Automatic Data-Processing Committee Created

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An Automatic Data-Processing Committee is established in the National Museum of Natural History to study potential applications of computers to collections management and systematics research. Committee members include Richard A. Boardman, Donald R. Davis, Mason E. Hale, David B. Lellinger, Philip S. Humphrey, Ernest A. Lachner, Victor G. Springer, Raymond B. Manning and Donald F. Squires, Chair.


  • Hale, Mason
  • Boardman, Richard S
  • Davis, Donald R (Donald Ray)
  • Lachner, Ernest A
  • Manning, Raymond B
  • Humphrey, Philip S
  • Springer, Victor Gruschka 1928-
  • Squires, Donald Fleming
  • Lellinger, David B
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History Automatic Data-Processing Committee


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Donald F. Squires, "Data Processing and Museum Collections: A Problem for the Present," Curator magazine, Vol. IX, No.3, pp. 216-227.

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  • Computers
  • Information storage and retrieval systems
  • Data processing
  • Cataloging
  • Museums
  • Biology
  • Electronic data processing
  • Museums--Collection management



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