to professor in the School of Information and Computer Science in 1981. He was actively involved throughout his career in the development of the computer industry, especially in the areas of computers and education, instruction delivery systems, and the paperless classroom. He retired in 1984, but he remained active in teaching and research until he returned in 1987 to serve as Director of the ICS School. In 1990, under Pat Crecine's Presidency, the academic programs at Tech underwent a restructuring. One result was the formation of the College of Computing in 1990. Jensen worked to define Tech’s role in computer science by serving as chairman of the restructuring committee, he oversaw the transition, and he served as the College’s first Associate Dean.

Jensen’s first wife was Jackie Epperson Jensen. His second wife (and wife of 28 years) was Judith Bourgeois Jensen. He had a son, Allen P. Jensen, and a daughter, Jean Jensen Terrell. He died in Atlanta of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on February 9, 2005, at age 79. He is buried in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Source: Georgia Tech Archives Personality Files - Jensen, Alton P.


Scope and Content Note

This collection documents Jensen's activities during the early years of computing at Georgia Tech, his teaching, the establishment of the Rich Electronic Computer Center, and his research for Georgia Tech, private industry, and the government.

Series 1 contains Jensen's general files and includes papers about computing at Georgia Tech, general computing information, and papers from Jensen's student and teaching days. The folders with titles beginning with APJ are folders that were originally grouped together in the donated collection. A large part of this series is made up of correspondence with the National Science Foundation, government organizations, universities, and companies. Most of the correspondence regards computer use at Georgia Tech and information about computer studies and research grants. This series also contains papers and reports regarding the establishment, updating, and operations of the Rich Electronic Computer Center (RECC). The series includes proposals and reports regarding increased computer use at Georgia Tech and the development of a computer system and program at the institute. There are reports from various computer committees at Tech. Some of the papers address the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control (1982). Other items found in this series include punch cards, computer use surveys, and time studies about computers. There are also student surveys about Jensen's instruction, academic papers and reports, coursework from Jensen and his students, and overhead slides from courses and reports.

Series 2 contains printed materials and is divided into six subseries. Subseries 1 contains studies performed for the Colonial Pipeline Company about automation. Subseries 2 contains research reports and internal research memorandums completed by the School of Information Science and the School of Information and Computer Science at Tech. These reports include information about time-sharing, computer management, the PDP-8/1, and storage. Subseries 3 includes papers related to the National Science Foundation. These include research proposals and research reports. Subseries 4 contains reports from Tech related to the President's Reorganization Project. Subseries 5 contains reports, manuals, publications, and papers mostly related to computer studies at Tech. This subseries includes data from computer systems at Tech, work plans, information from the Georgia Technical Services Program, studies and papers about computers and education, research plans and computer use studies. This subseries also contains information about the doctoral program in Information and Computer Science and a Lockheed Georgia Quarterly. Subseries 6 contains student papers and theses. The papers are from classes where Jensen was the professor and the theses are focused on computing and were written by students at Tech.

Materials from series 1 and series 2 are similar and sometimes match up closely. They are divided due to the original arrangement of the collection.

Series 3 consists of two untitled, undated films, which may be relevant to the early history of computing at Georgia Tech.


Arrangement

This collection is divided into three series:

SERIES 1. General Files

SERIES 2. Printed Materials

SERIES 3. Films


Index Terms

Computer science--Georgia--Atlanta.
Computer scientists--Georgia--Atlanta.
Computers--Study and teaching--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Institute of Technology. College of Computing.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Rich Computer Center
Jensen, A. P., (Alton Peter), 1925-
Universities and colleges--Georgia--Atlanta--Curricula.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, Folder] A. P. Jensen Papers (MS451), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Donation, 2000 (accession number 2000.076).

Processing Information

April Martin and Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in April 2013.

Revisions to Finding Aid

July 2013:
  • Duplicate monographs (.2 linear feet) added.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    The films in Series 3 are not accessible at the time of writing (April 2013). There are no other restrictions on access.

    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


    Separated Material

    The visual materials in this collection (including photographs and negatives) will be processed separately as VAM 451.


    Related Material

    See also the Alton P. (Pete) Jensen file in the Georgia Tech Archives Personality Files (UA415B).


    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


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    Series 1: General Files, ca. 1952-ca. 1989

    Arrangement

    Series 1 contains folders that are arranged alphabetically. The folders with titles beginning with APJ are folders that existed in the original arrangement of the collection and have their original titles. The other materials are divided based on subject matter.

    Description

    These files include general correspondence as well as materials on Jensen's consulting work. Also found in this series are files relating to Jensen's work on the Rich Electronic Computer Center (RECC) as well as material used in his teaching.

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    11APJ: Archival, 1954-1958
    12APJ: Archival, 1962
    13APJ: Archival, 1963
    14APJ: Archival, 1964
    15APJ: Archival, 1965
    16APJ: Archival, 1966
    17APJ: Archival, 1967
    18APJ: Archival, undated
    19APJ: Bill King, 1977
    110APJ: Correspondence (folder 1 of 5), 1968-1972
    111APJ: Correspondence (folder 2 of 5), 1968-1972
    112APJ: Correspondence (folder 3 of 5), 1968-1972
    113APJ: Correspondence (folder 4 of 5), 1968-1972
    114APJ: Correspondence (folder 5 of 5), 1968-1972

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    21APJ: Final Report of the Computer Committee, 1989
    22APJ: GIT/SO. Railway, undated
    23APJ: GIT/VBIS, 1979
    24APJ: Hardy-Cross-Water Flow Analysis, 1943
    25APJ: Historical Information, 1963-1968 and undated
    26APJ: Information Science, General, 1964-1967 and undated
    27APJ: Information Sciences, INC, 1965
    28APJ: Langdale Company, 1964
    29APJ: NSF Correspondence, 1970-1977 and undated
    210APJ: Presbyterian Center, 1979 and undated
    211APJ: A-799-U.S. Army Electronics Command, 1964
    212APJ: RECC - Archives, 1954-1963 and undated
    213APJ: RECC - Dedication Ceremony, December 2, 1955, 1955
    214APJ: RECC - Objectives of the Computer Center, 1964-1966 and undated
    215APJ: RECC - Planning, 1957-1968 and undated

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    31APJ: Subroutines-punchcards (folder 1 of 2), undated
    32APJ: Subroutines-punchcards (folder 2 of 2), undated
    33APJ: Syn Comp Correspondence, 1975
    34APJ: Syndetic Analog-Digital Computation Report (folder 1 of 5), 1977
    35APJ: Syndetic Analog-Digital Computation Report (folder 2 of 5), 1977
    36APJ: Syndetic Analog-Digital Computation Report (folder 3 of 5), 1977
    37APJ: Syndetic Analog-Digital Computation Report (folder 4 of 5), 1977
    38APJ: Syndetic Analog-Digital Computation Report (folder 5 of 5), 1977
    39APJ: Trabant, 1966-1967
    310APJ: Transient Heat Conduction, ca. 1959
    311APJ: Trip to Columbia, S.A. Promociones, S.A. (1/15/67-1/21/67), 1967 and undated
    312APJ: Unit Systems Correspondence (folder 1 of 2), 1965-1966
    313APJ: Unit Systems Correspondence (folder 2 of 2), 1965-1966
    314APJ: University Computer Committee (Regents Committee), 1966

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    41Benchmark Evaluations, 1974 and undated
    42Certificate of Appreciation, 1974
    43Computing: Guidelines, Responsibilites, and Studies, 1969-1980 and undated
    44Correspondence: General, 1960-1982
    45Correspondence: MITRE Corporation, 1978-1979
    46Correspondence: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, 1978-1979
    47Correspondence: University of South Carolina, 1978-1979
    48Course Notes, Problems, and Articles (folder 1 of 2), 1977-1981 and undated
    49Course Notes, Problems, and Articles (folder 2 of 2), 1977-1981 and undated
    410Georgia Tech Computing: Committees, Expansions, and Services, 1966-1974 and undated
    411Georgia Tech Course Work, 1958-1973
    412Georgia Tech Degree Proposals and Information, 1967-1972 and undated
    413Georgia Tech: Master Plan Progress Reports, 1968

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    51Georgia Tech: Proposal for Comprehesive Computing System, 1974
    52Government Problems in Computing, 1961 and undated
    53Handwritten Notes and Hand-drawn Diagrams, undated
    54Lewis Research Center, undated
    55Lockheed: Value Analysis Engineering, undated
    56Marshall Space Flight Center: Coordination Draft, undated
    57NSF: Correspondence, Proposals, and Grants, 1963-1979 and undated
    58Overhead Slides (folder 1 of 3), undated
    59Overhead Slides (folder 2 of 3), undated
    510Overhead Slides (folder 3 of 3), undated
    511President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, 1982
    512President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control: Report, 1982
    513President's Reorganization Project, 1978-1979

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    61Publications and Pamphlets, 1961-1982
    62Questionnaires, undated
    63Research Grant: NSF G-7361, 1960-1962
    64RECC: Annual Reports (folder 1 of 2), 1955-1965
    65RECC: Annual Reports (folder 2 of 2), 1955-1965
    66RECC: Burroughs 220 Machine Language Coding Forms, 1960-1963 and undated
    67RECC: Establishment, 1954 and undated
    68RECC: Five Year Plan, 1968
    69Speech by Dr. Eugene Ritter, 1955
    610Student Evaluations of Instruction, 1975
    611Studies and Papers by A. P. Jensen, 1969-1971 and undated
    612Technical Information Systems and Services, 1960-1965
     

    Series 2: Printed Materials, 1957-1984

    Arrangement

    The series is divided into six subseries. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by title of the documents.

    Description

    Series 2 contains papers, publications, reports, proposals, and manuals, many of which were written or co-written by Jensen. Many of the student theses were written by Jensen's advisees.



    Subseries 1: Colonial Pipeline Company, 1962-1965

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    71Automation Studies for Colonial Pipeline Company, 1962-1963
    72Automation Studies for Pipeline Operations: Semiannual Report 1, 1965
    73A Fundamental Algorithm for Scheduling a Products Pipeline, 1963



    Subseries 2: GITIS: Research Reports and Internal Research Memorandums, 1968-1973

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    74Evaluation of Time-Sharing Systems-Benchmarks, 1969
    75Evaluation Techniques of Real-Time Computer Systems: A Survey of Practices, 1969
    76The Laboratory for Information and Computer Science, 1968
    77Management of Computer Programming Part I: Practices and Problems, 1969
    78Management of Computer Programming Part II: Case Studies, 1970
    79An Operating System for the PDP-8/1, 1970
    710PDP-8/1 Operating System, 1969
    711The Suitability of SL/8 For Implementing Operating Systems, 1973
    712A Survey of Bulk Storage Technology, 1969
    713Survey of Design Goals for Operating Systems, 1972
    714Survey of Management Information Systems, 1970



    Subseries 3: National Science Foundation: Grants and Research, 1957-1969

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    81Improvement of Computing Services for Education and Scientific Research (folder 1 of 2), 1969
    82Improvement of Computing Services for Education and Scientific Research (folder 2 of 2), 1969
    83A Research Proposal: Application for Support in Expansion of the Georgia Tech Computer Center and Research Computation, 1962
    84Support of the Rich Electronic Computer Center and Basic Research Requiring Digital Computation: Grant Request to NSF, 1957
    85Support of the Rich Electronic Center and Basic Research Requiring Digital Computation (NSF G-7361): Final Summary, 1962



    Subseries 4: President's Reorganization Project, 1978-1979

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    86Federal Data Processing Reorganization Study, October 1978
    87Federal Data Processing Reorganization Study, December 1978
    88Final Report: Federal Processing Reorganization Project, 1979
    89Information Technology and Government Reorganization, 1979



    Subseries 5: Reports, Manuals, Publications, and Papers, 1960-1984 and undated

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    91A-396 Antenna Index, undated

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    121Cardiac: A Cardboard Illustrative Aid to Computation, 1970
    92Changing World of the Computer and Implications of ADP for the GAO, 1979
    93Combat Service Support System Advanced Experimental Demonstration, 1984
    94Computer Utilization Within the State of Georgia, 1965
    95Design Considerations for a Regional Data Network: A Preliminary Assessment of the Needs and Capabilities of an Information System for Family Planning Evalution, 1975
    96Doctoral Program in Information and Computer Science, 1977
    97Electronic Computers in Engineering Education, 1960-1961
    98Federal Computer Conference, 1978
    99Frequency Assignments for Duplex Systems, 1962
    910Georgia Tech: Impetus to Economic Growth, 1963
    911Georgia Technical Services Program: Annual Report, 1965-1966

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    101Georgia Technical Services Program: Five Year Plan, 1966
    102GTL: Programmers Reference Manual for the Burroughs B 5500, 1971
    103IBM System/360: Time Sharing Proposal, 1965-1966
    104Information Sciences, INC: Five-Year Projection-II, 1965-1966
    105Lockheed Georgia Quarterly, 1965-1966
    106Modeling, Forecasting, Planning, and Personnel Functions in Confluence Through Computers, 1980
    107Policies, Organizations, Plans, and Procedures for Computer Services, 1973
    108Printout: Communications, 1965
    109Proposal for the Development of a Computer Information System, 1961
    1010RECC: Burroughs 220 Machine Coding Language Forms and Data Printouts, undated
    1011State of Georgia Reorganization and Management Improvement Study, 1971
    1012Status Report: GIT-IBM Series/1 Project UT200 (Volume 1), 1981
    1013Work Plan for Phase III: Automated Data Processing/ Office Automation Task Force, 1982



    Subseries 6: Student Papers and Theses, 1969-1978 and undated

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    111The Computer and Society c. 2028: A Look Into the Future, 1978
    112Feasibility of Computer Diagnosis via Thermography, ca. 1970
    113Interviews with Programmers - ICS-6240, 1974
    114Manpower Management Systems U.S. Marine Corps, undated
    115A Paradigm for Semantic Picture Recognition, 1973
    116A Programmatic Interpretation of Combinatory Logics, 1973
    117A Proposal for CAPIS, 1969
    118Seminal Student Paper: ICS 632 Project Report, 1971
    119Toward an Algebra of Computation, 1970
     

    SERIES 3: Films, undated

    Description

    This series consists of two untitled and undated film reels, possibly relating to the early days of computer science at Georgia Tech.

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    13Untitled film, undated
    13Untitled film, undated