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This collection contains materials relating to early developments in personal computing at Drexel, chiefly from 1983 to 1985. A large portion of this collection consists of working papers published by the microcomputing program in 1984 and 1985 which discuss applications for personal computers in a variety of academic disciplines. It also includes early issues of Drexel publications and newsletters relating to microcomputing aimed at students, staff, and computer support consultants. Newspaper clippings, microcomputing program correspondence, and a few miscellaneous reports and pamphlets on computing in general can also be found with the collection.
In 1983, Drexel University launched its microcomputing program, requiring freshmen to buy or have access to Apple Macintosh computers. With this program, Drexel became one of the first colleges in the nation to require students to purchase personal computers. The Macintoshes served as the backbone of an effort coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to integrate computers into the curriculum throughout Drexel's colleges. In 1984 Drexel became part of the Apple University Consortium, a group of 24 colleges and universities using Macintosh computers and developing new curricular uses for personal computers.
The collection is open for research use.
Microcomputing Program Records, Drexel University Archives.
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