System Development Foundation records, 1957-1993

System Development Foundation (Palo Alto, Calif.).


170 linear ft.
Of most interest to researchers will be the research files and project reports; these are arranged by grant number, however there is an index at the end of the guide arranged by recipient, institution, and subject of project. Only the major project recipients are listed as added entries on this record. There are also System Development Foundation Board of Trustees minutes, correspondence and planning materials, business records, and materials relating to SDF/SDC joint meetings.
SDF was created in 1969 as a non-profit funding organization during the transition of the System Development Corporation (SDC) to for-profit status. The SDF Board of Trustees gave its initial grants to non-profit organizations, particularly Cal Tech, U.C. Berkeley, The Rand Corporation, and Stanford University. They backed research primarily in information sciences and the human-machine interface, the areas of expertise of SDC. In the first year SDF funded over $11 million in research; in the next five years it committed itself to $25 million. Recognizing it would terminate its operation in June 1988, funding was stopped for new projects in 1984. In the remaining years they continued to support work already underway.
Additions 91-126 (Foundational issues in natural language processing, edited by P. Sollo, S.M. Shieber, & T. Wasow) and 91-174 (SDF Annual reports 6/30/83, 6/30/86, and 6/30/88) have been put in the last box of the collection. Accession 1989-189, an addition to the financial records comprising computer disks, folders D-T, are shelved separately. Accession 1989-205, Annual Report, June 30, 1988, is shelved separately.
Open for research; material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
Finding aid available in Special Collections Reading Room and online.
Unpublished finding aid available.

Related Resources

View this description in WorldCat: