Columbia University Computing History   

Early ACM Documents

The Association for Computing Machinery is to computing what the American Medical Association is to medicine. It was founded in 1947 at a meeting in Columbia University's Havemeyer Hall attended by Watson Lab scientists Wallace Eckert, Hilleth Thomas, Byron Havens, John Lentz, and Bob Walker. Courtesy of Herb Grosch [59].

Page 1 of the first ACM minutes, 22 September 1947, Columbia University, for circulation among Watson Lab attendees listed at left.

ACM meeting minutes
ACM meeting minutes 22 September 1947

Letter of encouragement from John von Neumann, transcribed by Edmund Berkeley, who convened the first meeting [59]:
John von Neumann letter
John von Neumann letter 15 September 1947
Columbia University Computing History Frank da Cruz / This page created: 27 July 2004 Last update: 4 April 2021