Calvin Carl Gotlieb fonds

Title: Calvin Carl Gotlieb fonds

Dates of creation: 1942-2001

Physical description: 10.38 metres of textual and graphic material and sound recordings

Biographical Sketch: Professor Calvin C. Gotlieb (Kelly) co-founded the University of Toronto Computer Center and was past chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Often called Canada's "Father of Computing," he made significant contributions in numerous areas of computer science, promoted the exchange of ideas among computer professionals through his influential work in national and international associations, and taught and mentored several generations of computers scientists. At the University of Toronto, he spearheaded key technological advances - from the first purchase of an electronic computer in 1952 to the acquisition of the Cray X-MP supercomputer in 1984. He has been relentless in promoting the use of computers in a wide range of research fields including the social sciences and humanities and was one of the first computer professionals to recognize and to study the social impact of computers on society.

Scope and content: Correspondence, surveys, drafts of reports, reports, minutes, notices, addresses, lecture notes, files, photographs, and transcripts documenting Gotlieb’s career as a professor of computer science. Includes material relating to Gotlieb's involvement in computing beginning in the early 1950s with FERTU and UTEC, computing and automation at U of T, various committees and organizations, early computer courses, computer journals, Science for Peace, and several Jewish groups.

Finding Aids: Series descriptions (B1994-0022, B2002-0003), file list (B2002-0003) and container list (B1988-0069)


B1988-0069: Restricted: Materials in 2 files in box 3 containing "enrolments and marks for early computer courses (1951-1972)" and "early thesis appraisals" are resticted for 75 years.

B2002-0003: Restricted: Documents relating to the Task Force on Computing and New Media including the draft Provost Report on New Media is closed for 20 years from the date of creation.

All other files are open.

Accession number:  B1988-0069, B1994-0022, B2002-0003; B1979-1029, B1979-1030