The NC State University Libraries Computer Simulation Archive was established in 1998 with substantial initial donations of papers and research materials by three trailblazers in the field of computer simulation—Robert G. Sargent, Alan Pritsker, and Julian Reitman. The Archive is supported by an endowment to facilitate the addition of more collections, expedite processing of materials in the archive, and enable the digitization of selected materials documenting the history of computer simulation. Video oral histories of computer simulation trailblazers capture and preserve accounts of important projects, related pivotal events, and distinguished project contributors from the perspectives of, and the words of, individuals who witnessed the relevant history of computer simulation firsthand. The importance of collecting these accounts is also based on the remarkable degree to which computer simulation has heavily influenced the design of computing software. These video oral histories build on the audio oral histories also present in the Simulation Archive.
The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at NC State University Libraries continues to seek the oral and video histories of computer simulation trailblazers as well as the papers and records of prominent scholars in the history of computing, simulation and computer science. With the assistance of simulation scholars, relevant professional societies, Friends of the Library, and individual donors, the Simulation Archive continues to develop, providing researchers with valuable insights into the history of the field.
For more information about the project and the Computer Simulation Archive, please consult the contact information below.
The Computer Simulation Archive Advisory Committee provides advice to the NC State University Libraries regarding the development and growth of the Computer Simulation Archive. In addition, it is a vehicle to establish and maintain relationships with the simulation community including simulation societies regarding the Archive. Members of the CSAAC promote the Archive and strive to increase the financial level of the Simulation Archive Endowment.
Current members of the CSAAC are:
Russell Barton (chair)
Affiliation: Penn State; INFORMS Simulation Society; Association for Computing Machinery SIGSIM, INFORMS liaison.
Affiliation: CEO, Simio LLC
Simon J E Taylor
Affiliation: Brunel University London; Association for Computing Machinery SIGSIM Steering Committee, ACM SIGSIM.
NC State University Libraries Representative: Gwyneth Thayer, Ph.D., Associate Head and Chief Curator, Special Collections Research Center
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